BANTRY PARISH NEWSLETTER
The second Sunday of adventSunday 8th december 2013
Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–
Mon. 9th December: SecondWeek of Advent:.
Bantry: 10am Nessa McCarthy - Newtown
Tues. 10th December: Second Week of Advent:
Bantry: 10am Alfie Harrington - Cahernacrin
Wed. 11th December: Second Week of Advent:
Bantry: 10am Harvey & Adelaide Finnegan – Marino Street
Hospital 5.30pm Bridie & Jackie Moloney - Dromclough
Thurs. 12th December: Second Week of Advent:.
Bantry: 10am Mary McGlone – Dromleigh & Nottingham
& her daughter Mairead McGlone
Friday 13th December: Second Week of Advent:
Bantry: 10am Mark Hutchinson - Crossogue
Kealkil; 7.30pm Donal & Pat McSweeney - Maughnaclea
Sat. 14th December: Second Week of Advent:
Hospital: 10am Maisie McCarthy – St. Canneras Place – 5th Anniversary
Bantry: 6.15pm Maureen & Jimmy O’Sullivan – Rock Villas
Sun. 15th December: Third Sunday of Advent
Bantry: 9am James & Mary Ellen Wiseman - Dromleigh
Coomhola: 10am Peg Murphy – Dromdubh – 1st Anniversary
Kealkil: 11am Catherine, John, Dan & Mary O’Rourke - Incharoe
Bantry: 12noon People of the Parish
The Deep End – The Simple Life
John the Baptist certainly grabs our attention, appearing in the desert in his
garment of camel hair, eating locusts & wild honey. His language can be cryptic-
he addresses the Pharisees & Sadducees as ‘Brood of Vipers’, & speaks of trees
& axes, winnowing fans & wheat. He is peculiar mixture of signs & messages,
even to the people of the time who were on the lookout for prophetic figures.
Nowadays, John would cut an even more eccentric figure. Sometimes a person’s
lifestyle can offer an even more powerful witness than their words. John’s
basic diet & dress suggest a lifestyle that is at once simple & radical, one which
challenged the norms of the day. It all brings to mind another man who caught
our attention with his simple lifestyle earlier this year. As soon as Pope Francis
was elected, all the talk was of his modest living quarters as Bishop and his
preference for public this simple lifestyle as Pope. That a senior clergy man
should choose to live a simple & ethical life should hardly come as a shock to the
world. Yet there was a powerful witness to his actions. While we might not be
called to the desert life, we are challenged to examine our values and our
relationship with material things – an apt message as we enter the most
materialistic season of the year. John the Baptist’s message can be summed up by
the first word he speaks: repent. The Greek word for ‘repentance’ is metanoia,
literally a change of heart. Triona Doherty
The annual Bantry Carol Service takes place this year on Sunday 22 December at 8pm in St Brendan's
. Please put
this date in your diary and join us for this traditional celebration of
readings and carols. A wonderful way to begin your Christmas. The choirs of St
Finbarr's Church Bantry and Church
Glengarriff will again lead the singing. Sacred
“Do this in Memory”
Advent & Preparation for Christmas.
Next Sunday, 15th December, the 9am Mass at Bantry Church, the 10am Mass at Coomhola & the 11am Mass in Kealkil will involve the young people preparing for First Communion & their parents & guardians
The parish assembly are organising a community choir for
on Christmas Day. Any available
Musicians and Singers interested in taking part please contact Margaret on
086-0572473 or Joan on 087 - 9179726. Adults and Children welcome. Kealkill Church
Anyone who has time to spend in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on 1st Fridays from 10.30am to 7pm, please give your name to Mary McCarthy at 027-51534
: Coomhola Church
Ministers of the Word: Tuesday 10th December at 7.30pm
A number of priests will be available for Confessions.
COOMHOLA'S CHRISTMAS EVENING
Come along to a night of Christmas Carol singing with local children, musicians and singers. This will take place on Friday the 20th December at 7.30pm at
Organised by representatives of the Childrens Choir. All very Welcome!
Admission free but there will be donation boxes and any proceeds from this will
go towards local charities. Hope to see ye on the 20th! Coomhola Church
Tickets on Sale Now:- Fr. Liam Lawton “A Celtic Christmas" tour in St Finbarrs Church Bantry on Sunday 15th December at 8pm. Tickets are €20 are on sale now from the Parish Office, De Barra's restaurant, Floury Hands and Quik Pick. Monies raised will go to the church renovation fund
Mealagh Valley Community Centre Members wish to hold a Christmas Party for the Elderly in our area on Sunday December 15th. from 3.00P.M. to 6.00P.M.. Of course all others are also welcome to come along. It will cost £5 Per Person. Please book your place by December 13th. by Calling Mary on 086-1035720 or John on 087-2856973. People from outside
are also very
welcome to attend. Mealagh Valley
The Bantry Bay Lions, in partnership with the Bantry Business Association, will be hosting Santa's Grotto on
Bridge St from
2-5pm on Sunday December 8, 15 and 22. Entrance is 4 euro per child and 10 euro
for a family of 3. Price includes a gift and picture with Santa
The Bantry Bay Lions will be holding their Annual Food Appeal at Supervalu in Bantry on Friday and Saturday December 13 and 14 from 9-6pm and Sunday December 15 from 10-2pm. Any non-perishable foodstuffs or money can be contributed. Economic times are continuing to be tough and this year there will be many needy families looking for help from the community. Please donate whatever you can."
Upcoming Events at Mealagh Valley Community Hall for the coming week are.....
Thursday December 12th. .... £500 Bingo Session. £10 Per Person to Play. Starts at 8.30 P.M..
Saturday December 15th. ,,,,,, Christmas
Progressive Card Drive.
£15 Per Person to Play. Starts at 9.00
Your Continued Support is greatly Appreciated.
Race night: Collins Bar Kealkill, Sat 14th December. First race at 9pm. Horses can be bought for €20 in Burkes Gala, Collins or Brown Pub before Tues 10th December. All monies raised will go towards Kealkill community projects: Carriganass Castle Ltd, Parkland Development and Co-op Community Centre. All welcome.
Recent Parish Baptisms:
Ella Rose Murnane (Reenrour East, Bantry)
Leo Noah O’Donnell O’Halloran (Anchor Tavern, Bantry),
Fionn Joseph O’Halloran (Lahadane, Bantry)
Abby Rose Flynn (Lisheens, Kealkil)
We welcome them into our Christian Community
We extend our prayers & sympathy to the family, relatives & friends of
May he rest in peace
weekend of 30th Nov/1st
Dec.: €1792. Church Renovation Fund collection will take place on next weeken -
Dec.14th & 15th . Bantry Church
A morning of coffee, mince pies and chat, and all for a good cause! E Bantry Enterprise Centre was set up to support business and community in the
West Cork area. As part of
our commitment to the community the centre is holding a charity Coffee and
Mince Pie Morning at the Enterprise Centre in Rope Walk on Wednesday 11th
December from 11am until 1pm with all proceeds going to The Bantry Hospice
Project. Everyone is welcome and don’t forget to bring a friend!
Free Energy Healing Day at the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry on Saturday 14th December from 11am to 4pm. Open to everyone – especially anyone with health issues. Appointment essential – please contact 087-9446773 or 086-8561243