05 November 2019

Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin
notes in ‘Newslink’ November 2019

Victor Gardiner conducts the Harvest Auction in Askeaton

Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

Rathkeale, Askeaton, Castletown and Kilnaughtin

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

Bishops’ visit

Autumn is soon going to turn to winter, the leaves are falling, and November is a time to look back and to remember. But this is also a time for new beginnings, and new school boards are coming into office. The Sunday before Advent, when we celebrate the Kingship of Christ was once known as ‘Stir Up Sunday’ … a reminder that soon we begin to prepare for Christmas.

November also sees the Bishops of the Church of the Church of Ireland as a group visiting the Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe, with the Diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, on the weekend of Friday 15 to Sunday 17 November. This initiative of the Primate gives the bishops an insight into parish life in each diocese.

The weekend theme is the Disestablishment 150 theme, ‘Free to shape our Future.’ Each bishop is visiting a group of parishes, and Bishop John McDowell of Clogher is visiting the parish groups of Limerick, Adare and Rathkeale. The bishops will also join Choral Evening at St Mary’s Cathedral at 5 pm on Saturday.

Parishioners are encouraged to attend the cathedral evensong, when Archbishop Michael Jackson of Dublin is the preacher. It is followed by a buffet meal in the cathedral for all – bishops, clergy, congregation – with an opportunity to continue the conversations.

Harvest decorations in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton

Harvest Thanksgiving and Auction:

Canon Aisling Shine, of Raheny and Coolock and Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, was the guest preacher at this year’s Harvest Thanksgiving in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton. Victor Gardiner conducted the Harvest Auction in Askeaton Community Centre.

The Harvest, the auction and the collection at the Fifth Sunday service in September, have raised over €800, which is being distributed between the Anglican mission agency USPG; the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal; the Children’s Ark Cancer Support unit in Limerick Regional Hospital; and Shannon Estuary Mud Search and Rescue.

Clothes Swap:

The autumn ‘clothes swap’ in the Rectory raised €800 towards a playground, supporting a baby with Downes’ Syndrome and his family, an irrigation system and a new road provided by Sue and Kevin Kelly in Amagdoul and Timscrene, villages in the Ourika Valley in Morocco.


● Congratulations to Kenneth Smyth, Deegarty, Askeaton who won ‘the Machine of the year Perpetual Shield’ at the National Ploughing Championships in Carlow.

● Congratulations to Victor Smyth, Deegarty, Askeaton, on his engagement to Gillian Morey from Cork.

● Congratulations to Andrew and Carol Langford on the birth of their son Conor, a brother for Harry and Jonathan.

● Congratulations to Isobel and Tim and Isobel (nee Griffin) Spriggs on the birth of their daughter Ebony Grace, a sister for Alexander and Charlie, and to her grandparents, Gerald and Kay Griffin, Newbridge, Askeaton.

● Congratulations too to Susan and George Shorten on the recent birth of a new grandchild, Rory George McCarthy.

November Services:

Sunday 3 November (IV before Advent): 9.30, the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton; 11.30, Morning Prayer, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin, Tarbert.

● Sunday 10 November (III before Advent, Remembrance Sunday): 9.30, the Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Castletown Church; 11.30, Morning Prayer and Remembrance Sunday Commemoration, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.

During the visit of the Bishops of the Church of Ireland to the Dioceses of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert, and Tuam, Killala and Achonry, parishioners are invited to meet the bishops as they visit groups of parishes, and in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick:

● Saturday 16 November: 5 p.m.: Choral Evening, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, with bishops, clergy, readers and parishioners. Followed by buffet meal in Cathedral for all.

● Sunday 17 November (II before Advent): 9.30, The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Saint Nicholas Church, Adare, Co Limerick (with Bishop John McDowell of Clogher); 10.45, A service in the Tralee and Dingle Group of Parishes (with Bishop Ferran Glenfield of Kilmore), to be confirmed (watch the Parish Facebook page)

● Sunday 24 November (The Kingship of Christ): 9.30 a.m., Morning Prayer, Castletown Church; 11.30, the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.

Harvest decorations in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton

This is an edited version of the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes notes in the November 2019 edition of Newslink, the Diocesan Magazine of Limerick and Killaloe (p 30)


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