Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 16th November 2014

November Remembrance Service
Our annual Parish Remembrance Service takes place on Thursday, 27th November at 7.30pm in St. Fiacre’s Church.  During this service we will remember those who have died, especially those of our parishioners who died during the past year.  All are welcome and invited to attend this evening of prayer.

Parish Shop
Our Parish Shop, located in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, has restocked with a rich selection of Advent and Christmas items: calendars, cribs, candles…  Come and have a look.

Christmas Mass Cards
Christmas Mass Cards, offering the recipient a share in the Christmas Masses celebrated by the priests of our parish, are available at the Parish Centre.  The cost is €3 per card.

Parish Pastoral Council
A meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place  on Monday 17th November at 8.00pm.

Cabaret
St. Patrick’s Lourdes Fund Annual Christmas Cabaret will be held on Saturday 22nd November in James Stephens Club. Dance to Marble City Sounds. Door Prize: Turkey and Ham. Monster Raffle. Price €3 per ticket or two for €5.

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The 2015 Ossory Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place between 22nd and 27th May.  Cost is €755 pps.   Please contact Glenmore Parish Office on 051 880 414 for all bookings.

Retired Nurses Association
The Annual Mass for retired and deceased nurses will take place in St. Fiacre’s Church on Wednesday 19th November at 10.30am. After Mass a Coffee/Tea Morning will be held in the Parish Centre as a fund raiser for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. All monies raised will go directly to Mr Ian Wilson and the home care fund.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Seamus Loughman, Riverview, Ardnore. Funeral prayers at Johnston’s Funeral Home at 6.30pm on Sunday followed by removal to St. Fiacre’s Church. Requiem Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.30am on Monday followed by burial in St. Kieran’s Cemetery. Gerry Keenan, The Sycamores. Tommy Higgins, De La Salle Place. Ned Delaney, Newpark Drive.
Months Mind: Statia Cantwell (Sun 10.30)
Anniversaries: Maura Leahy (Sat 6.15). Mark & Breda Butler (Sat 7.00). Gerald & Patricia Moore (Sun 9.30). John Brennan (Sun 10.00). Sean Cantwell (Sun 10.30). Deceased Members of St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band. (Sun 11.00). John Byrne (Sun 12.00). Mary Maher (Sun 12.30). Hugh McCormack (Wed 9.30). Tom O’Brien (Thur 10.30). Mary & Ann O’Shea (Fri 10.30). Henrietta Hyland. Rena Brett. Peggy Costigan. John Hand. Billy Walton.  Barbara & Tommy Rhatigan. Patrick Carroll. Peter Blanchfield. Dick & Annie Burke. Thomas & Mary Toomey. James & Bridget Rafters. Catherine McDonald. James Donnelly Snr,. James Donnelly Jnr. Sean Donnelly. Joe Murphy.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Kevin C. Hughes (Sat 6.15). James Fox (Sat 7.00). Paul O’Dwyer (Sun 9.30). Bill Keogh (Sun 10.00). Ramie & Breda Dowling,  Phyllis, Marie & Thomas Dowling. (Sun 10.30). Madge O’Brien (Sun 11.00). Patsy Dawson (Sun 12.00). Billy Clune (Sun 12.30).

Advent Pop Up Fair
St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy. Saturday 29th November after 6.15pm Mass and Sunday 30th  November after 10.30am and 12.00 noon Masses.   Proceeds in aid of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. (Helping to bring children with special needs to to Lourdes at Easter 2015.  Please support.

Kilkenny Older People’s Forum
Kilkenny Older People’s Forum are holding their general meeting on Wednesday 12th November from10.30am to 12.30pm in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. Tea/Coffee served.  All over 50s welcome.

Forty Hours Adoration
Forty Hours Adoration for the feast of Christ the King will commence after 7.30pm Service and Benediction in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St. Mary’s Cathedral on next Friday 21st November and will conclude with Benediction on Sunday 23rd November followed by Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral at 11.00am.
There is a rota for adoration in the sacristies of our parish churches. Anyone who would like to volunteer an hour or even a half an hour before the Blessed Sacrament should call to the sacristy after Mass.

