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Saints this week

13th: St Fachtna (Faehanan) founder of the monastery of Ross Carbery (Ross Ailithir). He died around 600. His monastery became the principal monastery of West Cork and later had a famous Scripture school.

14th: St Maximilian Kolbe, 1894-1941, a Conventual Franciscan who worked in the apostolate of the press in Poland and Japan, and died in Auschwitz.

15th: 'The Assumption of Mary honours the fullness of blessedness that was her destiny, the glorification of her immaculate soul and virginal body that completely conformed her to the risen Christ. This is a celebration that offers to the Church and to all humanity an exemplar and a consoling message, teaching us the fulfilment of our highest hopes. Their own future glorification is happily in store for all those whom Christ has made his own brothers and sisters by taking on their flesh and blood' (Marialis Cultus J. ) Patronal Day of France, India, Malta, Paraguay.

16th: St Stephen of Hungary, 975-1038, first King of Hungary and its patron saint, worked for the conversion of his people to Christianity.

17th: Our Lady of Knock. The story of Knock began on the 21 August 1879 when Our Lady, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. This miraculous apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. Knock is an internationally recognised Marian Shrine and was visited by St John Paul II, as part of his 1979 papal pilgrimage to Ireland. The date of the memorial is within the annual novena conducted at the Shrine.

 St. Fachtna is Patron Saint of the Diocese of Ross. He established a monastery and school in the area now known as Rosscarbery towards the end of the sixth century. The School of Ross became a celebrated seat of learning and gained an international reputation for study of sacred scripture. St. Fachtna later became first Bishop of Ross. The school survived as a centre of learning until the ninth century when it was besieged and destroyed by the Danes.  “Turris Fortis Mihi Deus” is on the diocese of Ross’ coat of arms which is to be found in three places in the Cathedral, it roughly translates “that the Lord is a tower of Strength for me.”

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Myross Wood Garden Fete will take place on Sunday, August 12th, from 2 pm - 5 pm. Admission free! Attractions include instrumental music and choral singing, exotic animals, beehive and dog show, various stalls with cakes, drinks, plants and books, tea rooms and draws. Donations of books, cakes, bottles, plants and bric-a-brac gratefully received! Come and enjoy a wonderful afternoon.

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Naíonra Playschool Sciobairín have one Pre-School place available for September 2018 for a child aged between 3 years 8 months and 4 years 8 months.

Please contact 086-6616644 for more information.

LAKE CROSS GROTTO: The Rosary will be recited at the Lake Cross Grotto on Wed 15th Aug at 8.30pm in honour of the Feast of The Assumption of Our Blessed Lady. Everyone Welcome.

This year Skibbereen Parish Assembly had there end of year celebration in the Heritage Centre.  Terry Kearney gave a very interesting talk on the famine and its effects in this area.  Even though I had been to the arts centre a number of times privately I found the talk inspiring.  I recently went to the Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger Exhibition (until 13th October), in the Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, again I would recommend it to both young and old. It is part of our history and to my mind very important for us to remember.  

Fr Chris.




Statue of Our Lady of Fatima of the World Apostolate of Fatima, Ireland The statue of Our Lady of Fatima of the World Apostolate of Fatima, Ireland and the relics of Saints Francisco and Jacinta are presently in the Convent Chapel of the Missionaries of Charity,
Convent Road, Blarney where they will reside until September 14th.

Cape Clear Church Painting Project - Thank you to the group of volunteers, who were involved in the recent works at St Ciaran Church. The time and efforts you gave to washing down the exterior walls of the Church and seeing to the repair works on gutters etc is very much appreciated. The Painting of the church will be completed this year.

YOUNG ADULT CATHOLIC CONFERENCE: Be the One with Mary'on Sept 1st. and 2nd. 2018 in All Hallows' College, Dublin. Enquiries: 086 1532358Tickets available: www.eventbright/

Expenses sponsored by the Legion of Mary.