Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Easter Day of the Lord’s resurrection
                 Sunday  20th April 2014    

During this Easter Season
may you experience the
                                  Peace of the Risen Christ.          

Lord, the resurrection of Your Son
has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people
in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
                   Grant us wisdom to know                        
what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it,
and the strength to complete it.

              New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book        

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 21st April: Easter Monday:
Bantry:      10am             Anthony McCarthy – Donemark & 
                                        Kilcrohane – 4th Anniversary

Tues. 22nd   April: Easter Tuesday:
Bantry:    10am               Sheila O’Mahony – High Street                  

Wed. 23rd April:  Easter Wednesday:
Bantry:   10am               Eileen Browne – Seskin
Hospital:  5.30pm            John Sullivan - Reendonegan

Thurs. 24th April: Easter Thursday:
Bantry:     10am          The Intentions of Residents of Slip Park
Friday  25th April:  Easter Friday:
Bantry     10am     Brigid Cotter - Schull
Kealkil; 7.30pm Timothy & Mary O’Leary – Lackareigh, Kealkil            l
Sat.  26th April: Easter Saturday:
Hospital: 10am        Hannah O’Shea – Chapel Street                                   
Bantry:    6.15pm     Conor Morrissey – Newtown
Bantry:   7.00pm     Mass in Polish    
Sun.  27th April: Second Sunday of Easter
Bantry:         9am       Mary Kate O’Sullivan – Slip Lawn
Coomhola:  10am      Christy Cronin -  Ardnacloughy                                                            
Kealkil:       11am       Jerome Minehane - Lisheens              
Bantry:        12noon        People of the Parish

THE DEEP END • He is Risen!
RTÉ recently showed a documentary called ‘Somebody to Love’, which explored the romantic lives of people with physical or intellectual disabilities. The honest style of the programme struck a chord with many viewers, and Twitter was immediately awash with positive comments – ‘inspiring without being patronising’; ‘in depth and thought provoking’; ‘a beautiful, positive documentary’ just some of the compliments. It was heartening to see such praise for a well-made programme, and even more so to hear the stories of the people who took part and the obstacles they had overcome in their search for love.
Easter is a time to celebrate life and love. We are Easter people, but what does this mean? We use the word ‘Alleluia’ (Praise the Lord) a lot at Easter, and the Exsultet or Easter Proclamation tells us to rejoice! Exult! All the things we associate with Easter – chicks, bunnies, lambs, flowers – are signs of spring and new beginnings. Easter brings new life and hope. Are we positive about life, recognising the dignity of every person? Are our parishes and communities places of welcome, joy and love?
‘He is risen! And because He is risen, we too shall rise... The anticipation of eternal life is the source and reason for our hope. If cultivated and protected, it illuminates our lives as persons and communities.’ Pope Francis
Tríona Doherty Email trionad@gmail.com

Spring Stations 2014

Saturday 26th April @ 11am – Deirdre Kingston- Newtown

Mass Of Intercession to Saint John Paul 2nd
For People with Parkinsons In St Patricks Church, Rochestown, Cork On Tuesday 29th April 2014 at 7.00 pm, With Sacrament Of Anointing Of The Sick
People with Parkinsons,and Similar Conditions and their families, are especially welcome to participate in this special Mass. Pope John Paul 2nd will be canonised on 27th April next. He is credited with at least 2 miracles, the healing of a French nun, Sr. Marie Simon-Pierre who inexplicably recovered from
Parkinson’s disease in 2005. A second miracle involved a Costa Rican woman who was cured of brain aneurysm the very day of John Paul 2nd’s beatification.
Directions: St.Patricks Church, Rochestown is located at the Rochestown Exit (R610)from the South Ring Road. From N40 East and West take the Carrigaline/Rochestown Exit(N28) followed by
Rochestown Exit (R610), Church is 1st Exit at Roundabout on Rochestown Road. St. Patricks has full Disabled Access.

Bantry Town Council are trying to locate all former Town Commissioners and Councillors and relatives of deceased former Town Commissioners and Councillors.
Therefore if you are a relative of a deceased former Town Commissioner or Councillor please contact the Town Clerk at bantrytc@corkcoco.ie, at Áras Beanntraí, Bantry, Co. Cork, or at 027-50058, before April 22nd 2014.

Bantry Tidy Towns
Bantry Tidy Towns Big Clean Up will take place on Thursday next, 24th April at 7pm. Meeting at the fountain.
Please support.

