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.