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7th January 2018
BAPTISM OF THE LORD

MASSES THIS WEEK
Normal weekday Mass times resume from next Monday, 8th January:
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 9.00 am
Saturday: 10.00 am
Tuesday: NO MASS

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Eucharistic Adoration resumes on Monday next, Jan 8th:Monday; 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.Wednesday; 2.00 to 8.00 pm.
Consider giving an hour a week to this ministry if you can. Invitation cards are available now in the three porches.

Children’s Mass
Next Sunday 10.30 am.

Altar Society Rota
New rota available in the sacristy now

Ladies Group
Ladies Group meeting on Monday 8th January at 8.30. Guest speaker will attend showing a Slide Show on S. E. Asia. New members most welcome.

Blood Bank
On behalf of The Irish Blood Transfusion Service please pass on our thanks to all who contributed to the running of this Clinic.
237 Donors attended our Blood Donor Clinic in Bandon GAA Pavilion.This generosity and commitment to helping others is very much appreciated.
Donating Blood is a precious gift that brings life and hope to patients, their families and friends.

Alpha Youth Invitation
The Parish Assembly is issuing an invitation to our young people, particularly to 1st and 2nd year Secondary Pupils – those who were candidates at our last Confirmation in 2016. We would also welcome any other young people to next Wed night’s presentation as detailed below.

Alpha-Youth is a contemporary exploration of the Christian Faith that is being used by groups all around the world to help young people explore the character and claims of Jesus. Over a series of interactive sessions Alpha-Youth looks at topics from ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘Why did Jesus die?’ to ‘How & why should I read the Bible?

Introductory Presentation

Kilbrittain Parish Assembly invites all those who were Confirmed here at the last Confirmations, the classes of 2016 and 2017, to a presentation introducing Alpha Youth.

Where? -- Kilbrittain Parish Hall
When? -- Wednesday 10th January 2018
at 7.00 pm.
Come along to watch a short video presentation, meet Alpha leaders and enjoy food and friendship afterwards.
No Pressure, no follow-up, no charge.
You are not committing yourself beyond this night. Come along for a look.
Bring a friend!Check out: http://www.alphayouth.ie/what-is-alpha-youth/


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14th January 2018
BAPTISM OF THE LORD

MASSES THIS WEEK
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 9.00 am
Saturday: 10.00 am
Tuesday: NO MASS

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Eucharistic Adoration twice every week:
Monday; 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Wednesday; 2.00 to 8.00 pm.
Consider giving an hour a week to this ministry if you can. Invitation cards are available now in the three porches.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Soc. meeting in Sacristy Wednesday 17th January at 8.00pm. Pray for Religious Vocations during Eucharistic Adoration pre meeting if possibly.

Kilbrittain Red Cross AGM

Wed next, January 17th at 8.00 pm in Health Centere. New members welcome.

KILBRITTAIN UNDERAGE GAA
Underage social on Saturday 13th Jan @8.30pm in Community Hall. Minor team will be presented with their league and CShip medals. Under 12 team will be presented with their football medals. Certificate presentation for Under 8 ‘s and Under 10’s. All welcome.
2018 registration will take place on Thursday 25th January 7-8pm in the meeting room.

Letter from Fr John Heinhold
This Christmas letter, written on Dec 6th, arrived during the week accompanied by a Christmas Card.

Greetings from Kenya It’s hard to believe that on Christmas Day I will have been back in Kenya three months. I’m not going to lie and say it has been the easiest three months but I am slowly getting used to living in a different culture again, I’m slowly getting in to my new job as vocation director and most of all I’m realising how grateful I am for the time I spent with you all in Ireland. It was a time of great blessing and somehow I still believe that I am called to bring all those blessings that you gave me to share them with those I meet here in Kenya.
I once again humbly ask for your continued prayers as I pray for all of you. I pray at this special time, as we celebrate once again Jesus’ coming among us, he may bring you and all those dear to you: Peace, Grace and a Deeper Knowledge of God’s Love.
Happy Christmas and every blessing for the New Year to come.
Yours in Christ
Fr John Heinhold.


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21st January 2018
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

MASSES THIS WEEK
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 9.00 am
Saturday: 10.00 am
Tuesday: NO MASS

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Eucharistic Adoration twice every week:
Monday; 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Wednesday; 2.00 to 8.00 pm.
Consider giving an hour a week to this ministry if you can. Invitation cards are available now in the three porches.

KILBRITTAIN UNDERAGE GAA
The Underage social on Saturday 13th was a great success, thanks to all who attended and who provided the lovely refreshments for the night. Congratulations to all the members who received their medals and certificates and got their photos taken.
2018 registration will take place on Thursday 25th January 7-8pm in the meeting room.

KILBRITTAIN GAA
The €16,800 jackpot was won on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 7, 9. the winning ticket was Nina & Aya Healy. Congratulations to the winners and also to the seller, Hickeys Shop. €40 winners were Samantha Madden, 5&6, Andy Cullen, Marion Lyons, Ivan Burke. The jackpot for this weekend will be €5000 and the draw takes place in The Kilbrittain Inn.

Tickets for the Silver Jubilee Re-Union dinner on Saturday 3rd February are now on sale at €30. Contact club secretary Marion Twohig to order tickets.



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28th January 2018
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

RECENTLY DECEASED
Pray for Danny O’Mahony, Bawnea who passed away this Saturday.
Pray for St Paula Hurley O'Neill DC (sister of Nan McCarthy) who died in Dublin on Mon 29th. Funeral on Fri 2nd Feb in Kilbrittain

Masses During the Week
Mon 9.00 am
Tue: No Moning Mass. Funeral Mass of Danny O'Mahony at 12.00 noon
Wed, Thurs and Fri 9.00 am
Sat: 10.00 am

First Friday
Friday next is the First Friday of Feb. Calls to the sick and housebound will be made during the week.

