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 .

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.