Saturday, March 27, 2010

Passion (Palm) Sunday 28th March 2010

Holy Week Ceremonies
We appeal to all to make a special effort to join with our local Christian Community in celebrating Holy Week. We have a wide range of celebrations at various times in our parish and we invite you to come along.
We particularly invite all to the Solemn Easter Vigil on Saturday evening. This should be the highlight of the year for those who believe that Christ died for our sins and rose again to save us from eternal damnation.

Chrism Mass
The annual Chrism Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday, 31st April at 7.30pm. Sacred Oils, for use in the diocese during the coming year, will be consecrated during the liturgy. Bishop Séamus invites all to attend.
At this Mass, the priests of the diocese gather and renew their priestly vows. To mark the current Year of the Priest, Frs. Dan, Roderick and Liam invite you to come along and join with them in prayer. The sacred music for the occasion will be provided by the St. Patrick’s Adult Folk Choir and the St. Fiacre’s Folk Choir.

Mass for Lent
Thanks to all who attended the extra 6.15pm Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church during Lent. Please note there will not be a 6.15pm Mass on Wednesday to enable priests and people attend the Chrism Mass at the cathedral. See the timetable printed on the front for our full Easter ceremonies.

Eucharistic Adoration
Eucharistic Adoration takes place at St. Patrick’s Church every Friday (except Good Friday) from 10.00am until 1.00pm and from 4.00pm until 9.00pm. On Holy Thursday after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St. Patrick’s Church the Blessed Sacrament will be on the altar of Repose in the Nun’s Chapel until 10pm. All adorers are welcome.
New adorers urgently needed. Contact Grace on 056 777 0472.

New Parish Envelopes
New Parish Contribution Envelopes will be distributed in the coming weeks. We are grateful to all who use these envelopes or Standing Orders to contribute to the income of the parish and the priests. These are the chief sources of income for the parish and its priests. If you are new to the parish, or haven’t received envelopes in the past and would like to receive them now, then please contact any of the priests or the Parish Office. Once again, thanks to all who support us and our work.

Parish Centre Hours
The Parish Centre will be closed on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Weekend including the Bank Holiday. Groups that use our facilities on these days are asked to take note. The priests can always be contacted by dialling 056 776 4400 and following the auto prompts.

Pope’s Pastoral Letter
Quote from the Holy Father’s recent letter to the Catholics of Ireland: ‘I now invite all of you to devote your Friday penances, for a period of one year, between now and Easter 2011, to pray for an outpouring of God’s mercy and the Holy Spirit’s gifts of holiness and strength upon the Church in your country. I ask you to offer up your fasting, your prayer, your reading of Scripture and your works of mercy in order to obtain the grace of healing and renewal for the Church in Ireland. I encourage you to discover anew the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to avail yourselves more frequently of the transforming power of its grace. Particular attention should also be given to Eucharistic adoration.’
As part of our parish response to the Holy Father’s request, it is proposed that every Friday in St. Fiacre’s Church, we will have an hour of exposition after Mass from 11.00am to 12.00 noon. We invite anyone who wishes to pray for healing and renewal for the Church in Ireland to join us.
Also, at each Mass on Friday, the Pope’s prayer for Ireland will be read.
More next week on when this devotion will start.

Envelope Distributors
The new boxes of parish envelopes are currently being distributed. We need a distributor in Larchfield. All it entails is dropping envelope boxes into houses in this area. Please contact Fr. Liam if you think you can help. Thanks.

First Friday
As the First Friday of April is Good Friday Fr. Dan will make his calls on Wednesday 30th March. Fr. Liam will make his calls on Thursday, 1st April. Fr. Roderick has visited already.

Online in Touch?
Who would think that the Internet is threatening the jury system! Well, it seems it is, according to England’s most senior judge. The more people use the Internet, and the more people who use it, the fewer there are who get their information by listening. You go down the tubes and YouTube takes your place. So, sitting down for a long listen, concentrating on what’s being said to evaluate its content may well become an art-form alien to a gadget-groping generation. What, then, to make of today’s first reading? The Lord has given me the tongue of a teacher … to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens my ear. Use the Internet to get that sustaining word across? Well, it would get it out for sure, but across is another matter entirely. Getting something across means getting it in. It means entering someone’s mind with a thought, a value, an understanding, perhaps even a vision and leaving it there. It means penetrating someone’s heart to lay a gift of life-giving inspiration, of uplifting hope, of reassurance of one’s worth before God, but above all to lay down his gift of shared love. That’s what a teacher’s tongue can do, coming from the hand of God. That’s what an ear can hear and a mind can comprehend when open to the Teacher’s word. The question is: can that be done online? Should liturgy be in cyberspace, not sacred space? Would a virtual reality Palm Sunday skirt a real life Golgotha? The jury needn’t be out too long on that. Fr Tom Cahill SVD

