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
   Rev. Brian Williams- 086 8349540
  Parish Pastoral Council
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  Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland
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  Cura - Pregnancy Support
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  Priest on duty: Week 30th September 2018   Fr. Donal 026 21068.  In case of an emergency the priest on call can be contacted on the parish mobile 087-3546364.


IT BEGINS WITH US:  We need to change to fully realise that all people everywhere are God's children - and our brothers and sisters. We must understand that what we do to the environment and what we do as consumers affects them. We must act for justice and for mercy for our neighbour, our environment and for ourselves.


DIMENSIONS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS IS CAN BE SEEN IN:  (i) starvation (ii) loss of clean air (iii) loss of drinkable water (iv) extinction of many species (v) damaged habitats (vi) Massive wealth for the few - endless poverty for most.


WHAT HURTS ONE OF US, HURTS US ALL:   All life is interconnected - human, animal, bird, insect, fish and plant. The smallest subatomic and atomic particles are joined together in this amazing creation. Hence it is true to say: what hurts one of us hurts us all.


THE RESOURCES OF THE EARTH ARE NOT LIMITLESS:   we who live in a throwaway culture must realise that and remember always that we are but stewards and not owners. Our concern for the planet is empty unless we act with responsibility and obligation to our poorest brothers and sisters.


THE TIME FOR DRASTIC ACTION IS NOW: Virtually all climatic scientists insist that the time for action is NOW. It may already be too late to stop some damage.  Pope Francis urges us not to continue our blindness in this matter.


DEHUMANISATION, LOSS OF SPIRITUALITY, LOSS OF HOMES, LOSS OF LIVELIHOODS AND LOSS OF DIGNITY - These are the obvious results of our constant push for more and more control over nature.


Laudato Si - Praise be to Him





Thought for the Week:


“Be light of hearth

The world is full of wonder,

Go bravely on

Whatever comes your way.

Have hope and courage,

Life has much to offer,

Reach out for love

And love will light the day.” 

                             Iris Hesselden                                                   


Autumn Stations:

Saturday 6th October 11.00 a.m.: Kiel, Bealick and Coolehane: Stephen and Norma O’Connor.

Friday 12th October 8.00 p.m.: Caum, Lacka, Coolacareen, Coolacussane and Rosnascalp - Liam and Frances McCullagh.

Saturday October 20th 11.00 a.m.: Coolcower and Sleaveen - Martin Lucey and Marjorie Harris.

Saturday October 20th 11.00 a.m.:  Ummera- Paddy and Gabrielle O’Leary.


Autumn Station Envelopes:

You will find in your box of envelopes a yellow envelope “Autumn Station Offerings” dated 8th/9th September for the Autumn Station Offerings for the priests. The priests of the parish are paid from what comes in the Autumn Stations as well as what the Spring Stations and Christmas and Easter. Please return the envelope this weekend or at any of the weekend Masses or at your Station Area Mass.

We wish to thank you for your support and generosity to the upkeep of the priests of the parish.

Anybody who has not finalised a date and time with Fr. Donal might do so as soon as possible, so the list can be finalised; thanking you.






The Joy of Love in Marriage:

A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples (of all age ranges) private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next Weekend (residential) will be from16th -18th November 2018 at The Lake Hotel, Killarney. 

For information and to book, visit  or call 086-6095168 or 064-6644319.

MACROOM PARISH NEWSLETTER St. Colman’s Church, Macroom St. John the Baptist Church, Caum Facebook: Macroom Parish Bulletin: 50

 Have you thought about the talents God has given you? Have you thought of how you can put your talents at the service of others? Do not bury your talents. Your future also depends on how you live these precious years of your life. Be committed to your daily duties, your studies, your work, to relationships of friendship, to helping others.... Keep your hope alive. There is always light on the horizon. Dear young people - have a deep spirit. Do not be afraid to dream of great things.”


Parishioner (speaking to the priest): You say the words: "Take this all of you and eat of it for this is my body which will be given up for you" with great reverence.

Priest: They are deep and profound words, spoken by Jesus at the last supper.

Parishioner: How many times in your priestly life have you proclaimed those words?

Priest: Every time I celebrate the Eucharist. 400 - 500 times each year on average I suppose.

Parishioner: Still, each time you say them with reverence - as if it was your very first time.

Priest: The power of these words along with the action of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit make sacramentally present the Body and Blood of Christ under the appearance of bread and wine.

Parishioner: The words "take this all of you and eat of it"  - is that the Lord's invitation to us to receive Holy Communion?

Priest:  Yes. Holy Communion is a wonderful way founded by Jesus to connect Himself intimately and repeatedly with each of us - physically and spiritually.  

Parishioner: And the words " body which will be given up for you."  

Priest: Remind us that Jesus died a horrible death for us at the hands of evil - but evil failed to taint his goodness. Evil could kill Him but it could not overcome Him.

Let us rejoice and be glad


One Sentence Sermon: Age is a matter of mind and if you don't mind, it doesn't matter!

Thoughts for the week:

The Diaconate

The diaconate is open to married men aged between 30 and 60 years of age and to unmarried men aged between 35 and 60 years of age. Deacons are self-supporting and continue in their family lives and secular employment. The programme of preparation and subsequent ministry are part-time. Initial contact should be made during the month of March so that the application process can be completed in June. The course of preparation begins in September 2018. It is probable that a course will not commence again in the province until 2021.

For further information please contact the Diocesan Director for the Permanent Diaconate, Rev. William Bermingham, PP, Carrigtwohill – Tel: 021 4389797; 083 8687196; email:;


Amazing Heroes of the Kingdom of God on Earth.

Hero No.2: Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski Primate of Poland:


v  Renowned for his principled stand against Nazism and later against Communism and its repressive totalitarian governments in Poland. 

v  Ordained priest in 1924...consecrated bishop in 1946, archbishop in 1948 and created Cardinal and Primate of Poland on 12th January 1953.

v  Imprisoned by communist government from 1953 to 1956.

v  Credited with the survival of Christianity in Poland during the persecution and repression of the Communist regime.

v  Regarded as a Polish national hero.

v  Played a key role in persuading a fellow countryman Karol Wojtyla to accept the papacy.

v  Cardinal Stefan Wyzynski died on 28th May 1981 in Warsaw in his beloved Poland.

v  His Motto was Soli Deo (To God alone).

v  He was faithful to his motto and played his part with distinction in the unceasing, unsleeping work of the Church - in the Kingdom of God founded by Jesus that has now reached the 'ends of the earth'.

v  Each of us has our part to play in the Kingdom of God on Earth. Our part may seem small to us, but it is still essential to the overall worldwide Work Unceasing of The Church- Unsleeping

v  *Pope Francis bestowed the title Venerable on the late Cardinal Wyszynski on 18th December 2017.

v  Let us rejoice and be glad.

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.







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)

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