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Feasts this week

19th: St John Eudes, 1601-80, from Normandy, France, spent a fruitful twenty years with the French Oratory, then left to found a congregation to improve the standards or the clergy through seminaries. He founded also the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity and Refuge. He was a powerful preacher and among the first to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart

20th: St Bernard, 1090-1053, became a Cistercian monk at Citeaux in 1113 and was chosen Abbot of Clairvaux in 1115. His writings reveal a solid grasp of biblical studies, spiritual theology and philosophy. Patron of Gibraltar and beekeepers.

21st: St Pius X, 1835-1914 Cardinal Patriarch of Venice, then pope from 1903. Encouraged pastoral liturgy and sacramental practice, especially of frequent communion, to which he admitted young children.

22nd: The Queenship of Mary. During the Middle Ages Mary was venerated as queen of the angels and saints. Pope Pius XII prescribed the feast for the universal Church at the close of Marian Year of 1954. It is placed on this date to stress the connection of Mary's queenship with the Assumption.

23rd: St Eugene (Eoghan) lived in the sixth century and was said to have been taken by pirates to Britain. On obtaining his freedom he went to study at Candida Casa. Returning to Ireland he made a foundation at Kilnamanagh in the Wicklow hills, but his principal foundation was at Ardstraw (Ard Sratna), Co.Tyrone.

24th: St Bartholomews name occurs in rise Synoptic Gospels only in the list of apostles. He is probably to be identified with Nathanael of Cana., whom Philip brings to our Lord. Preached the Gospel in India. Patron saint of plasterers tanners and leather workers.

 Saint Eoghan or Eugene of Ardstraw became a monk after training at St Ninian’s monastery in Galloway, Scotland. His Irish foundations were at Kilnamanagh near Dublin and Ardstraw in west Tyrone. Although now known as Eugene (from the Greek meaning “well-born”), his proper name is Eoghan, meaning “born under [the protection of] the yew tree”. This may refer to the hope that he would grow up “hardy”.

According to his Vita, Eoghan was born in Leinster, the son of Cainneach and Muindeacha, who may have been an already Christian family. He was one of a large number of young people, including Tiarnach of Clones and Cairbre of Coleraine, who were captured by pirates and carried off the Britain, where they became students at Candida Casa (Whithorn in Galloway) founded by St Ninian. They may also have spent some time in Brittany (Armorica).

Eoghan returned to Ireland and founded a monastery at Kilnamanagh, near Tallaght, Dublin. Here he stayed for fifteen years and trained “not a few bishops and very many priests”, including his nephew Caoimhín, St Kevin of Glendalough (d. c.618).
His next foundation was around 540 at Ardstraw in west Tyrone, to which he may have come as a voluntary exile for Christ and started a monastic house, but the tradition insists that Eoghan was a bishop.

The Vita points out that Eoghan had a close relationship with Tiarnach of Clones and Cairbre of Coleraine and this may reflect alliances of religious houses threatened with takeover by Armagh.

Ardstraw had a prominent place in Church life and was probably an episcopal see until the 1150s, when it moved to Rathlure, then to Maghera, and by 1254 was integrated with Derry. Both the Church of Ireland and the Catholic cathedrals in Derry are dedicated to St Eugene

Knock & Lough Derg Pilgrimage September 3rd –September 5th

Day 1: Mass in Glenstall Abbey, Day 2: Retreat at Lough Derg, Day 3: visit Knock Shrine on return journey. For details phone 023-8849196 or 087-6167835. Email

Padre Pio Day 22nd September Coach to Knock on Sunday 22nd September for Padre Pio day. Details and enquiries to 023-8849196 or 087-6167835

Fastnet 40th Anniversary Commemoration on Thursday 15th in Baltimore. During the Ceremony the following piece was referred to by Declan Tiernan, ‘Admiral Sir Michael Layard said this in a thoughtful address at the Royal Ocean Racing Memorial, “Many of those at sea wished to speak to the Lord but may have been unaccustomed to doing so, and perhaps, a little uncertain of how to address Him.”


Scripture Studies in Myross Wood: Beginning on September 9th and continuing on Mondays at 7.30 pm, we invite you to a reflective and prayerful reading of the Gospel according to St. Luke. The evangelist leads us into an understanding of the loving mercy of our God revealed to us in the human life of Jesus, son of Mary and Son of God.

Medjugorje Conference and Day of Prayer. Guest Speaker - Sr. Briege McKenna. Saturday 31st August, Neptune Stadium, Cork. Tickets €20.00 available from Veritas, Benedictus bookshop & St. Anthony’s Stores Cork. Also available from Muintir Mhuire Charity shops Youghal and Midleton. Online at Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380

Summertime: We welcome the many visitors who arrive in West Cork for their summer holidays. We hope you have a very restful break, and we welcome you to our celebrations of the Eucharist in both Skibbereen and Rath and the Islands Parishes

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Cape Clear Concert: Naomh Ciarán – Oileán Cleíre

Saturday 24th August at 3.30pm; featuring “Hooks & Crooks [Co Waterford] local Trad Group & local and visiting guests. €10 – all very welcome – Faílte Roimh Cách! [Proceeds  towards interior painting of our church]


National Novena at Knock Shrine: August 14lh to 22nd.

Celebrate the 140"' anniversary of the Apparition on 2D' August. 3pm-8pm daily. Seminars 12noon. Annointing of the Sick at 2.30pm.


Another delightful concert - Thursday 22nd August, 8pm, €20: James Taylor, organ & harpsichord; Gemma Magner, soprano; uilleann pipes; cello.  Irish airs, French songs and more.…

Information/On-line booking:

Local historian William Casey will give a talk at Kilcoe Graveyard on  Tuesday the 20th of August at 7pm.  Located close to the iconic castle of the same name, Kilcoe Church is one of the best preserved examples of a medieval church in West Cork and William will speak about the history of the church and the adjoining graveyard. The talk will include a description the surviving features of the church, including  its fine carved east window, and will look at traditional funeral practices in old graveyards, such as Kilcoe.

This is another outdoor weather-dependent event.

Bishop Fintan Gavin’s Skibbereen Visit: Photographic display at
the back of the Church.

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