Monday, December 14, 2015

3rd Sunday of Advent, 13th December 2015

The Great Jubilee Year of Mercy
The Jubilee Year of Mercy will be inaugurated on 8th  December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will run until 20th November 2016 which is the Solemnity of Christ the King.   Bishop Freeman will inaugurate the Great Jubilee Year of Mercy in our diocese with the celebration of the Eucharist with priests, religious and the lay faithful, on this Sunday, 13th December 2015 in St. Marys Cathedral at 5.30pm.  The beginning of a Jubilee Year is always solemnly marked by the opening of a Holy Door by the Pope in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.  For this Jubilee Year of Mercy Pope Francis asks each bishop throughout the world to include a Holy Door of Mercy in their dioceses so that everyone throughout the world may be able to celebrate the Jubilee.  Bishop Freeman will officially open the Holy Door of Mercy, which is currently being prepared in St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Mother Church of our diocese.    All are welcome.
Christmas Mass Cards
Christmas Mass Cards, available at the Parish Centre.  These offer a recipient an share in our Christmas Masses celebrated in our parish.  Cost  €3.00 each.

Annual Christmas Carol Service
The annual and very popular St. Patrick’s Parish Christmas Carol Service takes place on this Sunday, 14th December at 4pm in St. Joseph’s Church, Foulkstown.   For many this has become a must-attend event in the lead up to Christmas and all are welcome.  Seasonal refreshments will be served in the Parish Centre after the service. 

St. Vincent De Paul Christmas Collection
The annual Christmas Collection for our local conference of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul will take place outside our churches this weekend.  Please note that the society will not hold the usual indoor collection We ask you to be as generous as possible in helping the volunteers in our local conference support people in need in our community this Christmas.

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Ber Daly, Beaumont, Cork. Bridie McDonald, Willow Close who died in England. Yvonne Inglis, England. Brigid White, Marino.
Anniversaries: Christina Comerford (Sat 6.15). The O’Neill & Brett Family (Sat 7.00) . Martin McCorry (Sun 9.30). Charles Carroll (Sun 10.00). Padraig Butler (Sun 10.30). Michael Bartholomew  (Sun 11.00). Rita Gaule (Sun 12.00). Dick Lynch (Sun 12.30).  Florrie Cleere (Tues 9.30). Margaret (Peggy) Quinlan (Wed 10.30). Sean & Kitty Ryan.  Della Maher Shanny.  Michael & Margaret O’Brien. John Egan. Anne & John Fogarty. Eileen Baker. Hughie Shiels. Seamus, Milo & Ann Fry. Patrick Burke. James Murray. Susan & Joseph Daly.  Anthony Gorski. Mick & Ann Kenny.  Kathleen Redpath.  Syl Gaffney.  Mary O’Neill. Maurice, Margaret , Helen  and Anthony Maher.  Seán & Mary Fitzpatrick.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Hughie Shiels (Sat 6.15). Elizabeth Comerford (Sat 7.00). Michael & Mary Drennan (Sun 9.30). Jane & Jeff Power (Sun 10.00). Rose Harris (Sun 10.30). Joe & Nan Mulhall (Sun 11.00). Colm McCarthy (Sun 12.00). Mary Blanch (Sun 12.30).

Plan Your Christmas Masses
Christmas Masses in our parish will be as follows:
Christmas Eve: St. Fiacre’s Church at 9.00pm;
St. Patrick’s Church, Latin Mass at 9.30pm.
St. Patrick’s Church at midnight (the only midnight Mass in Kilkenny City).
Christmas Day: 9.30am, 11.00am and 12.30pm.
St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.30am and 12.00noon.
St. Joseph’s Church, Foulkstown: 10.00am.
St. Stephen’s Day and Mon 27th Dec to Sat 2nd Jan: St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am each day.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw
The tenth monthly draw will take place in the Cathedral Chapter Room at 8.00pm on this Wednesday, 16th December 2015. Promoters and fundraisers are invited to a reception at 7pm in the Chapter Room, St. Mary’s Cathedral followed by the draw.  We would respectfully remind those who subscribe monthly to submit their money by Tuesday.  

Sacred Music from Paris
The Kilkenny Choir together with Kilkenny Youth Orchestra will present a concert on Sunday 13th December, 2015 at 4.30pm in St. John’s Church, Kilkenny entitled Sacred Music from Paris with compositions by Liszt, Gounod and Saint-Saens, conducted by Philip Edmondson.  Tickets at the door before the concert. €8/€5.

Retrouvaille a Lifeline for Marriage
 Is your marriage stressed, unloving or cold? Do you feel alone or distant from your spouse? Have you lost the desire to communicate with each other? Do you feel disillusioned or bored in your marriage? Have you separated, divorced, or are you thinking of doing so, but want to try again? The Retrouvaille programme can help you recover your marriage. Next programme 5th – 7th February. For information contact Tony & Anne 01 495 3536 or visit

L’Arche Charity Trek
L’Arche provides supported living for people with intellectual disabilities.  On St. Stephens Day we are holding our inaugural Slievenamon charity trek. Registration will be open from 9am in the community hall Kilcash, Co. Tipperary.   Please come along and walk off the Christmas Day excess while supporting a wonderful cause. For more details please visit the L’Arche Ireland Facebook page or contact Paul Ahearne @

Divine Mercy
An hour of adoration and prayer  in honour of Divine Mercy will take place in the Friary Church on Sunday 13th December from 3-4pm.  All are welcome. 

Lost and Found
A sum of money was found in St. Patrick’s Church recently.  Please contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400.

Cois Nore
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. 

Strictly Let’s Dance with the Village
Saturday 13th February at Lyrath Estate Hotel.  MC’s Marty Morrissey  & Edward Hayden . Celebrity Judges Michael Duignan, Tomas Mulcahy and Tracy Millea.  A great night to be had by all. 

Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat
Newbridge College, Co Kildare 18th – 20th December 2015. Youth 2000 invites all young adults between ages of 16-35 to a Catholic weekend retreat taking place from 18th-20thDecember 2015 at Newbridge College, Co. Kildare   The weekend is being organized by young people for young people. Parental consent is essential for all those under 18. All meals are provided for and accommodation is on site!  Don’t let money be an obstacle; just bring a donation and a sleeping bag. Newcomers very welcome! There will be free buses picking up from various areas throughout the country. Booking is essential. For more information on the event or to book your place, see, Youth 2000 Ireland Facebook page or Tel: 00353 (0) 1 6753690

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, 14th  December at 7.30pm. St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will organise the liturgy. Please note the change of date.

South Kilkenny Historical Society
Winter Solstice at Knockroe - Join the South Kilkenny Historical Society for the Winter Solstice sunset at Knockroe Passage Tomb on Monday, December 21st 2015.  Meeting time and place: 2.30pm at Owning church. All welcome

In liturgy, silence is not meant to be an embarrassed, barren or uncontrolled lack of sound which occurs because things have broken down, or no one knows what to do next, but a purposeful period where people communicate in a way that is deeper than words.  For this reason we try to develop in the celebration of our Mass a calmness that provides silence after the readings, after the homily or during or after Holy Communion, so that the powerfulness of God's presence may be sensed in the unique experience of people gathered and being still in silence together.  (Fr. Turlough Baxter)

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.  

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).

Friends of Calcutta
Thank you to all who supported their recent clothes collection appeal.  You support is appreciated.