Friday, 28 September 2012

Bantry Parish Bulletin - Sunday 30th September 2012

Calender: Mass Times and Intentions for the coming week - 01.10.12 to 07.10.12

Monday 1st October:
Bantry 10am: Eileen (Nell) Bennett - Slip Park - Months Mind

Tuesday 2nd October:
Bantry 10am: Peter O'Sullivan - Hospital Road, Bantry

Wednesday 3rd October:
Bantry 10am: Jim Giltinan - Chapel Street, Bantry
Hospital 5.30pm: Norman Reardan - Cork

Thursday 4th October:
Bantry 10am: Cornelius, Bridget & John Hurley - Droumclough

Friday 5th October: First Friday
Bantry 10am: Sheila O'Sullivan - Baurgorm, Bantry - Months Mind
Bantry 7.30pm: Seanie O'Leary - Blackrock Road and Cork
Kealkil: 7.30pm: People of the Parish

Saturday 6th October:
Hospital 10am: William & Elizabeth O'Brien &
deceased members of the O'Brien & Clifford families.
Bantry 6.15pm: Hannah Casey - Cahernecrin

Sunday 7th October: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Bantry 9am: Mary Casey - Seafield, Bantry
Coomhola 10am: Shannon Keohane - Corran, Coomhola
Kealkil 11am: Sean Lynch - Maughnaclea
Bantry 12noon: People of the Parish

The Deep End – Not One for Us

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe OP spoke recently (at the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin) of the importance of pop music for young people.

‘For young people today, popular music is of vast importance in articulating their sense of hope & joy & also sometimes their sorrow & distress. Surely if we are to attend to them with compassion, then we must value that music, open our ears to it, & catch its nuances… we must give thanks to the composers & singers who offer our young water in the desert. Surrely we must be open to the creativity of popular music & accept its gifts.’

How refreshing to think that goodness & inspiration can come from the most unexpected of sources.

The disciples receive a lesson in openness today. ‘Not one of us’ is how they refer to the man from outside the group who is claiming to work ‘in Jesus’ name’. But Jesus responds with a different way of looking at things; ‘Whoever is not against us is for us,’ he advises. Don’t knock anyone’s faith.

How receptive are we to the many voices we hear and to the people we come across from day to day? Are we tuned in so we can hear and appreciate goodness and wisdom in their many guises? Fr. Radcliffe talks of being ‘open to creativity’. We must let the Spirit move as it will, and keep our eyes and ears peeled.
Triona Doherty – Athlone, Co. Roscommon. Email

First Friday
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Friday, 5th October next, after 10am Mass until 7.30pm Mass & you are invited to spend an hour in adoration.

First Friday Communion Calls  – next Friday 5th October.
Fr. Donal and Fr. Anthony will make their calls on the usual days this week.

Recent Parish Weddings
We congratulate Emma O’Donovan (Dromleigh North, Bantry) & Martin Mullins (Beacon Hill, Bantry) who were married in St. Finbarr’s Church, Bantry on Friday, 21st September last.
We wish Emma & Martin long & happy lives together.
We congratulate Ann McCarthy (Slip Grove, Bantry) & Patrick O’Mahony (Chapel Street, Bantry) who were married in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kealkil on Saturday, 22nd September last.
We wish Ann & Patrick long & happy lives together.
Recent Parish Baptisms:
Robyn Minehane (Lackareagh, Kealkil)
Réaltín Aoibheann O’Sullivan
(Derryduff More, Coomhola, )
Órna Fionnuala Magee (Ballyshannon, Co.Donegal)
We welcome them into our Christian Community
Do this in Memory” Next Sunday, 7th  October,  the 9am Mass at Bantry Church, the 10am Mass at Coomhola & the 11am Mass in Kealkil will involve the young people preparing for First Communion & their parents and guardians
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Padre Pio Prayer Group
Next Friday 5th October is First Friday. There will be Rosary & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Bantry Church at 6.45pm followed by Holy Mass & the Padre Pio Prayer at 7.30pm.

Heart Health Information Evening
A Heart Health public awareness evening hosted by Bantry General Hospital and the West Cork Community Services, will take place in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry on Friday 5th October 2012 from 6.30pm – 9pm.
Guest speaker, Dr. Peter Kearney, Consultant Cardiologist at Cork University Hospital will give a presentation on Heart Health at 7pm.
Information stands will focus on different aspects of your health including:
  • Blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Diet/ Cholesterol
  • Fitness levels
  • Understanding your medication
  • Know your entitlements and what supports are available for you
Everyone is welcome and admission is free.
Children’s Book Festival
The annual Children's Book Festival takes place at Bantry Library throughout October when children get the opportunity to meet and chat with some of their favourite writers like Mary Arrigan, Aileen McGovern, Babette Cole and Roisin Meaney. If any teacher of classes from schools in the Bantry area would like to attend any of the readings by these authors, they can book a slot by contacting the library on 027-50460.
A storytime for 4-8 year olds takes place on Saturday mornings during October at 11am (except Sat. 27th when the library will be closed for the bank holiday weekend).