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Betty Healy, S.O.S & Coon; James Tynan, Kells Road; Kitty O’Neill, 34 O’Loughlin Road; Nancy Gleeson, Thurles.
Months Mind: Seamus Brennan (Sun 11.00), Jim Horan (Sun 12.30), Tommy McCarthy (Mon 10.30).
Anniversaries: Paddy Tomney (Sat 6.15), Oliver Kelly (Sat 7.00), Chris Kenny (Sun 9.30), Margaret Dunne (Sun 12.00), Ella Cuddihy (Mon 9.30), Bessie, Margaret & May Buckley (Tues 10.30), Mary Delaney (Wed 9.30), Michael Slattery (Thurs 6.15), William Meehan, Mary Grace, Rose Kenny, Michael & Mary Conway, Mary & James Nugent, Michael & Patrick Massey, Bridget Della Maher, Shane O’Neill, James Doheny, Mary Browne, Ellen Audoire.
Anniversaries Next Weekend: Matthew Gleeson (Month’s Mind, Sun 12.00 noon).

Latin Mass at St. Patrick’s Church
Palm Sunday Procession and Sung Latin Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church on this Sunday at 4.00pm. All are welcome.

Good Friday Walk
Kilkenny Outreach Group is holding this year’s Good Friday Walk in remembrance of those whose lives have been touched by abuse.  The walk will begin at 7.30 pm on Good Friday evening from the outside car park of McDonagh Junction (Site of the old Workhouse) and end in the Chapel of the Mill Hill Community on the Waterford Road. (The old St. Joseph’s Orphanage)  A service will be held in the Mill Hill Chapel at 8.20 pm. All are welcome to join this walk or to attend the service.

IPPA Fundraising
The Irish Professional Photographers Association is fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland. The money raised in Kilkenny will go to providing isolation facilities for people living with CF in the area should they need hospitalisation. Local participating photographer is Maria of Kilkenny (Oliver’s), High Street. For a donation of €25 to CFAI she will provide a minis portrait session and desk portrait. 100% of fee to charity.

Week of Prayer
A week of continuous prayer will take place in the Methodist Church, William Street, Kilkenny. It begins at 1.00pm on Palm Sunday and run until the morning of Easter Sunday. All are invited to go along and join in prayer.

Co. Kilkenny Horticultural Society
A.G.M., Lecture & Plant Sale
Wednesday, 31st March at 7.30pm sharp
Club House Hotel
The evening will feature a lecture on Summer and Spring Planting by Robert Miller (Horticulturist). There will be refreshments and a raffle on the evening. Free Admission. All are welcome.

Questions people ask
Q. If Jesus was the Son of God how could he be forsaken by God the Father?
A. Since Jesus loved his people to the utmost, he became the victim of sin. In so doing, he suffered the feeling of being forsaken, but in actual fact was not forsaken for one second by the Father ... nobody ever is, even the worst sinner. The sinner might have turned away from God but God does not forsake the sinner. There is always hope. No matter how God-forsaken one might feel, Jesus can be met there because he entered that experience of alienation in Gethsemane and on the cross. Since then it is no longer true that any life is God-forsaken.
Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap

Loughboy Library News
Library Book Club will meet this Thursday April 1st at 10.30am and will be discussing “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” amongst other favourites. All readers welcome.

The Parish Team/Finance Committee wish to thank all who promoted and subscribed to our Parish Draw. The total raised from this years draw is €104,000 which goes towards the cost of our Parish Centre.

Holy Week Timetable in St. Patrick’s Parish
Spy Wednesday
Morning Masses 9.30am 10.30am
No Evening Mass in St. Fiacre's

Holy Thursday
Morning Prayer 10.30am St. Fiacre's
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 6.15pm St. Fiacre's (Families, 6.30pm St. Joseph's, Foulkstown, 8pm St. Patrick's.

