Thursday, September 3, 2015

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 30th August 2015

Fr. Joseph Lubula
This weekend we welcome Fr. Joseph Lubula to our parish.  Fr. Joseph is a Ugandan priest ordained in 2010 for ministry in the Lugazi Diocese.  He is currently a student priest in Rome where, at his bishop’s request, he is pursuing further studies in social communications at the Pontifical Salesian University.  He has already served as assistant priest in two Ugandan parishes for a period of  four years and as Director of Communications for his diocese for four years.  Fr. Joseph will be with us for the month of September experiencing life in an Irish parish community and perhaps learning a little about hurling before he returns to his studies in early October.  Please make him feel welcome in our community.


St. Fiacre’s Well Novena and Mass
The annual novena to St. Fiacre concludes with prayers and Mass at the well on this Sunday, 30th August.  The prayers start at 3.15pm and the Mass follows at 3.30pm.  We invite you to come and join with us in this celebration which has continued uninterrupted for generations.
There is a very interesting and informative article and photographs of St. Fiacre’s Well at:
http://irelandsholywells.blogspot.ie/2012/07/saint-fiacres-well-kilkenny.html


Prayer to St. Fiacre
Give ear, O Lord, to the supplications we offer Thee on this the Festival of St. Fiacre, Thy confessor, so that we trust not in our own merits, but may be aided by him, who was so pleasing to thee, through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.


New Ossory Seminarian
Last Sunday St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth welcomed seventeen new seminarians who have commenced their formation for the priesthood in Irish dioceses.  We rejoice and give thanks to God that one of their number is from the Diocese of Ossory.  Let our thoughts and prayers be with these seventeen men who have taken the first step along the road to ordained ministry and to placing their lives at the service of Christ and his people..


Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: William A. White, College Road.
Months Mind: May Spain (Sun 10.30).
Anniversaries:   Brigid Kenny (Sat 6.15). Jim Ryan (Sat 7.00). Michael White (Sun 9.30). Paddy Mullen (Sun 10.00). Tony Madden (Sun 11.00). Michael Phelan (Birthday Remembrance Sun 12.00). Michael “Muggers” Larkin (Sun 12.30). Joe & James Delaney (Mon 9.30), Terence & Anne O’Shaughnessy (Wed 10.30), Mary & Patrick Blanchfield. Eamonn Martin. Christopher & Mary Ryan. Maureen Griffin. Elizabeth Carroll. The Cassin Family. Mick & Maura Coonan. Mary O’Donnell. Ben Delahunty.
Intentions for next weekend:  Eileen Lacey (Sat 6.15). William (Bill) Hackett (Sat 7.00). Jacqueline Rainey (Sun 11.00). Bernard, Margaret, Brian & Anthony Casey. Daniel Johansen. Jane Casey Duggan & Peter Duggan (Sun 12.30).


First Friday
The first Friday of September occurs this Friday and the Fr. Dan & Fr. Roderick will visit those who are housebound at the usual times.  Fr. Liam on Tuesday 8th September. 


Peace in Christ Retreat House
Recognising and honouring almost half a century of service given by the Sisters at Peace in Christ, a Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated in St. John’s Church on Wednesday, 2nd September at 7.30pm followed by refreshments in Langton House Hotel. Since its foundation by Bishop Peter Birch in 1967 the people of St. Patrick’s Parish have had a long and fruitful relationship with the sisters and staff at Peace in Christ Retreat House.  Many members of our parish have greatly benefited from retreats, parish evenings, days of prayer and reflection and other initiatives taken by the sisters through the years.  Let us show our appreciation of the sisters and staff by joining in this concelebrated Mass to mark the closure of the retreat house.  All are welcome: please keep the evening free.


Churchgate Collection
In aid of GROW takes place this weekend 29th and 30th August.


Holy Hour for Vocations
The monthly holy hour for vocations with guided prayer and Benediction will be held on Friday 4th September in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St. Mary’s Cathedral from 7 – 8pm. All welcome.


A Back to School Prayer
Dear God, please watch over the pupils as they go back to school. Keep them safe every day.  Help them treat others with kindness and respect, and to learn new things about God and the world each day.  Give them joy and peace as they put their trust in you. Amen.


