Monday, September 22, 2014

Twenty Firth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 21st September 2014

Come on the Cats !!!
We wish the Kilkenny Senior and Hurling Team the best of luck in All Ireland Senior Hurling Final replay against Tipperary on Saturday next.  In particular we wish Brian Cody, Eoin Larkin and Jackie Tyrell, the panel members and all from St. Patrick’s Parish who are involved with the team the very best of luck on the day.  Let’s bring the Liam McCarthy cup back home.


Be Still and Know That I Am God
An evening on Christian meditation will be held in Peace in Christ Retreat House, Sion Road, Kilkenny on Wednesday, 24th September.  Time: 7.30pm. Speaker: Fr. Donagh O’Shea OP. Donation: €10 - light refreshments will be served. All are welcome and newcomers to meditation will be especially welcome. 


Eucharistic Ministers
The Parish Office is in the process of compiling the new rota. If you are unable or unwilling to continue please inform Michelle in the Office at 056 776 4400 as soon as possible.


An Hour of Prayer
In response to the Holy Father’s appeal to families for their support in prayer as the church begins a period of deliberation and reflection in Rome at the beginning of October on the pastoral care of families.
Fr. Dan Carroll will led an hour of prayer in St. Fiacre’s Church, Friday 26th September from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.  Pope Francis said “your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the church.”.


Adoration
Due to the Holy Hour taking place in St. Fiacre’s Church., the Adoration on Friday 26th September in St. Patrick’s Church is cancelled.


Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Paddy Murray, Ashurst.  Sr. Margaret Mulrooney, Villa Maria, Talbots Inch.
Months Mind: Tom Ryan (Sun 10.00).
Anniversaries: Eugene & Paddy Somers (Sat 6.15). Paddy Johnston (Sat 7.00). Milo Grogan (Sun 11.00). Moyra Cantwell (Sun 12.00). Margaret Jones (Sun 12.30). James & Mary Long (Tues 10.30). Marian Lennon (Wed 10.30).  Anastasia Ayres. Frank & Mary Nolan. Nora Hogan. Paddy Larkin. Bridget Cahill. Ger Kavanagh. Lily Downes, Josie O’Brien,. Mary, Richard & Billy Brennan. Mary Ward.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Eileen Lacey (Months Mind Sat 6:15). The Byrne Family (Sun 9.30). Ann Kavanagh (Sun 10.00). Matt Dwyer (Sun 11.00). Peter Gaule (Sun 12.00). Eddie Mc Philips (Sun 12.30).


Choirs in Our Parish
Over the next few weeks our parish choirs will return after their summer break.  We are delighted to welcome them back.  We are blessed to have such dedicated people who enhance our liturgies, not just at weekends but at many other Masses and services adding life and energy to our celebrations throughout the year.  Our choir leaders, organists, musicians and soloists also give wonderful support and we are so grateful to them all for their commitment and service.  We are delighted to have music and singing at 6.15pm, 7.00pm, 10.00am, 11.00am and 12.30pm Masses each weekend.
New members are always welcome to come and join our parish choirs.  Ideally, others who are interested in choral music might assist by joining our parish choirs on an on-going basis and enhance the numbers we have already.  Interested persons are invited to approach the choir leaders after Mass or to telephone the Parish Office (056 776 4400) at any time.


Altar Servers
The new altar servers rota is being compiled at the moment. Please contact the parish office to confirm your willingness to continue on as an altar server in our Parish.  Forms are available at the Sacristies for all servers. 


Irish Pilgrimage Trust
The Irish Pilgrimage Trust, which brings Young People with special needs to Lourdes at Easter each year, has a stand at this weeks National Ploughing Championships. Drop into our stand, Block 2 Row 35 Stand   640 while at the ploughing championships and learn more about the Trust and its work. We look forward to welcoming you to our stand.” www.irishpilgrimagetrust.com


Parish Volunteer Appreciation Evening
Following our very successful and enjoyable evening for parish volunteers last year the Parish Pastoral Council has decided to do the same again.  Precise details will be announced later but in the meantime those who volunteer in our parish are invited to keep the evening of Saturday, 1st November free.


