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Community Reflections on our Lord's Passion for Good Friday

Today, Good Friday, one of the holiest days of the year, we are delighted to offer you a very special series of reflections of the Stations of the Cross.  Each reflection was composed by a different member of our community: some men, some women; some older and some younger; some married, some single. They reflect the broad range of experiences within our community.  They are written by our community for you, our community, wherever you may happen to live.  They are the reflections born out of the lived experience of our community and we are delighted to offer them to you on this most holy of days. To view the reflections or to download them as a PDF file please click here: Our Community reflects on the Stations of the Cross.

These reflections will be livestreamed on our parish facebook page at 12.00 noon from Shanbally Church and will be available on our facebook page throughout the day.

The Celebration of the Lord's Passion will be live-streamed on our facebook page at 3.00 p.m. today from Ringaskiddy Oratory.  3.00 p.m. is the hour traditionally identified as the time when Jesus died on the cross, what the gospels refer to as the ninth hour according to the Jewish custom of counting the hours from daybreak.

For more information on our Holy Week and Easter Services click here: Holy Week Services

Chrism Mass and Easter Vigil to be broadcast from the North Cathedral

Each year the priests of the diocese together with the  Bishop and people from throughout the diocese gather in the Cathedral on Holy Thursday morning to celebrate the Chrism Mass during which the Holy Oils that will be used in celebrating the sacraments throughout the diocese are blessed and the priests renew their priestly vows.  This year the Chrism Mass will be live-streamed from the Cathedral at 10.00 a.m. on Holy Thursday morning and everyone is welcome to participate in the celebration of this special Mass.  To join the live broadcast simply click here. 

The Easter Vigil is the high point of the Church's liturgy and prayer each year.  It is a ceremony full of wonderful ritual and rich symbolism, including the lighting of the Paschal Fire, the procession of the Paschal Candle into the Church, the sharing of the light of the Paschal Candle so that darkness gives way to light, the singing of the Exsultet, the proclamation of God's enduring love throughout creation and history in the extended Liturgy of the Word, the invocation of the Litany of Saints as we bless the Easter Water, the celebration of Baptism and the Renewal of our Easter Vows and finally, the celebration of the Easter Eucharist as we celebrate the presence of the Risen Christ with us in the Bread of life.  It would be difficult to do fitting justice to the richness of the ceremony using a webcam or a parish live-stream so this year the diocese is inviting us to join in celebrating the Easter Vigil together online from the Cathedral at 9.00 p.m. on Holy Saturday night.  The diocese has contracted the services of a professional videographer to ensure that we can enjoy the richness of all the elements of the ceremony from the comfort of our own homes.  To join the Easter Vigil on Saturday night, please click here.

Diocesan Lunchtime Reflections each Wednesday during Lent.

To help us all journey as a people of faith through  Lent, the diocese invites us to join in a series of short reflections each Wednesday afternoon during Lent at 1.30pm, beginning this Wednesday 24th February 2021. The first of this series of short reflections will be live-streamed on this Wednesday Feb 24th at 1.30pm on both the Diocesan Facebook and YouTube channels.  Details of links to join in this short reflection are available on the Diocesan Website.  Click on the diocesan link on our homepage for easy access.


These reflections have been prepared by Elaine O’Sullivan (Chaplain at MICC, Dunmanway) and Fr. James McSweeney (Chaplain, Bantry Community College). Each week they will be joined by a guest to reflect on different aspects of our Lenten journey.


This week Br. Martin Kenneally, a Presentation Brother, will reflect on Hope. “Christian faith does not give us easy answers or take away our pain — but it does give us hope.”


Fr Con continues his series of online conversations on facebook

Each week Fr Con continues his series of conversations with different people in our community about the impact of the pandemic and lockdown on their lives, about faith and Church, about their experience of living her in the Harbour Parishes.  These conversations are posted each week on our facebook page - Harbour Parish Churches - so check them out in your own time and stay connected to all that is happening in our community.

Trocaire Lenten resources available online.

This year Trocaire  is making its Lenten Resources for families, parishes and schools available online at  These resources explore the impact of years of conflict and famine have had on the people of South Sudan and how Trocaire and its partners are working with the communities to try to build a sustainable future.  To access the Lenten resources click here.

Parishes Churches to reopen for Personal Prayer 

On Ash Wednesday, 17th February 2021, our Churches will reopen each day for personal prayer.  We ask people to follow all the public health advice and safety protocols when visiting the Church.  These include wearing a face-covering, sanitising your hands on entering and leaving the Church, avoiding touching surfaces as much as possible while you pray, keeping a safe distance from others praying in the Church and observing respiratory hygiene by using tissues if you need to cough or sneeze.

We are deeply grateful to our wonderful volunteers who sanitise the Church each day to allow people to come to the Church and to pray.  Each of our volunteers takes a turn to sanitise the Church one evening a week, which typically takes about fifteen or twenty minutes.   Many of our volunteers have been helping out since the end of June last year and ideally we would love to build up our team of volunteers to help cover when someone is unavailable for any reason.  If you feel you could help us one evening a week please email us at or give Con or myself a ring.  The more of us that play our part, the easier we make it for everyone.  

 14th January 2021

Hour of Quiet Prayer and Reflection on Sunday Evenings

A Holy Hour of Quiet Prayer, Music and Reflection before the Blessed Sacrament is live-streamed on our facebook page on Sunday evenings from St Mary's Church, Passage West, from 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.   You are welcome to join us in taking a moment of quiet in the presence of the Lord as we come together virtually before Him and lay our cares and worries before him, confident in the power of His love.

14th January 2021  


Sunday Mass continues to be live-streamed

Sunday Mass from the Harbour Parishes continues to be live-streamed on our facebook page - 'Harbour Parish Churches' each Sunday morning at 11.00 a.m. and we welcome you to join us so that we can continue to pray together as a community even when we can't gather in person.  Each Sunday our Mass is celebrated from our different Churches in rotation.  To access the Mass simply click on the facebook symbol on the home page of this website.  You do not have to be signed up for facebook to join the live-stream.  Thank you to Mary Foley and Damian Quirke who first proposed the idea of live-streaming our Sunday Mass way back in the first lockdown and who have generously facilitated the live-stream each Sunday since then.  We are indebted to them for their technical knowledge and their time which allow us to stay connected as a community. 

When restrictions are lifted and we are allowed to once again gather in Church for Mass as a community, we will continue to stream our 11.00 a.m. Mass from St Mary's Church, Passage West each Sunday as long as the numbers allowed to attend Mass are limited.  

26th December 2020


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