Monday, April 22, 2013

Fourth Sunday of Easter, 21st April 2014

Parish Confirmation
Congratulations to 15 young people from St. Patrick’s Special School, Kells Road and the School of the Holy Spirit, Callan Road who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Fiacre’s Church last Thursday last.
Our Confirmation Season has come to an end now and we thank all who helped prepare and celebrate with the young people.  In all 196 young people from schools within our parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation this year.
Vocations Sunday 2013
Today, the Fourth Sunday of Easter or Good Shepherd Sunday is a special day for everyone in our parish.  We celebrate the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
We ask that we may be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit as we carry o the mission of Jesus, our Good Shepherd.  Let us pray for one another that we may be strengthened in our Christian vocations as married and single people, priests and religious.  May our young people listen to God’s call and be encouraged to respond generously.

Faith Fest 2013
This year we celebrate the Year of Faith. As part of our celebration the Diocese of Ossory is holding Faith Fest 2013: Celebrating Faith in Ossory, on the weekend of Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2013. Much of the weekend’s activities will take place in St Kieran’s College, celebrating all that is good in the Diocese of Ossory.  Many parishes and organisations in Ossory will be represented on Saturday from 10.00am to 6.00pm and Sunday from 2.00pm to 6.00pm, which will provide an opportunity to highlight some of the work and service that is happening in the diocese. On this weekend there will also be many workshops, talks and lectures, sporting events as well as activities for younger members of the family.  More information next week or see full programme in bishop’s letter.
Letter from Bishop Séamus
Bishop Seamus Freeman SAC has written to all families in the diocese highlighting the forthcoming Faith Fest and including a full programme of events.  Copies of the letter are available in church today.

Passport of Faith
These are small passport sized booklets with some information on most parishes in the Diocese of Ossory.  With your ‘passport’ in hand and in preparation for the Faith Fest you are invited to take a little pilgrimage of faith around some of the parishes of the diocese.  Using this booklet why not try to explore just some of the rich heritage that our parishes have to offer.  A limited supply of booklets are available free of charge in our sacristies.

Liam Lawton in Concert
To launch Faith Fest 2013 a concert will be held in St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday, 10th May featuring Liam Lawton with special guests the Unity Singers. Doors open 7.00pm, concert at 8.00pm.  Tickets: 20 each available at St. Patrick’s Parish Office.
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 Masses this weekend.  Please support.
We congratulate and thank members of the Society as they celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the Society's Founder, Frederic Ozanam.

Eucharistic Ministers
A meeting for all current Eucharistic Ministers is being arranged in the coming weeks and you will be contacted shortly with the details.  Meanwhile, have you collected your rota from the Parish Office.


Rosary for the Month of May
The month of May is dedicated to Our Lady.  With this in mind we invite as many weekday Mass goers as possible to make a special effort to join in the rosary which is recited before daily Mass at 9.10am in St. Patrick’s Church and 10.10am in St. Fiacre’s Church.  We look forward to seeing you there.
Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: George Dewberry, 1 Leggettsrath, Dublin Road. Requiem Mass at St. John’s Church at 12.00 noon on Sunday. Joan Jones (nee Brennan), late of 71 Patrick’s Street who died in England.  Requiem Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Foulkstown at 12.00 noon on Saturday.  Burial of ashes will follow at adjoining cemetery.  Elizabeth Hanlon, Wolf Tone Street.
Anniversaries: Dan Bolger (Sat 6.15). Sr. Gemma Martin (Months Mind Sat 7.00). Betty Byrne (Sun 9.30). Eileen Byrne (Sun 10.00). Michael & Mary Bourke (Sun 10.30). Paddy Walsh & Pat Lee Walsh (Sun 11.00). Marie Phelan (Sun 12.00). Jimmy O’Neill (Sun 12.30). Marie Hehir (Tues 10.30), Roy Barry (Wed 10.30). Joe Ayres (Thurs 10.30). Andrew O’Neill. Joan Smithwick. Maisie Kehoe. Baby John Edward Kirwin-Malone. Billy Nugent. Mairead Dowling. Ann & Noel O’Dwyer. Mary Muldowney.  Brigid Kelly. Mary Crotty.
Intentions for next weekend: Ted O’Dwyer & Patrick Dorney (Sat 6.15). Mary & Eddie O’Keeffe (Sat 7.00). John Byrne (Sun 10.00). Rita O’Rourke (Months Mind Sun 10.30). Kathleen Grace, Anastatia Fitzpatrick & Pierce A. Grace (Sun 11.00). Martin Neylon (Sun 12.00). Andrew & Susan Delaney (Sun 12.30).

Dumping in Foulkstown Cemetery
We would like to remind people that dumping in Foulkstown Cemetery is strictly forbidden.   The cemetery is the resting place of our loved ones and should be treated with respect.  We ask visitors to the cemetery to note any suspicious activity and report it to the priests.  If you take note of any car registration number, we will be able to follow this up with the assistance of the appropriate authorities.  Thanks.
Camera Found
A camera was found in St. Mary’s Cathedral after the Parish Confirmations on Saturday 13th April.  Contact St. Mary’s Parish Office 772 1253.
Kilkenny Lay Dominicans
A ‘New Life in the Spirit’ Seminar in the Black Abbey will commence on Tuesday, 23rd April at 7.30pm, and continue at this time each Tuesday for seven consecutive weeks. Baptism in the Spirit will take place on Pentecost Sunday at 2.00pm.
Table Quiz
GROW Mental Health Movement hosts a Table Quiz in Sean Byrne’s Pub, James Green on Tuesday, 30th April @ 8.30pm. Good fun and craic guaranteed. All welcome. Please support.

Manage your life…
by managing your mind.  Workshop presented by Dr. Fergus Heffernan on Tuesday, 23rd April 2013.  Details/registration: mail:
Presentation Secondary School Choir
The Parents’ Association presents Spring into Music, performance by Award Winning Presentation School Choir on Thursday, 28th April  at 8.00pm in Hotel Kilkenny.  All welcome.
Judas Maccabaeus
The Kilkenny Choir presents Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, sung in English and accompanied by a Symphony Orchestra at St. Canice’s Cathedral at 8.00pm on Saturday, 27th April. Adm 20/15 concession.  Tickets available at the door.
Dochas Nasamu Orphanage
There will be a used clothing collection at the Parish Centre Car Park from 10.15am to 11.00am on Friday, 26th April.  Contributions support an Irish run and Irish built Aids orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya.
Ageing with Confidence
Kilkenny Age Friendly County Programme is available to provide an 8 week workshop in personal development designed to help people over 55 explore their ageing process. The workshop is free of charge and is usually run at local community/parish centres. Contact Moira on 056 777 2787 for details.
Youth Drama Camp
Camp will be held 1st - 5th July for 8 - 14 year olds. Develop confidence and interpersonal skills through drama, and have some fun!  Contact Anna at Barnstorm Theatre Company on 056 775 1266

Ossory  Times
The 2nd edition of or diocesan newsletter Ossory Times is available in the sacristies of our three churches. This excellent publication gives some of the current news and happenings in the diocese. This edition features articles from Clara Parish, St. Canice’s Parish, an update on the St. Mary’s Cathedral restoration, the recent novena in St. John’s Parish as well as a host of other articles.  Included in this edition is a brief and very readable article on the current abortion debate, written by Fr. Michael Shortall.
Ossory Times costs €2 which just about covers the cost of this high quality magazine.