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Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands

Parish office is now closed until further notice.


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

Our Parishes Website:

Our Diocesan website:

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

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 – 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

St Patrick’s Cathedral Skibbereen also has a notable Facebook page!

Click this button and explore!

St Patrick's Cathedral, Skibbereen

Cork County Council Response Group.

Parishes have been asked to make details available of the emergency contact numbers in their respective area.

 Cork City Council

Details in regard to the Cork City Council Community Response are available as follows:

The Cork City Covid-19 CRF helpline is 1800-222-226 and is available from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Cork County Council

Details of Cork County Council Community Response are: -

The FREE contact number is 1800 805 819 with lines open from 8.00am to 8.00PM seven days a week for Cork County

Information also available at

I would ask that you would make these numbers available on parish social media platforms and any parish newsletters that continue to be published.

Trócaire Lenten Appeal: You may have seen the adverts currently running on TV & Radio asking you to return your Lenten Appeal Contribution. You are welcome to make your contribution directly to Trócaire. Or,  in keeping with tradition, the Parish is happy to receive your contribution. You can drop your contribution through the Cathedral sacristy door or the Parish office door. All contributions will be returned to Trócaire in two weeks time. 

Return to Home Page

Your attention is drawn to the helpful and comprehensive government advice about the threat of the Coronavirus Covid 19 on the HSE website

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

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.  
Click here -→

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.

Diocesan Website

Another source of daily internet Masses is:

Click here

Daily Mass

Extracts from a letter from Bishop Fintan Gavin

..... We continue to be a Church very much ‘open for business’ celebrating Mass without a congregation and providing pastoral support in new and creative ways such as phone calls and using different forms of social media. ......

Clarity around Funerals: With regard to funerals there appears to still be some confusion about what should happen.  There is no reason why any person should not have a Funeral Mass taking account of restricted attendance to ten persons, social-distancing and hand sanitising requirements.

First Communions and Confirmations: Because of the uncertainty around the lifting of restrictions with regard to gatherings of people it is impossible to say when we will be able to celebrate the sacraments of First Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Therefore, the celebration of these sacraments has been deferred until such restrictions have been lifted and we will then, in consultation with the parents and the schools, look at setting new dates. I am writing to the children and their parents to explain this.

Emergency Anointings: It is not safe for a priest to go into a nursing home or family home to anoint a critically sick or dying person at this time. In order to provide pastoral care in such situations in collaboration with the hospital groups we have been able to arrange for a group of priests who have made themselves available to be trained for this including the use of personal protective equipment. This arrangement should be in place by the middle of next week and I will be in further contact with more specific details.  

Yours sincerely in Christ,

✠ Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross

Cork and Ross Diocesan Offices, Redemption Road, Cork, T23 PXD0

+353 21 430 1717

No public Masses for the time being.!

The First Communion and Confirmation of young people in Skibbereen and Rath:

Bishop Fintan has asked all First Communion and Confirmation Candidates to pray the “O Angel of God” prayer each day as part of their daily prayer in preparation for their Sacrament.

Fr Chris demonstrates this prayer on the Parishes Facebook pages

First Holy Communion in Rath would have been this Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with the young people and their families this weekend.

Mass from Skibbereen and Rath and the Islands Parishes is available from the Parishes’ Facebook pages.

The Mass is interactive and families can follow it by joining in. The readings and Prayers of the Faithful are are available on the page. We hope that this will bring us together spiritually.

Mass this weekend with Fr Chris

          Click here!

Weekend Mass

Churches Re-opening.

The Parish Assemblies of Skibbereen and Rath and the Islands are inviting people to volunteer to be part of a rota of people who give an hour in their Church.

Depending on the availability of people a schedule of opening times will be put together. If you wish to be involved please contact one of the members of your Parish Assembly or phone the Parish Office and leave your name and contact number.

Church opening times for week running June 1st to 7th. 

Skibbereen -

Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday morning  from 10 am - 12 noon 

Rath -

Saturday & Sunday afternoon from 2 pm - 4 pm. 

In the coming weeks we may be in a position to extend our opening times.Please check for up dates on our St Patricks Cathedral Skibbereen Parish & Rath And The Islands Parish facebook pages. 

       The notices from the Cork and Ross        Diocesan Website can be found by clicking this button.

Diocesan Website

The parishes are now signed up with Redemptorist publications for the Childrens page. See below! These will be on the Facebook pages led by Fr Troll and friends.

Just click the button to get to the Rath and the Islands Facebook page

Or this button to unload an image file of the Redemptorist publication called LOOK for childrens’ activities

See below!

Rath and the Islands Facebook Look

Skibbereen Luncheon Club

Meals on Wheels available six days per week with the help of our colleagues in Skibbereen Lions Club. For all enquires please contact 028 22269 or 086 4093114.

Parish Assemblies

Thank you to the Parish Assemblies for their work on Churches re-opening.

They are taking responsibility for organising the volunteers for stewarding and the arrangements within the Churches.