Monday, November 3, 2014

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 26th October 2014

Parish Volunteer Appreciation Evening
Our Parish Volunteer Appreciation evening takes place on next Saturday, 1st November at 8.00pm. This evening gives us an opportunity to show appreciation to the multitude of people who volunteer in our parish in many different ways.  If you are a volunteer in our Parish and have not received a letter of invite, our apologies on a failed distribution system.  We hope you will still join us and a ticket is available at the Parish Centre.  Tickets are free but essential to help us plan catering for the evening.  Please collect your ticket before Tuesday and we look forward to seeing you in the Springhill Court on the night.

Altar Servers - Final Call
This is the last weekend for applications for altar serving.  Those who intend serving should complete an application form available in all of the sacristies and the Parish Office.  Current servers must also fill out and return these forms.  Parental permission is required for all servers new and current.

Ministers of the Word
We are currently compiling new rosters for Readers/Ministers of the Word.  Please contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400 if you would consider being a Minister of the Word at our Masses.
We understand that many young people are enrolling for this year’s John Paul II Award Programme at the moment.  Those interested in adding ‘Reading in Church’ to their achievements should register now.  Please contact the Office.

October Stations
We invite parishioners to contribute towards the income of the parish clergy and bishop through the October Stations. The October envelope is in your contribution pack which you received earlier this year.  Please contact the Parish Office if you didn’t receive parish envelopes and would like to.  The October Station is one of five collections taken up to support the priests.  Thanks to all who have contributed so far.  We are grateful for your generosity.

Plate Collectors - St. Patrick’s Church
We require plate collectors for all Masses in St. Patrick’s Church.  This  involves distributing baskets for both collections and assisting in bringing the baskets into the sacristy at the end of each Mass.  We require at least one person to assist the current collector at each Mass. Please contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400 if you normally attend one of the four Masses in St. Patrick’s Church and are willing to help.  You will join a group of experienced collectors who will show you what to do.
Sincere thanks to all who collect in all our churches; we are grateful for your help and assistance.

Mission Sunday Collection
Because of the monthly collection for the Society of St. Vincent De Paul scheduled for last weekend we deferred the annual Mission Sunday collection until this weekend.  Please give a little extra at the second collection and we will forward your contributions to World Missions Ireland who support more than 1,500 Irish born missionaries still in the field.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Vera Davis, England. Requiem Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Foulkstown at 11.00am on Thursday followed by burial of ashes in the adjoining cemetery. Bernadette Dermody, Rosemount, Newpark Drive.   Ann McInerney, Australia.
Months Mind: John Scanlon (Sat 6.15).
Anniversaries: Olive Barry (Sat 7.00). Gerard Moynihan (Sun 9.30). Jennifer Mulhall (Sun 10.00). Tom Foley (Sun 10.30). Eugene & Nora Curry (Sun 11.00). Mary McCormack (Sun 12.00). John Joe Kealy (Sun 12.30). Joseph Brennan (Tues 10.30). Tess O’Neill. Breda Hehir. Annie (Nancy) Tiernan. Philip O’Brien. Sheila O’Beirne. Anastatia Muldowney. Angela & Thomas Prendergast. Ned Mahon. Josie Walsh.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Maura Brennan (Sat 10.00). Birute Poskaite (Sat 10.30). Paddy Murray (Months Mind Sat 12.30). Jack Garrehy (Sat 6.15). Ned O’Neill (Sat 7.00). Cormac Cullen (Sun 10.00). Declan Walsh (Sun 10.30). Michel Phelan (Sun 11.00). P.J. Marrinan (Sun 12.00). Tom Shanahan (Sun 12.30). 

Bank Holiday Monday
On Monday the only public Mass in our parish 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.
The Parish Office will reopen at 9.00am on Tuesday.  The Priest on Duty may be contacted by dialling 056 776 4400 and following the auto prompts.

