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: 5.30 pm Vigil Mass
Weekdays: Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am
Working Holydays: 8.00 am & 10.00 am
Eve of Working Holydays: 6.00 pm Vigil
Date: Friday 16th December 2022
Venue: Parochial Hall
Time: 10am – 1pm
Lots of stalls – full of Christmas gifts ideas.
Carol Singing, raffle, tea and coffee.
Come along and join us.
Vigil Mass on Wednesday – 5.30pm & Thursday 8am and 10am.
On Thursday, 8th December, Christians all over the world celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This feast recalls a hugely decisive moment in salvation history when God intervenes to spare Mary [at her moment of conception in the womb of her mother, Ann], from the consequences of the sin of Adam, (Original sin).
What were/are these consequences of Original Sin? The Church teaches that because of Adam’s disobedience every human being ever born is contaminated by that original sin – resulting in the loss of innocence – where the human will is weakened, the intellect is darkened and human passions are inclined towards evil.
Why was Mary granted this special grace from God? For one reason only – Mary was singularly chosen to bring forth in her womb the Saviour of the world. It could not happen that this Saviour could dwell in the womb of a person contaminated in any way by sin – original or actual. Thus, Mary, seen by God, even before she took existence, as an exemplary disciple, is spared the contamination of that original sin and so is indeed a worthy vessel for the Christ to take human form and to be born. What was granted to Mary before Christ’s death and resurrection is now granted to all of us at Baptism.
O Mary conceived without original sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.
CE Schemes fund community and voluntary organisations, which in turn provide employment opportunities to benefit the local community. There are 25,000 citizens on schemes, they are managed and organised by 1,250 supervisors and assistant supervisors; – the work of CE supervisors and Sponsors is integral to the overall success and implementation of the CE schemes.
Gurranabraher Parish has benefitted from this scheme by sponsoring staff at Ascension Church and Meals on Wheels.
Currently there are positions available through St. Vincent’s CE as follows:
Kitchen Assistant at Respond, Francis Gardens, Blackpool (Closing date 29/11/2022),
Community Worker with Friendly Call, Parochial Hall, (Closing date 26/12/2022).
Soon there will be Caretaker vacancies available at Parochial Hall – details to follow.
Further info can be found on www.jobsireland.ie along with eligibility criteria.
Tuesday, 1st – All Saints (A Holy Day of Obligation).
Vigil Mass on Monday @ 5.30pm & Tuesday @ 8am, 10am & 7pm.
Wednesday, 2nd Nov – Thursday 10th Nov weekday Masses @ 10am & 7pm
Mass Live each day at 10.am @ www.gurranabraherparish.ie