Monday, October 21, 2013

Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 20th October 2013

Volunteer Appreciation Evening
St. Patrick’s Parish is a strong vibrant Christian community united in our love of God and a commitment to share our faith with others.  To show our appreciation of your commitment and to celebrate our working together the St. Patrick’s Parish Pastoral Council invites all our volunteers to an Appreciation Evening at the Springhill Court Hotel on next Saturday, 26th October at 8.00pm.  We intend this to be a relaxed time where volunteers can meet with others, enjoy some finger food and perhaps dance the evening away to the strains of John Travers.
We emphasise that all who volunteer or help in any way in our parish are invited to come along.  We have sent out invitations but, being human, we realise that there is a small possibility that we left some names off the lists in error.  Please contact the Parish Office (776 4400)  immediately if you feel your name should be on the list and you did not yet get a invitation to date. We ask your understanding as you have been excluded in error. 
To facilitate catering admission is by ticket only.  Tickets are free of charge and must be collected at the Parish Centre before Wednesday of this week. 
We look forward to seeing you there on the night.
Mission Sunday - Growing in Faith
Today is Mission Sunday.  It is the day when we are asked to dig into our hearts to assist  the young Church overseas.  We are called to play our part in helping to bring the Word of God to those who most hunger for it.  ‘Growing in Faith’ is our theme for Mission Month and as such our spiritual and financial offerings are crucial for the work of the Church overseas.  Your contribution to today’s annual Mission Sunday collection will be sent in it’s entirety to support our many mission projects.  We can’t do it without you. Large or small, it makes a difference and thanks for your help.  Please contribute to the second collection.
Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Sr. Fidelis Shannon, St. John of God Community, Wexford.  Sr. Maura O’Farrell, Sisters of Mercy, Dungarvan. Veronica Cleary, London. Sadie Delaney, Camross.
Months Mind: Sr. Sylvester Brennan (Sat 9.30). Mary Ward (Sun 2.30pm, Foulkstown)
Anniversaries: Ned & Anthona Burke (Sat 6.15). Ned Nolan (Sat 7.00). Gerard Cleere (Sun 9.30). Jennifer Mulhall (Sun 10.00). Frank Stapleton (Sun 10.30). Annie (Nancy) Tiernan (Sun 11.00). Kathryn Doran (Sun 12.00). Paddy Cullen (Sun 12.30). Bridget Butler (Tues 10.30). Michael O’Leary (Wed 10.30), Helen Raftery (Thurs 10.30). James Cantwell. Manny English. Eithne O’Connor. Nancy Coyne. Bill Cody. John (Jack) Cantwell. Martin & Ann Mulhall. Michael Walsh. Mairead & Ger Carmody. Alfie Sheedy. David Doran.  
Intentions for next weekend: Breda Hehir (Sat 6.15). Milo Grogan (Months Mind Sat 7.00). Joseph Eardly (Sun 10.00). Eileen Barham (Months Mind Sun 10.30). John L Kealy (Sun 11.00). Mary McCormack (Sun 12.00). Tom Shanahan (Sun 12.30).


Kilkenny’s Tidiest Parish
St. Patrick’s Parish won the Club House Hotel Trophy for the Best Tidy Towns Parish in Kilkenny at the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Presentation at Hotel Kilkenny on last Tuesday evening.  The award is in recognition of the many households, shops, businesses, individual gardeners, residents associations, voluntary groups and all others whose dedication, effort and hard work helped make our parish area the tidiest in Kilkenny City.  Well done to all involved: let us keep up the effort in preparation for next year.


Afternoon Bridge
We play bridge at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre every Tuesday between 3.00pm - 5.00pm. No partner required.  All welcome.

St. Vincent De Paul Collection
To facilitate the Mission Sunday collection the monthly collection for the local conference of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul will be taken up next weekend.  Please be as generous as possible.  Thank you. Phone:  087 681 0589.

Parish Mission
St. Patrick’s Parish will host a Parish Mission from Saturday, 7th December until Friday, 13th December.  The mission will be conducted by the Vincentian Ember Team.  Further details later.

October Stations
The October Stations for the support of the priests of the parish and the bishop are taken up this month.  This is one of five special collections each year. Please use the white envelope in your envelope pack or any envelope with your name and address attached.  We are grateful to all who support us financially.  Thanks!

Ossory Times
Copies of the Ossory Times diocesan magazine are available at the Parish Centre and at the sacristies.  This edition contains the recently published interviews with Pope Francis.  2 each.

Rosary at Seville Lodge
The Rosary is recited at the grotto at Seville Lodge on the Callan Road on each Sunday during October at 3.00pm.  All welcome.


Men’s Weekend in Peace in Christ
Our diocesan retreat house hosts a weekend retreat for men between Friday, 8th November (8.00pm) and Sunday, 10th November (2.00pm).  Guided by Mgr. Jim Cassin and Retreat House Team.  Details and booking: 056 72 1054.

Kilkenny/Carlow Carers Association
You are invited to attend their Open Day at6 the Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road on Tuesday, 22nd October  from 12.00pm – 3.00pm.  Refreshments provided.  All are welcome.
Recruiting New Readers
The new readers’ rota will be compiled soon and we are recruiting new readers.  If you would like to become a reader in any of the churches in our parish please contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400.  Please consider offering your help.

Parish Evangelizing Cell
This Year of Faith is a great opportunity to give extra time to deepen our knowledge of and share the message of the Gospel.  A small group has been meeting as a Parish Evangelizing Cell for the past two years and would love to share this blessing.  Next meeting Tuesday, 29th October at 8.00pm. Further information: Maria 087 618 8054.


Evening Course at Integritas
“Why is our personal experience so important to the spiritual life?” with Peter Hannan S.J., on Wednesday, 23rd October at 8.00pm.   Enquiries: 056 772 8902.
Variety Concert
A fund raising event in aid of Community Water Scheme in Kenya slums, Africa at The Springhill Court Hotel on Friday, 25th October .

St. Mary's Cathedral Sunday 27th October at 7.30 pm with Alison Comerford Violin Royal College of Music London, Mayo Concert Orchestra Castlebar, St. Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band and Kilkenny Gospel Choir.  Free of Charge. 

St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Annual Mass for deceased members of the Society of Saint  Vincent de Paul will be celebrated on Sunday, 27th October in the Black Abbey at 12 noon. The Mayo Concert Orchestra will play sacred music during the Mass. All welcome.

Teagasc Lecture
“Lecture on Growing Vegetables" by Stephen Alexander, Teagasc Research Center in the Club House Hotel on Wednesday at 8.00pm.  All welcome.