Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Feast of All Saints, 1st November 2009

November Remembering
The month of November we dedicate in a special way to remembering our loved ones who have died. It’s part of our Christian faith to remember the dead and to pray for them.
On Monday, the Feast of All Souls, all our parish Masses (including the 10.30am) will be offered for the deceased members of the parish. Also during this month the priests will each offer a Novena of Masses for deceased parishioners and friends.
We encourage people to write the names of deceased loved ones on the sheets provided at the back of the church and place the names in the baskets placed before the altars in the three parish churches, These will be left there for all the Masses in November and will finally be gathered together on the last Thursday of the Month and brought to St. Fiacre’s Church for our annual Remembrance Service.
We invite you to join with us in this special month of remembering our dead.

Costello for King of the Castle
The final of the King of the Castle fundraising event will be held at The Hub, Cillin Hill at 8.30pm on this Saturday. Hopefully our candidate, Mr. Michael Costello, will have raised more funds than his competitors which will ensure he is crowned King of the Castle.
Thanks to all who supported the intensive fundraising during the past two months. We witnessed a real community effort which raised valuable funds for James Stephens GAA Club, the Parish Centre and the Senior Citizens of St. Patrick’s Parish. Well done to Michael and his dedicated committees and campaign workers.

Retreat for Men
Peace in Christ Retreat House, Sion Road, Kilkenny invites you to a retreat for men from Friday, 6th to Sunday, 8th November. For further information contact 056 772 1054.

First Friday of November
The priests will visit the housebound at the usual times. Please contact the Parish Office if you would like a name added to the lists.

The Deep End Back to the Future
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s book, The Origin of Species. Many scientists today accept that there is a huge body of evidence supporting the view that we have descended from an animal with chimpanzee-like capacities. If we have, then what we hear today’s First Reading telling us is all the more amazing. For there we have attained near god-like capacities.
Which is more difficult to believe: that a crude chimp is now a sophisticated human who composes sublime symphonies, produces fabulous works of art, explores cosmic vastness and penetrates atomic depths; or to believe that this human is destined for near divinity in a new ordering of creation?
Science serves truth in dull and detailed prose. Scripture sets it in sweeping story and inspiring imagery that lifts us higher than science can ever do. Science examines and reports. Scripture reveals and inspires. Science fixes us firmly to matter; scripture frees us as spirit.
Saints – all of them – are the poets among us. Not vice versa, though. They are, what the old pop song jingles out, ‘poetry in motion’. As poetry opens pathways to understanding, refines human emotions and grants glimpses of transcendence we would not otherwise experience, so saints have done and continue to do through the generosity and sanctity of their lives. They show us what life can be like because of what it will be like. They bring the future to our doorstep.
Whether we grant it entrance to our home is up to us.
Fr Tom Cahill SVD

Volunteers Needed
Do you have one or two hours to spare per week? If so maybe you could volunteer to help keep St. Patrick’s Church and St. Fiacre’s Church clean and tidy. A sincere word of thanks to those who have already volunteered to keep our churches clean and tidy. If anyone is interested in helping out, please contact the Parish Office at 056 776 4400. We can be very proud of our parish churches - let’s work together to keep it like that.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Mick Carthy, St. Catherine’s Avenue, Wetlands: Funeral prayers at Johnston’s Funeral Home at 5.30pm on Sunday followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church. Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Monday followed by burial in Cashel. John Joe Kealy, Parkmore: Funeral prayers at Johnston’s Funeral Home at 6.30pm on Monday followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church. Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Tuesday followed by burial in Foulkstown Cemetery. Rosary at Johnston’s Funeral Home at 8.00pm on Sunday. Bernadette Delaney, Mayfield, Kells Road. Josie O’Dwyer, Shanballymore.
Months Mind: Kevin Dowling (Sat 7.00).
Anniversaries: Lily Spiers (Sat 6.15), Jack Garrehy (Sun 9.30), Jennifer Mulhall (Sun 10.00), P.J. Marrinan (Sun 10.30), Birute Poskaite (Sun 11.00), Tom Shanahan (Sun 12.00), Michael Phelan (Sun 12.30), Margaret Wallace (Sat 9.30), Anastasia Muldowney, Ann O’Shaughnessy, Sean Jivens, Paddy O’Carroll, Mary and James Mulrooney, Laurence Tynan, Patrick Tynan, Mary Bowe, Michael Bowe, Paddy Bowe, Anna Bowe, Margaret Dunlop, Mary Brennan, Joe Gargan, Tess O’Neill.
Intentions for next weekend: Ramie & Breda Dowling, (Sat 6.15), Julia O’Carroll (Sat 7.00), Bill Quinlan (Sun 9.30), James Rafter (Sun 10.00), John Cullen (Sun 10.30), Margaret Moore (Sun 11.00), Martin Brett (Sun 12.00), Jim Cantwell (Sun 12.30).

Our Lady of Kilkenny Rosary
The monthly rosary on the First Sunday in James Green at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues this Sunday, 1st November at 3pm. All are welcome.

Learn the Guitar for Christmas
Members of the Sunday 12.30pm Choir invite anyone of any age who would like to learn guitar to come along to the St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on this Monday from 7pm to 8pm. You will learn some easy Christmas songs and also have a chance to put your new skills together when the choir will provide the music at our Christmas Masses. No need to book, just bring yourself and your guitar if you have one.

Westcourt News
The November Mass for the blessings of Edmund Rice on our lives and for his canonisation will be celebrated in Westcourt on Monday, 9th November (note date) at 7.00pm.

Morriston Orpheus Choir
The Welsh Morriston Orpheus Choir will perform in St. Mary's Cathedral on Sunday, 22nd November at 8.00pm. in aid of Building of Hope Project - Fr Martin Keane. Tickets €20 available at Kilkenny Bookshop. Further information from Margaret at 087 908 7659.

Information Nights for Parents
The following courses are available at Kilkenny Education Centre, Callan Road.
Helping your child with Irish, Primary School level: Wednesday, 4th November 7.00 – 9.00pm.
Bebo Internet Safety for Parents: Thursday, 12th November 7.00 – 9.30pm.
No charge for either course. Book on 056 776 0200.

Church Gate Collection
The annual collection in aid of Peace in Christ Retreat House will take place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November. Thank you for your support and generosity.

Kyle Fair
The annual Kyle Fair at the Camphill Community, Coolagh, near Callan takes place on Sunday, 8th November from 2pm to 5pm.

Altar Servers
Apologies for the delay; the new rota will be available next week.

Holocaust Survivor Visits Danesfort
Tomi Reichental - a survivor of the Belsan Concentration Camp - will speak in the Fr. Campion Centre, Danesfort on Tuesday, 3rd November. The talk is organised by the Sevenhouses ICA and all are welcome. Admission €5 includes refreshments and will be donated to the Holocaust Education Trust.

Missionary Book Launch
Father Martin Ryan's book “The Round Trip - to the Missions and Back” will be launched in Muckalee Community Centre at 3.00pm on Sunday, 29th November. Note change of date. All are most welcome.

St. Patrick’s Parish Shop
We now have a selection of Christmas cribs and Christmas books available. Come and see our complete range at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy. Open: 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Closed for lunch.

November Offering
The November offering for the support of the priests of the parish and the bishop is around this time. Sincere thanks to all who support us in many different ways, including financial.

Proclaiming the Word of God
Would you be willing and able to proclaim the Word of God in our parish churches? We are in need of new readers for all Masses. Please contact the sacristans, one of the priests or the parish office if you feel you could help with this important ministry.