Bandon Parish

First Confessions


Monday February 8th First Confessions in St Patrick’s Church for Town Schools 7pm

Thursday February 11th First Confessions in Lady Chapel Gaggin for Country Schools 7pm

Ash Wednesday

ashwedAsh Wednesday – a day of fast and abstinence

Ashes will be distributed after mass on Wednesday.

MASS TIMES: 9.30am & 7.30pm

Ashes are available throughout the day in the church.

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

lourdesFeast of Our Lady of Lourdes – World Day of Prayer for the Sick

Thursday February 11, 2016;

February 11th is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St. Bernadette) Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin appeared eighteen times, and showed herself to St. Bernadette in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes. On March 25 she declared to Bernadette:

“I am the Immaculate Conception.”

Since then Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and many cures and conversions have taken place.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick

On 13th May 1992 Pope John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick to be held each year on the Feast of Our lady of Lourdes as “a special time of prayer and sharing.”

This celebration is a reminder to pray for all those who are sick and to recognise and honour those who work in health care and those who serve as caregivers. As we pray for our family and friends who are ill, let us not forget to pray for all sick people the world over.

I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame” (Job 29:15)



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