Tuesday, 17 March 2015


Fourth Sunday of lent (Laetare Sunday)
sunday  15th  March 2015   

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 16th March: 4th  week of Lent:
Bantry: 10am –  Deceased members of the Power Family – Brandyhall, Castletownbere
Bantry: 6.15pm William Kearney - Droumsullivan

Tues. 17th March: St. Patrick, Bishop, Principal Patron of Ireland:
Bantry:       9am Denis Cronin – Coomanore & Dublin
Coomhola: 10am Patrick & Margaret Daly –
                               Courloum North, Coomhola
Kealkil: 11am Denis O’Sullivan – Breenbeg, Kealkil    
                                        & London – Months Mind
Bantry:   12noon: People of the Parish
Wed. 18th March: 4th week of Lent:
Bantry: 10am Frances Dineen – St. Canneras Place
Hospital: 5.30pm Jimmy O’Sullivan – Rock Villas 
Thurs. 19th March: St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed
Virgin Mary:
Bantry:  10.00 am:  Billy O’Donovan – Newtown
Bantry: 7.30pm Madge Crowley - Colomane
Friday 20th March: 4th  week of Lent:
Bantry  10am  Mary Griffin – Reenrour East
Kealkil: 7.30pm Tim & Hannie O’Connor –    
                                        Cahirmuckee, Kealkil
Sat. 21st March: 4th week of Lent:
Hospital:10am;  Paddy Casey – Slip Lawn
Bantry: 6.15pm  Tommie Holland – Slip Park

Sun. 22nd :  Fifth Sunday of Lent:
Bantry:  9am:  Johnny Sweeney – Newtown
Coomhola: 10am: Bridie O’Brien – Coomhola Bridge    
Kealkil:11am  Kathleen & Sean O’Shea – Ahil, Kealkil
Bantry:    12noon  People of the Parish 

St. Patrick’s Day Mass Times
Bantry:            6.15pm Vigil Mass on Monday 16th March
Bantry:            9am
Coomhola:      10am
Kealkil:           11am
Bantry:            12noon (as Gaeilge)

Parish Mission
We thank John, Niall and Catherine from St. Patrick’s Community for their time with us over the past week. We pray that the mission has been a source of inspiration and renewal for us as a parish community and ask God’s blessing on the mission team and on all of us as we journey through Lent to Easter.
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

Conradh Na Gaeilge – Beannachtí na Feile. Bí Flaithiul le Ciste na Teanga
Beatha Teanga í labhairt

Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be led by members of the Parish Assembly and others on the Sundays of Lent. We will gather to pray the Stations at 5.00pm each Sunday in St. Finbarr’s Church. Why not come and join us as we accompany Jesus on his journey to Calvary.

Died Recently:
We extend our prayers & sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of;

Ellen Flanagan (nee O’Donoghue) –
Rooska, Bantry

Mary O’Donoghue (nee Daly)
The Moorings, Newtown, Bantry

May they rest in peace.
 Spring Station Masses 2015
It is hoped to have Station Masses for Spring 2015 in 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

Wednesday 15th April @ 8pm – Brendan & Helen O’Keeffe: Gorteen, Beach, Cappanaloha, Dromreig, Dunbittern, Shanavalla, Dromacusane, Dromcloch, Ardihoulihane, Aghahogeen,

Offertory Collection: Bantry weekend of  7th/8th March: €2124. Special Collection for Irish Bishops Commissions takes place this weekend March 14th & 15th

Events  at  Mealagh  Valley   Hall  this coming  week  are: Tuesday   March  17th. - Bingo  with  a  Jackpot   at  8.pm Saturday  March  21st. - Cards  for  Beginners    at  9pm. Your    Support  is Greatly  Appreciated.


DROMCLOUGH N.S. will be holding an Enrolment Day on Wednesday 25th of March from 10am -12.30pm. Dromclough N.S. is a mixed, rural National school. We are a child-centred, family friendly school. For info please ring 027-50868

 Cycle against Suicide is a voluntary organisation with the aim of raising awareness of the many supports and help available to those battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.
Bantry has been chosen this year as an overnight stop for the charity cycle on May 4th. The event is a 400km cycle tour of Ireland over 14 days, with Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai being the main assembly area for the event in Bantry.
Participants from a wide variety of backgrounds choose to cycle some or all of the stages and it is expected that 1000 cyclists will arrive in Bantry on the evening of May 4th.
Central to its success is the Homestay Programme. People from across the county open their homes to the participants, provide them with a warm meal, chance to freshen up and a bed for the night.
We are looking for accommodation for up to 300 cyclists & if you can offer a room for the night we would be very grateful. This is a very tangible way for everyone in Bantry to lend support & ‘together, shoulder to shoulder, we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland.’

Please contact: Marie Spillane – 086-2328150 or email spillanesgala@gmail.co
More details about cycle against suicide on facebook &  www.cycleagainstsuicide.com

Recent Parish Weddings:
We congratulate Deirdre O’Connor (Ardnacloughy, Bantry) & Brendan Murphy (Inchigeela) who were married in St. Joseph’s Church, Coomhola on Saturday, 14th February 2015.   We wish Deirdre & Brendan long & happy lives together

Pre-School Invite - Mary Hennessy of Happy Days Montessori, Ardnagaoithe, invites you to an Open Day on Thursday 19th March (12.30 – 2.30pm). Places available September 2015 for 2½ - 5 years old including Free ECCE Scheme.

St. Colum's Camogie is back training for 2015 in St. Colum's Hall and the training schedule is
Under 6's & Under 8's Thursdays  6pm - 7pm
Under 10's &Under 12's Thursdays 7pm - 8pm
Under 14's & Under 16's Mondays 7pm -8pm
New members are always welcome!! For any inquires please contact Eilis on 0868719199

Naíonra Bheanntraí is holding an Open Day on Wednesday 25 March 2015 at 11 am. There will be lots of fun activities including an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny. It caters for children aged 2 years 8 months.  Fees are subsidised and it also part takes in the ECCE free pre-school year program.  Further Info. please contact  027/51966.

Cork and the Great War 1914 - 1918
A Talk by Gerry White author and military historian (covering Cork city and county incl. some local details) will be given at Christian Fellowship Church Bantry on Monday 30th March at 8.00pm. Hosted by Bantry Historical Society.  Everyone welcome

Cancer Research – Annual Fundraiser Appeal in the ‘Timberland’ Shop Bantry
Sat.-Mon. March 14th- 23rd (9.30am-5.30pm)
Sale of donated goods from Sat. March 14th to Mon. March 23rd (9.30am-5.30pm). Details Nora Cremin (51276) All Proceeds to Cork Cancer Research Centre.

Bantry Parish & Friends
Pilgrimage to Lourdes
22nd – 27th September 2015
Accompanied by Spiritual Director:
Fr. Martin Keohane P.P. Ex-Cork. 
Accommodation at the Agena Hotel
Please see Church Porches for details
& Parish Office for booking forms

ALIVE free paper(March edition) available at church porches. Please take one and some for family and friends.

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