Sunday, 21 July 2013

Year of Faith Gougane Sunday

The  sixteenth Sunday in ordinary time  
Sunday july 21st 2013        

We welcome Fr. Martin Keohane and Fr. Sean Crowley to Bantry and pray God's blessing on them as they begin their ministry in the parish. 

The Deep End – Martha Ministers eh?

Mary & Martha are stressed out with all the work they have to do. Jesus has arrived, probably with an entourage who are no doubt hungry. This small passage has created much interest from biblical scholars over the years. For some, it suggests that Jesus is favouring prayer and reflection over action. For others, it justifies the role of women in the Church as concerned with hospitality. Many would disagree, and see Mary’s place at Jesus’ feet as a clear sign of a disciple learning from their teacher. Luke places a special emphasis in his Gospel on the wider circle of Jesus’ disciples, and names the women who followed him.
Luke also uses a specific work to refer to the ‘many tasks’ that Martha was concerned about: diakonia – a word that he uses elsewhere in Luke and Acts to refer to ministry and service in a community. It is from this word that we get the word ‘deacon’. Whatever interpretation we want to make, this is a beautiful passage about service, the importance of prayer, discipleship and ministry in all its forms.
When we are bogged down in the craziness around us, Jesus is clear about the way forward. First, sit and listen to him. This is good advice. Then we may be better prepared for the challenges that we face, whether they be in our homes or our wider communities.               
Jane Mellet (email:

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions 

Mon. 22nd July: 16th Week in Ordinary Time: St. Mary Magdalene stood by the cross of Jesus: with two other
Women she discovered the empty tomb: she was granted an appearance of the Risen Lord early the same day,
from which incident she has been described as the ‘apostle to the apostles’. The gospels gave no warrant for
identifying her with the ‘woman who was a sinner’ who anointed Christ’s feet or with Mary the sister of Martha
who also anointed him.
                     Bantry:                  10am           Dr. Jerry & Nancy O’Mahony – Blackrock Terrace
Tues. 23rd July: 16th Week in Ordinary Time: St. Bridget of Sweden, religious, patron of Europe. Born 1303,
she brought up 8 children & after the death of her husband dedicated herself to an ascetical life. Later she
founded the Bridgettine Order and lived in Rome. She wrote many works about her mystical experiences. She
died in Rome in 1373. She was declared aPatron of Europe in 2000.
                     Bantry:                  10.00am     Con & Eileen O’Callaghan – The Square, Bantry
Wed. 24th July: 16th Week in Ordinary Time:St. Declan; considered one of the pre-Patrician saints. He was of noble blood. Colman, a local priest, baptised him. Later he went to Europe to continue his studies wher he was ordained priest and possibly bishop. He settled in Ardmore & evangelised the Decies country.
                     Bantry                   10.00am     Bertie & Nora Healy - Newtown
Hospital;               5.30pm       Donal O’Sullivan – Rock Villas

Thurs 25th July: 16th Week in Ordinary Time:.St. James, Apostle. Son of Zebedee & brother of John, called
the Greater. He was put to death by Herod Agrippa about the year  44, being the first of the Apostles to die for
Christ. His shrine is at Compostella in Spain.
Bantry:                  10am           Neilie Johnson – Gilhooley Terrace
Friday 26th July: 16th Week in Ordinary Time:  Ss Joachim & Anne. Tradinally named parents of the Blessed
Virgin Mary and grandparents of the Lord. St. Anne is patron of Canada, women in labour, miners, cabinet
makers and home-makers.
Bantry:                  10am           Mary Daly - Gortalassa
Kealkil:                  7.30pm       Daniel O’Sullivan - Gortloughera
Sat. 27th July: 16th Week in Ordinary Time:
                     Hospital                 10am           John & Molly Scully – Maughnasilly, Kealkil
                     Bantry:                  6.15pm       Jackie O’Leary – Glandart

Sun. 28th July: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time:
                     Bantry:                       9am         Tom Hodnett – Castleconnell, Limerick & Bantry
                     Coomhola:               10am       Jim Harrington – Cooryleary, Coomhola
                     Kealkil:                      11am       Alan Manning - Carriganass
                     Bantry:                      12noon   People of the Parish

                          Bantry Parish & Friends Pilgrimage to Lourdes
22nd – 27th September 2013
Accompanied by Spiritual Director;
Fr. Martin Keohane P.P.
Accommodation at the Agena Hotel
Please see Church Porches for details
& Parish Office for booking forms

We congratulate Elaine Daly (Florida, USA & Bantry) & Patrick Courtney (Ardnageehy Beg, Bantry) who were married in St. Finbarr’s Church, Bantry on Saturday, 13th July.

We wish Elaine & Patrick long and happy lives together.

Died Recently

We extend our prayers & sympathy to the families, relatives & friends of
Dan (Danny) O’Sullivan
Margaret Regan
(Seskin, Bantry)
May they rest in peace

Mealagh Valley News  

Bingo  will  be held at Mealagh  Valley  Community  Hall  on Thursday  July  25th. at 8.30P.M..  Jackpot on the night.   Bus  leaves  Durrus  Village  at  7.45P.M.  and  Bantry  at   8.05P.M..   Your  support   would  be greatly  appreciated.

Progressive 45 Card Drive will be held on Saturday 27th July at 9.30pm sharp in the Mealagh Valley Community Centre. Entry fee 10.00. All Welcome. 

A Car Boot Sale & Cake Sale will take place at the hall on Sunday 28th July  2.00pm - 5.00pm.  This is a great chance to get rid of unwanted items or get a bargain. €10.00 per car.  Must be set up before 2.00pm.   Proceeds go towards the hall renovation fund & Dromclough School.  

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy Goodness sends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate French – Summer Courses in August.
For further information please contact Ann Creedon
 on 086-3781407

To Commemorate the Year of Faith the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to St Finbarr’s Oratory, Gougane Barra will take place on Sunday September 29th 2013. Rosary at 2pm. Mass at 2.30pm. The Preacher this year is Archbishop Dermot Clifford of Cashel and Emly. It would be very appropriate for this Year of Faith if Parishes / Religious Houses could organise parish groups to attend the ceremonies on this traditional Gougane Sunday.

Telephone Numbers

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — 01-8420700. West Cork after hours service – 087-6114946 (after 7pm)
SUICIDE Prevention Helpline 1800 742 745: a free phone help-line open daily from 6.00pm — 10.00pm for
people who are feeling suicidal or equally for a family member or friend who is concerned about someone.
Living Links –supporting the relatives and other survivors of suicide: Tom Corcoran 085 2445575
West Cork Women against Violence Helpline: 1800203136
Bantry Care for the Aged / Daycare Centre / Housing / Meals on Wheels: Tel: 087-9246582
ACCORD: Marriage /Relationship Counselling  – Tel. 027-50272 or
West Cork Carers Support Group: Bantry, Tel; 02753848. Check for support, courses and advice.
Legion of Mary : contact Sheila at 027 51868

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