Sunday, 23 June 2013

The  Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary time  
Sunday June 23rd   2013                                                              

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions

Mon. 24th  June: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
                     Bantry:                    10am             Margaret & James O’Mahony – Reenrour Road
Tues. 25th June: 12th Week in Ordinary Time:
                     Bantry:                    10.00am        John O’Connell – Chapel Street
Wed. 26th June: 12th Week in Ordinary Time:
                     Bantry                     10.00am        Anthony Davitt (Kent) & Michael Cotter (Dorset)
Hospital;                  5.30pm         May McCarthy – Blackrock Terrace

Thurs 27th June: 12th Week in Ordinary Time: St. Cyril of Alexandria,
370-444, patriarch, fought against Nesorianism at the Council of Ephesus, 431,
which proclaimed Mary, Mother of God
Bantry:                    10am             Diarmuid McCarthy – Lisareemig – 25th Anniversary
Friday 28th June: 12th Week in Ordinary Time:  St. Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr.
Bantry:                    10am             Nell Murphy - Beach
Kealkil:                    7.30pm         Mary & Timothy O’Sullivan - Ballinamought
Sat. 29th June: Ss Peter and Paul, Apostles
                     Hospital                   10am             Christy Minehane – Whiddy Island
                     Bantry:                    6.15pm         Michael Cronin – Coomanore
                     Bantry:                   7.00pm         Mass in Polish
Sun. 30th June: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time:
                     Bantry:                         9am          Michael Cronin - Coomanore
                     Coomhola:                   10am     Christy O’Leary – Millbeg, Coomhola
                     Kealkil:                        11am         John & Julia Kearney - Droumsullivan
                     Bantry:                        12noon     People of the Parish


If you close your eyes & just imagine it, picture it: ‘One day when Jesus was praying alone in the presence of his disciples…’
What was it like? Maybe it was outdoors, in a quiet place, on a mountain. We’re told it was on ‘day’ so it was bright; Jesus may have been slightly away from the disciples but still pretty close to them. They might have been watching closely and quietly having a chat at the same time. They might have been very impressed as they watched him at prayer; & Jesus – although absorbed in prayer – may well have been perfectly aware of their reactions & everything that was going on around him.
But did you ever imagine that this scene could be about you too? One day when you were praying alone in the presence of other parishioners, for example. It happens every time you come to church for Mass, Confession, Baptism, Funeral or Marriage; you come to pray alone in the presence of others of the Lord’s Disciples.
Jesus’ moment o f prayer was obviously a profoundly moving experience for him. He may have been having personal doubts about how he was doing, and in that Jesus represents each of us at one time or another.
No matter who we are or what we do there are times when we feel we’re just not making the connections, our message just isn’t getting through, it all appears to be just a big waste of time. So what does Jesus do? He tests public opinion by asking two questions; ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ and ‘Who do you say I am?’ With Peter’s answer he knew God’s plan was in fact taking shape.
And for his disciples, then and now, he had a message too: ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me.’
An imagine, all of that happened ‘one day when Jesus was praying alone in the presence of his disciples’. Isn’t it amazing what can happen when we pray!        

Youth Choir – Coomhola Church  

There will be a youth choir taking place for the months of July and August at Coomhola Church
Children from the Community of 3rd, 4th,5th and 6th classes are welcome to join and also teenagers 
are very welcome.  There will be practices taking place on Saturday the 22nd and 29th June from 
7.00 to 8.30 (preferably no parents to stay during practice).  We look forward to seeing as many 
singers as possible. Please contact (086-1012029) with any queries.   

Annual Liz Lucey Memorial Run

The Annual Liz Lucey Memorial Run in aid of  Marymount Hospice will take place on July 7th in Inchigeela.
This run includes tractors,cars,cyclists,walkers and Honda 50's.
Registration for tractors,cars,cyclists and Honda 50's will take place at 11.30am sharp at Inchigeela Hall.
Registration for walkers will take place at Gougane Barra at 1.30pm sharp.
Refreshments will be served on the day followed by a huge trad session in the evening.
This is a great day for all the family!
Your support would be very much appreciated for this worthy cause.

 Recent Parish Baptisms

Katie Maria Holland
(Kealanine, Coomhola, Bantry)
Alyssa Elizabeth Gibbs
(Millbrook Lawn, Bantry)

We welcome them into our Christian Community

Bantry and District Cardiac Support Group
The June meeting of the Bantry Cardiac Support Group will take place on Tues 25th. Meeting at Harbour View car park at 8pm for a walk to the Abbey Cemetary or the Beicin walk weather permitting. After the walk we will meet at the Resource Centre Main St. for refreshments & to discuss next seasons events. The meeting is for people who suffered a cardiac event such as Heart Attack, Angioplasty or who have had cardiac surgery or any Cardiac related concerns. Contact: Catherine Cahalane (Cardiovascular RHN)    0867871552. John (Group Secretary)    0864048821

St Colums Cúl Camp! 

The St. Colum's GAA Cúl Camp will take place August 19th-23rd. Children aged 6-13 can attend. Sign up atùlcamp. If you have any queries about the camps, please contact Tom Farley on 086 851 1293.

Knock Marriage Introductions has been operating since 1968 as a means of helping people find suitable marriage partners. Last year it had eleven marriages bringing to a total of 911 since its foundation. We have applications from every county in Ireland and some from abroad. For further information phone 0949375960 Tuesday and Thursday 9-5pm or visit our website

Pontifical High Mass; Sunday 7th July at 11.30am. All welcome. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke will offer Mass at SS. Peter & Paul’s Church, Paul Street, Cork City.
Please be seated by 11.20am. Cardinal Burke will also preside at Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 7.30pm on Saturday 6th July.
Our Lady Queen of Ireland Pray for us.

St. Colum’s Overnight Pilgrimage to Knock
6th – 7th July 2013
To book please contact: Matt O’Sullivan -66031, May Murphy – 56632, Mary Holland - 63384

Diocesan Bible Study Certificate  

Are you interested in knowing more about the Scriptures?  Have you started to read the Bible but would like a better understanding?We are pleased to announce a new initiative that will open the door to a deeper understanding of the Bible.  The course aims to help participants to become familiar with the different aspects of the Bible through short accessible modules.  A new module will be offered spring and autumn for two years, both in the city and Dunmanway. The first module will be of 4 weeks duration and the others will be six weeks long.  No written assignments or exams are required. Each module will explore a different aspect of the scriptures, where they come from and what they mean.  There will be a variety of different contributors. The first module ‘What is the Bible? – An Introduction to the Sacred Scriptures’ will be offered on four Thursday nights October 3rd 7.30-9.30pm.  This module will be presented by Fr Ben Hegarty OP and Fr. Sean O’Sullivan.   It will be held in The West Cork Education Centre, Dunmanway.  The cost will be €50 per module.  All welcome. Places limited.
For further details and to book please contact Anne Francis 087-228-2134 or  

Rotas: Rotas for Ministers of the Eucharist & the Word (July-December 2013) are now available for collection from the Sacristy or Parish Office. Thank you.

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