Diocese of Killala

Kilmoremoy Union  follows the windings of the Moy toward the town church of St Michael’s in Ballina. The Moy, which runs through Ballina to Killala Bay is one of the foremost salmon fishing rivers in Europe. The rest of the Union, Killanley, Kilglass and St Anne’s, Easkey, follow the eastern coast of Killala Bay. These parishes, which run up the Wild Atlantic Way, are in village or rural locations. The Union worship using the Book of Common Prayer. Within the Union there are two National Schools, St Michael’s in Ballina and Leaffoney in Kilglass. The Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry is patron to these schools and the Rector of the Union chairs the Boards of Management. These schools have good relationships with the local churches and participate in church during festival services.




Service Times

St Anne’s, Easkey: 10.00am (2nd Sunday Morning Prayer, 4th Sunday Holy Communion)

Kilglass Parish: 10.00am (1st Sunday Holy Communion, 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer)

Killanley Parish (Castleconnor): 10.00am (1st Sunday Holy Communion, Other Sundays Morning Prayer)

St Michaels’, Ballina: 111.30am (1st and 3rd Sundays Morning Prayer, 2nd and 4th Sundays Holy Communion)

5th Sunday United Worship around the Union


Incumbent (Rector)

Revd-Stephen-McWhirterThe Venerable Stephen McWhirter
The Rectory
Church Road
Co. Mayo

096 60829




Newsletter of the Kilmoremoy Union

Church of Ireland – Anglican – Episcopal

May 2020

Please note the gates of St Michael’s, Ballina will be opened on Sundays to allow access to the Graveyard.

On SoundCloud you can now access the entirety of Mark’s Gospel

read by the Clergy and Readers of the Kilmoremoy Union.

Sunday 10th May 2020

The Collect of the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Rogation Day

.Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
Grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.

Proclaiming and Receiving the Word

John 14: 1-14 NRSV
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know[d] my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

We’re probably most familiar with this reading from our funeral service, we therefore associate it with death; yet Jesus isn’t talking about death at all he’s talking about life, his life, our life, eternal life.

Jesus often speaks to the disciples of his own death, but that’s always in the context of a risen life as well. Elsewhere Jesus speaks in parable about death.

We’re reminded by John in just a few more chapters that Jesus tells us, ‘very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit’. John 12:24 (NRSV)

In todays reading then, we’re the ‘much fruit’; we mourn, as many do, the loss of loved ones and people we know at this time of Pandemic. Yet we have hope, a real, true and lasting hope in this promise that Jesus has prepares a place for us, a place full of everlasting life.

May the everlasting Father bless us with his blessings everlasting. Amen.

( This reflection can be heard on any of the Kilmoremoy Union Facebook pages. )

Prayer Points
Help us, O Lord, to hear and obey your call to us, as those who have been raised with Christ, to seek the things that are above where Christ is, seated at your right hand; that our thoughts may be set on heavenly things, not on the things of earth, and may be partakers of his risen life until we are manifested with him in glory. We ask it in his name. Amen.
Based on Colossians 3: 1-4

Kilmoremoy Banner Prayer
Almighty God, we pray you continue Christ’s healing work in our hospitals and homes. Give skill, understanding and sympathy to all who minister to the sick and those in need. May your hand of protection be on all HSE staff and frontline workers and strengthen them for their work of mercy. Amen

A Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus
Almighty and All–loving God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we pray to you through Christ the Healer
for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19
in Ireland and across the world.
We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss
of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.
Give wisdom to policymakers,
skill to healthcare professionals and researchers,
comfort to everyone in distress
and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
who showed compassion to the outcast,
acceptance to the rejected
and love to those to whom no love was shown.

Archbishop Michael Jackson
Dublin & Glendalough

In our mid-week service we pray for those in sickness and need, please pray for:

In our mid-week service we pray for those in sickness and need, please pray for:
Belle, Susan, Marilyn, Eva and John
Justin, Jen, Max, Lee, Imelda, Tommy, Cyril, Ernest, Emma, Elizabeth, Alan, Peter, Malcolm, John, Mitch,

Rebecca, James, Doris, Cieran, Diane, Gourley, Madeline, Avril, Judith, Chris Elizabeth. June, Sarah, Ruth and Nisa.

We continue to pray for three children, for Finn, Jacob and Scott.

Please pray for Archdeacon and the Kilmoremoy Ministry team:
Revd. Karen, Clive, Caroline, Norman, Nichola, John and Amanda.
For all who serve on the Select Vestry. and for the elections coming up at Easter General Vestry.

Please pray for Bishop Patrick and the Diocesan clergy in our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for:

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

Sunday 10th May

Kilcummin Parish, Oughterard
The Very Revd, Canon Lynda Peilow
The Armed Forces and Gardai

Sunday 17th May

Ballycastle Parish
Canon Andrew Ison (Rural Dean)
Victims of World Disaster

Sunday 24th May

Ballymote Parish
Canon Andrew Ison
All engaged in agriculture

Sunday 31st May

Growth, Unity and Service in Tuam, Killala & Achonry
Local, national and world situations.

Please pray for our link dioceses:
Bishop Gaddiel Lenini and the Diocese of Kajiado in the Anglican Church of Kenya
Primus Mark Strange and the Diocese of Moray, Ross & Caithness in the Scottish Episcopal Church
For the Bereaved

Give faith and comfort, O Lord,
to all who are bereaved especially to Michèle
and Cashman-Legg family and the wider family circle
in the sad passing of Michèle’s mum Ethel.
Strengthen them to meet the days to come
with steadfastness and patience,
not sorrowing as those without hope,
but in thankful remembrance of your mercy in the past,
and waiting for a joyful reunion in heaven.
In Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Coronavirus Guidance

Grace and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Following the advice and instruction from An Taoiseach and the Government on Friday 27th March 2020 the country went into social isolation and lock down. For a number of weeks now we have been unable to meet in Church or indeed to even visit each other. We live in the hopeful expectation that these restrictions will soon be relaxed and indeed our government has announced a five-step plan which will hopefully conclude by mid August. Time alone will tell!

