Sunday, April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday 1st April 2012

Holy Week Schedule
Listed on the front of this Newsletter you will find the Holy Week Services in St. Patrick’s Parish.  Please take home and keep for reference during the week. 
We invite all to come and join with us as we celebrate these most sacred liturgies.
Diocesan Chrism Mass
The annual Chrism Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral on next Wednesday, 4th April at 7.30pm.  Sacred Oils, for use in the diocese during the coming year, will be consecrated during the liturgy. Bishop  Séamus invites all to attend.  At this Mass, the priests of the diocese gather and renew their priestly vows.  Please come and join in prayer with and for your priests.  Parish choir members are invited to participate in the Mass of Chrism. Mass setting will be the Glendalough Mass by Liam Lawton - please bring your copy of the music. Rehearsal in the cathedral before Mass. All are welcome to be part of the diocesan annual Mass.
Extra Lenten Mass
Thanks to all who supported the extra 6.15pm Lenten weekday Mass at St. Fiacre's Church.  This Mass was added to our schedule for your convenience during Lent.  The final Mass in the series will be on Tuesday evening at 6.15pm.  We invite those who wish to attend Mass on Wednesday evening to consider going to the Mass of Chrism at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  This Mass is at 7.30pm.
Parish Centre Hours
The St. Patrick’s Parish Centre will be closed on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Weekend including the Bank Holiday.  Groups that use our facilities on these days are asked to take note. 
The Parish Office will be closed on Holy Thursday and Good Friday and will reopen on Monday,16th April 2011.
The priests of the parish can always be contacted by dialling 056 776 4400 and following the auto prompts.  
Items for Newsletter
You are advised not to address items for the Newsletter to individual priests.  If the priest in question is away your message may not be received in time for publication.  Please mark ‘Newsletter’ on all envelopes with material for publication.  Thanks.
Pray for our Deceased Family & Friends
Recently Deceased: Noel Foran, 65 Maudlin Street. Reposing at Johnston’s Funeral Home. Funeral prayers at 11.15am on Sunday morning followed by removal to St. John’s Church for Requiem Mass at 12.00 noon. Burial afterwards at St. Kieran’s Cemetery. Fintan Ryan, Laurel House, Garringreen, Johnswell Road.  Reposing at his parents’ home, 301 Johnswell Road.  Rosary at 8.00pm on Saturday evening.    Funeral prayers at 5.00pm on Sunday evening followed by removal to St. John’s Church.  Requiem Mass at 10.30am on Monday followed by burial at St. Kieran’s Cemetery. Tommy Byrne, Cypress Avenue. Mary B. Gordon, Loughboy & Mallow. Kay Tynan, Granges Road.  Sheila Flannery, The Sycamores.  Baby Jessica Harper Brennan, Larchfield. Mary Fitzpatrick, New Ross.
Anniversaries: Paddy Tomney (Sat 6.15). Oliver Kelly (Sat 7.00). Dr W.J. Phelan & Daisy Phelan, Moya Bligh, Cecily Rooney & Edward Cody (Sun 11.00), Michael Slattery (Sun 12.30), Shane O’Neill, Paddy Slattery, Bridget Della Maher,  Kay Prendergast, Patrick & Tilly Bourke, Patrick Holohan.
Intentions for next weekend: Mary Lawlor (Sun 9.30), Dan Bolger (Sun 10.00), Margaret Glynn (Sun 10.30), Gordon Deevy (Sun 11.00), Marie Coyne (Sun 12.00).  May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.  Amen.
Westcourt News
The monthly Mass to pray for the intercession of Blessed Edmund Rice in our lives and for his canonisation will take place in Westcourt on Monday, 9th April 2012 at 7.30pm. All are welcome.  Please note the change of date.
Taize Prayer
The St. Patrick’s Parish Youth Choir will host a Taize Prayer Service at St. Patrick’s Church on Good Friday at 8.00pm.  We invite  all people of all ages,  particularly those who may have travelled to Taize  in the past, to join us for worship and prayer around the cross.
Eucharistic Ministers
Abiding by diocesan rules a number of our Eucharistic Ministers must retire this Easter.  We thank you for your generous service to the Church and to St. Patrick’s Parish . Well done.
Weekly Envelope Collection
The  total collected in last week envelope collection amounted to 1,093.00.  Many thanks for your continued support. 
