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Parish Office

The Parish Office will close on Thursday 4th August 2022 at 7.00 p.m. and will re-open on Tuesday 23rd August at 10.00 a.m. 

New Weekday Schedule

I met with the Parish Assembly last Tuesday to discuss the changing of the weekday mass schedule in the Harbour. We spoke about how we as one priest and four praying communities can share the responsibility for the weekday Masses/services. What has been agreed is that each area will have one Mass per weekday. What was also agreed is that this Mass will be available at the same time in all areas. Monday will remain the priest’s day off in the Harbour. The rest of the week will be divided as follows.

 

Tuesday:            Ringaskiddy   10.00 a.m.

Wednesday:       Shanbally       10.00 a.m.

Thursday:          Monkstown    10.00 a.m.

Friday:               Passage West   10.00 a.m.

 

This new schedule will come into effect from Tuesday the 14th of June, next Tuesday. For those who have booked weekday masses that now will not be available because of these changes, the following options are available:

 

  1. We can offer to have these masses said by Fr Con’s order; the Kiltegan’s

  2. We can have your loved one prayed for at the Sunday mass.

  3. You can seek to renegotiate the booking with the Sacristan in the church where you made the initial booking.

 

The new schedule seeks to bring the Harbour into alignment with other parishes in the Cork and Ross Diocese that have just one priest and many churches. As this is going to be more and more the norm for parishes in the future the changes that we have agreed will help one priest to manage four areas as well as making the arrangement for cover and substitution more manageable. I would like to express my deep gratitude to the Harbour Parish Assembly and all parishioners for their understanding and I ask that we continue the prayers for one another.

   

Sr Rosarii says Thank You

 I wish to say a big thank you for the wonderful evening we had together on Saturday 14th May 2022.  Our Mass together was very special and I want to thank you for joining me in giving praise and thanks to God for our time together in Passage West.  It was a beautiful celebration of Thanksgiving with music, singing and prayer.

In my time in Passage West we worked together like a family.  Our cooperation, care and concern for one another expressed our strong Parish spirit and I am grateful for that experience.  I miss you all and I pray daily for you and when I pray for you I pray with love.

 

The regal drive to the hall for the party was beyond my wildest dreams.  So many of you were there with me.  The happy atmosphere, delicious foods, the children singing, the warmth of your love, was life giving.  Thank you too for inviting my family members to join in the celebration. They thoroughly enjoyed it and were inspired by it all.  My companions who accompanied me were awe stuck and were so happy to have had the privilege of being with me.

Please accept the gratitude of my heart for your caring, sharing and kindness.

I love you all.   God bless you.                                                                                                                      Sr Rosarii

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

When ‘Thank you’ hardly seems enough

This weekend marks the final chapter in my journey here in the Harbour Parishes.  The past ten years, since I was appointed here in August 2012, have been incredibly happy, fulfilling and rewarding years for me and this weekend I would like to take the opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to you, the community of the Harbour Parishes.  Thank you for the warmth of your welcome, your generosity, your support, your trust and your friendship. Thank you for allowing me to be part of so many special moments, both joyful and sorrowful, in your lives and for giving me the great privilege of being part of your faith in the Lord Jesus.  Thank you for your openness to new ideas, new initiatives and your willingness to try new ways of doing things.  One of the greatest gifts we can experience in life is to be accepted for who we are and both Con and I experienced that gift here in abundance.  You accepted us for who we were and gave us the freedom to be ourselves and you will never know what a difference that has made in both our lives these past ten years.  Thank you for your understanding and patience when I got things wrong and didn’t live up to the Christian call to kindness and compassion that I preached.  In the ‘Prayer of St Francis’ there is a wonderful line that says: ‘It is in giving that we receive.’  That certainly has been my experience among you.  Whatever I may have given to you, I have received much more in return.  Whilst there is always a sadness in parting and leaving a place and a people where you feel at home, my over-riding emotion this weekend is one of gratitude for the blessings I have enjoyed from you and among you.  Con had a lovely phrase where he used to say that: ‘Gratitude is the memory of the heart.’  I leave the Harbour Parishes with a heart full of happy memories, memories I will carry with me always.  I hope I leave here a better man, a better Christian, a better priest because of all you have taught me about life, about faith, about compassion and above all about being a community in the truest sense of that word.  I wish you all and Fr Chris every blessing for the years to come.  Change can often bring fresh ideas, new energy and a renewed vision and I know you will support Fr Chris as you journey forward as a community of faith.  Please keep me in your prayers as I will all of you, I pray that the Spirit of God will always inspire us and guide us in living our faith in Christ Jesus.                                                                                                                                   Fr Seán

Ukraine Emergency Appeals

 

 

A Prayer for Ukraine

 God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace: may wisdom, discernment and compassion guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop Stephen Cottrell

 

                           

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