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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.

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Due to Government regulation associated with Covid19 pandemic population safety, there will be no further public Masses for the time being.

Mass Intentions for week beginning 18th October 2020

Sun 18th Twenty ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cathedral -

Rath – Special Intention

Cathedral -   

Monday19th St Paul of the Cross

Cathedral - Jimmy O'Mahony, Newcestown

Rath – Special Intention

Tuesday 20th  29th Week in Ordinary Time

Cathedral - Special Intention

Wednesday 21st 29th Week in Ordinary Time

Cathedral - Pat Collins, Lake Cross

Rath -    Special Intention

Thursday 22nd St John Paul II, pope

Cathedral - Special Intention

Friday 23rd St John of Capistrano, priest

Rath - Special Intention

Cathedral - Miriam and Jack Lynch, Ballygarvan

Saturday 24th St Anthony Mary Claret, bishop

Sherkin - Special Intention

Cathedral - Maura McCarthy, Riverdale 

Rath – Special Intention

Sunday 25th 30th Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cathedral - Robert Walton, Kinsale

Rath – Special Intention

Cathedral -  Teddy Hourihane, Lurriga

O’ Donovan

Mission Sunday, 18 October 2020

World Mission Sunday is the one Sunday of the year when the entire global Church comes together in support of mission. All donations from this worldwide papal collection support churches, hospitals, schools and vocations in countries where the Church is too new, young or poor to sustain itself.

On World Mission Sunday we remember all our sisters and brothers around the world who gather this weekend to celebrate Mass, often in difficult circumstances, sometimes racing oppression or persecution. It is a moment in time when we can pause and reflect on the essence of the Gospel preached by Jesus which continues to change and liberate our world. The calf to discipleship, by virtue of our own Baptism, beckons us as Christians to proclaim the Gospel message of love and compassion through our own words and deeds, while respecting others.

World Missions Ireland (known as Missio internationally) coordinates World Mission Sunday. We are Pope Francis' official charity for overseas mission, his chosen instrument for sharing the Gospel and building the Church throughout the world. This weekend, thousands of people in Ireland will contribute to World Mission Sunday. Through the generosity of parishioners and donors, we can reach out to offer aid to struggling communities helping them to grow and thrive, by bringing hope to places where there is often turmoil, poverty and uncertainty. We can provide mission dioceses with the essential support they need to become self- sufficient. Working through local bishops, churches and missionary congregations, we ensure resources are distributed equitably and justly, based on need - local church directly helping local church! We thank people for their great generosity and kindness.

Feasts this week

19th: St Paul of the Cross, 1694-1775, founded the Passionists in Rome, preaching on the Passion of Christ and tending the sick, the dying and the lapsed.

22nd: St John Paul II was Pope for over twenty-six years from 22 October 1978, the inauguration of his ministry as universal Pastor of the Church, until his death on 2 April 2005. Ordained bishop of Krakow in 1958 and took a significant part in the Second Vatican Council. As Bishop of Rome visited almost all of the Roman parishes and made apostolic journeys to one hundred and four countries, including Ireland, 29 September-2 October 1979.

23rd: St John of Capistrano, 1386-1456, studied civil and canon law and joined the Franciscan Order. A faithful servant of four popes, he attended the Council of Florence, went to Jerusalem as apostolic emissary, and, in 1451, set out on a preaching tour through the German provinces and Poland. In a battle at Belgrade he contracted fever and died there. Patron saint of jurists and military chaplains.

24th: St Anthony Mary Claret, 1807-70, founded the Claretians in Spain for missionary work. Archbishop of Santiago, Cuba, then returned as chaplain to the Queen or Spain, and built schools and museums, before being exiled with the monarchy.

Due to Government regulation associated with Covid 19 pandemic population safety, there will be no further public Masses for the time being.

Tueday 6th October 2020

A letter from Bishop Fintan

6th October 2020

Dear Fr Michael,

Following the government announcement yesterday evening that the entire country will be elevated to Level 3 in terms of the national plan for Resilience and Recovery Plan of Living with Covid-19 the following changes will take effect from midnight tonight 6th October.

