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Announcements 25 September 2022

1. Wednesday we have a Holy Communion Service at 11am in Saint Matthias’ Church in Ballydehob with refreshments to follow at the Rectory. Anyone and all are welcome.

2. Next Sunday of (2 October) we will be celebrating our United Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Saint Matthias’ Church in Ballydehob at 3 pm. The Rev. Ivan Ruiters. The rector of the Kinniegh Union of Parishes will be our preacher. We ask you to come with donations of home grown produce and non perishable food items. Our plate collection and all the donations of food etc. will be given to Meals on Wheels in Schull.

3. If you are free to give a hand next Friday, please join us at 2pm in Saint Matthias Church when we will be decorating and cleaning for the Harvest Thanksgiving Service (rather than Saturday). We can use all the help that you can offer.

4. The Mother’s Union quiet day will take place on Wednesday 5 October from 10 am until 2:30 pm. The day begins at 10 am with tea and coffee, followed by periods of reflection and talks by Mrs. Patsy Devoy. The event is open to all who would like to take part. Please bring a packed lunch. Soup and bread will be available on the day. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Swanton.


Saint Matthew’s Church Window: under the very welcome recommendation and hands-on assistance from Kate Neilson undertook the needed repair of two large windows on the west end of Saint Matthew’s Church in Church Cross near Aughadown. These westward facing windows had been weakened over the years due to exposure to the west Cork weather and winds. As the windows were threatening to collapse. After some very thoughtful consideration, and counsel from Adrian & Chris Brentnall from Inspired-Glass in Ballydehob, the Ballydehob Parish Union contracted them together with Tim Looney Construction to see to the repairs. We are pleased to announce that the repairs have been completed and we are extremely grateful to Adrian & Chris Brentnall and to Tim Looney Construction. Victor Love, a parishioner and an employee of Looney construction oversaw the project directly. We thank Victor for his personal care in bringing these needed repairs to completion.

Saint Matthias National School: Saint Matthias National School has begun its new year with an enrolment of 34 pupils. The Pupils are encouraged to be enquiring and creative, our educational standards are high and the fact that our school is small enables us to engage in investigation and experimentation by the pupils, which might not be possible in a more crowded school situation. Team work and collaboration are encouraged so that pupils learn to work together and to help each other. We encourage students to respect each other, to be honest and trustworthy and to accept difference and to be tolerant and forgiving. We aim to develop self confidence and independence so that our pupils are well prepared to cope when they move on to second level. Should your child be looking for a new primary school in the Ballydehob area, please contact the principal, Mr. Ian Haseldine on 028 37500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service: On Sunday 2 October 2022, the Ballydehob Union will celebrate a United Harvest Thanksgiving service at 3 pm at Saint Matthias Church in Ballydehob. Our preacher on the day will be the Reverend Ivan Ruiters, rector of the Kinniegh Union of Parishes, This year the collection from our Harvest Thanksgiving service will go to the Schull Meals on Wheels under the direction of Nuala Hegarty. Meals-on-wheels service is a critical component of the continuum of care services that enable older people to remain living in the community or to return to their own homes after hospitalisation. 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.

Jesus My Boy, is a one man, one act play, and will be performed on Friday the 21st of October at 8 pm in the Ballydehob Community Hall. The play is open to the public and tickets will be €10.00 on the door. All proceeds will go to the Ballydehob Union of Parishes. Jesus My Boy is a very engaging depiction of the life of Jesus seen through the eyes of Joseph, a simple ordinary carpenter. The play was written by John Dowie and previously performed in the West End by international star Tom Conti.

The play will be performed by John Sibley, a licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England, and serves within the parish of Saint Barnabas, Warmley, Bristol. After the 80 minutes production refreshments will be available, and there will be an opportunity to hear from John about his motivation in performing this play as well as the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Farewell to Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson. As is already well publicised, last June, the Episcopal Electoral College for the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, met in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, and elected the Venerable Adrian Wilkinson, as the new Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory. The Archbishop of Dublin has appointed Sunday, 30th October at 3.30 p.m. as the date and time for the Episcopal Ordination and Consecration of Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson.

Thank you to Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson for his years of service in the diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, and for his administrative, pastoral and collegial support within the diocese. We will miss Adrian’s warm engaging presence and his sensitivity in ministry. The Ballydehob Union of Parishes will be praying for Adrian as he prepares for his Episcopal ordination. May Adrian’s Episcopal ministry serve as God’s blessing upon all those under his care, and may God Bless Adrian and his family in the midst of so many changes in this new and dynamic move.

Looking forward to the 30th of October, as there will be many clergy traveling to Dublin for the episcopal ordination of the Archdeacon, there will be a united service of Holy Communion at 10 AM in Schull at the Church of the Holy Trinity and later there will be a united service of Holy Communion at 11:30 AM in Ballydehob at Saint Matthias’ Church.


Ballydehob Union of Parishes - Fair Share 2022

On behalf of the Select Vestry of Ballydehob Union, I am writing to thank all the parishioners who contributed so generously to the parish Fair Share Assessment Fund during the past year. The diocesan assessment for our union of parishes for last year was €49,132.

This was funded by:

Donations by our parishioners €32,752
CHY3 Tax Refund €8,917
Christmas, Easter and 5th Sundays €2,232
Dividends and bequests €1,910
Summer Sale on the Street €3,718

Total €49,529

As you can see, we managed to break even in 2021 which was greatly assisted by the Summer Sale on the Street in Ballydehob and I would like to thank all those who helped to man the stalls and provided baked goods and other items for sale. Another wave of COVID infection in November meant that the traditional Christmas Craft Fair had to be cancelled so we missed that opportunity to add to our fund-raising effort. Hopefully things will be better this year.
In 2022 the assessment and priorities funds will amount to €49,579, about the same as last year, but fortunately we have been given a non-repayable grant from the R.C.B. of €1,376 which recognises the difficult financial times that parishes have endured over the past couple of years, but it will still be a challenge to be able to pay our quarterly assessments of €12,205.

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 make a donation and Bridie has assured me that your business will be totally confidential. Alternatively, donations may be handed to the Church Wardens or given 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.

Yours sincerely,

Dermod O’Brien. Fair Share Treasurer



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 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.