Lenten Alms Collection
We are obliged to take up the Lenten Alms Collection at all Masses today.  This money is sent through the diocesan office to the Vatican to be used for charity.
The monthly rosary on the first Sunday in James Green at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues this Sunday, 1st April at 3pm.
10th Annual Good Friday Walk
This year brings together 10 years of remembrance with the theme of ‘Remembering those who suffer in our country and our world.’ Bishop Séamus Freeman will lead the walk through the City beginning at 6.45pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral, walking down James Street, up High Street, John Street to St. John’s Church for a service led by the Kilkenny Gospel Choir and Bishop Séamus at 8.00pm. This year young people from the John Paul II Award and the Medjugorje Youth Group will lead the prayers. All are invited to join in.  Further information 087 628 6858.
Kilkenny Active Retirement Assoc.
The Kilkenny Active Retirement Association will meet at the Club House Hotel on Monday,  2nd April at 2.30pm.  All welcome.
Repent and Believe the Good News
Earlier this week the Irish Bishops released a Pastoral Message as another contribution to the on-going renewal in the Irish Church and in response to the Pastoral Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to the Irish people and the recent Apostolic Visitation Summary Report.
The message may be downloaded on
Cake Sale and Coffee Morning
Fr. Dan and all associated with the Children’s Pilgrimage Trust would like to thank all who helped make last weekend’s cake sale and coffee morning such a huge success.  We say a sincere thanks to those who organized the event, those who baked and provided produce and donations and, of course, to all who purchased the cakes.  The proceeds amount to 1,700.00 and the money will be used to help send eleven children with special needs to Lourdes this Easter.  Further information is available on www.irishpilgrimagetrust. com.  We will remember you in prayer at Lourdes.
Thank You from Rugby Club
Those involved in last weekend’s Rugby Club cake sale and coffee morning wish to thank all who supported the event.  700.00 was raised for the Juvenile Players’ Trip to Wales.
Lost and Found
A sum of money was found outside St. Fiacre’s Church on Wednesday, 28th March.  Please contact the Parish Office.
CBS Hurling Team
Hard luck to  a number of our parishioners who played with the CBS Secondary School in the All Ireland Colleges Senior Hurling Final at Semple Stadium on Saturday. They represented their school, clubs and county with honour.
Bereavement Support
Kilkenny Bereavement Support is having its monthly open meeting for people bereaved by suicide on next Thursday, 5th April in Villa Maria, Talbot’s Inch, Freshford Road, Kilkenny at 8.00pm.  All are welcome.
Where Do You Stand?
Today we read Mark’s account of Jesus’ Passion and we may find ourselves asking, ‘Where do I stand?’ Yes, it is the long Gospel but we should try not to miss the journey that this offers us this week.  The cry of abandonment on the cross has to be one of the most frightening aspects of this account: ‘Eloi, Eloi Lama Sabbachtani?’ My God, my God, why have you deserted me? (Psalm 22). 
Jesus’ sense of loneliness is emphasized in Mark as he is betrayed, rejected, denied, mocked, tortured and then, at the crucial moment, even God is silent.
We also see an unlikely hero in the Roman soldier who confesses Jesus’ identity.
We can remember those today who stand for justice, who fight for human rights, those who are counter-cultural, those who stand against oppressive systems even though the path is dangerous and lonely.  “Lord how true it is that success and popularity are not really important in life. The only important thing is that some unbelieving centurion, seeing how we live and die could say, ‘In truth, this was a son/daughter of God.’”  (Michael de Verteuil).
Jane Mellett
Questions People Ask
Q.  Many years ago in school we recited a prayer called ‘En Ego’. Any chance you could find it for me?
A.  ‘En ego’ is the Latin for ‘Behold I’, the opening words of this prayer.
Behold, my beloved and good Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in your sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech you to impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, with true repentance for my sins and a most firm desire of amendment; while with deep affection and grief of soul I consider within myself and mentally contemplate your five most precious wounds, having before my eyes that which David the prophet, long ago spoke about you, my Lord, ‘They have pierced my hands and feet, they have numbered all my bones.’  
It is a very appropriate prayer for Holy Week.
Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap
Rehab Church Gate Collection
Rehab says thanks for your generosity to their recent church gate collection.  1,227.96 was collected in our parish.