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Feasts this week

9th : The immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We celebrate Mary who, from the first instant of her existence in the womb of her mother Anne, was 'by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God, and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved free from all stain of original sin'.

12th: St Finnian studied in idrone (Co. Carlow) and later in Wales. On his return he settled in Clonard, Co. Meath, around 520, where he established a famous school. His pupils, among whom were Canice, Colum Cille and Brendan, were the initiators of the great monastic expansion in Ireland. He died in 549 and is remembered as the tutor of the saints of Ireland

13th: St Lucy, desiring to remain consecrated to Christ alone, was martyred in 304 in Sicily during the persecution of Diocletian.

14th: St John of the Cross, 1542-1591, a Carmelite who, despite opposition and imprisonment, worked for spreading the reform of the Carmelites. He was a man of prayer, an outstanding poet, a spiritual writer declared doctor of the Church.



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Review of Safeguarding in the Diocese of Cork and Ross

The Diocese of Cork and Ross has invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) to conduct a review of safeguarding practice.  This review will take place from January 20th – 23rd 2020.

If you have any views about Safeguarding in Cork and Ross, we invite you to come forward to Ms. Cleo Yates, Director of Safeguarding, Diocesan Offices, Diocese of Cork and Ross, Redemption Road Cork (021 4301717) or to the NBSCCCI (01-5053124).

If you wish to report a child safeguarding concern, please contact Ms. Cleo Yates, An Garda Síochána or TUSLA.

Our thoughts and prayers are with An t-Ath Peadar 0 Caollai CssP who is sick at the moment. We are very blessed that Fr Des O’Driscoll from Sherkin Island has agreed to cover his Masses in Cape for the present.

Christmas Confessions: for Skibbereen and Rath: Sunday 15th at 6pm in the Cathedral.

Advent: Preparation for the Birth of Christ

It is traditional that we prepare well for the coming of Jesus into the world and into our own hearts. One of the main methods of doing this is to receive the Sacrament of Confession.   

Remembering Deceased Family Members and Friends at Christmas. While the November Novena for the faithful departed is, in the Catholic tradition, the time when we remember those who have gone before us it is understandable that we also remember them at Christmas. The feast of Christmas which celebrates the birth of the Christ Child is a time when we especially welcome children and our attention is drawn to birth and beginnings.

Of course, we continue to remember loved ones who have gone before us to God.

The Remembrance Book will be placed on the altar during the coming weeks should you wish to include names of family members.  

Eco Parish Working Group: Anyone interested in Joining us to think about how we might, as a parish, do something for the environment, please call Anita 0868582729

ADVENT SEASON TALKS - Join us for three Advent talks taking place in St. Finbarr’s Church, Bantry on the Weds 4th, 11th and the 18th December at 8pm each week. All are welcome! Let’s keep Jesus our focus this Christmas!

Bambinelli Sunday will be celebrated on the weekend of the 15th / 16th of December.  We invite children to bring their crib figures and especially their baby Jesus’s to mass that weekend where there will be a special blessing of these figures.

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.

The heating has just been turned on in the Cathedral. Let’s try to keep the place warm by closing doors as we leave. It’s a gesture towards conservation of energy, not to mention saving a few euro and a nod, at least, in the direction of climate change and the environmental crisis looming. We’re all in it together!!


Fr John O’Donovan talks about Pope Francis 2015 encyclical Laudato Si, (on care for our common home, the environment and the ecological crisis) Tuesday 10th December at 7pm in the Presbytery. All welcome.

Please do not park on the double yellow lines – It is dangerous, it obstructs emergency services and it can be expensive….

Dates of Polish Masses in Clonakilty 2020: January 12th, February 9th, March 8th, April 12th and May 10th,

Confessions in Polish: Friday 20TH December at 7.30pm.

Skibbereen Geriatric Society are holding their annual Christmas Draw on Friday 13th December at 12noon in Cara House. Please ensure all tickets are returned before this date. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Skibbereen Parish Diary: Masses in 2020 can now be taken during Office opening hours. 


on behalf of the SVP are holding their annual


on next weekend  14th/15th Dec

Collection boxes will be at the Church Doors of their parish churches.

Donations of all non-perishable foods gratefully accepted.

Contact Johnny Holland at 086/861/2567 for any queries 

Dates of Polish Masses in Clonakilty 2020: January 12th, February 9th, March 8th, April 12th and May 10th, Confessions in Polish: Friday 20TH December at 7.30pm.

Anam Cara is holding a Parent Evening on 17th December at 7:20pm in the Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents.

Skibbereen Community School Open Evening for Incoming 1st year students 2020/2021- Will take place on Wednesday next December 11th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

All welcome to attend.

Skibbereen Soccer Club are holding a Monster €1000 Bingo  in the West Cork Hotel on Sunday 15th of Dec at 4 PM . Please support 

Lake Cross Grotto - The Rosary will be recited at The Lake Cross Grotto on Sunday 8th December at 3pm, to celebrate the Feast of The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. All are Welcome.

We are extremely grateful to those who donate to the Lighting Fund during the year, without  this support the Grotto light could not be maintained. anyone wishing to donate can do so at any time to any committee member.

Enchanting Carol Service in Skibbereen Cathedral on Friday Dec.13th at  8 p.m. The Cathedral Choir. Enchant Choral Group.  St. Fachtna's Silver Band.  Ceolann: Concert Harps. Solists, Instrumentalists. Seasonal Readings.

All are most welcome to attend and participate.

St. Matthew's Bicentenary Christmas Variety Concert

The Rath Church choir will be performing in the Church of Ireland St.Matthew's, Baltimore Bicentenary Christmas Variety Concert on Friday 13th December at 8.00 pm, following the joint blessing of our Christmas Crib in the Church grounds at 7.30 pm. The all-age local cast includes children of Rath N.S with other performers of instrumental, solo, andgroup contributions of all kinds of music, recitations, poetry readings and story-telling. In co- celebration with the RNL! Baltimore Branch centenary, the first local public screening will be held of the Baltimore Drama Group's production of the rescuing of SS Alondra off the Kedge Rock in 1916 which resulted in the formation of the RNU Baltimore Branch and delivery of their first lifeboat in 1919

Admission will be by Donation at the door with the proceeds divided equally between Rath Church and St. Matthew's Church for maintenance purposes.

All welcome.

Christmas Carol Service at St. Mona's Church, Sherkin Island.

Sunday 15th December 2019 at 3.00 pm.

All Welcome.

Donations welcome in aid of St. Vincent de Paul.

Ferries leaving Baltimore at 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm. Return ferry leaving Sherkin at 6.00 pm.