Tuesday, August 15, 2017

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 13th August 2017

Back to the  Mountain Top
Jesus once again goes to the mountain-top to pray. We too are encouraged to carve out space and time out in our everyday lives for quiet, for reflection for prayer or meditation; for whatever it is that we do to nourish that deeper spiritual heart of ourselves. It is so important.  The famous story of Jesus walking on the water follows in the Gospel today. What a shock the disciples must have received! Initially Peter is so brave and enthusiastic. Peter is able to walk on the water until he notices the wind, then fear takes over and he begins to sink.
     If you have read the book The Shack (and if you haven’t I highly recommend it!) you might remember a scene where the main character, Mack, is led onto the water by Jesus and they walk together on the lake. Mack, like Peter in today’s Gospel, is full of fear, mostly about what might happen in the future. Jesus is clear to Mack that he lives in the present and that we waste time trying to play God and control what might happen in the future: ‘You neither believe I am good nor know deep in your heart that I love you. You sing about it, you talk about it, but you don’t know it’ (The Shack, p. 151)
     Jesus’ message for Mack in the story; for Peter in the Gospel and for all of today is ‘Why did you doubt?’ What eliminates our awareness of the love of God? We are urged to keep our eyes fixed on him. It is in the present that Jesus lives, not in our fears about the future or worries about the past.
Jane Mellet

Feast of the Assumption
Tuesday, 15th August is the feast of The Assumption of  the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.  This is an important solemnity in the Church and it is a holyday of obligation.  Our Masses for this feast are as follows: Vigil Masses on Monday at 6.15pm and 7.00pm and on Tuesday, 10am in Foulkstown, 11am in St. Patrick’s and 12 noon in St. Fiacre’s.   Please join us in honouring our Blessed Mother.

Emergency Collection for Trocaire
Many thanks to all who supported last weeks emergency collection for Trocaire.  €2797 was collected for this worthy cause.  

Pray  for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Tony Teehan, Warrington. Anne Kelly, Kenealy Avenue.  Josephine Purcell, England and formerly Connolly St.
Anniversaries: Mary Coogan (Sat 6.15). Jackie Coonan (Sat 7.00). Maureen Cantwell (Sun 9.30). Christy Kerwick (Sun 10.30). Paddy Murray (Sun 11.00). Eddie & Bridget Kelly (Sun 12.00). Margaret Shanahan (Sun 12.30). Noreen Faul (Tues 11.00).  Ann Kenny (Wed 10.30). Bridget Long (Thurs 10.30).  Christina Gargan. Peader Blanchfield. Martin Doran. Michael & Sean Bolger. Pat Owens. Nance O’Neill.
Intentions for next weekend: Tom & Mary Byrne (Sat 6.15). William ‘Tony’ White (Sat 7.00)Tom & Michael Casserly (Sun 10.30). Della Harney (Sun 1100). Paddy Heffernan (Sun 12.00). Kathleen Brophy (Sun 12.30).
Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest.  Anniversaries after that will be published the following week.

St. Fiacre’s Well Novena
This year’s annual novena to St. Fiacre begins with rosary and prayers at the well in Kilfera at 8.00pm on Saturday, 19th August and will continue at 8.00pm each evening with concluding prayers and Mass on Sunday, 27th August at 3.30pm.  Devotion to St. Fiacre in our parish has a time-honoured history with annual novena prayers and patterns at the well for many centuries.  We invite all to continue the tradition by joining with us in prayer during the coming week and for the novena prayers and Mass on next Sunday afternoon.  By kind permission, St. Fiacre’s Well is approached through the avenue of Sheastown House which is a couple of miles out the Bennettsbridge Road.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration
The next draw for St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund takes place on Wednesday 30th August 2017.   If you would like to subscribe to the draw please contact the Parish Office or Fr. Roderick. 

Pilgrimage to Knock
The people of Danesfort Parish have arranged a coach to Knock Shrine for the highlight of this year’s annual novena.  Join us on Monday, 21st August – the actual anniversary of the apparitions at Knock – for the official launch of the World Meeting of Families 2018 programme.  Families representing each diocese will travel to Knock for this special day.  During the concelebrated Mass led by Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, a newly commissioned Icon of the Holy Family will be unveiled and anointed following which, the Icon will travel to each diocese around the country as part of the WMOF2018 celebrations. 
Coach will pick-up at Cuffesgrange at 7.45am, Danesfort at 8.00am, St. Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy at 8.15am and The Square, Ballyragget at 8.45am.  Cost €20 (€10 for children) for coach with an optional main course meal available at The Grand Hotel, Moate for €10 extra.  Contact Fr. Dan Carroll on 087 907 7769 to book or for further information.

