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Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands
Trip of a Lifetime to the Holy Land: 8th-18th June. With Fr John Newman (Scripture Scholar) email@example.com 086 833 7681
Thursday 20th February 7.30 in the Skibbereen Presbytery, Eucharistic Ministers to gather. It's important as safeguarding is on the agenda. The Parishes Safeguarding team will be present to assist with the recruitment of Garda Vetting which most need to review after 5 years. Other topics including Rotas, Hospital, Nursing home visits etc will also be discussed
Feasts this week
17th: St Fintan was born in Leinster. He received his religious formation in Terryglass, Co. Tipperary, under the abbot Colum, and was deeply influenced by his penitential practices and the severity of the Rule. Fintan made his own foundation in Clonenagh, Co. Laois. He died in 603.
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.
The child safeguarding review was undertaken on 20-23rd January 2020, by the National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSCCCI). Bishop Gavin has received a preliminary letter which is very positive and in it they say…’there is full compliance with safeguarding children Policy and Standards within the Diocese of Cork and Ross.’ We expect the full report in a few months and will then be able to share the full report.
The training plan for 2020, Communication and 3 year strategy plans are all now on the websit
All forms on website have been updated in line with GDPR.
A new confidentially form is on web site and this is to be completed by any person in parish that will have access to peoples personal data, i.e., parent consent forms, volunteers application forms, etc.
New celebrent and safeguarding statement posters were sent out end of last year, please ensure these are up, replacing the old ones.
Parish audits-we are still missing some audits, however a report and analysis is being produce and will be sent out in the next few weeks.
Thank you all for your commitment to safeguarding.
Bishop Fintan Gavin has appointed Fr Cian O’Sullivan CC Ballincollig as the new director of Vocations for the diocese. Fr Cian will work with an inter-disciplinary team in this role. Bishop Fintan has expressed the hope that this appointment will bring a new focus energy and life to a vital area of diocesan life.
St Fintan: Fintan gave his monks very strict rules not to consume any animal products. The community did not have even one cow and so they had neither milk nor butter. The monks complained they couldn’t do hard work on so meagre a diet. A deputation of local clergy headed by Canice of Aghaboe came to urge him to improve it. He agreed for his monks, but he elected to keep to the strict diet himself. Fintan was reported to have lived on only "bread of woody barley and clayey water of clay".
His disciples included St Colmán of Oughaval, and St. Comgall of Bangor. He has been compared by the Irish analysts to St. Benedict, and is styled "Father of the Irish Monks".
Fintan of Clonenagh is regarded as one of three patron saints of county Laois which include Colman Mac ua Laoise and Mochua of Timahoe. He died in 603. His feast day is on February 17. Though he is sometimes confused with Saint Fintán or Munnu, abbot of Taghmon, they are distinct.
First Confession Skibbereen: Tuesday 18th February. We pray for all those making sacraments in Church this year.
The priests of the parish are available to visit the sick and the housebound on the first Friday of each month. If you would like a visit or you know someone who would like a visit, please make contact with the parish office on 22828.
Lectio Divina, Wednesday 19th, 7.30-9.00 in the Presbytery. All welcome.
Baltimore and Rath Community Council are organising a short Community Walk in Ringaroga each Sunday from this weekend, until St Patrick’s weekend from 11.15am until 12 noon.
Irish Blood Transfusion Service – West Cork HGotel, Monday 5-8.30pm, Tues, Wed 3-5pm & 7-9pm, 17-19th Feb. giveblood.ie Locall 1850731137
Promotion of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress
Join Bishop Kevin Doran on the Irish National Pilgrimage to the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest from 12th – 21st September 2020. Cost: From €1,050 per person sharing. For more information see www.catholicbishops.ie To book https://www.joewalshtours.ie/holidays/pilgrimages-international-eucharistic-congress
Resources for the celebration of Confirmation: available on the Diocesan website, www.corkandross.org. These resources are to assist all those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. All Confirmation Ceremonies will begin at 10.30am.
Ennismore Retreat Centre; The Spirituality of the Twelve Steps: April 4th 10am-=4pm. €75 includes lunch. Info@ennismore.ie 021 4502520
Thursday 20th February 7.30 in the Skibbereen Presbytery, Eucharistic Ministers to gather. It's important as safeguarding is on the agenda. The Parishes Safeguarding team will be present to assist with the recruitment of Garda Vetting which most need to review after 5 years. Other topics including Rotas, Hospital, Nursing home visits etc will also be discussed.
Martyrs: So, we later did gather up his bones, more precious to us than jewels and finer than pure gold, and laid them away in a suitable place. There we shall assemble, so far as possible, in joy and gladness, and with the Lord's permission, we shall
celebrate the birthday of his martyrdom. It will serve both as a commemoration of all who have gone before as a training and preparation for any whose crown may be still to come.
The Martyrdom of Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, the earliest account of Christian martyrdom outside the New Testament
We pray for all our elected representatives, that they will serve the people with wisdom, respect and compassion. Amen
Baltimore First Responders needs volunteers, or it will close. Volunteers answer calls, ahead of ambulance, involving strokes, heart attacks and choking. Meeting Wed 5th Feb at 8pm in Community Hall.
The Parish office is closed on Wednesday February 19th & Thursday February 20th.
Eco-Congregation Ireland: an introduction, in Holy Cross Church, Mahon on Monday 17th February at 7.30 p.m. All welcome!
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Young Adults 18-15 are invited to join the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers to the sick and disabled. The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Fintan Gavin and will travel from Cork from 12th to 17th June 2020. As a young adult helper you will be assisting with the sick in the hospital in the wards, kitchen or dining room, pushing wheelchairs to and from liturgies and Mass, participating yourself in all the Masses and ceremonies of the pilgrimage, accompanying the sick and disabled in social time. If you are interested, please contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474 for more details and booking form.
First Confession, Skibbereen: Tuesday 18th February. We pray for all those making sacraments in Church this year.