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Parish Newsletter May 28th, 2023

Includes announcement about Corpus Christi Procession 2023.

Parish Newsletter May 14th

Includes details of summer times of Masses in the Family of Parishes.

Holy Week times of ceremonies

Wishing you and yours the blessings of this Holy Week

Mass times for Jan 6th – Holyday

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”!

Christmas 2022 Mass times

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

Christmas Eve

Clonakilty Parish Church. 6.30 pm

Clonakilty Parish Church  9 pm

Christmas Day

Clonakilty            8.30 am

Darrara                9.30 am

Clonakilty            11 am 


Below is the full schedule of Masses in our Family of Parishes

Christmas Eve

Saturday 24 December 2022

Clonakilty 6:30pm
Lisavaird 6:30pm
Clogagh 7:00pm
Rossmore 7:00pm
Rathbarry 7:30pm
Barryroe 8:00pm
Carraigfada 8:00pm
Clonakilty 9:00pm
Rosscarbery 9:00pm
Timoleague 9:00pm
Courtmacsherry 12:00 midnight

Christmas Day

Sunday 25 December 2022

Clonakilty 8:30am
Rosscarbery 9:15am
Courtmacsherry 9:30am
Darrara 9:30am
Ardfield 10:00am
Clogagh 10:00am
Lisavaird 10:15am
Barryroe 11:00am
Clonakilty 11:00am
Bealad 11:15am
Rosscarbery 11:30am
Timoleague 11:30am

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.

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)


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