Theological Studies
St. Kieran’s College, as part if its mission of education and formation, wishes to offer, on behalf of the Diocese of Ossory, a programme of education for the people of the diocese. The programme will begin next September and will be offered on the Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, based at St. Kieran’s College. Further information from Declan Murphy on 056 775 3624 or 087 908 1470 or on declanmurphy@ossory.ie

Maynooth University Kilkenny Campus
Drop in Day – Thursday 24th August, 10AM – 2PM
Would you like to study the first year of your BA degree in a unique learning environment with small class sizes and a fantastic student community? You can do that through our 1st Year Bachelor of Arts programme (CAO: MH901).  We are holding a Drop In Day on Thursday 24th August at our Kilkenny Campus on College Road. Drop in anytime from 10am – 2pm. Meet with campus staff and students. First Arts course information. Campus tours and more. For more information email kilkennyfirstarts@mu.ie or call 01 7086755

Knock Shrine
Handel's Messiah - Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel's 'iconic' Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir.  Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm.
Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.
Novena Programme 2017 - Join us for nine days of reflection and prayer for the National Novena to Our Lady of Knock from the 14th-22nd August. Ceremonies will take place daily at 3pm and 8.30pm with daily guest speakers and workshops at 12 noon and 6pm in the Rest & Care Centre. On Monday 21st August we will celebrate the launch of the World Meeting of Families 2018 Programme. See www.knockshrine.ie/novena2017

Online Theology Course
Join our supportive student community and study theology by distance learning this Autumn.  Application deadline September 26th. 01 4048124. enquiries@prioryinstitute.com . www.prioryinstitute.com.
 
Bargue Gerome Cours De Dessin
(Drawing Course). Explore this famous and fabled 19th-century drawing course. 10-week course, every Wednesday from 10.00am-12.30pm, starting 27 September 2017 at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre. Cost: € 200. All materials supplied. 10% discount from Cork Art Supplies. See www.classicalartatelier.com or telephone 087 660 9644 for info and booking.

Come Join Us
The organisers of the World Meeting of Families 2018 are looking for the help of generous volunteers in August 2018.  Visit www.worldmeeting2018.ie/volunteer or call 01 567 6800 for information and application form.

The Transfiguartion of the Lord, 6th August 2017

The Mountain Top
In the Scriptures, the mountains are often places where people encounter God. Jesus takes the disciples up to the mountain top to pray, to a quiet place, away from all the attention and the crowds. They have the most wonderful experience as we read in the Gospel today.  Can you recall a place where you have felt deep peace or a sense of experiencing God? In nature or in the places you go for some ‘time-out’ for yourself? Perhaps it is in special moments with family and friends; times of joy or sorrow. These ‘mountain-top’ experiences nourish us, can bring us insights or help us to deal with difficult periods in our lives. They can bring feelings of euphoria, deep joy and blessing and often sustain us in life. No wonder the disciples wanted to build ‘three dwellings’ so that Moses, Elijah and Jesus would stay with them like this forever. However, we cannot remain in those experiences forever. Jesus’ way involves both time for encounters with mystery but also coming down from the mountain and continuing on life’s journey and mission.      Can we carve out these moments of quiet in our busy days to be with the Word, to create the space to listen and make room for these encounters with the Lord? This week, imagine yourself in this story as you read ‘Jesus took me with him and went up on the mountain to pray …’
‘To pray the scriptures is to descend to the level of the heart and find God’ Michael Casey OCSO
  Jane Mellet

Dates for your Diary
St. Fiacre’s Well, Sheestown - Sun 27th August at 3.30pm. 

Rosary
The monthly rosary on the first Sunday in James’s Green at the Statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues this Sunday 6th August at 3pm. 

Bank Holiday Weekend
As this is a bank holiday weekend the only public Mass in our parish on Monday will be at St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am.  There will be no exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Fiacre’s Church on Monday.

Pray  for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Mary Dwyer, St. Fiacre’s Place. Sr. Ethne McHale, St. John of God Convent. Jennifer Gaffney, Grove, Cuffesgrange. Paddy McDonald.
Months Mind: Judy Moore (Sun 12.30).
Anniversaries: Elizabeth Hickman (Sat 6.15). Patrick Dorney Jnr (Sat 7.00). Phil O’Neill (Sun 10.00). Nell Mullally (Sun 10.30). Martin Mulhall (Sun 11.00). Paddy Henderson (Sun 12.00). Eileen Tynan (Wed 9.30). Ellen McEvoy (Thurs 10.30). Gabriel Warde (Fri 10.30).  Richie Fleming (Sat 9.30). Edward O’Shaughnessy Snr. Ned O’Shaughnessy Jnr.  Eileen  Grace.
Intentions for next weekend: Mary Coogan (Sat 6.15). Jackie Coonan (Sat 7.00). Maureen Cantwell (Sun 9.30). Christy Kerwick (Sun 10.30). Paddy Murray (Sun 11.00). Eddie & Bridget Kelly (Sun 12.00). Margaret Shanahan (Sun 12.30).
Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest.  Anniversaries after that will be published the following week.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration
Draw Results
The July results are as follows: 1st: Bernie & Anna, Thomastown. 2nd: Martin Brennan, Muckalee. 3rd: Regina Byrne, St. Mary’s. 4th: Mrs Holohan, St. Mary’s. 5th: The Power Family, Callan. 6th: Seir Kieran National School, Seir Kieran. 7th: Fr. O Maher, Urlingford. 8th: Tom & Anne Tynan, St. Mary’s. 9th: Ellen McCormack, Ballyragget. 10th: St. Marie Helen Hicks, St. Mary’s. The next draw for St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund takes place on Wednesday 30th August 2017.   If you would like to subscribe to the draw please contact the Parish Office or Fr. Roderick. 
Race Night: A Race Night in aid of St.Mary's Cathedral Restoration Fund will take place in Kilkenny Greyhound Track on Friday 11th August with the 1st Race at 8.00pm. Admission/Supporter Tickets €10 available on the night or from Parish Offices.
Nomination of Dogs at €100 being canvassed for. Contact Fr. Pat Dalton 086-8283478 or the Diocesan Office 

Emergency Collection for Trocaire
An emergency collection in aid of Trócaire's work in East Africa will take place in the Parish this weekend and will be taken up as part of the second collection at all Masses.  Nearly 25  million people in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia are currently in urgent need of food and water due to drought.  Trocaire is reaching over 150,000 people across the region with emergency food, water and sanitation. Needs are enormous—please  support our appeal an help us reach more people with life-saving aid. See www.trocaire.org for more information. 

Knock Shrine
Handel's Messiah - Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel's 'iconic' Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir.  Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm.
Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.
Novena Programme 2017 - Join us for nine days of reflection and prayer for the National Novena to Our Lady of Knock from the 14th-22nd August. Ceremonies will take place daily at 3pm and 8.30pm with daily guest speakers and workshops at 12 noon and 6pm in the Rest & Care Centre. On Monday 21st August we will celebrate the launch of the World Meeting of Families 2018 Programme. See www.knockshrine.ie/novena2017

Theological Studies
St. Kieran’s College, as part if its mission of education and formation, wishes to offer, on behalf of the Diocese of Ossory, a programme of education for the people of the diocese. The programme will begin next September and will be offered on the Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, based at St. Kieran’s College. Further information from Declan Murphy on 056 775 3624 or 087 908 1470 or on declanmurphy@ossory.ie

Pilgrimage to Knock. 
The people of Danesfort Parish have arranged a coach to Knock Shrine for the highlight of this year’s annual novena.  Join us on Monday, 21st August – the actual anniversary of the apparitions at Knock – for the official launch of the World Meeting of Families 2018 programme ‘Amoris: Let’s talk Family, Let’s be Family!’.  Families representing each diocese will travel to Knock for this special day.  During the concelebrated Mass led by Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, a newly commissioned Icon of the Holy Family will be unveiled and anointed following which, the Icon will travel to each diocese around the country as part of the WMOF2018 celebrations.  Details of pick-ups, times and cost are available from Fr. Dan on 087 907 7769.
Online Theology Course
Join our supportive student community and study theology by distance learning this Autumn.  Application deadline September 26th. 01 4048124. enquiries@prioryinstitute.com . www.prioryinstitute.com.

Bargue Gerome Cours De Dessin
(Drawing Course). Explore this famous and fabled 19th-century drawing course. 10-week course, every Wednesday from 10.00am-12.30pm, starting 27 September 2017 at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre. Cost: € 200. All materials supplied. 10% discount from Cork Art Supplies. For further information and to book, see www.classicalartatelier.com or telephone 087 660 9644.

