04 November 2021

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

Harvest Thanksgiving decorations in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, and 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/

Harvest services:

Harvest was the theme for the two Sunday Services on successive Sundays, 3 and 10 October. The guest preacher in Castletown and Rathkeale on 10 October was the Revd Dr Leonard Madden, Dean’s Vicar and curate in the cathedral group of parishes, Limerick. Canon Patrick Comerford preached at the Harvest services in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, and Saint Michael’s Church, Pery Square, on that Sunday.

The Harvest collection and sale in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, on 3 October raised over €500. This is being shared with the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) and with the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal for work with women and girls Afghanistan.

The Harvest collection in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, was €338, and is being donated to the Butterfly Club, which provides leisure activities in a safe, fun-filled environment for children with special needs and respite for parents and guardians. The Harvest collection in Castletown was over €200.

Thursdays in Black – Resistance and Resilience:

The ‘Thursdays in Black’ campaign, which is being supported in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, is simple but profound. Wear black on Thursdays – declare you are part of the global movement resisting attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence. Show your respect for women who are resilient in the face of injustice and violence. Encourage others to join you. Often black has been used with negative racial connotations. In this campaign, Black is used as a colour of resistance and resilience.

Parish services in November 2021:

7 November (Third Sunday before Advent): 9.30, Parish Eucharist, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton; 11.30, Morning Prayer, Tarbert.

14 November (2 before Advent, Remembrance Sunday): 9.30, the Parish Eucharist, Castletown Church; 11.30, Morning Prayer, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale (Remembrance Sunday).

21 November (The Kingship of Christ): 9.30, Morning Prayer, Askeaton; 11.30, the Parish Eucharist, Tarbert.

28 November (Advent Sunday): 9.30, Morning Prayer, Castletown; 11.30, the Parish Eucharist, Rathkeale.

Looking forward to 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 this Advent: ‘Why do we Pray?’ (29 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 is speaking on Wednesday 24 November on the theme, ‘Apostolic and Catholic, Protestant and Reformed.’

Staying online:

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

Harvest Thanksgiving decorations in Castletown Church and Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale

This is an edited version of the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group parish notes in the November 2021 edition of ‘Newslink’, the Limerick and Killaloe diocesan magazine (pp 22-23)

In addition, the Limerick city parish notes (pp 20-21) include this paragraph and photograph:

Choir News:

On Sunday 10the October the Precenor (Canon Comerford) admitted Grace Stewart to the Choir. Welcome Grace!

New Choir Member (Photo Canon P Comerford)

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