Monday, May 20, 2013

The Ascension of the Lord, 12th May 2013

Many congratulations to 29 boys in Second Class at St. Patricks De La Salle School who received their First Holy Communion at St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday morning. 
We also congratulate 14 pupils from Kilkenny School Project who will receive their First Holy Communion at St. Fiacre’s Church at 12.00 noon Mass on this Sunday today. 
Well done to their parents, family members, teachers, those involved with the Do This in Memory programme and all who were involved in their preparation for the Sacrament.

Ossory Faith Fest 2013
The Diocese of Ossory is holding a Faith Fest over this weekend.  By all accounts there was a large attendance at all of the events during Saturday and many more are expected to attend on Sunday.  Have you been to have a look yet?
Much of the weekend’s activities is taking place at St Kieran’s College, celebrating all that is good in the Diocese of Ossory.  Over seventy parishes and organisations in Ossory are represented and the exhibits continue until 5.00pm on Sunday.  The stands provide an opportunity to highlight some of the work and service that is happening in the diocese.  There will be many workshops, talks and lectures, sporting events as well as activities for younger members of the family. 
Full programme on our church notice boards and on

The Rosary for the Month of May
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. 

Legion of Mary

The Rosary will be recited at the Grotto, Callan Road, every Sunday for the month of May in honour of Our Lady at 3.00pm.  All are welcome.

Readers & Eucharistic Ministers

Every now and then the Parish Office needs to contact our Readers and Eucharistic Ministers with notices of rosters and special meetings.  It would  be very convenient and more efficient if we could forward such information by email or text message.  With this in mind we invite readers and Eucharistic Ministers to send an email to  including your email and/or your mobile telephone number enabling us to update our database. 
St. Patrick’s Parish abides by data protection regulations and we promise your information will be used only for the purposes collected.  


Mass of Healing
Bishop Séamus Freeman SAC will celebrate a Healing Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday, 16th May at 7.30pm.  Sr. Briege McKenna OSC will address the congregation.  (At the age of twenty-four, Sr. Briege was miraculously and instantaneously healed during the celebration of the Eucharist and sometime later received, in prayer, the gift of healing for which she has become so widely known.  Her book, Miracles Do Happen has been translated into many languages.)  All are welcome.

Coffee Morning & Home Baking Sale
There will be a Coffee Morning and Home Baking Sale at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on next Friday, 17th May.  Tea/Coffee & fresh home baking treats €5.00.  Raffle on the day.  Proceeds in aid of the conservation and maintenance of St. Canice’s Cathedral and round tower. 

Songs of Praise
St Mary’s Church, Inistioge will host a ‘Songs of Praise’ on  12th May at 4.00pm.  Including: The Castlecomer Male Voice Choir, Elspeth Hayes (Soloist),  The Walpole Sisters. Organist: Very Rev Philip J. Knowles (Dean of Cashel).  A wonderful afternoon of music and song followed by refreshments and conversation.  All are welcome and your support would be greatly appreciated. 

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Joe O’Connor, Assumption Place and late of Patrick Street.  Requiem Mass on Sunday at 10.30am at St. John’s Church. Burial in Foulkstown Cemetery.  Jim Lenehan, Castlecomer Road. Requiem Mass on Sunday at 12.00 noon at St. John’s Church.  Burial in Foulkstown Cemetery.   Christopher Rafter, Bonnettstown.  Requiem Mass on Sunday at 2.00pm at St. Canice’s Church. Burial in Foulkstown Cemetery. Ann Ryan, Kilcreene.  Gretta O’Brien, Dublin. Sean Davin, Dean Cavanagh Place. Sean Dowling, Shandon Park.
Anniversaries: Mick Gaule (Sat 6.15). Anthona Burke (Sat 7.00). Lar Doyle (Sun 10.00). Michael Deegan (Sun 10.30). Paddy O’Connell (Sun 11.00). Gerard Carolan (Sun 12.30). Jim Lanigan (Tue 10.30). Active Retirement Group (Thurs 10.30). Eileen Culleton. Dick Beehan. Mary  Duggan. Margaret Lawlor. Liam Meehan.
Intentions for next weekend: Dave McGrath (Sat 6.15). Sr. Immaculate Purcell (Sat 7.00). Martin Leahy (Sun 10.00). Ellen Garrehy (Sun 10.30). John Coppinger (Sun 12.00). Martin Ryan (Sun 12.30).

Kilkenny Alzheimer Society
Represent the Kilkenny Society in the Stoneyford 10K challenge by taking a sponsorship card to raise funds for services for people living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia in Kilkenny. Race takes place on Sunday, 19th May at 12.30pm in Stoneyford Village. Contact Ruth O'Gorman on 056 777 1230 for sponsorship card.

College Green
One of the homes has become available at College Green (opposite St. Patrick’s Church). Application forms are at the Parish Office.  Tel: 056 776 4400. 

Trocaire Boxes
This is the last week for returning your Trócaire boxes to the Parish Office as we must close the account for this year.  Please return outstanding boxes before Friday of this week.  Many thanks.

The Ascension of the Lord
The last we know about people is their death. When Jesus died, his disciples thought that was the end for him too. They were shattered by it because for them it meant that they faced a future without hope. After the resurrection, their faith was renewed and their hope was reborn. But they also knew that Jesus had to return to the Father.
The Ascension of Jesus is a significant event. We celebrate Jesus’ return to the Father, which means that the apostles could no longer see him physically. He is in God and is now present through His Spirit, in all aspects of our lives.
In Luke’s story, Jesus has to go so that he can send the Holy Spirit. He told the apostles that they had to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit. They could not begin their mission until they were empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Ascension marks the completion of Christ’s mission and the beginning of the power of the Spirit.

Kilkenny Lay Dominicans
A ‘New Life in the Spirit’ Seminar continues at the Black Abbey, Kilkenny at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings. Baptism in the Spirit will take place on Pentecost Sunday at 2.00pm.

James Stephens GAA Hitting the Road
We are running a fun 50km and 30km Get Fit cycle event for all those exercise/keep-fit enthusiasts in Kilkenny. If you are aged 14 to adult and you have a bike and helmet, you fit the bill.  Venue: James Stephens GAA, Larchfield. Date: Saturday, 15th June.  Time: 11.00a.m.  Registration: 9.30a.m.

The Last Rose of Summer
At the 200th anniversary concert on Saturday, 22nd June at 8.00pm in Jenkinstown Park, Kilkenny Anthony Kearns will perform Thomas Moore’s The Last Rose of Summer which was composed in Jenkinstown and first published in 1813.  Tickets are 22.50 at Enquiries: and 087 285 9660.