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

Parish Assembly meeting

May 19, 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. Anthony Buckley 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 2 months 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, we reviewed St Patrick’s day, Easter and the May Procession and looked forward to planning the parish’s attendance at the Corpus Christi procession (18th June) and the annual mass at Rathcooney cemetery (4th July).

It was suggested that similar to other holidays of obligation there wouldn’t be a vigil mass for the eve of St Patrick’s day. There would be masses on St Patrick’s day at the same times as Sunday morning. This suggestion may be trialled for St Patrick’s day 2018.

Holy week and Easter ceremonies were well attended at both churches in the parish. The frequency and times of the ceremonies worked well and the same frequency and times are proposed for 2018. The walk of the cross was very well attended with a lot of volunteers to carry the cross between stations. Perhaps, in the future, this ceremony may need to happen without the help of our priests.

The May procession went very well and took place on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The procession was greatly enhanced by floral tributes and altars placed along the way. We thank the Grotto committee for their hard work and commitment.

Glanmire parishioners will assemble at St Patrick’s bridge at 2:45 on Sunday 18th June to join the Corpus Christi procession to Daunt Square. A separate notice will be placed on the website about this and the occasion will be advertised on the parish social media sites. Why not join us on the day.

The annual mass at Rathcooney cemetery will take place on Tuesday evening 4th July at 7:30pm.  Local parishes will be made aware of this mass and will be asked to announce the mass in their parish newsletters, websites and social media.

The next meeting will focus on the detail of organising the mass at Rathcooney and on what the parish will do to prepare for and participate in the World Meeting of Families 2018.

Ireland (Dublin) has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018. Started by Saint John Paul II, and held every three years, this major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives, and the fundamental building block of society and the Church. Families and others from all over the world will gather in Dublin from 21-26 August 2018 to celebrate their lives together, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith. The event will consist of a joyful and reflective programme of workshops, talks and discussions for adults; an engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as faith and fun activities for children. WMOF2018 will include the daily celebration of Mass, a festival of families event, exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances, events around the city, gestures of solidarity with those in need, and much more.

Visit http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/ for more information on this national event. Check this website for updates on how Glanmire parish participate in this evening.

Contact any member of the Parish Assembly with feedback, ideas and support. It will be very welcome.

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