Bishop Fintan Gavin has written to all priests in the diocese requesting “that the celebration of a public mass with a congregation be discontinued also on weekdays”, until further notice. “In light of the continuing measures to protect public health announced by the Government including the requirement that the attendance at any event such as Mass must not exceed 100 people and that social distancing should be exercised, I now extend the request that the celebration of a public mass with a congregation be discontinued also on weekdays. This also applies to Station Masses. You may inform people of this at Mass on tomorrow Monday March 16th which will be the last public Mass with a congregation, apart from funerals and weddings, until further notice. “I would encourage each priest to continue to celebrate Mass privately for the people of the parish and, where available, to have it broadcast via webcam. My hope is that the people of your parish, while not able to join you physically, could join you spiritually in that Mass. Mass will continue to be live-streamed each day from the Cathedral at http://www.corkcathedral.ie. “Churches will remain open for private prayer. Prayer resources are presently being prepared which people can use in their homes and should be available soon on the diocesan website. “Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms can continue to be celebrated. I would encourage you to keep such celebrations to immediate family and close friends. The health authority’s norms on limiting attendance at indoor gatherings to 100 people and the norms regarding social distancing are strictly binding on all. I urge you to take every precaution with your own health. In these difficult times, we keep one another and those we serve in our prayers and we continue to offer Christ’s message of comfort and hope in whatever way we can.”
BISHOP FINTAN ISSUES TEMPORARY NORMS WITH REGARD TO WEEKEND MASSES Bishop Fintan Gavin has written to priests of the Diocese of Cork and Ross with norms to be effected in response to the spread of the Coronavirus. “Following the announcement of measures to protect public health which have been announced by the Government today, the Irish Bishops’ Conference has issued norms, which I would ask you to implement with immediate effect. “These are very difficult times for all of us and for the people to whom we minister. “The Government announcement earlier today requires that the attendance at any event including Mass must not exceed 100 people. While today’s Norms from the Irish Bishops’ Conference allowed for the continuation of weekend Masses, it is not feasible to restrict the numbers in this way. “In light of this, in the Diocese of Cork and Ross, all public Weekend Masses will be discontinued until further notice. This also refers to Masses for St. Patrick’s Day. “ Bishop Fintan asks priests to celebrate Sunday Mass privately for the people of the parish and, where available, to have it broadcast via webcam. “It is important to note that people are not bound by the Sunday Obligation. My hope is that the people of your parish, while not able to join you physically, could join you spiritually in that Mass. Mass will continue to be live-streamed from the Cathedral at http://www.corkcathedral.ie. It is my hope to celebrate the 11.30 am Mass there each Sunday. “Funerals, weddings, baptisms and weekday Masses may continue as long as the attendance does not exceed 100 people. “People may be encouraged to make Spiritual Communion while they are not able to be present at Mass. “Let us keep one another in our prayers conscious of the hope and comfort which our faith brings, especially in these difficult times. “
On Sun. Sept. 2nd, our parish welcomed many of the Sisters of Mercy who both lived and served in our parish over many years. We also welcomed the Sisters who served on the staff of Scoil Mhuire Banríon on Boherboy Road. Our parish and community are deeply indebted to the Sisters for their dedication, their vision, their sense of justice and their commitment to people and families. We are blessed with a wonderful sense of parish and community which has been shaped and nurtured by many Sisters. This weekend at our regular 12 noon Sunday Mass, we will honour that contribution and sense of service. May God bless the Sisters, many of whom still serve people and families in new and imaginative ways. We also salute the Sisters who are fully retired yet continue to pray for all of us. May God bless them all and may we all continue to remember and pray for one another. Our Lady Crowned, pray for us.
Our parish was saddened during the past week following the death of Fr. Donal O’Brien who lived on Gardiner’s Hill and who assisted regularly in Our Lady Crowned. Fr. Donal was ordained in 1969 and served in the diocese of Portsmouth until his retirement in 2005. Fr. Donal returned to Cork that year and became a very familiar face in the Mayfield area, most notably walking his dog along the Ballyhooley Road. Fr. Donal was a great help in Our Lady Crowned. He would regularly say Mass to assist the priests of the parish as well as hearing confessions when requested. He assisted in the Holy Week ceremonies and at Christmas as well. He attended 9.30am Mass each Sunday morning if he was not obliged to celebrate Mass in another parish. He was a dedicated priest who took great care in celebrating the sacraments. He also was a man of prayer quietly visiting Our Lady Crowned each afternoon to spend time with God. May he now enjoy rest from his labours in the company of the Lord whom he loved and served all his life. May he rest in peace.
Preparations are underway to honour the contribution of the Mercy Sisters to our parish as well as to Scoil Mhuire Banríon on Sunday Sept. 22nd next at 12 noon Mass. The Sisters served both parish and school since 1962 and resided at the Convent on Boherboy Road for most of those years until 2016. Sr. Imelda retired from her role as parish sister earlier this year. Two sisters are currently on the staff of Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin. It is timely to honour the contribution of many Sisters to the community and also to officially mark their departure from Boherboy Road. The legacy of the Sisters is secure and their ethos remains alive in our parish and newly amalgamated parish school. On Sun. Sept. 22nd, the Sisters who previously resided on Boherboy Road and those who served in our parish will be invited to the regular Sunday Mass. It will be the regular vibrant Sunday gathering to mark this occasion followed by a reception after Mass.