Stress Management Skills Course
This 8 week course will take place in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy beginning on   Thursday, 9th October 2014 (7.00pm – 9.00pm) Course costs €90 – Phone: 087 680 9428 for further information.


Free Training
Free training with Momentum and  Barrow Training.  Momentum is a new government initiative which will provide free education and training projects for 6,500 jobseekers. Participants will gain relevant skills for real work opportunities in identified growth areas. Barrow Training is delivering courses in Hospitality and Tourism in Carlow, Kilkenny, Naas, Waterford, Wexford and Bray and childcare in Kilkenny, Waterford and Clonmel. Visit www.barrowtraining.ie or www.momentumskills.ie for more information or call Siobhan on 059 972 1416.


Speech and Drama Classes
Starburst Speech and Drama classes begin this Tuesday 23rd September at 4pm in the Parish Centre. For more details please contact Kate on 0851142686.


Alzheimers/ Stroke related/Dementia
Alzheimers/Challenging Behaviour in older adults Talk.  Mia Mc Loughlin, Consultant Psychiatrist for Later Life. Are you providing extra support for a loved one. Could you do with additional support. If so come along to our talk. Monday 13th October at 3.00p.m. at The Carers Association Centre. Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny.


Art Classes with Mary Dillon
Beginning in the Parish Centre for 8 weeks, every Wednesday from October 1st. For enquiries and to register please contact Mary Dillon:: 087 222 4260, dillonmary@eircom.net.


Loughboy Library
National Adult Literacy Agency: a learner ambassador from NALA will be available at the Library to speak to adults thinking for returning to education. 
Tips on how to use mobile phones, iphones, ipads etc on Fridays at 3.45pm.
Exhibition: The Irish Patchwork Society are currently exhibiting at the Library. Well worth a visit!
Internet Security for Families: Free course covering basic filtering, blocking websites etc commencing immediately on Fridays 6-8pm.  Please book 056 779 4176.


St. Vincent De Paul
The monthly collection for  the St. Vincent de Paul will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.


Kilkenny Bereavement Support
The third talk in the Kilkenny Bereavement Support series  takes place on Thursday Oct 2nd at 7.30 pm in Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny.
The Speaker is Joan Freeman, CEO  and  Founder of Pieta House. Her talk is, “The Story of Pieta House, and Help in Suicidal Distress”.
Admission is €10 and proceeds go to Pieta House. Information from 0567 756 538.

Loreto Secondary School
1st Year Enrolment September 2015:  The closing date for applications for a First Year place is Wednesday, 8th October 2014. Application forms and admissions policy can be obtained from our website www.loretokk.ie or the school office.
Open Night For 6th Class Girls:  An open night will take place on Wednesday, 24th September 2014 at 6.45pm. This is a ticketed event and tickets are available by either emailing your request to office@loretokk.ie or by calling to the school office.


Integritas
The monastic way in the secular world. A residential weekend at Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Friday 3rd October to Sunday 5th October 2014. To reserve a place, please contact Eileen from Monday to Friday, between 2.00pm  and 7.00pm at 0505 25600. A reservation can also be made by e-mail to guesthouse@msjroscrea.ie. Cost: 140.00pp.


September Literature Course
Evening literature class exploring the work of Seamus Heaney and William Trevor.  Eight-week course starts Thursday, 25th September from 7.00pm  to 9.00pm at Kilkenny Campus, located at St Kieran’s College. Course fee 130, including tea/coffee. To book, please email margaret.irish@nuim.ie or call 087 344 5388.


Ionad Cairde Social Learning
Presents “An Evening with Dr. Fergus Heffernan” on Monday, 29th September from 7.30pm to  9.30pm in Hotel Kilkenny. Cost: €10 (payable at the door). The presentation looks at ‘the impact that living and working in a highly anxious world is having on the physiological and psychological of human beings’. Doors open at 7.00pm.  Tea/Coffee provided. Email: icsociallearning@gmail.com or telephone 085 164 8229.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Exaltation of the Cross, 14th September 2014

The Exaltation of the Cross
This weekend’s feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates two historical events: the discovery in 320 of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, under the Temple of Venus in Jerusalem and the dedication in 335 of the basilica and shrine built on Calvary by Constantine, which marks the site of the Crucifixion.
 The basilica, named the Martyrium, and the shrine, named the Calvarium, were destroyed by the Persians in 614. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre which now stands on the site was built by the crusaders in 1149.
However the feast, more than anything else, is a celebration and commemoration of God's greatest work: his salvific death on the Cross and His Resurrection, through which death was defeated and the doors to Heaven opened.

Come on the Cats !!!
We wish the Kilkenny Senior and Intermediate Camogie Teams the best of luck in their games against Cork and Limerick in this weekend’s All Ireland Camogie  Finals. In particular we wish Aoife Neary, the panel members and all from St. Patrick’s Parish who are involved with the teams the very best of luck on the day. 


Divine Mercy
An hour of prayer and adoration in honour of Divine Mercy takes place in the Friary Church on Sunday 14th September from 3-4pm.  All are welcome.  


Be Still and Know That I Am God
An evening on Christian meditation will be held in Peace in Christ Retreat House, Sion Road, Kilkenny on Wednesday, 24th September.  Time: 7.30pm. Speaker: Fr. Donagh O’Shea OP. Donation: €10 - light refreshments will be served. All are welcome and newcomers to meditation will be especially welcome.  


Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased:  Lilly Coyne, Fr. Hayden Road.  
Funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s Church at 12.30pm on Sunday. Burial in Foulkstown Cemetery.  Eamon Byrne, Newpark Drive. Phyllis Wheeler (nee Brophy), Warwickshire and late of Walkin Street. Bridget Dwyer, Pearse Street. Funeral Mass at St. Canice’s Church at 11.30am on Sunday. Burial in St. Kieran’s Cemetery.  Breda Dooley (Tues 10.30).
Anniversaries: Michael Reddy (Sat 6.15). Sr. Sylvester Brennan (Sat 7.00). Jim Ryan (Sun 9.30). Joe Brennan (Sun 10.00). Catherine Grace (Sun 10.30). Mary & Joan Bissett (Sun 11.00). Eileen Barham (Sun 12.00). Margaret & Christy Aherne (Mass offered on Saturday,13th at 9.30). Mary Kennedy (Tue 9.30). Retired Teachers Association (Thur 10.30). Ciss Holland (Fri 10.30). Patrick Traynor (Sat 9.30). Rita McCarthy, Chrissie Scott. Josephine Neary. Maureen Holden. Tom Little. Ernie Harrington. Syd & Elizabeth Bluett. Kathleen Murphy. Margaret Morris. Sally Holden. Molly Browne. Anna Beale. Billy & Statia Tallent. 
Intentions for Next Weekend: Eugene & Paddy Somers (Sat 6.15). Paddy Johnston (Sat 7.00). Tom Ryan (Months Mind Sun 10.00). Milo Grogan (Sun 11.00). Moyra Cantwell (Sun 12.00). Margaret Jones (Sun 12.30).


Eucharistic Ministers
The Parish Office is in the process of compiling the new rota. If you are unable or unwilling to continue please inform Michelle in the Office at 056 776 4400 as soon as possible.


Integritas
The monastic way in the secular world. A residential weekend at Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Friday 3rd October to Sunday 5th October 2014. To reserve a place, please contact Eileen from Monday to Friday, between 2.00pm  and 7.00pm at 0505 25600. A reservation can also be made by e-mail to guesthouse@msjroscrea.ie. The cost of the weekend per person is €140.00.


Refreshments After Mass on Tuesday
The holiday season is over and we are again in a position to offer light refreshments after our Tuesday morning Masses at St. Fiacre’s Church.  When you have finished in church on a Tuesday morning feel free to proceed to the Parish Centre for a tea or coffee and a chat with neighbours and friends.


Friends of Calcutta Clothing Appeal
A clothing appeal in aid of Friends of Calcutta will take place on Thursday 18th September in the Parish Centre car park from 10.00am to 12 noon.  Friends of Calcutta is a totally voluntary Irish Charity. 


Ionad Cairde Social Learning
Presents “An Evening with Dr. Fergus Heffernan” on Monday, 29th September from 7.30pm to  9.30pm in Hotel Kilkenny. Cost: €10 (payable at the door). The presentation looks at ‘the impact that living and working in a highly anxious world is having on the physiological and psychological of human beings’. Doors open at 7.00pm.  Tea/Coffee provided. Email: icsociallearning@gmail.com or telephone 085 164 8229. 


Loreto Secondary School
1st Year Enrolment September 2015:  The closing date for applications for a First Year place is Wednesday, 8th October 2014. Application forms and admissions policy can be obtained from our website www.loretokk.ie or the school office.
Open Night For 6th Class Girls:  An open night will take place on Wednesday, 24th September 2014 at 6.45pm. This is a ticketed event and tickets are available by either emailing your request to office@loretokk.ie or by calling to the school office. 


September Literature Course
Evening literature class exploring the work of Seamus Heaney and William Trevor.  Eight-week course starts Thursday, 25th September from 7.00pm  to 9.00pm at Kilkenny Campus, located at St Kieran’s College. Course fee 130, including tea/coffee. To book, please email margaret.irish@nuim.ie or call 087 344 5388.
Parish Volunteer Appreciation Evening
Following our very successful and enjoyable evening for parish volunteers last year the Parish Pastoral Council has decided to do the same again.  Precise details will be announced later but in the meantime those who volunteer in our parish are invited to keep the evening of Saturday, 1st November free.


Stress Management Skills Course
This 8 week course will take place in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy beginning on   Thursday, 9th October 2014 (7.00pm – 9.00pm) Course costs €90 – Phone: 087 680 9428 for further information.


Trying to Quit Smoking?
A six week stop smoking group is available at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre commencing on Thursday, 18th September.  Contact Bernie O’Brien, Health Promotion & Improvement, 1st Floor, St. Canice’s Hospital.  056 773 4863/087 251 4531


Pitch & Putt
Kilkenny Recreation Sports Partnership is starting an Older Adult Introductory 4 week pitch and putt programme. This will start next Wednesday 17th at 11.00am at Lacken pitch and putt (St Canice’s Hospital grounds, Dublin Road). There is no fee required from those interested.  Beginners Welcome!  Contact Alan on 056 779 4990 or 087 327 6271.


Volunteers Required
Kilkenny and Carlow Contact is seeking volunteers for Befriending to Older People in Kilkenny City and surrounding areas. 
Do you have empathy with older people?  Could you commit to one hour per week to befriend an older person. If the answer is ‘Yes’ please come along to an Information Evening in the Fr. McGrath Centre, St Joseph’s Road, Kilkenny on Monday, 15th September at 7.30pm.   For more information or details call 056 775 1988, Ext 6.


Free Training
Free training with Momentum and  Barrow Training.  Momentum is a new government initiative which will provide free education and training projects for 6,500 jobseekers. Participants will gain relevant skills for real work opportunities in identified growth areas. Barrow Training is delivering courses in Hospitality and Tourism in Carlow, Kilkenny, Naas, Waterford, Wexford and Bray and childcare in Kilkenny, Waterford and Clonmel. Visit www.barrowtraining.ie or www.momentumskills.ie for more information or call Siobhan on 059 972 1416.



Monday, September 8, 2014

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 7th September 2014

Come on the Cats !!!
We wish the Kilkenny Senior and Minor hurling teams the best of luck in this weekend’s All Ireland Hurling Finals. In particular we wish Brian Cody, Eoin Larkin and Jackie Tyrell as well as and Conor Browne and Luke Scanlon, the panel members and all from St. Patrick’s Parish who are involved with the teams the very best of luck in the finals. Let’s bring the Liam McCarthy cup back home. 

 
Tickets Are Very Scarce!
Our parish is running a coach to the Annual Grandparents’ Pilgrimage at Knock on next Sunday, 14th September 2014.  The coach will leave St. Fiacre’s Church at 8.00am and stop at Tullamore to allow pilgrims to have a break.  The official celebrations begin at 2.30pm with Mass in the basilica at 3.00pm. Chief celebrant will be Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio. Fr. Liam Lawton will lead the singing.  There will be a reflection by Catherine Wiley, of the Catholic Grandparents’ Association. The coach will leave Knock shortly after the celebrations stopping for a short while in Tullamore on route home to Kilkenny.  We expect to arrive at St. Fiacre’s Church before 10.00pm.
At time of printing there were only four available tickets remaining so please contact the Parish Centre (056 776 4400) on Monday to book your seat.  Return fare: €10.00.


