Note Change of Mass Schedule from 1st January 2023

New Mass schedule for St Patrick’s Cathedral Skibbereen: 
  • Vigil Mass Saturdays at 6.30pm
  • Sunday Mass at

Message from Bishop Fintan Gavin

As we enter into the new pastoral year it appears that we will have to learn to live with covid in the safest way possible.

Reception of Holy Communion

People may receive either in the hand or on the tongue.

New Appointments September 2022

Bishop Fintan has made the following appointments for the Family of Parishes of Aughadown, Castlehaven, Kilmacabea, Rath and The Islands, and Skibbereen, where they will share the pastoral care of these parishes:

  • Fr John Heinhold SPS Co-PP
  • Fr Bernard…

Putting out into deep waters (Lk 5:4)

Transforming parishes together into mission-centred faith communities

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Fintan Gavin Diocese of Cork and Ross (August 2022)

To read a pdf version of the pastoral letter on the Diocesan website, click here 

Submission to The National Pre-Synodal Assembly

The National Pre-Synodal Assembly took place in Athlone on Saturday 18th June, 2022.

The submissions from each Diocese in the country were brought to the Assembly and collated together for the National submission to be sent to the Holy See…

Holy Week Schedule for Skibbereen and Rath and the Islands Parishes 2022


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Thursday 14th April – Holy Thursday

6.30pm    St Patrick’s Cathedral: Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Holy Hour after Mass
7.00pm    St. Ciarán’s Church,…

Update on Covid Guidelines from Bishop Fintan Gavin

Bishop Fintan sent the following message to all parishes recently:

Protective Measures

It is important that people are encouraged to continue wearing a face covering in the church while priests and Eucharistic Ministers should continue to wear a face covering…

Parishes support bereaved families with revised Diocesan Funeral Policy

The funeral rites of the Catholic Church as well as social patterns at funerals have changed over the years. A recent policy published by the Diocese of Cork and Ross takes account of recent changes while preserving the sacred nature…

New Cork and Ross Diocesan Funeral Arrangements

In the past two weeks, Cork and Ross Diocese has had meetings with Clergy, Funeral Directors and Parish Funeral Team Members, to explain the new arrangements for funerals.

The main changes are:

  • There will be no Sunday Funerals from…

Important Notice from Bishop Fintan Gavin, 2nd September 2021

Following Tuesday’s government announcement on Reframing the Challenge, continuing our Recovery and Reconnecting of new public health measures all religious ceremonies can proceed with up to 50% of church capacity while still being subject to appropriate protective measures including social…