Sunday, November 5, 2017

29th Sunday in Ordinary time, 22nd October 2017

The Third Side of the Coin

Most of us have been raised to believe that there are two sides to every issue. So often we hear the term ‘there are two sides to every story’ or ‘two sides of a coin’ but there is, in fact, a third. A story always has your version, their version, and the truth. When it comes to a coin, there is the head side, the tail side, and the edge of the coin! One side of the coin may represent a particular point of view; the other its opposite. However, if we just stand the coin on its edge, we can see both sides more clearly and, more often than not, a third way.
What a loaded question the Pharisees’ disciples and the Herodians asked Jesus. If Jesus said the taxes shouldn’t be paid, he would have pleased the Pharisees but then they could report him and have him arrested as a rebel. If he said they should be paid, he would have gained the support of the Herodians but almost certainly lost all support from his followers.
But Jesus did not come into the world to discuss Roman taxation, temporal revolutions or political action. Neither did he come to only see two sides of a coin! He neither endorses Caesar as divine sovereign (as the inscription on the coin indicates) nor does he discourage the paying of taxes. He simply reminds his questioners that these are worldly affairs in a worldly kingdom but there is another kingdom yet to come with a much higher authority. ‘Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.’
Julieann Moran
Society of Missionary Children

Volunteer Appreciation Night

Our Volunteer Appreciation Night takes place in Hotel Kilkenny tonight, Sunday, 22nd October 2017 at 8pm. This evening gives us an opportunity to show appreciation to the multitude of people who volunteer in our Parish in many different ways. We look forward to seeing you in Hotel Kilkenny to-night.

Be still and Know that I am God - Psalm 46

Christian Meditation continues in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on every Wednesday at 4pm. All are welcome.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Kieran McEvoy, Larchfield. Req-uiem Mass on Sunday at 12.30pm in St. Patrick’s Church. Burial in Foulkstown Cemetery. Peg McGuire, Mayfield.
Months Mind: Josie Purcell (Sun 12.00). Edward O’Byrne (Thurs 6pm St. Fiacre’s)
Anniversaries: Ned & Anthona Burke (Sat 6.15). Ned Nolan (Sat 7.00). Gerard Cleere (Sun 9.30). Dan Gorey (Sun 10.00). Paddy Cullen (Sun 10.30). Michael Phelan (Sun 11.00). Frank Stapleton (Sun 12.30). Bridget Butler (Wed 10.30). Nancy Coyne. Mary McCormack. Joseph Eardly. Garry & Norah Dunne. Annie “Nancy” Tiernan. John Drennan. Bernadette Dermody. Kathleen Balle. David Doran.
Intentions for next weekend: Noreen Tomney (Months Mind Sat 6.15). Ned O’Neill (Sat 7.00). Mary Dowling (Months Mind Sun 9.30). Tom, Madge & Barry McIntyre (Sun 10.00). Declan Patrick Walsh (Sun 10.30). Eileen & Gerard Moynihan (Sun 11.00). Sean & Statia Cantwell (Sun 12.00). Tom Shanahan (Sun 12.30).
Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest. Anniversaries after that will be published the following week.


The new readers rota will be compiled in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in becoming a reader at any of our Masses should contact the Parish Office. 056 776440.

October Stations

We invite parishioners to contribute towards the income of the parish clergy through the October Stations. The October envelope is in your contribu-tion pack which you received earlier this year. Please contact the Parish Office if you didn’t receive parish envelopes and would like to. The October Station is one of five collections taken up to support the priests. Thanks to all who have contributed so far. We are grateful for your generosity.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw

The next draw will take place on Wednesday 25th October 2017. Many thanks for your continued sup-port. Please contact Fr. Roderick to join.

Do this in Memory

We welcome all the children who are participating in the “Do this in memory” programme as preparation for their First Penance and First Holy Communion to 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s and the 11.00am Mass in St. Patrick’s.

Rosary at the Grotto

The Rosary will be recited every Sunday during October at The Grotto on the Callan Rd. at 3pm. All are welcome.


Knock Shrine is seeking a Faith Renewal Co-Ordinator Be a part of the new and exciting developments at Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo. Applications are invited for the post of Faith Renewal Co-ordinator to develop, design, co-ordinate and deliver faith renewal programs at Knock Shrine. This is a full-time position. A third-level qualifica-tion in theology/spirituality with a least two year experience in faith related programs in either a parish or educational setting. The closing date for applications is Friday 27th October. For full details, job description and how to apply, please visit

Dates for your Diaries

Parish Confirmation

Saturday 24th February in St. Mary’s Cathedral at 11am.

First Holy Communion

Gaelscoil Osraí- Saturday 28th April at 11am in St. Fiacre’s
School of the Holy Spirit - Friday 4th May at 11.30am in St .Fiacre’s
KSP - Sunday 6th May at 12noon in St. Fiacre’s
St. Patrick’s Kells Road - Saturday 12th May at 11.00am in St. Fiacre’s
St. John of God - Saturday 19th May at 11am in St .Fiacre’s St.
Patrick’s De La Salle - Saturday 26th May at 11am in St Patrick’s

Day of Recollection

St. Benedict's Priory, Cobh, Co. Cork: Day of Recollection. Saturday 28th October, 9am-3.30pm. The theme is Devotion to Mary in the Spirituality of Mother Marie Adele Garnier. Lunch Provided - please book your place by calling Mother Prioress on 4811354 or mail


The Annual Craft Fair at the Community in Kyle, near Coolagh, Callan takes place on this Sunday 22nd October from 1pm - 5pm. All are welcome.

South Kilkenny Historical Society Lecture

The sinking of the SS Coningbeg and SS Formby, December 1917. Speaker: Mr Richard McElwee Date: Thursday, October 26th. Time: 8pm Venue: Mullinavat Parish Hall (opposite church) Admission: €5 (members and students free)

Novena to St. Martin De Porres

Black Abbey, Kilkenny
Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th: 10.30am & 7.30pm
Sunday 29th: 3pm with Sacrament of the Sick
Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st: 10.30am & 7.30pm
Wednesday 1st: 10.30am & 7.30pm (All Saints Day)
Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th: 10.30am & 7.30pm
Preacher: Fr .Ciaran Dougherty OP, Holy Cross Friary Sligo

Loughboy Library

Irish for Adults - a conversation group meets every Wednesday at 11am and a writing group on the last Friday of the month, also at 11am.
Technology Tips-a TY student from CBS will be at the library on Fridays from 4-5pm for to assist with mobile phones, tablets, ipads and other modern technology. Please ring to make an appointment. E-mailing, typing, printing, scanning and photocopying facilities are available.