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Pentecost 2016 – Photos of Bishop William bestowing the Gift of the Holy Spirit

On the day of Pentecost the Church was made made manifest to the world. In a supreme act of God’s mercy, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the Church. Through the Church, and the work of the Holy Spirit within in, the salvific work of Christ is continued through the ages.

In the Sacrament of Confirmation – which is ministered to those who have already been baptised – the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed; the same Spirit that was promised by Christ the Lord and poured out upon the apostles at Pentecost. The gift of the Holy Spirit conforms believers more fully to Christ for the building up of the Church in faith and love.

For the last few months, in ceremonies of great joy, Bishop William Crean has been bestowing on the gift of the Holy Spirit to the young faithful around our diocese. The following photos capture some moments from these ceremonies.


Great joy for the O’Dwyer family, Castlemartyr (parish of Imogeela)


Bishop William Crean with the Fleming family, Castlemartyr (parish of Imogeela). Twin joy in this family!


Great joy for the Gurbal family in Cobh. With Bishop William outside St Colman’s Cathedral Cobh.


Bishop William with the Joyce family (Castlemartyr, Parish of Imogeela) in Sacred Heart Church, Mogeely.


In line with policy, the names of children have been withheld. Permission for showing of photos has been received from parents.


Prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.

Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.

Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.

Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.

Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.


(St Augustine)


Confirmation Dates 2016 (all presided by Bishop William Crean)


Grenagh                      16th Tuesday

Mitchelstown              17th Wednesday

Midleton                    23rd Tuesday

Aghada                       24th Wednesday

Ballymacoda               25th Thursday

Carrigtwohill              26th Friday



Cloyne                        1st Tuesday

Imogeela                     2nd Wednesday

Youghal                      3rd Thursday

Churchtown                15th Tuesday



Buttevant                    5th Tuesday

Charleville                  6th Wednesday

Killavullen                  8th Friday

Cobh                           9th Saturday    (Two Ceremonies)

Mallow                       12th Tuesday

Shandrum                   13th Wednesday

Castlemagner              14th Thursday

Glantane                     19th Tuesday

Kanturk                       20th Wednesday

Newmarket                 21st Thursday

Aghabullogue             26th Tuesday

Aghinagh                    27th Wednesday

Blarney                       28th Thursday  (Two Ceremonies)



Cill na Martra             3rd Tuesday

Donoughmore             4th Wednesday

Inniscarra                    10th Tuesday   (Two Ceremonies)

Macroom                    11th Wednesday

Castlelyons                 12th Thursday

Fermoy                       17th Tuesday

Glanworth                   18th Wednesday

Kildorrery                   19th Thursday

Kilworth                     24th Tuesday

Rathcormac                25th Wednesday

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