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Saints this week

19: St Romuald was a monk who lived a life of strict penance and solitude. He established many monasteries, most notably at Camalaoli in Tuscany. He died in 1027._

20th: 20th: The Irish Martyrs. Seventeen Irish martyrs, men and women, cleric and lay, put to death for the Catholic faith between 1579 and 1654 were beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1992: Dermot Hurley, Archbishop of Cashel, hanged 20 June 1584 at Hoggen Green. Conor O'Devany, Bishop of Down and Connor, hanged, drawn and quartered. Patrick O'Loughran, chaplain to the O'Neill family and Maurice McKenraghty, chaplain to the Earl of Desmond, both hanged. Also hanged were Dominicans Terence O'Brien and Peter Higgins, Franciscans John Kearney, Patrick O'Healy and Conrad O'Rourke, Augustinian William Tirry, and a Jesuit lay brother, Dominic Collins. Lay people Francis Taylor, Mayor of Dublin, and Margaret Bermingham died of ill treatment: the Wexford martyrs, a baker, Matthew Lambert and a group of sailors, Robert Meyler (Tyler), Edward Cheevers and Patrick Cavanagh were hanged, drawn and quartered on 5 July 1581. Six Catholics of Irish birth or connection executed for the faith in England had already been beatified in 1929 and 1987: John Roche (alias Neale), John (Terence) Carey, Patrick Salmon, John Cornelius (alias John Conor O'Mahoney), Charles Meehan, Ralph Corby (Corbington).

21st: St Aloysius Gonzaga, born in Lombardy in 1568, joined the Jesuits in Rome. As a model novice he worked in the plague hospital and caught the fever, dying in 1591 at the age of twenty-three. Patron of youth

22nd: St John Fisher, 1469-1535, as Vice-chancellor, built Christ's and St John's Colleges, Cambridge. Bishop of Rochester. His love of truth brought about his death. St Thomas More, 1478-1535, the first commoner to be Lord Chancellor of England, suffered martyrdom also under Henry VIII. Patron of lawyers and those lie life.

24th: St John the Baptist, a man of self-denial, integrity I an uncompromising prophetic voice. John means The This feast relates to the summer solstice, when the days recalling John's words, 'He must increase, but I must decrease .

WORLD MEETING of FAMILIES -

21-26 AUGUST 2018

Official Family Prayer for World Meeting of Families

God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

One family, in the Spirit of your love.

Bless us with the joy of love.

Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous, welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom vve now pray:

(We pause and remember family members and others by name.)

Increase our faith,

Strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.

This we ask, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, pray for us.


 

 

 


                                                                                                                                                                  

Yours Sincerely,

Selma Jose Uzhunnalil

                                                                                                                                 I really appreciate your kind words, the thoughts and prayers during this crisis. On behalf of Fr Tom and our entire family, I would like to say a very special word of thanks to each one of you that have been praying for our family for the last 18 months. May God richly bless you with an even deeper understanding of His love and purposes as you live for him!

Thank you all so much,                                                                                                                                                                  

Yours Sincerely,

Selma Jose Uzhunnalil

                                                                                                                                                                                                           There are no words to express how thankful we are to have people in our lives who are willing to pray for us, who think about us, who love us. It is so wonderful to have such a loving community and church family. A special thank you to Fr Michael Kelleher and Fr Chris O'Donovan for their kindness and prayerful support during Fr Tom’s captivity. Our entire family had a very difficult time since Fr Tom was abducted by the ISIS in Yemen in March 2016. God's grace is the thing that we have needed very much through this experience, and His grace has been poured out upon us in a way that we have never before experienced. My prayer is that God will pour out a rich blessing upon each person that has been praying for Fr Tom and his family.                                                                                                                                 I really appreciate your kind words, the thoughts and prayers during this crisis. On behalf of Fr Tom and our entire family, I would like to say a very special word of thanks to each one of you that have been praying for our family for the last 18 months. May God richly bless you with an even deeper understanding of His love and purposes as you live for him!

