At all our Masses next weekend, 15th /16th December, we invite families and in particular children to bring the figure of the baby Jesus from their crib at home to have it blessed in preparation for Christmas.  Once it has been blessed at the end of Mass the tradition is that the family takes their “bambinelli” [Italian term for babies] home and wraps it or places it in a gift box under the Christmas tree. Then on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning this is the first gift to be opened so that the baby Jesus can be placed in the crib.  It’s a very simple tradition but one that speaks powerfully to children about the place we give to the child Jesus as we celebrate his birth.  Why not start making it a tradition in your family this year?        Fr Seán

The Positive Passage People Group will hold their Annual Lighting of Lanterns for those we love and remember this Christmas on Friday 21st December 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. in Passage West GAA Club.   This will be followed by open MIC from 8.00 p.m. , local musicians and guest appearances by Talent Show Competitors of St Peter’s Community School.  Proceeds go towards the setting up of a Youth Centre.  All are welcome.

The Ecumenical Carol Service will be held in St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Passage West on Sunday 16th December 2018 at 7.00 p.m.  Refreshments afterwards in the Parish Hall.  All are welcome.   
 

The 2019 Diary for booking Masses in each of our Churches is now available.  If you wish to book a Mass please visit the sacristy of the Church in which you wish the Mass to be celebrated after any of our Masses.  Masses cannot be booked through the Parish Office as the Diary is kept in each Church.

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Some of the Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards from the Harbour Parishes are still available in the sacristies of our Churches for those who wish to send them to family and friends in time for Christmas. All the offerings received will go to the Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal in our parish to help them support local families in need

Indoor Academy Training is now finished and will resume on Friday 18th January 2019 at 6.30 p.m. Annual Poc Fada on Sunday 30th December 2018 at 12 noon starting at the shop in Shanbally and finishing at the Ferry Boat Inn, Ringaskiddy. For more club news visit www.shamrocksgaa.com

Positive Passage People invite you to their Gift Wrapping Fundraiser on Monday 17th December 2018 from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. at the PACE Centre, Passage West.   The proceeds of this event are going towards our long term goal of developing a Youth Centre in Passage West.  Come along and let our volunteers wrap your presents for a donation while you enjoy a coffee /tea

Sr Rosarii will lead three  nights of Prayer for Advent on the coming Wednesday nights, 5th December, 12th and 19th December from 8.00 to 9.00 p.m. in the Prayer Room to the left of St Mary’s Church, Passage West.  Create a little room in your week for God this Advent.  All are welcome.

Christmas Carol Service will be held in St Mary’s Church, Passage West on Sunday 23rd December 2018 at 6.00 p.m.  Local Choirs will perform on the evening.  Admission free, donations may be given at the door in aid of Positive Passage People.  Refreshments in St

Bambinelli Sunday: 15th / 16th December.

For several years now, on  the Third Sunday of Advent, children [and adults!!] bring their Baby Jesus figures from the crib in their homes to St. Peter’s Square in Rome where the Pope blesses both the people and the figurines in a tradition known as ‘Bambinelli Sunday.’

Last year we celebrated  “Bambinelli Sunday” here in our parish for the first time and many people have asked that the tradition be continued.  This year we will celebrate it here in the Harbour Parishes on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December.  All are invited to bring the Baby Jesus figure from their crib at homes to Mass to be blessed.  Following the blessing, the tradition is that the family takes their “bambinelli” home and place it in a gift box or wrap it and save it for Christmas morning when it is the first gift to be opened. One of the younger members of the family then places your Baby Jesus figure in the crib. This simple tradition is a very engaging way of helping children to appreciate the place of Jesus in our Christmas celebrations.           

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