Wednesday, 30 September 2020

October 2020 in the Rathkeale and
Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

Harvest fields above the banks of the River Deel, near Askeaton, Co Limerick (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Sunday 4 October 2020 (Trinity XVII, Harvest Thanksgiving), 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)

Readings: Deuteronomy 8: 7-18; Psalm 65; Luke 17: 11-19

Hymns:

37: Come, ye thankful people, come (CD 3)
47: We plough the fields and scatter (CD 3)

Sunday 11 October 2020 (Trinity XVIII, Saint Philip the Deacon), 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: Exodus 32: 1-14; Psalm 106; Matthew 22: 1-14

Hymns:

529, Thy hand, O God, has guided (CD 30)
418, Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face (CD 25)

Sunday 18 October 2020 (Trinity XIX, Saint Luke the Evangelist), 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)

Readings: Exodus 33: 12-23; Psalm 99; Matthew 22: 15-22

Hymns:

10, All my hope on God is founded (CD 1)
509, Your kingdom come, O God (CD29)

Sunday 25 October 2020 (Fifth Sunday before Advent, Bible Sunday), Green

9.30 a.m.: Morning Prayer (Morning Prayer 2), Castletown Church, Kilcornan

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

Readings: Deuteronomy 34: 1-12; Psalm 90: 1-6, 13-17; Matthew 22: 34-46

Hymns:

515, ‘A new commandment I give unto you’ (CD 30)
525, Let there be love shared among us (CD 30)

Feast Days in October 2020:

11 October 2020: Saint Philip the Deacon.

18 October 2020: Saint Luke the Evangelist

23 October 2020: Saint James, the Brother of the Lord.

Advance Notice:

Sunday 8 November 2020: Remembrance Sunday.

Please Note:

The Harvest Thanksgiving Service planned for Friday 2 October 2020 has been cancelled, due to the current rise in Covid-19 figures. Instead, the Harvest Thanksgiving theme is being celebrated in our church services in Askeaton and Tarbert on Sunday 4 October 2020.

Facemasks or coverings must be worn in church, and the 2 metres social distancing rule must be respected.

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 stay indoors, there are only two readings and two hymns each Sunday at the present.

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.

A full barn on a farm near Cappoquin, Co Waterford (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

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