The Parish Finance Committee today publishes a summary of the parish accounts for 2012. Copies are available at the back of the churches this weekend. As you will see the outcome for the year has been good and we thank sincerely all who continue to generously support the parish and its priests.
While we appreciate the current difficult financial climate we appeal to all parishioners to play a fair part in supporting the parish, its ministries and outreaches by contributing regularly by standing order or through the weekly envelopes.
The Most Holy TrinityThis weekend we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. At the heart of God, there is a community of three persons - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This relationship is a sharing of life and love - an instant giving and receiving between three distinct persons.
We are inserted into the Life of the Trinity. All that we receive is really gained to be shared again with others; there is no room for individualism. The mystery of the Trinity can be defined as sharing generously with others with the mind of Christ. Without probing the mystery of the Trinity, we try to live the Spirit that it embodies - our Christian relationship with one another.
Jesus speaks of our intimate relationship with the Triune God “Anyone who loves me will heed what I say then my Father will love him and we will come and make our abode with Him” (John 14:33). Again in Ephesians 3:19 “May you be filled with the fullness of God” and “I live not I but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20): all that means is that a mystical union exists between God and ourselves. The life of God flows through us. We are His eyes; His heart and speech reaching out to others. We embody Him.
The annual St. Patrick’s Parish Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Thursday, 27th June. Further details in future newsletters.
Kilkenny Eucharistic ProcessionTo mark the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ the annual Corpus Christi procession will take place in Kilkenny City on next Sunday, 2nd June. The procession will start at St. John’s Catholic Church at 2.30pm sharp and proceed to St. Mary’s Cathedral for solemn benediction. (Please gather at St. John’s Church at 2.15pm to allow stewards to organise the procession). All parishioners are invited to participate and a special invite is extended to members of Eucharistic Adoration Groups, St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society and Prayer Groups. Those who received Holy Communion for the first time this year are invited to wear their outfits again and to participate in a place of honour in the procession.
This year’s procession will be held in conjunction with Pope Francis’ request that Catholics throughout the world join with him in Eucharistic Adoration during the afternoon of Corpus Christi.
Rosary for LifeRosary for Life will be held at 3.00pm on next Saturday, 8th June in James’s Green, Kilkenny organised by members of a local Pro Life Group. Rosary will be followed by Benediction in St. Mary’s Cathedral.
On Saturday, 8th June, there will be a Vigil for Life in Merrion Square, Dublin from 3.00pm to 4.00pm. The Vigil will send a clear, positive message about safeguarding the lives of mothers and babies in pregnancy. Posters will be provided on the day. Spread the word to family, friends and anyone you know. Call 087 266 8702 for bus details.
Diamond Jubilee CelebrationsCongratulations to Sr. Roch Flood, Sr. Joanne Holohan and Sr. Aloysius Tighe on the celebration of the diamond jubilees of their professions as Sisters of St. John of God. Between them these three ladies have given 180 years service to the congregation and the Church. All in the parish join in wishing them well: “Ad multos annos
Pray for our Deceased FriendsRecently Deceased: Kathleen Tobin, Switzer’s Home, Castle Road. Denis (Golly) O’Sullivan, Callan. Thérèse O’Connor, Greenfields, Freshford Road. Tommy Malone, Manchester. John O’Connor, Kilmanagh. Nicholas Teehan, Kilmanagh.
Anniversaries: Declan Wylie (Sat 6.15). William Doheny (Sat 7.00). John Cleere (Sun 9.30). Harry Kelly (Sun 10.00). Francie McKenna (Sun 10.30). Francis McNulty (Sun 11.00). Kitty, Tommy & Martin Phelan (Sun 12.00). Ciaran Flood (Sun 12.30). Dr. William Herlihy (Mon 9.30). Kathleen King (Tue 10.30). Jim Carew (Wed 10.30). Ellen & John Ryan (Fri 10.30). Mary Drennan. Breda Conaboy. Patrick & Kathleen O’Carroll. Tom & Sean Brett. Agnes Dermody. Jim Carew. Joe Hehir. Philip Morrissey. Bridget & Michael Long. Kathleen King. Mary Lanigan. Tom Crowe. Angela Quigley. Bridget Culleton. Jack Carroll. Margaret Maher. Nora Bambrick. Ellen Maher.
Mass Intentions for Next Weekend: James Hogan & Madge Bowman (Sat 6.15). John Scott (Sat 7.00). Blánaid Cleere-Manning (Sun 10.00). Richard Ruth (Sun 10.30). Edwin Stallard (Sun 11.00). Gerald Keys (Sun 12.00).
Pilgrimage to KnockThe annual St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine at Knock will be held on Saturday, 22nd June. Bishop Séamus Freeman hopes to accompany the pilgrims. Coach leaves St. Fiacre’s Church at 7.45am. For details and booking: 086 833 3029 or 056 776 5887.
Rith Beo Fun Run (Fundraiser)Please join us at Gaelscoil Osraí on this Sunday, 26th May for our 5km & 10km fundraising fun run/walk. Both races are chipped and leave from the Gaelscoil at 12 noon. This is an event for all the family. Registration takes place on Sunday from 10.00am to 11.30am. All proceeds go towards developing an astro-turf surface at the school.
The Quality of Your Life“The quality of your mental health affects the quality of your life.” GROW is Ireland’s largest mutual help organisation in the area of mental health. Thousands have changed their lives for the better through GROW. There is a group near you. GROW is confidential, non-denominational and open to all. Just come along. Call 1890 474 474. Meeting times: Tuesdays: 10.00am to 12.00noon; Wednesdays: 8.00pm - 10.00pm. Ormonde Home, Barrack Street.
Get Back on your Bike!
Free adult cycling workshops - or a reintroduction to cycling - will take place at Gaelscoil Osraí over three sessions on 30th May and 6th and 13th June from 7.00 and 8.00pm each evening. The workshops are open to adults and will help you gain the confidence to get back on your bike. Also included is advice on basic bike maintenance. Call Séamus in Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership on 056 779 4990.
Readers & Eucharistic MinistersWe invite Readers and Eucharistic Ministers to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including your email and/or your mobile telephone number enabling us to update our database and so facilitate easier contact with you.
James Stephens GAA Hitting the RoadA fun 50km and 30km Get Fit Cycle Event for all exercise/keep-fit enthusiasts in Kilkenny will be held on Saturday, 15th June at James Stephens GAA, Larchfield. Time: 11.00a.m. Registration: 9.30a.m.
Manage your Life by Managing your MindRevisited with Dr. Fergus Heffernan in Hotel Kilkenny on Monday, 10th June @ 7.00pm. Information and online booking: ragireland.eventbrite.ie Tickets cost: €5 and €10.
The Last Rose of SummerTickets for the 200th anniversary concert on Saturday, 22nd June at 8.00pm in Jenkinstown Park, Kilkenny are €22.50 at www.ticketmaster.ie. Enquiries: email@example.com & 087 285 9660.