Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 17th August 2014

Pray for Christians in Iraq
In a series of tweets over recent days, Pope Francis has raised an alarm to the international community pleading for us to protect and pray for “all those suffering violence in Iraq” and to live in solidarity with them.
· I ask the international community to protect all those suffering violence in Iraq. (8th August)
· Violence is not conquered by violence. Lord, send us the gift of peace. (9th August)
· Those driven from their homes in Iraq depend on us. I ask all to pray, and for those who are able, to give material assistance. (10th August)
· The news coming from Iraq pains me. Lord, teach us to live in solidarity with all those who suffer.  (10th August)
· An appeal to all families: when you say your prayers, remember all those forced from their homes in Iraq.  (10th August)
· I ask all Catholic parishes and communities to offer a special prayer this weekend for Iraqi Christians.  (11th August).

The leader of the Chaldean Catholics has written the following prayer...
The plight of our country is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening.
Spare our lives, and grant us patience and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope.
Peace is the foundation of life, grant us the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other, with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq

St. Fiacre’s Well Novena
The annual novena to St. Fiacre begins with rosary and prayers at the well in Kilfera on Saturday, 23rd August at 8.00pm.  This will continue each evening at 8.00pm with concluding prayers and Mass on Sunday, 31st August at 3.00pm.  All welcome.

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Feast of Our Lady, Queen and Mother, is celebrated on 22nd August. God bestowed the honour on Mary of choosing her to be the mother of his son Jesus. She shared the joys and sorrows of His life. She gave birth to Him, nourished Him and cherished Him. She did so because of her trust in God.
Virgin Mary, remind us to place our trust in God in times of hardship and want. Amen!
Mary is our Queen also. In 1954 Pope Pius XII  established the feast of the Queenship of Mary  because on the day of her Assumption, Mary Our Mother was crowned by Christ as Queen. We meditate on these mysteries in the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, namely, The Assumption of Our Lady and The Coronation of Our Lady Queen of  Heaven.

Annual Grandparents’ Pilgrimage
A coach from St. Patrick's Parish will bring people to the Annual Grandparents’ Pilgrimage at Knock on  Sunday, 14th September 2014.  Everybody is welcome to this great day of faith and devotion honouring and thanking St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of Mary, grandparents of Jesus and all our grandparents living and dead, for all they have done for us.  Chief celebrant will be Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio. Fr. Liam Lawton will lead the music and singing.  Reflection by Catherine Wiley, founder of the Catholic Grandparents’ Association.
Contact the Parish Centre (056 776 4400) to book your seat.  Return tickets €10.00.
Children are invited to write and submit a prayer for grandparents.  Send prayers to Shrine Office, Knock, Co. Mayo.  Prayers will be blessed during the pilgrimage.  www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.org

Baptism in our Parish
Our parish baptisms are celebrated on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays and 3rd Sunday of each month.  At least two weeks advance notice is required by the Parish in order to have a child baptised.  Contact the Parish Office (056 776 4400) as early as possible to book one of these dates.  

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Edna Carolan, Galway & Newpark Drive. Requiem Mass at St. Patrick’s Church at 12.00 noon on Monday.  Burial in Foulkstown.  Tom Ryan, Westfield.  Brendan Kenny, Troyswood. Michael Bolger, Grovine West, died in England. Mary Morris, New Birmingham, Thurles.Bridget McGrath (Nee Dunne), late of Kells Road. died in New York.
Months Mind: Ivan Power (Sat 9.30)
Anniversaries: Kathleen Brophy (Sat 6.15). Margaret Shanahan (Sat 7.00). Jim Drohan (Sun 10.00). Ann Kenny (Sun 11.00). Evelyn Hughes (Sun 12.00). Joe McHugh (Sun 12.30). Eddie Kelly (Mon 9.30). Moscow Larkin (Tue 10.30). John Ellen, Pat & Mary Butler (Thurs 10.30). Catherine, John, Ellen & Joe Waldron (Wed 10.30).  John, Ellen, Pat & Mary Butler (Thurs 10.30). Dick Walsh. Mary & Martin Burke. Fintan Wallace. Miko Gibbons. Peader Blanchfield. Eileen Tynan. Joe Maher. David & Peggy Gaffney. Richard Kenny. Nance O’Neill. Christina Gargan.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Tom & Mary Byrne (Sat 6.15). Sr. Brid Griffin (Months Mind Sat 7.00). Annie McKenna (Sun 9.30). Paddy Mullen (Sun 10.00). Pat Murray (Months Mind Sun 10.30). Della Harney (Sun 11.00). Michal Casserly (Sun 12.00). Kitty Larkin (Months Mind Sun 12.30).

