Wednesday, 4 February 2015


The fourth Sunday in ordinary time
sunday  1st February 2015   

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 2nd Feb: 3rd week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry: 10am –  Jim O’Leary – Whiddy Island

Tues. 3rd Feb: 3rd week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:   10am – Charlie, Mary, & Peggy O’Connor – Glengarriff Road
Bantry: 7.30pm Prayer Service & Blessing of Throats
Wed. 4th Feb: 3rd Week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry: 10am Patrick Daly – Raheen & Whiddy Island
Hospital Chapel: 5.30pm:
Malgorzata Komisarczuk – Poland & Cork
Thurs. 5th Feb: 3rd week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:  10.00 am:  John Cronin - Gortroe
Friday 6th Feb: 3rd week in Ordinary Time:
Bantry  10am  Breda O’Sullivan - Goureemore
Kealkil: 7.30pm Shared Mass
Bantry: 7.30pm Shared Mass
Sat. 7th Feb: 3rd week in Ordinary Time:
Hospital:10am;     Mickey O’Donoghue – Tower Street   
Bantry: 6.15pm     Kathleen Williams - Newtown

Sun. 8th Feb:  Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
Bantry:  9am:  Mary Murphy – Kealkil & Enniskeane
Coomhola: 10am: Geraldine Coakley – Snave
Kealkil:      11am  Mary & Daniel Hurley & their son                      
                              Patrick - Ardnatrush
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:Lent Begins

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;

Stephanie Cotter (nee O’Connor) – Newtown, Bantry. In her 100th year.

Timothy (Tim) O’Sullivan – Whiddy Island, Bantry & Bristol, UK

May they rest in peace.

Parish Weddings:
We congratulate Marion Harrington (Coomhola) & Michael Moore (Clonakilty) who were married in St. Joseph’s Church, Coomhola on Sat., 17th January 2015.  
We wish Marion & Michael long & happy lives together

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 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

Recent Parish Baptisms:
Seán Anthony Murphy
(Donemark, Bantry),

Bartosz Eryk Rys
(Gorteen, Bantry),

Tadhg Abele
(Seskin, Bantry)
We welcome them into our Christian Community

Bantry District Community Games are holding its swimming trials in The Water School, Pearsons Bridge, on Monday February 2nd.The first race will start promptly at 4pm. Students between the ages of 6 and 16  from the Bantry area or who attend school in the Bantry area are eligible to compete. Entry forms have been sent to the schools and are available at all the local swimming pools. Qualifiers from this event will go forward to represent Bantry at the county finals  at Leisure World in Bishopstown. – the date for this has yet to be confirmed.

National Learning Network, West Cork. Are you looking for a job and need to retrain or up-skill? National Learning Network provides personalised training and support to people who, for a variety of reasons, may find it difficult to gain employment or access to higher education or training. A wide range of FREE practical and certified training opportunities are on offer in West Cork. No formal qualifications necessary.  Social Welfare entitlements unaffected and training provided throughout the calendar year. For further information and transport details contact: Mary Deane on 027 51027 or

Bantry Bay Lions President, Mary O’Regan-Barsum & Club members say a sincere thank you to all who contributed so generously to the recent Church Gate Collections in the Parish.€1,620.32 was collected for the Ebola Relief Fund & local Charities.

The Parents  Association Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai is holding its AGM on Thursday 5th  Feb. at 7.30pm. All parents are invited to attend.
Offertory Collection:
Bantry Church weekend of 17th/18th Jan: €1953. Special Collection for Diocesan Needs; Bantry Parish: 17th/18th Jan: €1980
Bantry Church weekend 24th/25th Jan €1894
Month of Jan;
Kealkil:€1395; Coomhola:€1130
Special Collection for Lourdes Invalid Fund takes place on February 7th & 8th.

'Kealkill N.S. Enrolment 2015 for Junior Infants for September 2015 will take place on Thursday, 5th February next from 12 noon to  pm. All welcome to comeview the school facilities, meet with class teacher Ms. Maria Daly. There will be short presentation by Principal Darragh Carey & our school health squad will also be hosting a coffee morning. If possible, please bring a copy of your child’s Birth Cert. & their PPS number with you. Enquiries to (027) 66298'. 

A 45  Progressive  Card Drive  will be held in Mealagh Valley  Community  Hall  on Saturday  February  7th.  at 9.00PM Sharp.  It Costs  €10   Per  Person  to Play.     Your Support  would be Greatly Appreciated.

CoAction Summer Camp:
CoAction would like to hear from adults, 2nd. & 3rd. level students interested in volunteering in their Summer Camps in July. Camps are held in Bantry, Beara, Clonakilty, Dunmanway and Skibbereen 3/4days a week throughout the month.  Applicants must be over 16yrs. by Jan. 2015. If you are interested in volunteering contact the volunteer coordinator in the Bantry centre 027- 54027/ 50114 or email  Closing date for receipt of completed application, reference and Garda Clearance forms is Friday Feb. 27th.

Basic Introduction to Computers and the Internet Classes will start by day on Mon 16 th Feb (11.30am-1.30pm) & by night on Wed 18 Feb (7-9pm) in WCDP (former Gaelscoil) in Bantry.  Courses are 4 weeks & are free of charge. Call Kathryn on 087-9876390 to book. 

A Brief History of Early Motoring: This inspiring Talk will be given by Mr Dan Joe Crowley on Monday 9th February @ 8.00pm. An event with excellent reviews, this takes place in Christian Fellowship Church Bantry and is hosted by Bantry Historical Society.  All very welcome.


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