Sunday, 6 October 2013

The  twenty seventh Sunday in ordinary time  
   Sunday 6th October 2013    

DAY FOR LIFE – Sunday October 6th.
Each year during the month of October the Church celebrates a Day for Life. The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Care for Life: It’s worth it – Professing Our Faith in a Culture of Life’. Pope Francis said ‘Jesus teaches us to care for life because it is the image of God, who is absolute life. We cannot announce anything else but life, and from the beginning to the end …’ The Church strives to protect the lives of unborn children and their mothers and to support them – practically, emotionally and spiritually. The Church wishes to show its care for and closeness to those who for whatever reason, believe their own lives are no longer worthwhile and are tempted to give up on life itself. Catholic teaching holds up the vision that no person should ever be marginalised or set aside. All have an inherent value & worth that comes not from governments or states but from the very heart of God. We all have a role to play - a call to work together for the culture of life.

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions

Mon. 7th October:  27th Week in Ordinary Time:.Our Lady of the Rosary
                     Bantry:                    10am             William Danforth – Vermont, USA
Tues. 8th October: 27th Week in Ordinary Time:
                     Bantry:                    10.00am        Mary Casey - Seafield
Wed. 9th October: 27th  Week in Ordinary Time:Bl. John Henry Newman, Priest, was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on 19.09.13. His reflection on education was written in part in Dublin and has remained a vital contribution to an understanding of Christian education. He became Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland in 1854.
Bantry                     10.00am        Denis & Mary O’Donovan & their son Patrick O’Donovan. Baby Michael Denis O’Brien. Deceased members of the O’Donovan & Sweeney famililies.
Hospital                   5.30pm         Kevin Smith – Reenrour East – 4th Anniversary

Thurs 10th October: 27th  Week in Ordinary Time:.
Bantry:                    10.00am        Patrick Harrington - Drimoleague
Friday 11th October: 27th Week in Ordinary Time. St. Canice was born in Co. Derry in 527. Though his family was poor
he studied at Clonard under Finnian & at Glasnevin under Mobhi A deep friendship developed between himself and
Columba, with whom he worked for a time in Scotland.
                     Bantry:                    10am             John J. McCarthy & his daughter Bernadette McCarthy – Scartbawn
                     Kealkil:                    7.30pm         Jack & Brigid Harrington – Lackareagh

Sat. 12th October: 27th Week in Ordinary Time:
                     Hospital                   10am             Betty Riordan – Church Road
                     Bantry:                    6.15pm         Noel Kearns – Church Road

Sun. 13th October: Twenty Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time
                     Bantry:                         9am           Eileen Minihane – Blackrock Raod
                     Coomhola:                   10am         Patrick & Elizabeth Holland - Kealanine
                     Kealkil:                        11am         Willie Hourihan – Carriganass – 1st Anniversary
                     Bantry:                        12noon     People of the Parish     

First Holy Communion Dates – 2014

Saturday May 3rd  @ 10.30am – Kealkil & Cappabue

Saturday  May 10th @ 10.30am – Coomhola & Derrycreha

Saturday May 17th @ 10.30am – Dromclough, Our Lady of Mercy Convent N.S., St. Finbarr’s B.N.S, St. Brendan’s
 Saturday May 24th @ 10.30am - Gaelscoil 

Dates for Confirmation – 2014

St. Finbarr’s Church, Bantry  Friday, 21st March @ 10.30am – Bantry Town Schools

Wednesday 26th March @ 10.30am – Bantry Country Schools       

Prayer for an Increase of Faith

Heavenly Father, we are all your children,
Sons and daughters of the same loving Father
and for this we praise You.
Your Gift of Faith, handed down through the years by family and friends, is cherished by us.
We pray for all our brothers and sisters,
especially for those who have given up the practice of their Faith.
You love them no less in their absence. You have said that you will look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong.
May Your love for them be visible in us.
Give them light and the strength to turn to you with all their hearts and take their place at the table that You have prepared for them.
Father, give us all an increase of Faith and may we try to love one another as much as you love us.
We make our prayer through Christ, Our Lord.
+John Buckley, Bishop of Cork & Ross    

Bantry Parish Pilgrimage to Gougane Barra.

The first pilgrimage to Gougane Barra from Bantry Parish took place last Sunday. The Community/Hospitality Group of the newly formed Parish Assembly organised this event with great support from the primary schools of the parish. The primary schools, through the Youth & Family Group, provided an array of art work relating to St Finbarr and his monastery at Gougane Barra. Parishioners were delighted to see the three churches of the parish decorated with this wonderful work of the children of the parish. The organisers express their sincere gratitude to all who took part in the pilgrimage and everyone who helped make this event a success. A bus full of pilgrims travelled from Bantry and revived the old tradition of walking from the Calvary scene to the Oratory reciting the Rosary. Mass was concelebrated at the Oratory and the homily, which was most inspiring and relevant to the Year of Faith, was preached by Archbishop Dermot Clifford. Fr. Sean Crowley accompanied us on our pilgrimage. Refreshments were appreciated in the local cafe before returning home.         

Offertory Collection: Bantry Church weekend of 28th/29th  September: €2061
Month of September: Coomhola - €1452. Kealkil-€1443
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.

                         Recent Parish Baptisms

Liam Christopher O’Sullivan
(Laharanshermeen, Bantry)
We welcome him into our Christian Community

Bantry Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Autumn Stations

Weds.9th October @ 11am – Noel & Ann Walsh – Donemark, Lahaden, Carribui, Dromafinchin, Dromachapaill, Dromaduneen.

Sat. 19th October @ 11am – Jerry O’Shea – Coomleigh, Ardra, Gortnacowley
We ask those parishioners who are thinking of hosting the Autumn Stations this year to please contact the parish office (56398)

Died Recently

We extend our prayers & sympathy to the families, relatives & friends of
Charles O’Sullivan (Comba)
(Goureenmore, Bantry), 
Ann O’Keeffe
May they rest in peace

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

Conradh Na Gaeilge
Teacht le Céile sa leabharlann gach Ceadaoin ar a 12oc mean lae ag tosnú 9th Oct. Beatha Teanga ĺabhairt.

Bantry Defibrillator Group will be holding their monthly practice this Monday evening at 8pm in the Boys Club.  Do come along and watch and learn how to do CPR  and how to use a defibrillator.  
You could save a life.

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.

Martello Towers: Ever wondered why these buildings were constructed?  Who built them?  Why are they located where they are.  What events in our history gave rise to these structures? If you’d like answers to these and other questions, come along to a talk which will be delivered by the famous Mr Ted O Sullivan Historian at Christian Fellowship Church on Monday night 7th October at 8.00pm.  This event is hosted by Bantry Historical Society. All very welcome.

Change of date: St. Colum's Camogie Club

Annual Pub Quiz on Friday 11thOctober at The Bridge Bar Pearson's Bridge at 8:00pm sharp. Table of 4 - €40 As always great night assured! Spot prizes, music and food.


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