 Children’s Prayer Appeal
We invite children to write a prayer for their grandparents.  Send prayers to Grandparents’ Association, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co Mayo or email to info@catholicgrandparentsassociation.com


St Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The AGM of the society will be held in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on Friday 12th September after 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church.  All welcome.


Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased:  Biddy Furniss, Troyscourt and formerly of 101 Patrick Street.  Funeral prayers at Johnston’s Funeral Home at 7.30pm on this Saturday evening followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church.  Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Monday.  Cremation will take place at Newlands Cross Crematorium at 12.00 noon on Tuesday. Catherine Carroll, Jenkinstown. Requiem Mass at Jenkinstown Church at 12.00 noon on Monday followed by interment in Conahy Churchyard. Rosary at her home on Sunday at 9.00pm. Maureen Lanigan, Joiner’s Folly. Michael O’Neill, Fr. Albert Place. Therese Treacy, Parnell Street. Jean Conway (Sun 12.00).
Months Mind: Bridget McGrath (Sun 11.00).
Anniversaries: Tony Madden (Sat 6.15). William (Bill) Hackett (Sat 7.00). Mary O’Donnell (Sun 10.00). Bridget Kenny (Sun 10.30).  Jacqueline Rainey (Sun 12.30). Sarah & Patrick Leahy (Wed 9.30). Sean O’Keeffe (Fri 10.30). Michael & Bridget Slattery. Sharon McEvoy. Jack Allen. Bob, Margie & Glenn Brady. Paddy Ryan. Evelyn Costello.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Michael Reddy (Sat 6.15). Sr. Sylvester Brennan (Sat 7.00). Jim Ryan (Sun 9.30). Joe Brennan (Sun 10.00). Catherine Grace (Sun 10.30). Mary & Joan Bissett (Sun 11.00). Eileen Barham (Sun 12.00). Margaret & Christy Aherne (Sun 12.30).


Carer of the Year
Just a reminder, Carer of The Year and Young Carer of the year nominations are closing 19th September so if you know of any local carers who you’d like to nominate, you can fill out a form at http://carersireland.com/carersoftheyear2014.php or get in touch with us at the centre: The Carers Association, Unit 1, Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny or call 056 772 1424.


Kilkenny Flower Club
Meetings resume in Butler House on Thursday, 11th September at 8.00pm. Demonstration by Beatrice Hartog.  Non members welcome, cost €6.00.


Westcourt News
The monthly Mass to pray for the intercession of Blessed Edmund Rice in our lives and for his canonisation will take place in Westcourt on Monday, 8th September 2014 at 7.30pm.  All are welcome.


Rosary
The monthly rosary on the First Sunday in James Green at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues on this Sunday, 7th September at 3.00pm. 


“Be Still and know that I am God”
Christian Meditation will resume in Peace in Christ Retreat House on Wednesday, 10th September at 4.00pm. All are welcome to come and experience this type of prayer. 


Parents of Adults with Autism/ASD
For parents of  teenagers/adults with Autism/ASD who would like to help to influence person centred and family focused initiatives in Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary:  Thursday, 11th September at 11.00am in Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre. Facilitated by the Autism Partnership.


World Suicide Prevention Day
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Wednesday, 10th September a Service of Light will be held in St. Mary's Cathedral at 7.30 pm.  Please bring a candle to join communities throughout the world who will light a candle at 8.00pm to remember all whose lives have been touched by suicide.  Service led by Fr. Willie Purcell and Kilkenny Gospel Choir.


Alliance Fran├žaise
Children’s French Classes - from 4 years of age.  Secondary School and Adult classes also available. 
Enrolments: Tuesday, 9th September and Wednesday, 10th September from 7.00pm - 9.00pm  at the Club House Hotel, Patrick Street. Call 087 668 2696.


