The Parishes of Passage West and Monkstown - Shanbally, Rinaskiddy were joined in 2006 to form The Harbour Parishes. This joining of the two parishes was part of the Cork and Ross Diocesan initiative to encourage the formation of Parish Pastoral Assemblies where lay people take responsibility for the pastoral and community upbuilding of their own local area. The first Harbour Parishes Assembly meeting was held in 2008
The people in the Assembly work from their shared vision of the kind of community they wish to belong to. ( see mission statement, side panel). They identify needs in our Parishes and set up appropriate working groups to respond. e.g. welcome and integration of new parishioners, support for elderly and those in employment difficulties and working with the youth of the harbour areas etc. The assembly is about using the life skills and experience of parishioners for the benefit of the whole Parish community.
Together the Parish Assembly seeks to create a welcoming, prayerful and supportive faith community in our Harbour Parishes