Sunday, November 5, 2017

30th Sunday in Ordinary time, 29nd October 2017

Charity and Dignity

A number of years ago, I began working for a well-known homeless charity. At the induction week we had the privilege of being addressed by a leading campaigner against homelessness in Dublin city. ‘Do not give broken cups to broken people’ resonated from the address and has stayed with me ever since.
As acts of charity many people are often inclined to give or donate old items that they no longer have use for. Within this there is a sincere act of generosity and perhaps a desire of not letting anything go to waste. However, there is a challenge here to consider the recipient’s feelings on being handed worn out clothes, almost out of date food or damaged toys. How, perhaps, is this impacting on their feeling of worth in society today? Are they not worthy of some new clothes to regain their sense of pride? Some fresh and tasty food to nourish their bodies? Some new, clean toys, the same as other children their age?
These are superficial examples but point towards a challenge to society to provide services of the highest standards to vulnerable people. History and even recent news stories from both home and abroad have presented infuriating examples time and again. Good intentions need to be coupled with thoughtfulness and a determination to give only the best to our neighbour most in need, to show them that they are respected and loved.
Mary Anne Stokes


Bank Holiday Weekend

As this is a bank holiday weekend the only public Mass in our parish on Monday will be at St. Pat-rick’s Church at 11.00am. There will be no exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Fiacre’s Church on Monday.


Holy Day Mass Times

Wednesday is the feast of All Saints and is a holy day of obligation for all Catholics. The following are the Parish Mass times for this holy day. Vigil Mass; 7pm St. Patricks; 6.15 St. Fiacres. Holy Day: 10 am Foulkstown; 11.00 am St. Patricks; 12.00 noon St. Fiacres.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Mary Hennessy, Grovine. Requiem Mass at St. Fiacre’s Church at 12noon Sunday. Burial in Foulkstown Cemetery. Maurice Ryan, Laurel Avenue.
Months Mind: Noreen Tomney (Months Mind Sat 6.15). Mary Dowling (Months Mind Sun 9.30). Marie Holohan.
Anniversaries: Ned O’Neill (Sat 7.00). 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). Jack Devlin (Tues 10.30). Mary Shannon (Wed 11.00). Pearl Moore (Sat 9.30). Peggy O’Brien. Joe Dowling. Kitty Stallard. Annie Delaney. Anne, Mary, Paddy & Michael Bowe. Mary Russell. Laurence Tynan. Michael Walsh. Peggy O’Brien. Tess O’Neill. Elizabeth O’Keeffe. Martin & Ann Mulhall.
Intentions for next weekend: P.J. Marrinan (Sat 6.15). Olive Barry (Sat 7.00). Maura Brennan (Sun 9.30). Cormac Cullen (Sun 10.00). Kevin & Evelyn Hughes (Sun 10.30). John Joe Kealy (Sun 11.00). Ann Nugent (Sun 12.00). Vivien Etaferi (Sun 12.30).
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

1st: Jim & Ann Purcell, Clogh. 2nd: Marie & Eamon Fitzpatrick, Borris-in-Ossory. 3rd: Dermot O’Shea, St. Patrick’s. 4th: Paddy Bambrick, St. Mary’s. 5th: Dympna Kennedy, Callan. 6th: Jerry Meaney, St .Mary’s. 7th: Kathleen Brennan, Muckalee. 8th: Tom Fitzgerald, Castlecomer. 9th: Cloneen Hurling Club, Clogh. 10th: Cathal Cullen, Tullaherin. The next draw will take place on Wednesday 29th November 2017. Many thanks for your continued support. Please contact Fr. Roderick to join.


Readers

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.

Volunteer Appreciation Night

Many thanks to all who attended our Volunteer Appreciation Night in Hotel Kilkenny last Sunday Night. The evening was held in recognition of the enormous contribution all our volunteers make to the development and life of our Parish. It was a wonderful evening of good food, music, song and dance. Thanks to Hotel Kilkenny for their professional service, to the sponsors of the many spot prizes, the organising committee and all who helped to make the evening so enjoyable. A great night was had by all.


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). More information at www.ossory.ie or from the Ossory Adult Faith Development Office on 056 775 3624.


Come on the Village!!!

We wish James Stephens Hurlers all the best as they take on Dicksboro in the County Senior Hurling Final this afternoon. This will be the first time the two teams have met since 1937 when the Village won 3-8 to 1-2. We also wish the James Stephens Minor hurling team all the best as they take on O’Loughlin Gaels. The Village abú.

Eucharistic Ministers Rota

Due to an error in the rota for the 12 noon Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church, an updated rota is available in the Sacristy. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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.


Dates for your Diaries

Remembrance Service: Thursday 30th November at 7.30pm in St. Fiacre’s Church.
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


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

Technology Support-help with mobile phones, computers, tablets, ipads etc Fridays 4-5pm. Free service.
Pop-Up Gaeltacht-takes place in the Education Centre, Callan Road from Nov 27th-30th nightly from 7-9.30pm. Cost € 20. Registration and more information at Loughboy library OR Dan 0868527400.

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.

Readers

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

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 https://www.knockshrine.ie/job-vacancies/


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 cobhtyburnconvent@gmail.com

Camphill

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.

