Baptisms take place on Saturday at 5pm.  It is necessary to book in advance either by phone, email or in person. If by phone or email, it is necessary to call in to the sacristy in advance of the chosen date to collect a booking form which must be returned at least a week in advance of the ceremony.

At that time you will be contacted by a member of our Baptism Teams who will offer to meet with you to go through the ceremony with you and help you to choose any prayers or readings you may wish to include.

The number of children presented for baptism on each Saturday is restricted to four to ensure that the sacrament is meaningful for everyone.

Adults seeking baptism will undergo a period of preparation facilitated by the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).  For further information contact a priest of the parish.


Confessions are heard on Saturday at 12 noon in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

There is a Penitential Service before Christmas and Easter to help prepare for these two great Feasts.  They are usually held on the Monday prior to the Feast but it is advisable to check the date at that time.

Children will make their First Confession prior to their First Holy Communion on a date specific to their school.


Holy Communion

Eucharistic Ministers are available to bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound in the parish.  Requests for this may be made to the sacristy or by phone or email.

Gluten free hosts are available during Mass from the celebrant at the top of the centre aisle.

Children begin their preparation for First Holy Communion in Second Class in the schools in the parish.  The Do This in Memory Mass which is held on scheduled Sundays throughout the school year is an integral part of the preparation for both children and parents.  First Holy Communion Ceremonies take place in the month of May.


Confirmation ceremonies for the Fifth and Sixth Classes in the four parish schools are held every second year.

Confirmation ceremonies for Gaelscoil Michíl Uí Choileáin are held in conjunction with the Gaelscoil in Bandon every second year in the intervening years of the parish school ceremonies.  The venue rotates between the two towns.


Weddings for both the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Sacred Heart Church, Darrara may be booked by calling into the sacristy, by phone or by email.  There is a fee for the use of the church to include lighting and heating of €300 for couples who are not parishioners in Clonakilty.

Prior to the wedding there are both civil and church requirements to be completed without which the wedding cannot take place.

Civil Requirements

You must make an appointment with any Civil Registrar to give Notification of Intention to Marry. This meeting must take place at least three months before the date of your wedding in order to comply with the civil requirement. The Registrar’s Office will let you know what you need to bring with you.

When all the civil requirements have been completed satisfactorily, you will receive a Marriage Registration Form (MRF) from the Registrar. Without this form you cannot get married.

Contact details:
Civil Registration Office, Adelaide Street, Cork. Tel: 021- 4275126
Civil Registration Office, Coolnagurrane, Skibbereen.  Tel: 028 40570
If you are currently living abroad, this link will advise you about giving Notification of Intention to Marry from your current location

Church Documentation

The documentation required by the Church can only be done within six months of the date of the wedding.  This is usually completed by a priest in the parish of your normal residence.  For this you will each require a Baptismal Certificate, a Confirmation Certificate, a certificate of completion of a Pre-Marriage Course and a Letter of Freedom where necessary. The priest will then complete a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form in respect of each party and then forward them on to the parish where the marriage is to take place if different from the parish of residence.  If necessary, the priest will arrange for any dispensations that may be required.

If you are living abroad, the priest who completes the forms will send them on to the local Archdiocese or Diocese who will them send them to the Diocese of Cork and Ross for verification before forwarding them to the parish where the wedding is to take place.

Pre-marriage courses are offered at the following venues:
Clonakilty Pre-Marriage Group, Tel. 023 8834441
Cork Marriage Counselling Centre, 34 Paul Street, Cork. Tel. 021 4272277
N.A.O.M.I. 119, Patrick  Street, Cork. Tel: 021 4272213
ACCORD Centre, Bantry. Tel: 027 50272