Wednesday, 11 February 2015


The fifth Sunday in ordinary time

sunday  8th  February 2015   

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–
Mon. 9th  Feb: 5th week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry: 10am –  Jim Cadogan – Reenrour East

Tues. 10th Feb: 5th week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:   10am – William Donegan
Wed. 11th Feb: 5th Week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry: 10am Nora, Patrick & Mary O’Regan –
                        St. Canneras Place
Hospital Chapel: 5.30pm: Deceased members of the O’Sullivan Family (Cahermore) & John Keohane –    
Slip Lawn and Drinagh
Thurs. 12th Feb: 5th  week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:  10.00 am:  Jerry & Hannah Murphy - Raheen      
Friday 13th Feb: 5th  week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry  10am  James Flynn – London
Kealkil: 7.30pm Mary O’Mahony – Capabue North
Sat. 14th Feb: SS Cyril, Monk & Methodius, Bishop, Patrons of Europe:
Hospital:10am;  Eileen McCarthy & Mary Frances McCarthy (Slip Grove & Maughnaclea)
Bantry: 6.15pm     Kevin Lynch Snr. - Dromleigh

Sun. 15th Feb:  Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:  9am:  Pat Murnane - Letterlickey
Coomhola: 10am: Mary Harrington - Cooryleary
Kealkil:      11am  Margaret McCarthy - Curraglass
Bantry:    12noon  People of the Parish 

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. 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.

Died Recently:
We extend our prayers & sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of;
Thomas (Tom) Walsh  – Newtown, Bantry.
Kathleen Corridan (nee Kelly) – Church Road, Bantry & late of Fedamore, Co. Limerick

May they rest in peace.

Congregational Singing: To enhance the celebration of Mass we raise our voices together in song. Hymn leaflets an be found in the church porch.

Every year during Lent we recall that Jesus was beaten, whipped, mocked, crowned with thorns, and nailed to a cross. Our faith teaches us that He endured this agony and suffering, and died for us. By His suffering, Jesus gave meaning to all of our suffering.

Jesus did not come to explain away suffering or remove it; He came to fill it with His presence. This Lent we will unite our own personal suffering with His.

Each one of us has some amount of suffering or hurt in our life, sometimes dating from our past. Petitions symbolise the hurt that is contained in our lives and community.

During Lent we invite anyone with any unresolved grief or pain, or any kind or hurt, to place their petitions in the basket at the side of the Sanctuary. Your petitions represent the pain, grief or hurt in your life. It may be associated with;

v  Grief at death or separation
v  The pain of broken relationships
v  The pain of sickness
v  The pain of being misunderstood
v  The struggle of sexual identity
v  The pain of failure
v  Pain of living with an alcoholic partner, parent or child
v  The hurt of the past
What is unique about this spiritual exercise is that you will be able to recognise your own grief and suffering and understand that so many others share similar worries. Please feel free at any time during the coming weeks to place petitions in the basket.

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

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

Lourdes 2015 – Young Adult Helpers:
The Diocese of Cork & Ross invites Young Adult 18-30 year olds to come to Lourdes as helpers from the 11th to 16th June. Helpers will assist with the sick who travel with the diocese and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme, there will be free time, time for prayer, for making new friends and sharing in the story of Lourdes. Limited numbers of places. For more details or to book a place contact: Fr. Charlie Kiely 021-4537603 or email:

Gaelscoil Bheanntraí will be holding their Open Day on Thursday February 12th between 12 and 1pm.  All new students and parents welcome.  Please bring birth cert and pps number on the day.

The West Lodge Hotel, Bantry Benefit Dance for Bantry Hospice  on Friday 13th February. The Fabulous Louise Morrissey plus Joe Cooke and Southern Beat with Mary Daly and Ger Deasy. Doors open 8.30pm. Dancing from 9.30pm. Tickets €10. Info 087 1010384. TheHospice needs your support

Offertory Collection:
Bantry Church weekend of 1st Feb: €1614.
Special Collection for Lourdes Invalid Fund takes place this weekend February 7th & 8th.

Cork Cancer Research: Annual Fundraiser will be held in the Timberland Shop (next to William Street Book Shop) with the kind permission of the Deasy Family from Saturday 14th to Monday 23rd March. Details later from Nora Cremin (51276).

Bingo   with a Jackpot  will be held  at  Mealagh Valley  Community Hall on Thursday   February  12th.  at  8.30 P.M..    The  Usual   Bus Service  will run from  Durrus  and Bantry.       Your    Support  is  greatly  Appreciated.

The organisers of the Coomhola Christmas Evening would like to thank all those who came along to the concert in December, the proceeds collected on the night went to a local deserving cause & also to the local schools for an upcoming event which they can all enjoy.

The 4 Valley’s Social Club: Coomhola, Borlin, Kealkil, Mealagh Valley:        Are you 60 or over? Why not join the 4 Valley’s Social Club once a month for a meal and a variety of social events including; outings, music, dancing, singing, craft, cards and bingo. An opportunity to meet people, have fun and be part of a great group. For further information contact Anne Harrington, Co-ordinator - 086 726 1086. Photographic Exhibition of the Group – Bantry Library  from the 3rd – 21st Feb. & Mealagh Valley Hall from 2nd - 14th March

Recent Parish Baptisms:
Aoibhinn Nora Farley
(Pearsons Bridge, Ballylickey, Bantry),

We welcome her into our Christian Community

Please take a Trocaire Box this Lent.
Trocaire Boxes can be collected
at the Church Porches.

Adult Night Clases in Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai: Registration now available for the following courses starting Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26 February: Beauty & Make Up – Tuesday 8-9.30pm (4 weeks-€55) and Advanced Digital Photography – Thursday 7-9pm (6 weeks - €85). For further information: or tel. 027 56434

IS Jesus Calling You? Vocation Afternoon 1.30 to 4.30pm, Saturday 14th February.
For women discerning a religious vocation - Poor Clare Monastery, College Road, Cork.

Ash Wednesday: 18th  February: Day of Fast & Abstinence: Start of Lent
Each Sunday evening during Lent, members of our community will lead us in praying the Stations of the Cross. We invite all to attend. If you wish to lead or be involved in any way, please contact members of Parish Assembly.

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