Friday, June 19, 2015

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, 14th June 2015

Congratulations Fr. Roderick
This year Fr. Roderick celebrates his Silver Jubilee as he marks 25 years since his ordination to the priesthood in June 1990.  On Sunday next 21st June at the 12 noon Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church we gather as community to celebrate Fr. Roderick’s Silver Jubilee. All are welcome to this Mass and to light refreshments in the Parish Centre immediately afterwards.  The Kilkenny Gospel Choir, of which Fr. Roderick is a member, will provide the sacred music.


Corpus Christi Procession
Because of the closure of High Street on this Sunday afternoon the deferred Diocesan Corpus Christi procession scheduled for Kilkenny City on Sunday has been rerouted.  The following arrangements will now apply: To mark the Year for Consecrated Life, the faithful are asked to gather at the Capuchin Friary at 2.00pm on Sunday, 14th June where we will pray for the  renewal of  Consecrated Life in our diocese, process through Friary Street and Parnell Street,  on to  James’s Green to honour the Blessed Virgin and then process to the St. Mary’s Cathedral for Benediction.  Refreshments afterwards in the Chapter House.  All welcome.

Pilgrimage to Knock
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society’s annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Saturday, 27th June. The chief celebrant will be Most Rev. Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry. Ceremonies in the Basilica including anointing of the sick by Most Rev. Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin. Bus leaving St. Fiacre’s Church at 7.45am.  All are welcome to join us. Contact Marian 086 069 3510 or Phil 086 833 3029.


Refurbishment of St. Patrick’s Church
Work is continuing on the roof of St. Patrick’s Church. One side of the roof is almost re-slated and work is on schedule on the other side.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Please note that Masses are celebrated as normal.  However, the church will close directly after Mass each day. 

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Martin Murray, Larchfield.  Rosary at his home at 8.00pm on Saturday.  Funeral prayers at 10.00am on Monday followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church for Requiem Mass at 11.00am. Burial afterwards at Foulkstown Cemetery. Lilly O’Connell, Ormonde Road.  Jim O’Sullivan, Sheastown. Mary Brennan, The Bottling Store, Kilkenny.  Mary McGirr, Carnew.
Months Mind: Gabbie Doran (Tues 10.30).
Anniversaries: Josie Kenny (Sat 6.15). Joseph Murray (Sat 7.00). Martin Brennan (Sun 10.00). Tom Rothwell (Sun 10.30). Margaret McGrath (Sun 11.00). Eileen Brett (Sun 12.00). Jonathan Barry (Sun 12.30).  John McEvoy  (Thurs 10.30). Noreen Llewellyn (Fri 10.30).  Des Manning. Michael & Christina O’Driscoll. Catherine & Paddy Kirwan. Dan Carroll. Geraldine McGrath. Bill & Bridie O’Neill. Cathy Purcell. Nicky Dollard.
Intentions for next weekend:  Dan Maher (Sat 6.15). Sr. Baptiste Casey (Sat 7.00). Lillian Beatty (Sun 9.30). Paddy Noonan (Sun 10.00). Deceased residents of Dukesmeadows.  (Sun  10.30). Andy Lawlor (Sun 11.00). Teresa Kelly (Months Mind  Sun 12.30).



Parish Pilgrimage to Knock
Our annual Parish Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Thursday, 25th June.  A coach will leave St. Fiacre’s Church at 7.15am and St. Patrick’s Church at 7.20am. Tickets cost €15 and are available at the Parish Office. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Foulkstown Cemetery
We have had complaints from people who have had items taken from graves in Foulkstown. We  ask visitors to the cemetery to be vigilant and to report any such incidents to the Parish Office on 056 776 4400.


Certificate in Theology
St. Kieran’s College presents a Certificate in Theology Course for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of our religion and church teachings and to enable people to live out their Christian mission within the community.  Call Declan Murphy on 087 908 1470.


Remembering John Bradley
Butler House, Patrick Street on Sunday 28th June at 3.30pm. Special guest: Dr. Thomas Herron (East Carolina University, North Carolina USA) who will speak on ‘John Bradley’s American Journeys’. An informal gathering of friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to pay tribute to the life and achievements of an outstanding Kilkenny scholar.  