Volunteer Appreciation Night
The Parish Pastoral Council has decided to have a Volunteer Appreciation Night in Hotel Kilkenny on Sunday 22nd October 2017. We cordially invite volunteers in all ministries in St. Patrick’s Parish to come and enjoy this function which is being held especially for all of you, as a token of our deep appreciation of your volunteers spirit.  Further details later.


16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 23rd July 2017

Reflection
 Jesus takes the ordinary for his story. Your treasure? What would you really want never to lose? What’s your treasure? Money, reputation, home…terrible. Some things have more relevance to life than others. ‘I gave up a better job but had time for the family and for love.’  Family – parents sell a lot – give up a lot for their children and to give them the best.  Education an example. Or holidays.
We have different needs in life – food, shelter, education, meaning, love…..one does not replace the other, but we can live without some.
As people we look for what’s most important in life? The love of God; deep and enduring friendships. Success after hard work in school. These are the treasures, the pearls. These are what cannot be lost and are worth sacrificing others good things for.
Then the other parable – things good and bad – old and new. The net – prawns and salmon and shrimps in the same net. Ever see them throwing back or throwing away the small fish? Not everything in the old Ireland or old church was bad – we need to find new ways of living, legislating, dealing with some awful situations, but knee jerk reactions to any situation lead to nowhere lasting.
The treasure is in our people. So much hidden generosity comes out at bad times like floods, power cuts, illness and death. We need always to find the hidden treasures in our own people and even in our history. The kingdom of God is close, near and is within us.
Thy Kingdom Come, Lord Jesus
Donal Neary SJ.

Volunteer Appreciation Night
The Parish Pastoral Council has decided to have a Volunteer Appreciation Night in Hotel Kilkenny on Sunday 22nd October 2017. We cordially invite volunteers in all ministries in St. Patrick’s Parish to come and enjoy this function which is being held especially for all of you, as a token of our deep appreciation of your volunteers spirit.  Further details later.

Dates for your Diary
St. Fiacre’s Well, Sheestown - Sun 27th August at 3.30pm. 
 
Pray  for Our Deceased Friends
Recently deceased; Micheal Brennan Deans Court. Liam Carroll Sheastown Lane. Requiem Mass on Monday in Foulkstown at 12 noon. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Pierce Walton Dean Cavanagh Pl. Mick Cahill Wolf Tone St. Larry Nolan Nore Tce.
Months Mind: Faye Thompson. (Sun 10.30).
Kathleen Kenny.
Anniversaries: James and Margaret Bambrick (Sat 6.15). Tommy McGuire (Sat 7.00). . Denis Treacy Snr (Sun 10.00).  Ted Woodgate (Sun 12.00). Joe Cody (Sun 12.30).  Richard Kenny. Nancy Larkin. Jimmy, Billy and Annie Bourke. Eleanor Loscher. Sean Phelan. Davy and Jim Gaffney. Delia O Hara. Breda O Hara. James Bolger. Jim Morrissey. Rita Thompson. Annie Lennon (Thur. 10.30). Patricia Dineen (Fri. 9.30). 
Intentions for next weekend: Months Mind. Judy Moore (Sun 12.30). Anniversaries. Elizabeth Hickmn (Sat 6.15) Patrick Dorney Jnr (Sat 7.00). Nell Mullally (Sun.10.30)  Martin Mulhall (Sun 11.00). Paddy Henderson (Sun 12.00). 
Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest.  Anniversaries after that will be published the following week.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw Results
First prize €2,000 Bernie and Anna. 2nd Prize€1,000 Martin Brennan. 3rd Prize €5oo Regina Byrne. 4th Prize €3,00 Mrs Holohan. 5th Prize €300 The Power family. 6th Prize €200  Seir Kieran Nat School. 7th Prize €200 Fr. O Maher. 8th Prize €100 Tom and Ann Tynan. 9th Prize €100 Ellen McCormack. 10th Prize €100 Sr Marie Helen Hicks

Trocaire Emergency Appeal
Over 24 million people across East Africa are struggling to survive a devastating hunger crisis. With your support Trocaire is currently reaching tens of thousands of people each month with emergency food aid in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Our second collection next weekend Aug 5th/6th will be taken up at all Masses in aid of this worthy cause. Thank you for your support.