Good Friday
Morning Prayer 10.30am St. Fiacre's
Stations & Penitential Service 12 noon St. Patrick's.
The Lord’s Passion 3pm St. Fiacre's, 3pm St. Patrick's
Stations of the Cross 7.30pm St. Joseph's
Taize Prayer Around the Cross 8pmm St. Patrick's  
Holy Saturday
Morning Prayer 10.30am St. Fiacre's
Easter Vigil 9.00pm St. Patrick's  
Easter Sunday
Masses as per normal Sunday

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Fifth Sunday of Lent, 21st March 2010

Pastoral Letter from Pope Benedict XVI to the People of Ireland
Pope Benedict XVI:
says to the victims of abuse and their families: ‘You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry’
expresses deep dismay at ‘sinful and criminal acts and the way the Church authorities in Ireland dealt with them’
calls on Church leaders in Ireland to continue to cooperate with the civil authorities
says that only decisive action carried out with complete honesty and transparency will restore the respect and good will of the Irish people towards the Church
concludes his Letter with a special Prayer for the Church in Ireland, which he composed himself.

Cardinal Sean Brady welcomes the Pope Benedict’s Pastoral Letter
“Today is a very historic day for the Catholics of Ireland.
Pope Benedict has written a pastoral letter to express his closeness to us at this challenging time. He says ‘with words that come from my heart… I wish to speak to each of you individually and to all of you as brothers and sisters in the Lord’. He speaks of the wounds inflicted on Christ’s body by child sexual abuse and of the sometimes painful remedies needed to bind and heal them. He talks of the need for unity, charity and mutual support in the long-term process of restoration and renewal.
I welcome this letter. I am deeply grateful to the Holy Father for his profound kindness and concern…
My dear people, as Pope Benedict said at his General Audience this week on St. Patrick’s Day, I ask you that you read this letter with an open heart and in a spirit of faith.
The Holy Father concludes his Letter with a special Prayer for the Church in Ireland, which he composed himself. He asks us to make use of this prayer in our families, parishes and communities.
Let us pray that the Holy Father’s Pastoral Letter will be the beginning of a great season of rebirth and hope in the Irish Church, under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In a spirit of faith – and in conclusion - let us pray together Pope Benedict XVI’s Prayer for the Church in Ireland.”

We have rushed to provide some copies of the Pope’s Pastoral Letter at our parish churches this weekend. Please feel free to take one. The entire Pastoral Letter is available for download at www.ossory,ie, and We join with the Pope in encouraging all to obtain a copy and to read it with an open heart and with a spirit of faith.

Lunchtime Theology
Why not join us for a cup of soup and a roll at the Hole in the Wall, 17 High Street, Kilkenny at 1pm this Friday (26th March) for the last session of our lunchtime theology programme? 
The subject this week will be: “A Result - The After Life: What can we hope for?”  Speaker: Fr. Kieran O’Shea.
Thanks to all who attended the series of talks.

St. Vincent De Paul
The monthly collection for the local conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be taken up during all Masses this weekend. Please give as generously as possible.

Peace in Christ
Thanks to all who supported the recent evening of prayer for St. Patrick’s Parish held at Peace in Christ Retreat House. The evening was well attended and enjoyed by all.

Parish Draw
The final draw in the present series takes place in the Parish Centre on Tuesday evening next at 8.30pm. All are welcome to come along to this event. We would like to say thank you to all our promoters and subscribers.

Parish Website
Encourage all to visit

Pilgrimage to Rome   
Why not join the Parish of Mooncoin on a pilgrimage to Rome this summer? 
Rome is a wonderful city and as you will see from our itinerary we will have the opportunity to visit all it’s major sights.   
July 25th  - August 1st  2010. Led by Fr. Eamonn O'Gorman PP, Mooncoin.
All major sights of Rome: Trips to Assisi, Subiaco and Castelgandolfo: Audience/Angelus with the Holy Father.  Cost: €1195 (including all taxes). Places are limited so if you are interested in travelling please contact the Mooncoin Parish Office at 051-895123. (Tuesday to Friday 10am-12noon).

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Gerard Dowling, Carrigeen, Mooncoin: Requiem Mass at Carigeen Church at 12 noon on Sunday, (Brother of Gretta Kelly, Parish Team Member). Ailish Meighan, Sligo and Castlecomer Road
Months Mind: Daphne Phelan (Sun 12.30), Joe Lawlor (Fri 6.15)
Anniversaries: Michael O’Sullivan (Sat 6.15), John Walsh (Sun 10.00), Pat Delahunty (Sun 10.30), Pat Mullins (Sun 11.00), Michael McInerney (Sun 12.00), Mary & Cecil Pullan (Mon 6:15), Eamon O’Neill (Tues (10.30), Jane, Henry & Paddy Glynn (Tues 6.15), Des Cullen (Fri 10.30), Ella Cuddihy (Thurs 6:15), Billy Wallace (Sat 9.30), Paddy Larkin, Kathleen Daly, Patrick Rusty Scanlon, May, Bill & Martin Costello, Elizabeth Kavanagh, Mary Hickey, Johanna, Philip & John Larkin, May& William Meehan, Paddy Walsh, John Tynan, Thomas Long, Lou McCarthy, The Stafford Family, The Mulvin Family.
Anniversaries Next Weekend: Paddy Tomney (Sat 6:15), Oliver Kelly (Sat 7.00), Chris Kenny (Sun 9.30), Seamus Brennan (Months Mind Sun 11.00), Margaret Dunne (Sun 12.00).

