An Inside View
‘If you want somebody to understand what the major intellects of the world religions mean by God, you could do a great deal worse than introduce them to Anna.’ Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams is among the many fans of Mister God, This is Anna, the story of four year old Anna and her friendship with 16 year old Flynn, the author. Anna’s outpouring on life, science and God, or ‘Mister God’ as she calls him, have entranced readers for years, bursting as they do with joy, inquisitiveness and insight. During a discussion on ‘Mister God’ and the ways in which he is different from people, Anna concludes: ‘So you see, Flynn, people can’t talk about Mister God from the outside; you can only talk about Mister God from the inside of him.’ As an illustration of the mystery of God’s presence with us, it goes a long way. It is this mystery that Jesus breaks down for his disciples in today’s Gospel when he promises to send his Spirit to be with them; ‘On that day you will understand that I am in my Father and you in me and I in you’. Four year old Anna seems to have a handle on this mystery.
Questions People Ask
Q. What is Padre Pio’s Bread? Somebody gave me a mixture of dough called Padre Pio’s Bread with detailed instructions about passing it on to others.
I have met several people who have been upset by this crazy nonsense, fearing punishment or bad luck if they do not co-operate. It is like those chain letters which play on gullibility and fear. A portion of dough is passed on to three people with detailed instructions on how to nurture the dough for nine days. Then on the tenth day it is cut into four pieces, one to be baked and eaten, and three portions to be passed on to others. Get rid of this nonsense which upsets people and gives religion a bad name.
Fr. Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap
Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Angela Quigley, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny.
Months Mind: Ted O’Dwyer (Sun 12.00)
Anniversaries: Tommy & Kitty Phelan (Sat 6.15), William Doheny (Sat 7.00), John Cleere (Sun 9.30), Blánaid Cleere-Manning (Sun 10.00), Joseph Hehir (Sun 10.30), Gerald Keys (Sun 12.30), John Scott (Wed 9.30), Patrick Lanigan (Sun 10.30), John Delaney, (Mon 9.30), John Scott (Wed 9.30, Patrick Lanigan (Wed 10.30), Richard Ruth (Thurs 10.30), Helen Renehan (St. Fiacre’s Church Fri 7.30) Bridget Leahy, Bridget Culleton, Joseph Curry, John & Eileen Fennelly, Jim Carew, Eileen & John Ryan, John & Sean Brett, Agnes Dermody, Kathleen Drennan, Mary Lanigan, Mary Drennan, Harry Kelly, Brian Mahon, Philip Morrissey
Intentions for next weekend: Joseph Murray (Sat 6.15), James Hogan (Sat 7.00), Jim O’Brien (Sun 10.30).
Following consultation with the organisers and regular worshippers at the Friday exposition in St. Patrick’s Church, it was decided to discontinue the morning worship and concentrate all effort and prayer on the 4.00pm to 9.00pm exposition We thank those who were faithful to the morning slot and we encourage them to join us from 4.00pm to 9.00pm in the side chapel of St. Patrick’s Church. This change in times is to facilitate weddings and funerals that occur frequently in the church on Fridays. Thanks to everyone for their understanding and cooperation.
First Saturday Devotion
This time of prayer will take place in St. Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy on Saturday, 4th June after 6.15pm Mass. Prayers and adoration will end at 9.00pm. All are welcome.
Bereavement Support Group
The St. Patrick’s Parish Bereavement Support Group offers support to bereaved parishioners. Phone 086 162 9089 to make an appointment to meet members of the group. This is a free and confidential service.
Parish Pilgrimage to Knock
One of the key moments in the pastoral preparation for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Ireland next summer is the celebration of a short National Eucharistic Congress at Knock Shrine on June 25th and 26th of this year. People from every diocese will gather together in Knock on June 25th and there will be a liturgical celebration in each diocese on the same weekend (In Ossory the diocesan event will be an Eucharistic Procession in Kilkenny City on the previous Sunday, 19th June 2011).
