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Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands


Saints this week

25th: St Finbarr came to Loch Irce (Gougane Barra) and lived there as a hermit. When disciples gathered round him he moved to Cork at the mouth of the Lee where he founded a monastery which became a famous centre of learning.

26TH: Ss Cosmos and Damian, early martyrs in Syria, patrons of physicians. They were known as the Anargyri (the holy moneyless ones) in the East, since they never took money for their medical services.

27TH: St Vincent de Paul, 1580-1660, comm itted to care of the disadvantaged and the oppressed, founded the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians) and the Daughters of Charity (1633), tne first sisters to work outside their convents in active service. He is the patron of all charitable works.

28TH: St Wenceslaus, 905-25, Prince of Bohemia, killed by his brother. Patron of brewers.

29TH: Gabriel brought the message to Mary at the Annunciation. Patron of telecommunications, radio and TV workers. Raphael, guide to Tobias. Patron of nurses, physicians, the blind. Michael has been venerated as protector of Christians in general and soldiers in particular. Patron of radiologists, the sick, paratroopers.

Annual Mass for the deceased & present members of St Joseph's Young Priests Society will be held in St Patrick's Cathedral, Skibbereen on Sunday 23rd September at 9am. This is followed by a coffee morning between 9.30am and 1pm in the Presbytery (Across the road from the Cathedral) all are welcome!

4 nights on Luke's Gospel in Scala, Blackrock Cork beginning 1st Oct at 7.30.  Sat workshop on Acts with Luke MacNamara OSB (Oct 20th). Total cost €50.  Contact

2nd Collection on the weekend of 29/30th is for priesthood education: please give generously.

Fr Pat O’Sullivan:

On Friday 21st, Fr Pat’s funeral Mass took place at 3pm in

St Mary’s Parish Church, Leap. Fr Pat served in Leap Parish for

the last 15 years and was a member of the Sacred Hearty Order

at Myross Wood. His gentle pastoral style made him very popular

in the surrounding area. He retired last year. May he rest in peace!r

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Monastic community at Gougane Barra
The tradition is that St Finbarr was the son of a metal-worker, that he trained in monastic school and was ordained. He founded a number of schools, one at Loch Irce, a beautiful place at the source of the River Lee, and now called Gougane Barra (
Guagán in Irish means “little fissure”). He did not hesitate to join in the manual work of constructing the buildings for his community.

The residents of St. Anne’s Hospital Skibbereen appreciate visits from Volunteers for social interaction, to read or discuss the News paper, play cards, sing a song, play the piano, assist with outings or be innovative in doing something new; contact Tara O’Donovan 028/21677.

You are welcome to attend an information morning Wed 26th Sept @ 11am  St Anne’s Hospital.

The Skibbereen Town Stations for Autumn 2018 will be held on:

Tuesday, 9th October 2018 @ 7:30 pm at The Rugby Club on the Bypass Road for – Lurriga, Mill Rd, Milland, Russagh, Assolus, Cork Rd, Gortnaclohy North, Gortnaclohy South.

Wednesday, 10th October 2018 @ 7:30 pm at Co-Action on Mardyke Street for – Baltimore Rd, Abhainn Beag, Townsend St, 98th St, The Orchards, Mardyke St, Mardyke Court, Mardyke Park, Coronea Lower, Coronea Upper, Coronea – The Hill, Coronea Court, Coronea Drive, Carrigfadda.  

Friday, 12th October 2018 @ 7:30 pm at Cara House on Market Street for – Bridge St, Ilen St, Upper Bridge St, Assumption Place, Ilen Villas, Flaxmills, Patrick’s Place, Blackthorn Place, Riverdale, Coronea – Shelley’s Road, Newbridge, Newbridge Park, Inse Alainn.  High St, Sycamore Heights, Gortnaclohy Heights, St Fachtna’s Terrace, Hill Crest, Pound Hill, Ard Carraig, Chapel Lane, Home Rule Terrace. Market St, Warner’s Lane, Cois Caol, The Mills, The Hawthorns, Gortnaclohy Rd, North St, The Square, Main St.

Donation envelopes will be available at the door on the day.  The Station Mass will be followed by tea/coffee and an opportunity to meet and chat with neighbours.  We look forward to seeing you at the Autumn Town Stations 2018.




Date for your diary:

1st Communion dates Skibbereen May 11th, Rath May 18th.


Rath Servers had a big practice on the 7th! Welcome to all new members, sad farewell to those going into secondary school. Thanks to Maura Collins for organising!





St Vincent de Paul is the patron of all works of

charity. A number of organizations specifically

inspired by his work and teaching and which claim

Vincent as their founder or patron saint are

Grouped in a loose federation known as the

Vincentian Family. Among these organizations is

the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, a

charitable organization dedicated to the service

of the poor, established in 1833 by French

university students, led by the Blessed

Frederic Ozanam. The society is today present

In 132 countries. The Skibbereen and Area

Conference of the SVP is active and currently

supporting many local people who have fallen on bad times. The contact number for all purposes 0879182698.

Trócaire supports some of the world's most vulnerable people in the developing world, whilst also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland.   We are a group of committed individuals who meet three times a year in Cork to organise initiatives in our communities for Trócaire.  Would you be interested in becoming involved?   If so, email or visit for more information.