HOLY WEEK DURING LOCKDOWN

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Mass live on Facebook page ‘Jeremiah Cremin’ at 10.30 am and accessible in playback for the rest of the day.

ALL THE FOLLOWING WILL BE LIVE ON FACEBOOK PAGE ‘Jeremiah Cremin’ https://www.facebook.com/jeremiah.cremin.5
(May be subject to change at short notice)

Holy Thursday:
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 5.00 pm on Facebook

Good Friday:
Stations of the Cross on Facebook at 5.00 pm

Holy Saturday:
Restricted Easter Vigil at 7.30 pm
1. Lighting of Paschal Candle, without Easter Fire
2. Exsultet, The solemn proclamation of the Resurrection.
3. Service of the Word confined to one reading and psalm.
4. Renewal of Baptismal Promises
5. Mass of the Resurrection.

Easter Sunday:
Mass of the Resurrection at 10.30 am.

SPRINKLING OF HOLY WATER

Sadly, our holy water fonts in the church had to be emptied at the start of the present emergency because using the font could transmit the virus from one person to the next person putting a finger in. However there is no harm in taking holy water home and we are always encouraged to sprinkle this sacramental liberally.

Today I filled the three Holy Water bins in the church and imparted the traditional blessing from the Latin Ritual which involved blessing salt first, then blessing the water before mixing both.  These are the prayers which have been in use for a thousand years and are strangely appropriate to this crisis. Here are extracts:

BLESSING OF THE SALT.
‘O salt, creature of God, I exorcise you by the living God, by the true God, by the holy God, by the God who ordered you to be poured into the water by Eliseo the Prophet so that its life-giving powers might be restored. I exorcise you so that you may become a means of salvation for believers, that you may bring health of soul and body to all who make use of you, and that you may put to flight and drive away from the places where you are sprinkled every apparition, villainy, and turn of devilish deceit, and every unclean spirit, adjured by Him Who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.’
BLESSING OF THE WATER
‘O God, Who for the salvation of mankind has built Thy greatest mysteries on this substance, water, in Thy kindness hear our prayers and pour down the power of Thy blessing + into this element, made ready for many kinds of purifications. May this, Thy creature, become an agent of divine grace in the service of Thy mysteries, to drive away evil spirits and dispel sickness, so that every-thing in the homes and other buildings of the faithful that is sprinkled with this water may be rid of all uncleanness and freed from every harm. Let no breath of infection, no disease-bearing air, remain in these places. May the wiles of the lurking Enemy prove of no avail. Let whatever might menace the safety and peace of those who live here be put to flight by the sprinkling of this water, so that the healthfulness, obtained by calling upon Thy holy name, may be made secure against all attack. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.’

 

PUBLIC WEEKDAY MASSES CANCELLED

From an email issued by the Bishop of Cork & Ross at 7.50 pm on Sunday 15th.

Weekday Masses as usual on Monday 16th . No public Masses on St Patrick’s Day and after that no public weekday Mass (starting Wed 18th.)

Masses will not cease being offered. We need more Masses now than ever. I will be offering at least one private Mass each day for the intentions of all in this critical situation.

Stations have also been suspended.
Our Eucharistic Adoration will continue as long as feasable, while the numbers of adorers remains at the usual two or three maximum per hour and provided physical separation is observed.  The situation will be monitored and Diocesan or HSE directives may force changes anyway.

OUR CHURCH WILL REMAIN OPEN ALL DAY, EVERY DAY
unless there is a directive to the contrary.

STATUS OF PARISH EVENTS Sat 14th March

In these difficult and uncertain times, people find strength, consolation and hope in prayer. Our church will remain open for prayer each day.

Sat 14th March: No Vigil Mass
Sun 15th March: No Public Mass. Private Mass will be offered for the intentions of the parish
Mon 16th; Morning Mass as usual 9.00 am. Eucharistic Adoration as usual. No vigil Mass for St Patrick’s Day.
Tue 17th March, Feast of St Patrick. No Public Mass. Mass of St Patrick’s Day will be offered privately for the intentions of the parish.
Wed 18th, Morning Mass 9.00 am. Eucharistic Adoration as usual
Thurs 19th, Fri 20th
. Morning Masses as usual 9.00 am.
Sat 19th, Morning Mass as usual 10.00 am.
Any or all of the above may be forced to change on Diocesan or HSE advice.

Ratharoon Station Fri 20th POSTPONED
History Talk Wed 18th POSTPONED
Lenten Talks Courceys Parish CANCELLED

ALL PUBLIC WEEKEND MASSES TO BE DISCONTINUED

PUBLIC WEEKEND MASSES TO BE DISCONTINUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
New update from Bishop Gavin:
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.
Funerals, weddings, baptisms and weekday Masses may continue as long as the attendance does not exceed 100 people.

BISHOPS’ DIRECTIVES THURS 12TH MARCH

Masses not suspended. Gatherings of 100 people or fewer to continue. People not bound by Sunday Mass obligation. Pray at home, make spiritual Communion. Full list:
– Our gatherings will have a maximum attendance of 100 people.
– People are not bound by the Sunday Obligation.
– People can have access to Mass through local church webcams.
– Mass at the Cathedral will continue to be live-streamed at www.corkcathedral.ie
– This is also a time to encourage people to continue to pray in their homes together as families.
Let us keep one another … in our prayers conscious of the hope and comfort which our faith brings, especially in these difficult times.

Norms
All non-essential pastoral gatherings and meetings, such as formation gatherings, retreats and seminars are cancelled.
All Confirmations are postponed until further notice.
Every Catholic is entitled to a dignified Christian burial. Attendance at Funeral services and Masses should be limited to close relatives and must not exceed 100 attendees within the church building.
– Similarly, Church weddings and baptisms may be celebrated on condition that the attendance in church does not exceed 100 people.
– In these difficult and uncertain times, people find strength, consolation and hope in prayer. Churches should remain open for prayer each day.
– In the current emergency situation, all are dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass. Parishes should inform parishioners of the local possibilities to participate in Mass via local radio and online. It may be possible for some parishes to facilitate attendance at Mass while still observing the health authority’s limit of 100 people.
– This is an occasion for all of us – especially in families – to pray more intensely for each other and especially for those who have succumbed to the illness. We should pray also for those at the frontlines – especially doctors, nurses and medical staff and other carers, including clergy – that the Lord will protect them as they place their own wellbeing at risk in the service of all.

Blessing of Throats Next Weekend

Monday Feb 3rd is the Feast of St Blaise. Throats will blessed after Masses on Sat, Sunday and Monday next.
According to legend ‘In 316, the governor of Cappadocia and of Lesser Armenia, Agricola, arrested Bishop Blaise for being a Christian. On their way to the jail, a woman set her only son, who was chocking to death on a fish bone, at his feet.

Blaise cured the child, and though Agricola was amazed, he could not get Blaise to renounce his faith. Therefore, Agricola beat Blaise with a stick and tore at his flesh with iron combs before beheading him.’