Sunday, September 11, 2011

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 11th September 2011

Bishop Peter Birch
           – a Centenary Celebration
A number of events have been arranged locally to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bishop Peter Birch (4th September 1911) and the 30th anniversary of his death (7th March 1981).   Bishop Birch, a native of Conahy Parish, was Bishop of Ossory from 1962 until his unexpected death in 1981.
On this Sunday, 11th September Bishop Seamus Freeman will be the principal concelebrant at concelebrated Mass in Jenkinstown Church at 12.15pm.
Later that afternoon Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy RSC will lead a short contemplative walk through Jenkinstown Wood, starting at the walled area on the right of the forest entrance and progressing to St. Colman’s Well.
At 3.30pm a local remembrance will be held in Conahy Shamrock’s GAA Clubhouse.  This will include ‘A Place in History: Peter Birch, Tullowglass, Conahy and Ossory’, a short presentation by Denis Bergin on Peter Birch in a local context.
At 8.00pm at the Club House Hotel, Patrick Street, Tim Pat Coogan will present ‘Peter Birch and the Vanishing Ireland’.  Mr. Coogan, historian and author, will include personal reminiscences of Peter Birch and an assessment of his significance as churchman and thinker in the Ireland of his times.  This will be followed by refreshments and an informal gathering.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society
The annual general meeting of the parish conference of the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will be held at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on Friday, 16th September immediately after the 10.30am Mass.  New members are welcome.

First Holy Communion 2012
The parents of those who hope to receive their First Holy Communion in St. Patrick’s Parish next Spring are invited to a meeting re the Do This in Memory Programme on Monday, 19th September at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre at 7.30pm.  Do This in Memory is our parish based preparation programme for candidates and their families.
Questions People Ask
Q. Does God intervene on earth?  If so, why in some cases and not in others?
A. We believe that God intervened mightily on earth in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  He told us to ask, to search and to knock on the door.  He told parables about persevering in prayer but he never said that every petition would be answered directly.  He gave the example of how a loving parent answers a child but not by giving anything that would be dangerous.  We must allow that God, with a wider view of affairs and a timescale that reaches into eternity, answers our prayer in a way that we may not perceive at the moment.
Fr. Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Peggy Dowling, Castlecomer Road. Paschal Coyne, Bishop’s Meadows. JJ Reddy, Cuffesgrange. Jim Power, Wexford. Maurice Pollard, James’ Green. Alice Galvin, St. John’s Court.  Veronica Igoe, Vicar Street.
Anniversaries: Sean O’Keeffe (Sat 6.15), William Hackett (Sat 7.00), Michelle Reynolds (Sun 9.30), Margaret Brennan (Sun 10.00), Rita McCarthy (Sun 10.30), Christina Scott (Sun 11.00), Catherine Grace (Sun 12.00), Joe O’Brien (Sun 12.30).  William Hickey, Maureen Holden, Edward & Christina O’Shaughnessy, Therese McDonald, Anastatia Ayers.
Intentions for next weekend: Catherine & John Alley (Sat 6.15), Sr. Mary Clifford (Sat 7.00), Ernie Harrington (Sun 10.00), Margaret Jones (Sun 11.00),  Ciss Holland (Sun 12.00), Mary & Joan Bissett (Sun 12.30).

9/11 Service of Remembrance
A service of Remembrance to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will take place on Sunday, 11th September at the City Hall, Kilkenny at 7.00pm.  The service will be hosted by Mr. David Fitzgerald, Mayor of Kilkenny.  Bishop Freeman and members of other churches will lead the prayers.  Music will be provided by the Kilkenny Gospel Choir and St. Patrick’s Brass Band.  All welcome.
Bridge in the Afternoons
Afternoon bridge in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on Tuesday’s from 3.00—5.00pm.  Everyone is welcome.  No partner required.

Aislinn Family Services
Roscrea Folk Group will perform the Mass setting “Lead me Home” written and composed by Seamus Doran at a Healing Mass for Families and Addicts at St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny on Friday 16th September 2011 at 8pm.  Celebrant: Fr. Mark Condon. Voluntary donations on the night in support of the family services would be much appreciated.

Parish Envelope Collection
Thanks for €1,612.00 received last weekend. We appreciate your generosity.

Alliance Française
Want to learn French or to improve or practice your French - join Alliance Française.  For more information come to the Club House Hotel on 12th or 13th September 7 to 9.00pm.