St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw
1st Prize: Brigid Nolan, Clara. 2nd Prize: Marie & Denis Dowd,  St. Mary’s. 3rd Prize: Marian Doherty, Johnstown. 4th Prize: Michael Kealy, St. Mary’s. 5th Prize: Seamus & Eileen Fitzpatrick, Ferrybank. 6th Prize: Joe Dunphy, Mooncoin. 7th Prize: Shane Dalton, St. Mary’s. 8th Prize: Anne Dooley. Camross. 9th Prize: Milo & Kathleen Phelan, St. Mary’s. 10th Prize: Cormac Troy, Seir Kieran.
Thanks to all who continue to support this diocesan draw for the refurbishment of St. Mary’s Cathedral.  The next draw will take place on  30th September.


Irish National Eucharistic Congress
The Irish Catholic Bishops Conference will celebrate a National Eucharistic Congress on the weekend of 26th -27th September 2015 at Knock Shrine.
The theme for the National Congress, echoing the theme of IEC2016, is “Christ, our Hope” (Col 1:27). This theme will be reflected in all homilies and presentations given at the Congress.  The Congress, which is free of charge, will have a particular focus on Marriage and the Family as well as the Year of Consecrated Life and the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy.


Ladies Friendship Club
Ladies Friendship Club resumes on Wednesday 2nd September at 8.30pm in the Social Services Centre , Waterford  Road. New members very welcome.


Loughboy Library
Summer Reading Challenge-completed forms must be returned to the library by Tues Sept 1st. Tickets will be sent by post to the Watergate Show on Sat Oct 10th.  Culture Night Fri Sept 18th- Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Ēireann will host a traditional music, dance and singing session from 6.30pm. All welcome.  Book Club-new members are invited on Thursday Sept 3rd at 10.30am.


National Association of Widows
The National Association of Widows meet on the 1st Thursday of each month in the Club House Hotel, Patrick St at 2.30pm. New members always welcome. 


Volunteer Befriender’s Needed
If you are a good listener and would like to make a difference to someone’s day, we’d love to hear from you! Can you offer companionship to an Older Person in your area who may feel socially isolated? We are currently looking for male and female volunteers in the Kilkenny area who can commit to 1 or 2 hours per week. For more information please contact our office on 056-7772151 or Eleanor on 086-8530994. Kilkenny & Carlow Contact 


Support Group
Kilkenny Carer Support Group, Wednesday 2nd September 2015, 4.00-5.30pm at The Village Day Centre (behind the Village Inn Pub). Information and support for past/present carers of people with Alzheimer's/Dementia. All new members welcome.


Marble City Boxing Club
We wish all the best to Sean Purcell, who boxes with the Marble City Boxing Club all the best as he goes to St. Petersburg, Russia to represent Ireland in the Junior World Boxing Championships this Tuesday.  We wish him a safe journey and we will keep him in our prayers.

  
Free Dementia Workshop
Home Instead Senior Care are hosting a FREE Dementia Workshop based on our CARE: Changing Ageing Through Research and Education educational programme. This is a training programme we provide to our professional CAREGivers and we want to make this first-of-its kind training programme available to family carers in the local community. Date:        Wednesday 9th September 2015. Time:         7.00pm-9.00pm. Location: Butler House, Patrick Street, Co Kilkenny. To book your place or register for future dates contact us on 056 7800508 or enda.bohan@homeinstead.ie – we look forward to hearing from you. www.homeinstead.ie


Certificate in Theology
Do you want to know more about your faith? Your Church? Its history? Our Bible (Old and New Testaments) Our moral theology? Our liturgy and the sacraments?  Or just to know more about the God we pray to.  If so why not consider taking part in the Certificate in Theology at St Kieran’s College.  A new course starts October 2015 - find out more at www.ossory.ie 


Thinking of Getting Married Soon?
Couples wishing to be married in our parish are asked to note the following:  Contact the Parish Office (776 4400) as early as possible to book your preferred date.  Bookings are on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please note that it is a civil requirement to inform the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths of your intention to marry at least three months before the date. 
Contact the parish where you now reside where pre-marriage papers will be prepared for forwarding to the place of marriage.  www.gettingmarried.ie


Theology Matters!
The Priory Institute invites you to join their enthusiastic student community and study theology from home or in class.  Application deadline is 21st September.  Email: enquiries@prioryinstitute.com or phone 01 404 8124.


