Friday, January 31, 2014

Third Sunday in Ordinary, 26th Januray 2014

Parish Senior Citizens’ Party
Parishioners of a certain age are looking forward to the annual St. Patrick’s Parish Senior Citizens’ party which will be held in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm on Monday, 27th January.  We look forward to a wonderful night and an opportunity to sing and dance together.  Tickets (€10) are only available at the Parish Centre.  We ask people to purchase tickets to enable us to plan the catering on the night.  Music by the Marble City Swingers.  Get your party frocks and dancing shoes ready!
Catholic Schools’ Week
This will be celebrated from this Sunday, 26th January to 2nd February. The theme for the week is, Catholic Schools: Places of Faith and Learning. There are a number of Catholic schools in the parish and we salute what they accomplish. They enrich not only the local community but also society in general. The seeds of faith are planted in the home and the role of parents as primary educators ought to be recognised by involving them in school activities. The Catholic school emphasises the mission of Christ and the religious programme affirms and deepens the understanding the students have of the Catholic religion. Teachers who work hard day in day out giving witness and spreading the faith are to be praised.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Do you know of anyone who is unwell, suffered a bereavement or going through a difficult time who would like to travel to Lourdes in prayer or thanksgiving in 2014?  Please forward names to members of the St. Patrick’s Parish Lourdes Fund Committee.  Call the Parish Office on 776 4400.
Mass Times at the Capuchin Friary
Mass times from the 1st February will be Monday to Saturday: 10.30am & 5.40pm. 
This means the 7.30am Mass is no longer continued for Sundays or weekdays.  A 5.40pm Mass is introduced for all days except Sundays.
Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Chrissie Cahill, Conahy. Sr. Finbarr Coffey, “Villa Maria”, Freshford Road.  Tom Cantwell, Dean Cavanagh Place. Annie Hawe, Ballybought Street.  Requiem Mass at St. John’s at 12.00 noon on Sunday. Chrissie Bergin, Brownstown. John Dowling, Fr. Murphy Square. Teresa Barcoe, Nore Terrace.
Anniversaries: Daniel “Algie” Lanigan (Sat 6.15). Ann O’Shea (Sat 7.00). Maureen Barry (Sun 9.30). Jack Comerford (Sun 10.00). Kathleen Hickey (Sun 10.30). Michael Moore (Sun 11.00). Nora Foley (Sun 12.00).  Fr. Joe O’Shea (Sun 12.30). Michael McDonald (Tue 9.30). Peg Brennan (Sun 10.30). Con Noonan (Sun 9.30). Ellen, John, Pat & Mary Butler (Wed 10.30). Margaret & Michael Muldowney (Thur 10.30). Lil, Billy & Eamon Costelloe (Fri 10.30).  Tommie Ryan. Elizabeth Kavanagh. Michael White. Martin Coyne. Anne Kenny. Peter & Jimmy Browne. May Morris Allen & Paddy Morris. Denis Nyhan.
Intentions for next weekend: Hughie Shiels (Months Mind Sat 6.15). Anne Nolan.  Breda Butler (Sat 7.00). Noeleen Flood (Sun 10.00). Michael White (Sun 10.30). Jimmy McGrath (Sun 11.00). John Collins (Sun 12.00). Oliver Mannion (Sun 12.30).
Kilkenny Solemn Novena
St. John’s Parish will host the Kilkenny Solemn Novena from Sunday, 2nd February until Tuesday, 11th February.  The novena will be led by the Redemptorists’ Team and all are welcome. Further details at
St. Brigid's Day Service
This year’s St. Brigid’s Day Service will take place in St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, 1st  February at 8.00pm. Holy Water from St. Brigid’s Well, Kildare and the traditional Red Flannel will be available on the night. This year’s collection is for the ‘Kilkenny Homeless Project’.  All Welcome.
Taizé Youth Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage to Taizé, France, organised by Ossory Youth, under the Patronage of the Bishop of Ossory, from 17th to 24th August 2014. The Pilgrimage is open to Transition Year, 5th year and Leaving Cert students.  Applications by Wednesday, 29th January. Information: Patrick Bookle at, 776 1200 or (087) 212 9006.
The Joy of the Gospel
Pope Francis encourages every Christian to rediscover the joy of a personal encounter with
Jesus in his amazing new message of hope, Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel. From St. Mary’s Cathedral Bookshop @ 4.99.
School of the Holy Spirit
A Table Quiz in support of the School of the Holy Spirit will take place in James Stephens GAA Club on Wednesday, 29th January at 9.00pm. Table of 4 = 20. Good fun for a good cause.
Stress Management Skills Course
An 8 week course takes place in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre beginning on Tuesday, 28th January.  Cost: 80.  Information: 087 680 9428.
Samaritan Volunteering
Join us in Butler House, Patrick Street on 27thJanuary for our Open/Information night at 7.30pm until 9.00pm. Have you time to spare? If you are 20+ and see yourself as non-judgemental and a good listener, think about it. Training in March 2014.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Support group for carers of people with Alzheimer's/dementia will meet on Wednesday, 5th February from 4.00 to 5.30pm in The Village Day Centre (behind The Village Inn).
Support and information in a relaxed atmosphere. All are welcome. For more information call Ruth on 056 777 1230.
St. Patrick’s Community Games
The community games is about to kick off again in St. Patrick’s for the second year running. If you are interested in getting involved  please come to a meeting on Tuesday, 28th January in Springhill Hotel at 8.30pm.
Upcoming events include U8 to U16 Swimming, U10 Handwriting, U6 to U8 Art competitions.  Lots more events planned in future months. Tel: Paula 086 887 2447 for more information.
30/80KM Family Fun Get Fit Cycle
James Stephen’s GAA Club members are hopping onto their bikes and hitting the roads. Why not join them for a wonderful and exciting day?
Date: Saturday, 22nd March. Location: James Stephen’s Clubrooms, Larchfield. Registration:  9.30am to 10.40am. Start time: 11.00am. Entry fee: €20 single adult (entry + 1 raffle ticket for prize draw). Family €30 (2), €40 (3), U16's €10.  Prize draw and refreshments will be served directly after the cycle.  For information contact organisers Liam Power 085 724 0012 or Tim Butler 087 676 4747. 
Kilkenny Leader Partnership Courses
KLP is taking registrations for a Benefit 4 Computer Class which they will be delivering in early February. This is a good basic computer course covering topics such as using the internet, emails, digital photography, Skype and using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The course is for 5 weeks and there are evening and morning options in Kilkenny City. Fee is €10.00. Information/registration: Connie McGee - 086 771 8040.
Loughboy Library
Computer lessons for the elderly will be available free on Thursday and Fridays at 6.45pm commencing on 6th/7th February. Enquiries: 779 4176.
Diamond Engagement Ring Lost
A diamond ring was lost in the vicinity of Foulkstown Cemetery.  Please contact Fr. Dan with information if found.
Centering Prayer Retreat
5th March 2014 - 12th March 2014
Orlagh Retreat Centre, Old Court Road, Dublin 16. Reservations/Bookings: Contact Eileen Foley, 087 601 7709
Knitting Classes in Parish Centre
Knitting classes for beginners and those refreshing their skills began at the Parish Centre last Tuesday and continue for the next nine weeks.  New members still welcome. Classes from 7.00pm - 8.00pm.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary TIme, 3rd November 2013

Living the Faith
This is the title of an interesting four week course to help us live our Christian faith as we journey towards Advent. The talks, which are free, will be held on Monday evenings 11th, 18th and 25th November and 2nd December at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre.  On the first evening Rev. Dr. Dermot Ryan will help us explore how it is that we can or should celebrate the sacraments today in a more engaged and real way.  Please join us.
November Lists of the Dead
During November we remember in a special way our loved ones who have died.  It is a good and wholesome thing to pray for our dead.  Pre-printed forms are available in all our churches for those who would like to list deceased relatives and friends.  These can be placed before the altars and those listed will be remembered during our November Masses.  May they rest in peace.
Parish Remembrance Service
Our annual Parish Remembrance Service takes place on Thursday, 28th November at 7.30pm in St. Fiacre’s Church.  During this service we will remember those who have died, especially those who died during the past year.
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting of the local conference 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, 8th November.  All welcome. 
Volunteer Appreciation Evening
All are delighted with last weekend’s Volunteer Appreciation Evening.  Well done to Parish Pastoral Council for taking the initiative and recognising the amount of voluntary work being done in our parish.
Parish Mission
St. Patrick’s Parish will host a Parish Mission from Saturday, 7th December until Friday, 13th December.  Keep the dates!  Further details later.
Men’s Weekend in Peace in Christ
Our diocesan retreat house hosts a weekend retreat for men between next Friday, 8th November (8.00pm) and Sunday, 10th November (2.00pm).  This weekend offers an opportunity to take time out for personal reflection and quiet prayer in pleasant and relaxed surroundings.  Details and booking: 056 772 1054.
Black Abbey Triduum
The Triduum in honour of St. Martin ends on this Sunday.  Rosary at 2.45pm.  Mass with Anointing of the Sick at 3.00pm.  All are welcome.
Mass in Honour of St. Joseph
Mass in honour of St. Joseph at the Mill Hill Chapel on this Wednesday, 6th November at 8.00pm.  Welcome.
In Remembrance of Our Dead
Peace in Christ Retreat House will host a Reflective Evening remembering and celebrating our loved ones who have died on 13th November between 8.00 and 9.30pm.  All welcome.
Mass for An Garda Síochána
For a number of years the extended family of Kilkenny Garda Station have come together to remember those who have died.  This year resulting from the renovations of Kilkenny Garda Station, it is appropriate that not only will we remember the past but also acknowledge the present and look forward to the future of An Garda Síochána within the Kilkenny community. 
A Mass of thanksgiving will be held on Monday, 18th November at 7.30pm in St Mary's Cathedral. Music will be provided by the Garda Band.  The Garda Band will also play some music for the congregation after Mass concludes.  All welcome to attend.
Bangers and Mash for Samaritans
The Samaritans are hosting a Bangers & Mash Lunch in The Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street on Thursday 7th November from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Donation only: 10.00.  LoCall 1850 60 9090
Peace in Christ Collection
There will be a church gate collection for Peace in Christ Diocesan Retreat House on this Saturday and Sunday. We invite your generous support.
Our Lady of Kilkenny Rosary
At the Statue of our Lady, James Green on this Sunday, 3rd November at 3.00pm.  All welcome.
Camphill Community
The annual Open Day at the Camphill Community in Kyle, near Callan, takes place on Sunday, 10th November from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.  This is an important fund-raising occasion for our community, which cares for children and adults with mental disability.
Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Cormac Cullen, Bamford.  Funeral prayers at his home at 1.30pm on Sunday followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church for 2.30pm Requiem Mass.  Burial afterwards at Foulkstown Cemetery.  Caroline Murphy-Cullen, Cuffesgrange. Requiem Mass at St. Michael’s Church, Danesfort at 10.15am on Sunday.  Burial in the adjoining cemetery.  Thomas Hennessy, Waterford.
Anniversaries: P.J. Marrinan (Sat 6.15). Ned O’Neill (Sat 7.00). Jack Garrehy (Sun 9.30). James Rafter (Sun 10.00). Margaret Moore (Sun 10.30). Eddie McPhillips (Months Mind Sun 11.00). Declan Walsh (Sun 12.00). Michael Phelan (Sun 12.30). Dominic Coll (Thur 10.30). John Cullen (Fri 10.30). Tom Shanahan. Jack Wellford.  Jim O’Neill. Tess O’Neill. Joseph Brennan. Thomas Tynan.
Intentions for next weekend: Mary & James Mulrooney (Sat 6.15). John Glynn (Sat 7.00). Gerard & Patricia Moore (Sun 9.30). Charles Carroll (Sun 10.00) May Muldowney (Sun 10.30). Paul Moloney (Sun 11.00). Mary Hanrahan (Sun 12.00). Henry Tiernan (Sun 12.30).
Do This In Memory
We welcome the boys and girls who hope to make their First Holy Communion next Spring to our 10.30am and 11.00am Masses this weekend.  With their families we continue to pray for them as they prepare to receive the Lord in the Eucharist for the first time.
Information on Haemochromatosis
Do you suffer from chronic fatigue, joint pain, diabetes, irregular heartbeat?  You may have too much iron in your blood.  Haemochromatosis is one of the most common genetic disorders. It is completely treatable.
Information Meeting on Thursday, 7th November at 7.30pm at the Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street.  Speakers: Dr Zaid Heetun, Specialist Registrar in Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Pauline Carroll, Noreen Maher, Angela Buggy, Hepatology Nurse Specialists.
Recruiting New Readers
Please contact the Parish Office (056 776 4400) if you would like to proclaim God’s Word in our parish churches.  A new rota is being prepared at the moment.
Eucharistic Ministers Rota
If you have not picked up your new rota from the sacristy yet would you please do so as soon as possible.
Coeliac Support Group
The local Coeliac Support Group will hold its next meeting in St. Patrick's Parish Centre on Monday November 4th at 8.00 pm.  Anyone effected by this disease is invited to attend. Fáilte roimh gach duine.
Kilkenny Active Retirement
Active Retirement Group meeting on Monday, 4th November at 2.30pm in the Club House Hotel.
Service of Remembrance
The Miscarriage Association of Ireland will be holding their annual Service of Remembrance on Sunday 10th November at 3.00pm in St Theresa's Church, Donore Avenue (Off South Circular Road) Dublin 8.
Kilkenny Leader Partnership
Men’s Fitness, Health and Training in conjunction with Fennelly Fitness. Six week course for unemployed men will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11.00 – 1.00pm. Training will take place in Fennelly Gym, Hebron Industrial Estate. Contact Connie 086 771 8040.  Free of charge.
Benefit 4 Computer Programme: This  programme is ideal for anyone wanting to learn about computers and the internet. Topics include: internet, social media. There is a small fee for this course. To book: 086 771 8040.
Used Clothing Appeal
Dochas Nasamu Orphanage, Nairobi is holding a used clothing appeal on Friday 8th November from 10.00am to 11.00am, at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre  Car Park. For further information, please contact Marie on  087  689 0995.  Thanks for previous support.
Ossory Times
Ossory Times, our diocesan magazine is available at the Parish Centre and at the sacristies.  Only €2 each.
Volunteers Needed
Anam Cara is a national voluntary organization that provides support to parents after the death of their son or daughter. All  services are offered free. To raise funds, Anam Cara is organizing a national bag pack in Dunnes Stores on Saturday 30th November. Would you consider helping us out? Volunteers needed for a couple of hours on the day. Call 01 404 5378 or
Wheelchair Association Angel Days
Please support the IWA “Angel Days” appeal on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th November.
Church Gate Collection
The Irish Heart Foundation: annual church gate collection on the weekend of the 9th and 10th November 2013.
First Saturday Devotion
At St. Fiacre’s Church after 6.15pm Mass on Saturday, 2nd November.  All are welcome.