Church of the Ascension, Gurranabraher
The Parish of Gurranabraher/Churchfield, (Irish: Garrán na mBráthar – meaning the grove of the Brothers), lies in the northern suburbs; about three kilometres from Cork city centre. It is bordered by Farranree on the east, by Sunday’s Well on the west, by Knocknaheeny on the north and the Cathedral parish on the south. The Church, which looks majestically over Cork city, was built and opened on Ascension Thursday, 1955 – originally serving as an out-station Church of the Cathedral until it was canonically erected as a parish on July 1, 1969.
Sunday: 9.00 am & 11.30 am
Saturday: 6.00 pm Vigil Mass
Weekdays: Monday to Friday, 8.00 am & 10.00 am, Saturday, 10.00 am
Working Holydays: 8.00 am & 10.00 am
Eve of Working Holydays: 6.00 pm Vigil
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 www.gurranabraherparish.ie/webcam/
We invite all to join us for this Devotion.
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 gurranabraherparish.ie)
Good Friday @ 12noon – Stations of the Cross. (gurranabraherparish.ie)
Good Friday @ 3pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion. (gurranabraherparish.ie)
Holy Saturday @ 9pm – From the Cathedral. (Link: https://youtu.be/12SFG4tjwXI)
Easter Sunday @ 11.30am. Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection. (gurranabraherparish.ie)
Easter Monday @ 10am. Octave Mass of Easter. (gurranabraherparish.ie)
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 gurranabraherparish.ie, 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.
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)
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.