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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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American choir to perform in St Mary’s Cathedral

Music lovers are in for a rare treat on Monday night when a top US choir visits Killarney. The Colquitt Accapella choir under the direction of Mr. Jimmy L. Jarvis […]



Music lovers are in for a rare treat on Monday night when a top US choir visits Killarney.

The Colquitt Accapella choir under the direction of Mr. Jimmy L. Jarvis Jr is from the city of Moultie in the state of Georgia in the United States of America.

The choir performs multiple times a year and also produces and performs a large musical every year, with the latest production being ‘The Addams Family’ which was a sold out success.

The Colquitt Choir will be performing at St Mary’s Cathedral thanks to support form the KDYS.

More information is available from the KDYS on 066 71 21674 or

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HeartBeat’s cook off – be early!

This month HeartBeat Killarney has come up with a new slant on safe cooking. A free copy of the cook book ‘101 Square Meals – Easy recipes for everyday life’ […]




This month HeartBeat Killarney has come up with a new slant on safe cooking.

A free copy of the cook book ‘101 Square Meals – Easy recipes for everyday life’ will be available to all those who come early to the May meeting on Tuesday night.

This book from Safefood which is supported by the HSE & MABS will come to life on the night as chefs from The International Hotel Killarney have very kindly volunteered to cook some of the recipes in the book for a tasting session during the meeting.

Nutritionist Paula Duggan will be on hand to discuss the nutritional benefits of each recipe prepared for tasting. She can also advise on any tweaks required to meet individual tastes and needs.

There will be four main recipes available to taste during the course of the evening; Meat Loaf, Baked Stuffed Fish, Chicken Fingers and Spanish Tortillas. There is a fifth recipe for tasting on the night but all that Chairperson Billy O’Sullivan will say about it is “It will be available at the end of the night with a cup of tea and we hope it will send everyone home with a smile on their face.”

This is a night that the HeartBeat group has worked long and hard to make happen.

“It came together because of the amazing generosity of Tracy Coyne, Catriona White and the wonderful Kitchen Team at the International.” said Billy. In these times when the price of foods has risen dramatically it is still possible to eat healthily with the guidance from this book. There are lots of tips also on food storage, freezing food, kitchen hygiene and food allergens.

HeartBeat meetings are FREE and all are welcome to come along on Tuesday May 30th at 8pm at the Parish Centre beside The Church of the Resurrection Park Road V93 WN32.


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