Tuesday, 24 February 2015


First Sunday of lent
 sunday  22nd February 2015    

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–
Mon. 23rd Feb: 1st week of Lent:
Bantry: 10am –  Padraig O’Grady – Doiregrenaugh East

Tues. 24th Feb: 1st week of Lent:
Bantry:   10am – Mary Sugrue – Market Street
Bantry: 7.30pm – Gerald O’Sullivan – Marino Street
Wed. 25th Feb: 1st week of Lent:
Bantry: 10am  Timothy & Mary O’Sullivan – Reenrour East
Hospital: 5.30pm Sheila Cronin (Rock Villas – Months Mind and her brother Sonny Cronin – Seskin
Thurs. 26th Feb: 1st week of Lent:
Bantry:  10.00 am:  Michael Scully – New Street
Bantry: 7.30pm Paddy O’Sullivan – Reenrour East (20th anniversary)
Friday 27th Feb: 1st week of Lent:
Bantry  10am  Florence McCarthy – High Street
Kealkil: 7.30pm: People of the Parish
Sat. 28th Feb: 1st week of Lent:
Hospital:10am;  Paddy McSweeney - Shannavalla
Bantry: 6.15pm  Margaret O’Sullivan – Dromleigh Sth

Sun. 1st March:  Second Sunday of Lent:
Bantry:  9am:  Connie O’Sullivan
Coomhola: 10am: Cornelius Healy & Michael Healy –
Kealkil:      11am  Danny Joe O’Sullivan - Moularaha
Bantry:    12noon  People of the Parish

There will be evening Mass at 7.30pm during Lent on Tuesdays & Thursdays
in Bantry Church

Bantry Parish Mission

St Patrick’s Community will give our Parish Mission from the 9th to the 13th of March. Each day has a different theme with talks from the group, prayer, music and a lot more.
Monday night: God’s Love 7:30pm
Tuesday night: God’s Mercy 7:30pm
Wednesday night: God’s healing 7:30pm
Thursday night: God’s gift of Mary 7:30pm
Friday night: Mass of the Holy Spirit 7:30pm
This Mission is for the whole Parish –
all are invited!
There is something for everyone!

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.

Pastoral Teams for Funerals
The Parish Funeral Team will begin its ministry this weekend with a Commissioning Ceremony at the 6.15pm Vigil Mass in Bantry and at the 11.00am Mass in Kealkill. The members of the team are: Theresa Collins, Sheila Hegarty, Anna Goggin, Mary Connolly, Bernard O’Leary, Deirdre Kingston, John O’Sullivan and Maura O’Flynn.
We pray for them as they begin their ministry.

Died Recently:
We extend our prayers & sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of;
Kathleen Mary Brandon  –
Blackrock Close, Bantry.
May she rest in peace.

Station of the Cross during Lent
Each Sunday evening during Lent, members of our community will lead us in praying the Stations of the Cross at 5pm. We invite all to attend. If you wish to lead or be involved in any way, please contact members of Parish Assembly.

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 this 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

Beginning Experience is a worldwide specially designed support programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse by death, separation or divorce to work through the grief process, and to discover for themselves that merely "existing" in life can be transformed into "living" a new life, though a different one. The next weekend is being held at the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork from Friday 10th April  to Sunday 12th April, 2015. For further details please contact 0879886480   or  email  beginningexperiencecork@gmail.com  

CANCER SURVIVORS:  The next meeting will be on Tuesday 24 Feb  in The Maritime Hotel, Bantry, from 11am to 12:30.  Eadaoin Ni Bhuachalla, UCC Research Dietitian and one of the authors of "Good Nutrition for Cancer Recovery" will address nutrition issues at this informal coffee morning.  Attendance restricted to people diagnosed with cancer.

Congregational Singing at 6.15pm Mass: To enhance the celebration of Mass we raise our voices together in song. Hymn leaflets can be found in the church porch.

Bantry Blues GAA Club Registration will take place on Friday 27th February from 6pm to 8pm at the Clubhouse and also on Saturday 28th from 2pm to 4pm.  All members are asked to come along and register on these dates.  Only registered members can train and play for Bantry Blues

Cancer Research – Annual Fundraiser Appeal
in the ‘Timberland’ Shop Bantry
Sat. March 14th-Mon.March 23rd (9.30am-5.30pm)
Donated items will be collected at the shop on Wed. Thurs. Fri. 1th, 12th, 13th March (10am-4pm)
Donations very much appreciated: unwanted gifts, bags, nursery items, arts/crafts, jewellery, bags, ornaments, pictures, glassware, chine, good toys & games, exercise equipment, radios and music centres, cds, dvds etc (no clothes, books or shoes).
Sale of donated goods from Sat.March 14th to Mon.March 23rd (9.30am-5.30pm). Details from Nora Cremin (51276)
Please help support this great cause.
Together we can make a difference.

Mealagh   Valley    Community    Alert   Group   will  hold their  Annual  General   Meeting   in  The  Community  Hall,     Ards on Monday   February   23rd.   at  8.00P.M..     Many  interesting   speakers    from An  Garda   Siochana  and other  groups  will   address this Meeting.   It would be appreciated if  every    household   in the   Valley  could  be represented at  this    very  important   meeting.    By   working   together   we will   keep  our   Valley    Crime   Free.
Bingo   with  A  Jackpot  will be held   at  Mealagh  Valley   Community  Hall   on Thursday  February  26th  at  8.00P.M..     The  Usual  Bus  Service  will run.     Your  Support would be greatly  Appreciated.

Bantry and District Cardiac Support Group AGM on Tues Feb 24h at 8pm at the Family Resource Centre, Room No.2 Main St Bantry. The group welcomes people who have had a cardiac event  All are welcome. Contact: Catherine Cahalane Cardiovascular RHN  086 7871552

Over 60s Talent Competition – West Cork Heat
8pm, Thurs 19 March at Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery
Are you over 60, and can sing, dance, play an instrument or recite a poem? Then sign up for the West Cork Heat of the Over 60s Talent Competition which is now in its 39th year. This is a very enjoyable and sociable event and highlights the talents and skills of those over sixty. The winner will be entered into the Cork Semi-Final taking place in Cork City Hall on Sunday 26 April.  If you would like more information or would like to enter please call Clare on (023) 8848722. Tickets:€5 (Free to contestants)
In Aid of the Irish Heart Foundation.

Coomhola/Glengariff Parent and Toddler Group, held on Thursday mornings 10am - 12noon in Glengarriff Community Hall €4 per family.All new faces very welcome.Contact 0861713371 with any query.

The World Day of Prayer Service for 2015 will take place at 8pm on Friday 6th March
at Bantry Hospital Chapel.
All women and men are welcome to attend. The Women of the Bahamas who compiled the service based on the theme of Jesus’ Words.  ‘Do you know what I have done to you’ (John13:1-17).
There will be three preliminary Bible Studies (10.30am-12noon) on Wednesdays 18th & 25th February and 4thMarch at St. Brendan’s Church

Recent Parish Baptisms:
Julia Elizabeth Kingston
(Milton, Massachusettes, USA),

We welcome her into our Christian Community

Cappabue NS will be holding their Open Day on Friday 27th February 2015 from 2p.m. to 3p.m. All welcome.

Offertory Collection:
Bantry Church weekend of  14th/15th Feb : €1755. Special Collection for Irish Bishops Commissions takes place on March 14th & 15th

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