Newsletter 16th January


Parishioners may leave candles for blessing at the back of Keel and Kiltallagh church. Candles will be blessed for Candlemas on Tuesday 2nd February.

Parish envelopes

While there are no Masses in our churches, if you wish to drop your Parish envelopes to Helena’s Local XL shop in Castlemaine,

where there is a secure box & it will be collected regularly.

Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Project

“Instagram Youth Project”

Let Us Dream, The Path to a Better Future

Pope Francis invites us to dream of the future and to see, to choose and to act to create a better future for all.

What kind of future do you hope for and how will it be achieved?

Share your ideas through one the following categories:

Art, Photography, Poetry or Video (up to 1 minute)

All entries can be submitted directly to Instagram @youthDoK or by  email to up to 24th January.   Participants must be between 16 and 30 years old.  The entries will be posted on the diocesan Instagram page and on during  the week of the diocesan mission. Prizes for best entry in each category.

Please contact Des Bailey Ph. 086 736 4605 for more details.

Churches will remain open for private prayer

When visiting our churches:

•       Please sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the church

•       Keep a safe distance from others who may be in the church

•       Wear a mask whilst in the church

Prayer on the Beatitudes

Lord Jesus, you said,

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Keep us from being preoccupied with money and worldly goods, and with trying to increase them at the expense of justice.

Lord Jesus you said,

“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Help us not to be ruthless with one another, and to eliminate the discord and violence that exists in the world around us.

Lord Jesus, you said,

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Let us not be impatient under our own burdens and unconcerned about the burdens of others.

Lord Jesus, you said,

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be filled.”

Make us thirst for you, the fountain of all holiness, and actively spread your influence in our private lives and in society.

Lord Jesus, you said,

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

Grant that we may be quick to forgive and slow to condemn.

Lord Jesus, you said,

“Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.”

Free us from our senses and our evil desires, and fix our eyes on you.

Lord Jesus, you said,

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”

Aid us to make peace in our families, in our country, and in the world.

Lord Jesus, you said,

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of justice, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.”

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Castlemaine Parish Second Sunday in Ordinary Time              16th/17th January 2021


Hope is like a flower or a river;

colour rooted in God’s creation

movement and flow from the source that is God.

it’s also like a bridge,

linking our fears and God’s faithfulness,

and the foundation is the promise of God.

and it’s more:

It’s the smile in the midst of a crowd,

the touch of sympathy and understanding,

a joke or story that’s shared,

a prayer that shifts the winds of worry and desire;

all in all, it’s sharing in the love of God,

colour, water, pathway in the desert

or the wasteland.

and it’s thanks from the heart.


Parish Residence: 18 Ballyoughtragh Heights, Milltown

Rev. Conor Bradley (087) 3664057

Parish Office: open Wed. & Fri 9:30-12:30   066-9767312



Safeguarding Children: Contact No (087) 6362780


All Masses will be celebrated without a congregation due to COVID-19 Government Restrictions

Mass is broadcast on 106fm and all Weekend Masses will continue to be streamed online via

Masses & intentions online
Sat. Jan. 16th7:30 p.m.Saoirse Heffernan, Keel
Sun. Jan. 17th11:15 a.m.            Nora Maher, Main Street, Milltown
Tue. Jan. 19th   7:00 p.m.Private Intention
Wed. Jan. 20th  9:00 a.m. 
Fri. Jan. 22nd  7:00 p.m.Frances Twiss, Callinafercy
Sat. Jan. 23rd    7:30 p.m.Dan Prendergast, Boolteens West
Sun. Jan. 24th   11:15 a.m.Debbie Murphy (Months Mind) husband Paddy & daughter Mary, Lyre

Please pray for Mai Hanfin, Laharn, Castlemaine whose 1st Anniversary is at this time.

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