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Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands


Open for Prayer

In challenging times like this people find strength, consolation and hope in prayer. We rediscover the value of the traditional prayers such as the Rosary, the Memorare, and St Patrick’s Breastplate etc. The obligation to be physically present at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days (including St. Patrick’s Day) is suspended for everybody until further notice.

Priests will continue to remember the needs of parishioners at Mass celebrated privately. Fr Michael and Fr Chris invite you to join with them in praying especially for those who are in leadership in our country and our church who have difficult choices to make at this time.  We all pray for all who are involved in our medical and emergency professions. We also pray for our most vulnerable people and those who are feeling particularly anxious at this time.

Parishioners are also encouraged to pray at home, including especially prayers for the sick, for those who are caring for the sick and for all who are working so hard to protect us

All of these arrangements are under constant review. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates as they become available

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We wish you every blessing in these coming weeks and we pray that, as a Christian community and as a nation, we may be able with God’s grace to overcome this significant challenge.

Fr Michael and Fr Chris

Hear Mass via the TV and Internet

Cathedral Parish (St. Mary & St Anne) [Sunday 11.30am]

The churches below all have webcam service. (May be switched off outside of Mass times.)

Go to for the links or on to the parish website.  
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Ballincollig, Ballinlough, Bandon: St. Patrick’s (
Sun 10.30am),

Blackpool Church (Sun 10am),

Blackrock: St. Michael’s (Saturday @ 6pm & Sunday @ 9am & 11am),

Blackrock Road (SMA), Carraig na bhFear
Dominicans, St. Mary’s Pope’s Quay, Kinsale Parish (
Sat 6.30pm; Sun 10am, 12n),

Murragh and Templemartin (Sun 10.30),

Sacred Heart Parish, Western Rd, SMA Wilton, St.

Augustines, Washington St, Cork, Turners Cross, Cork.

Radio Maria: Mass is broadcast daily at 10.00 am and on Sunday at 10.00 am and 11.00 am. Listen on Saorview ch210, or on the “Radio Maria Ireland” App, or on Internet and on Facebook “Listen Live Radio”

RTE TV also will also broadcast Mass every weekday at 10.30am.

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In a Reflection Brother Richard Hendrick's (A Carmelite Brother) wrote a superb piece on "Lockdown" in response to the current challenges facing our time.

"All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting;
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way;
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are."

Please use this "fallow" time for some personal and communal maintenance and, in the words of Brother Richard, remember:

"Spring is coming, And we are always encompassed by Love. Open the windows of your soul and though you may not be able to touch across the empty square,

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.


Rath and the Islands Parishioners – New Facebook Page!

“Rath and the Islands Parish”.

Please Like/Share/Follow – please tell family and

friends who are away from home. Find this by logging

in through Facebook or Google and then searching

“Rath and the Islands Parish”.

Or you may also click this button!

Rath and the Islands Facebook

We pray for all our elected representatives, that they will serve the people with wisdom, respect and compassion. Teach them to make decisions with honesty and compassion and remind them to respect the poorer members of our community when making difficult decisions. Amen

Trócaire Boxes available at the back of all churches. Trócaire’s Lenten campaign focuses on the millions of people facing humanitarian catastrophe because of extreme weather or conflict. With the support of the people of Ireland, Trócaire will deliver aid for up to one million people on crisis this year. Info:


Caring. Let us all make a concerted effort whilst driving; with so many people, especially the young out cycling and walking. Let us try and look out for one-another during these difficult times! Fr Chris.


St. Teresa of Avila wrote

“Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you, all things are passing, God is unchanging. Patience gains all; nothing is lacking to those who have God: God alone is sufficient.”


Trocaire: are running short of resources due to the unprecedented demands being made in responding to the COVID19 problem. Have a look at their website which tells the story of their work and shows ways in which we can help and donate.

                                                                      Click here  →


Canon Denis Keane, a retired priest of the Diocese of Motherwell, Scotland died on March 29th in Clonakilty Community Hospital.

Canon Keane was born in Bawnbue, Drimoleague, on 8th August 1923 and served as a priest in Motherwell Diocese for 48 years, from his ordination on 5th June 1949 to his retirement to Ireland in 1997.

Canon Keane retired to Rosscarbery in 1997 and continued to minister generously in parishes across West Cork, standing in for priests during holiday times and illness as well as participating in local meetings where his wit and direct approach were always appreciated.

May he rest in the peace of the Lord whom he served.

The daily broadcast by RTE this week facilitated a spiritual communion of over 34600 worshippers. If you would like to join them, daily Mass is broadcast by RTE at 10.30am, Monday to Friday.

Island Podcasts

Parishioners are invited to listen to Fr Sean O’Sullivan and Fr Con Cronin reflecting on the current situation and offering support and encouragement. The podcasts can be listened to at this link

Diocesan Website