Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The  second Sunday in ordinary time
    Sunday  19th January 2014        

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 20th January: 2nd week in Ordinary Time: St. Fabian, had been Pope for 14 years when martyred under Decius in te year 250.
                     Bantry:                  10am           Timothy & Kathleen O’Sullivan – Knockgorm, Caheragh
Tues. 21st  January: 2nd week in Ordinary Time: St. Agnes wealthy & beautiful was martyred for her virginity
in the last persecutions in Rome in the early 4th century. Patron of bethrothed couples, gardeners and young girls.
                     Bantry:                  10am           James Coppinger – Blackrock Road

Wed. 22nd  January:  2nd  week in Ordinary Time: St. Vincent, deacon of the church of Saragossa, Spain, martyred in 304 in Valencia after prolonged torture.
Bantry:                  10am           Patrick & Mary Ellen McCarthy - Scartbawn
                     Hospital:               5.30pm       David Warner & Pauline Fossett-O’Connor

Thurs. 23rd January: 2nd  week in Ordinary Time:.
Bantry:    10am          Daniel & Mary Lynch

Friday 24th January: 2nd  week in Ordinary Time: St. Francis de Sales,
1567-1622, Bishop of Geneva, founder of the Visitation Sisters. He worked with
Gentleness & love to rebuild the Catholic faith after the Reformation. Patron Saint
of writers, editors and journalists.
                     Bantry:                  10am           Mary & Jerome Griffin – Reenrour East  
                     Kealkil;                  7.30pm       Sonny & Mary O’Mahony - Carriganass

Sat.  25th  January:  The Conversion of ST. Paul, Apostle:
                     Hospital:               10am           Breda O’Sullivan - Goureemore       
                     Bantry:                  6.15pm       Nancy O’Sullivan – Newtown East – 1st anniv.

Sun. 26th January: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:            9am       Tommy Barry - Derryvahalla
Coomhola:  10am     People of the Parish
Kealkil:          11am      Bernie O’Sullivan  
Bantry:           12noon              People of the Parish

 In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist is inviting us to look at Jesus, look closely. He calls Jesus the ‘lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’. We say these words often at Mass and today we are invited to meditate on them more closely. What does it mean? The lamb is one who is sacrificed… the sins of the world are many, broken relationships with one another at every turn. Today we are asked to think especially of Refugees and Migrants and the sins committed against them. The treatment of these groups who are marginalised, exiled from their homes due to war, famine, drought, unemployment is often unjust and is part of what Pope Francis refers to as a culture of ‘slave labour’. These outcast groups are frequently treated with disrespect, racism, condemnation and resentment. How can we reconcile these situations?
 Pope Francis’ message for today may guide us closer to understanding the message of John the Baptist in the Gospel: ‘Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity… A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalisation – all typical of a throwaway culture – towards attitudes based on a culture of encounter, the only culture capable of building a better, more just and fraternal world’. In the marginalised can we see Jesus coming towards us and say: ‘Look, there is the lamb of God’?  Jane Mellett. Email janemellett@yahoo.com

Station Masses 2014
It is hoped to have Station Masses for Spring 2014 during the months of February, March & April.

If you are thinking of hosting the Spring Stations this year, we would ask you to please contact the parish office (56398) to arrange a date.

An Ecumenical Service with Canon Paul Willoughby, will take place next Tuesday evening, 21st January at Bantry Hospital Chapel at 7.30pm. All welcome. 

Dates for the Diary:

The Presentation of the Lord: Sunday Feb. 2nd: Blessing of Candles at all Masses

Feast of St. Blaise—Monday February 3rd
The Blessing of Throats (using the candles from the previous day’s Feast) will take place at the morning 10.00am Mass in Bantry.
There will also be a Prayer Service with Blessing of Throats in Bantry Church at 7.30pm on Monday evening Feb 3rd.

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: Tuesday 11th February. World Day of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing) will be administered after the 10.00am Mass in St. Finbarr’s Church. All who might be in need of the Sacrament are invited to receive it.

Ash Wednesday: 5th March:
Day of Fast & Abstinence: Start of Lent

Recent Parish Baptisms:
Sophie Leah O’Leary
(Reenrour East, Bantry)
We welcome her into our Christian Community

Died Recently
We extend our prayers & sympathy to the families, relatives & friends of
Frances Sparks
(Swindon, Wiltshire & Bantry),
Michael Downey
(Reendonegan, Bantry)
May they rest in peace

Offertory Collection: Bantry Church weekend of 4th/5th  January: €1960.
Special collection for Diocesan needs takes place this weekend - January 18th / 19th

CALLING ALL JUNIOR & SENIOR INFANTS! Your local school and St. Colum's invite you to St. Colum's hall for FUN FUN FUN! We will be running, jumping and skipping, hopping, throwing and laughing! Every Saturday morning, for four weeks, 10-11am, from Saturday January 11th to Saturday February 1st. Everyone welcome, tea & coffee for adults, children must be accompanied at all times.

Bantry Job Seekers Resource Centre
now open every Thursday morning, 10am - 1pm.  Call in and see us. The centre is run by volunteers
Services available include;
Information on career decision making
Courses available, Job seeking tools and resources
CV and interview preparation, Information on support services available, Networking opportunities
Jobseekers Resource Centre, c/o West Cork Development Partnership. Old Gaelscoil Main Street, Bantry Open every Thurs. 10am - 1pm. jrcbantry@mail.com. Facebook: Jrc Bantry

McGee's Christmas lights: The amount raised amounted to seven hundred euro(€700.00) and we wish to thank everyone for their generous support. Proceeds go to Bantry Hospice.

Men Wanted - The Glengarriff Theatre Group is looking for men who wish to perform in amateur productions of plays. The group is limited in the type and number of plays it can put on due to a lack of male actors. If you are interested in  joining the group there will be a meeting at  8pm in the Glengarriff  Parochial Hall on Thursday, January 23. Come along and meet an interesting group of people. We are hoping  to be able to put on a production in the April/May timeframe

 Bingo  will be  held at  Mealagh  Valley  Community  Centre  on Thursday  January  23rd.   at 8.30P.M..    There  will be a Jackpot  on  the night.  Usual  Bus  Service  from  Durrus  at  7.45P.M.  &  Bantry  at  8.05P.M..  Your  Support  would be greatly  appreciated.

Archaeology  in Bantry this Tuesday night !
Come to the Maritime Hotel this Tuesday night 21st Jan at 8.00pm.  Bantry Historical Society is hosting a talk by William O Brien, Professor of Archaeology UCC.  Title:-  Children of the Sun;  Bronze Age Religion and Megalithic Monuments in Bantry Area   

Backstage Academy of Performing Arts for 7-18 year olds begins at Our Lady of Mercy National School on Sunday, 2nd Feb. from 2pm-4.30pm.Info.from backstageireland@eircom.net.

ST FINBARR’S BOYS’ NATIONAL SCHOOL PRE-ENROLMENT: Registration and pre-enrolment for pupils for September 2014 will take place at St Finbarr’s Boys’ National school on Monday next, 20th of January, from 3.00 – 4.00 p.m.  Details at 0873657821

It is time again for the very popular Bantry Lifeboat Dinner Dance to be held at the Maritime Hotel, Bantry on Saturday 25th January. Tickets are still only €25 each and include a dinner, live music with the very talented Katsquire, followed by Live Horse Racing in the Hotel Ball Room. Tickets are available from all members of Bantry Lifeboat or from fast.net, Bridge Street, Bantry. For further details please contact Toby on 027 51624.

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