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Thank you God for the little things,
that often come my way.
The things I take for granted,
but I don't mention when I pray.
The unexpected courtesies,
the thoughtful kindly deeds.
The hand reached out to help us,
in times of sudden need.
Oh make us more aware dear God,
of little daily graces.
That come to us with sweet surprise,
from never dreamed of places.

Let us pray for the soul of Fr. Isaac Achi who was was burned to death this week at his home in Nigeria

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Catherine Wiley with Pope Francis

This is Catholic Schols Week

We celebrate our Catholic faith this week in our schools and in our parishes We especially cherish our Catholic Grandparents The above prayer was written by Pope Benedict xvi at the request of the Catholic Grandparents Association This Association was formed by Catherine Wiley from Co Mayo

Sycamore Series for Young Adults
Exploring Catholic Faith

Have you ever questioned why you are Catholic and wondered why we Catholics believe what we believe? The Sycamore Series is an informal course for those aged 18-35. Join us as we deepen our understanding and knowledge of the Catholic faith. Each session involves a short film and time for discussion, with a meal also included. Everyone is welcome. Start date Wednesday February 1st, 6.00 – 7.30 pm at Presentation Brothers Mardyke House, Cork T12 W8RP. The course runs for 10 consecutive weeks. The course if free, but places are limited. Please email or ring 0214902459 to let us know you are interested.

Sister Andre Randon, a French nun and the oldest person in the world, has passed away at the age of 118.

Recently Pope Francis encouraged diocesan leaders to prioritise awe, evangelization ,and silence before mere aesthetics in lititgucal celebrations. A celebrations that does not evangelization is not authentic He urged liturgical leaders to cultivate silence before Mass, when people sometimes act like they are at a social gathering. Silence in the pews and in the sacristy helps the assembly to focus on what is going to be accomplished. We must re discover and value silence.

Pope Francis called on ambassadors to the Holy See to safeguard the rights of the unborn to combat the throwaway culture in his annual address to the diplomatic corp which took place on January 9


This door sign is in imitation of an Eastern tradition on the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. People were given blessed chalk to take home. On the intels of the doors of their homes they used the chalk to inscribe the number of the new year and the initial of the Magi (the three wise men).

20 + C + M + B 23 The year is split at the beginning and the end. The initials C, M, and B represent Caspar, Mechoir, and Balthasar (the names of the Magi). They also stand for "Christus mansionem benedicat", "Christ bless this home" The three crosses stand for "saint". Place this sign over the door of your home where people will leave. Throughout the year those who come and go through that door will enjoy the blessing of Christ.

Blessing Prayer: Lord God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only-begotten Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this hourse and who inhabit it. Fill them with the light of Christ, that their concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

This is how the private ritual for the closing of Benedict XVI's coffin took place

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Benedict XVI's burial

Deed of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI placed in casket

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The last time a Pope celebrated the funeral of his predecessor was in 1802

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Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI lived loving the Lord until the end

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Never put limits to Christ's love and power to help you in every way. HE loves you . Trust in HIM at all times.

If we allow the love of Christ to change our heart,
then we can change the world.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who died on 31 December, 2022

May Heaven be his bed and may his soul rest in peace


Pope Francis on Dec. 22 warned top Vatican officials against the temptation of believing the Catholic Church is no longer in need of conversion and said that creating a pure church only for the pure would be a return to heresy.

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Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration will start again from the 9th of January, each Monday and Tuesday between the hours of 11am and 5pm.

Her Excellency Ambassador Frances Collins presented her credentials to Pope Francis on Monday as the new Irish Ambassador to the Holy See.Ambassador Collins is from Clonakilty

Pope Francis shall travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan 31st. From there he shall visit South Sudan, a war torn nation since 2017.

Congratulations to Father Giacomo Geldardi who was ordained to the Priesthood during the week by Bishop Fintan in his native Archdiocese of Urbino in the north of Italy. He is a member of the Irish Provence of the Sacred Heart order. May he lead others to answer God's call

When your children leave the practice of the Catholic faith, what would Saint Monica do ?
This is a beautiful new book written by Patti Maguire Armstrong

A message from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

The Sacrament of Confirmation shall be administered on Friday, 24th of March at 10:30 a.m.