Coffee Morning
The School of the Holy Spirit will hold its annual Coffee Morning on Sunday 23rd November from 11.00am  to  1.00pm in our wonderful school in Seville Lodge on the Callan Road.  There will be lots of home baking, our school’s Christmas Carols CD and hampers to be won. Contact Therese 087 904 0208.

Kilkenny Horticultural Society
Kilkenny Horticultural Society is hosting a gardening talk by Pat Comerford, Flower Power Garden Center in the Clubhouse Hotel, Patrick Street on Wednesday 9th November at 8.00pm. Admission €5.  Plant Sale and Raffle during the evening.

Pilates Classes
Classes will start soon in the Parish Centre. Contact Yvonne 087 947 8974 for further details.

Speech & Drama
Starburst School of Speech and Drama has added a new class in St. Patrick's Parish Centre at 4.45pm on Tuesdays. Beginners welcome. Classes starting January 2015. Contact Kate 085 114 2686 for more information or to make a booking.

Go for Life Games
Over 50s Short Mat Bowls and Go For Life games take place in the Watershed on Tuesday evenings at 8.00pm. All are welcome.  Free for all  to try during the month of November.

St. Vincent De Paul Collection
The monthly collection for the local conference of the society will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  This money will be used locally to help those most in need.  Please support.

Attention: All Volunteers/Ministers
Ossory Adult Faith Development has arranged an evening on Monday 24th November at 7.30pm at St Patrick's Parish Centre for all those involved in the various ministries in our parishes (Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Baptismal Teams, Sacristans, Choir Members, Pastoral Councils, Liturgy Groups, Collectors, Finance Committees, Altar Societies and other volunteers). This evening is an opportunity to recognise the contribution people make in our parishes and to reflect on why it is we serve as Christians.  We encourage all who volunteer in our parish to attend. 

Victims of Traffic Accidents Remembered
Today is World Day of Remembrance for the millions killed and injured on the world’s roads together with their families and many others also affected. We will include prayers in all our Masses for those affected by road traffic accidents.

Craft Evening
Make your own Christmas Cards, exchange ideas and enjoy a cuppa on Wednesday, 19th November at 7.30pm at the Kilkenny Methodist Church, William Street. Cost: €10 including materials and refreshments.  In aid of the Rock Kilkenny Youth Drop-In Centre.

Christmas Sparkle
In aid of Carlow Kilkenny Home Care on Tuesday 18th November at 8.00pm in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge. All flower arrangements will be raffled. Mulled Wine and Mince Pies. Admission €10. Contact 087 761 4948 for info/tickets.

Coffee Morning
Coffee Morning and Cake Sale, Books and Raffle, St. Patricks Parish Centre on Friday, 21st November, 9.30am to 12.00pm.  Chernobyl Aid Ireland.

Mindfulness Course
Living mindfully is living the present more fully.  Mindfulness course to commence Thursday, 8th January in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre.  Contact Dympna 086 894 6633 for information.

Explore Away
Are you searching for a way to offer yourself in the service of God’s world as a sister, brother, priest, nun or monk and are you between 21 and 40 years? 
The Explore Away programme offers an opportunity to explore religious life in a prayerful and reflective environment over five residential weekends. Contact: enquires@exploreaway.net or 087 358 4447 or 085 766 4480 or www.exploreaway.net  Places are limited therefore it is advisable to contact us soon.

Limited Newsletter Space
Our newsletter space is limited so we are often unable to fit in items.  Sorry! Parish notices get priority, followed by diocesan announcements and after that we fit in as much as we can.  Please keep items short  and get them in early.  We will do our best.  Thanks.

