Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in Cathedral Parish

February 16th, 2020|

We are delighted that this year we are preparing with three adults, in our parish, Yvette, Rathuil & Christopher for the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, which they will receive at the Easter Vigil. In this period of preparation, we began by sharing with them in the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of the Catechumens last night at the 5.00pm Vigil Mass here  at the Cathedral. We wish them every blessing and support  as they take this

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick

February 11th, 2020|

Today, Tuesday 11th of February is The Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes & World Day of the Sick. World Day of the Sick is celebrated every year on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. It is more than one hundred & fifty years since Bernadette saw the apparitions at Lourdes. Five million pilgrims visit Lourdes each year. It is a very special place for so many people. Many people go to the grotto there and pray  for

Parish Climate Justice Group

February 8th, 2020|

The Parish Climate Justice Group has been affiliated to Eco Congregation Ireland for the past two years and have received an Awareness Award from them last Autumn. Eco Congregation Ireland is an ecumenical, environmental programme for churches. It is committed to promote the message of climate justice. Eco Congregation builds on strong community ties and a shared interest in linking environmental issues and Christian faith and promoting an environmental approach in our churches and in our personal lives. One of

Day for Consecrated Life at Cathedral

February 6th, 2020|

Over two hundred religious sisters, brothers and priests answered the bishop's invitation to a prayer service here at the Cathedral, last weekend, to celebrate the Worldwide Day for Consecrated life. Bishop Gavin said that "Religious are and must be men and women of prayer, who can lead others into prayer." Bishop Gavin blessed candles at the special service and each community was invited to bring back a candle to their homes. The singing at the Cathedral was led by the

Gathering of Religious for World Day of Consecrated Life

February 1st, 2020|

The World Day for Consecrated Life was instituted by St John Paul 11 in 1997 and is celebrated by the church in conjunction with the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas Day. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in St Peter's Basilica in Rome to recognise and pray for consecrated persons in the life of the Church and to express gratitude for their service to the church.  Here in the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, over two

New Year Message from the Priests of the Parish

January 5th, 2020|

Every parish is a family, a kind of extended family. Together united in faith, hope and love, groups of followers of Jesus Christ gather in mutual support to live a Christian Life. Together they worship God; especially at Mass. Together they share their faith with their children and others. Such it is or should be in every parish. At the start of 2020, we take the opportunity to thank God that in our parishes of The Cathedral, Blackpool, Glen, Ballyvolane and Sunday’s

Penitential Services December 21st & 22nd

December 15th, 2019|

Help prepare your heart and soul to receive Jesus at Christmas by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Penitential Services will take place on the weekend of the 21st & 22nd. Services in the Cathedral will take place after the11.30am & 5.30pm Masses and in Blackpool after the 6.00pm Vigil Mass and the 12.00 noon Mass.

Review of Safeguarding in the Diocese of Cork and Ross January 20th – 23rd 2020.

December 13th, 2019|

The Diocese of Cork and Ross has invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) to conduct a review of safeguarding practice. This review will take place from January 20th – 23 rd 2020. If you have any views about Safeguarding in Cork and Ross, we invite you to come forward to Ms. Cleo Yates, Director of Safeguarding, Diocesan Offices, Diocese of Cork and Ross, Redemption Road Cork (021 4301717) or to the NBSCCCI

Christmas Concert 2019 – A Word of Thanks

December 13th, 2019|

On Sunday December 1st a capacity audience was treated to a magnificent Christmas Concert at the Cathedral. Our own Cathedral Choir were joined by the Dundanion Singers and the fabulously talented Junior Cork Youth Orchestra to mark musically the start of the Advent Season as we begin our journey towards the great feast of Christmas. We were honoured that our Lord Mayor, Cllr. John Sheehan and his wife Eadamar took time out of their busy schedule to be with us.

