The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Fintan Gavin was a wonderful occasion on last Sun. Jun. 30th in the North Cathedral. Our Lady Crowned was represented by seven parishioners as were the other 67 parishes in our diocese stretching from Watergrasshill to Goleen. Our area was also represented by pupils from Mayfield Community School who joined with a group from Scoil Eoin in Ballincollig for the final uplifting hymn and directed by Mr. John Casey from MCS. It was a truly impressive sight to witness 190 priests process from St. Vincent’s School along St. Mary’s Road and into the Cathedral to join 1100 people from parishes of the diocese and visitors from Bishop Fintan’s native Dublin. The ceremony itself was powerful with many moving aspects. The Papal Mandate, or letter from Pope Francis to Bishop Gavin, was read by Canon John O’Donovan and the homily was preached by Fr. Robert Young, a familiar voice to so many here in Mayfield. The ceremony had a sense of celebration and of a new beginning. In our parish and in parishes across the diocese we continue to pray for Bishop Fintan and we still pray for Bishop Buckley. In time, we will become more accustomed to the name of Bishop Fintan in our Mass and Eucharistic Prayer. May God bless him as he commences his new ministry here in Cork and, in his own words, as a ‘servant leader’. Our Lady Crowned, pray for Bishop Fintan and pray for us.