Covid 19 has weakened many parishes ,but that community in the midst of homes, in the midst of people is still an essential place for nourishing and sharing faith.
Pope Francis

CONNECT 2 / 16-10-2022 - Click here to read about the event

Young adults attend faith event in Cork and hear call to be missionary disciples

Bishop Fintan has issued updated guidance learning to live with covid 19 in the safest way possible and allowing for careful restoration of most church practices which were routine before the pandemic.

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We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something and to do it well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

Words of the late Bishop Ken Untender of the diocese of Saginaw, Michigan

These words were said in April 1988. They could be said once again during these days.

Ronan Sheehan ordained a priest

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
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At the Ordination as a priest of Fr. Ronan Sheehan in Newcestown on Sept 18th, Bishop Fintan Gavin preached the homily.

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  • Perhaps you’re longing for something more in your life?
  • Perhaps God is calling you to live your life as a diocesan priest?
  • Perhaps you are uncertain, but would like to learn more?
The Diocese currently has two seminarians studying a discernment programme at the English College in Valladolid (Spain), for one year. We keep them in our prayers.

There is no Saint without a past, no sinner without a future.

Saint Augustine

Pope Francis said recently:

The liturgy must be nurtured with care and never be neglected or abused.

"The liturgy is Christ's work and the Church's, and as such, it is a living body," he told members of Italy's Association of Professors of Liturgy.

The liturgy "is not a monument made of marble or bronze, it is not a museum piece. The liturgy is alive like a plant, and it must be nurtured with care" and never be "neglected or mistreated," he said.

Blessed Pope John Paul I

"He gave us the smile of God. In the greyness of these days this smile will remain like a beam of light"

Cardinal Marty - Archibishop of Paris - 1968 to 1994

Prayer for Strength

Every day I need you, Lord, but today
especially, I need some extra strength to
face whatever is to come.

This day, more than any other day, I
need to feel you near me to strengthen
my courage and to overcome my fear.

By myself I cannot meet the challenge of
the hour. We are frail human creatures
and we need a Higher Power to sustain
us in all that life may bring.

And so, dear Lord, hold my trembling
hand. Be with me, Lord, this day and
stretch out your powerful arm to help
me. May your love be upon me as I place
all my hope in you. Amen

Saint Pope John XXIII

Some years ago, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, spoke to the young people of the world and he said:

These years of your life are the years that will prepare you for the future. Stretchingout in front of you is a life that all of us hope will be long. It is only one life. It is unique. Do not let it pass in vain. Do not squander it. Live it with enthusiasm and with joy but most of all with a sense of responsibility.

Never forget the value of your Catholic faith and the importance of your Catholic identity!


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August 2, 2022

Bishop’s statement on Priests’ Appointments and the Introduction of Families of Parishes

Bishop Fintan at a recent diocesan meeting with parishioners and clergy to discuss Families of Parishes. How priests minister in the parishes of the Diocese of Cork and Ross will ...


August 2, 2022

Bishop publishes pastoral letter setting a new direction for parishes in diocese

Bishop Fintan Gavin addressing a recent meeting of parishioners and clergy about planning for the future of parishes. Bishop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross, has published a pastoral ...


On August 4th the Church celebrated the Feast of St. JOHN VIANNEY...Patron Saint of priests...

Faith is first in family for Tyrone’s Peter Harte

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Pope Francis Considers It an ‘Incoherence’ That President Biden, a Catholic, Supports Abortion Rights

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Pope Francis names three women to Vatican office that recommends new bishops

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Pope Francis’ New Letter Addresses Liturgical Formation and the Beauty of the Mass

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Fr Tom Robertson after his Ordination Mass on Saturday pictured with Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the Archbishop of Washington and Fr. Criostoir. Fr. Tom has expressed a desire to return to Saint Joseph s later on this year or early next year. Our congratulations and prayerful good wishes for his ministry as a Priest.

Fr Tom Robertson offers his first blessing.

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Elderly must share life’s wisdom with the young, pope says

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This is a painting of our Mother of Good Counsel and can be seen at Saint Joseph's Church at our Lady's Altar.

Synodal Pathway

In recent months a listening exercise was conducted across the diocese to prepare for a synod of the Catholic Church in Rome next year.

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KEEP ON PRAYING said Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki of the Archdiocese of Lviv in Ukraine. The Archbishop was a former private secretary to Pope Saint John Paul ii and to Pope Emeritus Benedict xvi. War does not bring any solutions he said , only destruction, suffering and lack of peace.

DIARY FROM KYIV is a daily video and podcast from a Catholic Ukranian journalist as she tells the story of life in Ukraine today. She writes " These days , I fall asleep with the rosary in my hands and the prayer Hail Mary on my lips." Read more here

A Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't.
The words of a Baptist Pastor during the nineteenth century in England

Christians with 'empty nets' must return to Jesus, Pope Francis says

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The home of Nazareth is the school where we begin with to understand the life of Jesus - the school of the Gospel.
Pope Saint Paul VI

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"Not all of us can do great things,"saint mother Teresa said, "but we can do small things with great love. "



said Archbishop Bill Nolan as he was installed as the new Archbishop of Glasgow recently. " We seem to have lost our enthusiasm for the GOOD NEWS, and yet that s the whole purpose of the Church s existence. The Church exists to preach the GOOD NEWS!"


Former Ireland International and Birmingham City player Keith Fahey has urged YOUNG PEOPLE to keep GOD at the centre of their lives and not to be sucked in by addiction or materialism. He said that he was on a crash course of self destruction before he found his way back to God.

Pope announces 21 new Cardinals from around the world

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Recently, Pope Francis said:

"Let us remember that life is a gift from God. It is always sacred and inviolable, and we cannot silence the voice of conscience ". He went on to say : "in recent years there has been a shift in the common mentality, and increasingly inclined to think that life is an asset at our total disposal, which we can choose to manipulate, give birth or let die as we please, as the exclusive outcome of an individual choice.
The remarks were made after the Archbishop of San Francisco has banned Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker in the US House of Representatives from receiving Holy Communion.

Recently Archbishop Dermot Farrell of Dublin ordained two priests for The Society of the Divine Word. During the course of his homily he said: "We need to be brave in reimagining our Church so that it will continue to inspire and support a living faith in a secularised society. "

From the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council.

Christ is always present in his Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass not only in the person of his minister, "the same now offering, through his ministry of priests, who formerly offered himself on the cross", but especially in the eucharistic species. By his power he is present in the sacraments so that when anyone baptizes it is really Christ himself who baptizes. He is present in his word since it is he himself who speaks when the holy scriptures are read in the Church. Lastly, he is present when the Church prays and sings, for he has promised "Where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them."

East Cork Choral Society

East Cork Choral Society presented Handel's Messiah on November 28th last. This very successful performance raised much needed funds for the host venue, the Church of the Ascension, Gurranabraher, and St. Joseph's Church, Mayfield.

A Prayer for our Priests.

You came from among us to be, for us, one who serves. We thank you for ministering Christ to us and helping us minister Christ to each other.

We are grateful for the many gifts you bring to our community:

For drawing us together in worship,
for visiting us in our homes,
for comforting us in sickness,
for showing us compassion,
for uniting us in marriage,
for baptising our children,
for confirming us in our calling,
for supporting us in bereavement,
for helping us to grow in faith,
for encouraging us to take the initiative,
for helping the whole community realise
God's presence among us.

For our part, we pray that we may always be attentive to your needs and never take you for granted. You, like us, need friendship and love, welcome and a sense of belonging, kind words and acts of thoughtfulness.

We pray, also, for the priests who have wounded priesthood. May we be willing to forgive and may they be open to healing. Let us support one another during times of crisis.

God our Father, we ask you to bless our priests and confirm them in their calling. Give them the gifts they need to respond with generosity and a joyful heart.

We offer this prayer for our priest, Who is our brother and friend,


Justice Barrett urges Catholic school students to work hard and dream

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett said her Catholic education helped her develop a passion for reading that served as a launching pad for her future endeavors as a law student, attorney, law professor and judge.

Barrett made the comments Jan. 24 to current students at St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School in Metairie, where she graduated in 1986.

“You don’t know where your life is going to lead you,” Barrett told 650 students in the school gym, which she jokingly remarked was far better than the one she once played in.

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Start by doing what is necessary;
then do what is possible;
and suddenly,
you are doing the impossible!

St Fransis of Assisi.

