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Announcements for 25 August 2019

1. The Ballydehob Union Fair Share payment is due to be paid at the end of August. If you are in a position to support the Ballydehob Union Parish Fair Share, please put a contribution in an envelope and place it on the collection plate, or turn it over to Dermod O’Brien or Kate Neilson.

2. The Compline service at 8:30 pm in St. Brendan's Church, Crookhaven this Sunday. The preacher for the service will be will be he Rev. Daniel Owen and the presider will be Canon Paul Willoughby.

3. For the next three Thursday mornings there will not be any Holy Communion Services.

4. Next Sunday (1 September) there will be Holy Communion in both Churches.

5. This year is the 11th year for the Christian Aid Sheep’s Head Hike. It will take place on Saturday 7th September 2019, beginning at 11:00am at the Kilcrohane Community Centre. There are three scenic walk routes this year – a 10.5km (4.5-hr) walk and a 6.50km (2.5 hour) flat terrain walk and a nice flat 4.2km (1.5hr). All are welcome to support Christian Aid and their charitable work on the day.

Parish Fête: Thank you to all those who made the Ballydehob Union Parish Fête such a wonderful success. We gathered at the Ballydehob Community Hall on Wednesday the 7th of August. There were lots of children’s games inside and out, and we saw large numbers of young families joining in the fun of a variety of games, including splat the rat, fishing for ducks, smashing crockery and soaking the rector with sponges. There was plenty of good food to eat and lots of shared stories and laughter on the day. The raffle sent very pleased winners home with great prizes, and the stalls like the New and Nearly New, the White Elephant, Country Produce, Book Stall, all saw good numbers of discerning shoppers buying those once in a lifetime treasures. We are grateful for the money raised for the Ballydehob Parish Union of parishes, and thank God for His generous blessings.

Opening of School:
Saint Matthias National School in Ballydehob opens its doors for the autumn term on Monday the 4th of September. We welcome back Mr. Ian Haseldine, our principal, Mrs. Margaret Connolly, our junior teacher, Ms. Aoife Fitzpatrick and Ms. Kate Silhanova, our special needs assistants, Mr. Raymond Ruttle, our special education teacher, and Mrs. Hilary McCarthy, the school secretary, as well as all the students. We look forward to a year filled with successes in learning. 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..

Baptism in the Parish Union: Congratulations to Ruth Ellen Hingston, her parents Mark and Deirdre and to the rest of the family who gathered to celebrate the baptism of Ruth Ellen. Ruth was baptised on Saturday the 17th August at the in Saint Matthias Church in Ballydehob. We had the added pleasure of welcoming Father Alan O’Leary on the occasion. There was a good gathering of family and friends as well as a number of parishioners. We wish for Ruth, every blessing and we are grateful to see new life in the parish community.

Children’s Summer Club: The Ballydehob Union of Parish joined forces once again with Esther Stevenson from Faith Mission this Summer to organize a children’s Summer club. Faith Mission exists to reach people with the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As an interdenominational agency, it works closely with all Christian churches. The children’s club was open to all primary aged children and met each day from Monday 5th until Friday 9th August in the Schull Parish Hall, and ran from 11am until 1pm. We had a wonderful time filled with lots of fun as we explored Bible Stories, played Games, engaged in Crafts and shared Songs and Snacks. We were thrilled with the draw and were able to welcome over 28 children in the course of the week.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service: On Sunday 6 October 2018, the Ballydehob Union will celebrate a United Harvest Thanksgiving service at 11 am in the Morning at Saint Matthew Church in Aughadown. Our preacher will be from the Church Mission Society in Ireland. CMSI is a Christian mission organization that exists to help God’s people engage in God’s mission. CMSI is part of the global CMS family, which was established in 1799 with a threefold focus: the abolition of the slave trade, social reform at home, and world evangelisation. This year the collection from our Harvest Thanksgiving service will go to the Christian Mission Society in Ireland, and the food collected will be divided between Cork Simon and the West Cork Family Services. All proceeds and food donated will be given in aid of those who are unable to care for themselves. All are welcome to attend this service, and we ask you to share a contribution of your own bounty whether non-perishables home-grown produce, or clean old blankets.

Confirmation: Congratulation go out to Chris Coleman who made a public reaffirmation of faith, and to Beatrice Attridge, Tegan O’Donovan, Shonagh O’Donovan, Sophie Logan, Ailbhe Quinn, and Tara Wolfe, who were confirmed by Bishop Paul Colton in Saint Matthias Church in Ballydehob on 21st of July. There was a good gathering and lots of family around to celebrate. We all moved to the School for cake, sandwiches and biscuits. Thank you to those who decorated the church and those who contributed food to the day. All the effort really paid off.

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.

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.