Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 31st January 2016

St. Brigid’s Day
The annual St. Brigid's Day service will take place on Monday  February 1st in St Fiacre's Church Loughboy at 7.30pm. Water from the well of St. Brigid in Kildare and red flannel will be available on the night.  Music ministry by the Kilkenny Gospel Choir.  All welcome.

St. Mary’s Draw Results
1st: Bridget O’Brien, Callan. 2nd: Kevin Moore,  St. Canice’s. 3rd: Patrick Mahon, Borris in Ossory. 4th: Denis & Teresa Lalor, Borris in Ossory. 5th: Anne Treacy, Tullaroan. 6th: James R. Kelly, St. Canice’s. 7th: Myra O’Reilly, St. Mary’s. 8th: Mary & Philip Byrne, Callan. 9th: Eve Rahilly, Callan. 10th: Jimmy Connor, Seir Kieran.

Confirmation in Our Parish
We are looking forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with young people in schools in our parish on Saturday, 6th and Thursday, 11th February.  On these days 103 of our young people will be sealed with the Holy Spirit!  The Sacrament of Confirmation seals what was begun in baptism. Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
· It roots us more deeply in our being adopted sons and daughters of God;
· It unites us more firmly to Christ;
· It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit;
It renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
· It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ.  (CCC, 1303)
Please continue to pray for our young people and their families as they approach this milestone.

Lourdes
St. Patrick’s Parish Lourdes Committee are inviting anyone from the Parish to avail of a sponsored trip to Lourdes in May 2016. So if you are ill, or have been ill, elderly or have just gone through a bad time, please contact the Parish Office. 056 7764400.  

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome
From 29th August to 3rd September 2016.  Staying in the heart of Rome at the Irish College. Visiting all the major pilgrimage places of Rome. Audience with the Holy Father. Half day trip to the beautiful town of Castelgandolfo on Lake Albano. Mass beside the tomb of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica.  Cost: €860 per person sharing.  For full details and booking contact Ossory Adult Faith Development.  Tel: 056 775 3624. Email: afd@ossory.ie. 
 
Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased:  Archdeacon Patrick Grace, Pastor Emeritus of Inistioge. Requiem Mass at 3pm on Sunday afternoon at St. Colmcille’s Church, Inistioge, Burial afterwards in Cappagh Cemetery. Lilly Fogarty, Laurel Avenue. Requiem Mass on Sunday at 12 noon in St. Fiacre’s followed by burial in St. Kieran’s Cemetery.  Eilish Dillon, ‘Sacre Couer’ Drakelands.  Reposing at her home from 4pm Sunday, Rosary at 7pm.  Requiem Mass, Monday at 11am in St. Mary’s Cathedral followed by burial in Foulkstown Cemetery.  William (Joe) Barry, St. Joseph’s Road.. Sr. Kathleen Murphy, Villa Maria, Talbots Inch.
Anniversaries: Fr. Joe O’Shea (Sat 6.15). Kathleen Hickey (Sat 7.00). Peter Garrehy (Sun 9.30). Daniel ‘Algie’ Lanigan (Sun 10.00).  Maureen Barry (Sun 10.30). Jimmy McGrath (Sun 11.00). Jim Loughlin (Sun 12.30). Pat Kearney (Tues 10.30). Patrick O’Keeffe (Wed 10.30). Rory Quinn (Fri 10.30). Noeline Flood. Moya Bligh. Lil, Billy & Eamon Costelloe. Annie Delaney. William Culleton. John Quigley. James Hayes. 
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Mena Somers (Sat 6.15). Noeline Flood (Sat 7.00). Richard & Lilly Purcell (Sun 9.30). Lil, Billy  & Eamon Costelloe (Sun 10.00). John & Jack Ryan (Sun 10.30). Michael Moore (Sun 11.00). John Collins (Sun 12.00). Rory Quinn (Sun 12.30).

Pro Life Talk
How to protect the 8th Amendment by David Quinn & Kate Bopp. Rivercourt Hotel, Tuesday 2nd February at 7.30pm.  All are welcome. 
Fifty-First Eucharistic Congress
Ireland will be represented at the fifty-first Eucharist Congress which begins in Cebu, The Philippines on this Sunday.  We all remember with pride and joy the 50th International Congress which was held in Dublin four years ago. Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, will be the main celebrant at the English language Mass during the congress in Cebu.  See the congress official website on www.iec2016.ph for information and live streaming.

