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Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands


Saints this week

21st: The feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary originated in the East and was included on the General Calendar in the sixteenth century. It celebrates Mary in her grace-filled life, wholly given over to the Holy Spirit.

22nd: St Cecilia, the patron of music and musicians, was a second or third-century Roman Christian martyr. According to tradition, she refused to worship the Roman gods and was beheaded.

23rd: 23rd: Sf Columban (Columbanus) was born around 543. He became a monk of Bangor and later principal teacher there. In 591, desiring to 'go on pilgrimage for Christ', he set out with twelve companions and came to Burgundy. He established monasteries at Annegray, Luxeuil and Fontaine according to the severe Irish rule. Later he founded Bregenz in Austria and his greatest foundation at Bobbio, near Genoa, where he died in 615. He is remembered as one of the greatest of the Irish missionary monks.

24th: St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions. In the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Vietnam, many Christians suffered martyrdom. On 19 June 988, Pope John Paul II canonised 1 1 7 of these - ninety-six native Vietnamese eleven Dominican missionaries from Spain and ten French missionaries.

Second Collection on 17/18th November for Marriage Support

St. Columban was the founder of the monastery of Bobbio in northern Italy. His "Boat Song" captures the mood of adventure and robust faith that animated the early Irish monks. We offer this text which is supposed to be not for real men but only for the meek and mild!

Hewn from the forest, swept down the two-horned Rhine,
Our keel, tight-caulked, now floats upon the sea.
Heia, men! Let the echoes resound with our heia!
The wild gusts swell, the slashing torrents fall,
But manly strength has force to tame the storm.
Heia! Let the echoes resound with our heia!
To earnest effort, clouds and tempest yield;
Zeal and unceasing labour conquer all.
Heia, men! Let the echoes resound with our heia!
Endure and save yourselves for better things;
O you who have suffered worse, this too shall end.
Heia, men! Let the echoes resound with our heia!
So when the loathsome foe assaults our hearts,
Tempting and shaking our hearts with passion,
Let your souls, remembering Christ, cry heia!
In resolution fixed, scorn Satan's wiles.
By virtues armed, defend yourselves with valour.
Let your souls, remembering Christ, cry heia!
Firm faith and ardour conquer all.
The ancient fiend, defeated, breaks his arrows.
Let your souls, remembering Christ, cry heia…!
Let your souls, men, remembering Christ, cry heia!

Cathedral Windows

Station Mass: Ballylynch, at the home of Ingo Draijer and Maeve Devlin on Wednesday 21st November at 7.30pm

Lectio Divina, Wednesday 21st November in the Presbytery from 7.30 - 9.00 p.m.

St Columban

Days of Recollection


with the Servant of God,

Mother Marie Adele Garnier (1838-1924),

Foundress of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre, OSB, through her writings.

Saturday 24th Novmeber 2018 .  

The theme this month is:

“Only through Mary”

St. Benedict’s Priory, The Mount, Cobh, Co.Cork

Begins at 9am with Holy Mass and Adoration.  

1st talk at 11.00am. Day ends with tea at 3.30.  

Lunch provided.

Donations welcome to cover costs

To book your place or to arrange to stay in our retreat house at any time, please contact:  

Mother Prioress:  021 4811 354

The Red Cross Annual Fundraising Table Quiz will take place at The Tanyard on Main Street, on Friday 23rd November. The Quiz will start at 8.30 pm and a table of 4 will cost €40.   

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St Marys Church, Leap Fundraising Concert in aid of Church Roof – Fr Liam Lawton on Sunday 2nd December - €25 per ticket. Tickets for sale in Leap Post Office, Cowhigs, Parish House and Members of the Parish Assembly

Skibbereen Rugby: "Drop off dates at Skibbereen Rugby club house during November 2018 are Weds 14th, 21st, 28th from 7.30 pm to 8.30pm and Sat 10th, 17th, 24th from 10am to 11am. Collecting all new and used clothes, linens, shoes, bags, toys etc"

Live Life with Compassion – Day of Reflection, Sat 17th Nov: Kieran O'Mahony OSA: explores the gift of compassion. 10am – 4pm; €65 incl. light lunch; 022 26411

West Cork Choral Singers present an evening of carols and songs at Abbeystrewry Church Hall on Saturday 8th December at 8pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served. All welcome. Charge 10 euro.

Centenary of Polish Independence, On 11th November, the Polish Community around the world celebrated this special event in their history. There was a very large attendance at the Mass that was held last Sunday in St Augustine’s Cork, to mark the occasion.  

Many thanks to all those who took part in our recent Novena for the Faithful Departed; we hope that the nine day journey was one of both remembrance and healing. Many thanks to all who made it possible.

Rath Parish: New Rotas for the Ministers of the Word and Eucharist are available from the Sacristy

 Flag Day on Friday the 30th of November will be hosted by the Parent Association of the secondary school, Skibbereen Community School. Please support generously. 

Skibbereen Flower and Garden Club are holding a Christmas demonstration with 

The talented  Ann O Hara,

in West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen 

On Wednesday Nov 28th at 8.15pm.

Your support would be very much appreciated. All Welcome