Monday, 6 April 2015


Easter day of the Lord’s resurrection
sunday  5th April 2015   

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 6th March: Easter Monday:
Bantry: 10am –  Margaret (Mags) Dineen - Baurgorm

Tues. 7st March: Easter Tuesday:
Bantry:       10am: Anthony McCarthy – Donemark & Kilcrohane    
Wed. 8th April: Easter Wednesday:
Bantry: 10am Robert & Kathleen Evans – The Square Hospital: 5.30pm  Eoin O’Sullivan (Rancher) - Seskin 
Thurs. 9th  April: Easter Thursday:
Bantry: 10am:       John O’Driscoll - Gearhies
Friday 10th  April: Easter Friday
Bantry: 10am John & Bridie Flynn – Durrus & Limerick
Kealkil: 7.30pm Danny & Mary McCarthy –  Cappabue, Kealkil
Sat. 11th April: Easter Saturday:
Hospital:  10am: Christy O’Reilly – Gurteenroe
Bantry:     6.15pm Tom & Rita Spillane – Chapel Street

Sun. 12th April: Second Sunday of  Easter:
Bantry:    9am  Mary Swanton – Maulakiev
Coomhola: 10am: John & Nora Harrington - Derrycreha
Kealkil:11am  Con & Hetty Hanley - Lisheens
Bantry:    12noon  People of the Parish


Not knowing
When the Dawn will come
I open every door’
Emily Dickinson
The open tomb is a big part of the Easter story. When Mary of Magadala visits the tomb on the third day after Jesus is crucified, she finds that the stone has been moved away. Along with Peter and the other disciples, the realisation gradually dawns that something wonderful has happened. Jesus is risen from the dead!
Easter is a time for openness. The hearts of Mary ad the disciples were opened that first Easter morning, and they suddenly understood what Jesus had been trying to teach then all along. In rising from the dead, Jesus had broken down their barriers. Are our hearts open? Are we ready to hear the good news?
Look where the garden door is open wide!
Come to the garden, there’s no need to hide.
God has broken down the fences
And he stands with arms wide open, come along inside (from ‘An Easter Carol’ – Damien Lundy)
Triona Doherty (email:

Recent Parish Weddings:
We congratulate Mary Kate O’Brien (Slip, Bantry) & Kevin Harrington (Scart Road, Bantry) who were married in St. Finbarr’s Church, Bantry, on Saturday 28th  March 2015.   We wish Mary Kate & Kevin long & happy lives together

Recent Parish Baptisms:

Fionn Patrick Concannon (Cappanaloha, Bantry)
Aoibhe Kate Daly (Derrygrenaugh, Scart, Bantry),
Eoghan Fachtna Goggin (Riverway, Ballylickey)
We welcome them into our Christian Community

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

Teresa Scully (nee Cluskey)
- Glanmire, Cork & Nobber, Co. Meath

Mary Milner
(Newtown, Bantry),

May they rest in peace

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

Divine Mercy Sunday – Sunday April 12th 2015
St. Augustine’s Church, Washington Street, Cork
2.00pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions. 3pm: 3 O’Clock Prayer & Chaplet. 15.15pm: Talk on St.Faustina’s Diary. 4pm: Mass.

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

Padre Pio Prayer Group will meet on  Friday 10th April at Sacred Heart Church, Glengarriff.
Adoration at 7.30pm followed by Mass.

Fancy living as a hermit for a while?
Come to Holy Hill Hermitage for FREE
Young Adults Programme (18-35): Cost- FREE.    
Dates-   1st Oct until 1st Dec 2015.
Working retreats: Cost- 15hrs work a week.   Dates-  Ongoing, so when can you come?
Hermits are provided with a comfortable hermitage with well stocked kitchen. The Young Adults Programme includes, mountain climbing, workshops, seminars, regular Mass, mountain biking, Eucharistic services, Eucharistic adoration, meditation, spiritual direction, contemplation, regular time for silent solitude. Holy Hill Hermitage is a Catholic Diocesan Institute of Consecrated Life practicing Carmelite spirituality.   

Youth2000 Retreat Killarney
24th – 26th of April the next Youth2000 retreat is being held in Killarney Co. Kerry. Please feel very welcome to join us for prayer, music, worship and friendship. If you are between the ages of 16 and 35 this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about your faith, or simply meet people your age.

EASTER EGG HUNT: There will be an Easter egg hunt this Sunday the 5TH of April in Bantry town from 12.30 to 3.30 in aid of The Attic Youth Cafe. The hunt will start from the Tourist Office at 12.30. Participants will receive a set of clues and a map and will have an adventure around the town! The tickets are €5.00 per child or €10 for a group of 3. There will be prizes for all participants and a special prize for the winning team. Parent are asked to accompany their children on their adventure around the town. This event is kindly supported by Bantry Tourism and Development Group.

Cycle Against Suicide is coming to Bantry on May 4th & 5th. Prior to that a 5km fun run will take place on Saturday April 11th at 9am from Bantry Square. All are welcome.
Further information from Mick on 086-2385611

Offertory Collection: Bantry Church weekend of 28th/29th March: €1787. Month of March: Coomhola: €1500. Kealkil: €1960. Special collection for Diocesan Needs will take place on April 18th / 19th

Enrich your marriage  on a
Marriage Encounter Weekend.
Spend a weekend away  discovering the full potential of your marriage. Enjoy real quality time  together free from external pressures and interruptions. Develop a new way of sharing your thoughts and feelings with your husband or wife. Irrespective of  how long you are married, this is a unique weekend experience that every good  marriage deserves.  The next Marriage Encounter Weekend will be from 17th to 19th April 2015 (8:00 pm Friday to 4:30 pm  Sunday) at the Cork International Hotel,

Some places still remain for our Trip of a Lifetime to the Holy Land, June 8-18th, 2015. Follow the footsteps of Jesus from the Sea of Galilee to the River Jordan and on to the final days in Jerusalem
Group Leader Mícheál de Barra;  Spiritual Director Fr. John Newman
For information and booking contact Mícheál at 086-8337681 

ALIVE Free Catholic paper  (April edition)  available at church porches. Please take one and some for family and friends.

Cards  for Beginners   will be held  at Mealagh  Valley  Hall on Saturday   April  11th.  at  9.00P.M..   All  are   Welcome

West Cork Carers Support Group is holding a Practical First Aid Course for Carers in conjunction with the Irish Red Cross in the Dunmanway Social Centre, Dunmanway on Friday 17th April 7.00pm to 10.00pm & Saturday 18th April 9.30am to 5.30pm.
This course will give Carers a basic understanding of key First Aid situations and their treatment.

Course Fee: Normally €80, this course is being offered at a subsidised rate of €30 to Carers registered with West Cork Carers Support Group.
Course fee includes an Irish Red Cross Practical First Aid Workbook & Scenarios and a certificate.
BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS: Early booking recommended as places will be limited. Tel: 02753848

Marian Pilgrimages – San Giovanni Rotondo, Assissi & Cascia. 23rd-30th October 2015. 7 nights from Dublin. Contact Beatrice Falvey on 087-6728615 before end April to secure a seat.

Bantry Blues Ladies are running an Easter Peil Camp from Tuesday 7th April to Friday 10th April.  The camp will run from 10a.m. to 1p.m. each day and is suitable for children aged 4 years and upwards.   The cost is €40 for first child and €35 for each subsequent child.  All proceeds will go towards Bantry Blues Pitch Development. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Any enquiries to Anne O’Grady at

 ALIVE Free Catholic paper  (April edition)  available at church porches. Please take one and some for family and friends.


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