Thursday, August 22, 2013

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 18th August 2013

St. Fiacre’s Well Novena
The annual novena at the ancient site of St. Fiacre’s Well begins on this Saturday, 17th August with the traditional prayers at 8.00pm.  There will be prayers at St. Fiacre’s Well each evening during the coming week with the concluding Mass at the site on next Sunday, 25th August at 3.30pm.
Special features with photographs of St. Fiacre’s  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 beyond the Bennettsbridge Road Roundabout.  By kind permission of the owner entry is through the avenue of Sheastown House which in on the left hand side of the road.


At-Mass Survey
Next weekend the people of our parish, along with those from every parish in the Diocese of Ossory, will be given an opportunity to share our opinion in the plans currently being considered by Bishop Seamus Freeman.  These involve
1. The restoration of St. Mary’s Cathedral
2. The development of the Cathedral surroundings that they may play an increased and higher profile role in strengthening faith in our diocese.
3. Consideration is also being given to the financial provision for our clergy in retirement.
This will involve a one page survey and is part of a diocesan wide exercise which is gathering the opinions of clergy and lay members of our community.
These plans will be expanded upon on the day, and we hope that each family will take the time allotted during Mass to participate.
Welcome to our Parish
Please welcome to St. Patrick’s Parish Mr Nabil Sarji, his wife Dina and their daughter Darla.  The Sarji Family come to us from Damascus, Syria and we hope they will find a warm welcome, peace, happiness and prosperity among us.
Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Donal O’Brien, Ayrfield, Granges Road.  Baby Sarah Lee Doyle, 2 Westfield, Loughboy. Mass of the Angels at St. John’s Church at 10.30am on Monday followed by burial at St. Kieran’s Cemetery.
Anniversaries: 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). Eileen Tynan (Mon 9.30). John, Ellen, Pat & Mary Butler (Tues 10.30). Moscow Larkin (Thurs 10.30). Tom, Paddy & Paschal Coyne.  Richard Kenny.  Pat & Nobby Lavendar. Ray Bolger.  Christina Gargan.  Dick Walsh. Fintan Wallace.
Intentions for next weekend: Tom & Michael Casserly (Sat 6.15). Johanna Nolan (Sat 7.00). Paddy Mullen (Sun 10.00). Tom & Mary Byrne (Sun 10.30). Eileen Glennon (Months Mind Sun 11.00). Della Harney (Sun 12.00).

St. Fiacre’s Place Celebrates
The community of St. Fiacre’s Place, Kilkenny celebrates 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 this Sunday, 18th August at 4.00pm.  All are welcome to attend.
St. Vincent de Paul Collection
The monthly collection for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in our parish will be taken up during all Masses this weekend.  The money is used by the conference to help people with financial needs in our locality.  Please support.
The St. Patrick’s Conference of the Society may be contacted on 087 681 0589.

Parish Website
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Kilkenny Heritage Week
National Heritage Week takes place between 17th and 25th August. There is a huge variety of fun, entertaining and informative events taking place throughout the city and county. Most events are free, and many of the events are family friendly. has a comprehensive list of all Kilkenny events.
Kilkenny Historical Society
As part of National Heritage Week 2013, the South Kilkenny Historical Society has organised a Platform/Cross Roads Dance for Sunday, 25th August commencing at 8.00pm.  Venue: Glenmore Village (grounds of the Parish Hall).  All welcome.  Dancing ability unimportant.
Silver Surfers’ Awards 2013
This year we are looking for enthusiastic people over the age of 50 who have an interesting story to share about how they use their computer and the internet and who will become a role model to inspire more older people to embrace technology.
We are calling on people across Ireland to nominate a friend, neighbour or relative who uses technology for pleasure or as a way to enhance the quality of their life.  This is the fifth year of the awards and there are five award categories.  The public can nominate someone for an award by filling in a form online at  or by phoning Anne-Marie on 01 475 6989. Closing date for nominations is 15th September 2013. 
Lough Derg One Day Retreats
A guided day of prayer, reflection and renewal. The morning includes Rosary and Way of the Cross as well as Prayers of Intercession and Healing of Memories. The afternoon offers an opportunity for quiet time & personal prayer and concludes with the celebration of Eucharist.  There are places available during August and September.  Email:

Living with Suicide
Well recognised as a Sanctuary - a safe place -  Lough Derg offers a Living With Suicide’ Workshop on Wednesday, 25th September.  This day is for adults who have been affected by suicide, either through personal loss or with suicidal ideation, or for those ministering to the suicide bereaved or working in support servicesAdvance booking is essential.  Cost:  €40 pp includes return boat fare, tea/coffee & scones, services and a light lunch.  For further information: contact Maureen 071 986 1518 or email:
James Stephens GAA
Our parish senior hurling team is involved in the Kilkenny Senior Hurling League/Championship Round 4.  James Stephens vs St. Martin’s.  Date: Friday 23rd August.  Venue: Castlecomer.   Time: 7.00pm.  Please come out and support our boys! 
S.O.S. Church Gate Collection
S.O.S. Kilkenny have a Garda permit to hold a church gate collection outside all  Masses this weekend.  S.O.S. Kilkenny provide accommodation and work for adults with special needs.
Leaving Certificate Results
Congratulations to all who received Leaving Certificate results during the week.  We hope you are please with your achievements.  You have our best wishes and prayers as you prepare to receive CAO offers on Monday.
Occupational First Aid
FETAC accredited 3 day Occupational First Aid course from the 2nd - 4th September 2013.
First Aid training enables a person to preserve or save a life. This course also trains participants in the use of defibrillators
Our Parish on Facebook
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