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Please click here for some reflections on the last months from the Rector
An Invitation from the Bishop
From the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton
Each year I invite you to join me in Rosscarbery on Maundy Thursday to celebrate the Eucharist, when we also renew our commitment to ministry (lay and ordained) and the oils for use in pastoral and sacramental ministry are blessed.
Again this year we cannot be in Rosscarbery next Thursday, Maundy Thursday, 1st April 2021, for that Service, and we will miss our journey to West Cork as well followed by lunch together. However, once more, I have recorded the Service and I invite you to join me online to offer this worship together to God before the Sacred Triduum begins on Thursday evening, and, as your Bishop, I offer this work to you as a tangible sign of my gratitude for and appreciation of your ministry and work within the Church.
The link to the Service is HERE
The Service is set as a YouTube Premiere which means that you can set a reminder and, when we do watch it contemporaneously, we will be part of that 'watch party' (as Youtube calls it) together. Obviously, it may also be viewed at any time after Noon on Thursday also.
The Order of Service for the Chrism Eucharist may be accessed or downloaded HERE
RIP Richard Sweetnam
29 March 2021: It is with sadness that I relay to you the news that Richard Sweetnam died at his home in Morahin yesterday, Sunday 28 March. He will be brought to Saint Matthew Church in Aughadown this evening at 6 pm. There will be a funeral service tomorrow, the 30th of March at 2pm in Saint Matthew Church followed by a burial in the Kilcoe graveyard. Due to COVID restrictions the church is limited to ten people in attendance.
Bishop Paul has emailed looking for one new photograph from each parish and chaplaincy - preferably featuring people - oriented in landscape as opposed to portrait) - for use on our new Diocesan Website that is in the course of preparation. If you have any recent photographs that you have on the computer or would be willing to deliver to the Rectory post box in the very near future, please do pass them on. I can scan any photos that may be printed.
Ballydehob Union of Parishes - Fair Share 2021
On behalf of the Select Vestry of Ballydehob Union, I am writing to thank those of you who took part in the parish Fair Share Assessment Fund during the past year. The diocesan assessment for our union of parishes for last year was €52,233.
This was funded by:-
Donations by our parishioners €32,042
CHY3 Tax Refund €8,657
Some Sunday plate collections €1,794
Dividends and bequests €2,102
As you can see there was a shortfall of €7,638 which were it not for the lockdown could have been made up by fund raising activities such as our surnmer fete and Christmas Craft Fair which last year could not be held due to the virus.
In 202l the Assessment and Priorities Funds amount to €49,356, some €2,877 less than last year, but it will still be a challenge to be able to pay our quarterly assessments of €12,224.
You can see that one of the most significant contributions to our fund is the tax refund which is paid to us by the Revenue on behalf of parishioners who have paid Irish tax and donated €250 or more in a previous year and have given me a CHY3 enduring certificate along with their PPS number. The revenue will refund us 1/3rd of the amount which you have donated in a previous year at no cost to you.
I have placed a lodgment book in the Ballydehob Post Office with Bridie Roycroft for anyone who might like to donate and Bridie has assured me that your business will be totally confidential. Alternatively, donations may be handed to the Church Wardens when services resume, or handed in to me at 2 Station Road, Ballydehob.
Once again, I would like to thank you very much for all you do to support our parish, and to wish you all a very happy and more cheerful New Year.
Dermod O'Brien, Fair Share Treasurer
Current restrictions make it impossible to distribute the Diocesan Magazine in its print version. However, you can download pdf versions of the magazine by clicking on the links below:
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
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 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.