Office: 028-22828, Open: Tues, Wed, Thurs from 10.00am to 12.00.

E-mail: skibbereenparish@gmail.com / rathandtheislands@gmail.com


Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands

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“Women of Faith” a Catholic Conference for women, Saturday May 25th SMA Parish Wilton, 9.30am-3.30pm. 0868760058



Accord Bantry: Marriage Preparation Courses 2019:

For bookings, please contact Course Facilitator: Mary McCarthy 085 1215984.

Couples Marriage & Relationship Counselling

For information and appointments, please contact Accord Bantry at 027 50272 or email accordbantry@eircom.net

Feasts this week

20th:  St Bernardine was born in Siena in 1380. He became a Franciscan, travelled through Italy, preaching with great success. He promoted devotion to the Holy Name and to St Joseph. He died in 1444.

21st: Ss Christopher Magallanes and Companions. These twenty five priests and laymen were executed in 1927 in Mexico.

22nd: St Rita of Cascia 1386-1457, was married for eighteen years. Her husband, an ill-tempered and abusive man, was murdered. Later Rita entered the Augustmian convent in Cascia and spent forty years in prayer and charity, and working for peace in the region.

25th: St Bede, see below




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Parish Assembly: Nomination Papers – Many thanks to those who put time and thought into nominating people for Skibbereen and Rath Parishes. If you still wish to make a nomination, please bring them to the sacristy of the parish office over the next few days.

We will be contacting those who have been nominated shortly.

There will be an “Introduction and Training evening” on the 30th May for the Assemblies of the two parishes.

Trócaire Boxes - Please return your boxes to the Sacristy now!



Medjugorje Conference with Sr. Briege McKenna 31st August - Neptune Stadium, Cork. €20.00 plus booking fee on Eventbrite.ie . Enter “EARLYBIRD” for discount price €15.00 until 31st May -  Contact  0862959380




St. Jospeh's Young Priest Society are holding a pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday the 22nd of June. This is a two day event with bus leaving Skibbereen at 7.30 am on Friday the 21st. For more details ring Mary on 086-0504649.



Skibbereen and Cape Clear, and Rath:

We congratulate all the boys and girls who are receiving their

communion this weekend in Skibbereen and in Oileán Cléire, and

next weekend in Rath.  We pray that their Holy Communion

will be a huge part of their faith journey and ask the Lord to

bless them, their families, their schools and teachers and their

Parish communities and priests.  

A date for your diary for the families of those who received their First Holy Communion this weekend: Sunday 23rd June is the date of the Corpus Christi Procession, following the 11.30 am Mass at the Cathedral. Traditionally, the young people take part in this procession, and if they wish to invite relations or friends from other parishes who have also received their First Holy Communion they will be very welcome.

  


JOIN US IN DUBLIN ON 6TH JULY TO:

Show your opposition to Simon Harris’ extreme abortion law.

Show your support for pro-life medical professionals who oppose abortion and wish to be free to conscientiously object.

Show your support for women experiencing unexpected pregnancies or difficult circumstances – lets show that we can and will offer them a better answer than abortion.

Show the nation that we, the 723,632 who proudly voted No to this unjust and barbaric law, haven’t gone anywhere and we will continue to stand up for life and against abortion


We need YOUR help to make the All Ireland Rally for Life a success and show the Irish nation that the pro-life movement has not gone away and that we will always fight for our mothers and babies. 

PM us or email us at competition@rallyforlife.net

See you on the 6th July


Irish Wheelchair Association ask if you can volunteer a couple of hours to help in their shop in North Street. Not only is it a great help to us, but also for your own wellbeing to give backup aid to your own community. Many thanks for your continued generous donations helping to make our little shop a continued success in helping people with disabilities. Call 028 23741

Remember; “Volunteers do not have the time, they have the heart!”







Special Cork Pilgrimage (last remaining seats) to Fatima from June 9th – 14th, 2019. Pilgrims will be in Lisbon for the Feast Day of Saint Anthony. Further information, please Contact James Treacy 086-0572216.

