Cara Project Kenya 2022 Report

Message from Fr Michael Moynihan
It is good to notice signs of Spring in the world around us. Daffodils and other flowers are making a welcome appearance, buds are appearing and days are getting longer. All signs of hope. On Monday next we will have a Bank Holiday in honour of St Bridget. There is much debate as to who she was and what she did. As followers of Christ, it is good to remember her Christian faith, A faith that she lived and passed on to her many followers.

Paidir – Naomh Bríd
A Naomh Bríde, a Mhuire na nGael, Scar orainn do bhrat, A Naomh Bríde, a chroí na féile, Stiúraigh sinn ar an mbóthar ceart, A Naomh Bríde, grástúil geanúil, Ar an namhaid cosain sinn, A Naomh Bríde, a bhean rialta álainn, Ar uair ár mbáis, glaoigh orainn.

First Communion children and their families are welcome to the Masses of preparation on the weekends of Feb 4th/5th and Feb 11th/12th. Our parish programme for preparation for the sacraments continues. Parents and guardian are encouraged to help their child on their journey of faith. This can be done through helping create a sense of wonder at the great things that God has done in their lives and giving thanks in prayer to God

Tap to Donate terminals are now located at the back of St Mary’s Church. Machines are programmed to donate €5 to the Parish each time they are used.

Diocesan Collection in aid of Lourdes Helpers will be taken up at Masses on February 4th/5th. There will be separate boxes at the back of the Churches of the Parish. The Diocesan Pilgrimage will depart Kerry Airport, September 1st for five nights. The main purpose of the pilgrimage is to take the sick to Lourdes and for this, helpers are needed. Many of those who help are students and require help to finance the trip. The Lourdes Helpers Fund also helps assisted pilgrims who may not be able to afford to pay the full fare.

Mass and Anointing of the Sick will be held in St. Mary’s Church, Dingle on the Feast-day of Our Lady of Lourdes, Saturday February 11th at 12.00 noon. All are welcome, especially those who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Sick and those who would like to pray for a loved one that is sick.

Many thanks to all who helped put up the Cribs in the churches of the parish for Christmas 2022. Christmas Crib donations amounted to €2,192.00. This will be given to the local students who are involved with Cara projects in Kenya. Your support for the is greatly appreciated.

Parish Office is now open at the Presbytery, Dingle. Office Hours: Tuesday: 9.30am-12.30pm: Wednesday: 9.30am-12.30pm: Thursday: 9.30am-12.30pm. Parish Office: Tel.:066 9151208. Booking of baptisms / Weddings / Masses can be done at these times. A selection of Mass Cards are available.

Parish Statistics for recent years
2020 2021 2022
Baptism 24 40 58
1st Communion 41 46 40
Confirmation 0* 22** 88***
Funerals 45 41 42
Weddings 9 22 32
*Confirmation was not scheduled for 2020
** 6th Class only in 2021
*** 5th and 6th Classes in 2022

Please keep the yellow box outside St Mary’s Church, Dingle free for emergency services and older people who would like to be left off and collected as they visit the Church.

Lord, make me an instrument of your love.
Where the darkness of loneliness reigns
let me bring the light of friendship.
Where the darkness of bitterness reigns
let me bring the light of forgiveness.
Where the darkness of hurt reigns
let me bring the light of healing.
Where the darkness of discord reigns
let me bring the light of harmony.
Where the darkness of sadness reigns
let me bring the light of joy.
Where the darkness of doubt reigns
let me bring the light of faith.
Where the darkness of despair reigns
let me bring the light of hope.
And where the darkness of hatred reigns
let me bring the light of love. Amen
(Flor McCarthy SDB)

Our Gospel last weekend gave us the familiar account of the Beatitudes. In this His first public speech Jesus outlines His values which are often at odds with the values of the world. Followers of Christ are encouraged to make these values part of our everyday life. If we look at the values we find that we do practice them in some ways. We are called to practice them even more. For example, a time when somebody hurt you and you decided to forgive them saying “Don’t worry about it. Let’s forget it. Blessed are the merciful. Or have you been in a situation where you knew the right thing to do but you struggled with doing it, tempted to just not do so? Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Or have you been with someone who you knew was wrong in what he or she said? Knowing the truth, you decided not to correct them. You chose to not crush their spirit and you remained silent. Blessed are the meek and humble. The Beatitudes are worth a read (Matthew 5:1-12).

Fr Michael

Pictured is Eibhlín Ní Laoithe, Fr Michael Moynihan PP, Cathy Griffin, and Bishop Ray Browne.  The Parish Office is open each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30 to 12.30pm





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Come, Spirit who is our Light,
shine among the shadows within,
warm and transform our hearts.

Come, Spirit who makes a home in us,
draw us to the treasures of your dwelling,
Reveal to us the inner journey of love.

Come, Spirit, consuming Fire of Love.
Fill us with enthusiasm for your vision.
May the desire for truth be vibrant in us.

Come, Spirit, source of our Peace.
Deepen in us the action of peacemakers.
Heal the divisions that ravage the earth.

Come, Spirit of wisdom and insight.
Draw us toward your goodness and light.
Direct our growth and guide our ways.

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Lockdown A reflection by Brother Hendrix

St Mary’s Church, Dingle

We have three Churches:

St Mary’s Church Dingle

Church of St John the Baptist, Lispole

Seipeal Naomh Chaitlin, Ceann Tra

Parish Office is now open at the Presbytery, Dingle. Office Hours: Tuesday: 9.30am-12.30pm: Wednesday: 9.30am-12.30pm: Thursday: 9.30am-12.30pm. Parish Office: Tel.:066 9151208. Booking of baptisms / Weddings / Masses can be done at these times. A selection of Mass Cards are available.

Parish Secretaries are Cathy Griffin and Eibhlín Ní Laoithe

Tel: 066-9151208

Passport Michael Moynihan

Fr Michael Moynihan,
St Mary’s Presbytery,
Co Kerry V92AT18
066-9151208 e:mail: dingle@dioceseofkerry.ie


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St Mary’s Church, Dingle 10.00am each morning.
As Gaeilge each Tuesday and Thursday.

6.15pm Friday



Church of St John the Baptist, Lispole As announced None 10.00am
every other Sunday
Seipeal Naomh Chaitlin, Ceann Tra As Announced 7.30pm
(every other Saturday)

Corcha Dhuibhne Mass Schedule

Confessions : (St Mary's Dingle - 10:30am-11am Saturday Morning & after the Vigil Masses of Sundays and Holydays.)

Mass is celebrated on Wednesdays at 11.00am in West Kerry Community Hospital(No Mass at present)
Weekday Masses subject to alteration due to Funerals, Graveyard Masses, etc. Please see newsletter or Church Noticeboard