Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary TIme, 8th February 2015

World Day of Prayer for the Sick
Wednesday, 11th February is World Day of the Sick, an observation started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses of any kind.  The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.  On this day people around the world take the time to pray for the sick and for those who work very hard to alleviate the sufferings of the sick.  Here in our parish we will include special prayers for the sick at all Masses.

The Kilkenny Solemn Novena
The annual Kilkenny Solemn Novena continues in St. John’s Parish until Wednesday, 11th February.  Services at usual Mass times on Sundays and on weekdays at 7.30am, 10.30am and 7.30pm each day.  There is a space and a place for all.  All welcome.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
A meeting of the St. Patrick’s Parish branch of the society will be held in the Parish Centre on this Friday, 13th February at 11.00am following the 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church.  All welcome.
The Ossory meeting of the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will take place in the Chapter House, St. Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday, 12th February beginning with Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 7.30pm. Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Willie Purcell.  All members are welcome to attend.

Journey into Freedom
Giving God Another Chance: For the six Thursdays of Lent starting 19th February in the Capuchin Friary in Kilkenny we will be holding the “Journey into Freedom” course. The course comprises of talks, testimonies, discussions, songs and prayer leading towards greater meaning and peace in your life.  Each evening starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.00pm. The course is hosted by the Parish Cells in Ossory.

The Wednesday meeting has moved from Kilkenny Social Service Centre to St. Patrick’s Parish Centre from 12.30 - 2.00pm.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased:  Pat Langton, Dunamaggin and Kilkenny.  Requiem Mass at St. Leonard’s Church, Dunamaggin at 12 noon on Monday. Burial afterwards in Clara.  Stephanie O’Meara, St. Patrick’s Centre, Kells Road and Waterford.  Funeral prayers at St. Patrick’s Centre, Kells Road at 5.00pm on Monday followed by removal to the Holy Family Church, Waterford.  Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Tuesday.  Josephine Morrison, Bishop Birch Place and Callan.  Joe Lambe, Castlecomer Road.  Elizabeth Dunne, Ballacolla, Co. Laois. Bridget Freeman, Callan.  Jimmy Bradley, St. Francis Terrace. Jack Moran, Texas and formerly 3 Chapel Avenue.  John Andrews, Bishops Hill. Dr. Maura Walsh, Rathdowney and formerly Woodlawn.
Months Mind: Jack Byrne (Wed 10.30).
Anniversaries: Teresa Howe, William & Margaret Howe & Mary Mullally (Sat 6.15). Noeleen Flood (Sat 7.00). Rory Quinn (Sun 10.00). Pat Kearney (Sun 10.30). Kathleen O’Neill (Sun 11.00). Peter Quinn (Sun 12.00). Mary McHugh (Sun 12.30).  Philly & Statia Grace (Tues 10.30). Daniel Cody (Fri 10.30).  John & Annie Free. Liam Bergin. John O’Keeffe.  Dr. Richard Purcell. Ellen Egan. Paddy Burke.  Patrick Walsh. Fintan Phelan.  Kathleen Maher. Bill Carroll. Tom & Gretta Phelan, Kit Carroll. Christopher Walsh.  Moya Bligh.  Thomas & Elizabeth Hayes.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Tom Kavanagh (Sat 6.15). Michael Walsh & Milo Burke (Sat 7.00). Peggy Shanahan (Sun 9.30). Mickey, Mary & Liam Costelloe (Sun 10.00). Fr. Joe O’Shea (Sun 10.30). Eileen Cummins (Sun 11.00). Paddy Burke (Sun 12.00). Ursula Maher (Sun 12.30).
Our Lady of Lourdes Triduum
Wednesday, 11th February is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  See
The annual Triduum in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes will take place at the Black Abbey from Wednesday, 11th to Friday, 13th February at 10.15am and 7.15pm daily.  Preacher is Fr. Tim Mulcahy OP.  All welcome.  Details:
St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration
To help finance the restoration of St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Mother Church of our Diocese, Bishop Séamus Freeman has announced the Diocese of Ossory Cathedral Restoration Draw.  This monthly draw will be launched at the Chapter Room, St. Mary’s Cathedral at 8.00pm on Tuesday, 10th February.  Tickets will cost €10 per month or €120 per annum.  The prize fund will be €6,000 per month.  In a letter this week Bishop Séamus has invited priests and people of St. Patrick’s Parish to the launch of the draw on Tuesday.  Draw tickets will be available at St. Patrick’s Parish Office following the launch. We encourage your support for our diocesan cathedral.

Meet Others Bereaved by Suicide
Kilkenny Bereavement Support will host six nights of Group Support for Adults Bereaved by Suicide in recent times or in the past.  It will take place on Tuesday nights commencing on 24th February at 8.00pm at Villa Maria, Talbot’s Inch, Freshford Road, Kilkenny.
The Group will provide the bereaved with the experience of a safe and comforting place where they will receive the support of fellow bereaved.  The group experience will help participants to understand the grieving process, remember the deceased and discuss coping strategies for difficult times, e.g., special dates and events.  For more information please call 056 775 6538 or 087 961 0334.

Taizé Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage
The third youth pilgrimage to Taizé in France organised by Ossory Youth and under the patronage of the Bishop of Ossory will take place from 16th to 23th August 2015.
The pilgrimage is open to TY, 5th Year and LC students.  Closing date for applications is Friday, 13th February. For information, including application forms: Joseph Mguni, at 056 776 1200  or 087 937 9546.

Kilkenny Flower Club
Kilkenny Flower Club will resume meetings on Thursday 12th February in Butler House at 8.00pm. €8 for visitors who will be welcome to attend.

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2015
The annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes under the Patronage of Bishop Séamus Freeman takes place from 22nd  to 27th May.  Cost is  €755pps.  All bookings for both regular and assisted pilgrims please contact: Glenmore Parish Office on 051 880 414 or email Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10.00am - 2.30pm & Friday 9.15am – 12.15pm (closed Wednesday).

Medugorje Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage travels from 12th - 19th of April 2015. Cost is €599 inclusive of flights, transfers, accommodation, bed, breakfast, dinner, and the facilities of local guides. Full religious programme included.  For further information contact: Sean Hickey on 086 371 5882.

Koemba Parenting
Beginning at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 24th February in St Patrick’s Parish Centre: Connecting and Communicating With Your Child. Facilitated by parenting expert and author Val Mullally.  or  087 760 9355. 

Spanish Teacher
Available for beginners, medium or advance. Please email: or contact 086 441 1605 or 056 780 5564 or  visit

Spring Literature Course
Part 2 of our evening course exploring the work of Seamus Heaney and William Trevor begins on Thursday, 19th February.  Newcomers welcome. Classes from 7.00 to 9.00pm at Kilkenny Campus, located at St. Kieran’s College.  Six-week course fee €100. To book, please email or call 086 393 5513.

Kilkenny Search and Recovery
KSAR would like to sincerely thank you for your financial support and your kind words of appreciation during their recent church gate collection.  KSAR provide a voluntary service to the community.

Irish Hospice Foundation
Get on your bike for the Irish Hospice Foundation this June. Call 890 717 000 or