Finding Hope in a Hopeless World is a series of seven reflections which can be used by groups and individuals as we prepare for Easter
The Christian message is one of hope, yet living in a world that is often touched by war, violence, and brokenness can make hope seem more fragile.
Pope Francis said, “We must fan the flame of hope that has been given us, and help everyone to gain new strength and certainty by looking to the future with an open spirit, a trusting heart and far-sighted vision.” He calls Christians to be ‘pilgrims of hope,’ who carry the light of Christ into every situation.
Each week during Lent, a reflection will be added to the website
A diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes is held annually
This year's pilgrimage will take place from Friday 20th to Wednesday 25th September
Parish groups, individuals and anyone with a desire to be part of this faith journey is welcome to partake.
Bishop Fintan thanks all those who volunteered last year and invites friends, family and fellow parishioners to this year's pilgrimage
People who need assistance are accommodated in a special hospital on the grounds of the shrine and this is staffed during the pilgrimage by people from Cork & Ross who volunteer to assist the pilgrims. The helpers and the able-bodied pilgrims stay in the hotels in the town - which are also near the Grotto.
If you'd like to join the Diocesan Pilgrimage as a helper this year, please
or telephone 085 252 5040
Are you grieving?
Bereavement is any significant loss in our lives. Grief is our natural response to this loss, Death is a very significant loss, but bereavement can also be in marriage breakdown, or miscarriage just to mention a few.
The process of grief can take time, it is a journey which has to be worked through. Grief is unique to each person, the greater the loss the more painful it can be. One of the greatest healers of grief is to share. A support group like Clonakilty Bereavement Support Group is a wonderful way to work through the pain of grief, where you feel understood, listened to, and encouraged to look inwards at your own inner strengths.
We are offering support over a 5-week period commencing:
Tuesday 20 February 2024
8:00pm in Clonakilty
This is a free service. For more information please phone:
023 883 5654
The annual fundraising ball for Youth 2000 takes place in Cork on Saturday 10th February 2024
The event is open to anyone over 18. Tickets cost €68 and can be purchased here
The evening will commence with the celebration of Holy Mass by the Bishop of Cork and Ross, Fintan Gavin at 4.00pm at St Patrick’s Church, Rochestown followed by the ball nearby in the Rochestown Park Hotel.
More information about the event can be found here