Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pentecost Sunday, 27th May 2012

Eucharistic Congress Candles
The last of the special Eucharistic Congress Candles are available to buy at the Parish Centre.  Candles cost €2.00 (small) and €2.50 (large).

Foulkstown Cemetery
We are grateful for the shows of support that we have received from parishioners who appreciate our efforts to deter dumping at Foulkstown Cemetery.  Again we appeal to parishioners to keep an eye out for people driving in and dumping household waste and other items.  Please take note of registration numbers of offenders’ vehicles and ring the Parish Office at 056 776 4400.  We will forward the information to the Litter Warden.   Sometime in the future, when our illegal dumpers finally get the message that the waste facilities in Foulkstown are for wreaths and dead flowers from the graves in Foulkstown, we will be able to open the gates once again.

Eucharistic Ministers
We appeal to Eucharistic Ministers to be vigilant when distributing Holy Communion and take notice of anyone who does not consume the host at the altar.    Please refer to the priest those who approach with a pyx looking to take away a host. 
Ministers unavailable to attend on a weekday or weekend are asked to arrange a substitute.

Kilkenny Gospel Choir
There will be a Cake Sale in aid of the Kilkenny Gospel Choir Charity after 10.30am and 12.00 noon Masses at St. Fiacre’s Church on this Sunday, 27th May. 

Latin Mass
High Mass with Gregorian Chant will be celebrated on this Sunday, 27th May in St. Patrick's Church at 5.00 pm.  All welcome.

Joint Diocesan Evangelising Cells
A Mass will  be celebrated  in St. Fiacre’s Church at 8.00pm on Thursday, 31st May.  All welcome. 
First Friday of June
The first Friday of June occurs this week.  The priests hope to visit the housebound at the usual times.  Please contact the Parish Centre if you, or someone known to you, would like to be added to our lists.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Martin Phelan, Caoimh Nu, and late of Connolly Street.  Requiem Mass at St. Canice’s Church at 11.30am on Sunday followed by burial at St. Kieran’s Cemetery.  Aidan Anglin, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Margaret Holohan, Assumption Place. Paddy Woodcock, Farmley, Cuffesgrange.
Anniversaries:  Michael Maher (Sat 6.15), Patrick William Doheny (Sat 7.00), Patrick Banahan (Sun 9.30), Bl├ínaid Cleere-Manning, (Sun 10.00), Angela Quigley (Sun 10.30), James Hogan (Sun 11.00), Tommy, Kitty & Martin Phelan (Sun 12.00). Martin Neylon (Months Mind, Sun 12.30), Patrick Lanigan (Wed 10.30), John Scott (Fri 9.30), Harry Kelly, Angela Quigley, Gerald Keys, Brian Mahon, Jim Carew, Michael Smyth, Sean Monahan.
Intentions for next weekend: Richard Ruth (Sat 6.15), Sr. Immaculate Purcell (Months Mind Sat 7.00pm), Fran Blanche (Sun 10.00),  Susan Delaney, Denis Garrihy, Ann Conway, Mary O’Meara (Sun 10.30), Frances Keaney (Sun 11.00), Ann & Tony Coyne (Sun 12.30).

Neighbourhood Mass
The annual neighbourhood Mass at Melville Heights will be celebrated on the green area at 7.30pm on Wednesday.  All welcome.

Family Field Day
Bunscoil Mc Cauley Rice in Callan will host their first Family Field Day on today, Sunday, 27th May from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.  Lots of fun for all the family: wheel of fortune, big bouncy castle…  Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be there!

Eucharistic Congress Tickets
The diocesan tickets for the closing ceremony at Croke Park on 17th June are expected to be delivered to parishes during the coming week.  St. Patrick’s Parish will distribute these as soon as we receive them.
Tickets for the weekday events which were booked online by individuals (including those booked by Michelle at our Parish Office) must be collected at the RDS on the day of the event (pilgrims must register each day anyway, so both can be done at once).
To date the Diocese of Ossory has 380 pilgrims booked in for the RDS and 40 volunteers.  For those who have not yet booked the following new booking options have now been put in place.
The option to book tickets for the RDS has now been extended to 4th June.  See www.iec2012.ie.
Special events ‘Dual Tickets’ for the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony are now available to purchase together for €40 on the Congress booking page www.iec2012.ie.
A limited number of tickets are also available for the closing ceremony at Croke Park on 17th June in the Upper Cusack Stand and the Upper Hogan Stand.  These can be purchased for €10 from www.tickets.ie and selected Centra and Supervalu stores (including Supervalu, Loughboy).
Please see www.iec2012.ie for updates.