Kilkenny Gospel Choir
On Saturday June 20th in the Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny International Gospel Music leader Mark Anthony will give workshops on ‘Music, Ministry and Faith’. Mark Anthony was the musical director for Whitney Houston and at present is working with some of the worlds most famous music artists.  The workshops begin at 10.00am.  A unity concert will take place with Mark Anthony in the Black Abbey Church on Saturday 20th at 7.30pm. More information from Ella Dunphy 087 900 2092 or www.kilkennygospelchoir.com


Monastic Experience Days
The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting a Monastic Experience Day on Saturday, 20th June from 10.00am to 5.00pm.  The day is designed to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out about the Poor Clare way of life.  Information from poorclaresgalwayvocations@gmail.com.


Summer Camp
Starburst Summer Camp is back. 6th,7th and 8th of July. 10.00am - 1.00pm daily in St Patrick’s Parish Centre. Suitable for children, 4 - 10 years.      085 114 2686.


Dates For Your Diary
Cemetery Mass at Foulkstown:  Thursday, 30th July, 7.30pm.  Please inform family members who are away from home.


Camino Walk
A pilgrimage walk of Camino de Santiago takes place from 15th - 24th October 2015. Cost: €949 pps, €230 single supplement.  Contact Kavanagh Travel, Bridge Garage, Urlingford. Tel: 056 883 8833/ 086 276 5707. www.kavanaghtravel.com.  



Integritas
 – A Domestic Centre of Christian Spirituality
Ennisnag, Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny 056-7728902 www.integritas.ie
“Drawing upon the sense of mission in the Gospel of St. Luke” with Fr. Michael Mullins, on Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 7.30pm.  In the aftermath of the result of the Marriage Referendum, some feel despondent about what the Church has to say to Irish society either now or in the future. The mission of the Church in relation to our society is now unclear for many. In the midst of this, however, the Gospel of St. Luke offers very clear guidance about the importance of joyful engagement and of retaining a missionary sense at all times. These themes will be explored by Fr. Michael Mullins during this evening. He has been teaching scripture throughout his adult life and has written a number of texts on scripture, including an explanatory guide to the Gospel of St. Luke. This evening is open to anyone to attend. (There is a suggested voluntary contribution of €10.00.)


Mini Marathon
Kids Mini Marathon & Adult 5K takes place Sunday 21st June in Kilkenny Castle, all proceeds to Mother of Fair Love School and Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Registration from 12.30pm at Castle Gates, Kids 2.5K is €5 and 5K is €10.  

Starcamp
Ireland's leading and most renowned performing and fun Summer Camp, is coming to Kilkenny City in Loreto Secondary School from the 6th - 10th July.
Open to boys and girls aged 4-13. Starcamp's core ethos is to instil confidence and self-esteem through praise and recognition. Sing, Dance and Act all while making new friends and having fun. Run by professional, experienced, fully trained and Garda vetted leaders, choreographers and drama coaches. To book your child's place or see a full list of locations, visit
www.starcamp.ie or call 021 4377900.


Parish Choir Members
Members of parish choirs are invited to participate in the ordination of Rev. Brian Griffin at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, 28th June at 3.00pm. The next choir practice will be held at  St John’s Church on Tuesday, 9th June  at 7.30pm. All choir members are welcome to come along - it will be a time for choirs to learn new music together and enrich their own repertoire.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Corpus Christi, 7th June 2015

The Feast of Corpus Christi
We remember Holy Thursday as the day that Jesus gave us himself in the Eucharist.  But that day is also the beginning of His Passion.  So the Church wisely sets aside another day when we can reflect and remember what the Eucharist means to us.  An important message from Jesus at His Last Supper was “Do this in memory of Me”
We gather as a community to celebrate Eucharist on this the feast of Corpus Christi.  Let us remember that Eucharist is the communion of the people, Eucharist is the gift of the love of Jesus, it is the food of life offered on the table of the world, it is the Body and Blood of Jesus.  The love that we celebrate in the Sacrament is not something we can keep for ourselves.  We must share it with all. “Do this in memory of Me” 


Corpus Christi Procession
The annual Diocesan Corpus Christi Procession will take place on next Sunday, 14th June, gathering at St. John’s Church Kilkenny at 2.00pm.  The Procession will begin at 2.30pm and process through the City, arriving at St. Mary’s Cathedral for Benediction. We especially invite the children of the parish who made their First Holy Communion and Confirmation this year, to participate in the Procession. All are welcome.  Light refreshments in the Chapter Room afterwards. 


