Newsletter 8th August

Castlemaine Parish  19th Sunday of Ordinary Time 7th/8th August 2021

Insatiable thirst for eternal life:

Shortly after Columbus discovered America, rumours spread in Spain that the New World contained a fountain of youth. A sixteenth century Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, first Governor of Puerto Rico, constructed a ship and sailed to America to search for this legendary fountain but never found it. Cocoon is a 1985 American science fiction fantasy comedy drama film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens. In the movie Cocoon,  a group of senior citizens experienced a return to their youth when they bathed in a swimming pool used by aliens from another planet. Their exciting experience prompted them to accept an invitation from the aliens to go back with them to their planet. The senior citizens were told that once they reached the alien planet, they would live forever. In today’s Gospel, Jesus promises a fountain of eternal life claiming that those who eat the Bread from Heaven will live forever.

 Jesus wants us to eat him because He IS Bread. “You are what you eat?” Jesus is Bread and He wants us to eat his Flesh. Thus, we bring him into the core of our being. Jesus is ready to come into our lives, regardless of who we have been, or how unqualified we feel. Let us live the life of Faith … making life-changes so that Jesus can becomes the staple food of our spiritual life, not a side dish. Let us be people who recognize that Jesus, whom we consume, is actually God Who assimilates us into His being. Thus, from Sunday to Saturday we will grow into Jesus, as Jesus grows in us, our lives will be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, and we will become more like Him. Thus, we shall share in the joyous and challenging Life of being the Body of Christ for the world – Bread for a hungry world, and Drink for those who thirst for justice, peace, fullness of life, and even eternal life.

St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth: Are you looking for an introduction to Theology, a qualification that allows you to teach Religious Education or a start on your journey to a master’s degree in theology or Pastoral Ministry. Find out more at or 01 7083964

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG: is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation programme facilitators.

Accord is seeking registration of interest from those who have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church and the enthusiasm to be part of a team supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. Successful applicants will receive professional training and will be part of a team delivering marriage preparation programmes locally in accordance with best practice. Accord has two centres, Tralee and Killarney, in the diocese of Kerry. Contact Aisling 01 505 3112 or email

The closing date for receipt of registration of interest forms to be included in Selections for this year is Friday 27 August. Additional info

Alhomecare: Affordable live-in homecare provides live in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen 087 9916791 or Tom 087 7440729 or

A new pilot project is being run by Family Carers Ireland in Cork & Kerry:  The project which is in partnership with the HSE, & with funding from ReThink Ireland, is running from January – December 2021.

The Family Carer Support Projects aim, is to enhance the wellbeing of Family Carers of older people in Cork & Kerry, by offering the opportunity to work with the Carer Wellbeing Manager, Lynne Dennehy.  Lynne will work with the Family Carer to find out what their needs are, and to develop an action plan to support the Family Carer to meet them.  No question or problem is too big or too small. Contact or 086 0759063 or visit the projects website

The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Parish Confessions are available every Saturday at St James’ Church, Killorglin from 12 noon to 12.30pm. The Priest will be seated in the sanctuary of the church. Confessions will not be heard in the confessional boxes for the foreseeable future. The Priest will be wearing a mask and the person coming for confession will be expected to do likewise. Welcome one and all.

Graveyards: Please note that dogs are not allowed in Kiltallagh or Keel graveyard. Dogs are being let off their leads and

 are dirtying graves. This is not permitted.

Fr. Danny Broderick (087) 9061255 Parish Residence: 18 Ballyoughtragh Heights, Milltown Parish Office:  Wed. & Fri. 9:30-12:30   066-9767312 Email: Website: Safeguarding Children: Contact No (087) 6362780     Please pray for John McKenna, Whitegate, Keel & Darren Griffin, Ardcanaught  
  Masses & Intentions
  Sat.  Aug. 7th              Keel7.30 p.m. 
  Sun. Aug. 8th    Kiltallagh    10:00 a.m. 
  Tue. Aug. 10th                Keel  10:00 a.m. 
  Thurs Aug. 12th            Keel  7.30 p.m.  Patrick Sheehan, Lasabee
Fri. Aug. 13th        Kiltallagh12:00 p.m.Funeral Mass for Liam Daly, Southhampton & Ballyfinane
  Sat. Aug. 14th            Keel  7:30 p.m. 
     Sun. Aug. 15th                 Kiltallagh  10:00 a.m.Dan Griffin, Cloughlea, Castlemaine


Masses will be streamed live online vis our webcam system:

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  • Click St. Cathage’s for Mass in Kiltallagh
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Priest on Duty: Fr. Kieran Sullivan 087 2432155

Eucharistic Ministers
Keel                 Aug. 7th       John Carmody & Mary Ita Ladden Kiltallagh        Aug. 8th          Jack Keating & Bernie Nagle Keel                 Aug. 14th     Elizabeth Ryle O’Connor & Patrick Flynn Kiltallagh        Aug. 15th     Fergus Culloty & Colm Lynch
Keel                 Aug. 7th       Siobhan Cournane & Keith McGuigan Kiltallagh        Aug. 8th       Gerry Buckley & Micheal Daly Keel                 Aug. 14th     Owen McCarthy & Mary Nagle Kiltallagh        Aug. 15th     Lorraine Griffin & Claire O’Connor
Keel                 Aug. 7th       Margaret Cournane & Joan Sheehan Kiltallagh        Aug. 8th       Eileen Keating & Bernie Nagle Keel                 Aug. 14th     Mary Bartley & Deirdre O’Shea Kiltallagh        Aug. 15th     Lorraine Griffin & Claire O’Connor


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

That never was it known that

anyone who fled to your protection

implored your help or sought your

intercession was left unaided

Inspired with the confidence,

I fly unto you,

O Virgin of Virgins,

My Mother, to you do I come,

before you I stand

sinful and sorrowful;

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions,

but in your mercy hear and answer me,


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