Sunday, September 12, 2010

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th September 2010

Farewell Fr. Rahul
On Wednesday of this week we must say a sad goodbye to Fr. Rahul Phillips who has been with us in the parish for the past month. Fr. Rahul, a native of Central India, is a member of the Pallottine Order and a student at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. We have enjoyed his pastoral ministry and company and wish him God’s blessing as he returns to finish his course of studies in Rome.

Well Done the Cats
Congratulations to the Kilkenny Minor Hurling team on their fine win in last weekend’s All Ireland Final. We offer our commiserations to the senior hurlers who did the county proud not alone on last Sunday but on many occasions during the past ten years.

Diamond Jubilee Congratulations
Best wishes to Sr. Margaret Mary Phelan of the St. John of God Community on the College Road. Sr. Margaret Mary celebrated the diamond jubilee of her profession on last Tuesday.

Questions people ask
Q. May I receive Holy Communion twice in the same day, for instance if I attended two funerals.
I quote the Catechism: ‘The Church warmly recommends that the faithful receive Holy Communion each time they participate in the celebration of the Eucharist’ (#1417). So, if you attend Mass twice, or even more often, in the same day, it is warmly recommended that you receive the Blessed Eucharist as the completion of your participation with the Lord. The law which restricted people from receiving no more that once a day came in when people were going from one altar to another for Communion without taking part in the full ceremony.

Divine Mercy
There will be an hour of prayer and adoration in honour of Divine Mercy in The Friary Church on Sunday September 12th from 3pm—4pm. All are welcome.
Pray for our Deceased FriendsRecently Deceased: John Cahill, Maidenhill; Bill Hackett, Beech Park; Joe O’Brien, 5 St. Fiacre’s Place; Mick Coffee, Michael Street; Ted Townsend, Dunnamaggin; May Walsh, Greenshill; Jacqui O’Brien, 37 Fr. Albert Place; Martin Shelly, Newpark.
Anniversaries: Mary & Paul Cody & Bill Marnell (Sat 6.15), Sean O’Keeffe (Sat 7.00), Ernie Harrington (Sun 10.00), Matt Dwyer (Sun 11.00), Catherine (Kit) Grace (Sun 12.00), Mary & Joan Bissett; Pat White (Wed 10.30), Patrick Morris (Sat 9.30), Michelle Reynolds, Maureen Holden, Bridget Curran, Enda Coady, Sharon McEvoy, Billy & Statia Tallent, Michael & Bridget Slattery, Rita McCarthy, Tom Little, Mary & Joan Bissett, The Cassin Family.
Intentions Next Weekend: Catherine & John Alley (Sat 6.15), Ciss Holland (Sat 7.000, Margaret Brennan (Sun 10.00), Mary Kelly (Sun 12.00), Paddy Johnston (Sun 12.30).

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
Celebrating 21 years of working in Kilkenny with a public lecture on Thursday, 16th September 2010 in Newpark Hotel at 8.00 p.m.  Dr. Susan Delaney of the Irish Hospice Foundation will speak on New Perspectives on Loss and Bereavement. All welcome. Admission free.

Camphill Communities
The annual Open Day at the Camphill Community in Ballytobin, near Callan, takes place on Sunday, 19th September from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Camphill Communities care for children and adults with a mental disability.

Afternoon Bridge
All are welcome to come along and try their hand at afternoon bridge.
Venue: St. Patrick’s Parish Centre.
Date: Tuesday 14th September.
Time: 3pm - 5pm.
No competition, no partner required. Enjoy two hours bridge every Tuesday. Contact: Reena on 056 776 2923.
An enjoyable afternoon guaranteed.