Young at Heart
The Young at Heart Club reopens on Wednesday, 10th September from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the Parish Centre.  All welcome.


Ionad Cairde Social Learning
Presents “An Evening with Dr. Fergus Heffernan” on Monday, 29th September from 7.30pm to  9.30pm in Hotel Kilkenny. Cost: €10 (payable at the door). The presentation looks at ‘the impact that living and working in a highly anxious world is having on the physiological and psychological of human beings’. Doors open at 7.00pm.  Tea/Coffee provided. Email: icsociallearning@gmail.com or telephone 085 164 8229.


Alopecia Support
The next meeting of Alopecia Support Ireland will be on Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 7.30pm at Moran’s Red Cow Hotel, Dublin.  All welcome.  Contact: alopeciaireland@gmail.com or 089 229 8100.


Loreto Secondary School
1st Year Enrolment September 2015:  The closing date for applications for a First Year place is Wednesday, 8th October 2014. Application forms and admissions policy can be obtained from our website www.loretokk.ie or the school office.
Open Night For 6th Class Girls:  An open night will take place on Wednesday, 24th September 2014 at 6.45pm. This is a ticketed event and tickets are available by either emailing your request to office@loretokk.ie or by calling to the school office.


Don’t Just Go to Church
That’s right: Don’t just go to church - be the church!  The Priory Institute is Ireland’s only accredited premier institution offering theology courses both online and in a traditional classroom setting.  Application deadline is 22nd September.  For more information log on to www.prioryinstitute.ie or call 01 404 8124.


September Literature Course
Evening literature class exploring the work of Seamus Heaney and William Trevor.  Eight-week course starts Thursday, Sept 25th, 7.00 to 9.00pm at Kilkenny Campus, located at St Kieran’s College. Course fee 130, incl. tea/coffee. To book, please email margaret.irish@nuim.ie or call 087 344 5388.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 31st August 2014



St. Fiacre’s Well Novena and Mass
The annual novena to St. Fiacre concludes with prayers and Mass at the well on this Sunday, 31st 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.


Annual Grandparents’ Pilgrimage
Our parish is running a coach to the Annual Grandparents’ Pilgrimage at Knock on Sunday week, 14th September 2014.  The coach will leave St. Fiacre’s Church at 8.00am and stop at Tullamore to allow pilgrims to have a break.  The official celebrations begin at 2.30pm with Mass in the basilica at 3.00pm. Chief celebrant will be Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio. Fr. Liam Lawton will lead the singing.  There will be a reflection by Catherine Wiley, of the Catholic Grandparents’ Association. The coach will leave Knock shortly after the celebrations stopping for a short while in Tullamore on route home to Kilkenny.  We expect to arrive at St. Fiacre’s Church before 10.00pm.
Tickets are selling well so please contact the Parish Centre (056 776 4400) as soon as possible to book your seat.  Return fare: €10.00..


Children’s Prayer Appeal
We invite children to write a prayer for their grandparents.  All prayers submitted to the shrine will be blessed at the pilgrimage.  Send prayers to our office at Grandparents’ Association, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co Mayo or to info@catholicgrandparentsassociation.com


Mass in Honour of St. Joseph
A note from the Mill Hill Missionaries, Waterford Road, Kilkenny: We have a Mass in honour of St. Joseph on the first Wednesday of every month. The next Mass will be on Wednesday, 3rd of September at 8.00pm – in our Mill Hill Chapel.  Please join us.


Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased:  Ned Brett, late of Walkin Street who died in London.  Requiem Mass in Foulkstown Church at 10.00am on Sunday followed by burial of ashes.  Eamon Martin Jnr who died in England. Annette Kavanagh, Tinahely and late Tullogher. Michael Massey, Lacken Drive. John Bolger, Blackmill Street. Ina Farrer, Castlegardens. Milo Traynor (Mon 9.30). Terence Lanigan, Waterford. Paddy Heffernan, Willow Close.
Months Mind: Michelle Heffernan (Sat 6.15).
Anniversaries: Paddy McDonald (Sat 7.00). Patricia Mulhall (Sun 10.30). John & Margaret Johnson (Sun 11.00). Patsy Ryan (Sun 12.00). Muggers Larkin (Sun 12.30). Pat White (Fri 10.30). Michael & John Smithwick. Ben Delahunty. Maureen Griffin. Edward O’Shaughnessy Snr. Christina O’Shaughnessy. Ned O’Shaughnessy. Christopher Kenny. Br. Martin Cassidy. Joe Dunne. Maurice Maher. Eileen Grace.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Tony Madden (Sat 6.15). William (Bill) Hackett (Sat 7.00). Mary O’Donnell (Sun 10.00). Bridget Kenny (Sun 10.30). Bridget McGrath, (nee Dunne), late of 8 Kells Road and New York. (Sun 11.00). Jean Conway (Sun 12.00). Jacqueline Rainey (Sun 12.30).



