Sunday, September 27, 2009

Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 27th September 2009

PS: I Thank You!
I came across a prayer some time ago that caught my attention. Can’t remember where, but here’s the prayer: Dear God, we rejoice and give thanks for earthworms, bees, ladybirds and broody hens; for humans tending their gardens, talking to animals, cleaning their homes and singing to themselves; for the rising of the sap, the fragrance of growth, the invention of the wheelbarrow and the existence of the teapot, we give thanks. We celebrate and give thanks. Amen.
In light of today’s readings that prayer makes me ask how often I give thanks to God for the fine things that others do – especially if they seem to be muscling in on my turf. Jealousy is often quicker off the mark than generosity. But not always. In today’s readings Moses and Jesus wish that everyone be filled with God’s Spirit. The more that Spirit is active in our world the better. It doesn’t matter through whom the Spirit works. Criticising someone for doing good is like telling the Holy Spirit whom he may work with. Now that would be arrogant. In 1 Corinthians 13:4 Paul writes: ‘…love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude’. If we love it will not be as an afterthought, as a PS: I love you. If we are happy to acknowledge God’s freedom to do as he wishes and choose whom he will for his purpose then neither will our thanks be a mere afterthought, a PS: I thank you!
Fr Tom Cahill SVD

Altar Servers Recruits
We are currently recruiting altar servers to help with the liturgy in all our churches. These young people provide a valuable assistance at weekend Masses as well as at funerals and other occasions.
Boys and girls from fourth class up can become servers. All that’s required is an interest in the Mass and a willingness to commit for at least one year. Application forms will be available in the sacristies for the next few weekends. These must be signed by parents/guardians and returned to the sacristy. A new rota will be published within a few weeks.

Evening Prayer with Our Priests
The St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society, with the Diocesan Vocations’ Team, invite you to join with Bishop Seamus Freeman and the Priests of the Diocese of Ossory for Evening Prayer in St. Fiacre's Church on next Wednesday, 30th September at 8pm. This Evening Prayer is to celebrate the gift of Priesthood and to pray together in this Year of the Priest. Refreshments will be served after the Evening Prayer in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre.

Pray For The Deceased
Recently Deceased: Eileen Malone, Mascot Stores, John’s Street.
Anniversaries: The Byrne Family (Sat 6.15), Patrick Traynor (Sat 7.00), Margaret Brennan (Sun 10.00), Kathleen Kenny (Sun 11.00), Peter Gaul (Sun 12.00), Julia Foley (Sun 12.30), Rory O’Connor, Kitty Grace, Stephen O’Connor, Michael Doyle, Terry Kelly, Annastasia Buckley, Billy & Patty Reinhardt, Dan Gorey, Elizabeth Connick, Jimmy Morrissey, William Hickey.
Intentions of next weekend: Eugene & Paddy Somers (Sat 6.15), Evelyn Coppinger (Sat 7.00), Frank English (Sun 10.00), Patsy Walsh (Sun 10.30), Anne Roche (Sun 11.00), Joan O’Connell (Sun 12.00), Patrick O’Shea (Sun 12.30).

Bereavement Support
St. Patrick’s Parish Bereavement Support Group offers free and confidential support to bereaved parishioners. Phone 086 162 9089 to make an appointment to meet members of the group in the Parish Centre, Loughboy.

Westcourt News
The October Mass for the blessings of Edmund Rice on our lives and for his canonisation will be celebrated in Westcourt on Monday, 5th October at 8.00pm. The Catholic Nurses’ Guild are preparing the liturgy for this Mass. All are welcome.

“Be Still and know that I am God”
Christian meditation will resume in Peace in Christ Retreat House, Sion Road every Wednesday at 4pm from 7th October 2009.

First Friday
The first Friday of October occurs this week. The priests will make their calls at the usual times. Please contact the Parish Office if you or someone known to you would like a priest to call with Holy Communion.

Monthly Parish Draw
The September Draw will take place at the Parish Centre on next Tuesday evening at 8.30pm. Promoters are asked to return their cards and money before the draw. This month marks the half way point in the present series and to date €70,000 has been raised for our Parish Centre. Please keep up the good work. All are welcome to the drawing of prizes. There will be a special draw for those present.

