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Homily of Bishop William Crean – 13th June 2021

11th Sunday (B) 13th June 2021 St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh “Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish” (Psalm 91) My friends, For some years now in the world of food “organic” is much valued and sought after.  There are many who will only consume food that is produced organically even thought it […]

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Homily of Bishop Crean – Corpus Christi – 6th June 2021

Corpus Christi 6th June 2021 St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh. To describe the Church as Pope Francis did early in his pontificate as like a “field hospital” was somewhat startling at the time but on reflection is so obvious.  The Church is less about perfection and more about healing and redemption of wounded humanity. To-day we […]

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Homily of Bishop Crean – Pentecost Sunday 23rd May

Pentecost Sunday 23rd May 2021 St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh “He (the Spirit) will lead you to the complete truth” My friends, Sadly, too often in life we take things for granted.  We take blessings for granted, we take people for granted.  We assume that many good elements of our lives will remain the same as […]

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Homily by Bishop William Crean for Ascension Sunday – 16th May 2021

Ascension Sunday 16th May 2021 St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh “Parting is such sweet sorrow”     My friends,   Shakespeare in the play Romeo and Juliet gives us the simple phrase “Parting is such sweet sorrow”. In doing so he captures so delicately a constant experience in all our lives. All goodbyes have a bitter […]

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Easter Vigil 4th April 2021 – Homily by Bishop Crean

Easter Vigil 2021 My friends, When the sky is overcast for a very long time it becomes harder to believe that the sun still shines brightly as ever above it. “Waiting for Godot” was Samuel Beckett’s title for his play which is set in an entirely bleak and depressing landscape.  Its dialogue is just between […]

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Holy Thursday 1st April 2021 – Homily of Bishop Crean

Holy Thursday 1st April 2021 St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh My friends, Over these past weeks I and other bishops have been in receipt of quite a number of letters and emails about the closure of churches for Mass with exception of funerals and weddings.  Some are very angry and feel hurt by what they perceive […]

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Chrism Mass Homily by Bishop Crean – 31st March 2021

Chrism Mass 31/3/2021 St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh “Living in hybrid time” My friends, The saying attributed to Woody Allen “that 80% of life is turning up” is not like it used to be.  Our new experience of working from home has changed not just how we work, but has forced us to rethink so many […]

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Easter Message 2021 from Bishop William Crean

Easter Message 2021 from Bishop Crean   Easter Message from Bishop William Crean Bishop of Cloyne “Let not your hearts be troubled”     My dear friends,   The Pandemic has really rattled us all over this past year and we are not “out of the woods” yet. More patience and resilience is being asked […]

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