Sunday, 29 September 2013

The  twenty sixth Sunday in ordinary time  
                           Sunday 29th September 2013  

On September 27th we celebrated the Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul who was French and of humble origin. He merged greatness with sanctity in a pleasant and humble manner. He founded the Vincentians to reform the clergy and evangelise the poor and the Daughters of Charity to visit the sick in their homes. No form of misery escaped his notice and he used his influence to obtain the resources needed to carry on the many works of charity he established. He gave his energies and life to the needs of the poor in 17th century France. He organised hospitals for the sick poor, founded institutions for abandoned children, opened soup kitchens, improved prison conditions and organised countless local charities.

As a community we have wonderful gifts and talents which can make a difference in the lives of others. The challenge before us is to choose whether Vincent’s vision will be a piece of history or a living, breathing mission alive in us and in our community.                                                         Fr. Martin

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 30th  September:  26th Week in Ordinary Time: St. Jerome, Priest & Doctor of the Church. 340-420, translated the
Bible into Latin, known as the Vulgate & wrote commentaries on scripture. Patron of Librarians.
                     Bantry:                    10am             Annie Keane – Glengarriff Road – 1st Anniversary
Tues. 1st October: 26th Week in Ordinary Time: St. Therese of Lisieux. Died at the Carmel in Lixieus on 30th September
1897.She was declared a doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997. Patron of Missions, florists & France.
                     Bantry:                    10.00am        Christy & Nellie O’Sullivan - Adrigole
Wed. 2nd October: 26th  Week in Ordinary Time: The Guardian Angels. Catholic tradition has recognised that not only individual people have guardian angels but also homes, cities & states.
                     Bantry                     10.00am        The O’Brien Family - Coomleigh
                     Hospital:                  5.30pm         Martin McCarthy – Reenrour East

Thurs 3rd October: 26th  Week in Ordinary Time:. Bl. Columba Marmion. Born in Dublin in 1881. His writings letters &
retreats fulfilled his aim in life to bring people to God & to bring God to people. Beatified in Rome on 1st September 2000.
Bantry:                    10.00am        Barry O’Donoghue – Dromleigh North
Friday 4th October: 26th Week in Ordinary Time. First Friday. St. Francis of Assisi
Bantry:          10am                       Richard Deasy – Newtown – Months Mind
Kealkil:         7.30pm                    Con & Hetty Hanley – Lisheens
Bantry:        7.30pm                   Maurice O’Keeffe - Donemark

Sat. 5th October: 26th Week in Ordinary Time:
                     Hospital                   10am             Peggy McCarthy –
                                                                           Glengarriff Road & Seskin – Month Mind
                     Bantry:                    6.15pm         James & Elizabeth Flynn - Durrus

Sun. 6th October: Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Times
                     Bantry:                         9am           Ellen O’Mahony - Gortloughera
                     Coomhola:                   10am         Tom & Eileen Ingram –
                                                                            Curramore & Birmingham
                     Kealkil:                        11am         Jeremiah O’Sullivan - Ballinamought

                     Bantry:                        12noon     People of the Parish    

Do This in Memory Programme.

There will be a meeting for parents of children who will receive their 1st Holy 
Communion next year at the Westlodge Hotel next Wednesday 2nd October at 


St. Therese of the Little Flower – Feast Day 1st October.
When I die I will send down a shower of roses from heaven. I will spend my heaven by doing  
good on earth.’ People are asked to bring roses to the 10am Mass on Tuesday 1st Oct. and they 
will be blessed.

First Friday Communion Calls Fr. Martin & Fr. Seán will make their calls during the coming week.
First Friday: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Friday, 4th October next, after 10am Mass until 7.30pm Mass & you are invited to spend an hour in adoration.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Padre Pio Prayer Group – First Friday – Rosary & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament commences 6.45pm followed by Holy Mass & the Padre Pio Prayer at 7.30pm.

Autumn Stations

Fri. 4th October @ 8pm – Joe & Mary Sharkey – Gories, Cahir, Leacadiomhaoin, Cappanavar

Sat.5th October @ 11am – David & Nora Murphy – Gortroe, Shandrum

Weds.9th October @ 11am – Noel & Ann Walsh – Donemark, Lahaden, Carribui, Dromafinchin, Dromachapaill, Dromaduneen.
We ask those parishioners who are thinking of hosting the Autumn Stations this year to please contact the parish office (56398)

Diocesan Bible Study Certificate

 An introduction to the Sacred Scriptures- where they come from and what they mean.
Time 7.30pm-9.30pm beginning Thurs Oct 3rd with registration at 7pm on 1st night at the West Cork Education Centre Dunmanway. Presented by Fr Sean O Sullivan and Fr Ben Hegarty. Cost per module - €50. Leads to a certificate on completion of 4 modules. Each evening will include a presentation on the theme, then a study of a related Scripture text, with discussion and further input. No written assignments or exams are required. 
All welcome. 

Contact details- Anne Francis 087-2282134 or 

Bantry Historical Society will hold its AGM on Monday next 30th Sept. at 8.00pm in Christian Fellowship hall.
This is an opportunity for everyone to express their views on what we have been doing over the past year or so, and suggestions would be very welcome on what we could consider embarking on over the next year.  New members are very welcome.