Baptism in the Spirit
A Baptism in the Spirit Ceremony will be held at the Black Abbey, Kilkenny on this Pentecost Sunday at 2.30pm.  This is as part of the ongoing Life in the Spirit Seminars at the Abbey.  The Baptism in the Spirit Ceremony will be led by Fr Mark Condon, St Mary’s Cathedral and Youth 2000.  A testimony will be given by Mrs Margret Keane followed by individual prayer.  All are welcome.

Foulkstown School Re-union
The organising committee would like to thank everybody who made the school reunion such a great success.  Everyone really enjoyed the evening. We would particularly like to thank all those who sponsored raffle prizes and those who gave such generous donations.  In the near future we hope to erect a plaque on the wall where the school once stood.   Could those who have not yet paid for their tickets please do so as soon as possible to any committee member as the hotel has to be paid for the meal.  Once again we would like to thank anyone who helped is any way to make the reunion a happy and memorable occasion.

Bag Pack for GROW
If you have an hour to spare GROW would be very grateful for any help with a forthcoming bag pack.  Contact Mary/ Eileen 056 776 1624 if interested.

Loughboy Library
Knitters Wanted - for a unique knitting project.  Registration forms and starter packs with needles, wool and pattern are available at the library.  Cost €5.00.  All eligible.  Tel 779 4176 for more details.

Kilkenny Parks Tennis
Summer Tennis Coaching Camps start on 2nd July for 4 weeks.  For children aged between 6 and 17 years. Registration at Presentation Secondary School on Saturday, 9th June from 2.00pm.  For information call 085 282 8846.

First of the Summer Wines Tasting
Thursday the 31st May marks the first of the summer wine for the charitable team on John Street. Joining forces are the Wine Centre, Gardenia, Kilkenny Skin and Scalp Clinic and Langton’s to raise money for the Motor Neurone Association. Tickets are €10 and further information is available from 056 772 2907.
The tasting takes place in Gardenia garden centre in the courtyard on Thursday 31st of May at 7.30pm; tickets are €10.00 and can be bought from the wine centre prior to the event.   To rsvp to this event check out the Wine Centre’s & Gardenia facebook page, or purchase your tickets before Thursday in the Wine Centre, 15 John Street, Kilkenny or call 056 772907.
For more information regarding this event please contact Sally Aughney on sallyaughney@okeeffesgroup.com

Kids Mini Marathon and Adult 5K
A Kids Mini Marathon and Adult 5K will take place on Father’s Day, 17thJune at Kilkenny Castle Park with kick off at 2pm. Children and Teens are welcome to take part. An Adult 5k will take place directly after the kids run also in the Castle Park ensuring the whole family can participate and have fun while raising much needed funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Chernobyl  Children International. Entry for the Kids Run is €5 and the Adult 5K is €10 but participants are not asked to raise any sponsorship; a welcome relief to many as raising sponsorship can be hard in these difficult times. Registration forms are available from Studio One Barbers, Loughboy and Hennessy’s, Newpark Shopping Centre or alternatively you can register on the day but must be there for 12.45pm at Kilkenny Castle Entrance Gates.

Knock Summer Festival

The Knock Summer Festival is taking place on Saturday the 28th July. This day will be full of talks, workshops, music, prayer and reflection. The theme for the day is ‘ONE’. Why not come and join us for this day. The day is free of charge. It is for all people aged 17-30. For more info check out www.knock-shrine.ie/youthfestival, or call us on 0876927850. Find us on Facebook Knock Summer Festival. "



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ascension of the Lord, Sunday, 20th May 2012

First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the pupils of St. Patricks de la Salle Boys’ School, St. Patrick’s Special School, Kells Road, the School of the Holy Spirit, Seville Lodge and the Kilkenny School Project who celebrated their First Holy Communion this weekend.  We pray that the Eucharist will have a special place in your lives as it brings you closer to Jesus.
We appreciate the work of all those involved in preparing the children so well: the parents and guardians, teachers and school staff, Do This in Memory Coordinators, priests and all others who helped in any way.

