02 December 2019

Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin
notes in ‘Newslink’ December 2019

Bishop Andrew Doyle of Texas and Canon Patrick Comerford during the visit of the Compass Rose Society to these dioceses

Rathkeale & Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

Rathkeale, Askeaton, Castletown and Kilnaughtin

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

The autumn celebrations of Harvest and the November commemorations of the saints and the dead have come and gone. We are entering Advent and preparing for the coming of Christ, not only as the Christ Child at Christmas but once again as the King of Glory.

Ministry, Mission and Hospitality:

The Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, the Right Revd Kenneth Kearon, is visiting this group of parishes on Advent Sunday, 1 December 2019.

November was a busy month, with the Bishop of Clogher, the Right Revd John McDowell, visiting the parishes in Co Limerick, including the Rathkeale Group of Parishes and the Rathkeale Pre-Social Cohesion Group. Canon Patrick Comerford took part in the visit of members of the Compass Road Society to these dioceses, and events hosted by Askeaton Civic Trust and Askeaton Contemporary Arts.

The next training day for clergy and readers takes place at Saint Mary’s Rectory in Askeaton, Co Limerick, on Tuesday 3 December, with a workshop on ‘preparing for Christmas.’

A minute’s silence at the Remembrance Sunday service in Rathkeale

‘We will remember them’:

Colonel Edward Buckingham laid the wreath at the World War I memorial in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, during the Remembrance Sunday Service on 10 November.

The service included a minute’s silence, reading the names of parishioners on the World War I memorial on the south wall and on the World War II plaque at the credence table. The Sunday School children made poppies, and laid a wreath at the altar.

The Sunday School children made poppies for the Remembrance Sunday service in Rathkeale

Camino walk:

Simon White is completing the Camino, walking 20 or 30 km a day on the route to Santiago de Compostela, and raising funds for the Simon Community, Médecins Sans Frontières and the RNLI.


The parish extends its sympathy to Pat Ruttle of Clonreask, Askeaton, on the recent death of her brother-in-law, John ‘Van’ Bevan.

December, Christmas and January Services:

Sunday 1 December (Advent 1): 9.30 a.m., Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Holy Communion (with Bishop Kenneth Kearon); 11.30, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Morning Prayer (with Bishop Kenneth Kearon).

Sunday 8 December (Advent 2): 9.30 a.m., Castletown Church, Kilcornan, Holy Communion; 11.30, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, Morning Prayer.

Sunday 15 December (Advent 3): No morning service in Askeaton; 11.30, Kilnaughtin, Holy Communion; 3 p.m., Carol Service in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, followed by refreshments in the Rectory.

Wednesday 18 December: 12 noon: end-of-term School Play and Carol Service, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.

Sunday 22 December (Advent 4): 11 a.m., United Service (Holy Communion), Castletown.

Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24 December: 7.30 p.m., Kilnaughtin (Christmas Communion); 9.30 p.m., Castletown (Christmas Communion).

Christmas Day, Wednesday 25 December: 9.30 Askeaton (Christmas Communion); 11, Rathkeale (Christmas Communion).

Sunday 29 December (Christmas 1): 11 a.m., United Parish Communion, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.

Sunday 5 January 2020 (Christmas 2): 9.30 a.m., Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Holy Communion; 11.30, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Holy Communion.

Monday 6 January 2020 (The Epiphany): 11 a.m., Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, the Epiphany Eucharist, followed by tea/coffee at the Rectory.

Sunday 12 January (Epiphany 1): 9.30 a.m., Castletown Church, Holy Communion; 11.30 a.m., Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, Morning Prayer.

Sunday 19 January (Epiphany 2): 9.30 a.m., Askeaton, Morning Prayer; 11.30 a.m., Kilnaughtin, Holy Communion.

Sunday 26 January (Epiphany 3): 9.30 a.m., Castletown, Morning Prayer; 11.30 a.m., Holy Communion, Rathkeale.

Council Kevin Sheehan with Canon Patrick Comerford at the Askeaton Civic Society celebrations

This is an edited version of the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes parish notes in the December 2019 edition of ‘Newslink,’ the magazine of the Dioceses of Limerick and Killaloe, pp 34-35

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