2 talks on Raising Teens in 21st Century (building communications & managing conflict + supporting responsible choices on alcohol, sex and drugs), with Dr John Sharry, child mental health specialist and author, Silversprings Hotel, Cork, Sat 12th Oct, 10.30am & 1.30pm (ends 3.30pm) tickets €20 per talk, call 086 8114944 or 086 8123900, book online:

Cappabue N.S. will be commencing a Parent and Toddler Group on Tuesday October 8th. The group is affiliated to the 'Early Childhood Ireland' organisation, and will run from 10am until 12 noon at the school every Tuesday. All parents and their pre-school children would be most welcome to attend. Further details may be obtained by contacting the school on (027) 66256.

Recent Parish Baptisms:

Caoimhe Áine Cronin
(Rock Villas, Bantryl)
Oskar Ustjanowski
(Cúl na Gréine, Newtown, Bantry)
We welcome them into our Christian                                         Community

Offertory Collection: Bantry Church weekend of 21st /22nd September: €2061
Special Collection for for the Education of Students to Priesthood: Bantry Parish - €2930. 

Coomhola/Glengariff Parent and Toddler Group.Held on Thursday mornings 10am - 12noon in Glengarriff CommunityHall €4 per family. All new faces very welcome.
For more info contact Diane 0861713371.

West Cork Talent 2013
If you sing, dance or play a musical instrument, now is your opportunity to enter West Cork Talent 2013.  Contact 0873657821

There will be a Blood Pressure Clinic held at the Bantry Primary Care Health Centre, Maritime Hotel, Bantry on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend this free, confidential service being offered by the Health Service Executive and your local Public Health Nurse.  It is important for people of all ages to have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis

Members of the Youth & Family group of the Parish Assembly visited the primary schools of the parish recently and met with the children and teachers. They received a very warm welcome and spoke to the children about the Feast of St Finbar and the parish pilgrimage to Gougane Barra on September 29th. They invited the children to create artwork to celebrate the story of St Finbar. Please take the time to enjoy their creations on display in the three churches of the parish

Saturday, 14 September 2013

The  twenty Fourth Sunday in ordinary time  
                          Sunday 15th September 2013    

The feast of The Triumph of the Cross  which we celebrate on 14th September recalls a traditional belief of the discovery of the true cross in 320 AD. For us as Christians, the Cross is the great symbol of Christ’s victory over death and evil. We live surrounded by the symbol, on rosary beads, on walls in schools and homes, often in the shape of our older churches, around our necks and in the signing of ourselves at prayer.
Five years ago, as my father was dying and was struggling with his breathing, his two hands held tightly a crucifix given to him a few years previous. For the last few weeks of his life it had either been on his bed or grasped in his hands. For him it summed up and symbolised his life, his final journey, God’s love for him, his hope and his victory. He never said, but I’m sure it helped him cope with the fear of parting from us his family and from all he knew and I’m also sure that it helped him focus on the victory – the great things to come.
Somehow the symbol of the cross was then very evident and very real. It was a victory over death, fear, past sin and failure. It was the victory of faith, hope and love.
As my father died his tight grip seemed to relax – almost letting go of the crucifix as if he said “it is accomplished”. His crucifix and its meaning gave him confidence to face his God with trust in God’s forgiveness and love. At the time, and even still, it has given us as a family the strength and courage to live today and face tomorrow with new hope.
Lord by Your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.”        Fr. Martin

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 16th September:  24th Week in Ordinary Time: St. Cornelius, Pope, & St. Cyrian, Bishop – Martyrs.
                     Bantry:                  10am           Jack Knight – Market Street
Tues. 17th September: 24th Week in Ordinary Time: St. Robert Bellarmine,
Bishop & doctor of the Church. Involved in theological controversies of the time. Patron of Catechists.
                     Bantry:                  10.00am     Daniel Hurley (Clonakilty) & Hannah Hurley (Kielnascarta)
Wed. 18th  September: 24th  Week in Ordinary Time:
                     Bantry                   10.00am     John & Hannah Barry - Mainvour
                     Hospital:               5.30pm       Donal Minehane - Donemark

Thurs 19th September: 24th  Week in Ordinary Time:. St. Januarius, Bishop
of Benevento, was martyred at Naples in 305, with six companions.
Bantry:                  10.00am     Sean Coakley - Dunmanway
Friday 20th September: 24th Week in Ordinary Time. Ss Andrew Kim
Taegan, priest, Paul Chong Ha-sang, & companions, martyrs.
Bantry:       10am                     Richael Donovan – High Street
Kealkil:       7.30pm                  Annie Keane – Glengarriff Rd - 1st Anniversary

Sat. 21st  September: 24th Week in Ordinary Time: st. Matthew, Apostle &
Evangelist. The tax collector, was a missionary in Persia & Ethiopia.
                     Hospital                 10am           Bridie Cronin – Georges Row
                     Bantry:                  6.15pm       Tadhg Casey – Seafield

