Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 17th, October 2010

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Mary Flynn, Maudlin Street. Bridie Brennan, Castlecomer. Joe O’Leary, London and formerly Kells Road. Bill West, Baunlusk.
Months Mind: Joe O’Brien (Sun 12.30).
Anniversaries: Breda Hehir (Sat 6.15), Judy O’Brien (Sat 7.00), Richard Kelly (Sun 9.30), Gerard Moynihan (Sun 10.00), Tom Foley (Sun 10.30), Jimmy Bateman (Sun 11.00), Martin Brett (Sun 12.00), Patrick Morris (Mon 9.30), Brigid Butler (Wed 10.30), Doris Americas (Sat 9.30), Eithne O’Connor, Martin Mulhall, Mary Dunne, Jimmy O’Leary, Gerard Cleere, William Dalton, Patrick Tynan, Julie Burke.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Anniversaries: Nancy Coyne (Sat 6.15), Ned Nolan (Sat 7.00), Chrissie Scott (Month’s Mind Sun 9.30), Anthona and Neddy Burke (Sun 10.00), John Frawley (Sun 10.30), Paddy Cullen (Sun 11.00), Mary McCormack (Sun 12.00), Bernadette Delaney (Sun 12.30).

Confirmation Programme Enrolment
Those candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation who attend Kilkenny School Project will enrol in their Confirmation Programme and make a public commitment to prepare well for the Sacrament during 12.00 noon Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church on this Sunday. As a Christian community we welcome them and promise to pray for all those preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.

St. Vincent De Paul Collection
The monthly collection for the Society of St. Vincent De Paul will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. Please give a little extra in the second collection and we will pass the proceeds to the local conference.
Members of the St. Patrick’s Parish Conference meet at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on Monday evenings at 8.00pm.

Altar Servers
The recruitment of new Altar Servers begins now. Those from 4th Class and above who are regular Mass goers are welcome to volunteer. Parental consent is required and a commitment of one year is expected. Those interested in taking on this role in the Church may collect an application form at the sacristies of each of our churches. Current Altar Servers who wish to continue serving must also complete a form.

Get to Know Your Bible
A course ‘An introduction to the Bible - The Bible in its Context’ begins at the St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on this Tuesday, 12th October for 6 weeks from 10am to 12.30pm. The course will be conducted by Sr. De Lourdes Sheridan and costs €5 per session.

October Rosary
Members of the Legion of Mary will recite the rosary at the Seville Lodge Grotto, Callan Road each Sunday during October at 3pm.

Conscience, Church and Society 
Recently beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman was a profound thinker and much of what he had to say has a lot to offer us today.  Find out more at a public lecture entitled Cardinal Newman: Conscience, Church and Society at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on this Monday evening at 8.00pm. Rev. Dr. Tom Norris, former lecturer in Systematic Theology at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth will explore Newman’s understanding of conscience and what it can offer to our church and society today. Admission free. All are welcome.

Eucharistic Congress 2012
Bishop Freeman invites all the priests, religious and lay people, especially those involved in pastoral ministry (Parish Councils, Liturgy Groups, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Adoration Groups, St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society, etc.), to a meeting to launch the Diocese of Ossory preparation for Congress 2012.
The meeting will take place at St. Kieran’s College on Thursday, 21st October at 7.30pm. We encourage as many as possible to represent our parish at this event.

Weekly Envelope Collection
The envelope collection last week amounted to: €2,470.00. Thank you very much.

Please Return Chy 2 Certs
We appeal to those with outstanding Chy 2 Certs to complete and return them to the Parish Office as soon as possible as we are about to make a submission to the Revenue Commissioners. Completed forms are used to recover for the parish, at no extra cost to you, the tax paid on your contributions to the church. Please get the completed forms in as soon as possible.

Readers in Church
We are currently recruiting people to proclaim the Word of God at Sunday Mass. Please contact any of the priests or a sacristan if you would consider fulfilling this role. Volunteers will be put on a roster and asked to read every few weeks.

Questions People Ask
Q. If God can read our inmost hearts and already knows our secret thoughts, why must we use words to pray?
A. God does not need our words but in many instances it’s we who need words to focus our attention, to clarify out thoughts and help us to persevere. The effort to find our own words, or using prayers known by heart or prayers such as the Psalms or the Lord’s Prayer draw us into the world of prayer. Words are not always needed and may even get in the way of silent pondering. Saint Paul wrote that the Spirit within us can express our pleas in ways that could never be put into words.
Fr. O’Flynn OFM Cap

Career Guidance
Ossory Youth Service is launching its career guidance service again after a break for the summer. 1-2-1 professional career guidance. Appointments 45 minutes = €20. CAO, Career Direction, Subject Choices, Gap Year (up to 25yrs). Alternate Tuesday evenings from 5.30 - 8.00pm. Desart Hall, New Street, Kilkenny. Telephone Jane on 776 1200 to make an appointment.

Church Gate Collection
The Irish Heart Foundation is holding church gate collections this weekend.

Volunteer Appeal
Enable Ireland urgently needs volunteers to help with the running of their charity shop on High Street. If you can spare two or three hours a week please drop into the shop or call 056 776 1045 for more information.

Loughboy Library
Free Computer Courses: Course details and application forms available at the library.
Social Inclusion Week (17th-22nd October): a collection of materials for children and teachers relating to Traveller Culture will be available at Loughboy Library next week. Group visits are welcome.