Fundraising Bake Sale
The Presentation School Lourdes Group will host a bake sale at the Parish Centre after the 10.30am and 12 noon Masses today, Sunday the 31st January. They will also sell St. Bridget’s Day Crosses.  All support will be greatly appreciated. 

Sewing Classes
Would you like to start a new hobby, make your own clothes while meeting new people ? Why not join our sewing classes every Wednesday night...Classes start  at 7pm, for more information contact Charlotte on 086 8536838.

Prayer for the Year for Consecrated Life
To conclude the Year for Consecrated Life an hour of prayer and reflection led by Fr. Dan will be held in St. Fiacre’s Church on Tuesday, 2nd February from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.  All are welcome.  Please put the date in your diary and try to attend.

Church Gate Collection
Enable Ireland will hold their annual church gate collection next weekend 6th/7th February outside all Masses.
 
Loughboy Library
Library Membership is now free for everyone.  The top 100 Magazine titles 2015 are now available online  for use by library members.  The link can be accessed through the library’s website www.kilkennylibrary.ie under New E-services for 2016. More details from Loughboy library.
Mobile Phone & Computer Tips take place on Fridays at 2.45pm

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Bookings are now being taken for the annual Ossory Diocesan a Pilgrimage to Lourdes which takes place from 22nd to 27th May 2016. Please call Eleanor at 051 880 414 or glenmore@ossory.ie for further information and booking.

Our Parish Shop
There are lots of items of a religious nature, including Confirmation medals and badges, available at reasonable prices in our Parish Shop which is located in the foyer of the Parish Center.  Papal blessing parchments to mark weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, jubilees and some other occasions are available through the Parish Shop.

LARC Community Childcare
A community based childcare centre located at 54/55 Hollybank Lawn, Clongowan. Now taking bookings for Easter Camp for children from 4yrs – 12yrs running from Monday 21st March to Friday 1st April 9.30am – 3.30pm daily.
Enrolling for ECCE Pre School places for Sept 2016, register now to avoid disappointment. Places available in our Playschool, Preschool and After Schools programmes.
For more information call Annette on 056 7764700


Retrouvaille a Lifeline for Marriage
Is your marriage stressed, unloving or cold? Do you feel alone or distant from your spouse? Have you lost the desire to communicate with each other?  Do you feel disillusioned or bored in your marriage? Have you separated, divorced, or are you thinking of doing so, but want to try again? The Retrouvaille programme can help you recover your marriage. Next programme 5th – 7th February. For information contact Tony & Anne 01 495 3536 or visit www.retrouvaille.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 - see www.gro.ie for more information about this.
· Contact the parish where you now reside where pre-marriage papers will be prepared for forwarding to the place of marriage.
www.gettingmarried.ie is a useful source of information for couples as they plan the big day.

Parish Newsletter
All items for inclusion must be submitted by Thursday afternoon before publication.  As usual parish and diocesan notices take priority. Late notices will appear on our Facebook and web page (see banner above for addresses).

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 24th January 2016

National Catholic Schools Week
In this year of Mercy, Catholic Schools are challenged to proclaim God’s Mercy. It is hoped that schools and families will enable children to be the face of God’s Mercy in the classroom, the playground, the family and the community
Dear God, Help us to be open to  the challenge of proclaiming your mercy in the modern world.  Guide our schools to be rooted in your example. Open our hearts to reflect your loving mercy in all we do, and inspire us to be brave in answering the call to ‘proclaim your mercy’. As we journey through this week, strengthen us to reignite the Catholic ethos upon which our schools were formed.

Do this in Memory Programme
This weekend we welcome the children from Gaelscoil Osrai and KSP to our 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church and the children from St. John of God and St. Patrick’s De La Salle to the 11.00am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church as they continue their preparation for First Holy Communion.  Please welcome their families to our Sunday liturgies.

