Notices – 10th December 2017

Priests Christmas Collection
The Christmas Day Collection will be taken up at Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for the support of your priest.
The priest’s income comes from the Christmas Day and Easter Sunday Collections, spring and Autumn Stations, offerings for Baptisms, Marriages, Funerals and Mass Offerings.
NB. The priest does not receive his income from the Weekly and Special Collections, the only two exceptions are Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.
Envelopes for the Christmas Day Collection are available in both Churches, if you use the Sunday Envelopes, it has a Special Envelope for the Christmas Day Priests Collection.
Charity is no Substitute for Justice withheld (St. Augustine)
Are we carrying the message of justice into our preparation for Christmas? Are we mindful of the impact of our spending? Will our spending create excessive waste to further burden the planet? Are the gifts we give and receive manufactured where employees are treated justly and fairly? Are we spending more than we can afford? “The God We Hardly Knew” by Oscar Romero. No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor. The self-sufficient, the proud, those who, because they have everything, look down on others, those who have no need even of God, for them there will be no Christmas. Only the poor, the hungry, those who need someone to come on their behalf, will have that someone. That someone is God. Emmanuel. God-with- us. Without poverty of spirit there can be no abundance of God. (Innishannon Peace and Justice Group).
We pray for Tommy Walsh, Model Farm Road, Cork, Joan Roche, Skevanish, Pat Delaney, Russell Hill, Denis, Bridget & Eileen Delaney, Russell Hill, Fr Seamus Murphy PP, Ardfield, Ellen Taylor Cook, Innishannon/Canada, Denis Cullinane, Skevanish, Bridie Donovan, Leamlara & Mary Twohig, Lissagroom.
Recent Deaths
We pray for Michael (Milky) Donegan, Bandon, Mary Turner, Clonakilty, Donal Fleming, Leamlara and John O’Riordan, Kildorrey who died recently.
We welcome Olivia Ella Rice-Wilmot, Innishannon, Maisie Lily Canniffe, Bandon and Charlie James Kelleher, Shanagore, Innishannon to the Christian Community.
Carols by Candlelight Thank You
We would like to express our sincere thanks to everybody who came along on December 1st to support the Carols by Candlelight concert in aid of ARC house. Thanks to your generosity, we raised almost €3,000. I think you will all agree that the array of talent in our parish is remarkable and we would like to recognise all the gifted performers who gave their time to delight and entertain us. A great many people helped out preparing the church with lighting, flowers and candles and for this we are enormously grateful. We hope you enjoyed the concert as much as we did. Ann MacSeoin, Audrey Muldoon & Jackie Murphy.
Christmas Room, Brothers of Charity, St Patricks, Upton
On Friday 15th December. Supported by DJ Murphy of Bandon Garden Centre and Bandon Co-op, the extensive specially decorated areas will be open for visitors from 10.30am-8pm and seasonal refreshments will be served. Admission is free and donations will be accepted for Friends of the Watergate Centre, Bandon and St Patrick’s Upton. Monster Raffle also and Santa will visit from 3.30-5.30pm. Performances by local and visiting choirs and school groups throughout the day & sale of seasonal products and home baking, call 021 – 4775202.
Scoil Mhaoilíosa has been a really busy first term in Scoil Mhaoilíosa. We are taking part in the VEX Robotics competition, the Skibbereen Heritage centre competition. We had an extremely successful Halloween Walk and Book Fair. Our annual Christmas Mass will be held in Knockavilla Church on Thursday 14th at 9.30am. All are welcome. We are really looking forward to our Christmas Concert on the 20th of December, our performances in the Christmas Room in Upton and MSD Brinny.
Scoil Eoin, Enrolment
Enrolment of new pupils for September will take place from December 4th-22nd. Application form can be downloaded from the school website at and email to Call 021-4775457 or 086-4106194 to arrange an appointment to view the school facilities and to request a prospectus. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.
Innishannon Reaches Out With Love and Concern for Our Cork Homeless
What can you do? Please donate one warm hat, scarf & pair of gloves to keep our homeless warm (new or second-hand). The cold can be extremely difficult for our homeless at this time of year. Everyone’s small act of kindness can make a difference! Collection points at St. Mary’s Innishannon after masses w/e 17th December. All items collected will be distributed personally by Bernard O’Hehir and the volunteers of ‘Reaching Out’. Thank you all sincerely, Lucy Mulvihill on behalf of ‘Reaching Out’.
Innishvilla Soccer Club
The committee wish to thank all those who supported the Bagatelle concert recently. Our junior team has reached the 5th round of the F.A.I Junior cup. Unluckily they have been drawn against Rathmullan Celtic from Donegal and must make the long journey there on Dec 17th. It is 475km from Innishannon to Rathmullan (North Donegal) and it is very likely that this could be the longest distance ever travelled by a football team in this country. The trip will cost €2’500 approx. If anyone would like to make a donation towards the expensive journey it would be greatly appreciated. Team & supporters bus will leave Innishannon at mid-day on Sat with an overnight in Sligo. Call 086-8364099 for details.
The Friendship Club
Will have Imelda Moran professional art & craft teacher from Cork ETB on Thursday for the next two weeks. Call Ann 087-4025269.
Valley Rovers
Valley Rovers GAA Lotto is on Sunday 10th December in The Brinny Inn. Jackpot €5’600. Last week’s numbers were 14-22-27-29. No jackpot winner. Winners of €20: Mary Murphy c/o Downs Centra, Dee O Brien c/o O Sullivan’s Centra, Frank Jones c/o Johnny’s, Norma Buckley c/o Crossbarry Inn, Jim O Mahony, Castlelack, Phil Murphy, Kilnagnady, John Horgan, Little Silver, Gary Cremin, Russell Hill, Trish Rochford, Killeagh & Treasa Coleman, Slievegullane.
Valley Rovers Christmas Draw On Sunday Dec 17th in Johnny Crowleys Bar. 5 Consolation prizes of €100 each, 10 x €50 each.
Cork GAA Clubs Draw Congratulations to Paudie Palmer Oakland’s Dunkereen on winning €150 Voucher from Keane’s Jewellers in the Nov Draw. You can still join for the remaining 9 monthly draws for €70. Support your club, join today and be in with a chance to win fabulous prizes for less than €2 per week. Contact Denis O Riordan 087-9096691 Paul Hoey 087-6196254 Claire O Shea 086-3470503 Ted O Donovan 086-8246827 or online at
Valley Rovers Community Breakfast Morning will be held on Sunday December 17th in Innishannon Hall from 9:30 to 12:30. Please come and join us in a pre-Christmas event to celebrate the achievements of our members in 2017, whilst enjoying a full Irish breakfast and fresh home-baking, which will be served throughout the morning, with entertainment also provided. Suggested contribution is €10 for adults, €5 for children and €30 for a family. All proceeds from the event will go towards the continued development of our facilities for the benefit of everyone in the parish.
Valley Rovers Leisure Wear Christmas orders can be collected on Sat 16th 7-9pm or Sun 17th 9:30-11 downstairs in the Innishannon Hall.