Congratulations to 98 young people from schools within our parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Séamus Freeman on Saturday morning. We thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit on our young people and wish them well as they take their full place our Christian Community. Thanks to the parents, guardians, teachers and all involved in the schools and parish programmes who worked with the young people in preparation for the Sacrament.
Children’s Liturgy Group
The Children’s Sunday Mass (10.30am) continues at St. Fiacre’s Church during Lent. All children are welcome! Practice will take place in St. Fiacre’s Church on Wednesday, 6.40pm.
Do This In Memory
We look forward to the candidates for First Holy Communion participating in the Do This In Memory Programme at 10.30 and 11.00am Masses on next Sunday.
Extra Mass for Lent
Mass is celebrated at St. Fiacre’s Church at 6.15pm on every weekday for Lent. It is encouraging to see a large congregation each day.
Sr. De Lourdes continues a bible study in the Parish Centre on Tuesdays. The theme is “Women in the Scriptures”. Time: 10.00am to 12.15pm including a cup of tea. Cost €5.00. All welcome.
Trócaire Family Fast Box
On this fifth Sunday in Lent we pray for Trócaire's partners and missionaries in the poorest parts of the world. Their work ensures that the weakest and most vulnerable people are given a voice and hope for a better life. Trócaire's Lenten campaign raises money to support the work of these partners so that many more poor people can be helped. For more information on the campaign: www.trocaire.org/lent or call 1850 408 408.
Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Marie Coyne, 50 Larchfield. Requiem Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church at 12.00 noon on Sunday. Gordon Deevy, Castlegardens. Funeral prayers at his home at 6.30pm on Sunday followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church. Requiem Mass at 2.00pm on Monday followed by burial at Foulkstown Cemetery. Frank Cantwell, 22 Pinewood Avenue. Funeral prayers at Johnston’s Funeral Home at 7.30pm on Sunday followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church. Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Monday followed by burial at Foulkstown Cemetery. Marie T Sweeney, late 4 John’s Quay. Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Thursday at Foulkstown Church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Margaret Glynn, College Gardens. Joanna Purcell, 72 Aylesbury Place. Francis Creegan, Dublin.
Anniversaries: Martin Hoyne (Sat 6.15), William Morris (Sun 9.30), Josephine O’Neill (Sun 10.00), Pierce Anthony Grace (Sun 11.00), Sheila Keaney (Sun 12.00), Dick Keating (Sun 12.30). Michael O’Reilly (Tue 9.30), Marie Phelan (Tue 10.30), Tobias Butler (Wed 10.30), Eileen Mullins-Lanigan (Thur 10.30), Patrick O’Donoghue (Fri 10.30), Annie Connick, Arthur Connick, Elizabeth McGrath, Christina Walsh, Anne O’Dwyer , John & Mary Conway, Paddy Cahill, Johnny Cullen, Mary & Kate Mullally, Jim Doheny, Michael Kenny, Patricia Rogers, William Nugent, Maisie Kehoe, Kathleen Esmonde
Intentions for next weekend: Michael & Mary Burke (Sat 6.15), Betty Byrne (Sat 7.00), Margaret Banahan (Sun 9.30), Joan Smithwick (Sun 10.00).
World Youth Day 2011
Young people from the Diocese of Ossory are invited to attend World Youth Day in Madrid in August 2011. Pope Benedict XVI extended the invitation at the end of the WYD celebration in Sydney in 2008. If you are 18 years or older on the 1st August 2011 and would like to be part of this world wide pilgrimage please telephone Fr. Richard Scriven at 087 242 0033 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sincere thank you to all who contribute to our parish and clergy through the envelope packs and standing orders. Using this system helps us record your contributions and, in many cases, enables us to recover tax paid on your donations. New envelopes are being distributed at present and most contributing families will have received a pack in time for this weekend. Please contact the Parish Office if you did not receive the envelopes packs in recent years and would like to do so at this stage.
Remembrance Service for Babies
The Maternity Department at St. Luke’s General Hospital for Carlow/Kilkenny has organised a Remembrance Ceremony for families who have suffered a pregnancy loss through stillbirth or miscarriage. The service is being held at St. Fiacre's Church on Tuesday, 12th April at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.
In honour of Divine Mercy there will be an hour of adoration and prayer in the Friary Church on Sunday, 10th April from 3.00 - 4.00pm. Please come.