Thank you all so much,                                                                                                                                                                  

Yours Sincerely,

Selma Jose Uzhunnalil

                                                                                                                                                                                                           There are no words to express how thankful we are to have people in our lives who are willing to pray for us, who think about us, who love us. It is so wonderful to have such a loving community and church family. A special thank you to Fr Michael Kelleher and Fr Chris O'Donovan for their kindness and prayerful support during Fr Tom’s captivity. Our entire family had a very difficult time since Fr Tom was abducted by the ISIS in Yemen in March 2016. God's grace is the thing that we have needed very much through this experience, and His grace has been poured out upon us in a way that we have never before experienced. My prayer is that God will pour out a rich blessing upon each person that has been praying for Fr Tom and his family.                                                                                                                                 I really appreciate your kind words, the thoughts and prayers during this crisis. On behalf of Fr Tom and our entire family, I would like to say a very special word of thanks to each one of you that have been praying for our family for the last 18 months. May God richly bless you with an even deeper understanding of His love and purposes as you live for him!

Thank you all so much,                                                                                                                                                                  

Yours Sincerely,

Selma Jose Uzhunnalil

                                                                                                                                                                                                           There are no words to express how thankful we are to have people in our lives who are willing to pray for us, who think about us, who love us. It is so wonderful to have such a loving community and church family. A special thank you to Fr Michael Kelleher and Fr Chris O'Donovan for their kindness and prayerful support during Fr Tom’s captivity. Our entire family had a very difficult time since Fr Tom was abducted by the ISIS in Yemen in March 2016. God's grace is the thing that we have needed very much through this experience, and His grace has been poured out upon us in a way that we have never before experienced. My prayer is that God will pour out a rich blessing upon each person that has been praying for Fr Tom and his family.                                                                                                                                 I really appreciate your kind words, the thoughts and prayers during this crisis. On behalf of Fr Tom and our entire family, I would like to say a very special word of thanks to each one of you that have been praying for our family for the last 18 months. May God richly bless you with an even deeper understanding of His love and purposes as you live for him!

Thank you all so much,                                                                                                                                                                  

Yours Sincerely,

Selma Jose Uzhunnalil



Ministeries.

This time of year, when the sun is shining and one can nearly see the grass growing I’m reminded constantly of my childhood.  Bringing in the silage, putting molasses on it to sweeten it and all the neighbours coming in that evening to help us to cover the silage.  It was the same with making and brining in the hay and the straw.  Many hands make light work, my father would say and he would be always in good form covering except when there might be a threat of rain and then the pressure would be on.  Our neighbours would come to us unbidden, we never called them they would just appear in the yard when the work was to be done and we would appear in their’s when their turn came.  I suppose it’s the closest thing to a trashing that I can remember and the sense of belonging and comradery that I felt there was always good for my heart and soul.  

I feel the same way about the church. When a Parish community is doing well it is an alive and vibrant thing.  It draws people to it, and there is a place for everybody.    Ministers of all kinds add their gifts to their community and their community is all the better for it.  The many hands make the involvement effortless and the more people on the rotas for us the better.  I saw a beautiful example of this recently when one of our servers came in and said to me, “Father, so and so can’t make the altar this morning so she rang me to go on for her; is that alright.?”  I had to keep myself from smiling and say, “That’s grand altogether, it’s great to have ya!” In fairness, under tens showing us the way to go, and I’d definitely be buying shares there.

When I stop and think of the amount of people that are involved in the church I am taken aback; all the various groups that appear in the church when the work has to be done. Not called, and a lot of the time not affirmed, but they work away; the silent servers of our community.  I am very proud to be working with so many fantastic volunteers who see the needs and who respond to them.  Thank you.

Fr Chris


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

THE IMPORTANCE OF SINGING

The Christian faithful who gather together as one to await

 the Lord's coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to

sing together psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (cf. Col 3:16).

Singing is the sign of the heart's joy (cf. Acts 2:46). Thus,

St Augustine says rightly, 'Singing is for one who loves.'

There is also the ancient proverb: 'One who sings well prays

twice.' Great importance should therefore be attached to

the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due

consideration for the culture of the people and abilities of each liturgical assembly. Although it is not always necessary (e.g., in weekday Masses) to sing all the texts that are of themselves meant to be sung, every care should be taken that singing by the ministers and the people is not absent in celebrations that occur on Sundays and on Holy days of Obligation. In the choosing of the parts actually to be sung, however, preference should be given to those that are of greater importance and especially to those to be sung by the priest or the deacon or the lector, with the people responding, or by the priest and people together. GIRM 39-40




 St Joseph’s NS Skibbereen: We congratulate 6th class who cordially invite you to celebrate their graduation: 7pm Tuesday 26th June in the school.



Mental Health and Addiction workshop with Dr Gabor Maté, June 30th – July 1st at UCC – more info www.bookwhen.com/gabormate or  086 1719311



2nd Collection 23/24th June: Peter’s Pence