SPECIAL LITURGIES THIS WEEK
Friday Feb 2nd: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (CANDLEMAS)
Candles will be blessed during 9.00 am Mass. Candles can be left for blessing to the church during the week
Saturday Feb 3rd: Feast of St Blaise Throats will be blessed after Masses on next Saturday and Sunday

Anamchara Bereavement Information Evening
Anam Cara the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 7th February at 7:30pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Tuesday 6th February or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

Holy Land Pilgrimage
Follow the footsteps of Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem. Take the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land, June 6th -16th 2018.
Group Leader, Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director, Fr. John Newman (Bible Scholar)
In association with PREMIER TRAVEL, Cork
Contact Mícheál at 0868337681 or email culturaltoursireland@gmail.com

Cork Marriage Counselling Centre
Marriage, family, & individual counselling
Marriage preparation
Call 021-4275678 for help & guidance
Supported by the diocese of Cork & Ross, the Dept for Children, & the HSE
KILBRITTAIN GAALotto 04 - 08 - 21- 32There was no in the lotto jackpot of €5,000. €40 winners were Edward Sheehy, Donal Cronin, Kevin Quinn, Fehily Family, Pat & Kay Lawton. Next jackpot will be €5,200.


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4th February 2018
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

RECENTLY DECEASED
Pray for Sr Paula (Essie) Hurley DC , late of Ardacrow who died during the week in Dublin and who was buried on Friday in Kilbrittain.

Masses During the Week
Mon 9.00 am
Tue: No Mass.
Wed, Thurs and Fri 9.00 am
Sat: 10.00 am

Saturday Feb 3rd: Feast of St Blaise Throats will be blessed after Masses on this Saturday and Sunday

World Day of the Sick
Next Sunday, Feb 11th, is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick. We will have special prayers at both Masses for the sick. To personalise the liturgy we are inviting people to submit names of sick people which they wish to include in the prayers. The way we are doing this is that we will supply post-it notes and biros at Masses this weekend and next for names to be put into a box. After the Masses the content of the boxes will be burned unopened by Fr Cremin.

Children’s Mass
Monthly Child catechesis during Mass next Sunday Feb 11th.

Kilbrittain Timoleague Camogie Club.
Registration will take place in Kilbrittain Community Centre meeting room on Tuesday 6th 7pm-8pm.

Anamchara Bereavement Information Evening
Anam Cara the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 7th February at 7:30pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Tuesday 6th February or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

Holy Land Pilgrimage
Follow the footsteps of Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem. Take the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land, June 6th -16th 2018.
Group Leader, Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director, Fr. John Newman (Bible Scholar)
In association with PREMIER TRAVEL, Cork
Contact Mícheál at 0868337681 or email culturaltoursireland@gmail.com

Cork Marriage Counselling Centre
Marriage, family, and individual counselling
Marriage preparation
Call 021-4275678 for help & guidance
Supported by the diocese of Cork & Ross, the Dept for Children, & the HSE


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11th February 2018
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes; World Day of the Sick

Ash Wednesday
Next Wednesday. Mass with blessing and distribution of ashes at 9.00 am and 8.00 pm. Also school Mass at 10.30 am.

School Mass
During Lent there will be a special Mass on Wed mornings at 10.30 pm for Confirmation candidates. Everybody is welcome, especially any parents who are free to come.Next Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, all the classes in Kilbrittain NS will be attending the 10.30 am Mass.

Weekday Masses
Mon 9;00 am.
Tue: No Mass.
Ash Wed 9.00 am, 10.30 am and 8.00 pm
Thurs and Friday 9.00 am
Sat 10.00 am.

Stations of the Cross
Each Sunday night during Lent, beginning next Sunday, 18th Feb, at 8.00 pm.

World Day of the Sick
This Sunday, Feb 11th, is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick. We will have special prayers for the sick at both Masses this weekend. To personalise the liturgy we are inviting people to submit names of sick people which they wish to include in the prayers. The way we are doing this is that we will supply post-it notes and biros at Masses for names to be put into a box. After the Masses the content of the boxes will be burned unopened by Fr Cremin.

Children’s Choir
We hope to start a children’s choir for 1st to 6th Class. First practice on Tue next, Feb 13th, from 6.00 to 6.45. All are welcome to come and join us.

Kilbrittain Ploughing
Annual Ploughing Match this Sunday evening (Feb 11th) in Granreigh.

Ladies Group
Ladies Group meeting on Monday 12th at 8.30. Guest speaker on Dental Healthcare will attend. New members welcome.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
Valentine’s Day Tokens

Take a look at the tokens produced by World Meeting of Families on Our Lady’s Altar today which can be used to gift somebody a family or spiritual favour. The eight tokens are:
1. A special dinner cooked by me
2. Go for a hand-in-hand walk together.3. A technology-free evening to do an activity of your choice.4. Set aside time to pray together.5. A family outing
6. A journey down memory lane to remember how we met and have grown together.
7. Loads of tender hugs.
8. Praying that you find that special someone.
There is a good supply of each token, so feel free to take and use one.
Pilgrimage of the Icon
We welcome the World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage of the Icon to our diocese from 22nd February to 5th March. The icon will visit three venues during this time and we are inviting everyone to come, pray, venerate the icon and place their prayer petitions in the box which will be taken to the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families celebrated by Pope Francis. The following liturgies are planned during the pilgrimage:
BANDON
Welcome celebration (Mass) - Friday 2nd March 7:30pm, Bandon Parish Church
SKIBBEREEN
Welcome celebration - Monday 26th February 7:30pm, Cathedral, Skibbereen
CORK (Cathedral):
Welcome celebration with Bishop Buckley - Thursday 22nd February 7:30pm Holy Hour to pray for vocations Saturday 24th February 3:00pm
Ecumenical Service Sunday 25th February 3:00pm