Latin Sung Mass
There will be a traditional Latin Sung Mass with procession at St. Patrick’s Church at 4.00pm on Palm Sunday.
The Passion of the Christ
This film will be shown in the Danesfort Community Centre on Tuesday, 19th April at 8.00pm. It gives a very powerful visual account of the sufferings of Jesus before his death. Admission €5. Under 15s must have parental supervision.
Bangers & Mash Lunch for Amber
Amber Women’s Refuge Project is holding a Bangers & Mash Lunch in The Aspect Hotel (Woodie’s Retail Park) on Thursday, 14th April from 12.30pm until 2.30pm. Donation €10.00. This venture gives the opportunity to have a quick lunch in a lovely environment.
Al-Anon & Alateen
Al-Anon & Alateen provide hope for families and friends of problem drinkers. Phone helpline: 01 873 2699. Meetings in Kilkenny: Mill Hill Missionaries, St. Joseph’s Waterford Road; Tuesdays at 8.30pm. Kilkenny Social Services, Waterford Road; Wednesdays at 12.30pm. St. John’s Hall, St. John’s Church, Dublin Road; Fridays at 8.15pm.
Kilkenny Campus at St Kieran’s College has new afternoon and evening courses in Archaeology, Chinese Philosophy and American Literature, beginning after Easter. Courses run for 6 weeks and cost €100. Phone 777 5910 or www.nuim.ie/kilkenny. Closing date for applications 20th April.
The Kilkenny Choir Concert
On Sunday 17th April - Palm Sunday - at 8pm in St. Canice’s Cathedral The Kilkenny Choir sing Bach’s Credo from the B minor Mass and Cantata 56 and Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day and Coronation Anthem No. 3 with professional soloists and orchestra. Conducted by Philip Edmondson and Karl Rochford. Tickets at the door €20/€15.
James Stephen’s Camogie Club
Training will commence on Monday, 11th April for U-8 and U-10 at Nuncio Road playing field. Time: 6.30 - 8.00pm. All are welcome. If you have not already registered you can do so on the night. Cost €25.00.
Any queries contact Rita on 086 203 1623.
James Stephen’s Juvenile Hurling
Well done to the Village ‘A’ panel on defeating Erin’s Own in a hard-fought encounter in last week’s U16 league. We wish Dylan Drennan, who fractured his collar bone in the game, a speedy recovery.
Best wishes to the U-14 panel who compete in the Paddy Grace Feile Na nGael on Saturday, 16th April. Well done to our parishioners who were part of the recent successful St. Kieran’s College Teams.
Variety Concert for Charity
A Variety Concert will take place on Thursday, 14th April in the Set Theatre in aid of locally-based African charity, Kilimanjaro Direct.
This charity has done some marvellous work in the East African country of Tanzania, and is currently making great progress in its biggest project to date, the building of a new school in a remote area in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Providing the entertainment will be Guitarist Mark Anthony McGrath, Soprano Deirdre Gannon, Harmony guitar duo Harmonista (aka Mulvey brothers), Soloists Aisling Curtis, Emmeliene Farrell and Sophie Knox-Khan and the choirs of St. Brigid’s College, Callan and Gaelscoil Osraí.
The admission is €5 with all proceeds going to the Kilimanjaro Direct school building fund. All are welcome, with tickets available from the Set (telephone 776 5133) or on-line at www.set.ie. Doors open 7.30 for Concert at 8.00pm.
A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed, and the organisers are hoping for a full house which would be greatly appreciated.
Easter Flower Arrangements
Kilkenny Flower Club will meet in Butler House Thursday 14th April at 8.00pm. Easter Demonstration by Maura Donnelly.
Non-members welcome too.
Weekly Envelope Collection
Last week’s envelope collection: €1,050. Standing Order income for March: €4,286.97. Thanks to all who contribute.
MA in Christian Leadership
Mary Immaculate College is offering a new professional qualification programme entitled MA in Christian Leadership in Education. This two year programme, which will commence in June 2011, will lead to a professional qualification with a strong theology component for those working in the second-level education sector such as school principals, members of boards of management, members of the trusts established by the various denominational bodies in Ireland. Deadline for completed applications is April 29th, 2011. For further information contact the Admissions Office on 061 204 348 or email email@example.com
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