Enniskeane church reopens for personal prayer on May 18th

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Enniskeane

Churches in the Diocese of Cork and Ross will once again be opened for personal prayer from Monday May 18th onwards on a phased basis..

This will include our parish church at Enniskeane. It will be open MOn-Sat from 10.30am to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm. (On Sundays from 11.30 to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm).

In a message to the priests of the diocese, Bishop Fintan Gavin has issues guidelines which must be followed before each church can be opened.

“This needs to proceed very carefully so that people can visit churches safely knowing that procedures are in place in line with government advice and HSE guidance,” Bishop Fintan wrote.

This forms part of a phased plan towards being able to celebrate the sacraments with a congregation at a later date.

“Parishes are encouraged to initially open at least one church and to reopen the other church(es) on a phased basis depending on local circumstances.”

With the exception of Funeral Masses which are celebrated with only ten family members or friends present, the churches of the diocese have remained closed since the end of March.

Priests are to plan the opening of the churches with the help of parishioners.

“Many of our clergy and people who serve in key roles in our churches are restricted in what they can do due to government regulations,” Bishop Fintan says. “So it is important to plan this with the help of the Parish Assembly / Pastoral Council / church carers and Parish Finance Committee.”

The guidance to parishes and churches outlines minimum requirements which are to be in place before a church can be opened safely. These include attention to cleanliness, physical distancing, hand sanitising, public health information and stewarding.

The Guidance Document issued to parishes is available here.

Fr. Richard Barrett (1848–1920)

Grave of Fr Richard Barrett in Enniskeane

Fr Barrett’s mortal remains lay to the west side of the steps that lead up to the church where he served as parish priest from 1903 – 1910.

Diocesan records indicate that Fr. Barrett was born in Dunmanway parish. He was ordained in 1875.

After ordination he was appointed to teach at the diocesan seminary which was then located on top of St. Patrick’s Hill in Cork — before the later Farranferris building was developed. He served on the staff from 1876 – 02/1887. At the same time, he served as chaplain to several institutions in Cork.

He served for a year as Chaplain to the City & County Male Gaol and in 1888, he was appointed to St. Patrick’s Parish, Lower Glanmire Road, Cork, and served there until October 1903 when he returned to his native West Cork to serve as Parish Priest of Enniskeane.

His term as PP was relatively short because he retired in 1910 but continued to live in the parish until his death in June 1920.

A record of his funeral notes that the “chief mourners were John Barrett (brother) and Mrs Dinneen (sister)”.

The Skibbereen Eagle, Sat June 18th, 1920, p3.

The death of the Rev. Richard Barrett, P.P. (retired), Enniskeane, which occurred at St. Mary’s, Enniskeane, on Saturday, will be received with feelings of deepest sorrow. Born in the Pariah of Dunmanway 72 years ago, the earliest wish of his heart was to become a priest of God. After the usual preparatory course of classics in Clonnakilty, Bandon and Cork, he entered Maynooth, and in his collegiate career held an honoured and foremost place amongst the giants of his time, who regarded him as a man of first rank ability. 

Shortly after his ordination in 1875 the then Bishop of Cork (Dr. De-laney) appointed Father Barrett to the chair of classics in the old St. Finbarr’s Seminary. Here he laboured with no ordinary success for several years, and many distinguished students while reading under him covered themselves, their Alma Mater, and their well-loved professor with honours, hard won in the Intermediate and University examinations. The relations between .students and professor were of the most cordial character. Fr. Barrett systematically understood, favourably impressed and strongly attracted them all, and all confidently looked up to him as to a senior brother. As time advanced Fattier Barrett was promoted to the important curacy of St. Patrick’s, Cork, where for some dozen years he proved his zeal for souls and his great capacity for priestly work. His colleagues found in him a most amiable co-worker, “the poor had the Gospel preached to them,” and literally his left hand knew not of his right hand’s deeds. 

Some fifteen years ago Fr. Barrett was appointed P.P. of Enniskeane. Owing to his arduous work in the seminary and on the mission Father Barrett’s health was somewhat undetermined. Yet he would take no rest. He continued working until the cross of his life came—an unsuccessful operation for cataract, which left him completely blind. Considering that his “‘talent” for the care of souls “lodged with him useless” Father Barrett , resigned the pastorate of Enniskeane, and in long suffering, patiently borne, he took up his cross and followed His Master. 

