Usual pattern of services
St. Mary's: 10.30 a.m. each Sunday ( Holy Communion 1st & 3rd );
The Colliery: 9.15 a.m. each Sunday ( Holy Communion 2nd & 4th )*
Mothel/Coolcullen: Noon 1st & 3rd Sundays (Holy Communion) 2nd Sunday 7pm Service of Wholeness & Healing*
Holy Trinity: Noon 2nd & 4th Sunday (Holy Communion), 10.30 a.m. 3rd Sundays (Morning Prayer)*
*5th Sundays in rotation around the four churches of the union as announced. See weekly notes in 'News' section
Please note: always check our News page for any changes to the normal schedule of services.
Lent: Wed evening midweek services & study group 7pm: 29 Mar – The Colliery; 5 April – St Mary's. Collections in aid of the parish poor fund and the local St Vincent de Paul. Frugal lunch on these Wednesdays in the Rectory 1-2pm.
Holy Week: Mon – The Litany – Bilboa; Tue- Compline – The Colliery; Wed- Evening Prayer – Mothel; Thur – Holy Communion (with Stripping of Altar) St Mary's. All 8pm.
Good Friday: Our Saviour hung on the Cross from noon until three. This year we will mark those three hours by moving from church to church in our Union; beginning at noon in Bilboa with the reading of St Mark's account of the Passion of our Lord, then at Mothel with St Luke's at 1pm, with the final hour beginning at 2pm in St Mary's with St John's. All are welcome to take part in some or all of this event. That evening we will have the traditional carrying of the Cross from the Colliery to Moneenroe Catholic Church (time to be announced).
Easter Eve: Saturday 15 April 8.30pm Bilboa The Easter Vigil with the first Eucharist of Easter
Easter Day: 9.15 The Colliery; 10.30 St Mary's (with Holy Baptism); noon Mothel (all Holy Communion)
In 1399, King Henry IV ratifies the status of Walter Clyng, parson of the Church of the Holy Cross of Castlecomer, Ossory Diocese. Some thirty years later , Walter Comys, chaplain, having laid claim to the parish of Castlecomer and held it for ten years in opposition to William Stakboll, Prior of St John?s Abbey and the excommunication issued against him by Thomas, Bishop of Ossory, to be incurred if, within six days after the notification of same, he does not surrender the parish to the said Prior and make restitution of the temporalities which he had unjustly detained. The Bishops letter is dated August 16th 1428.
In 1540 St. John's Abbey was suppressed and its possessions, including the Rectory of Castlecomer, were granted to the Corporation of Kilkenny.
In 1637 Brennan territory was conveyed to Christopher Wandesford. Christopher Wandesford built an elegant town near the old Castle (i.e. Castlecomer)
"Sir Christopher Wandesford built for the new town, a very handsome church. And endowed it with lands worth £300 a year. Princely Magnificence! He also built a stately house for the minister and gave it to an able and goodly man..."
The ancient church was probably taken down at this time. No trace of it now remains.
The town was destroyed in the 1798 rebellion and afterwards Lady Ann Ormonde (snee Wandesford) offered leases of sites for the rebuilding of Castlecomer. She built many buildings of importance and restored St. Mary's Church as we see it today.
The Rector is the Rev Patrick G. Burke
phone: 056 4441677
email: [email protected]