Papal Blessings
Papal blessing parchments to mark weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, jubilees and some other occasions are available through the Parish Shop.  Please enquire at the reception desk in the Parish Centre.
There are lots of other items of a religious nature available at reasonable prices in our parish shop which is located in the Parish Center.


Tommy Fleming In Concert
Early notice of a concert on Thursday 1st October 2015 at 8.00pm at St.  Colman’s Church, Conahy Jenkinstown.  Tickets available from Post Office, Castlecomer and Ballyragget, and Rollercoaster Records Kilkenny.


Notices for the Newsletter
Please ensure that all notices for inclusion in the parish newsletter are in by Thursday.  Parish  and diocesan notices take priority.



Monday, August 24, 2015

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, 23rd August 2015

St. Fiacre’s Well Novena
This year’s annual novena to St. Fiacre begins with rosary and prayers at the well in Kilfera at 8.00pm on Saturday, 22nd August.  This will continue at 8.00pm each evening of the coming week with concluding prayers and Mass on next Sunday, 30th August at 3.00pm.  Devotion to St. Fiacre in our parish has a time-honoured history with annual novena prayers and patterns at the well for many centuries.  We invite all to continue the tradition by joining with us in prayer during the coming week and for the novena prayers and Mass on next Sunday afternoon.  By kind permission, St. Fiacre’s Well is approached through the avenue of Sheastown House which is a couple of miles out the Bennettsbridge Road.
In Ireland Fiacre began his life as a seventh century hermit and is also said to have served as a priest for some time. His Irish lineage was impressive, stemming as it did from Conn, King of Ireland from 523-577. Fiacre is believed to have been born around 590. Even in early youth he was noted for his generosity towards the poor and less fortunate and later he was to become famous for his wisdom and judgement in all matters and for his skill in working with the land - hence his association as the patron saint of gardeners. Although he served the people dutifully, his true desire was for solitude and prayer and he retired to a small patch of sheltered woodland on the banks of the river Nore where there was a fertile plain and a deep well with fresh, safe water known today as Kilfera. Here he could live out his days in peace…or so he thought. Find out more information on
www.irelandsholywells.blogspot.ie/2012/07/saint-fiacres-well-kilkenny.html

Traditional Prayer to St. Fiacre
Give ear, O Lord,
to the supplications we offer Thee
on this, the Festival of St. Fiacre, thy confessor,
so that we trust not in our own merits,
but may be aided by him,
who was so pleasing to Thee,
through Christ our Lord. Amen. 


Peace in Christ Retreat House
Recognising and honouring almost half a century of service given by the Sisters at Peace in Christ, a Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated in St. John’s Church on Wednesday, 2nd September at 7.30pm followed by refreshments in Langton House Hotel. All are welcome.
Since its foundation by Bishop Peter Birch in 1967 the people of St. Patrick’s Parish have had a long and fruitful relationship with the sisters and staff at Peace in Christ Retreat House.  Many members of our parish have greatly benefited from retreats, parish evenings, days of prayer and reflection and other initiatives taken by the sisters down through the years.  Let us show our appreciation of the sisters and staff by joining in this concelebrated Mass to mark the closure of the retreat house.  All are welcome: please keep the evening free.


Our Lady’s Island Pilgrimage 2015
The annual pilgrimage runs from 15th August to the 8th September.  Closing Ceremony followed by Torchlight Procession at 7.00pm on Tuesday, 8th September.  Full programme is available on www.ourladysisland.ie


St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw
The sixth monthly draw will take place in the Cathedral Chapter Room at 8.00pm on this Wednesday, 26th August. New subscribers are always welcome.  We would respectfully remind those who subscribe monthly to submit their money by Tuesday.  There are still seven draws to go: €70 in all or €10 per month.  Tickets are available at the Parish Office.


Volunteers Needed
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Kilkenny is seeking suitable volunteers for their charity shops Vincent's in the Kilkenny area. A commitment of at least 3 hours a week would be required and all training and support will be provided. Please contact Liam on 087 212 0201.


South Kilkenny Historical Society
Heritage Week  Event,  Sunday, 30th August. Local History Mystery Tour of South Kilkenny. Meeting time and place: 3.00pm, John O Donovan Centre, Slieverue (formerly Slieverue Vocational School)  This event is free.


Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Kay Creedon, The Sycamores, Freshford Road.  Funeral prayers at Hehir’s Funeral Home at 6.30pm on Sunday followed by removal to St. Canice’s Church.  Requiem Mass, Monday at 11.00am. Interment in Foulkstown.  Leo Ryan, Bedford and formerly Assumption Place. Patrick Sheehan, Meadow Hill, Kilkenny.  Anne Doogue, Castlecomer.  Michael Rice, Burnchurch.
Anniversaries: Tom & Mary Byrne (Sat 6.15). Paddy McDonald (Sat 7.00). Annie McKenna (Sun 9.30). Mary & John Heslin (Sun 10.00). Paddy Heffernan (Sun 10.30). Tom & Michael Casserly (Sun 11.00). Patsy Ryan (Sun 12.00). Joe McHugh (Sun 12.30).  Michael White. Paddy Cooke. Tommy Morris. James Browne. Nance O’Neill. Joe Maher.  James Rhatigan. Pierce & Catherine Marnell. Maria Murray. Thomas O’Keeffe. Laurence Brett. Br. Martin Cassidy. Mary & William Kingston. Joseph O’Shea. Patrick Culleton. Martin Ward. Ben Delahunty.  Maurice Maher. Annette Kavanagh.
Intentions for next weekend:  Brigid Kenny (Sat 6.15). Jim Ryan (Sat 7.00). Michael White (Sun 9.30). Paddy Mullen (Sun 10.00). May Spain (Months Mind  Sun 10.30). Tony Madden (Sun 11.00). Michael Phelan (Birthday Remembrance Sun 12.00). Muggers Larkin (Sun 12.30).


Ladies Friendship Club
Ladies Friendship Club resumes on Wednesday 2nd September at 8.30pm in the Social Services Centre , Waterford  Road. New members very welcome.


Typing and Computers
Courses beginning in September. One-to-one or group sessions, beginner and improver levels.  Suitable for secondary school and college students, professionals and older people.  Call Majella on 086 371 3573 for further information.


Notices for the Newsletter
Please ensure that all notices for inclusion in the parish newsletter are in by Thursday.  Parish  and diocesan notices take priority. 


Irish National Eucharistic Congress
The Irish Catholic Bishops Conference will celebrate a National Eucharistic Congress on the weekend of 26th -27th September 2015 at Knock Shrine. The Congress will serve both as a spiritual preparation for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress 2016 in Cebu next January and as an opportunity to focus in the light of our Eucharistic communion on some of the important pastoral questions in the life of the Church at this time.
The theme for the National Congress, echoing the theme of IEC2016, is “Christ, our Hope” (Col 1:27). This theme will be reflected in all homilies and presentations given at the Congress.  The Congress, which is free of charge, will have a particular focus on Marriage and the Family as well as the Year of Consecrated Life and the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy.


Theology Matters!
The Priory Institute invites you to join their enthusiastic student community and study theology from home or in class.  Application deadline is 21st September.  Email: enquiries@prioryinstitute.com or phone 01 404 8124.


Certificate in Theology
Do you want to know more about your faith? Your Church? Its history? Our Bible (Old and New Testaments) Our moral theology? Our liturgy and the sacraments?  Or just to know more about the God we pray to.  If so why not consider taking part in the Certificate in Theology at St Kieran’s College.  A new course starts October 2015 - find out more at www.ossory.ie 


Concert in Aid of Crumlin Hospital
A free concert in Aid of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin will take place in the Black Abbey, Kilkenny on Friday next the 28th of August at 7.30pm Performing will be Berbau und Hutten Traditionsmusik, Arnoldstein, Austria, James McDonald Classical Guitar and St. Patrick's Brass and Reed Band. A wonderful evenings entertainment is assured. A retiring collection will be taken up on departure and all are welcome to come along. Further information from Liam  087 212 0201


Thinking of Getting Married Soon?
Couples wishing to be married in our parish are asked to note the following:  Contact the Parish Office (776 4400) as early as possible to book your preferred date.  Bookings are on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please note that it is a civil requirement to inform the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths of your intention to marry at least three months before the date. 
Contact the parish where you now reside where pre-marriage papers will be prepared for forwarding to the place of marriage.  www.gettingmarried.ie


Papal Blessings
Papal blessing parchments to mark weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, jubilees and some other occasions are available through the Parish Shop.  Please enquire at the reception desk in the Parish Centre.
There are lots of other items of a religious nature available at reasonable prices in our parish shop which is located in the Parish Center.


