Child Safeguarding Policy

August 15th, 2020|

Safeguarding in our Parish The Parish of the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne is part of the Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross. We all share the responsibility for ensuring that our children grow up in an environment where they are respected and loved and are free from the danger of any form of abuse. Where children are involved in Church-related activities, the Diocese takes its responsibilities seriously. Our parish is guided by and audited by the Safeguarding Children

Readings and Reflection 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 15th, 2020|

FIRST READING A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah       56:1. 6-7 I will bring foreigners to my holy mountain Thus says the Lord: Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest. Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve him and to love his name and be his servants – all who observe the sabbath, not profaning it, and cling to my covenant – these

Readings and Reflection 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 8th, 2020|

FIRST READING A reading from the first Book of Kings       19:9. 11-13 Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord. When Elijah reached Horeb, the mountain of God,  he went into the cave and spent the night in it. Then the word of the Lord came to him saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’  Then he was told, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord. Then the Lord himself went by. There

The Cathedral Parish Needs Your Support

July 25th, 2020|

Until the Covid-19 Pandemic, parishes met their budgetary needs thanks to the generosity of successive generations of parishioners and our faith communities. Their generosity has made it possible for parishes to meet all their bills and priests have been supported also with offerings from the people they serve. As with so many others in society the Covid 19 outbreak has serious financial implications for our parish. The ability of the parish to continue to operate and meet it's financial commitments

Readings and Reflection 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 24th, 2020|

FIRST READING A reading from the First Book of Kings 3:5. 7-12 You have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself, here and now I do what you ask. At Gibeon the Lord appeared in a dream to Solomon during the night. God said, ‘Ask what you would like me to give you’. Now, the Lord my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership.

Readings and Reflection 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 4th, 2020|

‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.' Readings and Reflection 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Arrangements for Baptism July and August 2020

June 29th, 2020|

The following are the arrangements for Baptism in the Cathedral for the months of July and August 2020 - Baptisms will take place on Sundays at 1:30pm Please note that due to current restrictions attendance at the ceremony is limited to Parents, Siblings of the child to be baptised Godparents Grandparents To arrange a baptism please contact the parish office at Phone: +353 (0)21 4304325 or by email at

Times and Arrangements for Weekday & Sunday Masses

June 29th, 2020|

The following are the arrangements re Mass times from June 29th. All government guidelines will be put in place. Please sanitize your hands and maintain social distance. Please follow the signage that has been installed in the churches. At the time of publishing the capacity in church is limited to fifty people. Each church will have an outdoor audio system in place &  Holy Communion will be distributed at church doors for people unable to enter the church building. Mass

God Bless Bishop Fintan on the First Anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination

June 28th, 2020|

This weekend we celebrate and congratulate Bishop Fintan on the first Anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination.  This time last year The Cathedral was a hive of activity as we prepared for the ordination of Bishop Gavin. Around 1200 people from all around the country crammed into The Cathedral. How times have changed! It's hard to believe that a year has passed since that joyful day, though in some ways it seems like a lifetime ago! We take this opportunity to

Welcoming People back to the Public Celebration of Mass

June 27th, 2020|

This video contains a message from Bishop Fintan as preparations are being made for the Public Celebration of Mass in our churches. It also explains the changes that we will experience as we return to Mass and the Sacraments such as hand sanitising, seating arrangements and how to receive Holy Communion. At the time of publication the capacity of the church is limited to fifty people. If you don't feel well or are ill it's best to pray at home

Readings and Reflection 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 27th, 2020|

Alleluia, alleluia! You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a people set apart, to sing the praises of God who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Alleluia! Mass Reading and Reflection !3th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Returning to the Public Celebration of Mass

June 21st, 2020|

Returning to the Public Celebration of Mass - The public celebration of Mass resumes on Monday, June 29th. This will be a source of great joy and hope for many in our parish communities. Public health considerations will however require some practical adjustments to the way we celebrate our liturgies. The two metre physical distancing and government requirements mean that the number of people in the church will be greatly reduced. The demands of physical distancing will also need to

June 13th, 2020|

Readings and Reflection for the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Mass+Readings_and_Reflection_ Feast_of_the Most_Holy_Body_and_Blood_of_Christ_2020 O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, All praise and all thanksgiving, Be every moment thine.   I am the Living bread which has come down from heaven, says the Lord. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever!

A Spiritual Pilgrimage from Cork and Ross to Lourdes Friday June 12th to Wednesday June 15th

June 13th, 2020|

Many pilgrims from our Diocese had planned to travel to Lourdes during these days to take part in our Diocesan Pilgrimage led by Bishop Fintan Gavin. However, due to the coronavirus we are sadly not able to go this year so you are invited to join together in A Spiritual Pilgrimage from Cork and Ross to Lourdes from 12th to 17th June 2020.  We can join the Chaplains at the Grotto in Lourdes each day beginning on Friday 12th June

Thank You from Fr Damian

June 6th, 2020|

Just a brief few words of thanks to all who were in contact with me in various ways to mark the Silver Jubilee of my ordination - a lockdown jubilee! I am very grateful for all the cards, letters, gifts, phone calls, text messages, Facebook messages and emails that I received. Thanks also to Fr John for his very gracious words spoken at the end of the 9.30am Mass in Blackpool and also at the 10:15am Mass in The Cathedral.

