Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 28th July 2013

Cemetery Mass
Sincere thanks to all who worked long and hard to make the annual cemetery Mass in Foulkstown last Thursday such a success.  There was a tremendous turnout for this special occasion of remembering deceased loved ones.
The members of the Cemetery Committee wish to offer a special thanks to all who contributed so generously towards the cemetery collection and the money will be put to good use maintaining the cemetery throughout the year ahead.
Special note:  As there are no longer facilities available in Foulkstown for disposing of dead flowers, wrappings etc. (Blame the illegal dumpers who were using the skip to get rid of household waste), we ask people who are maintaining graves to take their waste items home with them and dispose of them in a proper manner.  Thanks for your cooperation on this matter.

You will never be disappointed!
Pope Francis has asked young pilgrims attending this week’s World Youth Day celebrations to keep Jesus at the “centre of their lives.”  Pope Francis asked young Catholics to imagine they were with Jesus on the seashore and asked them to follow Jesus and share his love with others, as he addressed them earlier this week on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.  Faith, he said, is “an operation that shifts concerns and priorities so that they revolve around Jesus and not the individual or false idols”.
“Certainly possessions, money and power can give a momentary thrill, the illusion of being happy,” he said, “but they end up possessing us and making us always want to have more, never satisfied.”  Instead, he said, with Christ as the centre of your life “you will never be disappointed,” but, he added, “the young must be strong” to resist the temptations around them.
Regularly updated reports on World Youth Day will be available on www.catholicbishops.ie

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Noeline Foley, Carrigeen, Johnswell.  Eileen Glennon, Bennettsbridge Road. Marie Nolan, Garringreen. Jimmy Murphy, Enniscorthy.
Anniversaries: Chris Murphy (Sat 6.15). Thomas McGuire (Sat 7.00). Denis Treacy (Sun 10.00). Jim Corcoran (Sun 10.30). Martin Mulhall (Sun 11.00). Mary Fahy (Sun 12.00). Teresa & Patrick Delahunty (Sun 12.30), Kathleen Shelley (Fri 10.30), Chrissie Drennan, Harry Emery, Breda & Delia O’Hara, Danny Galvin, Ann Corcoran. Mick Coonan. Nancy Larkin. Jimmy Bourke. Billy Bourke.
Intentions for next weekend: Ellen Grace (Sat 6:15). Annie Lennon (Sat: 7.00). Frank Stapleton (Sun 12.30).
May they rest in peace.
Anniversaries and Mass Bookings
Please note that funeral Masses take precedence over previously booked anniversary or Month’s Mind Masses.  In such an event the person who made the booking will be informed as soon as possible and the anniversary Mass or Month’s Mind Mass will be transferred to the closest suitable date.  We appreciate your understanding.
The Popes’ Encyclical
Copies of Pope Francis’ first encyclical letter, Lumen Fidei, are on sale in the Parish Shop at €3.50.  This encyclical was started by Pope Benedict XVI and completed by Pope Francis.

Why Not?
Thinking about Priesthood in the Diocese of Ossory?  Contact Fr. Willie Purcell, Vocations Director, St. Kieran’s College for information and advice.  Telephone 056 777 0261 or email: wpurcell@eircom.net
 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.

First Friday Visits
The first Friday of August falls this week.  The priests intend visiting those on their lists at the usual times.  Please contact the Parish Office (056 776 4400) if you, or someone known to you, would like one of the priests to visit on Friday.
The priests of the parish are happy to offer a blessing at Mass to:  small children who haven’t yet received their First Holy Communion, expectant mothers and their babies and those who feel they are unable to receive Holy Communion due to personal circumstances.  Just indicate to the priest that you would like a blessing by crossing you arms across your chest.  Expectant mothers can ask the priest directly after they have received Holy Communion themselves.

St. Rioch’s Cemetery
The annual Mass for those buried in St. Rioch’s Cemetery will be celebrated in the cemetery on next Thursday, 1st August at 7.30pm.  All welcome.

Summer Wind Down
While many groups who use the Parish Centre take a break for the summer, the Parish Centre and Parish Office will continue to remain open.  Inquiries for anniversaries, baptisms weddings etc. should be made through the Parish Office.  If no one is available when you call, contact the parish by telephone and leave a message.

Spanish Train Disaster
In a letter of sympathy to the Archbishop of Santiago de Compostella Cardinal Brady assured the people of the region of the spiritual closeness of the Irish people to them at this time and promised the prayers of the Irish Church for those who have died, those who have been injured and for their families.  
The Cardinal invited all the Irish faithful to offer prayers at Masses this weekend for those affected.

Memorial Service
The Kilkenny Santiago de Compostella Group is holding a memorial service for those who lost their lives and for the many injured in the train derailment in Santiago. 
All are invited to the service which will take place at St. Mary’s Cathedral on this Thursday, 1st August at 8.00pm.

Parish Lourdes Fund Winner
Congratulations to  Liam Morrison, Christy’s Bar who was the lucky winner of two tickets to see Bruce Springsteen this weekend.  The draw was in aid of the St. Patrick’s Parish Lourdes Invalid Fund and the winning ticket was bought in The Sceilp Inn.
The St. Patrick’s Parish Lourdes Fund annual church gate collection will be held on Sunday next.  Please be generous in your support.
Come on Kilkenny
We join in wishing the men from our parish and all associated with the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team all the best in Sunday’s game at Semple Stadium in Thurles.

Living With Suicide Workshop
As part of their Life’s Journey Series, Lough Derg offers a one day workshop entitled “Living with Suicide” on Wednesday, 25th September.  This day is for adults who have been affected by suicide, either through personal loss of 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 at 071986 1518 or info@loughderg.org.
Youth 2000 Summer Festival
Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 15th – 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. See www.youth2000.ie