Latin Rite Mass
Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation 5.00pm Thursday, 25th March.
St. Patrick’s Church at 4.00pm on Palm Sunday.

World Water Day
World Water Day is celebrated on 22nd March 2010. As water becomes scarcer and more precious we wonder how many more will we have.
The human right to water is one of the most widely denied. We must oppose the privatisation of water. Our wastage can affect the global water table. The UN millennium goal is to bring clean water to 300,000 people every day by 2015. The €7.5 billon required is less than that spent on bottled water in Western Europe in 2007. Let us participate.

Pandemic Flu
The Irish Church has received the following advice from the HSE:
“The rates of pandemic flu infection are now very low. All of our health locations are advised to take down leaflets relating to pandemic flu. Religious settings and churches should do this also please. The HSE website on swine flu and flu information telephone help- line will cease operation on April 7th. While infection precautions can be reduced (no need for alternative to sign-of-peace; chalice usage resumed etc.) we continue to recommend good hand hygiene is observed as this is best practice.”

Kilkenny Christian Churches for Haiti
Concert this Sunday 21st March
The four main Christian Churches in Kilkenny have joined in a project to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti - Kilkenny Christian Churches for Haiti (KCCH). The KCCH Account is open at St. Canice’s Credit Union until Easter (account No. 60741K).
The highlight of the project is a Concert for Haiti to be held on this Sunday, 21st March, at 7.30 p.m. in St. Canice’s Cathedral. Admission to the concert is free. Those attending will be treated to music of the highest quality from local choirs and musicians, and are asked simply to contribute whatever they can to a collection that will be taken up during the concert in aid of the Concern Haiti Appeal.

Lourdes Invalid Fund
The St. Patrick’s Parish Lourdes Committee still have remaining two free places on this years Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. If you have a relative, friend or acquaintance who is or has been ill or is going through a difficult time please submit their name to any of the following committee members: Martin Brett, 087 265 1272; Bernie Cantwell 086 333 7188; Eamonn Brennan 087 257 7514; Bill Mullally 086 603 0414; Michael O’Dwyer 087 633 0294; Anne Tierney 086 861 7244; Tommy Mullins 056 776 3427; Mary Gypps 056 776 2721 or leave their name into the Parish Office 056 776 4400. Deadline is 31st March 2010.

Loughboy Library News
Count down to earth hour - takes place at 8.30pm on 27th March this year. To coincide with this event the library is hosting a free “energy drop-in” workshop with Bernadette Moloney, Environment Awareness Officer with Kilkenny County Council on Wednesday, 24th March from 2.00 - 5.00pm. Bernadette will give information and advice on matters ranging from the use of CFL bulbs, reducing your bills, building energy ratings and renewable technologies suitable for a home.

Church Gate Collection
The annual church gate collection in aid of Rehab Kilkenny takes place on Saturday and Sunday 27th & 28th March 2010.
Healing Service at St Fiacre’s
A healing service within Mass will take place at St. Fiacre’s Church on Thursday, 25th March at 7.30pm.

SOS Parish Appeal
The SOS house to house appeal takes place in St Patrick’s Parish during the months of March and April. Leaflets will be dropped through your door during the next while and those involved ask you to be as generous as possible. SOS, Callan Road, Kilkenny provides work and accommodation for adults with special needs.

Family Liturgy
Don’t forget our weekly Family Liturgy at St. Fiacre’s Church. Young people with their parents gather to celebrate the liturgy at 10.30am Mass each Sunday. Practice is after the 6.45pm Mass on Thursdays. All welcome.

Extra Mass for Lent
We have introduced an extra Mass for Lent. You are invited to join with us at St. Fiacre’s Church every weekday evening at 6.15pm.

The All Ireland Talent Show
Well done to parishioner Ross Hennessy and his group Na Fianna on their performance in the RTE 1 All Ireland Talent Show last weekend. A truly wonderful performance.