Temple St Children’s Hospital
Huge Thanks from Karena Towhig and family for making her fundraiser a success. €1,120 raised at Coffee Morning on Sat 10th

Coffee Morning Bandon Town Hall
Coffee morning in aid of the Hyperbaric Chamber, in Bandon Town Hall on Tuesday 13th February from 10 AM to mid day. Support appreciated.
“The voluntary Bandon Hyperbaric Oxygen Centre (BHOC) has managed to build one of the most sophisticated oxygen-chamber clinics in the world using this new therapy as a means of quickening the healing of a whole range of ailments.
The therapy of administrating pure oxygen under pressure was a treatment pioneered as a result of newly discovered techniques in the aviation, space and diving fields. The chambers were originally used to cure divers of a disease known as the ‘bends’, but medical experts became very interested when they saw the healing effects of pure oxygen on a range of complaints which varied from sports injuries and skin diseases to motor-neuron complaints.”


KILBRITTAIN GAA
Lotto 05 - 17 - 24 - 27

The €5,400 jackpot was not won. €40 winners were Lorraine Walsh, Micheal Sheehan, Conor Brennan, Tom & Jerry, Mgt O'Driscoll. The jackpot for this weekend will be €5,600.
The Human Touch

Today’s excerpt from the Book of Leviticus doesn’t make for pleasant reading. The constraints placed on lepers and their families seem barbarous to us today. Leprosy, though, was such a contagious and destructive disease that, in the absence of any cure, the first priority was to protect the healthy from contact with it. Moreover, leprosy was also suspected to be a curse or a divine retribution on the sufferer or his/her family and community.

We can barely imagine the effect this had on individual lepers. It didn’t matter how high or low a person’s state was, when he contracted leprosy he was banished to solitary living or the company of other lepers.

The book of Leviticus was written about thirteen centuries before Jesus’ time but the rules laid out in today’s first reading were still being enforced to the letter all those years later The leper came to Jesus under these circumstances seeking healing. Jesus, as we would expect, touched him and healed him.

We can’t heal always but we can always touch. Think what the touch alone meant to the leper who had been without human physical contact all his time as an outcast. We can be sure that if Jesus had done no more than stretch out his hand to touch the leper, without going on to cure him, he would still have lifted the poor man’s heart by showing him that somebody loved and cared for him and let him forget he was an outcast.

Don’t grieve at your helplessness in the face of somebody’s illness or misfortune. Instead, thank God that he has put you where you can reach out and touch.


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18th February 2018
First Sunday in Lent

Weekday Masses
Mon 9;00 am.
Tue: No Mass.
Wed 9.00 am, and 10.30 am
Thurs and Friday 9.00 am
Sat 10.00 am.

5th and 6th Class Mass
Each Wed morning at 10.30 am during Lent in preparation for Confirmation. Everybody else welcome, especially any parents of these children who are free at that time.

Stations of the Cross
Each Sunday night during Lent, beginning this Sunday, 18th Feb, at 8.00 pm.

Station
For Granfeen, in the home of Kevin and Frances Harrington on Fri week, March 2nd at 8.00 pm.
Please consider taking a station in your area.

Children’s Choir
Next practice on Thursday evening next from 6.00 pm to 6.45. All children from 1st to 6th Class welcome.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
Pilgrimage of the Icon

We welcome the World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage of the Icon to our diocese from 22nd February to 5th March. The icon will visit three venues during this time and we are inviting everyone to come, pray, venerate the icon and place their prayer petitions in the box which will be taken to the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families celebrated by Pope Francis. The following liturgies are planned during the pilgrimage:
BANDON
Welcome celebration (Mass) - Friday 2nd March 7:30pm, Bandon Parish Church
SKIBBEREEN
Welcome celebration - Monday 26th February 7:30pm, Cathedral, Skibbereen
CORK (Cathedral):
Welcome celebration with Bishop Buckley - Thursday 22nd February 7:30pm Holy Hour to pray for vocations Saturday 24th February 3:00pm
Ecumenical Service Sunday 25th February 3:00pm

Pro-Life Rally
"Rally to Save the 8th." All-Ireland RALLY FOR LIFE, Dublin, Saturday 10th March. Buses departing from Cork City and County. To book a seat, contact Gillian 089 402 9445.

Knitting
Knitting at Patsy's continues on Monday nights from 8 pm.

Recycling Workshop
Kilbrittain Tidy Towns in conjunction with Teresa McEoin of Voice Ireland present a Recycling Workshop Tuesday 27th Feb @ 8.30pm
Voice Ireland is an environmental charity that empowers individuals and local communities to take positive action to conserve our natural resources. Together with Repak, The Dept of Communications and The Dept of Climate Action and Environment have launched a programme of Presentations/Workshops to help people improve Ireland’s recycling rates and reduce levels of contaminants in household recycling bins. Up to 30% of what goes into the domestic recycling bin is not suitable or is contaminated. The presentation takes approximately 30 minutes and the message is simple. “What goes into the recycling bin and what doesn’t”. After the presentation there will be a question and answer session. This is a free workshop and everybody is welcome.

