Tuesday, March 10, 2009

First Sunday of Lent, 1st March 2009

St. Patrick’s Parish Centre
Like something different to do on Tuesday morning next? Then come to our Parish Centre and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at 11.00am and have a chat with your neighbours and friends. If you are attending 10.30am Mass, you can access the Centre without going outdoors again. If not, just come in the main door.
Can our Centre provide a service for you, as an individual or as part of a group? Please let us know.

Lenten Invitation
“Come away and rest awhile”
These words of Jesus to his disciples are also addressed as an invitation to each one of us to come and rest for a short time this Lent in the company of Jesus.
Guided Prayer Time - Tuesday mornings after the cup of tea. Tuesdays, 3rd, 10th 24th 31st of March and 7th April. Prayer will be guided by Eileen Ross, who is a spiritual guide and counsellor. She works with individuals and is also involved in retreat work. She facilitates, Spirituality, Personal Development and Bereavement Courses with groups.

Parish Shop
A new feature to our Parish Centre is a small shop which sells religious items such as rosary beads, prayer cards, prayer books etc. Items for sale are on display in the main foyer of the centre and anyone who wants to purchase anything can do so through the reception desk. We are only starting out on this venture so bear with us. Suggestions for the shop are welcome.

Lectio Divina for Lent
Peace in Christ, the Diocesan Retreat House on the Sion Road presents a series of Lenten Evenings beginning at 8.00 p.m. on Thursdays, 5th, 12th and 19th of March.
Lectio Divina is Praying the Scriptures. Contact 056 772 1054 for information.

Lourdes Pilgrimage
Each year St. Patrick’s Parish sends a number of people to Lourdes with the Ossory Diocesan Pilgrimage. Those interested in travelling to Lourdes should contact any member of the St. Patrick’s Parish Lourdes Committee or leave their names into the Parish Office as soon as possible.

Questions People Ask
Q. Could you tell me about the temptations of Jesus. Was it the way we are tempted to sin?
A. The temptations of Jesus may be understood as attempts by the devil to divert his mission from its real purpose. The devil’s name is diabolos, a Greek word meaning one who misleads people, throwing them off course. Providing free bread or floating on angels’ wings would certainly arouse curiosity, but would it lead to conversion of life? Jesus rejected these diabolical suggestions and chose the way of solidarity with human powerlessness, even death. This showed his total love for us. And then, resurrection from the dead was a sign infinitely more important than miraculous stunts.
Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap

The monthly rosary on the first Sunday in James Green at the statue of Our Lardy of Kilkenny continues this Sunday 1st March at 3pm. All are welcome.

World Day of Prayer
The World Day of Prayer takes place on Friday, 6th March in St. John’s Day Care Centre, Dublin Road at 8pm. All welcome.

Parish Envelopes
New contribution envelopes are arriving soon. Are you currently receiving any? Would you like to support your parish? Contact the parish office if you’re not already registered. Thanks.

Trócaire’s Lenten campaign this year is about 26 million of our brothers and sisters worldwide who have been forced to abandon their homes because of armed conflict and violence. People such as Khalid and his family, who appear on this year’s Trócaire box, are forced from their homes in terrifying circumstances losing their land, their livelihoods, and often even their own family members. As Christians, we are challenged this Lent to open our eyes to the pain of these displaced peoples. We are called, like the Good Samaritan, to go to the help of our suffering brothers and sisters.

Support Group
A support group for parents and carers of children with special needs meets at the Parish Centre on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Everybody is welcome.

First Friday of March
The sick and housebound will be visited by the priests during the coming week. Please note Fr. Liam will visit those on his list on Thursday instead of Friday.
Please contact any of the priests or the parish office if you or somebody known to you would like to be included on the list.

Extra Mass for Lent
Don’t forget: An extra Mass each weekday at 6:15pm in St. Fiacre’s for Lent. Make an effort to attend daily Mass for Lent.

Pray for the Deceased
Recently Deceased: Betty Donnelly-Swift, Callan Road. Sean Dwyer, Rathbourne. Maura Kehoe, Blanchfields Park. Ellen Condon, Castleblunden.
Months Mind: John Collins (Sun 11.00), Noeline Flood (Sat 11.00)
Anniversaries: Michael McKane (Sat 6.15), Pat Adams (Sat 7.00), Kathleen Grace (Sun 9.30), David Maher (Sun 10.00), John & Bridget O’Rourke (Sun 10.30), Brian Griffin (Sun 12.00), Lizzy Ryan (Sun 12.30), Mikey Holland (Mon 6.15), Bishop Peter Birch, Annastasia Wixted, Br. Konrad Boyle OP, Diane Keenan, Catherine Cullen, Peggy McGrath, Margaret Nyhan, Philly Grace, Noel Glynn, John Beehan.
Intentions for next weekend: Lulu Lynch (Sat 6.15), Vincent Morrissey (Sat 7.00), Brendan Reid (Sun 9.30), Christy McLoughlin (Sun 10.00 Month’s Mind), Peadar Flanagan (Sun 12.00 Month’s Mind), Bobby Brannigan (Sun 12.30).

Computer Courses
We intend to start parish led computer courses very soon with the emphasis on affordability and new learning.
We ask those who have already applied for computer courses with us to contact Fr. Liam or the parish office as soon as possible. Please note: previous applications are null and void and new application forms may be obtained at the Parish Centre. We apologise for inconvenience caused and look forward to providing this facility in the near future.

Parish Draw
Congratulations to the winners in the penultimate draw in the current series.
The good news: a new draw starts in April with 12 more chances to win some decent money. Please consider staying with us and support the draw. Thanks to our current promoters who work so hard to promote the draw. As always we need new promoters for the draw so, if you are not already a promoter and think you can help, then please contact Ted Byrne or the parish office for details.

Coffee Morning
Headway, the national organisation for people with brain injury, is holding a coffee morning in Days Hotel, the Ring Road on Wednesday, 11th March from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. The aim is to raise awareness of brain injury and to provide information on the services available to people with brain injury and their families. This is part of a series of events to mark Brain Awareness Week. Free admission. Information: Catherine O’Hare, Information Officer Headway @ 778 6240.