05 November 2018
Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin
notes in ‘Newslink’ November 2018
Rathkeale & Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes
Rathkeale, Askeaton, Castletown and Kilnaughtin
Priest-in-Charge: The Revd Canon Patrick Comerford,
The Rectory, Askeaton, Co Limerick.
Autumn and harvest are turning towards Remembrance in November. Soon, Advent brings us towards expectation of the peace, promises and hopes of Christmas.
The 100th anniversary of the Armistice that brought an end to World War I falls on Sunday 11 November. The Remembrance Sunday Service at 11 a.m. on 11/11 in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, is a united service for the group of parishes, with a time of silence and commemoration at 11 minutes past 11.
This includes a short Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), and Sunday School facilities are available for children.
The visiting preacher at the Group Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, this year was the Revd Michael O’Sullivan of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, Cork (Cork Unitarian Church). The traditional Harvest Auction in Rathkeale No 2 National School was conducted by Councillor Adam Teskey with characteristic panache and good humour.
The funds raised at the Harvest this year are being donated through the Bishops’ Appeal Fund to relief work in Indonesia following the recent earthquake and tsunami.
A Mother’s Journey:
The recent ‘clothes swap’ evening in the Rectory (28 September) was a fun evening and raised over €500 towards building children’s playgrounds in remote rural villages in Morocco.
Ministry Mission and Hospitality:
The clergy and readers in the diocese are being encouraged to find ways of working closer together in Ministry, Mission and Hospitality, in identifiable areas or districts. A number of meetings have taken place in both the bishop’s house and the dean’s office in Limerick. Priests and readers in Co Limerick are being invited to a ‘Ministry Lunch’ in the Rectory in Askeaton on Wednesday 14 November. Our neighbours, the Revd Liz Beasley (Adare) and the Revd Jim Stephens (Tralee) are being installed as canons in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, on Sunday 25 November.
Sunday School in Rathkeale:
Shirley Sheahan began new Sunday School activities in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, on Sunday 9 September. All children in the Group of Parishes are welcome at Sunday School in Rathkeale on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
The Liam McCarthy Cup:
The Liam McCarthy Cup was brought to Askeaton recently [30 September] by members of the winning Limerick All-Ireland team as part of the Ninth Memorial Day organised by Eas Geithne Cumann Lúthcleas Gael (Askeaton GAA).
Earlier in the day, the cup was in Saint Mary’s Church (RC), Askeaton, for the Memorial Day Mass. When the cup was brought to the GAA Field, near the Rectory, Canon Patrick Comerford and Father Seán Ó Longaigh, Parish Priest of Askeaton, lifted the cup with Willie O’Meara, who plays full-back on the Limerick winning team and on the Askeaton team.
A little earlier, as part of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Ardagh Chalice and the Ardagh Hoard in West Limerick, the Sam Maguire Cup was brought to the Culture Night in Ardagh on 21 September.
Ministry training and education:
The next Ministry Training and Education day takes place in the Rectory, Askeaton, on Monday 12 November, looking at how to select hymns and music for church services. This is being led by the Revd Rod Smyth (Nenagh) and Ms Rosemary Smyth, and is open to all priests and readers in the diocese. The October training day in the Rectory looked at preparations for this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations.
Thursday 1 November (All Saints’ Day): 11 a.m., the Eucharist (Holy Communion), Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, followed by tea/coffee in the Rectory.
Sunday 4 November (Fourth before Advent): 9.30, the Eucharist (Holy Communion), Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton; 11.30, Morning Prayer, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin, Tarbert.
Sunday 11 November (Third before Advent, Remembrance Sunday): 11 a.m., Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale: Remembrance Day Service, followed by Holy Communion. This is a united service for the group of parishes, with a time of silence and commemoration at 11 minutes past 11, on 11 November.
Sunday 18 November (Second before Advent): 9.30, Morning Prayer, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton; 11.30, the Eucharist (Holy Communion), Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin, Tarbert.
Sunday 25 November (The Kingship of Christ): 9.30, Morning Prayer, Castletown Church; 11.30, the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale (with Sunday School).
Saints’ days in November: 1, All Saints’ Day; 30, Saint Andrew.
These parish notes are published in the November 2018 edition of ‘Newslink,’ the magazine of the Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert