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Announcements for the 2nd Sunday of Advent (9 December 2018)

1. There is a New Reader’s Rota in the Back of the Church today.

2. There are flyers for the Advent and Christmas Services in the back of church today. Please take some and pass copies to friends.

3. The Mother’s Union Christmas Dinner will take place on Sunday 9 December at 1:30 pm in the West Cork Hotel.

4. Thursday there will be a Holy Communion service at 11 am in Saint Matthias Church in Ballydehob followed by refreshments in the rectory. All are welcome.

5. Encountering & Welcoming God’s Word. Join with us as Rev. Steve McCann examines passages from the Bible, inviting us to consider how God’s Word calls us into relationship with God. We will gather on two more Thursday evenings: the 13th &20th of December from 8-9 pm in the Bank House, Ballydehob. All are welcome.

6. The Mother’s Union Christmas Dinner will take place on Sunday 9 December at 1:30 pm in the West Cork Hotel. Mothers Union members and their spouses are welcome to attend. The cost for the dinner is €25.00 per person.

7. We welcome all primary age children to join us for a Children’s Christmas Celebration on Saturday 15 December from 2pm until 5 pm in the Ballydehob Community Hall. There is no cost. The afternoon will include Games, Songs & Music, A Christmas story about Jesus, Crafts, Party Food, Christmas treats, and so much fun.

8. Next Sunday there will be a 9am Holy Communion Service in Saint Matthias Church in Ballydehob, an 11 am United Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in Saint Matthew Church in Aughadown followed by Mince pies and refreshments. At 5:30 pm, The Community Carol Service Saint Brigid’s Church, Ballydehob with the Blessing of the Community Crib and refreshments to follow.

Confirmation: Anyone interested in being confirmed in the Ballydehob Union of Parishes in the next 12 months should contact Rev. Steve as soon as possible, as we are planning for the year to come.

Saint Matthias National School: St. Matthias’ has had a long tradition of education in West Cork, since it welcomed its first pupils in 1827. At St. Matthias’ we prepare pupils for life by treating each one as an individual, identifying and fostering their particular skills and talents and encouraging them to reach their potential. What pupils experience in primary school will form the basis for lifelong learning and the values, interests and memories they will bring with them into adult life. Should you be interested in enrolling your child in Saint Matthias National School, please contact the school on 028 37500 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saint Anne’s Hospital in Skibbereen: The residents of St. Anne’s Hospital Skibbereen would appreciate visits from Volunteers for social interaction, to read or discuss the newspaper, play cards, play bingo, sing a song, play the piano, assist with outings or be innovative in doing something new. For further details, you are welcome to contact Ms Tara O’Donovan, Clinical Nurse Manager, on Tel. 028-38132.

Children's Services: Each first Sunday one service in the Ballydehob Union of parishes is especially aimed at Children. The service usually alternates between the two churches. In February it will be in Aughadown at Saint Matthew Church and in March, as we celebrate Mothering Sunday, we will look forward to seeing children in all of our services. You are warmly invited to attend any of these services. If you have any questions, please contact the rector at the telephone number above.

The West Cork Choral Singers
A mixed choir of some 45 members, under the musical directorship of Diana Llewellyn. The choir holds its weekly practice every Monday night and choir members come from a radius of 40 kilometres and, at last count, comprised eight nationalities. Diversity is the raison d’etre of the choir. The repertoire is a broad one, with a slight bias towards the more sacred rather than the light-hearted. 028 37570 for more info.

Cancer Connect is a brilliant initiative between West Cork Rural Transport and the hospitals in Cork City. A rare occasion of the left hand and the right hand actually working together. People who need radiotherapy have to receive a 10-minute treatment every day for 35 days. This radiotherapy can only be administered in The Regional Hospital in Cork, so a really tiresome daily trek is needed. The West Cork Rural Transport provide a daily mini-bus service from Goleen along the N71 to Cork which is free to any patient requiring this treatment. The really excellent part of this is that the Regional Hospital ensure that any patients from West Cork will receive their treatment between noon and 1pm.

A further service is now in place whereby patients requiring chemotherapy and other cancer treatments can avail of a private car and driver. The drivers of both services are volunteers, and so far more than 300 trips to Cork Hospitals have been provided. If you feel you can help with driving, once a month is all that is needed, please contact Helen on 027 52727. Or if you know of any patients who may find the service of use, please call Helen on 027 52727. The proceeds of the Pancake Day coffee morning were donated to this excellent service.

The Aughadown Church Hall
If you know of anyone who is having a party, family gathering, wedding reception, children’s party, and are looking for a venue, please suggest the Church Hall at Church Cross. It comes with a well equipped kitchen; good parking; lots of space outside if you have youngsters wanting to run about and let off steam, and is very reasonable to hire.

The Aughadown Walking Group meets every Monday and Thursday at 10am at the GAA Community Hall at Church Cross. All are welcome to join the Group for a walk. The walk lasts about 40 minutes along local lanes, all of which are fairly flat and sheltered. It is not a route march, a race or over-strenuous, but an opportunity to get fit and socialise. There is no charge and for further information please call Brigid O’Brien on 38132.