Christmas Mass Schedule 2019

December 8th, 2019|

The Schedule of Masses for Christmas 2019 Masses will take place at the CATHEDRAL on CHRISTMAS EVE at 5.00pm and 9.00pm and on CHRISTMAS DAY at 11.30am Masses will take place at BLACKPOOL on CHRISTMAS EVE at 6.00pm and 9.00pm and on CHRISTMAS DAY at 9.00am and 12.00 noon Masses will take place at THE GLEN on CHRISTMAS EVE at 7.00pm  and on CHRISTMAS DAY at 10.00 am Masses will take place at BALLYVOLANE on CHRISTMAS EVE at 7.30PM ONLY 

Bambinelli Sunday -Weekend of 14th and 15th December

December 7th, 2019|

Pope John Paul II instituted the celebration of Bambinelli Sunday on the Third Sunday of Advent, or Gaudete Sunday. The Pope invited the children of Rome to assemble in St Peter’s Square bringing the little statue of the Baby Jesus from their nativity set at home. Pope John Paul II blessed the little figurines and gave instructions for the Baby to be placed under the Christmas tree at home until Christmas day, where he would then be placed in the

Advent Calendar

November 30th, 2019|

We hope that you will be part of our journey through Advent this year with this interactive online Advent Calendar  from the Irish Catholic Bishops.  virtual doors can be opened on their actual days but not before that. The first day of Advent heralds the beginning of the Catholic Church’s new year. Advent is the church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s

The Season of Advent

November 30th, 2019|

  Do not be afraid. Look! Your God is coming. He is coming to save you (Isaiah 35:4) For 4 weeks before Christmas the Liturgy of the Church recalls the coming of Jesus our Saviour and asks us to prepare for his coming with prayer and penance. During Advent we share the longing of the Israelites, God’s chosen people, for the coming of the Saviour. Advent reminds us of three different ‘comings’ of Jesus. The first is in the past.

Christmas Concert at The Cathedral December 1st

November 17th, 2019|

It’s difficult to believe that Advent is around the corner but it is! Advent is the time we prepare to celebrate the joy of Christmas. Advent begins on Sunday December 1st. How better to begin our preparations here in the Cathedral than with a fabulous Christmas Concert on that day at 3.30? Taking part we will have The Junior Cork Youth Orchestra under the baton of Terry McCarthy, The Dundanion Singers, directed by Terry and our very own Cathedral Choir,

Month of November

October 30th, 2019|

November is the month when we remember our dead in a special way. Friday is the Feast of All Saints and is a Holiday of Obligation in Ireland. The Vigil Mass will take place in the Cathedral at 5.00pm on Thursday and at 10.15am on Friday morning. Saturday is the Feast of All Souls. Both feast days remind us that our lives on earth will come to and end and that the hope and promise of eternal life is there

Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy

October 25th, 2019|

Today we celebrate the memorial of Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy “the White Martyr of Munster” - whose reliquary is familiar to many of us here in the North Cathedral. He was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1896. Over the years many miracles have been attributed to his intercession. He was appointed Bishop of Ross & this was opposed and Innocent VIII then appointed him Bishop of Cork and Cloyne. He set out on pilgrimage to Rome but unfortunately on his

Blessing of the Graves in Kilcully Cemetery on Sunday 10th November 2019

October 12th, 2019|

Blackpool / the Glen / Ballyvolane Parish Assembly Blessing of Graves  and prayers for our Departed Faithful At St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Kilcully on Sunday  10th November 2019 at 3pm Dear departed loved one, we want you to know that we haven’t forgotten you. We remember you and your memory most definitely brings life to us today. May it also assure us of life for you, that eternal life Christ came on earth to give us.

October 11th, 2019|

We join in prayer with the pilgrims from our diocese who are travelling to Lourdes today for the Diocesan weekend pilgrimage led by Bishop Fintan Gavin


October 4th, 2019|

Safeguarding seeks to be proactive and covers both children and vulnerable adults. Education and training are key in keeping the safeguarding message current and not allowing for complacency. We hold regular training days, conferences and information sessions, which can be found by clicking on www.corkandross.org/safeguarding. 9th of October safeguarding talk with key speakers are Kevin Hyland OBE-Child Trafficking in Ireland and Dr Maureen Griffin-Online Solicitation of Minors. To book a place please download booking form on www.corkandross.org or contact Diocesan

October 3rd, 2019|

As storm Lorenzo approaches we pray... Send your holy angels to watch over us and guard us. May they spread their holy wings to give us shelter against the storm.