Introducing ‘TowardsPeace’
Towards Peace is a spiritual support service designed for those who have experienced sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland. Support is also available for family members of abuse survivors. The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space, where people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context can be accompanied as they seek their own experience of spiritual peace, one step at a time. Towards Peace provides spiritual support through one-to-one spiritual direction sessions, with a qualified spiritual companion. Up to nine sessions are offered and there is no cost. For more information, please visit www.towardspeace.ie, phone 01 505 3028 or email towardspeace@iecon.ie .

Marriage Encounter Weekend
Marriage Encounter is a Weekend getaway experience for all married couples who want to rediscover the joy of Marriage.
Our Next ME Weekends will be:
13th April 7.30 pm to 15 April 4.00 pm The Cork International Airport Hotel.
www.marriageencounter.ie
021-4381511 - 086 6095168


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25th February 2018
Second Sunday in Lent

Weekday Masses
Mon 9;00 am.
Tue: No Mass.
Wed 9.00 am, and 10.30 am
Thurs and Friday 9.00 am
Sat 10.00 am.

First Friday
Friday next is the First Friday of March. Calls to the sick and housebound will be made during the week.

5th and 6th Class Mass
Each Wed morning at 10.30 am during Lent in preparation for Confirmation. Everybody else welcome, especially any parents of these children who are free at that time.

Stations of the Cross
Each Sunday night during Lent at 8.00 pm.

Station
For Granfeen, in the home of Kevin and Frances Harrington on Fri next, March 2nd at 8.00 pm.
Please consider taking a station in your area.

Children’s Choir
At this Sunday’s 10.30 Mass our Children’s Choir will sing for the first time. Practice for the next three Thursday evenings from 6.00 pm to 6.45. All children from 1st to 6th Class welcome to come on board.

Knitting
Knitting at Patsy's continues on Monday nights from 8 pm.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
Pilgrimage of the Icon

The World Meeting of Families Icon will visit St. Patrick's Church, Bandon, as part of it's country-wide Pilgrimage. The Icon arrives in our Parish on Friday, March 2nd. Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm on Friday evening. There will be time for Veneration of the Icon after Mass. Along with the Icon we will have the Diocesan Prayer Petition Box. The box, along with our prayer petitions, will be presented to Pope Francis at the closing Mass of World Meeting Of Families. I would be very grateful if you could extend our invitation, to your Parishioners, at Masses this weekend. We look forward to welcoming you on the night.
Also:
SKIBBEREEN
Welcome celebration - Monday 26th February 7:30pm, Cathedral, Skibbereen
CORK (Cathedral):
Ecumenical Service Sunday 25th February 3:00pm

Pro-Life Rally
"Rally to Save the 8th." All-Ireland RALLY FOR LIFE, Dublin, Saturday 10th March. Buses departing from Cork City and County. To book a seat, contact Gillian 089 402 9445.

Pro-Life Speakers
(Message from Diocesan Office)

Bishop Buckley has asked me to write to you concerning the Pro Life Campaign. As you may be aware, members of the Pro Life Campaign spoke to the Priests’ Council last week. The Pro Life Campaign is currently running a programme where they deliver a moderate but life-affirming pro life talk which talks about the 8th Amendment and its protection for mothers and their unborn babies. These are scripted talks which will be given by a female spokesperson for the Pro Life Campaign. Bishop Buckley and the Priests’ Council approved the text and the Pro Life Campaign will be contacting you shortly to seek your permission to arrange for a suitable weekend for the talk to take place in your parish. The Diocese has approved this initiative.

Recycling Workshop
Kilbrittain Tidy Towns in conjunction with Teresa McEoin of Voice Ireland present a Recycling Workshop Tuesday next, 27th Feb, at 8.30pm
Voice Ireland is an environmental charity that empowers individuals and local communities to take positive action to conserve our natural resources. Together with Repak, The Dept of Communications and The Dept of Climate Action and Environment have launched a programme of Presentations/Workshops to help people improve Ireland’s recycling rates and reduce levels of contaminants in household recycling bins. Up to 30% of what goes into the domestic recycling bin is not suitable or is contaminated. The presentation takes approximately 30 minutes and the message is simple. “What goes into the recycling bin and what doesn’t”. After the presentation there will be a question and answer session. This is a free workshop and everybody is welcome.

KILBRITTAIN GAA
The semi-final of this years Micheal Holland Cup against Carbery will take place on Wednesday next 28th, in Cloughduv at 8:15pm.
Lotto 03 - 04 - 10 - 23
The lotto jackpot of €5,800 was not won. €40 winners were Mary Hayes, Edward Sheehy, Ger O'Neill, John Lovell, Padraig & Ciara. The jackpot for this weekend will be €6,000.

Kilbrittain Underage GAA
We are holding our annual Boston Tea Party on Saturday 3rd March at 8pm in the Community Hall, all are welcome to either host a table or join a table, a great night is assured. This is our main fundraiser of the year and we need your support! If you cannot attend please support the raffle on the night. Tickets are available from anyone on the committee or any of the hosts. Thank you

Marriage Encounter Weekend
Marriage Encounter is a Weekend getaway experience for all married couples who want to rediscover the joy of Marriage.
Our Next ME Weekends will be:
13th April 7.30 pm to 15 April 4.00 pm The Cork International Airport Hotel.
www.marriageencounter.ie
021-4381511 - 086 6095168

Lourdes 2018–Young Adult Helpers.
The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites Young Adults 18-25 year olds to come to Lourdes as helpers from 11th to 16th June. Each helper is subsidised to the tune of €400 by the Diocese but must pay the remaining €350 of the fare themselves; fare includes accommodation, flights, all meals, coach transfers, insurance and all other costs associated with participating in the group. As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme as well as time for prayer, for making new friends and sharing in the story of Lourdes. Limited number of places. Closing date for applicants is 28th February 2018. For further details contact Fr. Charlie Kiely 021-4537603, Pastoral Development Office, Parochial House, Ballyphehane, Cork or email: charliekiely@gmail.com

Trocaire Boxes
Available in the porches for the Lenten Campaign. Please return during Holy Week.


