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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  Cura - Pregnancy Support
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  Priest on duty: Week 6th Jan 2019

Fr. John 089 7078770 in case of an emergency the priest on call can be contacted on the parish mobile



Prayer for the New Year 2019 God, thank you for a new year. May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another. As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.



Alpha Youth Faith Programmer commences this Wednesday, 9th January, at 7.00 p.m. in the Parish Centre Macroom. All young people welcome.


 Monthly Prayerful Meditation, Parish Centre Macroom on Sunday 13th January at 8.00 p.m. All are welcome; refreshments to follow.


 Macroom Senior Citizens: Meals on Wheels Volunteers required urgently to deliver meals. Please ring 026-41698.


 Irish Blood Transfusion Blood Service will be in the Riverside Park Hotel on Wednesday and Thursday, 9 th and 10th January.




Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima: Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima 9th – 16th September 2019. Cost €819, insurance included full board. Single supplement €30. Flight from Cork to Lisbon return. Contact Pilgrimages Abroad Lauri Duffy Travel, Dublin, 01-6359300 or Local enquires from: Fr. Winkle 024-92270, or Nora 0872509184.

One Sentence Sermon: If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?


 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.”



Some thoughts for the week: “There are good ships and wood ships, ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships, may they always be.” Irish Proverb “Gift better than Himself God doth not know, Gift better than God no man can see.” Robert Southwell “Advent: the time to listen for footsteps – you can’t hear footsteps if you’re running yourself.” Bill McKibben “I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.” Winston Churchill






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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