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
Wednesday, 25th September, was a significant day in the life of our parish as the light on the roof cross was relit after many years. This cross was seen day and night all over the city of Cork – until it fell into disrepair about 15 years ago. It was, and remains, a reminder that Jesus, the Saviour, offers his protection and blessings on this city and on its people. We thank those who petitioned over the years for the cross-light to be restored. The removal of trees earlier already made the building the central landmark looking north from any part of the city.
Under ideal conditions, parishioners from Gurranabraher trekked the 6km route from outside Ballingeary to Gúgán Barra on Easter Monday last – arriving at Gúgán Oratory for Mass at 3pm. Many visitors to Gúgán on the day availed of the Mass as well. It was a truly magnificent day with everybody thoroughly enjoying everything about the day. We thank the Lord Jesus, whose Resurrection we celebrate at this time, for providing the conditions for opening our minds and hearts up to God’s glory. Moladh go deo le Dia.
Work is now well underway on church roof at Gurranabraher after a slow start in April – due to inclement weather. With the arrival of bright, sunny days work progresses – and Consultant Engineers report that the work is up to schedule. The completion date is September ending.
A number of parishioners of Ascension Parish, Gurranabraher, travelled to Dublin on Saturday March 10th to walk with the tens of thousands of others from all over Ireland indicating that Ireland would retain the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution. The sheer joy, enthusiasm and goodness present at those marches from young and old is truly reinvigorating.