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4th March 2018
3rd Sunday in Lent

Weekday Masses
Mon 9;00 am.
Tue: No Mass.
Wed 9.00 am, and 10.30 am
Thurs and Friday 9.00 am
Sat 10.00 am.

First Friday Calls
Calls to the sick and housebound missed this week will be made next Friday 9th March.

5th and 6th Class Mass
Each Wed morning at 10.30 am during Lent in preparation for Confirmation. Everybody else welcome, especially any parents of these children who are free at that time.

Stations of the Cross Cancelled
No Stations of the Cross this Sunday. Continuing each subsequent Sunday night during Lent at 8.00 pm.

Monday’s Adoration Cancelled
At the time of going to print on Sat evening the travel situation for Monday wasn’t certain. In view of that, regardless of conditions and to ensure that nobody takes chances, there will be no Adoration on this Mon, 5th March. Resuming Wed afternoon at 2.00 pm.

Station Re-scheduled
The station for Granfeen, in the home of Kevin and Frances Harrington will now be celelrated on Fri next, March 9th at 8.00 pm.
Please consider taking a station in your area.

St. Josephs Young Priests Soc
Meeting on Wed, 7th March, at 8.00 pm in the Sacristy. Pray for Religious Vocations during Eucharistic Adoration.

First Penance
First Holy Communion class will be making their First Penance on next Thurs night.

Children’s Choir
Practice for the next two Thursday evenings from 6.00 pm to 6.45. All children from 1st to 6th Class welcome to come on board.

Children’s Mass
Monthly Child catechesis during Mass next Sunday March 11th.

Knitting
Knitting at Patsy's continues on Monday nights from 8 pm.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
Pilgrimage of the Icon

Due to the weather, the Icon did not come to Bandon on Friday last.

Pro-Life Speakers
(Message from Diocesan Office)

Bishop Buckley has asked me to write to you concerning the Pro Life Campaign. As you may be aware, members of the Pro Life Campaign spoke to the Priests’ Council last week. The Pro Life Campaign is currently running a programme where they deliver a moderate but life-affirming pro life talk which talks about the 8th Amendment and its protection for mothers and their unborn babies. These are scripted talks which will be given by a female spokesperson for the Pro Life Campaign. Bishop Buckley and the Priests’ Council approved the text and the Pro Life Campaign will be contacting you shortly to seek your permission to arrange for a suitable weekend for the talk to take place in your parish. The Diocese has approved this initiative.

Pro-Life Rally
"Rally to Save the 8th." All-Ireland RALLY FOR LIFE, Dublin, Saturday next, 10th March. Buses departing from Cork City and County. To book a seat, contact Gillian 089 402 9445.

Trocaire Boxes
Available in the porches for the Lenten Campaign. Please return during Holy Week.


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11th March 2018
4th Sunday in Lent

St Patrick’s Day
Next Saturday.
Vigil Mass on Friday at 8.00 pm,
Mass of the Feast on Saturday at 10.30 am.

Masses During the Week
Mon 9;00 am.
Tue: No Mass.
Wed 9.00 am and 10.30 am
Thurs 9.00 am
Friday 9.00 am and 8.00 pm
Sat 10.30 am and 8.00 pm

Emigrant Chaplaincy Collection
A Special Collection for the Irish Commission for Emigrants to support Vulnerable Irish Communities overseas will take place on St. Patrick’s Day. This will be an exit collection, with baskets in the porches after Mass for donations.

5th and 6th Class Mass
Each Wed morning at 10.30 am during Lent in preparation for Confirmation. Everybody else welcome, especially any parents of these children who are free at that time.

Stations of the Cross
This Sunday night and every Sunday during Lent at 8.00 pm.

Table Quiz
Kilbrittain Tidy Towns will hold a Table Quiz in The Kilbrittain Inn on Friday 16th March at 9pm. Tables €20. Raffle on the night. All very welcome.

Coffee Morning
Kilbrittain Timoleague Camogie Club are hosting a Coffee Morning this Sunday 11th March in Kilbrittain Community Centre at 11.30am. Funds raised will go for the Under 12 girls are partaking in a monster blitz in Croke Park on April 8th.

Ladies Group
Ladies Group meeting on Monday next, 12th March, at 8.30 pm in the hall. Guest speaker from The Little Red Fish Shop will attend. All welcome including new members.
NOTE: No knitting at Patsys' due to Ladies Meeting next Monday.

Kilbrittain Underage GAA
Please note that the Boston Tea Party is rescheduled for Saturday 14th April. All welcome, so please contact Eileen on 086 8167401.

Children’s Choir
Practice for ton Thursday evening next from 6.00 pm to 6.45. All children from 1st to 6th Class welcome to come on board.

Children’s Mass
Monthly Child catechesis during Mass this Sunday March 11th.

Afternoon of reflection on Family in the Gospel: a time to explore family life in the Gospels in the light of the teaching of Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia. Saturday 24th March from 2pm to 5pm in Clonakilty Parish Centre, to reserve a place – contact Sr Karen 021 4537601. We will close with the placing our petitions for our families in the World Meeting of Families petition box.

