Newsletter 4th December

Castlemaine Parish Second Sunday of Advent 4th/5th December 2021

“Make ready the way of the Lord.”

A blizzard hit the Kansas prairie. Two feet of snow drifted to five and six feet in places. The telephone rang in the doctor’s home. The time had come for John Lang’s wife to have her baby. But it was impossible for the doctor to get through those drifts. John Lang called his neighbours: Can you help the doc to get through? In no time, from all directions, came men and boys with plows and shovels. They laboured with all their might almost for two hours until finally the old doc was able to make it, just in time to deliver the Lang boy. Today, to all of us comes a call from another Father, God the Father through His prophet Isaiah and repeated by Jesus’ own cousin John the Baptist: “Make ready the way of the Lord.” But we are called, not to remove piles of snow, but piles of sin, neglect, thoughtlessness, the things that make it difficult and often impossible for the Divine Child to be reborn to our hearts and lives.

We need to prepare our hearts and lives for Jesus our Savior to be reborn in us during this Christmas time. We have to fill in the “valleys” of our souls, formed from our shallow prayer life and a minimalist living out of our Faith. We have to straighten whatever crooked paths we’ve been walking.

Siamsa Tíre: A fabulous treat in the lead up to Christmas in the safe environment of our spacious auditorium,  why not join us for the Ficino Ensemble at Siamsa Tíre on Friday 10th December at 8pm. Booking at  or call 066-7123055. To avail of a 15% discount on adult price tickets quote – FicinoQ21 when booking.

9 Day Rosary Novena for Ireland: we are inviting you to join in a 9 Day Rosary Novena beginning Tuesday 30th November and ending on Wednesday 8th December. People all over Ireland will pray the Rosary together each evening at 9pm. On the final evening at 9pm on Radio Maria the Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead the final Rosary live. If you are gathering to pray in groups we encourage you to gather safely adhering to local Covid 19 regulations.

Synodal Pathway: – Our time to reflect, discuss and listen

As part of our Diocese’s participation in the 2023 Synod of Bishops, we will be offering opportunities for discussion and listening in the Spring.

Before that happens, you are invited to visit to learn more about the questions that Pope Francis is asking us to reflect on. 

Lectio Divina reflections on the Advent and Christmas Gospels. The Priory Institute is delighted to offer a Free of Charge online retreat which is a repeat of the popular Advent Retreat we ran in 2018.  Visit

Chime: will be holding an outreach clinic on Thursday 9th of December 2021 from 2pm – 4pm at the Day Care Centre, Market Street, Killorglin. Our FREE service of support and advice, cleaning and basic maintenance of hearing aids and information on entitlements. You need to make an appointment  a head of time so please call Jerry Kelleher before 8th of December on 087-3747327. Our consultations are private and confidential.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages: April – Oct 2022: 7 Nights Apartment B&B and return Airport transfer from Dubrovnik or Split from €315 per person sharing. Guaranteed Airport transfer price for any flight. Contact us for details Tel. 01 4434 510 or email

Booking an Anniversary Mass: The diary is now open for all Anniversary Masses for the coming year 2022.

Parish Office: available for sale Christmas Mass cards, Get Well, Sympathy & Trocaire cards for Christmas. Also Christening, Wedding and Christmas candles.

Moderator : Fr. Danny Broderick (087) 9061255 Parish House: 3 Meanus Heights, Castlemaine Parish Office:  Tue. & Thur. 9:30am-12:30pm   (087) 2979864 Email: Website: Safeguarding Children: Contact No (087) 6362780   Please pray for: Nuala Kavanagh, Castlecomer, Kilkenny sister of Sheila Spring Geraldine O’Connor, An Bhainseach, Killorglin and formerly of Farnes, Keel, Joan Spellman,  née Griffin,  Connecticut, USA and formerly Gortnahulla   Welcome into our Christian Community Sophie Ella Evans, Gorthanedin &  Fiadh Brid Burke, Boolteens East     Masses & Intentions   Sat. Dec. 4th                   Keel 7.30 p.m. James Costello, Boolteens East              1st Anniversary   Sun. Dec. 5th    Kiltallagh 10:00 a.m. Eileen O’Connor, Conovola                   1st Anniversary     Tues. Dec. 7th       Keel     10:00 a.m.     Wed. Dec. 8th                        Killtallagh   10:00 a.m Timothy Murphy, Roscarby & Ballinamona Lower Thurs. Dec. 9th                      Keel 7:30 p.m.     Sat. Dec. 11th                   Keel   7:30 p.m.   Madge Clifford, Lasabee              Birthday Remembrance     Sun. Dec. 12th                        Kiltallagh   10:00 a.m. Louise Clifford & Brenda King, Aubee   Reminder Masses will be streamed live online vis our webcam system:   Priest on Duty: Fr. Kevin Sullivan 087 6277638    

Second Sunday of Advent

Lord, as we prepare to celebrate

the birth of your son,

Jesus Christ,

this Christmas,

we pray that we will

welcome him into our hearts.

As the light of our advent wreath

grows stronger,

week by week,

make us strong in following him

in the love and the peace

we show to others.

Through Christ our Lord.


Eucharistic Ministers
Keel                 Dec. 4th        David Flahive & William Evans                        Kiltallagh      Dec. 5th        Fergus Culloty & Catherine O’Connor Keel                 Dec. 11th          Margaret Cournane & Michael Murphy Kiltallagh      Dec. 12th         Eileen Lovett & Mike Carroll
Keel                 Dec. 4th          Eileen Murphy & Joan O’Connor Kiltallagh      Dec. 5th         Catherine O’Connor & Breda Murphy Keel                 Dec. 11th       Margaret Cournane & Joan Sheehan Kiltallagh      Dec. 12th           Eileen Lovett & Hannelore Harris