Refurbishment of St. Patrick’s
Work is continuing on the roof of St. Patrick’s Church. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Please note that Masses are celebrated as normal.  However, the church will close directly after Mass each day.  


Parish Pilgrimage to Knock
Our annual Parish Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Thursday, 25th June.  A coach will leave St. Fiacre’s Church at 7.15am and St. Patrick’s Church at 7.20am. Tickets cost €15 and are available at the Parish Office. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Teresa Hawkes, St. Kieran's Crescent.  Reposing at her sister Stephanie Coy’s home at Sion Meadows.  Funeral prayers at 11.15am on Monday followed by removal to St. Fiacre’s Church for Requiem Mass at 12.00 noon.  Mary Galvin, St. John’s Court. Funeral prayers on Sunday morning at 11.15am followed by removal to St. John’s Church for Requiem Mass at 12.00 noon.  Burial in St. Kieran’s Cemetery.  Kitty Fahy, Troyscourt.  Reposing at Hehir's Funeral Home with funeral prayers at 11.15am on Monday followed by removal to St. Canice’s Church for Requiem Mass at 12.00 noon. Burial in Foulkstown Cemetery.  Betty Brett, Ballyfoyle.  Requiem Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Ballyfoyle at 12.30pm on Sunday.  Michael Lahart, Templeogue & Kells. Removal on Tuesday morning to St. Pius X Church, Templeogue arriving for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Funeral afterwards to Mount Jerome Crematorium.
Months Mind: Kay Hennessy (Sat 7.00). Lukey Bateman (Sun 12.30).
Anniversaries: Ellen Ryan (Sat 6.15). Harry Kelly (Sun 10.00). Mary Maher (Sun 10.30). Sarah Mullally (Sun 11.00). Jim  O’Brien (Sun 12.00). Ann O’Sullivan (Tues 10.30). Patrick Cantwell (Wed 10.30). Annie Carroll. Monsignor Martin Campion. Leo Rice. Allison Daly. Rose Ryan. Edwin Stallard. Pauline Purcell. Margo Wrigley. Catherine Murray. Bridget Rhatigan. Margaret & Neilie O’Meara.  Seamus Dowling.
Intentions for next weekend:  Josie Kenny (Sat 6.15). Joseph Murray (Sat 7.00). Martin Brennan (Sun 10.00). Tom Rothwell (Sun 10.30). Margaret McGrath (Sun 11.00). Eileen Brett (Sun 12.00). Jonathan Barry (Sun 12.30).


Parish Choir Members
Members of parish choirs are invited to participate in the ordination of Rev. Brian Griffin at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, 28th June at 3.00pm. The next choir practice will be held at  St John’s Church on Tuesday, 9th June  at 7.30pm. All choir members are welcome to come along - it will be a time for choirs to learn new music together and enrich their own repertoire.
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The next meeting will take place in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on Friday 12th June after 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church. All are welcome.


Pilgrimage to Knock
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society’s annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Saturday 27th June. The chief celebrant will be Most Rev Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry. Ceremonies in the Basilica including anointing of the sick by Most Rev. Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin. Bus leaving St. Fiacre’s Church at 7.45am.  All are welcome to join us. Contact Marian 086 069 3510 or Phil 086 833 3029.


Certificate in Theology
St. Kieran’s College presents a Certificate in Theology Course for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of our religion and church teachings and to enable people to live out their Christian mission within the community.  Call Declan Murphy on 087 908 1470.


Public Rosary
The monthly rosary on the first Sunday in James Green at the Statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues this Sunday 7th June at 3.00pm. All welcome.


"I Was Glad" concert
Featuring the Cathedral Choirs of St Canice's Kilkenny, St. Mary's Limerick and Christ Church Waterford will take place in St Canice's Cathedral at 4.00pm on Sunday, 7th June.  Tickets available at the door priced €10 (concession) and €15. It will feature a number of great choral works from the Cathedral tradition and Schubert's Mass in G Major (D.167).


