Saturday, April 14, 2012

2nd Sunday of Easter, 15th April. 2012

Pray for Our Deceased
Recently Deceased:  Billy Shortall, Kilkenny & Clare. Richard Mahon, Kildare, Patrick Hanley, Galway.  Margot Bell, Beechlawns, Johnswell Road.  Requiem mass at 10.30 Monday in St. John’s Church. Celeste Keegan, Dunboyne, Co. Meath.  Burial in Foulkstown at 2pm Monday.
Months Mind: George Ivors, Ballingarry (Sun 10.30).
Anniversaries: Frank Cantwell (Sat 6.15), Maureen & Jimmy Kelly (Sat 7.00), Margaret Banahan (Sun 9.30),  Josephine O’Neill (Sun 10.00), Dick Keating (Sun 11.00), Martin Hoyne (Sun 12.00), Marie Phelan & Bridget Lannon (Sun 12.30), Eileen Mullins (Wed 10.30), Roy Barry (Fri 10.30), Mary Brennan, Patrick Skehan, Bridget Cantwell, Martin Hoyne, Peggy Beckett, William Maher, Gretta Brett, Mary Kate Coyne, Christine Walsh, Catherine & Noel O’Dwyer,.
Intentions for next weekend: Betty Byrne (Sat 6.15), Joseph Ayres (Sat 7.00), Eileen Byrne (Sun 10.00),  Michael Gaule (Sun 10.30),  Francis McNulty & Nicholas Downey (Sun 11.00), Kathleen Daly (Sun 12.00),  Jimmy O’Neill (Sun 12.30).

St. Vincent de Paul
The monthly St. Vincent de Paul collection will be taken up with the second collection and your support, big or small is greatly appreciated.  Don’t forget this is a parish charity and directly helps families in our parish who may be struggling in these hard times.
Those wishing to contact the society can do so by ringing: 087 6810589, or drop a letter into the parish centre for their meeting on Monday.  All correspondence and requests are treated with the greatest confidence.

Divine Mercy Sunday
Celebration in honour of the Divine Mercy  takes place in the Friday Church this Sunday (15th), beginning at 2pm and ending with mass at 4pm.  Chief celebrant Bishop Seamus Freeman. 
St. Fiacre’s Twenty Years
This coming Thursday the 19th marks the 20th anniversary of the official opening of St. Fiacre’s Church in Loughboy.  Twenty years of serving the parish, community and diocese and this holy place holds lots of memories for many people.  How many of you remember the opening? 
In honour of this  anniversary, the 10.30 morning mass will be offered for all the patrons of St. Fiacre’s Church both living and deceased.  If you would like to join us you're more than welcome.
A selection of photographs of the building and opening of the church are available to view in the parish centre.

Questions people ask
Q. How should one approach the Gospel stories of the risen Jesus appearing to various disciples?
A. In each story the Lord chooses a different way of making his new manner of presence known. Each story shows how Christians down the ages have come to know the presence of the Lord in their lives. With Mary Magdalen, recognition of the Lord comes in the experience of being called by name by the Lord. On the road to Emmaus faith comes at the breaking of the bread, an early name for the Eucharist. Thomas comes to faith in seeing and touching the wounds of the Lord. Many people have developed a deep personal faith by discovering the Lord through getting in touch with the wounds of life such as addiction, suffering or being the victim of injustice.
Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap

Parish Shop Communion
We have a religious goods shop located in the foyer of our parish centre.
Just arrived is a wide selection of First Holy Communion items.  Ideal gifts for this special day. Drop in and have a look .
Special Mass
On Tuesday the 17th, a special mass for those affected by stillbirths will take place in St. Fiacre’s  church, Loughboy.  It starts at 7.30 and the celebrant will be the hospital chaplain, Fr. Paddy Carey.

Eucharistic Ministers
Welcome to our new Ministers of the Eucharist.  You join a very dedicated group of parishioners who aim to give their very best attention and time to the Eucharist and to serving the people of our parish.
New rota’s for all ministers are now available in the sacristies of the church you now minister in so, when your at mass, collect your rota and keep it safe.
Please remember if you can’t minister on a particular week get a replacement minister from your rota. At the very least let the priest know you can’t make it so he can organise a replacement. 
Ministers, please note, if anyone approaches and  produces a pxy (small communion holder), looking for an extra host to take away, please send them to the priest.  You won’t be offending anybody by referring them to the priest as most genuine people who take communion to the sick  already know this is proper procedure.
If ministers have any question or concerns, please feel free to chat to any of the priests.

Loughboy Library
Carnation Theatre present their show ‘Circus’ at the library on Wed 2nd May at 11am.  Over 50’s  are invited.. No charge.
Titanic Show for children at the library on Fri May 4th at 1.30pm.  Bookings: 7794176

Eucharistic Congress
How to Book:
1. Telephone:  Bookings Office: 01 2981122
2. Online:
3. Download paper booking form at above address and send it to the  address on the form.
4. Talk nicely to Michelle in the parish office who will help you.
The 9th of May is the deadline.

Understanding the Eucharist
The Diocese of Ossory Faith Development have produced a lovely little book aimed at people who wish to deepen their understanding of the Mass.  As you know, the  Mass is the cornerstone of our Catholic faith and central to our teaching so it’s important we have some grasp at just how special it is.
The short booklet is aimed at all ages and goes to explain the mass, why we do what we do  and how we can deepen our understanding.  Well worth a read again and again. 
The books are available free of charge at the back of the churches.

G’wan the Village
Unfortunately space doesn’t allow us to  publish the many happenings at the James Stephen’s Hurling Club but you can keep up to date with their monthly newsletter which is e-mailed to a mailing list. You can subscribe to the monthly issue by sending your e-mail address to They  also have a James Stephens Facebook page (, Twitter site ( and Youtube site (  And you can always log onto the club's website at