What is Mission?
What does it mean to be a missionary? I have held to a variety of definitions since I first identified myself as one. When I first went out ‘on mission’, it was clear to me that mission was strictly limited to making disciples of all nations, to bring people in to the faith. During my first long term placement in Uganda I met my husband, who identified as a missionary, but shockingly he was a carpenter, and had never led a single Bible study. Could he truly be a missionary if his day to day work was (as I saw it) so mundane?
As I watched how he gave all of himself to build beautiful, strong buildings that would benefit so many people, my eyes were opened. He developed quality relationships with the builders he worked with, and the skills he taught them completely trans-formed their lives. And it was all motivated by his faith in Jesus.
On return to Europe I struggled with no longer being a missionary. I couldn’t see how I could honestly respond ‘I will go’, and mean it, because I was-n’t going anywhere!
So I redefined (again!) my concept of mission. For me, mission is bringing about the kingdom of God, wherever we find ourselves in the world. I will go, even if ‘go’ means ‘stay’.
Louise Talbot Beirne
St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw Results
1st: Peadar Teehan, Borris-in-Ossory. 2nd: Tom Maher, St. Mary’s. 3rd: John Kerwick, St. Mary’s. 4th: Brian Dunlop, St. Mary’s. 5th: Marian Brennan. St. Mary’s. 6th: Sr. Mary Kenny, Ballyragget. 7th: Martin O’Neill, Ballyragget. 8th: Sheila Fitzpatrick, Borris-in-Ossory. 9th: Walshe Family, Ballyragget. 10th: Richard & Ann Marum, Lisdowney.
The next draw will take place on Wednesday 25th October 2017. Many thanks for your continued support. Please contact Fr. Roderick to join.
Be still and Know that I am God - Psalm 46
Christian Meditation will continues in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on every Wednesday at 4pm. All are welcome.
Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Marie Holohan, Fr. Walsh Close. Reposing at Johnston's Funeral Home from 4pm on Sunday with Rosary at 6.30pm. Requiem Mass at 10.30am Monday morning in St. John’s Church. Paddy Cantwell, Clonmel. Jim Reidy, College Gardens.
Anniversaries: Ann Kirwan (Sat 7.00). Ann Kavanagh (Sun 10.00). Ann Roche (Sun 11.00). Peter Gaule (Sun 12.00). Ann & Michael Doyle. Bridget McKenna. Seamus Kelly. Bill Fitzgerald. Dan Gorey. Michael Doyle. Terry Kelly. Anastatia Buckley.
Intentions for next weekend: Tom O’Neill (Sat 6.15). Joanie Waters (Sat 7.00). Sean Kennedy (Sun 10.00). Kathleen Roche (Sun 10.30). Biddy Slattery (Sun 11.00). Evelyn Coppinger (Sun 12.00). Nicola Conway (Sun 12.30). Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest. Anniversaries after that will be published the following week.
Church Gate Collection
The annual Church gate collection in aid of Ossory Social Services will take place this weekend 30th September & 1st October outside all Masses.
Volunteer Appreciation Night
The Parish Pastoral Council will hold 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. Tickets available from Wednesday at the Parish Office.
The Monthly rosary on the First Sunday in James’ Green at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues this Sunday 1st October at 3pm.
International Mental Health Week
4th - 12th October - Loads of fun events for all during the week - you can find the full brochure at: http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/get-involved/news-events/events/international-mental-health-week-kilkenny.html
Day for Life 2017
Day for Life is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland and England and Wales. It is a day dedicated to celebrating and upholding the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. This year’s Day for Life will be celebrated in Ireland on Sunday 1st October on the theme ‘Fostering a Culture that Protects Life and Respects Women’.
Leaflets available at the back of the churches.
“The gift of a new child, entrusted by the Lord to a father and mother, begins with acceptance, continues with lifelong protection and has as its final goal the joy of eternal life. By serenely contemplating the ultimate fulfilment of each human person, parents will be even more aware of the precious gift entrusted to them. For God allows parents to choose the name by which he himself will call their child for all eternity”
–Pope Frances, Amoris Laetitia, 116.
Prayer to Mary, Mother of the Life Within
O Mary, Mother of the Life Within,
all life we entrust to you;
The life of every expectant mother
and the child within her womb:
The life of every human body,
the life of every human soul;
The life of every newborn child
and the life of all grown old.
You held the Lord to your own heart
and drew Him so close in.
So draw us now in all our needs,
O Mother of the Life Within.
Understanding the Emotion of Anger
Facilitated by the Recovery College South East, Greenshill, Kilkenny on Wednesday 4th October from 10.30am – 1pm. This morning workshop is suitable to all and aims to give the person an opportunity to explore the emotion of “Anger” and its expression both health and unhealthy. For further information and bookings, please contact the Recovery College at 056 7703666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Change of Venue - Alanon
From October 3rd next the Tuesday night Alanon meetings will be held at the Irish Wheelchair Association, Claddagh Court, College Road Kilkenny, opposite the entrance to St. Kieran's College at 8.30pm.
The library will reopen on Tues Oct 3rd at 10am. We thank our patrons for their co-operation during the closure and we look forward to welcoming you back.
International Mental Health Week Thurs Oct 5th @ 4pm “My Story with Josie”. Josie Funcheon will talk about her struggles with her mental health and her recovery in association with GROW. All welcome.
Computer Basics for Adults - Weekly classes will run from Friday Oct 20th –Nov 17th. Time 10.30am-12.30pm. Free registration at Loughboy library.
33 Day Consecration to Our Lady
Fr. Michael Gaitley MIC, will visit Ireland 6th – 10th October. He will be giving a number of talks around the country, promoting the 33 Day Consecration to Our Lady. The consecration itself will begin on 5th November and end on the 8th December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The events will be free of charge and all are welcome! Times and dates for the evening events are below;
Friday Oct 6th in St. Patrick’s Belfast, 199 Donegal St, Belfast @ 7:30pm.
Saturday Oct 7th Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford @7:30pm.
Sunday 8th Oct St. Augustine’s Church, Cork City @7:30pm.
Monday 9th Oct Basilica of Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo @7:00pm.
Tuesday 10th Oct St. Columba’s Church, Longtower, Derry @8:00pm
Morning Retreat: Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare Oct 7th 8am-2pm. Cost: €49 (Includes lunch and tea). Includes Mass and three talks given by Fr. Michael. For more information and to register, visit www.timeofmercy.info