The annual Corpus Christi procession will take place in Kilkenny City on this 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 enable the stewards to organise the order of the procession).
Parishioners are invited to participate and a special invite is extended to members of Eucharistic Adoration Groups, St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society, Prayer Groups and our Altar Servers.
Those who received their first Holy Communion this year are invited to wear their outfits again and to participate in a place of honour in the procession.
The Vatican has asked all cathedrals across the world to organise an hour of Eucharistic adoration during the afternoon of Corpus Christi, Sunday 2nd June. It is hoped that this will, in many places, coincide with 5.00pm to 6.00pm Rome time enabling the faithful to join Pope Francis in prayer. This event is part of the Year of Faith and this is the first time in the history of the Church it is taking place.
Bishop Freeman has decided that the Eucharistic Procession will be the official contribution of the Diocese of Ossory to this event.
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.
Dublin Vigil for LifeOn 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.
Recently Deceased: Aideen Flanagan, Castle Gardens. Sr. Mary Buckley, St. John of God Community. Denis Jackman, Walkin Street. Stella Brennan, Dean Cavanagh Place. Margaret Millea, Tullaroan. Dick Cass, Fr. Delahunty Terrace. Joan Fleming, Carlow.
Anniversaries: 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). Ann & Tony Coyne & Frank Lee (Sun 12.30). Patrick Ryan (Tue 10.30). Patrick Lanigan, Jimmy McGuire. Brian Mahon. Brigid & Michael Carroll. Ellen Mooney. Katie Murray. Annie Carroll. Catherine Brennan. Joseph (Joe) Curry. James & Mary O’Brien.
Intentions for next weekend: Paddy Noonan (Sat 6.15). Sarah Mullally (Sun 9.30). Frances Kearney (Sun 10.00). Margaret & Patrick Cantwell (Sun 10.30). Margaret McGrath (Sun 11.00). Jim O’Brien (Sun 12.00). Ann Conway, Mary O’Meara, Denis Garrehy, Susan Delaney (Sun 12.30).
Eucharistic Ministers Rota
The new Eucharistic Ministers’ rota is now available. Those who provided email addresses will have received it already. Others are asked to collect rotas at the sacristy in the church in which you minister.
First Friday of June
The first Friday of June occurs this month. Frs. Roderick and Liam will visit homes at the usual times. Fr. Dan in not available on this occasion.
The Ministry of Altar Server
We are grateful to the many boys and girls who participate in the ministry of serving at the altar during Masses in our parish. Our parish servers traditionally retire when they enter 1st Year at secondary school. We believe there is scope for young people to remain with this task for a while longer and would be happy to have servers who are well in their teens. Come on boys and girls: keep up the good work!
Mass at St. Joseph’s, Waterford Road
The Mill Hill Fathers celebrate a Mass in honour of St. Joseph on the first Wednesday of every month. The next Mass will be on Wednesday, 5th June at 8.00pm in the Mill Hill Chapel, St. Joseph’s, Waterford Road. All are welcome. Join us if you can.
Exam Time has Arrived
We wish all who are sitting examinations peace of mind and quietness of heart at this time. Be assured of the prayers of the priests and parishioners during the next few weeks. You will be remembered at all our Masses.
Kilkenny Bereavement Support
“A time to meet others bereaved by suicide”
Kilkenny Bereavement Support will hold their monthly meeting for people bereaved by suicide in Villa Maria, Talbots Inch, Kilkenny on Thursday, 6th June at 8.00pm. All are welcome. For information telephone 056 775 6538.
Pilgrimage to Knock
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.
James Stephens GAA Hitting the Road
A 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 Mind
Revisited 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.
Church Gate Collection
Collection for the Irish Red Cross this weekend.
Bank Holiday Monday
The only public morning Mass in our parish on Bank Holiday Monday will be at St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am.
Meet the Village Stars Day
On Thursday, 6th June at 7.00pm James Stephens GAA Club will hold a unique event on the Kells Road where the current Village senior stars will train alongside our 200+ juvenile starlets in a one hour session. The new club development will be a buzzing hive of activity as we gather Village teams from U-6 right up to the current seniors. After the session, the Village senior players will meet the juveniles and present a goodie bag and certificate to every child. James Stephens GAA Club appeals to all parents, grandparents, family members and club supporters to come along for what is sure to be a great evening of fun and entertainment. Please take note: a strict traffic management plan will be in place that evening. In the interest of safety please adhere to stewards’ instructions and obey parking plan regulations.
The Last Rose of Summer
Tickets 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.
The Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth
We wish all Junior and Leaving Certificate students the very best in their examinations. We send special wishes to the 6th Year students who have taken the historical step of choosing to attend for the 1st year of their BA Degree (MH901) here in Kilkenny (beside St. Kieran’s College). Please feel free to contact the campus if you would like any additional support and/or help with regard to subject options.
Parent/Toddler Hour and Book Club next Thursday 6th June. Maths Trail for primary school and children each day in week commencing 10th June.