Evening of Memory and Lore!

October 3rd, 2019|

On next Wednesday October 9th as part of  UCC Community Week 2019 Cork City Folklore Project are holding an evening of listening to audio samples compiled by Cork City Folklore Project. These audio recordings focus on community memories documented by the group over many years. They will also showcase an exciting collaboraution between the Folklore Project and the HSE. It is wonderful to have all these recordings and it’s sure to be a great night. Everyone is welcome.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees

September 29th, 2019|

On this day of prayer for migrants and refugees we pray... Irish blessing for all who are forced to leave their home The love and affection of the angels be to you, The love and affection of the saints be to you, The love and affection of heaven be to you, To guard and cherish you. May God shield you on every step, May he aid you on every path, And may he hold you safe on every slope, On


September 24th, 2019|

The feast day of St. Finbarr, Patron Saint of the Diocese of Cork, is celebrated on the 25th of September. This year pilgrims will gather on Sunday, September 29th , to celebrate ‘Gougane Sunday’. Rosary will be recited in the Oratory at 2.30 pm and Mass will be celebrated there at 3.00 pm. Most Rev. Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross will celebrate the Mass and Rev. Anthony O’Mahony, Parish Priest of Uibh Laoire, will preach the homily.

Bishop Fintan Gavin visits Rome

September 14th, 2019|

Pope Francis met with newly-ordained bishops in Rome during the past week. The bishops were participating in a course there organized by the Congregations of Bishops and for Eastern Churches. Pope Francis urged the bishops to stay close to God and to God’s people.  We are delighted to see this photo of Bishop Gavin with Pope Francis.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

September 5th, 2019|

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Many of us still remember her as Mother Teresa. She was born in Macedonia in 1910 & having decided to devote her life to the Lord, she joined the Loreto sisters to become a missionary to India. She was then sent to Ireland to learn English In Rathfarnham, Dublin for two months. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. She died on September 5th in 1997. Her good work


August 24th, 2019|

Today we celebrate the feast day of Saint Bartholomew, one of the apostles. We give thanks for his witness to Jesus Christ handed on to us through the ages.


August 23rd, 2019|

Weekend Mass Times As and from Sunday, 1st September 2019 Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne: Saturday: Vigil Mass 5pm Sunday: North Presentation Convent 9am. Cathedral: 11.30am & 5.30pm Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool: Saturday: Vigil Mass 6pm Sunday: 12.00noon St Brendan’s Church, The Glen: Sunday:10.00am St Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane: Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm Sunday: 11.00am The changes to weekend Mass times will come into effect as and from Sunday, 1st September 2019.  Thank you for your help, support


August 23rd, 2019|

The Cathedral Parish is holding a Golf Classic at Cork Golf Club on Friday 6th September, 2019 to raise funds for the ongoing maintenance and development of the Cathedral and its environs


August 19th, 2019|

A conference will take place on Saturday 31st August 2019 in Neptune Stadium and Sr Briege McKenna OSC will be the Guest Speaker.  Please see details in the poster.  


August 16th, 2019|

For most family history researchers, parish registers provide the earliest direct source of family information. Unlike many other records, parish registers provide evidence of direct links between one generation and the next (via baptismal registers) and one family and another (via marriage registers). They are also, for the majority of Irish people who lived during the 18th and 19th centuries, the only record of their existence. Our parish has some of the oldest registers in the country, dating from 1731

National Heritage Week at Cathedral

August 16th, 2019|

National Heritage Week takes place all over the country during the coming week. Here at the Visitor Centre we have two events. Shandon Area History Group exhibit Cork Through the Ages and Cork Folklore Project will have extra opening hours during the week.  Why not take some time out, come along and enjoy the facilities here. The opening times are Saturday 17th 9.30 -3.00 Monday 19th 9.30 - 4.30 ( Cork through Ages only) Tuesday 20th -Thursday 22nd 9.30 -

Feast of the Assumption

August 14th, 2019|

Tomorrow Thursday 15th of August is the Feast of the Assumption & is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will take place in all churches in the parish.

Feast of St Clare

August 11th, 2019|

Today is the Feast Day of St Clare. St Clare was the foundress of the  Order of the Poor Clare Sisters. She was born in Assisi in Italy in 1194. She dedicated her life to prayer. St Clare suffered ill health for many years. She is buried under the Basilica of St Claire in Assisi.   Let us pray today for Poor Clare sisters everywhere, especially our own sisters in College Road in Cork.

Annual Devotions at Lee Road Thursday August 15th

August 3rd, 2019|

On Thursday 15th of August on the feast of the Assumption the annual devotions will take place at the Holy Rosary Shrine, Lee Road. Join in reciting the rosary at 6.30pm at the gates of Our Lady’s Hospital. From there you can follow the fifteen mysteries until Mass begins at 7.30 at the shrine. Bishop Fintan Gavin will be the chief celebrant at the Mass and will preach the homily. This shrine was consecrated on the Feast of the Assumption

Welcome Bishop Fintan Gavin

June 30th, 2019|

At the Episcopal Ordination of Fr. Fintan Gavin as Bishop of the Diocese of Cork & Ross at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne in Cork. Newly ordained Bishop Fintan Gavin being greeting by the guests as he exits the cathedral after his ordination. Click here to see more photos from the Bishop's Ordination.

Ready to welcome our next bishop

June 29th, 2019|

The Cathedral is ready to welcome people from near and far for the historic day in our diocese when our next bishop will be ordained on Sunday, June 30th, at 3pm.. Many people will also join us in prayer online. The ceremony is relayed live to Skibbereen Cathedral. It will be broadcast live on CUHFM Radio It can be seen on this website and on the website of the diocese at www.corkandross.org Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne,

Invitations to Ordination

June 10th, 2019|

The countdown to the big day has begun! Invitations to the ceremony have been distributed. The ceremony will be relayed on a big screen outside the Cathedral in Cork & in the Cathedral in Skibbereen. There will also be live streaming of the event.

A Prayer for our Bishop-Elect Fr Fintan Gavin

June 9th, 2019|

A Prayer for our Bishop-Elect Eternal God, shepherd and guide, may Fr. Fintan Gavin who will serve your Church be a shepherd after your own heart, who will walk in your ways and with loving care, and watch over your people. May he be a leader of vision and a teacher of your truth. So may your name be glorified and your Church built up. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Papal Flags

June 9th, 2019|

If you would like to be part of the Ordination Ceremony of Bishop-Elect Fr Fintan Gavin, why not decorate your home with a Papal Flag? These are available free of charge to parishioners from the Cathedral, Blackpool, The Glen and Ballyvolane and can be collected from the Cathedral Parish Office/Visitors Centre or contact Fr John O’Donovan / Fr. Damian in the Sacristies of Blackpool, The Glen and Ballyvolane. One per household.

Welcome to Our New Website!

August 17th, 2018|

Welcome to our new parish website, we hope you find it useful and will visit us many times. Here you will find current Mass Times, information on the sacraments and downloadable PDF files containing all the relevant information. You can read our Parish news as well as download our Parish Newsletter containing news and photos from every aspect of our Community. Should you require any additional information or wish to contribute in any way to this website please contact us.

See Our New Gallery of Images

August 17th, 2018|

As part of our website redesign we commissioned a photographer to take photographs of our 3 churches at Blackpool, The Glen and Ballyvolane. Select from the gallery menu in the main menu of our website.

Update on Mass Times

August 17th, 2018|

You can find all the updated information on Mass times here.