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, 9th November 2014

November Lists of the Dead
Throughout November we remember in a special way our loved ones who have died.  Frs. Dan, Roderick and Liam will each offer a novena of Masses especially for deceased parishioners.  Pre-printed commemoration sheets are available in all our churches for those who would like to write a list of deceased relatives and friends.  These can be placed before the altars and those listed will be remembered during our November Masses.  It is a good and wholesome thing to pray for our dead. 
 
November Remembrance Service
Our annual Parish Remembrance Service takes place on Thursday, 27th November at 7.30pm in St. Fiacre’s Church.  During this service we will remember those who have died, especially those of our parishioners who died during the past year.  All are welcome and invited to attend this special night of prayer
 
Important Notice
During the winter months Adoration in St. Fiacre’s Church will finish at 9.00pm.  Those who keep watch between 9.00 an 10.00 are asked to take note. Thanks to all who take part in this worship.

Christmas Mass Cards
Christmas Mass Cards, offering the recipient a share in the Christmas Masses celebrated by the priests of our parish, are available at the reception in the Parish Centre.  The cost is €3.00 per card.

Forty Hours Adoration
Forty Hours Adoration for the feast of Christ the King will commence after 7.30pm Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St. Mary’s Cathedral on Friday 21st November and will conclude with Benediction on Sunday 23rd November followed by Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral at 11.00am. There is a rota for adoration in the sacristies of our parish churches. Anyone who would like to volunteer an hour or even a half an hour before the Blessed Sacrament should call to the sacristy after Mass.
 
Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: John Bradley, St. Fiacre’s Place and Maynooth. Funeral arriving at St Mary’s Church, Maynooth on Monday at 7.00pm. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11.00am followed by burial in Foulkstown Cemetery arriving at approx 2.00pm. Henry Spain, Stillorgan and Drakelands House Nursing Home. Funeral Prayers at Johnston’s Funeral Home at 6.30pm on Monday followed by removal to St. Fiacre’s Church. Requiem Mass at 10.30am on Tuesday followed by burial in Nenagh Cemetery. Mary Kirwin, St. Patrick’s Centre, Kells Road. Reposing at St. Patrick’s Centre with removal at 5.30pm on this Sunday to St. Brigid’s Church, Shanahoe. Requiem Mass on Monday at 1.00pm.   Vivienne Etaferi, Callan. Anne Power, St. Fiacre’s Gardens.  Anne Nugent, Elm Green.  Alex Thompson, Cushendall. John McGrath, Kilfane. Christy Doyle, Naas.
Anniversaries: John Glynn (Sat 6.15). Richie Delaney (Sat 7.00). Margaret Moore (Sun 9.30). Charles Carroll (Sun 10.00). John Cullen (Sun 10.30). Paul Maloney (Sun 11.00). Martin Brett (Sun 12.00). Mary Shannon (Sun 12.30). Martin Connolly (Mon 9.30). Mary Hanrahan (Wed 10.30). John & Margaret Wallace. William & Mary Kingston. Joseph & Jack O’Shea. James Maher. James Rafter. Walter Tallis.  Sally Salter. Jim O’Neill. Joe Dowling. Nancy Dunphy.  John & Mary O’Connell. Henry Tiernan.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Maura Leahy (Sat 6.15). Mark Butler (Sat 7.00). Gerald & Patricia Moore (Sun 9.30). John Brennan (Sun 10.00). Sean Cantwell & Statia Cantwell (Months Mind) (Sun 10.30). Deceased Members of St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band. (Sun 11.00). John Byrne (Sun 12.00). Mary Maher (Sun 12.30).
 
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will take place on Friday next 14th November in the Parish Centre immediately after the 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church.  All are welcome.
 
St. Patrick’s Parish Shop
Lots of Advent/Christmas gifts and cribs in stock.

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The 2015 Ossory Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place between 22nd and 27th May.  Cost is €755 pps.   Please contact Glenmore Parish Office on 051 880 414 for all bookings.

