Parish News

Alchemy Concert

Alchemy Music opens its 2019 season on Saturday February 16th, 8pm at Nun’s Cross Church. For further information go to: and

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international Christian ecumenical observance kept annually between 18th January and 25th January.

To mark the week, Pastor Martin Sauter will be the guest preacher in Nun’s Cross church on Sunday 20th January. He is a non-stipendiary pastor in the Lutheran Church in Ireland, formerly lecturer in history, sociology and intercultural studies. He was ordained in January 2015 in St. Finian’s Lutheran Church, Adelaide Road, where he is mainly looking after the small English-speaking congregation. He is also the ecumenical officer of his church and involved in ecumenical bodies both at City, All-Ireland and European level.

Leading Prayers in Nun’s Cross

Would you be interested in leading prayers from time to time in Nun’s Cross church? You could start by reading prayers from the Book of Common Prayer or another suitable prayer book or material produced by local clergy. Alternatively, you could write your own prayers and receive suitable instruction, as required. If you are interested, please contact Rev Ken.

Alpha Course

Alpha will run on Thursday evenings in the Ashford Community & Heritage Centre from 7.30pm to 9pm commencing on 17th January and concluding on 28th March.

 Alpha is an 11 week course, with an additional away day. Each weekly session includes a 25 minute lecture/video, 30 minute time in table groups or small group discussion, a bit of food/tea – basically providing an atmosphere conducive to participation, discussion and learning more clearly key principles in the Christian faith.

 If you would like further information please contact either Bruce Alwood (087 2547538) or Rev Ken.

Training for lay people as Diocesan Pastoral Assistants

The purpose of this training programme is to equip a range of people to visit primarily in homes, whether those they visit be long-established residents or recent arrivals. There is an immediate urgency for such work not least because of a significant number of upcoming housing and residential developments but also because of loneliness and alienation in suburban and rural life in today’s Ireland. The training course will be delivered by Church Army (Ireland) through Archdeacon Isaac Hanna and his team. While having theological and intellectual credibility, the course is not designed to be academic but practical and engaging for all concerned. The course will be delivered in three full-day sessions on Saturday 9th February, Saturday 9th March and Saturday 13th April 2019. The course will lead to the commissioning before the summer as Diocesan Pastoral Assistants of those who complete it through the awarding of the Bishops’ Certificate. Candidates will need the endorsement of their rector or Rural Dean, as appropriate. They will also need to be Garda Vetted before beginning work.
If you would be interested in receiving this training, please contact Rev Jack or Rev Ken to discuss.

Planned Giving

Please consider renewing or beginning your financial commitment to Killiskey Parish by way of Planned Giving. By doing this you can maximise the amount of money received by the Parish and greatly assist the Parish to meet its financial commitments. Planned Giving is making a pledge to donate an amount of money regularly over the course of the year whether weekly, monthly, quarterly or by a single donation. Under the tax regulations, the Parish, as a registered charity, can obtain a tax refund from the government for recorded donations from tax payers (PAYE and Self-Assessment) who contribute a minimum of €250 in the tax year. This is the equivalent of €4.81 per week. The parish can claim a further approx. 45% of the amount donated from the government. Cash donations on the plate, while very gratefully received, are not eligible for a tax refund. If you are contributing more than €250 over the course of the year through this method, you might like to consider Planned Giving.
Planned Giving can be done in any one of the following ways:
The envelope system enables parishioners to donate regular cash amounts which can be recorded for tax refund purposes. Envelopes can be obtained from the churchwardens.
By setting up a standing order with your bank for a minimum donation of €5 per week (or monthly or quarterly equivalent).
A donation or donations totalling at least €250 can be made directly to the Parish Treasurer, Albert Mahon, Laragh East, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.

Concert Tour – WinterSong

A concert of Christmas music of  the 16–18th centuries for  Voice, Lute, Renaissance and Baroque Guitars

When: 8pm Saturday 15 December 2018

Venue: Nun’s Cross Church, Ashford

Tonos: Ròisìn O’Grady – Soprano; Eamon Sweeney – Renaissance and Baroque Guitars, Renaissance Lute

Tonos specialise in the music of the 16th–18th centuries and are delighted to be performing in the Church as part of their 8-date Arts Council-funded national tour which coincides with the launch of their CD: WinterSong.