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12th January, 2020

IRISH RED CROSS AGM
Ballinora/Ballincollig Branch
The Annual General Meeting of the Ballinora/Ballincollig Branch of the Irish Red Cross will be held on Wednesday January 22nd. 2020 @ 7.30 pm upstairs in the Ballinora GAA Hall.
All Members are invited to attend.
 

BLOOD DONATION CLINICS
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will hold a Blood Donor clinic in
Ballincollig GAA Pavilion, on Monday & Tuesday, and in Ovens Éire Óg GAA Hall, on Wednesday & Thursday; 5pm – 8.30pm each day, 13th – 16th January 2020

ENNISMORE RETREAT CENTRE
“Conversations”
January 13th
Media: In control or being controlled?
Michael Clifford, Journalist & Author
January 20th 
Media, Friend or Foe?
Michael Commane O.P., Journalist
January 27th
“Just sayin” : towards a spirituality of communication
Patricia Coyle, Jesuit Communications Office
Time 7:30-9:15pm
Donation €10

HELP SAVE A LIFE
Training programme in 2020
Cardiac First Responder Group (CFR)
Continuous training for this group takes place on the 2nd Thursday of each month in Ballinora GAA from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  All trained members are encouraged to attend.
If anyone is interested in being trained in CPR and in the use of the AED please contact any member of the CFR Group or Imelda at 087-2170244.

ANAM CARA
Anam Cara Cork the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on 8th January at 7:20pm in The Clayton Hotel, Cork City . This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents

TEAMWORK AND DEDICATION
Thanks!
Amongst the many people who deserve special thanks after this Christmas are:
Anne Moylan Shields and Bernadette Moran for the altar and crib decorations, Francis Hurley and a team of helpers for crib and outdoor Christmas Tree. Thanks to Philip Flaherty as always for the sacristy and altar preparations. A sincere ‘Go raibh maith agaibh’ to Ursula Mulvihill and the Ballinora Choir, with organist Brian Keegan, for a half hour of carols before the Christmas Eve Mass, and for wonderful singing at the Mass and right through the season. Thanks also to the able ‘sub’, Ruth Healy. The Choir of the Retired Gentlemen of Ballinora, at the 10am Mass on Christmas Day was superb! Lovely olden days feel to Tom Kelly’s harmonica, and Declan O’Brien’s guitar. Thanks to all our Ministers of Word and Eucharist coordinated by Jeremy Meehan and Mary Flynn, to our servers, and to the super team of Ministers of the Brush, coordinated by Anne Sheehan. Congratulations to all who make Christmas in Ballinora such a wonderful time!                                                                                                                 Well done to Maria Lyons who helped produce our lovely Parish Calendar. A special mention of gratitude also to the distributors of the Station envelopes, Christmas Offering envelopes and boxes of Sunday Offertory envelopes, who carry out these duties constantly.

 

 


22nd December, 2019

RICHMOND FOOTBALL CLUB
Annual fun Christmas walk on
Friday Dec.27th. Meeting at O’SHEA’S bar ..to begin at 2.30pm.

MASS –SATURDAY 28TH DEC
The 7pm Mass on Saturday December 28th will be offered for all who have experienced bereavement in the past …and who are missing their loved ones even more so at Christmastime.

TRÓCAIRE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
This Christmas, Trócaire have the perfect range of life-changing gifts.  Leaflets and poster with full details are in the church porch.  Chicks, seeds and tools, trees, solar lamps…fifteen gifts in all, starting at €5.  Purchase online, by phone or post.  The ideal Christmas present for friends and family to make the world a better place!

DON’T BE LONELY AT CHRISTMAS –
Seniorline, Ireland’s only national listening service for older people, will be open every day over Christmas and the New Year from 10am to 10pm.  We are here to take your call if you are on your own, feeling isolated, worried or would like someone to talk to. Senior Help Line volunteers are trained older people who understand the ups and downs of life, and are happy to listen, to keep company and to support.    LoCall 1800804591.  All calls completely confidential.   

DON’T BE TOO BUSY FOR CHRISTMAS
Don’t be too busy for Christmas, don’t be too busy to care,
Find time to look in the manger, and see Jesus nestling there,
Don’t be too busy for Christmas, don’t be too busy to sing,
About our wonderful story, about our most wonderful king.

SEASONAL TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS
(Mainly for kids, but relevant to all of us)

  • Remember that Christmas Day is the Birthday of Jesus.
  • Make the Christmas Dinner His Birthday Party.
  • Set an extra place at the table to remind us of the Special Guest.
  • Get the young people to sing ‘Happy Birthday Baby Jesus.’
  • Have a candle in the window. Get the youngest in the family to light it or turn it on. This old Irish tradition reminds us that Mary and Joseph are welcome to come to our homes even if there is no room in Bethlehem.
  • Use the Crib as a Sacred Space in the home to gather the family for prayer.
  • Keep up the Cork tradition of visiting some of the neighbouring Church Cribs on Stephen’s Day.

PARISH OFFERTORY ENVELOPES AND CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS
The boxes of envelopes for the Offertory Collections for the maintenance of the parish are now being distributed to the homes. An explanatory letter outlining the financing of the parish accompanies them. We appeal to parishioners to please make regular use of an accountable donation system (a direct debit, the numbered envelopes, or a yearly donation), as the parish can obtain a 40% tax return on all offerings of over €250 per year. All contributions from parishioners remain confidential and are known only to an outside accountant.

NEWSLETTER 
This is the last newsletter in 2019. The next edition will be on the weekend January 11th /12th. Items to be included should be left in the box by the sacristy not later than 6pm on Wed 8th or emailed to ballinora.news@gmail.com before 7pm. Items must include a name and contact no. Thanks to all for your co-operation agus go raibh gach sonas oraibh an Nollaig seo.              Newsletter Team

 


15th December, 2019

TRÓCAIRE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
This Christmas, Trócaire have the perfect range of life-changing gifts.  Leaflets and poster with full details are in the church porch.  Chicks, seeds and tools, trees, solar lamps…fifteen gifts in all, starting at €5.  Purchase online, by phone or post.  The ideal Christmas present for friends and family to make the world a better place!

RICHMOND FOOTBALL CLUB
Annual fun Xmas walk on Friday Dec.27th. Meeting at O’SHEA’S bar to begin at 2-30pm

THANK YOU
A massive thank you to everyone who attended Noah’s Coffee Morning last week. An incredible €6661.36 was raised and will be donated to Temple Street Childrens Hospital, Hugh’s House, Cliona’s Foundation and Cork University Hospital all of whom provided invaluable care and support to us this year. Tracy&Ken Daly”

DON’T BE LONELY AT CHRISTMAS –
Seniorline, Ireland’s only national listening service for older people, will be open every day over Christmas and the New Year from 10 am to 10 pm.  We are here to take your call if you are on your own, feeling isolated, worried or would like someone to talk to. Senior Help Line volunteers are trained older people who understand the ups and downs of life, and are happy to listen, to keep company and to support.    LoCall 1800804591.  All calls completely confidential.   

CHILDMINDER
We are looking for a childminder – we have three children and are looking for a minder four days/week.  Drop off and collection will be required as the older two go to Montessori and National School nearby.  If you think you might be interested we would love to hear from you; (086 3970471)

SCOUTS AND DO THIS IN MEMORY
The 10am Mass this Sunday December 15th will be a Do This in Memory Mass specially including the First Communion children, but it will also be the Scout Toy Mass, and unused toys in good condition will be collected for distribution to poorer children. Please bring toys, if possible in original wrapping, to the Mass.

