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
  Fr Donal Roberts PP - (026) 21068
  Fr Joe O Mahony CC - (026)41092
  Fr John Keane CC - 089 7078770
  Monsignor James O'Donnell - (026) 41042
  Parish Pastoral Council
  Current Parish Newsletter [Newsletter Archive]
  Parish Policy - Safeguarding Children
  Altar Servers
  Eucharistic Ministers
  The Samaritans
  Sosad Ireland - Suicide Prevention
  Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland
  Accord - Marriage & Relationships
  Citizens Information Centre
  Cura - Pregnancy Support
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Priest on duty:Week 14th Jan 2018 Fr. John 089 7078770 in case of an emergency the priest on call can be contacted on the parish mobile.  087-3546364


Participating in World Day of Migrants and Refugees:

Welcoming one another ‘Welcome one another then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.’ (Rm 15:7) We are called by Christ to welcome one another, regardless of race, creed or religion.

Respecting migrants’ and refugees’ traditions and cultures

 ‘With great respect and attention for the migrants’ traditions and culture, we Christians are called to bear witness to the gospel of love and peace in our dealings with them.’ (Instruction: The Love of Christ towards Migrants, 2004).

 Tolerance is not enough

 ‘Tolerance is not enough; needed is a certain feeling for the other, respect as far as possible for the cultural identity of one’s dialogue partners.’ (Instruction: The Love of Christ towards Migrants, 2004).


A Migrants Testimony:

‘There was a sense of relief when we landed in Ireland. One part of the journey had ended. We left behind a long history and heritage in our homeland; we were given no choice. I had to catch my breath and then quickly begin to understand how to support my family. The only comfort I have right now is in my faith in Christ and his plan for us. Brothers and sisters, please pray that we may

soon feel like we belong to your parish, like it is home for us now.


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






HELPING IN WAR:  ...One day the whine of jet engines filled the air and the pilot strafed the market place.... strafed the mission house, the church and the clinic. There was awful carnage. I rushed to the clinic...empty except for a mother with a baby in her arms...she had been struck in the head by shrapnel and was dying.  The nurse and I rushed her to the army hospital. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do... she died shortly after we arrived.

I was called to three trucks containing the dead and injured from the marketplace. It was a terrible sight...many would have known me and asked me to pray for them. Some asked to be baptised and I baptised them...fifty-seven were buried in a common grave that day...

 -An Irish missionary priest

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.

Sincere thanks to everyone who was involved in the Mission of Love to the Homeless on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd December. A huge debt of gratitude to all those who bought and boxed all the food and brought it to St. Mary’s Secondary School which was a few hours work, all those who contributed financially to buy food, those who donated food, those who made soup and sandwiches, those who loaded the food in Aghinagh, Macroom, and off loaded it in Cork, those who came around the streets of Cork and who brought inspiring compassion, love and sensitivity to the homeless. Sincere thanks everyone and may God reward you abundantly.




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:

Thoughts for the Week!

 “I can’t tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” Ed Sheeran

“We are nearer to Spring than we were in September,” I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.”

Oliver Hereford

 “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Martin Luther King

“Being nice takes work. That’s why I really like people who are nice.”

Casey Neistat


One Sentence Sermon!

It is nice to be important BUT more important to be nice!




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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Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

All information on Child Safeguarding procedures in the Diocese of Cloyne are available at the dedicated Website for Cloyne Diocese Safeguarding Children information:













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)

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