Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2nd August 2015

Bank Holiday Weekend
Because Monday is a bank holiday, the only public Mass in the parish will be at 11.00am in St. Patrick’s Church.  There will be no exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Fiacre’s Church on account of people being away for the bank holiday.

Foulkstown Cemetery Mass
Many thanks to all who attended the Cemetery Mass on last Thursday evening.  Thank God we had fine weather and a wonderful and fitting celebration.  Thanks, too, to the Foulkstown Cemetery Committee for their consistent work maintaining our burial space, to all who prepared family graves and to those who prepared for and participated in the liturgy.

Mass at St. Rioch’s Cemetery
The annual Mass at St. Rioch’s Cemetery will be celebrated at the cemetery on Thursday, 6th August at 7.30pm.  If weather is inclement the Mass will be celebrated in the Capuchin Friary.

St. Fiacre’s Well Novena
The annual novena to St. Fiacre begins with rosary and prayers at the well in Kilfera on Saturday, 22nd  August at 8.00pm.  This will continue each evening at 8.00pm with concluding prayers and Mass on Sunday, 30th August at 3.00pm.  All welcome.

Public Rosary
The monthly rosary will be recited at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny, James Green at 3.00pm on this Sunday, 2nd August.  All are welcome.

Faith and Family Novena
The annual Knock Novena runs from 14th to 22nd August.  Daily ceremonies at 3.00pm and 8.30pm.  Workshops at 12.00 noon and 6.00pm.  This year’s theme is “Faith and Family”.  Speakers include: Cardinal Dolan, New York; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Armagh; Bishop Kevin Doran, Elphin; Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative on International Migration; Joan Freeman, Pieta House.  Full programme available on

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Nan Delaney, England and formerly Kilkenny.  Remains arriving at St. Patrick’s Church at 9.00pm (nine o’clock) on Saturday. Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Sunday followed by burial at St. Kieran’s Cemetery. Bridget Hackett, Callan. Requiem Mass in Callan at 12.00 noon on Monday.  Peg Hodge, Waterford. Martin Mulhall, Bonnettstown. Billy Tobin, Hillcrest, Granges Road. Bríd White, Bonnettstown.  Kathleen Manning, Johnswell.
Months Mind: Mark Burke (Sun 9.30). Sean Quigley (Sun 12.30).
Anniversaries: Eileen O’Brien (Sat 6:15). Vera Brannigan (Sat 7.00).  Jimmy Byrne (Sun 10.00). Mary Norris (Sun 10.30). James & Mary Brennan (Sun 11.00).  Eileen Grace (Sun 12.00). Annie Lennon (Mon 11.00).  Patricia Dinneen (Tue 9.30). Michael Conroy (Wed 9.30).  Mary Millea (Fri 10:30).  Chrissie Drennan.  Breda O’Hara.  Mary & Martin Burke.  Molly Gahan.  Rita Thompson.
Intentions for next weekend: Mary Coogan (Sat 6.15). Jackie Coonan (Sat 7.00). Phil O’Neill (Sun 10.00). Martin Mulhall (Sun 11.00). James & Margaret Bambrick (Sun 12.00). Teresa Burke (Months Mind Sun 12.30).

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw July Results
1st Prize:  Marie Mahon,   Borris-in-Ossory. 2nd Prize: Marie & E Fitzpatrick, Borris-in-Ossory.  3rd Prize: Fr. Larry O’Keeffe, Clara. 4th Prize: Elizabeth Holohan, St. John’s Parish. 5th Prize: Parents’ Council, Clogh NS. 6th Prize: Gary McCarthy, Johnstown. 7th Prize: Dave & Kay Gaffney, St. Mary’s Parish. 8th Prize: Mary Bergin, Ballacolla.  9th Prize: Richard Gordon.  10th Prize: Fr. Martin Tobin, Clogh.
Thanks to all who continue to support this diocesan draw for the refurbishment of St. Mary’s Cathedral.  The next draw will take place on  26th August.

First Friday of August
The first Friday of August occurs this week.  The priests hope to visit the sick as arranged.  Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to be added to the lists.
Papal Blessings
Papal blessing parchments to mark weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, jubilees and some other occasions are available through the Parish Shop.  Please enquire at the reception desk in the Parish Centre.

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. Walk will be led by Bishop Denis Nulty.  Places limited so book early to avoid disappointment. The cost is €10 per adult and €5 per child.   Further information and booking: call 085 747 3522. or please see our website at

Art and Photography Exhibition
There will be an exhibition of art and photography by religious, priests and friends in the Chapter House, St. Mary’s Cathedral from 7th to 15th August. 

Irish National Eucharistic Congress
The Irish Catholic Bishops Conference will celebrate a National Eucharistic Congress on the weekend of 26th -27th September 2015 at Knock Shrine. 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 this time.
The theme for the National Congress, echoing the theme of IEC2016, is “Christ, our Hope” (Col 1:27). This theme will be reflected in all homilies and presentations given at the 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 and the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy.

Tweed Return to Kilkenny
There is a fundraiser on Saturday 15th August in the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny.  80’s band Tweed will be performing on the night.  Proceeds raised on the night go to The Carers Association and Chernobyl Kilkenny outreach group.  Hope to see you there.

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.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival
Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th August 2015.  For young people aged 16-35, this is a great opportunity to find out what your Catholic faith is all about in a friendly, chilled-out atmosphere.  There is an action packed programme of inspiring talks, workshops, testimonies, prayer, music,  drama and much more. The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from around Ireland.  For info or to book see or telephone 01 675 3690.

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 

Getting Married?
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 date. 
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.

Tommy Fleming In Concert
Early notice of a concert on Thursday 1st October 2015 at 8.00pm at St.  Colman’s Church, Conahy Jenkinstown.  Tickets available from Post Office, Castlecomer and Ballyragget, and Rollercoaster Records Kilkenny.

Notices for the Newsletter
Please ensure that all notices for inclusion in the parish newsletter are in by Thursday.  Parish  and diocesan notices take priority. Include a phone number with all notices where possible in case there is a query. Anniversary notices should only be left into the parish office by email, phone or by hand.