Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 30th June 2013

All Ireland Rally for Life
Rise up for life!  Join the All Ireland Rally for Life at 2.00pm on next Saturday, 6th July at Parnell Square, Dublin.  This is the last opportunity to stand up for life and send a clear message to our Government not to legalise abortion. It is vital that there is a huge turnout on the day. Those who have not been able to attend before are asked to make a special effort to attend this time as their presence on the day could make the difference.
A bus will run from Loughboy Car Park at 10.00am on next Saturday, 6th July.  Please contact Ron at 086 669 6632 to book your seat.
Peter’s Pence Collection
The Annual Peter’s Pence Collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. This collection enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to requests to aid the most needy throughout the world––those who suffer as a result of war, oppression, and natural disasters.

Public Mass at Elm Green
The annual community Mass on the green at Elm Green will be celebrated on this Tuesday, 2nd July at 7.30pm.  Residents of Elm Green and local estates are invited to attend.
First Friday of July
The first Friday of July occurs this week.  The priests of the parish hope to visit the sick and home bound at the usual times.  Please inform the Parish Office (776 4400) if you would like to have a name added to the list.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
The parish conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will meet every fortnight from the 1st July until 26th August 2013.  Normal weekly meetings will then resume.  Those who need financial help or advice may contact the conference on 087 681 0589.
Parish Shop
Our Parish Shop offers a wide range of religious items for sale at reasonable prices.  The shop is located in the foyer of our Parish Centre and is open during office hours.  Feel free to drop in and have a look without obligation.
Gala Evening of Sacred Music
The Dominican Brothers and Sisters of the Black Abbey Lay Chapter, in conjunction with Good Works Opera, are hosting a Gala Evening of Sacred Music in the Black Abbey, Kilkenny at 8.00pm on the Friday, 5th July to raise much needed funds. Tickets cost €15.00 and are available from Stone House Books, Kieran Street or the Black Abbey Priory, Kilkenny. Telephone 056 772 1279.

Local Cemetery Masses
The Cemetery Masses in Dunmore and Johnswell Cemeteries will be celebrated on Friday, 5th July at 7.30pm. 
Our 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.
Lough Derg Pilgrimages
Thinking of a way to celebrate this Year of Faith? Visit Lough Derg.  Traditional Three Day Pilgrimage continues 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.
Coffee Morning & Home Bakes
There will be a cake morning and home bake sale in aid of Ceart Rehabilitation Services Callan at St. Canice’s Community Centre (beside St. Vincent de Paul Shop), Butts Green, Kilkenny from  9.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday 4th July 2013. Please support.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Odran Lucey, Killarney. Baby Jonathan Joseph Power, Bamford.
Months Mind: Mary Maher (Sun 10.30).
Anniversaries: John Joe Traynor (Sat 6.15). Ann Comerford (Sat 7.00). Sharon Galvin (Sun 9.30). Enda Cantwell (Sun 10.00). Martin Crotty (Sun 11.00). Teresa Howe & Mary Mullally (Sun 12.00). Maureen Walsh (Sun 12.30). Gay Doran (Tue 10.30). John & Margaret Johnson. (Wed 10.30). Sue Hogan (Thur 9:30).  Bridget Ryan (Fri 10.30). Mary (May) Savage. Joseph Daly. Phil Kavanagh. Bridget O’Farrell. Mary Bowe. John Phelan. Edward & Anne Whelan. Joe & Mollie Bergin. William Maher. Dr. Tom McIntyre.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Marie Manogue (Sat 6.15). Donal O’Neill (Sat 7.00). Michael Murphy (Sun 9.30). Pauline Kennedy (Sun 10.00). Geraldine Gannon (Months Mind Sun 10.30). Lily Purcell (Sun 11.00). Lillian Beatty (Sun 12.00). Sean Hennessy (Sun 12.30).

Theological Studies Programme
This programme ran for the second time last year with a group of 25 participants. It was a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The course aims at providing religious education, faith formation and spiritual enrichment for those actively engaged in parish life or in the pastoral care of people, young and old. The programme runs for 24 weeks, September – May, Mondays and Thursdays, 7.00 – 9.00pm, with modules in the Old and New Testament Scriptures, Church History, The Church, past and present, Moral Theology, Liturgy & Sacraments.
For further details apply to Declan Murphy, Course Director, St Kieran’s College 087 908 1470 or 056 775 3624; email declanmurphy@ossory.ie or theology@ossory.ie.  Alternatively forms may be downloaded from www.ossory.ie or stkieranscollege.ie

Living with Suicide
As part of their Life’s Journey Series Lough Derg offers a one day workshop titled ‘Living With Suicide’ on Wednesday, 25th September.
This day is for adults who have been affected by suicide, either through personal loss or with suicidal ideation, for those ministering to the suicide bereaved or working in support services. For further information contact Maureen in the Lough Derg Office, Pettigo, Co Donegal. Tel: 071 986 1518; Email: info@loughderg.org.

Activities at Loughboy Library
Summer Reading Challenge: for children commences from 2nd July.  There will be prizes, stickers and a celebration party at the end!  Register at any library.
Responsible Dog Ownership Workshop: Friday 5th July at 11.00am - suitable for adults and children.
Teenagers Book Club: on Fridays at 11.00am.  All welcome.
Exhibitions: paintings and crafts always on display.  Free space available.
Ninja Typers
Typing classes for children at €10.00 per session.  Contact Keith 087 956 8497 or 059 917 3187.   St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, every Tuesday from 2.00 - 3.00pm.

Church Gate Collections
A church gate collection in aid of Concern will be held this weekend.  Please support.
PLEASE NOTE: Groups or individuals intending to hold collections at church gates should be aware that a permit from the Gardaí is needed before the collection can go ahead.  The Gardaí and NOT St. Patrick’s Parish have responsibility for issuing permits.  Collections should be taken up in compliance with the strict conditions laid down in the Garda permit.

Safeguarding Children
St. Patrick’s Parish fully complies with national and diocesan child safeguarding standards and procedures.  We ask all parishioners to take note of the guidelines etc that are placed in the porches of all churches.  These important documents list the guidelines and procedures that we follow in the event of a safeguarding concern.  We also ask parishioners to note the contact phone numbers and details that are printed on these same posters.