Notices for Newsletter
Please, please, please, have notices in for publication by Thursday at the latest.  The Newsletter is edited and published on Friday morning and late notices cannot be included after that. This is especially important regarding anniversaries.  Please have them in by Thursday, either by ringing the office, dropping the notice into the parish centre or send it by email.  Leaving notices into sacristies is no guarantee they will reach us on time. Help us avoid upset by putting  notices in on time. On a final note, space is limited on the newsletter so priority is given to parish and diocesan notices.  Likewise, it is not possible to keep repeating a notice each week.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival
Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 17th—Sunday 20th August 2017.  For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new people, with over 1400 young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year. The festival is donation only. Free buses travelling from all around Ireland. For more info and to book online, see www.youth2000.ie or Tel: 01 6753690.

Parish Registration
We invite those who are new to St. Patrick’s Parish to register with us.  Please contact the Parish Office by email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie or by phone 056 776 4400.


Lough Derg 2017
You may begin the Three Day Pilgrimage on any day up to and including Sunday 13th August. Advance booking is not necessary.
There are various travel options available countrywide.  The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with
Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality.  Telephone Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9851518 (from NI 00353 71 9861518).  Email: info@loughderg.org   www.loughderg.org


Theological Studies
St. Kieran’s College, as part if its mission of education and formation, wishes to offer, on behalf of the Diocese of Ossory, a programme of education for the people of the diocese. The programme will begin next September and will be offered on the Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, based at St. Kieran’s College. Further information from Declan Murphy on 056 775 3624 or 087 908 1470 or on declanmurphy@ossory.ie

Lost and Found
A First Holy Communion bracelet was found in the vicinity of the Parish Centre.  Tel: 056 776 4400.

Cathedral Restoration  Fund.
A Race Night in aid of St.Mary's Cathedral Restoration Fund will take place in Kilkenny Greyhound Track on Friday 11th August with the 1st Race at 8.00pm.
Admission/Supporter Tickets €10 available on the night or from Parish Offices.
Nomination of Dogs at €100 being canvassed for.
Contact Fr. Pat Dalton 086-8283478 or the Diocesan Office

Parish Lourdes Collection
Annual Church gate collection for the  Lourdes Parish fund will take place on Sat. 29th/30th of July. Your support would be appreciated.

St Riochs  Cemetery Mass.
Mass will be celebrated in St. Riochs Cemetery  Walkin St on Thursday  August 3rd  7.30pm

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 16th July 2017

The generous sower
Can you picture it? I love the image of Jesus sitting in a boat, addressing the crowds on the beach. He certainly knew how to hold their attention. And he knew they would understand him more clearly if he used the language of stories. Those listening would have been familiar with the cycle of planting seeds and waiting for them to produce a crop. One of the purposes of parables is to challenge the hearers to reflect and respond with faith. So this parable of the sower requires Jesus’ audience to decide what kind of soil they are. There is a message of judgment for those who are hardened like the rocky soil, and a message of hope for those who are receptive like the rich soil. The figure of the sower is important too. The sower does not confine the seeds to soil that is fertile and ready for growth. Rather, the seeds are scattered everywhere – on the path, patches of rock, and among thorns. Jesus does not discriminate. His love is given out for all. He knows that some of it may be rejected, or accepted only on a superficial level, but he offers it anyway. That offer of love is never withdrawn. It might take a while to bear fruit, but it is always there.
 ‘Always there are doors that are not closed. Look for the doors that are at least a little bit open, enter and talk about common things and go on. Step by step.’ Pope Francis
Tríona Doherty

Dates for your Diary
Foulkstown Cemetery Mass - Thurs 27th July at 7.30pm.
St. Fiacre’s Well, Sheestown - Sun 27th August at 3.30pm. 

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

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw
The next draw for St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund takes place on Wednesday 26th July 2017.   If you would like to subscribe to the draw please contact the Parish Office or Fr. Roderick.  

Pray  for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Mary Nolan, Assumption Place.
Months Mind:  Sean “Georgie” Leahy (Sat 7.00).  Denis Byrne (Sun 9.30).
Anniversaries: Eileen O’Brien (Sat 6.15). Jimmy Byrne (Sun 10.00). Bridget Kelly (Sun 10.30). Marie & Annmarie Manogue (Sun 11.00). Mary Hogan (Sun 12.00). Jer Doheny (Sun 12.30). Pat Murray (Thurs 10.30). Kitty Larkin (Fri 9.30). Mary Holland. Brigid Murray.  John Walsh. Patrick O’Brien. Bridget Ward. Bridie Walsh. Mary Slattery.  The Roche Family. Fr. John F. Bourke. Tony Henderson. Felix Campbell.
Intentions for next weekend: Chris Murphy (Sat 6.15). Hugh McCorry (Sun 9.30). Davina Crosbie (Sun 10.00). Eileen  Glennon (Sun 11.00). Ivan Power (Sun 12.00). Vera & Bobby Brannigan (Sun 12.30).  Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest.  Anniversaries after that will be published the following week.