Tommy Fleming In Concert
Early notice of a concert on Thursday 1st October 2015 at 8.00pm at St.  Colman’s Church, Conahy Jenkinstown.  Tickets available from Post Office, Castlecomer and Ballyragget, and Rollercoaster Records Kilkenny.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 16th August 2015

The Beginning of Wisdom
The Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher Confucius once told us that it is “By three methods we may learn wisdom:
· first, by reflection, which is noblest;
· second, by imitation, which is easiest;
· and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
For any of us who have experienced hindrance or success, either in an endeavour or in life, this surely rings true.  And indeed the Greek Philosopher Aristotle tells us that “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” 
This reminds me of a little story I heard, which was written by C.L. James.  A big cat saw a little cat chasing its tail and asked, “Why are you chasing your tail so?”  Said the kitten, “I have learned that the best thing for a cat is happiness, and that happiness is in my tail. Therefore, I am chasing it: and when I catch it, I shall have happiness.”  Said the old cat, “My son, I, too, have paid attention to the problems of the universe.  I too, have judged that happiness is in my tail.  But, I have noticed that whenever I chase after it, it keeps running away from me, and when I go about my business, it just seems to come after me wherever I go.” 
Wisdom and happiness often go hand in hand, but sometimes the pursuit of both can wear us out in a seeming unending futile chase.  Perhaps in the pursuit of happiness and wisdom, we might take a lesson from our first reading today which portrays wisdom as a lady, inviting us to a feast.  At a feast, one normally relaxes, rests and enjoys the fare.  Remember wisdom and happiness are like a butterfly which, when pursued, are always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, they may alight upon you!


St. Fiacre’s Well Novena
The annual novena to St. Fiacre begins with rosary and prayers at the well in Kilfera on next Saturday, 22nd  August at 8.00pm.  This will continue each evening at 8.00pm with concluding prayers and Mass on Sunday, 30th August at 3.00pm.  All welcome.


Faith and Family Novena
The annual Knock Novena started on Friday and runs until 22nd August.  Daily ceremonies at 3.00pm and 8.30pm.  Workshops at 12.00 noon and 6.00pm.  This year’s theme is “Faith and Family”.  Speakers include: Cardinal Dolan, New York; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Armagh; Bishop Kevin Doran, Elphin; Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative on International Migration; Joan Freeman, Pieta House. Full programme on www.knockshrine.ie


Our Lady’s Island Pilgrimage 2015
The annual pilgrimage runs from 15th August to the 8th September.  Mass and Anointing of the Sick at 3.00pm on Sunday, 16th August.  “A Time to Heal” at 8.00pm on Wednesday, 19th August.  Closing Ceremony followed by Torchlight Procession at 7.00pm on Tuesday, 8th September.  Full programme is available on www.ourladysisland.ie


Legion of Mary Pilgrimage
The Legion of Mary pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island Wexford takes place on Wednesday, 19th August.  Bus leaves the Parade at 5.00pm.  For bookings telephone Pat on 056 776 4783 or Kay on 087 942 8305.  Fare €10.  All are welcome.


Theology Matters!
The Priory Institute invites you to join their enthusiastic student community and study theology from home or in class.  Application deadline is 21st September.  Email: enquiries@prioryinstitute.com or phone 01 404 8124.


Thinking of Getting Married Soon?
Couples wishing to be married in our parish are asked to note the following:  Contact the Parish Office (776 4400) as early as possible to book your preferred date.  Bookings are on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please note that it is a civil requirement to inform the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths of your intention to marry at least three months before the date. 
Contact the parish where you now reside where pre-marriage papers will be prepared for forwarding to the place of marriage.  www.gettingmarried.ie


Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased:  Noreen Faul, College Road.  Funeral prayers at Hehir’s Funeral Home at 6.30pm on Monday followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church.  Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Tuesday followed by burial at Foulkstown Cemetery.  Edward Fox, Assumption Place.  Funeral  prayers at Johnston’s Funeral Home at 11.15am on Sunday followed by removal to St. Joseph’s Church, Foulkstown for 12.00 noon requiem Mass.  Internment in adjoining cemetery.  Margaret Brett, Newpark.  Funeral prayers at Johnston’s Funeral Home at 6.00pm on Sunday followed by removal to St. John’s Church.  Requiem Mass at 10.30am on Monday followed by burial at Foulkstown Cemetery.  Bernadette Roberts, Goslingstown. Nancy Waters, Ballyraggett. Annmarie Jordan, Ballina, Co. Mayo.  Bridget Kelly, Greensbridge. (Sun 12.00). Sr. Alphonsus Sheehy, Callan.
Anniversaries: Kathleen Brophy (Sat 6:15). Patrick Curran & Edna Carolan (Sat 7.00). Evelyn Hughes (Sun  9.30). Davina Crosby (Sun 10.00). Tom Ryan (Sun 10.30). Jim Drohan (Sun 11.00). Eddie Kelly & Bridget Kelly. Margaret Shanahan (Sun 12.30). Bridget Long (Mon 9.30). Moscow Larkin (Wed 10.30). John, Ellen, Pat & Mary Butler (Thurs 10.30).  Pat Owens. John & Catherine Waldron. John & Helen Waldron. Christina Gargan. Dick Walsh. Peadar Blanchfield. Ray Bolger. Peggy Ryan. Michael Gibbons.
Intentions for next weekend:  Tom & Mary Byrne (Sat 6.15). Paddy McDonald (Sat 7.00). Annie McKenna (Sun 9.30). Mary & John Heslin (Sun 10.00). Paddy Heffernan (Sun 10.30). Tom & Michael Casserly (Sun 11.00). Patsy Ryan (Sun 12.00). Joe McHugh (Sun 12.30).

National Dawn Walk for Cancer
The walk will take place on Saturday morning 22nd August at 5.45am. It is a 10km journey over Mount Leinster, from The Nine Stones to Myshall, Co. Carlow. Walk will be led by Bishop Denis Nulty.  Places limited so book early to avoid disappointment. The cost is €10 per adult and €5 per child.   Further information and booking: call 085 747 3522. or please see our website at www.nationaldawnwalkforcancer.com.


French Group Visit Parish
A youth group from a French parish will visit our parish on Monday and Tuesday.  Made up of about 35 young people and their leaders the group is cycling through the South of Ireland as part of a Summer Camp, Pilgrimage and Spiritual Exercise.  They will be accommodated in the Parish Centre on Monday and Tuesday with Latin Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church at 9.00am on Tuesday and Wednesday.  If you meet them be sure to make them feel welcome.


Certificate in Theology
Do you want to know more about your faith? Your Church? Its history? Our Bible (Old and New Testaments) Our moral theology? Our liturgy and the sacraments?  Or just to know more about the God we pray to.  If so why not consider taking part in the Certificate in Theology at St Kieran’s College.  A new course starts October 2015 - find out more at www.ossory.ie 


Irish National Eucharistic Congress
The Irish Catholic Bishops Conference will celebrate a National Eucharistic Congress on the weekend of 26th -27th September 2015 at Knock Shrine. The Congress will serve both as a spiritual preparation for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress 2016 in Cebu next January and as an opportunity to focus in the light of our Eucharistic communion on some of the important pastoral questions in the life of the Church at this time.
The theme for the National Congress, echoing the theme of IEC2016, is “Christ, our Hope” (Col 1:27). This theme will be reflected in all homilies and presentations given at the Congress.  The Congress, which is free of charge, will have a particular focus on Marriage and the Family as well as the Year of Consecrated Life and the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy.


Loughboy Library News
Summer Reading Challenge finishes on 22nd August. Please return completed cards to the library.
Heritage Week - an introduction to Tracing your Family Tree on Tuesday, 25th August.  Please book.
Caring For Your Dog: Wednesday, 26th August at 2.30pm.


Typing and Computers
Courses beginning in September. One-to-one or group sessions, beginner and improver levels.  Suitable for secondary school and college students, professionals and older people.  Call Majella on 086 371 3573 for further information.


Papal Blessings
Papal blessing parchments to mark weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, jubilees and some other occasions are available through the Parish Shop.  Please enquire at the reception desk in the Parish Centre.
There are lots of other items of a religious nature available at reasonable prices in our parish shop which is located in the Parish Center.


