Welcome To SMA Wilton
Thank you for visiting our parish website. Whether you are a regular churchgoer, somebody who has been away from practicing the faith, somebody seeking out faith, or a newcomer to our parish we warmly welcome you and invite you to becoming a living part of what we are. We hope you find warmth and hospitality here.
As you browse through St. Joseph’s Church website you will become more familiar with what we as a faith community have to offer. As you become more acquainted with the parish you may find an area in which you can share your time, energy and talents with us. The success of our parish depends on the work and cooperation of all of us.
Parish Office/ Mass Card Office :
Monday – Thursday: 9.30 am to 5 pm (closed 1 pm – 2 pm)
Friday & Saturday: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm (closed 1 pm – 2 pm)
Mass Cards are also available at the main SMA House (Outside our main door turn left down steps to the main house blue door)
For information on baptisms, weddings or to obtain a baptismal/confirmation certificate please call to Parish Office. For further details, please go to sacraments menu where further information is available. A stipend of €5 euro is requested for all certificates.
Mass bookings can be made in the Parish office during office hours.
The diary opens in October for Mass Intentions for the months of January – June and in May for Mass intentions July – December.
The 6 pm Mass on Saturday and 12 noon Mass on Sunday are reserved for month’s mind and 1st Anniversary only.
Please note only masses for Recently deceased, Anniversary or Month’s Mind can be booked in the diary.
No bookings can be taken over the phone.
St. Joseph’s Parish Wilton consists of approximately 800 households
The Parish includes Lower Bishopscourt, Donscourt, Cardinal Court, Wilton Court & Manor, Clashduv & Riverview Estate, Sandymount, Southbury Road, Summerstown, Green Park, Wilton Lawn & Villas, part of Glasheen Road, Wilton Park Villas, part of Bishopstown Road.
St. Joseph’s Church, Wilton was built in 1897. It was attached to the adjacent St Joseph’s College which for many years was a house of formation for students of the Society of African Missions (SMA) preparing for priesthood in Africa. It is now a retirement house for missionaries as well as a house of mission animation.
The Parish was formally erected in 1982 by the Bishop of Cork & Ross, Rt Rev Michael Murphy. On 1 December 2007 the Parish celebrated its Silver Jubilee. The occasion was marked by a special Thanksgiving Mass at which the then Bishop of Cork & Ross, Rt Rev John Buckley, was the principal concelebrant and was joined by a number of SMA and diocesan priests. Among them was the Provincial Superior of SMA, Fr Fachtna O’Driscoll, the Vicar General of the diocese, Canon Kevin O’Callaghan and the Dean of Cork, Canon Denis O’Connor.
Five Parish Priests have served the parish:
- Fr James O’Kane SMA : 1982-1992
- Fr Maurice Kelleher SMA : 1992-1998
- Fr John O’Brien SMA : 1998-2004
- Fr Cormac Breathnach SMA : 2004-2015
- Fr Michael O’Leary SMA : 2015
Next to the church is a large two-storey Community Centre which has a daily morning coffee dock, a Parish office, large community hall and various meeting rooms. This vibrant Centre hosts many groups and activities. St Joseph’s is fortunate in the number of volunteers etc., who are involved in so many activities, both parish-based and beyond.
Bingo is run on Monday nights in the Centre and Parent at 8 pm and Toddlers meet on a Monday morning, together with numerous activities carried out there during the week.
The Parish has a number of active volunteer groups assisting with the work of the parish on various days of the week, including the following, Baptism team, Bible study group, Meditation group, Prayer Group, Church choir, Bereavement Group, Altar Flower Group, Ministers of the Eucharist, Ministers of the Word, Money collectors & counters.