Monday, October 12, 2015

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 11th October 2015

St. Canice - Patron of Kilkenny
St. Canice, patron of our City, is usually commemorated on 11th October.  However as this falls on a Sunday this year the saint’s feast is not formally celebrated. 
St. Canice was born in Co. Derry in 515 or 516 and died in Aghaboe, Co. Laois in 600.  His father was a distinguished bard from Waterford who found his way to the north and settled at Glengiven.  His mother was called Maul; her name is commemorated in the Church of Thomplamaul in Kilkenny.  (St. Maul’s Cemetery is adjacent to the former hospital at Wolf Tone Street, Kilkenny).  St. Canice studied under St. Finian at Clonard and was ordained in 545.  He travelled to Rome and later to Scotland where his name is recalled in the ruins of a number of ancient churches.  He established a great abbey at Aghaboe in Co. Laois (in our diocese) and tradition asserts that he founded a monastery in Kilkenny by the round tower and cathedral which bears his name.  A man of great eloquence and learning he wrote a commentary on the Gospels, known for centuries as Glas-Channigh.

Harvest Thanksgiving Mass
St. Patrick’s Parish will host a Harvest Thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Foulkstown at 10.00am on next Sunday, 18th October.  The Mass will give thanks to God for his goodness and especially for the produce of the harvest. Parishioners are invited to bring suitable produce to the church between 6.00pm and 7.00pm on Saturday, 17th October.  This might consist of flowers, vegetables, fruit, grain, jams,  etc. to be used in decorating the environs and for presentation during the offertory procession.

October Stations
We invite parishioners to contribute towards the income of the parish clergy and bishop through the October Stations.  Special envelopes can be found in the envelope contribution packs or you may use any envelope and mark it “Stations”.
The priests of the parish and bishop acknowledge with gratitude your contributions towards their upkeep.  Thank you.

Foulkstown Cemetery
We ask people who visit Foulkstown Cemetery to note the following:
· Dumping is not permitted in the cemetery.
· Please bring home used wreaths etc and dispose of them in a proper manner.
· If you are driving into the cemetery, we ask you to be very careful to avoid damaging graves. This is a particular issue in the newer part of the cemetery where the roadway is narrow. 
· The Parish is not liable for any damages to cars or graves. 
If you do notice any suspicious activity or dumping please contact the Parish Office on 056 776 4400.

Future of Our Church
A final talk in this series will take place at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on Monday, 12th October: “Woman, the Elephant in the Church.” Speaker: Dr. Mary T Malone.  Adm: €10.  Mary T Malone is a challenging author and speaker and will raise some interesting questions.

Suicide Grief Awareness Programme
Kilkenny Bereavement Support is running a six week programme. Venue: Villa Maria, Talbot’s Inch, Freshford Road, Kilkenny. Time and Dates: 8.00pm on Tuesdays 13th, 20th, 27th October and 3rd November.  Enquiries to Bereavement Support on 056 775 6538.

Monster Bingo for St. Mary’s Cathedral
A Monster Bingo with €15,000 prize money will be held in Cillín Hill, Kilkenny on next Sunday, 18th October at 3.00pm in aid of St. Mary's Cathedral Restoration Fund. Books €15 and €20. Single Sheets (3 in number) €2. Raffle tickets €2 or more.  This is a fundraiser for our diocesan cathedral and your support is requested.

A.C.T.S. Retreat
The A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service) Retreat will take place on 15th - 18th October at the De La Salle Pastoral Centre, Castletown. See notices and application forms on our church notice boards.  For information text or call: Joseph Mahon 086 775 8709 or Jim Maher 086 127 6649. 

Date for your Diary!
On Tuesday, 3rd November at 8.00pm in St. Fiacre’s Church Dr. Fergus Heffernan will speak on The  Crisis in Mental Health in Ireland today. Proceeds to the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, bringing children with special needs to Lourdes at Easter 2016.

Pray For Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Joe Hennessy, Dunmore Road. John Johnston, Old Golf Links Road. Una Godfrey, Derry. Teresa Deacy, Rosses Point, Sligo. John Hogan, The Sycamores.  Sr. Ailís Phelan, Holy Family Convent, Newbridge and formerly of Windgap.
Anniversaries: Tom O’Neill (Sat 6.15). Judy O’Brien (Sat 7.00). Richard Kelly (Sun 10.00). Eddie Dean (Sun  10.30).  Nicola Conway  (Sun 11.00). Della Harney (Sun 12.00). Joanie Waters (Sun 12.30). Gary & Nora Dunne (Wed 10.30). Kay Doran (Thurs 10.30). Stella O’Rourke (Fri 10.30). Michael Dollard & Family.  Sr Gregory Ryan. Jimmy Bateman. Mary Dunne.  Margaret McNamara. Mary O’Brien. Michael O’Leary. Paul Grace.  Patrick Tynan. Eileen Barry. Tom  O’Neill. Billy Maher.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Anthona & Ned Bourke (Sat 6.15). Ned Nolan (Sat 7.00). Gerard Cleere (Sun 9.30). Jennifer Mulhall (Sun 10.00). Eileen McGrath (Months Mind Sun 10.30). John Joe Kealy (Sun 11.00). Frank Stapleton (Sun 12.00). Paddy Cullen (Sun 12.30). 
May they rest in peace.  Amen.

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, 12th October at 7.30pm.  Please note the change of date. 

October is Month of the Missions
The Church by constitution is missionary but this aspect of her life is especially emphasised during October every year.  Next Sunday is Mission Sunday when we are encouraged to pray for the missionary activity of the Church and to offer a little financial assistance to the younger churches in the world..  World Missions Ireland offers spiritual and practical support worldwide.

St Canice’s Parish Light of Hope Project
Wednesday, 14th October:
10.00am - 12.30pm: Workshop for Confirmation Classes and Secondary School Students on Third World issues in St Canice’s Parish Centre.
1.00pm: Soup and Solidarity; a simple lunch and Prayer Service with blessing of second Light of Hope Candle in St Canice’s Parish Centre.
7.30pm: Keynote Address by Mr Conor O’ Loughlin, Humanitarian Director Trocaire.
Music by Sospiro Male Voice Choir, Refreshments served afterwards in Parish Centre.

St. Joseph’s Abbey
A retreat at Mount St. Joseph’s Abbey, Roscrea takes place on 16th to 18th October. Presentations by Dom Laurence Walsh, former Abbot of Mount St. Joseph and by M. Marie Fahy, Abbess of St. Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn. Contact Eileen on 0505 25600 between 2.00 and 7.00pm, Monday to Friday or email

Bake Sale and Coffee Morning
At. St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on this Sunday, 11th October after 10.30am and 12 noon Masses at St. Fiacre’s Church.  In aid of Loreto Secondary School Public Assess to Law Team.  All are welcome. 

Care for our Common Home
The Association of Catholics in Ireland is hosting a discussion  on the recent encyclical from Pope Francis Laudato si (on the Care for our Environment) on Thursday, 15th October at 8.00pm in the Parish Centre, Leighlinbridge. Speakers: Fr. Sean McDonagh SSC.  All welcome.

Christian Mediation
“Be still and know that I am God”  Psalm 46.
Christian Meditation has resumed in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre at 4.00pm each Wednesday. Newcomers welcome. 

Cooking for Seniors
Join us at School of Food, Thomastown on Friday, 16th October for our Cooking for Seniors morning. Contact: 056 775 4397  or

Parent to Parent
P2P is a peer support group for Parents and carers of Children with special needs. It is held on the first Wednesday of the month in St.Patrick's Parish Centre Loughboy from 10.30am to 12.30 p.m. Children most welcome. Runs during school calendar year. Contact Therese @ 0879040208 or Claire @ 0861608341

Kilkenny Arch Club
Kilkenny Arch Club is a social club for Children aged between 6 and 14 years with extra support needs and their siblings. It runs on alternate Saturdays of school calendar year commencing Saturday 3rd Oct 11am to 1pm   in S.O.S. Sports hall, Seville lodge Callan Road. We are looking for new members and new volunteers please phone Noreen @ 083  151 7217 or Frances @ 087 6896211.  

Noreside Resource Centre
Free 8 hour basic computing course.  An ideal course for the elderly.  Further information please contact, Noreside Resource Centre, 3 St Canice’s Court, Dean Street, Kilkenny or telephone 056 7762146.

Loughboy Library
Mobile Phone Tips for the Elderly covering phones, PCs, laptops, ipads, ipods, facebook etc will take place on Fridays from 2.45-3.45pm commencing on Oct 16th.  Just drop in.

Vocational School
Kilkenny City Vocational School welcome past and present staff, students, friends and their families to a memorial service on Friday 23rd October @11.15am. This is to honour all in the school community who have passed away. Any queries please contact Helen Duggan on 086 048 8922

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.
There are lots of other items of a religious nature available at reasonable prices in our parish shop which is located in the Parish Center.
Thinking of Getting Married Soon?
Couples wishing to be married in our parish are asked to note the following:  Contact the Parish Office (776 4400) as early as possible to book your preferred date.  Bookings are on a first-come-first-served basis.  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 - see for more information about this aspect of preparations.
Contact the parish where you now reside where pre-marriage papers will be prepared for forwarding to the place of marriage. is a useful source of information for couples as they plan the big day.