Tommy Fleming In Concert
Early notice of a concert on Thursday 1st October 2015 at 8.00pm at St.  Colman’s Church, Conahy Jenkinstown.  Tickets available from Post Office, Castlecomer and Ballyragget, and Rollercoaster Records Kilkenny.


Staff Required
The Carers Association are recruiting for Home care workers in the Callan, Kells, Borris, Graiguenamanagh & surrounding areas.  If you have completed FETAC level 5 in Healthcare Support or currently working towards it, could you please contact 056 7721424 or email Kilkenny@carersireland.com


Notices for the Newsletter
Please ensure that all notices for inclusion in the parish newsletter are in by Thursday.  Parish  and diocesan notices take priority.




Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 9th August 2015

Feast of the Assumption
Next Saturday, 15th August is the feast of The Assumption of  the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.  This is an important solemnity in the Church and it is a holyday of obligation.  Our Masses for this feast follow the same schedule as a Sunday, vigil Masses on Friday at 6.15pm and 7.00pm and the usual Sunday morning timetable for Saturday Masses. 
Please join us in honouring our Blessed Mother.

Work in St. Patrick’s Church
The final piece of work will commence in the sanctuary  of the church starting this Monday.  This is the repair to the truss above the side chapel which has developed cracks over the years.
As before, we will have Mass at the normal times using a portable altar.  Should the need arise, funerals will be redirected to either of our other two churches. As soon as work is completed, we will be back to normal.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.

St. Fiacre’s Well Novena
The annual novena to St. Fiacre begins with rosary and prayers at the well in Kilfera on Saturday, 22nd  August at 8.00pm.  This will continue each evening at 8.00pm with concluding prayers and Mass on Sunday, 30th August at 3.00pm.  All welcome.

Faith and Family Novena
The annual Knock Novena runs from 14th to 22nd August.  Daily ceremonies at 3.00pm and 8.30pm.  Workshops at 12.00 noon and 6.00pm.  This year’s theme is “Faith and Family”.  Speakers include: Cardinal Dolan, New York; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Armagh; Bishop Kevin Doran, Elphin; Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative on International Migration; Joan Freeman, Pieta House.  Full programme available on www.knockshrine.ie

Theology Matters!
The Priory Institute invites you to join their enthusiastic student community and study theology from home or in class.  Application deadline is 21st September.  Email: enquiries@prioryinstitute.com or phone 01 404 8124.

Thinking of Getting Married Soon?
Couples wishing to be married in our parish are asked to note the following:  Contact the Parish Office (776 4400) as early as possible to book your preferred date.  Bookings are on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please note that it is a civil requirement to inform the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths of your intention to marry at least three months before the date. 
Contact the parish where you now reside where pre-marriage papers will be prepared for forwarding to the place of marriage. 
Visit www.gettingmarried.ie which provides useful information, hints and tips.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: John Brennan, Mill Street, Thomastown and late of Elphin, Co. Roscommon. Requiem Mass at 10.30am on Sunday at St. Bennett’s Church, Bennettsbridge. Burial afterwards in Foulkstown Cemetery.  Elizabeth Hickman, Garden Villas. Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Burial afterwards in St. Kieran’s Cemetery. Kathleen Fox, Castlecomer Road. Requiem Mass at 11.30am on Sunday at St. Canice’s Church.  Burial afterwards in St. Kieran’s Cemetery. Bridget Kelly, Greensbridge Court. Funeral arrangements later.  Phil Doyle, Lord Edward Street and late of Firhouse.  Paddy Henderson, Waterford Road.
Months Mind: Teresa Burke (Months Mind Sun 12.30).
Anniversaries: Mary Coogan (Sat 6:15). Jackie Coonan (Sat 7.00). Phil O’Neill (Sun 10.00). Martin Mulhall (Sun 11.00) James & Margaret Bambrick (Sun 12.00). Ellen McEvoy (Mon 9.30). Eileen Tynan (Tues 9.30). Gabriel Warde (Tues 10.30). John, Catherine, Helen and John Waldron (Fri 10.30).  Martin Doran. Edward & Christina O’Shaughnessy.  Ned O’Shaughnessy. Nin Bligh.
Intentions for next weekend:  Kathleen Brophy (Sat 6:15). Patrick Curran & Edna Carolan (Sat 7.00). Evelyn Hughes (Sun  9.30). Davina Crosby (Sun 10.00). Tom Ryan (Sun 10.30). Jim Drohan (Sun 11.00). Eddie Kelly (Sun 12.00). Margaret Shanahan (Sun 12.30).
Best Of Luck Kilkenny
We join in wishing Brian, and all the lads all the very best as they take on Galway in the minor and Waterford in the senior All Ireland Hurling Semi-finals in Croke Park on Sunday.
To those travelling to the match: have a safe journey; those cheering from the armchairs, don’t get too carried away!

