Newsletter 19th December

Castlemaine Parish Fourth Sunday of Advent 18th/19th December 2021

Scripture Reflection Prayer

Lord, there was a time when we had a dream:
* one day we would finally succeed in giving up drugs or drink and lead a healthy, creative life; or
* we would develop a talent for music we knew we had but had never been recognised; or
* we would be friends with someone we were too shy even to speak to; or
* we would play our part in making our country a more human and caring place.
The dream was there within us but very small,
so that people looking at us would think that we would never change.
Then someone like Mary came into our lives,
someone who also had a dream within her and so understood us.
There was something in her greeting
– not what she said, just the tone of her greeting as it reached our ears –
and in an instant the dream within us came alive,
like John the Baptist leaping for joy in the womb of Elizabeth.
We felt confident that it would become a reality one day
and we and the world would be different.
It was like being visited by a mother, not just an ordinary mother,
but one who was giving birth to the presence of God.
A deep feeling of humility came over us;

we felt blessed and filled with the

Holy Spirit

Christmas Masses:  There is no booking for Christmas Masses but please be mindful of social distancing inside the church. We ask that every second seat is left empty and when all seats are filled that you remain outside to avoid over crowding in the church.

ALONE: COVID-19 Support Line for Older People:  ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you or someone you know needs support this Christmas, please call our National Support and Referral Line on 0818 222 024 from 8am – 8pm, seven days a week. ALONE operates 365 days a year so we will be there to take your call when you need us most.

Inch Christmas Day Swim: All are invited to take part in 12th annual Inch beach Christmas Day swim @ 12:30pm. All proceeds will be donated to the Kerry Cancer Support Group. There is something for everyone on Inch beach on Christmas Day, swim, cheer on the brave swimmers or sing along to the Christmas carols. Swimmers, please supply your own post swim hot refreshments! Margaret Foley (087)7578980  Michelle Long (087) 3942096. We look forward to seeing you on Christmas Day!

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. 

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 & a variety of Trocaire cards for Christmas. Also Christening, Wedding and Christmas candles available to order.

Priest on Duty: Fr. Danny Broderick 087 9061255

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       Masses & Intentions   Sat. Dec. 18th                   Keel 7.30 p.m.     Sun. Dec. 19th    Kiltallagh 10:00 a.m.       Tues. Dec. 21st       Keel     10:00 a.m.   Wed. Dec. 22nd   Kiltallagh   Keel 7.00 p.m.   8.00 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation   Sacrament of Reconciliation Thurs. Dec. 23rd                     Keel 7:30 p.m.   Fri. Dec. 24th   Kiltallagh   Keel 6.00 p.m.   7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Masses   Sat. Dec. 25th                   Kiltallagh   Keel   10.00a.m.   11:00 a.m.   Christmas Day Masses     Sun. Dec. 26th                        Kiltallagh   10:00 a.m.     Reminder Masses will be streamed live online vis our webcam system:    
Eucharistic Ministers
Keel                 Dec. 18th        Marie Prendergast & David Flahive Kiltallagh      Dec. 19th        Miriam Ryan & Colm Lynch Keel                 Dec. 25th            David Flahive & William Evans Kiltallagh      Dec. 26th           Jack Keating & Bernie Nagle
Keel                 Dec. 18th        Deirdre O’Shea & Eileen Prendiville Kiltallagh      Dec. 19th       Lorraine Griffin & Claire O’Connor Keel                 Dec. 25th       Caroline McCarthy & Kathleen O’Brien Kiltallagh      Dec. 26th           Bernie Nagle & Eileen Keating

The Parish Office will be open on Tuesday 21st December,

but will  close for Christmas from Thursday 23rd December

until 6th January 2022.

Advent Prayer

God of hope,

 who brought love into this world,
be the love that dwells between us.
God of hope,

 who brought peace into this world,
be the peace that dwells between us.
God of hope,

 who brought joy into this world,
be the joy that dwells between us.
God of hope,

the rock we stand upon,
be the centre, the focus of our lives

 and particularly at this Advent time.


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