Prayer during a time of pandemic

Lord Jesus, we praise you and thank you for your kindness to us. You travelled through towns and villages curing all kinds of disease and sickness. We humbly ask you now to look with compassion on your people who are suffering throughout the world as a result of the current pandemic. Heal those who are sick. May they regain their health. Welcome into your presence those who have died. Protect doctors, nurses and staff from their illnesses that they are treating. During this time of anxiety, may we find comfort in your merciful love.
May Mary, your Mother, in whom thegenerations who went before us put their trust and never in vain, watch over us with a mother's love. She knows our needs and will provide for us as she did at Cana in Galilee.
We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Bishop John Buckley.

Preaching must awaken souls, not put them to sleep, pope says.

VATICAN CITY — Preaching long, spiritually empty homilies can reduce the Word of God to a mere set of abstract concepts that fail to awaken one's soul, Pope Francis said.

"Even many homilies — I say it with respect but with pain — are abstract, and instead of awakening the soul, they put it to sleep. When the faithful start looking at their watches (and say), 'When is this going to end?', they put the soul to sleep," the pope said Jan. 24 during his Sunday Angelus address.

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Other news

  • A great friend of St Oscar Romero, Blessed Fr. Rutillio Grande SJ, was beautified on Sat in San Salvador. He was murdered while on his way to offer Holy Mass along with the Church Sacristan, Blessed Manuel Solorzano and a young 16 year old boy, Blessed Nelson Rutilio Lemus.
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  • Pope Francis has taken part in a new Netflix documentary series, "STORIES OF A GENERATION WITH POPE FRANCIS" It is about sharing the wisdom of the elderly with young people. It is divided into four themes: love,dreams,struggles and work.

Pope Francis: Learn from St. Joseph to Cultivate Silence

The Pope explained that Joseph’s silence in the Gospels did not indicate passivity. On the contrary, he said, “it is a silence full of listening, an industrious silence, a silence that brings out his great interiority.”

Speaking at the general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Dec. 15, the Pope noted that the Gospels do not contain a single word spoken by the foster father of Jesus.

“Dear brothers and sisters, let us learn from St. Joseph how to cultivate spaces for silence in which another Word can emerge, that is, Jesus, the Word: that of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, that Jesus brings,” the Pope said.

The live-streamed address was the fourth in Pope Francis’ cycle of catechesis on St. Joseph. His previous addresses have explored the world in which the saint was born, his role in salvation history, and his love for the Virgin Mary.

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Cardinal Sarah calls Catholic priests to spiritual renewal in new book

In his latest book entitled "Meditations on the figure of the Priest", Cardinal Robert Sarah calls priests to spiritual renewal, saying that it will not come through structural changes, but through rediscovering the priest’s mission and identity as the presence of Christ in the world.

Structures “are also often a danger, because we take refuge behind them,“ he said. “God will not ask accounts of an episcopal conference, of a synod ... It is us, bishops, that he will hold accountable: how did you manage your diocese, how did you love your priests, how did you accompany them spiritually?”

Fr. Criostóir inducted by Bishop Fintan.

Recently, Bishop Fintan inducted Fr. Criostóir as the new Parish Priest of Saint Joseph's Parish, where he was formally presented with the keys of the church, the book of the gospels and a stole by the parishoners of the parish.
Fr. Criostóir is the sixth parish priest of Saint Josephs since it was received the status of parish by Bishop Murphy in 1981.

The other residents of the Parochial House:

Fr. Criostoir's new companion

Pope Francis: St. Joseph is protecting the Catholic Church

St. Joseph continues to protect the Catholic Church today, just like he protected the Virgin Mary and Child Jesus, Pope Francis said at a recent general audience.

“In the Gospel of Luke, Joseph appears as the guardian of Jesus and of Mary. And for this reason, he is also ‘the Guardian of the Church’”.

Quoting Patris corde, his 2020 apostolic letter on St. Joseph, he added: “If [Joseph] was the custodian of Jesus and Mary, now that he is in heaven, he works and continues to be the custodian, in this case, of the Church; ‘For the Church is the continuation of the Body of Christ in history, even as Mary’s motherhood is reflected in the motherhood of the Church. In his continued protection of the Church’ — please do not forget this: today Joseph protects the Church — ‘he continues to protect the child and his mother.’”

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Prayer to St. Joseph

Pope Francis offers this prayer every morning before Holy Mass.

Glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph, whose power makes the impossible possible, come to my aid in these times of anguish and difficulty.
Take under your protection the serious and troubling situations that I commend to you, that they may have a happy outcome.
My beloved father, all my trust is in you. Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain, and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, show me that your goodness is as great as your power. Amen.