Remembering John Bradley
Butler House, Patrick St on Sunday 28th June at 3.30pm. Special guest: Dr. Thomas Herron (East Carolina University, North Carolina USA) who will speak on ‘John Bradley’s American Journeys’. An informal gathering of friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to pay tribute to the life and achievements of an outstanding Kilkenny scholar.  


Good Wishes to Exam Students
We continue to pray for those sitting exams at the moment.  We ask God to keep you calm, focussed and strong. You will be remembered at our parish Masses each day.


Do This in Memory
We welcome those children who received their First Holy Communion to 10.30am and 11.00am Masses today. Congratulations!  Well done to all who helped during the year and to our congregations who welcomed the young people to Mass each month.


Bird Watch Ireland
BirdWatch Ireland are looking for records of breeding curlew this summer. Farmers with breeding Curlew on their land may be eligible for GLAS. If you think you know of a nesting pair (not a flock), please contact Sean Kelly on 085 1132780 or email curlew@birdwatchireland.ie. contact you. 


Kilkenny Flower Club
Pat Comerford will give a Gardening Talk at Kilkenny Flower Club in Butler House on next Thursday, 11th at 8.00pm. Visitors welcome, pay €8 at the door.  Refreshments afterwards.


Monastic Experience Days
The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting a Monastic Experience Day on Saturday, 20th June from 10.00am to 5.00pm.  The day is designed to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out about the Poor Clare way of life.  Information from poorclaresgalwayvocations@gmail.com.


Summer Camp
Starburst Summer Camp is back. 6th,7th and 8th of July. 10.00am - 1.00pm daily in St Patrick’s Parish Centre. Suitable for children, 4 - 10 years.      085 114 2686.


Dates For Your Diary
Cemetery Mass at Foulkstown:  Thursday, 30th July, 7.30pm.  Please inform family members who are away from home.



South Kilkenny Historical Society
Loop tour, by Mr David Rice, of Knocktopher, Newmarket, Hugginstown, Carrickshock and Knocktopher.  Sunday, June 14th Meeting time and place: 3pm, the Carmelite Friary, Knocktopher.
There is no charge and all are welcome.





Trinity Sunday, 31st May 2015


Most Holy Trinity
Today we celebrate the central mystery of our Faith. The mystery of the Trinity, that our God shows himself in three different ways as Father, Son and Spirit.  This sense of wonder that enables us to recognise our God, is the same sense of wonder that enables the poet to see daffodils dancing, or to recognise God in a rose.  We are made in the image of God and loved unconditionally.  At our Baptism, the sign of the Cross was traced on our foreheads - we were marked with the Trinity.  As we grew into adulthood, Jesus became our friend and companion.  He became real in our world.  His powerful Spirit continues to help, inspire and guide us, as we try to do our best and make a difference in family and community.


Holiday Arrangements
We welcome all who return home or visit Kilkenny this festival weekend.  As Monday is a public holiday the only public Mass in our parish will be at St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am.  All welcome to come along and celebrate with us.


Refurbishment at St. Patrick’s Church
Progress continues on the reroofing of St. Patrick’s Church. Due to dust dislodging from the ceiling we ask you to note the following :
· There will be no rosary before daily Mass until the re-roofing is completed.
· Masses will be celebrated as normal.
· The church will close after Mass each day to help avoid dust contamination. 
Many thanks to all for your cooperation while this much needed work continues.


Parish Pilgrimage to Knock
Our annual Parish Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Thursday, 25th June.  A coach will leave St. Fiacre’s Church at 7.15am and St. Patrick’s Church at 7.20am. Tickets cost €15 and are available at the Parish Office. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets booked to date - should we cancel?  


Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Bill Hennessy, Tullaroan. Fr. James Carrigan, Clogh/Ballacolla. Kitty Rice, Troyscourt. Carrie Doheny, Castlecomer Road. Kathleen Stapleton, Greenfields Road.
Months Mind: Stella Hynes (Sun 11.00).
Anniversaries: Ita O’Rourke (Sat 6.15). Kathleen King (Sat 7.00). William & Catherine Roberts (Sun 9.30). Blánaid Cleere Manning (Sun 10.00). Dan Fogarty (Sun 10.30). Mary & Peter Henebry (Sun 12.00). Bernadette Gannon (Sun 12.30).  John Scott (Mon 11.00). Richard Ruth (Tue 10.30). Patrick Lanigan (Wed 10.30). Mary Reddy (Fri 9.30).  Harry Kelly. James & Mary O’Brien. Catherine Brennan.  Mary Lanigan.  Mary Walsh.  John Doheny. Michael Holden.  Tom & Sean Brett.
Intentions for next weekend:  Ellen Ryan (Sat 6.15).  Kay Hennessy (Months Mind 7.00). Harry Kelly (Sun 10.00). Mary Maher (Sun 10.30). Sarah Mullally (Sun 11.00). Jim  O’Brien (Sun 12.00). Lukey Bateman (Sun 12.30).   


Diocesan Draw Results - May 2015
Congratulations to the following winners in the St. Mary’s Cathedral Refurbishment Draw. 
€2000: Chris Hayes, St Mary’s Parish. €1000: Sr. Marie Helen Hicks, Sisters of Charity. €500: Michael Joyce, Castlecomer.  €300: Fr. Jackie Robinson, Borris in Ossory; Elizabeth Meagher, St. Patrick’s Parish. €200: Mike & Frances Watts, St. Mary’s Parish; St. Sennan’s Church, Kilmacow. €100: Liz Deevy, Inistioge; Andy McEneaney, St. John’s Parish; Margaret Comerford, Clara.


Parish Choir Members
Members of parish choirs are invited to participate in the ordination of Rev. Brian Griffin at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, 28th June at 3.00pm. The next choir practice will be held at  St John’s Church on Tuesday, 9th June  at 7.30pm. All choir members will be welcome to come along - it will be a time for choirs to learn new music together and enrich their own repertoire.


First Friday Visits to the Sick
The first Friday of June occurs this week.  Priests will visit the sick as usual. Contact the Parish Office if you, or someone known to you, would like to be included.


Certificate in Theology
St. Kieran’s College presents a Certificate in Theology Course for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of our religion and church teachings and to enable people to live out their Christian mission within the community.  While the idea is that all participants will receive a certificate at the end of the course there have been several who have simply attended the course not concerned with the marks or accreditation but still getting benefit from the course.  Call Declan Murphy on 087 908 1470.


Coffee Morning and Cake Sale
In aid of Ceart Rehabilitation and Therapy Centre, Callan on Thursday 4th June from 10.00am - 12 noon. Community Centre, Butts Green. Bring a friend. 


Monastic Experience Days
The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting a Monastic Experience Day on Saturday, 20th June from 10.00am to 5.00pm.  The day is designed to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out about the Poor Clare way of life.  Information from poorclaresgalwayvocations@gmail.com.


Carer Support Group
Kilkenny Carer Support Group, Wednesday 3rd June 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. Drop in or call 056 777 1230.


Choral Concert
St. Canice’s Parish Church will hold a concert on Tuesday, 2nd June featuring The Nebraska Honor Choir, The Unity Singers, Sospiro and pupils from St. Canice’s Co-Ed National School in aid of St. Canice’s Homes for the elderly at Troy’s Court. Adm: €10 at St. Canice’s Parish Centre or Troy’s Court. 


Prayer at Exam Time
Lord, as I prepare to sit my exams
send your Holy Spirit to guide me and be with me.
Thank you for the many talents and gifts you have
given me and for the opportunity of education.
Keep me calm.
Help me to do the best I can on the day of my exam.
Help me to remember all that I have studied,
to express it clearly and to answer the questions
as best that I can.
Give me peace, understanding and wisdom
and be with me today and always.  Amen.
Bishop Denis Nulty
The priests and Parish Pastoral Committee wish all students well in their examinations and we promise to pray with and for them during the weeks ahead.
Summer Camp
Starburst Summer Camp is back. 6th,7th and 8th of July. 10.00am - 1.00pm daily in St Patrick’s Parish Centre. Suitable for children, 4 - 10 years.      085 114 2686.


The Carers’ Association Training
Training QQ1 Fetac Level 5 - “Care of the Older Person”.  Commencing Friday, 5th June and each Friday until 10th July from 9.30am - 4.00pm.  If interested please contact us at The Carers’ Association at 056 772 1424 or at kilkenny2@carersirland.com.