BALLINORA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Bird Survey
Between December 2019 and February 2020, BirdWatch Ireland is organising ‘The Irish Garden Bird Survey’.  Members of the public are asked to keep a note of the highest number of each bird species visiting their gardens every week for the next 13 weeks. Gardens are important havens for many bird species and it is important to know how each species is faring. The survey form can be downloaded from their website and the findings can be submitted online, by e- mail or by hard copy.

 


8th December, 2019

ST VINCENT de PAUL COLLECTION
The Christmas collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul is being taken up in the Church at all Masses this weekend; the only time each year when a specific collection is taken up inside our church for the support of the poor. There will be only one collection and all the proceeds will be donated except for the purple envelopes for the support of the parish. If you have not brought a donation, please hand one in to one of the SVP members or to Fr Declan.

BALLINORA CHRISTMAS FAIR
Sunday December 8th 2019 at 1pm in Hall.
Loads of great community fun and chat !! Santa arriving at 1pm.  We would welcome your support when the collectors come to your door in advance & to bring baked goods on the day for monster cake sale. Any ideas for interesting stalls welcome.
Contact Mick @ 087 237 3310.

BALLINORA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Bird Survey
Between December 2019 and February 2020, BirdWatch Ireland is organising ‘The Irish Garden Bird Survey’.  Members of the public are asked to keep a note of the highest number of each bird species visiting their gardens every week for the next 13 weeks. Gardens are important havens for many bird species and it is important to know how each species is faring. The survey form can be downloaded from their website and the findings can be submitted online, be e mail or by hard copy.

RICHMOND FOOTBALL CLUB
Annual fun Xmas walk on Friday Dec.27th Meeting at O’SHEA’S bar to begin at 2-30.

SCHOOL CLEANER REQUIRED:
Scoil Bhaile Nóra requires a cleaner for the school. 15 hours. Five afternoons. 2-5pm. Applications please to Luke Foley, Principal.

CHILDMINDER
Looking for a childminder – we have three children and are looking for a minder four days/week.  Drop off and collection will be required as the older two go to Montessori and National School nearby.  If you think you might be interested we would love to hear from you; (086 3970471)

PRAYER FOR CONFIRMATION PARENTS AND STUDENTS
There will be a short period of prayer for the parents and students of our Confirmation Classes in the Parish Church on Monday December 9th, at 7pm.

ROSARY
As the feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated this year on Monday Dec 9th the rosary will be recited @ 8:35am on Monday morning before Mass.

 


31st November, 2019

ST VINCENT de PAUL COLLECTION
The annual indoor Christmas collection for SVP will take place on the weekend 7th/8th December.

BALLINORA CHRISTMAS FAIR
Sunday December 8th 2019 at 1pm GAA Hall
Loads of great community fun and chat !! Santa arriving at 1pm.  We would welcome your support when the collectors come to your door in advance & to bring baked goods on the day for monster cake sale. Any ideas for interesting stalls welcome. Contact Mick @ 087 237 3310. Hope to see you there.

LIGHT UP A LIFE FOR MARYMOUNT
Light Up a Life is taking place on Sunday 1st December in Marymount from 3pm to 6pm. We will have a full Christmas market on site, Christmas music from four choirs and events will be MC-ed by Bibi Baskin with special guest rugby and TV star Donncha O’Callaghan. The four choirs are: Army Band of the 1st Brigade, Sonatinas Glanmire Choir, Cork City Male Voice Choir and Frankfield Gospel Choir. There will also be children’s activities and facepainting. People can sponsor lights on the Marymount Christmas tree in person on the day or online at https://lightupalife.marymount.ie where they can also write a dedicated message to a loved one.

BALLINORA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Bird Survey
Between December 2019 and February 2020, BirdWatch Ireland is organising ‘The Irish Garden Bird Survey’.  Members of the public are asked to keep a note of the highest number of each bird species visiting their gardens every week for the next 13 weeks. Gardens are important havens for many bird species and it is important to know how each species is faring. The survey form can be downloaded from their website and the findings can be submitted online, be e mail or by hard copy.

SCHOOL CLEANER REQUIRED
Scoil Bhaile Nóra requires a cleaner for the school. 15 hours. Five afternoons. 2-5pm. Applications please to Luke Foley, Principal.

CHILDMINDER
Looking for a childminder – we have three children and are looking for a minder four days/week.  Drop off and collection will be required as the older two go to Montessori and National School nearby.  If you think you might be interested we would love to hear from you; (086 3970471)

PRAYER FOR CONFIRMATION PARENTS AND STUDENTS
There will be a short period of prayer for the parents and students of our Confirmation Classes in the Parish Church on Monday December 9th, at 7pm.

ANAM CARA
Anam Cara Cork the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on 4th December at 7:20pm in The Clayton Hotel, Cork City. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents.

ROSARY
As the feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated this year on Monday Dec 9th the rosary will be recited @ 8:35am on Monday morning before Mass.

CORK SIMON COMMUNITY Sale of Paintings
Sunday, December1st from 11:00am  to  4:00pm  at  Rochestown Park Hotel, all paintings donated by the Artists. All paintings only €50each! All proceeds going directly to Cork Simon Community.


24th November, 2019

ST VINVENT de PAUL COLLECTION

The annual indoor Christmas collection for SVP will take place on the weekend 7th/8th December

BALLINORA CHRISTMAS FAIR
Sunday December 8th 2019 at 1pm
GAA Hall
Loads of great community fun and chat !! Santa arriving at 1 pm
We would welcome your support when the collectors come to your door in advance & to bring baked goods on the day for monster cake sale. Any ideas for interesting stalls welcome.
Contact Mick @ 087 237 3310.
Hope to see you there.

LIGHT UP A LIFE FOR MARYMOUNT
Light Up a Life is taking place on Sunday 1st December in Marymount from 3pm to 6pm. We will have a full Christmas market on site, Christmas music from four choirs and events will be MC-ed by Bibi Baskin with special guest rugby and TV star Donncha O’Callaghan. The four choirs are: Army Band of the 1st Brigade, Sonatinas Glanmire Choir, Cork City Male Voice Choir and Frankfield Gospel Choir. There will also be children’s activities and facepainting. People can sponsor lights on the Marymount Christmas tree in person on the day or online at https://lightupalife.marymount.ie where they can also write a dedicated message to a loved one.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
D.J Murphy’s Open House at Bride Park, Cottage, Kilumney is open this Sunday 12-8. Open next weekend Thursday/Friday 6-10, Saturday 2-9, Sunday 12-8. In aid of Marymount University Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Day Care Centre, Bandon.

SCHOOL CLEANER REQUIRED:
Scoil Bhaile Nóra requires a cleaner for the school. 15 hours. Five afternoons. 2-5pm. Applications please to Luke Foley, Principal.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE
Ex Cork June 30th – July 7th 2020. EARLY BIRD price €625.00 pps (Half board in Hotel Leone) if fully paid by December 13th. Full price of €725.00 applies after this date. Spiritual Director Fr. Sean Corkery. Group Leader Sean O’Shaughnessy. €200.00 deposit secures place. Limited places. Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380.

ANAM CARA
Anam Cara Cork the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on 4th December at 7:20pm in The Clayton Hotel, Cork City . This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents


17th November, 2019

MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AND HOSPICE.
Christmas Floral Demonstration with Melanie Harris (AOIFE) on Wed.20th of Nov.in aid of Marymount hospital and hospice. Venue: Oriel Court Hotel. Doors open at 7p.m. Demonstration at 8pm, Tickets €20 (incl.refreshments), available in office at Marymount 012 4501201 or in Marymount shop 87 Oliver Plunkett St.

