Monday, May 25, 2015

3rd Sunday of Easter, 19th April 2015

Congratulations to the girls and boys of St. John of God School, St. Patrick’s De La Salle School and Kilkenny School Project on receiving their Confirmation today (Saturday) in St. Mary’s Cathedral. 
We look forward to celebrating the Sacrament with the boys and girls of St. Patrick’s School, Kells Road and the School of the Holy Spirit on Thursday of this week.  We pray that the fullness of God’s Holy Spirit will guide and direct their lives and bring them God’s blessing.

Parish Pastoral Council Meeting
A meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place at the Parish Centre on Monday 20th April at 8.00pm.  Members are asked to attend. 

St. Fiacre’s Gardeners
The volunteer gardeners will meet at the Parish Centre at 6.30pm on Monday, 20th April. New volunteers are urgently required and will be welcomed. Bring gloves and show up and you will be shown what to do.  Thanks again to all who work so hard to keep our parish facilities looking so well.

Dates For Your Diary
Gaelscoil First Holy Communion: 2nd May, 11.00am, St. Fiacre’s, Loughboy.
KSP First Holy Communion: 3rd May, 12noon, St. Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy
Gaelscoil Confirmation: 9th May, 11.00am, St. Mary’s Cathedral.
St. John of God First Holy Communion: 9th May, 11.00am, St.  Fiacre’s, Loughboy.
St. Patrick’s de la Salle, First Holy Communion: 16th May, 11.00am St. Patrick’s Church.
Cemetery Mass at Foulkstown:  Thursday, 30th July, 7.30pm.
St. Fiacre’s Well Mass:  Sheestown: 30th August, 3.00pm.

Diocesan Draw
The next Diocesan Draw takes place on Wednesday 29th April in the Chapter House.  Tickets: €10.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Paul Pattison, Castletroy, Limerick. Reposing at Griffin’s Funeral Home on Sunday, April 19th, from 4.00pm. Removal at 6.00pm to Mary Magdalene Church, Monaleen. Funeral on Monday, after 12 noon Mass, to Kilmurry Cemetery, Castletroy.  Maureen Kennedy, late of Ashurst. Reposing in Elm Green Nursing Home, Castleknock, Dublin on Tuesday from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.  Prayers in Elm Green Nursing Home on Wednesday at 1.30pm followed by cremation in Glasnevin.  Christy Burke, Assumption Place. Collette Deevy, Newpark Lower.  Maura Haygreen (Nee Connick), England & 12 Haltigan Terrace.
Anniversaries:  Eamon O’Toole (Sat 6.15). Sr. Albert Kenny (Sat 7.00). Betty Byrne (Sun 9.30). Eileen Byrne (Sun 10.00) . Michael & Mary Burke (Sun 10.30). Jimmy O’Neill (Sun 11.00). Roy Barry (Sun 12.00). Dick Keating (Sun 12.30).  Eily Reddy (Mon 9.30). Emmanuel Joseph English (Tues 9.30). Tim & Liam Drea (Tues 10.30). Patrick & Eleanor Murray (Wed 9.30). Emmanuel Joseph English (Wed 10.30). Tobias White (Thurs 11.00).  Mary Muldowney (Fri 9.30). Marty Neylon (Fri 10.30). Noel & Ann Dwyer. Brigid Kelly. Mary Brennan. Nancy Turner. Maisie Kehoe. John Edward Kirwan Malone. Deirdre McGowan. William Maher. Mary Kate Coyne. Thomas & Noel Fry. Elizabeth & Edward Geoghegan. Paddy & Billy Cleere. Andrew O’Neill.  Kitty O’Keeffe
Intentions for next weekend: Michael O’Sullivan (Sat 6.15). Joe Ayres (Sat 7.00). Paddy & Josephine McGrath. (Sun 10.00). Michael Gaule (Sun  10.30). Anastatia Fitzpatrick, Kathleen & Pierce A. Grace (Sun 11.00). Aideen & Peadar Flanagan (Sun 12.00). Liam Heffernan (Recently deceased. Sun 12.30).

First Holy Communion
Looking for First Holy Communion gifts?  The Parish Shop, located in the foyer of our Parish Centre in Loughboy, has been stocked with many items for First Holy Communion.  Medals, rosaries, prayer books, cards etc and a wide range is available.  Drop in and have a look when you’re passing. No obligation to purchase.

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Spaces are still available.  To book your place on Ossory diocesan pilgrimage please contact Eleanor in Glenmore Parish Office on 051 880 414 (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10.00am – 2.30pm and Friday 9.15am – 12.15pm) or email

St. Vincent de Paul
The monthly collection for the local Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  This contribution is included as part of the second collection at each Mass.  The money raised stays in the parish and is used to help those who are in financial difficulty in our parish.
Those in need of the society’s help can make contact through either of the following ways:  Put your request for help, along with your name and address into a sealed envelope and drop it into the Parish Centre in Loughboy.  Phone the society on 087 681 0589 and leave a message.  All requests for help are treated in the strictest of confidence.
We extend a sincere thanks to our local conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for their tireless work in running this local conference.  All members are volunteers and often spend many hours a week helping those in need.  Your work is appreciated.

Ossory Times
The latest edition of the Ossory Times is now available in the sacristies.  €2.00 each.  This excellent production features articles of interest from around the diocese.  This edition has an article about the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society in our parish.  There is also a contribution by Fr. Dan, writing about his radio programme.  Fr. Liam contributed a piece on the recent re-mapping and indexing of Foulkstown Cemetery.  Pick up a copy today!

Annual Mini Marathon
The Carers Association Carlow/Kilkenny will hold their 11th  Annual Mini Marathon on the May Bank Holiday Kilkenny on 4th May.  Info: 056 772 1424.

The Village Draw
James Stephens GAA Club wishes to thank most sincerely all those who supported their Kells Road Development Draw over the past 5 years.  The club is greatly indebted to, and appreciative of, all the fantastic support it has received from promoters, club members, the people of St Patrick's Parish and beyond in helping to develop this magnificent facility out on the Kells Road. The final draw will take place on Wednesday, 29th April at our Larchfield clubrooms and we extend a warm welcome to all.

Monsignor Tommy Maher RIP
The month's mind Mass for the late Monsignor Thomas Maher will be celebrated at Bigwood Church at 7.30pm on Friday, 24th April 2015.

Carlow Fibromyalgia Support Group 
Please note change of venue for all our  meetings: we will meet on the last Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm at the Talbot Hotel, Carlow.  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 28th April. Margot Kearney, nutritionist, will be talking about the role of diet in the management of fibromyalgia  We  also meet every Thursday at 10.30am for coffee in the Talbot Hotel. All welcome. Katharine 089 438 7283.

Camp Veritas 2015
Join Camp Veritas for a ‘play-and-pray’ experience.  Camp Veritas is a week long, sleep-away summer camp and pilgrimage open to teens 12 to 18 years old. The venue is Gormanston College, Co. Meath and costs €320. Details:

Thefts from Motor Vehicles
The crime prevention officer of An Garda Síochana has asked us to bring to your attention that there has been an increase in thefts from cars parked outside churches and cemeteries.  Please do not leave your vehicle unlocked or with property on view within the vehicle. These crimes are opportunist and mostly avoidable, by people simply taking care to secure their vehicles properly and to ensure that there is no property on view to attract the thieves who are committing this type of crime.

Notices for Newsletter
Please have these in by Thursday or we cannot guarantee publication that weekend.  Parish and diocesan notices take priority. 
Bookings for anniversary Masses  must be made through the Parish Office and as early as possible.  Bookings are on a first-come-first-served basis.