Public Worship

Churches should remain open for personal prayer but not for the celebration of Mass with a congregation (i.e. with no public presence).  This is like the situation that applied before 29th June last.  The only exceptions to this are weddings and funerals which can take place with up to 25 people in attendance.

Masses are to continue to be celebrated without a congregation.  These should be streamed via church webcams where installed or Facebook Live so that parishioners can pray and stay connected.  Such means of communication have been very helpful when churches were closed to public worship from 14th March – 29th June.  I would encourage you to continue to use such means of communication to give messages of hope and solidarity to parishioners in these difficult times.


Up to 25 people will be allowed to attend funerals of loved ones, to pay their respects and grieve together from Wednesday 7th October.  This means that immediate family members and close relatives, not exceeding 25 persons, may attend Funeral Masses, burials and cremations, provided that social distancing and hand hygiene rules are adhered to.


Up to 25 people can attend the celebration of marriage in a church.


Baptisms are not to take place until further notice.


As no organised indoor gatherings are to take place, in-person parish meetings are not to proceed until further notice.  I ask that you continue to use new communication means such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams to meet remotely with your parish groups where it is possible.

Celebration of the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation

All remaining celebrations of these Sacraments cannot take place and are to be deferred until restrictions are restored to Level 2.

Faculties already issued for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation remain valid for any rescheduled date.

First Friday Calls

While visitors from one other household to a maximum of 6 people only may visit a family home it would not be prudent to visit for First Friday calls at this time.  However, in the case of an emergency sick-call, having been requested by the family, you should respond and take all necessary precautions such as hand sanitising and the wearing of a face covering.

Those aged over 70 years or who have an underlying condition

Those over 70 years of age and anyone with an underlying condition should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home.  Therefore if you find yourself in this situation I would ask you to be careful to ensure your own safety.

These are difficult times for you and your parishioners and I am grateful, as are the people, for the way that you continue to respond generously in such challenging times.  Please be assured of my support in whatever way that I can help you and please do not hesitate to contact me.

Be assured of my prayerful support and solidarity.

Yours sincerely in Christ

✠ Fintan Gavin,

Bishop of Cork and Ross

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Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Pauli II; Italian: Giovanni Paolo II; Polish: Jan Paweł II; born Karol Józef Wojtyła; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was elected pope by the second papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who had been elected in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days. Cardinal Wojtyła was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted the name of his predecessor in tribute to him. John Paul II is recognised as helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe.

John Paul II significantly improved the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. He upheld the Church's teachings on such matters as the right to life, artificial contraception, the ordination of women, and a celibate clergy, and although he supported the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, he was seen as generally conservative in their interpretation. He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified 1,340 and canonised 483 people, more than the combined tally of his predecessors during the preceding five centuries. By the time of his death, he had named most of the College of Cardinals, consecrated or co-consecrated many of the world's bishops, and ordained many priests.

John Paul II was the second longest-serving pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX. Born in Poland, John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope since the 16th-century Pope Adrian VI. John Paul II's cause for canonisation commenced one month after his death with the traditional five-year waiting period waived. On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed venerable by his successor, Benedict XVI, and was beatified on 1 May 2011 (Divine Mercy Sunday) after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed one miracle to his intercession, the healing of a French nun called Marie Simon Pierre from Parkinson's disease. A second miracle was approved on 2 July 2013, and confirmed by Pope Francis two days later. John Paul II was canonised on 27 April 2014 (again Divine Mercy Sunday), together with Pope John XXIII. On 11 September 2014, Pope Francis added these two optional memorials to the worldwide General Roman Calendar of saints. It is traditional to celebrate saints' feast days on the anniversary of their deaths, but that of John Paul II (22 October) is celebrated on the anniversary of his papal inauguration. Posthumously, he has been referred to by some Catholics as "St. John Paul the Great", although the title has no official recognition.

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 on the link below:


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