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Bishop Fintan has given approval for a diocesan collection to be taken up in support of people affected by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria
This will take place on
Saturday 18 March / Sunday 19 March
All funds raised will be channelled through Trócaire who are working with the Caritas Internationalis Network in Turkey and Syria
The diocesan office has announced that Canon Michael Murphy, AP, Ballinlough, died suddenly today.
Canon Murphy was a native of Blackpool, Cork, and was ordained a priest of the diocese in St Mary & St. Anne’s Cathedral, Cork, in June 1968. He was brother of the late Fr. Joe Murphy who also served in this diocese.
He began his priestly ministry on temporary mission in the Archdiocese of Southwark, England.
On his return to Cork and Ross in 1969, he moved to Gurranabraher Parish as curate. In 1975, he joined the Cork and Ross South American Mission until 1981.
He then served as curate in Carrigaline Parish followed by a term as Chaplain to the Forces in Collins’ Barracks, before being appointed Parish Priest of Ballyphehane Parish.
He has ministered in Ballinlough as Assistant Priest since September 2022 when he retired as Parish Priest of Ballyphehane Parish.
May he rest in the peace of the Lord.
There is a second collection at Masses in the diocese this weekend (March 11/12) to fund the work of working groups set up by the Irish Bishops’ Conference
These are known as Bishops’ Commissions and they are involved in an array of activities in Ireland and abroad which provide leadership, formation, pastoral care and ministry to the People of God.
Each commission is served by lay people (who are paid) as well as by clergy and religious.
Explore the commissions
Catholic Education and Formation
Planning, Communications and Resources
Social Issues and International Affairs
On Saturday 4th March, over 80 people attended a very successful workshop for cantors, choir members and those who lead congregations in singing
On behalf of the Advisory Committee on Church Music to the Irish Bishop's Conference, the workshop facilitators were Fr. Columba McCann OSB, Karen Donovan and Gerard Lillis.
Music on the day included psalms, music for the seasons of Lent and Easter as well as new pieces by Irish composers.
Mater Dei Academy recently marked three years since its foundation on the Feast of Epiphany, January 6th 2020
To mark this milestone, as well as to launch its Strategic Plan for 2023-2026, Bishop Fintan celebrated Mass with students, staff, parents and friends. Mater Dei Academy which is located in Farranferris Training and Educational Campus is grateful to all who attended and made for such a wonderful evening.
Details about Mater Dei Academy are available from its website www.materdeiacademy.ie
The Annual Matt Talbot Novena take place in the Church of the Way of the Cross Togher on each Monday evening during Lent
The first Mass and Novena Prayers was celebrated on Monday 27th February by Fr. Marius O’Reilly.
Celebrants on the following Monday nights will be Fr. Greg Howard, Fr. John Walsh, Fr. Ger Dunne OP, Fr. Con Doherty MSC and Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan of Waterford and Lismore on the concluding evening.
James Leonard (Two Norries) will speak at the Novena on Monday 13th March.
On Tuesday, February 21st, the Primary Diocesan Advisors met with Bishop Fintan at Presentation Brothers, Mardyke House.
The purpose of the meeting was to look to the future and examine how the Diocese could continue to support the great work taking place in faith formation in our primary school communities.
Bishop Fintan thanked the Diocesan Advisors for their many years of generous and committed service. Their work is held in the highest esteem in primary schools throughout the Diocese.
Following a process of discussion, discernment and prayer, the meeting agreed that, given the rapid changes taking place in society and in education, the Diocese of Cork and Ross would now need to design a new structure for supporting faith formation with a full-time person or persons at the centre of this.
The wisdom, advice and experience of the present diocesan advisors would be invaluable during the transition period and in the on-going support of the person or persons appointed to this new role.
SEEK23 Conference – Cork and Ross Profiles
In January, Bishop Fintan Gavin accompanied a group of Cork and Ross youth to the SEEK23 Conference is St. Louis, Missouri, USA. This conference is hosted by the ministry group ’FOCUS’, which stands for Fellowship of Catholic University Students. The conference was a 5-day gathering of 17,000 students, parishioners and religious, in which, through prayer, sacraments, inspiring keynotes and more, the attendees are given an opportunity to encounter the Gospel anew and to be revived, equipped and encouraged for the life of faith Christ is calling us to lead. The group got to meet world famous Catholic speakers such as Emily Wilson, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Sr. Miriam James Heidland and Paul J. Kim. The group was hosted by Irish FOCUS missionaries from both Dublin and Belfast. The Cork and Ross youth in attendance found it to be an inspiring experience, take a look at what the attendees had to say;
The Ukrainian community in Cork gathered in large numbers for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy in the Church of the Incarnation in Frankfield on Sunday 26th February.
Many newly arrived Ukrainian people and families gathered to remember those who have died in the war over the last year.
The also prayed for those who continue to defend their country against the Russian invasion.
Fr. Roman Biletskyy celebrated the Sacred Liturgy and welcomed Bishop Fintan on behalf of Ukrainian Community in Cork and beyond.
To celebrate the beginning of the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, Bishop Fintan visited University College Cork
He was the principal celebrant at the three Masses in the Honan Chapel. In his homilies, he encouraged those attending to make conscious choices for Lent using the tools of the Gospel for Ash Wednesday to enter more fully into a deeper relationship with Christ.
During his day long visit to the university, Bishop Fintan was warmly welcomed by students and staff. He took the opportunity to meet the chaplaincy team (Fr Gerard Dunne, Sheila Kelleher, Miriam Goulding, Rev Alan Marley and Geraldine McAllister). Bishop Fintan also had meetings with student groups, staff from across the university and held meetings with senior officials.
Weekend gatherings to foster reflection on future path for parishes
Appointment of Parish Life Co-ordinator
Bishop Fintan Launches Centenary of the School of Nursing at Bon Secours Hospital, Cork
Parishioners and clergy rethink next steps for local church on Pentecost Weekend
Preparatory Gathering for World Youth Day in Lisbon
Retreat at Glanmire forges links between Polish and Irish
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- Permanent Deacons in Cork and Ross
- Visit to St. Stephen's Chaplaincy in University College Dublin
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