Saturday, July 14, 2012

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 15th July 2012

Pray for our Deceased Family & Friends
Recently Deceased: Mary Neary, Kickham Street.  Requiem Mass Sunday at 11am in St. Mary’s Cathedral.  Aileen Kelly, 34 Dukesmeadows, Bridget O’Donnell, Loughrea.
Anniversaries: Mary Norris (Sat 6.15), 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), John & Esther Loughman, Felix Campbell, Mary Ann, Thomas & Denis Murray, Mary Holland, Patrick O’Brien, John Walsh, Kitty Phelan.  
Birthday Remembrance: Martin Neylon (Tues 10.30).
Intentions for next weekend: Sr. Padua Delaney (Months Mind Sat 7.00), Vera Brannigan (Sun 11.00), Hugh McCorry (Sun 12.00), Joe Cody (Sun 12.30).
May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Booking Baptisms & 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 (with your priest), and provide Baptismal and Confirmation certificates not more than six months old.  Contact the Parish Office for details.

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.

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:

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.
We try to accommodate  as many groups as possible.  Those using our facilities are expected to comply with our child safety standards and respect our ethos as a Catholic Parish and Church.

St. Vincent De Paul
The monthly collection in aid of St. Vincent De Paul will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  Please support this local and worthy charity.  Money donated in this parish goes to helping families in this parish some of whom may be your neighbours and friends.
Those seeking the assistance of the society can  put their requests into a sealed envelope marked ‘St. Vincent de Paul’ and drop it into the parish office or through the priests’ letter box.  Alternatively you can call the societies  mobile number: 087 6810589

News from Rome
 In a private audience today with prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, Pope Benedict XVI approved the “heroic virtue” Fulton J. Sheen, thereby officially opening his cause for canonization.  The American archbishop and former bishop of Rochester New York lived from 1895-1979. He was best known his 20 years of evangelical work on radio and television. Before Archbishop Sheen’s cause can advance towards beatification, the Pope must approve at least one miracle attributed to his intercession.
The international charity Aid to the Church in Need hailed a milestone in making Scriptures available to children, with the publication of the 50 millionth copy of its child's Bible, "God Speaks to His Children."  The project began in 1979 and the Bible is now available in 172 languages; the 50 millionth copy was published in the Umbundu language, which is spoken in Angola, Africa.  In some places, the book is the first, or one of only a handful of books, published in the language.  Maria Zurowski, head of family pastoral work at ACN, said: “For millions, the Child’s Bible is so precious because it is written in their native language, in which the readers learned to pray.”
Article provided by ZENIT News Agency.

Calor Community Champion 2012
The Search for Ireland’s unsung heroes
Calor understands the work carried out each day by unsung local volunteers in parishes across the diocese of Ossory. They have launched the ‘Calor Community Champion 2012’ to give recognition and €10,000 reward to those who go above and beyond the call in our parishes, who  get things done, and work tirelessly each day to improve the lives of the people around them.
The winner will receive €1,500 and a bursary of €7,500 to give to their nominated charity or local organisation.  Calor will provide €500 for the person or organisation that nominated them.  Nominations to crown this year’s champion volunteer will close at the end of July.
For information and to nominate your local champion, please visit and ‘like’ at or call 1850 812 450 for an application form to be sent by post.

Prayer For Fine Weather
We join Bishop Denis Brennan of Ferns in praying for fine weather to help the harvest and cheer all our hearts.  May God look favourably on us.
Monday Morning 9.30am mass in St. Patrick’s will be offered for fine weather.  Friday Morning mass at 10.30am will be offered for the same intention.  You are welcome to join us in faith and solidarity with those affected by the bad summer we’ve had thus far.
Below is the prayer composed by bishop Brennan and using it might, Deo Volente, turn the sway:

"All-powerful and ever-living God, we find security in your care and love for us. Give us the fine weather we pray for and need.  May the harvest be secured and the hard work and efforts of so many of our people come to fruition.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen."

Guest Preachers Next Week
Next weekend, we welcome the Franciscan Brothers who will preach at all our masses next weekend.  This is part of their diocesan visit to all parishes in Ossory to raise awareness of their work and request financial assistance.  Please give them your usual warm Village welcome.

Cancer Support Fundraiser
Coffee morning and book sale will take place in the Watergate Theatre on Friday, 20th July 2012 at 10.30 .m. in aid of Cois Nore Cancer Support.  All welcome.