28th Sunday in Ordinary time, 15th 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 tonight.

Be still and Know that I am God - Psalm 46

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


Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Peg McGuire
Months Mind: Josie Purcell (Sun 12.00). Edward O’Byrne (Thus 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). 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.

Readers

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 contribution 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 support. Please contact Fr. Roderick to join.


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

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 qualification 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 https://www.knockshrine.ie/job-vacancies/

Taize

Br Jean-Marie of Taize will meet with students, some lecturers and the young people from the Holy Family Mission in WIT on Monday, 23rd October 2017 at 2pm. There will be a chance to meet and pray in the evening 7.30 - 9.00pm in the Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel, Mount Sion, Waterford. All are welcome!

Camphill

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)


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 Gar-nier. Lunch Provided - please book your place by calling Mother Prioress on 4811354 or email cobhtyburnconvent@gmail.com


Safeguarding Policy

St. Patrick’s Parish values and encourages the partic-ipation of children and young people in parish litur-gies and in activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. We recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children and young people and are committed to their protection and support in a way that promotes their human dignity and integrity as children of God. Further details and information on posters in our churches and on www.patricksparish.com.


Mass Cards

Individual & Shared Mass cards signed by the priests of the Parish are available at the Parish Centre. The shared Mass is offered every Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church at 9.30am. If you have purchased one of these intention cards, why not join us for the Mass as well? Individual Masses are offered by Aid to the Church in Need. 

27th Sunday in Ordinary time, 8th October 2017

Where is God?

As someone who has willingly left these shores to assist people on the margins, I am familiar with the inhumanity of man to his fellow man, where millions of people are left to their own devices, forgotten in their own poverty. The I’m alright attitude permeates not just the so called ‘developing world’; it is alive and well here in Ireland.
Does God, like the absentee landowner in the gospel parable, leave us and depart for another country? A personal relationship with anybody means that the person is present. God should be no different. God is deep within our heart, not something out there and distant! I battle with the castigation of the high priests and elders, the negative portrayal of the people of God, and the raw deal for the slaves that came to rescue the situation. Is this the forgiving God that out of the worst injustices can transform human hearts?
So where is the hope? Jesus doesn’t condemn in the passage: he invites us to understand his meaning. He asks the elders what they would do. This question is asked of us too.
Jesus then refocuses the parable: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’. This is the high point of this gospel, where Jesus reminds us of the marvel that he is: the one that was rejected, the one that was overlooked – the one abandoned by us. It is this stone, this rock, that becomes our Saviour. The rock symbolises one who never leaves us. God loves us not because we are good but because God is good.
Shane Halpin, Viatores Christi

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 free from the Parish Office.

Pray for Our Deceased

Friends Recently Deceased: Fr. Finbar (Matthew) Kelly OP, Black Abbey. Sr. Agnes Dominic Quirke, Sisters of Charity, Kells Road. Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Thomas, Dean Kavanagh Place.
Anniversaries: 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). Mary Hehir (Tues 9.30). Matthew Butz (Thurs 10.30). JJ & Peggy O’Dwyer (Fri 10.30). Mary O’Brien. Margaret McNamara nee Tiernan. Walter & Joe Kavanagh. May Dunne. Billy & Patty Reinhardt. The Dullard Family.
Intentions for next weekend: Eddie Dean (Sat 6.15). Judy O’Brien (Sat 7.00). Richard Kelly (Sun 9.30). Jennifer Mulhall (Sun 10.00). Mary Elizabeth Woodgate (Sun 11.00). Tom Foley (Sun 12.00). Eithne O’Connor (Sun 12.30). 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

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

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society

A meeting of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will be held in St. Patrick’s Parish centre on Friday 13th October after 10.30 am Mass. All welcome.

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. 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.

Medjugorje Mass

A Mass organised by the Medjugorje Youth Group will take place in St. Fiacre’s Church on Monday 10th October at 8pm. Please note that Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will finish at 7.30pm.

Memorial Mass

St Luke’s Hospital, Carlow and Kilkenny will be holding its Annual Memorial Mass for all deceased patients of the Hospital on Tuesday, October 17th at 7.30pm. This year, the Mass will take place in St Canice’s Church, Kilkenny. We extend a very warm welcome to all families who have been bereaved during the past year. The names of those who died at St Luke’s Hospital between September 1st 2016 and August 31st 2017 will be displayed close to the Altar. All attending the Mass will be invited to light a candle on arrival at the church and place it close to the display of names before Mass begins. Family members and Staff members of the hospital along with the choir of St Canice’s Church will participate in the liturgy. All are invited to tea and refreshments after wards.


Safeguarding Sunday

The Diocese of Ossory celebrates Child Safeguarding Sunday this week-end 7/8th October 2017. Child Safeguarding Sunday is a reminder to each one of us of our role in the safeguarding of children so that the abuse that happened in the past should not be allowed to happen again. In our Parish, we vale and encourage the participation of children and young people in all parish activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. We recognise the dignity and rights of all children and are omitted to ensuring their protection and support. In keeping with this, we will work to do all in our power to create safe environments for children and young people to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life or our parish and church.
The Safeguarding Reps in this Parish are: Maureen McCormack - 086 3262475. Samantha Dolan - 087 9976492.
If you, or anyone you know has a Safeguarding concern please contact: TUSLA: Kilkenny 059 93 6570 or An Garda Síochána 1800 555 222.
If you wish to report an allegation directly to the Church Authorities please contact the Diocesan Designated Liaison Person: 087 100 0232.

Seeing Life through the lens of the Gospels

Matthew 21:33-43
  1. The target audience of this allegorical parable are the Jewish chief priests and elders portrayed here as rejecting Jesus and his teaching, and as a consequence losing out on what God was offering them. It is a story of opportunity for life presented and rejected, and they lose out in the process. How important have you found it to recognise and accept opportunities for growth, development and new life when these were presented to you?
  2. The parable is also a cautionary tale about the destructive effects of greed – doing violence to the rights of others and eventually destroying the greedy themselves. What attitude towards possessions has helped you to be at peace in yourself and at peace with others?
  3. The vineyard of the Lord is an image for God’s people. As we look at the vineyard we have been given we can ask ourselves ‘are we good tenants?’ Recall times when you have been a good tenant, and reached out caringly for those around you.
  4. ‘It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone. This was the Lord’s doing and it was wonderful to see’. Sometimes a person not highly regarded plays a key role in a project, and it is wonderful to see. Can you recall examples of this?

John Byrne OSA

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 the big day.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

26th Sunday in Ordinary time, 1st October 2017

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.

Rosary

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.
Amen.

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 recoverycol-legesoutheast@gmail.com.

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.

Loughboy Library

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

25th Sunday in Ordinary time, 24th September 2017

I am a grumbler

Many of Jesus’ parables are difficult. We are invited to place ourselves in the story. Which character do we identify with? To which group would we be-long? Sometimes we find ourselves sympathising with the character who turns out to be in the wrong. God’s ways are not our ways!
The parable of the labourers in the vineyard is one of those tricky ones. We are drawn into the story, and we feel some sympathy for the crowd who end up grumbling at the landowner. These early birds who were hired at daybreak have done the most work. They have toiled all day in the heat, doing far more labour than those who were hired only at the last minute – yet they all receive the same pay. It’s hardly fair, is it?
But the landowner makes his point: ‘Why be envious because I am generous?’ Of course, Jesus anticipates the discomfort of his audience. He uses parables to gently pull the rug from under their feet, to challenge their assumptions, and offer them a new way of thinking that is focused not on themselves, but on the wider community.
Place yourself in the story. If you identify with the grumblers, ask yourself why. Why should we be concerned about what others are getting? Who are we to judge what others deserve? Surely we, too, should want God’s love and blessings to be extended to everyone!
Tríona Doherty

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw

The next draw will take place on Wednesday 27th September 2017. Many thanks for your continued support. Please contact Fr. Roderick to join.

Marian Movement of Priests

A meeting will take place on Monday 25th Sep-tember at 7.30pm in Villa Maria, Talbots Inch on the Freshford Road.

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: Edward O’Byrne, Cashel Downs. Mick Kavanagh, St. Francis Terrace. Frances Cregan. Seanie O’Brien.
Anniversaries: Milo Grogan (Sat 7.00). Paddy Moore (Sun 10.30). Deceased Members of the Byrne Family (Sun 11.00). Jack Nolan (Sun 12.00). Mary Ward (Sun 12.30). Mary, John & David Doran (Tues 10.30). Patrick Traynor. Mary Hen-nessy. Bridget Cahill. Molly & Jonee Blanchfield. Diarmaid Ryan. Eddie O’Donoghue. Frank & Mary Nolan. Josephine Neary.
Intentions for next weekend: Ann Kirwan (Sat 7.00). Ann Kavanagh (Sun 10.00). Ann Roche (Sun 11.00). Peter Gaule (Sun 12.00). Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest. Anniversaries after that will be published the following week.

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.

Mass Cards

Individual & Shared Mass cards signed by the priests of the Parish are available at the Parish Centre. The shared Mass is offered every Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church at 9.30am. If you have purchased one of these intention cards, why not join us for the Mass as well? Individual Masses are offered by Aid to the Church in Need.

Our Parish Shop

There are lots of items of a religious nature available at reasonable prices in our Parish Shop located in the foyer of the Parish Centre. Feel free to call in and have a look.

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 the big day.

Safeguarding Policy

St. Patrick’s Parish values and encourages the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. We recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children and young people and are committed to their protection and support in a way that promotes their human dignity and integrity as children of God. Further details and information on posters in our churches and on www.patricksparish.com.

Knock Shrine

Handel's Messiah - Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orches-tra to present Handel's 'iconic' Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Cham-ber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm.
Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.

Eucharistic Ministers

Copies of the New Eucharistic Ministers Rota are available from the sacristies.

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 ap-preciation of your volunteers spirit. Further details later.

Loreto Secondary School

1st Year Enrolment September 2018
The closing date for applications for a First Year place is Thursday 12th October 2017. Application forms and admissions policy can be obtained from out website www.lotetokk.ie or the school office.
Open night for 6th class Girls
An open night will take place on Monday 25th Sep-tember 2017 at 6.30pm. This is a ticketed event and tickets are available by either emailing your request to office@loretokk.ie or by calling to the school office.