Monday, 24 September 2012

Feastday of St. Finbarr - Tuesday, 25th September

Saint Finbar was the son of an artisan and a lady of the Irish royal court. Born in Connaught, Ireland, and baptized Lochan, he was educated at Kilmacahil, Kilkenny, where the monks named him Fionnbharr (white head) because of his light hair. He is also known as Bairre and Barr.
On a visit to Rome the Pope wanted to consecrate him a bishop but Saint Finbar was deterred by a vision. He notified the pope that God had reserved that honor to Himself and Saint Finbar was consecrated from heaven. He preached in southern Ireland and lived as a hermit on a small island at Lough Eiroe, on the river Lee. Saint Finbar founded a monastery that developed into the city of Cork and he was it's first bishop. His monastery became famous in southern Ireland and attracted numerous disciples.
Many extravagant miracles are attributed to him. Supposedly the sun did not set for two weeks after he died at Cloyne about the year 633. His feast day is September 25th. Saint Finbar is the patron of immigrants. 

Friday, 21 September 2012

Bantry Parish - Newsletter Sunday 23rd September 2012

Calendar: Mass Time & Intentions
Monday 24th September: 
Bantry 10am: Donal Minehane - Donemark

Tuesday 25th September: 
Bantry 10am: Liz Hurley - Market Street

Wednesday 26th September: 
Bantry 10am: Barry O'Donoghue - Dromleigh
Hospital 5.30pm: John & Mary Collins, Richard & Dick Collins, Denis O'Sullivan

Thursday 27th September: 
Bantry 10am: Cornelius McCarthy & son, Noel McCarthy - New Street

Friday 28th September
Bantry 10am: Mark Delaney - Blackrock Road, Months Mind
Kealkil 7.30pm: Julia O'Connor - Kealkil

Saturday 29th September:
Hospital 10am: Liam O'Donovan - Sherkin Island
Bantry 6.15pm: Noel Kearn - Church Road, Angela McGrath-Cadogan - Surry & Church Road.
Bantry: 7pm Mass in Polish

Sunday 30th September
Bantry 9am - James & Ellen Hegarty - Letterlickey
Coomhola 10am - John Cotter - Snave
Kealkil 11am - Curley Keohane (Newtown) & his daughter Anne O'Toole (Newtown & UK)
Bantry 12 noon - People of the Parish 

Cullinagh Graveyard Mass
Mass will be celebrated at Cullinagh Graveyard (weather permitting) on Thursday next, 27th September at 7.30pm.  In the event of weather problems, Mass will be celebrated in the Hospital Chapel.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Gougane Barra Sunday 30th of September.
Rosary at 2pm. Mass at 2.30pm. In honour of St. Finbarr – one of the Patron Saints of the Diocese. All Welcome.

Died Recently
We extend our prayers & sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Annie Keane (Glengarriff Road, & late of Coomleigh East, Bantry) who died on 20th September last. May she rest in peace.

Autumn Stations
Fri. 28th Sept. @ 11am – Justin & Mary McCarthy –
Cappabui Nth, Leachareigh, Derryfada,  Lacavane, Maugha

Sat. 6th Oct.@ 11.30am – Eileen & John O’Mahony – Carriganass, Ahil, Gearagh

We ask those parishioners who are thinking of hosting the Autumn Stations this year to please contact the parish office (56398) or one of the priests. Thank you.
Recent Parish Baptisms:
James Joseph Donaldon (Lisheens, Kealkil)
Kai Mikka Moloney (Gurteenroe, Bantry)
Kate O’Sullivan (Beach, Bantry)
Charles John Michael Allen
(Esknafeelna, Glengarriff)
We welcome them into our Christian Community
Parents Plus Parenting Programmes will be starting shortly in the Bantry area and there are still places available.
These Parents Plus Programmes are practical and positive parenting courses designed to support and empower parents to manage and solve discipline problems, to create satisfying and enjoyable family relationships and to help children and young people grow up and reach their full potential. The course runs for 8 weeks, two hours per session. There is no charge for the programme but a contribution of 3 to 5 euro a night would help to cover the cost of running the programme.
Early Years Programme (0 - 6 years) will be held on Monday evenings 7.30 - 9.30 pm.
Children's Programme (6 - 11 years) will be held on Tuesday evenings 7.30 - 9.30 pm.
Adolescent Programme (12 - 18 years) details have yet to be decided.
For information or to sign up for any of the courses please contact Anna Fitzgerald @ 087 9892150 or email address

Bantry and District Cardiac Support Group
 Bantry Cardiac Support Group will resume their monthly meetings for the coming season on Tues Sept. 25th at The Family Resource Centre Main Street at 8pm.