Home Share is an initiative that provides short breaks for children and adults who attend COPE Foundation. Home Sharers are recruited from the community and the respite care/short break is provided in the sharer’s home. These short breaks can be for a couple of hours, overnights, week-ends or even longer.
Many families take great joy in caring for their loved ones, however providing this care on an ongoing basis can be extremely tiring and stressful. Having a short break from this care giving can be of huge benefit to the care giver, their family and the person being cared for.
Home sharers can be working, retired, or unemployed with or without children, single or with a partner.
Training, support and an allowance will be provided to Home Sharers.
If you would like more information or if you are interested in becoming a Home Sharer please ring Philip Grant on 021 4643238 or e-mail grantp@cope-foundation.ie

Bantry Parish & Friends Pilgrimage to Lourdes
22nd – 27th September 2014
Accompanied by Spiritual Director:
Fr. Sean Crowley C.C.
Accommodation at the Agena Hotel
Please see Church Porches for details
& Parish Office for booking forms

Bingo with  a Jackpot  of  £315   will take place  at Mealagh  Valley  Community  Hall  on Thursday  April   25th. at  8.30P.M..      The  Usual  Bus Service  will  run on the  evening.  Your  support  is greatly  appreciated.

Beginners hatha flow yoga classes starting on Thursday 24th April at 9.30am to 10.30am and 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the Bantry Boys Club.  11euro drop in or 50euro for a course of 5 classes.  To book your space please contact Noreen Mc Grath 086 1012100.

Offertory Collection:
Bantry Church: 12th/13th April - €2038

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Holy Week                                   in                                Bantry Parish 2014

During Holy Week, we commemorate the Passion of Christ, who died on Good Friday for our sins, and rose on Easter Sunday to give new life to all who believe. Attending at the ceremonies during Holy Week is our way of journeying with Christ thorough His death and resurrection.

In the past we celebrated this journey in each of the three churches in Bantry Parish. However, we now find ourselves with just two priests in the parish where there used to be five and we have to plan for this reality. We have to time ceremonies so that if one priest is unavailable the other can lead almost all of the scheduled ceremonies. Therefore, this year, we will have the full complement of ceremonies in the parish church in Bantry, but for the first time, ceremonies will be shared between Kealkil and Coomhola Churches. We will celebrate Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday in Kealkil and Good Friday in Coomhola.
The Holy Week Schedule is as follows:
Palm Sunday - 13th April                                                                 
Usual Sunday Masses
Bantry                                     Stations of the Cross                             5.00 pm        
Monday 14th April
Bantry                                                 Mass                                                    10.00 am
Bantry                                    Penitential Service                              7.30  pm
Tuesday 15th April               
Bantry                                     Mass                                                    10.00 am
Bantry                                     Mass                                                      7.30 pm
Spy Wednesday 16th April   
Bantry                                     Mass                                                    10.00 am
Hospital Chapel                      Mass                                                      5.30 pm
Easter Triduum (3 Day Preparation for Easter)
Holy Thursday - 17th April
Bantry                                                 Mass of the Lord’s Supper                   7.30 pm
Bantry                                     Holy Hour – Eucharistic Adoration    10.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Kealkil                                     Mass of the Lord’s Supper                   7.30 pm        
Kealkil                                    Confessions before and after Mass        Trocaire Boxes can be returned

Good Friday - 18th April
Bantry                                     Stations of the Cross                           12.00 noon
Bantry                                     Solemn Liturgy of the Passion              3.00 pm
Coomhola                                Stations of the Cross & Solemn            7.30 pm
Coomhola                               Confessions before and after Ceremony
**Collection for the Holy Places at all Ceremonies on Good Friday

Holy Saturday – 19th April
Bantry                                     Easter Vigil                                           9.00 pm
Kealkil                                     Easter Vigil                                           7.30 pm
Bantry                                    Confessions                                        12.00 noon

Easter Sunday – 20th April
Hospital Chapel                      Mass                                                      8.00 am (Please note extra Mass)
Bantry                                                 Mass                                                      9.00 am & 12.00 noon
Coomhola                                Mass                                                    10.00 am
Kealkil                                     Mass                                                    11.00 am

**Offertory Collection at the Easter Vigil and at all Masses on Easter Sunday is for the Priests of the Parish. This is one of two offertory collections in the year that contributes to the income of the priests in the parish.