Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 31st January 2016

St. Brigid’s Day
The annual St. Brigid's Day service will take place on Monday  February 1st in St Fiacre's Church Loughboy at 7.30pm. Water from the well of St. Brigid in Kildare and red flannel will be available on the night.  Music ministry by the Kilkenny Gospel Choir.  All welcome.

St. Mary’s Draw Results
1st: Bridget O’Brien, Callan. 2nd: Kevin Moore,  St. Canice’s. 3rd: Patrick Mahon, Borris in Ossory. 4th: Denis & Teresa Lalor, Borris in Ossory. 5th: Anne Treacy, Tullaroan. 6th: James R. Kelly, St. Canice’s. 7th: Myra O’Reilly, St. Mary’s. 8th: Mary & Philip Byrne, Callan. 9th: Eve Rahilly, Callan. 10th: Jimmy Connor, Seir Kieran.

Confirmation in Our Parish
We are looking forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with young people in schools in our parish on Saturday, 6th and Thursday, 11th February.  On these days 103 of our young people will be sealed with the Holy Spirit!  The Sacrament of Confirmation seals what was begun in baptism. Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
· It roots us more deeply in our being adopted sons and daughters of God;
· It unites us more firmly to Christ;
· It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit;
It renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
· It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ.  (CCC, 1303)
Please continue to pray for our young people and their families as they approach this milestone.

St. Patrick’s Parish Lourdes Committee are inviting anyone from the Parish to avail of a sponsored trip to Lourdes in May 2016. So if you are ill, or have been ill, elderly or have just gone through a bad time, please contact the Parish Office. 056 7764400.  

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome
From 29th August to 3rd September 2016.  Staying in the heart of Rome at the Irish College. Visiting all the major pilgrimage places of Rome. Audience with the Holy Father. Half day trip to the beautiful town of Castelgandolfo on Lake Albano. Mass beside the tomb of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica.  Cost: €860 per person sharing.  For full details and booking contact Ossory Adult Faith Development.  Tel: 056 775 3624. Email: afd@ossory.ie. 
Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased:  Archdeacon Patrick Grace, Pastor Emeritus of Inistioge. Requiem Mass at 3pm on Sunday afternoon at St. Colmcille’s Church, Inistioge, Burial afterwards in Cappagh Cemetery. Lilly Fogarty, Laurel Avenue. Requiem Mass on Sunday at 12 noon in St. Fiacre’s followed by burial in St. Kieran’s Cemetery.  Eilish Dillon, ‘Sacre Couer’ Drakelands.  Reposing at her home from 4pm Sunday, Rosary at 7pm.  Requiem Mass, Monday at 11am in St. Mary’s Cathedral followed by burial in Foulkstown Cemetery.  William (Joe) Barry, St. Joseph’s Road.. Sr. Kathleen Murphy, Villa Maria, Talbots Inch.
Anniversaries: Fr. Joe O’Shea (Sat 6.15). Kathleen Hickey (Sat 7.00). Peter Garrehy (Sun 9.30). Daniel ‘Algie’ Lanigan (Sun 10.00).  Maureen Barry (Sun 10.30). Jimmy McGrath (Sun 11.00). Jim Loughlin (Sun 12.30). Pat Kearney (Tues 10.30). Patrick O’Keeffe (Wed 10.30). Rory Quinn (Fri 10.30). Noeline Flood. Moya Bligh. Lil, Billy & Eamon Costelloe. Annie Delaney. William Culleton. John Quigley. James Hayes. 
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Mena Somers (Sat 6.15). Noeline Flood (Sat 7.00). Richard & Lilly Purcell (Sun 9.30). Lil, Billy  & Eamon Costelloe (Sun 10.00). John & Jack Ryan (Sun 10.30). Michael Moore (Sun 11.00). John Collins (Sun 12.00). Rory Quinn (Sun 12.30).

Pro Life Talk
How to protect the 8th Amendment by David Quinn & Kate Bopp. Rivercourt Hotel, Tuesday 2nd February at 7.30pm.  All are welcome. 
Fifty-First Eucharistic Congress
Ireland will be represented at the fifty-first Eucharist Congress which begins in Cebu, The Philippines on this Sunday.  We all remember with pride and joy the 50th International Congress which was held in Dublin four years ago. Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, will be the main celebrant at the English language Mass during the congress in Cebu.  See the congress official website on www.iec2016.ph for information and live streaming.

Fundraising Bake Sale
The Presentation School Lourdes Group will host a bake sale at the Parish Centre after the 10.30am and 12 noon Masses today, Sunday the 31st January. They will also sell St. Bridget’s Day Crosses.  All support will be greatly appreciated. 

Sewing Classes
Would you like to start a new hobby, make your own clothes while meeting new people ? Why not join our sewing classes every Wednesday night...Classes start  at 7pm, for more information contact Charlotte on 086 8536838.

Prayer for the Year for Consecrated Life
To conclude the Year for Consecrated Life an hour of prayer and reflection led by Fr. Dan will be held in St. Fiacre’s Church on Tuesday, 2nd February from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.  All are welcome.  Please put the date in your diary and try to attend.

Church Gate Collection
Enable Ireland will hold their annual church gate collection next weekend 6th/7th February outside all Masses.
Loughboy Library
Library Membership is now free for everyone.  The top 100 Magazine titles 2015 are now available online  for use by library members.  The link can be accessed through the library’s website www.kilkennylibrary.ie under New E-services for 2016. More details from Loughboy library.
Mobile Phone & Computer Tips take place on Fridays at 2.45pm

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Bookings are now being taken for the annual Ossory Diocesan a Pilgrimage to Lourdes which takes place from 22nd to 27th May 2016. Please call Eleanor at 051 880 414 or glenmore@ossory.ie for further information and booking.

Our Parish Shop
There are lots of items of a religious nature, including Confirmation medals and badges, available at reasonable prices in our Parish Shop which is located in the foyer of the Parish Center.  Papal blessing parchments to mark weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, jubilees and some other occasions are available through the Parish Shop.

LARC Community Childcare
A community based childcare centre located at 54/55 Hollybank Lawn, Clongowan. Now taking bookings for Easter Camp for children from 4yrs – 12yrs running from Monday 21st March to Friday 1st April 9.30am – 3.30pm daily.
Enrolling for ECCE Pre School places for Sept 2016, register now to avoid disappointment. Places available in our Playschool, Preschool and After Schools programmes.
For more information call Annette on 056 7764700

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.

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.
· 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.

Parish Newsletter
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