WATERFALL GARDEN AND LIFESTYLE CLUB
Are having their November Meeting on Monday 18th at 8pm in the Scout Den. The Theme of the night is Christmas Floral and Food Ideas. Demonstrators are Mim and Kate. Visitors welcome.

SPANISH MASS
A Spanish Mass for Catholics is celebrated on the third Sunday of every month in St. Martin’s Chapel, Saint Mary’s church, Popes Quay, Cork at 3p.m. The next Mass is on Sunday 17th November. All welcome

ON-LINE ADVENT RETREAT
Reflect on the great ‘O Antiphons used in Evening Prayer and Mass during the second part of Advent.  Watch an on-line talk each day from December 16th.  Register Now! enquiries@prioryinstitute.com  www.prioryinstitute.com or 01 4048124

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Would you like to come? 9.30 to 12 on Friday mornings and from 6 to 9pm on Wednesday. Please contact Fr Declan or Margaret Drinan.

SCHOOL CLEANER REQUIRED
Scoil Bhaile Nóra requires a cleaner for the school. 15 hours. Five afternoons. 2-5pm. Applications please to Luke Foley, Principal.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE
Ex Cork June 30th – July 7th 2020. EARLY BIRD price €625.00 pps (Half board in Hotel Leone) if fully paid by December 13th. Full price of €725.00 applies after this date. Spiritual Director Fr. Sean Corkery. Group Leader Sean O’Shaughnessy. €200.00 deposit secures place. Limited places. Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380.


10th November, 2019

A MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WEEKEND
A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples of all ages in a good relationship private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next (residential) Weekend will be held at The Lake Hotel Killarney from 15th -17th Nov. For info. and to book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie or phone 064-6644319 or 086-6095168.

SPANISH MASS
A Spanish mass for Catholics is celebrated on the third Sunday of every month in St. Martin’s Chapel, Saint Mary’s church, Popes Quay, Cork at 3p.m. The next mass is on Sunday 17th November. All welcome

ON-LINE ADVENT RETREAT
Reflect on the great ‘O Antiphons used in Evening Prayer and Mass during the second part of Advent.  Watch an on-line talk each day from December 16th.  Register Now! enquiries@prioryinstitute.com  www.prioryinstitute.com or 01 4048124

ST AL’S SCHOOL
St. Aloysius School, St. Maries of the Isle, Cork is proud to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of its founding. We extend a warm welcome to Past Pupils and Former Members of Staff to join us on Saturday 16th November 2019, anytime between 10.30am and 3.30pm. MASS: You are invited to join the Sisters of Mercy at their Mass at 10 am in the Convent Chapel. 11am & 2pm Mrs. M. O’Donovan will present Heritage Talk on the History of St. Aloysius in Shalom. Tea and Coffee will be available in the Canteen Photographs and Memorabilia will be on display in the Library. Join us on a walk down memory lane.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Would you like to come? 9.30 to 12 on Friday mornings and from 6 to 9pm on Wednesday. Please contact Fr Declan or Margaret Drinan.

BLESSING OF THE GRAVES:
The Blessing in Chetwynd Cemetery will take place on Sunday November 10th at 3pm

MARRIAGE CARE COLLECTION
The Special Collection for Marriage Care Services in the Diocese of Cork and Ross will be taken up on the weekend of November 16 & 17 next. This collection supports current services such as Accord Centre in Bantry.  It will also fund the provision of pre-marriage preparation following a review of the current situation in the diocese.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE
Ex Cork June 30th – July 7th 2020. EARLY BIRD price €625.00 pps (Half board in Hotel Leone) if fully paid by December 13th. Full price of €725.00 applies after this date. Spiritual Director Fr. Sean Corkery. Group Leader Sean O’Shaughnessy. €200.00 deposit secures place. Limited places. Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380.


3rd November, 2019

DAILY PRAYER
Walk with me, Oh my Lord,
Through the darkest night and brightest day,
Be by my side, Oh Lord,
Guard my life and guide me on my way.
Sometimes the road seems long,
My energy is spent,
Then, Lord, I think of you,
And I am given strength.

BALLINORA GAA
Next Friday November 8th.
Mega Bingo, Ballinora GAA Hall. Fun for all the family. Tickets adults €12 (book plus jackpot sheet) Children €5 (half book).Tickets from Ballwall fundraising committee or on the door at the night

PRIDE IN PLACE COMMMUNITY AWARD
We congratulate the Ballinora Tidy Towns and Conmmunity Association for winning the best County Overall Award, out of sixty submissions, from Muintir na Tíre.. for its history mural at the GAA entrance, and also for its impressive overall community spirit. Well done to all!!

BISHOPSTOWN SENIOR SOCIAL CENTRE WILTON PARK HOUSE
Join us Thursday afternoon with our tutor Denise Healy for Quizzes, Poetry Session, Singsong Music and Charades. Includes a cuppa and refreshments. Contact 0214348595 Mon.-Thur 1p.m.-4p.m.

ANAM CARA PARENT EVENING
Anam Cara Cork the organisation that supports bereaved parents will be holding a Parent Evening on 6th November at 7:20pm in The Clayton Hotel, Cork City .

A MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WEEKEND
A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples of all ages in a good relationship private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next (residential) Weekend will be held at The Lake Hotel Killarney from 15th -17th Nov. For info. and to book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie or phone 064-6644319 or 086-6095168.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Would you like to come? Volunteers are constantly welcomed to join the regular group of 25 or so who come to spend a quiet hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar from 9.30 to 12 on Friday mornings and from 6 to 9pm on Wednesday evenings. It’s a great time to spend a while in silence and peace and bring our lives before God. People are welcome to drop in for 10 minutes or any period during that time, but if someone can commit to a longer period reasonably regularly, please contact Fr Declan or Margaret Drinan. It is such a calming and lovely gift to give to yourself and to the parish

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP
Working to Renew the Church.  A Biblical View Cork Scripture Group is pleased to announce a public workshop presented by Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ on Saturday November 9th 2019 from 10.00am -1.00pm in the Sacred Heart Hall, Western Road, Cork.       All Welcome.  Cost: €10 (Booking essential) For information and booking: contact Cork Scripture Group at corkscripturegroup@gmail.com or 021-4295144.


26th October, 2019

BALLINCOLLIG/BALLINORA BRANCH RED CROSS
All in the Branch are extremely proud of our fellow member Gemma Dineen, who last weekend won the Dominic Nugent All Ireland Senior Individual First Aid Competition. Another All Ireland trophy for the parish!

BALLINORA GAA
Save the date. Friday November 8th. Mega Bingo, Ballinora GAA Hall. Fun for all the family. Tickets adults €12 (book plus jackpot sheet) Children €5 (half book).Tickets from Ballwall fundraising committee or on the door at the night

BALLINORA TIDY TOWNS
Coffee Morning Saturday November 2nd in The Scout Den 10:00am to 1:00pm.This is a Fundraiser to help our projects. We will also have a raffle on the morning. Please come out and support and meet the neighbours.

BISHOPSTOWN SENIOR SOCIAL CENTRE WILTON PARK HOUSE
Join us Thursday afternoon with our tutor Denise Healy for Quizzes, Poetry Session, Singsong Music and Charades. Includes a cuppa and refreshments. Contact 0214348595 Mon.-Thur 1p.m.-4p.m.

ANAM CARA PARENT EVENING
Anam Cara Cork the organisation that supports bereaved parents will be holding a Parent Evening on 6th November at 7:20pm in The Clayton Hotel, Cork City .

