“Important questions have been set out for deeper reflection and pastoral action at every level of Church life and there will be many more opportunities for people to get involved and help shape this process” – Dr Nicola Brady
Today marks a significant milestone in the synodal process currently underway in the Catholic Church in Ireland with the publication of the national synthesis of the local listening that took place in dioceses and other contexts between October 2021 and May 2022.
This national synthesis has now been submitted to the Synod Secretariat in the Vatican as part of the global synodal process announced by Pope Francis for the Church, to run from 2021 to 2023.
The migration of large numbers of Ukranian people to Ireland has prompted the Ukranian Catholic Church to conduct an assessment of their spiritual needs and how these may be met.
This has involved a visit to Ireland by Ukranian Catholic clergy and the appointment by Pope Francis of Reverend Kenneth Nowakowski, who is the Eparchial Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London, as the Apostolic Visitor for Ukrainian Catholics in Ireland. (An eparchy is a term used for a diocese.)
Bishop Fintan Gavin of the Diocese of Cork and Ross recently hosted a visit to the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne, Cork, by Bishop Nowakowski and other Ukranian clergy who also met other Irish bishops.
There is currently one Ukrainian Catholic parish in Ireland located in Dublin with Fr Vasyl Korentsky assigned to serving Ukrainian Catholics in the Archdiocese of Dublin.
At the time of his new appointment in July this year, Bishop Nowakowski said “With the recent arrival of thousands displaced Ukrainians fleeing harm’s way since the 24 February invasion of Ukraine by Russia, I hope to work very closely with the Roman Catholic Bishops of Ireland and Northern Ireland in seeking ways to respond in positive ways to the humanitarian and pastoral needs of the growing Ukrainian Community.”
Following on from the recent publication of Bishop Fintan’s pastoral letter Putting out into Deep Waters and the reconfiguration of the parishes of the diocese into families of parishes, two full-time vacancies arise for people to work in the diocese.
Applications are invited for the following posts
How priests minister in the parishes of the Diocese of Cork and Ross will change significantly in September. The diocese will have 16 families of parishes and each will be ministered to by a team of priests. Each priest will be resident in a particular parish but ministering across the whole family of parishes.
Bringing parishes together as families of parishes presents an opportunity for much greater lay participation and shared leadership of parishes. Initially, the team will consist of priests but I hope that lay leadership and more involvement will grow in time.
It will involve parishes working much more closely together and sharing their gifts, talents and resources including their priests.
Bishop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross, has published a pastoral letter which outlines the context and vision for changes being made this summer.
The pastoral letter entitled Putting Out into Deep Waters introduces a new model for the relationship between parishes and a new emphasis on teams of priests, deacons and lay people ministering together in families of parishes.
Printed copies of the pastoral letter will be available in parishes in the coming weeks.
Fr. Con Cronin's First Anniversary will be celebrated in St. Mary's Church, Passage West, on Sunday 7 August at 11:30am
The Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Chris O'Donovan Adm
The people of Blackpool, the Glen and Ballyvolane welcomed Bishop Fintan to the Parish on the weekend of 25th /26th June
He celebrated three Masses in the three churches of the parish beginning with Saturday 6pm mass in St. Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane, and then on Sunday the 10.00am mass in St. Brendan’s Church, the Glen, and concluding in the Mother Church of the Parish at the 12noon mass in the Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool.
On behalf of the parishioners and priests, Bishop Fintan was welcomed at each of the Masses by Vincent Dower in Ballyvolane, a member of the Parish Finance Committee, by Anne O’Donovan in the Glen who is Chairperson of the Parish Assembly and finally by Geraldine O’Brien a member of the Parish Assembly in Blackpool.
Warm congratulations have been extended to a priest of the Diocese of Cork and Ross who is marking 70 years of priestly service.
Fr Tim O’Sullivan was ordained to the priesthood on June 8th, 1952 and was joined by family and friends for a special Mass to celebrate the milestone at Canovee Church in Kilmurry Parish.
A message of congratulations from Bishop Fintan Gavin was read by Monsignor Kevin O’Callaghan who deputised for the bishop who was unable to attend.
During his 70 years of ministry, Fr Tim has served in many parishes of the diocese including St. Patrick’s, Ardfield, Bandon, Mahon, Schull and Kilmurry.
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- Registration Open for Connect2
- Calls for support for student priests
- St. Finbarr pilgrimage - 25 Sep 2022
- 'You are called to lead people, not to yourself, but to God'
- Ronan Sheehan ordained a priest
- Ronan Sheehan Ordination - 18 Sep 2022
- Bishop's pastoral visit to the parish of Frankfield/Grange
- CONNECT 2 – Sun 16 Oct 2022
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- Irish Catholics voice concerns and hope about Church in document to Synod in Rome
- Bishop of Ukrainian Catholics visits Cork
- Two vacancies advertised for work in parishes of the diocese
- Bishop’s Statement On Priests’ Appointments and the introduction of Families of Parishes
- Bishop Publishes Pastoral Letter Setting a New Direction for Parishes in Diocese