Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 24th April 2010

Bishop Freeman is initiating a series of “Listening Sessions” throughout the Diocese. These meetings will enable him to listen to what people are feeling about the Church in the aftermath of the Ryan and Murphy Reports, He writes “I am now asking the three Deanery Pastoral Councils to organise listening sessions that will give an opportunity to all the people of the Diocese to express their feelings and have them heard. This will be the beginning of a process of reflective speaking, listening and discernment that will, I hope, be very fruitful as we move forward.”
All are welcome to attend these meetings. A facilitator will be present and a full report of each meeting will be recorded. Parishioners are invited to attend the venue for their parish but are welcome to attend another gathering if the date or venue is more convenient.

Loughboy Library
Join us to celebrate Bealtaine Festival 2010. Leave Friday mornings at 11am free to participate in card-making, flower-arranging, composting and creative writing workshops at Loughboy Library. More details and bookings at 7794176.
The Kilkenny Active Retirement Association are exhibiting their works from may 17th to 21st.

Eucharistic Ministers
Please collect your new rota which is available in the sacristies. Those who have already collected their rota from the 7pm mass and the 11am mass please note that a newer rota is available to take account of an omission.

Knitting Circle
Every Monday night 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome.
Pray For Our Deceased

Recently Deceased: Joan Smithwick, Birchfield, Kells Road, Nathaniel Burke.
Anniversaries: Mary Glennon (Sat 7.00),Joe Brennan (Sun 10.00), Michael Gaule (Sun 10.30), Pierce Grace (Sun 11.00), John Hennessy (Sun 12.30), Des Hehir (Mon 9.30), Mary & Eddie O’Keeffe (Tues 10.30), Tobias Butler (Wed 10.30), Michael & Catherine Doherty, Eileen Hickey, Noel O’Dwyer, Mary Brennan, Patrick Skehan, Bridget Cantwell, Sr. Marguerite Cantwell, Stephen (Noel) O’Dwyer, William Leahy, James Morris, Johnny Murphy, Patrick Browne, Mary Brennan, Joe & Austin Kelly, Martin Browne
Intentions for next weekend: Months Mind: Billy Morris (Sun 11.00), Paddy Bourke (Sun 12.30), Patrick Dorney (Sat 6.15), Fintan Brennan (Sat 7.00), John Byrne (Sun 10.00)

Questions people ask
In the light of clerical scandals do you ever regret being a priest?
The vast majority of priests are faithful, dedicated people. Sure, none of them is perfect, but the majority are dedicated to the worship of God and loyal in the service of people. It is a privileged calling, but, in the words of an advertising slogan, nobody said it would be easy. Regret it? Not for one second. Rather, I am deeply grateful for the call of God and for the goodness of all who trust me and support me in many ways. It’s a great calling, thank God.
Fr. Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap

Field Day
To celebrate La na gClub on 9th May, James Stephens GAA Club and St. Patrick’s Parish are holding a field day in the GAA grounds in Larchfield. Activities will include Cake and book stalls, Wheel of Fortune, BBQ, dog show, children’s events and schools painting competition plus many more fun events. You can help by letting us have your old books, baking a cake and passing on any unwanted toys etc. In good order. More details next week. All proceeds will be divided between club and parish. Please support your local community.

Is chronic illness part of your life?
Are you a carer or do you have a chronic health condition?
Would a Self-Management Programme help? Self management is about using simple skills to take control of the way you think and feel about your health condition/your caring situation and how you cope in everyday life. Six week courses will begin:
Tues 27th April, 10.00-12.30. The Core Clinic, Clonturbrid, Freshford.
For further information contact Anne Cody 0879028534,,or check the website

Blessed Edmund Rice House, Westcourt, Callan
May week Masses for the blessings of Blessed Edmund Rice on our lives and for his canonisation.
MONDAY, 3rd May
Liturgy prepared by: Winegap Parish Community. Theme: Vocations
TUESDAY, 4th May
Liturgy prepared by: Dunamaggin Parish Community. Theme: Family
Feast Day of Blessed Edmund
Liturgy prepared by: Ballycallan, Kilmanagh & Killaloe Parish Community
Theme: Reconciliation
Celebrant: Most Rev. Seamus Freeman, Bishop of Ossory
Liturgy prepared by: Danesfort & Cuffesgrange Parish Community. Theme: Hope
FRIDAY, 7th May
Liturgy prepared by: Callan Parish Community. Theme: Suffering
N.B. Anointing of the sick will take place during this Mass

Trócaire has extended its sincere thanks to all of those who gave to their Haiti Emergency Appeal after the earthquake on January 12. Thursday marked 100 days since the disaster and Trócaire's work continues thanks to the kind donations of parishes all over the country. In all over €6million was given to Trócaire and already, working with the Caritas network, 900,000 people have been provided with shelter. Over one million have been given health care. Over one-and-a-half million have been given regular food supplies or hot meals. Over 200,000 people have already been given access to clean water or have been provided with hygiene kits. None of this could have been possible without your help. Go to to find out more about where your money is being spent. Go raibh míle maith agaibh!

We wish to extend hearty congratulations to St. Patrick’s Adult Folk Choir on their 20th anniversary of giving song and music at 7 o’clock mass. Keep up the good work. Best wishes from St. Fiacre’s Folk Choir.

More congratulations
Well done to all the young people from our parish schools who received this Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend. We pray that God’s Holy Spirit will light and guide their journey through this life an into the next.