Over the last two Sundays Fr Con has launched a fundraising drive that we hope will help us to meet some of the costs of recent renovations in Shanbally Church and Passage West Church.  These renovations hopefully will benefit all who come to pray with us in our Churches, be it in our Sunday or weekday Masses or on special occasions such as a family baptism or wedding, our Confirmation and First Holy Communion celebrations each year or when we gather to bid a loved one a prayerful farewell at their Funeral Mass.  All these occasions are special and sacred moments and deserve a setting befitting their significance. 

Special Fundraising Envelopes are available in our Churches and we encourage parishioners to take one and return it to the Church with your offering at your own convenience over the coming weeks.  Our Churches belong to all of us.  Help us to continue to make them the special place that they have always been for our community.   Thank you for supporting our local Churches.                                            

 

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.

The Mass Diary for 2020 is now available in each of our sacristies.  If you wish to book a Mass please call in person to the sacristy of the Church where you would like the Mass celebrated.  We regret that we cannot take bookings over the phone or through the Parish Office as each diary is kept in the sacristy of its respective Church and can only be accessed there.

The Christmas Carol Service will take place in St Mary’s Church, Passage West on Sunday 22nd December at 6.00 p.m.  Local choirs will perform on the evening.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards in St Elizabeth’s Hall.  Donations of any cakes for the night will be very much appreciated.  Admission is free but all donations will go towards the recent cost of the interior painting of the church.  Please support and enjoy a night of popular Christmas music.

The Passage West Gramophone Circle will continue its monthly sessions in Passage West Library at 11.00 a.m. on Friday 13th December 2019.  The Presenter this month is John Hendrick. Come and enjoy a morning of good company and a wide selection of musical favourites. Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome.

Indoor academy in the National Maritime College, Ringaskiddy finishes for Christmas on Friday 6th December 2019 at 7.30 p.m. No second hour.  Indoor academy will resume on Friday 17th January 2020.    The underage party will take place in Pfizers Sports and Social Club on Friday 6th December 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.  Annual Puc Fada on St Stephen’s Day at 12 noon starting in Ringaskiddy. For all other news and fixtures please visit www.shamrocksgaa.com

6th Class will sing Carols at the Post Office in Passage West on Friday 6th December 2019 in aid of Marymount Hospice.    Please support.   The children will perform their Nativity Play in St. Mary's Church, Passage West on  Tuesday 17th December 2019 at 11.00 a.m.  The 3rd and 4th Classes will participate in the St. Mary's Church Carol Service.

PACE Annual General Meeting  is being held on Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the PACE Centre, Passage West.   All are welcome. 

The Annual Christmas Coffee Morning for PACE will be held on Wednesday 11th December 2019 from 10.00 a.m. at the centre.  This is their biggest fundraiser of the year and they would greatly appreciate your continued support.

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 November Church Gate Collection in our Harbour Parishes amounted to €1,327.86.  The Society thanks you for your generosity and looks forward to your support at our Special Christmas Church Gate Collection at all masses next weekend.

This weekend and next the Parish Assembly will have this year’s Parish Christmas Cards available for parishioners at all Masses for anyone who wishes to send one to family or friends near and far. The priests of the parish will celebrate a Novena of Masses over the Christmas period for the intentions of all those to whom the cards are sent.  There is no set charge for these cards but people are invited to make a voluntary donation with all the proceeds from the cards going to the local St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. Help us to keep Christ in Christmas this year  by sending our card and our community’s prayers to loved ones whilst also making a difference to families in need in our own community.           The Parish Assembly

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