On Saturday 26th May 2018 at 11.00 a.m. - Crosshaven to Drake’s Pool. Enjoy a stroll, jog or run for the Edith Wilkins Street Children Foundation India. Registration at 10.45 a.m. at the Glen Car Park, near RCYC, Crosshaven.  Donations welcome.  Refreshments at Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven.  For information contact 086 8221320.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated this year on the week beginning on Pentecost Sunday.  It will begin with a special Ecumenical Service in St Luke’s Church of Ireland, Douglas, on Sunday next, 20th May at 7.30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

This year will also see the inaugural Cork Ecumenical Bible Week where people are invited to come together to hear presentations from members of various Christian communities in Cork sharing on their favourite passages from the Bible.  Fr Seán will lead one of the sessions in Holy Cross Church in Mahon on Tuesday evening, 22nd May 2018 at 7.30 p.m.  Full details of this new initiative are displayed on the notice boards in our Churches.  All are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

A few places are available for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr John Newman as Spiritual Director from 6th June to 16th June 2018.  Contact Michéal on 086 8337681 for more information.

 To honour Our Lady in the month of May the Rosary will be prayed each Wednesday night of May at the Grotto in Ardmore Estate, Passage West at 8.00 p.m. beginning this Wednesday, 2nd May 2018.  All are welcome to join us in invoking the intercession of Mary our Mother for all the needs of our community.  Please join us in this evening of special prayer.

Work has started on the Museum located in the old Town Council Office, Passage West next to the library. It is scheduled to open in July 2018.  If anyone has suitable material/artifacts for the Museum and would like to give them on loan please contact 087-1357634. 

We have reserved two 55 seater coaches to carry parishioners to the Phoenix Park which entitles us to 110 tickets.  The parking area for coaches will be approximately two miles from where the Mass will be celebrated but shuttle buses will be available for those who need special assistance.  No seating will be available at the Papal Mass so those attending are encouraged to bring a folding seat.

We are presently making arrangements to book a light lunch on the way to Dublin and a meal on the way home and will have full details of the exact cost of the package for the day in the coming weeks.  However, in the meantime you are welcome to reserve a place on the coach by calling Cathy in the Parish Office at 021-4863267 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and contact details. Cathy is in the Parish Office on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon and on Thursday evenings from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. 

Over recent weeks many parishioners have asked for details of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland as part of the World Meeting of Families and how people might have the opportunity to be part of this historic visit. There are 3 distinct elements to the World Meeting of Families.

22nd, 23rd, 24th August 2018: Three Day Congress in the RDS,  Dublin.

A series of talks, workshops, prayer and liturgies with a variety of speakers on the theme of family today with a special programme of events for young people. To attend any one day or all three days of this event you must register online at www.worldmeeting2018.ie.  A One Day Adult Ticket costs €38 [€33 Concession for Pensioners, Unwaged and Students].    A Three Day Adult Ticket costs €68. 

Those registering for the Congress will automatically have the opportunity to book tickets for the Festival of Families in Croke Park and the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park, at no extra cost.

Saturday 25th August 2018: 6.30 p.m.  Croke Park:   Festival of Families

A celebration of family in music, song, dance, poetry, testimonies and prayer. During this festival Pope Francis will give a special address.  This will be a fully seated and ticketed event.  There is no charge for attending this event but tickets are limited to 70,000 and priority will be given to those registered for the World Meeting of Families.

Sunday 26th August 2018:  2.30p.m.    Phoenix Park    Papal Mass

600,000 tickets will be available free of charge for the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park. All those registered for the Congress in the RDS will automatically receive a ticket for the Papal Mass.  In an effort to encourage people to travel as groups the World Meeting of Families is initially allocating tickets to parishes based on the number of coaches they have booked to travel. 

After parishes have received their allocation of tickets for groups travelling by coach, tickets for individuals wishing to travel independently to the Papal Mass will be available free of charge online.

The Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes – five nights full board  –  under the patronage of Bishop John Buckley will take place from 11th to 16th June 2018.   The Pilgrimage Director is Canon James O’Donovan and he can be contacted regarding the official sick/assisted section on 021 4292296.   Pilgrim Booking Forms are available from Joe Walsh Tours, 021 4277959.

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