This year our Triduum of Prayer in honour of St Thérèse of Lisieux, affectionately known as the Little Flower, will take place in Shanbally Church on Monday 1st October, Tuesday 2nd October and Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 7.30 p.m. each evening.  The Parish Assembly is delighted that this year we will welcome a returning native son, Fr Sylvester O’ Flynn OFM Cap, to guide us in our reflection and lead us in prayer. Fr Sylvester, a native of Ringaskiddy, is a widely published author and director of retreats both in Ireland and abroad.  Indeed in May this year he led the week long retreat for priests of our diocese in St Dominic’s Retreat Centre in Ennismore where his gift for bringing the word of God alive made a deep impression of everyone taking part in the retreat.  It is always a great joy to welcome Sylvester whenever he returns to Ringaskiddy and Shanbally, as he often does for family occasions, but we feel especially privileged that this year he has accepted our invitation to lead our three nights of prayer and reflection in honour of St Thérèse.  We look forward to being guided by his expert hand and we welcome you to come and join us for all or any of the three nights.                             The Parish Assembly

On  Monday 24th at 8.00 the Church of Ireland School Hall, Carrigaline, Philip Hallwey will speak on  "Making a one acre country retreat in Wexford".  Enquiries to 086 3222615.

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September 2018, a beautiful song was written and produced by a group of Cork volunteers called “Shine – I Wanna Listen.” Available now on iTunes for 99c with all proceeds going to support the work of Pieta House.

Tadhg Scannell will resume his Art Classes in the Gill Room, Monkstown on Thursday mornings 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on 27th September 2018.  Contact Tadhg on 087 9822164 for further details

The SMA National Novena in honour of St. Thérèse will begin on Sunday 23rd September 2018 at the African Missions Church, Blackrock Road and will end on Monday 1st October 2018.  The Novena will be celebrated each evening at 7.30 p.m. except for Saturday 29th September when the Novena will be celebrated  at 7.00 p.m.  All are welcome.

School coaching resumes on Friday 14th September 2018 in Shanbally, Ringaskiddy and Monkstown Primary Schools. 

Outdoor Academy resumes on the pitch in Shanbally on Friday 28th September 2018 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.  Table Quiz in the Shamrock Bar, Shanbally on Friday 5th October 2018 to help fund the school coaching.

The Passage West Gramophone Circle will resume its monthly sessions in Passage West Library on Friday 21st September 2018 at 11.00 a.m. Come and enjoy a wide selection of musical favourites.  All are welcome.

Come and join Margaret for gentle movements (mainly sitting), breathing exercises and relaxation plus a cuppa and a chat, returning on Tuesday 18th September 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. in the Gill Room, Monkstown.

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 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