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

Parish Assembly meeting

September 14, 2017

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. Ray Riordan are automatically members of the Parish Assembly.

There are 3 sub-groups within the Parish Assembly – Community Group, Liturgy Group and Communications Group. Each group aims to meet once a month.

The Parish Assembly, as a whole, meets every month with each sub-group submitting a report at this meeting. The meetings take place in the parish room across from St Joseph’s church.  When the new Parish Centre is completed, all meetings will take place there.


At the most recent meeting, the World Meeting of Families was discussed. Media distributed to the parish will be displayed in both churches from now until next August. Representatives from Glanmire will attend Diocesan briefings about World Meeting of Families. Members of the parish assembly will speak once a month at masses in Glanmire to make everyone aware of what is happening in Glanmire for this event.

There was a review of the graveyard mass in July and it was agreed this went off very well and thanks was extended to everyone involved.

The annual blessing of babies ceremony will take place on 01-Oct. This is organised by the Baptism group. There was discussion about inviting these families to other future events in the church, such as crib ceremony on Christmas eve and blessing of throats in February. There will also be some investigation on setting up a group where young children can come to parish centre during mass to participate in age appropriate events and come back into the church towards the end of mass and present their work to the priest.

The annual blessing of graves in Rathcooney and Templeuisce will be on 05-November. Members of parish assembly will be there to help with giving out  holy water, blessing of graves etc.  Speakers will be ordered to ensure the rosary and singing is heard thoughout the graveyard.

The bereavement mass will be held on 15-Nov. The parish assembly will help with lighting & distributing candles, reading names, MC, bringing candles up, welcoming people, refreshments. Families of those who had funerals in parish churches will be invited but there will be a general invitation to all bereaved and not just in last 12 months.

Involvement of lay people/ministers at funerals was discussed and it is agreed it needs to be progressed – it is now happening successfully in many parishes.

There was a discussion about finance at the end of the meeting and collections are down. There is maintenance work required at both churches and it was agreed it is important to keep on top of this.

There was a review of the process for booking weddings and a review of the changes proposed by the Litury group around defined fees and rules about florists and flower arranging.

On the 1st Sunday each month the 12 noon Mass will be said partially ‘As Gaeilge’ to accommodate Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil ‘Do This In Memory’ program. There will be a Do This In Memory program for all schools.

It is hoped all confirmations can take place n the parish next year using a live link to the new parish centre if the ceremony is at St Joseph’s and additional capacity is required.

A new choir director is required, new altar servers and new readers. Processes are in place to recruit for each.

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