Foulkstown Cemetery
By now regular visitors to Foulkstown Cemetery  will have noticed that the main gate at the far end remains closed.  Sadly, we have had to take this action in an attempt to prevent the illegal dumpers who show no respect for our cemetery by dumping household rubbish.  We regret any inconvenience caused to parishioners and visitors alike.
Please be aware that Foulkstown Cemetery is not a dumping ground.  The waste disposal facilities provided are for withered flowers and wreaths from Foulkstown Cemetery graves only.  We ask people to keep a close eye out for people who are dumping and forward their car registration numbers to the Parish Office at 056 776 4400.

Tickets for the Eucharistic Congress
We are delighted that many people from our parish have booked tickets to attend next month’s Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.  Those who booked tickets for events at the RDS will be able to pick up their tickets at the venue on the day.  Those tickets for the Croke Park event booked through the Parish or Diocesan Offices will be delivered to the diocese for distribution.  We will be in touch as soon as we receive our allocation of tickets. Further information on the congress is available on iec2012.ie

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Patrick (Sonny) Nolan, 6 Bohernatounish Road.  Funeral prayers at Johnston’s Funeral Home at 7.00pm on Saturday followed by removal to St. Fiacre’s Church.  Requiem Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.30am on Sunday followed by burial at Clara Cemetery.
Patricia Frawley, 4 Cashel Avenue.  Requiem Mass at St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am on Monday followed by burial at St. Kieran’s Cemetery.  
Breda Conoboy, 12 Woodlawn, Archers Avenue.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.  Martin Leahy, Grovine. Maureen Phelan, 83 Assumption Place.  Sr. Peg Rice, Sisters of Mercy, Athy. Anastasia Lahert, Waterford.
Anniversaries: Ellen Garrihy (Sat 6.15). Mary Glennon (Sat 7.00), John Cleere (Sun 9.30), Ciaran Flood (Sun 10.00), Tom & Oliver Kennedy (Sun 10.30), John Coppinger (Sun 11.00). Marian O’Sullivan (Sun 12.30), Bridget Cody (Mon 9.30), Kathleen King (Tue 9.30), Bridget Barry (Wed 10.30), Joe Davy (Thurs 9.30), Rev. Richard Conway (Thur 10.30), Margaret Maher, Jim Lanigan,  Michael & Christina McGrath, Tom & Sean Brett, James & John Doheny, Patrick & Martin Browne, Sheila Batten, Molly & Jack Brennan, James Morris, Joe Kelly, Johnny Murphy, Annie Bourke, Molly Owens.
Intentions for next weekend:  Michael Maher (Sat 6.15), Patrick William Doheny (Sat 7.00), Bl├ínaid Cleere Manning (Sun 10.00), Angela Quigley (Sun 10.30). Tommy, Kitty & Martin Phelan (Sun 12.00). Martin Neylon (Months Mind, Sun 12.30).

St. Vincent De Paul Collection
The monthly collection for the St. Patrick’s Parish Conference of the Society will be taken up during the second collection at Masses this weekend. Please be as generous as possible.

Prayer for Healing
There will be healing prayer at St. Fiacre’s Church on Thursday between 7.30 and 10.00pm.
The Ascension of the Lord
The Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension is celebrated on this Sunday.  Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter (following the count given in Acts 1:3), although some bishops’ conferences (including Ireland) have moved the observance to the following Sunday.

Kilkenny Gospel Choir
There will be a Cake Sale in aid of Kilkenny Gospel Choir Charity after 10.30am and 12.00 noon Masses in St. Fiacre’s Church on next Sunday, 27th May.  The Kilkenny Gospel Choir will sing at the 12.00 noon Mass.

Grand Variety Concert
A Grand Variety Concert will be staged at Langton’s Set Theatre, John’s Street, Kilkenny on Thursday, 24th May at 7.30p.m. Tickets at €20 are available at the venue, phone 776 5133. There will be an intermission with wine and finger food. The Unity Singers will be joined by Cara O’Sullivan, Soprano and Tanya Sewell, Mezzo Soprano.  Early booking is advised.

Bag Pack for GROW
If you have an hour to spare we would be very grateful for any help with a Bag Pack in Supervalu from Thursday, 7th to Saturday, 9th June in aid GROW Mental Health Movement.  Please contact Mary/ Eileen 056 776 1624 if interested.

Mens’ Action Network
Day trip to Kilmainham Jail, Dublin Castle and Chester Beatty Library.  Tuesday, June 5th.  Admission Fees, Bus and Dinner at the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise. Cost €40.  Bus leaves Butts Green at 8.30am.  For booking contact Larry: 086 129 0284 or Eamonn: 056 778 9749.
Foulkstown School Reunion
We welcome all who have returned for the Foulkstown School Reunion this weekend.  Hopefully, all will have a great get-together with memories and chat about old times.

