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Sunday, 28th November 2021
First Sunday of Advent
The meaning of Advent
The word 'Advent' is from the Latin 'Adventus,' meaning 'coming.' Advent marks the beginning of a new Church year and lasts from the fourth Sunday before Christmas, until the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord. Advent is a period of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to the time when Christ will come again and to the remembrance and celebration of the first coming of Christ to us at Christmas.
The meaning of the Advent Wreath
The Advent Wreath has a rich meaning. The circle of the wreath, with no beginning or end, symbolises the eternity of God. The evergreen reminds us of the everlasting life we have in Christ while any pine cones or pods in the wreath represent new life and resurrection. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. Purple is traditionally a colour of penance and prayer while the rose/pink candle that is lit on the Third Sunday marks our joy as we move ever closer to Christmas.
We are the people of Advent… for Advent is now and not just back then. Therefore we can see all the characters of Advent that was ‘then’ in our Advent which is ‘now’. Where in our lives is John the Baptist, provoking us to become more aware of new things happening in our lives? Where is Zachariah in our lives, not immediately open to what is so new, so hard to understand? Where is Elizabeth, so ready, through the wisdom of living, to appreciate the coming of the Lord? Where is Joseph, so gracious when all was so strange? And where is Mary in us, trusting in the providence given to her, welcoming the word in her heart? For, where we find Mary in ourselves, there we find Christ being born in our souls.

Welcome
We welcome the children from St. John of God Girls School, St. Patrick’s De La Salle, Gaelscoil Osraí, KSP to all of our Masses this weekend as they continue their preparation to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. We wish them well in their preparations. Keep up the good work!!

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Joan Clarke, Edenvale Close.  Michael Walsh, Golf Links View. Rita McMahon, Ayrfield. Leo O’Reilly, Dublin. Hannah Byrne, John Street.
Months Mind: Tom Holden (Sun 12.00).
Anniversaries: Pauline Hackett (Sat 6.15). Kevin & Evelyn Hughes (Sun 9.30). John & Margaret Wallace (Sun 10.00). Margaret Staunton (Sun 10.30). Jack White (Sun 12.00). Philip Funcheon (Sun 12.30). Patrick & May Malone (Wed 9.30). Michael Shortall (Fri 9.30). Sean & Statia Cantwell. Paul Delaney. Pat Kearney. Ollie Bergin. Deceased members of P & T and Telecom Eireann. Bill Keogh. Eileen Barry. Philip O’Dwyer.
Intentions for next weekend: Christine Comerford (Sat 6.15). Rena Brett (Sun 9.30). Eileen Gleason (Sun 10.00). Eddie Dunne (Sun 10.30). Michael O’Dwyer (Sun 12.00). Kay & Brian O’Reilly (Sun 12.30).

Holy Hour
Advent - a time of preparation for Christmas, a time of prayer. For the season of Advent, a holy hour will take place in St. Patrick’s Church with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, reflection on the word of God, rosary and benediction. Beginning on Wednesday 1st December from 7-8pm and continuing each Wednesday night during Advent. The Holy Hour can also be viewed by webcam on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

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.

Ossory Priests Collection
A collection in aid of retired and sick priests will be taken up as part of the second collection at all Masses this weekend. Many thanks.

Pope’s Intentions - November
For people who suffer from depression. We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn0-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
The National Christmas Collection for the St. Vincent de Paul takes place on Sunday 12th December. Like last year, due to the Covid 19 pandemic there will not be a church gate collection. If you want to contribute to the collection, put your offering in an envelope, mark it SVP and drop it into the parish office. We will make sure that they get it. Also, there will be a box with a visa tap facility in the Parish Centre for anyone who would like to contribute electronically. Thank you for your continued support. The society can be contacted on 087 381 0589 or drop a letter into the Parish Office.

Thought for the day
“Advent is a time of waiting for our Lord, who will visit us all in our own hearts. The Lord is coming! Let us wait for him!” Pope Francis

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw Results
1st: Fr. Liam Barron , Mullinavat. 2nd: Pat Murphy , St. Mary’s. 3rd: James Holohan, St. Canice's. 4th: Olive Morrin, Tullaherin. 5th: Mary & Eamonn O’Neill, Ferrybank. 6th: Patrick Mahon, Borris-in-Ossory. 7th: Michael Fennelly, Ballycallan. 8th: Brendan Murphy, Muckalee. 9th: Paul Dunne, Borris-in-Ossory. 10th: John Lennon, St. Mary’s. The next draw takes place on Wednesday 15th December.  Please have you subscriptions into Fr. Roderick by Monday 13th December. Thank you for your support.

Diocese of Ossory Prayer for Vocations to Priesthood
Lord Jesus we believe that you continue to scatter the seeds of vocation in the hearts of young people today. Help us to nourish those seeds with encouragement and support so that they will take root, grow, & bear fruit. Give to all who are called the courage they need to take a first step on a journey of discovery which will lead them to that place where they will encounter you Lord & discern the road you invite them to follow. Lord fill young hearts with a spirit of loving service care and respect for themselves and others. Provide your Church in Ossory with humble shepherds who will work with their Sisters & Brothers in a spirit of co- responsibility for your Church. Amen.

A message for young people
Beginning on Saturday 5th December Vocations Ossory are holding a series of Zoom Meetings for young people who wish to explore questions about life and faith on three Saturdays in December from 10 am - 11 am. On Saturday 4th December the topic will be… 'Your Life: God's vision & your dreams' For further information & a link to these meetings simply drop an email to vocations@ossory.ie giving your name and name of your parish.

Data Protection Officer - DPO
(Diocese of Ferns, Kildare & Leighlin & Ossory)
This will be a 3 year Part-Time Fixed Term Contract. (16 Hours). Further information and application procedure available at ferns.ie, kandle.ie and ossory.ie. Closing date for applications by post on or before 10th December 2021 to: Ossory Diocesan Office, James Street, Kilkenny, R95 NH60. Email: admin@ossory.ie. Phone 056 776 2448. The Dioceses of Ferns, Kildare & Leighlin and Ossory are equal opportunity employers. Canvassing will disqualify.


Sunday, 21st November 2021
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Jesus’ kingship is the kingship of one who is dedicated to his Father. He lives and dies for the truth. In his death and resurrection Jesus is enthroned in the glory of his Father. This is the kingship we celebrate: one who has passed through the worst of human life to a life and joy that is eternal.
Focus: A big thing in life is where you are from. We say ‘your accent betrays you’. Sometimes we judge totally on where people are from. Pilate was the same with Jesus. With all he knew of him and heard, the miracles and the speeches - where are you from? Are you a king really? What sort is your kingdom? Pilate was intrigued always with Jesus and so are we.
Our Christian life is getting to know Jesus more, and taking part in his mission. The type of person he was. That he came from God and from humanity. He speaks of the best of God and the best of us, the best of heaven and he best of earth. He is worth our following.
Our role - vocation/called to be like him. Our mission is a calling to live like him in love and service.
There is the ‘from above’ in Jesus and much of John’s gospel stresses the divinity of Christ. He doesn’t look very divine but he does look very human. In the human is the divine. So we could be like him. We become like him by reading about his life and living like he did. King is a strange feast…..he never wanted it. But he accepted what had happened to him. He took in on out of love. The defender of the poor. The King who prays.
A good ending of one church year to begin another. King and servant. We’ll see more of what it’s all like in the weeks of December. In the meantime, we want to live in this reign of God and pray and live—your kingdom come.
Donal Neary SJ, editor, Sacred Heart Messenger.

November Remembrance Service
Our annual Parish Remembrance Service takes place on Thursday, 25th 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. Please note, face masks are required, you are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and make use of the sanitisers at the church entrance.

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Peggy Murray, Larchfield. Peter Dwan, 23 Connolly St. Mary Delaney, Cork (Thurs 10.30).
Anniversaries: Richie Delaney (Sat 6.15). Mervyn White (Sun 9.30). Ollie Conway (Sun 10.00). Patsy Dawson (Sun 10.30). John Byrne (Sun 12.00). James Fox & Fintan Brennan (Sun 12.30). Frank McKenna Snr (Sat 9.30). John & Ann Fogarty. Catherine McDonald. Anna & Michael Beale. Nora & Gerry Grey. William O’Brien Snr. William O’Brien Jnr. Madge O’Brien & family. Patrick Murphy. Patrick & Mary Devlin. Eileen Breen. Pat Kearney. Joan Meehan. Michael Kennedy. Patrick J. Crotty. Josephine Randall.
Intentions for next weekend: Pauline Hackett (Sat 6.15). Kevin & Evelyn Hughes (Sun 9.30). John & Margaret Wallace (Sun 10.00). Margaret Staunton (Sun 10.30). Jack White (Sun 12.00). Philip Funcheon (Sun 12.30).

Prayers for the Deceased

We pray for our deceased family members relatives, neighbours and friends during the month of November. You are invited to include the names of deceased family member in our sacred spaces. Write their names on the form at the back of the churches or any piece of paper and place them in our sacred spaces. All these names will be included in prayers at our Remembrance Service.

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.
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)

Lifting of Covid 19 Restrictions

When attending ceremonies in our Churches, we ask that you continue to follow social distancing guidelines as much as possible. i.e. please make use of the whole church seating area and keep your distance from others. Please use the hand sanitisers that are available in all of our churches. Face coverings are required when attending any ceremonies. Please follow the instructions of our volunteer Mass stewards. Attendance at weddings and funerals are as above. Your adherence to these guidelines is appreciated. As you are aware, the virus is still active in the community, therefore personal responsibility and care for others is required from all of us to ensure the safety of all who attend our church services. The dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We appreciate your understanding & cooperation as we work to keep our parish & community a safe place for all.

St. Mary’s Restoration Fund Draw
The next draw takes place on Wednesday 24th November. Tickets may be purchased from Fr. Roderick at a cost of €10 per month. For those who pay monthly, please have your subscriptions into Fr. Roderick at the Parish Office by Monday 22nd November 2021.

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.

Plenary Indulgence
Did you know that you can get a plenary indulgence any day this November? It’s true. The Vatican has decided to grant Catholics who visit a cemetery to pray for the dead on any day in the month of November a plenary indulgence. Usually, the Catholic Church only grants this plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory to those who pray in a cemetery on Nov. 1-8, which is the week of the Solemnity of All Souls’ Day. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Apostolic Penitentiary issued a decree that extended the availability of some plenary indulgences because of concerns about avoiding large gatherings of people in churches or cemeteries. The Vatican has issued the same decree this year during the month of November. The specific Nov. 2 plenary indulgence one can obtain for the souls in Purgatory by visiting a church or an oratory and reciting an Our Father and the Creed, can now also be done on any day in November.

Pope’s Intentions - November
For people who suffer from depression.
We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn0-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.

Thought for the day
“Think before you speak. Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?” Alan Redpath

Village Remembrance  Service
A Mass of Remembrance for deceased club members, for their families and friends will be celebrated in the clubrooms on Monday, November 22nd at 7.3pm. Members attending the celebration will be expected to wear a face mask and observe social distancing throughout the ceremony.

Ossory Priests Collection
A collection in aid of retired and sick priests will be taken up as part of the second collection at all Masses next weekend (27th/28th November). Many thanks in advance.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
The society can be contacted on 087 681 0589 or drop a letter into the parish office.
Sunday, 14th November 2021
Safeguarding Sunday 2021
Today, Sunday 14th November, we celebrate Safeguarding Sunday. On this day we turn the spotlight on safeguarding and remind our communities and parish personnel that protecting vulnerable people is at the heart of the Christian message. Safeguarding Sunday is about creating an opportunity for parishes to find out all the positive work that has been happening in terms of safeguarding over the past year. Safeguarding in our parish could not happen without the commitment and work of those who take on extra responsibilities around safeguarding.
We remember those who have experienced abuse in our Diocese and remind people of the Towards Healing confidential and free counselling service, Ph. 1800 303 416. They provide face to face counselling, structured phone counselling, family counselling and a counselling helpline.
The Safeguarding Committee has produced a newsletter to mark this day, and this is available at the end of Mass or to view on www.ossory.ie.  A video on Safeguarding is available on www.ossory.ie

Retired Nurses
Mass for retired & deceased nurses will be celebrated in St. Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy on Thursday 18th November 2021 at 10.30am. A collection for Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team will take place outside the church after Mass.

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.
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)

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Michael O’Keeffe, Larchfield. Aileen Hehir, William St. Helen Conway, Greenshill. Thomas Murphy, Aylesbury. Kitty Doyle, Waterford Road. John Falsey, Bishop Birch Place. Fr. Michael Norton, formerly Urlingford.
Months Mind: Eamonn Hehir (Sun 12.30)
Anniversaries: Peggy O’Dwyer (Sat 6.15). John-Joe Kealy (Sun 9.30). Mary Mulrooney (Sun 10.00). Martin Flynn (Birthday Remembrance Sun 10.30). Joan Fitzgerald (Sun 12.00). Breda Hehir (Sun 12.30). John & Martin Brennan, John & Mary Boland (Wed 9.30). Deceased & Retired Nurses (Thurs 10.30). Mary Shannon (Fri 9.30). Tony & Anne Madden (Fri 10.30). Seamus Loughman. Peter Blanchfield. Peggy Costigan. Peig & Jim McAndrew. Joe Thornton. Paddy Delaney. Barbara & Tommy Rhatigan. Dick & Annie Burke.
Intentions for next weekend: Richie Delaney (Sat 6.15). Mervyn White (Sun 9.30). Ollie Conway (Sun 10.00). Patsy Dawson (Sun 10.30). John Byrne (Sun 12.00). James Fox & Fintan Brennan (Sun 12.30).

Lifting of Covid 19 Restrictions
Up to date HSE & Government guidelines capacity restrictions are lifted in the Churches, we ask that you continue to follow social distancing guidelines as much as possible. i.e. please make use of the whole church seating area and keep your distance from others. Please use the hand sanitisers that are available in all of our churches. Face coverings are required when attending any ceremonies. Please follow the instructions of our volunteer Mass stewards. Attendance at weddings and funerals are as above. Your adherence to these guidelines is appreciated. As you are aware, the virus is still active in the community, therefore personal responsibility and care for others is required from all of us to ensure the safety of all who attend our church services. You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep our parish and community a safe place for all.

Prayer for Synodal Process
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak & sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.

St. Mary’s Restoration Fund Draw

The next draw takes place on Wednesday 24th November. Tickets may be purchased from Fr. Roderick at a cost of €10 per month. For those who pay monthly, please have your subscriptions into Fr. Roderick at the Parish Office by Monday 22nd November 2021.

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.

The Priory Institute
Online Theology Open Evening, is this for you? The Priory Institute provides online Theology courses to degree level. Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or from the comfort of your own home. Email enquiries@prioryinstitute.com to find out more about our Online Open Evening on Thursday 2 December 7pm.

Focus
For the World day of the Poor this Sunday
Pope Francis writes:
‘Very often the poor hear voices scolding them, telling them to be quiet and to put up with their lot. These voices are harsh, often due to fear of the poor, who are considered not only destitute but also a source of insecurity and unrest, an unwelcome distraction from life as usual and needing to be rejected and kept afar. We tend to create a distance between the poor and the rich, without realising that in this way we are distancing ourselves from the Lord Jesus, who does not reject the poor, but calls them to himself and comforts them.’ Psalm 33 says - ‘the Lord hears the cry of the poor.’ It is through our ears and hearts that the cry is heard. For Pope Francis the poor are: those whose ‘hearts are broken by sadness, loneliness and exclusion; those persecuted in the name of a false justice, oppressed by policies unworthy of the name. They are terrified by violence, they know that God is their Saviour and who, trampled in their dignity, still find the strength to look up to God for light and comfort.’ The gospel reminds us of many for whom the sun is darkened and the moon has no light. May they find in the community of the church the Son of Man coming in the glory of love and generosity for all in need. Donal Neary SJ, editor Sacred Heart Messenger.

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.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

Parish Pastoral Council
A meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Monday 15th November 2021 at 8pm in the Parish Centre.

Thought for the day

When we work, we work. When we pray, God works.
Hudson Taylor

Sunday, 7th November 2021
Focus
‘Love giving until it hurts’ - Mother Teresa.
The poor woman of today’s gospel, a widow who would have had little to live on, is praised not the amount she contributed, but that she gave everything! The story is more than factual, and maybe Jesus was exaggerating, but he is talking about giving to God, in a way that sometimes costs. Mother Teresa speaks of ‘love giving until it hurts’. Jesus is also comparing her humble giving, with the showy giving of other richer people. Does the latter, subconsciously, describe my giving What is the value of giving in order for others to see? (Let not your right hand know what your left hand is doing). Maybe what we give to the lives of others doesn’t look like much, but it has helped. We know this from the time spent by parents on their children, in time given to the elderly in the family and in the neighbourhood, in giving some money and going without other things in our lives, so that we can do that. Love given is never love emptied for in the giving, we receive. We never know where the effects of our love will bear fruit. Faith shared with our children may bear fruit long after we are dead. In later life people often go to the prayers and devotions they were taught in school or at home. Goodness and love shared is never wasted. Even though the lady in the gospel gave a lot, she went home the richer for it. Her religion was in the sharing of her heart, rather than lengthy and wordy prayers. This was the prayer of St. Francis - Lord, make me a means of your peace; where there is hatred let me sow love….for it is giving that we receive and it is in dying that we ae born to eternal life.
Donal Neary SJ, editor Sacred Heart Messenger.

Thought for the day
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” Desmond Tutu

Retired Nurses
Mass for retired & deceased nurses will be celebrated in St. Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy on Thursday 18th November 2021 at 10.30am. A collection for Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team will take place outside the church after Mass.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Kieran O’Donnell, Larchfield. Maureen Meany, Marble Crest. Mary Mahony, Melville Heights.  
Anniversaries: Edward O’Neill (Sat 6.15). John & Margaret Glynn (Sun 9.30). Sean & Julia Kennedy (Sun 10.00). Billy Walton (Sun 10.30). Mary O’Shea & Ann O’Shea (Sun 12.00). Lucyna Wowk (Sun 12.30).  John Kelly (Wed 9.30). Martin Anthony Saunders (Wed 10.30). Andy Egan. Eileen Reidy. Paul Moloney. John Hand. Julia O’Carroll. William & Brigid Brennan. Liam & Peg Brennan. Anastatia Muldowney. Francis Coyne. Nancy Dunphy. Mary Russell nee Maher.
Intentions for next weekend: Peggy O’Dwyer (Sat 6.15). John-Joe Kealy (Sun 9.30). Mary Mulrooney (Sun 10.00). Martin Flynn (Birthday Remembrance Sun 10.30). Joan Fitzgerald (Sun 12.00). Eamonn Hehir (Months Mind) & Breda Hehir (Sun 12.30).

Prayer for Synodal Process

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak & sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.

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.
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)

Lifting of Covid 19 Restrictions

Up to date HSE & Government guidelines capacity restrictions are lifted in the Churches, we ask that you continue to follow social distancing guidelines as much as possible. i.e. please make use of the whole church seating area and keep your distance from others. Please use the hand sanitisers that are available in all of our churches. Face coverings are required when attending any ceremonies. Please follow the instructions of our volunteer Mass stewards. Attendance at weddings and funerals are as above. Your adherence to these guidelines is appreciated. As you are aware, the virus is still active in the community, therefore personal responsibility and care for others is required from all of us to ensure the safety of all who attend our church services. You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep our parish and community a safe place for all.

Evening Prayer with Archbishop Dermot
On 29th December 2020 Bishop Dermot Farrell was appointed as Archbishop-elect of Dublin. His translation to Dublin which took place on 2nd February 2021 brought to an end his time as Bishop of Ossory, he having journeyed with Ossory since his appointment on 3 January 2018. Given the pandemic we were unable to gather at that time to mark his translation and to give thanks for his ministry among us. On Tuesday next 9th November we will gather in St Patrick’s Church, Kilkenny at 7.30pm for evening prayer with Archbishop Dermot in thanksgiving - why not join with us in person or via the webcam at https://www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com

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.

Taizé Youth Programme 2022
A youth trip to Taizé in France organised by Ossory Youth will take place from Sunday, 26th June to Sunday, 3rd July 2022. The programme, which runs from December 2021 to July 2022 is open to Transition year, 5thyear and Leaving Cert students. Closing date is Friday, 19th November. For further information, contact Patrick Bookle, Ossory Youth at 056 776 1200, 087 212 9006 or pbookle@ossoryyouth.com

Safeguarding Sunday 2021 November 14th
On the weekend of Sunday 14th November, we celebrate Safeguarding Sunday. On this day we turn the spotlight on safeguarding and remind our communities and parish personnel that protecting vulnerable people is at the heart of the Christian message. Safeguarding Sunday is about creating an opportunity for parishes to find out all the positive work that has been happening in terms of safeguarding over the past year. Safeguarding in our parish could not happen without the commitment and work of those who take on extra responsibilities around safeguarding.
We remember those who have experienced abuse in our Diocese and remind people of the Towards Healing confidential and free counselling service, Ph. 1800 303 416. They provide face to face counselling, structured phone counselling, family counselling and a counselling helpline. The Safeguarding Committee has produced a newsletter to mark this day, and this is available to view on www.ossory.ie.

St. Mary’s Restoration Fund Draw
The next draw takes place on Wednesday 24th November. Tickets may be purchased from Fr. Roderick at a cost of €10 per month. For those who pay monthly, please have your subscriptions into Fr. Roderick at the Parish Office by Monday 22nd November 2021.

Sunday, 31st October 2021
Focus
Many people asked Jesus about how they could enter the kingdom of God. Or they asked what is the greatest of the commandments. In Judaism, a religion that prided itself often on the observance of many rules and regulations this was quite a loaded question. The answer Jesus gave is the reason for all his teaching: ‘love God and your neighbour’. This is simple to say and is a lifetimes joy. Love of those near and far is what can bring greatest joy to our lives. Love is in the ordinary. We visit someone in hospital, we oblige others, we go without so that we can help someone worse off than ourselves. It is in giving time to people - not just Facebook tome but real presence. Trying to live in peace with others.
A lot of life calls the best out of us. We fail sometimes, other times we succeed. Love gives us a lot in ordinary family life. Parents and grandparents give us an example of steadfast love, the word used in the Bible for the love of God. From God’s love for us we can reach out to others, knowing we are loved so much. The love of God and love of the neighbour are the one love.
We know then we are not far from the kingdom of God, the kingdom where love is the foundation of all that we do. To spread this love is the heartfelt desire and mission of Jesus.
Give me the grace Lord of knowing your love for me and reach out in love as best I can.
Donal Neary SJ (editor, Sacred Heart Messenger)

St. Mary’s Restoration Fund Draw
The next draw takes place on Wednesday 24th November. Tickets may be purchased from Fr. Roderick at a cost of €10 per month. For those who pay monthly, please have your subscriptions into Fr. Roderick at the Parish Office by Monday 22nd November 2021.

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.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Eddie Murphy, Emmet Street. Maisie Wallace (Mon 12.00).
Anniversaries: Colette Deegan (Sat 6.15). Michael Phelan (Sun 9.30). Cormac Cullen (Sun 10.00). Maura & Paddy Brennan (Sun 10.30). Mary Woodgate (Sun 12.00). Gerry Gaule (Sun 12.30). Jack Devlin (Tues 10.30). Retired & Deceased Teachers (Thurs 10.30). Owen, Eugene & Nora Curley (Fri 10.30). Seamus Kelly (Sat 9.30). Paddy Hanrahan. Mary Hennessy. Kitty Stallard. Thomas & Ellen O’Neill. Joe & Jack O’Shea. PJ Marrinan. Michael, Mary, Paddy & Anna Bowe.
Intentions for next weekend: Edward O’Neill (Sat 6.15). John & Margaret Glynn (Sun 9.30). Sean & Julia Kennedy (Sun 10.00). Billy Walton (Sun 10.30). Mary O’Shea & Ann O’Shea (Sun 12.00). Lucyna Wowk (Sun 12.30).

Prayer for Synodal Process
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak & sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.

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.
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)

All Saints Day
Monday is the feast of All Saints and is a holy day. The following are the Parish Mass times for this holy day.
Vigil Mass : 6.15 St. Fiacres on Sunday.
Holy Day: 10.00 am Foulkstown; 11.00 am St. Patricks; 12.00 noon St. Fiacres on Monday

All Souls Day
The Church always prays for the dead. November 2nd is devoted to the faithful departed, especially those who have nobody to pray for them. We can visit a cemetery, light a candle and/or say the following prayer for our ancestors and for all those who have gone before us to eternal life.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
Our departed loved ones will be remembered at our parish Masses during November. Please inscribe their names on a sheet of paper and place it before the altars in our churches.