Read the Pope’s Pastoral Letter on our website.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fourth Sunday of Lent, 14th March 2009

Our National Feast
St Patrick’s Day is a special day for Irish people living at home and abroad.  In 2010 we celebrate our national saint’s day in the midst of a deep economic recession which has resulted in unemployment and emigration for many individuals and families in Ireland.
The plight of Patrick, himself a migrant, has been faced by many Irish people who have struggled to live and integrate into new cultures.  Patrick was called to serve and bring God to a people far from his homeland.  Our national Saint was a pioneer in an inhospitable climate.  The Church today can learn much from his commitment and zeal in spreading the Good News.    In the words of St Patrick: “May it never befall me to be separated by my God from his people whom he has won in this most remote land.  I pray God that he gives me perseverance, and that he will deign that I should be a faithful witness for his sake right up to the time of my passing” (The Confession of St Patrick).
At their meeting in Maynooth earlier this week the Irish bishops expressed concern regarding migrant workers who, in common with many Irish people, are losing their employment at this time of recession.  They noted that despite difficulties encountered as a result of work shortages, a significant number of migrants are choosing to remain in Ireland... It is essential, even in a time of decreased resources, that the rights of migrants in relation to work, access to services and entitlement to social benefits are fully respected.
Noting the significant decrease in numbers of people coming to seek asylum in this country, the bishops discussed Ireland’s international obligation to examine in a fair, prompt and transparent manner the application of those who come seeking a place of refuge.  The bishops raised concern regarding the numbers of people, including many families, who spend years in ‘Direct Provision’ centres around the country awaiting a decision on their asylum application.  Not allowed to take up employment and, with increasingly restricted access to social welfare benefits, many parents face serious challenges in raising their children.
From Statement issued by the Irish Catholic Bishops

Patrick’s Day Arrangements
Masses on Tuesday evening at 6.15 (St. Fiacre’s) and 7.00 (St. Patrick’s). Masses on Wednesday at 9.30am, 11.00am and 12.30pm (St. Patrick’s), 10.00am (Foulkstown) and 10.30am and 12 noon (St. Fiacre’s). There will be no evening Mass on Wednesday.

St. Patrick’s Day Readers
6.15pm Mairead Ni Mhuineog, 7.00pm Frank McKenna, 9.30am Michael Lydon, 10.00am Mags McQuillan, 11.00am Eileen Ryan, 12.00noon Marie Magnier, 12.30pm Niamh Daly

There will be an hour of Adoration and prayer in the Friary Church on Sunday March 14th from 3 - 4pm.

Many Thanks
The organisers of the recent collection for the School of the Holy Spirit wish to thank those who contributed so generously.

Lunchtime Theology
Lent allows us to follow and reflect on the most significant days in the life of Jesus. Maybe it also offers us an opportune time to reflect on what is significant in our own lives or more specifically in our lives of faith. This Lent we hope to explore our faith journey as Christians. Why not join, this Friday 19th March, in an informal and relaxed manner, for 45 minutes over a cup of soup and a sandwich, to reflect on some of the stages of our lives of faith. Location: The Hole in the Wall, 17 High Street Kilkenny - at 1pm.  Topic: An Achievement - The Saintly Life: An ideal beyond our grasp? Speaker: Fr. Dan Bollard.

Choral Concert
Tuesday 16th March at 7.30pm. St. Kieran’s College Chapel, College Road. Featuring Pittsburgh State University College Choir, The Unity Singers, Kilkenny Male Voice Choir, St. Kieran’s College Pupils. Donation to include light refreshments €15. In aid of the restoration of St. Kieran’s College Chapel Pipe Organ.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Liam Anthony Phelan, Dean’s Court, Andy Henderson, Mayfield, Patrick Ryan, Circular Road.
Anniversaries: Eamon O’Toole (Sat 6.15), May & Michael Brannigan (Sat 7.00), Thomas Donnelly (Sun 9.30), Bridie Carroll (Sun 10.00), Frank English (Sun 10.30), Dr. W. J. Phelan, Margaret Phelan, Moya Bligh (Sun 11.00), John Dooley (Sun 12.00), Sue Daly (Sun 12.30), Phelim McConville (Tues 6.15), Sr. Genevieve Brennan (Tues 7.00), Brigid Eardly (Wed 10.00), Ellen & Carmel Hayes (Wed 10.30), Gerry Coyne (Wed 12.00), Patrick Morris (Thurs 9.30), Margaret Tyrell (Thurs 10.30), Michael & Christina McGrath (Fri 10.30), Billy Connick, Bridget Slattery, Rose Cantwell, Breda Butler, Brigid Brennan, Adrian Bligh, Lou McCarthy, Patrick Brennan,
Ella Cuddihy.
Intentions for next weekend: Daphne Phelan (Sun 12.30, Months Mind) Michael O’Sullivan (Sat 6.15), John Walsh (Sun 10.00), Pat Delahunty (Sun 10.30), Pat Mullins (Sun 11.00), Michael McInerney (Sun 12.00)

