Bulletin 24th September 2023

Second Collection Today

The annual collection for the Priesthood Education Fund in the Diocese will be taken up this weekend of 23rd/24th September. This year two seminarians began studies in St. Patrick’s College Maynooth. Both have completed a year of initial formation in Vallodolid last year. Another man is studying for the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese. The Priesthood Education Fund will finance their studies as well as costs for ongoing training and education for priests. In the region of €110,000 will be needed to meet these costs in the coming year. Last year €70,616 was raised in this collection which was very generous. Appreciating that these are difficult financial times, you are asked to be as generous as you can to the Priesthood Education Fund annual collection this year.


A new Alpha course, organised by the Douglas Parish Assembly, starts on Thursday, 12 October, in the Parish Rooms, St Columba’s, and runs for 10 weeks, from 7.30 to 9.00pm each Thursday night. Alpha is an opportunity to explore your faith in an informal and friendly environment. If you’re asking: Who is Jesus? Why did he die? What relevance does Jesus have for our lives today? How can I make the most of the rest of my life?, then Alpha is for you. To register, contact the Parish Office (parishofdouglas@gmail.com / 021 489 4128) or Brian O’Kane (alphateam2023@hotmail.com / 086 244 1633).

Brian O’Kane will speak at our Masses next weekend on the Alpha programme. Brian is the Chair of Douglas/Rochestown parish assembly


A novena in preparation for the feast of St Thérèse of Lisieux will take place in St Joseph’s SMA Church, Blackrock Road, beginning on 23rd September and continuing until 1st October. The novena will be celebrated each evening at 7.30 pm, except on the Saturdays when it will be at 7.00 pm.

Cork Alzheimers Café

Last Friday of each month 11am to 12.30pm in St Finbarrs Hospital Activity Centre, Douglas Road. Friday 29th September the next meeting. Featuring: Dietician Helen Cummins speaking on the Importance of Diet

Feast of St Finbarr,

Patron of the diocese: Monday, 25th September.

A special Mass to celebrate the 1400th anniversary of the death of St Finbarr will be held in Gougane Barra on Sunday, 1st October, 3.00 pm, preceded by Rosary, at 2.30.