Wednesday, August 22, 2012

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 19th August 2012

St. Fiacre’s Well Novena
The annual novena at the ancient site of St. Fiacre’s Well begins on Saturday, 18th August with the traditional prayers at 8.00pm.  There will be prayers at the Well each evening during the coming week with the concluding Mass at the site on Sunday, 26th August at 3.30pm.
Special features with photographs of the Well will be updated on our website and Facebook page during the coming week.
St. Fiacre’s Well is located out the Bennettsbridge Road about 2 miles from the Bennettsbridge Road Roundabout.  By kind permission of the owner entry is through the avenue of Sheastown House which is on the left hand side of the road.

Schools Reopening
St. Patrick’s De La Salle Boys’ School, St. John of God Girls’ School and Gaelscoil Osrai have informed us that they will reopen for business on Thursday, 30th August.

Congratulations and Well Done
We congratulate all from our parish who received their Leaving Certificate results on last Wednesday.  Well done on your achievements and we hope you are pleased.  Good luck to those waiting for CAO on Monday.  We pray God’s blessing on you as you decide on future courses and careers.

National Public Novena
The National Public Novena in honour of Our Lady of Knock takes place in Knock Shrine, Co Mayo from 14-22 August 2012. The theme for this year's Novena is ‘Eucharist and Life’.  Services are celebrated twice daily: in the afternoon at 3.00pm and in the evening at 8.30pm (Except Sunday 19th, when ceremonies commence with the Anointing of the Sick at 2.30pm. During the Novena the ceremonies will be broadcast live from the Basilica on
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Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Jackie Coonan, Cedarwood Avenue. Michael Lalor, Blackmill Street & London. Josephine Naughton, Rioch Terrace. Kathleen Brophy, Derdimus. Martina McGrath, Dublin (wife of Michael McGrath, formerly St Fiacre’s Place).
Months Mind: Kathleen Quinn (Sun 9.30). Aileen Kelly (Sun 12.00).
Anniversaries: Tom Casserly (Sat 6.15). Eddie Kelly (Sat 7.00). Jim Drohan (Sun 10.00). Larry & Ciss Langton (Sun 11.00). Patrick McDonald (Sun 12.30). Christina Murphy (Mon 9.30). Eileen Tynan (Tues 9.30). John, Ellen, Pat & Mary Butler (Tues 10.30). Moscow Larkin (Thur 10.30). Paddy Wallace (Fri 9.30). James & Joe Delaney (Sat 9.30). Richard Kenny. Christina Gargan.    Winnie & Peter Keenan. Ray Bolger. Edward O’Shaughnessy Snr. Edward O’Shaughnessy Jnr. Christopher  & Mary Ryan. Anastasia Tallent. Josie & Dick Walsh. Evelyn Hughes. Paddy Cooke. Peggy Ryan. Patty Lavender.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Brigid Kenny (Sat 6.15), Maureen Griffin (Sat 7.00), Billy O’Neill (Sun 9.30), Paddy Mullen (Sun 10.00), Tom & Mary Byrne (Sun 10.30), Mary Fahey (Months Mind 11.00), Della Harney (Sun 12.00), Margaret Cantwell (Sun 12.30).

St. Vincent de Paul Collection
The monthly collection for our local conference  of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul takes place this weekend.  Thanks to all who support this charity: all donations to the St. Patrick’s Parish conference is used to help families in our parish.
Many thanks to the conference members who undertake this work on a totally voluntary basis.
Those needing assistance may leave a note into the Parish Centre in Loughboy or into any of the priest’s houses (Place your note in a sealed envelope and clearly mark it for the attention of Society of St. Vincent de Paul).  Alternatively, those seeking assistance may ring 087 681 0589.

Weekly Envelope Collection
Last weekend’s envelope collection was €3,027.62.  Many thanks to all.

St. Patrick’s Boxing Club
The reconstituted St. Patrick’s Boxing Club opened its doors for training at the Watershed this weekend and there was a very promising turnout.  Training continues as follows: Mondays, 7.00 - 9.00pm; Thursdays, 7.00 - 9.00pm; Saturdays, 11.00am - 1.00pm.  This is an excellent means of keeping fit while developing discipline and strength of character.  New members from 10 year olds to adults are welcome.  Come along to any of the sessions or call 086 803 2069 for information.

Priest on Duty
St. Patricks’ Parish operates an after hours priest on duty service. This means that anyone who telephones the parish number (056 776 4400) and presses option 2 on the menu will be connected to the mobile phone of the priest on duty. If your call is not answered immediately (for example while the priest on duty is celebrating Mass) please leave a message for the priest who will deal with your call as soon as possible.

