Tuesday, August 15, 2017

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 23rd July 2017

 Jesus takes the ordinary for his story. Your treasure? What would you really want never to lose? What’s your treasure? Money, reputation, home…terrible. Some things have more relevance to life than others. ‘I gave up a better job but had time for the family and for love.’  Family – parents sell a lot – give up a lot for their children and to give them the best.  Education an example. Or holidays.
We have different needs in life – food, shelter, education, meaning, love…..one does not replace the other, but we can live without some.
As people we look for what’s most important in life? The love of God; deep and enduring friendships. Success after hard work in school. These are the treasures, the pearls. These are what cannot be lost and are worth sacrificing others good things for.
Then the other parable – things good and bad – old and new. The net – prawns and salmon and shrimps in the same net. Ever see them throwing back or throwing away the small fish? Not everything in the old Ireland or old church was bad – we need to find new ways of living, legislating, dealing with some awful situations, but knee jerk reactions to any situation lead to nowhere lasting.
The treasure is in our people. So much hidden generosity comes out at bad times like floods, power cuts, illness and death. We need always to find the hidden treasures in our own people and even in our history. The kingdom of God is close, near and is within us.
Thy Kingdom Come, Lord Jesus
Donal Neary SJ.

Volunteer Appreciation Night
The Parish Pastoral Council has decided to have a Volunteer Appreciation Night in Hotel Kilkenny on Sunday 22nd October 2017. We cordially invite volunteers in all ministries in St. Patrick’s Parish to come and enjoy this function which is being held especially for all of you, as a token of our deep appreciation of your volunteers spirit.  Further details later.

Dates for your Diary
St. Fiacre’s Well, Sheestown - Sun 27th August at 3.30pm. 
Pray  for Our Deceased Friends
Recently deceased; Micheal Brennan Deans Court. Liam Carroll Sheastown Lane. Requiem Mass on Monday in Foulkstown at 12 noon. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. Pierce Walton Dean Cavanagh Pl. Mick Cahill Wolf Tone St. Larry Nolan Nore Tce.
Months Mind: Faye Thompson. (Sun 10.30).
Kathleen Kenny.
Anniversaries: James and Margaret Bambrick (Sat 6.15). Tommy McGuire (Sat 7.00). . Denis Treacy Snr (Sun 10.00).  Ted Woodgate (Sun 12.00). Joe Cody (Sun 12.30).  Richard Kenny. Nancy Larkin. Jimmy, Billy and Annie Bourke. Eleanor Loscher. Sean Phelan. Davy and Jim Gaffney. Delia O Hara. Breda O Hara. James Bolger. Jim Morrissey. Rita Thompson. Annie Lennon (Thur. 10.30). Patricia Dineen (Fri. 9.30). 
Intentions for next weekend: Months Mind. Judy Moore (Sun 12.30). Anniversaries. Elizabeth Hickmn (Sat 6.15) Patrick Dorney Jnr (Sat 7.00). Nell Mullally (Sun.10.30)  Martin Mulhall (Sun 11.00). Paddy Henderson (Sun 12.00). 
Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest.  Anniversaries after that will be published the following week.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw Results
First prize €2,000 Bernie and Anna. 2nd Prize€1,000 Martin Brennan. 3rd Prize €5oo Regina Byrne. 4th Prize €3,00 Mrs Holohan. 5th Prize €300 The Power family. 6th Prize €200  Seir Kieran Nat School. 7th Prize €200 Fr. O Maher. 8th Prize €100 Tom and Ann Tynan. 9th Prize €100 Ellen McCormack. 10th Prize €100 Sr Marie Helen Hicks

Trocaire Emergency Appeal
Over 24 million people across East Africa are struggling to survive a devastating hunger crisis. With your support Trocaire is currently reaching tens of thousands of people each month with emergency food aid in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Our second collection next weekend Aug 5th/6th will be taken up at all Masses in aid of this worthy cause. Thank you for your support.

Notices for Newsletter
Please, please, please, have notices in for publication by Thursday at the latest.  The Newsletter is edited and published on Friday morning and late notices cannot be included after that. This is especially important regarding anniversaries.  Please have them in by Thursday, either by ringing the office, dropping the notice into the parish centre or send it by email.  Leaving notices into sacristies is no guarantee they will reach us on time. Help us avoid upset by putting  notices in on time. On a final note, space is limited on the newsletter so priority is given to parish and diocesan notices.  Likewise, it is not possible to keep repeating a notice each week.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival
Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 17th—Sunday 20th August 2017.  For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new people, with over 1400 young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year. The festival is donation only. Free buses travelling from all around Ireland. For more info and to book online, see www.youth2000.ie or Tel: 01 6753690.

Parish Registration
We invite those who are new to St. Patrick’s Parish to register with us.  Please contact the Parish Office by email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie or by phone 056 776 4400.

Lough Derg 2017
You may begin the Three Day Pilgrimage on any day up to and including Sunday 13th August. Advance booking is not necessary.
There are various travel options available countrywide.  The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with
Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality.  Telephone Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9851518 (from NI 00353 71 9861518).  Email: info@loughderg.org   www.loughderg.org

Theological Studies
St. Kieran’s College, as part if its mission of education and formation, wishes to offer, on behalf of the Diocese of Ossory, a programme of education for the people of the diocese. The programme will begin next September and will be offered on the Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, based at St. Kieran’s College. Further information from Declan Murphy on 056 775 3624 or 087 908 1470 or on declanmurphy@ossory.ie

Lost and Found
A First Holy Communion bracelet was found in the vicinity of the Parish Centre.  Tel: 056 776 4400.

Cathedral Restoration  Fund.
A Race Night in aid of St.Mary's Cathedral Restoration Fund will take place in Kilkenny Greyhound Track on Friday 11th August with the 1st Race at 8.00pm.
Admission/Supporter Tickets €10 available on the night or from Parish Offices.
Nomination of Dogs at €100 being canvassed for.
Contact Fr. Pat Dalton 086-8283478 or the Diocesan Office

Parish Lourdes Collection
Annual Church gate collection for the  Lourdes Parish fund will take place on Sat. 29th/30th of July. Your support would be appreciated.

St Riochs  Cemetery Mass.
Mass will be celebrated in St. Riochs Cemetery  Walkin St on Thursday  August 3rd  7.30pm