Volunteers Needed
Help Young People Avoid Drug Abuse:  The use of alcohol and other drugs, whether legal or illegal, is becoming more and more commonplace in society and especially amongst our young people. Over the past two years St. Patrick's Parish has been involved in an initiative to try and show those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the parish that their faith and the gifts of the Holy Spirit received in at Confirmation can be a reality in helping them to avoid drug use. The initiative is developed in co-operation with Ossory Youth, the diocesan youth service, and so far has shown good results. We are now looking for adult volunteers who are interested in working on this initiative. Ideally we would like someone with experience of working with young people or someone with experience of drugs education but maybe someone is planning a career change and would like to gain experience working with young people. Or perhaps someone would simply like to help the young people of the parish. The really important thing is for them to want to help young people to avoid drug problems. The initiative runs every Monday night for about 18 weeks between October and March each year. Volunteers would be provided with training and the support necessary and be working alongside Mel Bay of Ossory Youth’s Kilkenny Drugs Initiative.
If you are interested please contact Mel Bay of Ossory Youth on 087 984 5019 or

Loughboy Library
Free online courses including ECDL, first-aid, office safety and project management are available. Up-to-date details of local adult education opportunities including VEC, DTEI, Pitman College, Enterprise Board, JobFitters and LARC courses available at Loughboy Library.

Dochas Nasamu
The Irish Run Aids orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya is holding a used clothing appeal of used adult and children’s clothing. Soft toys also accepted on Wednesday, 15th June, before 12 noon, at the St. Patrick’s Parish Centre Carpark. For further information, please contact Marie on 087 689 0995.

Assessment & Guidance Programme
Career 2 Fit Assessment and Guidance Programme at Noreside Education Centre, 5 John’s Quay, Kilkenny. Are you unemployed for 3 months or more? Are you educated to Leaving Certificate Standard? If you fit those two criteria, please contact Noreside Education Centre on 056 777 0790. If you are interested in changing your career path call us Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm (lunch 1.00pm to 2.00pm). Ask for Caroline, Liz or Ann-Marie for details. A One Day Workshop takes place on 23rd September at Noreside Education Centre, and there are 12 places available. Contact us to enrol on this worthwhile Career Orientation Programme

‘Tea-ing’ Off
You’ve heard of black tea, green tea, herbal tea, and high tea. Well now there’s philosophical tea. A new fad is sweeping La France. There, children as young as eight are acquiring a taste for philosophical tea. Difficult though it may be to swallow at this remove, nevertheless, many parents in France want their children to cut their metaphysical ‘munchers’ on heavy issues over light refreshments. Children, they believe, should be encouraged to debate life’s mysteries from the time they discover the words ‘what’ and ‘why’ to give them an early handle on a complex world. The tea parties are held in cafes, public libraries and homes. Cakes and fruit juices feature prominently to sweeten debates drizzled with Descartes, sprinkled with Socrates, or piquant with Plato. No more than ten kiddies form a party. They vote on the topic of choice for a day and plunge into profundity with a vengeance.
Our brat in today’s Gospel reading (Luke 15:1-32) aka The Prodigal Son also plunges into profundity – but not by choice. He isn’t interested in insight, or in grappling with life’s mysteries. All he wants are life’s pleasures. He gets them, such as they are, and – surprise, surprise – ends up more miserable than he was before he had them. Had he developed a taste for philosophical tea he might have fared better. We are blessed with the most complex organ in the universe. It’s called a brain. Surprising how long it takes for some to find it.

Art Classes Available
Art Classes in Kilkenny Art Café on Kieran Street. Advanced Classes from 10:00am – 12:00pm and Beginner Classes from 7:30pm – 9:00pm. For further information please contact Sonja on 083 394 1220 or 056 770 8155. Email:

Fáilte Isteach classes in Kilkenny
English language conversational classes for migrants will begin in the St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Kilkenny and we are looking for volunteer tutors for this project. No experience or qualifications necessary as training will be provided. A commitment of two hours per week is desirable. Info: Maura Hickey on 779 4921.

Parish Registration
If you are new to our parish, then welcome. If you have not joined us in a while, then welcome too.
We strive to keep an accurate and up to date record of our parish and so we invite all who wish to do so to register with us. We are delighted with the response during the past three weeks.
In recent weeks we have a had a number of people applying for references and other information from the parish and in most cases, we had no record or knowledge of them. We may know grandparents, parents or some family members, but there’s nothing better than being registered yourself.
Fill out the form below (newsletter edition) and send it back and we will reply with an acknowledgement. Alternatively, if you're living in our parish and wish to send in your details, Name, address etc by email, we will be happy to register you.