Parish Centre Bookings
In all cases, please contact Mr. Ted Byrne to book rooms or to enquire about facilities, availability and costs.  Telephone 776 4400.

Well Done
Well done to Richie Moloney, Warrington Equestrian Centre, who represented Ireland in the Nations Cup at the Dublin Horse Show on Friday.

Come on the Cats
Best of luck to Brian and all the lads from our parish as they take on Tipperary in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship semi-final in Croke Park.

Renewal and Responsibility
There is a growing awareness today of the need for a great shift in our understanding of who we are as the people of God and how we fulfil our baptismal calling within the Church.
St. Patrick’s Parish Centre is proud to host Empowering Today’s Church for Ownership and Outreach - a series of four lectures by top class international speakers which will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and explore the responsibility we all have within our Church communities.
Monday, 17th September, 7.00 - 9.00pm
Richard Gaillardetz, Boston College
Monday, 24th September, 7.00 - 9.00pm
Ethna Regan, Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University, formerly University of West Indies
Monday, 1st October, 7.00 - 9.00pm
Sandra Cullen, Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University
Saturday, 6th October, 10.00am - 1.00pm
Liam Power, Diocese of Waterford and Lismore.
This is an excellent opportunity to hear some excellent speakers right here in our own parish and we encourage as many as possible to attend.  See posters and flyers in the church porches.

Church Gate Collection
The annual S.O.S. Church Gate Collection takes place on this Saturday and Sunday.  Please support this organisation with strong parish links provides essential accommodation and sheltered work for people with special needs.

Notices for Newsletter
Please have notices, especially anniversaries, into the Parish Office by Thursday for inclusion in the following Sunday’s newsletter.  If announcements  arrive any later than this we cannot guarantee publication that weekend.
Please note that leaving notices into the churches, sacristies or the priests’ houses is not the best way to ensure publication as they can easily get mislaid or a particular priest may be away that week.
We try our best to include all items sent in for inclusion in the newsletter but space is limited and parish notices take priority.  Suggestions  for the newsletter are welcome.

Why Not Study Theology?
The Dominicans are offering an affordable distance-learning programme in theology which can be followed either for academic credit or for personal enrichment.  People study from home, with occasional study-days at weekends, and with the support of on-line academic tutors.  Hundreds of people have completed some or all of the programme.  Perhaps you would like to know more?  Contact: The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24.  Telephone 01 404124.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th August 2012

We welcome all who join us for worship this weekend.  We are conscious that many visitors to our City for the Arts Festival will make their way to one of our churches - we are delighted to have you with us in St. Patrick’s Parish and we hope your visit will be of spiritual benefit to you.

15th August is a Holyday
This Wednesday, 15th August, is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is a holyday of obligation for all Catholics.  Beginning with the Vigil Masses on Tuesday evening at 6.15pm and 7.00pm the Masses for this holyday follow our usual weekend timetable.

Latin Mass
Solemn  High Mass will be celebrated on the feast of the Assumption, at St. Patricks Church on Wednesday, 15th August at 7.30pm.  All are welcome. 

St. Patrick’s Parish now has a Facebook page; at the moment we have 30 ‘likes’ for our page and are keen to get more. Thank you to all who have already ’liked’ our page.  Type and this will take you directly to our parish page. 

St. Patrick’s Parish Office
The Parish Office will be closed for the next two weeks as Michelle, our secretary, is on holidays. Should you need anything during this time please contact one of the priests directly or leave a message at the reception desk at the Parish Centre.

Priest on Duty
St. Patricks’ Parish operates an after hours priest on duty service. This means that anyone who telephones the parish number (056 776 4400) and presses option 2 on the menu will be connected to one of the priests of the parish.  If your call is not answered immediately please leave a message for the priest who may be busy at that particular moment. The priest on duty will return your call as soon as possible.
St. Fiacre’s Well Novena
The annual novena at St. Fiacre’s Well begins on Saturday, 18th August. There will be novena prayers at the well at 8.00pm each evening during the following week.  Final novena prayers at the well on Sunday, 26th August at 3.00pm.  Annual Mass follows at the well at 3.30pm.  All welcome.  St. Fiacre’s Well is accessed via the avenue of Sheastown House situated about three miles from Kilkenny on the Bennettsbridge Road.
We continue to be surprised by the number of people in our parish who have not visited or even heard of the ancient Well of St. Fiacre. For further information and photographs please visit our parish website or Facebook page.

