Sunday, 19th September 2021Welcoming the Child
In today's gospel Jesus is instructing those who will follow on from him and carry on his work for future generations. He took a little child and said to the disciples, 'Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.' As we continue our journey through the Season of Creation, we are reminded of Pope Francis' words in Laudato Si - On Care for Our Common Home, where he challenges us to reflect: 'What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?' (Laudato Si, 160). In the context of the environmental crises our world is facing, how are we welcoming the generations to come? Pope Francis does not hold back when referring to the challenges: 'We may well be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth' (LS, 161). We know that climate change and the biodiversity crisis are driving so many problems in our world at present. 'Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.' (LS, 25). Yet our pace of consumption does not ease. Young people are standing up and calling governments and world leaders to account, rightly concerned about their future.
During this Season of Creation, we must pray for our world, and act. How can we restore our common home and ensure that our world is liveable for the generations who are coming after us? Can your parish explore becoming an Eco-Parish, setting up a care for creation team, turning church grounds in areas which promote biodiversity? There is so much we can do, and no action is too small. We must listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of our young people. 'The one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come.' - Greta Thunberg.
Jane Mellett o email@example.comAlone Covid 19 Support Line
Open seven days a week 8am -8pm by calling 0818 222 024.Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Pierce Keoghan, Drakelands, formerly of Ballycallan & Tullaroan. Michael & Maureen Bourke, Killenaule, Tipperary.
Anniversaries: Kay, Ann & Helen Donovan (Sat 6.15). Billy O’Dwyer (Sun 10.00). Mary Ward (Sun 10.30). Mary Dowling (Sun 12.00). Stephen, Maeve, Alan & Shane Byrne (Sun 12.30). Margaret Jones (Tues 10.30). Catherine Alley. Paddy Johnston. Nicola Conway. Eddie McPhillips. Louis Nolan. John Sheridan. Paddy Larkin. Jimmy Owens.
Cecilia Pierce. Bridget Cahill. Maureen Keneally. Josephine Neary. Syd & Elizabeth Bluett. Frank & Mary Nolan. Nora Connick.
Intentions for next weekend: Peggy & Michael McKane (Sat 6.15). Ann Kavanagh (Sun 10.00). Michael & Lily McGrath (Sun 10.30). Jack Nolan (Sun 12.00).An act of Spiritual Communion
While some of us cannot receive communion at this time we can still make an act of Spiritual Communion in which we express our faith in Jesus and in his presence in the Eucharist and invite him to unite himself with us.
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.
(St Alphonsus de Liguori)Corona Virus Prayer
Dear God, I pray for healing for all affected by this deadly virus. Only You can move in a mighty way and do the impossible for them. We pray for all negative outcomes to be resolved by Your healing hands. Bless and embrace each and every single person and bring full healing to their bodies, minds and spirits. Amen.First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the children from St. John of God National School who received their First Holy Communion in St. Fiacre’s church on Saturday. Well done to them all and to their teachers and parents who helped them to prepare for this important day in their lives. God bless and keep them always.
Meals on Wheels Service Kilkenny
Voluntary Drivers needed for our “Meals On Wheels” Service. We would welcome you help if you a licenced car owner, fully vaccinated and could spare one hour per week. In our care for the housebound and our elderly, we prepare more than 100 meals per day. Our meals need “wheels” to deliver. Please contact Kay at Kilkenny Social Services 056 772 1685. Parish Shop
A selection of items for First Holy Communion, baptisms etc are available in the Parish Shop located in the foyer of the Parish Centre. Call in and have a look. French & Italian Grinds
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Contact Ciarán for more information 083 144 1345 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgFeast Day This Week—Padre Pio
St. Padre Pio was born Francesco to Giuseppa and Grazio Forgione, peasant farmers, in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina on 25th May 1887. Francesco was very devout even as a child, and at an early age felt drawn to the priesthood. He became a Capuchin novice at the age of sixteen and received the habit in 1902. Francesco was ordained to the priesthood in 1910 after seven years of study and became known as Padre Pio.
On 20th September 1918, Padre Pio was kneeling in front of a large crucifix when he received the visible marks of the crucifixion, making him the first stigmatized priest in the history of Church. The doctor who examined Padre Pio could not find any natural cause for the wounds. Upon his death in 1968, the wounds were no longer visible. In fact, there was no scaring and the skin was completely renewed. He had predicted 50 years prior that upon his death the wounds would heal. The wounds of the stigmata were not the only mystical phenomenon experienced by Padre Pio.
The blood from the stigmata had an odour described by many as similar to that of perfume or flowers, and the gift of bilocation was attributed to him. Padre Pio had the ability to read the hearts of the penitents who flocked to him for confession which he heard for ten or twelve hours per day. Padre Pio used the confessional to bring both sinners and devout souls closer to God; he would know just the right word of counsel or encouragement that was needed. Even before his death, people spoke to Padre Pio about his possible canonization. He died on 23rd September 1968 at the age of eighty-one. He was declared a saint by Pope Saint John Paul II on 16th June 2002 and his feast is celebrated on Friday of this week.Thought for the day
"Live simply so that others may simply live." Mother Teresa