Getting Married Soon?
Contact the Parish Office (056 776 4400) as early as possible to book your preferred date and church. (Booking is on a first-come-first-served basis). 
Please note that it is a civil requirement to inform the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths of your intention to marry. This must be done at least three months before the proposed date of your marriage.  See www.gro.ie for further information on this aspect of your marriage.
Contact the parish where you now reside. This is where your pre-marriage papers will be prepared for forwarding to the place of marriage.
A helpful website with useful information and hints for couples getting married is available at  www.gettingmarried.ie.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
As part of marking the 25th anniversary of Kilkenny Bereavement Support, a series of talks is being held in the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny.  The first of these is by Dr Mark Rowe on Tuesday, 2nd September at 8.00pm. The talk is entitled: “A Prescription for Happiness - new understandings of wellbeing”. You are invited to join Dr. Mark for a stimulating and entertaining evening and walk away with a tool kit for meaning and wellbeing – a prescription for cultivating inner happiness.  Admission is €10.

Leaving Certificate Results
We congratulate those who received Leaving Certificate results during the past week.  Well done!  We hope you are satisfied with the fruits of your labours.
Best wishes to those who are awaiting CAO offers tomorrow.  We hope you get the course you desire.

Certificate in Theological Studies
The course aims at providing religious education, faith formation and spiritual enrichment for those actively engaged in parish life or in the pastoral care of people, young and old.  The programme runs for 24 weeks from September 2014 to May 2015.  For details apply to Declan Murphy, St. Kieran’s College on 087 908 1470 or email declanmurphy@ossory.ie

Sponsored Walk
Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge on next Sunday 24th August in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Walk starts at picnic tables in Maudlin Street @ 11.00am sharp.  €10 entrance fee to the charity. Contact 085 810 7890 for information and sponsorship cards.

Parish Newsletter On Line
The parish newsletter can be read on line and Facebook?  Go to www.patricksparish.com and click on the ‘Newsletter’ tab or www.facebook.com/StPatricksKK.  Inform those away from home.

Deadline for Newsletter Items

Please have notices, anniversaries, etc. into the Parish Office by Thursday at the latest. 
After this date we cannot guarantee publication that weekend.  Leaving anniversaries in at churches, on altars, at the priests’ houses and under sacristy doors will not guarantee they will make the newsletter in time.  Thanks for your cooperation.

CURA Seeks Volunteers
Cura Crisis Pregnancy Support Service provides free counselling and support from their Dean Street Centre in Kilkenny. The centre will be holding an information meeting at 10.00am on Wednesday, 3rd September for anyone interested in training to become a Cura counsellor. If you are interested in volunteering please call 056 7722 739 or visit  their website at www.cura.ie for more information.

South Kilkenny Historical Society
Coach trip to Clontarf and the Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Thursday, 21st August 2014. Bus departing Mullinavat at 8.00am, returning 10.00pm (approximately). Cost: €55, (€50, members), which includes bus fare, guided tours and evening meal in Dublin. For bookings and further information please contact Brigid: 051 885 300, 087 950 7295 or Eddie 086 812 4349, edsynnott@yahoo.co.uk.