The Mass times for the feast day are shown for our family of parishes.
Masses in Clonakilty are on Thursday eve at 7pm and on Friday 6th at 10am and 7pm.
Have a blessed “little Christmas”!
The priests ministering in this parish and in the local family of parishes wish all parishioners, friends and neighbours a blessed and peaceful Christmas.
- Fr Ted Collins
- Fr Tom Hayes
- Fr John Kingston
- Fr John McCarthy
- Fr Dave O’Connell
- Fr Fergus Tuohy SMA
Bishop Fintan Gavin has sent a Christmas video message and a blessing to students and staff of all the primary schools in the diocese. View the interactive message here.
You are welcome to join in one of our Christmas Masses to celebrate the Birth of Christ among us.
These are the times of Masses in Clonakilty and Darrara Parish
Clonakilty Parish Church. 6.30 pm
Clonakilty Parish Church 9 pm
Clonakilty 8.30 am
Darrara 9.30 am
Clonakilty 11 am
Below is the full schedule of Masses in our Family of Parishes
Saturday 24 December 2022
Sunday 25 December 2022
In preparation for a worthy celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas, we are called to prepare by prayer and by going to Confession.
Each Saturday in Clonakilty Church the Sacrament of Confession is available from 12noon.
On Monday Dec 19th, there will be a community celebration of the sacrament in Clonakily Church at 7pm.
All the priests from the family of parishes will assist. This liturgy involves communal prayer, listening to the Word of God, shared examination of conscience, individual confession of sins to a priest, shared act of thanksgiving.
Confession on Christmas Eve will be from 11am to 1pm in the parish church
You are invited to bring the figure of the baby Jesus from your home crib to Mass next weekend Dec 10th/11th. The figures will be blessed at Mass. This tradition comes from Italy – hence its Italian name where bambino is a child!
After the blessing, the figure its taken home and wrapped. It’s the first thing to be unwrapped on Christmas morning and placed in the crib.
Children in school will also receive a drawing of the baby Jesus this week at school which they can colour and also bring to Mass next weekend.
The blessing of the “Bambinelli” [Baby Jesus figurines] as they are called in Rome, reminds us that the crib is a school of life where we can learn the secret of true joy. This does not consist in having many things but in feeling loved by the Lord, in giving oneself as a gift for others and in loving one another. Let us look at the crib. Our Lady and St Joseph do not seem to be a very fortunate family; their first child was born in the midst of great hardship; yet they are full of deep joy, because they love each other, they help each other and, especially, they are certain that God, who made himself present in the little Jesus, is at work in their story. And the shepherds? What did they have to rejoice about? That Newborn Infant was not to change their condition of poverty and marginalization. But faith helped them recognize the “babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” as a “sign” of the fulfilment of God’s promises for all human beings, “with whom he is pleased” (Lk 2: 12, 14). — Pope Benedict in 2009 at Bambinelli Sunday.