Saturday, 9 May 2015


fifth Sunday of easter
sunday 3rd May 2015   

 Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 4th May: 5th  week of Easter:
Bantry: 10am –  Mick & Tess O’Leary – Whiddy Island

Tues. 5th May: 5th  week of Easter:
Bantry:   10am:   Special Intention

Wed. 6th May: 5th  week of Easter:
Bantry: 10am     Christy Cronin – Gurteenroe
Hospital Chapel: 5.30pm  Mike Maguire 
Thurs. 7th May: 5th week of Easter:
Bantry:  10am: Christy, Nellie, John & Joan O’Sullivan – Healy Pass Road, Adrigole
Friday 8th May: 5th week of Easter:
Bantry: 10am  Maeve O’Donoghue – Dromleigh N.
Kealkil: 7.30pm Johnny O’Sullivan – Breenybeg,

Sat. 9th May: 5th week of Easter:
Hospital:  10am:  Padraig O’Grady – Derryginagh
Bantry:     6.15pm Kevin Lynch Jnr. - Dromleigh

Sun. 10th May: Sixth Sunday of  Easter:
Bantry:    9am  Mary Agnes Hourihan – Chapel St.
Coomhola: 10am: Donal Daly – Coorloum North
Kealkil:11am  Deceased members of the McSweeney Family
Bantry:    12noon  People of the Parish

The 11am Mass in Kealkil Church today, Sunday 3rd May, is for the intentions of:
Mary Casey – Market Street & Whiddy (Month’s Mind) and Peg & Denis O’Leary – Whiddy Island.
Apologies for the error in last week’s newsletter.

New Youth 2000, youth prayer meeting taking place in Drimoleague Parish Church on Fridays at 8pm.  Commences on Friday 8th, May 2015.  For young people aged 16-35.  For more information contact Mary Anne on 086 352 1046

 First Communion Dates 2015
May 9th –    Coomhola & Derrycreha – 10.30am Mass
May 16th  –   Droumclough, Our Lady of Mercy, St.   
                  Finbarr’s & St. Brendan’s – 10.30am Mass
May 23rd – Gaelscol Bheanntraí – 10.30am Mass
May God bless all our First Communion Children 
on their special day & always.

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

Mary Hourihan (née O’Donnell)
(Thurles & formerly Durrus, Bantry)

Eamonn Daly (Kealkill)

Ellen (Nell) Kelleher (née Cullinane) (Kealkill)

May they rest in peace

Lourdes Pilgrimage.
Lourdes is a place of universal meeting and sharing, prayer and celebration of life. Lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the small town of Lourdes is famous for the Marian Apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1858. It is the largest Catholic pilgrimage destination in Europe, which is known as a place that offers hope and consolation to all who are in need of healing and peace.
The Bantry Parish and Friends Pilgrimage will take place from the 22nd to 27th September 2015 (Ex. Cork) with Full Board accommodation in the ‘Agena Hotel’.

Spiritual Director:   Fr. Martin Keohane P.P.

Booking forms:        Available in the Sacristy, St. Finbarr’s Church,   Bantry, or see Church porches for details.

May Rosary at nine at Our lady’s Shrine  in Bantry Church grounds

Spring 2015 Parish Dues envelopes are now ready for distribution. We ask those who kindly distribute them in Bantry town to call to the Sacristy to collect them.

Recent Parish Baptisms:

Kate Ryan  (Lisheens, Kealkil)

Kelly Creedon (Old Barrack Road, Bantry)

Michael Liam Wiseman (Caherdaniel West, Bantry)

Daithí Liam Maddock (Ahilmore, Kealkil)

We welcome them into our Christian Community

The Parish Assembly will meet on Tuesday evening next May 5th at 7.30pm in the Sacristy Meeting Room. This is the last meeting of the Assembly before the summer break. Meetings will resume in September for the final year of this Assembly.
The June meeting on Monday June 15th will be a Retreat evening for all those in ministry in the parish. Further details in the coming weeks.

