Sunday, 13 October 2013

The  twenty eight Sunday in ordinary time  
                                 Sunday 13th October 2013      

The Deep End – The Other Nine
Some of us will be familiar with the prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino for success in examinations. Many of us regularly turn to St. Anthony for help in finding a lost item, while others enlist the help of St. Jude for particularly ‘hopeless cases’, or Padre Pio when a loved one is sick or in hospital. We are very good at prayer when we need something, and have no problem turning to God in times of strife. But what about after the storm has passed?
The leper in today’s Gospel offers us a lesson in gratitude and faith. It is easy to ask for help, to call out ‘Jesus! Master! Take pity on us!’ It is not so easy to appreciate the implications of what God is doing in our lives.
Of course we would all like to think that we would be the one leper who came back to give thanks to Jesus when he saw he was healed. But in reality, are we more like the nine who forgot to give thanks? What Jesus wants to know is, ‘The other nine, where are they?’ I’d imagine they were so overjoyed to be healed, they simply got on with their lives! Perhaps over time the memory of this great thing God had done for them simply faded.
Jesus told the leper who returned that his faith had saved him. All ten were healed, yet this man had a fuller experience of the healing hand of Jesus. And his life was surely changed because of it.                   Triona Doherty

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions 

Mon. 14th October:  28th Week in Ordinary Time:.St. Callistus I, after a life of slavery and imprisonment for criminal
offences, was freed and became a deacon in charge of catacombs that bear his name. He became Pope in 217, opposed by
Hippolytus, Died at the hands of a mob in 222.
                     Bantry:                    10am             Brigid Hurley – Market Street
Tues. 15th October: 28th Week in Ordinary Time: St. Teresa of Avila, 1515-82, established Carmelite convents under a
reformed rule, and wrote much on prayer and the spiritual life. Patron of lace-makers and headache sufferers.
                     Bantry:                    10.00am        Nealie Lynch – Gorteen – 1st Anniversary
Wed. 16th October: 28th  Week in Ordinary Time: St. Gall was a monk of Bangor and set out with Columbanus for the Continent. When Columbanus was exiled from France, Gall accompanied hi to Bregenz on Lake Constance. When Columbanus crossed into Italy, Gall remained in Switzerland. He lived in a hermitage which later became the monastery of St. Gallen. He died around 630.
Bantry                     10.00am        Cornelius O’Brien     
Hospital                   5.30pm         Hannie O’Sullivan - Slip

Thurs 17th October: 28th  Week in Ordinary Time:. St. Ignatius bishop of Antioch, died a martyr at Rome c.107. He rged
Christians to unify in and through the Eucharist and around their local Bishop.
Bantry:                    10.00am        Vera O’Shea - Droumaloughlin
Friday 18th October: St. Luke, Evangelist. A physician from a gentile Christian milieu. He was with St. Paul on his 2nd
missionary journey and during his imprisonment in Rome. After Paul’s death he is reputed to have worked in Greece.
Patron of butchers, book-binders, doctors and surgeons, artists and glassworkers
                     Bantry:                    10am             Paddy Cronin – Georges Row
                     Kealkil:                    7.30pm         John, Ted, and Julia O’Leary – Maughnaclea, Kealkil

Sat. 19th October: 28th Week in Ordinary Time:
                     Hospital                   10am             Special Intention
                     Bantry:                    6.15pm         James & Ellen Hegarty - Letterlickey

Sun. 20th October: Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
                     Bantry:                         9am           Gary O’Donovan - Caher
                     Coomhola:                   10am         Thomas & Bridie Triggs - Borlin
                     Kealkil:                        11am         Sean O’Shea and his wife Kathleen – Ahil, Kealkil
                     Bantry:                        12noon     People of the Parish          

Bantry Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes 

Seminar for the Year of Faith

Saturday 19th October  (1.30-5.30pm)
Rochestown Park Hotel. Cost-€20/person
Speaker: Fr. Conall O’ Cuinn SJ.
Topic: “Keeping alive the Flame of Faith
in the parish.”

To Book contact the Parish Office on 56398.

Child Safeguarding Training
Training for Church leaders who, work with children under 18 years of age or vulnerable adults, will take place on 16th October in the Parish Room over St. Finbarr's Church, Bantry at 7.30pm. It is recommended that all group leaders, such as Choir, Altar server, Children’s faith group etc…… Sacristans, Representatives from the Parish Pastoral Assembly should attend.

Died Recently

We extend our prayers & sympathy to the families, relatives & friends of

Mary O’Driscoll (O’Donoghue) (nee Dennis) (Gilhooley Terrace, Bantry), 

Sheila Desmond
May they rest in peace

What does it mean to learn from Jesus how to pray?
Learning from Jesus how to pray means entering into his boundless trust, joining in his prayer, and being led by him, step by step, to the Father.
The disciples, who lived in community with Jesus, learned to pray by listening to and imitating Jesus, whose whole life was prayer. Like him, they had to be watchful and strive for purity of heart, to give up everything for the coming of God's kingdom, to forgive their enemies, to trust boldly in God, and to love him above all things. By this example of devotion, Jesus invited his disciples to say to God Almighty, "Abba, dear Father". If we pray in the Spirit of Jesus, especially the Lord's Prayer, we walk in Jesus' shoes and can be sure that we will arrive unfailingly in the heart of the Father.

                     Recent Parish Baptisms

Suzanna Mae Kingston Fitzgerald
(Pairc na Carraige, Newtown, Bantry)
We welcome her into
our Christian Community

"The Bantry Bay Lions will be having their annual bucket collection in the town on Friday October 18. Proceeds will support local charities. Please give what you can."

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.

Lovers of good food should make a note in their diaries of Monday 16th December.  On that night Mealagh Valley Community Centre are presenting 'Seasons Eatings', a celebration of Christmas Day cooking with Author, Broadcaster and Chef Instructor Frank Moynihan at the Community Centre at 8pm.  Tickets are only €10 and will be on sale early November.  So, write
that date in today.  Proceeds go to Mealagh Valley Community Centre & Dromclough National School.


Celebrate your years of Marriage in the Lake Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry on the 15th - 17th November, 2013 ....a weekend of discovery.......a lifetime of love......real quality time ….fulfilment…….For booking or more information: Ring 064 6644319/087 6670418, or visit

Autumn Stations

Sat. 19th October @ 11am – Jerry O’Shea – Coomleigh, Ardra, Gortnacowley

Sat. 26th October @ 11am – The Thornton Family – Derrinkealig, Drombroe, Cahernacrin
We ask those parishioners who are thinking of hosting the Autumn Stations this year to please contact the parish office (56398) 

Offertory Collection

Bantry Church weekend of 5th/6th October: €2785
Special Collection for Mission Sunday takes place on October 19th/20th next.
Church Renovation Fund collection will take place on October 26th/27th. Thank you for your generous support.

Parish Assembly Meeting this Monday night, 14th October, 7.30pm, at the Accord meeting room.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to make music to your name, O Most High,
To proclaim your love each morning, and your help throughout the day.


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