Tuesday, February 19, 2013

1st Sunday of Lent, 17th February 2013

Pope Benedict XVI

With great surprise tinged with sadness, we learned of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Monday last.  During his time as leader of the Catholic Church Benedict has been a faithful witness to Christ, and in this decision, he teaches us with his integrity and humility, about putting the needs of the Church first.  Such a message is very appropriate as we begin the Season of Lent.
It is appropriate that we pray for Pope Benedict during the final days of his pontificate; that we give thanks for his leadership and pray for the Church as we look to the future and the election of a new Pope. 
Next Friday, 22nd February, is the feast of the Chair of St. Peter and we will celebrate the 9.30am and the 10.30am Masses for the intentions of Pope Benedict XVI and for inspiration and strength for the cardinal-electors as they choose a new Holy Father to lead us in the years ahead.

The Season of Lent

This holy season of preparation for the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection continues.  We encourage all to participate in the traditional disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Please note that for your convenience we have scheduled an extra Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church at 6.15pm on each weekday of Lent.  Our morning Masses remain at the usual times: St. Patrick’s Church at 9.30am and St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.30am.

Do Something Special this Lent!

Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the duration of Lent.  Take this opportunity to help someone you love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and wellbeing.  Take the Short-Term pledge and make a difference to someone’s life!  Visit www.pioneerassociation.ie or contact Fr. Liam on 056 776 4400.

Trócaire Family Fast Box

This Lent we prepare ourselves for the promise of the life of the world to come, when every tear will be wiped away and there will be no more suffering, hardship, greed or injustice.  Lent wakes us up to the promise that Christ overcomes darkness, despair, destitution and devastation.  As our parish prepares for Easter let us actively play our part to give concrete expression to that promise every day.  Trócaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the church today - please take one home with you.
Talks on the Bible for Lent
Fr. Willie Purcell will present a series of Talks for Lent at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre.  All welcome.
Tuesday, 19th February at 11.00am - An Introduction to the Bible.
Tuesday, 26th February at 11.00am - Characters of the Bible.


Lenten Alms

We invite parishioners to contribute to the annual Lenten Alms collection.  This collection contributes to the income of the priests of the parish and Bishop Freeman.  Please use the special envelope in your contribution pack or any envelope with your name and address attached.  Your priests acknowledge and appreciate your generosity.

Parish Volunteer Sunday

Last weekend St. Patrick’s Parish held ‘Parish Volunteer Sunday’ during which we encouraged parishioners to assist with various ministries in the parish.  Thanks to those who offered their help - we will be in touch with you shortly.  Forms are still available in the churches for those who need them.  Please return them as soon as possible.

Parish Shop

Available in the Parish Centre is a wide variety of religious goods and books.  Among the items for sale are Baptismal candles and items for Confirmation and First Holy Communion. 
Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Jimmy Phelan, late of Patrick Street and Cullahill, Co. Laois.  Reposing at Johnston’s Funeral Home. Rosary at 8.00pm on Monday.  Funeral prayers at 10.00am on Tuesday followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church for Requiem Mass at 11.00am. Burial afterwards at Foulkstown Cemetery.  Colm Kennedy, St. Francis Terrace. Christina Kelly, Fr. Albert Place. Tommie Ryan, Troyswood & Johnswell Road. Paddy McGuinness, Maudlin Street.
Months Mind: Sean Bolger (Sun 10.00).
Anniversaries: Philomena Summers (Sat 6.15). Michael Walsh & Milo Bourke (Sat 7.00). Mollie Johnston (Sun 10.30). Maureen Barry (Sun 11.00). Michael Phelan & Bridget Lannon (Sun 12.00). Peadar Flanagan (Sun 12.30). Ann Somers (Tue 9.30). Mary Lynch (Tue 10.30). Ann Kelly (Wed 10.30). Jenny Clancy (Fri 6.15). John O’Rourke. Mary Lynch. Ann Delaney. John O’Neill. Sarah Tynan. Seamus Culleton. Christy Walsh. Billy Maguire. Mikey Holland.
Intentions for next weekend: John & Bridget O’Rourke (Sat 6.15). Sr. Conleth Donohoe (Months Mind Sat 7.00). Vera Phelan (Months Mind 10.00). Pat Kearney (Sun 10.30). William Smith (Sun 11.00). Brian Griffin (Sun 12.00). Joe Lawlor (Sun 12.30).

Cake Sale and Coffee Morning

There will be a Cake Sale at the Parish Centre after all Masses at St. Fiacre’s Church next weekend, 23rd/24th March.  Coffees/Teas will also be served after the Sunday morning Masses.  This is to help raise funds to enable young people with special needs to travel to Lourdes at Easter.  The event is organised by Fr. Dan and Group 174 of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.  www.ihcpt.com.  The Parish Centre will be open from 3.00pm on Saturday 23rd to accept any donations of cakes etc.
Your support would be appreciated.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The monthly collection for the local conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be taken up at all our Masses this weekend.  Thank you for your support of this local charity.  Those who are in need of the society’s help can contact them at 087 681 0589.  Alternatively, you can write your request and put it in a sealed envelope and drop it into the Parish Centre.  All requests for help are dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Kilkenny City I.C.A. 60th Anniversary

We are celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Kilkenny City I.C.A on Wednesday, 20th February at 7.30pm in the Club House Hotel. We are seeking out all who were members over the years to join us for dinner and entertainment.  Phone Catherine at 776 4838 for details.

Lost and Found

A small chain and cross have been found in the vicinity of St. Fiacre’s Church.  Contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400.
Kilkenny and Carlow Contact
This is a befriending and support organization for older persons. Volunteer induction and open morning in the Fr. McGrath Centre on Monday, 18th February from 11.00am - 12.30pm.  Please come along if you are interested in volunteering with us.  We ask volunteers to donate an hour or two each week to visit an older person who may need social contact and community or security connections.  Please contact Eleanor Doyle, Coordinator or Mary Colclough, Development Worker on 056 775 1988.


Living Well with Arthritis

The Neighbourhood Centre, Butts Green (Snooker Hall, next door to St. Vincent de Paul).  6 weekly sessions; starts Thursday, 28th February.  7.00pm - 9.30pm.  Consists of 6 weekly sessions.  Cost: €30 for 6 sessions.
Nature in Poetry and Prose
A 6-week course begins on Tuesday, Feb 26th, 7-9pm. Exploring work from Wordsworth and Heaney to Hughes and haiku, course fee €90, including tea/coffee. To book, call 7775910 or email Kilkenny.campus@nuim.ie. Kilkenny Campus is located at St Kieran’s College.