A Cursillo Weekend

Are you willing to experience a Cursillo Weekend in Seville Lodge, Kilkenny? Are you seeking Happi-ness, Peace, Joy, Friendship, Human and Spiritual Development and wish to become the person Jesus wants you to be, then the Cursillo in Christianity Weekend is for you. Men’s Weekend on 5th to 8th October 2017. Women’s Weekend on 12th to 15th October 2017. For Details, Contact: Fr. Seán Kelly, OFM, Cap, Kilkenny Capuchin Friary on 087 055 0584 or email:kellybrosean@aol.com.

South Kilkenny Historical Society lecture

The Origins of Waterford Glass. Speaker: Dr. Martin Hearne. Date: Thursday, September 28th. Time: 8pm. Venue: Mullinavat Parish Hall (opposite church). Admission: €5 (society members and stu-dents free). All welcome.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

24th Sunday in Ordinary time, 17th September 2017

Generous love 

A remarkable story of generosity featured on Joe Duffy's Liveline: Call Back programme on RTÉ recently. It was the story of Shane O'Neill, who had a history of drugs offences and ended up serving time in prison in Belgium. On release from prison he went to the Irish Embassy to ask for the price of a flight to return home, but was turned down. Another Irish man, Charlie Kiernan, overheard the exchange and decided to help, booking him a flight and buying him breakfast. When Shane asked how he could repay him, Charlie suggested he 'pay it forward'. The kind gesture was the catalyst for Shane turning his life around. 
It is this sort of generous love that we hear about in today's gospel, in the parable told by Jesus. The master who cancels the servant's debt does so out of compassion and generosity. It is of no benefit to him to pardon the debt. He will be down ten thousand talents - one talent was worth more than 15 years' wages of a labourer, so we are talking about a large sum of money! The servant is grateful, but not so grateful that he is willing to take pity on a fellow servant who owes him just one hundred denarii - one denarius was the usual day's wage for a labourer. 
The parable speaks to us about the kindness of God, but also what he expects from us. Because we have been loved, we must love. Because we have been forgiven, we must forgive.

Tríona Doherty 


St. Mary's Cathedral Draw 

The next draw will take place on Wednesday 27th September 2017. Many thanks for your continued support. To join the draw please contact Fr. Roderick.

St. Vincent de Paul 

The monthly collection for the St. Vincent de Paul will be taken up as part of the second collection at all Masses this weekend. The St. Vincent de Paul can be contacted at 087 681 0589. Many thanks for your continued support.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends 

Recently Deceased: Rene Murphy, Dukesmeadows. Bridget Delaney, Fr. MurphySquare. 
Anniversaries: Eugene & Paddy Somers (Sat 6.15). Marian Lennon (Sun 10.30). Mary & Joan Bissett (Sun 11.00). Margaret Jones (Sun 12.00). Patrick Johnston (Sun 12.30). Mary, John & David Doran (Wed 10.30). Mary & James Long (Thus 10.30). Sarah & Patrick Leahy (Fri 10.30). John 'Sean' Curran. Mary & Patrick Blanchfield. Maurice Maher. Eileen Grace. Molly Browne. Kathleen Murphy. Margaret Morris. Sally Holden. Syd & Elizabeth Bluett. Paddy Larkin. Jimmy Owens. Nora Connick. Ernie Harrington. Anna Beale. Paddy Donoghue. Ger Kavanagh.
Intentions for next weekend: Milo Grogan (Sat 7.00). Paddy Moore (Sun 10.30). Deceased Members of the Byrne Family (Sun 11.00). Jack Nolan (Sun 12.00). Mary Ward (Sun 12.30). Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest. Anniversaries after that will be published the following week.

Parish Pastoral Council 

A meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Monday 18th September at 8pm in the Parish Centre. 

Bestill and Know thatI am God - Psalm46 

Christian Meditation will resume in St. Patrick's Parish Centre on Wednesday 20th September at 4pm. All are welcome.

St. Fiacre's Folk Choir 

We are delighted to have St. Fiacre's Folk Choir back to our 6.15 Mass on Saturday evening. The choir practice at the Parish Centre on Tuesday eve- nings from 7pm to 8pm. New members are always welcome.

Aim High Youth Club 

Aim High Youth Club for 1st & 2nd year students starts on Friday 22nd September in the Friary Hall, Kilkenny from 6.30 pm to 8 pm. Regular activities include: Games, Activities & Faith Formation. Contact Frank on 087 137 3050 for further details.

World Meeting of Families

For the past year, the Church in Ireland has been preparing for the World Meeting of Families which will be held in Dublin from 22nd to 26th August 2018. Two years ago, the Pope Francis selected Ire- land to host this event with the theme 'The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World'. It is a great blessing for the Church and for Ireland. The Pope is expected to attend. Saint John Paul 11 established the World Meeting of Families in 1994 as an international event of prayer, catechesis and celebration. It is held every three years and it unites families worldwide in prayer and meditation on the central place of marriage and family, the cornerstone of our life, society and the Church.
Let us pray for the success of the World Meeting of Families. 
Lord Jesus, bless all families throughout the world. Give comfort and solace to those who are burdened with ill health, anxiety or sorrow. May they always be steadfast in faith. Amen. 

