Thursday, July 30, 2015

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 26th July 2015

Foulkstown Cemetery Mass
The annual Cemetery Mass at Foulkstown will be celebrated on this Thursday, 30th July at 7.30pm. 
It’s time to pay special attention to family graves to have them looking well for the Cemetery Celebration.  We appeal to those who have time and energy to care for the adjacent graves of those with elderly or no living relatives.
Those who attend regularly will appreciate the need to arrive early as heavy traffic in the area causes delays for Mass goers.  We ask that you obey the directions and instructions given by the Gardai and stewards. 

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: May Spain, Drakelands House Nursing Home. Sr. Gabriel (Rita) McMahon, Presentation Sisters. Patsy Joyce, Birmingham. Ger Nolan, Conahy.
Months Mind: Jim Denby (Sun 12.00)
Anniversaries: Chris Murphy (Sat 6.15). Tom Sinnott (Sat 7.00). Hugh McCorry (Sun 9.30). Denis Treacy (Sun 10.00). Mary Norris (Sun 10.30). Joe Cody (Sun 12.30)  Tommy McGuire (Wed 10:30).  Billy & Eileen Hogan. Jim Morrissey. Martin Doheny. Joseph Browne. Mary Holland. Mary Tynan. Jimmy  & Billy Bourke. Nancy Larkin. Pat Cody. Doreen & Eamon Tallent. May Byrne. Eleanor Loscher. Delia O’ Hara.
Intentions for next weekend: Eileen O’ Brien (Sat 6:15). Vera Brannigan (Sat 7.00). Mark Burke (Months Mind Sun 9.30). Jimmy Byrne (Sun 10.00). Mary Norris (Sun 10.30). James & Mary Brennan (Sun 11.00).  Eileen Grace (Sun 12.00). Sean Quigley (Months Mind Sun  12.30).  May they rest in peace.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw
The fifth draw will take place in the Cathedral Chapter Room at 8.00pm on this Wednesday, 29th July. We would respectfully remind those who subscribe monthly to submit their money by Tuesday.  There are still eight draws to go: €80 in all or €10 per month.  Tickets are available at the Parish Office.
Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
68 young people for the Kilkenny area, including a number from our parish, will travel to Medjugorje on this Wednesday, 29th July for the International Youth Festival.  We wish them well and hope that they will have a prayerful experience. 

Youth 2000 Summer Festival
Cistercian College, Roscrea is the venue for this year’s Youth 2000 Summer Festival.  The event runs from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th August and is for young people aged 16 to 35 years.  This is a great opportunity to find out what our Catholic faith is all about in a friendly, chilled out atmosphere.  The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from all around Ireland.  For more info and to book online, see or phone 01 675 3690.

Irish National Eucharistic Congress
The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference will celebrate a National Eucharistic Congress on the weekend of 26th and 27th September at Knock Shrine, Co Mayo. The Congress will serve both as a spiritual preparation for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress 2016 in Cebu next January and as an opportunity to focus, in the light of our Eucharistic communion, on some of the important pastoral questions in the life of the Church at the present time.  The theme for the National Congress, echoing the theme of IEC2016, is “Christ, our Hope”.  It is our intention that, in so far as possible, this theme would be reflected in all homilies and presentations given at the National Eucharistic Congress.  The Congress, which is free of charge, will have a particular focus on Marriage and the Family as well as the Year of Consecrated Life.  All are welcome.

Pilgrim Mass of Blessing
To celebrate the Feast of St. James of Compostela a Camino walk will take place beginning at Jenkinstown Church at 2.00pm on this Sunday, 26th July. Later that evening a showing of the film ‘The Way’ will take place in the Chapter Room, St. Mary’s Cathedral at 7.00pm. All welcome.
Thinking of Getting Married Soon?
Contact the Parish Office (776 4400) as early as possible to book your preferred date.  Please note that it is a civil requirement to inform the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths of your intention to marry at least three months before the intended date. 
It is also important that you contact the parish where you now reside where pre-marriage papers will be prepared for forwarding to the place of marriage.  Visit which provides useful information, hints and tips.

National Dawn Walk for Cancer
The walk will take place on Saturday morning 22nd August at 5.45am. It is a 10km journey over Mount Leinster, from The Nine Stones to Myshall, Co. Carlow. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. The cost is €10 per adult and €5 per child.   Further information and to book your place, please see our website or call 085 747 3522.

Have a Blessed Summer!
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Notices for the Newsletter
Please ensure that all notices for inclusion in the parish newsletter are in the Parish Office by Thursday.  Parish  and diocesan notices take priority. Include a phone number with all notices where possible in case we need to check anything. Anniversary notices should only be left into the Parish Office by email, telephone or by hand. 

Irish Clothing Collection
There will be a used clothing collection in aid of Foulkstown Cemetery on Wednesday 29th July from 10.15am to 10.45am at the Parish Centre Car Park.  All unwanted ladies, gents and children’s clothing accepted.  Your support would be appreciated.

Tommy Fleming In Concert
Tommy Fleming will be in concert on Thursday, 1st October 2015 at 8.00pm at St. Colman’s Church, Conahy.  Tickets available from the Post Offices at Castlecomer and Ballyragget and Rollercoaster Records Kilkenny.

Certificate in Theology
Do you want to know more about your faith? Your Church? Its history? Our Bible (Old and New Testaments) Our moral theology? Our liturgy and the sacraments?  Or just to know more about the God we pray to.  If so why not consider taking part in the Certificate in Theology at St Kieran’s College.  A new course starts October 2015 - find out more at 

Theology Matters!
The Priory Institute invites you to join their enthusiastic student community and study theology from home or in class.  Application deadline is 21st September.  Email: or phone 01 404 8124.

Thought for the Week
The Road to Wisdom?
Well, it’s plain and simple to express;
Err and err and err again,
But less and less and less.   (Piet Hein)