Sun. 22nd September: Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Times
                     Bantry:                       9am         Teddy O’Sullivan – Keyes Terrace
                     Coomhola:               10am       Jenny O’Sullivan – Cappadayourdil
                     Kealkil:                      11am       Hannah Cronin - Cullinagh
                     Bantry:                      12noon   People of the Parish

Bantry Parish Assembly

In this the Year of Faith it is fitting that the first Parish Assembly for Bantry parish, which includes Coomhola and Kealkil, was initiated. Members of the Assembly are elected for a period of three years. The Parish Assembly is a faith-filled leadership group through which the priests of the parish and parishioners work together as co-responsible partners in furthering the mission of Christ in our parish. Through this partnership a vibrant Christian community, rooted in baptism and marked by its faith, worship and service is created and nurtured. The parishioners listed below were nominated by their peers and gathered in March of this year for the formation or training sessions. This group comprising of all ages and from varying backgrounds have come together to enhance their own faith development and enrich the life of the parish.

At their initial meeting in April, members formulated and adopted the Vision for Bantry Parish Assembly which reads as follows:
“We as a Parish Assembly are a welcoming, inclusive and vibrant gathering of parishioners, aiming to work in a supportive and non-judgemental way to encourage, nurture and enrich the faith. We endeavour to create, in a progressive, humble and unifying way, a new open vision where all have a sense of belonging in a caring, safe environment on our journey together as a God centred faith community”.

Members decided during their training to create three working groups within the assembly. The Liturgy group, Community Connections in Faith group and Youth and Family group will all work on individual projects that are specific to the groups and report back to the main Assembly. The Parish Assembly welcomes input from parishioners and will over the next couple of weeks keep people up to date with the work of the various groups. Please feel free to contact any member with any queries or suggestions that you may have.

Liturgy Group: Michael Milner, Anne O’Regan, Mary Murphy, Barry Parsons, Mary McCarthy, Catherine Canty, Maura O’Flynn, Jerry Sheehan, Mary Sharkey.
Youth & Family Group: Therese Linehan, Dillon O’Flynn, Nellie Murnane, Teresa O’Sullivan, Bernie Cronin, Ann-Marie Murphy, Joe Sharkey, Marian Minehane, Rory O’Callaghan.
Community Connections in Faith: Elaine Cronin, Angela O’Donovan, Sean O’Sullivan, Kitty Dullea, Marie Baker, Margaret Collins, Joan O’Mahony, Sean Linehan, Donal Cronin


Beginning Experience is a specially designed Support Programme for people who have suffered the loss of a spouse by death , separation or divorce to work through the grief process, and to discover for themselves that merely "existing" in life can be transformed into "living" a new life, though a different one. Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork from Friday October 4th to Sunday October 6th, 2013. Please contact 087-9886480 or email

Living with Suicide Day: 
Lough Derg, Wednesday 25th September. A day dedicated to anyone who has been affected by suicide, including those who minister and provide support. It is a guided day with three expert speakers as well as time for peaceful reflection and prayer on the Island. Booking essential, contact Maureen 071 9861518/028 68632391 or email

The annual collection for the Education of Students to Priesthood takes place on Saturday/Sunday, September 21st/22nd. 
Fortunately, the Diocese has  been blessed with a reasonable number of students in recent years.  After one Ordination this June, we now have four seminarians in Maynooth and a further two at the Irish College in Rome.  These six students are at various stages of their training and one is due to be ordained to the Priesthood next year and another to the Diaconate.  While we are delighted that we have so many students, it must also be remembered that the cost of educating each student can be as much as €28,000 per year.  We expect the Education of Clerical students this year to reach €156,000
 This September the Diocese is also fortunate in that six men are commencing a preparation year for the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese.  The cost of this venture will be €12,000, with an increased amount in future years, should these candidates continue.
  This collection is the principal source of funding for the education of our clerical students.   Your support for this cause would be very much appreciated .

Autumn Stations

Weds. 18th Sept. @ 11am Jim & Kitty O’Sullivan – Newtown

Fri. 20th Sept. @ 8pm – Helen Triggs  – Borlin

Sat. 28th September @ 11am– Danny & Maureen Murnane – Gorteen, Beach, Cappanaloha, Dromreig, Dunbittern, Shanavalla, Dromacusane, Dromcloch, Ardihoulihane, Aghaghogeen.

Sat.5th October @ 11am – David & Nora Murphy – Gortroe, Shandrum
We ask those parishioners who are thinking of hosting the Autumn Stations this year to please contact the parish office (56398)

We congratulate Jackie Coffey (Seskin, Bantry) & John Connolly (Cahernacrin, Bantry) who were married in St. Finbarr’s Church, on Saturday, 7th September.
We wish Jackie & John long and happy lives together. 


Died Recently
We extend our prayers & sympathy to the family, relatives & friends of
 Mortimer Joseph O’Sullivan (Joe Barnach) 
(Kealkil & Bantry).
John Patrick O’Shea (Droumaloughlin, Bantry),
Denis (Den Tim) McCarthy (Kealkill)
May they rest in peace