Saturday, March 24, 2012

5th Sunday of Lent, 25th March 2012

Pray for our Deceased Family & Friends
Recently Deceased: Kay Tynan, Granges Road. Prayers at her home at 6.30pm on Sunday followed by removal to St. Canice’s Church.  Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Monday. Sheila Flannery (nee Dalton), late The Sycamores, Freshford Road. Died in England.  Funeral arrangements later. Jo Brophy, Rathmore House, Goslingstown. Jackie Matthews, Assumption Place. Brigid T Gibbons, 77 Aylesbury. Kitty Harte, Clifden, Clara.
Anniversaries: Eamonn  O’Toole (Sat 6.15), Chris Kenny (Sun 7.00), Mary Costello (Sun 10.00), Andrew Delaney (Sun 10.30), Pat Mullins (Sun 11.00), Michael McInerney (Sun 12.00), Bridget & Christopher Lawlor (Sun 12.30), John & Mary Conway (Mon 9.30), Des Cullen (Tues 10.30), Mary Delaney & Sheila Daisy Ramsbottom (Fri 9.30), Billy Wallace, May & Jim Nugent, Eileen Quigley, Catherine Elizabeth Nolan, Edward & Mary Teresa McDonald, Eamon O’Neill , Paddy Walsh, May McCann, Martin Cleere, Christy Grace.
Intentions for next weekend: Paddy Tomney (Sat 6.15), Oliver Kelly (Sat 7.00), Dr. WJ Phelan & Daisy Phelan, Moya Bligh, Cecily Rooney & Edward Cody.  (Sun 11.00), Michael Slattery (Sun 12.30).  

“Moving into Holy Week”
You are invited to an evening of reflection conducted by Fr. Willie Purcell at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on Tuesday, 27th March from 8.00—10.00pm.  A cup of tea will be provided.

 Society of St Vincent de Paul
The St. Patrick’s Parish conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul meets each Monday evening (except Bank Holidays) at the Parish Centre.  Those who seek assistance from the Society can leave letters to the Parish Office or alternatively contact the society on 087 681 0589. 

Parish Contribution Envelopes
New contribution packs are being distributed around this time.  Thanks to our distributors for taking the time to distribute yours.  If you are not currently receiving envelopes and would like to contribute to the upkeep of your parish and priests in this way you should contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400.  Many thanks for your support.

Special Mass
The Parish Youth Choir will provide the music for 12.00 noon Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church on next Sunday (Palm Sunday) and the liturgy will be prepared by students from the various special schools and centres in our area.

Coach to Eucharistic Congress
There are only 12 seats left on the St. Patrick's Parish coach to the Eucharistic Congress on Tuesday, 12th June.  If you intend travelling with us and have not yet booked your seat on the coach, please do so as soon as possible.

 Parish Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am - 1.00pm  and 2.00pm - 4.00pm. 

Parish Shop
A wide selection of religious goods is available in the Parish Shop located in the Parish Centre.   Items for baptisms, First Holy Communions and Confirmations are currently on display.

Trócaire Boxes
It is still not too late to take a Trócaire Box and use the last few weeks of Lent to contribute to helping those who are most in need.  Trócaire boxes are available at  the back of the churches.  Thanks to those who have taken them already.

Prayer for Healing
There will be a time of prayer for healing at St. Fiacre’s Church from 7.30pm on Thursday evening.  All welcome.

Apostolic Visitation Report
The text of the “Summary Report of the Apostolic Visitation to Ireland” which was released last Tuesday is available on the Catholic Bishops’ website  The site offers the report, the response of the Irish Hierarchy and audio recordings of the press conference held after the publication of the report.  This is site is well worth a visit by those interested in getting accurate and unedited information.

All items for inclusion in the Parish Newsletter should be at the Parish Office by Thursday at the latest.  Items arriving after this cannot be guaranteed publication.  Due to the possibility of anniversary announcements being misplaced if left in the churches it is advisable to drop them into the Parish Office.  Feel free to call in person, telephone (056 776 4400) or email the office on  (

First Holy Communion Dates
Gaelscoil Osrai - Saturday, May 5th at 11.00am in St. Fiacre’s Church
St. John of God - Saturday, May 12th at 11.00am in St. Patrick’s Church
St. Patrick’s De La Salle - Saturday, May 19th 11.00am in St. Patrick’s Church
St. Patrick's’ Special School - Saturday, May 19th 11.00am in St. Fiacre’s Church
Kilkenny School Project - Sunday, 20th May 12.00 noon in St. Fiacre’s Church.

Volunteers Needed
Grow Mental Health Movement is looking for volunteers to take part in the Dublin Women’s  Mini Marathon on 4th June 2012. We would be grateful of any support. Sponsorship cards can be collected from Eileen/Mary at GROW Office, Barrack Street,  Kilkenny  056-776 1624.

IHCPT Cake Sale/Coffee Morning
There will be a Cake Sale at the Parish Centre after all Masses at St. Fiacre’s Church this weekend.  Coffees/Teas will also be served after the Sunday morning Masses.  This is to help raise funds to enable young people with special needs to travel to Lourdes at Easter.  The event is organised by Group 174 of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.

The Irish Wheelchair Association
The AGM of the Kilkenny Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association will take place on 2nd April in Claddagh Court, College Road at 8.00pm.  All members and new are welcome.

Carers’ Association
Support Group Meeting will take place on Thursday 29th March (Mass in St. Fiacre’s 10.30am) Meeting in the Parish Centre @ 11am.  A speaker from Revenue will attend.  All welcome.

James Stephens Camogie Club
U8/U10/U12 Camogie Registration.  Registration for the above age groups will take place on Friday, 30th March from 7.00 – 9.00pm in James Stephens Clubrooms, Larchfield.  Registration is €25.00.  New Members welcome.

Pieta House
Centre for the prevention of Self-harm or Suicide: Darkness into light 5K event is on in 14 venues around Ireland on Saturday 12th May starting at 4.00am (early morning).  Sign up for this unique experience.  Visit our web site: to find the venue nearest you or contact 01 628 2111.

South Kilkenny Historical Society Lecture
Mr. Zoltan Zinn-Collis, one of the last survivors of the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, will speak at the Rising Sun, Mullinavat on Thursday, 29th March at 8.00pm.  Admission: €5
Date: Thursday, March 29th