Clonakilty & Darrara Parish

in beautiful West Cork

Reconciliation for Christmas on Sunday 19th

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.

Parish Newsletter Dec 4th 2022

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Parish Newsletter Dec 4th 2022

Dec 8th Holy Day Mass times

Dec 8th is the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. It’s also the patronal day of our parish church!

Let’s praise God together on this holy day ask Our Lady’s intercession for us all.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Mass times are:-

Holy Day Vigil Masses

6.15 pm Rosscarbery

7.00 pm Clonakilty

7.30 pm Rathbarry

7.30 pm Courtmacsherry


Day Masses

10.00 am Clonakilty

10.00 am Barryroe

11.00 am Rossmore

11.30 am Rosscarbery

11.30 am Timoleague


7.00 pm Clonakilty (on the evening of the holy day)


First Holy Communion dates 2023

The following are the dates of Masses in the family of parishes at which children from the local schools will receive their First Holy Communion.

All the First Holy Communion Masses will be at 10.30am.

Date School Church

Saturday May 6th

Scoil na mBuachaillí / St. Joseph’s Clonakilty Church
Saturday May 13th  Barryroe NS Barryroe Church
  Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin Clonakilty Church
  Rosscarbery Parish schools Rosscarbery Church
Saturday May 20th  Knockskeagh NS & Darrara NS Clonakilty Church
  Kilmeen NS Rossmore Church
  Timoleague NS Timoleague Church
Saturday May 27th Ardfield NS and Rathbarry NS 

Rathbarry Church

  Clogagh NS Clogagh Church


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