Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Third Sunday of Easter, 10th April 2016

Farewell Fr. Dan
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. All are welcome to attend. 

Third Sunday of Easter
During the month of April be with us Lord. The Pope’s intentions for April are: That farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labour. That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts. Today is the third Sunday of Easter. ‘Peace be with you’ was the blessing Jesus used very often after the Resurrection. Jesus has achieved redemption for mankind and we are reconciled with God’s grace. It is through repentance and renewal we experience peace. Peace is a precious gift from a generous God. We ought to cherish it carefully and responsibly.
Let us pray fervently for peace in the words of St Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injustice, pardon;
where doubt, faith.
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy. Amen.

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes
Please return your Trocaire family fast boxes to the sacristies or parish centre before Thursday of this week.  Thank you for your contributions to the Trocaire collection.

Fun Run
St. Patrick’s De La Salle Boys school will hold their annual Family Fun Run on Sunday 17th April from James Stephens Club in Larchfield.  Start you training now.  More details later. 

Divine Mercy
An hour of adoration and prayer in honour of Divine Mercy takes place in the Friary Church on Sunday 10th April from 3m –4 pm.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased:  Michael Leahy, Larchfield. Jim O’Dwyer, St. Fiacre’s Place. Christy Leahy, Fr. Hayden Road.  Kathleen (Kay) Lawlor Glendine Heights
Months Mind: Michael Morris (Sat 7.00). Tina Kelly (Sun 9.30).
Anniversaries: Pauline Morris (Sun 10.00). Dan Bolger (Sun 10.30). Stella & Michael Hynes (Sun 11.00). Marie Coyne (Sun 12.00). William Norris (Sun 12.30). Laurence & Gretta Brett & Alice Mahoney (Tues 10.30). Vincent (Vin) O’Shea. Michael O’Reilly. Michael O’Driscoll. Billy Brennan. Paddy & Billy Cleere. Christy Grace.  Kathleen Esmonde. Paddy Cahill. Christhina Walsh. Briget O’Hara. Michael Malone.
Intentions for Next Weekend:   Margaret Glynn (Sat 6.15). Margaret & Patrick Banahan (Sat 7.00). Elizabeth McCorry (Sun 9.30). Josephine O’Neill (Sun 10.00). Dick Keating (Sun 11.00). Andrew & Susan Delaney (Sun 12.00). Roy Barry (Sun 12.30).
May they rest in peace

Dates For Your Diary
Gaelscoil First Holy Communion: 23rd April, 11am, St. Fiacre’s, Loughboy
KSP First Holy Communion: 1st May, 12noon, St. Fiacre’s, Loughboy
St. John of God First Holy Communion: 14th May, 11am, St.  Fiacre’s, Loughboy
St. Patrick’s de la Salle, First Holy Communion: 21st May, 11am St. Patrick’s.
Cemetery Mass at Foulkstown:  Thurs 28th July, 7.30pm
St. Fiacre’s Well Mass:  Sheestown: 28th Aug, 3pm

Parish Pastoral Council
A meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place at 8pm on Monday 11th April in the Parish Centre. 

Ossory Times
The latest edition of the Ossory Times is now available from the sacristies.  €2 per copy.  The Ossory Times is a quarterly publication by the diocese and features many article of interest from the diocese and parishes.

Church door collection
The annual Church door collection for children with special educational needs will take place on weekend of the  9th and 10th of April.  Your support would be very much appreciated.

Follow the Icon
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Pilgrimage to Cathedrals of Ireland, Celebrating 150 Years with the Redemptorists 1866-2016.
Blessed Pope Pius IX presented the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to the  Redemptorists for veneration in their newly-built Church of Sant’ Alfonso, Rome in December 1865. It was much in need of restoration so it was April 26th, 1866 before it was solemnly installed there. The Holy Father gave the Redemptorists a mandate: they were to promote devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help throughout the world. Just over a year later, the first copy arrived in Mount St. Alphonsus, Limerick. 
Programme for St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Wed 13th April 2016 - 7.30pm Mass of Welcome—Celebrated by Bishop Freeman SAC. Healing Service after Mass.
Thursday 14th April 2016 - 9am Mass. 11.30am Prayer Service for Primary Schools.

Eucharistic Ministers
The new rota  is available from the sacristies.  Please arrange a replacement if you can’t make a particular Mass.

Two weeks notice is required for a baptism in the parish.  Baptisms take place on the 2nd (St. Patrick’s)& 4th (St. Fiacre’s) Saturdays and the 3rd (St. Patrick’s) Sunday of each month.  Please contact the parish office 056 776 4400.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw
Its not too late to join St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw.   Subscription €10 per month. Please contact the Parish Office 0567764400.  11 draws left in this years draw.

Newpark Close Family Resource Centre.
The Centre is currently offering places on The Rapid Community Project QQI (formally FETAC) level 4 accredited Horticulture course. (40 weeks - 9.30 am to 1.30 pm daily .  All applicants must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment prior to commencement on the course. Contact  Mary Donnelly 0567723309.

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: stpatricksparish@ossory.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 their big day.

Loughboy Library
RTE Lyric FM will stage a performance at Loughboy Library on Tuesday April 19th at 3.30pm. The Bealtaine Festival celebrating creativity in older age will be launched during the Alzheimer’s Tea Day on Thurs May 5th.
Training courses, audiobooks, ebooks, newspapers and magazines are available free online at www.kilkennylibrary.ie

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.