ROSARY AT THE GROTTO
Friday November 1st; due to evening Mass at 7:00pm,  the rosary will be recited at 9:00am followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 12:30pm (1st Friday).

THE JOY OF LOVE IN MARRIAGE.
A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples of all ages in a good relationship private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next (residential) Weekend will be held at The Lake Hotel Killarney from 15th -17th Nov. For info. and to book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie or phone 064-6644319 or 086-6095168.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Would you like to come? Volunteers are constantly welcomed to join the regular group of 25 or so who come to spend a quiet hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar from 9.30 to 12 on Friday mornings and from 6 to 9pm on Wednesday evenings. It’s a great time to spend a while in silence and peace and bring our lives before God. People are welcome to drop in for 10 minutes or any period during that time, but if someone can commit to a longer period reasonably regularly, please contact Fr Declan or Margaret Drinan. It is such a calming and lovely gift to give to yourself and to the parish

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP
Working to Renew the Church.  A Biblical View
Cork Scripture Group is pleased to announce a public workshop presented by Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ on Saturday November 9th 2019 from 10.00am -1.00pm in the Sacred Heart Hall, Western Road, Cork. All Welcome. Cost: €10 (Booking essential). For information and booking: contact Cork Scripture Group at corkscripturegroup@gmail.com or 021-4295144.


19th October, 2019

BALLINORA GARDEN&LIFESTYLE CLUB
On Monday, October 21st at 8.00pm the Ballinora Garden & Lifestyle Club invites you to meet Olive Ryan, gardener and horticulturist, who will share her lifelong interest in gardening with us.  Olive will give ideas on planning the Autumn garden. As many of you may know, Olive writes a weekly column for the Echo. Visitors are very welcome. The venue is The Scout Hall, Ballinora.

BISHOPSTOWN SENIOR SOCIAL CENTRE WILTON PARK HOUSE
Join us Thursday afternoon with our tutor Denise Healy for Quizzes, Poetry Session, Singsong Music and Charades. Includes a cuppa and refreshments. Contact 0214348595 Mon.-Thur 1p.m.-4p.m.

THE JOY OF LOVE IN MARRIAGE.
A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples of all ages in a good relationship private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next (residential) Weekend will be held at The Lake Hotel Killarney from 15th -17th Nov. For info and to book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie <http://www.marriageencounter.ie/> or phone 064-6644319 or 086-6095168.

ROSARY AT THE GROTTO
Rosary every Monday at 7.30pm for the Month of October

PRAYER FOR THE MISSIONS:
Heavenly Father, when your only begotten Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, He commissioned His followers to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ and you remind us that through our Baptism we are made sharers in the mission of the Church. Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and zealous in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to the Church, which is still very far from completion, may find new and efficacious expressions that bring life and light to the world. Help us make it possible for all peoples to experience the saving love and mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Would you like to come? Volunteers are constantly welcomed to join the regular group of 25 or so who come to spend a quiet hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar from 9.30 to 12 on Friday mornings and from 6 to 9pm on Wednesday evenings. It’s a great time to spend a while in silence and peace and bring our lives before God. People are welcome to drop in for 10 minutes or any period during that time, but if someone can commit to a longer period reasonably regularly, please contact Fr Declan or Margaret Drinan. It is such a calming and lovely gift to give to yourself and to the parish


12th October, 2019

BALLINORA RETIRED MEN’S GROUP
We are now actively looking for new members for our retired men’s club. Every Wednesday morning at 10am we play Indoor Bowling in the GAA Hall followed by a cup of tea, chat & maybe a few songs in the Hub behind the goal of the GAA pitch at 11.30.  We also organise talks on relevant subjects & trips to see interesting sites. If you know someone looking to get involved call Frank at 086 2323940

MINISTERS OF THE WORD
We are delighted to welcome Michael Galvin and Caoimhe Murphy to our teams of Ministers and Junior Ministers, respectively.  Also, sincere thanks to our two outgoing Junior Ministers, Ben Buckley and Nessa Kingston, who recently completed their term.  Ministers give five minutes of their time about once every two months, with perhaps an extra occasion or two during the year for Feast Days, Easter and Christmas.  Swaps are easily available, if needed.  Enquiries always welcome – thanks to all for continuing support!

CELEBRATING BALLINORA’S ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS
Underage players of Ballinora parish have won historic number of All-Ireland medals this year. To mark their incredible achievements and to celebrate the thriving GAA community in Ballinora, please join us for a presentation this Sunday at 11.30am at the GAA. Everyone is invited.

TIDY TOWNS
Waterfall /Ballinora Tidy Towns have received this year’s results. We are delighted to have increased our marks by 14 extra points and we got an Endeavour Award for the highest increase in the whole county. Thank you to everyone who helped us keep our beautiful parish a place to be proud of. Result sheets will be available at the entrances to the Church. Since we started entering the competition we have increased our marks by 49 points.  Again thank you.

ROSARY AT THE GROTTO
Rosary every Monday at 7.30pm for the Month of October.
Sunday 13th October at 7.30pm, rosary in honour of Our Lady of Fatima.
Also, on 13th October at 2.30pm please join us for Rosary on the Coast at Grotto in Curraheen Church Grounds.

SVP APPEAL FOR CHURCH-DOOR COLLECTORS
We are looking for your help. We are finding it very difficult to maintain the monthly church-door collections due to a shortage of volunteers. This is a very important source of SVP funds which enables us to continue our ongoing support to those in need in our community.
Would you be willing to help us for 15 – 20 minutes before Mass once a month?  This is all we ask. If you can help us at all, please contact Ms Anne McKernan on 021 4270444 / 086-024-9518.  Many thanks – your help will make a big difference.

OCTOBER – CHILD SAFEGUARDING MONTH
The Diocese ensures that all children involved in parish activities are safe and cared for. We have in place; parental / guardian consent forms for all activities, code of conduct for both children & adults, sign in and out registers, gardai vetting for all adult helpers/leaders every 5 years. Visit www.corkandross.org/safeguarding to find out more.


5th October, 2019

FIRST AID RESPONSE COURSE
Ballinora/Ballincollig Red Cross will run a First Aid Responder (FAR) Course (formerly known as Occupational First Aid) in Ballinora GAA Hall on Sat 12th and Sun 13th Oct (9-6 Sat and 9-5 Sun). Course fee €150.  To book a place email uo.ballinoraballincollig@irishredcross.com, enquires via email or 087 9276518.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE
Beginning Experience is a worldwide specially designed support programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse/partner by death, separation or divorce to work through the grief process, and to discover for themselves that merely “existing” in life can be transformed into “living” a new life, though a different one. The next weekend is being held at the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November, 2019. Please contact 087 9886480. email:beginningexperiencecork@gmail.com  www.beginningexperiencecork.com

ROSARY AT THE GROTTO
Rosary every Monday at 7.30pm for the Month of October. Sunday 13th October at 7.30pm, rosary in honour of Our Lady of Fatima. Also, on 13th October at 2.30pm. Please join us for Rosary on the Coast at Grotto in Curraheen Church Grounds.

CROÍ NA GAEILGE
(Tel. 085 1426903 after 6 p.m. only) is holding a Leaving Certificate 2020 Honours Irish Oral/Written 2-Day Exam Preparation Course on Sunday October 20th / Sunday November 10th  given by an experienced Oral Examiner/Teacher/exam corrector covering sraithpictiúir, Gaeltacht phrases, poetry, prose, essays, comprehension & grammar.

