The Feast of Pentecost
Pentecost Sunday is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday. The Scriptures tell us that the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles in the form of tongues of fire. Mary, the apostles and the disciples of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit. The Apostles went out immediately spreading the good news of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Through the preaching of St. Peter three thousand were converted to the Church. The Holy Spirit gave the apostles power to go forth and renew the face of the earth. We receive the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation.
On this Pentecost Sunday let us reflect on our Christianity and that we belong to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth who helps us to lead our lives according to the truth. Praise be to you Holy Spirit. Fill our hearts with your love and your zeal. Make us bearers of the Good News of Christ wherever we are. May we live in God’s kinship, in God’s love, in God’s will, in expectation of God, in friendship with God, and in God’s care. Amen.
Parish Pilgrimage to Knock
Our annual Parish Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Thursday, 25th June. A coach will leave St. Fiacre’s Church at 7.15am and St. Patrick’s Church at 7.20am. There will be no stops to pick up people. Tickets cost €15 and are available at the Parish Office only. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Dates For Your Diary
Cemetery Mass at Foulkstown: Thursday, 30th July, 7.30pm. Please inform family members who are away from home.
Queen of the May Devotions
May devotions to Our Lady will be held at St. Canice’s Parish at 7.30pm on every Friday during the month of May.
Public Recitation of May Rosary
The Rosary will be recited at the Grotto on the Callan Road every Sunday at 3.00pm during May in honour of Our Lady. Please join us.
Parish Choir Members
Members of parish choirs are invited to participate in the ordination of Rev. Brian Griffin at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, 28th June at 3.00pm. The first choir practice will be held at St John’s Church on this Monday at 7.30pm. All choir members will be welcome to come along - it will be a time for choirs to learn new music together and to enrich their own repertoire while at the same time sing together with some great musicians from the diocese.
Refurbishment at St. Patrick’s Church
Work on the bell tower is now complete. Please take the time to view our new slated tower roof, new louvers and painted statue of St. Patrick.
This Monday, weather permitting, work will begin on the main roof of the church. This will involve stripping the roof in sections, insulating, weatherproofing and finally the actual slating. The builder proposes starting on the south side (facing Callan) which means entering the church for daily Mass will be through the front main entrance.
Unfortunately, as the side door will be inaccessible wheelchair access will be restricted. We encourage wheelchair users to join us in St. Fiacre’s for Mass at 10.30am. If however, you have your heart set on attending St. Patrick’s Church then please give us advance notice and we will make arrangements for access. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and support for this major renovation. We look forward to completion in July.
Ministers who have borrowed a pyx from the parish which they are no longer using are asked to return it to the Parish Office.
In aid of the Irish voluntary charity Friends of Calcutta on Wednesday May 27th in Parish Centre Car Park from 4.00 to 6.00pm. All items of clothing, footwear, bed sheets, curtains etc. in any condition very much appreciated. For all enquiries please contact Michael Hopkins 087 907 3074. .
Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Mary Conroy, Beechpark. Liam Dowling , The Sycamores.
Anniversaries: Ellen & Denis Garrehy, Ann Conway & Mary O’Meara. (Sat 6.15). William Doheny (Sat 7.00). Joe Davy (Sun 9.30). Una McLoughlin (Sun 10.00). Brigit Barry (Sun 10.30). Bridget Lambert (Sun 11.00). Tommy, Kitty & Martin Phelan (Sun 12.00). Francis McNulty (Sun 12.30). Jim Murphy (Mon 9.30). John Cleere (Wed 9.30). Maurice Nolan & Eamon Leahy (Thurs 10.30). Sean Monahan. Mary Drennan. Philip Morrissey. Bridget Morrissey. Bridget Culleton. Kathleen Molloy. Kathleen King. Brian Mahon. Agnes Dermody. Jack Carroll. Brigid O’Carroll. Harry Kelly.
Intentions for next weekend: Ita O’Rourke (Sat 6.15). Kathleen King (Sat 7.00). William & Catherine Roberts (Sun 9.30). Blánaid Cleere Manning (Sun 10.00). Dan Fogarty (Sun 10.30). Stella Hynes (Months Mind Sun 11.00). Mary & Peter Henebry (Sun 12.00). Bernadette Gannon (Sun 12.30).
Certificate in Theology
St. Kieran’s College presents a Certificate in Theology Course for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of our religion and church teachings and to enable people to live out their Christian mission within the community. While the idea is that all participants will receive a certificate at the end of the course there have been several who have simply attended the course not concerned with the marks or accreditation but still getting benefit from the course. Please call Declan Murphy on 087 908 1470 or Michelle in the Parish Office for information.
Monastic Experience Days
The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting a Monastic Experience Day on Saturday, 20th June from 10.00am to 5.00pm. The day is designed to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out about the Poor Clare way of life. Information from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lough Derg Pilgrimages
Lough Derg pilgrimage season is now open. Contact: 071 986 1518 or email: email@example.com
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Let us join in prayer and solidarity with those from our diocese who are in Lourdes on our diocesan pilgrimage. On Sunday 24th at 7.30am (Irish time) the Grotto Mass in English, involving Ossory, will be streamed on www.en.lourdes-france. May this annual event bring blessings upon all of us.
St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw
The May Cathedral Draw will take place at the Chapter Room on Wednesday at 8.00pm. Subscriptions (€10 per month or €100 for rest of the year) should be with your promoter on Tuesday at the latest. Tickets available at St. Patrick’s Parish Office.
St. Canice’s Parish Church will hold a concert on Tuesday 2nd June featuring The Nebraska Honor Choir, The Unity Singers, Sospiro and pupils from St. Canice’s Co-Ed National School in aid of St. Canice’s Homes for the elderly at Troy’s Court. Adm €10 available from St. Canice’s Parish Centre or Troy’s Court. Please support.
The Thomas Hayes
Members of the Defence Forces, Firemen and Hurlers will take part in a 24 hour Around the Clock Charity Cycle 4.00pm on Friday, 29th until 4.00pm Saturday, 30th at the Town Hall, High Street. Special guests.
On Sunday 31st May at 12 noon, Teddy Bears Picnic in the Scouts Den, Bennettsbridge Road. €10 family entrance fee – Tea/coffee/buns, Face painting, Bouncy castle, Teddy Bear hunt, Toy Stall, games and much more all provided free. www. thethomashayestrust.com
Contact Angela on 087 656 6377 for more information.
Starburst Summer Camp is back. 6th,7th and 8th of July. 10.00am - 1.00pm daily in St Patrick’s Parish Centre. The camp is suitable for children aged 4 - 10 years. Art, Music, Drama and Games. Please contact Kate on 085 114 2686.
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The Carers’ Association Training
Training QQ1 Fetac Level 5 - “Care of the Older Person”. Commencing Friday, 5th June and each Friday until 10th July from 9.30am - 4.00pm. If interested please contact us at The Carers’ Association at 056 772 1424 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass Attendance Census
To facilitate good pastoral planning the Parish Pastoral Council is anxious to calculate accurate figures for Mass attendance in our parish.
We need volunteers to stand at the doors as Mass comes to an end to count the numbers in attendance. Best practice would suggest we do this on three consecutive weekends so as to calculate an average attendance. Please call to the sacristy or Parish Office (056 776 4400) and offer your help.