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Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands


Feasts this week

18th: St Cyril of Jerusalem, 315-86, Bishop of Jerusalem. He excelled as a catechist and administrator, and suffered exile in his fight against Arianism.

19th: 'The virtues of St Joseph have been the object of ecclesial reflection down through the centuries especially the more recent centuries. Among those virtues the following stand out: faith, with which he fully accepted God s salvific plan; prompt and silent obedience to the will of God; love for and fulfilment of the law, true piety, fortitude in time of trial; chaste love for the Blessed Virgin Mary, a dutiful exercise of his paternal authority, and fruitful reticence'

21 St: St Enda is considered to be one of the three great late vocations (athlaech) of Ireland. His sister, Faenche, a nun, set his thoughts on a religious vocation. He models of ascetic monasticism in Ireland.

23rd: St Turibius of Mogrovejo, 1538-1606, was a layman when he was appointed archbishop of Lima, Peru by King Philip II. He combated all the abuses of the conquerors in Peru and built up the Church there.

Days of Recollection  

Guided by the writings of the Servant of God,

Mother Marie Adele Garnier (1838-1924),

Foundress of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre, OSB

Saturday 23rd March 2019

The theme this month is: The Beatitudes

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

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Coffee morning in aid of West Cork Rapid Response, Friday 22nd March 11.30 - 2.00 Abbeystrewry Hall (Country Markets.)

Legion of Mary - The selection of  Religious Booklets  on the display stand  at  rear of Church have been have been refreshed. These cover a a range of subjects, including Lenten Reflection and much more. You are invited to take a look and we hope you will find  some of interest.

Sacred Heart Church Rath, St Patrick’s Day Celebrations:

Everyone is welcome to join us for our Annual St Patrick’s Day Tea party, following 10.15am Mass on Sunday 17th March. Come and enjoy a cup of tea and special St Patrick’s Day Cake before going to Baltimore to watch the Parade starting at 12.15pm.

Homecoming, Awareness, Spirituality & Wellbeing, Commencing May 1st, Time 7:30pm-9:45pm, A 5 Week Programme, to help reduce stress while cultivating Joy, Resilience & Wholeness. Cost €150. All Welcome, Martina Lehane Sheehan & Patrick Sheehan – Email or Phone 021-4502520 

St Patrick’s Day Parade in Skibbereen – Sunday 17th March at 2.30pm. There is a circus theme this year titled “The Greatest Showman.”

An Ecumenical Prayer Service will be held in Myross Wood on five Fridays of Lent (15th, 22nd, 29th of March, 5th and 12th of April) at 8.00 p.m. At a time when Christians are called to a lived experience of relationship with God, we invite people to reflect through ritual, Scripture reading, homily, Taizé songs and prayer on ways of Rekindling Faith.

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

 Dates for your Diary:   


First Holy Communion 11th May

Cape Clear:

Holy Communion 12th May  


First Holy Communion 18th May  


“The Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course is now open for booking! Experience a week of music, friendship and community from the 11th to the 17th of August! More info available on our Facebook, Instragram & Twitter @KnockadoonML or our website




Presented by:

Marian Mortell, Cork Scripture Group

West Cork Education Centre, Dunmanway

7.30 to 9.30 p.m. Thursday 28th March 2019

Cost: €5; for information and bookings email:

All are welcome.         No previous bible study required!

Refresh, Renew, Rekindle your marriage relationship on a

 Marriage Enrichment Weekend from 12th – 14th April 2019 in Cork. 086-8334382- 087-2162436

Innish Monastery

On Innish St Enda founded the monastery of Enda, it has been claimed that this was the first ever Irish monastery.

The monks who lived in this monastery lived a hard life of work, prayer, fasting and studying Scriptures.

The story goes that no fire was ever allowed to be lit to give heat in the cold stone cells. This was a sign of total dedication and sacrifice to God. The men who dedicated their lives here were known as, “the men of the caves” or the “men of the cross”. They were said to remember how the lord was born in a manger and had nowhere to lay his head, from this they lived their lives the same deprived way.

Over the years the islands population grew with the Monastery. Enda had his own means and ways of developing the island. He developed it into eight parts, and in each part,  he built a place of refuge. Whilst under his power his abbey flourished, and it became a sacred place for centuries.

The Skibbereen Town Stations for Spring 2019 will be held on:

Tuesday, 26 March @ 7:30 pm at The Rugby Club on the Bypass Road for – Lurriga, Mill Rd, Milland, Russagh, Assolus, Cork Rd, Gortnaclohy North, Gortnaclohy South.

Wednesday, 27 March @ 7:30 pm at Co-Action on Mardyke Street for – Baltimore Rd, Abhainn Beag, Townsend St, 98th St, The Orchards, Mardyke St, Mardyke Court, Mardyke Park, Coronea Lower, Coronea Upper, Coronea – The Hill, Coronea Court, Coronea Drive, Carrigfadda.  

Friday, 29 March @ 7:30 pm at Cara House on Market Street for – Bridge St, Ilen St, Upper Bridge St, Assumption Place, Ilen Villas, Flaxmills, Patrick’s Place, Blackthorn Place, Riverdale, Coronea – Shelley’s Road, Newbridge, Newbridge Park, Inse Alainn.  High St, Sycamore Heights, Gortnaclohy Heights, St Fachtna’s Terrace, Hill Crest, Pound Hill, Ard Carraig, Chapel Lane, Home Rule Terrace. Market St, Warner’s Lane, Cois Caol, The Mills, The Hawthorns, Gortnaclohy Rd, North St, The Square, Main St.

Donation envelopes will be available at the door on the day.  The Station Mass will be followed by tea/coffee and an opportunity to meet and chat with neighbours.  We look forward to seeing you at the Spring Town Stations 2019.

Ministers of the Word training nights:  We welcome the additional people who are joining the rota for this ministry. The Training Nights they attended with 12 of the current readers were a very positive experience. It was encouraging to see that this ministry is in the capable hands of people who care about the reading of scripture and have a desire to discern how to proclaim it effectively. Our thanks to Maura O’Flynn, Bantry, and Michael O’Leary Ballincollig, who led the two nights.