Congratulations to Shanbally National School who last week were honoured in the National Inclusion Awards organised by The Cara Centre.  These awards highlight the enormous work being done by schools, clubs, volunteers and organisations to increase physical activity opportunities for people with a disability in Ireland.  Shanbally NS received the award in the Education category which included not alone Primary Schools but also Secondary Schools and Third Level Institutions.   Congratulations also to Rebel Wheelers in Cork City who won this year’s award in the Best Sports Club. 

The Passage West Children's Choir have been busy practising away for the Children's Mass on Christmas Eve.  They meet on Wednesday nights upstairs in the Fr Collins Parish Centre (The Old Star of the Sea School) at 7.00 p.m.  Boys and girls of all ages are welcome to join for Christmas and sing the old favourites with us.  Boys and girls of all ages who would like to do a reading or a bidding prayer as part of our Nativity Play.   Contact Mary, 086 8356869. 

Next Sunday 17th December 2017 a “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” will be celebrated at 4.00 p.m. in St John’s Church of Ireland, Monkstown.  This now traditional Monkstown community event will include readings from scripture, all your favourite carols and some contemporary pieces, performed by the Monkstown Chamber Choir. All are welcome.

The Annual Christmas Carol Service in Passage West will be held in St Mary’s Church, next Sunday 17th December 2017 at 7.00 p.m.  Local choirs from Passage West will perform a programme of Carols and Christmas favourites.  Come along and be inspired by a wonderful evening of music and song.  Admission free but donations are welcomed and will go to support the work of Pieta House.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party Ringaskiddy & District Annual Christmas Party

Friday 15th December 2017  Cost: €10 Monkstown Golf Club 6.30 to 10.00 p.m.

 

If you have not yet received your invitation or have any query relating to the event contact Nellie, 021 4375223, Maureen, 021 4378551 or Gertie 021 4378069.  A bus will leave the Ringaskiddy Community Centre at 6.00 p.m. and will be available to drop people home after the party.

The Christmas get together of the Passage West Gramophone Circle will take place in Passage West Library on Friday 15th December 2017 at 11.00 a.m.  Come and enjoy a wide selection of musical favourites, old and new. 

On Sunday 17th December 2017 at 4.00 p.m. a “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” will take place in St John’s Church, Monkstown.  This now traditional Monkstown community event will include all your favourite carols and some contemporary pieces by Monkstown Chamber Choir.

For the past several decades, each year on Gaudete Sunday, 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 during the Angelus. This tradition is known as ‘Bambinelli Sunday.’

This year we will celebrate “Bambinelli Sunday” at all Masses in our parish on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December.  All are invited to bring the Baby Jesus figure from their crib at homes to Mass that weekend 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. 

As attention begins to be focussed on the World Meeting of Families in Dublin next August and the anticipated visit of Pope Francis for same, Trocaire has produced an interesting resource which aims to help families learn together about the lives of other families in different parts of the world where Trocaire is working.  Together your family will have the chance to learn about their daily lives, the issues they face and to share in their hopes and dreams for the future. 

If you are interested simply log on to www.trocaire.org/romeroaward and register your family for the award.  You will receive a ‘Family Journal’ via post and learn about the Abamos family in Ethiopa, the Ondari family in Kenya and Jules and Camilla in Syria. Each step in the programme is accompanied by fun activities. There are even recipes from the different countries for you to try.  This easy to use programme has been designed as a family-centred, engaging and fun activity for parents and children alike. The family pack comes with all the materials you will need and easy to follow instructions for parents and older siblings. As our minds begin to turn to Christmas wouldn’t it be nice to give our children an opportunity to have a sense of how people live in other parts of the world?  Why not take it on as a project for Advent, something that the family can do together in the weeks ahead?. Every family that participates in the Romero Family Award will receive a certificate in recognition of their participation.  Go on! Dive in!  Fr Seán

The Christmas Carol Service will be held in St Mary’s Church, Passage West on Sunday 17th December 2017 at 7.00 p.m.  Local choirs will be performing on the night.  Admission free.  Donations to Pieta House.