Thought for the day
“One who has hope lives differently” Pope Benedict

Readers
The new readers rota is currently being compiled. If you would like to become a minister of the word at any of our Masses, please contact the parish office on 056 776 4400 or email stpatricksparish@ossory.ie.

Remembrance Gathering for Jo Jo Dullard

The annual remembrance gathering for Jo Jo Dullard will take place on Sunday, November 7th at 12 noon at the Missing Persons Monument in Kilkenny Castle Park. All Welcome.

Lifting of Covid 19 Restrictions
Up to date HSE & Government guidelines capacity restrictions are lifted in the Churches, we ask that you continue to follow social distancing guidelines as much as possible. i.e. please make use of the whole church seating area and keep your distance from others. Please use the hand sanitisers that are available in all of our churches. Face coverings are required when attending any ceremonies. Please follow the instructions of our volunteer Mass stewards. Attendance at weddings and funerals are as above. Your adherence to these guidelines is appreciated. As you are aware, the virus is still active in the community, therefore personal responsibility and care for others is required from all of us to ensure the safety of all who attend our church services. You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep our parish and community a safe place for all.

Taizé Youth Programme 2022
A youth trip to Taizé in France organised by Ossory Youth will take place from Sunday, 26th June to Sunday, 3rd July 2022. A week in the Taizé Community is an opportunity for reflection and contemplation and a little step back from daily life. But bringing people together is also the essence of Taizé and it is a week of meeting young people from different countries and cultures where new friendships are made. Tens of thousands of young people from around the world, including 25 from Kilkenny, will made the trip to Taizé next year. The programme, which runs from December 2021 to July 2022 is open to Transition year, 5thyear and Leaving Cert students. Closing date is Friday, 19th November. For additional information, including cost and application forms, contact Patrick Bookle, Ossory Youth at 056 776 1200, 087 212 9006 or pbookle@ossoryyouth.com

Retired Nurses
Mass for retired & deceased nurses will be celebrated in St. Fiacre’s Church, Loughboy on Thursday 18th November 2021 at 10.30am. A collection for Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team will take place outside the church after Mass.

Sunday, 24th October 2021
Mission Sunday
Today is World Mission Sunday. Since 1926, the Church has traditionally remembered its universal mission. It is a special day set aside by Propagation of the Faith so that Catholics worldwide can rededicate themselves to the missionary work of the Church by prayer and action. Every parish in the world celebrates this day on the same date. Pope Francis released his annual Message for World Mission Sunday 2021which is “We cannot remain silent, what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). Each of us is a missionary by virtue of our Baptism. Jesus commanded His disciples, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned". (Mark 16: 15- 16) At present missionaries are desperately in need of support in many poorer parishes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We can assist them with our prayers and financial help. The money is used to build schools and churches and for the education of priests. We pray for missionaries, for those who provide the support for their missions and for those who welcome them. We ask God to bless missionaries throughout the world and to grant His graces to those who minister among us. Amen.

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)

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Joe McKee, St. Fiacre’s Place. Michael Taylor, Corcoran Terrace. Brian Banahan, Cuffesgrange. Charlie O’Sullivan, London & formerly Rothe Terrace, Kilkenny.
Months Mind: Lucy Dooley (Sun 10.00). Christy Rainey.
Anniversaries: Mary Martin (Sat 6.15). Ned & Anthona Burke (Sun 9.30).  Mary McCormack nee Shelley (Sun 10.30). Elizabeth ‘Lila’ O’Connor (Sun 12.00). May Malone (Sun 12.30).  Joan Costigan (Wed 10.30). Mary & John Hennessy (Thurs 10.30).  Declan Walsh (Fri 10.30). Maurice Ryan. Michael Walsh. Bernadette Dermody.  Josie Walsh.  Olive Barry.  Statia Comerford. David Doran.
Intentions for next weekend: Colette Deegan (Sat 6.15). Michael Phelan (Sun 9.30). Cormac Cullen (Sun 10.00). Maura & Paddy Brennan (Sun 10.30). Mary Woodgate (Sun 12.00). Gerry Gaule (Sun 12.30).

St. Mary’s Restoration Fund Draw Results
1st: Donal McDonald, Clara. 2nd: Kathleen Lawlor, St. Mary’s. 3rd: Teasie Brennan, St. Mary’s. 4th: Lily McCluskey, Ballycallan. 5th: Pat & Nellie Mooney, Clogh. 6th: Tony & Ann O’Farrell, Ferrybank. 7th: Lisdowney Parish. 8th: Alice Murphy, Muckalee. 9th: John Bolger, Rathdowney. 10th: Ger Woods, Durrow.
The next draw takes place on Wednesday 24th November. Tickets may be purchased from Fr. Roderick at a cost of €10 per month. For those who pay monthly, please have your subscriptions into Fr. Roderick at the Parish Office by Monday 22nd November 2021.

Prayer  for Synodal Process
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak & sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.

Lifting of Covid 19 Restrictions
Up to date HSE & Government guidelines capacity restrictions are lifted in the Churches, we ask that you continue to follow social distancing guidelines as much as possible. i.e. please make use of the whole church seating area. Please use the hand sanitisers that are available in all of our churches. Face coverings are required when attending any ceremonies. Please follow the instructions of our volunteer Mass stewards. Attendance at weddings and funerals are as above. Your adherence to these guidelines is appreciated. As you are aware, the virus is still active in the community, therefore personal responsibility and care for others is required from all of us to ensure the safety of all who attend our church services. You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep our parish and community a safe place for all.

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.

Rosary
Rosary will be recited on each Sunday during the month of October at the Grotto, Callan Road at 3pm. All are welcome.

Focus
A Jesuit friend of mine died recently after spending over 60 years in Hong Kong. Like many missionaries he was inspired by his love of God to go out and share the love of God. In their adopted countries many found poverty and lack of access to education and healthcare - their mission changed from being purely spiritual to a living ministry based on helping with the day to day needs of their communities. They worked not alone in the spiritual but in education and health care. Thousands are educated each year in Christian schools and thousands healed in Christian health centres. We remember them this weekend: their commitment and love enrich our lives. We must remember that many in fact suffer still for their faith. Many of our parishes have small communities of returned missionaries. They often find it very hard to settle back. Often, they are forced to return due to failing health. They have something good to offer from another Church, but they find it very hard to settle back as they have given so much of their lives to their ‘adopted’ country. They live out the real meaning of the call, like Mary and the apostles, to be ‘missionary disciples’. And a reminder and encouragement to us all is living out our mission in our locality and families. Maybe for our missionaries today, we might make a phone call, send a text or email to let them know we think of them and remind them of our gratitude to them. Lord, we pray this day for our missionaries, we than you for them. Give them good health and may they know our thanks to them.
Donal Neary SJ (Editor Sacred Heart Messenger)

Bank Holiday Weekend
As this is a bank holiday weekend the only public Mass in our parish on Monday will be at St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am. (Requiem Mass for Joe McKee. www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

Readers
The new readers rota is currently being compiled. If you would like to become a minister of the word at any of our Masses, please contact the parish office on 056 776 4400 or email stpatricksparish@ossory.ie.

Thought for the day

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

Sunday, 17th October 2021
Focus
We all know people who are ambitious and their ambitions for top jobs, money, and possessions take over. They would do much to be thought well of. Jesus challenges today the ambition of James and John to be at the top of the group of apostles, and he challenges the anger of the others at them. Not all ambition is negative. Paul says in 1 Corinthians , ‘be ambitious for the higher gifts’, and he lists how to be ambitious for love.
Jesus himself was an ambitious man! He says, ‘I have come to server and not be served’. This is his ambition fitting in with the mission in life given him by his Father.
We can see this in all he did and all he suffered. He challenges James and John that the calling would be to live as he did, ‘to drink the cup he would drink’. To the others who were angry with them, Jesus gave the ambition for every follower of his, ‘you must be the slave to all’.
This is a big part of the Christian life. Our faith leads us to the gospel of Jesus to hear his word and let that word fill us, and then to move us out in generous service of many. It is a vision of life well worth following, for the good of the world, and the good of Creation whose servants we are.
Donal Neary SJ (editor Sacred Heart Messenger). 

Mission Sunday
Next Sunday is Mission Sunday. In many of our poorer parishes in Africa, Asia & Latin America, missionaries are on the front line. They walk hand-in-hand with struggling communities long before and after any emergency. Many of these missionaries serve in remote regions where conflict, violence, extreme poverty, malnutrition and diseases are sadly facts of life. Please, if you are in a position to help, you can do so right now by placing your offering in the envelopes which will be available at the back of the churches next Sunday. These envelopes can be placed in the donation boxes or returned to the Parish Office. Your spiritual and financial support plays an enormous part in giving courage to our missionaries and easing suffering. You can also offer your support by calling Missio Ireland on 01 497 2035 or online at www. mission.ie

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Gerard Clancy, Derry.
Anniversaries: Teresa Kelly (Sat 6.15). Gerard Cleere (Sun 9.30). Joseph Eardly (Sun 10.00). Peg Doyle (Sun 10.30). Lisa Kennedy (Sun 12.00). Tom Foley (Sun 12.30). Ned Nolan (Wed 10.30). Bridget Butler (Fri 10.30). Paddy Cullen (Sat 9.30). Martin Mulhall. Gary & Norah Dunne. Richard Kelly. Nancy Coyne. Eithne O’Connor. Tom O’Neill. Sheila & Edward ‘Ned’ Delaney. Nora Doran. Jack McDonald.
Intentions for next weekend: Mary Martin (Sat 6.15). Ned & Anthona Burke (Sun 9.30). Lucy Dooley (Months Mind Sun 10.00). Mary McCormack nee Shelley (Sun 10.30). Elizabeth ‘Lila’ O’Connor (Sun 12.00). May Malone (Sun 12.30).

St. Luke
Saint Luke We celebrate the feast of Saint Luke on Monday , October 18. St. Paul referred to Luke “as Luke, the beloved physician” (Col 4 :14). It is clear from his writings that he was Greek and it is thought he was born in Antioch and that St. Paul himself inspired him to become a follower of Christ. He travelled with St. Paul as he spread the Gospel of Christ and supported Paul when he was imprisoned in Rome. St. Luke’s Gospel demonstrates God’s mercy and especially the gentleness of our Saviour. He gives the most complete account of the child Jesus. He also wrote the Acts of the Apostles which describe the early Church and how it developed from the Ascension of Christ to 62AD . He gives us an insight into the writings of St. Paul. St. Luke is recognised by the Catholic Church as the patron saint of artists, physicians, surgeons and students. Through the intercession of St. Luke, may we have a deeper understanding of and the desire to spread the Gospel of Christ. Amen.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time . Amen

Rosary
Rosary will be recited on each Sunday during the month of October at the Grotto, Callan Road at 3pm. All are welcome.

Prayer  for Synodal Process
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak & sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.

St. Mary’s Restoration Fund Draw
Tickets may be purchased from Fr. Roderick at a cost of €10 per month. the October draw will be held one week early on Wednesday, 20th October 2021 due to the Halloween break. For those who pay monthly, please have your subscriptions into Fr. Roderick at the Parish Office on Monday 18th October.

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.

Thought for the day
When you are going though difficulty and wonder where God is, remember that the teacher is always quiet during the test. www.dailyspiritualquotes.com

Parish Pastoral Council
A meeting of St. Patrick’s Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Monday 18th October at 8pm in the Parish Centre.

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)

Archbishop Dermot Farrell
Archbishop Farrell left the Diocese of Ossory during the lockdown imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, we were unable to properly mark his translation to the Archdiocese of Dublin. An evening of celebration is planned for 9th November to express our thanks to Archbishop Farrell upon his departure from Ossory. Evening Prayer will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church and there will be an opportunity to meet in St. Kieran’s College afterwards. Time and details will be announced as they come to hand.

Sunday, 10th October 2021
Synodal Process in the Local & Universal Church
In these days, the Catholic Church throughout the world and in Ireland is beginning a series of conversations about what God wants of his people at this time. These conversations are often referred to as a Synodal Process. “Synodal” comes from a Greek word which means “walking together”,
On Sunday 17th October we mark the opening of this Synodal Process entitled, For a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission. This Synodal Process coincides with the start of the two year Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland which will lead, in time, to a National Synodal Assembly in Ireland. We pray that the next two years will be a time of prayer, listening, and discernment, involving a consultative conversation. This will allow all people - both within the Church and in society at large, to share their insights into the Catholic Church in Ireland - past, present and future - so that we can prepare for a National Synodal Assembly in the coming years.
www.catholicbishops.ie/synod - to learn more about the Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland. www.synod.va - to learn more about the worldwide Synod.

Prayer
We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak & sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time . Amen

Thought for the day
“We have a Lord who is capable of crying with us, capable of walking with us in the most difficult moments of life.” Pope Francis

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Eamon Hehir, Laurel Drive. Eugene Brett, The Netherlands & Newpark Upper.  Tom Flannery, London (Sat 6.15).
Months Mind: Geraldine Maher.
Anniversaries: Mary Hehir (Sat 6.15). Dan Gorey (Sun 10.00). Kathleen Roche (Sun 10.30). Ann Nolan (Sun 12.00). Phyllis Larkin (Sun 12.30). Michael Kavanagh & Deceased members of the Kavanagh Family. (Tues 10.30).  Michael ‘Mockey’ Delaney (Thurs 10.30). Kathryn Doran  (Fri 10.30). Mick O’Leary. May Dunne. Paul Grace. Kathleen Doran. Tom Kenny. James Delaney. Eileen Barry. Mary Saunders.
Intentions for next weekend: Teresa Kelly (Sat 6.15). Gerard Cleere (Sun 9.30). Joseph Eardly (Sun 10.00). Peg Doyle (Sun 10.30). Lisa Kennedy (Sun 12.00). Tom Foley (Sun 12.30).

October – Month of the Missions
World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of overseas mission and missionaries can continue. It always falls on the second last Sunday in October, meaning this year it will be celebrated over the weekend of Sunday 24th. Its theme ‘We Cannot Remain Silent – We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20)’ is twofold. It is a message of hope – Jesus Christ is risen and we cannot keep his love, compassion, and mercy to ourselves. It also challenges us to stand up and speak on behalf of those whose voices are too small to be heard. We all have the potential to be champions for those who are weaker. For them, we cannot remain silent.

Contributions
October Stations & weekly Parish Collection. Our thanks to the many parishioners who have sent in contributions for the weekly Parish Collection & the October Stations. Such generosity and thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.

St. Mary’s Restoration Fund Draw
Tickets may be purchased from Fr. Roderick at a cost of €10 per month. Please continue to support this ongoing work.

First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the children from St. Patrick’s De La Salle School who received their First Holy Communion in St. Patrick’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.

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)

World Mission Month
The world is in crisis. In many poorer parishes in Africa, Asia & Latin America it is overseas missionaries who are on the front line. Show them your support. Donate €4 by texting the word “Mission” to 50300. Alternatively donate at www.missio.ie or call Missio Ireland on 01 497 2035. To learn more go to www.missio.ie. Missio Ireland is the Holy Father’s official charity for overseas mission. Through your generosity they support missionaries who are caring for some of the most vulnerable communities in the world (Tests cost €4. Missio will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LikeCharity. Helpine: 076 680 5278. Republic of Ireland only.

Rosary
Rosary will be recited on each Sunday during the month of October at the Grotto, Callan Road at 3pm. All are welcome.

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.

Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny
1st Year Enrolment Autumn 2022
The closing date for a First Year place is Thursday 4th November 2021. Application forms & admission policy can be obtained from our website www.loretokk.ie or the school office.
Open Night for 6th Class Girls
An open night will take place on Tuesday 19th October 2021 at 7.30pm - this will be an online event and details on how to access it will be posted on our website.

Sunday, 3rd October 2021
Day for Life
The right to life is the first and foundational human right; the gospel and church value human life from its first beginnings to its end. The day for life each year highlights the way the Church can value life. Not just at the beginning and end, but in the years in between.
This valuing of life was behind the Church’s traditional commitment to health care, to hospitals and hospices in a time when otherwise medical care would not have been provided. Even pilgrims on their journeys found hospices along the way to care for physical illness.
It can be seen in our personal care of the sick at all times of life, and in our commitment to the gospel and teachings of the Lord in different issues of conflict regarding life issues, such as abortion and the end of life. How we speak of life, how we vote for politicians in this area and how we give good care to our bodies is part of our care for life. It also reaches into our care for all creation; that we are ‘stewards’ of creation, given the joyful task by God to care for all creation.
Donal Neary SJ (editor Sacred Heart Messenger).

October – Month of the Missions

World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of overseas mission and missionaries can continue. It always falls on the second last Sunday in October, meaning this year it will be celebrated over the weekend of Sunday 24th. Its theme ‘We Cannot Remain Silent – We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20)’ is twofold. It is a message of hope – Jesus Christ is risen and we cannot keep his love, compassion, and mercy to ourselves. It also challenges us to stand up and speak on behalf of those whose voices are too small to be heard. We all have the potential to be champions for those who are weaker. For them, we cannot remain silent.

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.

Thought for the day
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." Mother Teresa

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Months Mind: Liam ‘Chunky’ O’Brien (Sat 6.15). Bee O’Sullivan (Sun 12.00).
Anniversaries: Judy O’Brien (Sat 6.15). Patrick Wallace (Sun 10.00). John Valentine (Sun 10.30). Alice ‘Peachy’ Duffy (Sun 12.30). Evelyn Coppinger (Wed 10.30). Michael O’Neill. Billy & Patty Reinhardt. Michael O’Brien. Bridget McKenna.
Intentions for next weekend: Mary Hehir (Sat 6.15). Dan Gorey (Sun 10.00). Kathleen Roche (Sun 10.30). Ann Nolan (Sun 12.00). Phyllis Larkin (Sun 12.30).

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)

Gaelscoil Osraí
Comhghairdeas don dhá Rang 3, Rang Múinteoir Briain agus Maire Ruth, ó Ghaelscoil Osraí a dhearna gCéad Chomaoineach i Séipéal Naomh Fiacre ar an Satharn. Bhí na páistí ar bís faoi bheith ag fail Corp Chríost agus ina dhiadh na hullmhúcháin ar fad bhí lá den chéád scoth acu.
Congratulations to the two 3rd classes, Rang Múinteoir Briain & Maire Ruth, from Gaelscoil Osraí who received their First Holy Communion in St. Fiacre’s Church on Saturday. The children were all excited about receiving the Body of Christ and after all the preparations, they had a great day. Well done to all who helped them to prepare for this special day.

An invitation to Reflect and Respond
While preaching on the Gospel in the Friary on 29th Aug, Bishop Nulty issued an invitation to Parish teams, Liturgy groups, Pastoral Councils and to all the people of the Diocese to reflect and share with him their thoughts and ideas on how people can be encouraged and welcomed back to regular Sunday worship.
Are there concrete steps the parish can begin to take to make the Sunday celebration more attractive and welcoming for those already coming and those still to return? Are there concrete steps the parish can take to continue to support families - as a domestic church - while drawing them closer to the life of the parish community? Copies of the homily are available from the parish office and on the Diocesan website. Any ideas may be forwarded by post to Most Reverend Denis Nulty, Apostolic Administrator, Ossory Diocesan Office, James St. Kilkenny.

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.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw Results.

1st: John Norris, St. Mary’s. 2nd: Maggie Sweeney, St. John’s. 3rd: Kathleen Mulrooney, St. Mary’s. 4th: Mark & Sharon Kelly, St. Mary’s. 5th: Liam & Rose Treacy, Clara. 6th: Rita Dooley, Rosbercon. 7th: Henry Mooney, Ballyragget. 8th: Castlecomer Parish, Castlecomer. 9th: Fr. Sean O’Connor, Ballyhale. 10th Richard & Kay Cody, Tullaherin. The next draw takes place on Wednesday 20th October due to the Halloween break. Contact Fr. Roderick or the Parish Office to join.

Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny
1st Year Enrolment Autumn 2022
The closing date for a First Year place is Thursday 4th November 2021. Application forms & admission policy can be obtained from our website www.loretokk.ie or the school office.
Open Night for 6th Class Girls
An open night will take place on Tuesday 19th October 2021 at 7.30pm - this will be an online event and details on how to access it will be posted on our website.

Sewing Classes
Beginning on Thursday 14th October for 5 weeks from 10am to 12.30pm in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre. Sewing Classes with Kay Roche. Suitable for beginners and upwards. Small classes for individual attention. Bring your own Sewing Machine. Contact Kay for further information. Phone/Text/Whatsapp: 083 058 0382.

French & Italian Grinds

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Contact Ciarán for more information 083 144 1345 or email ciaran@customisedlearning.com

Sunday, 26th September 2021
The Deep End
In the second reading from St James today we hear of a condemnation of the rich who exploit the weak. This theme carries on into the Gospel where Jesus has harsh words for anyone who would try to bring down 'the little ones'. It is a lesson in tolerance and a call to care for the weak and vulnerable.
During this Season of Creation we are reflecting on the call to Restore Our Common Home and care more deeply for God's creation, to live out our vocation to be protectors of God's handiwork. This means being aware of the facts of the crisis so that we can discern where we are being called to act. Scientists tell us that we are now living through the 6th mass extinction of life on our planet because of the catastrophic destruction of biodiversity due to human activity. We have plundered the earth. We are also aware that our world faces a devastating climate crisis. This Autumn, two vital UN conferences are due to take place, the UN Conference on Biodiversity (known as COP15, in China) and the UN conference on Climate Change (COP26 in Glasgow). Catholics all over the world have been invited to sign a petition addressed to the Presidents of these conferences, to raise our voices for God's Creation and encourage world leaders to take the necessary action. The petition is called 'Healthy Planet, Healthy People' and has been endorsed by the Vatican as the main action for Catholics to take during this Season of Creation. It is something we can all easily do by going to www.thecatholicpetition.org and inviting our families and friends to do the same. Parishes, dioceses, universities, businesses, congregations can also sign. By taking part in this way, we are standing in solidarity with young people, with the poor who suffer the most from environmental destruction and with creation.
Let us always be conscious of our responsibility to be carers of creation, to connect more deeply with the wonderous world around us, to take action against all that threatens our common home.
You can find this year's Season of Creation resources on www.catholicbishops.ie
Jane Mellett o mellettj@gmail.com

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Christy Rainey, Robertshill & formerly Shellumsrath.
Anniversaries: Peggy & Michael McKane (Sat 6.15). Ann Kavanagh (Sun 10.00). Michael & Lily McGrath (Sun 10.30). Jack Nolan (Sun 12.00). Patrick Traynor. Michael Doyle. Milo Grogan. William & Elizabeth Tyrrell. Jim Reidy.
Intentions for next weekend: Liam “Chunky” O’Brien (Months Mind) & Judy O’Brien (Sat 6.15). Patrick Wallace (Sun 10.00). John Valentine (Sun 10.30). Bee O’Sullivan (Months Mind 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.

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.

Meals on Wheels Service Kilkenny
Voluntary Drivers needed for our “Meals On Wheels” Service. We would welcome your 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.

French & Italian Grinds
Experienced teacher of French & Italian Examiner of leaving certificate Oral French. Learn from the comfort of your own home. 50 minutes online lessons at reasonable rates.
Contact Ciarán for   more information 083 144 1345 or email ciaran@customisedlearning.com

Thought for the day
“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” Hans Urs Von Balthasar

Young at Heart
After a long absence due to Covid 19, the Young at Heart Club have resumed their weekly meetings in the Parish Centre. If you are over 55 and young at heart, call in any Wednesday afternoon between 2.30pm & 4.30pm. You will be more than welcomed.

An invitation to Reflect and Respond
While preaching on the Gospel in the Friary on 29th Aug, Bishop Nulty issued an invitation to Parish teams, Liturgy groups, Pastoral Councils and to all the people of the Diocese to reflect and share with him their thoughts and ideas on how people can be encouraged and welcomed back to regular Sunday worship.
Are there concrete steps the parish can begin to take to make the Sunday celebration more attractive and welcoming for those already coming and those still to return? Are there concrete steps the parish can take to continue to support families - as a domestic church - while drawing them closer to the life of the parish community? Copies of the homily are available from the parish office and on the Diocesan website. Any ideas may be forwarded by post to Most Reverend Denis Nulty, Apostolic Administrator, Ossory Diocesan Office, James St. Kilkenny.

Prayer for an Ever Wider “We”
From Pope Francis’ Message for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Holy, beloved Father, you Son Jesus taught us
That there is great rejoicing in heaven
Whenever someone lost is found, whenever someone excluded, rejected or discarded is gathered into our “we”, which thus becomes ever wider.
We ask you to grant the followers of Jesus, and all people of good will, the grace to do your will on earth. Bless each act of welcome and outreach that draws those in exile into the “we” of community and of the Church, so that our earth may truly become what you yourself created it to be: the common home of all out brother and sisters. Amen.
You can read the full message of His Holiness Pope Francis on the parish website under Pastoral Letters
www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com or hard copies are available from the parish office.

