Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christ the King, 20th November 2011

In memory of…
These few words, and the symbols we use to recall departed loved ones, give us great comfort.  It is important that we cherish the memory of those who have been truly significant and part of each one of us.  The gift of memory brings us great consolation and healing.  The more we invite memory the more we are gifted with healing.
This Thursday evening we invite you to gather at St. Fiacre’s Church to remember in a prayerful way your departed loved ones.  We ask you to join with us as we recall those who have died, to give thanks to God for blessings received through their presence in our lives and to seek healing for our broken hearts and minds.
Our annual service begins at 7.30pm and will conclude with refreshments in the Parish Centre.  Special prayers will be offered during the ceremony for those from our parish who died during the past twelve months.  Please come and join with us.

‘Thank You’ from Peace in Christ
The Retreat House Team would like to thank most sincerely all those who contributed so generously to the recent collection in aid of Peace in Christ Retreat House.   We would especially like to thank those who organised and carried out the collection on our behalf.  
The amount collected in our parish was €968.62.   Thank you.

Weekly Envelope Collection
The total collected in last weekend’s weekly envelope collection amounted to  €1,360.00.  Many thanks.

Coffee Morning
The School of the Holy Spirit will hold its annual Coffee Morning and Sale of Work on next Saturday 26th November between 10.30a.m and 12.30pm in the school in Seville Lodge on the Callan Road. Why not enjoy a free cuppa and scone while you get some great bargins?  You may even win a hamper while supporting such a good cause. For more details phone Therese Buckley@ 087 904 0208.

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Jack Hoyne, Fatima Place.  Funeral prayers at Hehir’s Funeral Home at 6.30pm on Sunday followed by removal to St. Mary’s Cathedral.  Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Monday followed by burial at St. Kieran’s Cemetery.  Thomas Harold, Gowran and formerly of Pearce Street.  Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Monday in St. Canice’s Church followed by burial in St. Kieran’s Cemetery.  Michael Smullen, 11 Rosemount, Newpark. Frank Walsh, Newpark Lower.  Jonathan Faul, Monaghan.
Anniversaries: Maura Leahy (Sat 6.15), James Fox (Sat 7.00),  James Rafter (Sun 9.30),  Bill Keogh (Sun 10.00), Margaret (Madge) O’Brien (Sun 10.30), Rena Brett (Sun 11.00), John Byrne (Sun 12.00), Henrietta Hyland (Sun 12.30),  Joan Taggart (Mon 9.30), Paul O’Dwyer (Wed 9.30), Kitty McMyler (Thurs 10.30), James Fahy, Dick & Annie Burke, Margaret Guilfoyle, Michael Gibbons, Thomas & Owen Beehan, Michael Beale, Catherine McDonald, May O’Connell, Joan Meehan.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Michael Hickey (Sat 6.15), Mark Butler (Sat 7.00), Joseph Murray (Sun 9.30), Charles Carroll (Sun 10.00), Ramie, Breda, Marie, Phyllis & Thomas Dowling (Sun 10.30), Deceased Members of St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band (Sun 11.00), Margaret Roche (Sun 12.00), John Hand (Sun 12.30), Olive Barry (Months Mind).

Our Faith for the Future
Would you like to engage with questions about our faith as we face a future together? Who better to have this conversation with than the younger members of our communities?  On next Thursday 24th November at St. Patrick's Parish Centre 9 Senior Cycle Secondary School students will publically discuss and engage in questions on the topic: ‘You begin to feel compassion for people in difficulties and you are eager to do something to help them. You want to come to the aid of the poor and the hungry, you want to comfort the sorrowful, you want to be kind and generous. And once these things begin to matter to you, you are well on the way to becoming saints’.  (Benedict XVI).  Young people as 21st Century Saints: An old man’s dream or a recipe for a truly radical life.
Entrance free - all are welcome.  Come along and hear the thoughts of our young people.

Advent Scripture Booklet and CD
Ossory Adult Faith Development offers a booklet and CD to facilitate prayerful scripture-based reflection as we approach Christmas.  These are suitable for personal or group use.  Contact ADF Office on 056 775 3624 or email  Booklets cost €3 while the CDs cost €5.  A limited supply will be available at the Parish Centre from mid-week.

Lectio Divina Style Prayer
To support and encourage people to pray the scriptures Ossory Adult Faith Development has issued a simple sheet to accompany a lectio divina style prayer.  These leaflets are available after Mass to members of prayer groups and to individuals who would use them at home in prayer.  Collect yours at the back of the church.

New Missal on RTÉ
On this Sunday at 11.15am RTÉ One television will broadcast a special live studio Mass at which - for the first time on television in Ireland - the priest and congregation will pray the full version of the new translation of the Roman Missal.  This Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Patrick Jones, National Centre for Liturgy.

St. Vincent de Paul Collection
The monthly collection for the St. Patrick’s Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  Please be as generous as possible as the conference is constantly asked for help.

Events at Peace in Christ
The Diocesan Retreat Centre provides us with an opportunity to celebrate Advent and prepare for Christmas with a number of events...
Entering the Advent Season. Guided by Fr. Martin Delaney and Ms Christine Kelly.  Sunday, 27th November from 10.30am to 5.00pm.
The Word Was Made Flesh: a pre-Christmas Weekend Silent Retreat.  Guided by Monsignor Jim Cassin, Ms Christine Kelly and Sr. Margaret Moloney.  Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December.  Telephone 772 1054 for information.

Unsung Heroes
Have you ever seen the TV programme Secret Millionaire?  In each episode a millionaire leaves his or her luxury life behind, takes on a secret identity, and lives undercover in a deprived area to find out who needs their help.  The work alongside local people, discovering individuals and projects they think deserve a share of their fortune, before coming clean and surprising them with monetary gifts to help them in their work.  Often those who most impress the benefactor are those who are quietly working for the benefit of others, who give generously of their time and talents to make a better life for those in their local community.  They are the ones who, in spite of their busy lives, are also the most welcoming and helpful to the undercover millionaire.  They are not in it for the money.  They are not generous to the visitor among them because he is rich or because they expect to get something out of them.  They are the people who see a need and do something to tackle it, and their simple acts of generosity lead to great rewards.  Jesus expects us to treat everyone we encounter with sensitivity and generosity.  Today’s Gospel reminds us of our responsibility to care for our fellow man; to feed the hungry , who make strangers welcome, provide for those who are without, visit those who are sick or imprisoned.  There are simple acts of mercy we can carry out each day.  Such love for others is love for God: as the Gospel tells us, ‘In so far as you did this to the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.’
Triona Doherty.

Healing and Reconciliation
St. Canice’s Parish Community invites you to join them for the final reflection in their Voices of Hope series.  On this Wednesday there will be a service of healing and reconciliation led by Bishop Brendan Comiskey.  St. Canice’s Church at 7.30pm on this Wednesday, 23rd November.  All welcome.

Parish Website is updated regularly and offers up-to-date information on our parish.

Public Speaking Course
A free course in public speaking confidence will be held in St John’s Day Centre, beginning Saturday evening November 27th. This course will suit students, Mass readers, wedding speakers and anyone wishing to develop public speaking confidence in small group settings. For full details and to book a place please call or text 086 151 0158.

Christmas Food and Craft Fair
Sunday 20th November, from 11.00 to 5.00 in The Dolmen Hotel, Carlow. 35 stands, with handmade products of food and craft, from home baking, glass painting to bog oak and jewellery.  Lucky dip stand for the kids on the day, with proceeds going to the LauraLynn Hospice.  Santa's letter box, and Christmas music and entertainment for all the family.

Historical Society Lecture
‘Knockroe Passage Tomb and the Mysterious Stone Age of South Kilkenny’ by Muiris O’Suilleabhan, School of Archaeology, U.C.D. at 8.00pm on Thursday, 24th November.  Venue: Mullinavat Parish Hall.  Admission: €5.

Eucharistic Congress 2012
The Congress is now recruiting volunteers for a wide range of roles and if you would like to get involved please visit the IEC2012 website and fill out an online application or request an application form from the Congress Office.

Your Mental Health and Caring for It
Are you trying to keep too many balls in the air? Do you get anxious?  Are you a worrier? Do you worry when meeting new people? Do you think you don’t measure up? Could you learn to laugh a bit more?  We all deserve a better quality of life – Would you like to improve yours?
Free 6 week course (2 hours each week).  : Thursdays, 11.00am – 1.00pm, starting 1st December at GROW, Barrack Street, Kilkenny.  For bookings 087 284 3424.

A Tribute to Dave Prim
In the Set Theatre, Friday 25th November 2011.  Tickets €10.00 (available from Set Theatre). All proceeds to Enable Ireland, O’Neill Centre, Kilkenny.

Questions People Ask
Q. What is the temporal punishment due to sin?  Does it mean that God forgives us but imposes some sort of punishment at the same time?
A.  I don’t think you’ve got it right.  This punishment is called temporal as opposed to the eternal punishment which is the hell of unrepented evil.  God does not impose the punishment but it is something self-inflicted.  Any time I behave in a sinful manner I am damaging my character.  If I lash out at somebody in anger I have damaged my spiritual health.  The good news is that healing is available for this damaged character if we cooperate with the graces of the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist.
Fr. Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap