Each year the diocese invites different missionary orders to visit parishes to share something of their missionary work and to make a missionary appeal to help support their various missionary projects and programmes. Next weekend, Br Brian Johnson OSF of the Franciscan Brothers in Clara, Co Offaly will preach at all Masses here in the Harbour Parishes. 

The Franciscan Brothers were founded in Galway in the early 1800’s to bring education to the rural areas of the West of Ireland. From the beginning they were noted for their work with the poorest of the poor, particularly during famine times.  They established the first agricultural college in Ireland in Mountbellew, Co Galway in 1904 which is still going strong. Today they now have missions in rural Kenya and Uganda where their focus continues to be on education, sustainable agriculture and rural development. They operate an agricultural college in both countries and are especially involved in the distribution of food, water and medicine during times of drought, famine and conflict.

We look forward to welcoming Br Brian to our parish next weekend to hear about the invaluable work that his community carries out in the name of our Church and to supporting that work in whatever way we can.               Fr Seán

Bishop Fintan Gavin has convened a full day meeting for all the priests of the diocese this Tuesday, 25th February 2020, to pray together, to reflect on the needs of the diocese in what are rapidly changing times and to begin to explore how we can best plan for the future.  This day will form part of a wider consultation process which Bishop Fintan is undertaking with Church groups and lay people throughout the diocese.  He has asked that you would keep him and our meeting on Tuesday especially in your prayer over the coming days. To facilitate the meeting our morning Mass in Passage West this Tuesday will be celebrated at the earlier time of 9.00 a.m.  We appreciate your understanding and co-operation.                             Fr Con & Fr Seán

This year’s Trocaire Lenten Campaign Boxes are available in all our Churches this weekend.  We encourage you to take one and to use it over the coming weeks of Lent to support Trócaire’s development work throughout the world supporting some of the most vulnerable communities in our world.  Our newsletter over the coming weeks will feature more detailed information about this year’s campaign.

Beginning this Wednesday Sr. Rosari invites you to join her in the Prayer Room in St Mary’s Church, Passage West from 8.00 to 9.00p.m. each Wednesday night during Lent.  The focus of the evenings will be ‘Reflecting On and Praying With the Psalms.’  All are welcome.

Passage West Maritime Museum will be reopening for the new season in mid-March and is seeking new volunteer guides.  If you have a few hours to spare on any Saturday or Sunday afternoon we would appreciate your help. Full training will be given.

If interested, please contact any member of the museum committee, phone 087-1363588 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Friday 28th February 2020 the Cameo Club will meet for their usual get together in Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.  Contact Hazel, 021-4841383 or Liz, 021-4841496.

Indoor Academy on Friday evenings from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30p.m. at the National Maritime College, Ringaskiddy.    Details of fixtures also available on our club website   www.shamrocksgaa.com

Fr Críostóir MacDonald will lead a trip to Oberammergau from 22nd to 29th May 2020.  This trip will include visits to Salzburg, Altotting, Marktl, Innsbruck including Category 1 Passion Play tickets.  Direct flight from Cork.  Contact Premier Travel Ltd at 021 4277700.

Any time I have visited Lourdes what has struck me most is the sheer joy and enthusiasm I have witnessed in the faces of the carers who look after the sick, ferrying them back and forth to the Grotto from the various hospitals and care centres.  It is truly wonderful to behold. Their energy seems unbounded, their joy is infectious and lifts the spirits not only of the people in their care but of all who are lucky enough to witness it. As part of the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from 12th to 17th June 2020 the diocese invites young adults, aged 18 to 25, to accompany the pilgrimage as carers and volunteers.  As well as helping to care for other pilgrims the young adults get to enjoy time together as a group reflecting on their faith, sharing moments of prayer and enjoying each other’s friendship.  If you are interested please contact Fr Charlie Kiely in the Pastoral Development Office at 021-4537603 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The parish will gladly support any young person who wants to share in this experience by helping them to meet some of the cost.                        Fr Seán     

The club are officially launching their new off-shore boat this Sunday, 23rd February 2020, at 3.00 p.m. at the Top Quay, Passage West.  All are welcome.

Cork Scripture Group invite you to take part in a four night programme exploring ‘Biblical Perspectives on Justice’ over four Monday nights in March beginning on 2nd March 2020.

The programme will take place in the SCALA Centre opposite Blackrock Castle from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. each night.  No previous experience of Bible study is required and all are welcome.  For more details see their poster on our Church Notice-Boards.

For more information contact:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ask Fr Seán.

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