07 October 2019

Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin
notes in ‘Newslink’ October 2019

‘The Spiritual Journey of Ireland’ was partly filmed in Sant Mary’s Church, Askeaton, and is now available as a DVD

Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

Rathkeale, Askeaton, Castletown and Kilnaughtin

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

Summer has faded away, after a last hurrah in mid-September, the harvest is (mostly) in, and we turn in the parish to our Harvest celebrations and the Autumn services that lead us towards Advent.

This year’s Harvest Thanksgiving service takes place in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, on Friday 4 October, which is also the Feastday of Saint Francis of Assisi. The guest preacher is Canon Aisling Shine, of Raheny and Coolock and Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

October Services:

Sunday 6 October (Trinity XVI): 9.30, the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton; 11.30, Morning Prayer, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin, Tarbert.

Sunday 13 October (Trinity XVII): 9.30, the Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Castletown Church; 11.30, Morning Prayer, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.

Sunday 20 October (Trinity XVIII): 9.30, Morning Prayer, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton; 11.30, the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin, Tarbert.

Sunday 27 October (V before Advent): 9.30 a.m., Morning Prayer, Castletown Church; 11.30, the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.

It was good to welcome members of the Mothers’ Union to Askeaton for the Opening Eucharist to mark the new season on Monday 9 September in Saint Mary’s Church.

Bishop Kenneth Kearon and Canon Patrick Comerford took part in two recent interfaith programmes. On 11 September, they were guests at a commemoration in Templeglantine of the life of Michael (Max) Arthur Macauliffe (1841-1913), who is celebrated in the Sikh world for his translation of Sikh scripture and history into English.

On the following day, they were at an interfaith consultation in Dublin that included visits to the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) and the mosque and Muslim school in Clonskeagh.

Mother Harriet Monsell from Cahermoyle House near Ardagh, Co Limerick … celebrated at a meeting in Ardagh in September

Patrick Comerford spoke in Ardagh on 13 September about Mother Harriet Monsell (1811-1883), a key figure in the revival of women’s religious communities throughout the Anglican Communion. She is commemorated in the calendar of the Church of England, and was a sister of William Smith O’Brien (1803-1864) of Cahermoyle House.

On Sunday 22 September, Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association organised a walk from Ardagh Community Centre to Rathronan Graveyard, with an ecumenical blessing of the graves and wreath-laying, to commemorate William Smith O’Brien and his family.

In September, Patrick was invited by Lichfield Civic Society to give a lecture in Wade Street Church, Lichfield, on the Comberford family of Comberford Hall. There he was surprised to meet Sandra Massy, whose parents are from Newcastlewest.

The Spiritual Journey of Ireland, which was launched a few weeks ago during summer, is a documentary inviting viewers to journey around the island of Ireland, exploring places, people and monuments that have helped to define the spiritual heritage of the people and the island from the earliest inhabitants to the present day. Part of the documentary was filmed in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton.

Canon Patrick Comerford with Sandra Massy, whose family is from Newcastlewest, and Dr David Biggs of Tamworth and District Civic Society at a lecture organised by Lichfield Civic Trust

This is an edited version of the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes notes in the October 2019 edition of Newslink, the Diocesan Magazine of Limerick and Killaloe (pp 27-28)

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