Saturday, October 8, 2011

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 9th October, 2011

A Real Royal Wedding
Today’s Gospel is difficult. Stories of judgement, weeping and gnashing of teeth just don’t appeal to most people.  Failure to turn up to a dinner party was of course bad manners.  To refuse an invite to a royal wedding was even more serious.  To kill the servants or messengers who came to you with the invite...well that is pushing things a bit far.  As with all parables, there is more to this than meets the eye.  God wants to be in a relationship with each of us.  We are all invited to his banquet.  We exclude ourselves from being in fellowship with him, from his hospitality, when we give God the brush-off.  We sometimes do our best to put ourselves outside of his presence.  So what host would not be offended?  And what about that poor chap who did come but was not suitably dressed?  If we accept the invitation we should be ready for change and not just change of an outer garment.  The issue for Matthew is the replacement of the unworthy in the community with those who have responded to Jesus’ demands for his kingdom.  And as usual, they are not the people you would expect!
Jane Mellett

Questions People Ask
Do you expect great problems when the changes come into the Mass?
It will be difficult for people who find it hard to read the new translation on leaflets or missalettes.  But once people get familiar with the new translation there should be no problem.  People adapted very quickly to the Euro currency and to the ban on smoking in public places.  And the Lord won’t be one bit upset if, through years of habit, some people say the old responses.
Fr. Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap

Adoration & Prayer
Divine Mercy hour of adoration and prayer will take place in the Friary Church on Sunday Oct 9th.  3 –4pm.  All welcome.

Pray for Our Deceased
Recently Deceased: Kathleen Roche, 13 Cypress Grove, Sr. Elizabeth Butler, late of California & Ferbane, Co. Offaly, Fr. Nicholas Phelan
Anniversaries:  Eddie Dean (Sat 6.15), Tom Foley (Sun 10.30), Joanie Waters (Sun 11.00), Evelyn Coppinger (Sun 12.00), Nicola Conway & Paddy Johnston (Sun 12.30), John & Mary O’Connell (Mon 9.30), Gary & Nora Dunne (Tues 10.30), The Dullard Family, Kitty Lucas, Billy & Patty Reinhardt, John & Mary O’Connell, Margaret McNamara, Mary Dunne, Mark Nugent, Patrick Ryan, Billy Maher, Brian O’Reilly, Paul Grace, Garry & Norah Dunne, Breda Hehir, Mary & Joe Hurley, Carmel Casserly, Patrick, Elizabeth & Paddy Power.
Intentions for next weekend
Anniversaries: Maura Coonan (Months Mind Sat 6.15), Richie Delaney (Sat 7.00), Gerard Cleere (Sun 9.30), Richard Kelly (Sun 10.00), Judy O’Brien (Sun 10.30), John Frawley (Sun 11.00), Bernadette Delaney (Sun 12.30).

Kilkenny Horticultural Society
Lecture by Eva Holmes Horticulturalist
“Putting the Garden to Bed in Winter”
On Wednesday 12th October 2011 at 8pm in the Club House Hotel, Kilkenny.  Raffle and Plant Sale.  Admission €5.  All welcome.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting of the St. Joseph’s Young Priest’ Society will take place on Friday October 14th in the Parish Centre, immediately after the 10.30am Mass.  All are welcome.

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.  Contact Sr. Helen Maher at 087 648 0131.

James Stephens Senior Hurlers
We wish the Village hurlers all the best against Muckalee this weekend. 

Dominican Nuns - Monastic Contemplative Life
Vocation Discernment Weekends
14th – 16th October 2011,  11th – 13th November 2011, ( Friday evening to Sunday after lunch) and at other times by arrangement.  Young women, interested in learning about our contemplative way of life, are invited to a weekend of prayer and reflection - with sung liturgy, Eucharistic Adoration, conferences and opportunity to meet with sisters.  Contact: Sr Mairéad OP, Monastery of St Catherine of Siena, The Twenties,  Drogheda, Co. Louth.   Tel: 041 9838524; e-mail

Ceart Patient Wise 
Find ways to deal with pain, exhaustion, depression, anxiety and other problems caused by ill health.  Learn new skills: problem solving, goal setting, better breathing,
relaxation, exercise, healthy eating and communication. Meet other people with similar challenges. Make your life better.
Places still available on the course in the Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street, beginning Monday 10th Oct 7.00-9.30 pm. and every Monday for 6 weeks.  For further information or to book a place call Anne Cody 087-9028534

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.   Next Sunday, 16th is the closing date.
Envelope Collection
The parish envelope collection amounted to €1390.  Many thanks for your support.

Kilkenny Flower Club
Kilkenny Flower Club will meet in Butler House on Thursday, October 13th at 8 p.m. Richard Delmer will be the demonstrator.
All welcome.

Adults Bereaved by Suicide
Kilkenny Bereavement Support holds an open support group for adults bereaved by suicide.  It as held in Villa Maria, Talbots Inch, Freshford Road, Kilkenny at 8.00pm on the first Thursday of every month.  It is facilitated by two experienced volunteers from Kilkenny Bereavement Support.  The group is open to anyone who has lost a family member, friend, or co-worker to suicide.  The aim of the group is to provide a safe place where the bereaved can drop in and stay with the group for as long as they think is necessary for them.  The bereaved can share their feelings about their losses, be supported by other participants, get information regarding their experiences or just listen in silence.  Discussions within the group will be held in confidence.  For further information, please contact 056-7756538.

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. 

Loughboy Library
Digital Photography Classes: will commence shortly at Loughboy Library.  Book your free place today.
Scrabble & Nintendo Wii - for the over 55s returns for Autumn - book your group in for a few hours of fun.
Writers Circle - join our small group of enthusiastic writers for some support, encouragement and feedback every Thursday at 2pm.  

Heavenly Humour
“Mummy,” asked a little girl, “do men ever go to heaven?”  “Why, yes, of course, my dear,” answered the mother.  “Why do you ask?” “Because I have never seen angels with moustache, whiskers or beard.”  “Well,” replied the mother, “some men do go to heaven, but they get there only by a close shave!”

Dates For Your Diary
Our Confirmation and First Holy Communion dates are now known.
Confirmation in St. Patrick’s Parish will be February 25th, 2012.
First Holy Communion dates are: Gaelscoil, Sat 5th May, St. John of God, Sat 12th May, St. Patrick’s de la Salle, Sat 19th May. KSP  Sun 20th May.

We would like to thank you for the incredible response from your diocese (Ossory) , to the crisis in east Africa. Ossory raised €74,252.46, all of which will go directly to saving lives and protecting communities in east Africa.
Since declaring an emergency appeal on July 5th, Trócaire has raised a remarkable €8.9m for relief projects in the region. Over half of this money - a massive €5.1m - was donated through the church collection. The Catholic Church in Ireland can be extremely proud of its efforts to save lives in east Africa.
Thanks to the generosity of the public, we have been able to target 450,000 people across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia for life-saving interventions. The money has made a massive impact, including:

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