Confirmation in Our Parish
We are looking forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with young people in schools in our parish on Saturday, 6th and Thursday, 11th February.  On these days 103 of our young people will be sealed with the Holy Spirit!  The Sacrament of Confirmation seals what was begun in baptism. Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
· It roots us more deeply in our being adopted sons and daughters of God;
· It unites us more firmly to Christ;
· It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit;
It renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
· It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ.  (CCC, 1303)
Please continue to pray for our young people and their families as they approach this milestone.

Parish Senior Citizens’ Party
The annual St. Patrick’s Parish Senior Citizens’ Party will be held at the Parish Centre at 8.00pm on tomorrow night, Monday, 25th January. This promises to be one of the highlights of our parish year when the party-goers get together and dance the night away. Tickets are a nominal €10 and are only available at the Parish Centre.  We ask people to purchase tickets before 2.00pm on Monday to enable us to plan the catering on the night.  Music by The Aces.  Get your dancing shoes ready.  Over 60’s.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome
From 29th August to 3rd September 2016.  Staying in the heart of Rome at the Irish College. Visiting all the major pilgrimage places of Rome. Audience with the Holy Father. Half day trip to the beautiful town of Castelgandolfo on Lake Albano. Mass beside the tomb of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica.  Cost: €860 per person sharing.  For full details and booking contact Ossory Adult Faith Development.  Tel: 056 775 3624. Email: afd@ossory.ie. 

The Great Jubilee Year of Mercy
We are invited to reflect upon and share the Father's mercy during this time.  We can reflect on and participate in the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy which are:
To feed the hungry
To give drink to the thirsty
To clothe the naked
To harbour the harbourless
To visit the sick
To visit the imprisoned
To bury the dead.
Lamb of God , who takes away the sins of the world have mercy on us. Amen.


Fundraising Bake Sale
The Presentation School Lourdes Group will host a bake sale at the Parish Centre after the 10.30am and 12 noon Masses on Sunday the 31st January. They will also sell St. Bridget’s Day Crosses.  All support will be greatly appreciated. 

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Bobby Cantwell, Cedarwood Drive.  Chris Phelan, Ashurst, College Road.  Michael Young, formerly of Parnell Street who died in England. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.  Betsy O’Sullivan, Cork.  Kathleen Lanigan, Emmet Street.
Months Mind: Martin Meally (Sun 10.00)
Anniversaries: Tommy Tyrrell Snr & Derek Tyrrell (Sat 6.15). Ann O’Shea (Sat 7.00). Ned Larkin (Sun 9.30). Peg Brennan (Sun 10.30). Nora Foley (Sun 11.00). Jack Comerford (Sun 12.00). Ed Crowley (Sun 12.30).  Michael McDonald (Mon 9.30). Brigid & John Drea (Tue 9.30). Maureen & Paddy Dwyer (Wed 10.30).  Ellen,, John, Pat & Mary Butler (Thurs 10.30). Con Noonan (Fri 10.30). Rev. John Nyhan. Elizabeth Kavanagh. Margaret & Michael Muldowney.
Intentions for Next Weekend:   Fr. Joe O’Shea (Sat 6.15). Kathleen Hickey (Sat 7.00). Peter Garrehy (Sun 9.30). Daniel ‘Algie’ Lanigan (Sun 10.00).  Maureen Barry (Sun 10.30). Jimmy McGrath (Sun 11.00). Michael Moore (Sun 12.00).  Jim Loughlin (Sun 12.30).

Fifty-First Eucharistic Congress
Ireland will be represented at the fifty-first Eucharist Congress which begins in Cebu, The Philippines on this Sunday.  We all remember with pride and joy the 50th International Congress which was held in Dublin four years ago. Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, will be the main celebrant at the English language Mass during the congress in Cebu.  See the congress official website on www.iec2016.ph for information and live streaming.

World Youth Day 2016
World Youth Day 2016 will take place in Poland at the end of July.  Pope Francis will attend the overnight vigil on Saturday, 30th  and celebrate Mass on Sunday 31st July.  The Diocese of Ossory invites young people to attend.  Interested young people (over 18) are invited to make contact on wyd@ossory.ie or Fr Richard Scriven (087 242 0033) or Derek Dooley (087 938 4242).


Prayer for the Year for Consecrated Life
To conclude the Year for Consecrated Life an hour of prayer and reflection led by Fr. Dan will be held in St. Fiacre’s Church on Tuesday, 2nd February from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.  All are welcome.  Please put the date in your diary and try to attend.

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Bookings are now being taken for the annual Ossory Diocesan a Pilgrimage to Lourdes which takes place from 22nd to 27th May 2016. Please call Eleanor at 051 880 414 or glenmore@ossory.ie for further information and booking.

Marian Movement of Priests
A meeting of the Marian Movement of Priests will take place on this Monday 25th January at 7.30pm in St. Josephs Mill Hill on the Waterford Road.  The event will include Mass, Rosary and a Holy Hour. All are welcome .

Our Parish Shop
There are lots of items of a religious nature, including Confirmation medals and badges, available at reasonable prices in our Parish Shop which is located in the foyer of the Parish Center.  Papal blessing parchments to mark weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, jubilees and some other occasions are available through the Parish Shop.

Afternoon Bridge at the Parish Centre
Join us on Tuesday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the Parish Centre for an afternoon of bridge.  No partner required and all are welcome.

South Kilkenny Historical Society Lecture
“1916 in County Kilkenny - connections and links.”
Speaker: Mr Jim Maher. Date: Thursday, 28th January. Time: 8.00pm. Venue: Mullinavat Parish Hall. Admission: €5.00.

Loughboy Library
Help with mobile phones, laptops, tablets etc takes place on Fridays at 2.45pm.
Irish Conversation Group & Writers Group meet weekly.
New E services (online) include language learning and a wide range of magazines (100 popular titles). Register free with your library membership card at www.kilkennylibrary.ie.

Retrouvaille a Lifeline for Marriage
Is your marriage stressed, unloving or cold? Do you feel alone or distant from your spouse? Have you lost the desire to communicate with each other?  Do you feel disillusioned or bored in your marriage? Have you separated, divorced, or are you thinking of doing so, but want to try again? The Retrouvaille programme can help you recover your marriage. Next programme 5th – 7th February. For information contact Tony & Anne 01 495 3536 or visit www.retrouvaille.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 - see www.gro.ie for more information about this.
· Contact the parish where you now reside where pre-marriage papers will be prepared for forwarding to the place of marriage.
www.gettingmarried.ie is a useful source of information for couples as they plan the big day.

Parish Newsletter
All items for inclusion must be submitted by Thursday afternoon before publication.  As usual parish and diocesan notices take priority. Late notices will appear on our Facebook and web page (see banner above for addresses).

Monday, January 18, 2016

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 17th January 2016

Migrants and Refugees
Today the Church remembers Migrants and Refugees. In his pastoral letter for this special Sunday in 2015, Pope Francis reminded us that Jesus always considered himself among the strangers and the outcasts. He said Jesus wishes us to recognise Him in the migrants, fugitives, exiles, dispossessed and in the stranger. He asked us to share our means and wealth with them. During the past year we saw thousands of people, women, men and children, fleeing their countries because of wars and persecution. We were saddened by the pictures of refugees published in the media and their suffering goes on. Governments and each one of us ought to make sure that they are welcome and that shelter is provided for them. We can recite this prayer for them:
Lord, be present to migrants and all those dispossessed.  Be present to those who cannot be with their own people.  Be present to those who long to see even one friendly face. Be among those who yearn for a warm greeting. Help us to reach out to your people to create a just world for all. Amen.

Foulkstown Cemetery
Following serious damage to some graves due to careless drivers, the Cemetery Committee has taken measures to protect vulnerable graves at corners of roadways within the cemetery. We have installed new protective kerbs as well as traffic bollards and we hope these will deter bad drivers from taking short cuts across graves and causing damage. 
We ask visitors to Foulkstown Cemetery to note that they (and their cars), enter the cemetery at their own risk. No liability will be accepted by the parish for personal injury, or damage to or theft from vehicles or property while in the cemetery.
We ask those who are driving into the cemetery to please think of others, keep left at the top of the cemetery, park without causing obstructions, take care while turning and please, mind pedestrians!

Parish Senior Citizens’ Party
The annual St. Patrick’s Parish Senior Citizens’ Party will be held at the Parish Centre at 8.00pm on Monday, 25th January.  Tickets (€10) only available at the Parish Centre.  We ask people to purchase tickets to enable us to plan the catering on the night.  Music by the Aces Showband.  Get your party frocks and dancing shoes ready. Over 60’s.

St. Vincent de Paul
The monthly collection for the society is taken up at all Masses this weekend.  The money collected is then used to help local families who are in need.  Your support is all that keeps this voluntary group  running.
Those needing assistance can phone the confidential number 087  6810589 and someone from the society will be in touch.

Fifty-First Eucharistic Congress
A total of 26 pilgrims representing eleven Irish dioceses will travel to Cebu., Philippines later this week for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress.  We all remember with joy the 50th International Congress which was held in Dublin in June 2012.  Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, will be the main celebrant at the English language Mass during the congress in Cebu.  Bishop Doran was Secretary General of the 51st Eucharist Congress in Dublin.  See website: www.iec2016.ph


World Youth Day 2016
World Youth Day 2016 will take place in Poland at the end of July.  Pope Francis will attend the overnight vigil on Saturday and celebrate Mass on Sunday 31st July.  The Diocese of Ossory invites young people to attend.  Interested young people (over 18) are invited to make contact on wyd@ossory.ie or Fr Richard Scriven (087 242 0033) or Derek Dooley (087 938 4242).


Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Chris Phelan, Ashurst, College Road.  Funeral prayers on Friday (22nd) at 6.30pm in Johnston’s Funeral Home followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church.  Requiem Mass, Saturday at 11am.  Interment in St. Kieran’s Cemetery. Tommy Doran, Pearse Street and Fr. Sherrin Place. Requiem Mass on Sunday at 11.00am in St. Mary’s Cathedral followed by burial in St. Kieran’s Cemetery. Elizabeth (Bess) Woodcock, Bishopshill and Archersrath Nursing Home. Requiem Mass on Sunday at 11.30am in St. Canice’s Church followed by burial to Cuffesgrange Cemetery. Oliver Dooley, Bandon Cork & Gowran, Kilkenny. Edward Walsh, Newpark Close. Requiem Mass on Sunday at 12.00 noon in St. John’s Church followed by burial in St. Kieran’s Cemetery.  Maureen Hegarty, St. James’s Park. Michael Malone, Aylesbury. 
Anniversaries: Billy & Anastasia Hickey (Sat 6.15). Anna Campion (Sat 7.00). Maureen O’Shea (Sun 9.30). Danny O’Leary (Sun 10.00). Paul Prodromou (Sun 10.30). Michael Drennan (Sun 11.00). Julia & Michael Phelan & Brigid Lannon (Sun 12.00). Oliver Mannion (Sun 12.30).  John Long (Tue 9.30). Nellie Hennessy (Wed 10.30). Bridie & Lucy Proctor (Thurs 10.30). Albert & Brigid Downes (Fri 9.30). Elizabeth Mulligan (Sat 9.30). Patrick, Delia & Margaret  Taylor. Mary Bartley. Paul Delaney. Ellen & Michael McEvoy. John Joe McGrath. Denis Parsons. Kevin Dowling. Mary Leahy. Toby Keller. Peggy Moore. Patrick & Sally Mullally. Tom Phelan. Carrie Larkin Coyle. Joan Phelan. Anne Wright. Annie Treacy. Thomas Walshe.  Carmel Maher
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Tommy Tyrrell Snr & Derek Tyrrell (Sat 6.15). Ann O’Shea (Sat 7.00). Ned Larkin (Sun 9.30). Martin Meally (Months Mind Sun 10.00) Peg Brennan (Sun 10.30). Nora Foley (Sun 11.00). Jack Comerford (Sun 12.00). Ed Crowley (Sun 12.30).

Ossory Times
Ossory Times is published by our diocese every quarter and the Christmas edition, which costs €2, is available now in all our churches. 

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Bookings are now being taken for the annual Ossory Diocesan a Pilgrimage to Lourdes which takes place from 22nd to 27th May 2016. Please call Eleanor at 051 880 414 or glenmore@ossory.ie for further information and booking.
Welcome to our Parish
We extend a warm welcome to Srs Margaret Maloney and Kathleen Clancy of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph who have recently moved into our parish.  The sisters have ministered at Peace in Christ for many years and we look forward to their participation in St. Patrick’s Parish.

