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Recently, Bishop Fintan welcomed Fr. Shinu Varghese to the Diocese of Cork and Ross
Fr. Varghese is from Kerala in India.
Bishop Fintan said that he was delighted to welcome Fr. Varghese to the Diocese to serve in parish ministry while at the same time allowing him time to look after the pastoral needs of the Syro-Malankara Catholics in Cork and Ross.
Fr. Varghese will initially assist in the parishes of The Cathedral and Blackpool/The Glen/Ballyvolane until the summer after which he will take up a parish appointment as part of the summer priests appointments.
Bishop Fintan said how the Syro-Malankara Community with Fr. Varghese will enrich the Diocese of Cork and Ross. He also spoke of the importance of the Syro-Malankara Rite retaining its identity as one of the Eastern Rites within the Diocese.
Diocese invites candidates to be deacons
Posters have been sent to all parishes in the diocese, containing an invitation to those who feel a call to be deacons. They are to make contact with its Coordinator of the Permanent Diaconate.
As well as preaching during the Mass, deacons baptise and officiate at funerals and weddings. A deacon also helps with pastoral work in parishes and is called to minister to the poor and serve at the altar.
Please pray that those called to this ministry may respond positively.
Jesus said: "I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you" (John 13:15)
On Monday April 17th, Bishop Fintan Gavin accompanied the UCC Chaplaincy team on a visit to St. Stephen's Chaplaincy, University College Dublin
Bishop Fintan celebrated Mass in Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel along with Fr. Gerard Dunne (UCC Chaplain), Fr. Eamonn Bourke (UCD Chaplain) and Fr. Brendan Ludlow (UCD Chaplain).
The Cork visitors were also introduced to the UCD FOCUS missionaries which work with the chaplains in UCD. These missionaries work to encounter students in friendship where they are, inviting them into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and accompanying them as they pursue lives of virtue and excellence.
Finally, the Cork visitors attended the UCD Newman Catholic Society's weekly meeting, which is a meeting run by Catholic students to learn and grow in their faith in university.
It was a blessed visit to St. Stephen's Chaplaincy.
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Easter celebrates God’s radical faithfulness, Bishop Fintan Gavin has said in his Divine Mercy Sunday homily
“The risen Lord is the living sign of God’s enduring love, mercy and forgiveness.”
Bishop Fintan joined over 900 people in the Church of the Real Presence, Curraheen Road, Bishopstown, Cork, to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.
It was a great celebration of God's love and mercy.
Bishop Fintan encouraged those in attendance to become missionary disciples and to share the Good News with others.
“Those of us fortunate enough to have received and nurtured the gift of faith now have the responsibility of passing it on to another generation.” he said.
“People and priests together, through our common baptism are called to share that faith. To be missionary disciples of God’s mercy, particularly on this day celebrating the divine mercy of God.”
He also asked people to pray in a special way for vocations to the diocesan priesthood over the next twelve months. The Irish Bishops will launch a special year of prayer for diocesan vocations at the end of April.
For a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission
In October 2021 the Catholic Church's synodal process on the theme of synodality began. This was the first time that a worldwide listening process and consultation with parishes and dioceses was attempted and many people in Ireland took part in a listening process during the early months of 2022.
Did you take part?
Have you been wondering what happened after that?
Much has happened since then. Your participation formed part of a national document that was sent to the Synod office in Rome in August 2022. It also formed part of a global document called Enlarge the Space of Your Tent, which was published last October and then formed part of a presentation given by the Irish delegation that travelled to Prague this February for the first ever Continental Assembly of the Catholic Church's synodal process.
Please visit www.synod.ie/2023update to find out more.
Members of the Polish community across the diocese have come to church today with their family for the traditional blessing of food baskets for Easter.
Swieconka (sh-vee-en-soon-kah) is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions.
Baskets containing a sampling of Easter foods are brought to church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. The basket is traditionally lined with a white linen or lace napkin and decorated with sprigs of boxwood (bukszpan), the typical Easter evergreen.
