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Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands

Parish Office

Opening Hours:

Tuesday morning 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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Mass Intentions for week beginning

Sunday 27th September 2020

All the following Mass times are subject to the availability of volunteers for stewarding

Sun 27th Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

9.00am Cathedral - Michael and Mary McCarthy, Home Rule Tce

10.15am Rath -Special Intention

11.30am  Cathedral - Betty Sheehan & Shelia Horvath, Mardyke St

Monday 28th St Wenceslaus, martyr

9.30am Cathedral - Special Intention

10.15am Rath - Denis Cadogan, Old Court

Tuesday 29th  Ss Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

9.30 am Cathedral -  John O'Reilly, Ballinadee

Wednesday 30th St Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church

9.30 am Cathedral - Special Intention

10.15am Rath - Paddy & Nora Leonard and Eileen Bohane Reengaroga   

Thursday 1st October, St Thérése of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church

9.30am Cathedral - Noreen Daly, Union Hall

Friday 2nd The Guardian Angels

10.15am Rath - Eileen Bohane

6.30 pm  Cathedral - Don Lombard, 1 Assumption Place

                                              – no morning Mass at Cathedral

Saturday 3rd Bl Colomba Marmion, priest

4.45pm  Sherkin - Special Intention

6.30pm  Cathedral - Agnes O'Mahony, Curragh

7.30pm Rath - Maurice Murphy, Drishanebeg

Sunday 4th Twenty seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

9.00am Cathedral - Noreen Daly, Union Hall

10.15am Rath - O’Driscoll Family, Escallonia, Baltimore

11.30am  Cathedral - John and Mary Newman, Illen Villas

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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

28th: St Wenceslaus, 905-25, Prince of Bohemia, killed by his brother. Patron of brewers.

29th: Gabriel brought the message to Mary at the Annunciation (patron of tele­communications, radio and Tv workers). Raphael, guide to Tobias (patron of nurses, physicians, the blind). Michael has been venerated as protector of Christians in general and soldiers in particular (patron of radiologists, the sick, paratroopers).

30th: St Jerome, 340-420, translated the Bible into Latin, known as the Vulgate, and wrote commentaries on scripture. Patron of librarians.

1st: St Therese of Lisieux. Marie Francois Therese Martin died at the Carmel in Lisieux on 30 September 1 897. She was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997. Patron of missions, florists, aviators and France.

2nd: We venerate the Guardian Angels, seeking their constant protection.

3rd: Bl. Columba Marmion. Joseph, his baptismal name, was born in Dublin in 1858 and ordained priest in Rome in 1881. He served as curate in Dundrum parish and then as professor in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, before entering the Abbey of Maredsous, Belgium, in 1886. Elected as abbot, he received his abbatial blessing on 3 October 1909. He died on 30 January 1923. His trilogy, Christ, the Life of the Soul, Christ in His Mysteries and Christ, the Ideal of the Monk have been some of the most influential spiritual writings of the twentieth century, nourishing the lives of generations of seminarians, priests, religious sisters and monks. His writings, letters and retreats fulfilled his aim in life: to bring people to God and to bring God to people. He was beatified in Rome on 1 September 2000.

Therese Martin was the last of nine children born to Louis and Zelie Martin on January 2, 1873, in Alencon, France. However, only five of these children lived to reach adulthood. Precocious and sensitive, Therese needed much attention. Her mother died when she was 4 years old. As a result, her father and sisters babied young Therese. She had a spirit that wanted everything.

At the age of 14, on Christmas Eve in 1886, Therese had a conversion that transformed her life. From then on, her powerful energy and sensitive spirit were turned toward love, instead of keeping herself happy. At 15, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God. She took the religious name Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Living a hidden, simple life of prayer, she was gifted with great intimacy with God. Through sickness and dark nights of doubt and fear, she remained faithful to God, rooted in His merciful love. After a long struggle with tuberculosis, she died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24. Her last words were the story of her life: "My God, I love You!"

The world came to know Therese through her autobiography, "Story of a Soul". She described her life as a "little way of spiritual childhood." She lived each day with an unshakable confidence in God's love. "What matters in life," she wrote, "is not great deeds, but great love." Therese lived and taught a spirituality of attending to everyone and everything well and with love. She believed that just as a child becomes enamored with what is before her, we should also have a childlike focus and totally attentive love. Therese's spirituality is of doing the ordinary, with extraordinary love.

She loved flowers and saw herself as the "little flower of Jesus," who gave glory to God by just being her beautiful little self among all the other flowers in God's garden. Because of this beautiful analogy, the title "little flower" remained with St. Therese.

Her inspiration and powerful presence from heaven touched many people very quickly. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925. Had she lived, she would have been only 52 years old when she was declared a Saint.

"My mission - to make God loved - will begin after my death," she said. "I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses." Roses have been described and experienced as Saint Therese's signature. Countless millions have been touched by her intercession and imitate her "little way." She has been acclaimed "the greatest saint of modern times." In 1997, Pope John Paul II declared St. Therese a Doctor of the Church - the only Doctor of his pontificate - in tribute to the powerful way her spirituality has influenced people all over the world.

The message of St. Therese is beautiful, inspiring, and simple. Please visit the areas in this section of the Web site to learn more about this wonderful Saint.