Novena for the Holy Souls 2020

View of and from Myross old graveyard, near Union Hall, Co Cork

Nine days of Masses are offered each year from Nov 2nd — 10th for our people who have died. It’s known as the Novena for the Holy Souls. (A Novena is something that takes place across nine days.)

This year, due to Covid19 restrictions, the Masses will be offered without a congregation in church. However, people can join in prayer online as the Masses will be live streamed from Enniskeane Church.

Masses will be offered from Nov 2nd on Mon – Sat each day at 7.30pm.

On Sunday 8th at 12 noon, the Mass will be especially for the people whose funerals have taken place in our parish in the past 12 months.

There are a number of ways people can enrol their loved ones in the Novena:

  • Drop off your envelope at either Ahiohill, Castletown or Enniskeane Church on Sunday Nov 1st between 3–5pm where members of the Parish Assembly will be receiving them and will bring them back to Enniskeane.
  • Write out the names on a piece of paper and drop it back in an envelope to the Parochial House or post it to Parochial House, Enniskeane, Co Cork (The list will be placed at the altar for the Masses).
  • Email the list of names to this special email address: (The list will be printed by the Parish Office and placed at the altar for the Masses).
  • Use the Parish ‘Donate’ button below where you can type in the names and make an offering for the Novena.

A Prayer for the Pandemic


Lord Jesus, Who promised to remain with us always,

When information overwhelms us

and fear overtakes us.

speak to us again those comforting words,

“Peace be with you.”

Though we cannot be physically close to others,

give us the ability and courage

to love as well as we can,

Since “perfect love casts out all fear.”

Direct your caring gaze on doctors and nurses,

researchers and safety personnel;

Come to strengthen the sick, vulnerable,

and comfort those who are grief stricken.

And when the pandemic has passed,

and this frightening crisis is resolved,

teach us to know You more certainly

as our dearest Friend and our only Hope.

You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

One God, forever and ever, Amen.

(offer one Our Father. One Hail Mary, and the Glory be….)

Our Lady, Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us.

Safeguarding Newsletter offers updates and resources

The month of October has always been the safeguarding month in the Diocese but how it is marked this year has changed because of Covid19.

Issuing a newsletter to the people of the diocese the Safeguarding Office of the diocese acknowledges that every other October the office would be dealing with people face to face. 

“Normally we would be holding a safeguarding conference, sending out the yearly safeguarding parish audits, visiting parishes, training etc.” 

Ms. Cleo Yates, 
Director of Safeguarding

Ms Cleo Yates, Director of Safeguarding & Designated Liaison Person for the Diocese of Cork and Ross, says that “given these difficult times with Covid, things have changed and almost all our connection to the parishes is by way of online forms of communication, which brings its own challenges.”

The Newsletter is available for free download at this link.

Mass times during Level 3 restrictions

Enniskeane Parish Church

Due to government restrictions for Level 3 we cannot have a congregation at Mass.

However, Mass will be celebrated in the parish church at 12n on each Sunday and it will be live streamed on the parish facebook page. So everyone is welcome to be part of our distanced but connected praying community.

Weekday Mass on Monday, Tues, Thurs and Fri at 10am are also live streamed on the parish facebook page.