Up to one third of Trocaire donations at risk

Up to one-third of Trócaire donations at risk as Covid-19 restrictions curtail distribution of Trócaire boxes this Lent

Trócaire has warned that up to one-third of its annual donations have been put at risk after Covid-19 restrictions severely curtailed the distribution of Trócaire boxes this Lent.

The charity’s Lenten Appeal began on Ash Wednesday but social and travel restrictions, including school closures and the suspension of public worship, means that for the first time in almost 50 years many homes will be without Trócaire boxes this year.

While boxes are available to be picked-up at churches nationwide, there are up to 50 per cent fewer boxes in circulation. Trócaire has asked supporters to pick-up Trócaire boxes from their local church if it is safe to do so, but otherwise to make their annual donation online at trocaire.org.

Trócaire raises approximately €8m each Lent, which amounts to roughly one-third of its annual donations. The charity has warned that its inability to distribute boxes this year may severely damage its life-saving work around the world.

Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra said, “Covid-19 restrictions mean this Lent will be the first time in almost 50 years many Irish homes will be without a Trócaire box. Boxes have been left in churches for people to pick-up and we urge supporters to pick-up a box if it is safe and within the public health guidelines to do so. Supporters who are unable to get a box this year can still support our life-saving work by donating online at trocaire.org.

“Lent is the engine that keeps our programmes going throughout the year. The public in Ireland always rally behind our campaign. While this year will be different, we hope the public will continue to support our life-saving work overseas.

“Our campaign this year focuses on people who are trapped in long-running wars, such as those affecting places such as South Sudan and Somalia. Generations of people in these countries have been forced to live through conflict. Their resilience and determination to help each other is remarkable. By donating to our Lenten Appeal, you will be helping them to help themselves.”

How Covid-19 restrictions have impacted the Trócaire box this year

School closures mean no boxes have been sent to schools, while fundraising activities in schools, such as bake sales and talent competitions, will also be severely curtailed this year.

Churches are open, meaning boxes are available to be picked-up, but masses are not taking place, limiting the number of people visiting churches. Travel restrictions mean not all supporters will be able to access a church to pick-up a box.

The number of boxes sent to each parish has been reduced by up to 50 per cent.

Ways people can donate this Lent

•         Donate online at trocaire.org
•         Donate over the phone by calling 1850 408 408 (RoI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI)
•         Post a cheque to Trócaire, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

This content is provided by www.catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. All queries relating to the article should be directed to bdrumm@catholicbishops.ie.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday 2021

Trocaire – Lent

Traditionally at Lent, we are mindful of Trocaire’s works for those less fortunate than ourselves.  This year Trocaire’s Lenten Campaign will focus on exploring the Impact of Conflict on Families in South Sudan. This Lent, we learn more about the suffering of people who have lost their homes and loved ones to war, and how they are rebuilding their lives through love, friendship and solidarity.

Trocaire are impacted like everyone else as a direct result of the Coronavirus.

Our reading at Mass on the 5th of February last was as follows:-

Lectionary: 327

Let brotherly love continue.
Do not neglect hospitality,
for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.
Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment,
and of the ill-treated as of yourselves,
for you also are in the body.
Let marriage be honoured among all
and the marriage bed be kept undefiled,
for God will judge the immoral and adulterers.
Let your life be free from love of money
but be content with what you have,
for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.
Thus we may say with confidence:

The Lord is my helper,
and I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?

Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you.
Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

In giving to Trocaire (or indeed any other worthy charity), through prayer and/or financial support, we potentially unknowingly entertain angels. We cannot by ourselves change the world but in small acts of charity, we can make a difference.

Please visit www.trocaire.org to make a financial contribution. No matter how big or small, it will make a difference.

Click below:-


Ash Wednesday



Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 46-day period of Lent. They’re two of the most important liturgical events for Christians and help prepare them for Easter.

On Ash Wednesday, you may encounter Christians, especially Catholics, wearing a smudge of ashes on their foreheads.

That could be a bit startling, unless you know the meaning behind this religious practice.

Here is what you should know about Ash Wednesday and the celebration of Lent.

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday — officially known as the Day of Ashes — is a day of repentance, when Christians confess their sins and profess their devotion to God.

During a Mass, a priest places the ashes on a worshiper’s forehead in the shape of a cross. The ceremony, which also can be performed by a minister or pastor, is meant to show that a person belongs to Jesus Christ, and it also represents a person’s grief and mourning for their sins — the same sins that Christians believe Jesus Christ gave his life for when he died on the cross.

Ash Wednesday is important because it marks the start of the Lenten period leading up to Easter, when Christians believe Jesus was resurrected.