Starting 20th May- free 6 week ‘Just for Mums’ Wellbeing programme, in St Gobans, Bantry from 10-12.  For details ring Dermot on 086-8038792





The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect, Fr. Fintan Gavin, will now take place on SundayJune 30th at 3pm in the Cathedral of Ss. Mary & Anne.  

We Pray “For Fr Fintan Gavin, who will shortly become our bishop, that the Holy Spirit's gifts of wisdom and understanding may be given him; Lord, hear us.”

  





St Bede the Venerable: 673-735, monk of Jarrow, historian and biblical commentator. Patron of scholars.Born on lands likely belonging to the Monkwearmouth monastery in present-day Sunderland, Bede was sent there at the age of seven and later joined Abbot Ceolfrith at the Jarrow monastery, both of whom survived a plague that struck in 686, an outbreak that killed a majority of the population there. While he spent most of his life in the monastery, Bede travelled to several abbeys and monasteries across the British Isles, even visiting the archbishop of York and King Ceolwulf of Northumbria. He is well known as an author, teacher (a student of one of his pupils was Alcuin), and scholar, and his most famous work, Ecclesiastical History of the English People, gained him the title "The Father of English History". In 1899, Pope Leo XIII declared him a Doctor of the Church. He is the only native of Great Britain to achieve this designation; Anselm of Canterbury, also a Doctor of the Church, was originally from Italy. Bede was moreover a skilled linguist and translator, and his work made the Latin and Greek writings of the early Church Fathers much more accessible to his fellow Anglo-Saxons, which contributed significantly to English Christianity. Bede's monastery had access to an impressive library which included works by Eusebius, Orosius, and many others.

Music Ministry Together: 29th July- 2nd August Cistersian College Roscrea.

  


Jean Vanier, CC GOQ (September 10, 1928 – May 7, 2019) was a Canadian Catholic philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian. In 1964 he founded L'Arche, an international federation of communities spread over 37 countries, for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them. Subsequently, in 1971, he co-founded Faith and Light with Marie-Hélène Mathieu, which also works for people with developmental disabilities, their families, and friends in over 80 countries. He continued to live as a member of the original L'Arche community in Trosly-Breuil, France, until his death.

Over the years he wrote 30 books on religion, disability, normality, success, and tolerance.

Knock & Lough Derg Retreat

Monday May 20th: Mass at Glenstal Abbey Limerick on route to Lough Derg

Tuesday 21st May: Lough Derg retreat from 9.30am-4pm.

Wednesday 22nd May: Visit Knock Shrine on return journey.

Two nights accommodation with 2 evening meals and Lough Derg retreat all included in the package.

Limited seats available. Bookings taken until 8th May.

Contact: Office: 023-8849196, Cormac 087-6167835 or Denise 087-7688561

Email: cormac@oconnorbushire.com





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Thank you from the Pastoral Development Office – Fr Charlie Kiely wishes to acknowledge your generosity to the annual collection taken up last weekend and looks forward to meeting many of you over the coming year at our various events in the diocese.

 


Ilen Rovers GAA Club present A Health and Wellbeing Activity and Information Day; Sunday 19th May at 1.30pm at the Ilen Rovers Grounds in Rath


Summertime: We welcome the many visitors who arrive in West Cork for their summer holidays. We hope you have a very restful break, and we welcome you to our celebrations of the Eucharist in both Skibbereen and Rath and the islands Parishes




Exams –

LOVING GOD, BE WITH ME NOW, AS I PREPARE FOR MY EXAMS. THANK YOU FOR THE MANY TALENTS AND GIFTS YOU HAVE GIVEN ME AND FOR THE OPPORTUNITY OF EDUCATION. CALM MY NERVES AND ANXIETY, HELP ME TO REMEMBER ALL THAT I HAVE STUDIED, TO EXPRESS IT CLEARLY AND TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THE VERY BEST THAT I CAN. HOLY SPIRIT, SIT WITH ME IN MY EXAM – AND ALWAYS. IN JESUS’ NAME. AMEN

London department-store: Bargain basement upstairs.



St Bede the Venerable