Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 14th July 2013

Cemetery Mass
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.
Perhaps it is also time to make a move to prepare family graves and the graves of those neighbours who have no able family members remaining.

Contacting the Parish by Telephone
St. Patrick’s Parish telephone number is 056 776 4400.  Upon dialling that number you will be answered by an automatic communications system which will smoothly connect you to the priest, Parish Office or extension number you require.  Please note: if your business is urgent and you need to talk to the ‘Priest on Duty’ please dial Ext. 2 when the automatic system answers.  Mass times are listed on Ext. 3; those wishing to contact or leave a message for the Parish Office should dial Ext. 1.  Fr. Dan is at Ext. 4; Fr. Roderick is at Ext. 5 and Fr. Liam is at Ext. 6.

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

Coffee Morning
A Coffee Morning and Cake Sale in aid of the local Medjugorje Youth Group will take place in the Parish Centre immediately after the 10.30am Mass on next Friday 19th July.  Teas, coffees, cakes, pastries and other delicious products will be available to consume on the premises or to take away.  The event is organised by local young people and all proceeds will be used to help some young people from our parish join in the annual pilgrimage to the Medjugorje Youth Festival in early August.
Please support by your attendance or bringing cakes and produce for sale on the day.

Rain on St. Swithin’s Day
St. Swithin’Day if thou dost rain, for forty days it will remain
St. Swithin’Day if thou be fair for forty days ‘twill rain nae mair.
On this Monday, 15th July, St. Swithin’s Day, many people will be on the alert for the weather forecast.  According to tradition, if the sun shines on this date forty days sunshine are in store. But alas if it rains, forty days of downpour will follow. Jane Struthers informs us in her book, Red Sky at Night, that the Meteorological Office researched this theory and declared it to be without foundation.
St. Swithin was bishop of Winchester in England and wished to be buried out of doors, breaking with the tradition of bishops being buried in the Cathedral.  Nine years later, an attempt was made to exhume his body and take it to the Cathedral, but gales blew, rain fell and the attempt had to be abandoned.
Let us be happy and patient with whatever weather God sends us, as patience brings relief.
Say the following prayer and one never knows what will happen: Lord God, send us rain but not wet weather, may tomorrow’s amount fall tonight. Amen.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: David Gaffney. Breda Dumbers, Loughboy. Agnes Walsh, Dublin.
Months Mind: Josie Kenny (Sun 10.30). Bernadette Gannon.
Anniversaries: Joan Coady (Sat 6.15). Jimmy Hackett (Sat 7.00). Catherine Roberts (Sun 9.30). Jimmy Byrne (Sun 10.00). Dr. Paddy Boyd (Sun 11.00). Deceased Residents & Family Members of Dukesmeadows Community (Sun 12.00). Ger Doheny (Sun 12.30).  Bridget Kelly (Tues 10.30). Marty Neylon (Wed 10.30).  Aileen Kelly. Tony Henderson. Mary Slattery.  Patrick O’Brien. John Walsh. John Grogan. Jimmy Fahy. John & Esther Loughman. Peg Horrigan.
Intentions for next weekend: Vera Brannigan (Sat 6.15). Sr. Mary Buckley (Months Mind Sat 7.00). James & Margaret Bambrick (Sun 9.30). Davina Crosby (Sun 10.00). Mary Norris (Sun 10.30). Kitty Quinn (Sun 11.00). Aileen Kelly (Sun 12.00). Joe Cody (Sun 12.30).  May they rest in peace. 

Divine Mercy
An hour of adoration and prayer in honour of Divine Mercy will take place in the Friary Church on this Sunday, July 14th from 3.00pm - 4.00pm.  All welcome.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival
Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th August 2013.   For young people aged 16 - 35; an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new people. This Festival has been nicknamed the “Holy Oxygen” with over 1,000 young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year. The festival is donation only. Free buses from towns throughout Ireland. For information and booking: www.youth2000.ie or phone 01 675 3690 or Facebook (youthtwothousandIreland).
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.
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.

Dochas Nasamu
An Irish run and Irish built aids orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya,  is holding a used clothing appeal of ladies, gents and children’s - clothes, shoes, household linens i.e. towels, sheets, blankets, soft toys, handbags etc. (whatever condition - so long as the items are clean).  This appeal will take place on Friday, 19th July from 10.30 to 12.00 noon, at The Parish Centre Car park.
For further information, please contact Marie on 087 689 0995.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
A one to one support service for bereaved persons. For a confidential appointment ring 056 775 6538.  Kilkenny Bereavement Support is a private, personal no fee service.

Why Not?
Thinking about priesthood in the Diocese of Ossory?  Contact Fr. Willie Purcell, Vocations Director, St. Kieran’s College.  056 777 0261. Email: wpurcell@eircom.net

The Joy Rule
Think of Jesus, think of Others, think of You!