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
  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 3rd March 2019

 Fr. Joe 026-41092, or in case of an emergency the priest on call can be contacted on the parish mobile 087-3546364

Wednesday (Ash Wednesday - Day of Fast and Abstinence) 7.30 a.m.; 10.00 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. & in Caum church 9.00 a.m. - ashes will be blessed and distributed at all Masses.

Very Brave Children Despite being imprisoned and threatened with being put into pots of boiling oil, Jacinta Marto (aged 7), her brother Francisco (aged 9) and their cousin Lucia Santos (aged 10) refused to deny that they had seen Holy Mary in Fatima and remained faithful to her requests.
The Rosary - a powerful weapon against evil. Our Lady of Fatima's clear message was that the Rosary is a powerful weapon against evil. It is still a powerful weapon against evil and evil is very prominent very obvious and very evident in these times.
A Call to return to the gospel and for prayer and penance Our Lady of Fatima's call was for Conversion, for a return to 'her son' and for prayers and penance.

Holy Mary promised Jacinta in 1918 that she would take Francisco & Jacinta to heaven soon but that Lucia would have to remain on earth. Francisco died in his home in on 20th Feb. 1920 (aged 11ys 9mths) - having recited many, many hundreds of rosaries in the years since the apparitions.
The Bravest Girl in the World Jacinta died (aged 9 years 11 mths), away from home - as Holy Mary had told her. She died alone in Lisbon having gone through heavy surgery. Despite her tender years, Jacinta was fearless in her faith and trust in God and in Holy Mary - and was probably the bravest girl in the world.
The Feast Day of St. Francisco and Jacinto Marto is celebrated on the19th February. They were canonised in 2017.
Lucia Santos became a nun and died in 2005.

 Irish Bishops’ Statement on the Dignity of Life: "Every one of us has a right to life. It is not given to us by the Constitution of Ireland or by any law. We have it 'as of right', whether we are wealthy or poor, healthy or sick. All human beings have it. The direct and intentional taking of human life at any stage is gravely wrong and can never be justified. "Women's lives, and the lives of their unborn children, are precious, valued and always deserving of protection. Any law which suggests otherwise would have no moral force. "We offer our prayerful solidarity with everyone dedicated to the sanctity and protection of human life at all stages.”




Thought for the week:


“Lent is a time to reconsidering our feelings, for letting our eyes be opened to injustice, to open our hearts to those suffering.” Pope Francis


Why acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in Lent?

 The season of Lent is about thinking about our life as followers of Jesus and preparing ourselves to be ready to renew our baptism at Easter. It can be a time of reflection and taking stock, a time of turning back to God and reminding ourselves of what it means to live as a follower of Jesus, as a Christian in the world. The Lenten good works of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are there to help us do this.

Prayer: This Lent could be a great time for families to begin or renew praying together. We can be aware of God and talk to God in prayer together in so many ways. Saying a prayer before your main meal together, blessing yourselves on the way out in the morning, praying a decade of the rosary, reading and thinking about a passage from the bible, going to confession, saying a night time prayer, visiting a church together for a short time of prayer? What appeals to you in these suggestions? What other suggestions do family members have?

Fasting: Many people see Lent as a time of fasting from something. We might give up sweets or cigarettes or alcohol, or meat on a Friday; we might fast from words that are hurtful to ourselves and others or we might fast from habits that keep us from living well. We can always take it one step further and take up a positive action! We might, for example, decide on concrete actions we will take as a family to help the environment. The fasting we do can help us create a space in our lives for God, who feeds all our hungers. Are there habits that we have that are causing pain or hurt in our families that we could try to give up this Lent? What suggestions do family members have for fasting?

Almsgiving: Linked to our fasting, whatever form it may take, is a concern for those who have no choice but to fast because of poverty and injustice. That concern connects us directly back to our baptismal commitment of making Christ present in our world through our actions. There is a great tradition in Ireland of supporting Trócaire in Lent and learning more about its work. How might your family support Trócaire this Lent? Do you have suggestions for other ways of giving money or goods for those in need locally or doing acts of charity this Lent?


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Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes:

The Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place on 31st May to the 5th June . Booking through JWT Patrick Street Cork Tel: 021-4277959.

Pilgrims who would like to travel with the Special Assisted Section may contact Fr. Donal, Fr. John,

Fr. Joe O’Mahony or Nuala O’Connell on 087-2237109.



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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