Newsletter 6th March

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Castlemaine Parish First Sunday of Lent 5th/6th March 2022

What’s all the fuss about?

Why is everyone talking about Synodality and what is it exactly?

In short, Pope Francis has asked for the help of each and every member of the Church to help us grow in synodality. By synodality he means that in order to live as a Christian community we need to learn how to come together to listen to each other. By listening to each other we can better hear the guidance of the Holy Spirit helping us to carry out the mission that Jesus has given to each of us and to the Church as a whole. Pope Francis asks us to discuss our joys and struggles as followers of the Lord, confident that as we discuss these things the Holy Spirit will help us to support each other better on our Christian journey.

The word Synodality itself comes from Ancient Greek and refers to us – all being together – syn – on the same path – hodus. We are all on the same path together, and it is the Holy Spirit who keeps us together on that path.

The Pope has asked for something extraordinary – every diocese and every local Bishop has been asked to gather the people together to pray, to discuss, to reflect and to listen so that we can learn from each other locally and so that the Bishops of the world can pass on what they have heard to Pope Francis at a meeting in Rome in October 2023.

To this end, our own Pastoral Area will be holding a listening meeting where everyone is welcome to pray, reflect and discuss how we journey along the road together as followers of Jesus Christ, how we can reach out to others and how we can support each other better. It is important that we grasp this opportunity to listen and to hear each other. Even in disagreement, the Holy Spirit can guide us to a deeper understanding.

My own personal prayer is that we seize this unprecedented opportunity and allow the voices of all the baptised to be listened to and heard so that the Holy Spirit may enlighten and lead the entire Church in its mission of ‘Love, Hope and Charity’ to all the ends of the earth. To those who feel they have been disaffected by the church, I pray, come with your story, come with your experience so we may learn from you and grow.

God Bless

Deacon Conor.

Venue: O’Donnell House (Killorglin)

Date:    23rd March 2023

Time:    8.00pm

If you wish you can also visit the Diocese of Kerry website and contribute to this listening process by filling in a questionnaire. (www.dioceseof

Moderator : Fr. Danny Broderick (087) 9061255

Parish House: 3 Meanus Heights, Castlemaine

Parish Office:  Tue. & Thur. 9:30am-12:30pm   (087) 2979864



Safeguarding Children: Contact No (087) 6362780

   Please pray for Rev. Fr. John Lawlor, Ballydonoghue & Ardfert   Welcome into our Christian Community: Finnán John Tuohy O’Dowd, Ballyoughtra, Milltown & Hannah Nora Flynn, Railway Bridge, Castlemaine                                        Masses & Intentions
Sat. Mar. 5th Keel7:30 p.m.Denis & Nora Foley, Fybough
Sun. Mar. 6thKiltallagh10:00 a.m.Enrolment ceremony for Holy Communion children from Ballyfinane N.S.
Tue. Mar. 8th        Keel10:00 a.m. 
Thur Mar 10thKeel7.30 p.m.Liturgy of the Word
Sat. Mar. 12th    Keel7:30 p.m.Maureen Costello, Aughills 1st Anniversary
Sun. Mar 13th     Kiltallagh10:00 a.m. 

Priest on Duty: Fr. Fergal Ryan 087 2408540


Trocaire boxes are available at the back of both churches, please take one. Also available to purchase in the Parish Office are Trocaire cards. These are Gifts of Love that are sustainable & ethical that mean more. Perfect for birthdays, weddings, graduations etc;  Your support will change lives for the better & help create a more just world. Every donation helps Trócaire support some of the poorest people in the world.

Ballyfinane N.S. and Ballyfinane Hall committees are holding a clothing collection for the 9th, 10th, and 11th of March. Bags can be dropped to Ballyfinane community hall between the hours of 8.15am to 9.30am each day. We appreciate all donations.

Recovery Haven Kerry: (cancer support house) are thrilled to announce the return of our Killorglin Community Outreach Service this March.  We are set to reopen on Thursday, March 10th with an information coffee morning at the Community Care Centre on Market Street from 10.30am to 1pm. It is hoped that full support services will resume twice a month thereafter, beginning on March 24th.  We are delighted to be able to bring our one-to-one services back to Killorglin town, where new and existing clients will be able to avail of free drop-in support and advice, as well as counselling, yoga and reflexology by appointment. Anyone interested in learning more about the support services available to cancer patients, their families and carers and meeting the Recovery Haven Kerry team are welcome to pop along to the Community Care Centre, Killorglin on Thursday next, March 10th.

Parish Evelopes: Spring Dues are now due. Please only use the new current year’s envelopes that were recently distributed. These are brand new numbers for everyone. Please bin/recycle any old envelopes

Diocese of Kerry Ministry of Lay Pastoral Co-Ordinators information evening online on Tuesday 22nd March at 8pm

Anam Cara Kerry: the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday 8th March at 7:20pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Co. Kerry. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. We also offer an online support group and you can get further information on this by contacting us in

Chime will be holding an outreach clinic on Thursday 10th March 2022 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. Please call Jerry Kelleher before 8th March on 087-3747327. Our consultations are private and confidential.

Pope Francis’s Invitation & Our Response Pope Francis has invited every member of the Church throughout the world to share their experiences, insights and hopes for the Church. Every diocese has been asked to give opportunities for reflection, discussion and feedback in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in 2023. Here in the Diocese of Kerry there is the opportunity to share your thoughts on-line or to participate in person in the next 2 months. For details see:

Eucharistic Ministers
Keel                 Mar. 5th        David Flahive & William Evans Kiltallagh      Mar. 6th        Eileen Lovett & Mike Carroll Keel                 Mar. 12th         John Carmody & Mary Ita Ladden Kiltallagh      Mar. 13th          Miriam Ryan & Colm Lynch
Keel                 Mar. 5th           Kathleen O’Brien Kiltallagh      Mar. 6th          Aisling ONeill Keel                 Mar. 12th        PJ Ryan Kiltallagh      Mar. 13th            Claire O’Connor

Thanks for Family and Friends

Blessed are You, loving Father,
For all your gifts to us.
Blessed are You for giving us family and friends
To be with us in times of joy and sorrow,
To help us in days of need,
And to rejoice with us in moments of celebration..
We praise You for Your Son Jesus,
Who knew the happiness of family and friends,
And in the love of Your Holy Spirit.
Blessed are you for ever and ever.