You are welcome to the Keash parish website. Keash parish has the privilege of two present day active church buildings; namely St Kevins Church, Keash and The Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Culfadda. The people of Keash and Culfadda have retained a strong Christian identity for many generations. The purpose of this website is to highlight our historic and present day christian identity. Furthermore we attempt to vocalise present day ongoings not alone in our church but within our parish. The visitors to this website are asked to understand that this is only “a first step” and we hope that this website will be built upon in the months and years to come.
Our Lady of The Holy Rosary
Today’s Gospel 18.10.19
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter,
first say, ‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.'”
Keash Roof Fundraising meeting.
Thankfully work on the roof of Keash Church is progressing well. The roof was in a very poor condition, much worse than originally envisaged. We were very fortunate that something very serious had not happened. We can certainly now say that if these works were not carried out now, the people of Keash would shortly either have been left with no Church or a massive bill associated with a new roof together with repair of internal damage.
We as a Parish must thank God’s blessing for the fact that we so far have been as fortunate as we have. People associated with the Church weekly and whatsmore people who use the Church on a less regular basis need to come together in God’s name to take ownership of this project.
A meeting will be held in the White Hall Keash on Wednesday October 2nd at 8.00pm to discuss the financing of this project. It is hoped that this meeting will lead in time, to the people becoming more involved and taking leadership of their Churches physically and spiritually within their community.
Whether you are someone that is 12 years of age or 80 years of age, your input is most desperately needed. Whether you attend mass each Sunday or use the Church on a less regular basis; your contribution is needed. You maybe someone that lives outside the Parish but in honouring someone special to you (possibly now deceased) who lived in the parish, you may feel that you can contribute.
Funding is an important aspect of this project (like any other) and rarely a popular topic. No one person or family should be overly burdened in anyway. We need to share the weight of this project evenly. We all live very busy lives and it takes a lot for people today to set aside time to attend these type of meetings. Every family is requested to have at least one person from their family present.
In honouring the people that went before us, building the church and indeed those that maintained it; please let us work together in passing this Church to the next generation, in a way that it was handed down to us.
Please be that one extra person to attend this meeting….
Moving of Mass from Keash Church to Culfadda Church
Please note that all masses scheduled for Keash Church from tomorrow morning onwards will be moved to Culfadda Church. This will remain the position until the works on Keash Church roof have completed. This is necessary on Health and Safety grounds. Please note for the avoidance of doubt; that there will remain two masses on a Sunday morning; at 10am and 11.30am (both in Culfadda Church while these works on the roof in Keash Church are taking place). Your ongoing support is very much appreciated……
Defibrillators in the area…
There are 8 public access defibrillators in the Keash/Culfadda area outside the following locations:
1. Higgins Lounge, Culfadda (box unlocked)
2. Sean Gallagher’s House, Culfadda/Gurteen road (box unlocked)
3. Jason Higgins House, Ballymote/Culfadda road (box unlocked)
4. Pat Walsh’s House, Ballymote/Gurteen road (box unlocked)
5. Anne Higgins House, Boyle/Culfadda road (box unlocked)
6. Dermot Casey’s House, Keash/Ballymote road (box unlocked)
7. Ward’s shop, Keash (key code to open the box 12345)
8. Mac’s Pub, Keash (box unlocked)
The group have purchased a 9th defibrillator which will be installed locally in the coming weeks.
Church roof update….
Over the weekend, the people of the parish (after all three weekend masses) were asked to attend and view the drawings of the proposed works to the roof of Keash Chapel and to make any comments they should wish. Thankfully there was a very positive response and the people of the parish recognise the need to have these works carried out as soon as possible. There was simply no viable alternative. We ask for your prayers that these works will prove a success and that they can be completed in a time efficient and cost effective manner. These works are being carried out to enable us continue to honour the presence of our Lord within our Parish. As a result, we place ourselves in the hands of the Lord and ask that he direct us at all times in doing the right thing for the people of our Parish today and indeed for the spiritual well being of the generations to come. We ask those in heaven who worked on this church in times gone by, to pray for us in doing the right thing.
We will need to form a Fundraising Committee. We need a strong committee with new and vibrant ideas as to how we generate funding. Ideally we would love to see all corners of the Parish come behind this project ie schools, sport organisations, businesses, different community groupings etc. Many blessings will fall upon the people and their families supporting these works honouring the presence of our Lord. Anyone interested, please make contact. Your continued support is very much appreciated….
Keash Hall – events
Pilates Classes will commence in the White Hall Keash on Monday Sept. 16th.
Suitable for all levels. For more information contact Ann. Tel: 086-3088873
If there is sufficient interest a program of Tabata Classes / Fitness Classes can be arranged for another night . To register your interest contact Ann.
Social Dancing classes for beginners will resume on Thursday nights in September. Details of times to follow.
A prayer for our Parish and it’s Spiritual nourishment:-
O Jesus, send labourers into your fields,
which are awaiting Holy Apostles,
saintly Priests, heroic missionaries and
dedicated sisters and brothers.
Enkindle in the hearts of men and women the spark of a vocation.
Grant that Christian families may
desire to give your Church, helpers in the work of tomorrow.
