Monday, May 12, 2014

Third Sunday of Easter, 4th May 2014

Bank Holiday Weekend
As this is a bank holiday weekend the only public Mass in our parish on Monday will be at St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am.  There will be no exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Fiacre’s Church on Monday.

Eucharistic Ministers Rota
The new Eucharistic Ministers Rota is available in the sacristy of the church in which you minister. The rota is also available on our parish website

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting of the society will be held in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre after 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church on Friday 9th May.  All are welcome to join in praying for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Westcourt News
The monthly Mass to pray for the intercession of Blessed Edmund Rice in our lives and for his canonisation will take place in Westcourt on Monday, 5th May at 7.30pm. The 5th May is the feast day of Blessed Edmund Rice and all are welcome to this Mass of thanksgiving.

Public Rosary
The monthly rosary on the First Sunday at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny in James’ Green  continues on this Sunday 4th May at 3:00pm.  All welcome.

National Hurling League Final
We join in wishing Brian Cody, the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team and especially the players from our parish all the best in this Sunday’s NHL Final against Tipperary in Thurles.

Road Safety
We repeat the appeal by the Irish Catholic Bishops encouraging all of us to use our roads with safety this holiday weekend.  Care for one another in our community is a basic human value which travels across all faiths and cultures. Please be careful at all times.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Paddy McCarthy, Gallows Hill. Sr Aloysius O’Mahony, Presentation Convent, Thurles. Cieran Hutchinson, McDonagh Street, Liam Maher, Cellarstown, Celia Traynor, Emmet Street & Bristol.  Declan O’Riordan. Ellen O’Brien (Tues 10.30). Bernie Hoban (Fri 10.30).
Anniversaries: Michael O’Sullivan (Sat 6.15). Fintan Brennan (Sat 7.00). John Byrne (Sun 10.00). William Norris (Months Mind Sun 10.30). Teresa & Paddy Delahunty (Sun 11.00), Anastatia Fitzpatrick & Kathleen & Pierce Grace (Sun 12.30). Mary Glennon (Tues 9.30). Des Hehir. Peg & Joe Fleming. Catherine (Kit) Grace. Molly Fitzgerald.
Intentions for next weekend: Patrick O’Donoghue (Sat 6.15). Paddy O’Neill (Sat 7.00). Jim Thornton (Sun 9.30). Lar Doyle (Sun 10.00). Pauline Morris (Months Mind Sun 10.30). Bernadette Gannon (Sun 11.00). Billy O’Brien, Anne & William O’Brien Sr, Martin, Billy & William O’Brien Jr. (Sun 10.00). Gerard Carolan (Sun 12.30).

Ossory Times
The latest edition of the diocesan magazine ‘Ossory Times’ is available in the sacristies.  Cost is €2 and it features lots of articles and diocesan news.

Parish Shop
Items for Confirmation and First Holy Communion are available for sale in the Parish Shop. Call in and have a look without obligation.

St. Kieran’s College Past Pupils Newsletter
There is a copy of a past pupils’ newsletter for St. Kieran’s College available at all Masses this weekend.  To help maintain contact with its past pupils the college hopes to produce an eNewsletter which will be available online or by email in the future - but so as to draw attention to this and to invite it’s past pupils to submit their emails, we have decided to produce this first edition in printed format.  Take a copy for yourself or a past pupil you know.  Stay in touch with us... Much is going on here...

 GROW Table Quiz
Table Quiz, Cleere’s Pub, Parliament Street, Kilkenny, 13th May 2014, in aid of GROW Mental Health Movement. Loads fun, food, prizes, €5 per person, table x 4.  All welcome. Support appreciated.

Kilkenny Flower Club
Kilkenny Flower Club will meet in Butler House on Thursday 8th May at 8:00pm.  Eva Holmes will give a teaching demonstration which will be invaluable for inexperienced flower arrangers. Visitors welcome. Admission for non-members is €6 this includes refreshments.

10k Challenge
Represent the Kilkenny Alzheimer Society in the Stoneyford 10k Challenge on 11th May at 10.30am in Stoneyford Village. Take a sponsorship card, to raise funds for services for people living with Alzheimer's and Dementia in Kilkenny. For Sponsorship Card, Entry Form and T-shirt Contact Ruth on 056 777 1230.

The Irish Workhouse, Past & Present
The first national conference on “The Irish Workhouse, Past and Present” will be held in Portumna, Co. Galway on Saturday, 17th and Sunday, 18th May. One hundred and sixty-three workhouses operated in Ireland from the 1840s to the 1920s. The workhouse or poorhouse has been described as “the most feared and hated institution ever established in Ireland.” Every area had a workhouse. For info: tel: 090 975 9200 or visit

Kilkenny Leader Partnership Courses
The following courses are commencing in O’Loughlin Court in May. The courses are open to all but priority will be given to people in receipt of Unemployment Benefits. Courses include: Basic Digital Photography, Improvers Computer Skills, Woodwork, Ceramics, Health & Fitness. We also have places left on the Sewing and Dressmaking Course. Contact Connie McGee on 086 771 8040 or email

We congratulate the boys and girls from Gaelscoil Osraí who received their First Holy Communion at St. Fiacre’s Church on this Saturday morning.  A wonderful celebration was enjoyed by all. 
The boys and girls from Kilkenny School Project will receive the Eucharist for the first time at noon Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church on this Sunday.  We wish them God’s blessing.
Well done to all the children from both schools, their family members, teachers and those involved with their preparation.

Do You Invite Jesus Into Your Home?
In today’s gospel story Jesus joins the two disciples as they journey from Jerusalem to Emmaus.  The disciples are not in good spirits because they have heard about Jesus’ Resurrection and it is too unbelievable.
As they walk, Jesus teaches them all about Himself and why He endured all that He did. As they reach their destination, they invite Jesus into their home. As they sit for dinner, Jesus takes the bread, changes it into His body, and breaks it. It is at the breaking of the bread that the disciples recognise him.  Jesus disappears. 
Do you invite Jesus into your home?  Do you make time for him in prayer?  Do you share prayer with the family?  Perhaps this is one of the best lessons of today’s scripture.

Educational Workshop
Free Educational Workshop for family carers and those concerned about Alzheimer’s Disease or other Dementias.  The workshop will cover how to Understand Behavioural Changes, Encourage Engagement and Care for Yourself While Caring for a Loved One.  Date: Wednesday, 7th or Thursday, 8th May. Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Location: Home Instead Senior Care, Butler Court, Patrick Street, Kilkenny. To book your place or register for future dates call Enda on 056 780 0508 – you will be very welcome.