Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fifth Sunday of Lent, 13th March 2016

Lá Fhéile Naomh Pádraig
Ceiliúraimid Lá Fhéile Naomh Pádraig Éarlaimh na hÉireann ar an Déardaoin seo chugainn, ní hamháin in Éirinn ach ar fud an domhain mhór. Tógadh mar sclábhaí é go hAontroim áit ar chaith sé, sé bliana ag aoireacht muc. Bhí sé mar nós aige guí chun Dé céad uair sa ló agus céad uair san oíche. D’éalaigh sé go dtí an Fhrainc agus oirníodh ina shagart é agus ina dhiaidh sin rinneadh easpag de. D’fhill sé ar Éirinn agus chraobhscaoil sé Soiscéal na Críostaíochta.
Tugann an fhéile deis dúinn buíochas a ghabháil le Dia as an tseoid luachmhar seo a bhronn Naomh Pádraig orainn. Gabhaimid buíochas chomh maith dóibh siúd idir chléir agus tuath a scaip an Creideamh ar fud an domhain. Bhí Pádraig umhal de shíor i láthair Dé. Ins an Confessio cuireann sé é féin in aithne dúinn mar seo “Mise Pádraig, peacach róthútach, an té is lú de na fíréin go léir agus an té is mó a bhfuil dímheas ag a lán.” Tugaimis ómós dó mar ba chóir. Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig ar chlann mhór dhomhanda na nGael, sa bhaile agus ar fud na cruinne, ar ár lá náisiúnta ceiliúrtha féin.

St. Patrick’s Day and Eve Mass Times
Wednesday Evening: St. Fiacre’s Church (6.15pm).  St. Patrick’s Church (7.00pm).
Thursday: St. Patrick’s Church (9.30am, 11.00am, 12.30pm. St. Joseph’s Church (10.00am). St. Fiacre’s Church (10.30am and 12.00noon). 

Save the Date!!!
A farewell Mass for Fr. Dan will take place on Friday 15th April at 7.30pm in St. Fiacre’s Church followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre.  (Please note the change of date).

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 for further information and booking.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Michael Young, Parnell St. & England. Christina Kelly, Archers Avenue. Andy Wall, New Orchard Estate. Michael Morris, Fr. Albert Place. Bridget O’Brien, Loreto Avenue. Mary Mackey, Michael Street. Anna Oakes, Talbots Inch.  Jim Murphy, Ballycallan. Lar Kenny, Grange, Ballyragget. Mamie Byrne, Fr. Albert Place. Maria Rita Phillips (Thurs 10.30).
Anniversaries: John Dooley (Sat 6.15). Michael ‘Mick’ Brophy (Sat 7.00). Denis Foley (Sun 9.30). David Maher (Sun 10.00). Joe O’Neill (Sun 10.30). Lulu Lynch (Sun 11.00). Maudie & Milo Dunne (Sun 12.00). Sadie Lawlor (Sun 12.30).  William & Nora Lacey (Tues 10.30). Bridie Carroll (Wed 10.30). Bridget Eardly (Thurs 10.00). Jimmy Waters (Thurs 11.00). Gerry & Mary Coyne (Thurs 12.00). May & Michael Brannigan (Thurs 12.30). Kathleen Daly (Fri 6.15). Eamon, Frances, Padraig & Seamus Costello. Paddy Larkin. John & Kitty Cleere. Mary Hickey. James Doheny. Mary Browne. Ellen Audoire. William Meehan.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  Mary & Anthony Cantwell (Sat 6.15). Chris Kenny (Sat 7.00). John & Ellen McDonald (Sun 10.00). Des Cullen (Sun 10.30). Pat Mullins (Sun 11.00). Marie Phelan (Sun 12.00). Michael McInerney (Sun 12.30).

Parish Contribution Envelopes
This year’s parish envelopes are prepared and ready for distribution.  We ask the usual distributors to please call to the Parish Office from Monday afternoon to collect envelopes for your assigned areas. 