Sunday, 19th September 2021
Welcoming 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 mellettj@gmail.com

Alone 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
Experienced teacher of French & Italian Examiner of leaving certificate Oral French. Learn from the comfort of your own home. 50 minutes online lessons at reasonable rates.
Contact Ciarán for   more information 083 144 1345 or email ciaran@customisedlearning.com

Feast 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

Sunday 12th September 2021
'By my words, I will show you my faith'
In the second reading today from St James we read, 'What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works?' And in our Gospel reading we hear: 'The way you think is not God's way but man's…'. These are challenging texts which remind us to reflect on what path we are walking as followers of Jesus. Jesus' path was radically different to what people of his time expected of a Messiah. It was a path that would lead to much sacrifice. Being a Christian today means following Jesus' example, being counter-cultural and making sacrifices for a greater good.
Today is also the second Sunday in the Season of Creation, a time we are called to explore our relationship with nature, God's creation. Pope Francis reminds us in Laudato Si' - On Care for Our Common Home that 'We are not God' (LS, 67). He challenges us to re-examine our vocation to care for creation. In the past we misinterpreted God's words in Genesis to mean that we could have dominion over all of creation, own it and plunder it for our own use. Pope Francis invites us instead to explore our role as carers of creation and reminds us that the very first commandment we were ever given was to be protectors of this beautiful world. Yet, we know the earth cries out to us and that we are living through the sixth mass extinction of life on this earth due to human activity. Ecosystems are collapsing; biodiversity is in crisis. Laudato Si' is a hope-filled document, reminding us that we can set out on a new path, that we are capable of turning things around. One key action each of us can take this Season of Creation is to plant a native Irish tree. Each parish, diocese, family, school, university can engage in this symbolic action to help Restore Our Common Home. This week, gather two or three people and explore what can be done, mindful that our Gospel today urges us to walk God's ways not man's.
Jane Mellett o mellettj@gmail.com

Thought for the day
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
Mother Teresa

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Lucy Dooley, Fr. Hayden Road.
Months Mind: Mary O’Beirne (Sun 10.00).
Anniversaries: Catherine, Rosemary & Pat Grace (Sat 6.15). Eileen Barham (Sun 10.30). Sean O’Keeffe (Sun 12.00). Jimmy Long (Sun 12.30).
Sarah & Patrick Leahy (Tues 10.30). Marian Lennon (Fri 10.30). Mary Power (Sat 9.30). Michelle Reynolds. Chrissie Scott. Ernie Harrington. Kathleen Murphy. Margaret Morris. Molly Browne.
Intentions for next weekend: 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).

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.

Parish Confirmation
The city parish schools celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation in Nowlan Park on Thursday evening last. Thankfully, the weather stayed fine for the celebration. 394 young people were confirmed by Bishop Nulty and the priests of each parish. Congratulations to all and well done. We pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide , strengthen and give courage to all those confirmed to live good Christian lives.

First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the children from Kilkenny School Project 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.

Visit from Sisters of St. Elisabeth Convent

St. Elisabeth Convent is a community in Minsk, Belarus and was founded in 1999 in the outskirts of the city. The sisters provide spiritual and social help to the sick and the suffering. The sisters will join us after the 6.15pm Mass in St. Fiacre’s and the 9.30am and 12.30pm in St. Patrick’s Church this weekend where they will have many handmade items for sale. Please support.

Through the Lens of the Gospel
1. 'Who do you say that I am?' Imagine Jesus putting this question to you. How would you answer it? How would you answer it, not in words taken from a catechism or textbook, but from your own experience of the significance of Jesus in your life? What does Jesus mean to you? What does his gospel message mean to you?
2. Jesus went on to teach his disciples that following him would be hard at times. There would be a price to pay. Perhaps you also have found that imitating the love and compassion of Jesus is not an easy road? Nor does it come easy to have the constant trust in God that Jesus had. Yet Jesus tells us that this is the way to life. Would you agree?
3. There is a natural human tendency to shy away from what is painful or difficult. Yet if that is our standard pattern of behaviour, we will not get far in reaching our potential. We will never find who we are capable of being. When have you found it worthwhile to face difficulties, persevere, 'carry your cross' for a while to achieve some goal that was important to you? John Byrne OSA. Email jpbyrneosa@gmail.com

Alone Covid 19 Support Line
Open seven days a week 8am 8pm by calling 0818 222 024.

Masses: Please follow the instructions of Mass Stewards when attending Masses.  Under new HSE & Government guidelines, the capacity in the Church is restricted to 50% and social distancing guidelines still apply. Please use the hand sanitisers that are available in all of our churches.  Face coverings are required when attended any ceremonies.
Attendance at weddings and funerals are as above (50% church capacity with social distancing).
Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated. You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Masses. God Bless.

Sunday, 5th September 2021
'Ephphatha'
This Sunday is the First Sunday of the Season of Creation, a global ecumenical season which runs from 1 September until the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, 4 October. All Christians are invited to embrace this season in prayer, especially in our liturgies, in deep reflection, in living more sustainably and in raising our voices in the public sphere. We are invited to think more deeply about what is happening at present to the earth, the environmental destruction which now threatens our world and the call to 'eco-conversion'. The theme for this year's Season is 'Restoring Our Common Home'. It offers all of us a unique opportunity to renew our vocation to care more deeply God's creation.
In today's Gospel Jesus heals a man who was deaf and who had a speech impediment. Jesus says to him, 'Ephphatha,' which means Be Opened. Immediately this man was healed. There are many issues in our world to which we might be deaf or are 'closed' to, sometimes because they overwhelm us. The environmental crises are an example. Pope Francis invites us in Laudato Si', his letter on the environment, to really hear and listen to the earth, which is crying out to us, to the scientific community who are sounding the alarm bells, to young people who are deeply concerned. Ephphatha! May we be open to hearing these cries, to praying for our world and to take action where we can. We begin with the small actions and encourage others to do the same. Ephphatha! Let us all be open to this call to care more deeply and 'Restore Our Common Home'.
Intercom Magazine

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.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Geraldine Maher, Bishop Birch Place.
Months Mind: Liam O’Brien, Emmet St.
Anniversaries: Stephen Fanning (Sat 6.15). Eileen, Tobias & Phyllis Tallent (Sun 10.00). Eileen Brophy (Sun 10.30). Philip Bartley (Sun 12.00). Monsignor Francis Pattison (Sun 12.30).  Liam Gannon (Tues 10.30). John Duggan (Wed 10.30). Annie & Winifred Curley (Thurs 10.30). John ‘Sean’ Curran. Michael & Bridget Slattery. Ann Marie Manogue. Patty Mulhall. Michael ‘Mick’ Delaney. Jim Ryan.
Intentions for next weekend: Catherine, Rosemary & Pat Grace (Sat 6.15). Mary O’Beirne (Months Mind Sun 10.00). Eileen Barham (Sun 10.30). Sean O’Keeffe (Sun 12.00). Jimmy Long (Sun 12.30).

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.

Visit from Sisters of St. Elizabeth Convent
St. Elisabeth Convent is a community in Minsk, Belarus and was founded in 1999 in the outskirts of the city. The sisters provide spiritual and social help to the sick and the suffering. Two of the sisters will join us after the 10.30am Mass in Fiacre’s on Friday next and after the 9.30 and 12.30 in St. Patrick’s Church next Saturday and Sunday where they will have many handmade items for sale. Please support.

A prayer for Afghanistan
For those who are fleeing: sanctuary.
For those who are staying: safety.
For those who are fighting: peace.
For those whose hearts are breaking: comfort.
For those who see no future: hope.
Poor Clares, Galway

Mass attendance  from 6th September
The government announced last Tuesday that from Monday 6th of September those attending Masses can be 50% of the capacity of the church. This is with social distancing, which means that from Monday 6th we can allow more people into our Churches for each or our Masses. Please follow the instructions of the Mass stewards while attending Masses.

Parish Confirmation
The city parish schools will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday, 9th September in UPMC Nowlan Park. We remember them in prayer as they prepare to celebrate this very special occasion and time in their Christian lives. We thank their parents, their teachers and all who have helped them in their preparations for their confirmations. As the Holy Spirit comes upon them, we pray that they will be filled with courage to live the Christian life. May this very special time in their lives be one they will always remember. We pray that they may become full and active members in their community. We look forward to this very special occasion on Thursday evening.

Season of Creation
Pope Francis has established 1st September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The Season of Creation is marked throughout the Christian world from 1st September to 4th October - The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The theme for the Season of Creation 2021 is “Restoring Our Common Home”. During this season we are asked to join together to celebrate creation and protect our common home through prayer, reflection and action. As Pope Francis reminds us
“ the global Christian family is called to awaken to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and with each other and to encourage our parish communities to do the same, “ for, we know that things can change!” Laudato Si, 13.
Bishop Denis Nulty

Thought for the day
“ The will of God will never take you to where the grace of God will not protect you”.
faithit.com

Sunday, 29th August 2021
What's on the inside
'It's what's on the inside that counts.' How often do we hear this? Yet we get contradictory messages and we are also bombarded with messages about how we should dress or act, or what is appropriate behaviour. Rules about outward behaviour govern many aspects of life, from our school and work environments to our churches.
Today, Jesus has something to say about the tension between outward appearances and what's on the inside. To the religious authorities who challenge Jesus, outer appearances and traditions are important, and they rebuke Jesus for allowing his disciples to eat with 'unclean hands'. However, Jesus explains that it is not external actions that make a person unclean. It is what's on the inside that indicates the true nature of our hearts. 'Lip-service' is not worth much if our hearts are not in tune with God. As Jesus puts it, 'You put aside the commandment of God to cling to human traditions.'
It is an invitation to examine how we put our faith into practice, individually and as a church community. Which human traditions do we 'cling' to? Do we become so focused on outward rituals that we risk losing sight of the teaching of Jesus and its radical implications? Do we treat our religious life as checklist of observances, or as a real encounter with Jesus?
'The words of the Sacred Scripture were not written to remain imprisoned on papyrus, parchment or paper, but to be received by a person who prays, making them blossom in his or her heart.' (Pope Francis).
Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

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.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Liam ‘Chunky’ O’Brien, St. Fiacre’s Place.  Brigid ‘Bee’ O’Sullivan, Larchfield.
Alan Murphy, Portlaoise & Kilkenny.
Months Mind: Avril Ryan (Sun 9.30). Kathleen Fogarty (Sat 6.15).
Anniversaries: Dan Fogarty (Sat 6.15). Paddy Mullen (Sun 10.00). Tom Casserly (Sun 10.30). Tom & Mary Byrne (Sun 12.00). Michael ‘Muggers’ Larkin (Sun 12.30). Nicholas, Margaret & PJ Howe (Tues 10.30). Brigid Kenny (Thurs 10.30). Margaret Cantwell. Nance O’Neill. Rebecca Cantwell.  Pierce & Catherine Marnell.  Pat Owens.  Elizabeth Carroll.
Intentions for next weekend: Stephen Fanning (Sat 6.15). Eileen Brophy (Sun 10.30). Philip Bartley (Sun 12.00). Monsignor Francis Pattison (Sun 12.30).

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.

A Back to School Prayer
Dear God, please watch over the pupils as they go back to school. Keep them safe every day. Help them treat others with kindness and respect, and to learn new things about God and the world each day. Give them joy and peace as they put their trust in you. Amen.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

A prayer for Afghanistan
For those who are fleeing: sanctuary.
For those who are staying: safety.
For those who are fighting: peace.
For those whose hearts are breaking: comfort.
For those who see no future: hope.
Poor Clares, Galway

Cathedral Draw Results
1st: Thomas Morkan, St. Canice’s. 2nd: Kathleen Duggan, St. Patrick’s. 3rd: Michael & Angela O’Brien, Ferrybank. 4th: Michael Hyland, Aghaboe. 5th: Anne Holmes, Johnstown. 6th: Trish Byrne, St. Mary’s. 7th: Breda Murray, Thomastown. 8th: Cathedral Restoration Fund, Ballyragget. 9th: F. O’Fearghail, Windgap. 10th: Hazel Luskin, Borris-in-Ossory.
Please contact Fr. Roderick or the parish office 056 7764400 if you wish to join.

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Thank you for your support in carrying out this very important ministry.

St. Fiacre’s
O God, who alone are holy and without whom no one is good, command, we pray, through the intercession of blessed Fiacre, that we be numbered among those who do not deserve to be deprived of your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. St. Fiacre’s Feast day is on Monday 30th August.

Exam Results
For all who are awaiting exam results, be assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We pray that all of your hard work will bear much fruit.


Sunday, 22nd August 2021
Leap of faith
Children are often adept at looking beyond the practicalities and seeing the possibilities. Where a parent or guardian might only see a messy room in need of tidying, a child sees an obstacle course, a castle, a jungle, a magical fairy forest. It can be refreshing to take a breath and remember that there is more to life than our physical, tangible world with its daily routines and to-do lists. Sometimes circumstances can leave us blinded to life's beauty or meaning.
In today's Gospel, some of Jesus' followers are finding it difficult to see beyond the physical. He has been teaching them that he is the living bread, but it is hard for them to accept. They dismiss it as 'intolerable language' and they wonder 'How could anyone accept it?' His teachings are too difficult to comprehend and they are annoyed and offended. Some of them even walk away.
But Jesus is offering something more than the practicalities, more than physical food or drink: he offers the bread of life, living bread, his very self. It is a difficult message, but Simon Peter gets to the heart of it: 'You have the message of eternal life, and we believe.' He is able to see beyond the obvious, to hear the truth at the heart of Jesus' words. Jesus demands a lot of his followers, who must each decide whether or not they want to follow. Are we ready to make that leap of faith?
Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

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.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

Thought
“Bless our hands, so that they may never be used in violence, may our hands be helpful, uplifting and caring”.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Ollie Doran, Emmet St & late of Glendine Court.
Anniversaries: Laura Murphy (Sat 6.15). Paddy & Michelle Heffernan (Sun 9.30). Fintan Wallace (Sun 10.00). John ‘Naxie’ Noonan (Birthday Remembrance Sun 10.30). Della Harney (Sun 12.00). Christy Morrisson (Sun 12.30). James & Joe Delaney & Helen Power (Tues 10.30). Noreen Tomney & Seamus Kelly (Wed 9.30). Chris Murphy (Sat 9.30). Bill Muldowney. Kay O’Connell. Mary McHugh. Patrick Ruth. Martin Ward. Patrick Culleton. Patrick Bergin.
Intentions for next weekend: Kathleen Fogarty (Sat 6.15). Avril Ryan (Months Mind Sun 9.30). Paddy Mullen (Sun 10.00). Tom & Mary Byrne (Sun 12.00). Michael ‘Muggers’ Larkin (Sun 12.30).

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.

Eucharistic Ministers
The new Eucharist Ministers rota will be available from Wednesday 25th August from the Parish Office. Please call in a pick up your copy.

Parish Confirmation
Our parish schools will receive the sacrament of confirmation in Nowlan Park on Thursday the 9th September 2021 at 6.30pm. As soon as we have finalised the details, we will contact you by post.

A prayer for Afghanistan
For those who are fleeing: sanctuary.
For those who are staying: safety.
For those who are fighting: peace.
For those whose hearts are breaking: comfort.
For those who see no future: hope.
Poor Clares, Galway

Cathedral Draw
The next series of draws begins in September 2021 and will continue until August 2022. €10 per month. Draw will be held at 8pm on the last Wednesday of each month in the Chapter Room, St. Mary’s Cathedral. Please contact Fr. Roderick or the parish office 056 7764400 if you wish to join.

Through the Lens of the Gospel
1. In this chapter Jesus teaches that the meaning of his life, and the meaning of all human life, lies in being prepared to give of oneself. Perhaps you can identify with what Pope Francis says: 'Those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others ....' (Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel, No.10).
2. 'This teaching is difficult', complained his hearers, including some of his own followers. Perhaps at times you also have wondered if you could go along with it. What helped you to overcome your resistance?
3. 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life.' In the midst of your doubts perhaps you have held on to your faith in Jesus because, like Peter, you found a more hopeful message in Jesus than you could find anywhere else. How has the gospel message been more attractive to you than any other?
4. 'The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life'. Recall the words and phrases of Jesus that are words of life for you.
Prayer to Our Lady in Time of Pandemic
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Pope Francis
Sunday, 15th August 2021
The slow work of God
'Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.' (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
These beautiful words from French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ speak to the sometimes-tortuous experience of waiting. In it the author gives us permission to not have all the answers, to allow our faith time to grow and develop. Above all, he invites us to do that most difficult of things: live in the present moment, and surrender ourselves to God in that moment.
This poem comes to mind as I think about today's celebration of the Feast of the Assumption, when we recall Mary's role in the life of Jesus and in salvation. In our Gospel extract we meet Mary, pregnant and celebrating with her relative Elizabeth. Given the circumstances, it would be understandable if she was unsure and fearful. Her future is uncertain, as is that of her soon-to-be-born son. She cannot yet comprehend the enormity of what is to come. But Mary seems content to wait. When Elizabeth proclaims Mary as 'blessed', Mary bursts into prayer, praising God for his greatness and for 'looking upon his lowly handmaid'.
In modern terms, it is a lesson in mindfulness. When we find ourselves impatient, struggling to comprehend or to trust God's ways, let us turn to Mary who accepted God's plan with trust and hope, allowing it all to unfold one step at a time.
Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

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.

Thought
“Lord, save us from the temptation to judge and condemn others”.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Seamus Reade, Riverview. Mary O’Beirne, Cedarwood Drive. Milo O’Hara, Cork &Kilkenny.  Kathleen Fogarty, Thurles.
Months Mind: Liam Brennan (Sun 10.00).
Anniversaries: Mary Coogan (Sat 6.15).  John & Judy Fitzpatrick (Sun 10.30). Eddie & Bridie Kelly (Sun 12.00). Noreen Faul (Sun 12.30).  Martin Fogarty (Tues 10.30). Moscow Larkin (Thurs 10.30). Patrick Penny. Fintan Wallace. Tommy Morris. Jack Allen. Eileen Kelly. Jackie Coonan. Joe McHugh. Dick Walsh. Michael Walsh.
Intentions for next weekend: Laura Murphy (Sat 6.15). Paddy & Michelle Heffernan (Sun 9.30). Fintan Wallace (Sun 10.00). John ‘Naxie’ Noonan (Birthday Remembrance Sun 10.30). Della Harney (Sun 12.00). Christy Morrisson (Sun 12.30).

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)

St. Fiacre’s Well

Because of the ongoing restrictions regarding the Pandemic please note that the St. Fiacre’s Well Novena and Mass will not take place this year. Though we can see light at the end of the tunnel it is nonetheless important that we continue to keep ourselves and others safe from the covid virus. We look forward to praying the rosary and celebrating Mass at St. Fiacre’s well with you next year.

Mass Stewards
We are very grateful to all of our Mass Stewards, who volunteer their time in helping keep us all safe during our celebrations of Mass in St. Patrick’s Parish. Though most people are very obliging and follow the directions of the stewards, others are less so. We ask you to please be mindful that our stewards are there for the benefit of us all. We ask you to follow their directions when asked to do so. This is important if we are to adhere to Government/HSE guidelines in combatting Covid-19. Again, we thank our church stewards and appreciate the good work that they are doing to ensure a safe celebration of the Eucharist in our Parish.

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.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

The Assumption of Mary
From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her son and the son of God.
The Magnificat (Canticle of Mary)
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my saviour; for he has looked upon His servant in her lowliness; all ages to come shall call me blessed. God who is mighty has done great things for me, holy is His name; His mercy is from age to age on those who fear Him. He has shown might with His arm; He has confused the proud in their inmost thoughts. He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places. The hungry He has given every good thing, while the rich He has sent empty away. He has upheld Israel his servant, ever mindful of His mercy; Even as He promised our fathers, promised Abraham and His descendants forever. Amen.

Trough the Lens of the Gospel
1. The story of the Visitation is a story of two pregnant women reaching out to one another. For those of you who are mothers, perhaps you have been in that situation. What blessings do you recall in such encounters?
2. The story and the song of Mary are both celebrating the work of God in her life. When have you been particularly grateful for what was happening in your life? How did you express and celebrate your thanks?
3. Mary is praised for believing that God's promise to her would be fulfilled. How has your trust in God's promise to be with you helped you in your life?
4. Read the Magnificat a few times slowly and let your attention stay with whatever words or phrase you are drawn to. Place yourself in the position of the one saying the prayer. Let it be your prayer of thanksgiving for your own life.

Sunday, 8th August 2021
Uphill struggle
Have you ever felt like giving up? Elijah certainly did. In today's first reading we meet a prophet who has had enough. He is fleeing from trouble and things seem so hopeless after a day's journey that he sits under a bush and begs God to take his life. Life has a way of getting on top of us, such as when we are grieving a loss, when we are hurt by a friend, when illness strikes, or when we are simply exhausted. We experience the feelings described in the famous anonymous poem Don't Quit: 'When things go wrong as they sometimes will/ When the road you're trudging seems all uphill…'
At these times of struggle it is helpful to pause and to refuel for the journey. Elijah was visited by an angel who offered him comfort and respite, giving him the strength he needed to carry on. In today's Gospel, we hear Jesus again say he is the living bread. Some people have been complaining about his teaching. Surely this is the son of Joseph, they say, demonstrating their lack of understanding of who Jesus really is. Again, he explains that he is the bread of life - more than physical food, more than an ordinary man, he is the living bread and he is God. In all our struggles, especially when we feel like giving up, Jesus offers us nourishment for the journey. This gift is there for us especially in the Eucharist, offering comfort and strength.
'The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.' (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium)
Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

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.

Thought
“Lord, save us from the temptation to judge and condemn others”.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Martin Hanlon, Johnswell.
Months Mind: Sr. Mary Keary (Sat 6.15). Miriam O’Brien (Sun 12.00).
Anniversaries: Paddy Murray (Sun 9.30). Philomena O’ Neill (Sun 10.00). Nell Mullally (Sun 10.30). Peter Marshall (Sun 12.30). Ellen McEvoy (Tues 9.30). Gabriel Ward (Wed 10.30). Richie Fleming (Thurs 10.30). Martin Doran. Mary Murphy. Clare Mahon. Josephine Joyce. Mary Millea.
Intentions for next weekend: Mary Coogan (Sat 6.15). Liam Brennan (Months Mind Sun 10.00). Eddie & Bridie Kelly (Sun 12.00). Noreen Faul (Sun 12.30).

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)

Mass Stewards
We are very grateful to all of our Mass Stewards, who volunteer their time in helping keep us all safe during our celebrations of Mass in St. Patrick’s Parish. Though most people are very obliging and follow the directions of the stewards, others are less so. We ask you to please be mindful that our stewards are there for the benefit of us all. We ask you to follow their directions when asked to do so. This is important if we are to adhere to Government/HSE guidelines in combatting Covid-19. Again, we thank our church stewards and appreciate the good work that they are doing to ensure a safe celebration of the Eucharist in our Parish.

St. Fiacre’s Well
Because of the ongoing restrictions regarding the Pandemic please note that the St. Fiacre’s Well Novena and Mass will not take place this year. Though we can see light at the end of the tunnel it is nonetheless important that we continue to keep ourselves and others safe from the covid virus. We look forward to praying the rosary and celebrating Mass at St. Fiacre’s well with you next year.

Accord Recruiting Volunteers
Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation programme facilitators. Accord is seeking registration of interest from those who have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church and the enthusiasm to be part of a team supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. Successful applicants will receive professional training and will be part of a team delivering marriage preparation programmes locally in accordance with best practice. Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or by email to info@accord.ie. The closing date for receipt of registration of interest forms to be included in Selections for this year is Friday 27 August.

The Pope’s Monthly Intentions

August: The Church Let us pray for the Church, that She may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.

Safeguarding
Each person who volunteers in our Parish is required to complete a Safeguarding Volunteer Form which is available from the Parish Office. Also the leaders of groups who have children as members will need to complete a safeguarding form and a garda vetting form and return it to the Parish Office. Please contact the Parish Office. Again thank you for your continued support which is greatly appreciated.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival
The Youth 2000 Summer Festival for 16–35-year-olds will take place online from 13-15th August at youth2000.ie. The weekends masses will be celebrated in person in St. Paul’s Church, Waterford on Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 4pm and 8:30pm (reconciliation and healing service) with the closing mass Sunday at 2:30pm with Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan. You will not want to miss this! Register now to hear inspiring workshops, moving testimonies and excellent talks from our keynote speaker Fr. Aelred Magee OSCO. For more details visityouth2000.ie and keep an eye on our social media pages.

