Bandon Parish

PARISH NEWS

We have been very busy with the last few weeks since opening the church for public prayer and Mass. It has been tiring work trying to keep updated with the changing regulations and advice given to us by NPHET, to help in keeping everyone safe from Covid19.

We are very grateful to the people who are able to steward and sanitise within the Church, – without their help we would not be able to stay compliant with NPHET guidelines. The safety of all who visit the Churches in Bandon Parish is of utmost importance to us.

We ask you to continue with your support of our guidelines by sanitising your hands on entering and leaving the Churches, keep a safe social distance of 2 metres from others who are not in your household, limit the time you spend in the company of those who do not live with you, stay at home if you feel unwell, have a new dry cough, a high temperature, or if you have been in company with somebody that suspects they may have Covid19, are awaiting the results of a Covid19 test or if they are waiting to be tested for Covid19. Being mindful of ourselves and of others will help us all fight this virus.

Here are a few updates on parish life within the church at present – these are subject to change with immediate effect if NPHET guidelines change.

MASS TIMES: Mon- Friday 9.30am. There will be no Saturday morning 9.30am mass from Saturday September 12th until October 17th inclusive to allow for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation to take place.

WEEKEND MASSES: Saturday Vigil 6.00pm Sunday 9.00am, 10.30am & 12Noon.

ALL BAPTISMS WILL TAKE PLACE @ 4.00PM
PLEASE ASK IN THE SACRISTY ABOUT NUMBERS ATTENDING AS WE WORK ALONGSIDE THE RESTRICTION

RCIA- Bandon Parish would like to congratualte our 2 candidates Paulo & Ivana who completed the RCIA course and received Baptism, Holy Communion & Confirmation on September 5th 2020.

At present we have one person at the beginning stage of instruction. Any adult who is interested in this can contact the Parish Priest Fr John Kingston on 023 8841666

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021

If your child does not attend a Parish School and wants to receive First Holy Communion in 2021 they will need to attend the Parish Instruction for Holy Communion classes. Please contact the Parish Priest Fr John Kingston 023 8841666 for more information.

DONATE

Our Parish has been chosen as one of the Pilot Parishes in Cork and Ross to provide a secure online donation facility on our website and social media platform.

Each household in the parish will be receiving printed literature which explains how people can use the online donate button or set up a bank standing order to regularly contribute to their parish.

Until the Covid-19 pandemic, parishes met their budgetary needs thanks to the generosity of successive generations of Catholics. The Covid-19 pandemic led to the closure of churches throughout the Diocese of Cork and Ross for a considerable period of time – As a result, people were unable to contribute to the upkeep of their parish faith community through the weekly Offertory Collection.

Bishop Fintan, with the support of the Financial Administrator of the diocese, along with priests from across the diocese and parish finance committees are piloting new ways through which parishioners can contribute financially.

We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Payzone Ireland to provide a facility to accept card payments from our website. The new facility will allow our parishioners to contribute both on an adhoc basis or on a fixed automated payment schedule. As the use of cash declines in society the church needs to embrace new technologies, and this is our first step to that end. We have worked closely with Payzone to develop a solution to meet our collective needs in a secure way.

The donate button link on right side column of this website will link you to the Payzone donation facility.

CHURCH SERVICES TV

We are delighted to be able to contiune broadcasting an online Mass each day. We have encountered some problems in the past few weeks with the webcam and are working very closely with Church Services Tv to resolve the problems. When a problem arises we are able to provide a service to you via our facebook page. We hope that now all our teething problems are behind us and you can join us for Mass while you stay at home for the moment.

STAY SAFE THINK SAFE BE SAFE

In order to stay safe and be safe, we need to think safe. If you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19 you need to stay at home and isolate and arrange to have a Covid-19 test.

While you are out and about – keep your distance from others who are not in your hosuehold, 2 METRES is the advised distance. WEAR A MASK – especially indoors where it may not be very well ventialted. SANITISE YOUR HANDS when you enter and leave a building. The staff of these buildings have provided sanitising gel for their safety and for yours – please use the facility to help in the fight against Covid-19.

THREE NEW VIDEO RESOURCES FOR PREPARING FOR CONFIRMATION

Confirmation Preparation 2020

Online resources are being made available to young people, families, teachers and parishes to prepare for the Confirmation ceremonies that remain to be be celebrated this autumn.

The diocesan Confirmation programme was interrupted by the Covid19 pandemic. Bishop Fintan has asked parishes to prepare to celebrate the remaining ceremonies in the autumn.

This series of three videos and text resources was produced for the Catechetics Council of the Irish Bishops Conference by iCatholic.

Click on the link below to watch the videos with your child.

https://corkandross.org/diocesan/new-resources-for-preparing-for-confirmation/#copy_link

Wear a face mask

In light of the renewed government guidance issued last Tuesday, Bishop Fintan asks people to wear face coverings in Church for all liturgical celebrations such as Mass, funerals, weddings, baptisms, confirmations and First Communions etc. so that we can create as safe an environment as possible  for those who come to Church and minimise the possibility of spreading the virus.

Children under 13 years of age and people who have received medical advice to not wear a mask are of course exempt.  (https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/aac74c-guidance-on-safe-use-of-face-coverings)

FIRST HOLY COMMNION

As the schools return cautiously from the end of August we look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion with the children of the parish, who have been waiting patiently since May for their Special Day.

Our advice to you, is to continue to pray with your child, and follow the Masses using
MY MASS PRAYER BOOKLET
which you recieved as part of the Holy Communion Preparation Programme.
Here you will find some useful prayers to say with your child in preparation for the Special Day.

Keep practising the following prayers in preparation for your childs Holy Communion.

Prayer before Holy Communion

Lord Jesus, come to me.
Lord, Jesus, give me your love.
Lord Jesus, come to me and give me yourself.
Lord Jesus, friend of children, come to me.
Lord Jesus, you are my Lord and my God.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer After Communion

Lord Jesus, I love and adore you.
You’re a special friend to me.
Welcome, Lord Jesus, O welcome.
Thank you for coming to me.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, O thank you
For giving yourself to me.
Make me strong to show your love
Wherever I may be.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay
Close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all of us children in your loving care
And bring us to heaven to live with you there.
I’m ready now, Lord Jesus,
To show how much I care.
I’m ready now to give your love
At home and everywhere. Amen.





A PRAYER FOR HOPE

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