Uibh Laoire parish, which includes Inchigeela and Ballingeary, hosted a visit from Bishop Fintan Gavin to mark the traditional pilgrimage connected with St. Finbarr’s feast day.
Bishop Fintan celebrated Mass in Inchigeela and in Ballingeary and also met parishioners and visitors.
On Sunday 25th, Bishop Fintan was the principal celebrant of Mass at St. Finbarr’s Oratory in Gougane Barra.
Co-Parish Priest Fr. Anthony O’Mahony concelebrated as did newly ordained Fr. Ronan Sheehan who also preached the homily.
Priests across the diocese who have begun ministering together in families of parishes have met at meetings organised by the diocese
Bishop Fintan said that the purpose of these meetings is to help priests tease out what working together as a team means and how this will impact on their shared ministry in Family of Parishes. The meetings were facilitated by Elizabeth Garry Brosnan and there were three similar meetings across the diocese: in Rosscarbery, Innishannon and in Cork City.
Twelve of the planned 16 families of parishes have been formed this year with each involving between three and six parishes. Priests in each family of parishes will meet regularly to discuss, together with our parish communities, practical considerations such as Mass schedules, time off, ways of supporting each other and new ways of sharing responsibilities.
The annual collection for the Priesthood Education Fund in the Diocese will be taken up on the weekend of 24th/25th September
The collections funds the costs of training seminarians, permanent deacons and also funds further study of priests of the diocese.
Bishop Fintan has written to parishes asking for their support in prayer and in funds for two new students who have commenced studies for the Diocese of Cork and Ross at Valladolid in Spain and another candidate who will begin studies for the Permanent Diaconate.
The Priesthood Education Fund will finance their studies as well as costs for ongoing training and education of priests. In the region of €110,000 will be needed to meet these costs in the coming year. Last year €34,364 was raised in this collection so you are invited to be generous to the Priesthood Education Fund Collection this weekend.
Bishop Fintan has also announced that recently ordained Fr. Ronan Sheehan has been appointed as curate in the Family of Parishes of Ballincollig | Ballinora | Ovens & Farran with effect from Saturday 1st October. Fr. Ronan will reside in Ballincollig Parish.
Fr. Ronan will work with a team of priests including Fr. Liam O hÍcí Co-PP, Fr. Alan O’Leary Co-PP, Fr. Kamil Bachara CC and Fr. John Collins AP.
If you’d like to make a secure donation online to the Cork and Ross Priesthood Education Fund, please use this secure link
The annual pilgrimage in honour of St. Finbarr to Gougane Barra will take place on Sunday the 25th of September (the feast day of St. Finbarr).
The rosary will be recited at 2:30pm and Mass will be celebrated by Most Rev. Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross at 3pm.
This year marks the 120th anniversary of the dedication of St. Finbarr’s Oratory, Gougane Barra. The Oratory was built in 1900, opened in 1901 and dedicated on the 15th of August 1902. Among those present on that day was Pádraig Pearse who was on a cycling tour of Ireland at the time.
At the Ordination as a priest of Fr. Ronan Sheehan in Newcestown on Sept 18th, Bishop Fintan Gavin preached the homily.
In it he reflected on the meaning of priesthood.
Fr Ronan Sheehan (27) was ordained in his own parish church in Newcestown, Co Cork, on Sunday 18 September 2022 in a church packed with family, clergy, parishioners and friends
This was the West Cork church’s first ordination of a priest in its 150 year history.
Fr. Sheehan was ordained by Bishop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross, and he becomes the youngest priest in the diocese.
The congregation included his parents Bud and Denise Sheehan, his sisters Ciara, Leona, Orlaith and Aoibhe, and extended family.
Deacon Ronan Sheehan will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Fintan on Sunday 18 September at 3:00pm in the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Newcestown
Ronan is a native of Newcestown and is son of Bud and Denise Sheehan and has four sisters. He was ordained a Deacon this time last year and completed his seminary training at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.
He will celebrate his first Mass in his native parish on Monday and will receive an appointment from Bishop Fintan in due course to serve as a priest of our diocese.
Let us accompany him with our prayers today and keep all priests in our prayers.
Photo: Tony O'Connell
Frankfield/Grange Parish was delighted to welcome Bishop Fintan Gavin on his first pastoral visit to the parish last weekend
Bishop Fintan celebrated the three weekend Masses, accompanied by Fr. Kevin O’ Regan P.P.
During his homily, Bishop Fintan spoke about the recent pastoral letter “Putting Out Into Deep Waters”. He said that twelve of the sixteen Families of Parishes had come into being that weekend.
Frankfield/Grange joins the parishes of Douglas and Turners Cross in forming a Family of Parishes next year.
At the conclusion of each Mass, Fr. Kevin thanked Bishop Fintan on behalf of all in the parish.
Bishop Fintan was heartened to see so many individuals at the CONNECT event in University College Cork (UCC) back on the 22 May 2022.
He is delighted to announce a follow-up event on Sunday 16 October 2022 again in UCC.
So we are very excited to what is promising to be another great day for young adults (age 18-35).
We’ll let you know how to register for the event soon but for now just save the date and spread the word!
The new website for the Diocese has been launched ahead of time
Although it was planned to publish this new website for the Diocese of Cork & Ross during the month of September the decision has been made to launch it before it is ready. This is due to a major technical fault with the previous website and it was decided it was better to have an incomplete website rather than none at all.
All of the Parishes are here including the newly formed Families of Parishes. However, there is plenty more work to do like adding all the Priests. So could we ask two things...
- Please bear with us as we work to recover the information and update this website
- If you spot an error or anything that needs correcting, please Email the Webmaster
We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.
But having this hope for what we cannot yet see, we are able to wait for it with persevering confidence (Romans: 8:25)
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