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
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   Rev. Brian Williams- 086 8349540
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  Priest on duty: Week 5th August 2018   Fr. Joe 02641092. In case of an emergency the priest on call can be contacted on the parish mobile 087-3546364.

Schedule of Events at Knock for Visit of Pope Francis: From 8.30 a.m. on the morning of Sunday 26th August, there will be a ‘Gathering Event’ until the arrival of the Holy Father. Upon arrival, the Holy Father will move through the assembly in the Pope Mobile arriving at the Apparition Chapel at 10.00 a.m. for private prayer. Afterwards His Holiness will deliver a short address and lead pilgrims in the Angelus Prayer. After the departure of the Holy Father, there will be a concelebrated open-air Mass with Fr. Richard Gibbons as the main celebrant and homilist. Please note this will be a part of the official ticketed event.
Latest News from WMOF18: Information for those traveling to Phoenix Park, Sunday 26th August:
Transport: Public transport and coaches will be given priority and will bring you closest to Phoenix Park.; not possible to drive up to, or near to the Phoenix Park by car. For further traffic information log on to - Seating: It is not feasible to have seating for 500,000; you are strongly advised to bring portable seating. Facilities: Designated rest zones, food and drinks stations, medical facilities, as well as toilets and baby changing facilities are all at the venue, gates and transport hubs. People with accessibility issues and their carers will be facilitated. Television Coverage: All events will be featured on RTE television & radio. Volunteering: One day volunteers & Ministers of the Eucharist are required
for 26th August Mass in the Phoenix Park, register at Unused Tickets: If parishes or individuals have unused tickets for the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park, please email, quoting booking reference a.s.a.p.
Papal Mass: Two buses bringing pilgrims to the Papal Mass will leave from the old Lidl carpark at 6.00 a.m. on Sunday 26th August. Payment of €10 per person, return, can be made on the day. A stop will be made on the way to Dublin for a bathroom break. On arrival you will have to walk from the bus park; this may take up to 1 hour. Queuing and reaching designated place may take a further 2 hours. Tickets needed to enter the Phoenix Park. Wear suitable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Please bring a packed lunch, snacks, water, medicines, sunscreen and a rain jacket. If you have a small stool it is advisable to bring it along as seats are not provided. The buses will stop in Naas on the way home for a meal; cost will be approximately €20.


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

Priest on duty: Fr. Joe 02641092. In case of an emergency the priest on call can be contacted on the parish mobile 087-3546364.

YOUNG PEOPLE - the world needs you, needs each of you with all the gifts and talents that you have. In difficult times, keep your hope alive. Trust and have faith that everything will work out alright. There is always light on the horizon.

POPE FRANCIS SPEAKS TO YOUNG PEOPLE: "Set your stakes on great ideals that enlarge the heart, the ideals of service that make your talents fruitful. Do not be afraid of commitment, of sacrifice and do not view the future with fear. Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it to others. 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!

Macroom Senior Citizens- August Fundraising Events:

Tuesday 7th August - Coffee Morning 10.30am Fr Ryan hall

Wednesday 8th August - Afternoon Tea Dance Fr Ryan hall 3pm. Music by the Rambler. Admission €5.

Friday 17th August- Bring and Buy Sale at 7.30pm and Annual Raffle to follow at 9pm in Fr Ryan Hall.

Wednesday 22nd August - Concert with Traditional Irish Group at 8pm Fr Ryan Hall.

Wednesday 29th August - Macroom Senior Citizens celebrates 50 years at 8pm Fr Ryan Hall.

These events are the main fundraising activities which allow some of the wonderful services for elderly in our community such as the sheltered housing, daily lunches, meals on wheels, chiropody, care and repair, weekly bingo, monthly social, art and craft classes, etc. Your support of these events will be greatly appreciated. Please come along and give support.

Rosary at the Grotto:
on Saturday 4th August 2018 at 4pm. All are welcome

Thoughts for the week:

“People often tell me I could be a great man. I’d rather be a good man.”

John F. Kennedy Jr.

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, in rising every time we fall.”

Nelson Mandela

“At the right time, a kind word from a stranger, or encouragement from a friend, can make all the difference in the world. Kindness is free, but it’s priceless.”

Doe Zantamataa

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.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes:      We wish those travelling to Lourdes on Monday 6th August  with Fr John, a very successful pilgrimage.


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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