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Your attention is drawn to the helpful and comprehensive government advice about the threat of the Coronavirus Covid 19 on the HSE website

Parish office is now closed until further notice.

Covid19: In comunication with Bishop Fintan who writes:

The new public health restrictions of last Friday have changed our lives and ministry significantly. I know that “cocooning” is not easy for many of you, but these steps are necessary to stop the spread of the virus and save lives.

As we approach Holy Week, we are in a very unusual space — somewhere none of us have ever been before.  These extraordinary times present us with an opportunity to unite in solidarity and communion with one another as a faith community.

Therefore, I’m inviting all priests, parishes and religious communities to join me in the celebration of the Easter Triduum in the Cathedral by way of live-stream. This is an opportunity for us to pray together as a diocesan family.


Palm Sunday: Palms from the church are not distributed but are to be retained until the current crisis has passed.

Chrism Mass

The Chrism Mass will be celebrated at a later stage in the year.


  *   On Holy Thursday, The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7.30pm in the Cathedral. This Liturgy will not include a ceremony of Washing of Feet (another rite will replace this) or the Procession to the Altar of Repose.   

  *   On Good Friday, The Solemn Liturgy of the Passion will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 3pm. The Solemn Intercessions will include a special prayer for all afflicted in this time of pandemic. In place of kissing the Cross it will be reverenced by a genuflection or bow.

  *   At the Easter Vigil at 9pm in the Cathedral, while there won’t be a Paschal Fire this year, the Paschal Candle will be lit and the Exultet will be proclaimed. The Liturgy of the Word then follows. For the Baptismal Liturgy, Renewal of Baptismal Promises is sufficient. The Liturgy of the Eucharist follows.


Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 11.30am.

The Renewal of Baptismal Promises is included in this Mass and the Paschal Candle is lit.


The government guidance for funerals has been updated to include the following:

  *   Immediate family members, not exceeding 10 persons, may still attend funeral Masses, burials and cremations, provided that social distancing and hand hygiene rules are adhered to.

  *   This relates to all funerals including those arising out of COVID-19 deaths.

Your sincerely in Christ

✠ Fintan Gavin

Bishop of Cork and Ross

Cork and Ross Diocesan Offices,

Redemption Road, Cork, T23 PXD0

+353 21 430 1717

No public Masses for the time being.!

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Mass on Palm Sunday is said by Bishop Fintan at 11.30am broadcast on the Diocesan Website.

Click this button to go to the Cork and Ross Diocesan Website

Explore the many options including the live broadcasts when there are celebrations in the Cork Cathedral.

Palm Sunday: On the Sunday before his death, Jesus began his trip to Jerusalem, knowing that soon he would lay down his life for our sins. Nearing the village of Bethphage, he sent two of his disciples ahead, telling them to look for a donkey and its unbroken colt. The disciples were instructed to untie the animals and bring them to him.

Then Jesus sat on the young donkey and slowly, humbly, made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, fulfilling the ancient prophecy in Zechariah 9:9:

"Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

The crowds welcomed him by waving palm branches in the air and shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

On Palm Sunday, Jesus and his disciples spent the night in Bethany, a town about two miles east of Jerusalem. This is where Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead, and his two sisters, Mary and Martha, lived. They were close friends of Jesus, and probably hosted Him and His disciples during their final days in Jerusalem.

Jesus' triumphal entry is recorded in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19.


There will be no Confessions for the foreseeable future.