Spring Stations 2015

Mass for TOWN AREAS will be held on Monday, 11th May  at Bantry Church at 7.30pm

Mass for outstanding BANTRY STATION AREAS will be held on Tuesday,  12th May at Bantry Church at 7.30pm.
Seskin, Seskin Lw/Caherdaniel West, Dromclough, Glencreagh, Cahernecrin, Drombroe Derrincaolig, Newtown, Coomanore, Glenbanoo, Shandrum, Gortroe, Baurgorm, Milleeney, Cahir, Gories, Leacadiomhaoinm, Cappanavar, Gurteenroe, Ard na Gaoithe, Whiddy, Dromliath, Ardra North, Derrygrenagh South, Cahergullane, Raheen, Caherdaniel, Derrygreanaugh M & E,
Ardnagaoithe Beg

Outstanding Station Areas in Coomhola—Mass in Coomhola Church on Thursday 14th May at 7.30pm.
 Reendesert, Dromcaol, Esknafeelna, Derrycreha, Ardnatrush Beg, Snave, Ardnagashel, Ardnatrush, Dromgarbh, Drograne,  Cappadyourdil, Cooleenlemane, Coorloum, Corrycomade, Cooryleary, Corran, Derryduv,  Farranfada, Inchinagown, Kealanine,   Millbeg, Rangeroo

Outstanding Station Areas in Kealkil— Mass at Kealkil Church on Friday 15th May at 7.30pm
 Ardra, Ards, Ballinamought, Breenybeg, Breenymore,  Cahermounteen, Cahermuckee, Cappabui N & S, Cappanaboul, Coomleigh, Cousane, Cullinagh, Curryglass, Derryarkane, Derryfada, Dromaneasa, Dromlicacrue, Dromsullivan, Glounycarney, Gortlachra, Gortnacowley, Inchaclough, Incharoe, Kealkil, Kielnacnappogue, Lacavane, Lahernsheermeen, Leachareigh, Maugha, Maughnaclee,  Moularaha, Moulavanig, Moulakieve, Skehana,
The Parish dues may be returned on the night

Offertory Collection: Bantry: Weekend 25th / 26th April: €1905.  
Month of April: Coomhola:€700 Kealkil:€925
Second Collection for the Pastoral Development office in the Diocese: The annual second collection to fund the work of the Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office will be taken up next weekend Saturday/Sunday 9th and 10th May.  This annual collection funds the costs of training for parish assemblies; ministry to young people; training for parish ministries; resources for ongoing formation such as courses, conferences.

CoAction Bantry AGM
CoAction Bantry will be holding its AGM at their Centre in Slip on Wednesday next, May 6th at 8pm. All are welcome.

Bantry AC/Fit4Life: New walk/jog/chat group starting on Monday May 11th. Suitable for complete  beginners. Male & Female welcome. Meet at Westlodge leisure centre @ 6:45. Activity at 7.

Bantry Bay Lions 10th Anniversary Charter Night Dinner at the Westlodge Hotel on Saturday, May 23. Dress code will be a lounge suit and a 4 course dinner will be served. There will be a raffle and music provided by Tolly Franklin. The evening starts at 7.30pm with meal served at 8pm. Tickets at €30 per person are available from Marion Rouse, Club Secretary, at 086-2416508 or 027-61095. Come on out and enjoy a fun evening to celebrate 10 successful years of the Bantry Bay Lions Club.

Bantry Defibrillator Group members will be doing CPR demonstrations and giving step by step guides to performing good effective CPR and how to use a defibrillator on Wed May 6th at 8pm in the Boys Club.  We need new members to come along and join the group and learn these life saving skills.All welcome 

There will be a Blood Pressure Clinic held at the Bantry Primary Care Health Centre, Maritime Hotel, Bantry on Wednesday, May 6th 2015 from 2.30pm to 4pm.  All are welcome to attend this free, confidential service being offered by the Health Service Executive and your local Public Health Nurse. 
It is important for people of all ages to have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis

Over 600 cyclists expected to arrive in Bantry at 7pm on Mon. evening as part of the Malin to Mizen cycle against suicide. We would ask people to come out on the streets to cheer those cyclists on for such a worthy cause,as they make their way up to Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai. Many cyclists will overnight in Bantry & leave town at 9.30am on Tuesday morning heading for Mizen Head. A big thank you to all the homes in the area who offered to host a cyclist overnight.
"Together shoulder to shoulder we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland "

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