Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Ballineaspaig, Cork, Ireland

Altar Servers

We have a great team of 40 altar servers every year. Boys and girls are welcome to join after they have made their First Communion, that is, from Third Class upwards. Every September for four Saturdays, from 1.00-2.00pm we train new members. After that the children serve on alternate weekends at a Mass time of their choice. Altar vestments are provided free of charge and are kept in an Altar Servers room. Past altar servers say that they made many new friends, and found Mass more interesting, by being involved in the ceremony. Being an altar server encouraged them to be team players in their local parish community.

For further information please contact: Mercedes Cunningham through the Parish office 021-4344452

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Altar Society

Members arrange flowers in the church and do some cleaning in the sanctuary area on a rota basis. There are four teams. Their week on duty includes extra work on special occasions e.g. Christmas, Easter, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, First Fridays etc. They do not arrange flowers for weddings. Individual groups decide on the days on which they work. The norm is Tuesdays and Fridays, approximately 1.1/2 hours each day. Flowers are provided by the church. Donations cover the cost of flowers for Easter and Christmas. No costs are incurred by the members, but greenery may be provided by them.

Contact: Parish Office 021-4344452.

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Church Bookrack Team

The team purchases booklets for sale in the two church bookracks. The members of the team monitor sales, and replace booklets as they are sold. A monthly audit of sales is made. One team member acts for a month at a time and about a half hour for auditing at the end of the month. There is no cost involved for the participants. The members are Terry Layton and Patsy Teahan.

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Faith in Action

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Finance Committee

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Inter-Church Coordination

Celebrating Pentecost 2013


Celebrating Pentecost 2012


Liturgy Group

The Parish Liturgy Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in the Parish Centre. While we have a membership of eleven, we welcome new members.

At the start of the year, in September, we seek new Ministers of the Word, Ministers of the Eucharist and plan rotas for the year ahead. Some years ago we established a "Welcoming Group" for the weekend Masses.

We arrange an annual Mass in November for Parishioners who died during the year and display the names on a shrine. Heading up to Christmas we have an Advent Shrine and Jesse Tree. For Christmas we set up the Crib. There are Lenten and Easter Shrines also.

With our priests we plan the Liturgy for the principal feasts in the Church's year and display visuals for other feasts e.g. Pentecost etc.

The group constructed and Easter Garden in the Church Grounds a few years ago and we continue to maintain it throughout the year. From time to time we contribute Reflections to the Parish Bulletin.

Contact: Parish Office 021-4344452.

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Liturgy Group

Liturgy Group



Christian Meditation Group

Meditation is an ancient Christian form of prayer which was practised by the early Christian monks, and which was recovered in recent times by, among others, a Benedictine monk called Fr. John Main, who saw that this tradition had relevance in the modern world. There are Christian Meditation Groups throughout the world. By reciting a prayer word or "mantra" one attempts to bring one's mind and body to stillness in order to allow "God's mysterious and silent presence that is already within us to become the reality". This type of contemplative prayer does not exclude other types of prayer - rather it deepens reverence for the Sacraments and Scripture. The Church of the Holy Spirit Meditation Groups meet every Thursday in the Parish Office: one in the morning at 10:30 am and another in the evening at 7:00 pm. Meetings last half an hour. New members are always welcome. No costs or donations are expected from members.

Contact person: Nessa O'Donnell, tel. 021-4545441;
e-mail: nessaodonnell@hotmail.com

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Ministers of the Eucharist

Ministers of the Eucharist were introduced in the Diocese of Cork and Ross early in the 1980s. The principal aim was that those appointed as Ministers would assist the clergy by distributing Holy Communion at Sunday Masses, and by bringing the Eucharist to the homes of those who, due to illness or old age, were unable to be present at Mass. This was a restoration of the practice within the early Church, when selected members of the faithful were entrusted to bring the Eucharist to the sick and housebound. Ministers of the Eucharist are recommended for appointment to the priests of the parish. Each minister is appointed for a term of one year, renewable for subsequent terms. Ministers serve on a four-week rota at a regular Mass of their choice. Many of them also bring communion to the sick by arrangement with a priest of the Parish. At present there are approximately seventy Eucharistic Ministers active within the Parish.

Coordinator: Marion Heffernan, who may be contacted through the Parish Office: 021-4344452.

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Ministers of the Word

Ministers of Word read at all Masses in the Parish. On the Sunday rota there are two Ministers for each Mass, and each Minister reads one Sunday in four. On weekdays one Minister reads at each Mass once a week. Special arrangements are made for major feasts such as Easter and Christmas. A person wishing to become a Minister should contact one of the Priests in the first instance.

Co-ordinator: Mercedes Cunningham, who may be contacted through the Parish Office: 021-4344452.

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Music Ministry

Our Music Ministry

Our liturgical music is served by a dedicated team consisting of a mixed adult (SATB) choir, cantors and an organist / music director. Music actively supports three of our weekend masses - 6.15 vigil (cantor), 10.30am (choir and cantor) and 12.15pm (cantor). This service is provided year-round, including the summer months. A cantor leads the singing at the 10.30am Mass when the choir is on summer recess during the months of July and August. Congregational participation features strongly and is actively encouraged at all our sung liturgies. Participation is further enhanced through the regular use of our hymnal - Laudate - together with the use of numerical hymn boards at several locations throughout the body of the church.

