Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 21st June 2009

Parish Pilgrimage to Knock
The annual St. Patrick’s Parish Pilgrimage to Knock will travel on next Saturday, 27th June. This coincides with the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society Annual Pilgrimage.
Accordingly we have joined forces with the local branch of the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society to organise a coach. Coach leaves St. Fiacre’s Church at 7.00am and St. Patrick’s Church at 7.15am. Fare is €15. Bookings at the Parish Centre (776 4400) or with Doreen Griffin. Please book early to allow the necessary arrangements to be made.

St. Vincent De Paul News
The monthly collection for the St. Patrick’s Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. Please support if you can.
The members of the parish conference wish to acknowledge contributions to the Society’s funds from the Confirmation Class at the Kilkenny School Project. Thanks to all the Confirmation children who gave generously to the fund this year.
The next meeting will take place in the Parish Centre on Monday, 29th June at 8.00pm. The Society will meet fortnightly until September.

Parish Bereavement Support Group
St. Patrick’s Parish Bereavement Support Group offers one-to-one support to bereaved parishioners. Telephone 086 162 9089 to speak to a member of the group or come to Parish Centre, Loughboy on Monday evenings between 7.30 and 9.00pm. This is a free and confidential service.

Fundraising Bag Pack
A fundraising bag pack in aid of St. Patrick’s Parish Funds will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 25th, 26th and 27th of June in Supervalu, Loughboy. As previously, we need volunteers for this very worthwhile fundraiser. Please contact the Parish Office (776 4400) if you have an hour or two to spare on these days. Every little helps - thank you.

Questions People Ask
Q. The Catholic Church is totally out of date in saying that pre-marital sex is wrong. Everybody is doing it. Isn’t it time the Church accepted reality?
A. To follow your principle of everybody doing it, supposing every employee is stealing from their firm, does it make it morally right? The Church is obliged to proclaim the teaching of Jesus Christ and cannot change its morality by majority vote. In the only instance of majority vote in the Gospels, guess what, a murderer called Barabbas was released and Jesus, though innocent was condemned to death. An opinion poll is a dangerous basis for a moral decision.
Fr. Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap

Rally for Life 04.07.09
This summer the most important date on the pro-life calendar is 4th July. That’s when we hope you join with thousands of others to speak up for the right to life. Rally for life at 2pm. Meet at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Bring your family and friends for a great day out - and help to send a powerful message. Coaches will run from Kilkenny Castle at 9am. Booking: Murphy’s Boutique, 11 High Street. Tel: 056 772 1495

Coffee Morning
Some young people with connections to our parish are organising a coffee morning for this Sunday, 21st June. They hope to raise funds for Salaam Baalak Trust, New Delhi, India to where they will travel in a few weeks to help out and put their teaching skills to good use. The young people are: Louise Donovan, Lorna Keane and Leah Naughton.
If you would like to support their upcoming voluntary work in India, the coffee morning runs from 11am to 1pm on this Sunday in our Parish Centre in Loughboy.

Fathers’ Day
We join in wishing all our fathers a very happy and blessed day. Thanks for all you have done for us.
Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Noel O’Farrell, Cuffesgrange. Nancy Aylward, Stoneyford. Reddy Brennan, Kilkenny. Dermot Finnegan, Navan
Anniversaries: Catherine Roberts (Sat 6.15), Billy & Mary Butler (Sat 7.00), Brigid O’Farrell (Sun 10.00), Aoife Rose Lanigan (Sun 10.30), Mary & Paddy O’Neill (Sun 11.00), Johnny McEvoy (Sun 12.00), Billy Costello (Sun 12.30), Tom Sinnott (Tues 9.30), Liam Farrelly, Bridie & Terence Doherty, Margaret McCarthy, Phil Kavanagh, Johanna O’Dwyer, John McMyler, Johanna Leahy, Fr. Andy Dwyer.
Intentions Next Weekend: Ellen Ryan & John Joe Traynor (Sat 6.15), Jimmy Hackett (Sat 7.00), Blanaid Cleere-Manning (Sun 9.30 Months Mind), Statia Quirke (Sun 10.00), Dick Martin (Sun 10.30), Francis Ryan (Sun 11.00), Austin Murphy (Sun 12.00), Kathy Glynn (Sun 12.30).

We Are Champions!
Congratulations to the girls of the St. John of God National School on winning the County Camogie Final at Nowlan Park on Wednesday. The local girls were victorious following a close game against a very spirited Kilmanagh side. All associated with the school were very proud as Team Captain, Josie Carthy, having accepted the cup, made a speech thanking the trainers, principal, teachers, parents and all who supported the team. Well done to the girls and their trainers Eileen Fitzpatrick and Miriam O’Keeffe.