Reflection
“Sometimes it may seem to us that there is no purpose in our lives – that going from day to day for years and years to the office, the school, the factory is nothing but waste and weariness.
But it maybe that God has sent us there because, but for us, Christ would not be there. If our being there means that Christ is there, that alone makes my life worthwhile”.

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Sunday, 8th August 2021
Food that satisfies
Growing up, did you hear any 'old wives' tales' about food - eating carrots helps you see in the dark; bread crusts will make your hair curly; an apple a day keeps the doctor away…? These wise old sayings, passed down the generations, were employed to encourage us to eat certain foods, mainly healthy fruit and veg. Many even had an element of truth. These days we can easily establish the accuracy of such claims, but many parents still find themselves falling back on these nuggets of wisdom. Behind it all is a desire to see children grow up strong and healthy.
Recent years have seen an increased focus on health, both physical and mental. Nourishing one's body and mind and keeping them healthy are essential long-term projects, the work of a lifetime. In today's Gospel, Jesus talks about a different type of nourishment - bread that gives life, food that satisfies, food that endures. 'I am the bread of life,' says Jesus. It is Jesus who nourishes us at the very core of our being, who knows our every need and gives meaning to our lives. He tells us today: 'Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for food that endures to eternal life.' As we continue on our way, learning how to best nourish our body and mind, let us not forget to nourish our spirit with Jesus, the bread of life.
'I invite all Christians, everywhere, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ... The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realise that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.' (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium)
Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

Bank Holiday Weekend
As this is a bank holiday weekend the only public Mass in our parish on Monday will be at St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Anna May O’ Brien Clonmel.
Anniversaries: Michéal Brennan (Sat 6.15). Gerry Rooney (Sun 10.30). Michael Cantwell (Sun 12.00). Edel Peters (Sun 12.30).  Annie Lennon (Tues 9.30). Patricia Dinneen (Wed 9.30). Joseph Nicholls (Fri 9.30). Thomas McGuire. Chrissie Drennan. Peter Wiltshire. Bridget O’ Hara. Breda O’ Hara.
Anniversaries: Intentions for next weekend:  Sr. Mary Keary (Sat 6.15). Paddy Murray (Sun 9.30). Philomena O’ Neill (Sun 10.00). Miriam O’Brien (Months Mind Sun 12.00).

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.

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)

Thought for the day
“May the Holy Spirit open our closed minds and soften our inflexible ways which resist any reform”.

Mass Stewards
We are very grateful to all of our Mass Stewards, who volunteer their time in helping keep us all safe during our celebrations of Mass in St. Patrick’s Parish. Though most people are very obliging and follow the directions of the stewards, others are less so. We ask you to please be mindful that our stewards are there for the benefit of us all. We ask you to follow their directions when asked to do so. This is important if we are to adhere to Government/HSE guidelines in combatting Covid-19. Again, we thank our church stewards and appreciate the good work that they are doing to ensure a safe celebration of the Eucharist in our Parish.

Youth 2000 Retreat
The Youth 2000 summer festival for 16-35 year olds will take place online from 13th– 15th August at youth2000.ie. The weekend Masses will be celebrated in person in St. Paul’s Church Waterford on Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 4pm and 8.30pm (reconciliation and healing service) with the closing Mass on Sunday at 2.30pm with Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan. You will not want to miss this! Register now to hear inspiring workshops, moving testimonies, and excellent talks from our keynote speaker Fr. Aelred Magee OSCO. For more details visit youth2000.ie and keep an eye on our social media pages.

Cursa Gaelige na hArdteiste.

There will be a Leaving Cert Irish Course running in Johnswell this summer. The course will primarily focus on the Irish Oral Exam. It will also feature lessons on grammar, essay writing, comprehension etc. All the benefits of Gaeltacht style classes without having to travel from home. Venue: Johnswell Hall. Date: 16th—20th August. Time: 10am –1pm. Cost: €80. Contact Maria: 0876673302.
Nick: 0872255751.

St. Fiacre’s Well.
Because of the ongoing restrictions regarding the Pandemic please note that the St. Fiacre’s Well Novena and Mass will not take place this year. Though we can see light at the end of the tunnel it is nonetheless important that we continue to keep ourselves and others safe from the covid virus. We look forward to praying the rosary and celebrating Mass at St. Fiacre’s well with you next year.

St Mary’s Cathedral Diocesan Draw Results
1st prize: €2,000 Martina Lawlor. 2nd prize: €1,000 Milo Phelan. 3rd prize: 500 Carmel and Ollie Harrington. 4th prize: €300 Sheila Lynch. 5th prize: €300 Michael and Marie Holland. 6th : €200 Ann Sullivan. 7th prize: €200 Michael Joyce. 8th prize: €100 c/o Kay Cody. 9th prize: €100 Noreen Kelly. 10 prize: €100 Diane Tobin.

Sunday, 25th July 2021
Take a break
We all need a break sometimes. I remember once reading a selection of entries for a Mothers' Day competition, in which people were asked why their mother deserved to win a prize. They all had themes in common - she never does anything for herself; she's always thinking of other people; I can't remember the last time she took a break.
In today's Gospel, the disciples need a break. They have returned from their mission, eager to catch up with Jesus, but there is so much happening that they barely have time to eat. Jesus sees their need, and invites them to take a boat with him to a quiet place and rest for a while. But there is no time for rest, as the crowds have followed them on foot. Jesus is moved by them because they are 'like sheep without a shepherd'. He is the Good Shepherd who always cares for his flock, and he responds with compassion and love.
No doubt the disciples are drafted in to help: it turns out it is not break time! We can imagine their exhaustion. We all feel tired or overwhelmed from time to time, from work or family pressures or simply trying to balance everything. Postponing our own needs to care for others is familiar to every parent or caregiver. We don't know if the disciples got a rest at that point, but we know that Jesus valued time apart as he later sends the disciples off in the boat again while he goes away by himself to pray. In the chaos of life, even when there are demands on our time and energy, it is important to take some time to reflect and to pray.
Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

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.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Liam Brennan Cedarwood Drive. Bid O’Carroll Byrne - Ballyfoyle Rd. Avril Ryan, Larchfield.
Months Mind: Annie Saunders (Wed 10.30).
Anniversaries: Patricia & Peadar Barrett (Birthday) (Sat 6.15). Hugh McCorry (Sun 9.30). Eileen Glennon (Sun 10.00). Bobby &Vera Brannigan (Sun 10.30). Frank Dullard (Sun 12.00). Mary & Denis Foley (Sun 12.30).  Rosie Nicholls (Mon 9.30). Deceased members of the Costigan & Daly families. (Tue 10.30). Teresa Irving (Fri 10.30). Nancy Larkin. Billy & Jimmy Bourke. John Leahy. Edel Peters. Eleanor Loscher. Sean Phelan. Pat Murray. Maura and Mick Coonan. Ivan Power. Linda Reade. Davy, Jim and Peggy Gaffney. Ann Ahearne. Lar Doyle.
Intentions for next weekend: Michéal Brennan (Sat 6.15). Gerry Rooney (Sun 10.30). Michael Cantwell (Sun 12.00). Edel Peters (Sun 12.30).

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)

Thought for the day
“Bless our hands, so that they may never be used in violence, may our hands be helpful, uplifting and caring”.

Foulkstown Cemetery
We are asking people to make an extra effort during the month of July to tidy up family graves in Foulkstown Cemetery. The Foulkstown Cemetery Committee work tirelessly all year round to ensure that our cemetery is clean and tidy, we thank them for their continued hard work. Due to ongoing restrictions, the annual Foulkstown Cemetery Mass will not take place this year, none the less it is important to continue to look after the graves of our loved ones. We hope to see you all next year.

World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly

Pope Francis has established a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will take place for the first time on Sunday 25th July 2021 on the theme ‘I am with you always’ (Mt 28:20).
Bishop Denis Nulty, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Marriage and the Family has welcomed Pope Francis’ World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, as a timely reminder for the whole Church to be close to all the elderly and grandparents at this time of pandemic.
Bishop Nulty said, “There have been so many unsung heroes and heroines during the pandemic – grandparents and elders, including our older priests and religious – all who are to be applauded for how they have coped with the challenges and uncertainty brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a society we have learned a lot from their stoicism and pragmatism in the face of so many challenges.
We look forward to celebrating our Grandparents and Elderly this weekend.

Foulkstown Cemetery
Again we have had some reports of unsavoury activity around the cemetery in Foulkstown. While the cameras, which have been installed, have helped in this matter it is nonetheless important that we all do our bit in keeping a watchful eye on any unwanted activities in the cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting place of our dear loved ones and it is important that it is treated with the respect it deserves. We thank the Cemetery committee for their continued voluntary work and we ask you to support them by removing any dead flowers or unwanted items and dispose of them responsibly at home. Please do not discard unwanted and withered flowers in the cemetery. We look forward to your continued support in this matter. We thank the Cemetery committee and volunteers for their ongoing commitment.

Camino Walk
The annual Camino Jenkinstown walk will take place this Sunday, July 25th, (Feast of St. James ) beginning at Jenkinstown Church car park at 2.30pm. This is to coincide with the Jubilee celebrations in St. James’ Cathedral Santiago De Compostella . All Covid 19 protocols to be adhered to.

Heritage Week 14th—22nd August 2021
National Heritage week will take place from the 14th to the 22nd of August and we encourage all Community groups to showcase their work for Heritage week.To find out more see www.heritageweek.com
Or contact the Heritage office, kilkenny County Council at heritage@kilkennycoco.ie

Sunday, 18th July 2021
Take a break
We all need a break sometimes. I remember once reading a selection of entries for a Mothers' Day competition, in which people were asked why their mother deserved to win a prize. They all had themes in common - she never does anything for herself; she's always thinking of other people; I can't remember the last time she took a break.
In today's Gospel, the disciples need a break. They have returned from their mission, eager to catch up with Jesus, but there is so much happening that they barely have time to eat. Jesus sees their need, and invites them to take a boat with him to a quiet place and rest for a while. But there is no time for rest, as the crowds have followed them on foot. Jesus is moved by them because they are 'like sheep without a shepherd'. He is the Good Shepherd who always cares for his flock, and he responds with compassion and love.
No doubt the disciples are drafted in to help: it turns out it is not break time! We can imagine their exhaustion. We all feel tired or overwhelmed from time to time, from work or family pressures or simply trying to balance everything. Postponing our own needs to care for others is familiar to every parent or caregiver. We don't know if the disciples got a rest at that point, but we know that Jesus valued time apart as he later sends the disciples off in the boat again while he goes away by himself to pray. In the chaos of life, even when there are demands on our time and energy, it is important to take some time to reflect and to pray.
Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

Safeguarding Sunday

Safeguarding Sunday is an important annual event in our Diocese & in our parish. We, here in St. Patrick’s Parish have designated today, Sunday (18th July) as Safeguarding Sunday . This is an important occasion as we continue to welcome & encourage the safe involvement of young people & children in our Parish activities

Thought for the day
“Bless our hands, so that they may never be used in violence, may our hands be helpful, uplifting and caring”.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Peg Hickey, St. Fiacre’s Place.
Eamon Downey, Lisdowney. Mary B Butler, Danesfort.
Months Mind: Billy Brett (Sun 10.30).
Anniversaries: Kitty Kearney (Sat 6.15). John Kennedy (Sun 9.30). Jimmy Byrne (Sun 10.00). Edward ‘Ted’ Woodgate (Sun 12.00). Anna Murphy (Sun 12.30). Matty Maher (Tues 10.30). Kitty Larkin (Wed 9.30). Liam Carroll (Wed 10.30). Christy & Bridget Murray. Margaret ‘Peggy’ Horrigan.  David Gaffney. Pat Murray. Matthew Thornton. Danny Galvin. John Leahy.
Intentions for next weekend:  Patricia & Peadar Barrett (Sat 6.15). Hugh McCorry (Sun 9.30). Eileen Glennon (Sun 10.00). Bobby &Vera Brannigan (Sun 10.30). Frank Dullard (Sun 12.00). Mary & Denis Foley (Sun 12.30).

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.

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)

Through the Lens of the Gospel
1. The apostles reported to Jesus all that they had done and taught. Perhaps you have had the experience of being able to check in with somebody and share an experience. What was that like for you?
2. Jesus saw that the apostles needed to rest and eat. What has been your experience of finding a restful place after a busy day? What kind of nourishment have you found necessary in order to maintain energy and enthusiasm? Did your experience during the Covid19 pandemic give you any new insights about this?
3. When Jesus saw the crowd, he recognised their need and reached out to them. Who has been a Jesus person for you, someone who recognised your need and reached out to you? For whom have you been a Jesus person in that way?
4. It sometimes can be difficult to strike a balance between responding to the needs of others and meeting our need for rest and nourishment. What has helped you to keep the balance right?
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.

Foulkstown Cemetery
We are asking people to make an extra effort during the month of July to tidy up family graves in Foulkstown Cemetery. The Foulkstown Cemetery Committee work tirelessly all year round to ensure that our cemetery is clean and tidy, we thank them for their continued hard work. Due to ongoing restrictions, the annual Foulkstown Cemetery Mass will not take place this year, none the less it is important to continue to look after the graves of our loved ones. We hope to see you all next year.

World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly
Pope Francis has established a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will take place for the first time on Sunday 25th July 2021 on the theme ‘I am with you always’ (Mt 28:20).
Bishop Denis Nulty, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Marriage and the Family has welcomed Pope Francis’ World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, as a timely reminder for the whole Church to be close to all the elderly and grandparents at this time of pandemic.
Bishop Nulty said, “There have been so many unsung heroes and heroines during the pandemic – grandparents and elders, including our older priests and religious – all who are to be applauded for how they have coped with the challenges and uncertainty brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a society we have learned a lot from their stoicism and pragmatism in the face of so many challenges.
We look forward to celebrating our Grandparents and Elderly on the weekend of 25th July.

St Vincent de Paul
Telephone: 087 681 0589 or drop a letter into the Parish Centre.

Sunday 11th July 2021
The first mission
Two phrases come to mind as I read about the disciples heading off on their first mission: 'baptism of fire' and 'to be thrown in at the deep end'. We use these expressions to describe a difficult introduction to a new job or activity, when we are expected to learn as we go and cope with whatever obstacles we face. In today's Gospel, Jesus sends the Twelve out on their first mission. It is a challenging one and his instructions are brief and very specific: they are to bring nothing but a staff - no food or money - meaning they will have to rely on the hospitality of others for all their needs. They are to stay wherever they are welcomed, rather than move around from house to house, so they can't be choosy about their lodgings. Simplicity is key - no baggage, no luxuries, no distractions, nothing but the task of reaching to people. It might not be plain sailing, but Jesus offers advice for those difficult times too.
It appears their mission of preaching and healing was successful, as we are told the disciples came back eager to fill Jesus in. Imagine the experiences they must have had during this time - the people they met and helped, the generosity of those who welcomed them, the conversations on the road, the chance to share their excitement at everything Jesus was doing. They were certainly thrown into a challenging situation, but they returned with a fresh perspective and strengthened faith. Jesus calls us to step out into the unknown, his words as our guide and his bond with us unbreakable.
'A boat is safe in the harbour, but this not the purpose of a boat.' (Paulo Coelho). Tríona Doherty Email trionad@gmail.com

Parish Confirmation 2021
Bishop Denis Nulty, the Apostolic Administrator of Ossory, has decided to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with all candidates from Kilkenny City Parishes in a special ceremony at Nowlan Park at 6.30pm on Thursday 9th September 2021 if restrictions and Government advice allow it. Bishop Nulty advises that this will be a “safe and memorable” celebration for those involved . He promises that “everything will be compliant with health and safety guidelines”. We look forward to the celebration of the sacrament with the young people from our parish.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Miriam O’Brien. Cedarwood Avenue. Mary Grant. (Mon 9.30). Sr. Mary Keary.  Teresa Magner Lindsay Castlecomer Road.
Anniversaries: Aileen Kelly (Sat 6.15). Marie & Annmarie Manogue (Sun 9.30). Pauline Kennedy (Sun 10.00). Paddy & Carmel Boyd (Sun 10.30). Deceased residents of Dukesmeadows (Sun 12.00). Joe Cody (Sun 12.30).  Richard ‘Coly’ Dunne. Brigid Ward. Bridie Walsh. Bill & Gretta Delaney. Michael & Margaret Power. Jim Whelan. Mary Holland. Tommy Foley. Patrick O’Brien. Mary Fry. Mary Hogan. Joe & Mollie Bergin. Liam & William Bergin. Ellen Bergin. John & Annie Free.  Denis Molloy. Mabel Ryan.
Intentions for next weekend: Kitty Kearney (Sat 6.15). John Kennedy (Sun 9.30). Jimmy Byrne (Sun 10.00). Billy Brett (Months Mind Sun 10.30). Edward ‘Ted’ Woodgate (Sun 12.00). Anna Murphy (Sun 12.30).

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.

Knock Novena Postponed
The Parish Priest and Rector of Knock Shrine, Father Richard Gibbons, has announced that the National Novena to Our Lady of Knock is being postponed until later this year. The annual novena of prayer and reflection was due to take place next month from the 14th to 22nd August. Father Richard said, “We have taken this difficult decision in the interest of the health and safety of our pilgrims and staff here at the Shrine. Given the recent concern from both government and health agencies regarding the Delta variant of the coronavirus, the responsible course of action is to postpone the National Novena at this time.” “We continue to welcome pilgrims to the Shrine. All who visit can be rest assured that Knock is a very safe place and that every precaution is in place to ensure the safety of all our pilgrims. We have queueing systems as well as ushers and staff that are present to ensure everything is done correctly and in line with latest public health guidelines,” Father Richard said.

Safeguarding Sunday

Safeguarding Sunday is an important annual event in our Diocese & in our parish. We, here in St. Patrick’s Parish have designated next Sunday (18th July) as Safeguarding Sunday . This is an important occasion as we continue to welcome & encourage the safe involvement of young people & children in our Parish activities.

Thought for the day
“May we have the eyes of Jesus to see the potential of people more than their faults”.

Foulkstown Cemetery
We are asking people to make an extra effort during the month of July to tidy up family graves in Foulkstown Cemetery. The Foulkstown Cemetery Committee work tirelessly all year round to ensure that our cemetery is clean and tidy, we thank them for their continued hard work. Due to ongoing restrictions, the annual Foulkstown Cemetery Mass will not take place this year, none the less it is important to continue to look after the graves of our loved ones. We hope to see you all next year.

Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage
Normally the National Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick takes place on the last Sunday of July. For this year, Reek Sunday has been extended to incorporate the whole month of July; each weekday from Wednesday to Saturday in order to facilitate those who wish to fulfil the Reek Sunday Obligations. Mass on the Summit: Wednesday to Friday 12 noon; Mass on Saturday 10am (Weather permitting). Confessions before and after Mass 11.00am to 11.45am and 12.45pm to 1.15pm.

Lough Derg 2021
Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional Three Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats. The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will be available as the summer goes on. Further information from Lough Derg office 071 986 1518 or www.loughderg.org.

Sunday, 4th July 2021
This is the carpenter, surely?
'A prophet is only despised in his own country among his own relations and in his own house.' We might find ourselves sympathising with Jesus in today's Gospel: no matter what a person achieves in life, in their home place they will always be identified with their childhood selves and their family. While this generates a sense of belonging, it can be stifling. There is always someone to ensure we don't get ideas 'above our station'!
Returning home to Nazareth, Jesus teaches in the synagogue but his former neighbours turn on him. Who does he think he is, this carpenter, the son of Mary? This could have been a moment of grace, if they were open to hearing what he had to say. Perhaps the implications of the Good News were just too challenging coming from one of their own.
Sometimes God's Word comes in an unexpected package. As individuals and communities, we can be guilty of silencing certain voices. Do we listen to young people with their energy and idealism, or the elderly with their experience and wisdom? Are we biased against certain groups in society, do we shoot them down before they speak? When our hearts are open, we come to recognise the prophets who are bringing the dream of God to fruition among us.
'Although they heard you Lord, they failed to listen. They heard only what they wanted to hear. The truth hurt them, you made them feel uncomfortable, and they rejected you… Show us how we may seek your Kingdom and help to bring peace to a troubled world.' (Tony Singleton)
Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Webcams
The webcams for St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches can be accessed on
www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Christa McCann, Mullinahone & Garden Villas.  Oliver Deegan, Rocklin, USA & Castle Gardens. Helen Foley, Castlecomer.
Months Mind: Patricia Lawlor (Sun 9.30).Martin Flynn (Sun 10.30). Pamela Butler
Anniversaries: Michael Ruth (Sat 6.15).  Tony Canny (Sun 10.00). Sean Hennessy (Sun 12.00). Des Canning (Sun 12.30). Richard ‘Coly’ Dunne (Sat 9.30). Teresa Hickey. Sharon Galvin. Maurice & Margaret Maher. Sean & Mary Fitzpatrick. Catherine & Michael Delaney. Paddy Sharkey. Paddy Howard.  Gerrard McCarthy. Gretta Kiernan.
Intentions for next weekend: Aileen Kelly (Sat 6.15). Marie & Annmarie Manogue (Sun 9.30). Pauline Kennedy (Sun 10.00). Paddy & Carmel Boyd (Sun 10.30). Deceased residents of Dukesmeadows (Sun 12.00). Joe Cody (Sun 12.30).

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.

Covid Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Open from 8.00am -8.00pm; call 0818 222 024.

Foulkstown Cemetery
We are asking people to make an extra effort during the month of July to tidy up family graves in Foulkstown Cemetery. The Foulkstown Cemetery Committee work tirelessly all year round to ensure that our cemetery is clean and tidy, we thank them for their continued hard work. Due to ongoing restrictions, the annual Foulkstown Cemetery Mass will not take place this year, none the less it is important to continue to look after the graves of our loved ones. We hope to see you all next year.

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)

Safeguarding
Each person who volunteers in our Parish will need to complete a Safeguarding Volunteer Form which is available from the Parish Office. Also the leaders of groups who have children as members will need to complete a form and a garda vetting form and return it to the Parish Office. Please contact the Parish Office. Again thank you for your continued support which is greatly appreciated.

Ossory Diocesan Appointments 2021
On Thursday 1st July, Bishop Denis Nulty, Apostolic Administrator announced the following Clerical changes for the Diocese of Ossory.
Very Rev Archdeacon Sean O’Doherty, PP to retire as Parish Priest of Durrow, while continuing to reside in Durrow as Pastor Emeritus.
Very Rev Martin Delaney PP, Rathdowney, is appointed Administrator of Durrow, Pro-Tempore, while continuing his ministry in Rathdowney Parish.
Very Rev William Hennessy, PP, Castletown, is appointed Administrator of the parish of Conahy.
Rev. Brian Griffin, Team Member, St. John’s Parish, is appointed Administrator of the parishes of Camross and Castletown.
Very Rev Raymond Dempsey, on returning from sabbatical, is appointed Team Member in St. John’s Parish, Kilkenny.

Mass Stewards
We are very grateful to all of our Mass Stewards, who volunteer their time in helping keep us all safe during our celebrations of Mass in St. Patrick’s Parish. Though most people are very obliging and follow the directions of the stewards, others are less so. We ask you to please be mindful that our stewards are there for the benefit of us all. We ask you to follow their directions when asked to do so. This is important if we are to adhere to Government/HSE guidelines in combatting Covid-19. Again, we thank our church stewards and appreciate the good work that they are doing to ensure a safe celebration of the Eucharist in our Parish.

Masses
Please follow the instructions of Mass Stewards when attending Masses. 50 people maximum at Masses. Please use the hand sanitisers that are available in all of our churches. Face coverings are required when attended any ceremonies.
Numbers allowed to attend funerals is fifty (50), this includes the graveyard/cemetery and numbers allowed to attend wedding church ceremonies is also fifty (50). Those attending wedding receptions remain at 6 indoors and 15 outdoors. Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated. You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Masses. God Bless.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The St. Patrick’s Parish helpline number is 087 681 0589. Letters may be addressed to: SVP, St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny or dropped in the parish office.


