Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Lent, 6th March 2016

Happy Mothers’ Day
We wish all our mothers a very happy day and join in praying in thanksgiving for their love.
Gracious God, we thank you for adopting us into your family through the miracle of your grace, and for calling us to be brothers and sisters to each other.
Today, loving God, we pray for our mothers:
who cared for us when we were helpless,
who comforted us when we were hurt,
whose love and care we often took for granted. 
Today we pray for: 
those who are grieving the loss of their mother,
those who never knew their biological mother, and now yearn for her;
those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother’s love;
those families separated by war or conflict. 
Lord, give them special blessings.  Keep us united with you and with each other, so that we can be and become all that we are meant to be. Amen.

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. 

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.

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.

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.  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.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Tom Dooley. Brigid Aylward, Graignamanagh.
Months Mind: Lillie Fogarty (Sun 10..30). Bob Cantwell (Sun 12.30).
Anniversaries: Brian Griffin (Sat 6.15). Sr. Maureen O’Flanagan (Sat 7.00). Pat Adams (Sun 10..00). Sue Daly, Con & Patsy Connelly (Sun 11.00). Ann & John Waldron (Sun 12.00). Tess & Jack Kelly (Mon 9.30). Bobby Brannigan (Tues 9.30). Eamon Muldowney (Tues 10.30). Bernadette Fitzgerald (Wed 9.30). Mary-Teresa & Patrick Drea (Wed 10.30). Patrick Brennan (Thurs 10.30). John Barry (Fri 9.30). Patricia Dean (Fri 10.30). Olive Malone (Fri 6.15). Bill O’Connor. Michael Cahill. Ellen McCabe. Patrick Leahy. Ellen Condon. Rose Cantwell. Michael & May Muldowney. Joanna Fanning. Michael Drennan.
Intentions for Next Weekend:  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). 

Annual Novena to St. Joseph
The annual Mill Hill Missionaries Novena to St. Joseph begins on Friday 11th March and continues 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.  

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. We are having a Mass for Ireland in St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford on Saturday 19th March, Feast day of St. Joseph, with prayers for wellbeing 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 3 p.m., Holy Hour 4 p.m.  For further information contact Josephine on 087-2989821 or visit All welcome.  Please come along and bring your family.

Liam Lawton in concert with the RTE Concert Orchestra.  Friday 8th April. St. Mary’s Cathedral.  Doors open 7.30pm. Concert 8pm. In aid of St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund.  Tickets €25, available at the Parish Centre.

A pilgrimage to Medjugorje from Divine Mercy Sunday, 3 April to 10 April next (inclusive) is being organised. Pope Francis has urged the faithful to make a pilgrimage for the special Jubilee of Mercy and the programme of events in Medjugorje will reflect the spirit of this important Jubilee. 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Children of all ages along with their parents, are invited to cycle, walk, flicker their way down High Street Kilkenny with Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership & KKCoCo Smarter Travel in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on the 17th March. Text Michelle at 087 0650983 if interested.

James Stephens Camogie Club
The registration night takes place on Friday 11th March from 7.30 - 9.00pm at James Stephens Club Rooms, Larchfield.  Under 18yrs - €35, over 18 yrs €70. 

Prayer Service
The annual prayer service for those whose lives have been touched by Cancer will take place in St. Mary's Cathedral on Friday March 11th at 7.30 pm.  All welcome.

The monthly rosary on the first Sunday in James Green at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues this Sunday 6th March at 3pm 

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

Mental Health/Suicide Awareness Talk
Wednesday 9th March in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny at 7pm. Speakers on the night are Vincent Byrne, Cycling Against Suicide; Angela Hayes, The Thomas Hayes Trust; Cecilia Shefflin, Mindfulness Coach and Music by Claire Walsh & James Rice. All Welcome.

Coeliac Support Group
The next meeting of the Kilkenny Coeliac Support Group will take place in St.Patrick's Parish Centre Loughboy on Monday March 7th at 8.00pm. Tá fáilte roimh gach duine buailte ag an ngalar céiliach.

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