The ashes symbolize both death and repentance. During this period, Christians show repentance and mourning for their sins, because they believe Christ died for them.

When the priest applies the cross of ashes, he says to the worshiper: ““Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” He also may say “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

It is not required that a worshiper wear the ashes for the rest of the day, although many Christians choose to do so. However, dining out or doing non-essential shopping are considered inappropriate on Ash Wednesday.

The Rev. Tom Kryder-Reid, right, signs the cross of ashes on the forehead of Siara Reyes, as others wait their turn, on Ash Wednesday "Ashes On The Go!" offered at Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle, on Feb. 14, 2018. People could come up to receive the ashes and head on their way.

Where do the ashes come from?

Traditionally, ashes used on Ash Wednesday are gathered up after palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned. They are then blessed before being used in the ceremony.

Palms are used on Palm Sunday in many Christian churches to symbolize Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday before his crucifixion. Residents of Jerusalem are said to have waved palm fronds to celebrate his arrival.

Father Rick Nagel shows the ashes used during Ash Wednesday service at Saint John Catholic Church, Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
Father Rick Nagel shows the ashes used during Ash Wednesday service at Saint John Catholic Church, Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

Can Catholics eat meat on Ash Wednesday?

No. Catholics are not supposed to eat meat on Ash Wednesday. They also are expected to give up meat on Fridays during Lent.

Catholics also are expected to fast on Ash Wednesday. Fasting means consuming only one full meal a day; two smaller meals that don’t together add up to a full meal also are allowed.

Children and the elderly are exempt from the fasting requirement on Ash Wednesday and during Lent.

Some Protestant denominations, including Anglicans, Episcopalians, Lutherans, United Methodists and Presbyterians, also hold worship services on Ash Wednesday.

Parishioners are anointed with ashes during the Ash Wednesday service at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Downtown Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
Parishioners are anointed with ashes

Is Ash Wednesday based on a pagan festival?

No. Early Christians in Rome were sprinkled with ashes during Lent, but the Ash Wednesday practice of placing ashes on the forehead of Christians didn’t begin until the Middle Ages.

What is Lent?

Ash Wednesday is one of the most important dates on the Christian calendar, because it marks the start of Lent.

Lent is a six-week period of fasting or self-sacrifice, prayer and almsgiving observed by Christians each year to prepare for the celebration of Easter, when they believe Christ rose from the dead to sit at the right hand of God, his father.

Lent is celebrated over 46 days. It includes 40 days of fasting and six Sundays, on which fasting is not practiced.

The 40-day period has a special significance in the Old and New Testaments. For instance, Moses spent 40 days and nights with God on Mount Sinai in preparation to receive the Ten Commandments. Jesus also is depicted as being led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for 40 days.

A nun prays during Ash Wednesday service at Saint John Catholic Church, Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

RTE camera’s in our Parish

R.T.E cameras were in Keash this morning (Saturday, 13th February 2021) doing videos and interviews with families that are involved in Eastern Harps Healthy Club activities. Will be on RTE news this evening at 6

Judge Rosario Livatino to be beatified

Martyred Catholic judge Rosario Livatino to be beatified in May

.- Rosario Livatino, a Sicilian judge and magistrate killed by the mafia in 1990, will be beatified on the Italian island on Sunday, May 9.

Cardinal Francesco Montenegro, archbishop of Agrigento, Sicily, announced the date of the Catholic judge’s beatification on Friday, together with his coadjutor, Archbishop Alessandro Damiano.

Livatino’s beatification Mass will take place in the Cathedral Basilica of Agrigento, where the martyr’s mortal remains will be translated from his hometown of Canicattì, which is about 21 miles to the northeast.

The mafia killed the 37-year-old magistrate on Sept. 21, 1990, because of his efforts to combat organized crime in Sicily.

He was driving unescorted toward the Agrigento courthouse when another car hit him, sending him off the road. He ran from the crashed vehicle into a field, but was shot in the back and then killed with more gunshots.

On Dec. 22, 2020, Pope Francis declared him a martyr killed in hatred of the faith.

The beatification date falls on the 28th anniversary of St. Pope John Paul II’s visit to Agrigento in May 1993.

Situated on the southern coast of Sicily, Agrigento was one of the leading cities of Magna Graecia during the golden age of Ancient Greece. It got its nickname, the “City of Temples,” because it is home to the largest and best-preserved ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece. Today the city has a population of around 60,000 people and is the seat of the archdiocese.

Cardinal Montenegro and Archbishop Damiano said in a letter last month that Livatino’s holiness “is rooted in its original context, but goes beyond the confines of a circumscribed place to take on much larger dimensions.”