A local practice nurse with experience in working with and supporting people with cardiovascular problems has been invited to give a talk on related topics:
Blood Pressure
How to read Blood test results
Effects of Medication (bring along list of medications)
Importance of Diet and Exercise etc.
If requested Blood Pressure can be checked on the night.

The meeting is for people who have suffered a cardiac event such as Heart Attack, Angioplasty with or without Stents inserted or who have had cardiac surgery (by-pass surgery mitral valve surgery etc.) or any Cardiac related concerns.

A programme of events for the coming season will also be discussed.

For details contact:
Catherine Cahalane (Cardiovascular PHN) 086 7871552. John (group member) 086 4048821

Bantry Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes

On the 2nd of September I arrived in Lourdes for the first time. Anybody who has been there will know that those who are sick or infirm are the most important people in Lourdes. When I saw people in wheelchairs & in stretchers & indeed people who have other needs there it really reminded me of how lucky I am. In my lazier moments there I did think to myself wouldn’t it be great to be pushed around the place, especially on a hot day, but you wouldn’t be long realising how selfish a thought that is because people in those wheelchairs & stretchers would give anything for the freedom I have of being able to go everywhere myself. Wouldn’t it be amazing if they could, like Jesus said to the paralytic, pick up their stretchers and walk. During the time in Lourdes you will hear the story of St. Bernadette many times. At the time of the apparition in Lourdes St. Bernadette and her family were among the poorest of the poor. 

Our Lady has appeared to people that weren’t considered important. St. Bernadette was a child of a very poor family, Our Lady appeared in Knock to people who in 1879 were on the verge of a famine and involved in a bitter Land War, she appeared in Fatima in 1917 to children who should only have been seen and not heard and in recent years many people go to Medjugorge to pray to Our Lady in a country that has a very tragic history right up until the 1990’s. We might like to think that we are the people that should be listened to but in Lourdes, Knock, Fatima and other places, Our Lady is telling us otherwise.                                                                                                       

Fr. Anthony

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Lions Club Award Winners

Congratulations to all those who received Community Awards from Bantry Lions Club recently.
15 local people were recognised for their public service here in Bantry Parish.

Bantry Junior Ladies - County Champions

Bantry Ladies Football
Congratulations to the Bantry Junior Ladies who won the County Championship Final last Saturday defeating Courcey Rovers in a thrilling game. The match doubled up as a West Cork semi-final so the ladies earned themselves a place into the West Cork Final. They will be playing Caheragh - details of that game to be decided and will be posted locally and on our website . Well done to the trainers and players involved and a mile buiochas to the families and supporters who have followed them along the way to this great achievement.

Feastday of Andrew Kim Taegan

Ss. Andrew Kim Taegon, the first Korean priest, Paul Chong Hasang, a catechist, & 101 others were martyred during the persecutions of the Church in Korea, 1839-1867.

This first native Korean priest was the son of Korean converts. His father, Ignatius Kim, was martyred during the persecution of 1839 and was beatified in 1925. After Baptism at the age of 15, Andrew traveled 1,300 miles to the seminary in Macao, China. After six years he managed to return to his country through Manchuria. He was arrested, tortured and finally beheaded at the Han River near Seoul, the capital. Paul Chong Hasang was a lay apostle and married man, aged 45.

Christianity came to Korea during the Japanese invasion in 1592. A home Church began. When a Chinese priest managed to enter secretly a dozen years later, he found 4,000 Catholics, none of whom had ever seen a priest. Seven years later there were 10,000 Catholics. Religious freedom came in 1883.

When Pope John Paul II visited Korea in 1984 he canonized, besides Andrew and Paul, 98 Koreans and three French missionaries who had been martyred between 1839 and 1867. Among them were bishops and priests, but for the most part they were lay persons: 47 women, 45 men.

"The Korean Church is unique because it was founded entirely by lay people. This fledgling Church, so young and yet so strong in faith, withstood wave after wave of fierce persecution... The death of these martyrs became the leaven of the Church and led to today's splendid flowering of the Church in Korea. Even today their undying spirit sustains the Christians in the Church of silence in the north of this tragically divided land" (Pope John Paul II, speaking at the canonization).

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Latest Parish News

Dear Reader,

It seems a lot of things have changed in the recent past, and we also see this reflected in the seminary in Rome. The average age of Irish seminarians studying with me is approximately 28. We come from very diverse backgrounds, and it is very rare now for someone to come straight from school into the seminary. Typically a student will have firstly completed a University degree before joining the seminary. In my own case, I firstly completed a Bachelor of Commerce for four years in UCC, and then I did a Masters in Marketing in UCD. I then moved to London where I started a marketing consultancy business, with clients mainly engaging in business through the mediums of the Internet and Mobile Phones.

