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As of today, 20 March, Bishop Paul Colton has asked that all church buildings remained closed until further notice.

What we can do is turn to God and His Word for guidance.

Psalm 108:1-5

My heart is steadfast, O God;
I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn!
I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the peoples, And I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your loving-kindness is great above the heavens, And Your truth reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, And Your glory above all the earth.

A prayer to begin your day with:

Good morning heavenly Father, good morning Lord Jesus, good morning Holy Spirit. Heavenly Father, I worship you as the creator and sustainer of the universe. Lord Jesus, I worship you, Savior and Lord of the world. Holy Spirit, I worship you, sanctifier of the people of God. Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day consciously in your presence and please you more and more. Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you. Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God, have mercy upon me. Amen. — by John Stott

Of course the "Good morning" might be replaced by good afternoon, or good evening. It is never too late to turn to God or to seek Him as he continuously is seeking us.

Garda Help:

The Garda Station in Skibbereen have been in contact to say that if any of us are aware of any individuals within our parochial community (be it Church Cross, Kilcoe or Ballydehob) who may need more assistance in this time of isolation and separation, especially those who are elderly, then we are not to hesitate to ring the Garda Station, either Skibbereen, Bantry or Schull depending on your location. The Gardaí in Skibbereen have been doing a variety of small jobs for people in need, like delivering prescription medication as well as checking in on those who may not have others to check in on them.

Skibbereen Garda Station; Phone, (028) 23088
Bantry Garda Station; Phone, (027) 20860
Schull Garda Station; Phone, (028) 28111

New YouTube Channel

From the Bishop

Dear Friends,

In the space of a very few short weeks, we in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross have had to reinvent our worship and our pastoral care imaginatively and appropriately while mostly working from home. The church buildings may be closed but we, as the Church, are very much open, and doing what we are called to do in ways, old and new.

At an online meeting of the Clergy it was decided that we needed, in addition to many of the other things we are making of use of, to have a Diocesan YouTube Channel as a place where people can find in one place our worship and talks and messages, as well as encouragement. I set one up overnight, and the Reverend Robert Ferris has kindly been 'correcting what is amiss and supplying what is lacking.'

The YouTube link is a long an impossible one to remember or hand out link. With 100 subscribers we can get a memorable and usable link and with your help we can change this at no cost. So would you please click on the YouTube logo below, and then, in the top right of the screen, click 'subscribe'. If you do not already have a Youtube account it is easy to create one on the YouTube site.


By doing this simple 'click and subscribe' you will hugely increase the usefulness of the work we are doing and the availability of the resources which we will be publishing on YouTube, including in Holy Week next week and Easter.

Thank you for your help!

Dr Paul Colton

The Right Rev. Dr. Paul Colton

Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Saint Luke’s Home: The Select Vestry of the Ballydehob Union recently received a letter from Ms. Joan Jeffery, the Deputy Director of Finance/Administration at St Luke’s Home. She wrote on behalf of Bishop Paul Colton and all the people at Saint Luke’s Home to thank our parish union for our financial support of Saint Luke’s Home Chapel furnishings. We are very grateful to have the resources to support Saint Luke’s Home, which is host to so many of our own friends and relatives through the years. May God continue to bless them in their good work and may they continue to grow from strength to strength.

Saint Matthias National School: Recently Saint Matthias National School was the recipient of two generous donations from the proceeds of local fundraisers for charities. First Saint Matthias National School received a donation from proceeds taken at the annual Ballydehob Threshing Festival, which was held back in October and the second donation came from proceeds of a raffle / quiz night held by Rosie’s Pub in Ballydehob in aid of local charities. We were very grateful for both of these recent donations offered in support of Saint Matthias National School. On behalf of the Board of Management we express our sincere thanks and appreciation for their generous gift and thoughtfulness in recognizing Saint Matthias National School as a vibrant part of the wider Ballydehob Community.

Exploring a Vocation: Mr. Chris Coleman, a Ballydehob Union parishioner of more than four years, has begun exploring a vocation to ministry within the Church. Chris is a man who is fervent in pursuing the life of faith within the Gospel and Church teachings. While Chris is in the early stages of his discernment, the parishioners of the Ballydehob Union pray that Chris will continue to walk in the ways of the Lord, and to meet the challenges that life offers as he considers a life in service to Christ our Lord.

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.

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.