Monday, November 23, 2015

Christ the Kind, 22nd November 2015

Feast of Christ the King
The Feast of Christ the King is celebrated today.
It is the final Sunday of the Liturgical Year. We also reflect on final things and look forward to the coming of the Lord. Let us not be without hope and courage as Jesus is our leader. We are joyous on this feast and honour Jesus as our King. We have allegiance to Him that we do not have to anybody else. Christ came among us to reveal the truth and to lead us to heaven. Everlasting life and glory await those who follow Christ in hope and are faithful to Him. We have a duty to be witnesses to the Kingdom of God. We can say the following prayer today.
Jesus my King, my friend and my beloved;
Jesus my protector from sin and death.
Sacred Heart of Jesus
may your Kingdom come.  Amen.

November Remembrance Service
Our annual Parish Remembrance Service takes place on this Thursday, 26th November at 8.00pm in St. Fiacre’s Church.  (Please note the time!)  During this service we will remember those who have died, especially those of our parishioners who died during the past year.  All are invited to attend this special evening of remembrance and prayer.

Celebrating Religious Life in our Diocese
The mark the close of the Year For Religious Life and to celebrate the contribution of religious to our community there will be a special display by religious orders on Sunday, 29th November at St. Kieran’s College from noon until 5.00pm.  Bishop Freeman will lead a concelebrated Mass of Thanksgiving will follow at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 5.30pm.  Please come and show your appreciation for the work of religious sisters, brothers and priests in our diocese during the past few hundred years.  All are welcome.

Knitting Lessons
Interested in learning how to knit?  Warm, friendly, welcoming atmosphere.  Proceeds to Charity. Contact Liz on 086 835 9425 to express an interest. 

St. Mary’s Restoration Fund Auction
There will be a “Super Auction” on Saturday 28th November at O’Loughlin Gaels Sports’ Complex, Hebron Road.  Auction items sought: original paintings, garden and household furniture, antiques, firewood, crockery, lamps, toys, etc.  Contact Fr. Patrick Dalton on 086 828 3478. 
Some volunteers are also required to help out on the day and on the previous evening.  Contact Fr. Dan on 087 907 7769.

Christmas Mass Cards
Christmas Mass Cards, offering the recipient a share in the Christmas Masses celebrated by the priests of our parish, are available at the Parish Centre.  Cost is €3.00.

Medjugorje Visitors
Three pilgrim guides from Medjugorje will visit Kilkenny on Thursday, 26th November. They are hoping for a reunion meeting at St. Fiacre’s Church with all who have been on pilgrimage to Medjugorje in recent years.  The timetable is as follows:
6.30pm: Rosary; 7.00pm: Mass with talk by the guides; 7.50pm: Refreshments in Parish Centre.  Call 086 312 8838 for more information.

Talks for Readers of the Word
The Ossory Adult Faith Development Group will hold two talks for  all Ministers of the Word in our parishes. The first talk will take place on Tuesday at 7.30pm in St. Fiacre’s Church.  These evenings are intended for those who are already reading at Masses and for those who are starting.  The talks are free and they should be interesting and informative.  All readers are strongly encouraged to attend.

School of the Holy Spirit
The School of the Holy Spirit will host its annual coffee morning on Sunday 29th November between 11.00am and 1.00pm. in their School in Seville Lodge, Callan Road.  Enjoy a cuppa with home bakeries and pick up a few bargains at the gift stall, books cds, dvds and perhaps win an amazing hamper or two. Anyone wishing to donate gifts etc to event can contact Therese Buckley @087 904 0208.

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Daniel (Dan) McEvoy, Michael Street. Requiem Mass at St. John’s Church at 10.30am on Sunday. Carole Delaney, Dean Cavanagh Place.  Justin Maher, Kells and late of Altamount Park.  Funeral prayers at Johnston’s Funeral Home at 6.00pm on Sunday followed by removal to St. John’s Church.  Requiem Mass at 10.30am on Monday followed by burial at St. Kieran’s Cemetery.  France Ivory, Ossory Park.
Months Mind:  Mary Elizabeth Woodgate ( Sun 9.30)
Anniversaries: Michael Quinlan (Sat 6.15). Mark & Breda Butler (Sat 7.00. Bill Keogh (Sun 10.00). Patsy Dawson (Sun 10.30). Madge O’Brien (Sun 11.00). Sean & Statia Cantwell (Sun 12.00). Kay & Brian O’Reilly (Sun 12.30). John & Margaret McCarthy (Mon 9.30). Tommy Campion (Tue 9.30). Jack Brennan (Wed 10.30). Johnny Burke (Thurs 10.30). Frank McKenna (Fri 10.30). Paul O’Dwyer. Gertrude Donnelly. Walter Tallis. Catherine McDonald. Una Heffernan. Peter Blanchfield. Michael Beale. Margaret Guilfoyle. Kitty McMyler. Ollie Bergin. Patrick Murphy. James Donnelly Snr. James Donnelly Jnr. Dollie & Pearse Butler. William & Ellen Bergin.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Anne Kirwan (Months Mind 6.15). Sr. Joanne Holohan (Sat 7.00). Michael Hickey (Sun 10.00). James Ryan (Sun 10.30). Hugh Tiernan (Sun 11.00). Elaine Kelly (Sun 12.00).  May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Afternoon Bridge
Join us on Tuesday afternoons from 2.30pm - 4.30pm in the Parish Centre for an afternoon of bridge.  No partner required.

Gold Star Kilkenny
Gold Star Kilkenny aims to promote the development of universal access at all levels from people with disabilities to our older citizens. Through influencing policies, devising creative actions and working with the community it aims to ensure the full involvement and inclusion of all our citizens in all aspects of every day life. We invite you to have your say by attending The Springhill Court Hotel on 30th November from 7.00pm.

Events at Cois Nore
Thursday 26th November: Remembrance Service for those who have lost loved ones to Cancer will be held in St Mary’s Cathedral at 7.30pm. 
Wednesday, 2nd December: Coping with Holidays and Family occasions discussion group at 7.00pm in the Cois Nore Centre. Free, booking essential. 
Sunday, 13th December: Carols for Cancer with the Kilkenny Gospel Choir and Trish Carroll in Rothe House at 6.30pm. Tickets are €10 and will be available to purchase at the Cois Nore Office and Shop.
Monday, 21st December:  Christmas Coffee Morning with Festive Treats, Tea, Coffee and the St John of God School Choir. €5 on the day.  All proceeds will go to Cois Nore.
For further details please contact Cois Nore Centre on 056 775 2222 or 085 888 2583.

Lost and Found
A sum of money has been found in St. Patrick’s Church.  Details: Parish Office.  056 776 4 400.

James Stephen’s Remembrance Mass
Mass for the repose of the souls of former members, players and supporters of  James Stephen’s GAA Club will be celebrated at the Larchfield Clubhouse at 9.15pm on Wednesday evening. All welcome.

November Memories
This is the time of year when it’s easy to think about death, about those who have died.  Over these November days many make a pilgrimage to a grave.  The cemetery, carpeted in the fallen leaves of autumn, reminds us of the flimsy hold we have on life.  Walking through the headstones brings back also, the memory of men and women who walked the pilgrim path of life with us and shaped us by their love, their courage and their endless understanding.
Lord, we miss them a lot, though we know they are at peace.  Sustain in your care those who have died, and comfort us in the knowledge that one day we shall meet them, and you, face to face.  Lord, this November, reward the dead for the living they left us and for all the beautiful memories.

World Youth Day 2016
World Youth Day 2016 will take place in Poland at the end of July 2016.  Pope Francis will attend the overnight vigil on Saturday and celebrate Mass on Sunday 31st July.  The Diocese of Ossory invites young people to attend.  Young people (over 18) are invited to make contact through or Fr Richard Scriven (087 242 0033) or Derek Dooley (087 938 4242).

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.

Parish Newsletter
All items for inclusion must be submitted by Thursday afternoon before publication.  Parish and diocesan notices take priority. Late notices will appear on our Facebook and web page.