TWO LIVES, ONE LOVE

Two Lives, One Love – pastoral message for 2018 on the right to life
During their Spring General Meeting this week in Maynooth, the Bishops of Ireland reviewed their pastoral message Two Lives, One Love and today publish a revised edition of it as part of their contribution to the national conversation on the right to life:


1. Introduction
Having consulted carefully with members of the lay faithful, both women and men, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference wishes to offer the following considerations as a contribution to the present national conversation on the right to life.
The Catholic Church recently concluded a Jubilee Year of Mercy. This initiative of Pope Francis was celebrated by the universal Church and it called on us to be open both to God’s mercy in our lives and to ways of being more merciful to others especially those who are vulnerable. While the Constitution celebrates the equality of the mother and the unborn child in its Eighth Amendment, we have an obligation to be at our most compassionate, our most merciful, if and when the expectant mother and father and their unborn child require support during a crisis pregnancy. This support must be more than words. Public resources should be applied in a practical and in a creative way. Supporting and sustaining a culture of life is in the interests of every generation and it defines us as a society.
We believe that human life is sacred from conception until natural death and that Article 40.3.3 reflects the appropriate balance of rights. We ask God’s blessing and guidance on each member of our society in responding to the significant responsibility that we have to defend this right for the present generation and for the generations to come.
Some people argue that the right to life of the unborn should be a matter of personal choice on the part of the mother. Others argue that, while they are opposed to abortion as a general principle, they believe that there are some children to whom the right to life does not apply either because they have been diagnosed with a serious medical condition or because they have been conceived as a result of rape. We wish to state our firmly held belief, based on reason as well as faith, that there is no such thing as a human life without value. We accept, of course, that death is part of our human condition. What we reject is the suggestion that any person can decide when it is time for another person to die.


2. The Right to Life as a Fundamental Personal Right
Article 40 of the Constitution has the heading “Personal Rights” and is situated in a section entitled “Fundamental Rights”. In this way, long before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was promulgated by the United Nations, the Irish people recognised the fundamental nature of rights such as the right to life, the right to liberty, the right to the privacy of one’s home and the right to freedom of speech.
Fundamental human rights are different from civil rights. While civil rights are the rights given by law to citizens in a particular society, fundamental human rights belong to every person simply because he or she is a person. Fundamental human rights are not “given” by society and they cannot be taken away by society.
Fundamental rights are “acknowledged” in constitutions and charters and “vindicated” in the
application of the law. They are what the United Nations refers to as the “equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family”.1
Article 40.3.3, sometimes referred to as the Eighth Amendment, reads:
“the State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right”.2
The deletion or amendment of Article 40.3.3, would serve no purpose other than to withdraw the right to life from some categories of unborn children. To do so would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right.
During the current debate some have argued that abortion itself is a human right. We see this view as being inconsistent with an integral understanding of human rights. We would point out that the European Convention on Human Rights requires that “everyone’s right to life shall be protected by the law”.3 The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as meaning “every human being below the age of eighteen years unless, under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier”. No distinction is made between born and unborn children.4
We invite your attention to a number of aspects of Article 40.3.3, which we believe to be significant:
 In this Article, the State does not concede the right to life to the unborn, but acknowledges that right as a fundamental right, which belongs to the unborn by virtue of his or her being a person. A person is an individual member of the human family, to use the description given in the Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
 Article 40.3.3 describes the right to life of the unborn as “equal” to the right to life of the mother. It quite rightly does not place the right to life of the unborn above that of the mother.
 Article 40.3.3 does not guarantee, in all circumstances, to be able to defend and vindicate the right to life of the unborn, any more than it can in the case of people who are born and living in our towns and villages. The State does, however, guarantee to respect the right to life of the unborn in its laws, just as it does in the case of other persons.
The right to life is unique, of course, because, in the absence of that right, no other civil or natural right can be exercised, either now or in the future.


3. The Unborn as Persons
We would ask you to consider carefully the reality of what happens in the life of each human being, between conception and birth. There is no moment as developmentally significant as the moment of fertilisation, in terms of defining the beginnings of personal existence. There is no logical or scientific basis for considering, on the one hand, a born child to be a person with all the rights that this involves and, on the other hand, an unborn child to be a non-person. The distinct identity of a human individual is already present once fertilisation has taken place. Everything else is simply the process of growth and development of a person who has already embarked on the journey of life.
For us, as Christians, there is no conflict between faith and reason. Just as reason leads us to recognise the continuity of every human life, from fertilisation to natural death, so faith allows us to see each person as having his or her origins in the intention of God and his or her fulfilment in eternal life. This belief, expressed in various ways in the Bible, is presented very beautifully by Pope Francis in his 2016 publication The Joy of Love. He says:
“The gift of a new child, entrusted by the Lord to a father and a mother, begins with acceptance, continues with lifelong protection and has as its final goal the joy of eternal life. ….. So great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the “property” of another human being.”5


4. The Power of Language
We wish to refer briefly to the use of language with reference to unborn children. Words like “foetus” and “embryo” and “zygote” have specific technical meanings. We question why, in public discourse, healthy unborn children are always referred to as “the baby” while those who, in the opinion of some, do not measure up to expectations are routinely defined as the “foetus” or the “embryo”. We are concerned that language is being used with the intention of depersonalising certain categories of unborn children in a way which seeks to normalise abortion.