HOSPICE MORNING.
A total of €830 has been lodged for Hospice Coffee morning from Ballinora Community and Norwood Grange N/H Staff. Thanks to everybody who donated, to Jerry for keeping the posters dry and to Pat for keeping the kettles and tea pots topped up. Mile Buiochas.

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP
Title: Matthew’s Gospel: The Prophecy Fulfilled
Facilitators: Dr Rosalie Moloney, Lorna Downey, Fr Seán O’Sullivan and Phil Mortell: Mondays 7th, 14th, 21st Oct and 4th Nov from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. in Scala Centre, Blackrock (opposite Blackrock Castle)
Saturday Workshop: Working Together to Renew the Church, A Biblical View
Facilitator: Fr Gerry O’Hanlon S.J.: Sat Nov 9th from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. in Sacred Heart Hall, Western Road. Cost: €50 [for the 4 nights and Saturday workshop]
For those who wish to attend the workshop only, the cost will be €10.
To book a place or find out more please email corkscripturegroup@gmail.com .

ROLE OF THE LOCAL PARISH SAFEGUARDING REPRESENTATIVES
(Tríona Fitzgerald and Darina Callanan): Being responsible to the parish priest to promote Child Safeguarding by:

  • Raising awareness of what is Child Safeguarding .
  • Disseminating information regarding standards and guidance; circulating this information,
  • Ensuring Church activities are provided in a way that ensures safety and well-being of  children involved
  • Ensuring that the contact details of the DLP, Gardai and Tusla are widely publicised

SVP APPEAL FOR CHURCH-DOOR COLLECTORS
We are looking for your help. We are finding it very difficult to maintain the monthly church-door collections due to a shortage of volunteers. This is a very important source of SVP funds which enables us to continue our ongoing support to those in need in our community.
Would you be willing to help us for 15 – 20 minutes before Mass once a month?  This is all we ask. If you can help us at all, please contact Ms Anne McKernan on 021 4270444 / 086-024-9518.  Many thanks – your help will make a big difference.


29th September, 2019

BALLINORA CAMOGIE
Well done on our U14s on making it to the Plate Final this weekend. Results to follow. Good luck to our U13s in the Muskerry Final next Saturday vs Inniscarra.

BALLINORA GAA GOLF CLASSIC
We would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Ballinora G.A.A. Golf Classic such a great success this year. We would especially thank the local businesses and people who sponsored teams playing on the day and those who also sponsored tee-boxes. A great day was had by all and we even had a Hole in One!!

FIRST AID RESPONSE COURSE
Ballinora/Ballincollig Red Cross will run a First Aid Responder (FAR) Course (formerly known as Occupational First Aid) in Ballinora GAA Hall on Sat 12th and Sun 13th Oct (9-6 Sat and 9-5 Sun). Course fee €150.  To book a place email uo.ballinoraballincollig@irishredcross.com, enquires via email or 087 9276518.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE
Beginning Experience is a worldwide specially designed support programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse/partner by death, separation or divorce to work through the grief process, and to discover for themselves that merely “existing” in life can be transformed into “living” a new life, though a different one. The next weekend is being held at the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November, 2019. Please contact 087 9886480
email:beginningexperiencecork@gmail.com        www.beginningexperiencecork.com

ANAM CARA
Anam Cara Cork the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on 2nd October at 7:20pm in The Clayton Hotel, Cork City. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP
Title: Matthew’s Gospel: The Prophecy Fulfilled
Facilitators: Dr Rosalie Moloney, Lorna Downey, Fr Seán O’Sullivan and Phil Mortell: Mondays 7th, 14th, 21st Oct and 4th Nov from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. in Scala Centre, Blackrock (opposite Blackrock Castle)
Saturday Workshop: Working Together to Renew the Church, A Biblical View
Facilitator: Fr Gerry O’Hanlon S.J.: Sat Nov 9th from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. in Sacred Heart Hall, Western Road. Cost: €50 [for the 4 nights and Saturday workshop]
For those who wish to attend the workshop only, the cost will be €10.
To book a place or find out more please email corkscripturegroup@gmail.com .

ROSARY
The rosary will be recited at the grotto in Curraheen every Monday night at 7:30pm, note the time change, commencing Monday 30th Sept

DIOCESAN GATHERING AT KINSALE – Tosach Maith….
Last Wednesday, our new Bishop Fintan, met 105 of the active priests and religious of the diocese from 2pm until 9pm in Kinsale. The retired priests were invited to evening prayer and the concluding meal. It was a gentle and uplifting prayerful and Spirit-filled occasion, He asked us in groups to debate questions like ‘What do you expect most from me as your Bishop in the first year? What would you most like to draw my attention to? How should I get to know the diocese? A new spirit of openness, listening, and a new model of leadership was put before us. He facilitated the gathering himself, undeterred by the failure of microphones and computers. Let us continue to remember him and the priests of the Diocese in our prayers.

GLENSTAL ABBEY
Two Scripture Seminars
Saturday 5th October: Women in Luke’s Gospel. Through Narrative and Art
Saturday 12th October: Pharisees – Characters not Caricatures


22nd September, 2019

BALLINORA CAMOGIE
Congratulations to our Juniors on winning the County Championship last weekend. The full time score was Ballinora 1-16, Castlelyons 2-05.

Our U14s are in the Premier Plate semi-final this Sunday, 22nd, vs Laochra Óg at 12pm at home in Ballymah.Please support!

ANAM CARA
Anam Cara Cork the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on2nd October at 7:20pmin The Clayton Hotel, Cork City. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents

WORKSHOP
 ‘In the aftermath of suicide’– a one day workshop on Saturday 28th September from 10:30am to 5:00pm at the Nano Nagle Birthplace, Killavullen – cost 60euro.  Facilitated by Kay O’Mahony MIAHIP and Norma O’Brien MIAHIP. Contact

GLENSTAL ABBEY
Two Scripture Seminars
Saturday 5th October: Women in Luke’s Gospel. Through Narrative and Art
Saturday 12th October: Pharisees – Characters not Caricatures

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP
Title: Matthew’s Gospel: The Prophecy Fulfilled
Facilitators: Dr Rosalie Moloney, Lorna Downey, Fr Seán O’Sullivan and Phil Mortell: Mondays 7th, 14th, 21st Oct and 4th Nov from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. in Scala Centre, Blackrock (opposite Blackrock Castle)
Saturday Workshop: Working Together to Renew the Church, A Biblical View
Facilitator: Fr Gerry O’Hanlon S.J.: Sat Nov 9thfrom 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. in Sacred Heart Hall, Western Road. Cost: €50 [for the 4 nights and Saturday workshop]
For those who wish to attend the workshop only, the cost will be €10.
To book a place or find out more please email corkscripturegroup@gmail.com .


15th September, 2019

BALLINORA/WATERFALL GARDENAND LIFESTYLE CLUB
returns after the Summer recess with a  talk from Shane Murphy of Lavender Landscapes. He featured on Room to Improve with Peter Dowdall. Monday 16th September at 8pmin The Scout Den, Ballinora. Visitors welcome.

NATIONAL HOSPICE COFFEE MORNING
OnThursday Sept 19th be a small part of the biggest coffee morning at Minihanes, Ballinora from 10am to 1pm. T12YV2T.Tel: 021-4872253

KITTEN FOUND IN WINDSOR
Kitten (not fully grown cat) turned up Sunday night, 8th September. Slate grey/buff, smooth coat, bushy tail. Possibly female. Phone 087 9941615.

