Sunday, December 24, 2017

33rd Sunday in Ordinary time, 19th November 2017

Thank you

It is with a deep sense of sadness that we say goodbye to a number of Religious Sisters from our parish, who will take their leave of us over the coming days. Last week some sisters from St. Patrick’s Convent on the Kells Road left to take up residence in a number of houses in Dublin. This week some of our Sisters from the St. John of God Convent will take up residence in their new Convent in Wexford. The Sisters of Charity have had a presence and mission within our parish since 1879 while the Sisters of St. John of God have been serving our parish community since 1876. With gratitude we give thanks for your time with us and for your ministry in our parish community. We are delighted that a number of sisters from the St. John of God and Sisters of Charity Communities will remain with us here is St. Patrick’s Parish to continue their presence and mission for the time being. We ask God’s blessing on those who take their leave and we pray that you will be happy in your new home. Though we may be separated by the miles, we are united always in our faith and trust in the One God. “Alone with none but thee, my God, I journey on my way: what need I fear when thou art near, O King of night and day? more safe am I within thy hand than if a host should round me stand.”

November Remembrance Service

Our annual Parish Remembrance Service takes place on Thursday, 30th November at 7.30pm in St. Fiacre’s Church. During this service we will remember those who have died, especially those of our parishioners who died during the past year. All are welcome and invited to attend this special evening of prayer. Lists of the dead sheets are available in all of the churches. Names can be filled in and placed in the baskets on the sanctuary. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Peggy O’Dwyer, Larchfield. Mary Maher, Shellumsrath. Ann (Nano) O’Neill, Assumption Place. Jimmy Conway, New York.
Anniversaries: Maura Leahy (Sat 6.15). Richie Delaney (Sat 7.00). Rena Brett (Sun 9.30). Bill Keogh (Sun 10.00). Patsy Dawson (Sun 10.30). Michael & Peggy Quinlan (Sun 11.00). John Byrne (Sun 12.00). Kay & Brian O’Reilly (Sun 12.30). Joan Taggart (Tues 9.30). Michael Kennedy (Tues 10.30). Anne Madden (Sat 9.30). John Hand. Billy Walton. Catherine McDonald. Peggy Costigan. Joan Meehan. Michael Beale. Michael Kennedy. Dollie, Pearse & Paddy Butler. Tommy Martin. Michael Gibbons. Sr. Paula Quinn. Josephine Randall.
Intentions for next weekend: Billy Walton (Sat 6.15). James Fox (Sat 7.00). Maurice Ryan (Months Mind Sun 9.30). Eileen Gleeson (Sun 10.00). John Drennan (Sun 10.30). Deceased members of St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band (Sun 11.00). Henrietta Hyland (Sun 12.00). Mary Maher (Sun 12.30). Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest. Anniversaries after that will be published the following week.


This year it has been decided to hold an hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in every parish in the Diocese from 3-4pm on Sunday 26th November, the Feast of Christ the King. To enable as many people as possible to participate, Adoration will take place in St. Fiacre’s & St. Patrick’s.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw

The next draw will take place on Wednesday 29th November 2017. Many thanks for your continued support. Please contact Fr. Roderick to join.

St. Vincent de Paul Collection

The monthly collection for the St. Vincent de Paul will be taken up as part of the second collection at all Masses this weekend.


Rosary will be recited at the Town Hall in Kilkenny City on the last Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm all are welcome. This month it will take place on Thursday the 30th of November 2017

Parish Pastoral Council Meeting

A meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Monday 20th November at 8pm in the Parish Centre

Christmas Mass Bouquets

Christmas Mass Bouquets, offering the recipient a share in the Christmas Masses celebrated by the priests of our parish, are available at the reception in the Parish Centre. The cost is €3.00 per card.

Need a Diary for 2018

At present we have Catholic Pocket Diaries (2 pages to a week) in the Parish Shop. These have the readings for each day, Sunday, Feast days etc. A limited stock available at €3.50 each.

School of the Holy Spirit

Annual Coffee Morning in aid of The School of the Holy Spirit takes place on Sunday 26th of November 11am to 1pm in the School in Seville Lodge, Callan Road. Coffee morning includes home baking, raffles, Christmas hampers , book stall, arts and crafts and much more. Contact Therese Buckley

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

The Ossory Adult Faith Development group is organising a diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land. From 2nd to 10th October 2018 you will have an opportunity to prayerfully follow in the footsteps of Jesus around many of the locations that framed his life and ministry. Visit Jerusalem, Jericho, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, the River Jordan, Bethlehem, the Garden of Gethsemane and many other places as we reflect on the life of Jesus and his earliest followers.
Pilgrimage Chaplains: Fr. Kieran O’Shea & Fr. Dermot Ryan. Return flights and accommodation €1,295 per person sharing (single rooms also available with supplement). & Ossory Adult Faith Development Office on 056 775 3624.

South Kilkenny Historical Society lecture

The Rabbit Industry in Ireland. Speaker: Mr Michael Conry. Thursday, November 30th 8pm, Mullinavat Parish Hall. Admission: €5 (members and students free) All welcome

5K Fun Run/Walk

In aid of the Alzheimer Society Of Ireland Kilkenny region. November 26th @ 11am in the Castle Park Kilkenny. Registration @ 10.30am in the Tennis Club, raffle and refreshments afterwards. For More Information; call Shane 086 8452489 or email;

Medieval Mile Run

Ireland’s Medieval Mile Run – (part of Yulefest celebrations) will take place on Friday, December 1st at 7pm. Time chipped event is €10 including t-shirt and the recreational mile is FREE. For more details, see

Ossory Priests Society

The Ossory Priests Society is charged with making suitable financial provision for the care of the priests in the Diocese of Ossory in infirmity, sickness and old age . Currently the Society supports 16 priests. The Annual Collection for this good cause takes place on the weekend of the Feast of Christ the King , 26th November 2017. A contribution to the Ossory Priests Society collection is an opportunity to show appreciation for the many years of service our retired priests have given to God and our parishes throughout the Diocese. The priest is a part of every Catholic family. They offer counsel and comfort, and they lead us in celebrating the sacraments. Please support"

The Three Tenors

A magical Christmas Concert will take place on Saturday 9th December 2017 at St. Mary’s Cathedral featuring The Three Tenors - Dominic McGorian, Shane Morgan & Derek Moloney. Tickets €25 available from the Cathedral Bookshop & Diocesan Office.

Dates for your Diaries

Remembrance Service: Thursday, 30th November at 7.30pm in St. Fiacre’s Church.
Parish Carol Service: Sunday, 17th December at 4.00pm in Foulkstown Church.
Parish Confirmation: Saturday, 24th February in St .Mary’s Cathedral at 11am.