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Feasts this week

11th: St Martin of Tours, 316-397, Bishop of Tours, apostle of rural Gaul, founder of monasteries. Patron of France, soldiers, beggars and innkeepers.

12th: St Josaphat, 1580-1623, Bishop of Polotz, worked for the reunion of Ukranian Catholics; his murder by those who opposed it brought about many conversions.

14th: St Laurence O'Toole was born in Castledermot, Co. Kildare, in ] 123. He studied at Glendalough, becoming a monk there and later its abbot in 1 148. In 1162 he was chosen as the first native Archbishop of Dublin. He followed the reforming methods of Ceallach and Malachy, introducing the Canons Regular to minister in the Cathedral, upholding the lights of the Church, caring for the
people. He attended the Third Lateran Council in 1179 and, returning as Papal Legate, he held synods to extend reform. He worsed for peace and reconciliation and died on a mission of mediation with King Henry II and the Irish rulers at Eu in Normandy in 1180.

15th: St Albert the Great, c. 1 206-80, the Dominican theologian, who taught in Cologne was called the 'Universal Doctor' for the vast range of his interests. Patron of scientisrs

16th: St Gertrude, 1 256-1 302, a Benedictine nun, from the age of five she cultivated devotion to the Sacred Heart and advocated frequent Communion.



Parish Catechists: We congratulate our Siobhan O’Brien, and Theresa Hickey who on Friday night last were commissioned by Bishops Fintan Gavin and Willian Crean, for service as catechists in our parishes.

At the ceremony in the North Cathedral, over 40 catechists, who had completed their training, began their role in the dioceses of Cloyne and Cork and Ross.

November Cemetery Prayers - Fr Michael Kelleher and Fr Chris O’Donovan will lead November Prayers in the graveyards of the Parishes.

Skibbereen and Rath on Sunday, 10th November

Rath times as follows; Tullagh, 11.00am, Creagh, 11.45am

Skibbereen times as follows; Convent Cemetery, 9.45am, Chapel Lane, 10am, New Cemetery, 2.30pm, Abbeystrewry Cemetery, 3.15pm.

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!!


The Hail Holy Queen Conference

On Saturday 23rd November, at 9.30am, the Hail Holy Queen Conference will take place in the Firgrove Hotel, in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.  There is a great line up of speakers: Bishop Phonsie Cullinan, Fr. Marius O Reilly, Kathy Sinnott, Méabh Carlin. Confessions and Mass. This is a Donation only event. Buses will be running from Cork city. Please contact Kay at 087 1165669

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Marriage Enrichment Weekend - offers married couples of all ages in a good relationship private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next (residential) Weekend will be held at The Lake Hotel Killarney from 15th -17th Nov. 2019. For info. and to book, visit or phone 064-6644319 or 086-6095168

New Rotas for the Ministers of the Word and Eucharist are available in the Sacristies.


Take the TRIP of a LIFETIME to the HOLY LAND, June 8th-18in 2020

Group Leader, Micheal de Barra and Spiritual Director, Fr. John Newman (Bible Scholar)

in association with Premier Travel, Cork

Contact Micheal at 0868337681 or email

(See also our website:

Highly recommended!

Medjugorje Pilgrimage ex Cork June 30th - July 7th 2020. Spiritual Director Fr. Sean Corkery. Group Leader Sean O’Shaughnessy. €200.00 deposit secures place. Limited places. Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862859380. 

Medjugorje Pilgrimage ex Cork June 30th - July 7th 2020. Spiritual Director Fr. Sean Corkery. Group Leader: Sean O’Shaughnessy. €200.00 deposit secures place. Limited places. Contact 0862959380 or Joe Walsh Tours 01-2410800.   

St Laurence O'Toole and the Glendalough Hermitage
As the Jubilee Year of 2000 approached, the idea began to take shape that Glendalough might once again become a source of spiritual energy for the Irish Church, as it was in the past. Fr Seán O’Toole, who was parish priest of Glendalough at the time, began to think in terms of developing a new hermitage around the “new” St. Kevin’s Church, which was built in Laragh shortly after Catholic Emancipation. He wanted to provide a place of welcome for pilgrims, where they could be accommodated comfortably in an atmosphere of quiet and prayer.

The hermitage project received support from various Church and community sources as well as from the Millennium fund, and five “Cillin’s” or “cells” were built in the vicinity of St. Kevin’s Church. Like the hermitages of old, they are slightly off the beaten track, a short distance away from the original monastic settlement. While pilgrims have easy access both to the monastic village and to the surrounding forests and mountains, they are also offered a degree of solitude in the hermitage which is not always available these days down in the valley.

The hermitages themselves, which are self-catering, are far more comfortable than the ones occupied by St. Kevin and the hermits of bygone days. Apart from the main room, which includes a bed, dining area and prayer space, each “cell” has a modern kitchenette and shower room. Pilgrims also have access to a library and prayer room in the Coachhouse. The parish Church is fifty metres away and mass is celebrated daily. A communal morning and evening prayer are celebrated in the coach-house. The hermitage project is staffed by two sisters of Mercy, Sr. Kathleen Delaney and Sr. Mary McKeever, both of whom are available to meet pilgrims if requested. Provision is also made in the coach-house for small groups who wish to meet in an atmosphere of quiet, “far from the madding crowd.”



Best of luck to Ilen Rovers U14 in the County final v Droumtariff on Sunday Nov 10th in Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 5 pm. All support appreciated!

Social Skills Teen Course for 13 to 15yrs and 16 to 19yrs in Wilton commencing soon for teens with a diagnosis of Aspergers or Autism. or call 0872945977

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will hold a Blood Donor clinic in

The West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen  11th – 13th November 2019

Monday 5pm – 8.30pm


TUE & WEDS 3pm – 5pm & 7pm – 9pm


Lectio Divina: Wed 13th at 7.30pm in the Meeting room at the Skibbereen Presbytery. All welcome!

Skibbereen Tidy Towns Annual General Meeting will be held in the Eldon Hotel on Thursday next, 14th November

2019, at 8p.m. 

All welcome