5. The Positive Effects of Article 40.3.3 – A Culture of Life
Many thousands of Irish people are alive as a direct result of the enactment of the Eighth Amendment, who might otherwise never have been born. This is partly because there was an inevitable interval between the thought of having an abortion and that thought being put into action. That interval allowed women, often with the support of family members, partners or pregnancy care agencies such as our own Cura, to consider other, more constructive, options.
Quite apart from the numbers of lives that were saved as a result of Article 40.3.3, expectant parents who experience a crisis pregnancy have been culturally supported in making the decision in favour of life and in avoiding a decision which many of them may have regretted afterwards. This cultural support was not simply in the fact that Irish society had made a public statement of principle about the right to life, but also because the structures of society, including healthcare facilities, were not deployed, as they are in many countries, to promote or facilitate the taking of life as an appropriate social response to crisis pregnancy.
The goal of good maternal care would be to achieve a maternal mortality rate of zero. Sadly this is practically impossible because there are some potentially fatal medical conditions related to pregnancy which cannot easily be predicted for individual women. According to the most recent figures, published by the World Health Organisation in 2015, the maternal mortality rate for Ireland is 8 per 100,000 live births.6This places Ireland in the lowest, or best, category (number 26 out of 190 countries, and consistently ahead of the United States and the United Kingdom, where abortion is readily available).


6. What abortion is and what abortion is not: the Catholic Church’s teaching
Some of those who advocate deleting or changing Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution, have made it clear that they wish to make abortion available on demand in Ireland. Others say that they are
opposed to abortion in general, but would want to see it permitted in certain difficult circumstances. We do not share that view, because we believe that every unborn child, irrespective of his or her medical condition or the circumstances of his or her birth, has the right to be treated equally before the law.
We are concerned that some elements of the Catholic Church’s teaching on the right to life tend to be presented inaccurately:
 The Catholic Church has never taught that the life of a child in the womb should be preferred to that of a mother. By virtue of their common humanity a mother and her unborn baby have an equal right to life.
 Where a seriously ill pregnant woman needs medical treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both the mother and her baby. Abortion, by contrast, is the direct and intentional destruction of an unborn baby and is gravely immoral in all circumstances. It is not a medical treatment.
 When, sadly, a baby dies naturally in the womb before birth, there is no question of the mother being obliged to proceed with the pregnancy. There is now only one “patient”, the mother. The mother becomes the sole focus of any medical care that is required. Along with the father, the mother is entitled to the best pastoral care that we can offer, as they grieve the loss of their child.
In the confined context of the debate around the Eighth Amendment, it is important to address difficult cases such as those of children with life limiting conditions; and children conceived as a result of rape, neither of which justifies a change in the basic law:
a) Children with Life Limiting Conditions
It is very distressing for a mother to discover that the baby in her womb is seriously ill and, in all probability will not live. Her dreams and hopes are dashed. She grieves for the child that she will never have. She struggles to tell others of the loss that faces her. The grief of the father is no less real. Children with life- limiting conditions are frequently spoken of as if they were “as good as dead”. The use of words like “fatal” or “lethal” to describe these conditions implies that there is something definite about the outcome and that death is imminent and inevitable. The reality is that every case is different and that, while some babies will die before birth, and some will live for just a few hours, others will live for significantly longer.7
Many of us have met parents whose children have been born with life-limiting conditions. They have told us about the support they needed to deal with this very difficult situation. They have emphasised how important it was for them to have the memory of doing the best they could for their sick child. They have spoken about how helpful it has been to them to have had the possibility of holding and caring for their child for a few hours or even for a few minutes, until death naturally occurred. Others have told us about their joy in discovering after birth that, while their child did have serious health issues, the prognosis was actually far better than they had originally been given to understand. May we encourage you to listen to their own stories on the websites www.onedaymore.ie and www.everylifecounts.ie.
Even taking the worst case scenarios, the situation of an unborn child with a life-limiting
condition is comparable to that of a born child or adult at an advanced stage of terminal illness. One of the particular challenges facing parents of unborn children with life-limiting conditions is the lack of coordinated support for them. We believe a lot more needs to be done to provide appropriate perinatal hospice services, which offer warmth, tenderness, nutrition and hydration and, in that way, support parents in caring for their sick children until natural death. This, rather than the repeal of Article 40.3.3, should be the focus of government policy and it is something towards which we can and should all work.
b) Children conceived as a result of rape
Rape is an act of violence and a crime. A woman who has been raped needs compassionate care and support. Under such circumstances one can scarcely begin to imagine the physical and emotional stress facing the expectant mother. Society has a moral duty to support her and to do so with the utmost compassion.
A child conceived following rape is also a person. He or she has rights, including that most fundamental of all rights, the right to life. Society must similarly extend its support to the unborn baby.
Some people respond to crisis pregnancy by proposing abortion as a solution. It may even seem like the compassionate thing to do. But these children are innocent and they are entitled to the best support and care that we can provide.


7. Women, Men, and Unborn Children
The relationship between a mother and her unborn child is not simply physical and biological, but emotional and even spiritual. To hurt her child goes against everything that a mother is. We are aware that there are many factors which may influence the decision to have an abortion and that, in many cases, it is a painful and even shattering decision. The emotional and spiritual wound may take a long time to heal.
There is a regrettable tendency to associate abortion exclusively with women who have had abortions. The clear teaching of the Church is that those who promote, organise and carry out abortions are just as responsible and, in some cases, more responsible. Often the destructive act carried out against the unborn child is compounded by the failure of key individuals or institutions to support the mother in recognising and choosing other possibilities.
We understand that some people, including men themselves, feel that men have no contribution to make to this debate. With due respect and sensitivity to the unique role of the mother who carries the unborn child in her womb, we would want to say very clearly that fathers are also parents, with all the responsibility that this involves. Similarly, when it comes to the right to life, men like women have a responsibility, which cannot be abdicated, to defend unborn children who have no other voice.
Pope Francis, in line with comments made by Pope Saint John Paul II, recently wrote:
“I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father.”8
As a Church, for over forty years, through Cura’s professional counselling service, we have been supporting expectant mothers and fathers who find themselves facing a crisis pregnancy. Our hope is for a Church and a society which, while rejecting abortion, reaches out to women who have had an abortion, with a listening ear and an understanding heart. Most of all, we believe that the common good is best served by a Church and a civil society which, while rejecting abortion, continues to offer women real alternatives and real support.


