Monday, November 16, 2015

Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 15th November 2015

Mercy: Understanding Pope Francis
The last in our series of talks exploring the Papacy of Francis takes place on Wednesday next 18th November at 7.30pm at St Patrick’s Parish Centre.  Fr. Sean McDonagh will present “Laudato Si’ and caring for our world - a mercy lived”. Admission free. 

Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
The World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims is celebrated on the third Sunday of November each year - to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families and many others affected, as well as to reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this continuing disaster.  People who have died on the roads and their families will be remembered during the Prayers of the Faithful at our Masses on this Sunday.

Readers’ Rota
The new readers rota is being compiled at the moment.  Anyone interested in becoming a reader at any of our Masses, please contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400.

St. Mary’s Restoration Fund Auction
There will be a “Super Auction” on Saturday 28th November at O’Loughlin Gaels Sports’ Complex, Hebron Road.  Advertisements for Auction Catalogue: Quarter Page - €40. Half Page - €60. Full Page - €100.  Auction items also sought: original paintings, garden and household furniture, antiques, firewood, crockery, lamps, toys, etc.  Contact Fr. Patrick Dalton on 086 828 3478.

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.

Lost and Found
A sum of money has been found in St. Patrick’s Church.  A set of keys found between the Watershed and Parish Centre.  Details: Parish Office.  776 4 400.

The Carers’ Association
The Winter Market will be held from 10.00am to 5.00pm on 22nd November in the Youth Centre, Carlow.  Please support.

Forty Hours Adoration
For the feast of Christ the King, forty hours adoration will commence in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel after 9.00am Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday, 19th November and conclude on Sunday 22nd November with Solemn Benediction in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 10.30am and Mass in the cathedral at 11.00am.  Adoration ends each evening at 10.00pm.  There is a rota in the sacristies of our parish churches.  Volunteers to pray before the Blessed Sacrament are invited to sign up for an hour or even half an hour. 

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Helena Butler, Stoneyford. Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 11.00am on Sunday. Burial afterwards at Foulkstown Cemetery.  Tom Brennan, Michael Street and late of the Home Rule Club. Requiem Mass at St. John’s Church at 12.00 noon on Sunday.  Cyril Kennedy, Castlecomer Road.  Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 2.00pm on Sunday. Eugene Feeley, Limerick.
Anniversaries: Maura Leahy (Sat 6.15). Richie Delaney (Sat 7.00). Rena Brett (Sun 9.30). John Brennan (Sun 10.00). Eddie Walsh (Sun 10.30). Deceased Members of St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band (Sun 11.00). John Byrne (Sun 12.00). Gerald & Patricia Moore (Sun 12.30). John Kelly (Mon 9.30). Michael Kennedy (Tues 9.30). Thomas O’Brien (Tues 10.30). Retired and Deceased Nurses (Wed 10.30). Bill & Kathleen Fitzgerald (Thurs 10.30). Mary Maher (Fri 10.30). Joan Taggart (Sat 9.30). Billy Walton. John Hand. Seamus Loughman. Mary & Ann O’Shea. James & Mary Mulrooney. Ramie & Breda Dowling. Dick & Anne Bourke.  Andy Egan.  Joan Meehan. Barbara & Tommy Rhatigan. John O’Shea. James Leahy. Michael Gibbons.      
Intentions for Next Weekend: Michael Quinlan (Sat 6.15). Mark Butler (Sat 7.00). Mary Elizabeth Woodgate (Months Mind Sun 9.30). 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).  May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

November Remembrance Service
Our annual Parish Remembrance Service takes place on Thursday, 26th November at 8.00pm in St. Fiacre’s Church.  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 prayer. 

The Thomas Hayes Trust
Giving Light and Hope Service - to commemorate lives lost through suicide we are inviting families and friends to come together in solidarity to remember departed friends and loved ones.  Our celebration will include song, music, poetry and reflection. The evening includes the lighting of candles, balloon release and a minute’s silence in the presence of others to remember those who are no longer with us.  Join us at St. Canice’s Church on Friday, 20th November at 7.00pm. Together we will walk to The Parade.   All welcome.

Children Grieve Too
November 20th marks the First National Children’s Bereavement Awareness Day.  Kilkenny Bereavement Support will have a stand with trained volunteers in MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre on 20th November to support those who feel they have a part to play in this important work.

Retired Nurses’ Association
Mass for retired and deceased nurses will be celebrated in St. Fiacre’s Church on Wednesday 18th November at 10.30am.  After Mass a tea/coffee morning collection in aid of the Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team will take place in the Parish Centre.

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.

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

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.
6.30pm: Rosary; 7.00pm: Mass with talk by the guides; 7.50pm: Refreshments in Parish Centre. (086 312 8838)

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 would like to invite you to have your say in making Kilkenny a more attractive place to do business, live and socialise by attending at The Springhill Court Hotel on Monday, 30th November from 7.00pm.

Celebrating Religious Life in our Diocese
Sunday, 29th November at St. Kieran’s College from noon until 5.00pm.  Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 5.30pm.  All welcome.

Kilkenny Horticultural Society
Lecture by Eva Holmes, Horticulturalist, Darver Nurseries, Jenkinstown: “Winter Work and Pruning in the Garden” at 8.00pm in the Clubhouse Hotel on Thursday, 19th November.  All are welcome.

Loughboy Library
Irish Newspaper Archives: search the newspapers online free at the library.
Creative Writing: for all levels continues on Thursdays at 2.00pm.

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.  

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.