Bandon Parish

John O’Donoghue

john o donoghue awardOn Friday last a number of individuals and groups were recognised at the Bandon Opinion – Bandon Co-Op Annual West Cork Community Awards. These are people who give of their time and their talents generously for the good of the community.
On Saturday night last Bishop John Buckley celebrated the 6.00pm Mass during which he conferred a BENEMERENTI Medal on John O’Donoghue.
A Benemerenti medal is given by the Pope in recognition of exceptional service to the Church and to the community. John O’Donoghue richly deserves this honour. John’s motto in life has always been to carry out whatever task he was asked to do concise and well. His life has been a life of service to the Church and to the community. John became an altar server at the Convent Chapel at the age of seven and since that age has been involved in the life of the parish as a Collector, as a member of the Eucharistic Procession Committee and as a Voluntary Sacristan for the past 15 years.
Besides John’s work in the Church he has been active in the community through education and the GAA. It is in his role as Principal of Warner’s Lane School, Scoil Phadraig Naofa that John is remembered as a great teacher and in his role as Principal – he encouraged his staff and pupils to be the best they could be. John in every aspect of his life has been courteous, kind and efficient – particularly in his role as Sacristan.
On behalf of the priests who have worked with John over the years and on behalf of the parishioners whom he has looked after so well – we say congratulations John well deserved.
In congratulating John we also show our gratitude to his wife Mary and his children Julie, Billy and Catherine for their support to John in carrying out his parish ministry.

Sacraments 2016


Preparation for First Confession & First Holy Communion



prayerbookThe programme is designed to facilitate the active involvement of parents, parish leaders and the wider parish community in the preparation for First Holy Communion.

The celebration of First Communion is a sacred and important moment on a long journey of faith development. Together with Baptism and Confirmation, it opens the door to full membership of the Christian community.


On Enrolment Saturday the parents are presented to the community, invited to make a commitment to participate in the programme and renew their Baptismal Promises with the Faith Community. There are 4 main commitments parents undertake to assist their children leading up to First Communion as part of the Programme

  • To be at Mass regularly with your child and particularly on the Saturdays of the programme.
  • To foster prayer at home with the children and individually.
  • To enhance your participation in the programme and deepen your own understanding of the Mass, that all parents would read the THUMB Resource Book and the Grapevine Newsletter with your child
  • To reflect seriously about the celebration of this Sacrament

The dates of the First Confessions and First Holy Communions in Bandon Parish 2015 – 2016 are:


February 8th 2016- @ 7.00pm in St Patrick’s Church for Scoil Padraigh Naofa, Presentation Primary & Students from schools outside parish.

February 11th 2016- @ 7.00pm in Lady Chapel Gaggin for Crossmahon and Laragh primary schools.

Gael Scoil date to be decided by school and priest in charge.

First Holy Communion Dates:

Crossmahon School – May 7th @ 10.30am in Lady Chapel Gaggin.

Scoil Padraig Naofa, Presentation Primary, & students from outside parish – May 14th @ 10.30 in St Patrick’s Church Bandon.

Gael Scoil – May 21st @ 10.30am in St Patrick’s Church Bandon.

Laragh School – May 28th @ 10.30am in Lady Chapel Gaggin.

If you have any enquiries about the Preparation Programme please call to the sacristy where a member of the tem will help you in anyway.

Do this in Memory Masses:

Enrolment Mass – September 26th @ 6.00pm

Mission weekend – October 17th @ 6.00pm

Feast of Christ the King- November 21st @ 6.00pm

3rd Sunday of Advent- December 12th @ 6.00pm

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time- January 24th @ 6.00pm

3rd Sunday of Lent- February 27th @ 6.00pm

Holy Thursday – March 24th @ 6.00pm

3rd Sunday of Easter- April 9th @ 6.00pm

Children are invited to walk in the Corpus Christi Procession which takes place on Sunday May 29th after 12 noon mass.

Please note that all the weekend masses of the programme take place on Saturday @ 6.00pm. the only change to this is Holy Thursday.



Céad Míle Failte

kingston_john73Welcome to the Parish of Bandon in the Diocese of Cork and Ross.

Welcome to a Parish where the Parish assembly facilitates the involvement of the community in the life of the parish.

Welcome to our website – we hope it gives you an insight into the life of the parish.

If you are coming to live in our parish- please make yourself known and we will make you welcome.

Fr John                                     Fr Anthony