Monday, November 3, 2014

Twenty Nineth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 19th October 2014

That They May Have Life
In October, the Church celebrates Mission Month with World Mission Sunday celebrated on this Sunday, 19th October. The theme for this year is .  We have a long tradition in the Irish Church of mission outreach to the less-well-off in our world.  Over 1,500 Irish Missionaries still serve faithfully the Gospel challenge that you may have life with the poorest in our world.  Talking to the young people in our schools at the moment suggests that a new generation wants to make the difference for the less-well-off in our world.  Praise God for the way the Holy Spirit continues to move our hearts.
Today is Mission Sunday: We thank God for your generosity to the work of the missions. Our diocese contributed more than €23,145 last year which in addition to helping the more than 1,500 Irish people still serving on the missions helps places that are in most need of the basics of food, water etc. This generosity of Kilkenny people continues today in your prayers and practical help on Mission Sunday and in recent years the many lay volunteers who work road for a year or two. Your generous contribution will be sent in its entirety to support many mission projects. We can’t do it without you. Large or small, it makes a difference and thank you for your help.
Pope Francis in the “Joy of the Gospel” calls on all to “take up the role of preacher of the Good News, joyfully bringing Jesus to every street, every town, square, every corner of the earth”.
Please contribute to next weekend’s Mission Sunday collection and continue your prayers for the success of the Church’s mission effort.

Altar Servers - New Members Needed
The new altar servers rota is being compiled in the Parish Office at the moment.  Current servers are asked to contact the Parish Office to confirm your willingness to continue as a server for another year.  New servers are very welcome too.  Please note existing servers will need to submit a new registration form.  Forms are available at the sacristies.  

Month of the Holy Rosary
October is the month of The Holy Rosary. “Say the Rosary every day... Pray, pray a lot and offer sacrifices for sinners... I am Our Lady of the Rosary. Only I will be able to help you. In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph.”                                                    (Our Lady of Fatima)

Public Rosary
There will be Rosary in the Seville Lodge Grotto on the Callan Road at 3.00pm on each Sunday for the month on October.  Please come if you can.
The Rosary is recited before our parish Masses each day: 9.05am at St. Patrick’s Church and 10.05am at St. Fiacre’s Church.  Thanks to all who come along.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Fr. Denis Treacy, Mill Hill Missionaries and Inistioge.  Funeral prayers at his family home in Inistioge at 6.30pm on Sunday followed by removal to St. Columbkille’s Church.  Requiem Mass at 2.00pm on Monday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.  Anne Nolan, Cashel Drive. Tom Walsh, Ballyreddin, Bennettsbridge. Sr. Alma Conway, St. John of God Community, Kilkenny. Sr. Catalina Camara, St. John of God Community, Wexford. John O’Brien, Loreto Park.
Anniversaries:  Frank Stapleton (Sat 6.15). Ned Nolan (Sat 7.00). Gerard Cleere (Sun 9.30). Joseph Eardly (Sun 10.00). Ned & Anthona Burke (Sun 10.30). Paddy Cullen (Sun 11.00). Katryn Doran (Sun 12.00). Alfie Sheehy (Mon 9.30). Deceased Residents of Larchfield and Nuncio Road (Tues 10.30).  Bridget Butler (Wed 10.30). Helen Raftery (Fri 10.30). Jimmy O’Leary. Eithne O’Connor. Nancy Coyne. Bill Cody.  Jimmy O’Leary.  Kathleen Bawle. Mamie Shortis. Mark Nugent.  Julie Burke.  David Doran.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  John Scanlon (Months Mind Sat 6.15). 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).

Parish Volunteer Appreciation Evening
Our Parish Volunteer Appreciation evening takes place on Saturday, 1st November. Readers, Ministers, cleaners and plate collectors who have not yet received a letter are asked to pick one up at the sacristy of church in which you minister. Tickets, which are free, can be collected from the Parish Centre. 

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.

St. Vincent de Paul Collection
The monthly collection for this parish based charity will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  Please make your contribution at the second collection and the money will be passed to the parish conference for use locally.

How Can Prayer Transform My Life?
with Peter Hannan S.J. on Wednesday, 22nd October at 8.00pm.  This evening presentation will address the question of what is real prayer and how can it change my life for the better.  Fr Hannan will explain this with specific reference to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which greatly inform the life and work of Pope Francis and the renewal of the Catholic Church at this time. Prayer will be introduced as an education in love and relationships. The evening is free and is open to anyone to attend.  Integritas, Ennisnag, Stoneyford. 056 772 8902.

October Stations
We invite parishioners to contribute towards the income of the parish clergy and bishop through the October Stations. The priests and bishop acknowledge with gratitude your generosity.  Thanks.
Message of the Synod Assembly
The full official text of the Message of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation” was released on Saturday afternoon and is available on our parish website and Facebook pages and at

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.  This edition has articles on our new deacon, the Do This in Memory Programme, Pope John Paul II Awards and the Great War among other things.  Cost is only €2.

Monastic Experience
Do you feel attracted by the life of poverty and prayer which St. Clare and her sisters lived? If so, you could be a light in the church. Monastic discernment day at the Poor Clare Monastery, Carlow on Saturday 25th October from 11.00am to 5.00pm  For more information go to

Eucharistic Ministers
The new Eucharistic Ministers Rota is now available in all sacristies.  Please collect your rota now.

Every Tuesday in the Parish Centre from 2.30pm.Those interested should come along. No partner required.

Dementia Research Education and Advocacy in Motion is a peer support group for people living with dementia starting up in Kilkenny soon. There will be an information evening entitled “Living Well With Dementia” in Springhill Court Hotel Kilkenny on Wednesday, 29th October at 7.00pm.  All welcome.

The 26th Rockfall Festival is taking place in Kilkenny 24th - 27th October. All proceeds from this Festival are donated to Enable Ireland, O’Neill Centre, Kilkenny. Programme on

Listen To And Learn From Grandparents 
“But let me ask you: Do you listen to your grandparents?  Do you open your hearts to the memories that your grandparents pass on?  Grandparents are like the wisdom of the family, they are the wisdom of a people.  And a people that does not listen to grandparents is one that dies!  Listen to your grandparents…  Like the Holy Family of Nazareth, every family is part of the history of a people; it cannot exist without the generations who have gone before it.  Therefore, today we have grandparents and children.  The children learn from their grandparents, from the previous generation.”  (Pope Francis)