Monday, February 10, 2014

The Presentation of the Lord, 2nd February 2014

St. Brigid of Ireland, Abbess
St. Brigid is celebrated on 1st February - the first day of Spring!  Brigid is known as Mary of the Gael and she is one of Ireland’s patron saints. She was born in Faughart near Dundalk in 451 AD. There are wells dedicated to St. Brigid throughout the country. St. Brigid’s crosses are made from rushes and placed over the door in many homes.  The prayer of blessing for the crosses is “May the blessing of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be on these crosses, on where they are and on everybody who looks at them.  Amen.
Feast of the Presentation
This Sunday we commemorate the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. It is also called Candlemas Day. Our Lady offered Jesus in the temple. Simeon took the Child and declared that He was the promised Saviour.  Candles are blessed today as a symbol of Jesus the true light of the world.
Westcourt News
The monthly Mass to pray for the intercession of Blessed Edmund Rice will take place in Westcourt on Monday, 3rd February at 7.30pm.   The liturgy for this Mass will be prepared by the Callan Heritage Society. All are welcome.
Mill Hill Missionaries
There will be a Mass in honour of St. Joseph on the first Wednesday of every month. The next Mass will be on Wednesday, 5th February at 8.00pm – in our Mill Hill Chapel, St. Joseph’s, Waterford Road. Please join us if you can.
St. Josephs Young Priests Society
A meeting of the Ossory branch will take place in the Chapter House, St. Mary’s Cathedral beginning with the monthly adoration for Vocations at 7.00pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Friday 7th February.  The meeting is in preparation for Dublin Provincial Congress which will take pace in St. John’s on Saturday, 29th March.  Members and friends are invited to attend.
Kilkenny Solemn Novena
St. John’s Parish will host the annual Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help - “The Kilkenny Solemn Novena” - from the feast of St. Blaise on Monday, 3rd February until the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Tuesday, 11th February.  The novena will be led by the Redemptorists’ Team and all are welcome. Mass celebrated at 7.30am, 10.30am and 7.30pm each day.  Details on flyers at our church doors and on St. John’s Parish website:  All welcome.
Capuchin Friary Mass Times
From this weekend Masses will be celebrated at the following times: Sundays: 10.30am (Irish) and 12.00 noon. Weekdays: 10.30am and 5.40pm.
In other words: 7.30am Mass is discontinued for Sundays and weekdays.  Mass will be celebrated at 5.40pm on all evenings except Sundays.
Stations of the Cross
Following the repainting of St. Fiacre’s Church a number of the Stations of the Cross were inadvertently reattached to the wall in an incorrect sequence.  Well spotted and thanks to the three parishioners who noticed and informed us of the mistake which has now been corrected.  Would you know the correct sequence?
Coeliac Support Group
The Kilkenny/Carlow Coeliac Support Group will hold its first meeting of 2014 in St. Patrick's Parish Centre on Monday, 3rd February at 8.00pm. Anyone effected by this disease or by gluten intolerance is invited.  Fáilte roimh gach duine.
National Association of Widows
The Association of Widows meet on the 1st Thursday of each month at 2.30pm in the Club House Hotel.  All welcome.
Loughboy Library
Craft Club on Wednesday at 2.00pm - all welcome for an afternoon of knitting, stitching, chatting and a cuppa.  Enquiries 056 779 4176. 
Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Mary McGrath, late The Pound, Ballycallan. Funeral Prayers at Molloy’s Funeral Home, Callan at 7.00pm on Sunday followed by removal to Ballycallan Church.  Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Monday followed by burial at Ballykeeffe. Gemma McGirr, Wolf Tone Street. Funeral service on Monday at 12 noon at Camphill, Ballytobin.  Majella Meany, Lord Edward Street.  Dan Daly, Cork.
Anniversaries: 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). Elizabeth Mulligan (Mon 9.30). Patrick O’Keeffe (Tues 10.30). Pat Kearney (Wed 10.30). Rory Quinn (Thurs 10.30). Sean O’Grady (Fri 9.30). Martin Brennan (Months Mind, Sat 9.30). Jimmy O’Neill. Maura Gaffney. Jim Loughlin. Jim Murphy. Breda & Mark Butler. John Quigley. James Hayes. Rev. John Nyhan. J.J. Murphy. Gretta Phelan. Kit O’Carroll. Annie Delaney.
Intentions for next weekend:  Thomas Kavanagh (Sat 6.15). Sr. Gemma Martin (Sat 7.00). Shane Holland (Sun 9.30). Rory Quinn (Sun 10.00). John & Ellen McDonald (Sun 10.30). Eileen Cummins (Sun 11.00). Ursula Maher (Sun 12.30).
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 information call Ruth on 056 777 1230.
Citizens’ Information Centre
We provide a free and confidential information service to the people of Kilkenny.  We are currently recruiting volunteers.  If you are interested in helping people and have some time to give, please contact us for further details.  Telephone Sarah Drea at 0761 07 7910.
Healing for Adults Bereaved by Suicide
Kilkenny Bereavement Support will hold a healing group for adults bereaved by suicide. It will commence on Tuesday Feb 25th at 8.00pm in Villa Maria, Freshford Road. It will run by two experienced facilitators for six consecutive Tuesdays.
The Healing Group provides a safe place for the bereaved to meet and share their loss in confidence with others. It is a place also to share thoughts and feelings with others who are experiencing something similar.  This is an annual event which has proven to be very beneficial in the past. It will be a small group, 6 - 8 people. It is a closed group in that once the group commences, no new people may enter.  For information or to reserve a place, please phone Kilkenny Bereavement Support at 056 775 6538.
Young at Heart Club
The club will reopen on Wednesday, 5th February from 2.30pm - 4.30pm in the Parish Centre.
Can you volunteer once a week?
Kilkenny and Carlow Contact is a community based Befriending & Support organisation for older people covering Kilkenny City & County, and we are looking for additional volunteers to commit to one hour per week for Befriending in Kilkenny City at present .  If you are interested in volunteering please call us for more information to our Kilkenny office on 056 775 1988 Ext 6.
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.  
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.
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.
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?  You must be from St.Patrick’s Parish. Please forward names to members of the St. Patrick’s Parish Lourdes Fund Committee.  Call the Parish Office on 776 4400.