Annual Clothing Collection


Saturday 19th May 2018

The local conference looks forward to your continued support.

This Thursday morning, 26th April 2018, many of the Fifth and Sixth Class pupils in Shanbally NS will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from the hand of Archbishop Patrick Coveney of Crosshaven.  We thank the children, their teachers and class assistants and their families for all their support in helping the children prepare for this important occasion.  As part of their preparation the parish organised a Retreat Day in the Scala Centre in Blackrock run by the Redemptorist Youth Ministry Team which all the children enjoyed.  We wish them every blessing on Thursday and pray that they will continue to allow the gift of the Spirit to guide and direct them in their journey in life.

This Sunday marks the final weekend of ‘Do this in Memory Masses’ which is part of children’s preparation for their First Holy Communion.  We would like to take the opportunity to thank the children and their families for faithfully participating in these special Masses and for the great life and joy they brought to those celebrations. A special word of gratitude to the committee of parents in each of the First Communion classes who co-ordinated the preparation of these Masses and worked behind the scenes to make the children feel so much a part of these moments.  We are eagerly looking forward to our First Communion celebrations here in the parish in the month of May.

Work has started on the Museum located in the old Town Council Office, Passage West next to the library. It is scheduled to open in July 2018.  If anyone has suitable material/artifacts for the Museum and would like to give them on loan please contact 087-1357634.  A fundraising event – "Night at the Dogs" is planned for Saturday 28th April 2018.. Tickets are now on sale. Please support.

On Friday 27th April 2018 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, 0214841496.

Outdoor Academy every Saturday morning on the pitch in Shanbally at 11.15 a.m.  We will be reverting to Friday evenings 6.45p.m. to 7.45 p.m. for May and June.  The backlog of fixtures due to bad weather is being rescheduled. The website will be updated with fixtures when details are available.

Each May Rev Elaine Murray and the Church of Ireland Carrigaline Union of Parishes organise a walk in Currabinny Woods to allow people to experience one of nature’s wonders – the  Dawn Chorus. Tony Nagle will guide the walk offering insights into the call of the various birds in the woods. Those interested are invited to meet at the Carpark in Currabinny Woods at 5.45 a.m. on Sunday morning 6th May 2018.Wear weather appropriate clothes and shoes and bring along a flask of something hot for afterwards. All are welcome.


The world is charged with the grandeur of God.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

The Ringaskiddy Community Coffee Morning held in the Oratory Community Room last Tuesday 17th April 2018 was a great success.  €1,200 was raised to help meet the legal costs incurred in the Bord Pleanala  Oral Hearing.  Sincere thanks to all those who supported the event.

The Owenabue Garden and Flower Club will hold their meeting this Monday on 23rd April at 8.00 p.m. in the Church of Ireland School Hall, Carrigaline.  Rachel Darlington, a regular contributor to the Irish Garden Magazine, will speak on "Exciting Annuals". Visitors always welcome. Enquiries to 086 3222615

The Annual Mass for People with Parkinsons and their families and friends in the Cork area, will take place in St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown Road, on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 7.00 p.m. The ceremony will include the Sacrament of the Sick. Light refreshments afterwards. All are welcome.

Over recent weeks many parishioners have asked for details of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland as part of the World Meeting of Families and how people might have the opportunity to be part of this historic visit. There are 3 distinct elements to the World Meeting of Families.

22nd, 23rd, 24th August 2018: Three Day Congress in the RDS,  Dublin.

A series of talks, workshops, prayer and liturgies with a variety of speakers on the theme of family today with a special programme of events for young people. To attend any one day or all three days of this event you must register online at  A One Day Adult Ticket costs €38 [€33 Concession for Pensioners, Unwaged and Students].    A Three Day Adult Ticket costs €68. 

Those registering for the Congress will automatically have the opportunity to book tickets for the Festival of Families in Croke Park and the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park, at no extra cost.

Saturday 25th August 2018: 6.30 p.m.  Croke Park:   Festival of Families

A celebration of family in music, song, dance, poetry, testimonies and prayer. During this festival Pope Francis will give a special address.  This will be a fully seated and ticketed event.  There is no charge for attending this event but tickets are limited to 70,000 and priority will be given to those registered for the World Meeting of Families.

Sunday 26th August 2018:  2.30p.m.    Phoenix Park    Papal Mass

600,000 tickets will be available free of charge for the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park. All those registered for the Congress in the RDS will automatically receive a ticket for the Papal Mass.  In an effort to encourage people to travel as groups the World Meeting of Families is initially allocating tickets to parishes based on the number of coaches they have booked to travel. 

After parishes have received their allocation of tickets for groups travelling by coach, tickets for individuals wishing to travel independently to the Papal Mass will be available free of charge online.

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