Monday, September 22, 2014

Twenty Firth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 21st September 2014

Come on the Cats !!!
We wish the Kilkenny Senior and Hurling Team the best of luck in All Ireland Senior Hurling Final replay against Tipperary on Saturday next.  In particular we wish Brian Cody, Eoin Larkin and Jackie Tyrell, the panel members and all from St. Patrick’s Parish who are involved with the team the very best of luck on the day.  Let’s bring the Liam McCarthy cup back home.

Be Still and Know That I Am God
An evening on Christian meditation will be held in Peace in Christ Retreat House, Sion Road, Kilkenny on Wednesday, 24th September.  Time: 7.30pm. Speaker: Fr. Donagh O’Shea OP. Donation: €10 - light refreshments will be served. All are welcome and newcomers to meditation will be especially welcome. 

Eucharistic Ministers
The Parish Office is in the process of compiling the new rota. If you are unable or unwilling to continue please inform Michelle in the Office at 056 776 4400 as soon as possible.

An Hour of Prayer
In response to the Holy Father’s appeal to families for their support in prayer as the church begins a period of deliberation and reflection in Rome at the beginning of October on the pastoral care of families.
Fr. Dan Carroll will led an hour of prayer in St. Fiacre’s Church, Friday 26th September from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.  Pope Francis said “your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the church.”.

Due to the Holy Hour taking place in St. Fiacre’s Church., the Adoration on Friday 26th September in St. Patrick’s Church is cancelled.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Paddy Murray, Ashurst.  Sr. Margaret Mulrooney, Villa Maria, Talbots Inch.
Months Mind: Tom Ryan (Sun 10.00).
Anniversaries: Eugene & Paddy Somers (Sat 6.15). Paddy Johnston (Sat 7.00). Milo Grogan (Sun 11.00). Moyra Cantwell (Sun 12.00). Margaret Jones (Sun 12.30). James & Mary Long (Tues 10.30). Marian Lennon (Wed 10.30).  Anastasia Ayres. Frank & Mary Nolan. Nora Hogan. Paddy Larkin. Bridget Cahill. Ger Kavanagh. Lily Downes, Josie O’Brien,. Mary, Richard & Billy Brennan. Mary Ward.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Eileen Lacey (Months Mind Sat 6:15). The Byrne Family (Sun 9.30). Ann Kavanagh (Sun 10.00). Matt Dwyer (Sun 11.00). Peter Gaule (Sun 12.00). Eddie Mc Philips (Sun 12.30).

Choirs in Our Parish
Over the next few weeks our parish choirs will return after their summer break.  We are delighted to welcome them back.  We are blessed to have such dedicated people who enhance our liturgies, not just at weekends but at many other Masses and services adding life and energy to our celebrations throughout the year.  Our choir leaders, organists, musicians and soloists also give wonderful support and we are so grateful to them all for their commitment and service.  We are delighted to have music and singing at 6.15pm, 7.00pm, 10.00am, 11.00am and 12.30pm Masses each weekend.
New members are always welcome to come and join our parish choirs.  Ideally, others who are interested in choral music might assist by joining our parish choirs on an on-going basis and enhance the numbers we have already.  Interested persons are invited to approach the choir leaders after Mass or to telephone the Parish Office (056 776 4400) at any time.

Altar Servers
The new altar servers rota is being compiled at the moment. Please contact the parish office to confirm your willingness to continue on as an altar server in our Parish.  Forms are available at the Sacristies for all servers. 

Irish Pilgrimage Trust
The Irish Pilgrimage Trust, which brings Young People with special needs to Lourdes at Easter each year, has a stand at this weeks National Ploughing Championships. Drop into our stand, Block 2 Row 35 Stand   640 while at the ploughing championships and learn more about the Trust and its work. We look forward to welcoming you to our stand.”

