Glanmire Parish, County Cork, Ireland - part of the Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross.

Parish Assembly meeting

July 13, 2018

The Parish Assembly is a group of parishioners who assist with the running and development of Glanmire parish. A new assembly is formed every 3 years. All parishioners are asked for nominations for the Parish Assembly; this nomination can be oneself or another parishioner. Nominees are invited to join the Parish Assembly.  The current assembly was formed in 2016. The chairman of the Parish Assembly is Peter Falvey, vice-chair is Tim Murphy with Claire Gibson as secretary. The full membership is Doris Murphy, Loughlin Ryan, Niamh Buckeridge, Linda Cashman, Carmel Cleary, Helen Harrington, Rachel Kelleher, Billy Meaney, Catherine McGovern, Catherine McPhillips, Maria O’Keeffe, Kathleen Twomey.  As priests of the parish, Fr. John Newman and Fr. Pat Nugent are automatically members of the Parish Assembly.

The Parish Assembly meets every month.


At the most recent meeting,  sustainable energy was discussed due to a recent talk given by SEAI. Glanmire parosh has bssn signed up for any available grants. Measures are currently being taken in the church for example replacement of
recessed light bulbs with low energy ones. It was decided to pass this information on to the finance committee.

The annual mass in Rathcooney graveyard is scheduled for Tuesday 3 rd July at 7:30pm. Parish assembly members have been assigned tasks to enable this to function as smoothly as possible. Letters have been sent to all parishes. The chair of the parish assembly will notify the guards of the increased traffic in the area on the night.

Buses have been organised for the Papal Mass on Sunday 26th August. Fr Newman is the only priest from the pastoral area interested in attending and this means that the usual masses can be covered.

The buses will leave Glanmire at 8am.  The understanding is that the buses will drop people at the gates of Phoenex Park and then go away to park and come back later and collect people from the same point.

The following topics were discussed in relation to addressing the pressure being put on
priest’s time and availability.

  • Laity led services need to be introduced on a regular basis. There was a lay-led ceremony in place of a weekday mass recently and  it passed off well.
  • A funeral group made up of lay people needs to be introduced as soon as possible. It was suggested that this be mentioned in the newsletter with dates for training advised. It was suggested that any interested people meet with existing funeral
    groups before attending the training.
  • Glanmire parish also needs to consider at the number of masses in the parish.

Concern was raised re the poor state of St Michael’s church.

Canon Tom Deenihan who is the current diocesan secretary and a former curate of Glannmire has been appointed Bishop of Meath. The parish assembly will send a card from Glanmire Parish to congratulate him in his new role.

There was discussion around the need to amend mass times in the parish. This needs to be looked at in the context of mass times in neighbouring parishes, especially Glounthaune and also in relation to collections.

It is thought that the later mass times in Glanmire will better accommodate young families. Numbers are declining at the 9am mass and increasing at later mass times. With this in mind the suggestion to be taken to the pastoral council is as follows.

  • St Michael’s 11am
  • St Joseph’s 6pm, 10am, 12pm

9am mass is available in Glounthane for those who require an early mass.

It is very important tp consider that the proposed times means that all the masses could be celebrated by one priest.


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