Sunday 27th June 2021
‘Talitha Cum’
In today’s Gospel we hear two healing stories: Jairus’ daughter and the woman with a haemorrhage. At first glance these stories might not seem to have a lot in common. The woman is a complete social outcast because of her condition, yet Jesus calls her ‘daughter’. He does not let social convention dictate who can be called a child of God. Jesus reminds the people of this woman’s true identity. The synagogue official surprises us, pleasantly, with his faith in Jesus and his message. What these two characters have in common is faith against all the odds as they reach out to Jesus in faith-filled action. There are those in the story who laugh when Jesus says he can bring back Jairus’ daughter. They are sent away. Jesus’ healing breaks down the barriers that isolate us from one another and from God.
We can all recall times when we were struggling. We needed something to move us, to help us forgive, to help us walk away or to relieve us of physical pain. In the end it can be the simple gestures that save us: a kind word, someone praying for us, a gentle touch or we reach out to someone and like the woman with the haemorrhage we suddenly feel within ourselves that we are healing. These accounts show us something of how God’s grace can enter our lives and transform situations.
Mark leaves untranslated Jesus’ native language when he restores the young girl to life: ‘Talitha cum’ – a beautiful phrase meaning: ‘Little girl, get up!’. Jairus’ daughter has been given new life; the woman has also been given new life. Both have overcome barriers that were keeping them from being free. We know what those barriers are for each of us. God’s grace is gentle yet can bring life to situations of death. What do you need healing from today? Bring this to prayer.
Jane Mellett, email  mellettj@gmail.com

Covid Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Open from 8.00am -8.00pm; call 0818 222 024.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Annie Saunders, Laurel Ave, Kilkenny. Kathleen O’Brien, Thomastown.
Anniversaries: Dick Martin (Sat 6:15). Tom Moloney (Sun 9.30). Enda Cantwell (Sun 10.00). Billy & John O’Sullivan (Sun 10.30). Mark Burke (Sun 12.00). Maureen Walsh (Sun 12.30). Bridget Marrinan (Tues 9.30). Marjorie McGrath (Tues 10.30).
Paul Reade. Joseph Bailey. Mary ‘May’ Savage. Gabriel ‘Gay’ Doran. Richard Dunne. Edward Grimes. Lizardo Lopez.
Intentions for next weekend: Michael Ruth (Sat 6.15). Patricia Lawlor (Months Sun 9.30). Tony Canny (Sun 10.00). Martin Flynn (Months Mind Sun 10.30). Sean Hennessy (Sun 12.00). Des Canning (Sun 12.30).

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.

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
Kilkenny Bereavement Support is a voluntary organisation that offers a free listening service to bereaved people of all ages. Because of Covid-19 we are not able to offer face to face meetings. Appointment: Call 056 775 6538 or email director@kilkennybereavementsupport.com.

Webcams
The webcams for St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches can be accessed on
www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

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)

Peter’s Pence 
Each year throughout the entire Church, on the Sunday nearest the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, a collection is held for the charitable work of the Pope. It is interestingly one of the oldest collections in the Church. This collection will be taken up as part of the second collection at all Masses this weekend. Thank you for your support.

Lost & Found
Ladies glasses were found in Foulkstown Cemetery during the past week. Contact the Parish Office 0567764400.

Foulkstown Cemetery
We are asking people to make an extra effort during the month of July to tidy up family graves in Foulkstown Cemetery. The Foulkstown Cemetery Committee work tirelessly all year round to ensure that our cemetery is clean and tidy, we thank them for their continued hard work. Due to ongoing restrictions, the annual Foulkstown Cemetery Mass will not take place this year, none the less it is important to continue to look after the graves of our loved ones. We hope to see you all next year.

Mass Stewards

We are very grateful to all of our Mass Stewards, who volunteer their time in helping keep us all safe during our celebrations of Mass in St. Patrick’s Parish. Though most people are very obliging and follow the directions of the stewards, others are less so. We ask you to please be mindful that our stewards are there for the benefit of us all. We ask you to follow their directions when asked to do so. This is important if we are to adhere to Government/HSE guidelines in combatting Covid-19. Again, we thank our church stewards and appreciate the good work that they are doing to ensure a safe celebration of the Eucharist in our Parish.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul:
The St. Patrick’s Parish helpline number is 087 681 0589. Letters may be addressed to: SVP, St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny or dropped in the parish office.

Masses
Please follow the instructions of Mass Stewards when attending Masses. 50 people maximum at Masses. Hand Sanitisers area available in all of our churches. Face coverings are required when attended any ceremonies.
Numbers allowed to attend funerals is fifty (50), this includes the graveyard/cemetery and numbers allowed to attend wedding church ceremonies is also fifty (50). Those attending wedding receptions remain at 6 indoors and 15 outdoors. Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated. You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Masses. God Bless.

Sunday, 20th June 2021
‘Let us go across to the other side’
‘Let us go across to the other side’ is an important phrase in Mark’s Gospel which occurs many times. Jesus and the disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilee from what is a predominantly Jewish area to a more Gentile (non-Jewish) region. While this phrase signifies Jesus’ geographical position, it also suggests that he is inviting the disciples to go a little deeper on their journey. They are perhaps entering into the unknown, moving out of their comfort zones and therefore feeling anxious. The crossing of the water does not go so well for the disciples as a storm begins to brew and eventually the water begins to endanger the boat. To the disciple’s astonishment, Jesus is asleep through the whole ordeal. Their anxious call is understandable, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ After all, Jesus has led them, and ‘other boats’ into this situation and now appears not to care what will happen to them all.
In times of turmoil in life, we too may feel totally abandoned, swamped by fear and anxiety, adrift in a storm where even Jesus appears to be asleep. During such experiences, we might remember the words of Jesus from today’s Gospel and repeat them, like a mantra, ‘Peace! Be Still’. While the wind is howling around us it can be frightening but Christ is always with us, present within our very selves, offering us this deep peace. Often, coming back into this awareness can help us navigate through the storm and remind us that Jesus is very active in our lives, especially when we are entering into unknown territory. What is required of the disciples in this account, is a more mature faith, a deeper trust in their Teacher, that he will not abandon them.
‘May the peace of Christ go with you wherever he may send you; May he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; May he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; May he bring you home rejoicing.’ (Shane Claiborne).
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

Webcams
The webcams for St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches can be accessed on
www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Margaret ‘Peggy’ Matthews, Assumption Place.
Months Mind: Annamay McNulty (Sun 10.00).
Birthday Remembrance: Tom Downey (Sun 10.00).
Anniversaries: Marian Egan (Sat 6.15). Jonathan Barry (Sun 9.30). Alice Kelly (Sun 10.30). Brian Griffin & Fred & Ellen Clarke (Sun 12.00). Kathleen Frawley (Sun 12.30). Margaret & John McCarthy (Tues 9.30). Tom Sinnott (Wed 9.30).
Molly Dwan (Thurs 10.30). May & Elizabeth Grace. Eileen Brett. Michael Larkin. Mary & Tommy Hayes. Des Manning. John & Kitty McMyler. Joanna & Philip O’Dwyer. Keith Fleming. Mary, Michael, Paddy & Anna Bowe. Paddy & Mary Delaney.
Intentions for next weekend: Dick Martin (Sat 6:15). Tom Moloney (Sun 9.30). Enda Cantwell (Sun 10.00). Billy & John O’Sullivan (Sun 10.30). Mark Burke (Sun 12.00). Maureen Walsh (Sun 12.30).

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.

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
Kilkenny Bereavement Support is a voluntary organisation that offers a free listening service to bereaved people of all ages. Because of Covid-19 we are not able to offer face to face meetings. Appointment: Call 056 775 6538 or email director@kilkennybereavementsupport.com.

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)

Happy Fathers’ Day
We wish all fathers in our parish a very happy Fathers’ Day. We also remember with gratitude those dads who have died and who now celebrate this day with God our Heavenly Father.

Lost & Found
Ladies glasses were found in Foulkstown Cemetery during the past week. Contact the Parish Office 0567764400.

Covid Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Open from 8.00am -8.00pm; call 0818 222 024.

Mass Stewards
We are very grateful to all of our Mass Stewards, who volunteer their time in helping keep us all safe during our celebrations of Mass in St. Patrick’s Parish. Though most people are very obliging and follow the directions of the stewards, others are less so. We ask you to please be mindful that our stewards are there for the benefit of us all. We ask you to follow their directions when asked to do so. This is important if we are to adhere to Government/HSE guidelines in combatting Covid-19. Again, we thank our church stewards and appreciate the good work that they are doing to ensure a safe celebration of the Eucharist in our Parish.

Readers
Anyone interested in reading at the weekday Masses in St. Patrick’s are asked to contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400.

A Students Prayer
Father, please clear my mind and give me the understanding and knowledge that comes only from you. Bless me as I take this exam and bring the information that I’ve studied to mind when it is needed in this exam. Grant me favour as I begin this test. I ask this in Jesus name.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The St. Patrick’s Parish helpline number is 087 681 0589. Letters may be addressed to: SVP, St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny or dropped in the parish office.

Samaritans

We are here for you. Every hour, every day, a Samaritan is waiting to answer your call. Please don’t suffer in silence. We are here today and always, on freephone 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.ie


Sunay 13th June 2021
‘It is like a mustard seed’
Something we may not often think about is Jesus’ earthly relationship with creation. Jesus walked everywhere, went to quiet places to pray, preached from mountains, from boats on the water; his followers included fishermen in tune with the rhythm of the sea. In Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home, he reminds us that Jesus ‘was in constant touch with nature, lending it an attention full of fondness and wonder’ (Laudato Si’, 97). Jesus’ parables are full of imagery from the natural world and in today’s Gospel we have an example of this in the parable of the mustard seed. People of Jesus’ time may have preferred the image of the lofty ‘cedars of Lebanon’ to explain God’s kingdom, mustard plants however, only stand a few feet tall. Jesus is turning the ideals of power and triumph on their head. There is an ancient text which forbade planting mustard seeds in Palestinian gardens because the shrub takes over wherever it is planted and attracts unwanted birds. Author and activist, Shane Claiborne, compares it to kudzu, a wild vine that could blanket entire mountain areas, smother trees, even crack cement buildings. This mustard seed image of God’s dream for this world is one which suggests that it will grow even in places where it is not wanted, putting cracks in seemingly mighty structures.
The New Testament not only tells us of the earthly Jesus and his tangible and loving relationship with the world. It also shows him risen and glorious, present throughout all of creation (Col 1:19-20). ‘The very flowers of the field and the birds which [Christ’s] human eyes contemplated and admired are now imbued with his radiant presence’ (Laudato Si’, 100). As we watch out for traces of the mustard seed kingdom this week, let us also embrace the joy of Christ in all of creation.
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

Webcams
The webcams for St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches can be accessed on
www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Martin Flynn, Melville Heights.
Months Mind: Kevin Brennan (Sun 12.30). Michéal Curley (Thurs 10.30). Nuala Deasy (Sat 9.30).
Anniversaries: John Kenny (Sat 6.15). Patrick & Margaret Noonan & Joan Toms (Sun 9.30).  Dan Maher (Sun 10.30). Breda Hamilton (Sun 12.00). Noreen Llewellyn (Thurs 10.30).Kieran Foley. Johnny Costigan. Mary Dermody. Catherine Kirwan. Michael Barry. Joe Heffernan. Bridget & William O’Hanrahan. Peg & Liam O’Hanrahan.
Intentions for next weekend: Marian Egan (Sat 6.15). Jonathan Barry (Sun 9.30). Annamay McNulty (Months Mind Sun 10.00). Alice Kelly (Sun 10.30). Brian Griffin & Fred & Ellen Clarke (Sun 12.00). Kathleen Frawley (Sun 12.30).

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.

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Readers
Anyone interested in reading at the weekday Masses in St. Patrick’s are asked to contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400.

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)

Lough Derg 2021
Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional Three-Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats. Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to “Do Lough Derg from Wherever You Are” on 3rd – 5th July. The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be available as the summer goes on. Further information from Lough Derg office 071 9861518 or www.loughderg.org.

Pope Francis on Marriage
In a recent reflection on marriage Pope Francis said:
Is it true, what some people say—that young people
don’t want to get married, especially during these difficult times?
Getting married and sharing one’s life is something
beautiful. It’s a demanding journey, at times difficult,
and at times complicated, but it’s worth making the
effort. And on this life-long journey, the husband and
wife aren’t alone; Jesus accompanies them.
Marriage isn’t just a “social” act; it’s a vocation that’s
born from the heart; it’s a conscious decision for the rest
of one’s life that requires specific preparation.
Please, never forget this. God has a dream for us —
love— and He asks us to make it our own.
Let us make our own the love which is God’s dream for
us. And let us pray for young people who are preparing
for marriage with the support of a Christian community:
may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and
patience. Because a great deal of patience is necessary
in order to love. But it’s worth it, eh?

Quote
“The church is missionary. Christ sends us forth to bring the joy of the Gospel to the whole world.”
Pope Francis

God’s Promise
God didn’t promise days without pain,
laughter without sorrow
or sun without rain.
But God did promise strength for the day,
comfort for the tears
and a light for the way.
And for all who believe in
His kingdom of love,
He answers their faith
with peace from above.

Sunday 6th June 2021
‘He has gone out of his mind’
In the Gospel today we read that Jesus has returned home and causes quite a commotion on his arrival. Word about this healer and teacher has gotten around, the crowds have gathered, and the religious leaders are not happy. Jesus’ growing popularity has started to upset daily life for his family to the point where ‘they could not eat’. In an effort to protect their son and their brother, Jesus’ family try to explain away his ‘unruly’ behaviour. They tell the crowd and the religious leaders that Jesus does not mean what he says, he has simply ‘gone out of his mind’. In their view, things have gone too far. Jesus was preaching a message that seemed radical to many. He knows that bringing about God’s dream for the world involves speaking out and behaving in ways that are counter cultural. The religious leaders go so far as to say that Jesus was possessed by a demon. It was their way of ‘explaining away’ someone that they could not cope with, someone who was challenging their systems and practices. We can think of those in society today who are ‘explained away’; those whom society wishes would stop speaking out because it is uncomfortable to listen to. Name-calling is often a last resort when institutions or ‘powers’ are disgruntled. The young climate activist, Greta Thunberg, knows this well. Following taunts by Presidents and Fossil Fuel executives towards her, she famously said, ‘When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go… and then you know you’re winning.’ The end of today’s Gospel is troubling as Jesus seems to dismiss his mother, his brothers and sisters. But Jesus’ mission is now wider than his immediate family. It is not that he no longer cares for them, God’s vision and Jesus’ vision for this world are now one. As sometimes happens in life, we have to let go of certain things in order to follow our true path.
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

Readers
Anyone interested in reading at the weekday Masses in St. Patrick’s are asked to contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Sam Oakes, Talbots Inch. Martin Flynn, Melville Heights. Patricia Lawlor, College Gardens. Nora Feehan, Jenkinstown.  
Anniversaries: Sean (Georgie) Leahy (Sat 6.15). Mary Maher (Sun 9.30). Michael Shortall (Sun 10.30). Jim O’ Brien (Sun 12.00). Peter Flannery (Sun 12.30). Rose Ryan. John Alley Jr. Paul O’Donovan. May Malone. Mary & Tommy Deegan. Gerry Keys. Deceased members of the Keys & Flynn Families. Edwin Stallard. James & Mary O’Brien.
Intentions for next weekend: John Kenny (Sat 6.15). Patrick & Margaret Noonan & Joan Toms (Sun 9.30). Dan Maher (Sun 10.30). Breda Hamilton (Sun 12.00). Kevin Brennan (Months Mind 12.30).

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.

A prayer for Ossory

Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Mass Stewards
We are very grateful to all of our Mass Stewards, who volunteer their time in helping keep us all safe during our celebrations of Mass in St. Patrick’s Parish. Though most people are very obliging and follow the directions of the stewards, others are less so. We ask you to please be mindful that our stewards are there for the benefit of us all. We ask you to follow their directions when asked to do so. This is important if we are to adhere to Government/HSE guidelines in combatting Covid-19. Again, we thank our church stewards and appreciate the good work that they are doing to ensure a safe celebration of the Eucharist in our Parish.

Tree of Life
At the recent remembrance service in St Mary’s Cathedral for all those who died during the pandemic, a Tree of Life for each parish was blessed. Fr. Peter will plant this tree in the grounds of the Parish Centre after the 10.30am Mass on this Sunday 6th June 2021 where all those who died during the pandemic will be remembered.

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)

Quote
“The church is missionary. Christ sends us forth to bring the joy of the Gospel to the whole world.” Pope Francis

Corpus Christi
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast originated in France in the midthirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or on the Sunday following that feast. This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus' suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist. At every Mass our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church. The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love and an offering of ourselves to the service of others.

Sunday 30th May 2021
I am with you
Today's Gospel is often referred to as the 'Great Commission'. It contains the instructions of the Risen Jesus to the disciples to spread the Good News to the ends of the earth, to teach and to baptise 'in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit'. As we celebrate Trinity Sunday today, we pay attention in particular to the very last words of Matthew's Gospel: 'And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.' Jesus will be with his followers through the gift of the Holy Spirit, God's presence with us. We read that some of the disciples were hesitant when they encountered Jesus on the mountain. They had lost him to death, and now he was risen and with them again in the flesh. They may have felt they weren't ready or able for the task he was handing over to them. These first disciples were an imperfect group of people, yet Jesus chose them to spread God's vision of love, compassion and justice throughout the world. Perhaps, like some of the disciples, we are fearful or doubtful. At a time when everything is changing so rapidly, it can be difficult to navigate our own faith journey, never mind communicate it to others. Yet we have Jesus' assurance that he is with us, with the love and strength we need. The Holy Spirit is at work, inspiring and guiding us, shaping our lives, helping us to make the love of God present to all we meet.
'Love is the greatest force in the universe. It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. He who loves is a participant in the being of God.' (Martin Luther King Jr)
Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

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.

Quote
“If you have nothing positive to say, don’t say anything at all”

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Billy Brett, Garden Villas. Denis Hamilton Graiguenamanagh.
Anniversaries: John Cleere (Sat 6.15). Blánaid Cleere Manning (Sun 10.00). Catherine Drennan & Martin Drennan (Months Mind Sun 12.00). Peter Brennan (Sun 12.30). David Power (Mon 9.30). Ciss Gannon (Tue 10.30). Richard Ruth (Wed 9.30). The O’ Keeffe family (Wed 10.30). The Carpenter family (Fri 10.30). Mary McInerney. Catherine Brennan. Peg and Joe Fleming. David McGrath. Brigid Culleton. Kathleen Frawley. Brian Mahon. Bernie Driscoll. Jimmy McGuire.  Ita O’Rourke.
Intentions for next weekend: Sean (Georgie) Leahy (Sat 6.15). Michael Shortall (Sun 10.30). Jim O’ Brien (Sun 12.00). Peter Flannery (Sun 12.30).

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)

Readers

Anyone interested in reading at the weekday Masses in St. Patrick’s are asked to contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400.

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Diocesan Nurse
(Part-time/20hours per week)
This role is working with clergy in the Ossory Diocese which covers Kilkenny, Laois & Offaly, providing an advocacy and support service to priests in the community. This is a fantastic opportunity to work within a growing, community client focused organisation.
The ideal Candidate must be:
A Registered General Nurse (ideally with community experience).
Have the ability to co-ordinate care planning in the community.
Be self motivated and have the ability to work on own initiative.
Possess excellent communication and time management skills.
Please contact Colette Ryan via email to apply: cryan@carebright.ie.
Closing date is the Friday 28th May 2021.

Holy Hour
Please note there will be no Holy Hour and Exposition until further notice.

Eucharistic Ministers
For the time being the following will apply during the coronavirus restrictions:
· The priest will distribute the Eucharist alone during weekday Masses in St. Patrick’s. There will be 2 Eucharistic Ministers in St. Fiacre’s at each weekday Mass with the priest.
· There will be 3 Eucharistic Ministers for St. Fiacre’s Church each Saturday & Sunday. The priest and 2 ministers will distribute communion in the Church and 1 minister will distribute communion in the Parish Centre.
· There will be 1 Eucharistic Ministers in St. Patrick’s Church each Sunday with the priest.
· No Eucharistic Minister will be required in Foulkstown Church for the time being.
· Eucharistic Ministers will sanitise their hands before and after the distribution of communion and wear face masks while they distribute the Eucharist. They will be seated in the sanctuary of the church keeping the recommended social distance of 2m.
A new rota with the above in mind will be available from Monday at the Parish Office or can be emailed if required, contact Michelle at stpatricksparish@ossory.ie or on 056 7764400.

Webcams
The webcams for St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches can be accessed on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

Sunday 23rd May 2021
The Spirit will guide
In today's Gospel, we see that Jesus is comfortable with an element of mystery. Speaking to the disciples before his arrest, Jesus is preparing them for the gift of the Spirit. The word he often uses is 'Advocate', meaning helper or comforter, indicating the disciples will not be left to struggle on alone. We hear Jesus say that the complete truth is too much for the disciples now. The mysteries of his life, death and Resurrection, and the implications for his followers - all will become clearer in due course. The Spirit will guide you, he says. Not everything is revealed at once. Then in our first reading from Acts, we recall the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, just as Jesus promised. The disciples are gathered together when they have a powerful experience of the Holy Spirit, urging them out into the streets, proclaiming the Good News. The time has come. They must have remembered Jesus' promise then, finally understanding what he meant when he said the Spirit would lead them, when the time was right.
The Spirit is still at work in our world. As our journey continues - as humanity, as church, as individuals - the Spirit unveils God's message for our place and time. The Spirit is that life-giving force that animates our world, inspiring and energising us. Our task is to listen, to be awake to the many ways God speaks to us and calls us into the life of God.
'I have always pleaded for a deep listening to the voice of the artist in our midst, and also to the supreme artist who tries to lead us to completion, the Holy Spirit of God.' (Mark Patrick Hederman). Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com.

Quote
“If you have nothing positive to say, don’t say anything at all”

Holy Hour
The final 2 Holy Hours will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7 - 8pm and is available to be viewed on St. Fiacre’s webcam. Thank you all for joining with us during these past weeks. We hope you have enjoyed this time of prayer and meditation.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: John ’Naxie’ Noonan, Laurel Green.  Annamay McNulty nee McCormack.  Patrick ‘Pakie’ Cahill, Clonmoran.
Months Mind: Nancy Hennessy.
Anniversaries: Francis McNulty (Sun 10.00).
Kitty, Tommy & Martin Phelan (Sun 10.30). William Doheny (Thurs 9.30). The Croke Family (Fri 10.30). Jack Carroll. Richard & Mary O’Dwyer. Mollie Owens. Annie Bourke. Tommy Jordan. Agnes Dermody.
Intentions for next weekend: Blánaid Cleere Manning (Sun 10.00). Catherine Drennan & Martin Drennan (Months Mind Sun 12.00). Peter Brennan (Sun 12.30).

Rosary
The Ossory Lourdes group have organised a Rosary for each evening of the days that the pilgrimage to Lourdes would take place in normal times.
This will begin on Sunday May 23rd at 8.00 pm and will continue up to and including Thursday May 27th at the same time each evening and can be watched and participated in via webcam at https://churchcamlive.ie/johnstown-parish-live-stream/

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.

Shared Mass Intentions
The weekly Mass for the Shared Mass Intentions will take place at the 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church on Thursday 27th May for this week only.

Cathedral Draw
The Diocesan Draw will take place on Wednesday, 26th May 2021. There will be five draws held on that night, i.e. the draw for January, February, March, April and May. The first draw will start at the earlier time of 7.00 pm.

St. John of God Sisters Webinar 
Title: Gratitude, Compassion, Hope: Journeying with God in the Present Moment. The speaker: Dr. Jessie Rogers, Dean of Theology, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Times: 10.30a.m. – 4.00p.m. Dr Jessie will offer 4 sessions of 35 minutes each throughout the day, beginning at 10.30; 12.00; 14.00 & 15.15. After each session there will either be time for quiet reflection/ for Q&A and also a coffee and lunch break. To book: E-mail sara.bulfin@ssjg.ie before May 26th. She will send you the link prior to the Webinar. This webinar is free.

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.

Remembrance Mass
The Ossory Middle Deanery Pastoral Council has arranged a Remembrance Mass for those who died in the Deanery during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Bishop Denis Nulty will be Principal Concelebrant at the Mass which will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 7.30pm on Friday, 28th May 2021. The Mass will be broadcast on the cathedral webcam at stmaryscathedral.ie. All have lost loved ones, neighbours, parishioners and friends during the past fifteen months – this is an opportunity for those in the Middle Deanery to celebrate the lives of the deceased at a special Remembrance Mass. During the Mass a “Remembrance Candle” and “Tree of Life” will be blessed for each parish and returned to the parish after the Mass. The Middle Deanery Pastoral Council is made up of representatives of the fourteen Parish Pastoral Councils in the Middle Deanery.

