Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of the important role that Catholic primary and secondary schools play in providing a values-added education for our young people. The week aims to build community awareness of, and involvement in, Catholic schools in Ireland.
CSW 2013 will firstly encourage schools to take time in prayer giving thanks for the gift of faith and praying for growth in faith. Secondly during the week schools will be encouraged to reflect on the witness of the Christian life that is available to us in the lives of those around us and in the lives of the saints that we celebrate during the week. Finally we will be encouraged to look to Christ because faith has its starting and finishing points in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
There will be many and varied activities in the Catholic schools in our parish during the week: invite your children to discuss these activities at home.
Pupils and staff from some of our schools will attend the public Masses in our churches on various days during the week. Parents and grandparents are invited to join us in church each day.
Mass Times at St. Patrick’s Church
To facilitate the pupils and staff from our schools the morning Mass at St. Patrick’s Church will be deferred until 9.35am each day this week. Sorry if this causes any inconvenience for regular worshippers.
St. Patrick’s De La Salle School
To mark Catholic Schools Week the pupils and staff of St. Patrick’s De La Salle will prepare the liturgy and provide the music at the 10.30am Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church on next Sunday.
Saturday, 2nd February is the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Also known as Candlemas Day: candles for use in the church and home are blessed at Masses on this day. Suitable wax candles are available in the Parish Centre for just €1 each.
Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Sr. Gemma Martin, St. John of God Convent, College Road. Requiem Mass at St. Patrick’s Church at 12.30pm on Sunday followed by burial in Foulkstown Cemetery. Mary Kelly, Halifax. Mary E. Redmond, Castlecomer Road. Mary Phelan, Ballycallan.
Months Mind: Paddy Kelly (Sun 11.00).
Anniversaries: Paul Prodromou (Sat 6.15). Ann O’Shea (Sat 7.00). James (Jim) Loughlin (Sun 9.30). Michael Moore (Sun 10.00). Ann & John Waldron (Sun 10.30). Kathleen Hickey (Sun 12.00). John Collins (Sun 12.30). Con Noonan (Tues 9.30). Ellen, John, Pat & Mary Butler (Tue 10.30). Daniel (Algie) Lanigan (Wed 10.30). Christy McLoughlin (Thurs 10.30). Lil, Billy & Eamonn Costelloe (Fri 10.30). Anne Nolan (Sat 9.30). Elizabeth Kavanagh. John Hennessy. Kathleen Kelly. John & Katherine Curry. Annie Delaney. William Culleton. Catherine Brett. Anne Kenny. Phil & Statia Grace. Mary Morris-Allen. Patrick Morris. Peter Browne. Jimmy Browne. Rev. John Nyhan.
Intentions for next weekend: Christine Comerford (Months Mind Sat 6.15). Breda Butler (Sat 7.00). Noeline Flood (Sun 10.00). Joe O’Shea (Sun 10.30). Eileen Cummins (Sun 11.00), Eileen Baker (Months Mind Sun 12.00). Jimmy McGrath Sun 12.30).
World Day for Consecrated Life
On Sunday, 3rd February we will celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life. This celebration invites all in the Church to reflect on the role of Consecrated Life within the Christian community. Some Christian women and men live out the consecrated life in different ways; religious sisters, nuns, brothers, religious priests, and monks consecrate their lives through their profession of vows and live as part of a community.
Bishop Séamus will celebrate the occasion with the religious of our diocese at a special Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church at 4.00pm on Thursday, 31st January. All are welcome.
The first Friday of February occurs this week. The priests will visit the sick and housebound at the usual times. Contact the Parish Office if you would like to be included.
St. Brigid's Day Service
This year’s St. Brigid’s Day Service will take place in St. Fiacre's Church on Friday, 1st February at 7.30pm. Holy water from the Well of St. Brigid in Kildare and the traditional Red Flannel will be available on the night. All welcome.
St. Patrick’s Lourdes Committee
This parish group raises funds to help deserving parishioners travel to Lourdes with the Ossory Diocesan Pilgrimage in May. The Committee is now accepting nominations for travellers with this year’s pilgrimage. Contact Michelle in the Parish Office (776 4400) if you or someone known to you would like to be considered for travel.
Mass in Honour of St. Joseph
Mass in honour of St. Joseph is celebrated on the first Wednesday of every month at the Mill Hill Chapel, Waterford Road. The next Mass will be at 8.00pm on Wednesday, 6th February. Please join us if you can.
Alzheimers/Dementia Support Group
For carers of people with Alzheimers/Dementia. Providing a safe space for information exchange, emotional and practical support and the opportunity to network. Location: Alzheimer Day Care Centre, No. 1 Fr Walsh Close, Cootes Lane, Kilkenny (Behind the Village Inn). Next Meeting: 30th January, 4.00 - 5.30pm. Info: 056 777 1230.
The Carers’ Association
Support Group Meeting on Thursday, 31st January. Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.30am will be followed by meeting in the Parish Centre at 11.00am. We look forward to seeing you there.
Grow Mental Health Movement
This group is running a fundraiser in Cillin Hill, Kilkenny towards the end of February. All monies go towards our work in the community. We would appreciate any donations e.g Pottery, Glassware, unwanted Christmas gifts, Jewellery, Household items etc. Many thanks for your support. Contact: Mary or Eileen on 776 1624.
Anam Cara Support Groups
Support Groups provide parents with an environment where they have the opportunity to connect with other bereaved parents. Anam Cara is holding its monthly support meeting on Monday, 28th of January at 7.30pm at The Horse & Jockey Hotel. Information www.anamcara.ie; firstname.lastname@example.org & 01 404 5378.
Church Gate Collection
Ossory Youth will hold a church gate collection this weekend. Please support.
Simple Irish conversation gatherings for all levels start Wednesday, 6th February at 11.00am. Duration: 8 weeks. Tá fáilte romhat. 056 779 4176.
Homecare Training Programme
MOMENTUM will support the provision of free education and training projects to allow 6,500 jobseekers to gain skills and to access work opportunities in identified growing sectors. For programme information please refer to www.carersireland.com/monemtum.php or telephone 057 932 2920.
Morning art class for adults will resume on Friday, 1st February, 10:30am to 12:00 noon. Info: Sonja on email@example.com 083 394 1220.
Keep Up to Date on our Parish
More news and updates on www.patricksparish.net and www.facebook.com/StPatricksKK
Celebrate the Year of Faith.
Come to a Day of Prayer at Knock Shrine on 2nd February (10.00am - 5.00pm). The day includes talks, Rosary, Adoration and Holy Mass. Talks will be given by Fr Kilian Byrne, Foyers of Charity. Talks will include: The Eucharist - The Pearl of Great Price, The Catechism of the Catholic Church and The Urgency of the Fatima Message.
Painting Classes with a Difference
No painting skills are necessary - materials are provided. For more information contact 086 248 5887 or 057 873 7899. Starts 25th of February.
The Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth invites 6th Year, FETAC and mature students to take the first year of their BA degree in Kilkenny. Info: CAO (MH901) and www.nuim.ie/kilkenny
Students choosing to take this exciting new option will benefit by taking the 1st year of their BA degree close to home in a friendly, learner centered environment - before moving to the main NUI Maynooth Campus for 2nd and 3rd year. Those living locally will also have the advantage of making significant savings on travel and accommodation costs. Subjects on offer:
Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Bookings can now be made for the 2013 Ossory Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes which takes place between 22nd and 27th May. Contact: 051 880 414 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Fare €735pps.