We pray for young people to assist and support the religious of our Parish in the daily needs of our Church. We pray for our young people to see a need to take part in different ministeries of our Church, for example readers, ministers of the Eucharist, maintaining places of worship etc.
We pray that the young people will meet together and develop new ways of reverently honouring God within our Parish. We pray that they will see the need for a vibrant and healthy Church within our Parish. We pray that many blessings will be bestowed upon them for doing so.
We pray that their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles will guide them in doing so.
We pray that St. Anthony will help those within our parish who have lost their faith, to find it.
Thank you Father for our Parish Priest Fr. Murphy, the previous Priests of our Parish, living and dead and in particular Fr. Finan.
We pray that the Holy Spirit will direct and assist Fr. Murphy in continuing to guide the people of our Parish, spiritually.
We thank you Father for the blessing of regular masses in our Parish churches, in particular on Saturday evenings and Sunday. We prayer that this blessing of celebrating the Eucharist (Mass) regularly within our Parish, together with the opportunity to experience the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) within our parish will live on within our Parish to infinity.
We pray for all the Priests, Nuns and other religious who left our parish to help nourish our faith elsewhere.
We pray that the Holy Spirit will help the good people of our Parish understand the value of nurturing our faith, maintaining places of worship and developing new initiatives and ideas to help hand down our faith to the next generations.
Finally, we pray that the Holy Spirit will direct our Holy Father and those that make the decisions in appointing a new Bishop to our Diocese. We pray that the right man will be chosen at this most important of times. We pray for a man that will engage with the different Parishes on a regular basis, helping our Parishes to work together in bringing a new spiritual life to our Parishes.
We ask all of this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Gabriel’s – Silver Jubilee
Thank you to everyone involved. A wonderful evening, not weather wise but in all other respects, perfect…….
The Statue of the Sacred Heart now erected at the Parochial House in Keash
Many thanks to Tom and Laura Devine and family who donated this beautiful statue of the Sacred Heart, which was erected on the grounds of the Parochial House in Keash last Thursday (the 18th of July 2019). Many thanks to Rickie Devine and Patrick Henry who helped Tom erect this most beautiful Statue. May God’s blessings shine on the families of all involved….
New seating area at Kingstone Holy Well
Thank you to Pat Ward for organising this beautiful seating area for people attending Kingstone Well to sit upon. Thank you to the people that continue to maintain this Holy and beautiful place in such wonderful condition…..
For anyone able to make a financial contribution to the repair of our church roof, please make cheque payable to “Keash Parish” and forward to Fr. Gabriel Murphy, Parochial House, Keash, Ballymote, County Sligo. Your ongoing generosity is very much appreciated.
During discussions with Fr. Gabriel regarding preparation for the celebration of his Silver Jubilee; he stressed that he did not want any gifts presented to him or for any event envisaged to financially intrude upon the people of the Parish. Instead, he expressed his strong desire that our Parish celebrate a parish mission in the not too distant future. He stressed the importance of our children in particular, experiencing a Parish mission in their formative years and that it would mean more to him that the people of the Parish come together to assist him in organise such and indeed support such event; than providing any gift to him. If people are interested in supporting a parish mission, they might please discuss with Fr. Gabriel.
Praying for someone to return to a life of faith…
If you are praying for someone to return to a life of prayer and to our Church; maybe consider asking St. Monica to intercede on your behalf. Please see the article in our news section (of this our website), to read about St. Monica…….
Keash in all its beauty….
PUT GOD FIRST
PRAYER TO ST. ANTHONY
Prayer of Spouses
Dear Saint Anthony, bless and protect my family; keep it united in love, sustain it in its everyday needs, and keep it safe from evil.
Bless me and my husband (my wife): help us to live with dignity through the fruits of our work so that we may have the opportunity to raise and educate the children that the Lord has given us. Bless our children: keep them healthy and eager for goodness, help them to study and do not allow them to lose their faith and their purity in the midst of the many occasions of evil in everyday life.
Help us to understand our children and to guide them through our words and our example so that they may always aspire to the most noble ideals of life and be able to implement their human and Christian vocation. Amen.
Ever feel like you need to talk to someone confidentially:
From 12 years to 18 years or 18 years and up – contact Knock Counselling Centre for information – 094 9375032 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk to someone – a problem shared is a problem halved!!!!!
SOME OTHER HELPLINE CONTACT DETAILS–
1. Childline – 24 hour service for people up to 18 years – online chat from 10am to 4am or freephone 1800666666 or text “talk” to 50101
2. Jigsaw – mental health issues from 12 to 25 years of age. Visit www.jigsaw.ie Roscommon office phone number – 0906665087
3. The Samaritans – feeling distressed or in despair, including those that could lead to suicide – www.samaritans.org – call 116 123
4. Pieta House – free specialised treatment for those that self harm, suffer from suicidal ideation or who have made multiple suicide attempts – www.pieta.ie – call 1800 247 247
5. Gay Switchboard Ireland – confidential telephone support service. Available to LGBT community, their parents, families and friends – www.gayswitchboard.ie – call 01 8721055
Saturday vigil: January, March, May, July, September and November.
(Summer months 8pm. Winter months 7pm.)
*Weekday mass times subject to change
Our Lady of The Holy Rosary
Saturday vigil: February, April, June, August, October and December.
(Summer months 8pm. Winter months 7pm.)