Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 7th November, 2010

Christ the King - Adoration
40 hours of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place over the weekend of 19th to 21st November in St. Mary’s Cathedral to honour Christ Our King. St. Patrick’s Parish has been asked to cover 4 hours on Friday, 19th from 7pm to 11pm and also on Saturday, 20th November from 9pm to midnight. If you would like to do an hour of adoration during these times please contact the Sacristan.

First Saturday Devotion
This devotion will take place in St. Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy on Saturday, 6th November 6th after 6.15pm Mass. Prayers and adoration will end at 9pm. All are welcome.

Monthly Rosary
The monthly rosary on the first Sunday in James Green at the Statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues on this Sunday, 7th November at 3pm. All welcome.

Bible Stories
Sr. Mairead Murphy invites you to a series of reflections on Bible Stories from 8.00pm to 9.00pm on the five Tuesdays of November. Venue: 33 Newpark Close. Contact 779 6123.

Peace in Christ
The annual collection in aid of Peace in Christ Retreat House will take place this weekend. Peace in Christ is our diocesan retreat house and the sisters and staff provide an excellent service to all. We ask that you support this worthy church gate collection this weekend.

Voices of Hope
During the month of November St. Canice’s Parish presents a series called Voices of Hope – Reflections for November. Against the backdrop of continuing difficulties in our Church and in our country we hope that this time of reflection will offer some light and guidance in dark and confusing days. The series continues on this Wednesday, 10th November when Irish Times columnist Breda O’Brien speaks at the 7.30pm Mass.

Re-launched Diocesan Website
The Diocese of Ossory has re-launched a completely revamped website at It contains Catholic news and information from around the world in written and video format. It also provides information about all parishes in the diocese including Mass times and directions and maps to the churches.

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, 8th November at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Improving Social Connection
Kilkenny has been selected by the Ageing Well Network as an Ageing Well County. One important part of ageing well is keeping up contact with friends and family, and playing a part in the community. The Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing in St James’s Hospital Dublin, and the Ageing Well Network in Kilkenny, are conducting a research study in Kilkenny City and County, which aims to improve older people’s social connection. The study will involve a short term volunteer visiting programme whereby volunteers (over 55 years of age) will be asked to visit older people in their homes. The overall aim of the study is to determine whether a short term volunteer visiting programme can improve older people’s social connection and their physical and mental health. If you would like more information or to get involved in the study please contact Ms Maureen Tobin on 086 129 4353.

Retired Nurses' Association
On Wednesday, 17th November Mass will be celebrated for retired nurses, deceased nurses and their relatives and friends in St. Fiacre's Church, Loughboy at 10.30am. After Mass morning coffee/tea will be served in the parish centre adjacent to the church. A fundraiser for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team will take place. Please inform your colleagues and friends of this annual event.

Pray for the Deceased
Recently Deceased: Sr. Sheila Lynch, St. John of God Community, College Road. Breda Phelan, Clongowan. Funeral prayers at her home at 11.00am on Monday morning followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards at Foulkstown Cemetery. Patrick Maher, Paulstown. John Moore, Dean Kavanagh Place. Agnes Byrne, Greensbridge.

Anniversaries: Mary Millea, (Sat 6.15), Richie Delaney (Sat 7.00), James Rafter (Sun 9.30), Charles Carroll (Sun 10.00), Mary & James Mulrooney (Sun 10.30), Margaret Moore (Sun 11.00), John Cullen (Sun 12.00), Henrietta Hyland (Sun 12.30), Bill Quinlan (Mon 9.30), Deceased Residents of Larchfield (Tues 10.30), Dominic Coll (Wed 10.30), Pat Fahy (Thurs 10.30), Eugene & Nora Curley (Fri 10.30), James & Margaret Purcell, Richard & Julia Ryan, Jack Wellford., Andy Egan, Margaret Shiels, Ellen Hickey, James Maher.

Intentions for next weekend: John Glynn (Sat 6.15), Sr. Mary Clifford (Sat 7.00), Gerald & Patricia Moore (Sun 9.30), John Brennan (Sun 10.00), May Muldowney (Sun 10.30), Rena Brett (Sun 11.00), John Byrne (Sun 12.00), Mary & Anne O’Shea (Sun 12.30).

Parish Bereavement Support
We offer one to one support to bereaved parishioners. Phone 086 162 9089 to make an appointment to meet members of the group, in the Parish Centre. This is a free and confidential service.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting of the society will take place after the 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church on Friday, 12th November in the Parish Centre. New members very welcome.

Envelope Collection
The total for last week’s envelope collection was €2,262.00 Many thanks.

