Sunday, August 14, 2011

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 14th August 2011

World Youth Day 2011 In 1985, the UN declared the International Year of Youth and Pope John Paul II followed suit by creating an event for young Christians to meet, to acknowledge their faith and to come together in peace and celebration: ‘I want to meet with you, to listen to you and to hear about your life...’ (John Paul II). 

Twenty-six years later this legacy lives on as this week one million young adults from around the world will descend on Madrid for the World Youth Day (WYD) events.  Consider an intimate life-changing retreat combined with a crowded rock concert – at WYD the Church is alive and it is young.  Four young people from St. Patrick’s Parish will join hundreds of pilgrims from Ireland and take part in this enormous festival of faith.  In a world where secularism and atheism are considered to be neutral stances this festival gives young people permission to celebrate their faith, to stand up and say, YES I am a Christian!  Please remember these pilgrims in your prayers this week as they journey with one another:

Lord, You have called our young people to make a journey of faith, and with the help of Your Spirit they have heard and answered the word You have spoken in their hearts.  Teach them to choose life and to choose what is just.  Help them to share with other the life You promise, especially in service of the poor.  Lead our young pilgrims along the way Lord, and make safe their journey to Madrid, to You and the life You promise. (USCCB)

Jane Mellett

World Youth Day Pilgrims
Sadly, there will not be an official Ossory presence at this year’s World Youth Day celebrations in Madrid.  However, we are delighted to know that four young people from our parish will travel with groups organised by the Dominican Fathers and the Loreto Sisters.  We wish our pilgrims well and promise to include them in our prayers during the coming week.

Keep updated by checking for more information and videos of the pilgrimage.

15th August is a Holy Day

This Monday is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is a holyday of obligation for all Catholics.  Beginning with the Vigil Masses on Sunday evening at 6.15pm and 7.00pm the Masses for this holyday  follow our usual weekend timetable.

The Parish Centre will be closed on Monday.

Our friends at St. Mary’s Cathedral have asked us to remind you that there will be no 5.30pm Mass at the Cathedral on this Sunday.  However, the feastday Vigil Mass will be celebrated there at 8.00pm on Sunday.

Questions People Ask

Q. Was there any message from Our Lady to the visionaries at Knock?

A.  No words were spoken but the silent vision contained a most profound message.  Mary is not at the focal point of the vision but she is drawing our attention to the lamb standing on the altar, beneath the cross.  Between Mary and the altar, Saint John holds open the book of scripture, representing the liturgy of the word at the start of Mass.  The surrounding angels are a reminder that at Mass we are already participating in the perfect glorification of the Father.  The message of Knock is to contemplate the wonder of the Mass.

Fr. Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap

Weekly  Envelope Collection
Last week’s envelope collection amounted to: €2,670. Thank you for your generosity. 
Please contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400 if you require an envelope pack.

Viatores Christi says Thanks

The members of Viatores Christi have written to express their thanks for the very warm welcome they received in our parish last weekend. They were greatly touched by the hospitality and response received from all in St. Patrick’s Parish. They express their sincere gratitude for €3,011.07 which was donated to their organisation. They were also delighted to receive some enquiries from people who may be interested in joining their missionary preparatory course.

Pray for our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Patricia Power, Tingarran, Callan. (Sun 6.15). Michael Reade, Stockport and late of 149 Walkin Street.

Months Mind: Marie Manogue (Sun 11.00, Dónal O’Neill (Sun 12.30).

Anniversaries:  Mary Coogan (Sat 6.15), Margaret Shanahan & Joe Maher (Sat 7.00), Phil O’Neill (Sun 10.00), Josephine Glendon (Sun 10.30),  Elizabeth Foley (Sun 12.00), Joseph McHugh (Mon 12.30), Moscow Larkin (Wed 10.30), John, Ellen, Pat & Paul Butler (Thurs 10.30), Fintan Wallace (Sat 9.30), Christopher & Mary Ryan, Nance O’Neill, Richard Kenny,  Walter & Josephine Kavanagh, Ray Bolger, Christina Gargan, Eileen Tynan, Peadar  Blanchfield, Peggy Ryan.

Intentions for Next Weekend: James Bambrick (Sat 6.15), Eddie Kelly (Sat 7.00), Tom Drohan (Sun 10.00), Mary and Tom Byrne (Sun 10.30), Patrick McDonald (Sun 11.00), Della Harney (Sun 12.00), James & Mary Brennan (Sun 12.30).

