Parish Pilgrimage to KnockThe annual Parish Pilgrimage to Knock is planned for Thursday 27th June. A bus will leave St. Fiacre’s Church at 7.15am and St. Patrick’s Church at 7.20am. Tickets cost €15 and must be purchased in advance at the Parish Office. To confirm numbers and make proper arrangements we appeal to intending pilgrims to book their seats by Thursday of this week.
The annual St. Joseph’s Young Priest’s 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.
Local Cemetery Masses
The annual Foulkstown Cemetery Mass will take place on Thursday 25th July at 7.30pm. Please remind your relatives and friends, especially those who are living away from home.
The annual Cemetery Mass in St. Kieran’s Cemetery will be celebrated on Friday 28th June at 7.30pm. The Cemetery Mass in Dunmore and Johnswell Cemeteries will be celebrated on Friday 5th July at 7.30pm.
School Uniform Sale
St John of God National School will hold their annual school uniform sale on Friday 21st June at 6.00pm in the School Hall, New Street. All are welcome to attend. Many bargins will be available on the evening.
St. Vincent De Paul CollectionThe monthly collection for the local conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be taken up during all Masses this weekend. Please give generously.
The local conference can be contacted in strict confidence on 087 681 0589.
Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Alice O’Leary, 32 Fr. Murphy Square. Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral 1.00pm on Sunday. Kit Bennett, Ballasalla, Johnswell. Requiem Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, Johnswell at 10.00am on Sunday. Anastasia Lee, St. Rioch’s Street and Ballyhale. Requiem Mass at St. Martin’s Church, Ballyhale at 11.00am on Monday. Ann Delaney, Delvilla, Radestown. Requiem Mass at St. John’s Church at 10.30am on Monday. Josie Kenny, 31 Upper Patrick Street. Jim Brady, Bennettsbridge. Sr. Columba Coffey, Presentation Convent, Parnell Street. Eileen McDaid, Ashfield, Old Golf Links Road. Philip Drohan, 66 Newpark. Sarah Dunne, Ossory Park.
Anniversaries: Sr. Padua Delaney (Sat 7.00). Martin Brennan (Sun 10.00). Dan Maher (Sun 10.30). Andy Lawlor (Sun 11.00). Declan Wylie (Sun 12.00). Jonathan Barry (Sun 12.30). Noreen Llewellyn (Thurs 10.30). Margaret & John McCarthy (Sat 9.30). John Costigan. Margaret Dooley. Michael & Christine O’Driscoll. Ann Emery. John McMyler. Martin “Murt” Rowe. Liam Drohan. Des Manning. John Nolan. Julianne & Patrick O’Mahony. Con & Eileen O’Keeffe. Msgr. Martin Campion. Michael Larkin. Liam Drohan. Fred & Ellen Clarke. Dan Carroll, Michael & Margaret Power. T.J. Hogan.Intentions for next weekend: Marie Coyne (Sat 6.15). John Kenny (Sat 7.00). William Costelloe (Sun 10.30). Thomas Sinnott (Sat 11.00). John McEvoy (Sun 11.00). John McEvoy (Sun 12.00). Francis Ryan (Sun 12.30).
Dochas Nasamu Orphanage
An Irish run and Irish built orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, is holding a used clothing appeal for ladies, gents and children’s clothes, shoes, household linens i.e. towels, sheets, blankets, soft toys, handbags etc. (in whatever condition - even in need of recycling - so long as the items are clean). This appeal will take place on Monday 17th June, from 8.30am to 10.30am at the Parish Centre car park. Information: Marie on 087 689 0995.
The Gospel of Life
The bishops of Ireland are asking the faithful to offer their prayers at home and in the parishes of Ireland this weekend in support of Evangelium Vitae. This important initiative will be led by Pope Francis in Rome as part of the Year of Faith. This weekend Pope Francis will celebrate the encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae in an event entitled, ‘Believing, May They Have Life’. This will be a key event for the Year of Faith which the Universal Church is celebrating during 2013. The theme reflects the Church's commitment to the promotion, respect and dignity of human life.
International Gospel Choir Festival
The 2nd International Gospel Choir Festival is taking place in Kilkenny this weekend. The weekend will feature the country’s first dedicated Gospel Music workshops for children and adults with acclaimed US Gospel Director, Ja Ronn Thompson. There will be a number of street performances over the weekend culminating in a Finale Concert on Sunday, 16th June at 7.30 pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral, the largest gospel performance ever seen in Ireland. The Gospel Choir will also participate at a special Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday at 11.00am.
Lough Derg Pilgrimages
Thinking of a way to celebrate this Year of Faith? Visit Lough Derg. Traditional Three Day Pilgrimage begins every day from now until Tuesday 13th August. Boats between 11.00am and 3.00pm daily. Public bus service and group organised pilgrimages available. For further information contact Maureen on 071 986 1518. www.loughderg.org.
We continue to pray for those who are sitting State examinations at the moment. We pray that God will give you direction and perseverance.
Happy Fathers’ Day
We wish all the fathers in our parish a happy and blessed Fathers’ Day.
The Last Rose of Summer
Next Saturday, June 22nd at 8.00pm, with Anthony Kearns in Jenkinstown Park. It is 200 years since the famous lyrics were first published, which were composed by Thomas Moore in Jenkinstown. Nicola Brennan, Declan Taylor, Sarah Brennan and Alison Comerford, all local talent, will also perform. Chairs will be provided, could bring a cushion. Food and refreshments can be purchased at the venue.
Mass in Jenkinstown will be at 6.00pm. Traffic will be stewarded. If you are staying for the concert there will be parking in the field below the church. The main car park will be Joe Rice’s field with easy access to the venue. If walking is a problem for anyone they will be facilitated. For tickets contact Eileen Gunner 087 285 9660.
On Friday last Pope Francis met with His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Anglican Communion. Archbishop Welby was accompanied by his wife, Caroline, as well as Archbishop David Moxon, his official representative in Rome, and Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster.
Pope Francis, who became Pope only days before Archbishop Welby's enthronement, expressed his gratitude to the Anglican prelate for his prayers.
While acknowledging that the relationship between the Church of England and the Catholic Church has not always been “without pain”, the Holy Father also stated that in recent decades, both Churches have embarked on a “journey of rapprochement and fraternity.” The Pope also welcomed Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, whose presence he noted, shows the bonds of friendship between the Churches.