Sunday, 21 September 2014


Twenty Fifth Sunday in ordinary time
        sunday  21st September 2014     

 Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 22nd  September: 24th Week in Ordingary Time:
Bantry:  10am   Mass of Thanksgiving

Tues. 23rd  September: 24th  Week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:   10am  John Kane - Buttevant

Wed. 24th September:  24th  week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:            10am      Jackie & Bridie Moloney -    Droumclough
Hospital:  5.30pm    People of the Parish
Thurs. 25th September: 24th week in Ordinary time:
Bantry:  10am    Liz Hurley – Market Street
Friday 26th September: 24th  Week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry   10am    Curley Keohane  & Ann O’Toole - Newtown
Kealkil: 7.30pm Patrick Hurley - Derryarkane
Sat.  27th September: 24th week in Ordinary Time:
Hospital:     10am       Cyril & Madge McCarthy – London  & Bantry
Bantry:   6.15pm   Hannah Casey - Cahernacrin
Sun. 28th September:Twenty Fifth Sunday
                              in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:   9am     Ellen & John O’Mahony - Gortloughera
Coomhola: 10am  Patrick & Elizabeth Holland – Kealanine
Kealkil:      11am   Jeremiah Connolly - Reendesert     
Bantry:      12noon  People of the Parish

The Deep End – God’s Love is Different
In today’s parable Matthew is addressing an issue in the community where people are unhappy with certain groups being included in God’s Kingdom… they were there first! We can identify with the characters: times when we felt hard done by; times we made comparisons between ourselves and others. Whereas ‘THEY’? Well, ‘they’ are the cause of the problem, benefiting in some way from our perceived injustice.

‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong.’ This is a moment of grace where God is freeing people from jealousy; there is enough to go around, everyone has received what they were promised. Even in our relationships with one another, people sometimes want to possess and take all for themselves. In reality God (and people) can love others unconditionally without taking anything away from us. If we could liberate ourselves from such insecurities and not let them take hold, life would be a lot happier. Have you been wronged? Has an injustice occurred to anyone else? No, then why worry? The workers expect a judgemental God and often we too confine our image of God to a distributor of justice. God’s justice is more concerned with generosity and compassion, there is plenty for all.
 God’s love is just… different.

‘True love is delicate and kind, full of gentle perception and understanding, full of beauty and grace, full of joy unutterable... With such a love one would see all things new; we would begin to see people as they really are, as God sees them.’
Dorothy Day                                         Jane Mellet

A warm welcome and sincere thanks to our new & existing altar servers (and their parents) in our three Churches for volunteering with us.
We look forward to their years of service here in Bantry Parish.

Died Recently:
We extend our prayers & sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of;
Ann Gallen (nee McSweeney) – Coomanore & late of Luton, UK.

May she rest in peace.

Training for Pastoral Teams for Funerals

Training for those who have agreed to be part of the Pastoral Teams for Funerals will take place in the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry beginning on Thursday, October 2nd and continuing on Thursday 9th, 16th and 23rd. Each session will begin at 8.00pm and continue until 9.30pm followed by light refreshments. This training is facilitated by The Diocesan Liturgy Office.

Parish Weddings:
We congratulate Michelle O’Brien (Seskin, Bantry) & Eugene Coughlan (Caheragh) who were married in St. Finbarr’s Church, Bantry on Friday, 12th September 2014.  
We wish Michelle & Eugene long & happy lives together

Offertory Collection:
Bantry Church weekend of  13th / 14th September: €2170

Special collection for Priesthood Education will take place next weekend, September 27th / 28th. The proceeds of the collection go to the Diocesan Education Fund which meets the cost of seminarians’ fees at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and also contributes to post-graduate studies of priests of the Diocese.

Recent Parish Baptisms:
Darcy Nell Andrews
(Slip Lawn, Bantry),
We welcome her into our Christian Community

There will be a Ceili in the Mealagh Valley Community Centre, Ards, Bantry on Saturday 27th September at 9.30 pm.  Music with Ger Murphy.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  All welcome.

Autumn Station Masses 2014

Friday 26th September @ 8pm –
Michael & Mary Hannick – Ardnaclough, Dromduve, Baurnagearagh

Saturday 27th September @ 11am –
Joan Keane – Caher, Gories, Leacadiomhaoin, Cappanavar

Saturday 4th October @ 11am –
Breda McCoy – Dromleigh

Saturday 11th October @ 11am –
John & Elizabeth O’Sullivan – Cahirmounteen, Kealkil

It is hoped to have Station Masses for Autumn 2014 during the months of 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.

Are you the parent of a teenager ?? … John Lonergan, renowned speaker, author and natural storyteller will speak about “Parenting Teenagers” in Bantry, at 8pm, Thursday, October 2nd in the Maritime Hotel. Hosted by the Parents Association of Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí tickets will be available on the door on the night and all are welcome. 

St. Colum's Hall will host a hurling strategy meeting on Tuesday the 23rd at 8:30pm. Open to members past and present, the meeting will address the current standing of hurling in the club, what are we doing right? What could we improve upon?

Does your spouse have dementia? We are carrying out research looking to gain an insight into the health and wellbeing of those who live with someone who has dementia. For more information about taking part please contact Alan Galvin or Dr Maria Pertl at Trinity College on 01 896 8414”

Night Classes in Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí

 Registration will take place on Tuesday 23rd September from 5.30 – 7.00 in the college for the following Courses:
Legal Practice and Procedures
Meditation, Relaxation & Mindfullness
Digital Photography (Beginners)
Spanish (Beginners)
Practical Cooking for Beginners
Computers for over 55’s (Improvers)
Landscape Water Colour Painting
Meditation, Relaxation & Mindfullness for Men
Introduction to Bridge
Spanish (Intermediate)
Digital Photography (Advanced)
 Further details on course contents: or
Courses Commence Tuesday 30th Sept & Thursday 2nd Oct

To celebrate World Mental Health day on Oct. 10th a Festival of music and arts will take place in West Cork and mainly Bantry with the opening of same on Monday 6th in Bantry by Dr. Pat Bracken with Mr. R. Doody in Bantry square at the Cumasu Community bus and and the highlight of the week is the launch of Bantry Community Choir in concert at The Maritime Hotel with guest choirs, Schull Gospel Choir, Baltimore Singers and West Cork Choral Singers on Oct 10th at 8pm. Tickets €10 and proceeds to Donal Walsh Org, VdeP Bantry and West Cork Arts and tickets for sale at Hickey's, The Maritime Hotel and Nora on 0861948074