Church Gate Collection
SOS Kilkenny will hold their annual church gate collection on next weekend.  Please support.

Papal Blessings
Papal blessing parchments to mark weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, jubilees and some other occasions are available through the Parish Shop.  Please enquire at the reception desk in the Parish Centre.
There are lots of other items of a religious nature available at reasonable prices in our parish shop which is located in the Parish Center.

National Dawn Walk for Cancer
The walk will take place on Saturday morning 22nd August at 5.45am. It is a 10km journey over Mount Leinster, from The Nine Stones to Myshall, Co. Carlow. Walk will be led by Bishop Denis Nulty.  Places limited so book early to avoid disappointment. The cost is €10 per adult and €5 per child.   Further information and booking: call 085 747 3522. or please see our website at www.nationaldawnwalkforcancer.com.

Art and Photography Exhibition
There will be an exhibition of art and photography by religious, priests and friends in the Chapter House, St. Mary’s Cathedral from 7th to 15th August.

Certificate in Theology
Do you want to know more about your faith? Your Church? Its history? Our Bible (Old and New Testaments) Our moral theology? Our liturgy and the sacraments?  Or just to know more about the God we pray to.  If so why not consider taking part in the Certificate in Theology at St Kieran’s College.  A new course starts October 2015 - find out more at www.ossory.ie 
Irish National Eucharistic Congress
The Irish Catholic Bishops Conference will celebrate a National Eucharistic Congress on the weekend of 26th -27th September 2015 at Knock Shrine. The Congress will serve both as a spiritual preparation for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress 2016 in Cebu next January and as an opportunity to focus in the light of our Eucharistic communion on some of the important pastoral questions in the life of the Church at this time.
The theme for the National Congress, echoing the theme of IEC2016, is “Christ, our Hope” (Col 1:27). This theme will be reflected in all homilies and presentations given at the Congress.  The Congress, which is free of charge, will have a particular focus on Marriage and the Family as well as the Year of Consecrated Life and the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy.

Lough Derg
Three Day Pilgrimage available any day up until Thursday, 13th August.  “Coming away from everyday life offers the space to look at the past with understanding, make sense of the present and look to the shores of new possibilities.”
Day Retreats recommence on 17th August.  For further information: 071 986 1518 or inforoughderg.org

Youth 2000 Summer Festival
Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th August 2015.  For young people aged 16-35, this is a great opportunity to find out what your Catholic faith is all about in a friendly, chilled-out atmosphere.  There is an action packed programme of inspiring talks, workshops, testimonies, prayer, music,  drama and much more. The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from around Ireland.  For info or to book see www.youth2000.ie or telephone 01 675 3690.

Typing and Computers
Courses beginning in September. One-to-one or group sessions, beginner and improver levels.  Suitable for secondary school and college students, professionals and older people.  Call Majella on 086 371 3573 for further information.

Tweed Return to Kilkenny
There is a fundraiser on Saturday 15th August in the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny.  80’s band Tweed will be performing on the night.  Proceeds raised on the night go to The Carers Association and Chernobyl Kilkenny outreach group.  Hope to see you there.

Notices for the Newsletter
Please ensure that all notices for inclusion in the parish newsletter are in by Thursday.  Parish  and diocesan notices take priority. Include a phone number with all notices where possible in case there is a query. Anniversary notices should only be left into the parish office by email, phone or by hand.

Tommy Fleming In Concert
Early notice of a concert on Thursday 1st October 2015 at 8.00pm at St.  Colman’s Church, Conahy Jenkinstown.  Tickets available from Post Office, Castlecomer and Ballyragget, and Rollercoaster Records Kilkenny.