Sunday, 15th May 2022
Focus
Jesus spent a lot of his time after the resurrection reminding the disciples of what he had said and done in his public life. His main reminder was ‘that he would suffer, be put to death and be raised from the dead’. Other times he reminded them of everything in the Scripture about him. He brough them back to places they had known before with him. He was jogging their memory so that their faith in him would grow. Reminders about the best of life are ways of being grateful. It is good to remind ourselves often of the good things in our life, past and present: people who loved us and whom we loved, support and help at bad times, good family times. Gratitude gives joy and energy to life. This can help us see what is good now. Pope Francis, talking to young people in Panama, (January 27th 20219) said: ’And do not forget, you are not the tomorrow, you are not the ’meantime’, you are the Now of God’. God works for us and within us today. We can be grateful for the past, be confident of his care and protection in the future and open ourselves to receive him daily in different ways. The Holy Spirit, soon to be celebrated, is the One who reminds us of this risen love of God.
Donal Neary SJ (Editor, Sacred Heart Messenger)

An act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there And unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you.

A prayer to greet the day
I stand before You today, Lord, ready for the challenges that this new week will bring.
Help me to keep the spirit of Your word alive in my heart and to remember that You are always with me, at home, at work, among friends or strangers, faced with struggles or joys.
Be with me, Lord, and guide me, wherever I may go. Amen.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Peggy Hanrahan, Loughboy Park and formerly Larchfield.
Months Mind: Paddy Ward (Sat 6.30pm Foulkstown). Margot Downes (Fri 10.30).
Anniversaries: Kathleen Morrissey (Sat 6.15). Patrick O’Connell (Sun 10.00). John ‘Naxie’ Noonan (Sun 10.30). John Coppinger (Sun 12.00). Bridget & Christy Lawlor (Sun 12.30).  Patrick Lennon (Tues 9.30). Tom & Oliver Kennedy (Tues 9.30). Kathleen Tobin (Wed 10.30).  Deceased Members of Kilkenny Active Retirement (Thurs 10.30). Pat Murphy nee Gough. Elizabeth Somers. Deceased members of the Leahy Family, Grovine.
Intentions for Next Weekend: Clodagh Phelan (Sat 6.15). Jimmy Cashin (Sun 9.30). Moira Bergin (Sun 10.30). Patricia & Patrick Lawlor (Sun 12.30).
Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Congratulations
Children from 3 of our schools received their First Holy Communion this past week. We congratulate the children from School of the Holy Spirit who received the sacrament in St. Fiacre’s Church on Thursday last, the children from St. Patrick’s, Kells Road who received the sacrament in St. Fiacres Church on Saturday and the boys from St. Patrick’s De la Salle who receive their First Holy Communion in St. Patrick’s Church yesterday. Congratulations to all of them and well done to all those who helped prepare them for this special occasion. We welcome the children from Gaelscoil Osraí to St. Fiacre’s Church next Saturday.

Sharing the Synod Responses
The Diocesan Synod Group are working to collate the responses that were heard at the various synod sessions throughout Ossory during Lent. They are, in the company of Bishop Denis, holding a public sharing of these responses at St Kieran’s College on Saturday next 21st May at 2pm. If you would like to hear what was said throughout the Diocese you are most welcome to attend.

Bake Sale – Taizé Youth Pilgrimage
A bake sale will be held in St Patrick’s Parish Centre after 10.30am and 12 noon masses on Sunday May 22nd. It is in aid of the Taizé Youth Pilgrimage organised by Ossory Youth. A group of thirty one 16 and 17 year olds from Kilkenny city and county will spend a week in the Taizé Community in France from June 26th – July 3rd with young people from throughout the world. Come along on Sunday 22nd to take home some home baked cakes, buns, tarts etc. All support really gratefully appreciated.

The Pope’s Intentions -  May
For faith-filled young people
We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

Rosary at the Grottos
The Rosary will be prayed each day during the month of May at hundreds of grottos around the Island of Ireland. To see a list of locations, or to register a grotto (or other suitable location) simply visit www.coastalrosaryireland.i.e. You can also register by texting 087 278 6552. We are praying for Ireland and for peace in the world.

Prayer for Peace for Ukraine
Loving God, we pray for the people of Ukraine, for all those suffering or afraid, that you will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices. We pray for the world that is this moment of crisis, we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need.

Let’s get writing
A creative writing workshop for beginners with Ann Murtagh will take place in Loughboy Library on Friday 20th May from 10.30 am - 12.30pm. Ph 056 779 4176 to book your place. Limited places.

Pilgrimage to Knock
Saturday 4th June leaving Kilkenny at the Butts Green, R95 FH90 at 8 am, for the All Ireland Rosary Rally if you would like to attend. Please contact 086 8469011 to book a seat. All are welcome.

South Kilkenny Historical Society

Coach trip to visit Soloheadbeg, Kilfeacle and Dan Breen’s homestead on Saturday, 28th May. Cost: €60 (Members) or €65 for non-members, which includes coach hire, guides and evening meal in Cahir House Hotel. Departing Mullinavat at 8am, returning at approx 9pm.
Please contact Brigid Barron (087 9507295, brigidbarron@hotmail.com) or Mary Ryan (086 3790655, maryearyan@gmail.com) for more details and bookings.

Black Abbey – Novena

Our Lady of Fatima Novena in the Black Abbey will take place from Friday 13th May to Saturday 21st May. There will be two sessions daily at 10am and 7pm. Day for the sick with Sacrament of Anointing will take place on Sunday May 15th at 3pm.

St. Vincent de Paul

The society can be contacted on 087 681 0589 or drop a letter marked St. Vincent de Paul into the parish office.