Parish News – January 2014

Happy New Year to all our readers. We hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and had some time to relax. By the time you read this we will have had our carol services in all our churches, (Castletownroche today 5th at 3pm) our concert in Mallow Church, our Christmas Eve and Day services. Thanks to all who decorated our churches for Christmas and those who read and supplied music and made all our Christmas Services so special.

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Christmas Concert

Thanks to all who came and supported the concert in St. James Church on Friday 13th December and made it such a huge success. Thanks to all who helped in the organising of it especially Susan Brennan and John Coulter and to each and everyone who took part in it. To Cor Mhagh Ealla, Ryan Morgan (tenor), Polyphonics Barbershop Chorus,Brendan O’Connell, Mairead Brennan, T.R.A.D. from Davis College, and Mallow No 1. School. Thanks also to those who supplied the Mince Pies and Mulled Wine and Teas/Coffees.

Doneraile Carol Service

The first of our Carol Services took place in Doneraile on the 22nd December and thankfully it was a huge success. We were blessed to be joined, as usual, by the choir from the R.C. church. We also had our usual solo from Doneraile man, Des Flahive. Des joins us each year on his trip home from the U.S. to visit his parents for Christmas. All who hear him will agree that he is extremely talented.

This year we had something new. The children and teenagers who usually attend our Family Service, (along with a few extras,) brought small gifts, each with a personal message, to put under the tree for our senior citizens in the parish. Then they sang “Away in a Manger” accompanied by our organist, Eamonn, on the piano. This brought new life and new meaning to our Carol Service. It was wonderful to see so many young people together giving us new hope for the future. We want to thank most sincerely the young people who took part and their parents for their co-operation. It was greatly appreciated especially by the senior citizens who were surprised and delighted to receive their gifts.


Alanna Mavis Whitty was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Doneraile on the 7th December daughter of Michael and Rachel (nee Chamberlain). On 29th December Jemima and Joel Miengue and their father Bernard were baptised in St James’ Church, Mallow. The family were joined by many of their friends for the special occasion.

Mothers’ Union

Thanks to David and Linda Deane for opening their house for a fundraiser at the end of November for parish funds and to the members of the Mothers’ Union for supplying the food and to everyone who helped in any way. Thanks to everyone for coming and to all those who sent on contributions who were not able to attend on the night. €1,300 was raised from this event. Thanks also to Canon Tom and Hazel Sherlock, Kildorrery for hosting an Afternoon tea party with a Christmas twist for people who are young at heart. This took place on the 11th December from 3-5pm at their home and was a very enjoyable evening with food, fun and fellowship.

Our next event is a fun evening of bowling in Cork on the 21st January. Please contact Ruth Sherlock if you want to come along on this evening so she can book it.

Epiphany, 6th January

There will be a service for the feast of the Epiphany at 11am in St. James’ Church Mallow. Mallow No.1 National School will join us for their New Year opening service.

Chess Club

The chess club meets on Wednesdays at 7.45pm in the Hall. They always welcome new members. Just go along, they will be pleased to see you. They are happy to teach beginners and experienced players are also welcome.

Youth Club

The Youth Club meets every second Friday night in the hall. Next meeting is on 10th January.

CIT Engineering Roadshow

Monday 13th January 2014 at 7.00 p.m. in the Nexus Hall, Student Centre at Cork Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology cordially invites you to attend it’s Engineering Roadshow. It aims to provide students, guardians, teachers and guidance counsellors with the information they require about engineering courses, careers and research options available at CIT Places may be reserved by email addressed to or tel no: 021 4335450.

Children’s Ministry Network

A training day is being orgainised by the Cork Cloyne & Ross Children’s Ministry Network for all Sunday Club leaders and assistant leaders on Saturday 8th February 2014 entitled ‘A road map through Lent’ . Through a series of workshops and hands on participation in group work, you will be given practical ideas and lesson plans for all the Sundays in Lent.

The event will be held in Northridge House at St Luke’s Home from 10am to 2.30pm and the cost for the day will be €10 including lunch. Please download the form from as the form needs to be returned with fee as soon as possible.

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