On Saturday 25th June, pilgrims will travel from every corner of Ireland, some arriving in time for a celebration of Morning Prayer in Knock at 11.00am. The heart of the National Congress at Knock will be the celebration of the Eucharist, preceded by the anointing of the sick. The first reading at Mass on that day is the account of the hospitality of Abraham from the Book of Genesis. It is a powerful reminder of how, even in Old Testament times, people were aware of how God enters into our lives, draws us into communion with Him and forms us into a people of His very own.
During the Mass, a large candle with the Eucharistic Congress Logo will be blessed for each of the twenty-six cathedrals in Ireland. These will be brought back to each diocese to be placed at the centre of a later diocesan celebration. As we continue our preparation for 2012, these candles will be a reminder of Christ’s presence in each diocesan community and of the communion of the Irish Church.
St. Patrick’s Parish, in conjunction with the local St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society, will run a coach to Knock for this unique event. Further details and fares will be announced during the coming weeks. Please contact Doreen Griffin at the Sacristy in St. Fiacre’s Church or the Parish Office for further information and to book tickets.
Last weekend’s envelope collection: €1,610.00. Thank you for your continuous generosity and support to the priests and parish.
Is the Mass Changing?
The structure of the Mass is not changing. The order and the actions of the Mass remain unchanged. The readings at Mass are not changed. However, with the introduction of the new edition of the Roman Missal throughout the English-speaking world, we will all notice a change in how the Mass sounds. The translations of a number of our prayer texts from the original Latin have changed – sometimes by a particular word or in the word order. Prayers that we have become used to reciting by memory now have to be relearned. Prayers that we are used to hearing the priest say will sound different to us. The style of language we will hear and pray may seem more formal to us and perhaps, in parts, more complex. But over time, with the praying of these texts, the sound of the Mass will again become familiar to us.
Golf for Older Adults
Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership is organising an “Introduction to Golf” for Older Adults. The programme will consist of 4 lessons over the month of June and at the end of the month, there will be an afternoon in Kilkenny Golf Club. The cost of the programme is €20 per participant. Please note that this is only for those who have not played golf previously. To register your place, contact the Sports Partnership on 056 772 0870.
Kilkenny Money Advice & Budgeting Service is a free, confidential and independent service covering Kilkenny City & County. We assist people who have debt problems, who need ongoing support with budgeting, who need advice on money management etc.
Information leaflets available at the back of the church.
Irish Red Cross (Kilkenny City Branch)
Annual Church gate collection will be held next Saturday and Sunday 4th & 5th June. Please support.
An Chéad Chomaoineach Naofa
Comhghairdeas leis na buachaillí agus cailíní ó Rang II, Gaelscoil Osraí, Ranganna Múinteoirí Méabh agus Niamh a ghlac an Chéad Chomaoineach ar an Satharn i Séipéal Naomh Fiacra.
Congratulations to all involved with this year’s First Holy Communion Class at Gaelscoil Osraí. The boys and girls received the Eucharist for the first time on Saturday.
May the Lord continue to bless these children and all who received sacraments these past few weeks in our parish.
Embracing Dementia - A Call to Love
11th June, 2011 at 11.00 a.m.
Troyscourt Day Care Centre – St Canice’s Parish. Finding hope loving someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Ellen Marie Edmonds is happy to share her story to help those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases. Free of Charge.
Enquiries – Fr. Jim Murphy 087 26095545
Irish Cancer Society
Presents Understanding the Emotional effects of Cancer. A meeting for cancer patients, family members and carers. A presentation offering practical advice on understanding and managing the emotional effects of cancer, from diagnosis stage onwards. Mon 13th June, The Carlton Hotel, Dan Spring Road, Tralee. Tues 14th June, The River Lee Hotel, Western Road, Co. Cork
Wednesday 15th June, The Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Thurs 16th June, The Camden Court Hotel, Camden St. Dublin. Time: 6.30pm refreshments served. Meeting starts 7pm. Guest Speaker: Dr Sonya Collier, Principal Clinical Psychologist, St. James’s Hospital. Admission is free - places are limited. To book your place, call Valerie on 01 2310518 or email vabbott@irishcancer,ie before Tuesday 7th June.
“Cuppa for Crumlin”
A coffee morning, to support Crumlin Hospital for Sick Children, will be held at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, on Thursday 2nd June from 10.30am to 12.30pm. We would really appreciate your support on the day.