07 September 2020

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

Parishioners pay tribute to Colonel Edward Buckingham in Saint Brendan’s Church, Tarbert

Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

Rathkeale, Askeaton, Castletown and Kilnaughtin

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

Parish Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RathkealeGroup/

Fond farewells:

Colonel Edward Buckingham, a diocesan reader for many years, preached in Saint Brendan’s Church, Tarbert, for the last time on Sunday 2 August 2020 and led Morning Prayer. This was an opportunity for many parishioners to thank Edward for his ministry and friendship, and to wish him well as he moves to Luxembourg and then to Berkshire.

Parish Reader:

Siobhán Wheeler was commissioned a Parish Reader on Sunday 19 July. This is a new stage in her explorations in ministry, with the support and prayers of parishioners.

Siobhán Wheeler was commissioned as a parish reader in Askeaton

Archdeacon Wayne Carney:

The death of Archdeacon Wayne Carney has come as a shock. Wayne was an active supporter of the monthly training seminars for clergy and readers in Askeaton Rectory.

USPG Sermon:

A sermon recorded by Canon Patrick Comerford in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, for the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) was made available to churches and parishes around the world for 9 August. He also spoke at the Hiroshima Day commemorations in Dublin on 6 August, and contributed the ‘Rite and Reason’ column in The Irish Times on 4 August.

Easter Vestries:

Three of this year’s much-delayed Easter Vestries have taken place, and the fourth takes place in Tarbert as Newslink goes to press.


Churchwardens: Simon White (Rector’s), Anne Drew (People’s); Glebewardens, Simon White (Rector’s), Ralph Drew (People’s); Secretary, Anne Drew; Treasurer, Ralph Drew.

Select Vestry: Barbara Comerford, Betty Cregan, Brian Fitzell, Gerald Griffin, Richard Langford, Donogh O’Grady, Charlie Slagle, Trixie Slagle, Siobhán Wheeler, Hilary White.


Churchwardens: Declan Shier (Rector’s), David Downes (People’s). Glebe Committee, Thomas Downes; Secretary, Raylene Downes; Treasurer, Thomas Downes.

Select Vestry: Valerie Downes, Victor Gardiner, Linda Smith.


Churchwardens: Shirley Sheehan (Rector’s), Susan Shorten (People’s). Secretary, Susan Shorten; Treasurer, Jennifer Shorten; Glebewardens, George Shorten (Rector’s), Niall Shorten (People’s).

Select Vestry: Daphne Casey, Jean Fitzell, Evelyn Lambert, Isaac Langford, Pearl Mitchell, Niall West.

Group Treasurer: Victor Gardiner.

Triennial elections:

Parochial nominators: Askeaton, Hilary White (Richard Langford, supplemental); Castletown, Victor Gardiner (Raylene Downes, supplemental); Rathkeale, Niall West (Shirley Sheehan, supplemental); Tarbert, tba.

Diocesan Synod: Trixie Slagle, Askeaton (Hilary White, supplemental); Victor Gardiner, Castletown (Declan Shier, supplemental); Niall West, Rathkeale (Isaac Langford, supplemental); Tarbert, tba.

Safeguarding Trust Panel: Raylene Downes, Shirley Sheehan, Hilary White, and Tarbert tba.

Continuing Prayers:

Names on the parish prayer list include Brian, Alan and Lorraine, the families of Canon Charles F Slagle; of Margaret (McKeown) Henihan, formerly of Drumlohan; and the Doherty, Moloney, Ryall, Shorten, Helen, Casey and Byrne families.

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, Dean of Clonmacnoise, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Trim, Co Meath.

Canon Patrick Comerford recording the USPG sermon in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton

This is an edited version of the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group parish notes in the September 2020 edition of ‘Newslink,’ the Limerick and Killaloe diocesan magazine (pp 22-24)

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