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Notices for Sunday 16 February 2020

1. Please consider supporting the retiring collection today (9 February) and next Sunday (16 February) in aid of Schull Community Hospital.

2. It is time to revise the list of the recorded members of the Ballydehob Union of Parishes (also known as, vestry members). Should you like your name to be included in this list, please ask for a form from the Rector.

3. Dermod O’Brien, our Fair Share treasurer will be distributing a letter to every parishioner explaining how money is collected from you to support having a residential rector in the Parish Union. Along with this letter is a CHY3 form, which allows our parish to claim tax refund against donations made by parishioners.

4. A new cleaning rota and a new flower rota are being developed for Saint Matthias Church in Ballydehob. We need new people, with new willingness to assist us in keeping this Church a dignified and respectable building in which we can praise our Lord. If you have an extra hour to give to the church building to clean it periodically. Please give your name to Margaret Skuce.

5. The Ballydehob Union after-school club meets this Tuesday the 18th of February from 3:30 pm until 5 pm in the Side Hall of Ballydehob Community Hall, all primary school children welcome and the cost is €2.00 per child. For More Information Please Contact Rev. Steve McCann 087 147 8300 or Esther Stevenson 086 8442954

6. There will be a Select Vestry Meeting on Tuesday Evening the 18th of February at 8:30 pm in Saint Matthew Parish Hall. Select Vestry Members please plan on attending this meeting.

7. There will be a Holy Communion Service in Saint Matthias Church in Ballydehob on Thursday (the 20th of February) at 11am followed by refreshments in the rectory. You and your guests are welcome.

8. Living out Discipleship in Christ: A disciple of Christ is dedicated to following the teachings of Jesus, and who assists in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. If you desire to take your faith to a new level and learn what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus, then please join us each Thursday evening, beginning 20 February and continuing until Holy Week. The meetings will be held in the Bank House in Ballydehob from 8 until 9 pm. Because the lessons are based on biblical teachings, the class is foundational to all Christian denominations and is appropriate for all Christians seeking a deeper understanding. We look forward to seeing you.

9. All are welcome to join us for a Shrove Tuesday Coffee Celebration in Saint Matthew’s Church Hall in Church Cross on Tuesday 25 February from 10 am until 1 pm. All proceeds are in aid of Cancer Connect and the Aughadown Playschool. We ask that you support this event by offering cakes, buns, biscuits or raffle prizes, and by being present on the day. There are flyers available in the back of the church.


Charitable Giving / Retiring Collections 2020

February 2020 9th & 16th Schull Community Hospital

March 2020 8th & 15th National Society for the Blind

April 2020 Easter 12th Fair Share

May 2020 10th and 24th RNLI – Baltimore Lifeboats

June 2020 14th & 21st COPE

July 2020 12th & 19th Protestant Aid

August 2020 9th & 16th Co-Action Skibbereen

September 2020 13th & 20th Christian Aid

October 2020 Harvest Thanksgiving 4th Cork Penny Dinners

November 2020 8th & 15th Poppy Appeal/Bishop’s Appeal

December 2020 Christmas Eve and Day Fairshare


Shrove Tuesday: We look forward to seeing you for our Shrove Tuesday celebration at Saint Matthew’s Parish Hall in Church Cross on Tuesday the 25th of February from 10 am - 1 pm. There will be coffee and cakes and pancakes as well as a cake stall. All proceeds are in will be in aid of Cancer Connect & and the crèche in Church Cross.

Ash Wednesday: Ash Wednesday will be the 26th of February, and there will be a midweek Holy Communion service in Ballydehob at 11 am. There will also be a Holy Communion Service at Saint Matthew Church, Aughadown at, 8:00 PM.

Mothers’ Union: The annual Mother’s Union quiet day in January was postponed due to inclement weather. It has now been rescheduled to take place on Wednesday 25th March in St. Matthew’s Parish Hall, Aughadown, Church Cross. This year’s speaker will be the Rev. Kingsley Sutton of Kilgarriffe Union. The day begins with Coffee at 10:00am, and Rev. Kingsley begins speaking at 10:30 am; the day concludes at 2:30pm. We welcome you and your guest to attend on the day. If you plan on attending, please bring your own lunch. Soup will be provided. Contact Maria on 02837137 or 0861012152. If you have questions or would like to attend, please contact: Maria Swanton on 02837137 or 0861012152 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After School Club: The After School Kids Club is held on alternative Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm in the Side Hall of Ballydehob Community Hall, all primary school children welcome and the cost is €2.00 per child. The club is composed of Games, Bible Stories, Songs and Music, LEGO activities and challenges, arts and crafts, Snack and lots of fun! The dates for the remaining club meetings are the 3rd of March, and 24th of March. For More Information Please Contact Rev. Steve McCann 087 147 8300 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Esther Stevenson 086 8442954

Prayer Meeting: On alternate Monday’s there is a prayer group which meets in the Rectory at 10 am, and which will continue to meet every other week right up to Easter. The prayer group is open to anyone, and we will be joining together to pray about issues that face our communities our parish union and for all church communities in our area. The remaining prayer meetings are the 9th of March, the 23rd of March, and the 6th of April. We welcome you and your guests to join us.

Discipleship Course: A disciple of Christ is dedicated to following the teachings of Jesus, and who assists in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. If you desire to take your faith to a new level and learn what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus, then you are welcome to join us each Thursday evening, While the course began on the beg 20th of February we will continue until Holy Week. The meetings will be held in the Bank House in Ballydehob from 8 until 9 pm. Because the lessons are based on biblical teachings, the class is foundational to all Christian denominations and is appropriate for all Christians seeking a deeper understanding. Even if you have not previously joined us, we welcome you to come along now. We look forward to seeing you.

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.

Baptism and God’s blessing upon us: Sam and Clemency Huleatt-James were granted the gift of new life, when in February 2019, they welcomed their wonderful little daughter Alexandra into their family. Sam and Clemency, who have a home away from home in Kilcoe, brought their Alexandra was baptised in Saint Matthias Church with Russell Bryce and Mikaela Dillow as the Godparents and sponsors of Alexandra. As we joined in the celebration signing Be thou my vision and One more step along the world I go, we were invited to an awareness that we are responding to God’s own calling in bringing before God the gift of the new life of Alexandra, as God has so generously offered new life to us. May the blessing bestowed upon Alexandra in her baptism, be a continues grace in her life, and may our Lord guide her and her family to walk according to the Gospel message of Salvation.

New Life: Congratulations are in order for David and Cathy Roycroft, who in November of 2019 were granted the gift of new life into when they welcomed Darragh, their first born, into their burgeoning family. May God richly bless Darragh and his parents with a desire to embrace the life God offers us more faithfully and exuberantly. As we plan Darragh’s baptism, may he be surrounded by God’s good care and an abundance of God’s grace. On behalf of the parish we extend to Darragh, David and Cathy as well as to the extended Roycroft and O Callaghan families our prayers and support as they bring Darragh into the wider Church community.

50th Anniversary: Congratulations are in order for Jim and Maria Swanton, who happily reached 50 years of Married Life this month. Jim and Maria are a vibrant couple who whole heartedly contribute to our parish worship and generously support of all things parochial, be it on committees, through the Select Vestry, within the Mothers’ Union and through parish fundraisers and social activities. Jim and Maria are an example of the blessings bestowed upon us in married life. May God continue to bless them with many more years and may their life together continue to bless their children and grandchildren as well as the wider Ballydehob Union community.

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.