Kids Mini Marathon and Adult 5K
A Kids Mini Marathon and Adult 5K will take place on Father’s Day, 17thJune at Kilkenny Castle Park with kick off at 2pm. Children and Teens are welcome to take part. An Adult 5k will take place directly after the kids run also in the Castle Park ensuring the whole family can participate and have fun while raising much needed funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Chernobyl  Children International. Entry for the Kids Run is €5 and the Adult 5K is €10 but participants are not asked to raise any sponsorship; a welcome relief to many as raising sponsorship can be hard in these difficult times. Registration forms are available from Studio One Barbers, Loughboy and Hennessy’s, Newpark Shopping Centre or alternatively you can register on the day but must be there for 12.45pm at Kilkenny Castle Entrance Gates.

Family Field Day
On Sunday, May 27th Bunscoil Mc Cauley Rice in Callan will host their first Family Field Day from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.  It will be filled with lots of fun for all the family: wheel of fortune, big bouncy castle…  Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be there on the day!

Kilkenny Parks Tennis
Summer Tennis Coaching Camps start on 2nd July for 4 weeks (each programme runs for 2 weeks).  For children aged between 6 and 17 years.  Registration at Presentation Secondary School on Saturday, 9th June from 2.00 - 4.00pm.  Cost € 15 per child.  For more information please call 085 282 8846.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

6th Sunday of Easter, 13th May 2012

First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the pupils of St. John of God Girls’ School who celebrated their First Holy Communion in our parish this weekend.  We hope you all had a wonderful day and we pray that the Eucharist will have a special place in your lives as it brings you closer to Jesus.
Next weekend the pupils from St. Patrick’s de la Salle Boys’ School will receive their First Holy Communion at 11.00am at St. Patrick’s Church while the pupils of St. Patrick’s Special School will receive the Eucharist for the first time at 11.00am at St. Fiacre’s Church.  We keep them in our prayers also.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased:  Eamon Cregan, Park View Drive, Freshford Road.  Reposing at Hehir’s Funeral Home from 4.00pm on Sunday with funeral prayers at 6.00pm followed by removal to St. Canice's Church.  Requiem Mass on Monday at 11.00am followed by burial in St. Kieran’s Cemetery.  Br. Sean Murphy CBS, Kilkenny.  Louisa Broderick, Curron, Killarney, Co. Kerry. (Mass at Friday 7.30pm at St. Fiacre’s Church).
Months Mind: Christina McLoughlin (Wed 10.30).  Tom Fitzpatrick (Thurs 10.30).
Anniversaries: Anthona Burke (Sat 6.15). Deceased members of St. Kieran’s College Class of 1962 (Sat 7.00). Patrick Foley & Patrick Foley Jnr (Sun 9.30). Charles Slattery (Sun 10.00). Patrick O’Connell (Sun 12.00). Gerard Carolan (Sun 12.30).  Michael Deegan (Tues 10.30), David McGrath (Thurs 12.30pm in Foulkstown, followed by burial). Jack & Bridget Leahy (Fri 10.30).  Rosemary Tierney, Liam Meehan, Robert Kenny, Eileen Culleton, Noreen McDonald, Patricia (Pat) Murphy, Margaret (Peggy) Lawlor.
Intentions for next weekend: Ellen Garrehy (Sat 6.15). John Cleere (Sun 9.30). John Coppinger (Sun 11.00). Marian O’Sullivan (Sun 12.30).  May they rest in peace.  Amen.

Pilgrimage to Slievenamon
In preparation for IEC2012 a pilgrimage will take place to Slievenamon on Saturday next, 19th May.  Meet @ Church in Kilcash at 11.00am.   Please bring a change of clothing, a drink and a light snack and later we will proceed to the birthplace of Br. Edmund Rice at Westcourt, Callan for light refreshments and a talk on the Eucharistic Congress and Mass @ 4.00pm.
Both young and not so young are welcome to come along on the day.  If people can’t make the walk up Slievenamon please come along to the Mass at 4.00pm.
We have 30 young people from the Diocese of Ossory going to the Eucharistic Congress on 17th June and many of these are from St Patricks Parish.  
For further  details on the pilgrimage or the Youth Day at the Congress please contact Joe Malone on 086 312 8838.