8. Conclusion
Living as we do, in a culture which places such a high value on individual rights, it may seem strange that the most fundamental personal right of all, the right to life, is increasingly being questioned and denied. The problem seems to be that, when respect for the rights of the individual is pushed to the extreme in a society, the result is just another form of individualism in which all rights, even the most fundamental of rights, become relative. As Pope Saint John Paul said: in such circumstances “the ‘right’ ceases to be such, because it is no longer founded on the inviolable dignity of the person”.

9The logical conclusion is that the whole notion of human rights is undermined and any rights that remain depend on the will of the majority.
Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution of Ireland (Bunreacht na hÉireann) has a particular vision which is based on respect for the right to life of every person. We believe that the deletion or amendment of this article can have no other effect than to expose unborn children to greater risk and that it would not bring about any benefit for the life or health of women in Ireland. We encourage you, therefore, as members of the human family, to work actively towards keeping the right to life in the Constitution, in the name of equality, fairness and compassion for all.


1 United Nations. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Preamble. Paris, 1948.
2 Bunreacht na hEireann, Article 40.3.3
3 European Convention on Human Rights. Rome: 1950, Article 2.
4 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. New York: 1989, Article 1; cf also Articles 2 & 6.
5 Pope Francis. Amoris Laetitiae. Rome: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2016. Paragraphs 83 and 166
6 Cf. http://data.unicef.org/topic/maternal-health/maternal-mortality/. Maternal mortality rate is defined as the number of female deaths per 100,000 live births from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or its management (excluding accidental or incidental causes). The MMR includes deaths during pregnancy, childbirth, or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy.
7 Cf. Simons, Caroline. “ ‘Incompatible with Life’: Does Article 40.3.3 Permit Abortion for ‘Fatal Foetal Abnormality’?” in Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, 2015, 1, 2-3
8 Pope Francis. Micericordia et misera. Rome: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2016, paragraph 12. See also Pope John Paul II. Evangelium Vitae. Rome, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1995, paragraph 99
9 Pope John Paul II. Evangelium Vitae. Rome: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1995, paragraph 20



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18th March 2018
5th Sunday in Lent

Masses During the Week
Mon BANK HOLIDAY 10;00 am.
Tue: No Mass.
Wed, Thurs, Fri 9.00 am
Satt 10.00 am

Stations of the Cross
This Sunday night and every Sunday during Lent at 8.00 pm.

Station
For Glenduff West in the home of Mary Lynch on Fri next, March 23rd at 8.00 pm

Note: No 10.30 Mass on Wednesday next
As Fr Cremin will be attending the Bandon Gaelsoil Confirmations on Wed next, there will be no Mass for our own Confirmation Candidates.

Rosary at Mass Rock for Life and Faith
National devotion at all Mass Rocks this Sunday, March 18th at 2.30 pm. Our rosary will be at the gate of Kilshinihan Mass Rock (the path and steps down to the rock itself are too difficult to negotiate for many people at the moment owing to damp conditions underfoot)

Moyross Retreat Palm Sunday
St Josephs Young Priest Society to Moyross Wood Sunday 25th March. Bus departing from Kilbrittain at 1.45, Timoleague at 2.00 and Clonakilty at 2.15. €10 per person. For bookings call Cormac O’Connor 023-8849196 or 087-6167835

Family Lenten Retreat
Alliance of the Two Hearts Family Lenten Retreat Sat next, 24th March at the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown let by Fr Bing. Bus travelling from West Cork, contact Caherine Butler 087-7726096

Easter Penance Services in our Cluster
Bandon: Wed next, 21st March, at 8.00 pm
Kilbrittain: Monday of Holy Week, 7.30
Enniskeane: Tue of Holy Week 7.30
Times of individual Confessions to be announced next weekend.

Knitting
Knitting continues on this Bank Holiday Monday night in Patsy’s kitchen. All welcome.

Kilbrittain Underage GAA
Please note that the Boston Tea Party is rescheduled for Saturday 14th April. All welcome, so please contact Eileen on 086 8167401.

KILBRITTAIN GAA
The U21 footballers meet O'Donovan Rossa in the first round of the championship this Sunday at 12noon in Rosscarbery. Best of luck to all involved.
Lotto 04 - 05 - 19 - 22
The lotto Jackpot of €6,400 was not won. The €40 winners were Siobhan Kearney, Shannon O'Donovan, Tom & Jerry & Co, Pat & Kay Lawton, E & J. The jackpot for this weekend will be €6,600
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Children’s Choir
Practice on Tuesday evening next from 6.00 pm to 6.45. Note change of day. All children from 1st to 6th Class welcome to come on board.

Palm Sunday
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. Palms will be blessed at both Masses.

Afternoon of reflection on Family in the Gospel: a time to explore family life in the Gospels in the light of the teaching of Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia. Saturday 24th March from 2pm to 5pm in Clonakilty Parish Centre, to reserve a place – contact Sr Karen 021 4537601. We will close with the placing our petitions for our families in the World Meeting of Families petition box.


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