Holy Hour for Vocations
The monthly holy hour for vocations with guided prayer and benediction will be held on Friday, 5th September in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St. Mary's Cathedral from 7.00 to 8.00pm.



First Friday
The first Friday of September occurs this week.  The priests will visit the sick and housebound at the usual times.  Contact the Parish Office early in the week to be added to the list.
Courses at Integritas
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola on each Wednesday evening at 8.00pm.
The Spirituality of the Gospel of St. Luke on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm.
For further information on these and many other interesting courses at Integritas - a domestic centre of Christian spirituality based at Ennisnag - view the website at www.integritas.ie



Kilkenny Bereavement Support
As part of marking the 25th anniversary of Kilkenny Bereavement Support, a series of talks is being held in the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny.  The first of these is by Dr Mark Rowe on Tuesday, 2nd September at 8.00pm. The talk is entitled: “A Prescription for Happiness - new understandings of wellbeing”. You are invited to join Dr. Mark for a stimulating and entertaining evening and walk away with a tool kit for meaning and wellbeing.  Admission is €10.



Our Lady’s Island
You are invited to join the Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island, Wexford on Monday, 1st September.  Bus leaves Kilkenny Castle at 5.00pm.  Bookings: 056 776 4783 and 087 942 8305.  €10.00. 


Carer of the Year
Just a reminder, Carer of The Year and Young Carer of the year nominations are closing 19th September so if you know of any local carers who you’d like to nominate, you can fill out a form at http://carersireland.com/carersoftheyear2014.php or get in touch with us at the centre: The Carers Association, Unit 1, Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny or call 056 772 1424.


Parents of Adults with Autism/ASD
For parents of  teenagers/adults with Autism/ASD who would like to help to influence person centred and family focused initiatives in Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary:  Thursday, 11th September at 11.00am in Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre. Facilitated by the Autism Partnership.


Art Classes for Adults
Morning art classes for adults will resume in September. The classes are suitable for beginners and more advanced. Classes are small, friendly and materials are supplied for the first class; individual work with each participant. The classes run in Bishop Birch Institute, Waterford Road, Kilkenny from 10:30am to 12:30pm on Thursdays and Fridays. For more information and to sign up call Sonja at 083 394 1220 or email artwithsonja@gmail.com


The Chosen Path
A book of poetry, reflection and prayer by Rita Shore.  On sale at the Parish Centre.  Cost €10.  Proceeds to the Thomas Hayes Trust.


Loughboy Library
Creative Writers Group will resume their weekly meetings this Thursday at 2.00pm.  Interested writers at all levels are welcome.
Summer Reading Challenge: please return completed cards immediately.
Book Clubs meet next Tuesday and Thursday at 10.30am.
Facebook Competition: visit our page, like our competition and win a family pass to the Reptile Village.


Supporting Bereaved Children
The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network is hosting a talk entitled ‘Supporting Children Bereaved by Suicide’ in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise on 8th September between 10.00am and 1.00pm. To attend, please email Nicola.jordan@hospicefoundation.ie


Don’t Just Go to Church
That’s right: Don’t just go to church - be the church!  The Priory Institute is Ireland’s only accredited premier institution offering theology courses both online and in a traditional classroom setting.  Application deadline is 22nd September.  For more information log on to www.prioryinstitute.ie or call 01 404 8124.


Baptism
At least 2 weeks notice is required by the Parish in order to have a child baptised. Contact  056 776 4400.