Monday, September 29, 2014

Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 28th September 2014

Do This in Memory
The parents/guardians of the First Holy Communion classes in St. John of God School, St. Patrick’s De la Salle School, Gaelscoil Osrai and Kilkenny School Project are asked to attend a meeting of the Do This in Memory programme on Monday 29th September at 7pm in the Parish Centre. 

First Friday of October
The first Friday of October occurs this week.  The priests of the parish hope to visit the sick and home bound at the usual times.  Please inform the Parish Office (776 4400) if you would like to have a name added to the list.
Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased:  Frank O’Rourke, Callan formerly of Riverside Drive. Funeral prayers on Monday  at 6.30pm in Johnston’s Funeral Home followed by removal to St. Canice's Church. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11.00am. Burial in St. Lachtain’s Cemetery, Freshford. Tommy Lawlor, High Street.
Months Mind: Eileen Lacey (Sat 6.15).
Anniversaries: 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). Bill & Kathleen Fitzgerald (Tues 10.30). Mary Butler (Thur 10.30). Helen Kelly. Frank Coyne. Ann Doyle. Paddy Wallace. William & Elizabeth Tyrrell. Gerry Kelly. Anastatia Buckley.  Fr. John Lennon. Billy & Patty Reinhardt. John Casey.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Kathleen Roche (Sat 6.15). Mick O’Leary (Sat 7.00). Breda Phelan (Sun 9.30). Dan Gorey (Sun 10.00). Tom O’Neill (Sun 10.30). Ann Roche (Sun 11.00). Evelyn Coppinger (Sun 12.00).

Altar Servers - New Members Needed
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 or enrol as a new server in our parish churches.  Forms are available at the sacristies for all servers. 

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 this year.  Precise details will be announced later; in the meantime our parish volunteers are invited to keep the evening of Saturday, 1st November free.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
The third talk in the Kilkenny Bereavement Support series  takes place on Thursday, 2nd October at 7.30pm in  the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel.  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. Info: 0567 756 538.

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.

Alzheimers/ Stroke related/Dementia
Alzheimers/Challenging Behaviour in Older Adults talk by 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 on Monday, 13th October at 3.00pm 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 1st October. For enquiries and to register please contact Mary Dillon:: 087 222 4260,

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. 

Middle Deanery Meeting 17th Sept
The September meeting of the Diocese of Ossory Middle Deanery Pastoral Council (MDPC) took place in Peace in Christ on Wednesday,17th September.  Matters for discussion on the agenda included: Election of new a secretary, Ossory Times Magazine, Middle Deanery Youth Event, Feedback from Ossory Diocesan Pastoral Council (ODCP) Meeting
New Secretary: Alan Burke has been appointed to the role of MDPC Secretary
Ossory Times Magazine: Ossory Times is still looking for promoters of the magazine in each parish. People interested in this can contact our Parish MDPC Representative - Pat O’Shea.
Update on Middle Deanery Event: Two meetings have taken place since the last MDPC meeting. The outcome of these meetings was discussed by the MDPC.
Feedback from ODPC Meeting: Pat O’Shea, the MDPC representative on the ODPC was unable to attend and sent his apologies to the meeting of the 17th September. He did send a report from the ODPC.
The current focus of the sub group of the ODPC is to achieve some strategic direction towards the pastoral plans and the aim is to have this before the end of September.  Next meeting 15th October 2014.

Rosary for Life
Sunday, 5th October 2014 is Day for Life.  In response to Pope Francis’ request and linking with those gathered in Rome for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family a Rosary Vigil will be held in the Dominican Black Abbey, Kilkenny Sunday, 5th October at 4.00pm concludes with Mass at 6.00pm.  All are welcome!

Free Blood Pressure Check
The Irish Heart Foundation Road Show will be at the Newpark Close Family Resource Centre on Tuesday 30th September from 3.00pm - 6.00pm. You are encouraged to take this opportunity to get your Blood Pressure checked. This is a free service. 

September Draws to a Close
The months are slipping by and October is almost here. During the month of October, the Month of the Rosary, we can show our love for Jesus and Our Lady by saying the Rosary each day during the month and reflecting on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  The Rosary is recited in St. Patrick’s Church at 9.10am and St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.10am each morning.
The Pope's intentions for October are: That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence. That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.

Explore the Monastic Way of Life
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.

Church Gate Collection
The annual church gate collection for Ossory Social Services will take place on the 4th and 5th October.

Kilkenny Forum for Social Inclusion and Participation invites you to the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle on Tuesday, 20th September from 1.30pm to 4.00pm to discuss rural and urban transport in the company of Minister of Rural Affairs, Ann Phelan TD. This is your opportunity to make your views known to the minister.

Loughboy Library
Protect your Children Online - A free Internet Security for Families Course is commencing shortly at Loughboy Library. Fridays 6.15pm to 7.45pm for 5 weeks. Tel 779  4176 to book a place.

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.