02 March 2020

Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin
Group parish notes in
‘Newslink’ March 2020

Parishioners in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, mark World Holocaust Memorial Day (see separate news report)

Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

Rathkeale, Askeaton, Castletown and Kilnaughtin

Priest-in-Charge: Revd Canon Patrick Comerford

We have moved from Epiphany and Candlemas, the Feast of the Presentation, through ‘Ordinary Time’ and arrived at Lent.

In the in-between time, the children in Sunday School in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, made Valentine’s Day cards and hearts for God as a sign of their love.

As we prepare to journey through Lent, we remember God’s love shown to us in Christ at Good Friday and on Easter Day.

Holocaust Memorial Day:

In preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January, Canon Patrick Comerford and Barbara were invited to a reception in the House of Lords to launch resources for the churches prepared by the Council for Christians and Jews.

The launch was chaired by Bishop Michael Ipgrave of Lichfield, and the speakers included the Bishop of London, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, and a number of rabbis.

The resources were used in all four churches in the group of parishes, and many parishioners joined in displaying boards with the hashtag #WeRemember (see the separate report in this month’s edition of Newslink).

Ministry, Mission and Hospitality:

The Rectory in Askeaton was the venue for another Ministry Training Day on 18 February, when the Diocesan Communications Officer, Mr Stephen Fletcher, and the co-editor of Newslink, Ros Stevenson, looked at communications, including the use of social media, radio and television.

Later in March, the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) has asked Patrick to visit Myanmar and to represent USPG at the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Anglican Church in the country once known as Burma.

Please pray for Patrick as he travels in mission.

Church Services in March:

Sunday 1 March 2020 (The First Sunday in Lent):

9.30 a.m., Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2);
11.30 a.m., Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Morning Prayer 2.

Sunday 8 March (The Second Sunday in Lent):

9.30 a.m., Castletown Church, The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2);
11.30 a.m., Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, Morning Prayer.

Sunday 15 March (The Third Sunday in Lent):

9.30 a.m., Askeaton, Morning Prayer;
11.30 a.m., Tarbert, The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

Tuesday 17 March (Saint Patrick’s Day):

11 a.m., Saint Patrick’s Day Eucharist, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton.

Sunday 22 March (The Fourth Sunday in Lent):

9.30 a.m., Castletown Church, Morning Prayer;
11.30 a.m., Rathkeale, The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2).

Sunday 29 March (The Fifth Sunday in Lent, ‘Passion Sunday’):

11 a.m.: United Group Service: The Parish Eucharist, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert) with the Revd Joe Hardy.

Advance dates for April and Easter:

5-11 April: Holy Week
5 April: Palm Sunday.
10 April: Good Friday.
12 April: Easter Day

This is an edited version of the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes parish notes in the March 2020 edition of ‘Newslink,’ the magazine of the Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert (page 27)

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