Our Annual Parish Christmas Carol Service hosted by the Passage West Folk Group will take place in St Mary’s Church, Passage West next Sunday 22nd December at 6.00 p.m.  Choirs from all our local Churches will participate making this a truly parish celebration.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards in St Elizabeth’s Hall and any donations of cakes for the night would be very much appreciated.  Admission to the Carol Service is free but all voluntary donations received on the night will go towards the cost of the recent painting of the interior of St Mary’s Church.   Please come along and help us step into the Christmas Season with our hearts uplifted by the joy of Christmas Carols, old and new.  All are welcome.

Positive Passage People invite you to their Gift Wrapping Fundraiser on Monday 16th December 2019 from 4.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Bean & Leaf Café in Passage West.   The proceeds of this event are going towards our long term goal of developing a Youth Centre in Passage West.  Come along and let our volunteers wrap your presents for a donation while you enjoy a coffee or tea.

The local Conference of St Vincent de Paul wishes to thank all those who once again contributed so generously to the special Christmas Church Gate Collection last weekend.  Thanks also to those who supported the Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards from the Harbour Parishes.  Those who benefit from your generosity are very appreciative of your help.  Wishing you a Peaceful and Happy Christmas

The Harbour Parishes’ Christmas Carol Service hosted by the Passage West Folk Group will take place in St Mary’s Church, Passage West on Sunday 22nd December at 6.00 p.m.  Choirs from all our local Churches will participate making this a truly Parish celebration.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards in St Elizabeth’s Hall and any donations of cakes for the night would be very much appreciated.  Admission to the Carol Service is free but all voluntary donations received on the night will go towards the cost of the recent painting of the interior of St Mary’s Church.   Please come along and help to make this a truly parish celebration as we step into the Christmas Season with our hearts uplifted by the music of Christmas.

The full list of Carol Services in our community over coming weeks is as follows:

7.00 p.m. Sunday 15th Dec         Ecumenical Carol Service in St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Marmullane,  PW.

6.00 p.m. Sunday 22nd Dec        Carol Service in St Mary’s Church, Passage West

4.00 p.m. Sunday 22nd Dec        Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, St John’s Church of Ireland, Monkstown

The Committee of PACE, Passage West wish to thank all those who supported their Coffee Morning and Christmas Raffle on Wednesday 11th December 2019.  The amount raised was €3,113.35.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

The Annual Christmas Coffee Morning for PACE will take place this Wednesday morning, 11th December 2019, from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon at the centre.  This is PACE’s biggest fundraiser of the year and they would greatly appreciate your continued support to help them in the wonderful work they do with and on behalf of the elderly in our community. 

Last weekend marked a very special weekend for Passage West Youth Choir and Our Big Little in Choir in Monkstown. On Friday evening Passage West Youth Choir launched their debut CD entitled ‘After All’ with an open-air performance in Fr O Flynn Park in Passage West.  The CD comprises of 9 tracks and is a mixture of easy listening popular pieces and Christmas songs.  Michael McGrath TD performed the official launch of the CD and congratulated the children and their leaders on their wonderful achievement.  The CD costs €10 and will be available after Masses in Passage West this weekend.  All proceeds will go to Barnardos and Cope Foundation.  The choir promoted the CD by singing at the end of our 11.00 a.m. Mass in Passage West last Sunday with a wonderful rendition of ‘A Thousand Years.’

On Saturday morning, Our Big Little Choir, the Children’s Choir in Monkstown, sang in Cork Airport as part of this year’s Airport Choirs initiative, performing a wide range of Christmas favourites and popular hits.  Tony Hadley, lead singer with the 80s group Spandeau Ballet was passing through the airport at the time and came over to listen to the children.  He was so impressed that he accepted their invitation to join them in singing their signature Silent Night/Night of Silence melody, a moment which was captured by a passer-by and posted online on Cork Beo.  The video quickly went viral and the story was covered on Red FM and 96 FM local radio during the week.  By all accounts the mothers were more excited than the children at meeting Tony Hadley!

It is wonderful to see the children in both choirs enjoying themselves and being recognised for their wonderful talents. We feel truly blessed that they are part of our parish.  A special word of appreciation to the leaders of both our children’s choirs who give unselfishly of their time, energy and musical talents in guiding and directing them.  Both choirs are now busy preparing to lead us in our Christmas Eve liturgies.  Our Big Little Choir will lead our Blessing of Crib Service in Monkstown at 3.00 p.m. and the Passage West Youth Choir will lead the Christmas Family Mass in Passage West at 6.00 p.m.  We look forward to them helping to raise our hearts and minds to God this Christmas through the power of music and song.                                                                         Fr Seán

Sr Rosarii invites you to join her for a time of quiet reflection and prayer in the Prayer Room in St Mary’s Church in Passage West this Wednesday 11th December and next Wednesday 18th December from 8.00 to 9.00 p.m. each night. The focus of the reflection will be ‘Mary & Advent’ and it seeks to provide a quiet oasis in the midst of the busyness that is part and parcel of the run-up to Christmas.  All are welcome so please come and join us on any or all of the nights

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