Loreto Secondary School 

1st Year Enrolment September 2018
The closing date for applications for a First Year place is Thursday 12th October 2017. Application forms and admissions policy can be obtained from out website www.lotetokk.ie or the school office.
Open night for 6th class Girls
An open night will take place on Monday 25th September 2017 at 6.30pm. This is a ticketed event and tickets are available by either emailing your request to office@loretokk.ie or by calling to the school office. 

Bargue Gerome Cours De Dessin 

(Drawing Course). Explore this famous and fabled 19th-century drawing course. 10-week course, every Wednesday from 10.00am-12.30pm, starting 27 September 2017 at St. Patrick's Parish Centre. Cost: € 200. All materials supplied. 10% discount from Cork Art Supplies. 
See www.classicalartatelier.com or telephone 087 660 9644 for info and booking.

Knock Shrine

Handel's Messiah - Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel's 'iconic' Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady's Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm.
Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport. 

Online Theology Course 

Join our supportive student community and study theology by distance learning this Autumn. Application deadline September 26th. 01 4048124. enquiries@prioryinstitute.com www.prioryinstitute.com. 

A Cursillo Weekend 

Are you willing to experience a Cursillo Weekend in Seville Lodge, Kilkenny? Are you seeking Happi- ness, Peace, Joy, Friendship, Human and Spiritual Development and wish to become the person Jesus wants you to be, then the Cursillo in Christianity Weekend is for you. Men's Weekend on 5th to 8th October 2017. Women's Weekend on 12th to 15th October 2017. For Details, Contact: Fr. Seán Kelly, OFM, Cap, Kilkenny Capuchin Friary on 087 055 0584 or email:kellybrosean@aol.com. 

South Kilkenny Historical Society lecture 

The Origins of Waterford Glass. Speaker: Dr. Martin Hearne. Date: Thursday, September 28th. Time: 8pm. Venue: Mullinavat Parish Hall (opposite church). Admission: €5 (society members and students free). All welcome. 

Irish Kidney Association 

The Annual Church gate collection in aid of the Irish Kidney Association Kilkenny Branch will take place next weekend Sat 23rd and Sun 24th September.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary time, 10th September 2017

Community Living 

No community is without its problems. Wherever two or three are gathered, there will be two or three different opinions! 
Today's gospel has a valuable message about community. When we think of our own parish or church community, we might feel uncomfortable with the advice on how to deal with sin. But this passage is just as relevant now as it was to the early Church. First of all, it acknowledges that the Church is not perfect; it is made up of sinners, who will go astray and disagree at different times. It emphasises the importance of dialogue - if a brother (or sister) sins, the first step is to discuss it with them, and then to enlist the help of the community if necessary. Presumably the other members will do the same for you, if and when you need it. We all have a responsibility, as members of the Church, to help those who are struggling or lost. 
If you have a spare few minutes, read the passag- es that come immediately before and after this one in Matthew's Gospel. Before, the parable of the lost sheep tells us that God rejoices when one who has gone astray is found. After, Jesus tells us we should forgive each other as many as seventy-seven times. The context is God's generous love and forgiveness, on which we are expected to model our Church.
Jesus is present where two or three meet in his name - even with our human struggles and disagreements and sins. We have a responsibility to be present to each other, and to forgive one another. That's what it means to be Christ's Church.

Tríona Doherty


St. Mary's Cathedral Draw

The next draw will take place on Wednesday 27th September 2017. Many thanks for your continued support. To join the draw please contact Fr. Roderick.

Baptisms 

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. 056 7764400.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends 

Recently Deceased: Elizabeth Campion, Hollybank Lawn, Clongowan. Reposing at her son's home at 6 Orchard Park, The Curragh from 2pm on Sunday with Rosary at 7pm. Requiem Mass on Monday at 10am in St. Brigid's Church, The Curragh Camp. Burial in St. Conleth's Cemetery, Newbridge. Paddy Kavanagh, College Square and formerly Urlingford. Thomas Maher, Meadow Hill. Eddie Ryan, Cellarstown. Martin O'Connor, Ballingarry. Marie Herbert (Fri 10.30).
Anniversaries: Sean O'Keeffe (Sat 6.15). Chrissie Scott (Sat 7.00). Michael Reddy (Sun 9.30). Michelle Reynolds (Sun 10.00). Catherine Grace (Sun 10.30). Living & Deceased Relatives of the Duggan Family (Sun 11.00). Eileen Barham (Sun 12.00). Jimmy Long (Sun 12.30). Lillie Coyne (Tues 10.30). Joan Breden (Wed 9.30). Retired Teachers (Wed 10.30). Rita McCarthy Thurs 10.30). Bridget Bateman. Christina O'Shaughnessy. Mary O'Don- nell. Statia & Billy Tallent. 
Intentions for next weekend: Eugene & Paddy Somers (Sat 6.15). Marian Lennon (Sun 10.30). Mary & Joan Bissett (Sun 11.00). Margaret Jones (Sun 12.00). Patrick Johnston (Sun 12.30). Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest. Anniversaries after that will be published the following week. 

Light & Hope 

Teac Tom, Light & Hope Community Walk takes place on Sunday 10th September from 6.30pm at McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny. Registration €10. Everyone will receive a balloon to carry along the route remembering our loved ones lost to suicide.
Teac Tom supporting Families "Giving Light & Hope". Contact Amy: 086 207 3220. www.thethomashayestrust.com.

