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6 October 2020

Unfortunately, having church services cancelled means that there will be no Harvest Thanksgiving service and no collection of food for distribution. When churches reopen we will reconsider our options.

Please click here for some reflections on the last months from the Rector



Dear Parishioner,

As you know, Fair Share is our contribution towards the cost of the provision of clergy in the diocese. The second quarter of our assessment amounting to €12,821, has just been paid and this has been made possible through the generosity of those parishioners who have paid already this year or who pay through regular payments by bank standing orders, and I thank all of them very much indeed for this.

The payment of the second quarter has left our reserues severely depleted and this appeal is to those of you who may be able to make donations to our Fair Share.

I know that these are particularly difficult times and most people witl be finding it hard to make ends meet. Many will be unemployed and other forms of income will have become significantly reduced.

However, even though the churches may be closed, the clergy are still there to minister to the spiritual needs of parishioners. As a parish, we have a moral as well as a financial obligation to pay our fair share and I appeal to any of you who may be in a position to make a contribution could do so, so that we may be able to pay the next two quarters' assessment.

It has not been possible to hold our Ascension Day sale this year and it seems unlikely that we will be able to hold our usual summer fete either, both of which have been indispensable contributors to parish funds.

I know that many people living on the Mizen Peninsular conduct their business through cash, and to facilitate this, I have given Bridie Roycroft in the Ballydehob Post Office one of our lodgment books so that anyone who would like to contribute by cash payments may do so in Ballydehob post office and Bridie will record the donations in the lodgment book. She will also accept payment by cheque made out to Ballydehob Union Fair Share.

Alternatively donations may be sent to me at:

Dermod W. O'Brien, 2 Station Road, Knockroe, Ballydehob, Skibbereen, Co. Cork P8L V309

or to:

Kate Neilson, The Paddock, Aughadown, Skibbereen, Co. Cork P81 YY62.

Yours sincerely

Dermod O'Brien Fair Share Treasurer


Diocesan Magazine

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:

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020


There is a Video Message from the Bishop regarding the re-opening of Church buildings which you can view here

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 Matthias National School: Saint Matthias National School is receiving forms of intention for the next academic year, and already several families have expressed their intentions to enrol their children for the 2020-2021 school year. Should you be interested in enrolling a child in Saint Matthias National School, please contact the school on, 028 37500.

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.