03 December 2018

Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin
notes in ‘Newslink’ December 2018

Beatrice Susan Langford and Chloe Dorothy Langford were baptised in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, on 21 October

Rathkeale & Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

Rathkeale, Askeaton, Castletown and Kilnaughtin

Priest-in-Charge: Revd Canon Patrick Comerford,
The Rectory, Askeaton, Co Limerick.

The autumn celebrations of Harvest and the November commemorations of the saints and the dead have come and gone. We are entering Advent and preparing for the coming of Christ, not only as the Christ Child at Christmas but once again as the King of Glory.

Recent Baptisms:

We recently welcomed two first cousins into the Body of Christ and as members of the Church. Beatrice Susan Langford, daughter of Richard and Claire Langford, and Chloe Dorothy Langford, daughter of William and Karen Langford, were baptised in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, on 21 October.

‘We will remember them’:

Gerald Griffin laid the wreath at the World War I memorial in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, during the Remembrance Sunday Service on 11 November, and the church bells tolled at 11 minutes past 11, marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that brought an end to World War I.

The service included a minute’s silence, reading the names of parishioners on the memorial, and three poems by war poets with links with this diocese. The Sunday School children made poppies, and the service was part of the Parish Eucharist.

Ministry, Mission and Hospitality:

Priests and readers in Co Limerick were welcomed to a ‘Ministry Lunch’ in the Rectory in Askeaton on 14 November. 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.

CME in the Rectory:

The Revd Rod Smyth of Nenagh was in Askeaton recently to lead workshops for clergy and readers at Saint Mary’s Rectory in Askeaton, Co Limerick, on 12 November. He looked at the choice of hymns, canticles and music for worship, and how to develop skills and confidence in this area.

Tommy Fleming Concert:

The evening with Tommy Fleming in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, on Saturday 8 December promises to be an exceptional evening of music and song. This is a fundraising concert in aid of Rathkeale Number 2 National School. Tickets are still available from Rathkeale House Hotel at €30 each, or can be bought through Seamus Hogan or Linda Donovan in Rathkeale.

Rathkeale No 2 National School:

Thursday 20 December: Christmas concert and party, 1 p.m.., including some of the folk dances taught by Ita and Larry Southard.

Friday 21 December: end-of-the term children’s carol service, 12 noon.

December, Christmas and January Services:

Sunday 2 December (Advent 1): 9.30 a.m., Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Holy Communion; 11.30, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Morning Prayer.

Sunday 9 December (Advent 2): 9.30 a.m., Castletown Church, Kilcornan, Holy Communion; 11.30, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.

Thursday 13 December: 7 p.m., Tarbert Carol Service, Saint Brendan’s Church, followed by refreshments in Tarbert Community Centre.

Sunday 16 December (Advent 3): No morning service in Askeaton; 11.30, Kilnaughtin, Holy Communion. 3 p.m., Carol Service in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, followed by refreshments in the Rectory.

Friday 21 December: 12 noon: end-of-term School Play and Carol Service, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.

Sunday 23 December (Advent 4): 11 a.m., United Service (Holy Communion), Castletown.

Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December: 8 p.m., Kilnaughtin (Christmas Communion); 10 p.m., Castletown (Christmas Communion).

Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December: 9.30 Askeaton (Christmas Communion); 11, Rathkeale (Christmas Communion).

Sunday 30 December (Christmas 1): 11 a.m., United Parish Communion, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin, Tarbert.

Sunday 6 January 2019 (The Epiphany): 9.30 a.m., Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Holy Communion; 11.30, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Holy Communion.

Sunday 13 January (Epiphany 1): 9.30 a.m., Castletown Church, Kilcornan, Holy Communion; 11.30 a.m., Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.

Sunday 20 January (Epiphany 2): 9.30 a.m., Askeaton, Morning Prayer; 11.30 a.m., Kilnaughtin, Holy Communion.

Sunday 27 January (Epiphany 3): 9.30 a.m., Castletown, Morning Prayer; 11.30 a.m., Holy Communion, Rathkeale.

The Sunday School children made poppies for the Remembrance Day Service in Rathkeale

These parish notes are published in the December 2018 edition of ‘Newslink,’ the magazine of the Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert

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