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Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands

Parish Office

Opening Hours:

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from  10 am - 12 noon.

Please contact Margaret in advance by leaving a message

on 028 22828 or email and she will respond to your request during office hours.

Please note new editorial email


Printed Parishes Newsletter are back but not as we know it!

To obtain a copy, please download a file from here, and print it at home. It broadly contains much of the information on this website.

To download a copy of this weeks Newsletter as a Word file, click here

To download a copy of this weeks Newsletter as a .pdf file, click here

This week's Newsletter This week's Newsletter

Rath and the Islands Parishioners – Facebook Page!

“Rath and the Islands Parish”.

Or you may also click this button!

Rath and the Islands Facebook

St Patrick’s Cathedral Skibbereen also has a notable Facebook page!

Click this button and explore!

St Patrick's Cathedral, Skibbereen

Blessings for the Graves for November

SIGN OF THE CROSS: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

INTRODUCTION: We pray for (Name…) who has passed from this life, remembering Jesus said: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The person who believes in me, will live, even if he/she dies’. We come to honour (Name…….) and remember our loved ones today.

SCRIPTURE PASSAGE: God’s word of consolation to us today:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not, I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me; so that where I am you may be too.”

(John 14:1-3)

REMEMBRANCE TIME: Thank God for the blessings that

(Name…) brought to our family and friends. (Name those

blessings aloud or in silence)


We thank you Lord for (Name... ) their life, their family, their

legacy…….. Lord hear us.

Response: Lord graciously hear us.

Lord you wept at your friend Lazarus’ tomb. Comfort us and all who mourn……..

Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

Comfort us in our loss and grief. May our faith be our consolation and eternal life our hope………

Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

Add personal prayers ........

DECADE OF THE ROSARY: The First Glorious Mystery is

The Resurrection - praying that (Name....) will be with Jesus:

1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory be.

BLESSING WITH HOLY WATER: While blessing the grave

with Holy Water say: ‘Eternal rest grant to (Name.....) and let

perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace’. Amen.

FINAL PRAYER: Lord hear our prayers for (Name.....). We

remember all our loved ones with love and gratitude. Welcome them into the company of the saints and our ancestors. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

FINAL BLESSING: May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Sign of the Cross: In the Name …


Everybody loves to be remembered.

But if we want to be remembered,

We have a duty also to remember.

Memory is a powerful thing.

Wrongly used it can bring death rather than life.

Rightly used it is a form of immortality.

It keeps the past alive.

Those we remember never die.

They continue to walk and talk with us.

Their influence is still felt among us.

There is nothing stronger or more helpful

than a good remembrance.

Dear departed friends,

We want you to know we haven’t forgotten you.

We remember you.

And your memory most definitely

Brings life to us today.

May it also assure us of life for you,

That eternal life Christ came on earth to give us.


Life changed – not ended

If you would like to download a .pdf file copy of this beautiful leaflet, please click here

If you would like to download a Word file copy of this beautiful leaflet, please click here

.pdf file Word file

As we will not be able to have our usual Prayers at the Cemeteries this year,  on the Facebook pages you will find a special

Virtual Visit to the Eight Cemeteries of the parishes of Skibbereen and Rath and the Islands with Rosary and Blessing prayers'. This will include photos from each of the Cemeteries.

If you are making a visit to a Cemetery here is a Prayer (leaflet) from the Diocese available here and on

A letter from the Diocesan Secretary, Fr Michael Keone

From: Diocesan Office <>

Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2020 at 15:40

Subject: Dedication of the Month of November as a Time of Prayer and Remembrance

To: Fr Michael Kelleher

Dear Father,

A service to dedicate the month of November as a time of Prayer and Remembrance for those who have died and for the comfort of the bereaved will take place in the Cathedral of Saint Mary and Anne on next Sunday 1st November at 3pm.  Bishop Fintan will preside at this ceremony.  A similar service of dedication will take place in each Cathedral throughout the country at the same time.  You will find a copy of the service attached to this e-mail.

I would ask that you let people know of this Service of Dedication through your parish newsletters, social media outlets and at Masses that are live-streamed from your parish.  The Service itself will be live-streamed from the Cathedral on

The introduction to the attached Service of Dedication refers to the statement following the Autumn Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and a sense that there is a ‘huge yearning for consolation and hope in the heart of people’ this year.

This Service of Dedication is intended to prepare for the many ways in which people and parishes will remember and pray for those who have died during the coming month.

Yours sincerely

Fr. Michael Keohane,, Diocesan Secretary,

Service of Dedication

A leaflet containing the Service of Dedication mentioned by Fr Michael Keone above can be downloaded here.

To download it in Word format click here

To download it in .PDF format click here

Service of Dedication Service of Dedication Return to Home Page

The parishes are now signed up with Redemptorist publications for the Childrens page. See below! These will be on the Facebook pages led by Fr Troll and friends.

Just click the button to get to the Rath and the Islands Facebook page

Or this button to unload an image file of the Redemptorist publication called LOOK for childrens’ activities

See below!

Rath and the Islands Facebook Look 22.11.20.jpeg

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Your attention is drawn to the helpful and comprehensive government advice about the threat of the Coronavirus Covid 19 on the HSE website

Open for Prayer

In challenging times like this people find strength, consolation and hope in prayer. We rediscover the value of the traditional prayers such as the Rosary, the Memorare, and St Patrick’s Breastplate etc. The obligation to be physically present at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days (including St. Patrick’s Day) is suspended for everybody until further notice.

Parishioners are also encouraged to pray at home, including especially prayers for the sick, for those who are caring for the sick and for all who are working so hard to protect us

All of these arrangements are under constant review. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates as they become available

Our Parishes Website:

Our Diocesan website: www.corkandross.orgWe wish you every blessing in these coming weeks and we pray that, as a Christian community and as a nation, we may be able with God’s grace to overcome this significant challenge.

Fr Michael and Fr Evin

First Holy Communion and Confirmation Sacraments

First Holy Communion Schedule

Confirmation schedule

These arrangements are now on hold; please continue to monitor this site for further information.

Diocesan Website

The Diocese of Cork and Ross website maintains an up-to-date list of parishes which provide Mass on a regular (daily) basis. You can view the current list by clicking here

There is a rumour that Rath Church will soon be broadcasting an internet Mass; watch this space!

Hear Mass via the Radio, TV and Internet

Radio Maria: Mass is broadcast daily at 10.00 am and on Sunday at 10.00 am and 11.00 am. Listen on Saorview ch210, or on the “Radio Maria Ireland” App, or on Internet and on Facebook “Listen Live Radio”

RTE News Now TV broadcasts Mass every weekday at 10.30am. (Try Sky channel 521)

Church Services website guides you to a multitude of available Masses both here and in Europe:

Or click here

See also the Parishes Facebook pages

Daily Mass Weekend Mass

The Parishes Financial Statement is available on the “Skibbereen and Rath Accounts button above. It can also be downloaded by clicking here

Accounts for the year

Séipéal Naomh Ciarán

Repainting of the interior of our Church Séipéal Naomh Ciarán is finally complete. Sincerest thanks to all who gave their time, skills, labour and so very many generous financial donations to the preservation of this small remote island Church. Huge thanks to Fr Michael Kelleher Adm, Skibbereen and Rath and The Islands and to Margaret, Parish Secretary for their cooperation and help always.We remember our late curate Fr Peter Queally who also participated in this project. May he rest in peace.

Aithmhaisiúcháin ar Séipéal Naomh Ciarán réidh faoi dheireadh. Buíochas ó croí le gach éinne a thug cabhair, obair airgead agus am dúinn chun an tionscnamh seo a chur i gcríoch. Go raibh míle maith agaibh Ath Mícheál Kelleher Adm, Sciobairín agus Ráth is na hOileán agus Rúnaí paroiste Margaret a bhí ag comhoibriú linn i gcónai. Cuimhnímid ar an Ath Peadar Ó Caollaí a thacaigh linn - ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.