Friends of Calcutta
Thank you for your recent support for our clothing collection in support of Friends of Calcutta.


Mindfulness with Deirdre
Four week introduction to  Mindfulness  beginning   Tuesday, 2nd June. Contact Deirdre 086 855 1152.


Lough Derg Pilgrimages
Lough Derg pilgrimage season is now open. Contact: 071 986 1518  or email:  info@loughderg.org


Dates For Your Diary
Cemetery Mass at Foulkstown:  Thursday, 30th July, 7.30pm.  Please inform family members who are away from home.





Monday, May 25, 2015

Pentecost Sunday, 24th May 2015




The Feast of Pentecost
Pentecost Sunday is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday. The Scriptures tell us that the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles in the form of tongues of fire. Mary, the apostles and the disciples of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit. The Apostles went out immediately spreading the good news of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Through the preaching of St. Peter three thousand were converted to the Church. The Holy Spirit gave the apostles power to go forth and renew the face of the earth. We receive the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation.
On this Pentecost Sunday let us reflect on our Christianity and that we belong to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth who helps us to lead our lives according to the truth.  Praise be to you Holy Spirit. Fill our hearts with your love and your zeal. Make us bearers of the Good News of Christ wherever we are.  May we live in God’s kinship, in God’s love, in God’s will, in expectation of God, in friendship with God, and in God’s care.  Amen.


Parish Pilgrimage to Knock
Our annual Parish Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Thursday, 25th June.  A coach will leave St. Fiacre’s Church at 7.15am and St. Patrick’s Church at 7.20am. There will be no stops to pick up people.  Tickets cost €15 and are available at the Parish Office only.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  


Dates For Your Diary
Cemetery Mass at Foulkstown:  Thursday, 30th July, 7.30pm.  Please inform family members who are away from home.


Queen of the May Devotions
May devotions to Our Lady will be held at St. Canice’s Parish at 7.30pm on every Friday during the month of May.


Public Recitation of May Rosary
The Rosary will be recited at the Grotto on the Callan Road every Sunday at 3.00pm during May in honour of Our Lady.  Please join us.


Parish Choir Members
Members of parish choirs are invited to participate in the ordination of Rev. Brian Griffin at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, 28th June at 3.00pm. The first choir practice will be held at  St John’s Church on this Monday at 7.30pm. All choir members will be welcome to come along - it will be a time for choirs to learn new music together and to enrich their own repertoire while at the same time sing together with some great musicians from the diocese.


Refurbishment at St. Patrick’s Church
Work on the bell tower is now complete. Please take the time to view our new slated tower roof, new louvers and painted statue of St. Patrick. 
This Monday, weather permitting, work will begin on the main roof of the church. This will involve stripping the roof  in sections, insulating, weatherproofing and finally the actual slating. The builder proposes starting on the south side (facing Callan) which means entering the church for daily Mass will be through the front main entrance. 
Unfortunately, as the side door will be inaccessible wheelchair access will be restricted.  We encourage wheelchair users to join us in St. Fiacre’s for Mass at 10.30am.  If however, you have your heart set on attending St. Patrick’s Church then please give us advance notice and we will make arrangements for access.  Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and support for this major renovation.  We look forward to completion in July.


Eucharistic Ministers
Ministers who have borrowed a pyx from the parish which they are no longer using are asked to return it to the Parish Office.


Clothing Collection
In aid of the Irish voluntary charity Friends of Calcutta on Wednesday May 27th in  Parish Centre Car Park from 4.00 to 6.00pm. All items of clothing, footwear, bed sheets, curtains etc. in any condition very much appreciated. For all enquiries please contact Michael Hopkins 087 907 3074. .


Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased:  Mary Conroy, Beechpark. Liam Dowling , The Sycamores.
Anniversaries:  Ellen & Denis Garrehy, Ann Conway & Mary O’Meara. (Sat 6.15). William Doheny (Sat 7.00). Joe Davy (Sun 9.30). Una McLoughlin (Sun 10.00). Brigit Barry (Sun 10.30). Bridget Lambert (Sun 11.00). Tommy, Kitty & Martin Phelan (Sun 12.00). Francis McNulty (Sun 12.30). Jim Murphy (Mon 9.30). John Cleere (Wed 9.30). Maurice Nolan & Eamon Leahy (Thurs 10.30). Sean Monahan. Mary Drennan. Philip Morrissey. Bridget Morrissey. Bridget Culleton. Kathleen Molloy. Kathleen King. Brian Mahon. Agnes Dermody. Jack Carroll. Brigid O’Carroll.  Harry Kelly.
Intentions for next weekend: Ita O’Rourke (Sat 6.15). Kathleen King (Sat 7.00). William & Catherine Roberts (Sun 9.30). Blánaid Cleere Manning (Sun 10.00). Dan Fogarty (Sun 10.30). Stella Hynes (Months Mind Sun 11.00). Mary & Peter Henebry (Sun 12.00). Bernadette Gannon (Sun 12.30).


Certificate in Theology
St. Kieran’s College presents a Certificate in Theology Course for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of our religion and church teachings and to enable people to live out their Christian mission within the community.  While the idea is that all participants will receive a certificate at the end of the course there have been several who have simply attended the course not concerned with the marks or accreditation but still getting benefit from the course.  Please call Declan Murphy on 087 908 1470 or Michelle in the Parish Office for information.

Monastic Experience Days
The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting a Monastic Experience Day on Saturday, 20th June from 10.00am to 5.00pm.  The day is designed to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out about the Poor Clare way of life.  Information from poorclaresgalwayvocations@gmail.com.


Lough Derg Pilgrimages
Lough Derg pilgrimage season is now open. Contact: 071 986 1518  or email:  info@loughderg.org


Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Let us join in prayer and solidarity with those from our diocese who are in Lourdes on our diocesan pilgrimage. On Sunday 24th  at 7.30am (Irish time) the Grotto Mass in English, involving Ossory, will be streamed on www.en.lourdes-france.  May this annual event bring blessings upon all of us.


St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw
The May Cathedral Draw will take place at the Chapter Room on Wednesday at 8.00pm.  Subscriptions (€10 per month or €100 for rest of the year) should be with your promoter on Tuesday at the latest. Tickets available at St. Patrick’s Parish Office.


Choral Concert
St. Canice’s Parish Church will hold a concert on Tuesday 2nd June featuring The Nebraska Honor Choir, The Unity Singers, Sospiro and pupils from St. Canice’s Co-Ed National School in aid of St. Canice’s Homes for the elderly at Troy’s Court. Adm €10 available from St. Canice’s Parish Centre or Troy’s Court.  Please support.


The Thomas Hayes
Members of the Defence Forces, Firemen and Hurlers will take part in a 24 hour Around the Clock Charity Cycle 4.00pm on Friday, 29th until 4.00pm Saturday, 30th  at the Town Hall, High Street.  Special guests.
On Sunday 31st May at 12 noon, Teddy Bears Picnic in the Scouts Den, Bennettsbridge Road.  €10 family entrance fee – Tea/coffee/buns, Face painting, Bouncy castle, Teddy Bear hunt, Toy Stall, games and much more all provided free.   www. thethomashayestrust.com
Contact Angela on 087 656 6377 for more information.


Summer Camp
Starburst Summer Camp is back. 6th,7th and 8th of July. 10.00am - 1.00pm daily in St Patrick’s Parish Centre. The camp is suitable for children aged 4 - 10 years. Art, Music, Drama and Games. Please contact Kate on 085 114 2686.


St. Patrick’s Parish on the Internet
www.patricksparish.com
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The Carers’ Association Training
Training QQ1 Fetac Level 5 - “Care of the Older Person”.  Commencing Friday, 5th June and each Friday until 10th July from 9.30am - 4.00pm.  If interested please contact us at The Carers’ Association at 056 772 1424 or at kilkenny2@carersirland.com


Mass Attendance Census
To facilitate good pastoral planning the Parish Pastoral Council is anxious to calculate accurate figures for Mass attendance in our parish.
We need volunteers to stand at the doors as Mass comes to an end to count the numbers in attendance.  Best practice would suggest we do this on three consecutive weekends so as to calculate an average attendance.  Please call to the sacristy or Parish Office (056 776 4400) and offer your help.