Foulkstown School Reunion
Some tickets are still on sale for the Foulkstown School Reunion on next Saturday, 19th May at 8.30pm in the Springhill Court Hotel.  All past pupils, partners and family members are welcome to come along.  There will be Mass in Foulkstown Church at 7.30pm to start the evening.  A great evening’s reminiscing is guaranteed.  Do come along. 
Contact any of the committee for a ticket: Colm Kennedy 086 037 7732, Frank O’Neill 087 949 0669, Patty O’Neill 087 966 8037, Michael Doyle 056 772 3313, Timmy Byrne 086 827 1688 and Richard Eardley 086 176 7458.

Parish Finances
Please take a copy of our parish financial statement from the back of the church.  They are green in colour and cover the 2011 Financial Year. 
Our annual accounts are prepared by the Parish Finance Committee and audited by a local accountant.
Medjugorge Youth Group
Table Quiz in aid of Kilkenny Medjugorge Youth Group in Delaney's Bar, Patrick Street on  Thursday 17th May at 9.00pm. Table of  4 - €20.  Spot prizes galore - Raffle on night.  Please support.

Variety Concert for Charity
A Variety Concert will take place on Wednesday, 16th May in the Set Theatre in aid of locally-based African charity, Kilimanjaro Direct. The admission is €5 with all proceeds going to the Kilimanjaro Direct school building fund. All are welcome.  Tickets available from the Set (telephone 776 5133) or on-line at www.set.ie..Doors .

Grand Variety Concert
A Grand Variety Concert will be staged at Langton’s Set Theatre, John’s Street, Kilkenny on Thursday, 24th May at 7.30p.m. Tickets at €20 are available at the venue, phone 776 5133. There will be an intermission with wine and finger food. The Unity Singers will be joined by Cara O’Sullivan, Soprano and Tanya Sewell, Mezzo Soprano.  Early booking is advised.

Cosmology/Care of the Earth
Title: The New Story – its implications for faith, life and living
Speaker: Br. Mark McDonnell
Date: Saturday 26th May 2012, Venue: St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy.
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm. Cost : €10
 Please bring packed lunch - (tea and coffee will be provided) Please book before 18th May by contacting Pam or Catherina at 056 772 2870 between  9.00am and 5.00pm.

To Contact the Priest on Duty
Dial the parish number  (056 776 4400) and press 2 when prompted.

Bookings and Anniversaries
In order to avoid misunderstanding and upset, please note the following:
Names for inclusion in the weekly anniversary list MUST be in the parish office by Thursday at the latest.  After this date we cannot guarantee publication that week and announcements may be held over until the following week.
Anniversaries may be delivered to the Parish Office in person, by telephone, email or post (again to arrive before Thursday). Leaving anniversaries in sacristies, on altars  or in the priests’ letterbox is no guarantee they’ll arrive on time, e.g. if a priest happens to be away.
At least two weeks notice must be given for baptisms and parents are asked to please note we celebrate baptisms in a communal setting three times a month.
Weddings: couples must give at least three months notice to church and state and a booking form must be completed in order to book a wedding.  Forms are available at the Parish Office.

Register With Us
If you are new to our parish and would like us to know you a little better, consider registering with us. Telephone the parish office or contact a priest.

Eucharistic Congress Candles
The parish shop has received a supply of candles specially design for the upcoming Eucharistic Congress.  They would make a lovely souvenir of this great event.  Also a candle can be burned as your personal participation in the congress.  Ossory day at the congress in June 12th.
The candles cost €2 for the smaller candle and €2.50 for the larger one. 
See our candles on display in the foyer of the Parish Centre in Loughboy.

Bag Pack for GROW
If you have an hour to spare we would be very grateful for any help with a Bag Pack in Supervalu -Thurs 7th –Sat 9th June in aid GROW Mental Health Movement.  Please contact Mary/ Eileen 056-7761624 if interested in helping.

Mens Action Network
Day trip to Kilmainham Jail, Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Library.  Tuesday June 5th.  Admission Fees. Bus & Dinner at the Maldrom Hotel Portlaoise. Cost €40.  Bus leaves Butts Green at 8.30am.  For booking contact Larry: 086 1290284, Eamonn: 056 7789749

Irish Catholic
The Irish Catholic Newspaper is on sale in our parish, cost €1.30 and is a great source of information and  news about our Church here in Ireland and across the globe.