Our Choir

The choir sings at the 10.30am Sunday Mass. It also provides music for the various liturgies at Christmas and Easter. In addition to this, the choir has successfully participated in all the major Irish choral festivals achieving many firsts in competitions such as the Church Music International choral festival in Limerick, Cork International festival and AIMS Choral festival in New Ross. In recent years the choir has travelled extensively; singing at liturgies in France (Lourdes and Olivet), Prague, Vienna, Wales (Llandudno), England (Cambridge and Buntingford). New members are always welcome. We rehearse each Wednesday evening in the crypt form 8.00pm to 10.00pm. If you feel you may have a voice to contribute, do talk to us. All we ask is that you can sing in tune and you are willing to commit yourself to the Wednesday rehearsal and Sunday Mass - we do the rest! Music reading is not essential as we cater for all abilities. Contact Patrick Killeen (021 4888445), any of our clergy or the parish office.

Our Cantors

We have a dedicated group of 6 cantors who sing in rota at our three sung Masses each weekend. Their function is to encourage and lead the congregation in song. They also assist in the teaching of new material. If you have sung as a cantor previously or have sung in a church environment, you may wish to get involved in this important ministry. Contact Patrick Killeen (021 4888445) or any of the clergy.

Our Organist / Choir Director

Patrick Killeen first became involved with our church music when the late Brendan Linehan (the then choir conductor) approached him in Advent 1977. Initially he accompanied the choir. A short time afterwards, he was invited to take over the direction of the choir. Since then, many changes followed. Today, Patrick plays the organ each weekend for three masses. He directs the choir and is also responsible for the organisation and scheduling of all music for both choir and cantors. He is a freelance professional organist, organ teacher and choir director with over thirty years experience, and is an active liturgical composer with many compositions already published and recorded. His music has featured on RTE radio and Television and recently featured on Radio Bartok in Hungary (the Hungarian equivalent of Lyric FM). He was appointed to the Cork and Ross diocesan liturgy commission in November 2006 by Bishop John Buckley.

For further information: See Patrick Killeen's website.

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Choir Tie

Descent of the Holy Spirit Logo on mens' ties


Choir

Choir


Choir

Choir, Holy Saturday 2013


Paper Stand Group

The purpose of the group is to promote the sales of Catholic papers and magazines. Therese O'Riordan ensures a new supply of papers on tables at the exits of the church each Thursday/Friday.

Contact person: Therese O'Riordan, tel.021-4341395

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Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council is a representative body consisting of fifteen members of the parish community, twelve of whom represent areas of the parish and three of whom are co-opted. The priests of the parish are also active members.

The members act as a consultative and advisory body in the parish. They develop and foster initiatives which will create a vibrant parish community, centred on the teachings of Christ, where people find a sense of support and belonging and where the giftedness and ministry of each person is realised and valued.

Members are elected for a three-year term. Nine meetings are held each year.

Contact: Secretary Pastoral Council, c/o Parish Office 021-4344452.

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Rosary Group

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St. Joseph's Young Priest Society

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St. Vincent de Paul Society

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Christian lay voluntary organisation, working with the poor and disadvantaged. Inspired by our founder, Frederick Ozanam, and our patron, St. Vincent de Paul, we seek to respond to the call every Christian receives to bring the love of Christ to those we serve.

Through person to person contact, we are committed to respecting the dignity of those we assist and thus to foster their self-respect. In the provision of material and other support, we assure confidentiality at all times and endeavour to establish relationships based on trust and friendship.

We believe it is not enough to provide short-term material support. Those we help must also be helped to achieve self-sufficiency in the longer term and the sense of self-worth this provides. When the problems we encounter are beyound our competence, we build bridges of support with others more specialised.

Our Conference is called the Holy Spirit Conference. We cater for two parishes - Ballineaspaig (Dennehy's Cross) and S.M.A. Wilton.

Meetings:
We hold our Conference meetings on Monday between 7:15pm and 8:15pm in the Parish Centre at Dennehy's Cross. Home visitations take place afterwards. We hold weekly meetings from September to May and fortnightly meetings from June to August.

Collections:
Our church door collections take place in the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit Dennehy's Cross, St. Josephh's Wilton and the Poor Clares on College Road, on the first weekend of the month except for July and December which takes place on the second weekend.

Contact:
Address: Ozanam House, 2 Tuckey Street, Cork.
Tel. No.: (021) 4170444
Fax: (021) 4270644
Email: info@svpcork.ie
Website: St. Vincent de Paul Society

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SVP Logo

SVP Logo



Frederick Ozanam

Frederick Ozanam



St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul


Welcomers

Our Welcoming Ministry ensures that a warm welcome is extended to everyone who comes to share Sunday Eucharist with us, both parishioners and visitors, and encourages them to participate fully in the liturgy in both word and song.

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Welcome