Retired Nurses Association
The Annual Mass for retired and deceased nurses will take place in St. Fiacre’s Church on Wednesday 19th November at 10.30am. After Mass a Coffee/Tea Morning will be held in the Parish Centre as a fund raiser for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. All monies raised will go directly to Mr Ian Wilson and the home care fund.

Sharing Fair, Crafts Sale and Coffee Morning
All are welcome to Langton’s Hotel, John’s Street on Saturday, 15th November from 10.00am to 1.00pm.  Hand crafts from Thailand made in self-help projects established by Kilkenny nun Sr. Mary Hayden.  Top quality household items, toys, silk products, Christmas decorations, gift ideas and more!

Giving Light and Hope
The Thomas Hayes Trust has organised a “Giving Light and Hope Service” to commemorate the lives lost through suicide. We are inviting families and friends to come together in solidarity to remember the lives of their friends and loved ones. Our Celebration of Light will include song, music, poetry and reflection. The evening includes the lighting of candles and a minutes silence in the presence of others to remember those who are no longer with us on life’s journey. Join with us Friday 14th November at 7.00pm at James Stephen’s Hurling Club, Larchfield. Together we will walk to St. Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy for the service.

Remembrance Gathering
To commemorate the 19th anniversary of the disappearance of JoJo Dullard there will be a remembrance gathering at the Missing Persons Monument in the Castle Park at 3.00pm on Sunday 9th November. Failte

Kilkenny Older People’s Forum
Kilkenny Older People’s Forum are holding their general meeting on Wednesday 12th November from10.30am to 12.30pm in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. Tea/Coffee served. All over 50s welcome.

Night Fever Kilkenny
A meeting will be held in The Priory House, Dominican Black Abbey at 8.00pm on Friday 14th November for anyone interested in lending support to Night Fever Kilkenny which will take place on 5th December. Nightfever Event being held in Kilkenny City on is  an event which focuses on bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who have perhaps never heard this Good News or maybe have forgotten it. The event will be held on the Streets of Kilkenny City with adoration and worship in the Capuchin Friary Church.
 
Explore Away
Are you searching for a way to offer yourself in the service of God’s world as a sister, brother, priest, nun or monk and are you between 21 and 40 years? 
The Explore Away programme offers an opportunity to explore religious life in a prayerful and reflective environment over five residential weekends. Contact: enquires@exploreaway.net or 087 358 4447 or 085 766 4480 or www.exploreaway.net  Places are limited therefore it is advisable to contact us soon.

Dementia
There will be a free 4 week course for carers of people with dementia in St Patricks Parish Centre from Monday 17th November from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Bookings/Information: 056 778 4008 or 087 969 3297.

Mindfulness Course
Living mindfully is living the present more fully.  Mindfulness course to commence Thursday, 8th January in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre.  Contact Dympna 086 894 6633 for information.

Pilates Classes
Classes will start soon in the Parish Centre. Contact Yvonne 087 947 8974 for further details.

Christmas Pop Up Fare
St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy. Saturday 29th November after 6.15pm Mass and Sunday 30th November after 10.30am and 12.00 noon Masses.   Proceeds in aid of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. (Supporting Bringing Children with Special Needs to Lourdes during Easter 2015 )

Limited Newsletter Space
Our newsletter space is limited so we are often unable to fit in items.  Sorry! Parish notices get priority, followed by diocesan announcements and after that we fit in as much as we can.  Please keep items short  and get them in early.  We will do our best.  Thanks.

Church Gate Collection
The annual church gate collection in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation will take place this weekend.
 
Parish Shop
There are lots of items for Advent and Christmas in the Parish Shop which is located in the Foyer of our Parish Centre.  Why not drop in and have a look?

 

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, 2nd November 2014

The Faithful Departed
All Souls’ Day is traditionally celebrated on 2nd November. This day specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven. Catholics celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those in the state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory or are in heaven (the ‘Church penitent’ and the ‘Church triumphant’, respectively), and the ‘Church militant’ who are the living.
It is traditional on All Souls day to pray for the dead, by attending Mass and visiting (where possible), the graves of the deceased.  People also like to light a candle on this day in memory of those who have died.