Knock Shrine

Handel's Messiah - Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel's 'iconic' Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady's Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm.
Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport. 

Time for a Cuppa 

Recommencing on Tuesday after the 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre's Church, why not join us for a chat and a cuppa in the Parish Centre. All are welcome. Tell your friends and bring them along. 

GROW Table Quiz 

Thursday 14th September 2017 at 8.30pm in Billy Byrnes Pub, John St. Kilkenny. 

Youth Choir Returns 

Our parish youth choir, which provides music and song at the 12.30pm Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's Church, returns following the Summer break on next Sunday, 16th September. Practice resumes on this coming Thursday (14th Sept) at 7pm in the Parish Centre. New members are always welcome. 

Adult Folk Choir 

We are delighted to have the Adult Folk Choir return to the Saturday evening 7.00 o'clock Mass at St. Patrick's Church following their Summer break. The choir practices at the St. Patrick's Parish Centre on Thursday evenings between 8.00pm and 9.00pm. New members are welcome. 

Young at Heart

The Young at Heart Club resumes on Wednesday, the 13th September at 2.30pm in the Parish Centre.

Online Theology Course 

Join our supportive student community and study theology by distance learning this Autumn. Applica- tion deadline September 26th. 01 4048124. enquiries@prioryinstitute.com www.prioryinstitute.com.

A Cursillo Weekend

Are you willing to experience a Cursillo Weekend in Seville Lodge, Kilkenny? Are you seeking Happiness, Peace, Joy, Friendship, Human and Spiritual Development and wish to become the person Jesus wants you to be, then the Cursillo in Christianity Weekend is for you. Men's Weekend on the 5th to 8th October 2017. Women's Weekend on12 to 15th October 2017. 
For Details, Contact: Fr. Seán Kelly, OFM, Cap, Kilkenny Capuchin Friary on 087 055 0584 or email:kellybrosean@aol.com

Contemplative Religious Life 

The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting a Cloister Day on Saturday, 16th September from 10.00am to 5.00pm. The day is designed to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out more about the Poor Clare way of life with a view to vocation discernment. To book a place contact: Sr. Faustina at: poorclaresgalwayvocations@gmail.com. 

Kilkenny Flower Club 

Kilkenny Flower Club resumes meetings on Thurs. 14th Sept. in Butler House at 8pm. Demonstration by Lorraine O'Brien. Non-members always welcome too. 

Retired Teachers 

The Annual Mass for Retired Teachers takes place at 10.30am on Wednesday 13th September in St. Fiacre's Church followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre. 

Bargue Gerome Cours De Dessin 

(Drawing Course). Explore this famous and fabled 19th-century drawing course. 10-week course, every Wednesday from 10.00am-12.30pm, starting 27 September 2017 at St. Patrick's Parish Centre. Cost: € 200. All materials supplied. 10% discount from Cork Art Supplies. 
See www.classicalartatelier.com or telephone 087 660 9644 for info and booking.

22nd Sunday in Ordinary time, 3rd September 2017

Selfless love

It can be difficult to understand why anyone would willingly place a burden on themselves. We are bombarded daily with promises of a better, easier life. Magazines and lifestyle gurus offer us a better work-life balance. New gadgets pledge to remove obstacles or irritations and make our lives less stressful. It's all a bit of a contrast to the message of to- day's gospel, where Jesus says that his followers must take up their cross. Why would we deliberately suffer, or take on a burden? Surely we should aim to make our lives as easy as possible!
Yet, we see self-sacrifice all the time. Parents make sacrifices for their children, and many people tend lovingly to elderly parents or relatives. Friends give up their time to listen and support each other. Teachers go the extra mile for a vulnerable child, and nurses, doctors, and care workers often go beyond the call of duty. Countless people give up their time and resources to help those in need, whether it's raising funds for charities or offering practical sup- port to those who are sick, homeless, or struggling. And it's all done out  of love.
When Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to suffer grievously and be put to death, they naturally react with shock, as it seems like a strange path to choose. But he is not doing it simply to make life difficult for himself. His sacrifice stems from his passionate love for us, just as we would sacrifice everything for someone we love dearly. Being a follower of Jesus means being prepared to sometimes put others' needs before our own.

Tríona Doherty


St. Mary's Cathedral Draw Results

1st: Mary Griffin, Ferrybank. 2nd: Eugene Kealy, St. Mary's. 3rd: Mary O'Meara, Castlecomer. 4th: Paula Phelan, St. Mary's. 5th: Jack & Aggie Keoghan, Tullaroan. 6th: Mrs Kelly, St. Mary's. 7th: Tullaherin Choir, Tullaherin. 8th: Lil Quinn, Lisdowney. 9th: John O'Shea, Templeorum. 10th: Fr. Frank Maher, Johnstown. The next draw will take place on Wednesday 27th September 2017.
Many thanks for your continued support. To join the draw please contact Fr. Roderick.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Dixie Leahy, Riverside Drive. Willie Duggan, Dunmore. Mary Dunne, Birmingham (Wed 10.30).