Mouth Cancer Awareness
Wednesday, 21st September has been designated as Mouth Cancer Awareness Day here in Ireland. Members of the public are encouraged to contact and visit their local participating dentist or either Dublin Dental University School and Hospital or Cork University Dental School and Hospital for a free mouth cancer examination on this day. Further details at

Shall We Dance?
Learn to waltz, quickstep, cha-cha and much more.  Beginner’s classes, starting Monday , 19th September at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre.  Contact Mary: 085 733 8140.

Loughboy Library
Creative writing  workshops commence on 22nd September from 6.00 - 8.00pm.  Free 6 week course.  Contact 056 779 4187.  Toddler Hour, every Thursday at 11.30am.
GROW Says Thanks
GROW Mental Health Movement Annual Churchgate Collection: €2,624.62. Thanks.

Suffering From Chronic Illness?
Is chronic illness part of your life? Are you a carer or do you have a health condition?  Have you, or a family member, experienced, pain, tiredness, stress, loss of mobility, fear for the future, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, isolation or any of the many other consequences of long-term and enduring ill-health or disability? 
Self management is about using simple skills to take control of the way you think and feel about your health condition/your caring situation and how you cope in everyday life.                       Courses October 2011: 
Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street, Kilkenny. Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm.  Dates: Beginning Monday, 10th October and every Monday for six weeks. There will be a break for the Bank Holiday on Monday, 31st October. 
Ayrfield Medical Centre, Granges Road. Kilkenny.  Time: 10.00am - 12.30pm.  Dates: Beginning Friday, 14th October and every Friday for six weeks.
For further details or to book a place check out  Email:  Anne 087 902 8534.

Family Communications & Self Esteem
The Health Promotion Department of the HSE South is planning to run a  Family Communication and Self Esteem course in Kilkenny.  This 8 week course is designed to help parents explore how they communicate with their children, to support them in the good job they are already doing and provide an opportunity to talk to other parents.  The course is free and is intended for parents of 9 - 17 year olds.  Venue: The Drum Youth Centre, McDonagh Junction every Thursday 10.15am - 12.45pm from 6th October.  Information: 056 776 1400.

Have You Arthritis Or Fibromyalgia?
The Living Well With Arthritis Programme is for you.   Learn how to decrease your pain, reduce your fatigue, introduce exercise and relaxation into your daily life, increase your self-confidence to manage your arthritis, improve your sense of well-being. This award winning course costs just €30 for 6 sessions.  St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Thursday, 15th  September and continuing for 6 weeks.  Information and registration: contact Arthritis Ireland  01 647 0206.

New Club For People In Their 20s
In your 20s in Kilkenny and like to try something new?  Like to meet other fun, friendly outgoing young adults in their 20s?  Want to organise your own social events, sports, entertainment?  Like to do some good in your local community?  Like to broaden your network in Kilkenny and beyond?
If you said ‘yes’ then why not come along to a meeting to set up a Rotaract Club here in Kilkenny?  Rotaract is for people in their 20s, if new to or just returned to Kilkenny, or if you have lived here all your life! Whether you are in college, beginning your career or looking to start a career Rotaract could have something for you. The club would be run by the members for themselves. The sort of things that a Rotaract Club could do would be as diverse as its members want and could include social activities, sporting activities, community work, personal development and charitable activities. Rotaract is a national and international organisation linked to Rotary International.  If interested why not come along to the interest meeting at 8.00pm in the Club House Hotel on Monday, 12th of September? There will be finger food so what have you got to lose?
Information: Joe on 086 120 9211 or ‘Rotaract Kilkenny’ on facebook.

Kilkenny Leader Partnership
Are you unemployed, a lone parent, on a Social Welfare Payment or just want the motivation and confidence to get back into the workforce? If you are then have a look at the courses offered below by Kilkenny Leader Partnership.  Courses being offered: Interior Design, Sewing and Alterations, Digital Photography, Customer Service Skills, Basic House Maintenance: Tiling. Painting, Wallpapering. 
More information and registration for any of the courses: Connie on 086 771 8040 between Monday and Tuesday 9.00am - 5.00pm and Wednesday 9.00am - 12.30pm.

Child Welfare and Protection in Sport
Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership is running two Child Welfare and Protection in Sport Training Courses: Thursday, 29th September and Monday, 14th November 2011.  Venue: St. Patricks Parish Centre.  Times: 6.00pm – 9.00pm.  Contact: Michelle on 056 772 0870.

The New Missal
Sign of Peace
Priest: The peace of the Lord be with you always.
People: And with your spirit.
Invitation to Holy Communion
Priest: Behold the Lamb of God,
Behold him who takes away the sins of the world.  Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
People: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
Concluding Rites.
Priest: The Lord be with you.
People: And with your spirit.