Barnahely Cemetery, Ringaskiddy     5.00 p.m. Sunday 24th June 2018

St Mary’s Cemetery, Passage West    5.00 p.m.  Sunday 29th July 2018

Preceded by the Blessing of Graves in Old Graveyard at 4.00 p.m.

We would greatly appreciate if you would pass these dates on to family and friends outside the parish who have loved ones buried in our parish.

The recent decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the development of an incinerator in Ringaskiddy in the heart of Cork Harbour has come as a blow to many people and community groups in the area. Having faced three Oral Hearings over the past seventeen years and having in each case convinced the inspector from An Board Pleanala to recommend that the application for planning be rejected it was both disappointing and frustrating that the Board chose to overrule their own inspector’s recommendation. In the days that followed the decision those who had fought the development for so many years were understandably deflated but their disappointment quickly hardened into a determined resolve to continue their opposition.  The large attendance at information evenings in Ringaksiddy and Cobh has been heartening and meetings in other areas are planned for the coming weeks.  I strongly encourage people to attend these meetings and to inform themselves on the possible impact and repercussions of such a development in the midst of our community.  The Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment [CHASE] intends to pursue their opposition through the courts by pursuing a judicial review of the process involved in reaching the decision.  The costs involved in undertaking a judicial review are considerable and CHASE has opened a Go Fund Me page online where people can donate to help meet these costs.  The incredible response over the past two weeks has been tremendously encouraging and I encourage everyone who can support the community in seeking a fair and just review of the decision to do so.  Now is the time to act. Now is the time to come together and safeguard the future of our Harbour and our communities.                                

         Fr Seán

The Annual Peter’s Pence Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend 23rd / 24th June 2018. This collection helps to support Papal Charities throughout the world.

A Coffee Morning will be held in the Sailing Club, Monkstown on Tuesday 26th June 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.  This is to raise funds towards the costs of seeking a judicial review of the proposed incinerator in Ringaskiddy.

The Wednesday afternoon Bingo in the Gill Room, Monkstown will take its Summer break from the 27th June 2018 and will return in September.

The local Conference of St Vincent de Paul wish to thank all those who contributed and helped out at our annual clothes collection on Saturday 19th May 2018.  The response was as usual excellent and the proceeds will be distributed among those who need help.

Academy finishes on Friday 22nd June 2018 for the holidays.   Club Ciarán takes place from Monday 2nd July to Friday 6th July 2018.   Lotto Jackpot is €500 this week.  Draw will take place on Monday 18th June in Murph’s Pub, Monkstown at 9.00 p.m.  For all other news and fixtures visit our website.

The Community Coffee Morning Anti-Incinerator Fundraiser which was held in Gertie O’ Driscoll’s garden, Loughbeg, Ringaskiddy on Tuesday last 12th June 2018 raised over €3,500 towards the judicial review.  A huge thank you to all those who baked and donated and turned out for this very enjoyable and worthy event.

In previous weeks we announced that the Parish Assembly has organised two coaches to bring parishioners to the Papal Mass on Sunday 26th August in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.  The cost for the day is €50 which includes a light breakfast in the Kilcoran Lodge in Cahir on the way to Dublin and an evening meal on the return journey.  Safety regulations mean that everyone attending the Papal Mass must have a ticket which are being distributed free of charge by the World Meeting of Families.  For this reason we are asking that anyone who wishes to reserve a place on the bus would contact Cathy in the Parish Office during Parish Office Hours before 22nd June as parishes must submit names when applying for tickets for those travelling in groups. If you need any further information Cathy will be happy to help you.

We would also like to congratulate five members of St Mary’s Church Choir, Passage West who will participate in the Choir for the Papal Mass.

The Carrigaline Family Support Service have a group of volunteers who will carry out small/minor DIY jobs for older people who find it difficult to do so themselves.  Grass cutting is not one of the services.  This is a free service.  Contact 021 4919299 for further details.

The 93rd Cork Eucharistic Procession will be held on the Feast of Corpus Christi next Sunday 3rd June 2018. The  Procession begins in the grounds of the North Cathedral at 3.30 p.m. and leaves for Daunt’s Square at 4.00 p.m. Prayers begin in Daunt’s Square at 3.45 p.m.  Please  note the later starting time of the Procession this year which has been changed to facilitate the Cork City Marathon next Sunday morning. All are welcome to this great traditional devotion.

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