Archive for category Diocese of Cork & Ross

Fixing the buildings is easier than fixing other church problems

It has often been said that the Catholic Church likes to row against the tide and there is a evidence that a lot of oars are doing just that in our parishes these days. The news media keep reminding us that the construction boom has ground to a halt. Hard evidence for this and resulting […]

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Parishioners worry as priest numbers drop

“So it is understandable that parishioners are anxious about the future of the parishes, and especially about their independence.”

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200 years of the ‘North Cathedral’, Cork

Like so many Corkonians, I have often taken for granted the story, the people and the trials and joys associated with the red and grey building which stands at the junction at the top of Shandon Street. At first glance, it doesn’t evoke the kind of awe or emotion we might associate with the grand […]

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Changing to a new participative kind of church

The more than a thousand people in Cork and Ross who gather in the parishes every month as members of such groups are not working to recreate the past but to be the foundation of the parishes of the future.

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Corpus Christi Procession — Cork — Text of Homily

(This is the text of my homily preached at the 70th Corpus Christi Procession in Cork in 1996.) Good afternoon. My name is Fr. Tom Hayes and I welcome you all to our annual Procession with the Blessed Sacrament. This is the 70th Corpus Christi Procession in Cork City and I’d like to extend a […]

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