Respite Care Staff
Family Carers Ireland (formerly The Carers Association) are recruiting for respite care staff for Kilkenny City, Thomastown, Callan and Kells who hold a Full FETAC Level 5 Award in Healthcare Support.  If you are interested please contact 056 772 1424.


Short Literature Course
Explore the poetry of Eavan Boland and the short stories of Edna O’Brien in an evening class suitable for all levels. Six-week course starts Thursday, 21st January from 7.00 to 9.00pm at the Kilkenny Campus at St Kieran’s College. Course fee €90, including tea/coffee. Booking essential - contact margaret.irish@nuim.ie or 086 393 5513.


Bowling and Go for Life
Tuesday Nights - Over 50’s:  The Go for Life Games involve three sports that can be played in Singles, Pairs and Teams. The emphasis of the games is on participation and fun with the games played in a non-competitive way. The 3 games are Lobbers (adaption of Boules), Flisk (adaption of Frisbee and Horseshoe Pitching) and Scidil (adaption of Ten-Pin Bowling and Skittles).
All Over 50’s are welcome to come along. Games start back on Tuesday, 19th  January 2016. The Watershed, Bohernatounish Road, Kilkenny 8.30pm to 9.30pm.  Cost €3 per night.

Afternoon Bridge at the Parish Centre
Join us on Tuesday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the Parish Centre for an afternoon of bridge.  No partner required and all are welcome.
Our Parish Shop
There are lots of items of a religious nature available at reasonable prices in our Parish Shop which is located in the foyer of the Parish Center. 
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.

Retrouvaille a Lifeline for Marriage
Is your marriage stressed, unloving or cold? Do you feel alone or distant from your spouse? Have you lost the desire to communicate with each other?  Do you feel disillusioned or bored in your marriage? Have you separated, divorced, or are you thinking of doing so, but want to try again? The Retrouvaille programme can help you recover your marriage. Next programme 5th – 7th February. For information contact Tony & Anne 01 495 3536 or visit www.retrouvaille.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 - see www.gro.ie for more information about this.
· Contact the parish where you now reside where pre-marriage papers will be prepared for forwarding to the place of marriage.
www.gettingmarried.ie is a useful source of information for couples as they plan the big day.

Parish Newsletter

All items for inclusion must be submitted by Thursday afternoon before publication.  As usual parish and diocesan notices take priority. Late notices will appear on our Facebook and web page (see banner above for addresses).

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Baptism of the Lord, 10th January 2016

The Baptism of the Lord
Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of  Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. It  was an important event in the history of  redemption. Jesus began his public life. Each  gospel lays emphasis on the anointing of Jesus with the Holy Spirit at his baptism. The heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descend like a dove and alight on him. And a voice  from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with him I am well pleased. Listen to him.’ (Mat 3:16 - 17). All the gospels refer to the heavens opening.  Filled with the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus went around doing good and thwarting the power of sin.
From the beginning of Christianity there is a close connection between the baptism of  Christ and our baptism. We were baptised in the  name of the Blessed Trinity. We can reflect on this  and on our lives today. We can also renew our  baptismal vows. The Holy Spirit works quietly helping us to live according to the gospel.
Come, O Holy Spirit;
Enlighten us in everything we do.
Guide us on our way through life,
And direct us to everlasting life. Amen

Parish Newsletter
All items for inclusion must be submitted by Thursday afternoon before publication.  As usual parish and diocesan notices take priority. Late notices will appear on our Facebook and web page (see above).  

Year for Consecrated Life
To conclude the Year for Consecrated Life an hour of prayer and reflection led by Fr. Dan will be held in St. Fiacre’s Church on Tuesday, 2nd February from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.  All are welcome.

Strictly Let’s Dance with the Village
Saturday, 13th February at Lyrath Estate Hotel.  MCs Marty Morrissey and Edward Hayden . Celebrity Judges Michael Duignan, Tomas Mulcahy and Tracy Millea.  A great night to be had by all.  