Feast of All Saints
Next Saturday is the Feast of All Saints and is a holyday of obligation.  Beginning on Friday evening Masses in our parish will follow the usual weekend pattern.  The Vigil Masses for the Feast of All Souls will be celebrated on Saturday evening at 6.15pm (St. Fiacre’s Church) and 7.00pm (St. Patrick’s Church).

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers who have brought Holy Communion to the sick in the past and who may have borrowed a pyx from the parish are asked to return it to the Sacristy or Parish Office if you are no longer using it. Also, if you are still using the pyx please contact us and let us know. 

Ossory Times
Sharing the life of our diocese.  The latest edition of this quarterly magazine is available in the Sacristies and at the Parish Centre.  Among other things this edition has articles on our new diocesan deacon, the Do This in Memory Programme, Pope John Paul II Awards and the Great War.  Cost is only €2.

Relics of Saints
On 1st November in St Mary's Cathedral five hundred relics of saints will be  on display for veneration. Among the saints are Padre Pio, Therese, Dominic, Peregrine, Relic of the True Cross, Martin De Porres, Blessed Edmund Rice and other popular saints. The relics will be available for veneration during the 10.00am Mass and until noon on the Feast of All Saints.

Limited Newsletter Space
Our newsletter space is limited so we are often unable to fit in items.  Sorry! Parish notices get priority, followed by diocesan announcements and after that we fit in as much as we can.  Please keep items short and get them in early.  We will do our best.  Thanks. 

Bangers & Mash Lunch
The Samaritans Kilkenny Branch are hosting a Bangers and Mash Fund Raising Lunch on Thursday, 6th November at the Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Donation only €10. Drop by for a quick lunch to support this very worthy cause.

Book Launch
Please join Tom Burnell and the Kilkenny Great War Memorial Committee for the launch of his book commemorating Kilkenny war dead.  Kevin Myers, journalist and author, will attend from 4.30pm on Sunday, 2nd November Springhill Court Hotel. 

Mini Messers
"No Fuss Messy Play" is a Sensory Art/Messy Play for babies and toddlers 6 months - 5 years. It runs once a month in the Parish Centre. The next session runs on Tuesday, 18th November. Call Karen on 086 326 8061 or Orla 087 933 4884 for information.

Loughboy Library News
Wi-Fi is now available for your laptops and mobile phones at Loughboy Library.
Hallowe'en Storytime  & Crafts on Thursday at 11.30am.
Printing/Photocopying: A3 and A4 colour and  black and white available. 
Basic Computer Course commencing shortly.

CAO Information Evening
Ossory Youth presents a CAO Information Evening for parents and students facilitated by Declan Murphy, Career Guidance Counsellor on Wednesday 29th October from 7.30 - 9.00pm. Step by step guide to CAO, questions and answers, demo application presentation. Information stands by Carlow IT and NUI Maynooth.
More notices on our Facebook and web page.

Home Instead Senior Care
We are seeking compassionate, dependable and experienced carers to assist our clients with day to day living activities including companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, transport and assistance with personal care needs.  Flexible Part Time hours and Live In (2/3 days) positions available.  FETAC Care Qualifications and Patient Moving and Handling Experience Desirable but not essential as Full Training provided.  Fluent English. Please call 045-484623 or email

South Kilkenny Historical Society Lecture
A lecture on 1914 Ireland and the Coming of War with speaker Dr. Pat McCarthy on  Thursday, October 30th at 8pm in Mullinavat Parish Hall. Admission: €5 (members free). All welcome

Short Mat Bowling
Short Mat Bowling and Go For Life games are resuming in the Watershed on Tuesday, 4th November from 8.00pm until 9.00pm.  No experience is necessary. First night is free to all! Come along and try it out!

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
Leaving Dublin May 27th to June 3rd 2015. €529.00  if booked and paid in full before 10th December 2014. €679 applies after these dates. Spiritual Director Fr. Pat O'Donaghue. Limited places available. Contact Group Leader: Sean O'Shaughnessy 086 295 9380.

Mindfulness Course
Living mindfully is living the present more fully.  Mindfulness course to commence Thursday, 8th January in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre.  Contact Dympna 086 894 6633.