Saturday, 2 August 2014


eighteenth Sunday in ordinary time
sunday  3rd August 2014         

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 4th August: 18th week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:  10am   David O’Driscoll -  Letterlickey –
                          1st Anniversary

Tues. 5th August: 18th Week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry: 10am  Jim O’Mahony – High Street
Wed. 6th August:  The Transfiguration of the Lord:
Bantry:   10am   Diarmuid O’Regan - Ballylickey
Hospital:5.30pmDr. T.P. O’Connor & Dr. Rex O’Connor
Thurs. 7th August: th week in Ordinary time:
Bantry:     10am  People of the Parish

Friday 8th August: 18th Week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry 10am       Donal Creedon - Ards
Kealkil: 7.30pm  Special Intention & Thanksgiving        
Sat.  9th August: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) Virgin & Martyr, Patron of Europe:
Hospital: 10am   Mary O’Grady - Ardnagaoithemore
Bantry: 6.15pm   Delia Dullea – Lisheens, Kealkil
Sun. 10th August: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:     9am     Helen & Christy Crowley – The Square
Coomhola:  10am  John O’Flynn – Coorloum North
Kealkil:      11am  Fr. Tim Cahalane – Newcestown
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.

Graveyard Masses:
There will be Mass at the Abbey Graveyard on Tuesday, 5th August at 7.30pm.
In the event of rain Mass will be celebrated in St. Finbarr’s Church, Bantry.

Cilléanach Mass:
Wednesday, 6th August at 7.30pm
In the event of rain Mass will be celebrated in St. Finbarr’s Church, Bantry.

Whiddy Graveyard Mass
Saturday 9th  August. Mass will be celebrated at 12 noon at Whiddy Island Graveyard.
A Boat will leave the pier @ 11am

Parish Weddings:
We congratulate Majella Harrington (St. Cannera’s Place, Bantry) & John Love (Bandon, Co. Cork) who were married in St. Finbarr’s Church, Bantry on Friday 25th July 2014.
We wish Majella & John long & happy lives together

Bantry Parish & Friends Pilgrimage to Lourdes
22nd – 27th September 2014. Ex-Cork
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

Autumn Station Masses 2014

Thursday 28th August @ 8pm –
Teddy & Margaret Cronin – Borlin

It is hoped to have Station Masses for Autumn 2014 during the months of August, September & October.
If you are thinking of hosting the Autumn Stations this year, we would ask you to please contact the parish office (56398) to arrange a date.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival, 
Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 14​​th – Sunday ​17​​th August ​2014​.  For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new people.  This Festival has been nicknamed the “Holy Oxygen” with over 1000 young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year. The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from towns throughout Ireland.  For more information and to book online see or phone 01 6753690 or from NI 07598 876399, or join us on facebook (youthtwothousandIreland).

Curraheen Parish Pilgrimage: Santiago de Compostela, Fatima & Lisbon. 9th-16th October 2014. EX Cork. Spiritual Director: Fr. Criostoir Mac Donald. Fully escorted Tour. For further details contact: Premier Travel: 2, Grand Parade, Cork. Telephone: 021-4277700

MYROSS WOOD GARDEN FETE will take place on Sunday, 10th August, from 2 to 5 pm. Attractions include instrumental and choral music, step-dancing, packed stalls, tea-rooms, pony rides, games and competitions. Donations for the stalls are needed – so books, cakes, bric-a-brac, bottles and plants, etc, will be very welcome and gratefully received. Bring your dog as well for the famous Myross Wood Dog Show!

For those who avail of the blood pressure clinic at the Health Centre, Bantry, apologies, but the August Blood Pressure clinic is cancelled. The next Blood Pressure clinic will be advertised when staff are available.

Bantry Blues Ladies
Best of luck to Ann Coakley and Libby Coppinger in the All Ireland Minor Football Final, Cork vs. Galway on Monday 4th August in Birr.  
Up the Rebels!
There’s still time ‘to do’ the Lough Derg Three Day Pilgrimage - as one pilgrim put it;  “Lough Derg is where my soul is given renewed energy.
It is where I meet God and where I feel most at peace.”   Wednesday 13th August is the last day pilgrims can commence the Three Day Pilgrimage.
One Day Retreats recommence on 17th August.  For further information contact Maureen or Sharon. Tel 071 9861518 email
Cronins Coaches 9th – 11th August.  Contact Karen 021 4509090

Ireland claim 5th Atlantic Challenge victory" 
After a down to the wire contest with 3 crews in contention up to the last of 10 events, Russia, UK and Ireland. This Sailing challenge was a nail biting affair with very poor winds, but thanks to the hard training put in by these young athletes from the Bantry area, they nailed it at the last minute. Great credit must go all these young seafarers and to their minders for the week Dr Matt & Anne Murphy who represented Bantry & Ireland proudly in France where the Bantry Longboat or as it is known in France "Youle Bantry" is held in high historical interest as it is the oldest remaining replica of a French Navel  vessel from the 1700's.
The Crew will be returning to a homecoming reception on Monday night ( .eta 11.30pm)

Explore God's call for you... 14th September 2014, 2-6pm, St. Teresa's Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2 & 12th October 2014, 2-6pm, Clonard Monastery, Belfast, BT13 2RL
exploreAway is a programme which provides the opportunity for young, single, men and women between the ages of 21-40 who are interested in exploring religious life and the priesthood in a reflective and prayerful environment. 
Join us on Sunday 14th September 2014 from 2-6pm in St. Teresa's Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2 or on Sunday 12th October 2014 from 2-6pm in Clonard Monastery, Belfast, BT13 2RLto find out more about exploreAway.
It promises to be an informative and relaxed afternoon with some good pizza and chat to follow! Booking is essential; please contact Sr. Gabrielle Farrell on 087-3584447 or Fr. Alan on,

Begin Anew
‘As the earth put forth blossom,
so shall the Lord make righteousness
blossom in the sight of all peoples’
Is 61:11

Offertory Collection:
Bantry Church weekend of 26th/27th  July: €2033. Month of July: Kealkil: €1505.  Coomhola: €1180. Church Renovation Fund Collection (3rd of 4 collections this year) will take place next weekend - August 9th & 10th.

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