November Lists of the Dead
Throughout November we remember in a special way our loved ones who have died.  Frs. Dan, Roderick and Liam will each offer a novena of Masses especially for deceased parishioners.
Pre-printed commemoration sheets are available in all our churches for those who would like to write a list of deceased relatives and friends.  These can be placed before the altars and those listed will be remembered during our November Masses.  It is a good and wholesome thing to pray for our dead. 

November Remembrance Service
Our annual Parish Remembrance Service takes place on Thursday, 27th November at 7.30pm in St. Fiacre’s Church.  During this service we will remember those who have died, especially those of our parishioners who died during the past year.  All are welcome and invited to attend this special night of prayer .

First Friday Home Visits
The first Friday of November occurs this week. The priests of the parish will visit the housebound and sick at the usual times.  Please contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400 if you, or anyone you know, would like to be added to the First Friday lis.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Jack Devlin, Larchfield.  Requiem Mass at St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am on Sunday followed by interment in Foulkstown Cemetery. Kitty Stallard, Danville. Esther Mullins, Warrington. Eileen Swift, Birmingham.
Anniversaries: Jack Garrehy (Sat 6.15). Ned O’Neill (Sat 7.00). Cormac Cullen (Sun 10.00). Declan Walsh (Sun 10.30). P.J. Marrinan (Sun 12.00). Tom Shanahan (Sun 12.30). Michael Kennedy (Fri 9.30), Dominic Coll (Fri 10.30), Michael Phelan (Sat 9.30). Julia & Richard Ryan. Jack Welford. Mary Russell. Alan Mooney. The Gleeson & Cullen Families. Anna, Mary, Michael & Paddy Bowe. Joe Gargan. Joe Dowling.
Intentions for Next Weekend: John Glynn (Sat 6.15). Richie Delaney (Sat 7.00). Margaret Moore (Sun 9.30). Charles Carroll (Sun 10.00). John Cullen (Sun 10.30). Paul Maloney (Sun 11.00). Martin Brett (Sun 12.00). Mary Shannon (Sun 12.30).

Important Notice
During the winter months Adoration in St. Fiacre’s Church will finish at 9.00pm.  Those who keep watch between 9.00 an 10.00 are asked to take note. Thanks to all who take part in this worship.  

Parish Volunteer Appreciation Evening
Many thanks to almost 500 people who offer their time and talents as volunteers in our parish. Our Volunteer Appreciation evening is our way of saying thanks.  A great night!  Special thanks to the organisers of the event.

Saturday Adoration and Prayer
There will be no Adoration and prayer after 6.15pm Mass on this Saturday, 1st November. This time of prayer will return on Saturday, 6th  December. 

Readers - Final Call
We are updating our lists for next year.  Please contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400 if you would consider being a reader at our Masses.

Westcourt News
The monthly Mass to pray for the intercession of Blessed Edmund Rice in our lives and for his canonisation will take place in Westcourt on Monday, 10th November at 7.30pm.  Please note the change of date. All are welcome.

John Paul II Awards
We understand that many young people are enrolling for this year’s John Paul II Award Programme at the moment.  Those interested in providing some service in our parish should contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400.

Plate Collectors - St. Patrick’s Church
We require plate collectors for all Masses in St. Patrick’s Church. This  involves distributing baskets for both collections and assisting in bringing the baskets into the sacristy at the end of each Mass.  We require at least one person to assist the current collector at each Mass. Please contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400 if you normally attend one of the four Masses in St. Patrick’s Church and are willing to help.  Thanks to all who help at the moment.

