Congratulations to the 115 young people who attend schools in our parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday. Bishop Seamus joined us for the event and a wonderful celebration was enjoyed by all. The young people involved were from St. John of God Girls’ School, St. Patrick’s De La Salle Boys’ School, the School of the Holy Spirit and Kilkenny School Project. Well done and thanks to their teachers and all who were involved in the day’s events.
The Season of Lent
This weekend we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. We hope this holy season of preparation for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery at Easter is a beneficial experience for all.
Please note our parish has provided an extra weekday Mass to assist those who want to mark Lent by daily Mass attendance: St. Fiacre’s Church at 6.15pm each weekday evening.
Lent Text Service
Each day during Lent a short message containing a line of scripture or a thought for the day can be sent by text to your mobile phone. If you would like to receive such a message during Lent - at no cost to you - text your mobile number to Ossory Faith Development at 085 831 3100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 056 775 3624.
(Text ‘Stop’ to the same number to cancel.)
A personal journey through Lent with Fr. Willie Purcell begins on this Wednesday, 29th February after 10.30am Mass in the Parish Centre.
Evening of Prayer and Reflection
The sisters at Peace in Christ Retreat House invite the people of St. Patrick’s Parish to an evening of Prayer and Reflection at Peace in Christ, Sion Road on Wednesday, 14th March. The sisters look forward to exploring the gospel with us in a creative, prayerful atmosphere. The evening starts at 8.00pm and concludes at about 10.30pm. All are welcome. (Please note the change of date from that previously published.)
Trócaire Lenten Fast
On this first Sunday in Lent Trócaire asks people to remember the thousands of families in Uganda who have been torn apart by conflict and who are beginning their lives again thanks to generous donations to Trócaire. Please take a Trócaire Box home with you and for more information visit www.trocaire.org/lent or call 1850 408 408.
We Need Your Vote
Ceart Therapy Rehabilitation, Callan needs your vote! We have been shortlisted for the €10,000 EBS Community Fund award and we need your vote to win so as to continue helping local people with rehabilitation and therapy. Please vote for us on www.ebs.ie today!!!
Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Kay Barry McBride, Springmount. Brendan Kearns, Parnell Street. Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 11.00am on Sunday followed by burial at St. Kieran’s Cemetery. William Grace, Loreto View & Troyscourt. Eamonn Boland, Castlecomer. Brian O’Keeffe, Kincora Care Centre. Requiem at Piltown at 11.00am on Tuesday. Kitty O’Donoghue, Drakelands Middle. Requiem at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 2.00pm
Months Mind: Paddy (Patricia) Friel (Sat 7.00)
Anniversaries: Frank O’Brien & Philomena Somers (Sat 6.15), Peggy McGrath (Sun 10.00), John Dinneen (Sun 11.00), Brian Griffin (Sun 12.00), Joe Lalor (Sun 12.30), Ann & Martin Mulhall (Fri 9.30), Michael McKane (Fri 6.15), Billy Wallace (Sat 9.30), Tom McCarthy, Patrick & Teresa Kennedy, Mary Coyne, Marjorie Foskin, Stan Landers, Ann Mulhall, Paddy Barry, Peter Kiernan, Andrew McCarthy, Helen Cornally, Michael & Ann Purcell, John & Bridget Dunne, Peter & Jimmy Browne, Mary Fitzpatrick.
Intentions for next weekend: Nicholas Healy (Sat 6.15), Pat Adams (Sat 7.00), John Walsh (Sun 10.00), Andy Henderson (Sun 10.30), Evelyn Herlihy & Christian Maher (Sun 11.00), Lizzy Ryan (Sun 12.00), Kathleen Grace (Sun 12.30).
World Day of Prayer
The service for the annual World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday, 2nd March at 8.00pm at the Methodist Church, William Street, Kilkenny.
St. Patrick’s Lourdes Committee
This parish group raises funds to help a number of deserving parishioners travel to Lourdes with the annual Ossory Diocesan Pilgrimage in May. The Committee is currently accepting nominations for travellers with this year’s pilgrimage. Please contact any member of the committee or the Parish Office (776 4400) if you or someone known to you would like to be considered.
Dublin Youth Opera Company
This group of young opera singers will perform in concert at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on next Sunday, 4th March at 7.00pm. Special guests: Sonas Chamber Choir. Tickets €8/5. This concert is in aid of the local conference of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. Please support.
First Saturday Devotion
St. Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy on Saturday March 3rd after 6.15pm Mass, prayers and adoration will end at 9pm. All are welcome.
The Friary Choir and Foulkstown Choir
The Friary Choir, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford will join with Foulkstown Choir to sing at 12 noon Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church on Sunday 4th March. All the music for this Mass was composed by Friary choir leader, Michael Casey.
Adults Bereaved by Suicide
Kilkenny Bereavement Support holds an open support group for adults bereaved by suicide. It is 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 056 775 6538.
Elvis Gospel Concert at St. Fiacre’s
Thukolo Gospel Choir and Memphis Cats will perform an Elvis Gospel Concert at St. Fiacre’s Church on this Friday, 2nd March. Proceeds will help send young people with special needs to Lourdes at Easter. Tickets: €10 available from Fr. Dan or at Parish Office. Please support.
Poetry Kilkenny Arts Office is accepting submissions from poets born or based in Kilkenny City and County for the 12th issue of their very popular Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet. Closing date is 4.00pm on Monday, 27th February.
Scrabble Games - Wednesday at 2.00pm
Book Club - Thurs 10.30am.