Divine Mercy
In honour of Divine Mercy, there will be an hour of adoration and prayer in the Friary Church on Sunday August 14th from 3 - 4pm.

The New Roman Missal
Changes in the people’s parts of the new edition of the Roman Missal to be introduced in November of this year include the following:

Dialogue before the Gospel

Priest: The Lord be with you

People: And with your spirit

Priest: A reading from the holy Gospel according to N.

People: Glory to you, O Lord.

Dochas Nasamu
An Irish run and Irish built orphanage, in Nairobi, Kenya, is holding a used clothing appeal for ladies, gents and children’s clothes, shoes, household linens, i.e. towels, sheets, blankets etc. Also, soft toys.  Drop off outside St. Patrick’s Parish Centre before noon on Monday, 15th August. Contact Marie on 087 689 0995 for further information.

Attention Eucharistic Ministers
Please keep in mind that Ministers of the Eucharist are not to give extra Communion Hosts to those who present a pyx or request an extra host.  Such requests should be brought to the priest at Mass and not the ministers. Genuine people commissioned to bring Communion to the housebound are aware at this stage that they should approach the priest to request an extra host. 

Those receiving Holy Communion should consume the host at the altar steps and not bring it back to their seats.  When necessary a priest or Eucharistic Minister will happily  take Holy Communion to those at Mass who are unable to approach the sanctuary.

It is never permissible to remove a Sacred Host from the church without explicit permission from the priest.
Thank you for your cooperation. 

Parish Gardens
We congratulate and thank all who work to keep the open spaces in our parish in top class condition.  All are volunteers and give their time and talent to keep our property around St. Patrick’s, St. Fiacre’s and St. Joseph’s in wonderful condition for the benefit of all.  Take a bow - you are doing great work.

Kilkenny Contact
Kilkenny Contact exists to hold out a hand of friendship and support to all older people in Kilkenny City and County.  Our main aim is to provide weekly visits for people who may feel lonely or isolated.  We do this by recruiting and training volunteers in visitation and communication with older people.  All our volunteers are registered with Volunteer Centre of Ireland and obtain Garda Clearance before visiting. 

Volunteers needed: We are looking for volunteers who are sincere, dependable, fun and friendly and have a genuine willingness to help.  We provide a training course and support for all our volunteers.  If you are an elderly person or if you know of an elderly people who may benefit from these visits please contact: 056 775 1988 or 086 410 8902.

Leaving Certificate Results
This weekend we are conscious of those awaiting the results of the Leaving Certificate Examinations 2011 due out during the week.  We wish you well and hope you achieve the results you want.  Good luck, too, with the CAO offers and we promise to pray with and for you as you make decisions about your future.

Musical Workshops
As part of Kilkenny’s Positive Ageing Plans for September, Musical Workshops will take place for the over 50s weekly from Tuesday 16th August at 7.30pm in the Kilkenny Ormond Hotel. The workshops will culminate in the re-staging of “The Good Old Days” music hall variety show on 25th September. If you are interested in singing, performing or getting involved contact Marianne on 086 196 1035.

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre
Andy Irvine Concert on Thursday, 25th August.  Come and enjoy the music of Andy Irvine, member of legendary groups Sweeney's Men and Planxty.  Tickets 15. Details on and Facebook.
CHY 2 Certificates
Please return signed outstanding CHY2 Certs (Tax Certs) as soon as possible.  Thanks.

Fun Field Day
The Kilkenny Rugby Club, Foulkstown will hold a fun field day for all ages on this Sunday,  14th August from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.  Items range from cake stalls, bouncy castles, wheel of fortune, pony rides, for the older youth penalty shoot out, strong man demonstrations, long puck and many more. 
Live bands including Marble City Band with a live D.J. all day.  Please come and support.

Loughboy Library
The Circus Stars Summer Reading Challenge finishes on Friday, 19th August.  Please return completed registration cards to the library and you will receive an invitation to the awards party in mid-September. 
A mixed-media exhibition by the locally based KK Art Group will run until 26th August.
Heritage Week - ecologist Billy Flynn will talk about the Flora & Fauna in Kilkenny City on Thursday, 25th August at 11.00am.