I also studied last year with a former doctor who worked for five years in a hospital before joining seminary, and another student worked as a pharmacist for several years in Cork City. Another student played soccer with Manchester United for seven years, and then played with Norwich City for seven years, and was capped by Northern Ireland twenty nine times. We really are all shapes and sizes.

I am now at the end of my four week placement here in Bantry and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for all your encouragement and support, but especially for your very Christian witness. I would like to extend a special work of thanks to Fr Donal and Fr Anthony for all their kindness, guidance and support. As I depart for seminary I will sure miss Bantry Parish, but I leave very encouraged and motivated.

Many thanks and God bless, Marius O’Reilly

Recent Parish Baptisms:
Lexi Rebecca White (Ardnageahy, Bantry)
Nathan James Meaney (Riverway, Pearsons Bridge)
Frank Colm O’Callaghan (Bantry Bay Hotel, Bantry)
Caitlin Marie Timmis (Cois Riasc, Bantry)
Callum Jake Hadfield (Cois Riasc, Bantry)
Eilis Eileen McCarthy (Derryfadda, Kealkil)
We welcome them into our Christian Community
Culture Night: takes place at Bantry Library on Friday next, September 21st at 8pm with a book reading & public discussion by Fred Caruso. On the night, artistic and cultural organisations across Ireland provide the public with free access to performances, workshops and other cultural activities. Glengarriff author, Fred will speak about the air crash which occurred on September 23rd, 1962 (50th anniversary) off the S.W Irish coast. Fred survived this crash and wrote a book, Born Again Irish. For further details about this free event, contact Bantry Library at 027-50460

Conradh Na Gaeilge. Teacht le céile - 19th Meán Fómhair agus gach Ceadaoin. Caint agus comhradh. 11am sa Leabharlan. Beatha Teanga i labhairt.

National Digital Switchover Week! 17th-23rd of Sept. – and this is a small reminder to all who watch their television using an aerial to make the switch soon, so you are prepared well in advance of the turn-off of the analogue signal on the 24th of October. This is also another call on Community Groups or locals volunteers and activists to keep an eye on some people in your community who may find the switchover difficult, or who may have no-one to assist them in the switch.

A ‘Digital Switchover Champion’ is coordinating efforts in your area, and we will be holding a free information stand in the Square, Bantry on Friday 21st of September from 9am to 2pm. Come and talk & enter a free draw for a SAORVIEW set top box and more. Contact Patricia Bevan on 55164 or if you would like to get involved or have any questions.

BABY TALK.Do you have a baby five months or under? Would you like to meet other parents and get support in caring for your child? BabyTalk is a support programme for parents with babies up to 5 months & is jointly organised & run by the HSE & the West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP). The next session starts in Bantry on Weds. Sept. 19, 11am – 1pm, in the Primary Care Centre on the Quays (follow the signs for the Centre outside the Maritime Hotel). The programme will run for eight Wednesdays in a row and is open to all parents and their new babies. There is no need to book – just come along on the first day with your baby. If you need more information, call Anna Fitzgerald, WCDP Resource Centre at 087-9892150.

MALIN To MIZEN 400 mile cycle in aid of CoAction West Cork. 6 local cyclists are completing this 400 mile cycle from Weds. 19-22nd Sept. They will pass through Bantry at about 2pm on Sat. on the final leg of the journey to Mizen. The cyclists are appealing for sponsorship for this very worthy cause. Yellow sponsorship cards are available in all shops & pubs. An  AIB bank a/c has been set up – A/C no. 936014 – 11330031. All donations will go directly to this locally based service & very welcome. The cyclists are Kate Kelly, Goleen. Tim Murnane, Kealkil. Johnie O’Sullivan, Postman Kealkil. Finbarr O’Shea, Glengarriff. Barry O’Donovan, Caheragh. Paddy Clifford, Bantry. For further information call 027-51699 or 087-2215705.

Mealagh Valley Bingo at the Community Hall, Ards on Friday September 21st. at 8.30p.m.. The usual bus service will run from Bantry. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Farewell to Marius

We say goodbye to Marius O'Reilly who has been with us in Bantry for the past month. Marius is a student for the priesthood for Cork and Ross in the Irish College in Rome and has been on pastoral placement here with us. During his assignment he has been in the Hospital almost daily talking and praying with patients, taking classes in ArdScoil Phobail and the Primary Schools, partaking in our Liturgies and has set up this Blog.  God's blessing go with you, Marius!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Parents Meeting for the "Do This In Memory Of Me" Programme

The Meeting for First Holy Communion Parents, of all our schools will be in the Westlodge Hotel Wednesday next Sept. 19th at 8pm, to discuss the "Do This in Memory Of Me" Programme.