Mass Readings and Reflection for Pentecost Sunday May 31st 2020

May 30th, 2020|

Today is Pentecost Sunday. We welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives in a special way today. Please click here for today's readings and reflection - Mass_Readings_and_Reflection_for_Pentecost_Sunday_May_31st_2020 Come Holy Spirit  Fill the hearts of your faithful And kindle in them the fire of your love Send Forth your Spirit and they shall be created And you shall renew the face of the earth

“Our” Fr Damian O Mahony celebrates the Silver Jubilee of his Ordination

May 30th, 2020|

Fr Damian was ordained on June 3rd 1995 in his parish Church of the Assumption, Ballyphehane. Fr James Mc Sweeney, formerly of this parish, was ordained with him on that  day. His ordination was a proud occasion for his family. His Mom and Dad hailed from Ballyhea and Ballincollig, respectively. He has four brothers and one sister. Damian is known affectionately to his family as "The Revs". The O Mahony Brothers were keen hurlers with the 'Barrs. His sister Colette,

Mass Readings and Reflection May 24th 2020

May 23rd, 2020|

Today we celebrate the Feast of The Ascension of the Lord. Please click on this link for the readings and reflection for today. Mass_Readings_and_Reflection_The_Ascension_of_the_ Lord_May_24th_2020

Bishop Fintan will Lead Laudato Si Prayers in the Diocese

May 23rd, 2020|

Pope Francis has invited the people of the world to join him in prayer on Sunday May 24th to mark the Fifth Anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si. Bishop Fintan Gavin will lead the people of the Diocese of Cork and Ross in prayer at the conclusion of the 11:30am Mass in the Cathedral on Sunday. You are invited to join via our webcam. Laudato Si Prayers Laudato Si is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical has

Cathedral Open for Personal Prayer Monday 18th May

May 16th, 2020|

Phase One, Week One of Reopening of Cathedral We are very happy to announce that The Cathedral will reopen on Monday May 18th for personal prayer. This is a gentle reopening - . It will be opened during the following hours- Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm and on Sundays 12:30pm to 2:00pm. Great preparations have been made for this reopening. The Cathedral has been professionally sanitized and the seating has all been marked off for social distancing. All

Good Shepherd Sunday

May 2nd, 2020|

The fourth Sunday of Easter is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The Gospel on this Sunday is all about the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his flock. On this Sunday we turn our thoughts to the men & women who through their commitment to the flock look after our spiritual and pastoral needs. Today we thank the Lord in a special way for our Priests and Religious. We pray in a special way today for vocations.

Praying through Holy Week

April 7th, 2020|

The Diocesan Office has put together a very valuable resource for Praying our Way through Holy Week. There is a lovely prayer service for each day. We hope that you will find comfort and hope from these resources during these days.

Holy Week Tridium

April 3rd, 2020|

Holy Week Tridium at The Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne Holy Thursday: The Mass of the Lord's Supper will be celebrated at 7:30pm in The Cathedral. This liturgy will not include a ceremony of Washing of Feet (another rite will replace this) or the procession to the Altar of Repose. Good Friday: The Solemn Liturgy of the Passion will be celebrated in The Cathedral at 3:00pm. The Solemn Intercessions will include a special prayer for all afflicted in this time of pandemic.

Contact Details during Covid-19

March 29th, 2020|

We will  use this webpage to update our parishioners on any news from the parish.  We have a Facebook page named - Cork Cathedral, Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne. The priests of the parish continue to be  available to you. If you need to contact the priest on duty, he can be contacted on this number 0872381187. If you need to contact the parish office here in the Cathedral  you please call this number 0870649577  between 11:00am and


March 28th, 2020|

Thank you so much to all the frontline workers who are always there for us. You are much appreciated and you are in our thoughts and prayers in a special way these days. May God Bless and Protect you all.

Join Pope Francis for His Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing

March 26th, 2020|

Join Pope Francis for his extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing on tomorrow, Friday 27th March at 5:00pm Irish time. It  will be broadcast on RTENewsNow. Pope Francis will preside over an extraordinary global celebration of prayer. It will take place on the sagrato of St Peter's Basilica. The ceremony will consist of readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication and adoration of the Blessed sacrament. It will conclude with Pope Francis giving his Urbi et Orbi Blessing. Further information here

Parish Arrangements for Staying Apart but remaining United Together!