All unconsciously to himself, Father Barrett was adorned with the greatest virtues of the Irish priesthood. His knowledge of the Sacred Scripture was profound, his expositions remarkably lucid, and his sound advice in all matters of moment showed his firm grasp of principles. His hospitality was provcrbial, his friends were legion, and “who loved him once loved on to the end.” His well-stored mind was to him a great resource in his affliction, but prayer was his chief reliance. In public affairs in the fight for Emancipation, he had an abiding interest, and took an active part. Lenders of public opinion held his advice in high esteem. Between him him and them, (and notably with one outstanding figure), a deathless friendship ensued. Father Barrett adhered to what he believed to be right and just, and by that only —

“A sower of infinite seed was he, a woodsman who hewed towards the light, 
Who dared to be traitor to Union when Union was traitor to Right.” 

In the new movement he was young as the youngest, and full of hope. His last illness came on unexpectedly, and was of short duration. During his illness he was consoled by the particular and unremitting attention of his friends, Rcv, Father O’Regan, C.C., and Dr. Fehilly, whose, care for him was constant and affectionate. Father Barret knew the call had come, and as a faithful soldier of Christ, with Christian fortitude he faced the end. His deathbed was,, like that described by St. Francis de Sales,  a deathbed of humility, confidence and charity, when he expired with an humble trust in God’s mercy.

The inscription on Fr Barrett’s headstone.

Praying Holy Week and Easter together

For the first time in living memory most people will not be able to go to their local church for the most sacred week of the year. During Holy Week (between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday) Christians contemplate the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ and prayerfully attend a series of liturgies which are celebrated on the days corresponding to the events in the life of Christ.

We are apart but we can be one

This year, due to restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, Catholics are invited to join in prayer from their homes while the Masses and other ceremonies are held in churches without a congregation present and some priests celebrate Mass privately in their homes.

All the Holy Week liturgies will be celebrated at the Cathedral in Cork and people can join by the Cathedral live stream.

Enniskeane Parish will broadcast ceremonies on the parish Facebook Page.

For people who are at home and wish to pray during these sacred days on their own or with family, a series of Prayer Guides is available here.

Stations of the Cross – Artwork & Prayer during Covid19

Stations of the Cross – Artwork Challenge for all

As part of our Parish Holy Week Celebrations this year, we are setting an Artwork Challenge. Everyone, young and young at heart, be they from our parish or those who join us online from all over the world, are invited to draw/create/colour one of the 14 Stations of the Cross and send us a picture of it. We will select two sets of 14 original entries to be used during our online parish celebration of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 3pm and at 7.30pm. (For local entrants, there is even the chance to win an Easter Egg!)

Younger children and infants are invited to pick one of the 14 stations and colour in a pre-printed sheet available to view and download from the download section in the parish website below.

Click here to view and download artwork for children.

Older children and adults are asked to draw/paint/illustrate/re-create a station of their choice.

Please send a scan or photograph of the artwork to parishassembly@enniskeaneparish.ie by Tuesday 7th April so that we can include the best and most original in our Parish Stations of the Cross.

Please ensure your nam, your age (or ‘adult’) and the name/number of the station you have chosen are in the email.

Good Luck and best wishes to all!

The Stations of the Cross is a way of praying to God while focussing on the route that Jesus followed on Good Friday between the time he was condemned to death (Station 1) and when his body was laid in the tomb (Station 14). Each of the Stations is represented in our church walls by an image which is usually carved or drawn.

Stations of the Cross – Artwork Challenge for everyone

Artwork Challenge for teens and adults

Teens/Young people and adults may like to reflect on what a particular station means to you, or how it could be linked to our lives today and draw/paint/create an interpretation of the station. (Think about what the Way of the Cross would look like during our lifetime, with our current global concerns.)

The Stations of the Cross is a way of praying to God while focussing on the route that Jesus followed on Good Friday between the time he was condemned to death (Station 1) and when his body was laid in the tomb (Station 14). Each of the Stations is represented in our church walls by an image which is usually carved or drawn. 

For example, who is Simon (the man who helped Jesus carry his cross) in today’s reality? What does he look like? Veronica wiped the face of Jesus: Who is Veronica today? What’s that scene like today?

The 14 Stations of the Cross:

  1. Jesus is condemned to death
  2. Jesus carries His cross
  3. Jesus falls for the first time
  4. Jesus meets His mother, Mary
  5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
  7. Jesus falls for the second time
  8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
  9. Jesus falls for the third time
  10. Jesus is stripped of His clothes
  11. Jesus is nailed to the cross
  12. Jesus dies on the cross
  13. Jesus is taken down from the cross
  14. Jesus is placed in the tomb

So choose one to illustrate (or more if you like).

Please send a scan or photograph or a jpeg file of the artwork to parishassembly@enniskeaneparish.ie by Tuesday 7th April so that we can include the best and most original in our Parish Stations of the cross.
Please ensure your name and age and the name/number of the station you have chosen are in the email.
Good Luck and best wishes to all!