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Major changes ahead for Kerry Diocese




The Diocese of Kerry is introducing a new ministry as a response to the changing needs of parish communities.

Training for the new Ministry of the Lay Pastoral Leader will begin in September and it's expected that there will be a team of volunteer lay pastoral leaders working in each pastoral area over the coming five years.

The lay pastoral leaders will work alongside the clergy parish councils and pastoral councils. Their role will be to lead, co-ordinate and support different aspects of parish life. The diocese is offering people the opportunity to express interest in the role and explore the commitment and training involved at this time.

The need for Lay Pastoral Leaders has resulted as parish life has changed greatly with one obvious change that there are fewer priests.

In the future, parishes will be served by a team of clergy and lay pastoral leaders working together as a team.

The ministry includes coordinating, leading and supporting pastoral activities in the local area. It will involve taking responsibility for some ministries traditionally carried out by priests. This new ministry will complement the ministry of the deacon and the priest.

The role

The role of the lay pastoral leader is to coordinate and take responsibility for a particular aspect of ministry, in response to local needs.

Possible ministries will be; Preparation for Sacraments – Nurturing the relationship between home, school and parish; Coordination of initiatives to support families presenting their children to receive sacraments; Pastoral Care – coordinating visitation of the housebound/elderly/those in nursing homes; Supporting nursing home staff and residents to celebrate moments of prayer; Liturgy - coordinating the various liturgical ministries that enliven Sunday celebrations of Mass; Faith formation - exploring faith with adults, facilitating opportunities for prayer and exploring the Word of God; Youth Ministry – ensuring that youth and young people are supported, valued and enabled to reach their God-created potential.

The training will include: Personal and spiritual development [Prayer, mentoring and retreat days], Pastoral Ministry [Placement and training in ministry], Modules in Pastoral Theology [Mary Immaculate College Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, Level 6], Leadership [developing skills and working as part of a team].

The formation will be delivered through a blend of online modules and face-to-face gatherings which will take place at a location in the Diocese of Kerry.

The role could suit someone who works well with others and can commit to three to four hours per week as a volunteer lay Pastoral Leader over the coming five years.

“I warmly welcome the Ministry of Lay Pastoral Leadership that we embark upon," Bishop Ray Browne said. "The future church will be different, not better or worse!”

People already involved in parish or community activity, who have initiative and energy, and who want to work in their local pastoral area, are encouraged to apply.

"Candidates are invited to complete an expression of interest form available on the diocesan website, and participate in gatherings during the month of May to explore the role,” Frances Rowland, Diocesan Pastoral Team, said.

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]




By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.


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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]




By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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