Office: 028-22828, Open: Tues, Wed, Thurs from 10.00am to 12.00.

E-mail: skibbereenparish@gmail.com / rathandtheislands@gmail.com


Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands

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Feasts this week

21st: St Peter Damian 1007-72. gave up teaching to become a hermit. Later he was Cardinal Bishop of Ostia. He was an outstanding reformer of Church life and discipline.

22nd: The Chair of St Peter. This ancient feast relates to early Roman custom at this time of year of remembering the ancestors of the family, those who presided over the family fortunes. The feast celebrates Peter as bishop of Rome and the focus of unity in the communion of one faith.

23rd: St Polycarp was bishop of Smyrna or Izmir in modem Turkey. Bom around the year 69, he was a disciple of St John the Apostle. He was martyred in 155.


FORMS OF FRIDAY PENANCE

The following are suggested as ways of fulfilling Friday penance:

• Abstaining from meat or some other food;

• Abstaining from alcoholic drink or smoking;

• Making a special effort at involvement in family prayer;

• Making a special effort to participate in Mass on Fridays;

• Visiting the Blessed Sacrament;

• Making the Stations of the Cross;

• Fasting from all food for a longer period than usual and perhaps giving what is saved to the needy;

• Helping the poor, sick, old or lonely.

From the statement on Friday Penance issued by the Bishops' Conference, 2010






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Lourdes Pilgrimage

Cork & Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes 11th – 16th June, 5 nights with full board accommodation. Booking forms from Joe Walsh Tours 0214277959 and Contact Canon Jim O’Donovan Director of Pilgrimages, Ballinlough – 021 4292296.

The Diocesan Pilgrimage makes it possible for people with particular disabilities and medical needs to go to Lourdes. You may know of family friends or neighbours who, since last year, may now wish to avail of this opportunity.   

2nd Collection on February 10/11th for Annual Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund.

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11th February, was dedicated by St John Paul II in 1992 as the World Day of the Sick. We are asked expecially to remember those who are going through illness and the medical and care teams that serve them.





Medjugorje Pilgrimage ex Cork

May 31st to June 7th
€719.00 pps half board. 15 places still available. €200.00 deposit secure seat. Spiritual Director: Fr. Sean Corkery
Contact: Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380


ONLINE THEOLOGY COURSE: Study theology by distance learning, attend lectures in Tallaght or from your own home - join us this spring. Register by February 27th; CALL (01) 404 8124. THE PRIORY INSTITUTE, A Dominican Centre for Theological Studies. www.prioryinstitute.com



THE SCRUTINIES

Catechumens, now the elect, asking for the three sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil, take part in the scrutinies, celebrated on the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of Lent. The scrutinies are meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect; to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, strong and good. For the scrutinies are celebrated in order to deliver the elect from the power of sin and Satan, to protect them against temptation, and to give them strength in Christ, who is the way, the truth and the lire. These rites, therefore, should complete the conversion of the elect and deepen their resolve to hold fast to Christ and to carry out their decision to love God above all.

RCIA, 128







Dates for First Holy Communion & Confirmation 2018


Skibbereen

March 8th Thursday - Cathedral - Ceremony of Light

March 13th Tuesday - Cathedral – 1st Confession

April 11th Wednesday - Cathedral – Confirmation Day

May 12th Sat – Cathedral - First Holy Communion Day


Rath

February 18th Sunday – Rath - Confirmation Enrolment

April 19th Thursday – Rath - 1st Confession

April 26th Thursday – Rath - Ceremony of Light

May 4th Friday – Rath - Confirmation Day

May 19th Saturday – Rath – First Holy Communion Day


Pilgrimage of the Icon to our Diocese.

North Cathedral, Cork:

Thursday 22nd February - 7:30pm welcome celebration Saturday 24th February - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Prayer for Vocations in families.

