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Blackrock Road Parish
Fr Tommy Wade SMA PP
Read the Parish Bulletin
Fr John Horgan SMA CC
Tel: to be finalised
Bereavement Support Group
The Bereavement Support group at St Joseph’s SMA Parish Wilton is a voluntary ministry which aims to help the bereaved and grieving.
Twice a year – September and February – we offer an eight-week session to provide an opportunity to the bereaved and grieving to share their experience in complete confidence. Each person is given an opportunity to speak about their bereavement or they may choose not to do so. There is no obligation on anyone to speak. One is free to say as little or as much as she / he wishes.
We meet one evening a week for eight weeks at 8pm in the Wilton Parish Community Centre. For further information about the Support Group please contact:
The Parish Office, St Joseph’s SMA Parish, Wilton – 021 4341362
September 2013 session begins on Wednesday, 25 September
Origin of St Joseph's SMA Parish, Blackrock Road, Cork
The first establishment for the SMA in Ireland (April 1877) was Lough View on the Old Youghal Road, Cork. In October 1877 the SMA moved to a larger premises at Elm Grove, Mayfield, where a Secondary School for those who wanted to be missionary priests opened.
In June 1879 a property was purchased on the Blackrock Road from Madame Maria McCarthy who lived in France. She was the widow and executrix of John McCarthy (probably one of the McCarthy's of the McCarthy Monument on the Blackrock Road, opposite the African Missions House). Fr Francois Devoucoux SMA began building a College and chapel, aided by a donation from a wealthy Yorkshire farmer, Mr Thomas Hinsworth.
The College cost £2,400 to build and was completed by April 1880. In 1881 the students were transferred from Elm Grove to the new College.
The Chapel - today known as St Joseph's Church - was completed in 1881 at a cost of £1,499-3s-2d. The contractors were John Sisk & Sons.
The Church, which is intimate in scale and Victorian-Gothic in style, is cruciform in plan with a seating capacity of approximately 500. The walls are constructed in coursed square necked limestone blocks with clay bricked dressings around the doors and windows. The steep pitched slate-covered roof with ornate terra cotta ridge tiles is supported on exposed decorative trusses resting on the external walls and embossed corbelled pad stones. Gothic style porches give access to the building.
The design and painting of the stained glass windows was carried out by Cormac Mehegan in 1950 and the fabrication and installation by Tom Henley took four months. The windows portray St Joseph, Our Lady and St Therese.
The Church is Ireland's National Shrine to St Therese of the Child Jesus, the Little Flower, Patroness of the Missions.
The Parish is created...
St. Joseph's SMA Church became a Parish Church on 6th September 1988, with Fr Owen McKenna SMA, a Corkman, as the first Parish Priest.
Fr James O'Kane SMA (Tyrone) succeeded him in 2001.
He handed over, in 2005, to a 'son of the parish', Fr Tommy Wade SMA. Until July 2013 he was assisted by Fr A J Butler SMA (Dublin). Fr Kevin Conway SMA (Tyrone) served in the parish 2012 - 2013. The present Curate is Fr John Horgan SMA who took up his appointment from 1 November 2013.
Vigil Mass (Saturday): 7pm
Sunday Masses: 10am and 12noon
Eve of Holydays: 7pm Vigil
Holyday: 7.15am, 10am, 12noon and 7pm
Monday - Saturday: 7.15am, 10.00am
The Rosary is recited each morning before the 10am Mass.
During Lent and November: Mass at 6pm.
During Novena in honour of Our Lady (May): Novena Mass @ 7.30pm (except Saturday 7pm)
During Novena in honour of St Therese of Lisieux: Novena Mass @ 7.30pm (except Saturday 7pm)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is available every Saturday at 10.30am and 6.15pm.
Parish Office phone numbers: 021-4616327 or 4616328
Fax number: 021-4292890 Urgent Sick Calls: 086 8214709
Baptisms - by appointment with the Priests of the parish. Three weeks notice required.
Weddings - by appointment with the Priests of the parish. A minimum of three months notice is required by Church and State. PreMarriage Course required.
Benediction & Devotions: Every Sunday evening at 5pm.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Monday - Friday 1.30pm - 3pm.
The Parish Team
An tAth Cormac Breathnach SMA PP
Fr Con Murphy SMA
Fr Tom Harlow SMA
Sr Nora Lucey OLA
Tel: 021 - 4341362
Fax: 021 - 4343940
St. Joseph’s Parish Wilton consists of approximately 800 households.
The Parish Priest is Fr. Cormac Breathnach SMA. Fr. Con Murphy and Fr. Tom Harlow are curates in the parish. Sr Norah Lucey OLA from Ardfoyle Convent is alsp part of the Parish team.
Next to the church is a large 2 storey Community Centre which has a daily morning coffee dock, a Parish office, large community hall and various meeting rooms.
Bingo is run on Monday nights in the Centre and Mother and Child gatherings during the week days, together with numerous activities carried out there during the week.
