Bandon Parish

St Patrick’s Church to Re-Open

On Monday May 18th, St Patrick’s Church will re open it’s door for Personal and Private Prayer only. Gatherings of prayer in groups is not permitted. Mass will take place privately before the church opens each morning. 

Please follow the guidlines that will be in place within the church for your safety and please adhere to the HSE guidelines of standing 2 metres from people and using hand sanitising gel when you enter and leave the building. Bishop Fintan has sent guidelines to each church and can be viewed here by clicking on the link below: Churches across Diocese to open for personal prayer

https://corkandross.org/diocesan/churches-across-diocese-open-for-personal-prayer/

A PRAYER FOR THE BEREAVED

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As the world lives out history and everything that was accepted as normal has now taken on a new meaning and a new way, we are trying to adjust to so many restrictions and changes. Funerals are no exception to the changes being experienced because of Covid19.

For the Irish culture we have always mourned our dead visibly, and saying goodbye to our dead was a community event. We supported our grieving families by praying together in church and homes. We supported them at the graveside. With the new restrictions we cannot do this and this is very difficult. We have to watch from a distance, we cannot shake hands or hug the families that to some of us are close neighbours and friends.

Familes have had to make an agonising decison to allow only immediate family of parents and siblings attend the funerals – This to all of us is extremely difficult. We feel the pain and heartache of those who mourn and we long to be able to stand united with them and support them on their entry into the grieving process. For now all we can do is support with our words and prayers from a distance.

We pray for all who are mourning in these difficult times….

Bless those who mourn the death of a relative or friend and feel that with this loss their lives are incomplete. Bless those who mourn, and heal their brokeness. Bless those who mourn and cannot reach out for help. Bless those who mourn and have not had the opportunity to say goodbye. Bless those who mourn and have not had the opportunity to say sorry. Bless those who mourn and have not had the opportunity to say I love you.

Bless all who mourn.

Dearest Jesus, who wept at the death of your friend, grant those who mourn the  comfort of your presence in their loss. Wrap them in your comfort, walk with them in their path of sorrow and carry them in their sadness and loss. Rest their weary hearts and soothe their tired minds. Lift their eyes so that they may catch a glimpse of eternity, and be comforted by the promise of heaven. We ask all of this through the Risen Jesus. 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” Matthew 5:4

 

GUIDANCE ON FUNERALS COVID19

Bishop Fintan Gavin has provided the following guidance regarding funerals in the Diocese of Cork and Ross during the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://corkandross.org/diocesan/updated-guidance-regarding-funerals-in-cork-and-ross/

 

 

A QUOTE FOR TODAY – POSITIVE MENTAL WELL BEING

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. We all at times can suffer with Mental ill health and it’s something we don’t talk about enough. Talking can help at times when we feel our Mental health is unsteady. Just say the words…”I don’t feel so good today”. We all need to be more aware of our own and others well being. Be kind, Be caring, Listen and don’t jude too quickly. A kind word, gesture or a smile can mean an awful lot to another person.

Below are quotes by Saint Mother Teresa – Sometimes we are the Helper, Sometimes we need the Help 

 

CORK COUNTY COUNCIL COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAMME

Welcome

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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 Kingston PP                                     Fr John O’ Donovan CC