Thursday, August 22, 2013

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 11th August 2013

Feast of the Assumption
This Thursday, 15th August, is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is a holyday of obligation for all Catholics.  Beginning with the Vigil Masses on Wednesday evening at 6.15pm and 7.00pm the Masses for this holyday follow our usual weekend timetable.
St. Fiacre’s Well Novena
The annual novena at the ancient site of St. Fiacre’s Well begins on Saturday, 17th August with the traditional prayers at 8.00pm.  There will be prayers at the Well each evening during the following week with the concluding Mass at the site on Sunday, 25th August at 3.30pm.
Special features with photographs of the Well will be updated on our website and Facebook page during the coming week.
St. Fiacre’s Well is located out the Bennettsbridge Road about 2 miles from the Bennettsbridge Road Roundabout.  By kind permission of the owner entry is through the avenue of Sheastown House on the left hand side.
Latin Mass
A Sung Tridentine Mass, with Gregorian Chant, will be celebrated in St. Patrick's Church on Thursday, 15th August (Feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady) at 7.30 p.m. All are invited to attend.
Useful Websites
Have you visited our parish website recently?  Have a look at
Our diocesan website is which enables us to keep up to date on diocesan issues.
Parish Shop
St. Patrick’s 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.  This is the place to purchase bibles, rosary beads, holy water fonts and requisites for Baptism and other sacraments.
Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Ailish Cunningham, London. Mary Joe Quinlan, 12 Newpark. Eileen Peters, The Sycamores. Eveline Hennessy, Newpark. Bryan Hanrahan, Castlewarren.
Anniversaries:  Mary Coogan (Sat 6.15). Jackie Coonan (Sat 7.00). Jim Drohan (Sun 10.00). Anne Sheridan (Sun 10.30). James & Mary Brennan (Sun 11.00). Gabriel Warde (Sun 12.00). Margaret Shanahan (Sun 12.30). Eddie Kelly (Thur 7.00). Ann Kenny (Fri 10.30). Fintan Wallace (Sat 9.30). Ellen, Joe, Catherine & John Waldron, Brigid Bateman. Peadar Blanchfield.  Walter Kavanagh.  Nance O’Neill. Peggy Ryan. Martin Doran. Mary & Martin Burke. 
Intentions for next weekend: Jack Shortall (Sat 6.15). Patrick McDonald (Sat 7.00). Phil O’Neill (Sun 10.00). Hugh & Martin McCorry (Sun 10.30). Evelyn Hughes (Sun 11.00). Kathleen Brophy (Sun 12.00). Joe McHugh (Sun 12.30).
Please try to get anniversary notices into the office by Thursday prior to publication.
St. Fiacre’s Place Celebrates
The community of St. Fiacre’s Place, Kilkenny celebrate 60 years since the houses were blessed and the first families moved into the area.  To mark the occasion, Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Seamus Freeman SAC on the green in St. Fiacre’s Place on Sunday, 18th August at 4.00pm.  All are welcome to attend.
Samaritans are holding an Open and Information Night on 12th August In Newpark Hotel Kilkenny from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.  We will be happy for you to join us without obligation.  Samaritans are beginning to recruit now for volunteers to start training in late September.  Can you be up when others are not?  Can you give 3 hours a week?  Are you non-judgemental and a good listener?
See our link on web www.
Theological Studies Programme
This programme at St. Kieran’s College 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 course would be of enormous help and value to people involved in teaching at primary level or indeed for those finding themselves teaching R.E. at second level without any formal training or qualification in the area. The programme is a Level 7 Certificate accredited by St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. It provides a solid foundation for any of these fields of ministry and a suitable springboard for further specialization. Above all it helps create confidence and conviction for future volunteers in the life of the parish and the church.  
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 and Sacraments. 
For further details apply to Declan Murphy, Course Director, St Kieran’s College 087 908 1470 or 056 775 3624 or or
Leaving Certificate Results
We wish all those awaiting Leaving Certificate examination results on Wednesday all the very best.  We pray for you at Masses during the week.
SOS Kilkenny Collection
SOS Kilkenny Ltd, Callan Road will hold a church gate collection outside all Masses next weekend.  SOS provides sheltered accommodation and employment for people with special educational needs.  Please support.
A Man With a Mission
Pope Francis received a tremendous welcome on his recent visit to Brazil for World Youth Day. Three million young people joined him on the beach at Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro “to meet Jesus and feel the warmth of his mercy and love”. Mercy is one of Pope Francis favourite words.  He uses it often to describe personal encounters in prayer and the sacraments with Jesus.
Pope Francis is clear in his mission “to win hearts and minds, to boost the faithful, speaking a language for our times”. To a church of people full of hope throughout the week, in Brazil he stressed the importance of a Church that has to be renewed at the grass roots level.
“We want to build a Church that is big enough to accommodate all humanity. Don't look at the thorns and the stones but on the small grain of soil where seed can be sown”.
On his return journey to Rome, Pope Francis spoke directly to journalists for a full 80 minutes with no questions filtered and nothing off the record. He answered without notes and never refused to take a question. Gentleness and mercy were central to his responses.  The Holy Spirit is powerfully at work in the ministry and mission of our new Pope.
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Ireland will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on 15th August, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The consecration will take place at Knock Shrine, during the annual Novena to Our Lady of Knock.