Do this in Memory
We welcome the boys and girls of our local national schools, their parents and family members who join with us at 10.30am and 11.00am Mass this Sunday. On this occasion the young people will enrol as candidates in the Parish First Holy Communion Programme and begin their preparation for the happy event next Spring.
Day for Life
‘Choose Life!’ is the theme for this year’s Day for Life message on 7th October. It promotes respect for human life from the moment of conception. For 2012, the Day for Life also marks the beginning of a special Month of Prayer dedicated to the theme ‘Choose Life!’ which concludes on the Feast of All the Saints of Ireland. Further information including a Pastoral Letter from the Irish Catholic Bishops is available to read or download on www.chooselife2012.ie.
Key points from Bishops’ Pastoral Letter
· From the moment of conception, every human life is beautiful, every human life is precious and every human life is sacred.
· Government does not have to provide for abortion in Ireland to comply with the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.
· Legislating for abortion denies the humanity and dignity of the child in the womb and violates the most basic human right of all – the right to life.
· It is never necessary to target the life of the baby in the womb to save the life of the mother. Ireland, without abortion, is consistently one of the safest countries in which to be pregnant.
· Many women who have had abortions speak of their deep regret, and research also confirms the harm that abortion can cause women.
· International experience shows that once abortion is legalised, even in apparently very limited situations, it becomes more widespread than was first intended.
The Year of Faith
Last October Benedict XVI announced a Year of Faith to run from the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council on 11th October 2012 to the Solemnity of Christ the King on 24th November 2013. The starting date, 11th October, also marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It coincides too with a gathering of bishops from across the world in Rome for a Synod themed, ‘The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith’.
Outlining the purpose of the Year of Faith, Benedict XVI spoke of the need to give fresh impetus to the mission of the Church by leading people ‘out of the wilderness’ in which they so often find themselves ‘towards the place of life, towards friendship with the Son of God, towards the One who gives us life, and life in abundance.’
The Year of Faith provides the Irish Church with a framework from which to build on the many graces of the recent Eucharistic Congress. At its heart is the programme of renewal set out in the texts of the Vatican Council. These texts ‘have lost nothing of their value or brilliance… there we find a sure compass by which to take our bearings in the century now beginning’.
The Year of Faith invites us to read these documents afresh and rediscover their original energy and vision.
The Year of Faith is an opportunity to celebrate and renew our faith – individually, in families, in parishes and schools, in each diocese, in our country and across our global Catholic community. It is a providential moment for reflecting on how we can know our faith and make it better known through the modern means of communications, through art, through renewal of many of the traditional practices of our faith such as pilgrimages to Marian Shrines and holy sites, through celebration and knowledge of the Irish saints and through a host of other activities. (Cardinal Brady: abridged)
Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Helen Kelly, 67 Springfields and formerly of Blackquarry and John’s Street. Jane Saunders, Ballyragget. Niall Comerford, 11 Fr. Delahunty Terrace.
Months Mind: Josie Nolan (Sat 7.00).
Anniversaries: Kathleen Roche (Sat 6.15). Joan Waters (Sun 11.00). Tom O’Neill (Sun 12.00). Evelyn Coppinger (Sun 12.30). John & Mary O’Connell (Tue 9.30). Eddy Dean (Thurs 10.30). Sr. Elizabeth Butler. Patty Reinhardt. Billy Tallent. Garry & Norah Dunne. Mary O’Brien. John Johnson. John Murray. Mary Doyle. Mary Dunne.
Intentions for next weekend: Peter Gaule (Sat 6.15). Judy O’Brien (Sat 7.00). Gerard Moynihan (Sun 9.30). Anne Roche (Sun 11.00). Tom Foley (Sun 12.00). Nicola Conway (Sun 12.30).
Rosary at James Green
There will be rosary at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny, James Green on this Sunday at 3.00pm.
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting will take place on Friday, 12th October in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre immediately after the 10.30am Mass.
Talk for Parents
St. John of God School Parents’ Council invites parents to hear their guest speaker Mr. John Lonergan, former governor of Mountjoy Prison speak on “Parenting - the Challenges and the Rewards”. This will be a reflective and awareness-raising look at parenting on Wednesday, 16th October at 8.00pm in St. John of God School.
St. Kieran’s College
At St Kieran’s College: Courses starting soon. Ten Great Songwriters (Tuesdays 7 - 9pm, 10 weeks, €150), Nature in Poetry and Prose (Thursdays 10 - 12am, 8 weeks, €120), Writing for Radio (November 2nd & 3rd). For information: www.nuim.ie/kilkenny or call 056 777 5910.
Visit www.patricksparish.net to see revised front page and lots of information and links about our parish and the Church.
The October Stations for the support of the priests of the parish and the bishop are taken up this month. This is one of five special collections that are taken up each year. Please use the green envelope in your envelope pack or any envelope with your name and address attached. We are grateful to all who support us financially, especially in these current tough economic times. Thanks!
Did you know?
In the eyes of the Revenue Commissioners priests are classed as ‘self employed’ and as such pay taxes at the same time and rate as everyone else.
Kilkenny Flower Club
Kilkenny Flower Club will have a work night on Thursday, 11th October. Details are on www.kilkennyflowerclub.wordpress.com. Bring a plant, buy a plant in aid of WAFA Ireland.
Monday, 8th October at 7.00pm, Canal Square – The KRSP/HSE City Walk series. Free for everyone! All levels are very welcome.
This booklet is published monthly and contains all the texts of daily Mass, with a meditation from the great writers of the Church and the Prayer for Morning and Evening based on the Liturgy of the Hours. You will also find lives of the saints and articles on spiritual topics and prayers at night in each issue. Available: Parish Office at €5 each.
Life Institute hold Public Meeting
Find out how you can help keep abortion out of Ireland. Meeting at Club House Hotel, Kilkenny on Thursday, 11th October at 7.30pm.