Monday, March 11, 2013

4th Sunday of Lent, 10th March 2013

Mother’s Day
On this Mother’s Day we remember all our mothers, living and dead.  Using this prayer-poem written by the late John O'Donohue we remember our own mothers and all women in their mothering role.
Your voice learning to soothe your new child
Was the first home-sound
We hear before we could see.
Your young eyes gazing on us
Was the first mirror where we glimpsed
What to be seen could mean.
Your nearness tilled the air,
An umbilical garden for the seeds
Of thought that stirred in our infant hearts.
You nurtured and fostered this space
To root all our quietly gathering intensity
That could grow nowhere else.
Formed from the depths beneath your heart,
You know us from the inside out.
No deeds or seas or others
Could ever erase that.  Amen.
Prayer for the Conclave
The Conclave to elect our new Pope will begin on next Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday we will offer 9.30am Mass for that intention.  In the meantime keep the Cardinal-Electors in your prayers.

Women in the Gospels
Join Eileen Ross at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre as she explores the roles of various female characters found in the four gospels. Talks will take place on Tuesdays, 12th, 19th and 26th March at 11.00am.

Parish Lourdes Fund Cabaret
St. Patrick’s Parish Lourdes Fund is holding their annual fundraising cabaret at the Village Inn on this Saturday, 9th March.  Music by The Uptown Band with supporting guests.  Adm: €5.00.

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Patrick Hayes, 27 Patrick’s Gate.  Funeral service at St. Canice’s RC Church at 11.00am on Tuesday.  Carmel O’Donohoe, Marble Crest. Requiem Mass at Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh at 1.00pm on Monday.  Michael Muldowney, Grovine. Mary Mulhall, England. Billy McEvoy, Jenkinstown. Maura Quinn, Mooncoin. John McGrath, Stoneyford.
Months Mind: Timmy Tennyson (Sun 10.30).
Anniversaries: Michael Brophy (Sat 6.15). Lulu Lynch (Sat 7.00). David Maher (Sun 10.00). Michael & May Brannigan (Sun 11.00). John Dooley (Sun 12.00). Andy Henderson (Sun 12.30) John Barry (Mon 9.30). Pat Cantwell (Tues 10.30). Fr. Phil O’Brien (Tues 6.15). Bridie Carroll (Wed 10.30). Olive Malone (Wed 6.15). Fintan & Billy Wallace (Sat 9.30).  Bill O’Connor. Vincent Morrissey. Rose Cantwell. Ellen McCabe.  Mary Coyne. Sr. Teresa Landy. Ellen & Carmel Hayes. Peggy & Dan Kennedy. Dick Brennan. Elizabeth & Catherine Nolan. Thomas O’Neill. Margaret Nyhan. Noel Glynn. Patrick Brennan. Kitty & John Cleere, Ellen Audoire. Sheila Batten. James Doheny.  John & Annie Free. Liam Bergin.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Eamon O’Toole (Sat 6.15). Jimmy Phelan (Months Mind Sat 7.00). Bridget Eardly (Sun 10.00). Gerry & Mary Coyne (Sun 10.30). Evelyn Herlihy & Christian Maher (Sun 11.00). Michael McInerney (Sun 12.00). Con & Patsy Kenealy & Sue Daly (Sun 12.30).
Annual Novena to St. Joseph
The annual St. Joseph’s Novena will start on Monday, 11th March and close on Tuesday, 19th March - the Feast of St. Joseph. Mass and Novena Prayers will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Mill Hill House, Waterford Road at 8.00pm each evening.  
Divine Mercy
An hour of adoration and prayer will take place in the Friary Church on Sunday, 10th March from 3.00 - 4.00pm.  All are welcome.
Peace in Christ
Palm Sunday, 24th March: Called to Serve; Jesus said: ‘Here am I among you as one who serves’. (Lk 22:27).  Guided by: Rev. Martin Delaney, Sr. Margaret Moloney and Christine Kelly. Commencing: 10.30am. Concluding: 5.00pm. Contact: Peace in Christ Retreat House, Sion Road, Kilkenny, 056 772 1054,

James Stephens Social Club
A reunion night of old and new members of the club will take place on next Saturday, 16th March in the Club Rooms in Larchfield.  No charge. 
Kilkenny Flower Club
Come to Kilkenny Flower Club at Butler House Kilkenny on next Thursday, 14th March, at 8.00pm where Angela Behan-O'Carroll will demonstrate a 'cascade', 'triangle' and 'crescent' Non members welcome.  Admission is €6.
National Association of Widows
The National Association of Widows holds a meeting in the Club House Hotel on the 1st Thursday of each month. New members welcome.

Active Retirement Association
The March meeting of Kilkenny Active Retirement Association will take place on Monday, 11th March in the Club House Hotel at 2.30pm.
Urgent Public Pro Life Meeting
Say No to Abortion in Ireland!  Come to our meeting at the Club House Hotel at 8.00pm on Thursday, 21st March. Organised by Carlow Pro-Life in conjunction with Kilkenny Life Network.  
Life Rosary Vigil
Rosary Crusade against abortion in Ireland.
9 Day Novena of Rosaries (to be said at home) beginning Friday, March 15th and ending with a Rosary Vigil outside Dail Eireann on Saturday, 23rd March at 3.00pm. Organisers encourage as many as possible to attend this vigil.

Lost and Found
A ring was found in the car park adjacent to St. Fiacre’s Church.  Call 056 776 4400.
Siamsoirí Kilkenny Irish Show
A junior Irish Entertainment Group will present their annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Show at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, on Sunday, 17th March from 11.15am - 12.15 pm. Admission free. All welcome.
The School of the Holy Spirit
The School of the Holy Spirit - staff, parents and pupils - say a big ‘thank you’ for your generosity to their recent church gate collection.  All monies raised will go towards essential complimentary therapies and other essential materials for the pupils.

GROW would like to thank sincerely all the people who donated items and gifts to their recent Bric a Brac Fundraiser. We raised 356.00.
Go Green
The O’Neill Centre is appealing to the community to support the ‘Go Green’ initiative aimed at raising funds for the O’Neill Centre (Enable Ireland). We are asking all businesses and their workers in Kilkenny to row in behind them and wear something green on Friday, 15th of March and donate 2.00 to the O’Neill Centre. To sign up for a pack call 056 776 2326 or
Kilkenny Archaeological Society
St. Patrick Christianised Ireland: the motion for an inter-university debate in Kilkenny Castle on Friday, 15th March at 8.00pm chaired by Olivia O’Leary.  Tickets are €10 at Rothe House and at the door (subject to remaining availability).

Loughboy Library
Download audio books and learn a language free on our website:
Irish Circle on Wednesdays at 11.00am and Toddler Storytime and Crafts on Thursdays at 11.30am.
Rehab Care Church gate collection
The Annual Church gate collection in aid of Rehab Care services, William Street Kilkenny will take place at all Masses on Next Week-end 23rd/24th March.

St. Patrick’s Community Games
Sunday, 7th April: Day 2 of our Athletics Events Competitions for ages U6 to U16. Starting at 2.00pm. 1st & 2nd placed person in each event will go ahead and represent St. Patrick’s at county level competition.  Call Paula 086 887 2447 or Ann 087 761 8135 for more information.

"Honour your mother, and never abandon her all the days of your life. Do all that she wants, and give her no reason for sorrow.” Tobit 4:3. On this fourth Sunday in Lent and Mother's Day, we pray for mothers all over the developing world who struggle every day to provide for their children, often going without themselves. By supporting Trócaire's Lenten campaign, you can help mothers across the world to build a better future for their children.