Prayer and Reflection
An Evening of Prayer and Reflection for Readers and Eucharistic Ministers: Conscious that so many people volunteer to work as Readers and Eucharistic ministers throughout the diocese, the Ossory Adult Faith Development Committee have decided to offer an evening of prayer and reflection for those who work in these areas.  It is hoped that these evenings will provide an opportunity for our Readers and Eucharistic ministers to reflect upon, and deepen their understanding of, their contribution to our parish community. We would like to invite, where possible, all of our readers and Eucharistic ministers to avail of this opportunity. Our parish is invited to attend on Tuesday 16th March in St. Patrick's Parish Centre, Loughboy from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.  If you are a Reader or Eucharistic minister why not consider making this part of your Lenten journey?  If you are free to attend please let us know so that we may pass on approximate numbers.  Thank you.  

United Christian Concert for Haiti
The four main Christian Churches in Kilkenny have joined together in a fund raising project for Concern’s appeal for the earthquake victims in Haiti. A United Christian Concert will take place in St. Canice’s Cathedral on Sunday 21st March at 7.30 p.m. Participants include the joint choirs of St Canice’s and St Mary’s Cathedrals; Kilkenny College Choir; Presentation Kilkenny Choir; Gaelscoil Osrai; St. Canice’s Primary School and Malcolm Proud. There will also be reflections and readings from the four main Christian Churches in Kilkenny. Admission: Free. A collection will be taken up, with all proceeds going to the KCCH/ Concern Haiti Appeal. A representative of Concern will be present to give a short talk on the situation in Haiti and the plans for the future. The KCCH account will remain open at St. Canice’s Credit Union until Easter. Any person or group wishing to contribute to the fund may wish to call to the Credit Union or call the contact person for the project who is Paul McKiernan, telephone 087 9043071.

English Literature
A 10 week course. Exploring drama and short fiction. Kilkenny Campus, NUI Maynooth. Tuesdays 7pm—9pm. 13th April 2010 - 15th June 2010. Cost €150. Closing date for applications: 26th March 2010. For further information contact: Lisa Condon at 056 777 5910 / 087 2630 999.
Email: Website t

Computer Course
Computer classes will resume again in the Parish Centre. Anyone interested should contact the Parish Office.

St. Patrick’s on the Web
Tell your relatives and friends living abroad

We wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day
“No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.”
Florida Scott-Maxwell
“Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

Energy Awareness Week
March 22nd - 26th: Loughboy library is hosting a free drop-in energy workshop on Wednesday March 24th from 2-5pm. Bernadette Moloney, Environmental Awareness Office with Kilkenny County Council will give information on SEI grants and general tips on energy awareness and conservation. No need to book - just drop in and share your queries.

The All Ireland Talent Show
Don’t forget to tune in to the All Ireland Talent Show on RTE1 on this Sunday evening at 6.30pm and vote for parishioner Ross Hennessy and his group, Na Fianna.

St. Patrick’s Parish Draw
The final draw in the present series will take place on Tuesday 23rd March, in our Parish Centre at 8.30pm. The draw is held in public and everyone is invited to attend.
The draw has been a significant source of funding for our Parish Centre and, since 2004, has raised €560,000 towards its cost. In the same period, €118,000 has been returned to the local community in prize money. Following this month’s draw a further €2000 in prize money will be added to this figure and the balance will go to the Centre.
This is an opportune time to thank all our promoters and subscribers for their loyalty, hard work and generosity over the lifetime of this draw and indeed previous series of draws going back to the late 1980’s. During this period St. Fiacre’s Church was built (1992), St. Joseph’s Church in Foulkstown was rebuilt (1999) and now, St. Patrick’s Parish Centre and homes for the elderly have been completed in Loughboy. Our Parish draw has been a significant fund raiser for each of these projects and , to a large extent, the same people have continued to support the draw as promoters and subscribers. We thank all of you for your support over such an extended period of time and we remember with sadness the promoters and subscribers who are gone to their eternal reward.
The breakdown for the last five draws is as follows:
2004 2005/06 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 (to date)
€127,000 €95,000 €115,000 €119,000 €104,000
In addition we paid out €24,000 prize money in each draw.
There is still an outstanding debt on our Parish Centre but in these times of economic hardship for many families we feel it is right to suspend the draw for the present. We will keep the situation under review and, as always, we depend on your continued support for our Parish through the envelope collection, tax back scheme, bag pack and some other events during the year.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Third Sunday of Lent, 7th March 2010