Polish people take special pride in preparing a decorative and tasteful basket with crisp linens, occasionally embroidered for the occasion, and just enough boxwood and ribbon woven through the handle.
The blessing has three parts — for three groups of items in the baskets: breads and pastries, sausages and meats, and eggs.
The blessing of food across the diocese today was celebrated by the three Polish priests who minister in our diocese on loan from Poland: Fr. Kamil Bachara, Fr. Rafal Zielonka and Fr. Bartlomiej Dziedzic.
The diocesan office has announced that one of the retired priests of the diocese has died on today Good Friday.
Fr. Denis Cashman, former Parish Priest of Watergrasshill, died following an illness.
A native of Glanmire parish, Fr. Denis was ordained a priest at St. Mary & St. Anne’s Cathedral, Cork on June 13th, 1968.
He was a brother of the late Fr. Eoghan Cashman, PP Rath and the Islands.
Fr. Denis began his priestly ministry on temporary mission in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Camberwell, in the Archdiocese of Southwark, England.
On his return to Cork and Ross he served as Curate in Gurranabraher Parish until 1975 when he joined the Cork and Ross South American Mission until 1981.
He then served as curate in the parishes of Ballincollig, Bandon and Clonakilty and as parish priest in Goleen Parish (1995 - 1999) and Watergrasshill/Glenville (1999 – 2013).
Following his retirement in 2013, Fr. Denis resided in Ballincollig and continued to help out in many parishes.
May he be united to the risen Lord whom he served.
Cork's Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne will feature on this evening's Nationwide programme on RTE1 television.
It will pay particular attention to the restoration of the nine bells and tower as well as recounting the Cathedral's history.
It will be broadcast on RTE Nationwide on this Good Friday evening at 7pm.
This feature piece will also be available on playback from RTE Player afterwards.
Every Catholic is called to take an active part in the life of the local church, Bishop Fintan Gavin told all who attended the Mass of Chrism at the Cathedral in Cork on Holy Thursday morning
“This means not just priests and deacons and religious but all the people baptised and anointed with chrism in confirmation.“ he said.
Bishop Gavin was preaching the homily at the annual Mass at which priests renew the promises they made at ordination. The three holy oils which are used in the sacraments across the diocese during the year were blessed by the bishop during the Mass.
More than 60 priests concelebrated the Mass in which people from many parishes were in the congregation at the Cathedral. Addressing the priests, Bishop Fintan thanked them for their openess to the many changes that are happening in the diocese.
Bishop Fintan Visits Kinsale Community School
Alpha at the Cathedral
Alpha Afternoon Update
Bishop Fintan and the Polish community in the Diocese welcome Bishop Artur Ważny
Parish Finance Committees being updated on best practice
Alpha Information Day – Sat 25 Nov
- Alpha Afternoon Update
- Bishop Fintan and the Polish community in the Diocese welcome Bishop Artur Ważny
- Parish Finance Committees being updated on best practice
- Late Canon John K. O'Mahony RIP
- Bishop Fintan visits Schull Community College
- Bishop Fintan visits Nano Nagle College Farranree.
- Diocesan In-Service Gathering for RE Teachers in Post-Primary Schools
- Bishop Fintan Welcomes Members of the Brazilian Community in the Diocese
- Death of Fr Tim O'Sullivan PE
- Presentation Secondary Ballyphehane School Welcomes Bishop Fintan
- November 2023 Blessing of Graves and Cemetery Prayers
- Friday 27th to be a day of fasting, penance and prayer for peace
- Bishop Fintan Visits St. Patrick’s College Gardiners Hill
- Syro Malankara Community in Cork and Ross Gather to Celebrate Milestones
- Young adults share faith at CONNECT 3 in Cork
- Death of Fr. Criostóir MacDonald Co-PP Mayfield
- Bishop Fintan Receives Warm Welcome to Scoil Mhuire Wellington Road
- Confirmation Dates 2024 Announced
- Benemerenti Papal Honour Presented in Douglas Parish