Sunday, 22 June 2014


The most holy body &  blood of christ 
sunday  22nd June 2014

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 23rd June: 12th week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:  10am     Donal & Frances McCarthy - Drinagh

Tues. 24th  June: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist:
Bantry: 10am  Margaret & James O’Mahony –
                         Reenrour Road & London  
Wed. 25th June:  12th  week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:   10am   Nell Murphy - Beach   
Hospital:  5.30pm  Tom O’Grady – Ardnageehy        
Thurs. 26th June: 12th  week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:     10am  Cornelius Cotter - Schull &
    Anthony Michael Davitt – Kent

Friday 27th June: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus:
Bantry     10am    Matt Kingston - Newtown
Kealkil: 7.30pm  Den Cullinane – Gearagh

Sat.  28th June: 12th week in Ordinary Time:
Hospital: 10am   Donie McCarthy – Slip Grove &
Bantry:    6.15pm   Diarmuid, Kathleen & Jerry
                                Coughlan - Droumleigh
Sun. 29th  June: SS Peter & Paul, Apostles:
Bantry:       9am    Mary Goggin – Whiddy & Cork 
Coomhola:  10am  Tony Frost
Kealkil:  11am   John O’Mahony – Lackavane, Kealkil Bantry:        
12noon        People of the Parish 

Pastoral Teams for Funerals
Many older people remember what a wake in a house was like. Everyone helped out when someone died at home. The body was prepared and laid out. People visited to pay respect to the dead. Food was shared. Stories were told. Prayers were said. It was a good example of what the Church calls the ‘ministry of consolation’ in action.

In the introduction to its current funeral book, the Church praises this traditional approach: “The responsibility for the ministry of consolation rests with the believing community”, it reminds us: “each Christian shares in the ministry”. The parish funeral team is in continuity with this tradition.

When wakes were held in people’s houses, priests had little to do with the funeral rites until the body was brought to the church. It was the introduction of funeral homes that involved priests more, both on the Rosary night and for the prayers in the funeral home before the removal. In leading these services, priests replaced lay ministry; funeral teams restore the ministry of leading these rites to the lay faithful.

It is envisaged that funeral team members would share with the priest, or lead in the priest’s absence, the prayers in the family home or funeral home. They would also available to help families navigate their way through the funeral rites. They can provide help to families struggling to find the right level of involvement in the funeral rituals and can support the family all the way, in a way that priests could not hope to.

Training for Pastoral Teams for Funerals will take place in Bantry in October 2014. The Diocesan Liturgy Office will provide training and resources for groups from different parishes at the same time. Training will take place over the course of four weeks, one evening per week, and one full Saturday. Dates and times will be announced nearer the time.

Recent Parish Baptisms:
Anna May O’Donovan
(Dromaloughlin, Bantry),
Farrah Rose Collins
(Breenybeg, Kealkil),
Tim David O’Leary
(Colomane West, Bantry)
We welcome them into our Christian Community

St Colums Overnight Pilgrimage to Knock 
 July 5th/6th. Bookings contact: Matt O'Sullivan  (66031)    May Murphy  (56632), Mary Holland  (63384)

Died Recently
We extend our prayers & sympathy to the family, relatives & friends of
Ella Murnane (Kealkill)
May she rest in peace

Irish Blood Transfusion Service Blood Donor Clinic at the Maritime Hotel, Bantry on Thursday 26th June, 3pm-5pm & 7pm-9pm.Please come along & donate blood & help cope with the increasing demand from patients & hospitals. Blood Donation is essential to ensure Hospital Patients get the treatment they need. One Donation can save up to 3 Lives.  
Full details of all clinics and on Giving Blood can be found on

An invitation to a celebration from Our Lady of Mercy National School: Tuesday 24th June at 1.00 p.m.
We are delighted to invite you to join with us in raising our Third Green Flag (for water), our newly acquired Active School Flag and for the official opening of our sand-based field by former pupil and Cork Football star, Graham Canty, on Tuesday 24th June at 1.00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
A special word of thanks to all our very generous supporters who helped us with these projects.

Irish Water Safety Course will run on Bantry Strand from 5th August to 10th August 2014. For further information please contact 086-1223323

Hazel and Eugene Wiseman will host their annual fundraising event at  Carraig Abhainn Gardens  Durrus adjacent to Wiseman's Shop Durrus on the 22nd June from 2 pm - 5.30 pm in aid of Cancer Connect.Cancer connect is a free,flexible and confidential transport service to Cork hospitals for people receiving cancer treatments. Your support is greatly appreciated and any  donations of cakes and raffle prizes would be very welcome and can be dropped.

Atlantic Challenge Whiddy Island Family Fundraiser : Fun events for all, "Nail Driving, Crab Racing, Swimming, Kayaking, Fun Run Live Music & Barbecue and much more takes place Sun next 29th  starting @ 1pm. This will be a great family fun day out while also showing support for our local athletes representing Ireland in France next July.

Bantry and District Cardiac Support Group
The June Annual Walk of the Bantry Cardiac Support Group will take place on Tues 24th. Meeting at Harbour View car park at 7pm, walk route to decided. We are delighted that we will be joined by members of the Clonakilty CSG. After the walk refreshments will be served in a venue to be decided. Immediate family members are also welcome. 
For details contact: Catherine Cahalane (Cardiovascular RHN) 086-7871552 John (Group Secretary)    086-4048821

Gaelscoil Bheanntraí are celebrating the launch of their art installation “Blip” in conjunction with the West Cork Literary Festival on Monday, 7th July at 12 noon.    This artwork incorporates a poem by local Bantry Poet, Derry O’Sullivan.  Open invitation to come and join us.    We will be delighted to see you.

Parenting - the Challenges and the Rewards

John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison will present a talk "Parenting - the Challenges and the Rewards" on Tuesday the 24th June.  John's talk is based on his recent book ‘Parenting, Raising Your Child in Ireland Today’.  In his talk, John covers topics such as building self-esteem, how to communicate with your child, the importance of positivity, accepting the reality of your child and keeping your expectations in check.  John entered the prison service in 1968 and in the years that followed he saw human nature at its worst and often, unexpectedly, at its best. John developed a deep understanding both of human nature and of Irish society.  He is passionate about parents allowing time for their children and advises parents only have 12-14 years when they are centre-stage in their children’s lives.  You may have the full attention of your toddler now but as a teenager it will be your turn as a parent to compete for their attention.  The talk is suitable for every parent with a child of any age. It is a night not to be missed taking place at the Maritime Hotel on Tuesday the 24th June at 8.00pm. Doors open at 7.30 p.m. Tickets on the door cost €5.00. All proceeds go to Durrus and District Community Council for the upgrade of the playground facilities .

Celebrate Midsummer at Carriganass Castle, Kealkill, this Sat 21st and Sun 22nd June. Discover the history and heritage of Carriganass, Blacksmithing demonstration, Farmers Market, Medieval Sports, Dog show, Prize for Best Medieval Costume, Outdoor Yoga, Walking, Kealkill's Got Talent, Kealkill Youth's Got Talent and Music for all. Check out our events on or like us on Facebook for more information.

Offertory Collection: Bantry Church weekend of 14th / 15th   June: €1873. Special collection for Peter’s Pence will take place on June 28th/29th

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