They called him an “unprecedented model of holiness” in the history of the Church because he will be the first lay magistrate “engaged on the front line in the fight against the Mafia, to be proclaimed ‘blessed’ and martyr.”

Livatino has been noted for his exemplary courtesy to everyone — even toward the criminal defendants who came before his bench.

One of the magistrate’s high school classmates, Giuseppe Palilla, said when they were collecting witness testimony about Livatino’s life, they could not find one person who spoke badly about him.

Fr. Giuseppe Livatino, postulator of the cause for Livatino’s beatification and his cousin, said that the young Catholic judge provided a “credible witness” of coherence in his life of faith and his daily work.

“More than just ‘holy cards,’ Christians today urgently need credible witnesses. And that [is what] Rosario is,” his postulator said.

“Livatino drew directly from the experience of the saints, and in every dimension of his life he rejected any mediocrity,” Fr. Livatino said. “What he has to do, Rosario likes to do it right. He pursues that ‘perfection’ indicated by Jesus in the Gospel, to build the Kingdom of God.”

“Rosario had drawn his profound wisdom from the Gospel and the Magisterium of the Church. He knows and lives the Gospel, knows and applies the reflections of the [Second Vatican] Council Fathers on the role of the lay faithful in today’s world,” he said.

Continuous Rosary

Continuous Rosary in Ireland for Peace and Charity

Beginning Ash Wednesday, 17th February 2021


  • The idea is simple. A continuous Rosary will be offered up every minute of every day for PEACE and CHARITY in Ireland.
  • There needs to be a minimum of 2 parishioners per parish, one with surname beginning A-L and one with surname M-Z, who will pray the Rosary, at a set time, twelve times per year. It is however hoped that many families from each parish will be involved.
  • Every Parish in Ireland has a date and time allocated, the same for every year.
  • For your allocated date and time please click below on your diocese and then your parish.
  • It would be appreciated if you could get family and friends overseas involved.
  • For those of you who may like to pray the Rosary every day, and promote it to others, please visit www.1in10rosary.ie an initiative under the spiritual leadership of Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland.




1st of every month

January, February, March

09:00 – 09:18 – surname A-L

09:18 – 09:36 – surname M-Z


April, May, June

15:00 – 15:18 – surname A- L

15:18 – 15:36 – surname M-Z


July, August, September

21:00 – 21:18 – surname A- L

21:18 – 21:36 – surname M-Z


October, November, December

03:00 – 03:18 – surname A – L

03:18 – 03:36 – surname M – Z


Contact us at admin@continuousrosary


Prayer: Holy Cross of Jesus

Allchurches Trust funding

Thank you, from Keash Parish to Allchurches Trust Limited.

Keash Parish receives funding from Allchurches Trust Limited.

When we began the second phase of the renovation of St Kevin’s Church Keash which is ongoing to address the Heating, Lighting, Electrical and Associated Works; we applied to Allchurches Trust Limited to see if they would be able to help with funding.

Allchurches Trust’s vision is to be one of the UK’s most impactful grant giving charities.

They support the repair, restoration, protection and improvement of church buildings, cathedrals and other places of Christian worship, especially where those changes support wider community use.

Since they were founded in 1972, they have given more than £180 million in grants. Their primary charitable object is to promote the Christian religion. They only fund projects in the UK and Ireland, and they provide additional funding to Christian charities and churches working with the most disadvantaged.                                                                                                          Allchurches Trust Grant for St Kevin’s Church, Keash ;  ‘I am pleased to tell you that our Trustees have considered your application to Allchurches Trust and have awarded you a grant of £4,000.00. We receive some 1,200 requests a year for grants towards projects with total costs of up to £1,000,000 and we like to be able to give something to almost all of them, turning hardly anyone away.  This does mean that many of our grants are relatively small. We hope nonetheless, that your Allchurches Trust grant proves beneficial. Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making trusts. In 2019 we gave more than £17 million to churches, charities and communities all over the UK and Ireland. Our Funds come from our ownership of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG)’.

I would like to thank the people of the parish who have to date contributed €19,067 in donations and Bernard C Dwyer who provided the Scaffolding and insurance to the value of approximately €12,000.  I would like to thank all those who helped in preparing all aspects of the application, our engineer David O Hara, the Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils. Moreover , I also  would like to thank all who assisted me from St Patrick’s College Maynooth especially Ceire Sadier, Grants Officer from the Finance and General Purposes Council, Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

Keash Church Renovation Fund for Heating, Lighting, Electrical & associated works.

Total received to date €23,478

We wish to acknowledge having received from the Allchurches Trust Limited £4,000 which comes to €4,411 towards Keash Church Renovation Fund.