Diocesan Nurse
(Part-time/20hours per week)
This role is working with clergy in the Ossory Diocese which covers Kilkenny, Laois & Offaly, providing an advocacy and support service to priests in the community. This is a fantastic opportunity to work within a growing, community client focused organisation.
The ideal Candidate must be:
A Registered General Nurse (ideally with community experience).
Have the ability to co-ordinate care planning in the community.
Be self motivated and have the ability to work on own initiative.
Possess excellent communication and time management skills.
Please contact Colette Ryan via email to apply: cryan@carebright.ie.
Closing date is the Friday 28th May 2021.

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Webcams
The webcams for St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches can be accessed on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

Sunday 16th May 2021
Return to Public Masses. 
Hope you are all keeping well and safe. Since the suspension of public Masses in December 2020 due to the Corona Virus, we know that many of you have looked forward to the day when Masses could once again resume in our parish churches. At last, that time has come, and we have resumed Masses in St. Patrick’s, St. Fiacre’s, and St. Joseph’s, Foulkstown. As you are aware these are the first tentative steps in returning to a ‘new normal’ in our churches. Though of course we are delighted to see the reopening of our places of worship, it will be a similar experience for all of us as we try to adapt once again to social distancing, hand sanitisers, smaller capacity etc in our churches. Face coverings are required when attending all Masses & church services. Be aware, because of the two-meter recommended distance we will not be able to facilitate the usual number at Masses. In St. Fiacre’s we can alleviate this somewhat with a television monitor in the parish centre so those who are unable to be seated in St. Fiacre’s can still attend Masses. We ask you to be patient and understanding as we all do our best in these strange times. Masses will continue to be available to view from home by webcam on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com. Please follow the instructions of the stewards when attending Masses. From last Monday 10th May numbers allowed to attend funerals has increased to fifty (50), this includes the graveyard/cemetery and presently those attending wedding church ceremonies remains at fifty (50). Those attending wedding receptions remain at 6 indoors and 15 outdoors. Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated. You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Masses. God Bless.

Holy Hour
The Holy Hour will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 - 8pm and is available to be viewed on St. Patrick’s webcam. The Rosary for the month of May will be at 7.30pm. All welcome to join us for this time of prayer and meditation.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Nuala Deasy, Marble Crest.
Anniversaries: Patrick O’Connell (Sun 10.30). John Coppinger (Sun 12.00).Jimmy Cashin (Sun 12.30). Patrick Lennon (Tues 10.30). Carmel Durnan (Fri 10.30). Agnes Swift. Tom & Oliver Kennedy. Eileen Culleton. Margaret Thompson. John Doheny. John Murphy. Molly & Ann Martin.
Intentions for next weekend: Kitty, Tommy & Martin Phelan (Sun 10.30).

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.

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)

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Remembrance Mass
The Ossory Middle Deanery Pastoral Council has arranged a Remembrance Mass for those who died in the Deanery during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Bishop Denis Nulty will be Principal Concelebrant at the Mass which will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 7.30pm on Friday, 28th May 2021. The Mass will be broadcast on the cathedral webcam at stmaryscathedral.ie. All have lost loved ones, neighbours, parishioners and friends during the past fifteen months – this is an opportunity for those in the Middle Deanery to celebrate the lives of the deceased at a special Remembrance Mass. During the Mass a “Remembrance Candle” and “Tree of Life” will be blessed for each parish and returned to the parish after the Mass. The Middle Deanery Pastoral Council is made up of representatives of the fourteen Parish Pastoral Councils in the Middle Deanery.

Readers
Anyone interested in reading at the weekday Masses in St. Patrick’s are asked to contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400.

Rosary
The Ossory Lourdes group have organised a Rosary for each evening of the days that the pilgrimage to Lourdes would take place in normal times.
This will begin on Sunday May 23rd at 8.00 pm and will continue up to and including Thursday May 27th at the same time each evening and can be watched and participated in via webcam at https://churchcamlive.ie/johnstown-parish-live-stream/

Quote
“If you have nothing positive to say, don’t say anything at all”

St. John of God Sisters Webinar
Title: Gratitude, Compassion, Hope: Journeying with God in the Present Moment
The speaker: Dr. Jessie Rogers, Dean of Theology, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.
Times: 10.30a.m. – 4.00p.m. Dr Jessie will offer 4 sessions of 35 minutes each throughout the day, beginning at 10.30; 12.00; 14.00 & 15.15. After each session there will either be time for quiet reflection/ for Q&A and also a coffee and lunch break.
To book: E-mail sara.bulfin@ssjg.ie before May 26th. She will send you the link prior to the Webinar. This webinar is free.

Eucharistic Ministers
For the time being the following will apply during the coronavirus restrictions:
· The priest will distribute the Eucharist alone during weekday Masses in St. Patrick’s. There will be 2 Eucharistic Ministers in St. Fiacre’s at each weekday Mass with the priest.
· There will be 3 Eucharistic Ministers for St. Fiacre’s Church each Saturday & Sunday. The priest and 2 ministers will distribute communion in the Church and 1 minister will distribute communion in the Parish Centre.
· There will be 1 Eucharistic Ministers in St. Patrick’s Church each Sunday with the priest.
· No Eucharistic Minister will be required in Foulkstown Church for the time being.
· Eucharistic Ministers will sanitise their hands before and after the distribution of communion and wear face masks while they distribute the Eucharist. They will be seated in the sanctuary of the church keeping the recommended social distance of 2m.
A new rota with the above in mind will be available from Monday at the Parish Office or can be emailed if required, contact Michelle at stpatricksparish@ossory.ie or on 056 7764400.

Webcams
The webcams for St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches can be accessed on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

Sunday 9th May 2021
Return to Public Masses. 
Hope you are all keeping well and safe.
Since the suspension of public Masses in December 2020 due to the Corona Virus, we know that many of you have looked forward to the day when Masses could once again resume in our parish churches. At last, that time has come, and we hope to resume Masses in St. Patrick’s, St. Fiacre’s, and St. Joseph’s, Foulkstown, beginning on Monday 10th May.
As you are aware these are the first tentative steps in returning to a ‘new normal’ in our churches. Though of course we are delighted to see the reopening of our places of worship, it will be a similar experience for all of us as we try to adapt once again to social distancing, hand sanitisers, smaller capacity etc in our churches. Face coverings are required when attending all Masses & church services. Be aware, because of the two-meter recommended distance we will not be able to facilitate the usual number at Masses. In St. Fiacre’s we can alleviate this somewhat with a television monitor in the parish centre so those who are unable to be seated in St. Fiacre’s can still attend Masses. We ask you to be patient and understanding as we all do our best in these strange times. Masses will continue to be available to view from home by webcam on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com. Please follow the instructions of the stewards when attending Masses. From the 26th April numbers allowed to attend funerals is twenty five (25), this includes the graveyard/cemetery and presently those attending weddings remains at six (6). These numbers change from 10th May. Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.
You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Masses. God Bless.

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.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Kevin Brennan, Jacob Street. Martin Drennan, Danville
Months Mind & Birthday Rem: Margaret ‘Peg’ Staunton.
Anniversaries: Paddy O’Neill (Sun 9.30). Lar Doyle (Sun 10.30). Gerard Carolan (Mon 9.30). Clodagh Phelan (Wed 10.30). Jim Lanigan (Sat 9.30).
Anniversary List: John Alley. Fr. Jim Cassin. Donal Hallissey. Bill Bergin. Bill Delaney. Josie Delaney. Sean Barry. Patricia Casey.
Intentions for next weekend: Patrick O’Connell (Sun 10.30). John Coppinger (Sun 12.00). Jimmy Cashin (Sun 12.30).

Masses by Webcam
Mass from St. Patrick’s Church takes place by webcam every morning at 9.30am and from St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.30 every morning except Saturdays.

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)

Holy Hour
The Holy Hour will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 - 8pm and is available to be viewed on St. Fiacre’s webcam. The Rosary for the month of May will be at 7.30pm. All welcome to join us for this time of prayer and meditation.

All you need is love
'Love? Above all things I believe in love. Love is like oxygen. Love is a many-splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love.' In an attempt to express the depth of his love, the character Christian from the film Moulin Rouge pulls together the lyrics of some of the most famous love songs of recent decades. Since time began, poetry, prose, and song have attempted to put into words the great mystery that is love. 'At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet,' the philosopher Plato put it.
Today's Gospel offers one of the most eloquent passages on love in the Gospels. It reveals the vision of Jesus for his followers and explains how we should treat one another. We are to love each other with the same love Jesus showed during his time on earth, that great and generous love that culminated in his 'laying down his life for his friends'. It is in the way we love one another, the way we understand and forgive and support one another, that we experience the life and love of Jesus.
There are more than 20 references to love in today's readings. In the second reading we hear that 'everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God'. That love that God showed by sending his Son for us, is the same generous, wholehearted, self-sacrificing love we are called to show others - all others. God does not have favourites.
'We find it so hard to accept the revelation that it is God's delight to be worshipped in the way we touch and look at each other, in the way we listen and talk to each other, in the way we forgive and promise to start all over again.' (Daniel O'Leary)
Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

 COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary.
The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
 
St. John of God Sisters Webinar 

Title: Gratitude, Compassion, Hope: Journeying with God in the Present Moment
The speaker: Dr. Jessie Rogers, Dean of Theology, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.
Times: 10.30a.m. – 4.00p.m. Dr Jessie will offer 4 sessions of 35 minutes each throughout the day, beginning at 10.30; 12.00; 14.00 & 15.15. After each session there will either be time for quiet reflection/ for Q&A and also a coffee and lunch break.
To book: E-mail sara.bulfin@ssjg.ie before May 26th. She will send you the link prior to the Webinar. This webinar is free.

May Devotions in honour of Our Lady
We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade), particularly during May.

Bring Flowers of the Rarest
Bring flowers of the rarest bring blossoms the fairest, from gardens and woodlands and hillside and dale; Our full hearts are swelling, our glad voices telling the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale!
Chorus:
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May

Safeguarding
Each person who volunteers in our Parish will need to complete a Safeguarding Volunteer Form which is available from the Parish Office. Also the leaders of groups who have children as members will need to complete a form and a garda vetting form and return it to the Parish Office. Please contact the Parish Office. Again thank you for your continued support which is greatly appreciated.

Sunday 2nd May 2021
Bound together
Have you ever visited a vineyard, with its rows of vines, heavy with clusters of ripe grapes? If you're not familiar with vines, think of an apple tree laden with apples, or a fruit bush ripe for picking. In today's Gospel, Jesus uses the metaphor of a vine to describe his relationship with his disciples. He tells them that he is the vine, and they are the branches. The life of Jesus flows into us and sustains us, and this is the reason our lives can bear fruit in love, in kindness, patience, compassion and welcome.
The symbolism of the vine works on many levels. If a branch is separated from the vine, it cannot flourish on its own. It must be connected to the vine from which it gets its nourishment. Each of us must be firmly rooted in Jesus and nourish that relationship. He invites us to 'remain' in him - to rest in him, to be part of him. And if you look at a vine plant, often its branches are so entangled, it can be hard to know where one ends and another begins. We note that Jesus is addressing the disciples as a group rather than as individuals: 'you are the branches'. We are a community, and we grow together, bound together by the love of God. Today, we reflect on what it means to be so intimately connected with Jesus, the true vine. We bring to mind the many gifts he has given us, and the ways in which his love bears fruit in our lives.
Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

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.

Holy Hour
The Holy Hour will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 - 8pm and is available to be viewed on St. Fiacre’s webcam. The Rosary for the month of May will be at 7.30pm. All welcome to join us for this time of prayer and meditation.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Months Mind: Angela Kearney (Sun 10.30). John Malone (Sat 9.30).
Anniversaries: Joan Malone (Sun 9.30). Pat Kearney (Sun 10.30). James Thornton (Mon 11.00). Donal Hallissey (Tues 9.30). The Long Family (Tues 10.30). Pauline & Michael Casey (Wed 10.30).
Anniversary List: Monica Casey. Margaret & Patrick Doran. Josie & Philomena Doran. Pauline Delaney. Mary Doran.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

Masses by Webcam
Mass from St. Patrick’s Church takes place by webcam every morning at 9.30am and from St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.30 every morning except Saturdays.

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)

Return to Public Masses. 

Hope you are all keeping well and safe.
Since the suspension of public Masses in December 2020 due to the Corona Virus, we know that many of you have looked forward to the day when Masses could once again resume in our parish churches. At last, that time has come, and we hope to resume Masses in St. Patrick’s, St. Fiacre’s, and St. Joseph’s, Foulkstown, beginning on Monday 10th May.
As you are aware these are the first tentative steps in returning to a ‘new normal’ in our churches. Though of course we are delighted to see the reopening of our places of worship, it will be a similar experience for all of us as we try to adapt once again to social distancing, hand sanitisers, smaller capacity etc in our churches. Face coverings are required when attending all Masses & church services. Be aware, because of the two-meter recommended distance we will not be able to facilitate the usual number at Masses. In St. Fiacre’s we can alleviate this somewhat with a television monitor in the parish centre so those who are unable to be seated in St. Fiacre’s can still attend Masses. We ask you to be patient and understanding as we all do our best in these strange times. Masses will continue to be available to view from home by webcam on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com. Please follow the instructions of the stewards when attending Masses. From the 26th April numbers allowed to attend funerals is twenty five (25), this includes the graveyard/cemetery and presently those attending weddings remains at six (6). Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.
You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Masses. God Bless.

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Accord
Call the couples and relationship line on 01 531 3331, staffed by counsellors Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm. Counselling is also available to anyone wanting to talk through a relationship difficulty. Visit the accord.ie website to check for a convenient location and arrange a face to face appointment.

May, the month of Our Lady
The beginning of Summer, month of the cuckoo and flowers. Lord be with us during the month of May. Have you heard the cuckoo or seen the swallows? They have arrived from the sunny southern hemisphere. The whimbrels have arrived also and are resting here on their journey from Italy to Iceland. Let us welcome them and may we all be alive this time next year. Jesus said, “Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you of much more value than they”? Matthew (6:26).

May Devotions in honour of Our Lady
We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade), particularly during May.

Bring Flowers of the Rarest
Bring flowers of the rarest bring blossoms the fairest, from gardens and woodlands and hillside and dale; Our full hearts are swelling, our glad voices telling the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale!
Chorus:
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May

Bank Holiday Weekend
As this is a bank holiday weekend the only Mass in our parish on Monday will be at St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am via webcam.

Contributions
Priest’s Easter Collection, Weekly Parish Collection & Trócaire Lenten Campaign. Our thanks to the many parishioners who have sent in contributions for the weekly Parish Collection, the Priests Easter collection and the Annual Trócaire appeal and also thanks to those who contribute by standing order. Such generosity and thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.

Safeguarding
Each person who volunteers in our Parish will need to complete a Safeguarding Volunteer Form which is available from the Parish Office. Also the leaders of groups who have children as members will need to complete a form and a garda vetting form and return it to the Parish Office. Please contact the Parish Office. Again thank you for your continued support which is greatly appreciated.

Sunday 25th April 2021
The Good Shepherd
In Jesus’ time, being a shepherd was not a pleasant job. Sheep became easily lost and the shepherd’s job was to guide them back to safety. There were many dangers and the sheep were totally dependent on the shepherd. Shepherds would round up their sheep in the evening and guide them into their pen. But it had no gate, so the shepherd would have to lie across the space in case the sheep were attacked in the night. The shepherds literally lay down their lives for their flock. John compares the sacrifice of the shepherd to the ‘hired hand’ who is not really committed to the flock. He does what he has to but flees at the first sign of trouble.
This Good Shepherd Sunday the Gospel describes Jesus as the ‘genuine’ Shepherd who wants a personal relationship with each one of us and who would lay down his life for us. The Gospel emphasises the importance of relationship as the shepherd knows his flock and cares for them. They ‘Follow Him’ and it is not a Facebook or Twitter type of following, rather it is a genuine relationship. Everyone matters to the Good Shepherd, regardless of their situations. We are told ‘I know my own and my own know me’. We are called today to follow Jesus in a more personal more intimate way. Even when we stray off the path and get lost, it is then especially that the Good Shepherd comes looking for us.
‘We think we are fleeing from God, but in fact we are running into his arms’. (Meister Eckhart)
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

Masses by Webcam
Mass from St. Patrick’s Church takes place by webcam every morning at 9.30am and from St. Fiacre’s Church at 10.30 every morning except Saturdays.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: John Walsh. (Wed 9.30). Nancy Hennessy, Patrick Street. Paddy Lyons, New York & Kilkenny
Months Mind: Ruth Butler. (Sun 9.30).
Anniversaries: Kay Hennessy. Marty Neylon. (Sun 9.30). Frank Cantwell (Mon 9.30). Edward & Rita Foley (Tues 10.30). Eddie & Mary O’Keeffe (Wed 10.30). Ursula O’Leary (Fri 10.30).
Anniversary List: Bridie Hardiman. Orla Lawlor. John Doheny. Mary & Jack Brennan. Mary Crotty. James Morris.

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.

Pastoral Letter
Bishop Denis Nulty, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Ossory has published a pastoral message for Good Shepherd Sunday (Vocations Sunday). Copies are available from the parish office or can be sent by email, contact Michelle in the Parish Office on 0567764400 or stpatricksparish@ossory.ie and she will send a copy to you.

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.

Covid-19 Vaccine
The Catholic Communications Office has been contacted by the HSE with the following reminder message for everyone aged over 60 years to register for their vaccine.
We would like to remind everyone aged 65-69 to register for their COVID-19 vaccine through the HSE’s online registration system or on the phone with HSELive.
Following the success of the online registration for people aged 65-69, we are inviting those aged 60-64 to register from Friday 23 April.
However, before we do, we want to remind those aged 65-69 who have yet to register to make sure to register as soon as possible. Everyone in this age group is now eligible to register including:
Frontline healthcare workers who haven’t gotten an appointment through their workplace
people aged 65-69 who have a health condition that puts them at very high risk (vaccine allocation Group 4) and who haven’t been given an appointment through their hospital or healthcare team
Online registration – information for patients and service users
People in this age group who are registering online will need: their Personal Public Service Number (PPSN), their Eircode, an email address or a mobile phone number. A friend or family member can help.
If someone is finding it difficult to go online and register or they can ring HSELive for support on 1850 24 1850 or 01 240 8787 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days.
If you don’t have a PPSN you can register on the phone with HSElive. Once registered the person will receive their vaccine appointment for the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.
If a person is deaf or hard of hearing, they can text HSELive on 086 1800 661 to register for your vaccination

Holy Hour
The Holy Hour will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 - 8pm and is available to be viewed on St. Fiacre’s webcam. All welcome to join us for this time of prayer and meditation.

Vocations Sunday
“The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out. When he has brought out his flock, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice.”
On this Good Shepherd Sunday we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life, especially for our diocese, that God will raise up good shepherds in our midst. Do you hear the voice of the Lord, the Good Shepherd calling you to a particular way of life? If you think God is calling you to serve the Church as a priest or in the consecrated life, contact the National Vocations Office, email: info@vocations.ie or vocations@ossory.ie.

Trócaire
Any outstanding Trócaire boxes should be dropped into the parish office this coming week as we would like to forward the monies to the Diocesan Office who will then forward it to Trócaire.

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so man offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Accord
Call the couples and relationship line on 01 531 3331, staffed by counsellors Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm. Counselling is also available to anyone wanting to talk through a relationship difficulty. Visit the accord.ie website to check for a convenient location and arrange a face to face appointment.

Safeguarding
Each person who volunteers in our Parish will need to complete a Safeguarding Volunteer Form which is available from the Parish Office. Also the leaders of groups who have children as members will need to complete a form and a garda vetting form and return it to the Parish Office. Please contact the Parish Office. Again thank you for your continued support which is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, 18th April 2021
‘You are Witnesses of these things’
Today’s Gospel is one of the resurrection accounts from St Luke’s Gospel. It begins with the disciples recalling their experience on the road to Emmaus and how they recognised Jesus in the breaking of the bread. The Gospel continues into another account of the Risen Jesus with his disciples. Jesus interrupts the disciple’s story and greets them with ‘Peace’ (Shalom) yet, in this account, they are terrified by this. Jesus shows them his wounds and Luke tells us that they are full of joy, but they still can’t believe it and think it is a ghost. Jesus shows them that he is no ghost as he asks for food and eats fish with them. Jesus then journeys with them back through the scriptures in order to open their minds. He speaks to them compassionately, trying to relieve their anxiety and fear.
Jesus tells the disciples that ‘you are witnesses of these things’. Luke wants to establish an important point, that these disciples are witnesses to the Resurrection, they ate with Jesus after his death and he opened their minds. The Resurrection accounts in the Gospels are not fantasy, they are the actual experiences of Jesus’ disciples. So often in Luke’s Gospel Jesus conveys his message through food and banquets, moments of celebration. The Risen Christ brings compassion and joy into difficult spaces. Today let us share with Jesus the situations in our lives which need an injection of compassion and Easter joy.
‘Every year the dull and dead in us meets our Easter challenge: to be open to the unexpected, to believe beyond our security, to welcome God in every form, and trust in our own greening.’ (Joyce Rupp)
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com 

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Angela Noriega. Michael ‘Paschal’ Foley, Dublin & Kilkenny.
Anniversaries: Betty Byrne. Peggy & Pat Banahan (Sun 9.30).  Jimmy O’Neill (Mon 9.30). Patsy Keogh (Tues 9.30). Mary Muldowney (Wed 9.30). Emmanuel Joseph English (Wed 10.30). George & Mary Moore (Sat 9.30).
Anniversary List: Josie & Bill O’Neill. Johnny & Mary Brennan. Ann Langan Murray. Ellen & Patrick Moran. Bridget Kelly.

 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)

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes
The time has come to return the Trócaire Family Fast boxes. Thanks to those who used the boxes during Lent to contribute to Trócaire’s work in combating the global water crisis. They can be dropped into the parish office.

Masses by Webcam

Mass from St. Patrick’s Church takes place by webcam every morning at 9.30am. The 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s will resume by webcam on Monday 19th April.

Holy Hour
Continuing each Monday & Wednesday evening during the Easter season from 7-8pm via webcam from St. Fiacre’s Church. All welcome to join us for this time of prayer and meditation.

Counselling Sessions
Over 3,200 sessions of counselling have been delivered to adults and children affected by cancer since the beginning of the pandemic. The Irish Cancer Society is urging anyone affected by their cancer experience, or that of a loved one , to contact their support line to avail of free counselling sessions. Those wishing to get in contact can call 1800 222 700 or email SupportLine@irishcancer.ie.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
Kilkenny Bereavement Support is a voluntary organisation that offers a free listening service to bereaved people of all ages. Since the arrival of Covid 19, we have not been able to offer face to face meetings. At the moment, we continue to support the bereaved by phone or by Zoom. People can discuss their preferred option with their bereavement support volunteer. To make an appointment, please phone 056-7756538 or email: director@kilkennybereavementsupport.com.

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.

Parish Contribution Envelopes
Many thanks to all who have returned their parish contribution envelopes and priests collection envelopes. Your support is greatly appreciated especially during these difficult times. Envelopes can be dropped in to the Parish Centre letterbox or the presbyteries. Again thank you for your continued support. If you wish to contribute to parish collections by envelope (weekly or monthly) or by standing order please contact the parish office and this can be arranged for you. Thank you also to those who distributed the envelopes for us this year. Your help is very much valued and appreciated. God bless you all.

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so man offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Samaritans - We are here for you
Every hour, every day, a Samaritan is waiting to answer your call. Please don’t suffer in silence. We are here today and always, on freephone 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.ie

Accord
Call the couples and relationship line on 01 531 3331, staffed by counsellors Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm. Counselling is also available to anyone wanting to talk through a relationship difficulty. Visit the accord.ie website to check for a convenient location and arrange a face to face appointment.

Safeguarding
Each person who volunteers in our Parish will need to complete a Safeguarding Volunteer Form which is available from the Parish Office. Also the leaders of groups who have children as members will need to complete a form and a garda vetting form and return it to the Parish Office. Please contact the Parish Office. Again thank you for your continued support which is greatly appreciated.

