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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.

Mass Times

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

Contact Us

Phone: 021 4303655 or 085 8041951


Parish Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 12.30 pm.

Latest News

July 2020

Work on Gurranabraher Church Windows Completed

Repaired and coated windows frames

This week, M/s Beton Construction Services Ltd. completed the rehabilitation of the windows at Ascension Church, Gurranabraher. The concrete window frames had become porous over the years and began to deteriorate badly thereby endangering the beautiful stained glass windows. The work involved both the repair of the concrete and a special coating to help the building withstand the elements for the next fifty years.

We are greatful to M/s Beton for the high quality of the work and their professionalism. Overall the work cost in the region of €30,000.00. Thankfully, we received a grant from the Albert Gubay Foundation for the sum of €25,000.00. The Diocese of Cork and Ross, aware of the great efforts of the people of Gurranabraher/Churchfield over the past few years, kindly agreed to cover the remaining amount.

We are truly grateful to the Albert Gubay Foundation and to our Bishop, Fintan Gavin, for coming to our aid. This was a project that needed urgent attention but work we could not initiate ourselves due to huge financial commitments arising from work on the roof in 2019.

We have accomplished a huge amount of work over the past few years – thanks to the amazing generosity of parishioners. Not only have the people of Gurranabraher been generous financially but a good deal of work around the compound, including the painting of the interior of the Church, has been done voluntarily led by Mr Ed Connolly. There are few parishes anywhere where you will find such enthusiasm and determination.

Deteriorating concrete frames

The Albert Gubay Foundation

Albert Gubay was the son of an Iraqi father and an Irish Catholic mother. In desperate times in post-war Britain he turned his hand to many things just to survive. He ended up a Billionaire owning the Kwik Save Supermarket Chain across Britian. He recalled that he made a pact with God early in life, saying in a prayer: “Make me a millionaire and I’ll give you half of my money”. Albert Gubay never forgot that agreement he had made. Through the ‘Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation’ he has contributed millions to worthy projects initiated by the Catholic Church.

In 2010 he donated £470m of his own personal fortune to this Foundation. The Foundation, which receives around £20m annually from Gubay’s businesses, reinvests half that income into the Roman Catholic Church to fulfil Gubay’s pact with God. May Albert Gubay, who died in 2016, at the age of 85, be rewarded for his huge generosity to so many worthwhile projects.

We are greatful to M/s Beton for the high quality of the work and their professionalism. Overall the work cost in the region of €30,000.00. Thankfully, we received a grant from the Albert Gubay Foundation for the sum of €25,000.00. The Diocese of Cork and Ross, aware of the great efforts of the people of Gurranabraher/Churchfield over the past few years, kindly agreed to cover the remaining amount.

Mick and Eoin, Beton employees, smile at work well done.

May 2020

‘Ageism’ evident throughout this covid-19 Pandemic

Evident throughout this Pandemic is the discriminatory way the ‘elderly’ have been treated by both Church and State. Arguably, the most socially responsible group in society have been robbed of their freedom to exercise choice and told that they must ‘cocoon’ – a word itself which suggests that they must be sheltered, cosseted, protected. Other equally high-risk groups such as the ‘obese’ and ‘diabetics’ etc, were given no such direct orders because it would be politically incorrect to do so. But, because over 70s are generally regarded as docile to the dictates of authority, they are singled out and discriminated against. Also, Priests over 70 have been ‘stood-down’ and deprived of exercising their priestly ministry during this pandemic. No dialogue here, no opportunity given for them to make moral choices – and no opportunity given for men to become heroes. For long the Church has accused both the media and politicians of being influenced too often by ‘group-think’ yet this ‘dictat’ is a fine example of it. As in most other things in society today there is a huge absence of common-sense.

Churches to Open for Private Worship

As and from tomorrow Monday, 18th May, Churches across Ireland are permitted to open its door for private worship only – subject to strict conditions. (Liturgical worship and the celebration of the Sacraments will be permitted to resume at a later date). Some of the conditions are:

  • Signs on display indicating what is expected of all worshippers entering the church;
  • Regular and rigid cleaning of the space used by worshippers;
  • Physical distance (2m) be maintained at all times among worshippers;
  • The sanitization of hands by worshippers arriving and leaving the church building;
  • Worshippers will enter via one door and leave via another maintaining a one-way system;
  • A roster of Stewards be established to ensure that there is compliance with required regulations.

Here at Gurranabraher, our church will be open each weekday from 10am to 3pm. We appeal to parishioners to once again find refuge and strength in this church building where generations before us have sought refuge at crisis moments in their lives.

While Covid-19 infections and death rates have fallen – (thanks to the punitive measures already taken) – a resurgence still presents a real and ever present danger. The expense incurred so far in curtailing the virus is threatening to bankrupt many, many states. Any major re-occurrence now will be a cataclysmic event for Ireland and many other nations. Hence, each of us must do all in our power to make sure that Covid-19 is kept at bay. We, Catholics, illuminated by the gospel, know that prayer is a central element in ridding the world of this pestilence. For the sake of our future – and the future of our children – we need to intercede fervently before God to show us the way out of this morass. Let our churches be places once again where people plead before the Lord – and may these prayers be answered for all our sakes.

April 2020

Imaginative Solutions must be found to accommodate the ‘New-Normal’

It now seems that Covid-19 will be with us for a long time to come – and finding a vaccination may prove a more difficult task than is presumed. A complete ‘lock-down’ cannot be the answer long-term vis-à-vis mental health and social cohesion. Surely some imaginative ways must be discovered to allow life return to some kind of ‘new-normal’ – and particularly to allow religious people – whose first instinct is to intercede before God for solutions to this pestilence – find refuge where they have always found refuge in God’s house.

The Christian community is the most socially aware in Ireland today. It is not a co-incidence that ‘Church-gate’ collections are still very profitable despite falling congregations. Prior to the shut-down the small weekday congregation in most churches was aware of the threat of Covid-19 – and took the recommended precautions seriously; i.e. social distancing, sanitizing hands, even wearing face-masks. In present day Ireland almost any church building has the space for social distancing – and the good intent is there to make sure that it is not contributing to the problem. Visiting churches for private adoration poses no greater risk than shopping in Lidl or Supervalu or the local Off-License’. For sure, the sick, the elderly, those with health conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19, and people who are just fearful of catching it should be strongly encouraged to stay at home. Masses could be shortened so as to reduce the amount of time people are in any kind of proximity to each other. One thing that is becoming clearer is that the risk of infection from contact with surfaces has been greatly exaggerated, as the recently published study from Germany has concluded. There is no need to fear touching doors, benches, etc. It is high time to be reasonable about this and get over the inordinate fear that is paralyzing.

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