SEAN NÓS DANCING
Sean Nós dancing classes return next Wednesday 18th in Ó’Sheas Waterfall at 8pm. All proceeds in aid of the Children to Lourdes Fund. All welcome!! Any inquiries contact Carmel Drinan 0872255848

HELP WANTED
Help wanted with housework in Ballymaw -one or two mornings.-3 hours if possible. Contact 021-4541892 after 3pm or early morning. Also 086-2621867.

BRIDGE LESSONS
Bridge lessons for beginners starting Monday September 16that 7.30 pm  in Ballinhassig area. Details from Bernie on 0872575689. Bridge lessons for beginners in Kinsale Community school starting Wednesday October 2nd.Registration through the school or details from Bernie on 0872575689

GLENSTAL ABBEY
Two Scripture Seminars
Saturday 5th October: Women in Luke’s Gospel. Through Narrative and Art
Saturday 12th October: Pharisees – Characters not Caricatures

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP
Title: Matthew’s Gospel: The Prophecy Fulfilled
Facilitators: Dr Rosalie Moloney, Lorna Downey, Fr Seán O’Sullivan and Phil Mortell: Mondays 7th, 14th, 21st Oct and 4th Nov from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. in Scala Centre, Blackrock (opposite Blackrock Castle)
Saturday Workshop: Working Together to Renew the Church, A Biblical View
Facilitator: Fr Gerry O’Hanlon S.J.: Sat Nov 9thfrom 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. in Sacred Heart Hall, Western Road. Cost: €50 [for the 4 nights and Saturday workshop]
For those who wish to attend the workshop only, the cost will be €10.
To book a place or find out more please email corkscripturegroup@gmail.com .

 


8th September, 2019

INTERCOUNTY STARS
It has been a historic summer for Ballinora! Congratulations to Sarah O’Keeffe and Clíona Dooley with the Minor Cork Camogie Team, Clíona Dooley with the Minor Cork Ladies Footballers, Rose Murphy and Meabh Murphy with Cork Camogie U16s, and Neil Lordan with the Cork Minor Footballers on winning their respective All-Ireland Finals! Good luck to Louise O’Neill and Nessa Kingston who are playing with Cork in the All-Ireland U14 Blitz this weekend.

BALLINORA CAMOGIE CLUB
The Ballinora Juniors have qualified for the County Championship Final! The final vs Castlelyons has been provisionally set for Saturday, 14th of September, in Castleroad but details will be promoted through club social media channels once it’s confirmed. Please support!

BALLINORA GAA GOLF CLASSIC
Ballinora GAA Club will be holding their annual Golf Classic on Friday 13th of September at Lee Valley Golf Club.
Ballinora GAA is committed to providing first class modern facilities for its members and the local community. The Golf Classic is one of our key fundraising events.
Please support-Enter a team or sponsor a tee-box. Please ring 087-7690009 for further details.

CHILDMINDER
Childminder with car needed for two children, Waterfall area.
Please call 0868339629

IRISH HEART FOUNDATION
Heart Failure Information & Support Group.
Date:Wednesday 11th September 2019
Time:7.30 – 9p.m;
Venue:Ennismore Retreat Centre, Montenotte, Cork. All welcome.
Contact Lucinda McNerney: lmcnerney@irishheart.ie   Phone:  087 7781561

LEGION OF MARY
98 years ago on the 7thSeptember 1921 a group of earnest heads, led by Frank Duff and Fr Toher, bent down before an altar to Our Lady, began reciting the rosary and the first Praesidium of The Legion of Mary was founded. The Legion of Mary spread and now exists in all continents.  Meetings in Ballinora Church every Tuesday @ 3:00pm.  New members welcome, contact Breda 087 773 8501 or Norah 4872253

NATIONAL HOSPICE COFFEE MORNING
The National Hospice Coffee Morning is earmarked for September 19th, could you host a local event for this great cause? If you could please contact Norah at 021 4872253

NEWSLETTER
Items to be included in the newsletter should be left in the box by the sacristy door before 6pm on Wednesday or emailed to ballinora.news@gmail .com before 7pm Wednesday please. Items should always be accompanied by a name and contact number.
With thanks from the Newsletter Team

 


1st September, 2019

CORK SPANISH CIRCLE.   Established 1949, serving Cork for 70 years)
Interested in learning Spanish?  Cork Spanish circle will be holding night classes for adults at four levels from Beginners to Advanced. Classes are held on Wednesday nights in Cork Bidge Club, 37 Patricks Quay, Cork. Suitable for people who want to do the Camino de Santiago or to be a lay missionary in Spanish speaking countries or who just want to learn Spanish or to improve their level. Registration Wed. September 11th 8p.m. to 9p.m.Classes commence: Wed. 18th September at 7.30p.m. for first and third years and at 8.30p.m. for second and fourth years   Fee: €100 (Please note this fee is for the year, from September 2018 to May 2019). Enquiries: Phone (021) 4341409 after 6p.m. or www.corkspanishcircle.com.

ANAM CARA
Anam Cara Cork the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Support Evening on 4th September at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Cork City. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents.For further information see www.anamcara.ie or call 085 2888 888

ADULT STUDIES IN THE CATHOLIC CATECHISM
Beginning Tuesday 3 September 2019; 7.30pm – 9.30pm; contact Máirín at 087 795 0325
“Come and See” – a Vocations Afternoon
Poor Clare Monastery, College Road, Cork.; Saturday Sept. 21st   2 – 4 pm2019. For young women considering a vocation; Email: vocationspoorclarescork@gmail.com

OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART: NOVENA:
31ST AUG – 8TH SEPT.
THEME: MOTHER – DISCIPLE Led by Sr Merle FDNSC.
SACRED HEART CHURCH WESTERN ROAD, CORK. DAILY 10.00am AND 8.00pm

GLENSTAL ABBEY
Two Scripture Seminars
Saturday 5th October: Women in Luke’s Gospel. Through Narrative and Art
Saturday 12th October: Pharisees – Characters not Caricatures

NEWSLETTER
Items to be included in the newsletter should be left in the box by the sacristy door before 6pm on Wednesday or emailed to ballinora.news@gmail .com before 7pm Wednesday please. Items should always be accompanied by a name and contact number.

 


15th June, 2019

THANK YOU
A huge and very heartfelt THANK YOU to the Ballinora Community for their very generous and immense help, support and encouragement of the Karen Fenton Memorial Run 2019. This event would not have been possible without members of the community who volunteered their valuable time and skills to help the Fenton Family and the Karen Fenton Ovarian Cancer Fund committee achieve their goal. The dedication and commitment of all the volunteers was fantastic – from marshals and registration volunteers to those who helped with catering, first aid and parking. We could not have done it without you! Our sincerest thanks,
The Fenton Family

TIDY TOWNS COMMITTEE AND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION – WE THANK YOU!
Once again over the last three weeks, a transformation has taken place all over Ballinora and Waterfall. The hanging stands, bridge boxes, tubs, tyres etc. have been filled to overflowing with the most beautiful flowers. Wildflower hedgerows have appeared. New roadside verges have been cleaned. A sincere thanks from the whole parish and community to the teams of volunteers who have planted and hung them, and who water the plants. What a difference it makes to our parish, our church, our school, our roadsides….

ARE YOU TRAVELING ABROAD?
You are welcome to call to the sacristy to get the Mass leaflets for the weekend you are away.   We usually have a supply of leaflets four weeks ahead of time. Those going to Mass in a foreign language may find this helpful.   There are also great iPhone or Android apps called “iMissal” or “Universalis” which are excellent for the readings. They do not use data when you are travelling. Try them out!  They have all the weekly readings too, so it can be used even if you are not travelling.

