30 July 2020

August 2020 in the Rathkeale and
Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

Jesus ‘made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side’ (Matthew 14: 22, see readings for 9 August) … a gondolier on the Grand Canal in Venice (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2018)

Sunday 2 August 2020 (Trinity VIII), Green:

9.30 a.m.: The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton

11.30 a.m.: Morning Prayer (Morning Prayer 2), Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), with Edward Buckingham, reader emeritus

Readings: Genesis 32: 22-31; Psalm 17: 1-7, 16; Matthew 14: 13-21

Hymns: 418, Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face (CD 25); 435, O God, unseen, yet ever near (CD 26)

Sunday 9 August 2020 (Trinity IX), Green:

9.30 a.m.: The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Castletown Church, Kilcornan

11.30 a.m.: Morning Prayer (Morning Prayer 2), Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale

Readings: Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105: 5-15; Matthew 14: 22-33

Hymns: 584, Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (CD 33); 652, Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (CD 37)

Sunday 16 August 2020 (Trinity X), Green:

9.30 a.m.: Morning Prayer (Morning Prayer 2), Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton.

11.30 a.m.: The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), followed by Easter Vestry meeting

Readings: Genesis 45: 1-15; Psalm 133; Matthew 15: 21-28

Hymns: 522, In Christ there is no east or west (CD 30); 324, God, whose almighty word (CD 19)

Sunday 23 August 2020 (Trinity XI), Green

9.30 a.m.: Morning Prayer (Morning Prayer 2), Castletown Church, Kilcornan, with Bishop Kenneth Kearon

11.30 a.m.: The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale with Bishop Kenneth Kearon

Readings: Exodus 1: 8 to 2: 10; Psalm 124; Matthew 16: 13-20

Hymns: 13, God moves in a mysterious way (CD 1); 528, The church’s one foundation (CD 30)

Sunday 30 August 2020 (Trinity XII), Green

11 a.m.: Joint Group Service for the Fifth Sunday, Morning Prayer (Morning Prayer 2), Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, with Siobhán Wheeler, Parish Reader

Readings: Exodus 3: 1-15; Psalm 105: 1-6, 23-26, 45c; Matthew 16: 21-28

Hymns: 325, Be still, for the presence of the Lord (CD 20); 666, Be still, my soul, the Lord is on thy side (CD 39)

Feast Days in August:

6 August 2020: The Transfiguration of our Lord

24 August: Saint Bartholomew

Harvest Thanksgiving: Advance Notice

Friday 2 October 2020: 8 p.m., Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale (subject to Covid-19 restrictions).

Visiting Preacher: The Very Revd Paul Bogle, BTh, MA, Dean of Clonmacnoise, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Trim, Co Meath.

Easter Vestry meetings:

Castletown and Askeaton Easter Vestries: 4 August, both at 8 p.m. in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton

Rathkeale Easter Vestry, 7 p.m., 11 August, in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale

Tarbert (Kilnaughtin): Sunday 16 August, after the Parish Eucharist at 11.30 a.m.

Please Note:

If you feel vulnerable, or you are in the ‘at risk’ category, or you have recently been in contact with someone who has had Covid-19 symptoms, you may find comfort instead in reading the Sunday sermons and intercessions on-line.

Some pews have been roped off or marked off in each church to help us maintain social distancing. The names and contact details of people attending will be kept for 14 days, only for the purposes of contacting and tracing.

To reduce the amount of time we are indoors, we are having only two readings and two hymns each Sunday at the moment.

No prayer books or hymnals are available, there is no exchange of peace, to reduce contact risks, and for these weeks there is no hymn-singing. But laminated service sheets are available in each church, and we can sit and thoughtfully listen to the two recorded hymns.

The Holy Communion is being administered only in one kind, and there is no shared common cup, for health reasons. We may find that the administration of Communion is awkward or difficult. But be assured we are all in Communion with God and with one another.

Hand sanitising facilities are available at each church. Please do not bring your own prayer book or hymnal, and please remember to take home everything, including your tissues.

‘Peace. Be still’ … Christ calming the storm in the upper half of the Cameron window in the north chancel of Saint Seiriol’s Priory Church, Penmon, Anglesey, with Saint Seiriol, Saint Cybi and the Priory buildings below … see Matthew 14: 22-33 (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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