Next Sunday, 20th October 2019 we warmly welcome the children from Scoil Barra Naofa, Monkstown in celebrating the Enrolment Mass for their First Holy Communion at the 11.30 a.m. Mass in Monkstown.  This is the first step of their journey towards their First Holy Communion.  We thank the parents who have agreed to co-ordinate the Do this in Memory Masses over the coming months. We look forward to welcoming your children and your families each time you join us.

October marks Diocesan Safeguarding Month in our diocese.  Our diocese ensures that all children involved in parish activities are safe and cared for by having in place parental / guardian consent forms for all activities, codes of conduct for both children and adults, sign in and out registers and Garda Vetting for all adult helpers/leaders. Safeguarding seeks to be proactive and covers both children and vulnerable adults. Education and training are key in keeping the safeguarding message current and not allowing for complacency. The diocese holds regular training days, conferences and information. To find out more visit www.corkandross.org/safeguarding.  Parish Safeguarding Leaflets outlining our commitment to these policies and standards are available in all our Churches.

Carrigaline Social Swimming Group meets every Thursday at

9.30 p.m. in the Leisure Centre, Carrigaline Court Hotel.  New members are most welcome to enjoy the pool, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi where the emphasis is on fun and healthy exercise.  Ability to swim is not necessary.  Enquiries to 086 8221320.

Renovation works are almost complete in the Gill Room and we are delighted to announce that all activities are back.  The Committee thanks all groups for being so patient and understanding.  Fundraising will be needed to cover costs of this work and we are planning some events in the near future which we hope you will support.

The Owenabue Garden and Flower Club, Carrigaline will hold their annual decorative show on Monday 21st October 2019 at 8.00 p.m. in the Church of Ireland School Hall, Carrigaline.  "Autumn Glam" demonstration will be given by Melanie Harris AOIFA. Enquiries to 086 3222615.

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.

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