Station Mass for villages’ residents celebrated

Many thanks to all the people who attended and prayed at the Station Mass for residents of Enniskeane and Ballineen villages in Gort Mhuire on Monday 28th. Your contribution to the Station Offerings for the support of the clergy are also much appreciated.

Annual St Padre Pio Mass

The Annual Padre Pio Mass at Enniskeane Church is on today Fri May 25th at 7.30pm.
Celebrated by Capuchin Friars. Blessings with relics of St. Padre Pio from 6pm at the church.
A collection is taken up at the is Mass which supports Br Kevin Crowley feeding the homeless at the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin.

Christmas Timetable in the parish of Enniskeane

Monday Dec 18th   7.30pm.    Enniskeane Church      Carols with Cór na nÓg Inis Céin (Junior choir). Everyone welcome

Tuesday Dec 19th   7.30pm    Enniskeane Church       Penitential Rite (Community confession).

Wednesday Dec 20th   7.30pm    BEDA Hall, Ballineen     Interfaith Community Carol Service, followed by refreshments

Wednesday Dec 20th   8pm   Newcestown Church   Penitential Rite (Community confession).

Thursday Dec 21st    7.30pm    Bandon Church   Penitential Rite (Community confession).

Saturday Dec 23rd   

11.30 — 1 pm     Enniskeane Church      Individual Confession (Confessional)
6pm    Vigil Mass at Ahiohill Church for Fourth Sunday of Advent
7.30pm  Vigil Mass at Enniskeane Church for Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday Dec 24th

Masses for the Fourth Sunday of Advent:
10.30am at Castletown Kinneigh
12 noon at Enniskeane


Christmas Eve Mass
7.30pm at Enniskeane Church
9 pm at Ahiohill Church

Monday Dec 25th Christmas Day

9am Ahiohill
10 am Castletown Kinneigh
11.30am Enniskeane

Tuesday 26th (St Stephen’s Day) Mass in Enniskeane at 11am.


Founded on faith in Mary: building Enniskeane Church

The parish church of Enniskeane and Desertserges was the dream of Father Daniel Coveney who was parish priest in the parish from 1867 until his death in 1877. Fr Coveney grew up in Tracton Abbey Parish and studied for the priesthood at the Irish College in Rome. He was ordained there in 1839 so he returned to serve in Ireland as a priest in what was to be the most difficult time in Irish history — the Great Famine was about to unfold its devastation on the land and its people.

When Fr. Coveney came to Enniskeane, the people went to Mass in a chapel which stood just north of Enniskeane on the right of the road going up to Gurteenroe. This chapel was probably built in the late 1700s and was by then in disrepair. Fr Coveney persuaded the then Duke of Devonshire to donate land for the new church. He donated 17 acres which were intended to accommodate the church, a presbytery, stable, and grazing for the priest’s horse. The Duke also contributed a generous donation of £250 towards the cost of the building.

Fr Coveney entrusted the design of the church to Richard Evans of Cork. Evan had just completed building a church for Crosshaven parish (near Fr. Coveney’s native parish). History doesn’t record who the builders were but, in all probability, it was built under the oversight of Evan by local labour. The stone was drawn by horse and cart from a “nearby quarry”.

On Sunday, May 7th, 1871, the foundation stone of the new church was laid and blessed by Bishop of Cork, Dr William Delany. This stone is on the external wall of the church — behind the altar.

Foundation stone of Enniskeane Church

The inscription on the stone is in Latin and it echoes two aspects of Fr Coveney’s life. His experience in Rome and his devotion to Our Lady. It reads: (more…)

Ordination of Sean Crowley on June 1st

Our parish makes history next Saturday when Sean Crowley, Hollyhill, Balli- neen, will be ordained a priest in our parish church.

It is a special blessing for Sean, his family, relatives and friends, as well as for our parish and our diocese. Sean will serve as a priest in our diocese.

The Ordination by Bishop Buckley takes place during a concelebrated Mass. In some respects, the liturgy resembles a marriage ceremony — in that the Rite of Ordination happens between the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

A few practical things:-

  • Parking in the church grounds will be reserved for Sean’s family and people with limited mobility. St. Mary’s car park will be open. Parking is also available in the car park between the church and the school and — weather permitting — in the field beside the school.
  • The seats in the front half of the church (200 places) will be reserved for Sean’s family, relatives and concelebrants. The main aisle will be seated on a first-come basis (200 places).
  • There will also be seating in a marquee (approx 120 chairs) beside the church where the ceremony will be relayed on TVs.
  • The ceremony will also be relayed on the internet so that anyone with access to the internet, in any part of the world, can tune in. The link is:-

Padre Pio Mass in Enniskeane

The annual Padre Pio Mass at Enniskeane Church is on this Thursday (May 23rd) at 8pm. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr Joe Nagle, a Capuchin priest from Cork. Blessings with relics of Saint Padre Pio from 6.30pm and after the Mass. Confession also available from 6.30pm until Mass time. All welcome.