Monday, January 7, 2013

The Epiphany of the Lord, 6th January 2013

St. Patrick’s Parish Statistics
It would appear that the future of our hurling and camogie teams has been secured into the future as 161 children were baptised in our parish during the past year. This represents an increase of 34 children on the previous year!

Meanwhile,  42 couples were married in the parish churches during 2012 – up 1 on 2011. Traditionally brides get married in their home parish - perhaps as many young men from our parish were married elsewhere.  Congratulations to them all.

Sadly 64 members of our parish community died during 2012.   

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: John Walsh, Ferns. Trisha O’Brien (Tues 9.30). Martin Greensmith, St. Patrick’s Centre, Kells Road., Ailish Forristal, Granges Road.  Richard Hahessy, Grangemokler.
Months Mind: Kevin Hughes (Sat 7.00)
Anniversaries: Billy & Anastasia Hickey (Sat 6.15). Philomena Brennan (Sun 9.30). Mary Costello (Sun 10.00). Christina & Rose Leahy (Sun 10.30). Sean Devane (Sun 11.00). Michael  Kennedy (Sun 12.00). Roseanna Smyth (Sun 12.30). Teresa Walsh (Wed 10.30). Mary Reynolds (Thurs 10.30). Jack, Peg & Breda Molloy (Fri 10.30). Frank O’Shea. Connie & Bridget Carroll. Jimmy Coyne. Mick Kelly. Ann Smyth.  Lorenzo Mahony. Denis Nyhan. Tom Purcell. Liam & Peggy Riordan. Peggy O’Brien. Agnes & Robert Brannigan. Christopher & Mary Ryan. Anne Treacy. Anne Wright. Rita & Liam Bourke. John Lanigan. Patrick Byrne. Timothy Hickey.
Intentions for next weekend:  Richard White (Sat 6.15). Albert & Bridget Downes (Sat 7.00). Mary Reynolds (Sun 9.30). Maura Nolan (Sun 10.00). Beattie O’Connell (Sun 10.30). Sean O’Dwyer (Sun 11.00). Patsy Dawson (Sun 12.00). Mary Bartley (Sun 12.30).
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Every Tuesday from 8th January at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre from 3pm - 5pm.  Everyone welcome.  No partner required. 

The monthly rosary on the first Sunday in James Green at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues this Sunday 6th January at 3pm.  

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
A meeting of the St. Patrick’s Branch of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will take place after 10.30am Mass on Friday 11th January in St. Patrick's’ Parish Centre.  All are welcome especially new members.

Knights of St. Columbanus
Kilkenny Council of the Order of the Knights of St. Columbanus are hosting a Christmas Dinner for deserving citizens residing in Kilkenny.  It will comprise a full 4 course dinner followed by music & dancing at The Irish Wheelchair Association, College Road, Kilkenny at 1pm on Sunday 13th January 2013.  Transport will be available from outside St. Fiacre’s Church at 12.45pm if required. 

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 2013. Telephone 051 880 414. Email  Fare €735pps.

Westcourt News
The monthly Mass to pray for the intercession of Blessed Edmund Rice in our lives and for his canonisation will take place in Westcourt on Monday 7th January 2013 at 7.30pm. Callan Friendship Club will organise the liturgy for this mass. All are welcome.

Pro Life Vigil in Dublin
On Saturday, 19th January there will be a ‘Unite for Life’ pro-life vigil held in Dublin at 4.30pm in Merrion Square. Please make every effort to be there and to encourage family, friends and neighbours to do likewise. The vigil will have a positive, clear message about safeguarding the lives of mothers and babies in pregnancy. Posters will be provided on the day. Please do your part to spread the word. For further information, please contact Denise on 087 266 8702.

Bric a Brac Sale
GROW Mental Health Movement is running a Bric a Brac Stall as a Fundraiser in Cillin Hill end of Feb 2013. We are looking for donations of glass, pottery, books or any unwanted gifts/toys etc. No clothes or shoes. GROW would be most appreciative of any donated goods to be delivered to Ormonde Home, Barrack St, Kilkenny.  Please contact Mary/Eileen 056-7761624

Nativity Wisdom
A little girl and her mother were looking at the Nativity scene. The mother was explaining that the Wise Men were presenting their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the newborn King. The little girl looked in great adoration at the babe in the manger, then turning to her mother, thoughtfully said: “It might have been better if they had brought Him a bed!”

Parish Office Re-opens
From Monday the parish office returns to its normal opening hours, Monday and Tuesday, 9am to 3.30pm and Thursday and Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Parish Website
Our parish’s presence on the internet:

Rosary Before Mass
Each morning, before our 9.30 Mass in St. Patrick’s and our 10.30 Mass in St. Fiacre’s, we recite the rosary.  This is proving very popular in both churches and allows people time to settle into prayer before Mass.  Please feel free to join us for this prayer before Mass.

There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Fiacre’s Church this Monday after the 10.30am Mass.  Exposition continues until 10pm and we ask for more volunteers to join us in dedicating some time to keeping the Lord company at one of the hours of exposition during the day.
There is also exposition in St. Patrick’s Church on Friday from 4pm to 9pm and volunteers are always needed for this time of adoration.
Out of respect for the Blessed Sacrament and for security reasons, we cannot leave the monstrance unattended.  If you would like to spend some time with the Lord and enter into more prayer for the New Year, then exposition may be for you.

Mass Cards/Intentions
A variety of Mass cards are available at the Parish Centre.  These cards are for those who wish to have a Mass offered for someone deceased or for  some other occasion/intention.  The cards are individually signed by the priests of the parish and an individual Mass is offered for each intention.  Please note that most of these Mass intentions are sent to the missions through Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), where individual Masses are guaranteed.  The money sent for these Masses makes up most of the missionary priests income. The suggested stipend for an individual Mass is €10.
We now also offer a shared Mass facility where people can submit an intention for inclusion in a shared Mass offered.  The suggested offering for a shared mass is €3.