02 October 2021

Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin
Group parish notes in
‘Newslink’ October 2021

Simon Michael Foley was baptised in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, on 22 August

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/

A Baptism in Askeaton:

Simon Michael Foley, son of Rob and Nicky Foley, and grandson of Simon and Hilary White of Nantenan, was baptised in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, on Sunday 22 August.

The godparents or sponsors were Emanuel Barry, Ann-Marie Ryan and Lucy Taylor.

Simon’s parents were also married in Saint Mary’s Church.

Rathkeale ‘Fun Day’:

Canon Patrick Comerford and Siobán Wheeler (Parish Reader) took part, along with Father Robbie Coffey (Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Rathkeale) and the Revd Ruth Watts (Adare and Ballingrane Methodist Churches), the ecumenical service in Rathkeale on 4 September. The service in the Abbey ruins in Rathkeale was organised by the Rathkeale Pre-Social Cohesion Group, and marked both Rathkeale ‘Fun Day’ and the opening of the Greenway.

Visitors to Rathkeale:

Patrick Coleman and members of Rathkeale Historical Society visited Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, recently, and were shown the Southwell Communion Paten and Chalice and the Southwell monuments by Susan Shorten.

A funeral in Askeaton:

Canon Patrick Comerford was invited by Father Sean O Longhaigh to take part in Funeral Mass in Askeaton of Myles ‘Miley’ Harty (20), who died on the morning of his wedding in a single-car crash on the R518 Askeaton to Rathkeale road.

New Diocesan Registrar:

Congratulations to Raylene Downes, a parishioner of Castletown Church, Kilcornan, who has been appointed the new Diocesan Registrar.

Harvest services:

Harvest is the theme for the two services on Sunday 3 October. Patrick is preaching at the Harvest in Limerick on 10 October, when the guest preacher in Castletown and Rathkeale is the Revd Dr Leonard Madden, the new cathedral curate who was ordained priest on 11 September.

Parish services in October 2021:

3 October (Trinity XVIII): 9.30, Parish Eucharist, Askeaton; 11.30, Morning Prayer, Tarbert (Harvest theme in both churches).

10 October (Trinity XIX): 9.30, HC, Castletown; 11.30, MP, Rathkeale (with the Revd Dr Leonard Madden).

17 October (Trinity XX): 9.30, MP, Askeaton; 11.30, Parish Eucharist, Tarbert.

24 October (V before Advent, Bible Sunday): 9.30, MP, Castletown; 11.30, Parish Eucharist, Rathkeale.

31 October (IV before Advent, All Saints): 11 a.m., United Group Service (HC), Askeaton, followed by reception at the Rectory (subject to weather and Covid-19 regulations at the time).

A summer thanks:

Siobhán Wheeler, or parish reader, kindly looked after Sunday services and sermons while Canon Patrick Comerford was on holidays in September.

Staying online:

The Sunday sermons continue to be posted online through Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Canon Patrick Comerford’s blog (www.patrickcomerford.com), and attract more viewers than Sunday attendances. A link to these sermons is available by email on request.

Canon Patrick Comerford and Siobhán Wheeler, parish reader, taking part in the ecumenical service organised by the Rathkeale Pre-Social Cohesion Group

This is an edited version of the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group parish notes in the October 2021 edition of ‘Newslink’, the Limerick and Killaloe diocesan magazine

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