The casting of locals is all done and the path is clear for Good Friday’s Solemn Celebration of the Passion and Death of Christ at 8pm.
An appeal for volunteers last week helped producer, Jerome Stack to put the final touches to the biblical cast demanded of such a production.
Final Dress Rehearsal
The final dress rehearsal was held on Monday night at the Church of Saints Stephen and John and
anyone interested in getting involved was given the opportunity of doing so.
Held here annually since 2015, the event is a wonderful mix of drama and music with the substantial backing of the Castleisland Parish Choir in its portrayal of the greatest story ever told.
Good Friday Night at 8pm
It was at the instigation of Monsignor ‘Fr. Dan’ O’Riordan in 2015 that the Tralee based St. John’s Liturgy Drama Group travelled, with costumes and props, to Castleisland on Good Friday night.
The Tralee group travelled out for two years for the nightly shows after they had done their day-time stint in Tralee.
A Solemn Celebration
Then, last year the Castleisland based group took over under the direction of Jerome Stack and Brian Caball and the results you’ll see at 8pm on Good Friday night.
The shows are billed as ‘A Solemn Celebration of the Passion and Death of Christ’ – with colour musicians, the choir and a 30 plus strong cast of actors in costume.
Holy Week Schedule
Meanwhile the schedule of Holy Week events at Castleisland, Cordal and Scartaglen churches is as follows.
Easter Confessions 2018
Castleisland Church: on Holy Thursday after the 7pm Mass.
Cordal Church; on Good Friday after the 3pm ceremony
Scartaglen Church: Good Friday after the 3pm ceremony
Holy Thursday, March 29th. 2018
Castleisland Parish Church at 7pm. Mass of the Lord’s Supper. As a parish we commemorate the Last Supper at which Jesus celebrated the First Mass. The Ceremony will include a Blessing of Eucharistic Ministers. Confessions after this Mass
Good Friday, March 30th. 2018
Cordal Church and Scartaglen Church at 3pm
We commemorate the time that Jesus died for us.
Stations of the Cross in Cordal Church and Scartaglen Church with Confessions afterwards.
Castleisland Parish Church at 8.pm.
Solemn Celebration of the Passion. Directed by Jerome Stack. Musicians and singers from Castleisland Parish as well as actors in costume will present a dramatic expression of the suffering and death of Christ. Communion will be distributed during the ceremony.
Stations of the Cross by candlelight 9.30pm – 12midnight in Castleisland Parish Church
Easter Saturday night March 31st at 8.00pm (Note time of ceremony) Mass and ceremonies for the Vigil of Easter in Castleisland Parish Church only.
Easter Sunday, April 1st 2018 Masses at the usual times: 9.30am Cordal Church; 10.30am Scartaglen Church; 11.30am Castleisland Church.
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