Sunday 11th April 2021
Shalom
We do not come through suffering and difficult times unscarred. We are changed by them. Often it brings some sort of growth into our lives and usually it is not a pleasant experience. We only have to think of the past year of lockdowns and isolation and fear. In Pope Francis’ new book, Let us Dream, he says ‘To enter into crisis is to be sifted. Your categories and ways of thinking get shaken up; your priorities and lifestyles are challenged. You cross a threshold, either by your own choice or by necessity, because there are crises, like the one we are going through, that you can’t avoid.’
Today’s Gospel shows us that even the most difficult situations can be transformed. The Risen Christ stands amongst the disciples even though the doors were firmly closed. The peace that he gives them (Shalom) is a peace of body, of mind and of spirit and it moves the disciples from despair and being ‘locked away’ to ‘rejoicing’. Jesus then asks the disciples to be an unending witness to God’s love. They, and we, are invited to be for others what Jesus has been for them. The Risen Jesus is active in all our lives and in the world around us, but we must be careful not to close ourselves off or let fear take over. John tells us that he writes these things so that we may come to believe and have life. Our call is to bring this peace and joy to others, ‘so I send you’. Who can you reach out to today?
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes
The time has come to return the Trócaire Family Fast boxes. Thanks to those who used the boxes during Lent to contribute to Trócaire’s work in combating the global water crisis. They can be dropped into the Parish Office from 12th April.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: John Malone Ballinalina. Anastatia Smith.
Anniversaries: Elizabeth McCorry. Gordon Deevy. Maura Devlin (Sun 9.30). Dan Fogarty (Mon 9.30).
Anniversary List: Dick and Tom Keating (Tue 9.30). Peter Alley. Billy Brennan. Michael O Reilly. Patrick (Paddy) Cahill. Michael Foley.

 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.

Counselling Sessions
Over 3,200 sessions of counselling have been delivered  to adults and children affected by cancer since the beginning of the pandemic.  The Irish Cancer Society is urging anyone affected by their cancer experience, or that of a loved one , to contact their support line to avail of free counselling sessions.  Those wishing to get in contact can call 1800 222 700 or email SupportLine@irishcancer.ie.

St. Patrick’s Parish Office
The Parish Office will reopen on Monday, 12th April at 9.00am.

 Covid 19  -
Our Churches continue to remain open for private prayer during this time. Please continue to follow best practice when visiting our Churches: Sanitise hands on entering and leaving,: follow coughing and sneezing etiquette,: keep 2 meter social distance: do not congregate in or near Church grounds. Please continue to reduce touching of items when in the Church. Please be aware that face coverings are required when visiting the churches and the parish centre. If we all continue to do our bit then it keeps everyone safe and will ensure a quicker return to normality. From the 3rd of January numbers allowed to attend weddings is reduced to six (6) and presently those attending funerals is reduced to ten (10). This includes the graveyard /cemetery. Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
Kilkenny Bereavement Support is a voluntary organisation that offers a free listening service to bereaved people of all ages. Since the arrival of Covid 19, we have not been able to offer face to face meetings. At the moment, we continue to support the bereaved by phone or by Zoom. People can discuss their preferred option with their bereavement support volunteer. To make an appointment, please phone 056-7756538 or email: director@kilkennybereavementsupport.com.

Masses by Webcam
Mass from St. Patrick’s Church will revert back to normal time this coming week every morning at 9.30am. We hope to have the webcam up and running soon in St. Fiacres Church and we can then resume our 10.30 am Mass. In the meantime thank you for your patience and watch this space for any future updates.

Holy Hour
Continuing each Monday & Wednesday evening during the Easter season from 7-8pm via webcam from St. Patrick’s Church. All welcome to join us for this time of prayer and meditation.

Parish Contribution Envelopes
Many thanks to all who have returned their parish contribution envelopes and priests collection envelopes. Your support is greatly appreciated especially during these difficult times. Envelopes can be dropped in to the Parish Centre letterbox or the presbyteries. Again thank you for your continued support. If you wish to contribute to parish collections by envelope (weekly or monthly) or by standing order please contact the parish office and this can be arranged for you. Thank you also to those who distributed the envelopes for us this year. Your help is very much valued and appreciated. God bless you all.

A prayer for Ossory
Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so man offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Library
Our libraries are closed at present due to Level 5 restrictions but you can access our online services 24/7 at www.kilkennylibrary.ie.
Door to door service: Did you know, library members in Kilkenny that are over 65 years of age can avail of a personalised Door to Door delivery service? If you are not a member of the library, our staff will set this up over the phone for you, or you can set it up online through kilkennylibrary.ie
Our library staff will phone you to find out what you like reading, listening to or watching, and your pack will be prepared and delivered to your door in our next round of deliveries in your area!
If you would like to avail of this service, phone your local library or ring library headquarters on 056 7794160. See kilkennylibrary.ie for more information.

Sunday 4th April 2021, Easter Sunday 

Easter Blessing
Fr. Roderick and Fr. Peter extend their Easter Blessings to you all. We celebrate with you the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead and with you we sing Alleluia. Though this past year has been a particularly different year because of the restrictions due to the Coronavirus, we are united in our faith – a faith that promises that after darkness comes light. And as Jesus has risen from the dead to dispel death, darkness and fear, we can take comfort in knowing that this difficult time for each one of us will soon pass. Though we are separated physically at this time we are united spiritually in faith. The same God who resides in our tabernacle resides to in your home and within each one of us. He will bring us through this time of testing to a new brighter day when these dark days will become a distant memory. Until then, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distant future. Happy Easter, stay safe.

St. Patrick’s Parish Office
The Parish Office will close to the public on Wednesday 31st March at 5pm and reopen on Monday, 12th April at 9.00am. In the meantime priests will be available on 056 776 4400 or on their mobiles.

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.

Online Mass
This coming week, Mass will be celebrated by webcam at 11am each morning from St. Patricks Church via webcam.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Ray Nolan (Fri 11.00). Angela Kearney, Smithsland Court. Ruth Butler, Dukesmeadows. Brendan Reidy College Rd.
Anniversaries: Carmel Boyd. Ellen Pattison (Sun 9.30). Jim Cantwell & Mary Cantwell (Mon 11.00). Breda Lennon (Tues 11.00). Paddy Hanley (Wed 11.00).
Anniversary List: Michael Leahy. Lil Morris. Mary Dollard. Annie & Dick Burke. Ann Walsh.

 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)

Counselling Sessions
Over 3,200 sessions of counselling have been delivered  to adults and children affected by cancer since the beginning of the pandemic.  The Irish Cancer Society is urging anyone affected by their cancer experience, or that of a loved one , to contact their support line to avail of free counselling sessions.  Those wishing to get in contact can call 1800 222 700 or email SupportLine@irishcancer.ie.

Many thanks
Thank you to all of you who joined us by webcam for the celebration of our Holy week ceremonies.

Mother Teresa’s Wisdom
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Early on the first day of the week
Today we celebrate the highpoint of the Christian calendar, Easter. The Gospel tells us that Mary Magdalen is the first witness to the Resurrection, she is the first to bring this Good News to others, the first preacher of the Resurrection. ‘It was still dark …’ when Mary went to the tomb but it was also the ‘first day of the week’, a new beginning, like the first warm day of Spring. We can all recall situations in our lives which seemed so dark, where we felt that there was no light at the end of the tunnel. But the Easter story shows us that transformation is always possible. There comes a point during dark times that we realise something has changed, the stone has rolled away. Let the linen wrappings in this text today represent all that keeps us from being free; all that keeps us captive, emotionally, physically, spiritually, in our broken relationships and struggling communities. As we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, many people are longing for this situation to ease, to lift. The Easter Gospel shows us that even the most difficult of situations can bring transformation. A question we can ask today, is where have we seen the Risen Christ during this crisis? In the frontline workers, in good neighbours and friends. Where are we being called to share Easter joy with others?
‘Jesus you are with us. Keep us ever mindful of how you are a part of our lives in a deep and profound way. Surprise us with a touch of your love in places where we never thought that we would find you.’ (Joyce Rupp)
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Love Overcame

Love overcame
Emerging from a cold tomb
All the truth, majesty and creativity
of a living God
Transforming a broken heart
Making a quiet return,
in a still and sorrowful garden
The grave stone rolled away,
to release redemptive love
Jesus resurrected and restored
Comforts a weeping woman
Speaks with travellers on a journey
Meets with his faithful friends
And they bow down before Christ alive
And acknowledged that the saviour has arrived That the word of God has come alive
And that the extraordinary transformation of heaven and earth
Is complete
Julie Palmer

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes
The time has come to return the Trócaire Family Fast boxes. Thanks to those who used the boxes during Lent to contribute to Trócaire’s work in combating the global water crisis.
They can be dropped into the Parish Office from 12th April.

  Sunday 28th March 2021, Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
Today, we enter the holiest week of our liturgical year, celebrating in a very solemn manner the passion, death, and resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The Holy Week timetable for our parish is printed on the front of this newsletter. Please make time for at least some of the ceremonies and stations which will be celebrated during the week.
A good start would be to join via webcam from St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Mass of Chrism at 7.30pm on this Wednesday, 31st March.
May this week be truly holy for you and may you experience that sense of wonder and gratitude that Christ made such a sacrifice, his very self, to Our Father, that we might, free from sin, serve him in holiness and justice all the days of our lives.
“Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.”

Holy Week Ceremonies
The following ceremonies for Holy Week will take place via webcam from St. Patrick’s Church.
Holy Thursday
Morning prayer - 10.30am
Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 7pm
Good Friday
Morning prayer - 10.30am
Stations of the Cross - 12noon
The Passion of the Lord - 3pm
Stations of the Cross - 7.30pm
Holy Saturday
Morning prayer - 10.30am.
Easter Vigil—9pm.
Easter Sunday - 9.30am & 11am.
Easter Monday - 11am.

Parish Triduum Celebrations

We invite all members of our parish - young and old - to make an effort to join with us via webcam during the solemn celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. Young and old are invited to put aside just a little time on these special days to join our local Christian Community in commemorating the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Please go to www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com and click on Webcam - St. Patrick’s for each of the ceremonies.

Palm
There will be a limited amount of Palm available from the porches in St. Patrick’s & St. Fiacre’s Churches on Palm Sunday. Please make sure to sanitize your hands before and after taking some.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Fr. John Hand, Dublin.  June Dowling, Isle of  Wight.
Months Mind: Peter Maher.
Anniversaries: John O’Sullivan. Lena McCarthy (Sun 9.30).
Anniversaries List: Denis Murphy. Tess Burke. James “Jim” McGrath. Mary Delaney. Sheila Ramsbottom.
Birthday Remembrance: Billy Wallace.

Solemn Easter Vigil
We particularly invite all parishioners to celebrate the Solemn Easter Vigil which begins at 9.00pm on Saturday evening April 3rd. This event, which is celebrated via webcam in St. Patrick’s Church, should be the highlight of the year for those who believe that Christ died for our sins and rose again to save us from eternal damnation.

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)

Holy Hour
The Holy Hour continues this Monday 29th March from 7-8pm via webcam from St. Patrick’s Church. Many thanks to you all for joining with us each week during Lent.

St. Patrick’s Parish Office
The Parish Office will close to the public on Wednesday 31st March at 5pm and reopen on Monday, 12th April at 9.00am. In the meantime priests will be available on 056 776 4400 or on their mobiles.

Clocks go forward
Don’t forget, the clocks go forward by 1 hour this weekend. Summer time begins.

The journey of discipleship
Our opening reading from Mark’s Gospel captures the elation of the crowds who welcome Jesus in Jerusalem. They spread greenery on the road in front of him, they lift their voices in praise, singing ‘Hosanna! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!’ But their hope and loyalty is short-lived, as we discover in our reading of the Passion. Jesus is left almost alone to face humiliation and death. His followers have heard his radical message of reversal and upheaval, but when it comes down to it, the challenge is too much. We are told ‘they all deserted him and ran away’. While Peter follows Jesus at a distance, he is soon denying he even knows him. Soon, the crowds are shouting for Jesus to be crucified.
We are very familiar with the Passion Gospel and it can be tempting to allow ourselves to tune out, particularly when it comes to the unpleasant parts. We do not like to think of ourselves as part of the mob shouting ‘Crucify him!’ Yet if we enter fully into the experience, we can see ourselves in the story. When things are going well, it is easy to praise God and shout ‘Hosanna!’, and promise we will not lose faith. There are other times we fall asleep, become complacent. And then there are days when we struggle, when we are confused or do not know what God expects of us or whether we are able to handle the difficult times. We pull away from God. The different disciples display this range of human reactions and emotions. This week, Holy Week, we are the disciples walking with Jesus on a journey that leads to the cross. And yet here at the cross, we find Mary Magdalene and the other female disciples, and Joseph of Arimathaea. We know the story is not over for these disciples, or for Peter and the others. The journey of discipleship is just beginning.
‘We don’t have to be able to articulate all the logic of what is happening now. But Christians walk on with the conviction that there is One who does make sense of the apparent madness of shattered human dreams.’ (Bishop Donal McKeown)
Tríona Doherty, Email trionad@gmail.com

Parish Contribution Envelopes
The new contribution envelopes are ready and can be collected from the Parish Office. Any boxes that are not collected will be posted. Many thanks for your continued support.

Covid 19
Our Churches continue to remain open for private prayer during this time. Please continue to follow best practice when visiting our Churches: Sanitise hands on entering and leaving,: follow coughing and sneezing etiquette,: keep 2 meter social distance: do not congregate in or near Church grounds. Please continue to reduce touching of items when in the Church. Please be aware that face coverings are required when visiting the churches and the parish centre. If we all continue to do our bit then it keeps everyone safe and will ensure a quicker return to normality. Government and HSE policy dictates that Baptisms cannot take place under the present restrictions. Once restrictions are lifted then Baptisms in our parish will be able to resume. From the 3rd of January numbers allowed to attend weddings is reduced to six (6) and presently those attending funerals is reduced to ten (10). This includes the graveyard /cemetery.
Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes
The time has come to return the Trócaire Family Fast boxes. Thanks to those who used the boxes during Lent to contribute to Trócaire’s work in combating the global water crisis. They can be dropped into the Parish Office from 12th April.

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.

Humility, Love & Forgiveness -
 Palm Sunday Reflection
This Sunday, we gather to remember the passion of Jesus and to enter into its mystery. The story of Jesus’ passion is filled with drama, violence and suffering. Yet, the key messages are about peace, love, humility and forgiveness. It is a difficult story for us to hear, and to journey through, but we cannot hurry through it; it slows us down as it unfolds. We hear the story today on Palm Sunday, and we hear it again on Good Friday. It draws us in, even when we would rather turn away, as we relive the shocking brutality that Jesus suffered. A shocking brutality, that is, sadly also evident in our world today, in places where life is not valued.
Jesus enters Jerusalem being hailed as a King and a hero – he had healed the sick, and raised the dead to life; normally a triumphant King, entering a city, would enter on a regal chariot with a stately stallion, flanked by soldiers in a victory procession. Jesus’ entry was very different – he entered Jerusalem on a colt – the foal of a donkey. His followers laid palm branches before him as he made his way in. His entry was not one of flourish and flair – he entered Jerusalem in meekness and humility. The colt and palm branches are symbols of the peace that he offers to his people. His earthly beginnings were humble – born in a stable and laid in a manger. His final days on earth were also humble – the wood of the manger, replaced by the wood of the cross.
Jesus knew what awaited him in Jerusalem; betrayal, rejection and crucifixion. Yet, he entered willingly into it, enduring all of these on our behalf.
We encounter several examples of Jesus’ betrayal in the story of the passion. The betrayal of Jesus by Judas shows us a man whose loyalty was undermined by his desire for money – he sold his loyalty to Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. He thought he could get a better deal by siding with the High Priests’ soldiers.
Is there an element of Judas in us?
Do we sometimes stray away from the right path because we think that we might gain more in the short term by following an easier path?
A second example of betrayal is when Peter denies Jesus 3 times. Peter was one of the good guys yet when it came to the crunch, through fear, he denied that he knew Jesus – his human weakness overtook his honourable side in the moment.
Do we sometimes experience situations where we are paralysed by fear and find it difficult to make the right choice?
A third example of betrayal is when the crowd who welcomed Jesus with jubilation when he arrived in Jerusalem later turned on him to demand the release of Barabbas and to ask Pilate to have Jesus crucified.
Do we sometimes allow ourselves to be pulled along with the crowd instead of standing up and speaking out when we see an injustice?
There is a significant message of hope for us in the midst of all this betrayal – despite the fact that Jesus knew Judas would betray him he still chose him as a disciple. Despite the fact that Peter was not courageous enough to identify himself as a follower of Jesus, Jesus still chose him as the rock on which to build his Church. Despite the fact that the crowd turned against Jesus he still laid down his life for them.
The message for us is that God’s love for us is so immense that he is always ready to forgive us and walk with us, guiding us in choosing the right path and helping us through the rocky patches. We are called to be steady in our trust of God, even when our hope is challenged. The passion is a clear reminder that even those that stumble are given the opportunity to be forgiven and continue to spread the good news; to be signs and bearers of God’s love and compassion to those that we meet along our journey.
Rose O’Connor and Patrick Sullivan


Sunday 21st March 2021, Fifth Sunday of Lent
‘We should like to see Jesus’
Those poor Greeks. Did you notice that they never actually get to meet Jesus? At the start of today’s gospel, some Greeks who are followers of Jesus come to Jerusalem. They are travellers, outsiders, and would like to meet Jesus in person. But when Philip and Andrew relay the request, Jesus begins to talk about how his ‘hour’ is coming. It is the last we hear of the Greeks, who disappear from the story altogether.
But they are important nonetheless. Firstly, they indicate that word about Jesus is spreading. More importantly, they prompt Jesus to reveal that, when his hour comes, he will draw ‘all people’ to himself. In the space of a few short verses, we go from a brief mention of a group of foreigners seeking Jesus, to Jesus making it clear that his saving mission is for all people, of all nations, both Jews and Gentiles – including these Greeks! There is no suggestion from Jesus that some groups are ‘in’ and others ‘out’. All are included. All are invited. All are welcome.
I remember once hearing someone describe their home as a domestic church, a place of ‘indiscriminate welcome’. As we continue our journey through Lent and soon into Holy Week, we listen carefully to these words of Jesus. He came for everyone. He wishes to draw all people to himself. Notwithstanding the current restrictions on gatherings and public worship, let us take this time to reflect on the world we would like to build when things open up again. Are we open to everyone, including ‘outsiders’? Do our homes, parishes and communities radiate welcome, where all who enter experience God’s love?
‘For some, the good news is that there are insiders and outsiders and they are the insiders. For others, the good news is that there are no outsiders.’ (Rachel Held Evans)
Tríona Doherty, Email: trionad@gmail.com

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.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Richard ‘Dick’ Dunne, Kells Road & The Bronx, New York.
Anniversaries: Pat Mullins. Mary O’Brien (Sun 9.30). Chris Kenny (Mon 9.30).
Anniversary List: Michael McInerney. Anne Butler. Mary Ann Power. Johanna, Philip & John Larkin. Leonila Deegan. Phil Delaney. Anthony & Mary Cantwell.

Preparing for the Sacraments
The Adult Faith Development Group have asked Mgr. Liam Bergin, a Sacramental Theologian, and one of the priests of the Diocese of Ossory, currently serving in Boston College to lead an evening for all parents of all children preparing to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation this year. It is being freely offered to all in the Diocese as a resource to help.
This 45 min webinar will take place on Monday 22nd March at 7.30pm. We invite you to avail of this excellent support and we encourage all parents to attend. Please contact the parish office on 0567764400 or email stpatricksparish@ossory.ie for a link to this webinar.

AFD Lenten Programme
Preparing for the Sacraments  -  Join with Sacramental Theologian and Lecturer in Boston College, Rev. Dr Liam Bergin who will lead a reflection of the importance of sacramental preparation. Monday, 22nd March at 7.30pm.
Thought for the day eBook - Why not download the simple Thought for the Day eBook, free, from the Diocesan website of iBook Store.
Sundays of Lent eBook - Why not download the Sunday’s of Lent eBook, free, from the Diocesan website or iBooks Store. Short reflections on the gospels of each Sunday as we make our Lenten journey.
Lectio Divina—Each Monday night of Lent for a virtual gathering of Lectio Divina.

Gardening
Gardening at the Parish Centre will resume next Monday evening from 5pm. If you are interested in helping out please contact the parish office 056 776 4400. All Covid 19 regulations will apply.

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)

Holy Hour
Continuing each Monday & Wednesday evening during lent from 7-8pm via webcam from St. Patrick’s Church.

Contribution Envelopes
The new contribution envelopes are ready and can be collected from the Parish Office. Any boxes that are not collected will be posted. Many thanks for your continued support.

Daffodil Day
An online service celebrating Daffodil Day will take place via webcam from St. Patrick’s Church on Friday 26th March at 7.30pm.

Covid 19
Our Churches continue to remain open for private prayer during this time. Please continue to follow best practice when visiting our Churches: Sanitise hands on entering and leaving,: follow coughing and sneezing etiquette,: keep 2 meter social distance: do not congregate in or near Church grounds. Please continue to reduce touching of items when in the Church. Please be aware that face coverings are required when visiting the churches and the parish centre. If we all continue to do our bit then it keeps everyone safe and will ensure a quicker return to normality. Government and HSE policy dictates that Baptisms cannot take place under the present restrictions. Once restrictions are lifted then Baptisms in our parish will be able to resume. From the 3rd of January numbers allowed to attend weddings is reduced to six (6) and presently those attending funerals is reduced to ten (10). This includes the graveyard /cemetery.
Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.

Counselling Sessions
Over 3,200 sessions of counselling have been delivered  to adults and children affected by cancer since the beginning of the pandemic.  The Irish Cancer Society is urging anyone affected by their cancer experience, or that of a loved one , to contact their support line to avail of free counselling sessions.  Those wishing to get in contact can call 1800 222 700 or email SupportLine@irishcancer.ie.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
Kilkenny Bereavement Support is a voluntary organisation that offers a free listening service to bereaved people of all ages. Since the arrival of Covid 19, we have not been able to offer face to face meetings. At the moment, we continue to support the bereaved by phone or by Zoom. People can discuss their preferred option with their bereavement support volunteer. To make an appointment, please phone 056-7756538. or
email: director@kilkennybereavementsupport.com.

Safeguarding
Each person who volunteers in our Parish will need to complete a Safeguarding Volunteer Form which is available from the Parish Office. Also the leaders of groups who have children as members will need to complete a form and a garda vetting form and return it to the Parish Office. Please contact the Parish Office. Again thank you for your continued support which is greatly appreciated.

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Sunday 14th March, 4th Sunday of Lent

Out into the light
Today, the ‘middle’ Sunday of Lent, is known as Laetare Sunday – Laetare means ‘Rejoice!’ We tend not to think of Lent as a time to rejoice, but signs of joy are central at Mass today, such as the use of flowers on the altar and rose-coloured vestments for the priest instead of the usual Lenten purple. The shadow of the cross still looms large, but we look forward with hope to Easter, when light will conquer the darkness.
We are offered an opportunity today to pause and reflect on our Lenten journey. In our gospel we hear that ‘the [person] who lives by the truth comes out into the light’. On the other hand, Jesus says that those who ‘prefer darkness to the light’ live in fear that their actions will be exposed.
We hear a lot of talk these days about transparency. We have seen the damage caused by those whose private actions gravely contradict the message they proclaim in the public sphere. Some questions we might ask ourselves this Lent are: Am I living a truthful life ‘in the light’? Am I honest in my dealings with others, trying always to choose what is right and just, or are there things I do in secret that are unkind or dishonest? Am I attentive to the needs of others or am I more inclined to think of myself? Lent offers us the opportunity to step out into the light, to allow the light of Jesus to sweep away any darkness or destructive habits and to begin again.
‘We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence, and we are able share it with others; when we know when to smile with those who smile, and weep with those who weep; when we accompany those who are sad and at risk of losing hope; when we recount our experience of faith to those who are searching for meaning and happiness… and there – with our attitude, with our witness, with our life – we say ‘Jesus is Risen,’ with our soul.’ (Pope Francis)
Tríona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

Holy Hour
Continuing each Monday & Wednesday evening during lent from 7-8pm via webcam from St. Patrick’s Church.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Alan Randall, Melville Heights. Matthew Cantwell, Scotland & late of St. Frances Terrace.  Kathleen Angland, England & late of St Fiacre’s Place.
Anniversaries: Kathleen O’Neill. Joe & Joan Costigan. Jamie Brennan. Joseph O’Neill (Sun 9.30). Bridget Eardly. Molly Johnston (Wed 9.30).
Anniversary List:  Kitty Cagley. Michael & Mary Conway. Denis Gorey. Bridget Johnson. Richard & Mary Brennan. Paddy & Billy Brennan. Mary Hickey. Paddy Larkin.  Robert “Bobby” Brannigan.

St. Patrick’s Day Masses
Bishop Denis Nulty will celebrate Mass for St. Patrick’s Day via webcam on Tuesday evening at 6.15pm from St. St Patrick’s Church. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday via webcam at 9.30am and 11am (bilingual) from St. Patrick’s Church.

St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

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.

Contribution Envelopes
The new contribution envelopes are ready and can be collected from the Parish Office. Any boxes that are not collected will be posted. Many thanks for your continued support.

