Parish Notices

parish notices

In your prayers please remember Rita Murphy late of Broadale; we extend our sincere sympathy to her loved ones, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.

MASS BOOKINGS for March may be booked in the parish office; opening hours Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10.30am – 12.30pm. 

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES ICON: We welcome the World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage of the Icon to our diocese from 22nd February to 5th March. The only venue in Cork city the Icon will be visiting is the North Cathedral. We are inviting everyone to come, pray, venerate the icon and place their prayer petitions in the box. The petitions will be taken to the Poor Clare Convent on College Road where the nuns will pray for all the intentions until they are brought to the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families celebrated by Pope Francis. The following liturgies are planned during the pilgrimage: Welcome celebration with Bishop Buckley – Thursday 22nd February 7:30pm   Cathedral, Cork. Holy Hour to pray for vocations – Saturday, February 24th at 3pm, Cathedral. Ecumenical Service – Sunday 25th February 3pm,  Cathedral, Cork.

TRÓCAIRE: The theme for this year’s Lenten appeal is Until Love Conquers Fear, Love must win out; it is the only thing that can (Blessed Óscar Romero). Please take a Trócaire Box home with you; these are available on the tables at the back of the church.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION for last weekend (10/11th February) amounted to €1,342, 2nd  collection for Lourdes Invalid Fund came to €945. This weekend (17/18th February) 2nd collection is for the Church Refurbishment Fund; thank you for your continued generosity.

SUNDAY DEVOTIONS: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary will take place in the Little Chapel at the back of the church this Sunday 18th February at 7pm.

MATT TALBOT: The Mass and novena prayers in honour of Matt Talbot will begin this Monday evening, 19th February, at 7.30pm in the Way of the Cross Church, Togher, and will continue for the 6 Mondays of Lent. The Celebrant and preacher this week will be Fr. Peter McVerry, S.J.

Over 60s: Would you like to represent Douglas in the over 60s Talent Competition. Contestants will compete for the Luke Philpott Perpetual Trophy on Wednesday 14th February at 8pm in St Columba’s Hall, Douglas. All are welcome to attend. Tickets: €5.

Cork Alzheimer’s Café a safe space for people with memory problems including Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their carers, family and friends along with social and health professionals to meet. Last Friday of each month 1.30pm to Activity Centre, St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Road. Light refreshments provided free of charge. Next meeting will be held on Friday 23rd February. 

New Publication – Homily Hints and Prayers by Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. Reflections and prayers based on the Daily Mass Readings. Ideal for anybody looking for a thought for the day. Available from Holy Trinity Friary. Fr Mathew Quay or Veritas Bookshop. Cost 20 Euro. Launch to be held in Holy Trinity on Tuesday 20th February at 8pm; all welcome.

Make-A-Wish Ireland Annual Wish Day – Volunteers needed. Make-A-Wish Ireland has one simple aim – we grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to bring hope, strength and happiness. Volunteer are needed for WISH DAY, our annual fundraising day, on Friday 9th March 2018. There are a number of ways you could get involved and support us: select a location nearby and volunteer to sell our bands there for the day, hold a coffee morning or bake sale in aid of Make-A-Wish, hold a Jersey Day or a similar themed day in aid of Make-A-Wish  If you can commit to the full day or even a few hours selling our bands, please visit to register online at one of our collection points. Alternatively contact Emma Horgan or call 01 2052011 for more details. On behalf of everyone at Make-A-Wish; our wish children and their families, thank you for your support, we really do appreciate it.

PARISH TAX BACK SCHEME: If you pay income tax as a self- employed person or a PAYE worker and you contribute €250 or more in a year to the parish, the parish can claim back on your contributions. This is at no extra cost to you and can be so important to the parish’s income.  All you need to do is ask for a form and a box of envelopes in the sacristy. Please complete the form and we’ll do the rest. Your information is confidential only to the secretary and treasurer of the parish finance committee. For those already in the scheme, your 2018 box of envelopes are available for collection also from the sacristy.

CORK MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WEEKEND on 13th April 7.30pm – 15th April from 4pm Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway experience for all married couples who want to rediscover the joy of marriage  021-4381511086 6095168

Table Quiz in aid of the Cork Association for Autism will take place in   J.J. Coppingers,  Midleton on Friday 23rd February at 7pm. Entry fee of €10 per person with teams of 4 invited to play. Plenty of great prizes up for grabs on the night. Contact Barry on 021 453 3642 or email for further information. All monies raised from this event will go directly to the Cork Association for Autism.  

