Sunday, October 2, 2011

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2nd October 2011.

Finding My Role in God’s plan
Today, designated by the Church as the ‘Day for Life’, celebrates the dignity of life from conception to natural death.  These words by Blessed John Henry Newman remind us that regardless of whatever situations we may find ourselves in, we are all part of God’s plan for this world:  ‘God has created me to do Him some definite service.  He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.  I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.  I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.  He has not created me for naught.  I shall do good; I shall do His work.  I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep his commandments.  Therefore , I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.  If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him.  If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.  He does nothing in vain.  He knows what He is about.  He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers.  He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.’
Jane Mellett

Questions People Ask
Q.  I hear there are to be changes in the Mass.  Are these major changes and what will they involve?
A.  There are no changes to the structure of the Mass but only to the translation of various prayers and responses.  The prayers and responses which have been in use for nearly 40 years have not been changed in the official Latin version but the translations into all the different languages have been revised so as to make them more accurate and reverential.  The Our Father has not been changed but some of the familiar responses will have to be relearned.  See it in a positive way as a chance to wake us up from rattling off these prayers to pray them in a fresh way..
Fr. Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Mary Barry, 33 Millennium Court. Jim Long, Connolly Street.  Bill Fitzgerald, Ballingarry. Edward Russell, Richview.  Funeral prayers at 5.00pm on Sunday followed by removal to St. John’s Church.  Requiem Mass on Monday at 10.30am followed by burial in Foulkstown Cemetery.  Michael Reade, Stockport & William Street.  Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11.00 at St. Joseph’s Church, Foulkstown followed by interment of ashes in the adjoining cemetery.
Months Mind: Patsy Ryan (Sat 6.15), Tony Madden (Sun 11.00)
Anniversaries:  Patrick Traynor (Sat 7.00), Fr. John Lennon (Sun 9.30), Peter Gaule (Sun 12.00), Anne Roche (Sun 12.30),  Tom O’Neill (Fri 10.30),  Helen Lynch, Bridget McKenna, Nora Hogan, Sr. Gregory Ryan,  Mick & Mai Brennan, Eileen Barry, Martin (Murt) Grace, Fr. Jim Forristal.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Eddie Dean (Sat 6.15), Joanie Waters (Sun 11.00), Evelyn Coppinger (Sun 12.00), Nicola Conway & Paddy Johnston (Sun 12.30).

First Saturday Devotion
Will take place in St. Fiacre’s Church, on Saturday October 1st after 6.15pm Mass, prayers and adoration will end at 9pm.  All are welcome.

Our Lady of Kilkenny Rosary
The monthly rosary on the First Sunday in James Green at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues this Sunday, 2nd October at 3.00pm.  All are welcome to attend this devotion to Our Lady.

Liturgy Committee Meeting
It is planned to hold another Liturgy Committee meeting in three weeks time, Thursday 13th October.  Anyone interested in helping to make our liturgies more meaningful as well a planning for upcoming events such as November Remembrance of the Dead and the Children's Liturgies is welcome to attend. 
8pm, St. Patrick’s  Parish Centre, 13th October.

Holy Communion Abuse
Last week, one of our faithful cleaners found a communion wafer (host) under a seat in the main body of St. Patrick’s Church.  This host had, more than likely, been received at one of the previous Sunday Masses and then brought back to the seat by some person where they either dropped it or discarded it.  Either way, such misuse of the Body of Christ is totally unacceptable and is tantamount to sacrilege.
We remind those receiving Holy Communion that they must consume the host the moment they receive it at the altar.  They MUST NOT take the sacred host back to their seat.
We appeal to Eucharistic Ministers to keep a watchful eye on those who are receiving Holy Communion and if they notice someone walking away with a host, note where the person goes and inform the priest.
A further reminder to Ministers: if approached by someone with a pyx and looking for an extra host, send them to the priest.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Altar Servers Recruitment
Application forms  are available in the sacristies of the churches for all those who  are current altar servers and for those who would like to become altar servers.  Mass-goers from 4th Class upwards are welcome to apply.
Please note that parental consent is required for ALL servers.  St. Patrick’s Parish strictly adheres to the Diocese of Ossory Policy on Safeguarding Children. 

