Parish Newsletter

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION:  Wednesday, 8th December, Mass will be celebrated at 10am.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Every Friday exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in our church on the main altar from 10.30am until 12.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come  along and spend some time in private prayer.

TRÓCAIRE Christmas charity cards are available in the parish office; a packet of 12 cost €5.

CHRISTMAS TRIDUUM MASSES: Christmas Triduum Mass Bouquet cards are now available from the parish office. The 10am morning Mass celebrated on Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th December will be offered for the intentions of all the names placed on the Altar; card €1 & offering €3.

Pope Francis’ monthly intentions: We pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses with courage and creativity, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

MASS BOOKINGS: Masses for January, February & March may now be booked in the parish office; opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am – 12.30pm.   

CORK LIONS CLUB CHRISTMAS FOOD APPEAL: Cork Lions Club is holding a Covid compliant Drive In Bingo at 2pm on Sunday, 5th December, at Curraheen Greyhound Stadium. Gates open at 1:20pm. The event is to raise funds for our Christmas Food Appeal – on the day we will be accepting donations of dry goods and non perishables food items, these will be added to our hampers for distribution before Christmas. You can buy bingo books on the day or on line at www.corklionsclub.ie

BLESSING FOR A CHRISTMAS TREE: Bless this tree, this sign of life and freshness and perseverance in creation. It is a reminder that you, Lord are born anew in us each day. Bless our family and friends as we celebrate this joyful season. Keep us safe in our travels, kind in our conversations, and gracious in our giving and receiving. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.                                  

COVID UPDATE: While the government announced during the week no capacity limits for churches, they also announced that the existing precautions are to remain in place. This means that so that we can continue to keep people safe the following remain in place.

• Mask wearing
• Good ventilation
• Sanitisation on entry and departure
• Social distancing insofar as possible

We will be keeping the 50% capacity limit in place at the moment but we will continue to monitor the situation. I wish to thank the volunteer stewards who continue to help keep our church a safe place to pray and worship in at the weekends.  Fr. Kevin

OFFERTORY COLLECTION last weekend amounted to €1,295; thank you for your continued generosity.

Society of St Vincent de Paul church door collection takes place next weekend Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December; your support will be greatly appreciated.

Douglas Lions Club Annual Christmas Food Appeal Collections: Will Shoppers please donate non perishable food items into the Lions Trolleys at Ryan’s Supervalu, Grange and outside Dunnes Stores in Douglas Court, from Thursday, 2nd December to Sunday, 5th December inclusive, to help those in most need in our community this Christmas; your donations will be very much appreciated.

45 CARD DRIVE: Monday December 6th at 7.30pm in the parish centre; everyone is welcome to come along. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

Lectio Divina reflections on the Advent and Christmas Gospels. The Priory Institute is delighted to offer a Free of Charge online retreat which is a repeat of the popular Advent Retreat we ran in 2018.  Visit our website prioryinstitute.com or click on this link https://bit.ly/3DWrTkx to register/find out more.

Medjugorje pilgrimage June 15th to 22nd 2022 flying Cork to Dubrovnik (morning flight) with Aer Lingus staying in Hotel Leone. Spiritual Director Fr. Ted Sheehan. Cost pps €699.00 half board if booked and paid in full by December 10th), €749.00 thereafter. Deposit of €250.00 secures place. COVID insurance cover included in cost. Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380.

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