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Following the retirement from active ministry of Archdeacon Liam O’Driscoll, who was Parish Priest of Clogheen/Kerry Pike for the past 14 years – and the non-availability of a priest to fill the vacancy – Bishop Fintan Gavin has convened a number of meetings with some priests of the north city Deanery, (Gurranabraher, Farranree and Knocknaheeny), to work out an initiative that would provide for the continuing pastoral needs of Clogheen/Kerry Pike parish; as well and the needs of the other three parishes in the event of circumstances changing in these places. Consequently, Fr Greg Howard, Fr John Walsh, Fr Aidan Vaughan and Fr Tomás Walsh have agreed to accept shared responsibility for the above named parishes. This means that with immediate effect these priests will be visible in all of the four parishes and will regularly celebrate Sacraments there.
For us here in Gurranbraher, it means having to make some changes to our current schedule to facilitate this new pastoral initiative. It means bringing forward the Saturday Vigil Mass from its present time of 6pm to 5.30pm and discontinuing the weekday 8am Masses. Other parishes have also been asked to accept changes. We ask parishioners’ understanding and cooperation with this new arrangement. A letter, from Bishop Fintan, addressed to all parishioners, outlining the necessity for these changes is available at all Masses this weekend.