Sunday 25th February 3:00pm Ecumenical Service St.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Skibbereen:

Monday 26th February - 7:30pm welcome celebration

St. Patrick’s Church Bandon:

Friday 2nd March - 7:30pm Mass

WORLD MEETING of FAMILIES -

21-26 AUGUST 2018

Official Family Prayer for World Meeting of Families

God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

One family, in the Spirit of your love.

Bless us with the joy of love.

Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous, welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom vve now pray:

(We pause and remember family members and others by name.)

Increase our faith,

Strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.

This vve ask, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, pray for us.


 

 

 


                                                                                                                                                                  

Yours Sincerely,

Selma Jose Uzhunnalil

                                                                                                                                 I really appreciate your kind words, the thoughts and prayers during this crisis. On behalf of Fr Tom and our entire family, I would like to say a very special word of thanks to each one of you that have been praying for our family for the last 18 months. May God richly bless you with an even deeper understanding of His love and purposes as you live for him!

Thank you all so much,                                                                                                                                                                  

Yours Sincerely,

Selma Jose Uzhunnalil

                                                                                                                                                                                                           There are no words to express how thankful we are to have people in our lives who are willing to pray for us, who think about us, who love us. It is so wonderful to have such a loving community and church family. A special thank you to Fr Michael Kelleher and Fr Chris O'Donovan for their kindness and prayerful support during Fr Tom’s captivity. Our entire family had a very difficult time since Fr Tom was abducted by the ISIS in Yemen in March 2016. God's grace is the thing that we have needed very much through this experience, and His grace has been poured out upon us in a way that we have never before experienced. My prayer is that God will pour out a rich blessing upon each person that has been praying for Fr Tom and his family.                                                                                                                                 I really appreciate your kind words, the thoughts and prayers during this crisis. On behalf of Fr Tom and our entire family, I would like to say a very special word of thanks to each one of you that have been praying for our family for the last 18 months. May God richly bless you with an even deeper understanding of His love and purposes as you live for him!

Thank you all so much,                                                                                                                                                                  

Yours Sincerely,

Selma Jose Uzhunnalil

                                                                                                                                                                                                           There are no words to express how thankful we are to have people in our lives who are willing to pray for us, who think about us, who love us. It is so wonderful to have such a loving community and church family. A special thank you to Fr Michael Kelleher and Fr Chris O'Donovan for their kindness and prayerful support during Fr Tom’s captivity. Our entire family had a very difficult time since Fr Tom was abducted by the ISIS in Yemen in March 2016. God's grace is the thing that we have needed very much through this experience, and His grace has been poured out upon us in a way that we have never before experienced. My prayer is that God will pour out a rich blessing upon each person that has been praying for Fr Tom and his family.                                                                                                                                 I really appreciate your kind words, the thoughts and prayers during this crisis. On behalf of Fr Tom and our entire family, I would like to say a very special word of thanks to each one of you that have been praying for our family for the last 18 months. May God richly bless you with an even deeper understanding of His love and purposes as you live for him!

Thank you all so much,                                                                                                                                                                  

Yours Sincerely,

Selma Jose Uzhunnalil

                                                                                                                                                                                                           There are no words to express how thankful we are to have people in our lives who are willing to pray for us, who think about us, who love us. It is so wonderful to have such a loving community and church family. A special thank you to Fr Michael Kelleher and Fr Chris O'Donovan for their kindness and prayerful support during Fr Tom’s captivity. Our entire family had a very difficult time since Fr Tom was abducted by the ISIS in Yemen in March 2016. God's grace is the thing that we have needed very much through this experience, and His grace has been poured out upon us in a way that we have never before experienced. My prayer is that God will pour out a rich blessing upon each person that has been praying for Fr Tom and his family.                                                                                                                                 I really appreciate your kind words, the thoughts and prayers during this crisis. On behalf of Fr Tom and our entire family, I would like to say a very special word of thanks to each one of you that have been praying for our family for the last 18 months. May God richly bless you with an even deeper understanding of His love and purposes as you live for him!

