Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Holy Family, 27th December 2015

The Feast of the Holy Family
The feast of the Most Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is celebrated on this Sunday.  The Holy Family is seen as the model for the human family, the religious community and the Church itself.

The Coming Week in Our Parish
For the coming week, Monday to Saturday, the Daily Public Mass in our parish will be at 11.00am in St. Patrick’s Church. 
There is NO 9.30am or 10.30am.  Please also note that, on account of many being away, there will be NO exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday in St. Fiacre’s Church. 

Masses For Your Intentions
In the lead up to Christmas many people purchased Christmas Mass cards at the Parish Centre.  All weekday Masses in our parish (with the exception of wedding and funeral Masses) between 26th December and 2nd January inclusive will be offered for these specific intentions.  Those who purchased these cards are invited to make an effort to join in some of these Masses.

Priest on Duty
Although Christmas week is quiet and people (including priests) are spending time with family and friends, there is always a priest on duty in St. Patrick’s.  To contact him at any time, phone the parish number 7764400 and press  2 when prompted.  The system will then put you in touch with one of the priests.

Parish Statistics
Coming to the end of the year, we take a look at  past-events in our parish.  We are delighted to note there were 120 children baptised in our parish this past year.  38 couples were married in our churches and sadly we said goodbye to 52 people.  May God’s blessing be with them all. 
We pray that the coming year of 2016 will bring blessings to all of us.

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased:  Kitty Sweeney, Nuncio Road.  Prayers 6pm Sunday at Johnston’s Funeral Home.  Removal afterwards to St. Patrick’s Church.  Requiem Mass, Monday at 11am.  Interment in St. Kieran’s.
Tom Cantwell, Lisheen, Springmount.  Reposing at his home from 4pm Sunday.  Rosary at 8pm.  Prayers at 9.30 am followed by removal to St. Mary’s Cathedral for Requiem Mass and 10.30.  Interment in Foulkstown Cemetery.
Martin Meally, Goslingstown.  James Byrne, Newpark Lower. Michael O’Higgins.  Ann Tobin., Marian House, St. Patrick’s, Kells Road.  Lisa Brennan-Matthews, Dublin & Shandon Park. Catherine (Kitty) Doyle, Dominic Street.  Larry Hanton, Fr. Murphy Sq. 
Anniversaries:   Michael Kenny & John Condon (Sat 6.15). Jimmy King (Sat 7.00). Vera Phelan (Sun 10.00). James & Mary Mulrooney (Sun 10.30). Kevin Hughes (Sun 11.00). Geraldine Cody (Sun 12.00). Eddie Taylor (Sun 12.30). Jim Costigan. Jimmy Coyne. Roseanna Smyth.  Edward Taylor. Michael Gleeson.  Tommy Drohan.  Peter & Winnie Keenan. Kathleen & Martin Cawley. John, Mamie & Terry Brett. Liam & Mary Ryan. Tom, James & Margaret Purcell.  May Campbell. Nancy Ronan. Nora Bartholemew. Bill Esmonde. Paddy Doyle.
Intentions for Next Weekend:   Denis & Maura Molloy (Sat 6.15). Denis O’Shea (Sat 7.00). Fred Lee (Sun 9.30). Josephine & Paddy McGrath (Sun 10.00). Jack, Peg & Breda Molloy (Sun 10.30).  Anne Madden (Months Mind Sun 11.00). Michael Kennedy (Sun 12.00). Loretta Barr (Sun 12.30).  May Campbell

Parish Calendar
The St. Patrick’s Parish calendar for 2016 is available in our churches.  It contains many important details about our parish as well as upcoming important dates.  Feel free to take a copy or two!

First Friday Visits
Although the first Friday of January is next Friday, 1st (New Year’s Day). The priests of the parish will make their calls on the following Friday, 8th January.  

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 www.gro.ie 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. www.gettingmarried.ie is a useful source of information for couples as they plan the big day.

Ossory Times
The latest edition of the Ossory Times is now available in the sacristies.  This quarterly edition give many interesting stories from around the diocese.  Cost €2

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.  
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 wyd@ossory.ie or Fr Richard Scriven (087 242 0033) or Derek Dooley (087 938 4242).

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 www.retrouvaille.ie.

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. 

Christmas Offering
Sincere thanks to all who have contributed to the priests collection for Christmas.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.