94TH CORK EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION – JUNE 23RD
A reminder that next Sunday, June 23rd, the Eucharistic Procession will leave the Cathedral at 3pm to process to Daunt’s Square. The prayers will begin in the square at 2.45pm, concluding with Benediction at 3.30pm. Available on www.corkcity.ie/tv

BALLINORA VINTAGE DAY
JUNE 23rd STARTING AT 11.00AM IN THE GAA PITCH BEHIND THE CHURCH.
ALL WELCOME

 


1st June, 2019

BALLINORA GAA CLUB.
Annual Golf Classic has changed to Friday 13th September at Lee Valley Golf Club. Ballinora GAA are committed to providing first class modern facilities for its members and for the local community. The Golf Classic is one of our key annual fund-raising events. Please Support.

MOUNT CARA (CARA HOUSE)
Mount Carais a twenty-five bedded facility located on the Northside of Cork City, adjacent to the North Monastery School and situated on the grounds of the “Old Bishop’s Palace”.  Mount Cara offers respite, convalescence and continuing care. To check availability and for further information, please contact Ms. Eilís Brennan (Person-in-charge) Tel: (021) 4395737.

SUMMER SHOW
Munster Summer Show volunteers required. Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of June. If you can help please contact Laura Lane 0868821593

BISHOPSTOWN SENIOR SOCIAL CENTRE
Vacancies in the following classes at Wilton Park House:
Exercise & Dance (Mondays 2:30pm)
Computers for the Petrified (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Gentle Exercise & Dance (Thursday afternoon)
More information contact 021 4348595 from Monday to Thursday 1:00pm to 4:30pm


25th May, 2019

THE  ROSARY.  (note change in time)
Will be recited at the grotto in Curraheen on each Monday night during May at 8pm

BALLINORA GAA CLUB.
Annual Golf Classic has changed to Friday 13th September at Lee Valley Golf Club. Ballinora GAA are committed to providing first class modern facilities for its members and for the local community. The Golf Classic is one of our key annual fund-raising events. Please Support.

MOUNT CARA (CARA HOUSE)
Mount Carais a twenty-five bedded facility located on the Northside of Cork City, adjacent to the North Monastery School and situated on the grounds of the “Old Bishop’s Palace”.  Mount Cara offers respite, convalescence and continuing care.  To check availability and for further information, please contact Ms. Eilís Brennan (Person-in-charge) Tel: (021) 4395737.

LIVING WITH LOSS
An information evening with keynote address by Dessie Fitzgerald (former Cork Hurler) on living with grief and loss – Thursday 6th June from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the Clayton Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork City.  Organised by the Hospice Foundation in conjunction with local bereavement organisations.

ANAM CARA
Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Remembrance Evening on Wednesday 5th June at 7:20pm at the Lough, Cork, followed by Tea and Coffee in the Hawthorn. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. Please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie or 085 2888888 to help us organise.  Please note there are no Events in July orAugust.

BISHOPSTOWN SENIOR SOCIAL CENTRE
Vacancies in the following classes:
Exercise & Dance (Mondays 2:30pm)
Computers for the Petrified
Gentle Exercise & Dance (Thursday afternoon)
More information contact 021 4348595


18th May, 2019

THE  ROSARY. (note change in time)
Will be recited at the grotto in Curraheen on each Monday night during May at 8pm

COFFEE MORNING
Ballinora Scout group will be hosting annual coffee morning for the cancer services of Cork on 25th May 10am-1pmin the Scout Den. All welcome with fantastic home baking and fantastic prizes in aid of a wonderful cause

BALLINORA GAA CLUB.
Annual Golf Classic has changed to Friday 13th September at Lee Valley Golf Club. Ballinora GAA are committed to providing first class modern facilities for its members and for the local community. The Golf Classic is one of our key annual fund-raising events. Please Support.

CORK MATHS CIRCLE
One DayRevision Courses: (Tel. 0851426903 after 6p.m.only)
Junior Certificate Higher Saturday May 25th,  Leaving Certificate Honours Sunday May 26th/Thursday May 30th and Leaving Certificate Ordinary Saturday June 1st from 11-6p.m each day, given by experienced teachers/exam correctors, covering exam questions on papers 1 and 2.

PADRE PIO PILGRIMAGE
(Visiting Pietrelcina, San Giovanni Rotondo and the Shrine of St Michael the Archangel); 9-13 October 2019. Cost  €699 per person sharing, Spiritual director: Fr Ben Hodnett. Booking: www.marian.ie

THANK YOU FROM THE PASTORAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
Fr Charlie Kiely wishes to acknowledge your generosity to the annual collection taken up last weekend and looks forward to meeting many of you over the coming year at our various events in the diocese.


4th May, 2019

BALLINORA GAA CLUB.
Annual Golf Classic  has changed to Friday 13th September at Lee Valley Golf Club.Ballinora GAA are committed to providing first class modern facilities for its members and for the local community. The Golf Classic is one of our key annual fund-raising events. Please Support!!

CHURCH MAINTENANCE
The Church Cleaning Rotas are available this weekend 27th/28th April, inside the front door of the church. Well Done to all the hard working ladies who give their time and energy to keep our church gleaming throughout the year.

ANN LONG,S PRESCHOOL
We  are now taking bookings for our Small Pet Farm Summer Camp and for preschool.TEL.0861726489.Email ashtreelodge@gmail.com

THE  ROSARY
Will be recited at the grotto in Curraheen on each Monday night in May commencing May 6that 7-30 p.m.

CHORAL FESTIVAL FRINGE BENEFITS:
This week we welcome the Gaudete Choir from St Patrick’s Church in Rochestown, who have participated competitively in the Festival.

CHILDMINDER REQUIRED
We are looking for a kind, reliable childminder in the Waterfall area ,to care for a year old little boy from the beginning of  September 2019 .Teachers hours, term time only. Please phone or text 0879360033

CALLING ALL TRÓCAIRE BOXES
Very few Trócaire Boxes and Envelopes have as yet been returned. Please make a special effort to return yours as soon as possible, so that the money can be sent on. Boxes and envelopes can be returned to the Sacristy or to Fr Declan.

PASTORAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.
Annual collection for the Diocesan Pastoral Development Office will be taken up at all Masses next weekend –Saturday/Sunday 11th/12thMay. Your generosity to this collection enables the office to continueto offer training and formation for pastoral groups and parish ministries, andadult faith development opportunities throughout the diocese.


13th April, 2019

BALLINORA/WATERFALL GARDEN AND LIFESTYLE CLUB
Easter Demo and Workshop Monday 15th April at 8 pmin The Scout Den with Megan Buckley (Florist). Visitors Welcome.. Enquiries Anne O Mahony 0876197968

BALLINORA GAA CLUB.
Annual Golf Classic will be on Friday 10th Mayat Lee Valley Golf Club.
Ballinora GAA are committed to providing first class modern facilities for its members and for the local community. The Golf Classic is one of our key annual fund-raising events. Please Support!!

IRISH HEART FOUNDATION
Information evening for people with Cardiac Conditions:

  • Venue: Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Cork
  • Date: Thursday 2nd May
  • Time: 6.30pm – 9.00pm

We will have many speakers including Michael Lyster (former RTE Sports Presenter) as our special guest.  To book a place phone Lucinda on 087 7781561 or email lmcnerney@irishheart.ie

BALL WALL LAUNCH
Ballinora Camogie, GAA, and Ladies Gaelic Football Clubs wish to extend a note of thanks to all of those who supported the launch of our Ball Wall last weekend. Thank you to those who gave baking and donations and to everyone who contributed to its success on the day. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.

