Pope Francis leads the world in prayer and blessing on Friday at 5pm

Pope Francis will lead an extraordinary global celebration of prayer on Friday 27th March at 5pm (Irish time) in Rome.  

Pope Francis will lead a global celebration of prayer from outside St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday 27th March at 5pm (Irish time). 

It will take place on the platform at the top of the steps in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica.  The ceremony will consist of readings from the Scriptures, prayers and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Then Pope Francis give his blessing Urbi et Orbi (to the City [of Rome] and to the world).  

During this prayer ceremony the Pope will grant to participants all over the world a plenary indulgence in the context of the Coronavirus. RTÉ, will facilitate the live broadcast of Pope Francis’ extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing on the RTE News Now Channel (Saorview channel 21; Virgin Media 200; Sky 521; Eir 500 and on the RTÉ News Now App.)

This global celebration is also available online to your phone or computer at the Vatican YouTube Channel.  This channel continues to stream the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis each day, the Angelus and other moments of prayer.  (It is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJHI8bI0LWg )

You can also watch it here:


The Vatican

Pope Francis has appealed to people to join him in a worldwide moment of prayer on Wednesday as the world battled the Civid19 pandemic. 

He asks members of all Christian confessions and the heads of Christian Churches and leaders of Christian communities to join in praying the Our Father together at noon on Wednesday, March 25, which on the Catholic calendar marks the Feast of the Annunciation, referring to the biblical scene when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary announcing the birth of Jesus.

He also announced that on Friday, March 27, at 6:00 p.m. local time he would preside over a prayer service in front of an “empty” St. Peter’s Square, which will include scripture readings and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. At the end of the event, he will offer the traditional Urbi et Orbi, offering all who participate a plenary indulgence.

Watch these evnets live on Vatican TV here.

Praying at home

How do you pray at home alone or with family when you can’t go to Mass? This is a short service of prayer which can be prayed at home.

The mass leaflet for the coming weekend will be distributed in the Churches as normal, feel free to drop in and collect one.

There are other prayers and resources available on the Cork and Ross webpage.https://corkandross.org


Bishop Fintan Gavin has written to all priests in the diocese requesting “that the celebration of a public Mass with a congregation be discontinued also on weekdays”, until further notice.

During this time, Fr Tom Hayes will offer Mass each day privately for the intention that has already been assigned to the Mass.

“In light of the continuing measures to protect public health announced by the Government including the requirement that the attendance at any event such as Mass must not exceed 100 people and that social distancing should be exercised, I now extend the request that the celebration of a public mass with a congregation be discontinued also on weekdays.  This also applies to Station Masses.  You may inform people of this at Mass on tomorrow Monday March 16th which will be the last public Mass with a congregation, apart from funerals and weddings, until further notice.

“I would encourage each priest to continue to celebrate Mass privately for the people of the parish and, where available, to have it broadcast via webcam.  My hope is that the people of your parish, while not able to join you physically, could join you spiritually in that Mass.  Mass will continue to be live-streamed each day from the Cathedral at http://www.corkcathedral.ie.

“Churches will remain open for private prayer.  Prayer resources are presently being prepared which people can use in their homes and should be available soon on the diocesan website.  

“Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms can continue to be celebrated.  I would encourage you to keep such celebrations to immediate family and close friends. The health authority’s norms on limiting attendance at indoor gatherings to 100 people and the norms regarding social distancing are strictly binding on all.

I urge you to take every precaution with your own health.  In these difficult times, we keep one another and those we serve in our prayers and we continue to offer Christ’s message of comfort and hope in whatever way we can.”

Parish responds to Coronavirus measures

Our Lady's Shrine in Enniskeane Church
Our Lady’s Shrine in Enniskeane Church

A lot is changing in response to concerns about the spread in our country of Covid-19. The Government announced measures on March 12th which include the closure of schools and colleges and a call to avoid unnecessary gatherings and all gatherings of more than 100 people. Full text here.
Ireland’s Catholic Bishops have issued directives later that also and Bishop Fintan Gavin has issued norms to the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
Bishop Fintan’s communique with parishes says:  
“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.”
“Mass will continue to be live-streamed from the Cathedral at www.corkcathedral.ie. It is my hope to celebrate the 11.30 am Mass there each Sunday.”

For us in Enniskeane, the new reality means that:

  • Saturday night and Sunday Masses will not be celebrated publicly at Ahiohill, Castletown Kinneigh or Enniskeane.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Masses will not be celebrated publicly.
  • Weekday Mass in Enniskeane will continue at 10am on Monday, Thursday and Friday of the coming week.
  • Funerals, weddings, baptisms will continue as long as the attendance does not exceed 100 people. 
  • The Confirmation ceremony scheduled for March 26th is postponed.

Above all else, this is a time to watch out for one another. Don’t add to any fears or panic. Check in on neighbours and friends by phone. Know the essential steps for care advised by the HSE. And say a prayer that peace and health for all will be restored.

Feel free to pick up the phone to Fr Tom at any time. 087-9311472.