Tuesday, 27 January 2015


The third Sunday in ordinary time

sunday  25th January 2015   

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–
Mon. 26th Jan: 3rd week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry: 10am –  Mary Lynch - Gurteen

Tues. 27th Jan: 3rd week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:   10am – John & Jane Kelly - Scart
Wed. 28th Jan: 3rd Week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:  10am   Paddy O’Shea – Chapel Street
Hospital Chapel: 5.30pm:
Sonny, Nora & James O’Mahony - Ards
Thurs. 29th Jan: 3rd week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:  10.00 am:  Seanie Kearns – Lahadane
& Annie Downey - Droumduve
Friday 30th Jan: 3rd week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry  10am  James & Margaret O’Mahony –
Reenrour Road & London
Kealkil: 7.30pm Brigie O’Sullivan (nee Lehane)  -  
                            Cousane & England
Sat.  31st Jan: 3rd week in Ordinary Time:
Hospital:10am;Maureen O’Sullivan (Rancher) - Seskin   
Bantry: 6.15pm Jeremiah & Jane McCarthy- Newtown

Sun. 1st Feb:  Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:  9am:  John Thornton - Derrinkealig
Coomhola: 10am: Carrie Moore – Ardnageehy
                                – 1st Anniversary
Kealkil:      11am  Ellen O’Mahony - Lackavane
Bantry:    12noon  People of the Parish 

Dates for the Diary:
The Presentation of the Lord: Monday Feb. 2nd: Blessing of Candles at 10am Mass.

Feast of St. Blaise— Tuesday February 3rd
The Blessing of Throats (using the candles from the previous day’s Feast)
will take place at the morning 10.00am Mass in Bantry.
There will also be a Prayer Service with Blessing of Throats in Bantry Church
at 7.30pm on Tuesday evening Feb 3rd.

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: Wednesday 11th February.
World Day of the Sick: The Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing) will be administered during the 10.00am Mass in St. Finbarr’s Church & during the 5.30pm Mass in the Hospital Chapel. All who might be in need of the Sacrament are invited to receive it.

Ash Wednesday: 18th  February: Day of Fast & Abstinence: Start of Lent

Pastoral Teams for Funerals
Many older people remember what a wake in a house was like. 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 be 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.
Eight people from the parish attended this training for Pastoral Teams for Funerals in October 2014.
There will be a meeting of those who attended that training in St. Finbarr’s Church, Bantry on  Tuesday February 3rd after the 7.30pm Blessing of Throats.

Cork Conference
The Importance of Marriage
And the Defence of the Family
Venue: Conference Centre, Silversprings Hotel, Cork on Sunday February 8th 2015 at 2.45pm
Speakers: Rev. Fr. Gabriel Burke, Catherine Whiley (Founder of the Grandparents Assoc.), Tom Finnegan Phd (Mothers & Fathers Matter), Anthony Murphy (Editor, Catholic Voice Newspaper). 
                                                      Important to be there on the day

Bantry Parish Mission

St Patrick’s Community will give a Mission in our Parish from the 9th to the 13th of March 2015. They will speak at all Masses the weekend just before the Mission, which starts on Monday 9th and finishes on Friday evening the 13th. Each day has a different theme with talks from the group, prayer, music and a lot more.
This Mission is for the whole Parish 
All are invited!
More information in the coming weeks

Mission Prayer

Heavenly Father, We pray that our Parish Mission may be a time of grace and renewal for all.
We ask you to bless all the families in our Parish especially those who are experiencing difficulties.
Bless the old, the young, the poor, the sick, the unemployed and those in sorrow or despair.
Help us dear Lord to grow in faith and love of you. Amen

Our Lady of Mercy N.S. - Open / Enrolment Day: An invitation to all parents with children of school going age to Our Lady of Mercy National School Open Day on Thursday 5th February from 1.00 - 2.00 p.m. Parents & children are invited to tour the school’s indoor & outdoor facilities & classrooms. You are welcome to enrol your child on the day. Please bring your child's birth certificate & P.P.S. number with you. We look forward to meeting you. For  info. call Dympna Daly (Principal) on 50590.

Spring Station Masses 2015
It is hoped to have Station Masses for Spring 2015 starting on 17th January, and continuing through February, March & April.
If you are thinking of hosting the Spring Stations next year, we would ask you to please contact the parish office (56398) to arrange a date.
Spring Stations 2015

Friday 30th January @ 8pm – Oliver & Anna Goggin
- Lisheens, Traennamaddree

Friday 6th February @ 11am – Helen O’Leary Crossogue, Dromloughlin, Dromaclarig, Goreemore, Dromdaniel, Gortagaree, Reendonegan, Ballylickey, Lahern

Saturday 21st March @ 11am – Pat & Joan O’Mahony
Carriganass, Ahil, Geragh

St. Brigid's Cross: Sunday, February 1st. is St. Brigid’s Day. To mark the occasion, Bantry Library will be holding a free workshop in advance on Friday next, January 30th about how to make the famous St Brigid's Cross. This workshop will be provided by the Activities Department from Deerpark House Nursing Home and takes place at the library from 2.30 to 3.30pm when people can watch a demonstration of how this traditional craft is done. Both children and adults are especially welcome. Admission is free. The library also has free booklets to give away which explain some of the customs, beliefs and traditions associated with St. Brigid's Day. For further information, contact Bantry Library on 027-50460.

Recent Parish Baptisms:
Adele Vidola  (Gortroe, Bantry),
We welcome her into our Christian Community

Derrycreha National School Open Day Thursday 29th January 2015 2pm-4pm - All Welcome.  For further information please contact Principal Mrs Anna O'Sullivan 027 63143/ 087 4146248

St Colum's GAA Club are hosting our annual awards night on Saturday the 31st of January in the Ouvane Falls, Ballylickey at 9pm sharp. There will be live music and refreshments available on the night. So if you are free please join us in celebrating all that happened in the club during the 2014 year

The Mealagh Valley Community Centre: Sean Nós dancing for beginners starts Weds.28th Jan. (8.30-9pm) followed by set dancing classes 9-10.30pm. With Olive Lynch.

There will be a Blood Pressure Clinic held at the Bantry Primary Care Health Centre, Maritime Hotel, Bantry on Wednesday, 4th February 2015 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend this free, confidential service being offered by the Health Service Executive and your local Public Health Nurse.  It is important for people of all ages to have blood pressure checked on a regular basis

Coomhola National School:  Enrolling pupils for 2015/'16 school year on Fri. Feb. 6th from 10.00 to 11.00. All  prospective pupils and their parents are very welcome.

St Finbarr’s Boys’ National School enrolment registration for pupils for September 2015 takes place at the school on Monday 26th of January from 3.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Cancer Survivors Meeting: an informal gathering in a relaxed setting for anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis.   The next meeting will be on Tuesday January 27th, 2015 in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry, from 11.00am – 12.30.  We will be planning our 2015 activities and speaker topics at this meeting.  Come for tea, coffee and peer group discussion.  Free of charge. 

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