St Martin De Porres Triduum
The annual Triduum will be held at the Black Abbey during the coming week. 
Monday 3rd:10.15am Rosary; Mass at 10.30am; 7.15pm Rosary, Mass at 7.30pm (With Anointing of the Sick). 
Tuesday 4th: 10.15am Rosary; Mass at 10.30am; 7.15pm Rosary; Mass at 7.30pm. 
Wednesday 5th: 10.15am Rosary; Mass at 10.30am; 7.15pm Rosary; Mass at 7.30pm.  All welcome.

Angel Days
The Irish Wheelchair Association will hold its national fund raiser “Angle Days” on Thursday, 6th and Friday, 7th November. Angel pins, angel phone charms and angel fun packs will be on sale at €2 each. All funds raised are spent on services for local people with physical and sensory disabilities.

Polish School / Polska Szkola
Polska szkola rozpoczyna dzialalnosc w Kilkenny  7 listopada o 16.15 w szkole Gaelscoil Osra, Outrath Road.
Spotkanie z rodzicami odbedzie sie 4 listopada o 19.30 w St. Patrick's Parish Center, Loughboy.
Kontact: Yolanta @ 087 958 02331.
Daj szanse swojemu dziecku.
Polish school starts on the 7th November at 4.15pm at Gaelscoil Osrai, Outrath Road.
Parent-Teacher Meeting will take place on 4th November at 7.30pm at St. Patrick's Parish Center, Loughboy.   Contact: Yolanta @ 087 958 0231
Give your child a chance!

Coeliac Support Group
The next meeting of the Kilkenny/Carlow Coeliac Support Group is on Monday, 3rd  November at 8.00pm in St. Patrick's Parish Centre, Loughboy. Tá fáilte roimh gach duine.

Mindfulness Course
Living mindfully is living the present more fully.  Mindfulness course to commence Thursday, 8th January in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre.  Contact Dympna 086 894 6633 for information.

Mini Messers
"No Fuss Messy Play" is a Sensory Art/Messy Play for babies and toddlers 6 months - 5 years. It runs once a month in the Parish Centre. The next session runs on Tuesday, 18th November. Call Karen on 086 326 8061 or Orla 087 933 4884 for information.

Prayer for All Souls Day
Lord God,
you are the glory of believers
and the life of the just.
Your son redeemed us
by dying and rising to life again.
Since our departed brothers and sisters
believed in the mystery of our resurrection, let them share the joys and blessings of the life to come.  Amen.

Ossory Times
Sharing the life of our diocese.  The latest edition of this quarterly magazine is available in the Sacristies and at the Parish Centre.  Among other things this edition has articles on our new diocesan deacon, the Do This in Memory Programme, Pope John Paul II Awards and the Great War.  Cost is only €2.

Limited Newsletter Space
Our newsletter space is limited so we are often unable to fit in items.  Sorry! Parish notices get priority, followed by diocesan announcements and after that we fit in as much as we can.  Please keep items short  and get them in early.  We will do our best.  Thanks.

All Saints
The Solemnity of All Saints is celebrated on 1st  November in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. In Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries and is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.
The origin of the festival of All Saints celebrated in the West dates to May 13, 609 or 610, when Pope Boniface IV consecrated the Pantheon at Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs. The feast of the ‘dedicatio Sanctae Mariae ad Martyres,’ has been celebrated at Rome ever since.  The feast of All Saints, on its current date, is traced to the foundation by Pope Gregory III (731.741) of an oratory in St. Peter's for the relics "of the holy apostles and of all saints, martyrs and confessors, of all the just made perfect who are at rest throughout the world",
In English-speaking countries, the festival is traditionally celebrated with the hymn "For All the Saints" by William Walsham How. The most familiar tune for this hymn is Sine Nomine by Ralph Vaughan Williams.  Catholics generally celebrate All Saints with a day of rest consisting of avoiding physical exertion.


Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 26th October 2014

Parish Volunteer Appreciation Evening
Our Parish Volunteer Appreciation evening takes place on next Saturday, 1st November at 8.00pm. This evening gives us an opportunity to show appreciation to the multitude of people who volunteer in our parish in many different ways.  If you are a volunteer in our Parish and have not received a letter of invite, our apologies on a failed distribution system.  We hope you will still join us and a ticket is available at the Parish Centre.  Tickets are free but essential to help us plan catering for the evening.  Please collect your ticket before Tuesday and we look forward to seeing you in the Springhill Court on the night.

Altar Servers - Final Call
This is the last weekend for applications for altar serving.  Those who intend serving should complete an application form available in all of the sacristies and the Parish Office.  Current servers must also fill out and return these forms.  Parental permission is required for all servers new and current.

Ministers of the Word
We are currently compiling new rosters for Readers/Ministers of the Word.  Please contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400 if you would consider being a Minister of the Word at our Masses.
We understand that many young people are enrolling for this year’s John Paul II Award Programme at the moment.  Those interested in adding ‘Reading in Church’ to their achievements should register now.  Please contact the Office.

October Stations
We invite parishioners to contribute towards the income of the parish clergy and bishop through the October Stations. The October envelope is in your contribution pack which you received earlier this year.  Please contact the Parish Office if you didn’t receive parish envelopes and would like to.  The October Station is one of five collections taken up to support the priests.  Thanks to all who have contributed so far.  We are grateful for your generosity.

Plate Collectors - St. Patrick’s Church
We require plate collectors for all Masses in St. Patrick’s Church.  This  involves distributing baskets for both collections and assisting in bringing the baskets into the sacristy at the end of each Mass.  We require at least one person to assist the current collector at each Mass. Please contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400 if you normally attend one of the four Masses in St. Patrick’s Church and are willing to help.  You will join a group of experienced collectors who will show you what to do.
Sincere thanks to all who collect in all our churches; we are grateful for your help and assistance.

Mission Sunday Collection
Because of the monthly collection for the Society of St. Vincent De Paul scheduled for last weekend we deferred the annual Mission Sunday collection until this weekend.  Please give a little extra at the second collection and we will forward your contributions to World Missions Ireland who support more than 1,500 Irish born missionaries still in the field.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Vera Davis, England. Requiem Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Foulkstown at 11.00am on Thursday followed by burial of ashes in the adjoining cemetery. Bernadette Dermody, Rosemount, Newpark Drive.   Ann McInerney, Australia.
Months Mind: John Scanlon (Sat 6.15).
Anniversaries: Olive Barry (Sat 7.00). Gerard Moynihan (Sun 9.30). Jennifer Mulhall (Sun 10.00). Tom Foley (Sun 10.30). Eugene & Nora Curry (Sun 11.00). Mary McCormack (Sun 12.00). John Joe Kealy (Sun 12.30). Joseph Brennan (Tues 10.30). Tess O’Neill. Breda Hehir. Annie (Nancy) Tiernan. Philip O’Brien. Sheila O’Beirne. Anastatia Muldowney. Angela & Thomas Prendergast. Ned Mahon. Josie Walsh.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Maura Brennan (Sat 10.00). Birute Poskaite (Sat 10.30). Paddy Murray (Months Mind Sat 12.30). Jack Garrehy (Sat 6.15). Ned O’Neill (Sat 7.00). Cormac Cullen (Sun 10.00). Declan Walsh (Sun 10.30). Michel Phelan (Sun 11.00). P.J. Marrinan (Sun 12.00). Tom Shanahan (Sun 12.30). 

Bank Holiday Monday
On Monday the only public Mass in our parish will be at St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am.  There will be no exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Fiacre’s Church on Monday.
The Parish Office will reopen at 9.00am on Tuesday.  The Priest on Duty may be contacted by dialling 056 776 4400 and following the auto prompts.

Feast of All Saints
Next Saturday is the Feast of All Saints and is a holyday of obligation.  Beginning on Friday evening Masses in our parish will follow the usual weekend pattern.  The Vigil Masses for the Feast of All Souls will be celebrated on Saturday evening at 6.15pm (St. Fiacre’s Church) and 7.00pm (St. Patrick’s Church).

