Passage West

Sun 22nd After 11.00 a.m. Mass

Mon 23rd After 10.00 a.m. Mass

Tues 24th After 10.00 a.m. Mass

Monkstown

Sun 22nd After 11.30 a.m. Mass

Tues 24th at 10.30 a.m.

Shanbally

Sun 22nd After 10.00 a.m. Mass

Ringaskiddy

Tues 24th at 11.30 a.m.

 

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

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. 

The Diocesan Office has asked all parishes to include the following notice in their parish newsletter this weekend.  Child Safeguarding Leaflets are available in the entrance to all our Churches. Information is also available on our parish website www.harbourparishes.ie                                                                

The Diocese of Cork and Ross has invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) to conduct a review of safeguarding practice.  This review will take place from 20th – 23rd January 2020.

 If you have any views about Safeguarding in Cork and Ross, we invite you to come forward to Ms. Cleo Yates, Director of Safeguarding, Diocesan Offices, Diocese of Cork and Ross, Redemption Road Cork (021 4301717) or to the NBSCCCI (01-5053124).

 If you wish to report a child safeguarding concern, please contact Ms. Cleo Yates, An Garda Síochána or TUSLA.

Next Sunday, 1st December 2019, we will welcome the children preparing for First Holy Communion at our Masses in Shanbally, Passage West and Monkstown as they join us in our celebration of the First Sunday of Advent. We look forward to them joining us in prayer together with their families.                                Fr Seán    

 

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.