Youghal Catholic Parish

Youghal Catholic Parish


Our Lady of GracesOur Lady of Youghal





Welcome to the Parish of Youghal. 


We hope that you will like what you find in this website and that it will be of some help to you. Our vision of the website is that it would help people to stay in contact with the parish and keep parishioners up to date with the various events in the parish. 

Youghal is a beautiful town with deep historical roots. What makes Youghal special are the people. With a long tradition of welcoming visitors, Youghal is a place of hospitality. 

May God bless you today and grant you His Peace. 

Thank you for visiting. 



Flu Precautions.

Due to the Flu all parishioners to take note of the following.

· Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol gel before coming to Mass or Church Services.

· Bring clean tissues and use them when coughing or sneezing.

· Pay extra attention to personal hygiene.

· If one has flu like symptoms, stay at home until they pass and you are feeling better again.

· Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, if they do not wish to receive from the Chalice during these times, please inform the priests before Mass. Ministers are asked to wash their hands in the sacristy before Mass and again before distributing Holy Communion.

· All Communicants are encouraged to receive on the hand rather than on the tongue during this time.

Sign of Peace. Due to concerns some people may have during this time, the gesture of shaking hands may be replaced with a bow, with a gesture of open hands and the greeting, ‘Peace be with you’. The Sign of Peace however is an integral part of the Mass.

The sign of Peace at Mass?

The sign of peace is not a time for ‘Hello, how are you?’ greetings but is rather a time of prayerful sharing Christ’s peace, love and unity. The greeting needs to be made only to a few in the assembly. The exchange of peace is the only ritual moment in the Roman Mass in which members of the assembly explicitly acknowledge other members of the assembly rather than respond to the priest or to other ministers. If it is understood as flowing from the words of the Lord’s prayer and anticipating the unity that we try to achieve through communion, it would seem that people would be eager to share Christ’s peace ritually.  Omitting the sign of peace comes from a misreading of the text of the sacramentary.  This gesture is a sign that expresses peace, communion and charity’. GIRM 154  In other words, the rubrics state that the invitation to the exchange of peace, ‘Let us offer…’ is optional; but literally, the rubrics make no mention of any option being associated with the actual rite itself. The Mass by Dennis C. Smolarski SJ


Christian Unity Week 2018 (Ex 15:1-21)

The resources for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the churches of the Caribbean. The history of Christianity in that region contains a paradox. On one hand, the Bible was used by colonizers as justification for the subjugation of the original inhabitants of these lands, along with others who were transported from Africa, India and China. Many people suffered extermination, were put in chains and enslaved, and were subjected to unjust labour conditions. On the other hand, the Bible became a source of consolation and liberation for many who suffered at the hands of the colonizers.


Like the Israelites, the people of the Caribbean have a song of victory and freedom to sing and it is a song which unites them. However, contemporary challenges again threaten to enslave and again threaten the dignity of the human person created in the image and likeness of God. While human dignity is inalienable it is often obscured by both personal sin and social structures of sin. The right hand of God that brought the people out of slavery, gave continued hope and courage to the Israelites, as it continues to bring hope to the Christians of the Caribbean. They are not victims of circumstance. In witnessing to this common hope the churches are working together to minister to all peoples of the region, but particularly the most vulnerable and neglected. In the words of the hymn, “the right hand of God is planting in our land, planting seeds of freedom, hope and love”.

Invocation of the Holy Spirit

Let us call upon the Holy Spirit to set our hearts on fire as we pray for the unity of the Church.     Come, Holy Spirit!

Come, Holy Spirit!              Teach us to pray.

Come, Holy Spirit!              Liberate us from the slavery of sin.

Come, Holy Spirit!              Help us in our weakness.

Come, Holy Spirit!             Restore us as your children.


Called to the Priesthood

Men considering Priesthood in the Diocese of Cloyne are invited to an afternoon of prayer, reflection and information. Date:    Sunday 28th January            

Venue: Nano Nagle Centre, Killavullen:             Time:       2.30pm – 5pm

For more information or to express an interest in attending please phone or email:     Fr Brian Boyle (025) 32963 Fr Damien Lynch (021) 7332948                                 Email: Web:

Prayer for Priestly Vocations

Lord our God, you renew the Church in every age by raising up holy priests

to teach and sanctify Your people. Fill the hearts of young men with faith and courage, that they may answer your call generously. Give parents the grace to encourage vocations in their family by prayer and good example. Raise up, in this Diocese of Cloyne, worthy priests for your Altars and ardent servants of the Gospel. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen