Tuesday 28 July 2015

Wednesday 15 July 2015

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 
Sunday 12th July 2015 

Wednesday 8 July 2015


Fourteenth Sunday  in Ordinary Time
Sunday 5th July 2015   

Friday 26 June 2015


Thirteenth Sunday  in Ordinary Time
Sunday 28th June 2015   

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Friday 19 June 2015

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 21st June 2015

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Friday 12 June 2015


Eleventh Sunday  in Ordinary Time
Sunday 14th June 2015   

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Friday 5 June 2015


The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ
Sunday 7th June 2015    

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Friday 29 May 2015

Sunday 31st May 2015   

Saturday 23 May 2015

Pentecost sunday
24th May 2015

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Parish Newsletter 24th May 2015

Saturday 9 May 2015


Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sunday 10th  May 2015   

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 11th May: 6th  week of Easter:
Bantry: 10am –  Mark Hutchinson
Bantry: 7.30pm: Town Station Mass

Tues. 12th May: 6th  week of Easter:
Bantry:   10am:   Thomas Walsh – Newtown
Bantry: 7.30am: Bantry Rural Station Mass

Wed. 13th May: 6th  week of Easter:
Bantry: 10am     Denis & Mary Levis - Dunbeacon
Hospital Chapel: 5.30pm  People of the Parish 
Thurs. 14th May: St. Matthias, Apostle:
Bantry:  10am: Eileen Murphy – Glanmire
Coomhola: 7.30pm: Coomhola Station Mass
Friday 15th May: 6th week of Easter:
Bantry: 10am  Grace Kelly – Dromleigh South – 10th anniversary.
Kealkil: 7.30pm Kealkil Station Mass    

Sat. 16th May: 6th week of Easter:
Hospital:  10am:  Teddy Wiseman – Main Street
Bantry:     6.15pm Michael Thornton – Durrus & Tipperary

Sun. 17th May: The Ascension of the Lord:
Bantry:    9am  Mary Keane - Caherdaniel
Coomhola: 10am: Johnny Downey – Dromduve (4th anniversary) & his parents James & Annie 
Kealkil:11am Jimmy Murphy – Breenybeg, Kealkil
Bantry:    12noon  People of the Parish 

How are priests paid?

It is often assumed that priests get paid through the Offertory Collection taken up at Masses in the parish every weekend. However, this is not the case. The Offertory Collection goes to fund the day to day running and maintenance of the parish.

Easter Sunday and Christmas Day are the only two offertory collections in the year that contribute to the income of the priests of the parish. The proceeds from these two collections together with the Station Dues, November Novena Offerings and Stole Fees make up the priests income. Stole Fees are the donations given to priests at Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.

Fr. Martin and Fr. Seán are very grateful for the constant financial and prayerful support they receive from the people of the parish.

Spring Stations 2015
Mass for TOWN AREAS will be held on Monday, 11th May  at Bantry Church at 7.30pm
Mass for outstanding BANTRY STATION AREAS will be held on Tuesday,  12th May at Bantry Church at 7.30pm.
Seskin, Seskin Lw/Caherdaniel West, Dromclough, Glencreagh, Cahernecrin, Drombroe Derrincaolig, Newtown, Coomanore, Glenbanoo, Shandrum, Gortroe, Baurgorm, Milleeney, Cahir, Gories, Leacadiomhaoinm, Cappanavar, Gurteenroe, Ard na Gaoithe, Whiddy, Dromliath, Ardra North, Derrygrenagh South, Cahergullane, Raheen, Caherdaniel, Derrygreanaugh M & E,
Ardnagaoithe Beg
Outstanding Station Areas in Coomhola—Mass in Coomhola Church on Thursday 14th May at 7.30pm.
 Reendesert, Dromcaol, Esknafeelna, Derrycreha, Ardnatrush Beg, Snave, Ardnagashel, Ardnatrush, Dromgarbh, Drograne,  Cappadyourdil, Cooleenlemane, Coorloum, Corrycomade, Cooryleary, Corran, Derryduv,  Farranfada, Inchinagown, Kealanine,   Millbeg, Rangeroo
Outstanding Station Areas in Kealkil— Mass at Kealkil Church on Friday 15th May at 7.30pm
 Ardra, Ards, Ballinamought, Breenybeg, Breenymore,  Cahermounteen, Cahermuckee, Cappabui N & S, Cappanaboul, Coomleigh, Cousane, Cullinagh, Curryglass, Derryarkane, Derryfada, Dromaneasa, Dromlicacrue, Dromsullivan, Glounycarney, Gortlachra, Gortnacowley, Inchaclough, Incharoe, Kealkil, Kielnacnappogue, Lacavane, Lahernsheermeen, Leachareigh, Maugha, Maughnaclee,  Moularaha, Moulavanig, Moulakieve, Skehana,
The Parish dues may be returned on the night

Recent Parish Baptisms:
Magali Nóirín Nell Desbonnet  (Dunlaoghaire, Dublin)

Adamma May Aoife Ejim (Woodfield, Bantry)

Tadhg James Masters (Lutterworth, Leicestershire)
We welcome them into our Christian Community

Lourdes Pilgrimage.
Lourdes is a place of universal meeting and sharing, prayer and celebration of life. Lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the small town of Lourdes is famous for the Marian Apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1858. It is the largest Catholic pilgrimage destination in Europe &  is known as a place that offers hope & consolation to all who are in need of healing & peace.
The Bantry Parish and Friends Pilgrimage will take place from the 22nd to 27th September 2015 (Ex. Cork) with Full Board accommodation in the ‘Agena Hotel’.
Spiritual Director:   Fr. Martin Keohane P.P.
Booking forms:        Available in the Sacristy,  
Bantry Church or see Church porches for details

Parking in Bantry Church Grounds

We ask all parishioners attending Bantry Church to carefully park their cars only in the designated areas.
Parking spaces near the doors should be left for disabled and elderly people.
It is vital that a clear entrance and exit around the Church be kept at all times in the event of an emergency.

Died Recently:
We extend our prayers & sympathy to the family, relatives & friends of
Jimmy O’Shea
(Caherdaniel West & formerly of Coomleigh West, Bantry)
May he rest in peace

Kealkil Choir: Rehearsals start at 7pm in Kealkil Church on Monday 11th May.
All are very welcome.

Remaining First Communion Dates 2015
May 16th  –   Droumclough, Our Lady of Mercy, St.   
                  Finbarr’s & St. Brendan’s – 10.30am Mass
May 23rd – Gaelscol Bheanntraí – 10.30am Mass
May God bless all our First Communion Children 
                                                      on their special day & always. 

Eucharistic Processions in
Bantry Parish 2015
Sunday 31st May: Coomhola
Sunday 7th June:  Kealkil & Bantry

May Rosary at nine at Our Lady’s Shrine 
in Bantry Church grounds
All Welcome

FUNDRAISING GARDEN PARTY St. Joseph's Unit, Bantry General Hospital   Sunday 24th May 2015 from 12.30 - 4.30pm. 
at the Roof-top Garden of St Joseph’s Unit and the adjoining Hospital grounds. Grand Opening at 1pm by Eilish O'Carroll who plays "Winnie McGoogan" of Mrs. Brown's Boys TV and World Stage Fame. FUN FOR The Garden Party is organised by Bay Lions Club and the Residents, Management & Staff of St Joseph’s Unit and Bantry General Hospital.
The idea is to offer the residents, who are not in a position to enjoy their Community as we do, the opportunity to “Bring a little of the outside world to their doorstep”. There will be something for everyone: Entertainment, Music, Competitions, Games, Stalls: Cakes sales, Brick-a-Brac, Raffles, Plants sale, Residents Art Exhibition, Health Expo, Face painting and Balloon Art. Any unwanted gifts and resalable Brick-A- Brac items (excluding clothes and foot wear) would be welcome. They can be given into St. Joseph’s Unit from May 10th Please label them clearly as - “Towards the Garden Party”. Donations of food and baked items can be brought in on the day (24th May). Please come along and make it a great family outing while supporting the residence of St. Joseph's Unit. For more info.or if you wish to volunteer please contact Sarah Cairns 027 52904, St Joseph’s Unit or Mary O’ Regan-Barsum, 086 2363344, President Bantry Bay Lions Club.  

Irish Water Safety Course will begin on 4th August 2015 this year.
Information from Noelle
Tel; 086-1223323.

Bantry AC/Fit4Life: New walk/jog/chat group starting on Monday May 11th. Suitable for complete  beginners. Male & Female welcome. Meet at Westlodge leisure centre @ 6:45. Activity at 7.

Bantry Bay Lions Club members wish to acknowledge the tremendous response from Bantry residents and the wider communities for the Nepal Earthquake Relief collection held in Bantry town last Saturday.  The total  from the collection and donations amounted to €2,528.  A huge thank you to everyone who contributed so generously. We are proud to report that 100% of all funds raised by Lions are channelled directly to the respective charities and disasters as Lions members pay annual dues that are used to cover all administration costs.

The Meaning of Marriage
“Catholic Comment” are giving this timely presentation in the Good Shepherd Convent, Sunday’s Well, (next to the Old City Gaol),
on Tuesday, 12th May at 7:30pm.
Admission: Free. Everybody Welcome.
For further information please contact:Gearóid (086) 129 33 84 and Marie (085) 169 49 01

Offertory Collection: Bantry: Weekend 2nd/3rd May: €1961.  
Second Collection for the Pastoral Development office in the Diocese takes place this weekend.