Monday, December 3, 2012

1st Sunday of Advent, 2nd December 2012

First Sunday of Advent
The season of Advent, the time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas and the start of the Church’s  liturgical year, begins on this Sunday.  Advent is a period of preparation, extending over four Sundays, before Christmas. The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, “to come to,” and refers to the coming of Christ. This refers, first of all, to our celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas; but second, to the coming of Christ in our lives through grace and the Sacrament of Holy Communion; and finally, to His Second Coming at the end of time. 
Our preparations, therefore, should have all three comings in mind. We need to prepare our souls to receive Christ worthily.
Advent Text Message
Prepare to receive Christ this Christmas by receiving a free scripture text message each day for Advent - text your number to 085 831 3100 and Ossory Adult Faith Development will be in touch.
Scripture Booklet and CD
You might also consider ordering the Ossory Adult Faith Development’s Scripture Booklet and CD.  These can be used individually or in groups.  Booklets cost €3 and the CD costs €5 and both are available at St. Kieran’s College.
Evening Mass in Kilkenny
Beginning on Monday of this week there will be 6.00pm evening Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral - another good way of preparing for Christmas.
Rosary in St. Fiacre’s Church
As an initiative for the Year of Faith we are introducing the Rosary before 10.30am weekday Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church.  We plan to begin on this Monday, 3rd December at 10.10am. Please come.
First Friday of December
The first Friday of the month occurs this week.  The priests will visit the sick and housebound.  
Children’s Liturgy
We welcome the return of the children’s liturgy and choir to St. Fiacre’s Church for this Sunday’s 10.30am Mass and for every Sunday between now and Christmas.  All young people and their parents are welcome to join in. The practice will be held every Thursdays in St. Fiacre’s Church at 6.30pm. While we hope many will come to the practice your absence should not stop you from coming forward and joining in the celebration.  This initiative needs the support of parents and young people!
Finding Hope in Advent Time
On the three Tuesdays of Advent, (4th, 11th and 18th December) at 11.00am in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre Fr. Willie Purcell will give a talk and lead a discussion entitled Finding  Hope in Advent Time.  All are welcome.  Tea/coffee provided.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Next Saturday, 8th December, is a feast day. Starting with 6.15pm Mass on Friday evening all services will follow the usual weekend schedule.
Westcourt News
Monthly Mass to pray for the intercession of Blessed Edmund Rice will take place in Westcourt on this Monday, 3rd December at 7.30pm. All are welcome.
Rosary in James Green
The rosary on the first Sunday of the month in James Green at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues on this Sunday, 2nd December at 3.00pm.  All welcome.
First Saturday Devotion
St. Fiacre’s Church on Saturday December 1st after 6.15pm Mass.  Prayers and adoration will end at 9pm.  All are welcome.
Recent Collections
Thank you for your generosity: €1,576.00 for retired priests and €1,214.00 for envelopes last weekend.
Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Kevin Hughes, Danville Lodge. Greg O’Neill, Sheastown. Frank McKenna, Tuam.
Months Mind: Mick O’Leary (Sun 11.00).
Anniversaries: Michael Fitzmaurice (Sat 6.15). O’Neill & Brett Families (Sat 7.00). Ramie & Breda Dowling (Sun 9.30).  Kathleen Brown (Sun 10.00). James Ryan (Sun 10.30). Thomas Dowling (Sun 12.00). Mary & James Mulrooney (Sun 12.30). Tom O’Dowd (Fri 6.15). Ned O’Neill (Fri 7.00 Months Mind).  Myra Treacy & Margaret Doyle (Sat 10.00). Maeve & Laurence Healy (Sat 10.30). Cathy & Francis McKenna (Sat 11.00). Declan Walsh (Sat 12.00 Months Mind). Rene Brett (Sat 12.30). Syl Gaffney. Ollie Bergin. Kitty McMyler. Frank & Mary Purcell. Hugh Tiernan. Philip O’Dwyer.  Behan Family.  Eddie McEvoy.
Intentions for next weekend: Christina & Thomas Walsh (Sat 6.15). Patricia Fitzpatrick (Sat 7.00). Florrie Cleere (Sun 9.30). Angela Murphy (Sun 10.00). Elaine Kelly (Sun 10.30). Margaret & Michael O’Brien (Sun 11.00). Michael O’Dwyer (Sun 12.00). Eddie Slattery (Sun 12.30).
Bereaved by Suicide?
Kilkenny Bereavement Support will hold their monthly meeting for people bereaved by suicide in Villa Maria, Talbots Inch on Thursday, 6th December  at 8.00pm. All are welcome.  Info 056 775 6538.
Christmas Mass Cards
Cards offering the recipient a share in the Christmas Masses celebrated by the priests of our parish are available at the Parish Centre.  Cost 3.00 per card.
Candlelight Rosary Procession
There will be a candlelight Rosary Procession from the Parade to the Black Abbey on Saturday, 8th December at 8.00pm.  To mark the 40th anniversary of this Kilkenny event Bishop Seamus Freeman SAC will lead the procession.
Forty Hours Adoration
A sincere thank you to all who helped make last weekend’s Forty Hours Adoration a remarkable success.  Well done and thanks.
St. Vincent de Paul Collection
The local conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is preparing for the annual church gate collection which will take place outside all City churches next weekend.  As we face into Christmas 2012 the members of the Society are doing their best to help those hardest hit as a result of the current economic downturn.  Each week the members of the Society in our parish face growing challenges from the new and already existent poor within our community.  Please help make life better for someone this Christmas by giving what you can to this local charity.  Every little helps.  Please note that the collections will be held outside the church doors next weekend.
Overnight Vigil at Knock Shrine
Knock Vigil for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 7th to 8th December. Bookings 087 056 4430
Latin Mass
There will be a low Mass at St. Patrick’s Church at 5.00pm on Saturday, 8th December.
Unite for Life
A pro-life vigil will take place on Tuesday next at 4.30pm outside Dáil Eireann.  All welcome.
Pat’s Cabaret
Friday, 7th December in Delaney’s Bar, Patrick Street  at 9.00pm.  Music by Johnny Hillman & Sean Shortis with special guests.
Kilkenny Art Exhibition
6th – 16th December (beside Tynan’s Bridge House). Official Opening on Thursday, 6th December from 6.00pm - 9.00pm  Proceeds from Opening Night and 50% of sales to Cois Nore Cancer Support Services.
Irish Wheelchair Association
Annual Christmas Arts and Craft Fair at Claddagh Court, Collage Road Kilkenny on Wednesday, 5th December 11.00am to 3.00pm.  Jackie Tyrell and ‘Liam McCarthy’ expected to attend.
Christmas Shop at the Parish Centre
Come and see the large range of Christmas Cribs and other seasonal gifts at the St. Patrick’s Parish Centre.  Open during office hours on Monday to Friday.  We have a range of cards and gifts for Christmas, baptisms and other occasions.

For he has not despised nor disregarded the poverty of the poor, has not turned away his face, but has listened to the cry for help.’ Psalms 22:24. This Advent, Trocaire is asking parishioners to remember those less fortunate in the world during their Christmas preparations. Transform someone's life with a ‘Gift of Change’ from as little as €5 (£5). Gifts are available at or by calling 1850 408 408 (0800 912 1200 in NI).\stpatrickskk for parish news updates