Parish Volunteer Appreciation Evening
Following our very successful and enjoyable evening for parish volunteers last year the Parish Pastoral Council has decided to do the same again.  Precise details will be announced later but in the meantime those who volunteer in our parish are invited to keep the evening of Saturday, 1st November free.

Stress Management Skills Course
This 8 week course will take place in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy beginning on   Thursday, 9th October 2014 (7.00pm – 9.00pm) Course costs €90 – Phone: 087 680 9428 for further information.

Free Training
Free training with Momentum and  Barrow Training.  Momentum is a new government initiative which will provide free education and training projects for 6,500 jobseekers. Participants will gain relevant skills for real work opportunities in identified growth areas. Barrow Training is delivering courses in Hospitality and Tourism in Carlow, Kilkenny, Naas, Waterford, Wexford and Bray and childcare in Kilkenny, Waterford and Clonmel. Visit or for more information or call Siobhan on 059 972 1416.

Speech and Drama Classes
Starburst Speech and Drama classes begin this Tuesday 23rd September at 4pm in the Parish Centre. For more details please contact Kate on 0851142686.

Alzheimers/ Stroke related/Dementia
Alzheimers/Challenging Behaviour in older adults Talk.  Mia Mc Loughlin, Consultant Psychiatrist for Later Life. Are you providing extra support for a loved one. Could you do with additional support. If so come along to our talk. Monday 13th October at 3.00p.m. at The Carers Association Centre. Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny.

Art Classes with Mary Dillon
Beginning in the Parish Centre for 8 weeks, every Wednesday from October 1st. For enquiries and to register please contact Mary Dillon:: 087 222 4260,

Loughboy Library
National Adult Literacy Agency: a learner ambassador from NALA will be available at the Library to speak to adults thinking for returning to education. 
Tips on how to use mobile phones, iphones, ipads etc on Fridays at 3.45pm.
Exhibition: The Irish Patchwork Society are currently exhibiting at the Library. Well worth a visit!
Internet Security for Families: Free course covering basic filtering, blocking websites etc commencing immediately on Fridays 6-8pm.  Please book 056 779 4176.

St. Vincent De Paul
The monthly collection for  the St. Vincent de Paul will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
The third talk in the Kilkenny Bereavement Support series  takes place on Thursday Oct 2nd at 7.30 pm in Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny.
The Speaker is Joan Freeman, CEO  and  Founder of Pieta House. Her talk is, “The Story of Pieta House, and Help in Suicidal Distress”.
Admission is €10 and proceeds go to Pieta House. Information from 0567 756 538.

Loreto Secondary School
1st Year Enrolment September 2015:  The closing date for applications for a First Year place is Wednesday, 8th October 2014. Application forms and admissions policy can be obtained from our website or the school office.
Open Night For 6th Class Girls:  An open night will take place on Wednesday, 24th September 2014 at 6.45pm. This is a ticketed event and tickets are available by either emailing your request to or by calling to the school office.

The monastic way in the secular world. A residential weekend at Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Friday 3rd October to Sunday 5th October 2014. To reserve a place, please contact Eileen from Monday to Friday, between 2.00pm  and 7.00pm at 0505 25600. A reservation can also be made by e-mail to Cost: 140.00pp.

September Literature Course
Evening literature class exploring the work of Seamus Heaney and William Trevor.  Eight-week course starts Thursday, 25th September from 7.00pm  to 9.00pm at Kilkenny Campus, located at St Kieran’s College. Course fee 130, including tea/coffee. To book, please email or call 087 344 5388.

Ionad Cairde Social Learning
Presents “An Evening with Dr. Fergus Heffernan” on Monday, 29th September from 7.30pm to  9.30pm in Hotel Kilkenny. Cost: €10 (payable at the door). The presentation looks at ‘the impact that living and working in a highly anxious world is having on the physiological and psychological of human beings’. Doors open at 7.00pm.  Tea/Coffee provided. Email: or telephone 085 164 8229.