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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 22nd November 20

Sun 22nd Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Cathedral – John O'Driscoll, Church Cross

Rath  – Joan Collins, Lahern

Cathedral  –  Charlie McCarthy, Chapel Lane

Monday 23rd St Columban, abbot and missionary

Cathedral – Special Intention

Rath –  Special Intention

Tuesday 24th Ss Andrew Dúng-Lac, priest,

    and companions, martyrs

Cathedral – Martin Connolly, Derrylugga

Wednesday 25th St Colman, bishop

Cathedral -  Gerard O'Donovan, Kilnaclasha

Rath  – Special Intention

Thursday 26th 34th Week in Ordnary Time

Cathedral – Special Intention

Friday 27th St Gergal, bishop and missionary

Cathedral – Patrick Whooley, Munnig North

Rath – Special Intention

Saturday 28th 34th Week in Ordinary Time

Sherkin - Special Intention

Cathedral – Charles & Peggy McCarthy, Cullinagh

Rath – Eileen Bushe, The Cove

Sunday 29th First Sunday of Advent

Cathedral – Theresa O'Donovan, Market Street

Rath  – Shelia Connolly, Crow

Cathedral  –  Mortimer O'Sullivan, Baltimore 

O’ Donovan

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

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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

Feasts This Week

23rd: St Columban (Columbanus) was born around 543. He became a monk of Bangor and later principal teacher there. In 591, desiring to 'go on pilgrimage for Christ', he set out with twelve companions and came to Burgundy. He established monasteries at Annegray, Luxeuil and Fontaine according to the severe Irish rule. Later he founded Bregenz in Austria and his greatest foundation at Bobbio, near Genoa, where he died in 615. He is remembered as one of the greatest of the Irish missionary monks.

24th: St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions. In the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Vietnam, many Christians suffered martyrdom. On 19 June 1988, Pope John Paul II canonised one hundred and seventeen of these - ninety- six native Vietnamese men and women, eleven Dominican missionaries from Spain and ten French missionaries.

25th: St Colman was born around 530, probably in west Cork. A bard by profession, he is reputed to have been influenced by St Brendan to become a priest. His apostolate was to east Cork and his main foundation was at Cloyne.

27th: St Fergal (Virgil) lived first in France and then in Bavaria, where he founded the monastery or Chiemsee. He was appointed Bishop of Salzburg around 754 and died in 784, leaving a reputation for learning and holiness.

Saint Colman of Lindisfarne, (born c. 605, Ireland—died August 8, 676, Inishbofin Island; important prelate of the early Irish church and monastic founder who led the Celtic party at the crucial Synod of Whitby (663/664), held by the church of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria to decide whether to follow Celtic or Roman usages.

Colman was a a monk at the celebrated monastery of Iona—an island of the Inner Hebrides, Argyll—before succeeding St. Finan in 661 to become the third bishop-abbot of the great Northumbrian diocese of Lindisfarne, or Holy Island. His episcopacy witnessed a vital turning point in the development of the Christian church in England.

Though Northumbria had been mainly converted by Celtic missionaries, there was by 662 an influential party that subscribed to Roman church customs, particularly in determining the date of Easter. The Synod of Whitby decided in favour of Rome. Colman objected to the synod’s decisions that brought the English church into closer contact with the European continent. He resigned his see and, with all the Irish and about 30 of the English monks of Lindisfarne, returned to Iona. Between 665 and 667 he founded several Scottish churches, afterward sailing to Ireland with his disciples. They settled on Inishbofin, off the west coast of Ireland, where in 668 Colman built a monastery. He later founded a separate abbey at Mayo for the English monks. He was abbot of both until his death.

Although the Venerable Bede disapproved of the Celtic customs, he had high praise for Colman in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, considered to be the best source for Colman’s life at Lindisfarne. He is styled Colman of Lindisfarne to distinguish him from numerous other saints named Colman who are listed in the Irish martyrologies


Kilbennan St. Benin's Church Window

St. Colman