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers who have brought Holy Communion to the sick in the past and who may have borrowed a pyx from the parish are asked to return it to the Sacristy or Parish Office if you are no longer using it. Also, if you are still using the pyx please contact us and let us know. 

Ossory Times
Sharing the life of our diocese.  The latest edition of this quarterly magazine is available in the Sacristies and at the Parish Centre.  Among other things this edition has articles on our new diocesan deacon, the Do This in Memory Programme, Pope John Paul II Awards and the Great War.  Cost is only €2.

Relics of Saints
On 1st November in St Mary's Cathedral five hundred relics of saints will be  on display for veneration. Among the saints are Padre Pio, Therese, Dominic, Peregrine, Relic of the True Cross, Martin De Porres, Blessed Edmund Rice and other popular saints. The relics will be available for veneration during the 10.00am Mass and until noon on the Feast of All Saints.

Limited Newsletter Space
Our newsletter space is limited so we are often unable to fit in items.  Sorry! Parish notices get priority, followed by diocesan announcements and after that we fit in as much as we can.  Please keep items short and get them in early.  We will do our best.  Thanks. 

Bangers & Mash Lunch
The Samaritans Kilkenny Branch are hosting a Bangers and Mash Fund Raising Lunch on Thursday, 6th November at the Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Donation only €10. Drop by for a quick lunch to support this very worthy cause.

Book Launch
Please join Tom Burnell and the Kilkenny Great War Memorial Committee for the launch of his book commemorating Kilkenny war dead.  Kevin Myers, journalist and author, will attend from 4.30pm on Sunday, 2nd November Springhill Court Hotel. 

Mini Messers
"No Fuss Messy Play" is a Sensory Art/Messy Play for babies and toddlers 6 months - 5 years. It runs once a month in the Parish Centre. The next session runs on Tuesday, 18th November. Call Karen on 086 326 8061 or Orla 087 933 4884 for information.

Loughboy Library News
Wi-Fi is now available for your laptops and mobile phones at Loughboy Library.
Hallowe'en Storytime  & Crafts on Thursday at 11.30am.
Printing/Photocopying: A3 and A4 colour and  black and white available. 
Basic Computer Course commencing shortly.

CAO Information Evening
Ossory Youth presents a CAO Information Evening for parents and students facilitated by Declan Murphy, Career Guidance Counsellor on Wednesday 29th October from 7.30 - 9.00pm. Step by step guide to CAO, questions and answers, demo application presentation. Information stands by Carlow IT and NUI Maynooth.
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Home Instead Senior Care
We are seeking compassionate, dependable and experienced carers to assist our clients with day to day living activities including companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, transport and assistance with personal care needs.  Flexible Part Time hours and Live In (2/3 days) positions available.  FETAC Care Qualifications and Patient Moving and Handling Experience Desirable but not essential as Full Training provided.  Fluent English. Please call 045-484623 or email helen.hatfield@homeinstead.ie

South Kilkenny Historical Society Lecture
A lecture on 1914 Ireland and the Coming of War with speaker Dr. Pat McCarthy on  Thursday, October 30th at 8pm in Mullinavat Parish Hall. Admission: €5 (members free). All welcome

Short Mat Bowling
Short Mat Bowling and Go For Life games are resuming in the Watershed on Tuesday, 4th November from 8.00pm until 9.00pm.  No experience is necessary. First night is free to all! Come along and try it out!

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
Leaving Dublin May 27th to June 3rd 2015. €529.00  if booked and paid in full before 10th December 2014. €679 applies after these dates. Spiritual Director Fr. Pat O'Donaghue. Limited places available. Contact Group Leader: Sean O'Shaughnessy 086 295 9380.

Mindfulness Course
Living mindfully is living the present more fully.  Mindfulness course to commence Thursday, 8th January in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre.  Contact Dympna 086 894 6633.