Macroom Parish
Diocese of Cloyne
St Colman's Church, Macroom
St. John the Baptist Church, Caum
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  St. Colman's Church
  Saturday: 10am & 7.30pm (Vigil)
  Sunday: 8.30am, 10.30am & 12 noon
  Weekdays: 7.30am & 10.00am
  Holy Days: 7.30am, 10.30am, 12 noon & 7.30pm (Vigil)
  First Friday:  7:30am & 10am
  St. John the Baptist Church
  Sunday: 10am
  First Friday : 9am
  Holy Days: 10am
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  Fr John Keane CC - 089 7078770
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Priest on duty:Week 4th February 2018 Fr John 089-7078770  in case of an emergency the priest on call can be contacted on the parish mobile.  087-3546364


Mass with Anointing of the Sick:

Since the feast of our lady of Lourdes falls on Sunday this year we will

have the anointing of the sick at the 10.00 a.m. Mass in Macroom this

coming Saturday 10th February


A meeting will be held in 

The Castle Hotel Macroom 
on Friday 9th February at 7.30 pm
on the forthcoming referendum on the 8th Amendment. 
A national canvass is underway and speakers will include

Alan Daveron (Renua) and Joe Walsh

who have travelled nationwide promoting awareness on  the importance of the 8th Amendment.

They will speak on what needs to be done to  save the 8th Amendment  in our Constitution. 
At this critical time we would encourage as many people as possible to attend.



Article 40.3.3

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.


Before I formed you in the womb I knew you -Jeremiah 1:5

Before I foBermed you in the womb I knew yo


Bishops Launch Pro- Life Website:

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. By serenely contemplating the ultimate fulfilment of each human person, parents will be even more aware of the precious gift entrusted to them. For God allows parents to choose the name by which he himself will call their child for all eternity.” – Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, 166. The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has launched a new website with resources and prayers. Please check out this website by visiting the above.







"I was the only doctor at the hospital, the nearest hospital was perhaps 300 miles away. There was no anaesthetist. There were two or three Irish sisters and a few native-born sisters and myself. Everything that came in the gate, we had to deal with ourselves.  There was a massive epidemic of cholera and a massive epidemic of typhoid and injuries that I had never seen before.

My blood was O positive and often before operations I went down stairs put out my hand and gave blood. It was matched on a slide and if it matched, I did the operation.

 On one occasion, I amputated a man's leg beside a tree. I was strengthened in my work by the knowledge that my mother was praying for me in the kitchen at home (in Coolea)."

- Sr. Eileen Healy OLA who died on 28th  June 2017

Let us rejoice and be glad








v  Born 1892; Ordained a priest in 1915 ....imprisoned for speaking out against the short lived Hungarian Soviet Republic.

v  Released in 1919. Consecrated bishop in 1944. Imprisoned the same year because of his protests against the Nazi affiliated government's including its oppression of its Jewish population. 

v  1946: Created Cardinal and Primate of Hungary.

v  Dec 1948: Arrested for protesting against oppression of the Communist government. Was stripped naked and dressed as a clown. Subjected to torture including - sleep deprivation, beatings, incessant noise and mind altering drugs.

v  Signed a confession after 40 days of this mistreatment.

v  8th Feb1949: Sentenced to life imprisonment.

v  Freed 30th October 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution.

v  Sought sanctuary in the American Embassy after the Russian invasion on 4th Nov 1956.

v  Was unable to leave the embassy grounds for the next 15 years.

v  1971 - left his native Hungary, moved to the Vatican and later to Vienna.

v  Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty suffered imprisonment because he had spoken for freedom and against oppression by The Hungarian Soviet government , by the Nazis and by the Communists.

v  Prohibited from returning home; died in exile 6th May 1975. 

v  He was reinterred in his native Hungary in 1991 subsequent to the collapse communism (1989).

v  In 2012, Cardinal Mindszenty was fully rehabilitated from legal, moral and political standpoints by legislation of the Hungarian Parliament and by ruling of the Hungarian Supreme Court.


(He has left us many beautiful quotes including a special tribute titled A Mother which will be featured in next week's newsletter).



And Safeguarding Office for the Diocese – 022-21009:   Cloyne Diocesan DLP – 086-0368999 or email



 World Meeting of Families 2018: As part of the preparation for the World Meeting of Families, in Macroom Parish there will be a special petition box placed in the Church so that petitions can be placed into it. The petition box will be left in front of the WMOF 2018 banner. We encourage families to write little petitions for their families and to place them into the box provided. At each Mass we will pray for the Intentions included.


Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018: will take place on 1 to 6 June. Booking through JWT, Patrick St., Cork. Tel 021 4277959.

Pilgrims who would like to travel with the Special Assisted Section may contact Fr. Donal Roberts, Fr. Joe O’Mahony, Fr. John Keane or Nuala O’Connell 087 2237109.The Annual Lourdes Mass will be celebrated in the Parish Church, Fermoy on Monday, 12 Feb at 7.30pm.

Rainbows Ireland      provides group support for children and young people who are experiencing grief and loss following a bereavement and parental separation. If you would like your child to participate please contact Macroom Family Resource Centre on 026-20561 for application forms. Completed forms are to be returned on or before Monday 19th February 2018. Programme will commence on Wednesday 7th March 2018 from 4.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m

Pilgrimage to Lourdes:      Monday 6th -13th August led by Fr John; seven nights full board €579.00 inclusive ex Cork. Booking will open on Monday 5th February. Please contact Nuala 086-1544075 or Mary 087-2898518



Irish Catholic Special Edition: February 11th marks 160th Anniversary of the Marian Apparitions to St. Bernadette.  The Irish Catholic newspaper will publish a commemorative edition on February 8th which will feature:

    Accounts of 1858 Apparitions

    Biography of St. Bernadette

    Papal visits to the shrine with


    Recounting the miracles attributed

      to Lourdes


Survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer, their families and friends are welcome to a

SURVIVORSHIP MEETING in the Clayton Hotel Cork City at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday 15th February. This meeting is to discuss the health concerns and long-term follow-up of survivors.

For more information contact: Patricia McColgan at 086- 2532819 or, or Julianne Byrne at 041-9836041 or,

Work has commenced on repairs to the Parish Church roof 

The work to North Aisle roof of St. Colmans Church, Macroom is due to commence on site next Thursday 4th August 2017. The Adoration Chapel will be closed for the duration of the contract. A temporary Adoration Chapel will be established in the old Mercy Convent to the South of the Church on Chapel Street. The access to the North of the Church will be closed for the duration of the works. There will be no access to the Sacristy and no access to the existing toilets. A temporary toilet will be provided on site outside the contractor�s compound. Part of the car park and the Church yard will also be cordoned off to facilitate the roof repairs. Car parking in the Church grounds will minimal. The Priests of the Parish wish to apologise to the parishioners and visitors to St. Colmans Church for any inconvenience that the proposed works may cause during the lifetime of the project.  



Saint Teresa of Calcutta. People are often unreasonable and self-centered, forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives,be kind anyway.If you are honest, people may cheat you,be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous, be happy anyway. The good we do today maybe forgotten tomorrow. Be good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough, give your best anyway.   For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It is never between you and them anyway.

Website of the week:      

JIGSAW Provides vital supports to young people with their mental health by working closely with communities across Ireland. 



Thoughts for the week:



“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave but not our hearts”

     Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


One sentence sermon:

Do the math: count your blessings; Laugh every day, it's like inner jogging!



Prayer to the Holy Family:

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,in you we contemplate the splendour of true love;

to you we turn with trust.Holy Family of Nazareth,grant that our families too

may be places of communion and prayer,authentic schools of the Gospel

and small domestic churches.Holy Family of Nazareth,

may families never again experience violence, rejection and division;

may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing

Holy Family of Nazareth,make us once more mindful

of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,and its beauty in God�s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,graciously hear our prayer. Amen

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Holy Communion : For those receiving Holy Communion at mass who are gluten intolerant, the Chalice is available on a table to the left of the sanctuary in St Colmans Church and gluten free hosts are available from the Eucharistic Minister at the back of the church in St John the Baptist Church, Caum.


   Macroom Child Safeguarding Committee
The Diocese of Cloyne diocesan policy statement on Safeguarding Children is available for view in the sacristy or you may wish to read it online at



Parish TV from Macroom Church
Channel 29, Digital TV only.


Macroom Parish has trained a group of people to provide support to adults who are or have been bereaved. A drop in centre will be open the last Thursday of every month from 4pm to 5.30pm and 6pm to 7.30pm in the Family Resource Centre, Masseytown. No appointment is necessary, just drop in. Group support 2 hours a week for 8 weeks will be available in the spring and autumn.

087 1207476 (this number is for information purposes only)

macroom parish 2016