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Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands

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Opening Hours:

Tuesday morning from

10 am - 12 noon.

Please contact Margaret in advance by leaving a message

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Mass Intentions for week beginning

Sunday 5th July

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Tuesday July 7th  Stephen Buckley, Castlehaven

Wednesday July 8th Jeremiah O'Donoghue,                                   Hillview, Drishanemore

Thursday July 9th May and Tom Barry, Goleen

Friday July 10th Kitty O'Donovan, Kilnaclasha

Saturday July 11th Daniel Bohane, Drishanebeg

Sunday July 12th Vincent O'Donovan, Market                              Street

Sunday July 12th Maureen Spillane, Market Street


Saturday July 11th Jerome & May O'Sullivan,                                 Bunlick,  Skibbereen

Sunday July 12th Denis O'Driscoll, Ballinard


July 5th      Mary Leonard, Reengaroga

7th            Stephen Buckley, Castlehaven

8th            Jeremiah O Donoghue, Drisanemore

9th            May and Tom Barry, Goleen

10th          Kitty O Donovan, Kilnaclasha

11th          Daniel Bohane, Drishanebeg

11th         Jerome and May O Sullivan, Bunlick

12th          Vincent O Donovan, Market Street

12th          Maureen Spillane, Market Street

12th          Denis O Driscoll, Ballinard

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As of Monday, 29th of June 2020 we will be able to attend the celebration of Mass once again at our churches. However, there are a number of restrictions which will mean that only 50 people maximum (including priest and helpers) will be allowed in the church at one time.

The schedule of Masses agreed with both Chairs of our Parish Assembly are as follows.

Tuesday – St Patrick’s Cathedral at 9:30am.

Wednesday - Sacred Heart Church, Rath at 10:15am.

Friday – St Patrick’s Cathedral at 6:30pm (this mass will be recorded for Facebook).  

Sunday Sacred Heart Church, Rath at 10:15am

         St Patrick’s Cathedral, Skibbereen at 11:30am

We will meet again on Monday 6th of July and review how things went before agreeing to a further schedule.

There will be stewards in the churches to assist you, please be nice to them. The loudspeakers will be operational so people can listen to the Mass outside if there is no room available in the church. We suggest that those who can attend Mass on the weekdays should do so and leave the Sunday Masses for others.

Thank you for your understanding,

Take care and stay healthy, Fr Michael and Fr Chris.

Parishes Calendar

5th July: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

6th: St Moninne of Killeavy was one of Ireland's early women saints. After instruction on the religious life, she founded a community wnich initially consisted of eight virgins and a widow with a baby at Sliabh Gullion, Co. Armagh. They lived an eremitical life, based on that of Elijah and St John the Baptist. Moninne died in 51 7 or 5 1 8.

7th: St Maelruain (MaoSruain), bishop and abbot, founded the monastery of Tallaght, Co. Dublin, in 774 which introduced a reform. Important liturgical and spiritual writings emerged from this movement known as the Cell De reform. He died in 792.

8th: St Kilian was born in the parish of Mullaah in the Diocese of Kilmore. With eleven companions he left Ireland and became Known as the apostle of Thuringia and eastern Franconia. With Kolonat and Totnan he was put to death in 689. There is a very strong devotion to him in Wurzburg, where his remains lie, and also throughout the Bavarian countryside.

9th: Ss Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions. St Augustine Tchao, born 1746, converted to Christianity, was ordained priest and martyred in 1815. The memorial also celebrates 1 19 companions, martyred in China over several centuries but especially during the Boxer Uprising.

10th: 14th Week in Ordinary Time

11th: St Benedict, c. 480-547, after living as a hermit at Subiaco, founded the monastery of Monte Cassino. His Rule, observed by Benedictines and Cistercians, is distinguished by its wisdom and balance and those who lived by it did much to shape the Europe of today. Named patron of Europe in 1 964.

12th: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

St Kilian: There are several biographies of him. The oldest texts

which refer to him are an 8th-century necrology at Würzburg

and the notice by Hrabanus Maurus in his martyrology. The name

has several variations in spelling (e.g. Chillian, Killian, Cilian, Kilian).

In Ireland, the preferred spelling is Cillian; the name appears thus

in the Irish liturgical calendar.

Accounts of his life

According to Irish sources, Kilian was born to noble parents in

approximately the year 640 in Cloughballybeg, near Mullagh,

County Cavan, Ireland. Some records state that Kilian served

as a monk in the celebrated monastery at Hy, Hy being an early

name for what was later known as Iona. He began his education

in Rosscarbery (the School of Ross), County Cork and completed

it in Tuosist in County Kerry.

In the summer of 686 Kilian, with eleven companions, travelled

through Gaul to Rome to receive missionary faculties from the

pope, arriving in late autumn and meeting with Pope Conon. From

there they traveled to the castle of Würzburg, inhabited by the (east Frankish) Duke Gozbert [de], who was, like his people, still pagan.

The original group separated  — some departing to seek other fields of missionary work, while St. Kilian with two companions, the priest Colmán (also called Colonan or Kolonat) and the deacon Totnan, remained in Würzburg. Kilian made this town as the base of his activity, which extended over an ever-increasing area in East Franconia and Thuringia, and converted Duke Gozbert with a large part of his subjects to Christianity.


Kilian told the Duke that he was in violation of sacred scripture by being married to his brother's widow, Geilana. When Geilana, whom Kilian had failed to convert to Christianity, heard of Kilian's words against her marriage, she was so angry that, in the absence of the duke, she had her soldiers sent to the main square of Würzburg, where Kilian and his colleagues were preaching, and had him beheaded, along with two of his companions, Colmán and Totnan.


Saint Burchard, appointed by Boniface as the first bishop of Würzburg, built a cathedral on the spot where the martyrs were said to have met their deaths and had their relics unearthed and buried within a vault of that cathedral church.

Their skulls, inlaid with precious stones, have been preserved to this day. On St Kilian's day, a glass case containing the three skulls is removed from a crypt, paraded through the streets before large crowds, and put on display in Würzburg Cathedral (dedicated to Kilian). Statues of these three saints (among others) line the famous Saints' Bridge across the River Main.

Statue of Saint Kilian (with Fortress Marienberg in the background)