Announcements 31 December 2017


1.    There will be no Holy Communion service this Thursday at 11am in Saint Matthias Church (4 January).

2.   Next Sunday, 7 January, there will be a Holy Communion Service at 10 am in Saint Matthew Church in Aughadown, and a Morning Prayer Service at 11:30 am in Saint Matthias Church in Ballydehob.

3.   The Mothers’ Union are holding a Quiet Day on Monday 8th January in St Matthew’s Hall.  Church Cross.  Coffee/Tea will be served from 10 – 10:30. Bring a packed lunch and soup will be served. We have communion about 2 and finish after that.  The Very Rev. Leslie Forrest who was Dean of Ferns, will be the facilitator.   If you need any more information please contact Valerie Stevenson 028 38027.

4. As I am currently providing pastoral cover for the Kilmoe Union, you will find my availability more limited. 


Sunday School recommenced on Sunday 15 October and is held the second and third weeks of every month until summer.


On behalf of our Sunday School teachers, Sharon Wolfe and David Hayward, I am appealing especially to parishioners who have been Garda-vetted and to secondary students, but also to those who are parents, grandparents, current or former teachers or anyone willing to become garda-vetted through the parish in order to support Sunday School and other children’s events.  I wonder if you’d be willing to help occasionally as a Sunday School “second,” which is simply a background support for whomever is teaching. At the very least, you would sit in a corner and monitor the lesson for the purpose of child safety and protection. At the most, you might be called upon to provide an extra pair of hands during a craft, stand watch outside the hall door for toilet breaks, or offer encouragement should any child need a bit of help. Towards this end, we would like to put together a rota for “seconds.” With a grand total of 14 Sundays to cover, the more volunteers, the less frequently anyone would need to repeat, unless, of course, you are interested in becoming a regular member of the team. Below is a list of the dates for this school year. Could you please let me know by Monday 30 October which date(s), if any, you would be willing to help Sharon or David out? And if you are not yet garda-vetted through the parish, but interested in doing so, please contact me.


12 November
19 November
10 December
17 December
14 January
21 January
11 February
18 February
11 March
18 March
8 April
15 April
13 May
20 May

Advent Course

On the three Tuesday nights in Advent, the 5th, the 12th and the 19th we will gather at the rectory from 8 pm for one hour to explore three different looks at the book of Psalms in the Bible.  The Psalms, attributed to King David, are a collection of prayers and reflections set in poetic meter.  The psalms, a common form of prayer in the time of Jesus, are a key to unlocking our hearts to the voice of God.  We look forward to the gathering as we open our hearts for the coming of Christ.


Christmas Children's Club

On Saturday 9 December from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm in Saint Matthias National School, the Ballydehob Union of Parishes will be hosting a Christmas Children’s Club focusing on the joy and wonder around the Birth of Jesus.  Miss Esther Stevenson will be leading the children on the day which will include games, songs, snacks and a chance for children to learn more about God’s love for the world.  All primary age children are welcome.  For more information, please contact r for booking a place, please call the Rev. Steve McCann on 028 37117 or email him on


The Mothers' Union

The Mother’s Union Christmas Dinner is being held on Sunday 10 December 2017 at the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen at 1:30 pm.  The cost is €30, spouses or friends are welcome to join you.  Please book a place with Maud Swanton or Essie Shannon if you wish to attend the Christmas Lunch celebration.

The Mother’s Union Annual Quiet Day is scheduled for Monday, 8 January 2018, when the Very Rev. Leslie David Arthur Forrest, formally, the Dean of Ferns, will lead the Quiet Day in St Matthews’s Church Hall, Aughadown.  Members from other branches of the Mothers’ Union, and anyone else interested in attending the day, are most welcome.  Those interested in attending, please ring Valerie Stevenson on 028 38027.

St Matthias National School

As we end the first term of the school year, we are grateful for the successes we have seen in Saint Matthias National School.  Students and parents have regularly told me how much they enjoy their school day, and a very big thank you goes to Mr. Ian Haseldine, the principal, Mrs. Margaret Connolly, the second teacher, Ms. Aoife Fitzpatrick, the Special Needs Assistant, Mr. Raymond Ruttle, the special education teacher, and Mrs. Hilary McCarthy, the school secretary.  Their cooperative effort and diligent work of the teachers and staff make Saint Matthias National School exceptional in learning and fostering the growth and wellbeing of the pupils.  As we look to the second term, we wish Mrs. Connolly every blessing as she takes leave in expectation of a new child.  May she and all those at the school find every blessing in this Advent and Christmas season of coming light and life.

Saint Matthew's Church has had a refurbishment, see the photo gallery below for an impression of how it went. Grateful thanks in particular to  Bobby, Tommy, Victor and Jim.


Parish Newsletter
If you would like to view our Prish Newsletter online, please click here: April 2017


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.