Village Special Awards Night
James Stephens CLG is holding a special U-14 & U-16 double championship medals/awards celebration night in the clubrooms on next Friday, 22nd October 7.30pm sharp. A special guest will make the presentations.

Health and Wellbeing Evening
The National Dairy Council/Glanbia Health and Wellbeing evening will be held at the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel on Thursday, 21st October at 7:30pm. Admission is free. Proceeds of raffle go to Irish Society of Autism (Kilkenny).

GAA Monthly E-newsletter
James Stephen’s GAA Club is launching a new monthly e-newsletter. If you wish to be included please send your email address to
Congrats to the Village U10 starlets on winning the Shield title of the Kilmacud Crokes hurling tournament last Sunday. Well done to all!
Village Notes: If any community group or organiser would like to include any news related items relating to St. Patrick's Parish, you can do so by sending the news item by e-mail to

Kellogg’s Field of Dreams
Please support Danesfort GAA Club in the Kellogg’s Field of Dreams Final: Text "Kelloggs Leinster" to 53799 or vote online on You may vote once every day until 28th October.

Mayfair Ballroom Anniversary
The Mayfair Ballroom Anniversary Dance will be held at Hotel Kilkenny on Sunday 24th October with showband legends: Paddy Hanrahan, Art Supple and Sonny Cullen, Special Guest: Kevin O’Dwyer as Elvis. Music by The Marble City Sounds. Contact 087 958 2127 for tickets (€12.50 each). All proceeds to Enable Ireland, O’Neill Centre.

Kilkenny Youth Bank
Masquerade and Black Tie Ball.
Tickets €20. Ages 14 - 19. Buffet and Non - alcoholic bar. Masks can be purchased at door or bring your own. To Mark Ossory Youth 25th Anniversary Celebration. Date: 12th November 2010. Time 9pm until 1pm. Venue: Springhill Court Hotel. Tickets on sale from: Ossory Youth, Rollercoaster Records, Youth Bank members. Contact 776 1200

Child Welfare & Protection Course
Wed 10th Nov 2010 St Patrick’s Parish Centre 6 - 10pm.
Wed 24th Nov 2010 -Castlecomer Community Hall 6 - 10pm. €20 per person – limited to 16 people per night
This 'Child Welfare and Protection in Sport' training is a 4 hour basic awareness course, looking at how we can keep adults and young people safe and happy within the club environment. This course is open to sports leaders, children's officers and other adults involved in the organization of sport for young people. This module will help to create and maintain a safe and fun environment for young people within the sports club or organization. As well as undertaking child protection training, all governing bodies of sport and related organizations should adopt child protection policies and procedures as outlined in the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport.

First Aid
A Basic First Aid  Course will take place in Kilkenny – Desart Hall, New Street, for four Monday nights, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, starting on the  8th November 2010 until 29th November 2010. €80 per person to complete the course – limited to 16 people
Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership
Desart Hall, New Street, Kilkenny
Tel:  056 7720870

Soccer Tournament
An intercultural soccer tournament will be held in the Watershed Campus on Saturday, 16th October.  Between 12 and 15 teams are expected to take part in this inaugural family day, followed by a social evening for everyone. Those interested in participating should contact Niamh from Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership: email or 056 772 0870 for information.

Kilkenny Sessions Concert
Set Theatre, Saturday 23rd October at 8pm. Performing on the night will be: Anthony McAuley (Fiddle), Jim Maher (Seanachai/Bodhran), John Touhy (Uileann Pipes), Liam Moor (Guitar/Vocals), Tommy Lanigan (Bodhran/Vocals), Paddy Cleere (Bazouki/Banjo/Vocals), Mick Foley (Uileann Pipes), and more. MC for the night is Malcolm Noonan. Contact 087 958 2127 for tickets (€12.50 each). All proceeds to Enable Ireland, O’Neill Centre, Kilkenny.

Mission Month
October is Mission Month. Please remember the missions in your prayers.

Spiritual ‘Makeover’
It’s one approach to getting people off the dole, but it’s controversial. To ease unemployment in the Netherlands three local councils are offering unemployed singe women a €1,400 fashion and beauty makeover. The better you look the better your chances, the idea seems to be, of finding a husband or a job. Those chosen for the scheme will also be schooled in the social graces. When the crash course in carrying oneself is completed a professional photograph of the new you will appear on the website of an exclusive dating agency that claims a 75 percent success rate. However, with over 600 unemployed singles eligible not everyone considers the expense involved as money well spent. It just goes to show the importance some people attach to outward appearance. Today’s Second Reading (2 Tim 3:14-4.2), however, doesn’t. It presents us with a different set of values – ones concerned with the quality of what’s inside a person rather than their skin-deep looks. For a thorough spiritual ‘makeover’ Paul reminds us there’s nothing better than immersion in what he calls the ‘sacred writings’. All scripture is inspired by God, he tells us. And it has many uses. It can teach, correct, reprove and train in righteousness. It motivates and equips people both to be good and to do good. While this type of spiritual ‘makeover’ doesn’t cost a penny, it doesn’t come cheap either. Its cost isn’t in euro, but I the currency of faith, hope, love, generosity, kindness, service and other equally attractive characteristics. Too bad not everybody wants to employ these.
Fr. Tom Cahill SVD