Friday, 29 March 2013


 Adapted below is a prayer path from Donal Neary SJ.

 Easter Time


His is not here, he is risen (Mt 28:6)

 Prayer for the Week

Jesus, in death you become like us to the end,

and in the resurrection you point the way to what we will be.

In bad times give us confidence and faith,

in good times give us hope and joy,

and in all times give us love,

because you are love and hope from God. Amen.

Reflection for the Day

Everyone who met Jesus after the resurrection knew him

well by sight. They had walked with him, talked with him, gone through some of the passion with him. But they did not recognise him. Even his closest friends.

Something about him – or everything – was different, In

the risen Lord is something totally new. Knowledge of Jesus now is by faith, and it is the same for ourselves.

We half recognise him and then he passes us by. We hear rumours of Jesus, or echoes of his voice. Faith, while it is sure, needs light. Should we be surprised that we don’t recognise him any more easily than his friends did? We live happily in the love of faith which needs light and invites our openness to let that light in.

Action for the First 10 Days of Easter Time from Easter Week

Think of Easter on rising, at noon and on retiring, and say the Glory Be.

And if you like continue this then for the following 40 days.


Monday, 25 March 2013


 When we ask for a wake up call from a family member or in a Guest House or a hotel, we hope and trust it will happen. Wake up call… a phrase we often use. It means a new way of looking on something.

 Wake Up Call

Easter is a wake up call – to a beautiful day and a wonderful way of life. Christ is Risen… He is Risen indeed.

You can bury truth but it will always rise again. The truth of our faith – we come from God and we go to God. Jesus found that too at Easter. Nothing not even death could keep him from returning in Glory to God.

But in between…that’s where we are now. And today is the new wake up call. Remember waking up – to a big day. Graduation, ordination, wedding, holiday, falling in love, your child’s birthday, going to a new school,– these are awakenings to a new day.

Or to a bad day, a funeral, redundancy, illness. We know some day we will waken for the last time. The last time this side anyway.

Celebrating Easter – wakening up to a big new world in and around us, and Easter really is every day.

New Friendship

Every day is a discovery of the friendship of Jesus…always there, always new. To the call to partnership with him in his saving work for the world. To joy in all times, even bad.

We look at Mary of Magdala after Jesus death as recounted in the gospel. All seemed lost when she last went to sleep on a dark night. Now all is new because of Jesus. Her life has changed; his wakening after death means we can all wake up now – to love, call, joy.

 We can be new – He is Risen.

 The Church can be new – He is Risen.

The world can be new – He is Risen.

 Adapted from an Easter Reflection by Donal Neary SJ


Holy Week in Bantry Parish 2013
Monday 25th March: Bantry: 10am & 7.30pm

Tuesday 26th March: Bantry: 10am & 7.30pm

Wed. 27th March:     

                                                Bantry: 10am Mass

                                                Hospital: 5.30pm Mass

Easter Triduum (3 day preparation for Easter)

Holy Thursday, 28th March:            Mass of the Lord’s Supper

                              Bantry:                 No 10am Morning Mass

                                                            N.B. 6.15pm – Mass

                                                            Holy Hour – 10pm-11pm (Eucharistic Adoration)

                              Coomhola:           7.30pm – Mass

                              Kealkil:                 8.00pm – Mass                       Trocaire Boxes can be returned



Good Friday, 29th March—Day of Fast & Abstinence – (Devotion to the Passion of Christ)

There will be a Special Collection on Good Friday to support & maintain Holy Places.

                              Bantry:     12 noon — Stations of the Cross

                                                3.00pm — Solemn Liturgy of the Passion

                              Kealkil:     3.00pm — Stations of the Cross & Solemn Liturgy

                              Coomhola;           7.30pm — Stations of the Cross & Solemn Liturgy

Confessions before Ceremonies on Good Friday in Kealkil Church            

Holy Saturday, 30th March: Easter Vigil:

(Services of Light, Word, Baptismal Water & Eucharist)

                              Bantry Hospital: 10.00am – Morning Prayer

                              Coomhola: 8.00pm Easter Vigil

                              Bantry:     9pm Easter Vigil

                              Kealkil:     9.30pm Easter Vigil


Confessions on Holy Saturday: Bantry Church: 12noon

Easter Sunday: 31st March:             The Lord has Risen 

                              Hospital:               8.00am (please note extra Mass)     

                              Bantry:                 9.00am & 12.00 noon

                              Coomhola:           10.00am

                              Kealkil:                 11.00am

Friday, 15 March 2013

Church cannot 'walk without the Cross,' Pope Francis says in first homily as Pontiff

Celebrating Mass with the cardinals who had elected him, Pope Francis described the essence of the Church’s mission simply: “To walk, to build, to witness.” The new Pope celebrated the Mass Pro Ecclesia with the cardinal-electors on Thursday afternoon in the Sistine Chapel. In his brief homily, delivered in Italian, he reflected on the three aspects of the Church’s work. “Our life is a path,” the Pope said. “When we stop walking there is something that isn’t right.” “To build is to construct the Church,” he continued, adding that the Church is built of “living stones, stones that are anointed by the Holy Spirit.” Regarding witness, Pope Francis said: “We can walk when we want to, we can build many things, but if we do not witness to Jesus Christ then it doesn't matter. We might become a philanthropic NGO but we wouldn't be the Church, the Bride of the Lord.” The path of the Church always entails difficulties, the Pope said, and Church leaders should be prepared to embrace them. He explained that “when we walk without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, when we profess a Christ without the Cross… we aren't disciples of the Lord.” The Pontiff warned the cardinals that in this case: “We are worldly. We are bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord.” Pope Francis concluded the first homily of his pontificate by saying: “I wish that all of us, after these grace-filled days, might have the courage, yes, the courage to walk in the Lord's presence with the Cross of the Lord.” He asked for the intercession of Mary, the Mother of God, to assist the prelates in carrying out their duties. In the Prayers of the Faithful, the cardinals prayed for the new Pope and also for Benedict XVI, “that he may serve the Church while hidden to the world, in a life dedicated to prayer and meditation.”

Quote for Friday 15th March

"And now let us begin this journey, [together] as bishop and people. This journey of the Church of Rome, which is to preside over all the Churches in charity. It is a journey of fraternity, of love, of trust between us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the world, so that a great brotherhood may be created. I hope that this journey of the Church, which we begin today and in which my Cardinal Vicar who is present here will assist me, will be fruitful for the Evangelization of this beautiful city."

- His Holiness, Pope Francis

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Pope Francis

Prayer for the New Holy Father

O God, shepherd & ruler of all the faithful,

Look favourably on your servant Francis,

Whom you have set at the head of your Church as her shepherd;

Grant, we pray, that by word and example

He may be of service to those over whom he presides

so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,

he may come to everlasting life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

One God, for ever and ever.


The new Pope Francis who was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires. He was ordained for the Jesuits on 13 December 1969 during his theological studies at the Theological Faculty of San Miguel.

 He was novice master in San Miguel, where he also taught theology. After completing his doctoral dissertation in Germany, he served as a confessor and spiritual director in Córdoba.

On 20 May 1992 he was appointed titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires, receiving episcopal consecration on 27 June. On 3 June 1997 was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on 28 February 1998.
He has served as President of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by the Bl. John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001.