This weekend is the final issue of The Harbour newsletter before the newsletter team take a well-deserved break for the summer months.  We are indebted to Mary and Cathy who put the newsletter together each week and keep us informed of everything that is happening in our community and help us to stay connected.  Thank you also to Anita, Alan and Maeve who ensure that the newsletter is available online on our parish website [www.harbourparishes.ie] each week.  Finally a special thank you to Fr Galvin for the insightful and thought-provoking faith reflections he frequently contributes.  Thanks also to all those who distribute the newsletters each week.  We look forward to our newsletter’s return on Sunday 1st September.                                                                                                     Fr Seán

We wish the very best of luck to all young people in our community who will begin their Leaving Cert and Junior Cert this week.  You will be very much in our thoughts and prayers throughout the coming weeks and we wish you well. As you prepare for your exams, we say to you: Believe in yourselves, trust in the work you have done, stay calm and give of your best.  No one can ask anything more of you.  Support one another and encourage your friends who may be anxious or nervous.  Remember that there is life after the Leaving Cert! Hopefully once the exams are done you can enjoy the summer holidays.                                The Parish Assembly

 

The month of November when we remember loved ones who have died is fast approaching.  The Novena of Masses for the Faithful Departed will be celebrated from the Feast of the Holy Souls on Friday 2nd November right through to Saturday 10th November. As part of our Novena each year we celebrate an Annual Mass of Remembrance for those who have died over the past twelve months.

The Mass of Remembrance for Passage West will be celebrated on Friday 2nd November at 7.30 p.m. in St Mary’s Church in Passage West.

The Mass of Remembrance for Monkstown, Shanbally and Ringaskiddy will be celebrated in the Church of the Sacred Hearts, Monkstown on Friday 9th November at 7.30 p.m.

If you have someone in your family who has died in the past year whom you would like remembered in these Masses please contact Cathy in the Parish Office or any of the priests and we will pass on your loved one’s name to those who are preparing our remembrance services. All are welcome to join us in praying for our loved ones.

Welcome back! We hope that the wonderful weather we have enjoyed over the summer months has lifted all our spirits and will stand us in good stead for the challenges and opportunities of the coming months as we slowly slip back into the rhythm of school, work and meetings.  The coming weeks will see many parish and community activities spring back into action after a well-deserved break over the summer.  Almost 600 copies of our newsletter are printed and circulated through local Churches each weekend so we encourage local groups and organisations to take advantage of it to keep the community informed of any upcoming events or activities.

Details of any events can be forwarded to the Parish Office or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 9.00 p.m. on Wednesday evening any week.

If anyone would like to pen a short article on any aspect of parish or community life or any contemporary issue we are always interested in new voices and fresh insights and will be happy to include them when we have space.  The newsletter is also available for download on our parish website www.harbourparishes.ie each week. We look forward to working together over the coming months to keep the community informed of local news as well as giving us pause for thought and reflection.

        The Newsletter Team

The Rosary will continue to be prayed each Wednesday night in October at the Grotto in Ardmore Estate, Passage West at 8.00 p.m.  All are welcome.