Newsletter 22nd August

Castlemaine Parish 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 21st/22nd August 2021

Shepherds for Today

In much of Western society there is a crisis of authority nowadays. Merely being placed in charge no longer ensures unquestioning obedience. The ideal leader today is one who can win respect and generate trust, one with an obvious sense of responsibility, who can get things done while respecting other people’s dignity and feelings. Shepherds in faith are people of integrity who care for others (Jeremiah); people who help us follow the right path (Psalm) and show compassion toward others in their weakness (Gospel). The shepherd image does not apply only to bishops as the official “pastors” in succession to the apostles, or to the local pastors in the parish. The shepherd role applies in one way or another to all kinds of leadership, in the household and social spheres as well as in matters of faith. We are invited today by God’s word to examine what sort of leadership we ourselves provide for others.

The shepherds condemned by Jeremiah were the leaders who neglected their responsibilities and let abuses thrive. His message today might be to political figures, ministers and government officials at all levels, who have the task of keeping public order, defending the rights of citizens and promoting fairness for all, insofar as possible. The shepherd image suggests that authority is not mainly the power to impose rules. The shepherding role is one of service more than dominion. Its goal is to set a good direction and enable a community to live together in peace, where each individual has dignity and an equal chance of personal fulfilment.

Besides the official leaders of Church and State, many others must offer pastoral leadership at a local and domestic level. Parents and teachers are the most obvious examples of this. In practice it is they who help to develop a child’s character, laying the foundations for growth into adult maturity. They pass on values by which young people can live, and foster qualities that can grow over the years. For this they need the sensitivity and compassion shown by Jesus in today’s Gospel. “He had compassion for them and began to teach them many things.”

Fr. Danny Broderick (087) 9061255 Parish Residence: 18 Ballyoughtragh Heights, Milltown Rev. Conor Bradley (087) 3664057 Parish Office:  Wed. & Fri. 9:30am-12:30pm   066-9767312 Email: Website: Safeguarding Children: Contact No (087) 6362780       Please pray for: Patrick Barton, Pembury Kent & formerly of Boolteeens  
  Masses & Intentions
  Sat. Aug 21st                   Keel  7.30 p.m.Tony Carey, Gortaleen & London          1st Anniversary
  Sun. Aug. 22nd  Kiltallagh10:00 a.m.Siún Curley
    Tues Aug 24th       Keel    10:00 a.m. 
  Thurs Aug 26th                       Keel  7:30 p.m. 
  Sat.    Aug 28th                 Kiltallagh  7:30 p.m. 
    Sun.  Aug 29th                    Keel  10:00 a.m. 


Masses will be streamed live online vis our webcam system:

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Priest on Duty: Fr. Kevin Sullivan 087 6277638

Traditional Latin Mass will be offered on Sunday Aug. 29th 1:00pm at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass, Tralee, V92 DX62, by Fr. Martin Hegarty CC.  More info from

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth: Are you looking for an introduction to Theology, a qualification that allows you to teach Religious Education or a master’s degree in theology or Pastoral Ministry. (01) 7083964 Closing date for applications 13th September.

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 on 01 505 3112 or by email to
  • The closing date for receipt of registration of interest forms to be included in Selections for this year is Friday 27 August.
  • Additional information is available on

Age Action’s Care and Repair prioritises carrying out small jobs free of charge in the homes of older people who are being discharged or have recently been discharged from hospital. They can remove trip hazards, install handrails, replace toilet seats or move a bed downstairs to make sure the home is ready after a stay in hospital Further details please contact (021) 2067399 or email

Eucharistic Ministers/Readers: We hope to welcome back our Altar Society and Readers to the church in Sep. Anyone wishing to become involved in any role within the Parish, please give your name and contact number into the office.

Our churches are sanitised regularly

• 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.

The Irish Catholic: is available for sale in the church or parish office.

Parish Office will be closed next week. Office will re-open on 1st Sep. There will no Newsletter next week.  Contact Fr. Danny 087 9061255.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation Parish Confessions are available in St. James’ Church each Saturday from 12.00pm—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 wear a mask and the person coming for confession will be expected to do likewise. Welcome one and all.
  Eucharistic Ministers
Keel                 Aug. 21st       David Flahive & William Evans Kiltallagh      Aug.22nd         Eileen Lovett & Mike Carroll Keel                 Aug. 28th      Margaret Cournane & Michael Murphy   Kiltallagh      Aug. 29th      Miriam Ryan & Catherine O’Connor
Keel                 Aug. 21st      Orla Nolan & Marie O’Brien Kiltallagh      Aug. 22nd     Eileen Lovett & Michael Harris Keel                 Aug. 28th     Noranne Kavanagh & PJ Ryan Kiltallagh      Aug. 29th     Maurice Daly & John Quirke
Keel                 Aug. 21st        Marie O’Brien & Eileen Prendiville Kiltallagh      Aug. 22nd       Aileen Griffin & Hannelore Harris Keel                 Aug. 28th       Joan O’Connor & Eileen Murphy Kiltallagh      Aug. 29th       Catherine O’Connor & Breda Murphy

Bad things do happen;

how I respond to them

defines my character

and the quality of my life.

I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness,

Immobilised by the gravity of my loss, or

I can choose to rise from the pain

And treasure the most precious gift I have

– Life itself

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