Parish Bereavement

Maurice Sexton, Kilbrittain Village
passed away on Mon 4th Nov. Our sympathy to his wife, Maura, and family.
Reposing in Gabriel & O’Donovan’s Funeral Home, Bandon on Tue 5th November from 5.00 pm with rosary at 7.00 pm. Reception into Kilbrittain church on Wed 6th at 11.00 am for 12.00 noon funeral Mass. Burial in Kilbrittain cemetery.

Parish Bereavements

Ciaran Murphy, Glenbrook, Kilbrittain Village and Sacramento, California
The parish has been deeply saddened by the sudden death of Ciaran, eldest son of our Sacristan Mai,  in Sacramento on Saturday last. We offer our heartfelt prayers and sympathy to his parents, Mai and Pat, his brother and sister and his many friends.


Margaret Hurley, Ballymore

Margaret, whose friendliness to everybody made her one of the best-known and loved of our neighbours, passed away on Sunday 22nd Sept at the age of 93. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Hurley (Kilbrittain) on September 22nd 2019, at Cork University Hospital. Margaret (nee Dineen), wife of the late David, Ballymore and dear mother of Dan, Rita (Ruttle) and Artie and sister of the late Joan (Crowley) and Kay (Eley).
Sadly missed by her loving family, sister Sr. Mary Dymphna, son-in-law Arthur, nephews, nieces, family friend Teresa, neighbours, relatives and friends.
Lying in repose at Gabriel and O’Donovan’s Funeral Home, Bandon on Tuesday evening from 7pm followed by Rosary at 9pm.
Reception Prayers on Thursday morning at 11am at St. Patrick’s Church, Kilbrittain followed by Requiem Mass at 12 noon, funeral afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.


Parish Bereavement

Dan Collins, Clashavanna

Died unexpectedly at home on Tue 20th August.
We extend our condolences to his wife Margaret, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Rosary Wednesday in Foley’s Funeral Home, Timoleague, at 9.00 pm.
Removal to St Patrick’s Church, Kilbrittain, on Thursday at 8.00 pm.
Funeral Mass at 2.00 pm on Friday, burial in Kilbrittain.

Peggy O’Sullivan RIP

PEGGY O’SULLIVAN, (nee O’Regan), Maryboro

On July 16th 2019, peacefully at her daughter Rosy’s residence (in her 94th year). Peggy (nee O’Regan), Maryboro, beloved wife of the late Jamsie and much loved mother of Marian (Hilliard), Kay (Broderick), Rosy (Hayes), Patricia (O’Byrne), Jimmy and the late Carmel and sister of the late Paddy, Willie and Kitty.

Sadly missed by her loving family, sons-in-law Brian, Pat, Michael and Dave, daughter-in-law Siobhan, sister Mona, brother Mossie, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours, carers and friends.

Lying in repose at Gabriel and O’Donovan’s Funeral Home, Bandon. Rosary on Wednesday at 9.30pm. Lying in repose on Thursday from 5pm followed by Removal at 7pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Kilbrittain. Requiem Mass on Friday at 12 noon, funeral afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.

May Peggy Rest in Peace.


Procession Weather Watch

Forecast for Sunday in the South of Ireland is for heavy showers. Concern about feasibility of Corpus Christi Procession after Mass. Alternative will be to have Benediction in the church, followed by the usual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for the whole afternoon. We’re waiting in hope, however.

Sponsored Walk

Organised by Welfare Group in aid of Irish Wheelchair Association in aid of funds for minibus for Clonakilty/Bantry area.  Walk starting at church steps on Friday evening next,  14th June, at 7.30 and going around the Dairy Road.  Everybody welcome, accessibility-friendly route.

Blessing of St Anthony’s Lilies

9.00 am Mass this Thursday, 13th June


A very beautiful and picturesque custom that forms parts of the ceremonies which take place on the Feast of St. Anthony is the ceremony of the blessing of St. Anthony’s lilies.

This custom was begun to commemorate a special manifestation of St. Anthony at Marcasso, in Corsica. During a revolution, the Franciscans were driven into exile. However, their chapel remained open and a public procession was made to it each year on June the 13th. For this occasion a temporary altar of St. Anthony was erected in the centre of the main aisle. Garlands of flowers were hung above the Saint’s head; at his feet were placed roses and other flowers, and lilies of spotless white stood out against a green background of laurel and myrtle.

On one occasion, the young man who had been appointed sacristan, neglected to remove the statue of St. Anthony at the end of the ceremonies. Several months later he went with a few helpers to the deserted chapel to complete his work. To their surprise they found the lilies fresh and white, whereas the other flowers were withered and dead.

A similar thing happened in Austria in 1680. On the Saint’s feast, a fresh-cut lily had been placed in one of the hands of his statue. For an entire year the flower remained as fresh and white as it was on the day it was put there. The next year the same stem bore two lilies, which filled the whole church with their fragrance. This fact was authenticated officially, and was looked upon as a heavenly testimony to the purity of the Saint.

Permission to bless lilies in honour of St. Anthony was given by Pope Leo XIII. Many miracles of healing have been obtained through St. Anthony’s intercession after applying a blessed lily.

Prayer Used in Blessing Lilies.

O God, Who art the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, the Lover of spotless purity, the Giver of all grace and everlasting life, sanctify by Thy holy benediction these lilies, which in thanksgiving, and in honour of St. Anthony, Thy Confessor, we present for Thy blessing.

Pour down upon them, by the sacred sign of the holy Cross, Thy heavenly dew, Thou Who didst so kindly create them to gladden man by their beauty and fragrance; enrich them with such power, that to whatsoever disease they may be applied, or in whatsoever home they may be kept, or on whatsoever person they may be borne with devotion, through the intercession of Thy servant, Anthony, they may cure every sickness, repel the attacks of Satan, preserve holy chastity, and bring peace and grace to all who serve Thee.

Parish Bereavement

Passed away last night, Wed 5th June. Loved and admired by everybody. Our condolences to her family.
In the excellent care of the Staff of St. Clare’s Ward, St. Finbarr’s Hospital, and surrounded by her loving family. Margaret (Margo) (nee Phelan) beloved wife of the late Timothy, Shanakiel Bungalow, and dear mother of Etaine and Colette, and adored nannie of Dylan and Mark. Sadly missed by her loving daughters, son-in-law Niall, grandchildren, sisters Nora, Angela and May, brother Bill, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and many friends. Lying in repose at Gabriel and O’Donovan’s Funeral Home, Bandon on Friday evening from 6pm followed by Removal at 7.30pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Kilbrittain. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 2.30pm, funeral afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.