Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 22nd September 2013

A Big Heart Open to God
A conversation with Pope Francis
Over the course of three meetings during August 2013 Pope Francis gave an interview to Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit Journal.  The interview was conducted in Italian.  After the Italian text was officially approved, America commissioned an English translation.  The official text is available at www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview.
We invite parishioners to follow the link and read the official text in its entirety.  This has been described as “a breathtakingly fresh interview” by the Pontiff.


Family Liturgy on Sundays
Our 10.30 Sunday morning family liturgy has lacked attention during the summer months.  Sadly, on a number of Sundays there was no encouragement or involvement of our young people and their families.  We hope to remedy this in the coming weeks.
Twelve ‘John Paul II Award’ candidates from Transition Year at Presentation Secondary School have volunteered to assist at the weekly 10.30am  liturgy and get the younger people and their families involved again.  The teenagers hope to prepare the younger people to read the scriptures and offer prayers of the faithful and reflections during the Mass.  They will also work towards providing regular music and singing on Sundays. 
Parents of young people who want to get involved are asked to bring their children to St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.00am on Sunday mornings beginning on next Sunday.  In this way we hope to prepare for the Mass and build up our participation and enjoyment of the weekly liturgy.  We ask parents to encourage and enable their children to participate. We could do with some volunteer adults to help out as supervisors - in most cases just being there is all that is required.  Contact the sacristan or Michelle in the Parish Office.
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Lourdes Invalid Fund
The AGM of the St. Patrick’s Parish Lourdes Invalid Fund Committee. The Committee reflected on a successful year. The Committee started sending parishioners to Lourdes in 1991. A total of 127 peoples have been sent by the Committee to date.
The Committee members are taking names earlier than usual this year so if you know of any friends or relatives who are ill, recovering from illness or are just going through a difficult time you can forward their name to any of the Committee or to the St. Patrick’s Parish Office.
Also an attractive cabaret is planned for the James Stephens Club on the 29th November in order to raise funds. Details will follow at a later date.

Mass for Retired Teachers
The annual Mass for retired teachers will be celebrated at 10.30am on next Thursday, 26th September at 10.30am in St. Fiacre's Church, Loughboy.  Coffee/tea in the Parish Centre. All welcome.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Eddie McPhillips, Kilcreene. Michael Byrne, Thomas’ Square. Kathleen Burke, Ballyreddin, Bennettsbridge. Jack Phelan, Troyswood.
Anniversaries: Ann Shortall (Sat 6.15). Sr. Gerard Forristal (Sat 7.00). Davy O’Rourke (Sun 10.00). Moira Cantwell (Sun 10.30). Paddy Johnston (Sun 11.00). Peter Gaul (Sun 12.00). Kathleen Kenny (Sun 12.30). Paddy Wallace (Sat 9.30). Syd & Elizabeth Bluett.  William Hickey. Anna Beale. Paddy Larkin. Jimmy Owens. Elizabeth & William Tyrrell. Paddy O’Donoghue.
Intentions for Next Weekend: The Byrne Family (Sat 6.15). Patrick Traynor (Sat 7.00). Helen Kelly (Sun 10.00).  May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen.

Joint Fundraiser
St. Patrick’s Special School, Kells Road and the Niall Mellon Township Trust are holding a 5k/10k walk or fun at Woodstock Gardens, Inistioge on 29th September 2013 at 12 noon.  Entry fee: €15; Family €25.  Registration from 11.00am.  All welcome.  Category prizes on the day.  Face painting and bouncing castles for kids to enjoy. 
More information: Liam Mullen (086 258 7973) or Jane Dowling, St. Patrick’s Special School (056 772 2934) or  Jerry Fogarty 086 253 3547.


Afternoon Bridge
We play afternoon bridge in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre every Tuesday from 3.00pm - 5.00pm.  All are welcome.  No partner required. 


Transform Your Leaving Cert
An affordable motivational and study skills seminar for Leaving Certificate students will be given by Dr. Eddie Murphy, Psychologist and Motivational Expert as seen on Operation Transformation in Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny on  Monday, 14th October from 7.30 – 9.00pm. Entrance: €10 – all are welcome.


French Short Fiction in Translation
French Short Fiction in Translation, a 6-week course begins on Tuesday, 1st October from 7.00 - 9.00pm at Kilkenny NUIM Campus, St Kieran’s College. Read and discuss classic stories in English translation from some of the world’s great storytellers – no French needed! Course fee: €90 including tea/coffee. To book call 087 344 5388, or return the form at www.nuim.ie/kilkenny.


Open Night
Scoil Aireagail, Ballyhale is having an Open Night for 4th, 5th and 6th class primary school students together with their parents/guardians on Monday, 23rd September at 7.00pm.  All are welcome to visit the school and to view the facilities available to them.

Altar Servers
This is an important traditional ministry in most Catholic parishes including our own.  We are very grateful to the young people and their parents for their support.
Very shortly we will be recruiting and training a new batch of servers from 4th, 5th and 6th classes.  Please discuss this as a family and keep an eye open for further announcements here and in our parish schools.


Going to the Ploughing this Week?
Take a few minutes out and visit Stand T326 which is co-hosted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin and the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cashel, Ossory and Ferns.  The stand will offer an opportunity for prayer, conversation and reflection.  There will be a pause for prayer at 12 noon and 3.00pm.


Loughboy Library
Irish Circle - simple conversational Irish for adults is re-commencing at Loughboy Library this Wednesday 25th September at 11.00am.  All levels welcome.  Phone 056 779 4176 for details.


Interested in Playing Boccia?
Kilkenny Recreation Camp; Sports Partnership is starting a Boccia league during the winter months, for older adults and people with disabilities.  Boccia is a simple game that relies on skill rather than fitness. If you want to enter a team or have any questions about Boccia, call us on 056 779 4990.


Parenting Programme
As a parent or a professional working with children are you wanting to help children/families to think more clearly, connect more compassionately and behave more reasonably? Discover how!  Start Date: Wednesday, 25th September.   Venue: St Patrick’s Parish Centre at 7.30pm.  www.koemba.com/learn  or contact Val 087 760 9355 for further information.