Cleaners Needed
Anyone interested in giving an hour or two of their time to clean St. Fiacre’s Church is asked to contact the Sacristy

Reek Sunday 30th July 2017
The annual pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, Reek Sunday takes place this year on Sunday 30 July. Mass will be celebrated hourly on the summit at 8:00am; 9:00am; 10:00am; 11:00am; 12:00pm; 1:00pm & 2:00pm.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated from 7:30am - 2:00pm.

Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island
Wexford - Sunday 23rd July 2017
Mass will be celebrated at 3pm followed by Rosary Procession around the island & Benediction. Bus leaves St. Fiacre’s Church at 11.30am. Cost €15
You may bring a packed lunch and light refreshments will be available in cafés near the church before and after the ceremonies. All are welcome
Phone Phil 086 833 3029 or leave your name at reception in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre.

Relic of Mother Teresa
A First Class relic of St Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) is currently making a tour of the Cathedrals of Ireland. The Relic will arrive at St Mary’s Cathedral Kilkenny at 7 pm on Tuesday 18th July and remain until 3 pm on Thursday 20th July.
The Cathedral will remain open until 10 pm each day of the visitation. There will be special celebrations to coincide with the visit including Mass on Wednesday 19th July at 9 am (in thanksgiving for the gift of human life) & Mass for the sick with anointing that evening at 7 pm. On Thursday Mass will be celebrated at 9 am & 1 pm in the Cathedral. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available at certain times during the public veneration of the Relic. On Tuesday & Wednesday evenings a film on the life of Mother Teresa will be shown in the Cathedral Chapter Room at 8 pm. For further information please see poster & flyers  or go to www.ossory.ie or www.stmaryscathedral.ie Cathedral Parish Office ( 9.30 am - 1.30 pm Mon. - Fri.) Tel. 056 7721253.

Mill Hill Fathers
Mgr. Michael Ryan, Administrator, Diocese of Ossory has issued a  statement on the Departure of the Mill Hill Fathers from the Diocese of Ossory:
“I wish to associate our retired Bishops—Bishop Laurence Forristal and Bishop Seamus Freeman—with my words of thanks and appreciation on behalf of the people, priests and religious and on my own behalf, for the important ministry of the Mill Hill Fathers since coming to the Diocese of Ossory in 1932. In 1989 the Fathers moved to St Joseph’s on the Waterford Road in Kilkenny City, to continue their apostolate, particularly through the distribution of their magazine which helps readers to know more about the Missionary work of the Order. There is a deep regret in the Diocese at the departure of the Mill Hill Fathers, I know the faithful will miss the quiet ministry that was characteristic of the House. May I wish the Fathers who are leaving Kilkenny every blessing and peace in their new homes.”
The full statement is available a the back of the churches.  

Youth 2000 Summer Festival
Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 17th—Sunday 20th August 2017.  For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new people, with over 1400 young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year. The festival is donation only. Free buses travelling from all around Ireland. For more info and to book online, see www.youth2000.ie or Tel: 01 6753690.

Lough Derg 2017
You may begin the Three Day Pilgrimage on any day up to and including Sunday 13th August. Advance booking is not necessary. There are various travel options available countrywide.  The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality.  Telephone Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9851518 (from NI 00353 71 9861518).  Email: info@loughderg.org   www.loughderg.org

Theological Studies
St. Kieran’s College, as part if its mission of education and formation, wishes to offer, on behalf of the Diocese of Ossory, a programme of education for the people of the diocese. The programme will begin next September and will be offered on the Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, based at St. Kieran’s College. Further information from Declan Murphy on 056 775 3624 or 087 908 1470 or on declanmurphy@ossory.ie

The Village Day Centre
The Village Day Centre in Kilkenny City is open Monday to Friday and provides an opportunity for people with dementia to socialise and get involved in some of the dementia specific activities. . To avail of the service or for information call 056 777 1230.
Lost & Found
A phone was found in St. Patrick’s Church during the week.  Contact the Parish Centre 056 7764400.