I should like to thank and congratulate all our parishioners who are abiding by these regulations. Without them we would certainly find ourselves in the midst of this pandemic for much longer.

I, along with the other clergy of the Diocese, am finding new ways for the communication of the good news of the Gospel and the worship of the Church. Many people have made contact regarding the Worship Booklet for use at home and indeed the services online on behalf of the Diocese and here in our own Union. Thank you all for your continued support, encouragement and prayer at this time.

In every Service of Holy Communion we are reminded that Christ calls us to ‘love our neighbours as ourselves’. I would urge you, at this difficult time, to act out this command practically by making contact with neighbours, especially those who live alone or in isolation. Just a few words by phone can be so uplifting at this difficult time.

These actions go against the grain of our life of faith, however the Church is much more than the buildings we worship in; as the people of God I invite you to pray with me on Sunday morning as you gather round your kitchen tables or at your firesides.

Peace be with you.

Ven. Stephen McWhirter (Rector or the Kilmoremoy Union)

Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal supports global emergency responses during Covid–19 pandemic

In the light of the global Covid–19 pandemic, Bishops’ Appeal – the Church of Ireland’s World Aid and Development Programme – is releasing a total of €50,000 to five key partner mission and development agencies to support their efforts among the world’s most vulnerable people. The five agencies are Christian Aid, Tearfund Ireland, CMS Ireland, USPG, and Motivation.

The emergency responses include distributing essential supplies such as food, soap, medicine and information to people whose markets have shut down and who have no access to supplies, people who live in informal settlements and in refugee camps, and people who are living with a disability.

The Rt Revd Patrick Rooke, Chair of Bishops’ Appeal, said: ‘Aware of the financial pressures parishes are currently experiencing, the Church of Ireland is not launching its own major appeal but asking dioceses, parishes and individuals to give what they can to the appeals launched by our partner agencies, with Bishops’ Appeal acting as a conduit. In the midst of our own sufferings and fears at this time, it is vital that we remember those in countries with fewer resources and expertise.’

Further donations can be sent to Bishops’ Appeal through its website: www.bishopsappeal.ireland.anglican.org/give

Dates for the Diary

General (Easter) Vestry, has been postponed until Monday 18th May 2020 in the McFirbis Hall, Kilglass at 8.00pm


Congratulations to Richard and Julia Morrow on the birth of their new Son William James Robert Morrow, a new grandchild for Robert and Pamela. We wish the whole family every blessing at this time and look forward to the time when they can all meet William.

The Unions of Kilmoremoy and Killala OLM Ministry Placements

We are delighted with the announcement by our Bishop of the placement of our OLM Ministers and Candidates. Revd. Karen Duignan will remain in the Kilmoremoy Union serving in the Parishes of Easkey and Kilglass. Karen has settled well into ministry there over this last year and we look forward to her ordination to the Priesthood in September and the opportunity for her first Celebrations of Holy Communion.

Killanley Parish can look forward to Mrs. Caroline Morrow serving within her home parish for her Diaconate year. She will be taking responsibility for worship and pastoral care within the parish and is looking forward to her changing role.

Mr Clive Moore will be serving within the Killala Union with responsibility for the parishes of Ballycastle and Crossmolina. Although this is a move to another Union, Clive is very much on home ground as Crossmolina is the parish in which his father grew up. Clive looks forward to this new challenge and chapter in his ministry.

We wish them all every blessing in these new areas of ministry for them and I would commit them to your prayers in these last few months of preparation.

Revised Common Lectionary

Sunday 10th May, The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Deuteronomy 6: 20-25 

Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16

1 Peter 2: 2-10

John 14: 1-14

Sunday 17th May The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Isaiah 41: 17-20

 Psalm 66: 7-18

Peter 3: 13-22

John 14: 1-14

Thursday 21st May The Ascension Day

Daniel 7: 9-14

Psalm 47

Acts 1: 1-11

Luke 24: 44-53

Sunday 24th May The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Ezekiel 39: 21-19

 Psalm 68: 1-10, 32-35

1 Peter 4: 12-14; 5: 6-11

John 17: 1-11

Sunday 31st May The Day of Pentecost

Acts 2: 1-21

 Psalm 104: 26-37b

1 Corinthians 12: 3b-13

John 20: 19-23



Service Times: KILLALA UNION


Across the Union, Diocese and Church:

You can access news and activities online from throughout the Union and Diocese please see below for further sites of interest:

You can access news and activities online from throughout the Union and Diocese please see below for further sites of interest:

Archdeacon Stephen https://www.facebook.com/stephen.mcwhirter.984

St Michael’s, Ballina https://www.facebook.com/StMichaelsCoIBallina/

Killanley https://www.facebook.com/killanleychurch/

St Anne’s Easkey https://www.facebook.com/St-Annes-Church-Easkey/

Tuam, Killala & Achonry https://tuam.anglican.org

Church of Ireland https://www.ireland.anglican.org/prayer-worship

Anglican Cycle of Prayer


Please note the views expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the Church of Ireland.

Published by Ven. Stephen McWhirter, Archdeacon of Tuam, Killala & Achonry, Rector of the Kilmoremoy Union –

CHY Number: 7860

RCN Number: 20018177

CCLI Number: 2381953