Envelope Collections
Thank you for €1,475.00 received in the envelope collection last weekend.  Please contact the office if you require an envelope pack.

Westcourt News
The monthly Mass to pray for the intercession and blessings of Blessed Edmund Rice in our lives and for his canonisation will take place in Westcourt on Monday, 3rd October 2011 at 7.30pm.  Kilkenny Nurses’ Guild will organise the liturgy for this Mass. All are welcome.

Day for Life 2011
The Church celebrates the annual Day for Life on this Sunday, 2nd October 2011.  This year’s theme is “A call to solidarity and hope in difficult times”.
The Irish Bishops’ Conference has issued a Pastoral Letter for the occasions and some copies are available at the church doors.  Further reading and resources are available on and on

First Friday
The first Friday of October occurs this week.  Frs. Roderick and Liam will visit the sick and housebound as usual.  Fr. Dan will visit on Thursday of this week.
Call 776 4400 to be added to the priests’ list.

October Stations
The October collection (October Stations) for the support of the priests of the parish and the bishop is due this month.  Please use the special envelope in the contribution pack you received earlier this year or any envelope marked with your name and address. 
We are grateful to all who support us and the parish and particularly so in these difficult economic times.  If you haven't received parish envelopes this year, or you are new to the parish and would like to start contributing, then please contact the Parish Office with your details.  Many thanks.

Mental Health and Teenagers
The C.B.S. Parents’ Council is organising a talk by Karl Reilly from Aware on “Understanding Mental Health and Teenagers” on Thursday, 6th October at 8.00pm in  C.B.S. Secondary School, Kilkenny.  All welcome.

Loreto Secondary School
1st Year Enrolment September 2012
Enrolment for Loreto Secondary School will take place from 3rd to 17th October.  Application forms and Admission Policy can be obtained from the website or the school office.

Scripture Reflection Group
Each Monday evening at 7.30 a small group meet in the St. John of God House on College Road. The Gospel for the Mass on the following Sunday is explored and reflected upon. The meeting lasts for approximately an hour after which there is a cup of tea. Contact Sr. Helen Maher at 087 648 0131.

Youth Choir
The 12.30  Youth Choir is back.  Practice from 12 noon in St. Patrick’s Church.  Anyone interested in joining should be in church at 12 noon. 

Hearing Help & Lip Reading Classes
Hearing Help and Lip Reading morning classes will start Wednesday, 5th October from 10.30 to 12.30 for 8 weeks.  Venue: Citizens Information Office, The Parade.  086 809 4658.  All welcome.

The Stones: The Alice Kytler Musical
Watergate Theatre from Wednesday, 5th to Saturday, 8th October 8.00pm.  Tickets €15/€10 at the Watergate Theatre box office 056 776 1674.  Your support appreciated.
Appeal for Donations
We are desperately short of donations of clothing etc in Mrs Quinn’s Charity Shop for the Blind in Irishtown.  Call 087 139 4345.

Recreation & Sports Partnership
The Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership is providing Child Welfare & Protection in Sport Training Courses: This is a 3 hour basic awareness course, looking at how we can keep adults and young people safe and happy within the club environment. This course is open to sports leaders, coaches, parents, children's officers and other adults involved in the organisation of sport for young people. Must be over 18 years of age.
Monday 14th November: St. Patricks Parish Centre, Kilkenny City, 6.00pm - 9.00pm.  €20
Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership is hosting Meet and Train Sessions at 9.30am at the Watershed Track. The sessions are starting on the 4th October and will run every Tuesday and Friday until Mid December. €2 per session or €10 until mid December. Walk/Run at your own pace! Buggys are welcome!
Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership is hosting a Festival of Activities for Older Adults!  10.00am to 1.00pm, Registration from 9.45am on Thursday, 13th October at the Watershed.  Activities Include Fit Walk, Pilates, Badminton, Dance. Everyone is Welcome – Bring a friend!  To register call 056 772 0870.