The Parish Team
Fr Con Murphy SMA
Fr Tom Harlow SMA
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.