Annual Novena to St. Joseph
The annual Mill Hill Missionaries Novena to St. Joseph began on Friday 11th March and will continue until Saturday 19th March. Novena Mass and prayers every evening at 8.00pm in the Community Chapel at Mill Hill Missionaries , St. Joseph’s, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. All are welcome. 

St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration
Diocesan Draw
The 1st of the Diocesan Monthly Draws for the coming year in aid of St. Mary's Cathedral Restoration Fund  will take place on Wednesday, 30th March 2016 in the Chapter Room.   Subscribers and Promoters very welcome.   Subscription €10 per month.
Fr. Liam Lawton
Fr. Liam Lawton accompanied by the RTE Light Orchestra, St. Mary's Cathedral, Friday, 8th April 2016 at 8.00 p.m. Tickets €25, Tickets available in almost every parish in the Diocese, at the Cathedral Bookshop and at the Diocesan Office. For more details Phone Fr. Pat Dalton 086-8283478 or Nellie at 086-0276332.

St. Patricks Parish Lourdes Committee are inviting anyone from the Parish to a 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,  no later than Monday March 14th, 2016. The Lourdes annual cabaret will take place on Saturday, 19th March, in the Village Inn. Raffle and Door prize on the night. The Uptown Band will provide the entertainment. Tickets are €5 available on the door or from the Parish Office.

A pilgrimage to Medjugorje from Divine Mercy Sunday, 3rd April to 10th April next (inclusive) is being organised. Pope Francis has urged the faithful to make a pilgrimage for the special Jubilee of Mercy.  The pilgrimage costs €550 before the 17th of Feb and €650 thereafter, on a half-board basis. For information, please contact Fr. Benignus at the Capuchin Friary, Kilkenny, or Seán Hickey on 086 3715882.

Mass for Ireland
St Mel’s Cathedral – Saturday, 19th March 2016
An Teaghlach Naofa is dedicated to The Holy Family of Nazareth and under the patronage of St. John Paul. Mass for Ireland in St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford on Saturday 19th March, Feast day of St. Joseph, with prayers for of families, marriages and protection of human life in Ireland.  Rosary at 2.30 p.m and  procession to altar of The Holy Family,  Mass at 3pm., Holy Hour 4 pm.  For further information contact Josephine on 087-2989821 or visit

Kilkenny Branch MS Society
The Kilkenny Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold their church gate collection on this Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March. 

Coffee Morning/Cake Sale
Friday 18th March at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre from 10.30am. To fundraise for 2 local students who are volunteering abroad this summer.

Loughboy Library
Celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge next Wednesday March 16th with musicians from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Ēireann. Join us for  a morning of music, song and comhrá commencing at 11am.  Online Learning Courses-register for free courses at with your library card and PIN numbers.

Lost and Found
A small key and key-ring was found in the vicinity of Riverview and Archers Crescent. 
Contact the Parish Centre 056 7764400

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 Centre. 

Parish Newsletter
All items for inclusion must be submitted by Thursday afternoons. As usual parish and diocesan notices take priority. Late notices will appear on our Facebook and web page (see banner above for addresses).  Due to limited space it is not possible to keep repeating an item each weekend. Items can be emailed to:

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.
· 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.

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. or more information call Annette on 056 7764700.

Parish Registration
We are currently updating our parish register and we invite those who are new to St.Patrick’s Parish to register with us.  Please contact the Parish Office by email: or by phone 056 776 4400.

Extra Mass for Lent
We offer an evening Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church at 6.15pm on each weekday of Lent.  Psychotherapist
Experienced & accredited.  For an appointment please call Robert 086 878 6353
Sing, Sing, Sing!
Singing is a great joy and, we now know, is also a great therapy. We would be delighted to welcome you to come and sing with us in the choir - especially for the Easter Vigil.  Come along to St. Patrick’s Church on Monday evenings at 6.45pm for our practice or on Sunday mornings at 11am.  All singers welcome.