Googling is good for you
A google a day keeps the doctor away, researchers have found. Surfing the net boosts the brain. And its effects last long after the surfing stops. One theory holds that surfing stretches the brain by making it perform multiple tasks simultaneously. Fine! But let’s not forget what drives the search in the first place. And I don’t mean the hard drive. I mean curiosity. Were this lacking there would be no activity. Curiosity stimulates the search. It’s what puts Moses in touch with God in our First Reading today. He sees something that arouses his curiosity: a burning bush that’s not consumed. His curiosity gets the better of him and because it does we discover two very important things: about God; he cares for us; about human beings; we’re holy. God tells Moses to come no closer and to take off his sandals because he’s on holy ground – God’s turf. I used to think that he was letting Moses know how unworthy he was to approach him. How wrong I was! God is saying the exact opposite. Not being gods we must maintain some distance from him, yet nothing should come between us, not even a pair of sandals. Only what comes directly from the hand of God is worthy to be near him – hence the naked sole. Moses is a murderer. Yet God calls him. It’s easy to see God through goodness. But can we see him when evil blocks the view? If not, then let’s remember a murderer and a burning bush. (Fr Tom Cahill SVD)

Parish Evening at Peace in Christ
The annual evening of prayer for our parish will be held at Peace in Christ Retreat House, Sion Road on this Tuesday evening. The evening begins at 8.00pm and ends at about 10.00pm. Please come and participate in an evening in preparation for Easter.

First Holy Communion
We welcome First Holy Communion candidates and their families to Masses this weekend. Those from Gaelscoil Osrai and Kilkenny School Project will attend 10.30am Mass at St. Fiacre’s while St. Patrick’s De La Salle and St. John of God pupils will attend 11.00am Mass at St. Patrick’s Church.

Pray for the Deceased
Recently Deceased: Ann Lalor, Friary Street (Retired Ossory Diocesan Secretary). Tommy McCarthy, Riverview. Sybil Miller, England. Julia Walsh (nee West), Ossory Park and England.
Anniversaries: Lulu Lynch (Sat 6.15), Vincent Morrissey (Sat 7.00), Brendan Reid (Sun 9.30), Michael (Mick) Brophy (Sun 10.00), Evelyn Herlihy & Christian Maher, (Sun 11.00), Bobby Brannigan (Sun 12.30), Olive Malone (Fri 6.15), Frank O’Brien, Olive, Kathleen & Owen Deegan, William Holland, Kathleen White, Patrick Leahy.
Intentions for next weekend: Eamonn O’Toole (Sat 6.15), May & Michael Brannigan (Sat 7.00), Thomas Donnelly (Sun 9.30), Bridie Carroll (Sun 10.00), Frank English (Sun 10.30), Dr. W. J. Phelan & Margaret Phelan & Moya Bligh (Sun 11.00), John Dooley (Sun 12.00), Sue Daly (Sun 12.30).

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting of the society will take place on Friday, 12th March in the Parish Centre after the 10.30 Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church. All are welcome.

The monthly rosary on the First Sunday in James Green at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues this Sunday, 7th March at 3pm. All are welcome.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 22nd May to 27th May. If you know of any parishioner who might benefit from making the pilgrimage, but might need financial assistance, please contact any member of St. Patrick’s Lourdes Fund Committee: Martin Brett, 087 265 1272, Bernie Cantwell 086 333 7188, Eamonn Brennan 087 257 7514, Bill Mulally 086 603 0414, Michael O’Dwyer 087 633 0294, Anne Tierney 086 861 7244, Tommy Mullins 776 3427, Mary Gypps 056 776 2721 or email: as soon as possible.

Charitable Donations to Parish
We recently sent CHY2 forms to those recorded as contributing €250 or more to the parish during 2009. We appeal to those who received such forms to complete them as indicated and return them to the parish office as soon as possible. This will enable us to make an early submission to the Revenue Commissioners to recover for the benefit of the parish the tax you paid on your contributions.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office (776 4400) if you feel you qualify and did not receive a form.

Healing Service at St Fiacre’s
A healing service takes place at St. Fiacre’s Church on Thursday, 11th March at 8.00pm. Please note the change of time as the church will be in use for a First Penance Service from 7.00pm that evening. Healing Mass on 25th March at 7.30pm.