The Parish has a number of active volunteer groups assisting with the work of the parish on various days of the week, such as:-
Altar Flower Group
Money Collectors and Counters.
Ministers of the Eucharist.
Ministers of the Word
Organist Niamh Roe
Some 50 other groups use our facilities each week.
It is hoped to have a Parish Mission in April 2014 preparations for which have now commenced.
Bereavement Support Group
The Bereavement Support group at St Joseph’s SMA Parish is a voluntary ministry which aims to help the bereaved and grieving.
Twice a year – September and February – we offer an eight-week session (one evening per week at 8pm) providing an opportunity to the bereaved and grieving to share their experience in complete confidence. Each person is given an opportunity to speak about their bereavement or they may choose not to do so. There is no obligation on anyone to speak. One is free to say as little or as much as she / he wishes.
We meet one evening a week for eight weeks at 8pm in the Wilton Parish Community Centre. For further information about the Support Group please contact: The Parish Office, St Joseph’s SMA Parish, Wilton – 021 4341362
Our present session began on Wednesday, 25 September.
Parish Mass schedule
Monday to Friday: 7.25am, 10am & 5.35pm.
Vigil Mass (Saturday): 6pm & 7.30pm.
Sunday: 9am, 10.30am & 12 noon.
Holydays of Obligation
1 - Work days
Vigil Mass: 6pm & 7.30pm
Holyday: 7.25am, 10am, 12 noon & 5.35pm.
2 - Non-working days
Vigil Mass: 6pm & 7.30pm
Holyday: 9am, 10.30am & 12 noon.
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Saturday
10.30am - 11am and 5pm - 5.30pm
The Parish includes Lower Bishopscourt, Donscourt, Cardinal Court, Wilton Court & Manor, Clashduv & Riverview Estate, Sandymount, Southbury Road, Summerstown, Green Park, Wilton Lawn & Villas, part of Glasheen Road, Wilton Park Villas, part of Bishopstown Road.
St. Joseph's Church, Wilton was built in 1897. It was attached to the adjacent St Joseph's College which for many years was a house of formation for students of the Society of African Missions (SMA) preparing for priesthood in Africa. It is now a retirement house for missionaries as well as a house of mission animation.
Celebrating 25 years as parish : 1982 - 2007
The Parish was formally erected in 1982 by the Bishop of Cork & Ross, Rt Rev Michael Murphy. On 1 December 2007 the Parish celebrated its Silver Jubilee. The occasion was marked by a special Thanksgiving Mass at which the then Bishop of Cork & Ross, Rt Rev John Buckley, was the principal concelebrant and was joined by a number of SMA and diocesan priests. Among them was the Provincial Superior of SMA, Fr Fachtna O'Driscoll, the Vicar General of the diocese, Canon Kevin O'Callaghan and the Dean of Cork, Canon Denis O'Connor.
The Parish Priest of Wilton, Fr Cormac Breathnach SMA welcomed the large attendance and preached the homily in which he outlined the history of the parish and the SMA presence.
Brother Jim Redmond SMA was at the organ and singing was led by the Church choir. The Mass was followed by a refreshments and a social gathering in the Community Hall.
Four Parish Priests have served the parish:
- Fr James O'Kane SMA : 1982-1992
- Fr Maurice Kelleher SMA : 1992-1998
- Fr John O'Brien SMA : 1998-2004
- Fr Cormac Breathnach SMA : 2004 to date.
Our Lady of the Rosary and St Patrick
61 Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow, London E17 7AS
Fr John Brown SMA PP
Fr Kevin Conway SMA CC
020 8520 3647
Canonesses of St Augustine
35 Maude Terrace
London E17 7DG
Phone: 0208 521 0231
The Church and Parish of Our Lady and St Patrick, Walthamstow is in the Diocese of Brentwood. The Parish was established in 1908 and the Church was consecrated 1986.
The Parish has been in the care of the SMA Irish Province since 1990. The first Parish Priest was Fr Donal O'Connor SMA, assisted in turn by Fr Pat O'Mahony, Fr Freddie Warner and Fr Tom McNamara.
Several SMA deacons did some pastoral training in the parish prior to ordination and appointment to Africa: Kevin Conway, Derek Kearney, Kevin Mulhern, Noel Gillespie.
On 27 January 2007 the pastoral team of Fr John Brown SMA and Fr Eddie Deeney replaced Fathers O'Connor and McNamara. In 2009 Fr Deeney retired to the SMA House in Dromantine, Newry, Co Down.
Vigil Mass (Saturday): 7pm
Sunday: 9am, 11.30am, 1pm (Polish) & 6pm
HOLYDAYS: 9.30am & 7.30pm
Monday - Friday : 9.30am
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession):
Saturday: 10.30 - 11am, 6.15pm - 6.45pm
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:
Tuesday : 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday: after 10am morning Mass
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