Thursday, March 5, 2015

2nd Sunday of Lent, 1st March 2015

Extra Parish Mass for Lent
Each weekday, Monday to Friday, we have an evening Mass for Lent at St. Fiacre’s Church.  This is provided as a way of helping people in their Lenten journey.  To date this Mass is very well attended - all are welcome to join us.

First Friday Visits
Frs. Dan, Roderick and Liam will be making their calls on the this Friday, 6th March.  Fr. Roderick will attend as arranged with those he visits regularly.

Lenten Text Message
It’s not too late to have a free inspirational text delivered to your mobile phone each day for the rest of Lent.  To subscribe simply send the mobile phone number to Ossory Adult Faith Development Group at 085 831 3100 or email or telephone 056 775 3624.   Messages are short, pithy, inspirational and delivered at noon.

Parking Issues
A number of people have received parking tickets while parked on the road outside St. Fiacre’s Church.  As far as we are aware this was outside Mass times.  We ask people to park legally and responsibly and to avoid causing obstruction and inconvenience for other road users.  Please note that there is a car park adjacent to the Parish Centre and Caulfield’s Supervalu has ample spaces for Mass attendees.  St. Patrick’s Parish has no control over the issuing of parking tickets.

Youth Pilgrimage to Knock
Pope John Paul II Youth Pilgrimage to Knock: Young people aged 16 – 20 are invited to participate in a Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Saturday, 14th March 2015. Cost €20 payable to ‘John Paul II Account’, c/o St. Mary’s Parish Office, James’ Street, Kilkenny. Leaving Kilkenny: 7.30am sharp. Pick up points can be arranged.  Director: Fr Willie Purcell.

Sunday Gospel Reflections for Lent
Ossory Adult Faith Development has issued one page reflections on the Sunday Gospels for Lent.  Please pick one up after Mass.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Seamus Somers, Riverview. Sadie McGrath, St. Fiacre’s Place. Sr. Maureen (Sr. Venard) O’Flanagan, St. John of God Convent. Breda Walton, Inchiholohan House, Kells Road. Michael (Socks) Dunne, Riverside Drive & formerly Kells Road. Michael Walsh, Abbey Street. Jimmy Kelly, Desart Court, Cuffesgrange. Brigid Lalor, Bennettsbridge. Andy O’Driscoll, Newpark.
Months Mind:  Derek Tyrrell (Sun 11.00)
Anniversaries: Bridget & Tommy Casey (Sat 6.15). Joseph Lawlor (Sat 7.00). Mary O’Brien (Sun 9.30). David Maher (Sun 10.00). Pat Adams (Sun 10.30). John & Ann Waldron (Sun 12.00). Canice & Michael Dunphy (Sun 12.30). Mikey Holland (Mon 9.30). Bobby Brannigan (Tues 10.30). Eileen Hanton (Wed 10.30). Peggy McGrath. Bill O’Connor.  Martin  Dermody.  Eamon Muldowney. Sr. Teresa Landy. Frank O’Brien. Catherine McDonald . Michael McKane.  William Holland. Mary & Michael Tyrrell.  William Maguire.  Johanna Fanning. 
Intentions for Next Weekend: Vincent Morrissey (Sat 6.15).  Lulu Lynch (Sat 7.00). Andy Henderson (Sun 10.30). Peter Garrehy (Months Mind Sun 11.00). Brian Griffin (Sun 12.00). Michael Brophy (Sun 12.30).

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
Anyone interested in knowing more about St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society and praying for vocations to the priesthood and religious life is invited to take an information leaflet which will be distributed outside the churches at all Masses next weekend.

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes
St. Patrick’s Parish Lourdes Committee is inviting applications from parishioners for a sponsored place on this year’s Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes.  Contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400 if you know somebody who is ill, elderly or going through a difficult time and who would be interested.

IPT Cake Sale
The Irish Pilgrimage Trust will hold a cake sale in the Parish Centre after all Masses this weekend.  Please help send a young person with special needs to Lourdes at Easter.

Soup, A Sandwich and Theology
Ossory Adult Faith Development is holding a series of talks in St Mary’s Cathedral Chapter House during Lent.  These lunchtime (1.05pm) theology talks will include a short input of 10 minutes on a topic - to stir a question or idea and then soup and sandwiches will be provided for those in attendance. Location is central and can easily be accessed during lunch break. This is a chance for us to journey together during Lent. 
Monday, 2nd March: A Book Faith: How can the Bible root faith in our days? Speaker: Olivia Maher (Ossory Diocesan Pastoral Council).

St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration
Meanwhile the sale of St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund draw tickets continues throughout the diocese.  Subscription is €10 per month with an annual prize fund of €60,000.  Thanks to those in St. Patrick’s Parish who have subscribed so far.  Your support for the ‘mother church’ of our diocese is appreciated. 
Tickets are available at the Parish Office, the sacristies or from one of the priests.  We are also in need of promoters to take cards and recruit subscribers.  Please contact the Parish Office if you can help in this regard.

World Day of Prayer
The annual service to mark the World Day of Prayer (formerly Women’s Day of Prayer) will take place at 8.00pm on Friday, 6th March in the Methodist Church, William Street, Kilkenny.  All are welcome.

Brass and Reed Band Concert
St. Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band will appear in concert in the Watergate Theatre on Wednesday, 11th March at 8.00pm. Admission €10.  The band will be joined by “Tweed” who are currently enjoying a successful tour of Ireland.

Starburst Easter Camp
30th, 31st March and 1st April.  Art, Drama, Music and Games. Suitable for children aged 4 - 12 years. Contact Kate on 085 114 2686 for more details. 

Westcourt News
The monthly Mass to pray for the intercession of Blessed Edmund Rice in our lives and for his canonisation will take place in Westcourt on Monday, 2nd March 2015 at 7.30pm.  The Callan Bereavement Group will prepare the liturgy for this Mass.  All are welcome.

Coeliac Support Group
The Kilkenny/Carlow Coeliac Support Group will be holding its next meeting on this Monday, 2nd March at 8.00pm in St. Patrick's Parish Centre Loughboy. Anyone  affected by the Coeliac disease is welcome to attend. Tá fáilte roimh gach duine.

Parish Evening in Peace in Christ
A total of 61 people attended our parish evening of prayer and reflection at Peace in Christ Retreat House on Tuesday of last week.  The evening was led by Fr. Dan Bollard and the Retreat House Team and, we understand, a fruitful evening was enjoyed by all present.  Sincere thanks to all who attended.

Medugorje Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage travels from 12th - 19th of April. Cost is €599. Full religious programme included.  Some places are still available.  Please contact: Sean Hickey on 086 371 5882.

South Kilkenny Historical Society
Public lecture: Nicholas Wiseman, the First English Cardinal Since the Reformation - South Kilkenny connections.
Speaker: Mr Julian Walton. Date: Friday, 6th March. Time: 8.00pm. Venue: Mullinavat Parish Hall.  Admission: €5 (Members Free)

Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership
The Go for Life Games aim to involve older people in recreational sport and focus on 3 sports that can be played in singles, pairs and teams. KRSP have two games scheduled for Kilkenny on the 23rd March & 27th April in Watershed. They can be played in singles and teams. Contact 056 779 4990.