Months Mind: Sr. Eithne McHale (Sat 7.00). Michéal Brennan (Sun 10.30). Mary Dwyer (Fri 10.30). Anne Kelly (Sat 9.30).

Anniversaries: Denis Staunton (Sun 10.00). Jacquel- ine Rainey (Sun 11.00). May Tallent (Sun 12.00). Michael "Muggers" Larkin (Sun 12.30). Brigid Kenny (Tues 10.30). Johnny Sheridan. The Cassin Fami- ly. Joe Dunne. Ben Delahunty. Annmarie Manogue. Paddy Ryan.

Intentions for next weekend: Sean O'Keeffe (Sat 6.15). Chrissie Scott (Sat 7.00). Michael Reddy (Sun 9.30). Michelle Reynolds (Sun 10.00). Catherine Grace (Sun 10.30). Living & Deceased Relatives of the Duggan Fami- ly (Sun 11.00). Eileen Barham (Sun 12.00). Jimmy Long (Sun 12.30). Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest. Anniversaries after that will be published the following week.

Baptisms

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. Pat- rick's) Sunday of each month. 056 7764400.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society

The AGM of St. Joseph's Young Priest Society will take place in St. Patrick's Parish Centre after 10.30am Mass next Friday, 8th September. All, especially new members are invited to attend.

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.

Young at Heart

The young at Heart Club resumes on Wednesday, 13th of September at 2.30pm in the Parish Centre


Online Theology Course

Join our supportive student community and study theology by distance learning this Autumn. Application deadline September 26th. 01 404 8124. enquiries@prioryinstitute.com www.prioryinstitute.com.

Rosary 

The monthly rosary on the first Sunday in James's Green at the statue of Our Lady of Kilkenny continues this Sunday 3rd September at 3pm.

Kilkenny Carer's Support Group 

Tuesday September 5th, 3.00-4.30pm at The Village Day Centre (behind the Village Inn Pub).
Information and support for past/present carers of people with Alzheimer's/Dementia. Everyone welcome. Drop in to group or for more information call 056 777 1230. 

Kilkenny Medjugorje Pilgrimage 

Wed 4th Oct. €649 for 7 nights. (inclusive tax and insurance). Bed and Breakfast evening meal. House near church. Contact Ann Fitzpatrick 056 776 5840 or 086 882 5622 Loughboy Library News Loughboy Library will close for renovations from Sept 4th-26th. It will re-open on Wed Sept 27 . Patrons are asked to use Johns Quay library and other branches during this time. Johns Quay library will remain open until 8pm on Fridays in addition to its normal hours. There will be a returns box in the post office. We apologise for the inconvenience to our patrons. 

Light & Hope 

Teac Tom, Light & Hope Community Walk takes place on Sunday 10th September from 6.30pm at McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny. Registration €10. Everyone will receive a balloon to carry along the route remembering our loved ones lost to suicide. Teac Tom supporting Families "Giving Light & Hope". Contact Amy: 086 2073220. www.thethomashayestrust.com.

Westcourt News

Mass will be celebrated in Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel, Westcourt on Monday, 4th September 2017 at 7.30pm to pray for the intercession of Blessed Edmund in our lives and for his canonisation. All are welcome.

Knock Shrine

Handel's Messiah - Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orches- tra to present Handel's 'iconic' Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady's Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm. Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.

Bargue Gerome Cours De Dessin 

(Drawing Course). Explore this famous and fabled 19th-century drawing course. 10-week course, every Wednesday from 10.00am-12.30pm, starting 27 September 2017 at St. Patrick's Parish Centre. Cost: € 200. All materials supplied. 10% discount from Cork Art Supplies. See www.classicalartatelier.com or telephone 087 660 9644 for info and booking. 

Alliance Francaise 

Enrolment night in Club House Hotel on Tuesday 5th September from 7pm to 9pm. Classes in French in all levels - beginners, improvers and advanced. Cultural evenings. All welcome. 

GROW Table Quiz 

Thursday 14th September 2017 at 8.30pm in Billy Byrnes Pub, John St. Kilkenny. 

Parish Centre Bookings 

St. Patrick's Parish Centre is available for meeting and social/parish groups etc. Parish Office. 056 776 4400

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

20th Sunday in Ordinary time, 20th August 2017

Unexpected Encounters
We might wonder why Jesus is so rude and dismissive to the woman in todays’ Gospel who comes and asks for his help. Does he really call the woman ‘a dog’?! Many explanations have been given for Jesus’ words with some suggesting that it was an attempt at a first century joke, that he was just ‘teasing’ (he didn’t really mean it!) or that it was an opportunity to test the woman’s faith. The disciples also clearly want her sent away.                                           What happens just before this incident is important. Jesus has just left Gennesaret where the Pharisees have continued to be extremely hostile towards him. Jesus’ mission to ‘the lost sheep of the House of Israel’ is not going so well. So, Jesus ‘leaves that place’ and goes somewhere that is unfamiliar. What happens in this unfamiliar place is certainly life giving for the woman and for Jesus also. It might be considered a place of new beginnings as Jesus’ mission is opened up to those who would have been considered ‘unworthy’, such as a woman who is also a foreigner. The food rejected by the religious leaders of the time is ending up in unexpected places. It is here that the kingdom grows. You have to admire the woman’s persistence. She is a reminder of people we encounter who have great faith and make a deep impression on us.  We might ask ourselves today: When have experiences of rejection in our own lives led to new possibilities? Where are the unfamiliar places that we must go in order to grow, to embrace new life and new experiences?              Jane Mellet
St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration
The next draw for St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund takes place on Wednesday 30th August 2017.   If you would like to subscribe to the draw please contact the Parish Office or Fr. Roderick. 