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Michael Kenny, Grange, Ballyragget, Jimmy Leahy, 21 Fr. Murphy Square, Clare Donnelly, Fatima Place,
Months Mind: Bridget Kelly (Sun 10.30).
Anniversaries: Mary Coogan (Sat 6.15), Margaret Shanahan & Joe Maher (Sat 7.00), Phil O’Neill (Sun 10.00), Gabriel Warde (Sun 12.00), Phelim & Nuala McConville (Tues 10.30), Noreen O’Halloran (Wed 11.00), Mary & Martin Burke (Thurs 10.30), Brigid Long (Fri 10.30), Fintan Wallace (Sat 9.30), Walter Kavanagh, Peader Blanchfield, Michael Conroy, Claire Mahon, Richie Leahy.
Intentions for next weekend: Tom Casserly (Sat 6.15), Eddie Kelly (Sat 7.00), Jim Drohan (Sun 10.00), Larry & Ciss Langton (Sun 11.00), Aileen Kelly (Months Mind Sun 12.00), Patrick McDonald (Sun 12.30).

Schools Reopening
The dreaded (?) day is fast approaching.  St. Patrick’s De La Salle Boys’ School, St. John of God Girls’ School and Gaelscoil Osrai have informed us that they will reopen for business on Thursday, 30th August.

Weekly Envelopes
The total collected in the last weekend’s envelope collection was €1,283.00.  Many thanks to all.
Prayer for Divine Mercy
An hour of adoration and prayer in honour of Divine Mercy will take place in the Capuchin Friary Church on Sunday, 12th August from 3.00 - 4.00pm.  

Attention Eucharistic Ministers
Please keep in mind that Ministers of the Eucharist are not to give extra Communion Hosts to those who present a pyx or request an extra host.  Such requests should be brought to the priest at Mass and not the ministers. Genuine people commissioned to bring Communion to the housebound are aware at this stage that they should approach the priest to request an extra host. 
Those receiving Holy Communion should consume the host at the altar steps and not bring it back to their seats.  When necessary a priest or Eucharistic Minister will happily  take Holy Communion to those who are unable to approach the sanctuary.  It is never permissible to remove a Sacred Host from the church without explicit permission from the priest.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

Coffee Morning for Cancer Support
Cois Nore Cancer Support Service will hold a Coffee Morning on Thursday, 16th August  from 11.00am to 12 noon at the Centre in Walkin Street. Chamber Music, Coffee and Cake Sale.  Please support.  All are welcome.

St. Patrick’s Boxing Club
After a break of a number of years St. Patrick’s Boxing Club, Kilkenny is back in the ring!  The club first started in 1946 and has long associations with our parish.  The revived club will open for membership and coaching at the Watershed Sports’ Centre on Saturday, 18th August. Males and females of all ages and from all areas are invited to come along.  More information from 086 803 2069.  Perhaps we have the next Katie or John Joe in our parish.
Certificate in Theological Studies
The course aims at providing religious education, faith formation and spiritual enrichment for those actively engaged in parish life or in the pastoral care of people, young and old. The course would be of enormous help and value to people involved in teaching at primary level or indeed for those finding themselves teaching R.E. at second level without any formal training or qualification in the area. The programme is a Level 7 Certificate accredited by St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. It provides a solid foundation for many fields of ministry. It helps create confidence and conviction for future volunteers in the life of the church.
The programme runs for 24 weeks, September – May; Mondays and Thursdays, 7.00 – 9.30pm, with modules in the Old and New Testament Scriptures, Church History, The Church past and present, Moral Theology, Liturgy and the Sacraments.  For further details apply to Declan Murphy, Course Director, St Kieran’s College on 087 908 1470 or 056 772 1086; email Closing date: 24th August 2012.

Loughboy Library
Kilkenny Arts Festival presents Boaz and Vered Zur in Storytime at Loughboy Library on Tuesday 14th at 3pm.  Age Group 8-12 years.  Booking at 7794176.  Free event.

St. Patrick’s Centre, Kells Road
Congratulations to all involved with the St. Patrick’s Centre on the Kells Road.  This weekend they celebrated the delivery of six new minibuses for use by the service users at the facility. This is a wonderful achievement which was marked by Mass celebrated by Bishop Seamus Freeman followed by a barbeque and party for all involved.  Well done and safe driving.

Whom do you seek?
Single young women attracted to the Dominican way of life are welcome to attend any of the following weekends in 2012: 14 - 16 September; 26 - 28 October ; 16 - 18 November or at other times by arrangement.  Please contact: Sr MairĂ©ad OP, Monastery of St Catherine of Siena, The Twenties,  Drogheda, Co. Louth. Telephone: 041 983 8524 or e-mail  Visit: