Sunday, July 8, 2012

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8th July, 2012

Booking Baptisms and Weddings
At least two weeks notice must be given for baptisms in our parish.  Please contact the Parish Office for available dates and to register for the Sacrament.
Three months notice must be given to both Church and State for marriages (the State must be notified separately). Those applying for marriage in the parish will be asked to fill out a registration form and must make arrangements to meet a priest who will advise them on particular details.  Before marriage all couples must complete a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form and provide fresh Baptismal and Confirmation certificates.  Contact the Parish Office for details.

Foulkstown Cemetery
Now that all the  ‘No Dumping’ signs are in place we are actively passing on the registration numbers of all offenders who illegally dump their rubbish in Foulkstown Cemetery.  The facilities we provide are only for dead wreaths and flowers from graves in the cemetery  and nothing else. 
We ask visitors to the cemetery to keep a watchful eye for illegal dumpers and forward the registration numbers of their cars to the Parish Office and we will pass on the details to the litter warden.  If we can’t get our message across then perhaps the warden can.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Foulkstown Cemetery Mass
Please note the annual Cemetery Mass takes place  on Thursday, 26th July at 7.30pm.  Please prepare your family graves and inform absent family and friends of the arrangements.

Centre Opening Hours & Bookings
Monday to Friday: 10.00am - 5.00pm.  All bookings for the Parish Centre must be made through Ted Byrne. Call the Parish Office for contact.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Sr. Mairead Murphy, Presentation Sisters, Newpark Close (following an accident). Reposing at Presentation Convent, Parnell Street with prayers at 8.30pm on Saturday.  Funeral prayers on Sunday followed by removal to St. John’s Church for Requiem Mass at 12 noon.  Interment at St. Kieran’s Cemetery. Larry Glennon. Reposing at Hehir’s Funeral Home with funeral prayers on Sunday at 6.30pm followed by removal to St. Canice’s Church.  Funeral on Monday after 11.00am Requiem Mass to St. Kieran’s Cemetery.  Rosary on Saturday at 9.00pm in Hehir’s Funeral Home.  Bridget Kavanagh, 64 Bishop Birch Place.  Bernie Morrissey, late of Maudlin Street & Ballybough St.
Anniversaries: Patrick Roche (Sat 6.15).  Donal O’Neill (Sat 7.00). Catherine Roberts (Sun 9.30). Pauline Kennedy (Sun 10.00). Joseph Daly & Mary May Savage (Sun 10.30). Ger Doheny (Sun 11.00).  Maurice (Mossie) Nagle (Sun 12.00). Sean  Hennessy (Sun 12.30). Paddy Bergin, Sr. Margaret Bergin (Wed 10.30), Ann McSweeney (Thur 10.30), Annie Cody, Joan Cody, Molly Dwan, Denis Molloy, Mary Fry, Peg Horrigan, Edward Beckett, Christine Taylor, Martin Crotty, Jim Nugent.
Intentions for next weekend: Mary Norris (Sat 6.30). James Hackett (Sat 7.00). Dr Paddy Boyd (Sun 9.30). Jimmy Byrne (Sun 10.00). Mary Slattery (Sun 10.30). Marie Manogue (Sun 11.00). Catherine Dowling (Sun 12.00). Teresa Delahunty (Sun 12.30).

Parish Envelopes
The total collected in last weeks envelope collection amounted to €1,933.00 Many thanks.

Latin Mass
There will be a High Mass in St. Patrick's Church in honour of St. Oliver Plunkett and blessing with First Class Relic of the Saint, on Wednesday, 11th July at 7.30pm.  All are welcome.

Society of St. Vincent De Paul
The next meeting of the St. Patrick’s Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul will take place on Monday, 16th July.  For the months of July and August., the local conference will only meet every two weeks.  Those  seeking assistance are asked to contact the society on 087 681 0589.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival
Clonmacnois, Co Offaly, Thursday 9th - Sun 12th August 2012.  For young people aged 16-35.  An opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new friends.  This Festival has been nicknamed the “Holy Oxygen” with over 1,000 young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year.  The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from around the country.  For more information, contact 01 675 3690, email or book online:

Theology Course
A certificate in Theological Studies is being offered in St. Kieran’s College for the academic year September 2012 to May 2013. 
The aim of the course is to provide general theological education and formation in the main aspects of faith.  The course also aims to provide the background needed for lay involvement and leadership roles at parish and diocesan levels.
For more details contact: Declan Murphy, Course Director 056 7721086  Application forms from: or

Kilkenny Active Retirement
The next meeting will take place on Monday, 9th July at 2.30pm in the Club House Hotel.

Warmer Homes
Better Energy Warmer Homes, administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, funds energy efficiency improvement in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run.  This scheme is being delivered by Kilkenny LEADER Partnership, 8 Patrick’s Court, Patrick Street.
The scheme is available to homes which meet the following criteria:
· Owner occupied, non-local authority homes
· Constructed before 2002
· The owner is in receipt of one of the following: Fuel allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme; Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and with children under 7 years of age
· Family Income Support.
For further information: Kilkenny LEADER Partnership on 056 775 2111.

Getting Results
A cab driver reaches the Pearly Gates and announces his presence to St. Peter, who looks him up in his Big Book. Upon reading the entry for the cabby, St. Peter invites him to grab a silk robe and a golden staff and to proceed into Heaven.
A parish priest is next in line behind the cabby and has been watching these proceedings with interest. He announces himself to St. Peter. Upon scanning the priest’s entry in the Big Book, St. Peter furrows his brow and says, “Okay, we'll let you in, but take that cotton robe and wooden staff.” The priest is astonished and replies, “But I am a man of the cloth. You gave that cab driver a gold staff and a silk robe.  Surely, I rate higher than a cabby.” St. Peter responded matter-of-factly: “Here we are interested in results. When you preached, people slept. When the cabby drove his taxi, people prayed.”