Knitting Lessons
Knitting Lessons will begin soon contact Liz: 086 8359425.
 
Pray  for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Jonathan Fitzpatrick, Keatingstown. James Bawle, Dean Cavanagh Place. Eoin Donovan, Richview. Nancy Gibbs, Kilcreene.
Anniversaries: Tom & Mary Byrne (Sat 6.15). William ‘Tony’ White (Sat 7.00)Tom & Michael Casserly (Sun 10.30). Della Harney (Sun 11.00). Paddy Heffernan (Sun 12.00). Kathleen Brophy (Sun 12.30). Paddy Heffernan (Wed 10.30). Frank & Annie McKenna (Thurs 10.30). James & Joe Delaney (Fri 9.30). Pierce & Catherine Marnell. Joseph Joe McHugh.  Joe Maher. Ray Bolger. 
Intentions for next weekend: Thomas Madden (Sat 6.15). Elizabeth Carroll (Anniv) & Liam Carroll (Months Mind) (Sun 10.00). Patrick Mullen (Sun 11.00). Tony Canny (Months Mind Sun 12.00). Tony Teehan (Months Mind Sun 12.30).  Anniversaries must be submitted to the office by Thursday at the latest.  Anniversaries after that will be published the following week.

St. Fiacre’s Well Novena
This year’s annual novena to St. Fiacre begins with rosary and prayers at the well in Kilfera at 8.00pm on Saturday, 19th August and will continue at 8.00pm each evening with concluding prayers and Mass on Sunday, 27th August at 3.30pm.  Devotion to St. Fiacre in our parish has a time-honoured history with annual novena prayers and patterns at the well for many centuries.  We invite all to continue the tradition by joining with us in prayer during the coming week and for the novena prayers and Mass on next Sunday afternoon.  By kind permission, St. Fiacre’s Well is approached through the avenue of Sheastown House which is a couple of miles out the Bennettsbridge Road.

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

Seeing your life through the lens of the Gospels  -  Matthew 15:21-28
1.  Having met with rejection from the Pharisees Jesus goes to Gentile territory and encounters faith in an unexpected place, in the Canaanite woman. His mission had previously been to his own people. This adds a new dimension to his mission. Have you had occasions when a chance encounter set your life off in a new direction?
2.  The initial reaction of Jesus to the woman was one of rejection but her persistence won a response from him. When have you found that persistence was needed to gain what you sought? What did that experience teach you?
3.  In our days, welcoming the stranger is a challenge. We are more comfortable with our own. What difference has it made when you were able to offer a friendly welcoming face to a stranger?
4.  Who are the ‘Canaanite women’ who call out for attention today – people in Church or State whose needs are not being attended to?
John Byrne osa

Online Theology Course
Join our supportive student community and study theology by distance learning this Autumn.  Application deadline September 26th. 01 4048124. enquiries@prioryinstitute.com . www.prioryinstitute.com.

Lecture
The Eire National Association - 1940 to 1945 (Irish conscientious objectors in New Zealand during World War II). Speaker: Mr Peter Burke (New Zealand journalist). Date: Sunday, August 20th 2017. Venue: The Rising Sun, Mullinavat. Time: 6pm.
South Kilkenny Historical Society - Heritage Week 2017 event
Local History Mystery Tour of Kilmacow. Date: Sunday, August 27th, 2017. Meeting time and place: 2pm, Kilmacow Sports Complex

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

Handel's Messiah - Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel's 'iconic' Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir.  Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm.
Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.

Novena Programme 2017 - Join us for nine days of reflection and prayer for the National Novena to Our Lady of Knock from the 14th-22nd August. Ceremonies will take place daily at 3pm and 8.30pm with daily guest speakers and workshops at 12 noon and 6pm in the Rest & Care Centre. On Monday 21st August we will celebrate the launch of the World Meeting of Families 2018 Programme. See www.knockshrine.ie/novena2017

Maynooth University Kilkenny Campus
Drop in Day – Thursday 24th August, 10AM – 2PM
Would you like to study the first year of your BA degree in a unique learning environment with small class sizes and a fantastic student community? You can do that through our 1st Year Bachelor of Arts programme (CAO: MH901).  We are holding a Drop In Day on Thursday 24th August at our Kilkenny Campus on College Road. Drop in anytime from 10am – 2pm. Meet with campus staff and students. Campus tours and more. For more information email kilkennyfirstarts@mu.ie or call 01 7086755

Bargue Gerome Cours De Dessin
(Drawing Course). Explore this famous and fabled 19th-century drawing course. 10-week course, every Wednesday from 10.00am-12.30pm, starting 27 September 2017 at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre. Cost: € 200. All materials supplied. 10% discount from Cork Art Supplies. See www.classicalartatelier.com or telephone 087 660 9644 for info and booking.