December 2018 Newsletter

The Tralee & Dingle Group of Parishes December 2018.

Date Ballyseedy 9.45 am Tralee 10.45 am Ballymac  12 noon Kilgobbin 10.00 am Dingle 12 noon
2nd December MP HC HC HC No Service
9th December HC MP MP HC HC
16th December MP Carols 7pm No Service Carols 3pm Carols 7pm
23rd December   MP MP MP HC
24th December     Christmas HC 9pm   Christmas HC 7pm
25th December   Christmas HC   Christmas HC  
26th December No Service No Service St Stephen HC    
30th December United Service 11am Service in Ballyseedy at 11am Service in Ballyseedy at 11am HC HC
1st January   11am HC      

Christmas Fair: will be held in Teach and tSolais on the  15th December from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

We are appealing to all bakers, Jam and chutneys makers. There is also a demand for knitware and crochet items.   If you make Christmas decorations we would be delighted to have them too. 

We need children’s toys, games and books. 

Have you got anything for our Bric-a-brac stall, ornaments, pictures, unwanted gifts or new electrical items that you will not use?   We would be so happy to get them. 

Don’t forget to ask your local shops for a contribution as we need to make up hampers, so we would be delighted with bottles of wine, spirits edible treats etc. 

Vouchers would also be so welcome for the Silent Auction. 

Please remember to sell your Raffle tickets and return to Mona once they are sold.

The main hall in the parish centre will be open from 4pm on the Friday inorder that goods can be dropped in for sorting and pricing.

Any items for Bric a Brac etc can be dropped to the church after the services on Sunday and Wednesday.

Links Ladies: Once again this year the ladies will be serving tea, coffee and scones etc at the Christmas Fair on Dec. 15th so plenty of home baking needed on the day.  Our next meeting will be held at end of January, more details nearer the time.

BB Enrolment:

On the 18th November the Tralee Company were enrolled during the morning service in Tralee. New members and new leaders were welcomed and enrolled. Many thanks to the Captain, Collette Price and her team of leaders as they look forward to another season.

The BB meets in Teach an tSolais on Friday nights and it is open to boys and girls.


19th December at 8.30pm The Dingle New Music Choir and Orchestra will perform some of their works in St Johns Ashe Street. Their repertoire includes pieces that have been newly composed and rearranged orchestral pieces often based on local poetry.

21st  December : The Kerry School of Music Mistletoe and Wine Christmas Concert will take place in St. John’s at 8pm.

Healer Prayer: Tuesday December 4th at 8 pm in Teach an tSolais, prayers for those who are ill and their families and carers.  If you would like someone to be included in the prayers please email their first name to  All are welcome to attend.  

Poets’ Corner: New Year’s Day, Tuesday Jan 1st 2019 .

Honesty Table Income: Coppers jar realised €51. Many thanks to all & keep the coppers rolling in.

Remembrance Sunday: from all 5 churches €551-69 (€347 last year) all will be spent in Ireland, An example of what was done this year- many people who had relatives killed & who would have found it difficult to pay for the travel, were brought free of charge to the relevant graves or battle zone.  

St John’s National School,

The children from the school will take part in the morning service on the 9th December when they will perform their School Play in St John’s Ashe Street 10.45am.

Christmas Services.

All the Christmas services are listed in the table at the beginning of the news sheet, However there will be an additional Epiphany Service in Kilgobbin @ 5 pm which will preceed the ICA dinner in Camp.

Carol Services;

All the carol services will be held on the 16th December. All these services are ecumenical so please tell others about them and bring a friend.

Kilgobbin at 3pm

St James Dingle at 7pm

St Johns Tralee at 7pm


Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who rekindled this light in us.’ ~

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