Church Front Gates gone for Refurbishment

The Church front gates ‘in situ’ since 1955 have finally gone for refurbishment. These gates donated to Bishop Lucey in 1955 following an appeal for finances and building materials – as he undertook the building of five churches located in the heart of new estates springing up around the city suburbs – were later discovered to be of great artistic and historical value. The gates fabricated by John Parry, one of Ireland’s Master craftsmen in the early 1900s, were specially commissioned for the Carnegie Library built beside the City Hall; and officially opened in 1905. The Carnegie Library was burnt to the ground in 1920 when British Crown Forces set the city alight. These gates are probably the only remnants of Carnegie Library that survived the inferno. The gates have been described at a ‘national treasure’ by noted blacksmiths and one of the few pieces of John Perry’s superb work in Cork city. The refurbishment is being done by Mr Pat Ronan and sponsored by the National Heritage Council.


Heritage Council recognizes Artistic and Historical value of Church Gates

The Heritage Council

The Heritage Council of Ireland, in its recent deliberations, awarded a grant of €15,000 for the complete refurbishment of front gates at Ascension Parish Church that have very significant artistic and historical value. The gates have been in-situ at Ascension Parish since its construction in 1955. They were originally the gates that adorned the grandiose Carnigie Library, in Anglesea Street, that opened to the public in 1905: and which was destroyed in the infamous burning of the city of Cork in 1920.

The gates, the work of Master craftsman, John Perry, in terms of design, stands out from anything else that was happening at that time, not only in Cork but in the entire country. Therefore, the gates are not only part of Cork’s heritage but are of national importance.

We are grateful to Mr Joe Murphy, whose company fabricated the steel used in the construction of the church in 1955, for bringing to our attention the artistic and historical significance of the gates – and for gently prodding us to preserve them for future generations. We are truly grateful to the Heritage Council of Ireland for awarding us the sum of €15,000 to restore these gates to their original splendour. Their website is found at
This work of restoration will begin shortly.


New Pastoral Initiative in North City Parishes

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.


Afternoon of Atonement to the Divine Mercy

On this Sunday, (Divine Mercy Sunday), we will have an afternoon of Atonement to the Divine Mercy, in reparation for the blasphemies and outrages committed against the Lord.

The afternoon will begin at 1.30pm, with Solemn Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It will conclude with Mass at 3.30pm celebrated by Fr Marius O’Reilly. During the Adoration Rosary and the Divine Chaplet will be recited

Due to penal Lock-down regulations still in place the Service of Atonement can only be livestreamed at

We invite all to join us for this Devotion.


Livestreamed Liturgies from Church of Ascension over the Easter period

Over the solemn days of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus, the Liturgical arrangements at Ascension Parish are as follows:

Holy Thursday @ 7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper. (available on web at

Good Friday @ 12noon – Stations of the Cross. (

Good Friday @ 3pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion. (

Holy Saturday @ 9pm – From the Cathedral. (Link:

Easter Sunday @ 11.30am. Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection. (

Easter Monday @ 10am. Octave Mass of Easter. (


Livestreaming all Masses at Gurranabraher

At last, Gurranabraher joins the long line of other parishes in the Dioceses who have installed cameras so that all liturgical celebrations can be livestreamed directly to the computers or smartphones of parishioners.

With the Lockdown still preventing Masses from being celebrated publicly it is a powerful way of remaining in contact with our people. Indeed, as it is livestreamed all around the world former parishioners who have settled in far-away places will now have an opportunity of connecting into our services too.

(During the Lockdown Masses will be livestreamed every day, (Monday to Saturday), at 10am. On Sundays Mass will be celebrated at 11.30am). Funeral Masses will also be livestreamed. When the Lockdown is ended we will revert to our former schedule.

To access the site go to, Scroll down the home page until you see ‘Watch Webcam’. That will bring you into the livestream. You can also access it from the bar at top of homepage.


Masses over Christmas

Due to severe restrictions on number attending Christmas Masses this year Ascension Parish will put on an extra Mass on Christmas Eve and an extra Mass on Christmas morning.

Christmas Eve (Thursday)
Masses at 4.30pm, 6.30pm and 8.30pm. (Ticket only)

Christmas Day (Friday)
Masses at 8am, 10am and 12noon.

St Stephen’s Day (Saturday)
Masses at 10am & 6pm (Vigil)

Sunday, 27th
Masses at 9am and 11.30am.

You will notice that admittance to all three Masses on Christmas Eve will be by ticket only. (All over the age of five years will have to have a ticket to gain entry to the Church). These tickets will be available after December 13th.

We ask our regular parishioners if they would graciously allow the 4.30pm and the 6.30pm Masses on Christmas Eve be for children – with older parishioners coming to the 8.30pm Mass or any of the Masses on Christmas morning.

With many smaller Churches not able to cater for their parishioners the bigger churches expect much larger congregations this year. This Christmas will ask a lot from Parishioners – Yet, our people have responded magnificently with all of the demands made on them throughout this pandemic.


First Holy Communion on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

Children from 2nd Class at Scoil Padre Pio will receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Saturday, 3rd October, 2020.

Like the Sacrament of Confirmation administered, on 15th August, to the 6th Class First Holy Communion will be celebrated with serious restriction on numbers present in the Church.
In consultation with Scoil Padre Pio, there will be two ceremonies – the first at 10am and the second at 12 noon. Only parents of the children will be able to be present at these ceremonies. First Holy Communion Day is a huge event is a child’s life – it is a day for family celebrations and meeting relatives and friends. We know that the restriction on numbers this year will be a huge disappointment for both children and their families. Unfortunately, in the times we are in, public health is a major concern.

We ask our parishioners to please pray for these children – they grow up in a most confusing and dangerous world. Without Jesus figuring in their lives they will have no moral compass to know right from wrong, the good from the bad – the truth from the lie. May parents who made a solemn promise to God at Baptism that they would bring their children up in the practise of the Catholic faith become aware of what God expects of them – and realise that one day they will be held to account for how they performed that sacred task.