NEWSLETTER

The next edition of the newsletter will be on the weekend of the 4thand 5thof May. Items to be included should be submitted before 6pm on Wednesday May 1st… and do not forget a contact number please!                                                  Happy Easter to all from the Newsletter Team.


30th March, 2019

BALLINORA/WATERFALL SUMMER FLOWER PROJECT 2019
Sponsors sought for Flower Barrels, Hanging Baskets and Bridge Boxes – 25 Euro Each. Contact Pat O Connor at 087 2 949454 or any member of the committee.

BALLINORA EASTER CAMP
Ballinora GAA, Camogie, and LGFA Clubs are delighted to announce an Easter Camp in Ballinora! The camp will take place in Ballinora GAA Grounds from the 15th – 18th of April. Boys and girls aged 5 to 13 years are welcome. For prices and registration details see www.ballinoragaa.ie. Closing date for bookings is the 8th of April and places are limited and it’s filling up quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment.

BALL WALL LAUNCH
We are delighted to invite you to join us for the opening of Ballinora’s Ball Wall! It will take place at Ballinora GAA Hall on Sunday, 7th April from 10:30 to 13:00. Please join us for our fundraising coffee morning and raffles.  All baking gratefully received in Hall from 9.30 that morning. The launch and dedication of the new Ball Wall to our friend Liam O’Regan will take place at 11:00. Everyone is invited

KAREN FENTON MEMORIAL RUN
The Karen Fenton Memorial Run will take place here in Ballinora on Sunday April 14th at 12.30pm. It is shaping up to be a great family and community day out.
The organisers are also seeking assistance with baking on the day. Any help is much appreciated.
Online registration is encouraged. All those who pre-enter will be put in a draw for 2 nights B&B for 2 people in the lovely Celtic Ross Hotel in West Cork.  Visit karenfenton.ie to register now.

Collection of unwanted clothing
We accept items throughout the school year.
Thank you for supporting your local school.
Enquiries to 4871664.

TRÓCAIRE LENTEN APPEAL
Please continue the contributions
‘Love no flood can quench, no torrents drown…’ Song of Songs 8:7
2.5 million people may have been affected by the devastating cyclone and floods that have hit southern Africa. Trócaire is responding on the ground with life-saving support and the Lenten campaign will help not only the people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe but thousands of others facing hardship across the developing world. www.trocaire.org

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP TALKS:
Tuesday, 2nd April at 8.00pm: Sr. Nellie McLoughlin RSM: “The Wonder of Creation: The Miracle of Life”.  Tuesday, 9th April at 8.00pm: Tom Kelly:
“Night train – the extraordinary world of bird migration”                                                             Venue:  The Crypt, Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross, Cork.
Each talk 45 minutes, followed by questions, answers and chat over a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee.


23rd March, 2019

BALLINORA/WATERFALL SUMMER FLOWER PROJECT 2019
Sponsors sought for Flower Barrels, Hanging Baskets and Bridge Boxes – 25 Euro Each. Contact Pat O Connor at 087 2 949454 or any member of the committee.

ANAM CARA
Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Wednesday 3rd April at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not

FR MICHAEL PRIOR
Fr Prior died on the 24th of March 1945 of famine fever. He is buried in the grave surrounded by railings h a lovely stone in our churchyard.

Michael Prior matriculated in St Patricks College Maynooth on the First of September 1819 for the Cork Diocese and joined the theology class. He was ordained sub deacon in 1821 in Maynooth. He was ordained within a year or two probably in Cork. He was appointed to the Parish Priest of Goleen in 1822 where a famine took hold of the Mizen and worked with the clergy of all traditions to alleviate the sufferings of the people. He was responsible for building a new church in Ballinskea which began in 1825. In 1828 he was transferred to the Parish of Ballincollig. The records states that he was there until 1842. Whether he just ministered to the people of Ballinora after that is unknown but he died on March 24 1845. The story that has come down verbally was that he caught the fever, which was contagious, while attending a dying sick lady in a cabin near to this place.  The people showed their regardfor this man by erecting a fine headstone and surrounding railings. In 1988 the late Liam O Callaghan replaced the cross atop the memorial in thanksgiving for him serving his own Great Grandfather John O Callagan, his wife Margaret Burdon and their family during that time. There is much more to be researched about Fr Michael but this weekend letus remember and pray for him.

BALLINORA NS – COLLECTION OF UNWANTED CLOTHING
We accept items throughout the school year. Thank you for supporting your local school. Enquiries to 4871664.

BALLINORA EASTER CAMP
Ballinora GAA, Camogie, and LGFA Clubs are delighted to announce an Easter Camp in Ballinora! The camp will take place in Ballinora GAA Grounds from the 15th – 18th of April. Boys and girls aged 5 to 13 years are welcome. For prices and registration details see www.ballinoragaa.ie. Places are limited and it’s filling up quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment.

SAVE THE DATE!
We are delighted to invite you to join us for the opening of Ballinora’s Ball Wall! It will take place at Ballinora GAA Hall on Sunday, 7th April from 10:30 to 13:00. The official opening and dedication of the new Ball Wall to our friend Liam O’Regan will take place at 11:00. Everyoneis invited.

HOLY HOUR TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS: 
on Wednesday 27th March from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at the Mercy Hospital Chapel – all are welcome


16th March, 2019

BIRD TALK
Jim Wilson, noted ornithologist, ecologist author and broadcaster will give a talk on garden birds of Ireland in the Scout Den on Tuesday 19th March @ 19:30.  Free admission.  Supported by the Men’s group, Community association and Tidy Towns.  Children welcome.  Part of the initiative by the Ballinora Community to increase environmental awareness in conjunction with deployment of bird boxes, bat boxes and bee hotels.

BALLINORA TIDY TOWNS.
Our Annual Parish Spring Clean Up is Saturday March  23rd.This is the start of our work towards Tidy Towns so that we will have a beautiful place again this year. This is National Clean Up Week also. Volunteers  needed. Meeting Point- O’Sheas Bar, Waterfall. Time 9.30 am.
Date 23rd March Saturday.
Please come out to help and we will have Light Refreshments afterwards.

BALLINORA EASTER CAMP
Ballinora GAA, Camogie, and LGFA Clubs are delighted to announce an Easter Camp in Ballinora! The camp will take place in Ballinora GAA Grounds from the 15th – 18th of April. Boys and girls aged 5 to 13 years are welcome. For prices and registration details see www.ballinoragaa.ie.

 ANAM CARA
Anam Cara  West Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Tuesday 19th  at 7:20pm in the Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

BIBLE AND ECOLOGY
With Sr Celine Mangan OP on Sat 23rd March from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm in the Sacred Heart Hall, Western Road.  Cost €10 and all very welcome

BENEDICT’S PRIORY, COBH, CO.CORK.
Day of Recollection guided by the spirituality of the Servant of God, Mother Marie Adele Garnier. Saturday 23rd March, 9.00 Mass and Adoration, 11.00 first talk ends with tea at 3.30pm.  Lunchprovided.  Contact Mother Prioress 0124811354

YOUNG ADULT HELPERS TO  LOURDES.
The diocesan pilgrimage is seeking young adults (18-25) to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes from 10thto 15thJune to assist with the care of the sick who travel to Lourdes. Please contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474 or atpdo@corkandross.org  for information.

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP
The Gospel of John:Reflecting on the Word made Flesh. Facilitators: Fr. John Newman and Pauline Byrne. Mondays 4th, 11th, 25thMarch and 1stApril; 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. Scala Centre, Blackrock (opposite Blackrock Castle) Cost: €50  (nights plus workshop] Workshop only: €10