Feast of St. John of God
Monday, 8th March is the Feast of St. John of God, the patron of the congregation of religious of the same name in our parish. The Sisters of St. John of God were founded in Wexford in October 1871 and arrived in Kilkenny in 1886. “We are an international Congregation of women religious, who endeavour to live a life of prayer and commitment to Gospel values. We share a common vision to bring God’s healing love to everyone, wherever we are.
Each of us responded in faith to a call to join this particular Congregation and to be faithful to the dream that inspired our Founders. Through our various ministries in many parts of the world, we aim to give concrete expression to God’s compassionate care for all people and the whole of creation.” (
Priests and people of the parish join in congratulating the sisters and their collaborators and wish them well on their feast day.

St. Joseph’s Novena
The annual novena to St. Joseph begins at St. Joseph’s, Mill Hill Missionaries, Waterford Road on Thursday, 11th March. Mass and prayers each evening at 8.00pm. All welcome.

Volunteer Help Needed
Our parish will shortly need some help with the distribution of the parish envelope packs. Please contact the parish office if you are willing to help drop the boxes into a few dozen homes in your area. Some areas are well covered; however, we could do with help in many areas - especially the newer estates and where former distributors have retired or died.

Concert in the Castle
On Friday, 12th of March at 8pm the  Brass Quintet "Quintessenz" from the Black Forest will play a concert in aid of Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin in the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle. On the night they will be preceded by St. Patrick's Brass and Reed Concert Band. Your support will be greatly appreciated and a great night’s entertainment is assured. Tickets at €10 are available from The Book Centre, High Street or on the door. For further information contact 087 212 0201.

SOS Parish Appeal
The SOS house to house appeal takes place in St Patrick’s Parish during the months of March and April. Leaflets will be dropped through your door during the next while and those involved ask you to be as generous as possible. SOS, Callan Road, Kilkenny provides work and accommodation for adults with special needs.

Thomastown Lenten Programme
 There will be an Evening of Prayer through Song with David Parkes, international singer, in association with Marian Pilgrimages at the Parish Church, Thomastown on Thursday 11th March beginning at 7.30pm.

Thank You from IHCPT

Sincere thanks to all who supported the IHCPT concert at St. Fiacre’s Church on last Wednesday evening. Thanks especially to the artistes who gave their talents and time so freely. Almost €1,400 was raised to help send young people with special needs to Lourdes this Easter. We will remember you at the grotto.

Trócaire would like to thank everyone for their huge generosity to the Haiti appeal.  Donations from the Irish public have surpassed all expectations: €3,486,815 (NI: Stg £979,643). Thanks to this support Trócaire will help thousands of survivors to rebuild their lives in Haiti.
However, this Lent Trócaire reminds us that, while earthquakes and natural disasters attract global attention, there are millions of people around the world who will go to bed hungry tonight. During Lent over 600,000 children will die from hunger and diseases caused by hunger. The total number of people that were killed by the recent earthquake in Haiti, is less than half that number. This hunger crisis is taking place away from the TV cameras in small, rural villages all over the developing world. Please support Trócaire’s Lenten campaign in whatever way you can, to help families overcome hunger.

Kilkenny City Harriers
Our Junior Ladies team has been selected to represent Ireland at the European Junior Club Champions Cup in Portugal in September. The cost involved in kitting out and bringing 20 plus members to Portugal is quite significant. As part of our fund raising programme we have organised a Fun Run “St. Patrick’s Day Dash” 5K for adults, 2K for juveniles with registration at The Watershed from 10am on St Patrick’s morning. "The Dash" starts at 11.00am. Please support this cause.

Family Liturgy
Don’t forget our weekly Family Liturgy at St. Fiacre’s Church. Young people with their parents gather to celebrate the liturgy at 10.30am Mass each Sunday. Practice is after the 6.45pm on Thursdays. All welcome.

Extra Mass for Lent
We have introduced an extra Mass for Lent. You are invited to join with us at St. Fiacre’s Church every weekday evening at 6.15pm.

Kilkenny Flower Club
The next meeting of Kilkenny Flower Club in Butler House on Thursday, 11th March at 8.00pm is a work night. That means we will participate in making either an arrangement called “Spring Contrast” or “Parallel Texture” For details of requirements please go to or telephone 086 807 2040. All welcome.

Judo for Haiti
A judo demonstration to raise funds for Haiti will take place in McDonagh Junction on Saturday, 13th March beginning at 12.30pm and ending at 3pm. All monies raised will go to the Haven Fund who are working in Haiti.

Loughboy Library
Interested in trying out the Nintendo Wii? Loughboy Library will be holding a series of training classes for the over 55’s. Classes are free and you don’t need to own a Wii to take part. For more details contact 056 7794176.

Book Club: meets on Thursday April 1st at 10.30am. Book for this month is ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. Copies available at the library. All welcome.