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Thomas Walsh, Lord Edward Street. Max Salomon, Czech Republic.
Anniversaries: Teresa Walsh (Sat 6.15). Mary Reynolds (Sun 9.30). Maura Nolan & Fr. Tomas Nolan (Sun 10.00). Jack Byrne (Sun 10.30). Sean O’Dwyer (Sun 11.00). Brigid O’Connell (Sun 12.00). Kathleen O’Neill (Sun 12.30). Bridget Marchetti (Tue 10.30). Mary Reynolds (Wed 10.30). Johnny Brennan. Denis Guilfoyle. Catherine Brett. Christopher & Mary Ryan. Mary McHugh. Kitty McEvoy. Lorenzo Mahony. Denis Nyhan.  Frank O’Shea. John Lanigan. Patrick Byrne. Monsignor Paul Fitzgerald. Fr. Martin Cleere. Nuala Farrell. Kathleen Carroll. Con & Brigid Carroll. Pauline Hogan. Mick Kelly. James & Annie O’Grady.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Billy & Anastasia Hickey (Sat 6.15). Anna Campion (Sat 7.00). Maureen O’Shea (Sun 9.30). Danny O’Leary (Sun 10.00). Paul Prodromou (Sun 10.30). Michael Drennan (Sun 11.00). Julia & Michael Phelan & Brigid Lannon (Sun 12.00). Oliver Mannion (Sun 12.30).

Parenting Programme
Are you a parent of school aged children (6 to 16 years)? Would you like to learn some techniques to address issues of communication, discipline, decision making, relationships, self-control and school success?
The Foróige DRUM Youth and Family Project will be delivering the Common Sense Parenting (CSP) programme, starting at the end of January and are currently seeking participants. The skills covered in this parenting programme can be applied to every family. The proactive skills and techniques taught in CSP classes have helped parents from diverse backgrounds create healthy family relationships that foster safety and well-being at home, in school and in the community. To find out more about this programme and book your place please contact Kate Carroll, Foróige DRUM Youth & Family Project on 086 7736975 or via email to kate.carroll@foroige.ie

Divine Mercy
There will be an hour of prayer in honour of Divine Mercy in the Capuchin Friary from 3 to 4pm on this Sunday, 10th January.  All are welcome.

Afternoon Bridge
Join us on Tuesday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the Parish Centre for an afternoon of bridge.  No partner required and all are welcome.

Short Literature Course
Explore the poetry of Eavan Boland and the short stories of Edna O’Brien in an evening class suitable for all levels. Six-week course starts Thursday, 21st January from 7 to 9.00pm at the Kilkenny Campus at St Kieran’s College. Course fee €90, including tea/coffee. Booking essential - email margaret.irish@nuim.ie or call 086 393 5513.

Our Parish Shop
There are lots of items of a religious nature available at reasonable prices in our Parish Shop which is located in the foyer of the Parish Center. 
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.

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 - see www.gro.ie for more information about this.
· Contact the parish where you now reside where pre-marriage papers will be prepared for forwarding to the place of marriage.
· www.gettingmarried.ie is a useful source of information for couples as they plan the big day.

World Youth Day 2016
World Youth Day 2016 will take place in Poland at the end of July.  Pope Francis will attend the overnight vigil on Saturday and celebrate Mass on Sunday 31st July.  The Diocese of Ossory invites young people to attend.  Interested young people (over 18) are invited to make contact on wyd@ossory.ie or Fr Richard Scriven (087 242 0033) or Derek Dooley (087 938 4242).

Loughboy Library
New in 2016: Free library membership for everybody. Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm.  Friday evenings from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Kilkenny Waterford Boundary
The location of the boundary between Kilkenny and Waterford is currently being reviewed by The Waterford Boundary Committee.  It is important that the people of Kilkenny have their say as changes to the boundary could impact the whole of Kilkenny. Please visit www.waterfordboundaryreview.ie or call into the public offices of Kilkenny County Council or any of the library branches to find out how you can make a submission.  The closing date for submissions is the 15th January 2016.

Ossory Times
Ossory Times is published by our diocese every quarter and the Christmas edition, which costs €2, is available now in all our churches.

Retrouvaille a Lifeline for Marriage
 Is your marriage stressed, unloving or cold? Do you feel alone or distant from your spouse? Have you lost the desire to communicate with each other?  Do you feel disillusioned or bored in your marriage? Have you separated, divorced, or are you thinking of doing so, but want to try again? The Retrouvaille programme can help you recover your marriage. Next programme 5th – 7th February. For information contact Tony & Anne 01 495 3536 or visit www.retrouvaille.ie.