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

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), Blánaid 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.