Cork County Council: Covid-19 community support programme

16 April 2020

Cork County Council: COVID-19 community support programme

Cork County Council has set up a COVID-19 community support programme. The programme aims to help coordinate services provided to vulnerable citizens across County Cork.

Through its programme, Cork County Council will make sure that groups working across the county to help people in need, will work together in an organised way. 

The Council’s COVID-19 community support programme will make sure resources are used in the best way, whether that is collecting medication, food shopping, social support or making contact at what might be a lonely time for many.

On Sunday 29 March 2020, the Chief Executive of Cork County Council held (by teleconference) the first meeting of the Cork County Council COVID-19 community support response forum. The forum committed to supporting the Council on its COVID-19 community support programme. The forum represents a multi-agency approach and included senior representatives from statutory and voluntary agencies across Cork County. 

The organisations involved are county-wide, including:

  • An Garda Siochana
  • HSE South
  • local development companies
  • An Post
  • the Civil Defence

There are also many more voluntary groups, whose local knowledge and experience will inform a single contact point and system, set up by Cork County Council.



Community call helpline

Cork County Council has set up a free dedicated community call helpline:

  • Contact number: 1800 805 819 

Lines are open from 8:00am to 8:00PM seven days a week.

If calling from outside of Ireland seeking assistance for a relative of a friend, call:

  • +353 21 4285517

You can also:

A message from Fr. Declan

4 April 2020

A message from Fr. Declan

Greetings to all. Firstly, in this time of isolation, thanks again to be able to use the Ballinora Community Website to communicate with the people of our parish. I’m grateful to the people who set it up, to those who maintain it, and to those who are posting useful information on it. I’ll be as brief as I can. In the absence of public Masses, and of a parish Newsletter, there are a number of things that I need to say.

Once again, please take every step to stay safe, and to keep others safe

Limit direct social contact, keep physical and social distancing of 2 metres, keep washing hands, and obey the guidelines of government and HSE.

The elderly, as well as many other categories, are especially vulnerable. But nobody has immunity.

‘Cocooning’ is the new term for the protection of those over 70. Staying at home, limiting contact with others only to what is totally necessary. To you especially we send our love.

However, please do not socially isolate completely. Use the phone or the internet for shopping and for contact with others.

I have been so encouraged by the number of people who have contacted me offering help and support. This is where the God of Love is active in this crisis.

More than half of the priests active in the Diocese are ‘cocooned’ and not allowed to minister because of being over 70.

I’ve been asked at diocesan level to look after funerals and sick calls for the parishes of Ovens and Dennehy’s Cross as well as Ballinora and the care of Marymount.

In the absence of Mass and formal ceremonies, make use of the Internet for faith support

The Mass is broadcast live from many churches on Churchservices.tv, from Corkcathedral.ie, St Mary’s as well as on RTE each morning. The Diocesan website corkandross.org has a number of prayer supports.

Please make this a time of faith. We need it!

Contact me

Even though I cannot easily meet people, I wish to remain in contact as much as possible. Please feel free to ring me or contact me with worries, fears, to ask for prayers. I’m contactable by:

Mass

Even though I’m not celebrating Mass publicly, I’m celebrating Mass in private, and I’ll be praying for the people of the parish, especially the vulnerable, during those Masses. I hope you will also keep me in your prayers. I’ll offer Mass myself privately for the intentions which have been booked into the sacristy, anniversaries.

You may still book other Masses with me which will be celebrated privately.

We’re recording the weekend Masses to keep us together as a praying community. The first one was recorded and uploaded for the Fourth Sunday of Lent on 21 March 2020. A further one was recorded on 28 March 2020.

It’s not possible to stream it live as there is very little internet connectivity at the Church. Sincere thanks to Pat Tuite, Grace Tyrell and Pat O’Connor for making these broadcasts possible.

Easter Ceremonies

I’ll be recording the Palm Sunday Mass and Easter Sunday Mass and uploading them to YouTube. You’ll be able to find them on this website.

For Palm Sunday, I encourage people to bring in some greenery from their garden and sprinkle it with holy water or a simple blessing prayer. What we call ‘palm’ is Cypress. Any plant that can be waved can be used.

The Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday Vigil are not meant to be celebrated by a priest on his own in the absence of a congregation.

The priests of the Diocese have been encouraged in solidarity with one another and with their Bishop to watch the ceremonies from Corkcathedral.ie. We have been asked to encourage yourselves to do the same.

The times of the Cathedral Services

Holy Thursday

Mass of Last Supper at 7:30pm

Good Friday

Celebration of Passion: 3pm

Holy Saturday

Easter Vigil at 9pm.

Please see our recording of the Station of the Cross with the images form the church painted by Brian Smyth.

Weddings

A number of weddings have been booked by parishioners in the next months. Most have already been postponed until later in the year.

Funerals

The guidelines are that the only ceremony that can safely take place is a private funeral Mass, with only the most immediate family present, and a maximum of ten people present. There can be no gathering for Rosary or Removal. You will have seen the wording and restrictions on RIP.ie This is a very difficult situation for those bereaved, to be allowed so little comforting social contact. A commemoration of the person’s life and public religious ceremony can be had at a future date.

Baptisms

Congratulations to anyone in the parish who has given birth to a new child recently. All Baptisms are now being deferred to a later date. All couples should know that in a case of emergency, Baptism can be performed by any Christian by pouring water on the head with the words ‘I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’

Communion to the sick and housebound

Obviously it would be irresponsible for a priest to continue to visit the sick regularly, increasing the risk of spreading infection. But if any person who is ill or housebound needs to make contact with me for the sacrament of the Blessing of the Sick or Holy Communion, please contact me through the contact details given above. Arrangements can be made on an occasional basis for a family member to be delegated to bring Communion if needed, especially at Easter. But only under the strictest aseptic conditions.

Spring Station Dues

Obviously it’s not possible for the Spring Dues or Easter Offerings envelopes to be distributed safely, and no Station Masses will take place for the foreseeable future. If you’re in a financial position to make a donation for Spring Dues and Easter Offerings, please put the donation into an envelope and either post it to, or drop it into the parish house while out walking or heading to the shops. These contributions form the majority of a priest’s income for the year.

Wishing you peace, love and joy

Fr. Declan

 

Coronavirus: dedicated shopping hours for the elderly, vulnerable people and carers

17 March 2020

Coronavirus: dedicated shopping hours for the elderly, vulnerable people and carers

Lidl, Tesco and Iceland have introduced dedicated shopping hours for the elderly, vulnerable people and carers so they can shop before other members of the general public.

Dedicated shopping hours

Lidl

9:00 am to 11:00 am, every day.

Tesco

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7:00 am or 8:00 am to 9:00 am, depending on your location.

Iceland

8:00 am to 9:00 am, every day

Coronavirus: companies who can help if you’re self-isolating

16 March 2020

Coronavirus: companies who can help if you’re self-isolating

Can you help?

If you have a company that can help self-isolating vulnerable people in the parish, please contact us

We’ve contacted a number of organisations about how we can help vulnerable people in the parish during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The following organisations have agreed to deliver items free of charge if you’re self-isolating.

Shopping

Herlihy’s Centra Bishopstown
Telephone: 021 4541232
Free delivery, ring before 12:00 noon, cash only.

Supervalu Ballincollig
Online only.

Tesco
Online only.

Dunnes
Online only.

O’Crualaoi Butchers

  • Ballincollig: 021 4871205
  • Wilton: 021 4343003

Free Delivery, Cash or Card payment over the phone.

Medical

Hawkes Road Pharmacy
Bishopstown: 021 4348331
Free delivery Cash or Card payment over the phone.

O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy
Looneys Cross, Bishopstown: 021 4343344
Free delivery Cash or Card payment over the phone.

Church

Fr Declan Mansfield
Telephone: 021 4872792 or 086 8123822

Mass
RTE Radio One Extra at 12:00 noon each Sunday (252 longwave).

Service
RTE Television on Sundays at 11:00 am or 11:10 am.

Live services are available on www.churchservices.tv daily.

Family

Local news
www.corkbeo.ie is a good source of local news and culture. It has artists Will Sliney’s daily art challenge for younger people.

Taxi Services

Satellite Taxi
Telephone: 021 4808080