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes
We would like to say thank you to all who supported Trócaire’s Family Fast Box appeal during Lent. The amount collected in St. Patrick’s Parish was just over €6,000, We have now closed the Trócaire account and have forwarded the proceeds to the Diocesan Office.

Experienced and fully qualified psychotherapist/counsellor available for evening appointments in the Parish Centre. For an appointment please call Robert at 086 878 6353.

Kilkenny Youth Fest
Take the boredom out of Summer for one day and be part of Kilkenny Youth Fest! On next Friday, 26th June the Watershed in Kilkenny City will be the venue for Kilkenny Youth Fest, a pilot recreational day for young people aged 12-18 years. The jam-packed event will begin with registration from 11.30pm with events taking place from 12.00 – 4.00pm and is free of charge.
There will be a range of activities from kickboxing®, dance®, creative writing®, theatre skills®, animation®, jiu jitsu®, yogalates®, an art workshop®, jewellery making®, candle making®, clay modelling®, a manicure workshop®, new age kurling, boccia & goalball. Outdoors there will be the chance to try out giant Jenga, Sumo Wrestling, Gladiator Duels and maybe even a Bucking Bronco. There is a specially designated chill out zone with web access, a Big Screen Wii Point, Table Tennis, Music Spots and some books and magazines to read through. Young people are asked to note that certain workshops marked ® are on a pre-registration basis. Free shuttle buses will be in operation from the Parade to the Watershed from 11.00am – 3.00pm and to ensure no one goes hungry each young person that registers at the event will be given a voucher toward food costs.
Foe more information on the event contact; Martina Comerford on 056 779 4926 or martina.comerford@kilkennycoco.ie.

Kilkenny Archaeological Society
KAS has organised a Bus Trip to Clonmacnoise on Saturday, 25th July. Coach departs Kilkenny 9.45am. Light lunch choices available at site café or take your own picnic. Evening Meal en route. Return to Kilkenny 7.30pm approx. All are most welcome!! For information and reservations contact Rothe House 056/772 2893 or email reception@rothehouse.com

Church Websites
Diocese of Ossory: www.ossory.ie
St. Patrick’s Parish: www.patricksparish.com

Year For Priests
The greatest suffering of the Church is the sin of its priests, Benedict XVI said as he inaugurated the Year for Priests at a celebration of vespers on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Basilica of St. Peter's. The theme for the priestly year is “Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of Priests.” The year, convoked by the Pontiff, coincides with the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Mary Vianney, known as the Curé d’Ars.
“The Church needs holy priests,” the Pope said in his homily. “[It needs] ministers to help the faithful experience the merciful love of the Lord and to be convinced witnesses.” For this, he invited the faithful to pray “that the Lord inflame the heart of each priest” with the love of Jesus.
“How can one forget that nothing makes the Church – the Body of Christ – suffer more than the sins of its priests, above all those that are ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing,’ whether because they lead [the faithful] away with their private doctrine, or because they bind [the faithful] down with the ties of sin and death,” he asked.
“The call to conversion and to take recourse to Divine Mercy also applies to us, dear priests,” Benedict XVI said to the numerous priests and bishops present. “We should also appeal, humbly and incessantly, to the heart of Jesus so that he preserves us from the terrible risk of damaging those whom we should save.”
For this, the Pope affirmed, “Our mission is indispensable for the Church and for the world, which demands complete fidelity to Christ and an incessant union with him; that is to say, it demands that we constantly seek the holiness of St. John Mary Vianney.”

Loughboy Library
Mobile Phone Training for over 55s will re-commence on Tuesday, 30th June at 11.00am and continue for three weeks. This is a free service provided by Age Action Ireland. Please telephone 056 779 4176 to book.
“Ability Matters - Supporting Your Active Life” takes place on Monday, 22nd June at 11.00am. All welcome. Telephone Lorna on 086 891 2873 or the Library on 056 779 4176 for information. You will have an opportunity to meet one to one with an occupational therapist and physiotherapist to discuss independent living and improved quality of life. Free event.

Calling All Young People
St. Patrick’s Parish is anxious to provide for the needs of our young people but we are not sure what you want. Young people between 14 and 16 are invited to a short meeting at the Parish Centre on next Thursday, 25th June at 4.00pm. St. Patrick’s Parish, with the assistance of Ossory Youth, hopes to carry out a Needs Analysis to explore ways in which the parish can respond to the needs of young people. Thanks to all who turned up last week. We look forward to getting the views of even more of our young people in the weeks ahead. Don’t just hang about - come along and give us a shout!