Monday, September 30, 2013

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8th September 2013

Prayer and Fasting for Syria
During last Sunday’s Angelus address His Holiness Pope Francis announced a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in Syria to take place on Saturday, 7th September. 
Sadly, we were given very little time to prepare and announce a suitable prayer service for the day.  However, we will include this intention in our parish Masses this weekend and we encourage you to join in the prayer and fasting at home. 
Pope Francis repeated his request on Wednesday, once again inviting “Christians of every denomination, believers of every religious tradition and all people of good will to take part in the worldwide fast and vigil of prayer and penance for peace”.  The Holy Father concluded: “May a powerful cry for peace go up from every land!”  His Holiness will participate in a special prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square between 7.00pm and midnight on Saturday evening.
Our brothers and sisters in Christ at the Dominican Black Abbey, Kilkenny have arranged a vigil for this Saturday evening, 7th September.  This vigil will begin with Mass at 6.10pm and conclude at 11.00pm.  All are welcome.
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The AGM of the St. Patrick’s Parish Branch of the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will be held in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre after 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church on next Friday, 13th September.  The society fosters vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  All are welcome.
Who Do You Say I Am?
Waterford/South East Region Charismatic Conference 2013 will be held on Saturday, 21st and Sunday, 22nd September (10.00am start both days) at The Rhu Glenn Hotel, Slieverue, Co. Kilkenny.  Speakers: Frances Hogan and Fr. Damian Ryan.  Further information from Síle on 086 859 0394 or Tom on 087 270 1311.  Email Weekend: €20. 
Time for a Cuppa
Recommencing on Tuesday after the 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church, why not join us for a chat and a cuppa in the Parish Centre.  All are welcome.  Tell your friends and bring them along.


Faith of our Fathers Conference
This is the name given to a conference and exhibition to be held at The Hub, Cillin Hill from Friday, 13th to Sunday, 15th September. This will be an extraordinary three days for the enrichment of the faith of all Catholics.  Daily celebration of Mass at 9.30am on Friday and Saturday and 5.00pm on Sunday.  Daily talks and workshops by well known Catholic speakers. The conference promises to be one of the largest  religious events of the year so far with six leading speakers each day, dozens of workshops and in addition to the range of talks available throughout each day, there will be a large exhibition with over 60 different exhibitors showcasing Catholic services and products to enhance the faith. In short it will be an extraordinary three days for the enrichment of the faith for all Catholics.
Tickets €7.50 per day.  For information or tickets call 059 862 7268 or 087 672 3410.  Please see posters in our church porches.


High Mass
A High Mass with Gregorian Chant will be celebrated in St. Patrick's Church, Kilkenny, on Sunday, 15th September, (Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows) at 5.00pm.  All welcome.
Living with Suicide Day
Lough Derg, Wednesday 25th September. A day dedicated to anyone who has been affected by suicide, including those who minister and provide support.  It is a guided day with three expert speakers as well as time for peaceful reflection and prayer on the island. Booking essential, contact Maureen 071 986 1518 or 028 686 32391 or email
Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Billy Doran, 34 Newpark Close (formerly Larchfield). Funeral prayers on Monday at 9.30am followed by removal to St. John’s Church for Requiem Mass at 10.30am.  Funeral afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium. Mary O’Donnell, Lord Edward Street. Liam Gannon, Clonmoran. Brendan Creegan, Dundrum & Ranelagh, Dublin. Thomas Feeney, New York. Maura Breen, Ballacolla.
Months Mind: Eileen O’Brien (Sat 6.15). Mary Ann Nichols (Sun 10.30).
Anniversaries: Bill Hackett (Sat 7.00). Ernie Harrington (Sun 10.00). Matthew Dwyer  (Sun 11.00). Catherine Grace (Sun 12.00). Jacqueline Rainey (Sun 12.30). Sharon McEvoy.  Maureen Holden. Edward, Christina & Ned O’Shaughnessy.  Michael & Bridget Slattery. Catherine “Kitty” Ralph.  Billy & Statia Tallent. John Lyons. Padraig Lennon. Mabel & Enda Coady.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Sean O’Keeffe (Sat 6.15). Chrissie Scott (Sat 7.00). Michelle Reynolds (Sun 10.00). Mary & Joan Bissett (Sun 11.00). Margaret Jones (Sun 12.30).

Alliance Française
Children’s French Classes - from 4 years of age.  Secondary school and adult classes also available.  Enrolments: Monday, 9th September and Tuesday, 10th September from 7.00pm - 9.00pm at The Club House Hotel. For further information contact 087 668 2696.
The National Widows Association
Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Club House Hotel at 2.30pm.  New members are welcome.

Kilkenny Active Retirement
The next meeting of the Kilkenny Active Retirement Association will take place in the Club House Hotel, Patrick Street on Monday, 9th September at 2.30pm.  All welcome.

Carer of the Year 2013
Once a year we can give family carers and young carers acknowledgement for the love and care that they provide to their loved ones through The Carer of the Year Awards.  We have two categories for awards: Family Carers & Young Carers.
If you know a Family Carer or Young Carer who you think should be recognised for the levels of care they provide to a loved one, then please fill out a nomination form available from The Carers Association, The Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road or telephone 056 772 1424.
Volunteer Night
Kilkenny Contact Volunteer Night 7.30pm on Monday, 16th September in the Fr McGrath Centre.  Kilkenny & Carlow Contact is a community based befriending and support organisation for older people living alone covering Kilkenny City and County.  We are looking for additional volunteers for visitation and befriending to older persons living in the Kilkenny City area.  Contact Eleanor Doyle or Mary Colclough on 056 775 1988, Ext 6 if you would like to volunteer with us for one hour per week
Parent to Parent a support group for parents/carers of children with special needs will resume their monthly support group meetings this Wednesday, 11th September in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre between 10.30am and 12.30pm and thereafter on the first Wednesday of every month. Children most welcome. Contact Claire @ 086 160 8341 or Therese @ 087 904 0208.

Many Thanks
GROW Mental Health Movement thank all who helped with the recent church gate collection.  We raised €2,652.66.


Church Gate Collection
The Ray of Sunshine Charity will hold a church gate collection next weekend.