05 September 2017
Rathkeale Parish notes in
‘Newslink’ September 2017
Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes
Rathkeale, Askeaton, Kilcornan and Kilnaughtin
Priest-in-Charge: Revd Canon Patrick Comerford
The Rectory, Askeaton, Co Limerick.
Sunday Services in September:
3 September: 9.30, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton (Holy Communion); 11.30, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Morning Prayer).
10 September: 9.30, Castletown Church, Kilcornan, Pallaskenry (Holy Communion); 11.30, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale (Morning Prayer).
17 September: 9.30, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton (Morning Prayer); 11.30, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Holy Communion).
24 September: 9.30, Castletown (Morning Prayer); 11.30, Holy Trinity, Rathkeale (Holy Communion).
Harvest Thanksgiving Services:
Canon Patrick Comerford has been invited to preach at the Harvest Service in Ballingrane Methodist Church on Monday 9 October. The Harvest Thanksgiving Service in the Group of Parishes takes place in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton on Friday 6 October at 8 p.m.
Flag raising at school:
The end of year service for Rathkeale No 2 National School took place in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, on 20 July. Bishop Kenneth Kearon preached at the service and handed out the prizes.
Earlier in the morning, Bishop Kenneth raised the school’s fifth Green flag – a true achievement for the school. The school Board of Management meets again on 25 September.
Louis Simon Serge, son of Elizabeth Patricia (Ebie) Delbarry (née White) and Emanuel Vincent Delbarry was baptised in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, on Sunday 23 July 2017. The sponsors were Joris Clément Delbarry and Nicola Catherine White. Louis is a grandson of Hilary and Simon White of Nantenan.
After the open-air service at the Rectory on Sunday 30 July, over 50 people enjoyed a summer barbeque in the Rectory garden. This was a united service for the Group of Parishes, and the afternoon was marked with a good sense of fun and community. Thanks to all who brought food, set up the gazebo and who were involved in the catering. The generous collection has allowed the parish to make a generous donation to groups working with suicide awareness on the River Shannon.
A number of parishioners took part in the annual commemorative service in Tarbert recalling the Shannon Boating Tragedy on 15 August 1893. A party of young people from Tarbert – 10 men and seven women with an average age of 24 – were drowned in what remains the biggest loss of life on the lower River Shannon. Four of the dead were Church of Ireland parishioners. Canon Patrick Comerford delivered a short reflection and led the prayers.
Irish Palatine Weekend:
The Irish Palatine Weekend was held place in Rathkeale on 25-28 August in affiliation with Heritage Week. On Saturday morning, Canon Patrick Comerford spoke in the Rathkeale House Hotel on ‘Sir Thomas Southwell (1665-1720), 1st Baron Southwell of Castle Matress in Co Limerick: the first protector of the Palatines and his family.’ On Sunday morning, many of the conference delegates were present at the Parish Eucharist in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.
Recent visitors to the parish included the Revd Abigail Sines, Dean’s Vicar, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Please pray for Abi and Karl Tyrrell as they prepare for their wedding on 3 November.
Thanks to Colonel Edward Buckingham, Mrs Raylene Downes, and the Revd Joe Hardy, who took services in the group of parishes during the recent holiday periods.
These parish notes were published in September 2017 in ‘Newslink,’ the Magazine of the Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert