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Announcements for Palm Sunday 2019

1. Please pick up a flyer with the Holy Week Service Times for the Ballydehob Union in the back of the Church.

2. Good Friday: I need assistance once again covering readings for the three hours before the cross. If you would make yourselves known to me, those who would like to read. I will get the readings to you.

3. The Way of the Cross: There will be a reflective walk beginning at the end of the three hours before the cross on Friday at Saint Matthias Church in Ballydehob and processing over to Saint Brigid Church. This is a ecumenical walk affirming our common Christian faith. We will carry a wooden cross with us, and stop at eight times to say prayers, reflect upon our Lord’s own last journey and then sing a chant as we journey to the next station (finishing at Saint Brigid’s Church at 3:30 pm). Everyone is invited to attend this act of worship.

4. Your help is needed when people will gather next Saturday (20th of April) at 2 pm to clean and decorate for Easter in Saint Matthew Church, Aughadown and in Saint Matthias Church, Ballydehob.

5. Next Sunday is Easter Sunday, there will be Holy Communion Services in Aughadown at 10 am and in Ballydehob at 11:30 am.

Reverend Rosemary Logue: We welcome the Reverend Rosemary Logue as the new Church of Ireland, house-for-duty priest to serve the pastoral needs for the Church of Ireland, Kilmoe Union of Parishes. The Reverend Rosemary Logue, together with her husband, Art, were officially welcomed into the local community and the Kilmoe Union of Parishes by a United Service of Holy Communion in Holy Trinity Church, Schull on Sunday 10 March. The Bishop of Cork Cloyne and Ross, the Right Reverend Dr. Paul Colton presided over the service. We look forward to meeting and working along side the Reverend Rosemary Logue and her husband Art, as they cross this new threshold in ministry.

Saint Matthias National School: Congratulations to the students of Saint Matthias National School who were awarded first place in their category for authentic consumes during the 2019 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The Parade, sponsored by the Community Council, groups and businesses celebrated our national patron, Saint Patrick, with colourful, whimsical costumes and floats along with a collection of vintage tractors, antique cars and members of our volunteer emergency services. Saint Matthias National School is already making plans for the autumn term, and 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..

Mother’s Union: The Mothers Union officers were installed at the commissioning service held in the Kilcoe Chapel of Saint Matthew Church on Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord, on Monday 25 March. The regional officers take up their new three year term with Mrs. Marie Swanton as the branch Leader, Mrs. Essie Shannon as the branch Secretary; Mrs. Maud Swanton as the Action & Outreach officer, and Mrs. Noelle Salter as the branch Treasurer. We are grateful for all the ways in which the Mothers Union has and does support our parishes and we look forward to their ongoing assistance in ministering to those with the local parishes and beyond.

Wedding Bells: Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. David and Cathy Roycroft who were married on Friday 29 March in the Church of the Seven Sacraments, Lowertown by Father Alan O’Leary. The Church looked beautiful with the flowers and decorations, and there were large numbers of people from the local community and beyond who gathered to take part in this celebratory event and to support through prayers and music the matrimonial union of this radiant couple. We wish for Mr. and Mrs. Roycroft and their families every blessing in the future.

Traditional Music Ecumenical Service: To usher in the traditional Irish music Festival in Ballydehob from the 12- 14 of April, we celebrated with an ecumenical service of thanksgiving in Saint Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church. Fr. Alan O’Leary and the Rev. Steve McCann jointly presided over the service, but the real highlight and centre-piece in our community celebration was the traditional Irish musicians and the heart lifting music they shared on the evening. A very big thank you is extended to Mrs. Ann Redman and to Mrs. Heidi McCann for all of their background preparation and coordination.

Easter General Vestry – The Easter General Vestry was convened in the Ballydehob Parish Union on Tuesday April 9th at 8:30 pm, held in Saint Matthew Parish Hall in Aughadown. Officers were duly elected, and the first select vestry meeting for the new term of office was set for 21 May 2019 in Saint Matthew Parish Hall in Aughadown at 8:30 pm. Thank you to all outgoing officers of the parish and a very grateful and warm welcome to all the new coming officers. A very special thank you to Leslie Roycroft who has been serving at the People’s Church Warden at Saint Matthias in Ballydehob, and to Laura Levis, who has been serving as our Fair Share Treasurer for many years. May the Lord continue to bless our parochial activities and development.

Lent Course: During the season of Lent we took the opportunity to invite people to a Bible study course. This course was more public than others as we hosted it in the Bank House on Main Street in Ballydehob. During each meeting, we gathered to explore how God’s Word calls each of us in to an ongoing covenant relationship. We welcomed people from a variety of church back-grounds and those from no church back-ground. The course was filled with discussion, questions and laughter. We look forward to future events and in seeing the discussions and study bear fruit in the lives of those who participated.

Ascension Day Sale: Please do join us on Thursday the 30th of May in the Ballydehob Community Hall when we host our annual Ascension Day Sale. The event starts at 1 PM and will conclude at 4 PM. The stalls will include plants, baked goods, new and nearly new, as well as those used vintage goods that cannot be passed by. It is that perfect time to find the unexpected gift, or longed-for treasure. Soup and sandwiches will also be available from 1 PM and continue to be served until they run out. A raffle will be drawn about a half hour before we finish the sale, with a selection of prizes. There should be something to interest just about everybody, and we welcome children to join us with their parents when school lets out. Please do come and support this parish event.

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.