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 Mairéad OP, Monastery of St Catherine of Siena, The Twenties,  Drogheda, Co. Louth. Telephone: 041 983 8524 or e-mail  Visit: