Monday, June 30, 2014

Corpus Christi, 22nd June 2014

Corpus Christi
We believe that each time we come to Mass, each time we come together to celebrate the Eucharist, we are repeating what Christ did on the first Holy Thursday night - the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ. In today’s readings food and drink receive special attention. Moses underlines for us the importance of the manna for God’s people in the desert. Paul speaks to us of the significance of sharing one loaf. Jesus declares that he is the living bread come down from heaven. We are to eat his flesh and drink his blood if we want to have life in us. The need for faith is vital, faith which assures us that the living, risen Jesus is really present under the simple signs of bread and wine.
Jesus tells us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. When we do so he enters into communion with us. St. Paul’s words: “I live, now not I, but Christ lives in me”. The effects of the communion with Jesus vary according to the faith of each individual recipient. We express our gratitude to Jesus by trying to live as he did.

Corpus Christi Procession
The Corpus Christi Procession scheduled to take place this Sunday has been postponed until Sunday 29th June as High Street will be cordoned off as the City Council has planned a Family Day. The arrangements are as follows: Those who wish to take part are asked to gather at St John’s Church at 1.45pm with the procession beginning at 2pm.  The procession will then process through the city to St Mary’s Cathedral for Benediction. It would be great if all or most of the children from our parish who celebrated their communion this year would take part in this procession.  Again it is appropriate that the children wear their First Communion Clothes for the procession.

St. Josephs Young Priest Society
The St. Joseph’s Young Priest Society’s annual pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday, 28th June.  Bus will leave St. Fiacre’s at 7.45am.   

Parish Pilgrimage to Knock
The annual Parish Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on this Thursday, 26th June.  A coach will leave St. Fiacre’s Church at 7.15am and St. Patrick’s Church at 7.20am. There will be no stops to pick up people. Tickets are only available at the reception desk in the Parish Centre.  Tickets cost €15. Please purchase your Tickets by Tuesday 24th June so final arrangements can be made.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Eileen Brett, Archers Crescent, Bridget Regina Coogan, Connecticut, USA. Ann Patricia Smithwick. Brigid Lambert (Sun 11.00)
Anniversaries: Dan Maher (Sat 6.15). Tim Murphy (Months Mind Sat 7.00). Billy Costelloe (Sun 9.30). Aideen Flanagan (Sun 10.30).  John McEvoy (Sun 12.00). Lillian Beattie (Sun 12.30). Tom Sinnott (Mon 9.30). Marie Coyne (Tues 10.30).  Michael & Christine O’Driscoll. Catherine Kirwan. Bridie Conroy. Alice & Florence McCarthy. Sheila & Dermot O’Donovan. Johanna O’Dwyer.  Ann Emery. Ann Emery. Mollie Dwan. John Hayes. Patrick Doheny. Martin Rowe. John McMyler.  Mary, Michael, Paddy & Anna Bowe. Sean Fitzpatrick. Richard Dunne. Richard McEvoy. Fr. Andy Dwyer.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  John Joe Traynor (Sat 6.15). Dick Martin (Sat 7.00). Ann Comerford (Sun 9.30). Enda Cantwell (Sun 10.00). Teresa Howe (Sun 10.30). Sharon  Galvin (Sun 11.00). Austin Murphy (Sun 12.00). Maureen Walsh (Sun 12.30). 

Local Cemetery Masses
The annual Cemetery Mass in St. Kieran’s Cemetery will be celebrated on next Friday 27th June at 7.30pm. The Cemetery Mass in Dunmore and Johnswell Cemeteries will be celebrated on Friday 4th July at 7.30pm. 
Our annual Foulkstown Cemetery Mass will take place on Thursday 31st July at 7.30pm.  Please remind your relatives and friends, especially those who are living away from home.
Volunteers Needed
Kilkenny Bereavement Support is an organisation of volunteers that supports people of all ages who have been bereaved recently or at some time in the past. In September 2014, a 30 hour training course in bereavement and listening skills will commence.  For more information telephone 056 775 6538 or email:  Closing date for applications will be  18th July.

Resolving Family Conflicts
The Resolution of Conflict with Others in the Family and in the Workplace” will take place at Integritas on Saturday, 28th June at 10.00am.  (Voluntary contribution on the day).
During this day Fergus Armstrong, Solicitor and Brian Lennon S.J. will explore the dynamics of how longstanding conflicts in families and in the workplace can be resolved.  Drawing on their experiences as mediators, they will reflect upon the underlying spiritual dynamics of dispute resolution and how the Christian ideals of forgiveness, harmony and freedom can become possible in relationships that are locked in dispute and recrimination.
Lunch provided. Please book. Integritas, Ennisnag, Stoneyford. T: 056 772 8902; W:; 

South Kilkenny Historical Society
Cross-roads/Platform dance, Sunday, June 29th, 2014 Glenmore Parish Hall grounds (outside, weather permitting) Dancing 8 to 10.30pm. Music by Mary Prendergast and band. Admission: €5 (children free, but must be accompanied by adults).

Event Volunteers Required
Colour Me Kilkenny Event in Support of Barnardos – Sunday, 6th July 2014
Barnardos could use your help on Sunday 6th July from 9am for a few hours of colourtasic fun in Kilkenny on  Sunday 6th July in Kilkenny Castle and the surrounding areas.  
Email Suzanne at or call 01 708 0431 for further details.
Thukolo Gospel Choir and Guests will present a concert in aid of the School of the Holy Spirit at St. Fiacre’s Church on next Thursday, 26th June at 7.30pm.  Tickets are €10 and available from the school, Maria’s Cakes, James Street, John Joe Cullen Butchers, John Street and Parish Centre.  Please support.

Ireland’s leading performance Summer Camp is in St Canice's Community Hall, Kilkenny from June 30 - July 4. Frozen Theme - sing - dance - act – confidence building - show – opportunities! For all 4-13 year old boys & girls.  Places limited. Book now at or call 021 437 7900.

Loughboy Library
Donal Ryan - Award winning Irish author will be the guest speaker at the annual Book Lovers’ night on Thursday June 26th. Doors open at 7.30pm. Free Admission. Summer reading challenge - register from July 1st.

Lost and Found
A sum of money has been found outside the Carpark door at St. Fiacre’s Church last weekend. Contact the Sacristy in St. Fiacre’s Church. 

Masters in Theology
Applications are being accepted for a new Masters in Theology (History of Christianity) programme at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth commencing September 2014. 1 year (full-time) and 2 years (part-time) options available. More information: or by telephoning Admissions Office at 01 708 4772. Course Director: Prof. Salvador Ryan. Email:

Parks Tennis 
Coaching and fun for girls and boys aged 6-17 years.  Just €20/€25 for two weeks. 1 or 1 ½ hours tennis coaching and skills games per day. Starts 7th July and 21st July. For info:085 282 8846 (6.00 - 8.00pm only).

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Anyone interested in making a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in September 2015 please contact either Conor on 086 373 8460 or Mollie on 089 206 9317 to register an interest. The proposed pilgrimage with JWT is subject to enough people being interested and will leave Carlow in September 2015.