Saturday, June 18, 2011

Trinity Sunday, 19th June 2011

Corpus Christi Procession
The Diocese of Ossory, in conjunction with the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society, is holding a traditional Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Kilkenny City on this Sunday, 19th June. Bishop Freeman will carry the Blessed Sacrament in procession from St. John’s Church at 2.00pm and proceed to St. Mary’s Cathedral for solemn benediction. All are Catholics from all over the diocese are invited to join in the procession and prayer. In the traditional manner a special place will be given to this year’s First Holy Communicants who are invited to wear their Holy Communion outfits. Altar servers from St. Patrick’s Parish will lead the procession.  All participants are asked to gather at St. John’s Church for 2.00pm.

The Deep End
St Augustine longed to understand the doctrine of the Trinity and to be able to explain it logically. One day as he was walking along a beach he saw a little child on the shore. The child made a whole in the sand, ran to the sea with a little cup, filled her cup, came and poured it into the hole she had made in the sand. Back and forth she went. Augustine went up to her and said, ‘Little child, what are doing?’ and she replied, ‘I am trying to empty the sea into this hole.’ ‘How do you think,’ Augustine asked, ‘that you can empty this immense sea into this tiny hole with this tiny cup?’ To which she replied, ‘And you, how do you suppose that with this, your small head, you can comprehend the immensity of God?’ 
One problem is that we have to use human language to describe the indescribable. But we can say that the relationships of the Trinity are relationships of love, relationships of giving and receiving, relationships of community and life.   ‘The Triune God can be compared to a flowering plant with its deep, invisible root (God), its green stem reaching into the world from that root (Son), and its flower (Spirit) which opens to spread beauty and fragrance and to fructify the earth with fruit and seed. And it is all the one living plant.’
Elizabeth Johnson, She Who Is

Questions People Ask
Q. Science teaches people to deal with facts rather than fictional myths. How could anybody with a scientific training believe in the Bible or religion?
A. One fact to consider is that many great pioneering scientists have been religious believers, from Copernicus to Newton, Darwin, Pasteur and many others, including Francis Collins who played a huge role in mapping the human genome. Moderate scientists deal with measureable facts only whereas great, innovative scientists also use imagination and intuition. Religious symbols, stories and beliefs develop fertile imaginations. Nobel Prize winner, Werner Heisenberger, said that the first sip from the cup of the natural sciences makes atheists, but at the bottom of the cup, God is waiting.
Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Patrick Scriven, Callan. Billy Ryan, Knocktopher. Anne Morgan, Johnswell. Annie Poole, England. Gerald Griffin,  United States.  Tom Grace, Lord Edward Street.  Funeral  Monday 11am St. Canice’s.

Months Mind: Brigid Fahy (Sun 10.30)

Anniversaries: Dan Maher (Sat 6.15), John Kenny (Sat 7.00), Catherine Roberts (Sun 9.30), Noreen Llewellyn (Sun 11.00), John McEvoy (Sun 12.00), Billy Costelloe (Sun 12.30), Liam Drohan (Mon 9.30), Margaret McCarthy (Wed 9.30), Paddy Bergin, Sr. Margaret Mary Bergin, Mary Bowe, Des Manning, John Costigan., Phil Kavanagh, Johanna O’Dwyer, Tom O’Donoghue, Margaret & Michael Power, Liam Farrelly, Margaret Maher, Seán Fitzpatrick.

Intentions for next weekend: Ann Comerford (Sat 6.15), James Hackett (Sat 7.00), Tom Sinnott (Sun 9.30), John Joe Traynor (Sun 10.30), Lillian Beatty (Sun 11.00), Austin Murphy (Sun 12.00), Martin Phelan (Months Mind Sun 12.30).

St. Vincent de Paul Collection
The monthly collection for the local conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  Please support this local charity.

Parish Pilgrimage to Congress
St. Patrick’s Parish is running a coach to Knock for the National Eucharistic Congress on  next Saturday, 25th June. The coach will leave St. Fiacre’s Church at 6.50am, St. Patrick’s Church at 7.00am and return home at 10.00pm.  Tickets cost 15 and are available from the Parish Office before Tuesday 21st June. Further details at the Parish Office on 776 4400.

