Saturday, 2 August 2014


Seventeenth Sunday in ordinary time
sunday  27th July 2014    

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–
Mon. 28th  July: 17th week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:  10am   Peter Tobin – Scart Road

Tues. 29th  July: 17th Week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry: 10am  Patrick & Nora Collins
                        & their son Con Collins - Kielnascarta
Wed. 30th July:  17th  week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:   10am   Eileen Bennett – Slip Park – 2nd Anniv.
Hospital:  5.30pm   Pádraig Horan
Thurs. 31st July: 17th week in Ordinary time:
Bantry:     10am  Donal & Nora Minehane –
                            Carrigboy, Donemark

Friday 1st August: 17th Week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry 10am       John P. McCarthy - Scartbawn
Kealkil: 7.30pm  Shared Mass – Rachel Cronin –          
                             Cahirmuckee – 1st Anniversary        
Bantry: 7.30pm  Shared Mass        
Sat.  2nd August: 17th week in Ordinary Time:
Hospital: 10am   Ray Clarkin – Gurteen & his mother
                            Alice Clarkin – Co. Leitrim  
Bantry: 6.15pm   Sheila O’Sullivan – Baurgorm (2nd Anniv.) & her brother Eugie Hourihan - Baurgorm
Sun. 3rd August: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:        9am    Donal Lynch - Ardnagaoithe
Coomhola:  10am   Sheila & Denny Coakley & their son
                               Jimmy Coakley
Kealkil:      11am   Mary O’Sullivan – Ahilmore,
Bantry:        12noon        People of the Parish 

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

                                  The Deep End                                               
Treasures, Pearls and Suspended Coffees.   
I recently wandered into a café in Dublin that was selling ‘suspended coffees’. This is where you buy a coffee and then buy another one ‘suspended’. Then someone who can’t afford to buy a hot beverage can come in and ask for a ‘suspended coffee/tea’. It reminded me of one of today’s parables, the treasure in the field. It gave me a tiny glimpse of what the world looks like when we take this Kingdom of God stuff seriously. It brings great joy, especially when it is unexpected. Sometimes there are hidden treasures of God’s kingdom going on right under our noses (remember the mustard seed revolution parable from last week?). Over the last few Sundays we have heard Matthew 13 and the parables on the growth and development of God’s Kingdom. Today we are told what to do when we find it. It may be unexpected; it may be the result of a long search and journey, but once found, nothing else matters.
We are driven by our desires. It is what we desire most that effects what we do and the choices we make in life. In both parables, the finder responds wholeheartedly and in complete surrender. We should ask for the ability to make the radical decision for the treasure. Jesus tells us that there is only one thing worth pursuing at any cost – that is the Kingdom of God. And joy is one proof of its presence.                                           
(Find your nearest suspended coffee:                     
Jane Mellett (Email

Autumn Station Masses 2014
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).

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

Carriganass Castle Kealkill, Upcoming Event: Chapterhouse Theatre presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the castle on Thursday 7th August. Gates open at 7pm. Show 8pm. Tickets €17 Adult, €12 Child, €48 2 adults/2 children can be bought on the night or reserved in advance by calling 086 338 7277. Seating provided.

Offertory Collection:
Bantry Church weekend of 19th/20th  July: €2074.
Church Renovation Fund Collection (3rd of 4 collections this year) will take place on August 9th & 10th.

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