Tax Refunds to Charities
St. Patrick’s Parish is a registered charity and as such is in a position to reclaim tax paid on voluntary donations over €250 per annum. We are currently completing this year’s application to the Revenue Commissioners. We appeal to those who have not yet returned a completed CHY Form to do so immediately. About forty forms are outstanding and we appeal to those who have received them to return them to the Parish Office as a matter of urgency. Replacement forms are available by telephoning the Parish Office on 056 776 4400.

Day for Life
The annual Day for Life will be celebrated in Ireland this year on Sunday, 4th October.

New Statue of Bl. Edmund Rice
The Christian Brothers’ Community at Callan invites all to the unveiling and blessing of a new statue of Edmund Rice on Saturday, 3rd October at 12 noon. Bishop Freeman will be present to bless the statue.

Clara Heritage Society
This group will launch their collection of CDs in the Life and Lore Series in Langton’s House Hotel on Monday, 28th September at 8.15pm All are welcome.
Notices for Newsletter
Please deliver notices/anniversaries for the Newsletter to the Parish Office by hand, mail, fax or email before 5pm on Thursdays. Notices addressed to individual priests may not be included if the priest is away at the time.

Blood Donation Clinic
A Blood Donation Clinic will be held at the Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel on the following dates: Sunday, 27th September from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th, and Thursday, 1st October from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.

King of the Castle
This event is a city-wide fundraiser to provide funds for local GAA clubs and their nominated charities. St. Patrick’s Parish Centre has been nominated by James Stephen’s GAA Club and we want to give them as much help as possible. We appeal to parishioners for support.

Golf Classic
This will take place at Callan Golf Club on next Friday, 2nd October. There are still some tee times available. Teams of four: €200 including meal. Time sheet: 8.30am - 2.30pm. Telephone John on 087 217 1934 for tee time.

Coffee Morning
There will be a Coffee Morning in the St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on next Sunday between 9.30am and 1.30pm. All are welcome to come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee after the parish Masses.

Gala Dog Night
As part of the King of the Castle campaign the parish has been asked to sell its share of tickets for the forthcoming gala dog night and buster draw at Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium on Friday, 16th October. We recognise the difficulty in selling tickets in the present economic situation. However, we appeal for an extra effort during this short campaign. Please contact the Parish Office or Fr. Dan if you feel you could “shift” a few tickets for this event.

Costello for King!

Your help is urgently needed. We require volunteers to assist with forthcoming events.
Contact the Parish Office at 056 776 4400.

Where were you when…
...Pope John Paul II came to Ireland? This week marks the thirtieth anniversary of the pastoral visit of the late Pope John Paul II to Ireland. Let us recall with joy and gratitude the events of those wonderful few days in September 1979.

Loreto Secondary School
Applications for enrolment in Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny for the academic year 2009/2010 should be made between 1st and 14th October 2009. Application forms may be obtained from the school office.

Loreto Past Pupils
Past pupils of Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny are invited to attend a Mass to celebrate 400 years of Loreto education in the Mary Ward tradition. This Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Séamus Freeman in St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, 11th October at 3.00pm.

I Owe My Mother
My mother taught me religion: “You better pray that will come out of the carpet!”
My mother taught me about anticipation: “Just wait ‘til I get you home!”
My mother taught me about stamina: “You’ll sit there until all your vegetables have gone!”
My mother taught me about time travel: “If you don’t sort yourself out, I’ll knock you into the middle of next week!”
My mother taught me about genetics: “You’re just like your father!”

Choral and Music Evening
A choral and music evening will take place on Thursday, 1st October at 8.00pm in St. John’s Church as part of the Kilkenny Celtic Festival. Tickets available at the door at €10/€8.

Voices of Life Choir
The ‘Voices of Life’ Choir will give a concert in the Kilkenny Presbyterian Church on Friday, 2nd October at 7.30pm. The choir features students from schools built by Fields of Life and proceeds will go towards a new school build in Burundi. The night will be packed full of entertainment and you will leave with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. For more information:

Health Care Course
FETAC Level 5 Health Care Course starts Tuesday, 29th September in Kilkenny delivered one full day per week for 11 weeks. Substantial fee assistance may be available if you are on a Social Welfare Payment of have been recently made redundant. Call Vision Training on 059 914 2208 or 086 170 4157.

Young At Heart
The meeting of the “Young at Heart” Club takes place at the Parish Centre each Wednesday from 2.30pm—4.30pm. Members and new members welcome. Phone Eileen on 056 776 5239 for more details. Come along and meet old friends and make new ones on Wednesday afternoons.