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP Saturday Workshop: Gospel Perspectives on Family facilitated by Dr Jessie Rogers (Maynooth) Sat Feb 24th from 10am. to 1pm. in Sacred Heart Hall, Western Road Cost: €10. To book a place or find out more or phone 021-4295144

LOURDES: Cork & Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 from the 11th to 16th June – 5 nights – Full Board & Accommodation  Booking Forms available for the Pilgrim section from Joe Walsh Tours 117 Patrick Street Cork. Tel:021-4277959. Enquiries for Special Sick/Assisted Section to: The Pilgrimage Director Very Rev. Canon James O’Donovan, Parochial House Ballincollig, Cork Tel: 021-4292296.

PILGRIMAGE TO SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO AND THE HIGHLIGHTS OF PUGLIA  (Remembering the fiftieth anniversary of the death of St Padre Pio) 29-September to 5 October 2018. Group leader: Eleanor Lynch, Spiritual director: Fr Ben Hodnett. Full details and itinerary from Marian Pilgrimages 01-8788159 or

SLIMMING WORLD: Every Thursday at 5.30pm & 7.30pm in the parish centre, and Thursday mornings from 9.30am-11am; phone Lynda 0871272111.

Volunteers required: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland– Bessboro Day Care Centre, Blackrock, Cork. If you have an hour or more per week to spare and would like to volunteer in any capacity your help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Edel at

The Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Centres (Cork University Hospital and the Bon Secours) are currently looking for volunteers to support cancer patients and their families. Duties will include – welcoming patients and their families into the centre,talking, listening and identifying their needs. Then signposting them to appropriate sources of information and support. Training will be provided. For more information please contact: Deirdre Murphy on 01 231 0564 or email

45 CARD DRIVE on Monday 19th February at 7.30pm in the parish centre. Enjoy a friendly chat and a cuppa provided too; both experienced and beginners are warmly welcome.

ACTIVE RETIRED PROGRAMME: Exercise classes Monday 2pm- 4pm. Gentle Exercise 2pm-3pm & Line Dancing 3pm-4pm. Tuesday: Pilates class is at 10.45am – 11.45am. Wednesday – Cuppa in the parish centre after 10am Mass. All are very welcome. 

Cork Alzheimer’s Café a safe space for people with memory problems including Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their carers, family and friends along with social and health professionals to meet. Last Friday of each month 1.30pm to Activity Centre, St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Road. Light refreshments provided free of charge. 

Northridge House at St Luke’s Home, Mahon are running a free training programme,  commencing on 20th March, for those on Job Seekers allowance who would wish to work as Professional Carers for the Older Adult. The courses includes QQI Modules and other mandatory Courses. Places are limited and further details may be sourced from Claire at 021.4536551 or                                 

Lourdes 2018–Young Adult Helpers: The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites Young Adults 18-25 year olds to come to Lourdes as helpers from 11th to 16th June. As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme as well as time for prayer, for making new friends and sharing in the story of Lourdes. Limited number of places.  Closing date for applicants is 28th February 2018. For further details contact Fr. Charlie Kiely 021-4537603, Pastoral Development Office, Parochial House, Ballyphehane, Cork or email:

Medjugorje Pilgrimage ex Cork to Split. May 31st to June 7th 2018. Spitiual Director Fr. Sean Corkery. Early booking discount of €100 if paid in full before December 8th, €619 pps instead of €719.00pps. €200 deposit secures place. Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 086 29 59 380  or

VOLUNTEER IN AFRICA: Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on 17 June 2018. The volunteers will work on a humanitarian project for two weeks. No experience required and no age restrictions. Support and  Supervision provided. Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn. No large fundraising. Volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest and those without hope. Contact Denis Humanitarian Volunteers 086 8520271.

Douglas & District Cardiac Support Group: Meetings 1st Thursday of each month from September to June, in Lion House, Douglas 11am–1pm.  This group provides support and advice for patients who have had cardiac intervention or treatment in an informal atmosphere with an opportunity to chat and socialise over a cup of tea. Further info from: Aidan 087-4139461 or Tony 087-2233019.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free Volunteer Driver Service that is available to patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatments; Cork University Hospital, The Mercy University Hospital & South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the website at or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

The Attridge Academy of Irish dance has classes in the parish centre every Wednesday from 4pm – 4.45pm; new beginners welcome (senior infants and older); further enquiries please contact Niamhmarie (Attridge) Gómez TCRG TTCT on 0863557288 or visit the website

Free DIY Service for Older People: Age Action’s Care & Repair programme is providing DIY work free of charge for older people in Cork. The service has been in operation since 2009 and is expanding year on year as demand grows. To inquire about the Care & Repair service or to request a job, simply call Age Action at their new office on the Model Farm Rd. The new phone number is 021-2067399.  

MASS CARDS: A new selection of Mass cards and other cards are now available in the Parish office. Cost €2 and €3. A new collection of Baptismal candles are also available.

Mass bookings:  see parish office page.

Baptismal Bookings: see Baptism

Parish Centre: If any group or organisation is interested in hiring a room in the parish centre, please contact Fr Kevin or the parish office. You are responsible for your own public liability insurance.

























































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