The New Roman Missal
When and why are we getting a new edition of the Roman Missal?
The new edition of the Missal will come into full use over a period of time between September and 27th November 2011, the First Sunday of Advent. The new edition is necessary for a number of reasons. Firstly, in the years since 1975 when our current Missal was published, a number of additional texts have been made available for use in the Mass. These include additional Eucharistic Prayers, some new Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Masses for over twenty new Feasts of Saints (for example, St Pius of Pietrelcina/Padre Pio, Edith Stein, Maximilian Kolbe). The new material is to be included in the Missal so that it can be used in our celebrations.
Secondly, in 2001 the Holy See issued new directives for the translation of the Latin texts. Translators were asked to make the English text follow more closely the original Latin in its wording and structure. They were also asked to strengthen the biblical language and images in the texts and to reintroduce some theological vocabulary that may have been lost over the years.
Across the English-speaking world the new edition of the Roman Missal will therefore contain both new material and a new style of translation.

Envelope Collection
The total contributed to the envelope collection last week was 2,205.  Thanks for your generosity to this and all the collections for the priests and parish.

National Eucharistic Congress
On next Saturday 25th June, pilgrims will travel to Knock from every corner of Ireland for the National Eucharistic Congress. The heart of the Congress will be the celebration of the Eucharist, preceded by the anointing of the sick. During the Mass, a large candle with the Eucharistic Congress Logo will be blessed for each of the cathedrals in Ireland. These will be brought back to each diocese to be placed at the center 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.

First Holy Communion
Four young people from St. Patrick’s Special School received their First Holy Communion during a colourful celebration at St. Fiacre’s Church on Saturday morning.  We congratulate the young people, their parents and families along with the teachers and staff at the school.  Well done to all involved.

St. Joseph’s YPS Pilgrimage
The diocesan branch of the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society is also running a coach to Knock for the National Eucharistic Congress.  This coach will collect passengers at St. Fiacre’s Church at 7.45am. Fare is 20.  Booking essential with Marian on 086 069 3510

An Evening of Liturgy and Song
Fr Liam Lawton presents “The Glendalough Mass”.  Fr Liam Lawton will give a workshop for choirs and those who work with liturgy groups on Tuesday, 21st June in St Patrick’s Parish Centre.  All choir members and those interested in liturgy are encouraged to attend.

Church Parking
We would remind all who park in the vicinity of our churches that the rules of the road and traffic bylaws should be observed at all times.  Please be attentive to road markings and signage as you park your vehicles for church services.  Thank you.

Elm Green Mass
The Annual Mass for the residents of Elm Green will take place at Elm Green on Thursday next, 23rd June at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
Kilkenny Bereavement Support is a voluntary organization whose members offer one-to-one support to people who have been bereaved.  It operates from Villa Maria, Talbots Inch, Freshford Road. 
At the moment we are recruiting a new group of volunteers.  The volunteers will have a 30 hour training course in September and October.  For an application form and information,  please telephone 056 775 6538 or email

South Kilkenny Historical Society
Coach Trip to the ecclesiastical sites at Clonmacnoise and Clonfert.
Date: Saturday, July 9th. Departing the Rising Sun, Mullinavat at 7am. Cost: €22 (including admission to Clonmacnoise visitors centre). Booking and further information from Eddie Synnott at 086 812 4349.  Pick ups possible between Mullinavat and Borris in Ossory.

School Book/Uniform Sale
Loreto Secondary School on Wednesday, 22nd June.  Buyers and sellers welcome.  Sellers setting up from 6pm.  Book list available on the day.

Cat Boarding
Safe, homely cat boarding facilities available. Phoenix House Cattery, Kilkenny. Contact: 086 897 1170 or 056 778 6168.  Peace of mind for you and your cat.

Happy Father’s Day
A Dad is a person
who is loving and kind,
And often he knows
what you have on your mind.
He's someone who listens,
suggests, and defends
A dad can be one
of your very best friends!
He's proud of your triumphs,
but when things go wrong,
A dad can be patient
and helpful and strong.

We hope all fathers have a wonderful day!

Lourdes Direct Charter
September 2011
2 September for 5 nights - Available
7 September for 5 nights - Full
12 September for 5 nights - Available
17 September for 5 nights - Available
€639 per person fully inclusive
We also offer a free place for every 10 paying pilgrims, allowing small groups in the parish to have their separate pilgrimage with their own Spiritual Director, while still being part of the large Marian Pilgrimages 'family'.  For groups enquiries please contact Mary Kelly on 01 878 8159 or