If you are pregnant and distressed and would like to talk to someone in confidence. Telephone 1850 622 626 or 772 2739.

The Irish Catholic
The Church in Kilkenny, especially St. Patrick’s Parish, is highlighted in a number of articles in this weekend’s The Irish Catholic. There is a FREE copy for every family in the parish. Please take one home and enjoy this paper which is one of the few Catholic publications available in this country. If you would like to receive a copy of The Irish Catholic each week, it costs €1.30. Please contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400.

On Sale at the Parish Shop
DVD showing Historic Video Footage of the Diocese of Ossory 1956 – 2007 (Featuring the construction and blessing of the Collier Wing, St. Kieran’s College, the granting of the Freedom of the City to Bishop Peter Birch, the Pastoral Renewal Conference in 1977 and the Ceremonial Installation of three Ossory Bishops). €10 each.

Altar Servers
Have you collected your rotas yet. Remember you must have parental consent to become a server. Rotas available at sacristies.

Young at Heart Club
The club will hold a church gate collection on 13th/14th November. Please support.

November Remembrance Service
The annual Remembrance Service takes place on Thursday, 25th November at 7.30pm in St. Fiacre’s Church. During this service we will remember all those who have died, especially those who have died during the past year.

November Offering
The November offering in support of the priests of the parish and the bishop is due this month. This is one of 5 collections and we are grateful for people’s continued support. During this month the priests of the parish offer a novena of Masses for the faithful departed of the parish. Once again, sincere thanks.

Parish Shop
A range of Advent & Christmas stock such as cribs, Advent calendars and prayer books are now available to buy at the Parish Centre.

IWA Angel Campaign
Angel Pins and Pencils go on sale from early November to raise vital funds for the Irish Wheelchair Association. When you support the Angel Campaign you are supporting services in your local community. IWA Centre is based at Claddagh Court, College Road, Kilkenny and provides a range of supports to individuals and families.

Village GAA News
The Village U12 panel got off to a flying start in the Carrigeen GAA U12 Floodlight Hurling Tournament last Friday with a 7-11 to 5-4 win over De La Salle (Waterford).
Our U-11/12 panel had a great end of season fun day trip to Dublin last Saturday. The players and coaches had a fantastic day out. Well done to Tadhg Donohoe and his coaches for organising this event.
U-14 League Champions: Heartiest congratulations to the Tim Butler managed Village U-14 No. 2 Panel on beating Dunnamaggin in the U-14 Roinn C Hurling League Final.

Weddings Bookings
At least 3 months notice is required for weddings. Contact the Parish Office.

Gospel Concert
David Worth Hinton, Gospel singer in concert at St. Fiacre’s Church on Tuesday, 9th November at 7.30pm.
Be touched by the powerful story and songs of ex-convict, alcoholic and drug user whose life was transformed. He now lives to see other’s lives touched and set free. You will be inspired and have a great evening. Admission free.

Loughboy Library
Naxos Music Library: Visit out website at, click on the Naxos logo and listen to thousands of music tracks including classical, jazz and opera from the comfort of your home.
Toddler Hour - continues on Thursdays at 11.30am - children listen to and interact with the storyteller and also make some simple crafts to take home. All are welcome to this free fun morning.

Anniversary Masses
To book an anniversary Mass please contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400. Names to be included in the anniversary list must be received in the Parish Office by Friday morning.

Loughboy Library...
New Books in Store - biographies of Tony Blair, Liam Hayes, Fr Brian Darcy & Beverly Callard.

One thing can be said about life: it never ceases to amaze. Take, for example, a decade-long ocean census completed early this year. It uncovered a whole new world of a billion marine microbes. That’s an incredible 50,000 times more microbes than were known to exist before the census. How much more of life’s largesse do we short-change, I wonder.
Do we short-change life’s extravagance even in the case of human beings, particularly when a person’s earthly life has come to an end? How many are tempted to think, ‘Well that’s that! Finito!’ The Jewish sect in today’s Gospel reading (Luke 20:27-38) holds such a view. The Sadducees don’t believe in life after death. For them there is no such thing as bodily resurrection. Today, lots of people think that way too, or would claim they do. But that’s such a bleak outlook to have! Even were it true, I’d still crave some comfort – even that of delusion – to face the abyss of oblivion. Let delusion cushion the icy impact of eternal emptiness and the sickening thrust of a risible freedom that leads nowhere and to nothing. In such a case one might as well be a robot as a human being. So much of what we experience each day tells us that life is not a trickster. It tells us that we are players in a drama, not a farce. We can trust our intuitions, our insights and our feelings. There’s more ways to truth than through scientific observation and logical reasoning. Let’s never forget our gut.
Fr Tom Cahill SVD