By Sean Moriarty
Local parishioners were hit with another bombshell over the weekend when it was announced that the number of weekly Masses in Killarney will further be reduced.
Churches in Firies, Fossa and Kilcummin and Killarney will lose one Mass each week, four less that the 19 Masses previously held each week in the areas. The new schedule will come into effect on the weekend of November 2 and 3.
The news comes following Bishop Ray Browne’s recent decision to axe a full-time priest in the Kilcummin parish, which caused widespread anger in the area.
“After the clerical changes during the summer, we are now one priest less, and that has put considerable strain on the celebration of weekend Masses,” said a Killarney Pastoral Area statement.
“We cannot sustain the current schedule. While we are aware of the change that has happened for the priests of the area, we realise too the great change and sadness that this will mean for parishioners affected, and in this we ask for your understanding and support. We have only been able to manage so far thanks to the generosity of the retired priests, but it would be deeply unfair to ask their sustained support to continue the current weekend Mass schedule.”