A number of parishioners of Ascension Parish, Gurranabraher, travelled to Dublin on Saturday March 10th to walk with the tens of thousands of others from all over Ireland indicating that Ireland would retain the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution. The sheer joy, enthusiasm and goodness present at those marches from young and old is truly reinvigorating.
We sincerely thank our Lord Mayor, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, Bishop John Buckley and other Public Representatives for their presence at City Hall on Thursday last as we launched our appeal for funds to replace the roof on Gurranabraher church. It was a really great occasion enjoyed by all present. We sincerely thank the Lord Mayor for taking the time from his heavy schedule to host the event. We know that Cllr Fitzgerald, a former parishioner of Gurranabraher – really wants to see our Church regain its former splendour. May God bless all who were present at the event.
All Masses were cancelled at Ascension parish today, Friday, due to very heavy snow falls. Indeed, the parish is generally in lockdown mode with very few vehicles making it up Cathedral Road.
Work on Church Roof to begin this coming Week
At long last, work is to begin this week on church roof. The contractors, M/s Jim Davis Construction will carry out the work over a four month period. Scaffolding will soon begin to be erected that will cause some inconvenience for Church goers – but the church will continue to be used throughout the period of construction. The total cost of the project is amounting to over €460,000.00. This is a massive project we are taking on – but it is a project that cannot be delayed any longer for the roof is deteriorating rapidly – and would soon become a health and safety issue. (Were that judgement to be made then the church would be closed – possibly for good). Now that the work is to begin we ask Almighty God to crown our efforts and bring the project to completion. We appeal to parishioners to see if they are in a position to make greater contributions to our Monthly Building Fund appeal.
Lord Mayor and Bishop Buckley to Launch Fundraising Appeal for Church Roof
On this coming Thursday, March 8th at 5pm at Cork City Hall, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, the Lord Mayor of Cork and Bishop John Buckley will launch our Fund Raising Appeal for the re-roofing of Ascension parish, Gurranabraher. Cllr Fitzgerald, a former parishioner who has had huge involvement at Ascension parish over many years, has kindly agreed to use his Office as Lord Mayor to appeal to the citizens of Cork to respond generously to our appeal for funds.
Gurranabraher church is a huge feature of Cork city’s skyline towering over the other buildings on Gurranabraher hill – and visible from many different parts of the city. The bright illuminated cross is a reassuring sign to the people of Cork that despite tragedy, pain and hardship God lives among his people.