Thank you all so much,                                                                                                                                                                  

Yours Sincerely,

Selma Jose Uzhunnalil



Save the 8th referendum campaign: "We will not be silenced"- Save the 8th launches national billboard message as campaign to defeat referendum begins: -

See: https://mailchi.mp/thelifeinstitute/save-the-8th-roadshow-hugely-encouraged-by-public-support-for-retaining-pro-life-laws-1354897?e=44e1f427eb

Powerful billboards and Disability Voices for Life kick-start campaign!

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Protect the 8th Bandon talk and training workshop on Monday February 19th at the Munster Arms Hotel at 7:30pm in the Bandon room suite. All welcome!

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Keep them Safe! Save the 8th: Rally: Saturday 10th March in Dublin. Pick-up bus in Skibbereen at 7.40am; €25. Mary Anne 0868315069



Parish Environment - Cathedral Cleaning Group - New Members Welcome. Would you like to join our team. It only takes two hours every five weeks. Please contact the Parish office on 028 22828 or email- skibbereenparish@gmail.com.


Enrolment Week St Joseph’s NS

St Joseph’s GNS will be enrolling new students from February 19th to 23rd. The Parents Association will host an enrolment coffee morning to welcome new students to our school on Tuesday 20th from 10am to 12 noon.





CORK MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WEEKEND

​Venue: The Cork International  Hotel​

From: 13/04/18 @ 7:30 pm –To: 15/04/18 @ 4:00 pm

 

Marriage Encounter is a Weekend getaway experience for all married couples

who want to rediscover the joy of Marriage.

 

To enrol go to www.marriageencounter.ie

Or telephone

021-4381511 - 086 6095168




Coffee Morning in aid of West Cork Palliative Care in remembrance of Jerome Minihane & Margaret Jennings on Sun 25 Feb from 11am - 3pm in the home of Tim & Barbara Minihane, Creagh, Baltimore.




Lectio Divina: 07.30 - 9.00 in the Skibbereen Presbytery

on Wednesday, 21st February.


An Ecumenical Prayer Service will be held in Myross Wood on five Fridays of Lent (23rd February, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March) at 8.00 p.m. As we look forward to the World Meeting of Families in Dublin next August, we hope to highlight various aspects of Christian Family life though symbolic ritual, Scripture readings, reflections,

Taize songs and prayer.




Make-A-Wish Ireland Annual Wish Day – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!


Make-A-Wish Ireland has one simple aim – we grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to bring hope, strength and happiness. 


Volunteer are needed for WISH DAY, our annual fundraising day, on Friday 9th March 2018.


There are a number of ways you could get involved and support us:
select a location nearby and volunteer to sell our bands there for the day
hold a coffee morning or bake sale in aid of Make-A-Wish
hold a Jersey Day or a similar themed day in aid of Make-A-Wish


By volunteering on Wish Day, you play an essential part in creating positive memories for children battling life-threatening illnesses.


If you can commit to the full day or even a few hours selling our bands, please visit
www.makeawish.ie to register online at one of our collection points. Alternatively contact Emma Horgan emma@makeawish.ie or call 01 2052011 for more details.

On behalf of everyone at Make-A-Wish; our wish children and their families, thank you for your support, we really do appreciate it.




St. Patrick’s B.N.S.

Skibbereen.



Enrolment week for new Junior Infants

( Sept 2018 )

takes place–Monday Feb 19th  /Friday Feb 23rd   2018.

Please call to the school or contact us on 028-21948.





Ash Wednesday. It was great to see a full house in the cathedral for the beginning of Lent.  Many thanks to our

servers our ministers of Ashes our helpers our singers and all who attended from the national schools and our parish community of Skibbereen and Rath and the Islands.



Papal Nuncio: It is twelve months since we had the visit of the Papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles J Browne. On the occasion we launched the ‘Cathedral Brochure’. It was a wonderful celebration of parish life. Archbishop Browne, as well as encouraging us with his uplifting homily, was so generous with his time in meeting people and for photographs. We pray God’s blessing on him in his new posting as Nuncio in Albania.