04 December 2021

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

Seven candles and seven names … November has been a month of remembrance

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/

Remembering and Remembrance:

From All Saints’ Sunday, throughout November, seven candles on the altars in the four churches have remembered seven parishioners buried since last Christmas: Alan Fitzell, Arthur Gilliard, Gill Killick, Joey Smyth, Kenneth Smyth and Linda Smyth.

Remembrance Sunday was marked with a special Remembrance Service of the Word in Rathkeale, and Gerard Griffin laid wreaths at the two church plaques remembering the dead from the parish from World War I and World War II.

Preparing for Advent and Christmas:

An ecumenical carol service, organised with the support of the Rathkeale Pre-Social Cohesion Project, takes place in Ballingrane Methodist Church at 7 p.m. on Wednesday 1 December. All are welcome.

Three short Advent reflections on prayer are planned for the Rectory on Monday evenings: ‘Why do we Pray?’ (28 November) ‘Where do we Pray?’ (6 December) and ‘How do we Pray?’ (13 December).

As part of this year’s Advent Study programme in Saint Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe – ‘The Church of Ireland – who are we?’ – Canon Patrick Comerford spoke on Wednesday 24 November on the theme, ‘Apostolic and Catholic, Protestant and Reformed.’

Parish services in December 2021:

1 December (Wednesday): 7 pm: Ecumenical carols, in association with Rathkeale Pre-Social Cohesion Project, Ballingrane Methodist Church.

5 December (Advent II): 9.30, Parish Eucharist, Askeaton; 11.30, Morning Prayer, Tarbert; 4.30, Carols and Lighting the Christmas tree, the Old Abbey, Rathkeale.

12 December (Advent III): 9.30, Parish Eucharist, Castletown; 11.30, Morning Prayer, Rathkeale.

19 December (Advent IV): 9.30, no morning service, Askeaton; 11.30, Parish Eucharist, Tarbert; 3 p.m., Carol Service, Askeaton, followed by refreshments in the Rectory (subject to Covid restrictions at the time).

Christmas Eve, Friday 24 December:

7 pm, Tarbert, Christmas Eucharist (HC 2); 9 pm, Castletown, Christmas Eucharist (please note times).

Christmas Day, Saturday 25 December:

9.30 am, Askeaton, Christmas Eucharist; 11 am, Rathkeale, Christmas Eucharist.

26 December (Saint Stephen’s Day, Christmas 1): 11 a.m., Morning Prayer, Rathkeale (note the time; this is the only service this Sunday).

Sunday 2 January 2022 (Christmas 2):

9.30, Askeaton, the Parish Eucharist; 11.30, Tarbert, Morning Prayer.

Thursday 6 January 2022 (The Epiphany):

11, Askeaton, the Epiphany Eucharist, followed by traditional Epiphany ‘chalking’.

Sunday 9 January (Epiphany 1): 9.30, Castletown, Parish Eucharist; 11.30, Rathkeale, Morning Prayer.

Sunday 16 January (Epiphany 2): 9.30, Askeaton, Morning Prayer; 11.30, Tarbert, Parish Eucharist.

Sunday 23 January (Epiphany 3): 9.30, Castletown, Morning Prayer; 11.30, Rathkeale, Parish Eucharist.

Saturday 29 January: afternoon ‘Muddy Church’ in Curraghchase for the Limerick, Adare and Rathkeale groups of parishes.

Sunday 30 January (Epiphany 4, the Presentation): 11 am, United Parish Eucharist, Rathkeale.

A special thank you:

Barbara and Patrick are overwhelmed by the recent presentation on behalf of parishioners and the four parishes. This was surprising and unexpected, and your generosity is truly appreciated.

Staying online:

Sunday sermons and Monday morning school assembly talks are available online through Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Canon Patrick Comerford’s blog (www.patrickcomerford.com). Links to the sermons are sent out in a weekly email. Please contact Patrick if you would like to receive this weekly email.

Remembrance Sunday in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale

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

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