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Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands


Feasts this week

11th: St Damasus I, born around 304 and died on this day in 384, elected pope in 366. He insisted on the apostolic foundations of the Roman See ond was active In opposing fourth-century heresies. He commissioned St Jerome to prepare fee Vulgate version of the Bible.

12th: St Finnian studied in Idrone (Co. Carlow) and later in Wales. On his return he settled in Clonard, Co. Meath, around 520, where he established a famous school. His pupils, among whom were Canice, Colum Cille and Brendan were the initiators of the great monastic expansion in Ireland. He died in 549 and is remembered as the tutor of the saints of Ireland.

13th: St Lucy, desiring to remain consecrated to Christ alone, was martyred in 304 in Sicily during the persecution of Diocletian

14th: St John of the Cross, 1542-91, a Carmelite who, despite opposition and imprisonment, worked for spreading the reform of the Carmelites. He was a man or prayer, an outstanding poet, a spiritual writer declared doctor of the Church.

St Finian of Clonard. In the Office of St. Finnian it is stated that there were no fewer than 3,000 pupils getting instruction at one time in the school in the green fields of Clonard. The master excelled in exposition of the Sacred Scriptures, and to this fact must be mainly attributed the extraordinary popularity which his lectures enjoyed. Finnian's gift for teaching and his absolute dedication to the ascetic ideal, inspired a whole generation. Clonard drew students from various parts of Europe. Ciarán of Clonmacnoise and Columcille of Iona are among the many who trained under him. They and many others took seeds of knowledge from Finnian's monastery at Clonard, and planted them abroad with great success. Finnian died of the plague in 549. Hickey (1996) says: "If we consider his achievements in life, rather than the fabulous age attributed to him by his biographer (140 years), we may guess his age at death as perhaps sixty or sixty-five." His burial-place is in his own church of Clonard.

Finnian's sister, St. Regnach, was Abbess of Kilreynagh, near the present town of Banagher.

Penitential Service in Polish at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Clonakilty on Friday December 21st @ 7.15 pm and Christmas Day Mass in Polish will be celebrated @1.30 pm 

In 2019 - Polish Masses will be celebrated @ 1pm in Clonakilty parish on Sunday Jan 13th, Feb 10th, March 10th, April 14th, May 12th, June 9th & July 14th. 

Irish Wheelchair Shop, North Street, Skibbereen: Clothes Donations wanted. If you are recycling this Christmas all your all donations greatly received. 

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Skibbereen Geriatric Society are holding their annual Christmas Draw on Friday 14th December at 6pm in Cara House. Please return all tickets before this date. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. 

There will be Community Carol Service in the Cathedral on Friday Dec. 21st at 8 p.m with the Cathedral Choir, Enchant Choral Group, St. Fachtna's Silver Band,  Ceolann, Concert Harps, the D.B.Light Ensemble and Congregational involvement.

All are most welcome.

The Faithful Departed 2018

St Kieran’s Church Cape Clear

Hester Cotter December

Mary Frances Cadogan, December

St Mona’s Church Sherkin Island.

Philippa O Driscoll, February

Mary O Reilly, November

Church of the Sacred Heart Rath.

Mary Holland, December

Hester Cotter, December

Sr Mary Leonard, January

Philippa O Driscoll, February

Johnas Hegarthy, March

Irene Beard, April

Colm Cuileanain, July

Sean Cottrell, July

Mary Beeson, August

Maureen McCarthy, November

Joan Collins, November

The Cathedral Skibbereen

Joan Sheehan, November

John Joe O Donoghue, November

Richie Cottom, December

Maher, December

Florance McCarthy,  December

Rita O Driscoll, January

Maureen Daly, January

Denis Crowley, January

Teresa O Donovan, January

John O Sullivan, February

Elizabeth Humphries, February

Kieran Coppinger, March

Virgie Daly, March

Mena Daly, April

Barry Ryan, May

John O Donovan,  May

Reamonn O Cinneide,  May

Leonard Desmond,  May

Betty Murphy, June

Gearoid Gill, June

Kitty Fitzgerald,  July

Kathleen Casey, July

Mary McCarthy, July

Mary Barry, August

John Griffin, August  

Barty O Driscoll, August

Paddy Whooley, September

Patrick White, October

Ann O Brien, November

Charlie McCarthy, November

Peggy McCarthy, November

Remembering Deceased Family Members and Friends at Christmas. While the November Novena for the faithful departed is, in the Catholic tradition, the time when we remember those who have gone before us it is understandable that we also remember them at Christmas. The feast of Christmas which celebrates the birth of the Christ Child is a time when we especially welcome children and our attention is drawn to birth and beginnings.

This year we invite those who wish to have family members remembered to write the names in the Remembrance Book provided. The Remembrance Book will be placed on the altar for all Masses during the Christmas season.  I have begun this new church year by naming those who have died from advent 2017 to advent 2018 through our parish churches.

“May they rest in peace.”

Penitential Service: (Confessions) for Skibbereen and Rath:

Sunday 16th December at 6pm in the Cathedral.

All welcome.

Advent: Preparation for the Birth of Christ

It is traditional that we prepare well for the coming of Jesus into the world and into our own hearts. One of the main methods of doing this is to receive the Sacrament of Confession.  

Bambinelli Sunday will be celebrated on the weekend of the 15th / 16th of December.  We invite children to bring their crib figures and especially their baby Jesus’ to mass that weekend where there will be a special blessing of these figures.

Skibbereen Community School Open Night, Thursday 13th December 5.30pm-7.30pm. Parents and children from all our feeder schools welcome. 028 51172

Rath & The Islands Parish Assembly December meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 7.30pm in the meeting room at Rath Church.  

St. Finnian and his pupils in a stained glass window at the Church of St. Finian in Clonard