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Feasts this week

15th: St Bonaventure, 122 1-74, born in Tuscany, Minister General of the Franciscans, Cardinal Archbishop of Albano, theologian of the Council of Lyons.

16th: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, The Carmelite communities inherit the early hermits devotions to Elijah and his solitary prayer, and to Mary under this title of Mount Carmel.

20th: St Apollinaris in the second century preached the Gospel in the region of Ravenna. He was Bishop of Classis where he suffered martyrdom.

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Youth 2000 Summer Festival; Clongows Wood College, Kildare 15-18th August; ages 16-35. Donation only/ Free Buses.

SMA Fathers: Pilgrimage to Lourdes 14-19th September. Full board, Hotel Roissy; Fr Martin Kavanagh SMA, tel 021 429 2871


Thank You!

Last Sunday was a day to remember as Bishop Fintan Gavin came to take his seat in St. Patrick’s Cathedral as Bishop of Ross. Bishop Fintan celebrated the 9.00 am and 11.30 am Masses and afterwards met personally many of those who came from Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands and further afield to see and welcome him. We thank Bishop Fintan for giving very generously of his time to meet and greet as many people as possible. He also paid a visit to Skibbereen Community Hospital and Baltimore Road Nursing Home where he got a great welcome.

We want to say a big, big thank you to everyone involved in making this a really special occasion. We thank the hardworking group of volunteers who helped to prepare the Cathedral and Presbytery for the day. Thanks to the Sacristy team and the Children’s and Adult choirs. Thank you to all who made tea and coffee and welcomed, and fed, all who came for refreshments. Thank you to everyone who dropped in cakes and goodies. Thank you to Field’s Bakery for the Welcome Cake for Bishop Fintan. and to Clona Milk and the West Cork Hotel for their support.

These Sundays of sharing in the Episcopal Ordination in the co-broadcast and praying the Mass with our new Bishop last Sunday have been occasions of hope and encouragement. We will continue to pray for Bishop Fintan and we thank God for our living, active faith community.

Fr Michael


Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Saint Bernadette tells us that when Our Lady appeared to her on July 16, 1858, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, she appeared as a young woman without the Child Jesus. She had never looked so beautiful. It calls to mind some of the early Carmelite Icons of Mary portrayed as youthful and beautiful, icons bearing the title Tota pulchra es, Maria (You are all beautiful, O Mary). It seems appropriate that in the context of Mary’s revealing herself as the Immaculate Conception she should acknowledge the traditional Carmelite devotion to her as the Most Pure Virgin, the Immaculate One.

Fifty-nine years later Mary appeared at Fatima. There the emphasis moved from the Immaculate Conception to the Immaculate Heart. Among the promises made by her at Fatima was the following: I promise salvation to those who embrace devotion to my Immaculate Heart . . . My Immaculate Heart will be their refuge, the way that will lead them to God. The promise recalls the traditional privileges associated with the wearing of the Brown Scapular of Carmel. The Scapular is a special sign of a privilege which I have obtained for you and for all God’s children who honour me as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Those who die devotedly clothed wit this scapular shall be preserved from eternal fire.

As is well known, on October 13, 1917, the day of the final apparition at Fatima, Mary appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel holding out the Scapular to the world.

John Lawler, O.Carm. November 2001.

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

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

St Vincent de Paul will be holding their annual Church Door collection in Rath Parish on the weekend of 27th /28th July. Please give generously to this most worthy cause. All funds collected locally are used to help local people in trouble.

GROW Community Mental Health support group meetings are run every Thursday evening, 8.00pm at Myross Wood, Leap, MSC Grounds, For further information contact Finola on 086 7702807, or website:

Lectio Divina, Wednesday 17th,  7.30-9.0 p.m. in the Presbytery Meeting Room. All welcome.


Afternoon Tea for COPE Foundation, with Triona Mc Carthy. Sunday 14th July 2019@2.00, Celtic Ross Hotel...please support.... Tickets €30 online at: or call 087/2258934

Baltimore Wild Atlantic Pool Fundraising Coffee Morning

Baltimore Sailing Club, Wed 24th July 10.30 – 12.30, All Welcome