Friday, February 15, 2013

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 10th February 2013

Our Lady of Lourdes
Monday is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  On this day in 1858, Our Lady first appeared to the fourteen-year-old Bernadette Soubirous.  Later Bernadette was to learn that the mysterious lady was the Blessed Virgin and to hear from her lips, ‘I am the Immaculate Conception’.  In 1992 Pope John Paul instituted the World Day of the Sick to be held on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.
21st World Day of the Sick
The message of the Holy Father for the 21st World day of the Sick is available on line at  The theme of this years message is ‘God and do likewise’ (Luke 10:37)
We will offer Mass for the sick of the parish at St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.30am on Monday.  All welcome. 
Ash Wednesday - Lent Begins
Ash Wednesday occurs this week and is the beginning of the Season of Lent.  At our morning Masses we will bless ashes and begin our Lenten observance.
Please note that pupils from our local schools will be present for the distribution of ashes at 9.30am and 10.30am Masses.  If you wish to avoid the large crowds, we have an evening Mass at 6.15 in St. Fiacre’s Church.
Extra Mass for Lent
As mentioned above, starting on Wednesday there will be an evening Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church at 6.15pm on each weekday of Lent.  In the past this has been a very popular celebration for people wishing to make Mass a part of their Lenten observance.  All are welcome to join us.  Our morning Masses remain at the usual times: St. Patrick’s Church at 9.30am and St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.30am.  
Keep in Touch
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 or contact Fr. Liam on 056 776 4400.
Parish Mass Cards
St. Patrick’s Parish is happy to offer a signed Mass Card facility for the deceased and other intentions.  The cards are signed by the priests of the parish and there is a guarantee of an individual Mass is €10.00.
In addition to individual Masses, we also offer a shared Mass facility (€3 each) and these shared Masses are offered every Thursday morning at St. Patrick’s Church by the priests of the parish.
Please note that most of the individual Masses are sent to missionary y priests through Aid to the Church in Need.  Aid to the Church in Need is a pontifical charity regulated by the Church and Masses are guaranteed to be said on an individual basis.
Novena at St. John’s Parish
The annual parish novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help concludes at St. John’s Church on this Monday, 11th February.
The novena, conducted by a Redemptorist team, led by Fr. Derek Meskell CSsR with Fr. Ciarán O’Callaghan CSsR and Ms Sarah Smyth, will be conducted at the following times:
Sunday: 8.00, 10.30am, 12.00 noon and 7.30pm.
Weekdays: 7.30 and 10.30am and 7.30pm.
Special Services: Sunday 10th - 3.30pm - Service of Blessing of Babies and Small Children.
Monday 11th - Closing Ceremonies of Novena at all sessions.  All welcome
Pray for our Deceased Friends
Months Mind: Teresa Dullard Maloney (Fri 10.30). Paul Delaney (Sat 9.30)
Anniversaries: Thomas Kavanagh (Sat 6.15). Peggy Shanahan (Sat 7.00). Paddy Burke (Sun 9.30). Rory Quinn (Sun 10.00). Nora Foley (Sun 10.30). Ursula Maher (Sun 11.00). Peter Quinn (Sun 12.00). Dr. Richard Purcell (Sun 12.30). Richard & Elizabeth Murphy (Tues 10.30). Matthew Gleeson (Wed 10.30), Mary & Cecil Pullan (Thurs 10.30). John O’Rourke (Thurs 6.15). Bill Carroll. Kieran Healy. Liam Devlin. Eileen Egan. Daphne Phelan. Bridie Dunne. Patrick & Elizabeth Fry. Eileen Cooper. Catherine Maher.
Intentions for next weekend: 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). Peader Flanagan (Sun 12.30).
Sts. Cyril and Methodius
Cyril (826-869) and Methodius (818-885) were brothers from Thessalonica in Greece.  They are honoured as Apostles of the Slavic people and were declared Patrons of Europe in 1980.  Their feastday is celebrated on Thursday. 
Healing Group
Kilkenny Bereavement Support will hold “A Healing Group” for people who have been bereaved by suicide for at least six months.  This group will meet for 8 weeks in a row.  This year the meetings will take place in Villa Maria, Talbots Inch, Kilkenny commencing on Tuesday, 19th February at 8.00pm and will continue on the following Tuesday nights.  The aims of the group are to help the participants to explore their loss in a safe environment, to help them feel comfortable in understanding their grief which may involve isolation, stigma, guilt or blame.  Please telephone 056 775 6538 or 087 961 0334 for more information.
Divine Mercy
An hour of adoration and prayer in honour of Divine Mercy will take place in the Capuchin Friary Church on this Sunday, 10th February from 3.00-4.00pm. 
St. Patrick’s Boxing Club
The local boxing Club continues to grow and is going from strength to strength.  Congratulations to 15 members of the club who won trophies at the Kilkenny/Laois/Carlow Championships last weekend. 
All are invited to attend a boxing tournament in James Stephens GAA Club on next Saturday, 16th February beginning at 2.00pm.  There will be lots of talented boxers from our local club on display. 
Parish Volunteer Sunday
In St. Patrick’s Parish we are holding ‘Parish Volunteer Sunday’ this weekend.  We want to encourage as many parishioners as possible to get involved with the parish.  See separate handout for more details.
Kilkenny Active Retirement
The annual general meeting of the Kilkenny Active Retirement Association will take place on Monday 11th February in the Club House Hotel at 2.30pm.  All members welcome.
Variety concert
Callan Variety Concert will take place on Tuesday 12th Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th February in St. Brigid’s College Callan.  Doors open at 7.30pm.  Show will start at 8.15pm sharp.
Kilkenny Flower Club
Kilkenny Flower Club will hold its AGM followed by a Quiz in Butler House on Thursday 14th February at  All welcome for a fun night.
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