March 25th, 2020|

Dear Parishioners, During these difficult times as we make sacrifices to stem the spread of Covid-19 we write this message to you to let you know of the arrangements we have put in place to keep in contact with one another. Mass will be live streamed from The Cathedral at 10:15am  Monday to Saturday and at 11:30am on Sundays. It can be accessed through this webpage. Daily Mass is also broadcast from many churches around the diocese. This link will

Praying for Our Deceased when we Cannot Attend the Funeral

March 24th, 2020|

In accordance with government guidelines on public gatherings, funerals are taking place privately. We in Ireland have a long tradition of praying for the deceased and supporting the bereaved. During these days we are using technology to support the bereaved by sending texts, phone calls and leaving online messages on books of condolence. The diocese have kindly made this leaflet available for us to help us to pray for our deceased and their families. PRAYING FOR OUR DECEASED LOVED ONES

Hours for Prayer and Reflection in The Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne

March 23rd, 2020|

Let us keep one another in our prayers, conscious of the hope and comfort which our faith brings to us especially in these difficult times. We would like you to know that The Cathedral will remain open for private prayer at the following times. Please observe all the HSE hygiene requirements  please observe social distance. Monday to Saturday 11.00am to 5.00pm - The Cathedral will be open for private prayer and reflection after the 10:15am live streamed Mass. Sunday 12.30 to

Prayers When We Cannot Attend Mass

March 23rd, 2020|

This is an occasion when we can pray more intensely for each other. Let us pray for our families, friends, neighbours and all who need our prayers. Let us remember  in a special way all the people who work at the front lines, doctors, nurses, medical staff, carers and all who keep essential services going in our country. We welcome this prayer sheet which we received from the Diocesan Office and hope you will gain comfort and consolation from using

Mass Intentions for March 21st to March 27th

March 20th, 2020|

Mass Intentions for the Week of March 21st to March 27th Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne Saturday March 21st at 10.15am Eileen Walsh RIP Maureen & Marcus Hurley Anniversary RIP Lylie Madden RIP Sunday 22nd March at 11.30 am Harold Mitchell RIP Mary Thompson RIP 10th Anniversary Sr Rose Cashman Recently Deceased Monday 23rd March at 10.15 Missa Pro Populo Tuesday 24th March at 10.15 Maura Collins RIP Wednesday 25th March at 10.15 Betty O Connor RIP David

Schedule of Live Streaming of Masses

March 18th, 2020|

We invite you to join us here at the Cathedral for Daily Mass (Monday to Saturday inclusive). Mass will be celebrated each day at 10.15am. Our Sunday Mass will be live streamed on Sunday mornings at 11.30 am We wish you God's blessing on you and your families during this time and urge you all to follow the guidelines and stay safe. The Irish Catholic Bishops Conference has provided prayer resources that you may wish to use. Please click on

Feast of St Patrick, Principal Patron of Ireland

March 17th, 2020|

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Patrick and even though it is a bit more subdued this year it gives us the opportunity to reflect on St Patrick. Patrick was born in the early years of the fifth century in the Roman colony of Britain. He was taken captive and brought to Ireland as a slave. He tended herds on Slemish mountain for six years. His captivity had a very positive effect on his spiritual life. He prayed many

Bishop Fintan Issues Temporary Norms With Regard To Weekend Masses

March 13th, 2020|

Bishop Fintan Gavin has written to priests of the Diocese of Cork and Ross with norms to be effected in response to the spread of the Corona Virus which he asks  to be implemented with immediate effect. The government announcement requires that the attendance at any event must not exceed one hundred people. In light of this, all public Weekend Masses in the Diocese of Cork and Ross will be discontinued until further notice. This also refers to St Patrick's

Message re COVID-19 Corona Virus

March 7th, 2020|

During the present outbreak of  the Corona Virus, those who are ill are asked to remain at home, rest, stay well hydrated and if necessary seek appropriate medical help. There is no obligation on anyone who is ill to attend Mass. Mass from these parishes is live streamed on this website and on link contains guidance from The HSE regarding attendance at Religious Services wish all our parishioners well during the current outbreak of sickness in our world. May

Rite of Election for Catechumens

March 4th, 2020|

On last Saturday the 29th of February, Bishop Fintan presided at the Rite of Election for Catechumens from across the diocese. We welcomed Yvette, Rahul and Christopher from this parish ,Remy from St Peter and Paul's ,Ivana and Paulo from Bandon and Katherina from Bantry. They were accompanied by their sponsors, family members and parishioners, who are accompanying them on the journey of Christian Initiation as they prepare for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. They will receive these

Vacancy for Parish Sacristan

March 2nd, 2020|

The Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Anne is currently recruiting a Parish Sacristan. This role is offered initially on a one year fixed term /part time basis including weekends. ROLE To provide a high level of support to the Parish Priest and Parish Team by being responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and preparation of the church/church grounds on a day to day basis. DUTIES Preparing the altar for daily Masses and other Liturgical Services e.g. Weddings and Baptisms Opening


February 29th, 2020|

At Easter we will celebrate the Resurrection, the most important feast in  the Christian calendar. Now we begin Lent as a time to ready ourselves for that great feast of Easter. During Lent we are invited to let God find us where we are. God has the same question to ask of each of us: "Where are you?" During Lent we can make time to look at where we are in our lives and discover God's presence anew. We are

Pastoral Teams for Funerals

February 24th, 2020|

A number of parishes in the diocese have Pastoral Teams for Funerals in place. The role and work of the Pastoral team is to be there with a family to guide and advise them as they plan the funeral of their loved one. Above all, they will be there to reassure the bereaved family, to help in making the funeral more personal, meaningful and prayerful as well as leading some of the prayers, beginning in the funeral home, like the

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 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 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 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.