Happy Mothers’ Day
We wish all our mothers a very happy day and join in praying in thanksgiving for their love.
Gracious God, we thank you for adopting us into your family through the miracle of your grace, and for calling us to be brothers and sisters to each other.
Today, loving God, we pray for our mothers:
who cared for us when we were helpless,
who comforted us when we were hurt,
whose love and care we often took for granted.
Today we pray for:
those who are grieving the loss of their mother,
those who never knew their biological mother, and now yearn for her;
those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother’s love;
those families separated by war or conflict.
Lord, give them special blessings. Keep us united with you and with each other, so that we can be and become all that we are meant to be.
Amen.

Preparing for the Sacraments
The Adult Faith Development Group have asked Mgr. Liam Bergin, a Sacramental Theologian, and one of the priests of the Diocese of Ossory, currently serving in Boston College to lead an evening for all parents of all children preparing to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation this year. It is being freely offered to all in the Diocese as a resource to help.
This 45 min webinar will take place on Monday 22nd March at 7.30pm. We invite you to avail of this excellent support and we encourage all parents to attend. Please contact the parish office on 0567764400 or email stpatricksparish@ossory.ie for a link to this webinar.

Message from An Garda Siochána
Gardaí are receiving a number of complaints in relation to fraudulent & illegal scams. The scams can come in the form of texts, emails, telephone calls to you mobile or landline or even through social media. They can be difficult to spot as the correspondence claims to come from a reputable organisation such as you bank, card issuer or even a government department such as Revenue. The message can appear within a genuine thread of text messages that you may have received from a legitimate organisation.
Anyone can fall victim to these scams, however gardaí are asking the public to make vulnerable persons aware of them.
Be suspicious of text messages received out of the blue that claim to come from a reputable organisation, such as a bank or credit/debit card issuer.
Be cautious of text messages that prompt you to call a phone number or visit a website to resolve an issue or verify your details urgently.
Do not respond to text messages that request personal information, such as your bank details.
Never reply to text messages that request you PIN, online banking password, or any other password.
Be wary about calling any phone number, or clicking any link, that is embedded within a text message.
Examples of recent fraudulent messages that have been receive are purporting to be from Revenue, Amazon, Various couriers/delivery companies, financial institutions, Covid-19 related among others.

Gardening
Gardening at the Parish Centre will resume next Monday evening from 5pm. If you are interested in helping out please contact the parish office 056 776 4400. All Covid 19 regulations will apply.

AFD Lenten Programme
Preparing for the Sacraments - Join us for a virtual gathering to explore the importance of preparing to celebrate the Sacraments. Join with Sacramental Theologian and Lecturer in Boston College, Rev. Dr Liam Bergin who will lead a reflection of the importance of preparation. Monday, 22nd March at 7.30pm.
Thought for the day eBook - Why not download the simple Thought for the Day eBook, free, from the Diocesan website of iBook Store.
Sundays of Lent eBook - Why not download the Sunday’s of Lent eBook, free, from the Diocesan website or iBooks Store. Short reflections on the gospels of each Sunday as we make our Lenten journey.
Lectio Divina—Each Monday night of Lent for a virtual gathering of Lectio Divina.
Lent Texts - Sign up for a free daily thought sent to you by text message. A little prompt on your phone to pause each day during this Lenten journey. Text you number to 085 831 3100 to sign up.
Lent Tweets - Follow @OssoryDiocese for a simple thought each day during this Lenten Journey.
Contact afd@ossory.ie for a link to any of the above programmes.
Trocaire Boxes
The 2021 campaign tells the stories of two families in South Sudan whose lives have been impacted by conflict. Boxes are available in all our churches.

Parish Office 
The Parish Office can be contacted in any of the following ways:
Telephone: 056 776 4400.
Email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie.
Whats app & text: 086 736 1563.
Facebook: facebook.com/StPatricksKK


Sunday 7th March 2021, 3rd Sunday of Lent


A question of authority
It is tough at times to figure out who has authority on certain issues. There are ‘experts’ everywhere, telling us how we should eat, exercise, manage our finances… the list goes on. Something that has struck me during the current pandemic is how hard it can be to know who to believe. We hear from doctors, virologists, politicians and economists, and their opinions don’t always align. It can take us a while to trust the voices we hear in the media.
The Temple scene in today’s gospel sparks a debate about Jesus’ authority. While he certainly cuts an authoritative figure as he drives out the stall-holders and money-changers, he is immediately questioned. The Jews demand a sign to explain his provocative words and actions as if to say ‘Who do you think you are?’ It is interesting to note that in John’s Gospel, this scene takes place at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry (unlike the Synoptic Gospels where it comes towards the end). This would explain the disbelief of the witnesses.
In calling the Temple ‘my Father’s house’ Jesus identifies the source of his authority. But his interrogators do not understand, nor do this disciples, though we are told it later makes sense to them after the resurrection. This scene offers more than an angry Jesus and a clueless audience. It is a public revelation of Jesus’ identity and authority, as the one in whom God’s presence dwells. It also emphasises the radical new way of living that Jesus has come to bring about. As we journey through Lent, we ask ourselves where the message of Jesus has become obstructed in our lives, and how we might open our hearts again to his presence and guidance.
‘I invite all Christians, everywhere, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them… The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realise that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.’ (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium)
Tríona Doherty,  trionad@gmail.com

Holy Hour

Continuing each Monday & Wednesday evening during lent from 7-8pm via webcam from St. Patrick’s Church.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Cora Lawless, Dublin & Larchfield, Kilkenny. Paul O’Beirne, Cedarwood Drive.
Months Mind: Nancy O’Sullivan (Sat 9.30).
Anniversaries: Vincent Morrissey. Lulu Lynch (Sun 9.30). Mary & Ann O’Shea (Mon 9.30).
Billy Mullally (Wed 9.30).
Anniversary List: Michael & Mary Brannigan.
Catherine Cullen. Denis Gorey. Patrick Brennan. Margaret Moran. Rose Cantwell. Tom Thompson. Jack Fitzpatrick. Sheila Delaney. Edward ‘Ned’ Delaney.

Contribution Envelopes
The new contribution envelopes are ready for distribution. Anyone who is passing the parish office and would like to collect there own box of envelopes, can do so. Any boxes that have not been collected will be posted. Thank you for your continued support.

Gardening
Gardening at the Parish Centre will resume next Monday evening from 5pm. If you are interested in helping out please contact the parish office 056 776 4400. All Covid 19 restrictions will apply.

Masses by Webcam
Mass from St. Patrick’s Church every morning at 9.30am. We are still having trouble with the webcam in St. Fiacre’s Church, installing new broadband seems to be a bigger job than we first thought. We will keep you updated.

Covid 19
Our Churches continue to remain open for private prayer during this time. Please continue to follow best practice when visiting our Churches: Sanitise hands on entering and leaving,: follow coughing and sneezing etiquette,: keep 2 meter social distance: do not congregate in or near Church grounds. Please continue to reduce touching of items when in the Church. Please be aware that face coverings are required when visiting the churches and the parish centre. If we all continue to do our bit then it keeps everyone safe and will ensure a quicker return to normality. Government and HSE policy dictates that Baptisms cannot take place under the present restrictions. Once restrictions are lifted then Baptisms in our parish will be able to resume. From the 3rd of January numbers allowed to attend weddings is reduced to six (6) and presently those attending funerals is reduced to ten (10). This includes the graveyard /cemetery.
Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.

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.

AFD Lenten Programme
The Bible - Our Friend - Join us for a virtual gathering to explore the Bible and its importance in the Christian tradition. with Fr. Sean Maher, Kildare & Leighlin, Monday 8th March at 7.30pm.
Preparing for the Sacraments - Join us for a virtual gathering to explore the importance of preparing to celebrate the Sacraments. Join with Sacramental Theologian and Lecturer in Boston College, Rev. Dr Liam Bergin who will lead a reflection of the importance of preparation. Monday, 22nd March at 7.30pm.
Thought for the day eBook - Why not download the simple Thought for the Day eBook, free, from the Diocesan website of iBook Store.
Sundays of Lent eBook - Why not download the Sunday’s of Lent eBook, free, from the Diocesan website or iBooks Store. Short reflections on the gospels of each Sunday as we make our Lenten journey.
Lectio Divina—Each Monday night of Lent for a virtual gathering of Lectio Divina.
Lent Texts - Sign up for a free daily thought sent to you by text message. A little prompt on your phone to pause each day during this Lenten journey. Text you number to 085 831 3100 to sign up.
Lent Tweets - Follow @OssoryDiocese for a simple thought each day during this Lenten Journey.
Contact afd@ossory.ie for a link to any of the above programmes.

Trocaire Boxes
The 2021 campaign tells the stories of two families in South Sudan whose lives have been impacted by conflict. Boxes are available in all our churches.

Parish Office
The Parish Office can be contacted in any of the following ways:
Telephone: 056 776 4400.
Email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie.
Whats app & text: 086 736 1563.
Facebook: facebook.com/StPatricksKK

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)

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
Kilkenny Bereavement Support is a voluntary organisation that offers a free listening service to bereaved people of all ages. Since the arrival of Covid 19, we have not been able to offer face to face meetings. At the moment, we continue to support the bereaved by phone or by Zoom. People can discuss their preferred option with their bereavement support volunteer. To make an appointment, please phone 056-7756538. or
email: director@kilkennybereavementsupport.com.


Sunday, 28th February 2021 - 2nd Sunday of Lent

Transfiguration

Can you recall a time when you had an ‘aha moment’? One of those moments when something suddenly makes perfect sense to you. It may have been a long time coming, a combination of various pieces of a jigsaw fitting together or it may be an insight you received from spiritual practice. These are special moments. We are never quite the same afterwards, something changes, even a small thing, but something in us changes. These moments move us outside of ourselves or beyond ourselves in some way. They are moments of transfiguration. In the Gospel today, Peter is desperate to stay on the mountain in that blissful moment with Jesus, so much so that he offers to build tents. One can understand Peter’s request, after such an experience of course he would want to stay there. What moments of encounter in your own life do you recall? An encounter where you simply did not want it to end? It may be something very deep and meaningful which gave you a glimpse of God or a moment of complete contentment?
As with all blissful moments, the disciples must come down from the mountaintop. Jesus’ way involves walking a very different path, a path that will not be so easy. Jesus’ way us different to what Peter may have had in mind. These moments of Transfiguration strengthen us all for walking the more difficult paths, sustaining us on the way.
‘The Lord is more constant and far more extravagant than it seems to imply. Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don’t have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see. Only, who could have the courage to see it? (Marilynne Robinson)
Jane Mellett, mellett@gmail.com

Holy Hour
Continuing each Monday & Wednesday evening during lent from 7-8pm via webcam from St. Patrick’s Church.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Gary Halpin, St. Thomas Square. Liam Dwane, formerly Connolly St & Derbyshire (Tues 9.30). Remigijus Sinkevicius, Callan Road. Tessie Whelan nee Hayes, London and formerly of Rioch St, died in England. Eleanor Brophy, Riverside Drive & Patrick St.
Anniversaries: Mamie Byrne. Eamonn Muldowney. (Sun 9.30). Tess & Jack Kelly (Sat 9.30.
Anniversary List: Thomas Dooley. Michael & Ann Purcell. Michael McKane, Maura Delaney. Michael McGrath. Margaret Nyhan. Noel Glynn. Carmel & Jack Byrne. John & Brigid O’Rourke. Margaret Rowe. Michael & Mary Tyrrell. Bridget & John Dunne. Catherine Hennessy. Nan Purcell. Margaret Treacy.

Masses by Webcam
Mass from St. Patrick’s Church every morning at 9.30am. We are still having trouble with the webcam in St. Fiacre’s Church, installing new broadband seems to be a bigger job than we first thought. We will keep you updated.

Dumping in Foulkstown Cemetery
We have had a report of people dumping in Foulkstown Cemetery. Please do not leave whittered flowers and plants under the seats or anywhere else in the cemetery. Take them home and dispose of them there. The cemetery is a place where our deceased loved ones are at rest and it is very disrespectful to our dead to leave rubbish behind. Be aware the there are cameras in the cemetery and we will be keeping an eye on the situation.

Covid 19
Our Churches continue to remain open for private prayer during this time. Please continue to follow best practice when visiting our Churches: Sanitise hands on entering and leaving,: follow coughing and sneezing etiquette,: keep 2 meter social distance: do not congregate in or near Church grounds. Please continue to reduce touching of items when in the Church. Please be aware that face coverings are required when visiting the churches and the parish centre. If we all continue to do our bit then it keeps everyone safe and will ensure a quicker return to normality. Government and HSE policy dictates that Baptisms cannot take place under the present restrictions. Once restrictions are lifted then Baptisms in our parish will be able to resume. From the 3rd of January numbers allowed to attend weddings is reduced to six (6) and presently those attending funerals is reduced to ten (10). This includes the graveyard /cemetery. Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.

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.

Trocaire Boxes
The 2021 campaign tells the stories of two families in South Sudan whose lives have been impacted by conflict. Boxes are available in all our churches.

AFD Lenten Programme
The Bible - Our Friend - Join us for a virtual gathering to explore the Bible and its importance in the Christian tradition. with Fr. Sean Maher, Kildare & Leighlin, Monday 8th March at 7.30pm.
Dying with Dignity? A reflection - Join us for a virtual gathering to explore the Dying with Dignity Bill with Moral theologian Rev. Dr Michael Shortall who will lead us in a short reflection on this controversial bill facing the Irish people. Monday, 1st March at 7.30pm.
Preparing for the Sacraments - Join us for a virtual gathering to explore the importance of preparing to celebrate the Sacraments. Join with Sacramental Theologian and Lecturer in Boston College, Rev. Dr Liam Bergin who will lead a reflection of the importance of preparation. date to be confirmed.
Thought for the day eBook - Why not download the simple Thought for the Day eBook, free, from the Diocesan website of iBook Store.
Sundays of Lent eBook - Why not download the Sunday’s of Lent eBook, free, from the Diocesan website or iBooks Store. Short reflections on the gospels of each Sunday as we make our Lenten journey.
Lectio Divina—Each Monday night of Lent for a virtual gathering of Lectio Divina.
Lent Texts - Sign up for a free daily thought sent to you by text message. A little prompt on your phone to pause each day during this Lenten journey. Text you number to 085 831 3100 to sign up.
Lent Tweets - Follow @OssoryDiocese for a simple thought each day during this Lenten Journey.
Contact afd@ossory.ie for a link to any of the above programmes.

Parish Office
The Parish Office can be contacted in any of the following ways:
Telephone: 056 776 4400.
Email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie.
Whats app & text: 086 736 1563.
Facebook: facebook.com/StPatricksKK

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)

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
Kilkenny Bereavement Support is a voluntary organisation that offers a free listening service to bereaved people of all ages. Since the arrival of Covid 19, we have not been able to offer face to face meetings. At the moment, we continue to support the bereaved by phone or by Zoom. People can discuss their preferred option with their bereavement support volunteer. To make an appointment, please phone 056-7756538. or
email: director@kilkennybereavementsupport.com.


Sunday, 21st February 2021  - 1st Sunday of LentWilderness
On this first Sunday of Lent, we are invited to embrace the wilderness. The past year has given us experience of wilderness as our world battled a pandemic. Many people were afraid, isolated, alone, and uncertain of what the future would bring. Humanity was adrift in what seemed like a desert moment. However, wilderness can bring opportunity. It can be a time for deep reflection, where we take stock of what is most important to us, a chance to let go of things that are really not important and focus on where we are being called to be. During this past year, what opportunity did this wilderness offer you?
Lent is also a time where people give up something, focus on weight loss or getting fit, take on a course, try to better themselves in some way. And these can be good things, but Lent is so much more than that. It is a retreat time, a time to make room for something deeper. It is a spring-cleaning sort of time, an opportunity to ask, ‘what needs clearing out in my life so that I can make more room for God?’ ‘What changes am I being called to embrace?’ Without change we cannot grow, and things fast become stale in our lives. God is always urging us on because God knows just what possibilities there are for each of us. Lent offers us the opportunity to makes space for something new, to let go of that which is keeping us from living life to the full.
The Gospel today is short, Jesus is sent into the wilderness, into the desert, and we too are invited into a desert time. Deserts are interesting places which can allow us to reflect, give ourselves space. It is true that we might encounter our demons there, but we should not be afraid because as the Gospel tells us clearly today, this is a Spirit-led desert. God is with us. Let us try to embrace this wilderness. How we make use of this time determines what will be.
‘You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.’
(Alan Alda)
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Nancy O’Sullivan, Larchfield. Daniel Burke, Dublin and late of Foulkstown. Peter Maher Garden Villas..
Anniversaries: Patrick & Teresa O’Rourke. Ann Condon. Eamonn Gaffney. Susan Woodgate (Sun 9.30). John Millea (Mon 9.30). Sean Jones (Wed 9.30).
Anniversary List: Bill O’Connor. Sadie McGrath. Therese McGrath. Seamus Culleton. Mary Foley. Dan Kennedy. Martin Dermody. Brian Griffin. Michael McDonald. Michael Kenneally.

Masses by Webcam
Mass via webcam is available from St. Patrick’s Church each morning at 9.30am. The webcam in St. Fiacre’s Church is not available at the moment. We hope to have new broadband installed in the church in the next week or so which will allow the webcam to connect properly and should (hopefully) stop the constant connection loss that is currently happening.

Holy Hour
Continuing each Monday & Wednesday evening during lent from 7-8pm via webcam from St. Patrick’s Church.

Dumping in Foulkstown Cemetery
We have had a report of people dumping in Foulkstown Cemetery. Please do not leave whittered flowers and plants under the seats or anywhere else in the cemetery. Take them home and dispose of them there. The cemetery is a place where our deceased loved ones are at rest and it is very disrespectful to our dead to leave rubbish behind. Be aware the there are cameras in the cemetery and we will be keeping an eye on the situation.

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.

AFD Lenten Programme
The Bible - Our Friend - Join us for a virtual gathering to explore the Bible and its importance in the Christian tradition. with Fr. Sean Maher, Kildare & Leighlin, Monday 8th March at 7.30pm.
Dying with Dignity? A reflection - Join us for a virtual gathering to explore the Dying with Dignity Bill with Moral theologian Rev. Dr Michael Shortall who will lead us in a short reflection on this controversial bill facing the Irish people. Monday, 1st March at 7.30pm.
Preparing for the Sacraments - Join us for a virtual gathering to explore the importance of preparing to celebrate the Sacraments. Join with Sacramental Theologian and Lecturer in Boston College, Rev. Dr Liam Bergin who will lead a reflection of the importance of preparation. date to be confirmed.
Thought for the day eBook - Why not download the simple Thought for the Day eBook, free, from the Diocesan website of iBook Store.
Sundays of Lent eBook - Why not download the Sunday’s of Lent eBook, free, from the Diocesan website or iBooks Store. Short reflections on the gospels of each Sunday as we make our Lenten journey.
Lectio Divina—Each Monday night of Lent for a virtual gathering of Lectio Divina.
Lent Texts - Sign up for a free daily thought sent to you by text message. A little prompt on your phone to pause each day during this Lenten journey. Text you number to 085 831 3100 to sign up.
Lent Tweets - Follow @OssoryDiocese for a simple thought each day during this Lenten Journey.
Contact afd@ossory.ie for a link to any of the above programmes.

Pastoral Letter
Apostolic Administrator of Ossory, Bishop Denis Nulty has issued a Pastoral Letter for Lent 2021 “Lent reminds us the Lords is always with us” This letter is available on our parish website and facebook page. It is also available at the back of our churches. Please take one. (If you pick one up please take it with you).

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)

Trocaire Boxes
The 2021 campaign tells the stories of two families in South Sudan whose lives have been impacted by conflict. Boxes are available for collection in all our churches. Please support this worthy cause.

Safeguarding
Each person who volunteers in our Parish will need to complete a Safeguarding Volunteer Form which is available from the Parish Office. Also the leaders of groups who have children as members will need to complete a form and a garda vetting form and return it to the Parish Office. Please contact the Parish Office. Again thank you for your continued support which is greatly appreciated.

Parish Office
The Parish Office can be contacted in any of the following ways: Telephone: 056 776 4400.
Email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie.
Whats app & text: 086 736 1563.
Facebook: facebook.com/StPatricksKK

Sunday 14th February 2021
The Season of Lent
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 17th February. The Season of Lent is a time when we can stop and look at our lives and our relationship with Jesus. It is a time when we are called to make sacrifices - to deny ourselves so that we can realise that we need God in every part of our lives. The traditional exercises for Lent are Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. Join us in our journey through Lent:
• Prayer - commit to a daily prayer
• Fasting - commit to fasting and abstaining from some treat.
• Almsgiving - commit to making a donation to Trócaire.
Every day you will help yourself, help others and help your relationship with God. All of this involves making sacrifices but there is no doubt that the benefits we will receive at Easter will be immense.
A limited amount of Ashes will be available from the Parish Office after 10am on Ash Wednesday.
“Dear Lord, as we enter this solemn and holy season, we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit upon us that we might prepare ourselves for these coming forty days of Lent. Help us to humble ourselves so that we can understand the magnificence of Your Love for us, as you humbled Yourself and gave Your Life for us on the cross that we might receive the gift of eternal glory with You. Amen.”

Masses by Webcam
Mass via webcam is available from St. Patrick’s Church each morning at 9.30am. The webcam in St. Fiacre’s Church is not available at the moment. We hope to have new broadband installed in the church in the next week or so which will allow the webcam to connect properly and should (hopefully) stop the constant connection loss that is currently happening.

Holy Hour
Beginning on Ash Wednesday from 7-8pm via webcam from St. Patrick’s Church and continuing each Monday & Wednesday night during lent.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Sr. Cornelius Purcell, St. John of God Sisters. Mary Joan “Joanie “Phelan, Surrey UK and Nuncio Road.
Months Mind: Michael “Mockey” Delaney (Mon 9.30). Damian Lis (Sat 9.30). Anne Prizeman.
Anniversaries: Nicholas Healy. Michael Walsh & Milo Bourke. Mary, Mick & Liam Costello. John & Ellen McDonald. Nora Pendleton (Sun 9.30). Matt & Eileen Kelly, (Wed 9.30). Anna Kelly (Fri 9.30).
Anniversary List: Molly Johnston. John O’Rourke.
Joe & Bridie Dunne. Maura Tyrrell.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support
Kilkenny Bereavement Support is a voluntary organisation that offers a free listening service to bereaved people of all ages. Since the arrival of Covid 19, we have not been able to offer face to face meetings. At the moment, we continue to support the bereaved by phone or by Zoom. People can discuss their preferred option with their bereavement support volunteer.
To make an appointment, please phone 056-7756538
or email: director@kilkennybereavementsupport.com.

Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse

Friday 19th February is the annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse.
Atonement Prayer
Lord, forgive us our many sins.
We grieve and repent with all our hearts for having offended you,
for our great failings and neglect of the young and vulnerable.
We place all of those who have been hurt by the Church in any way
into your loving hand and under the protection of Our Blessed Mother.
Lord, bring peace to their broken lives and show us all the way
out of darkness and into the light of your Word.
May we as the people of God be more fully human,
more fully Christ-like and more fully your people,
that we may see the errors of the pas t and go forward with renewed hope and faith in Christ and in our Church. Amen

St Valentine
Martyr (d. 269)
“Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for his friends” - John 15:13
The association of St. Valentine with pink hearts, boxes of chocolates, and the exchange of romantic glances has no intrinsic source in the character or life of the saint. The origin of “St Valentine’s Day,” a day beloved of greeting card companies, is not entirely clear, but it seems to have taken root in England, a cold country where signs of spring are eagerly anticipated. As far back as Chaucer it was commonly observed that birds began to pair and mate around the feast of St. Valentine, that is, from the middle of February. In any case, the Valentine whose name is oddly commemorated was apparently a Christian priest in Rome who assisted martyrs during the persecution under Emperor Claudius II. He was eventually arrested and sent before the prefect of Rome. When he refused to renounce his faith he was beaten and beheaded. Thus, by offering his heart, he proved himself a true devotee of the God of Love.

St Valentine’s Day Prayer
I said a Valentine prayer for you
and asked the Lord above
to fill your heart and bless your soul
With the precious gift of love.

I asked Him for sincere love
The kind that's meant to stay
Just like the generous love
You give to those you touch each day.

I prayed for love from family
And from every cherished friend
Then I asked the Lord to give you
His love that knows no end.

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.

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)

Trocaire Boxes
Trócaire Lenten Campaign Begins next Wednesday. The 2021 campaign tells the stories of two families in South Sudan whose lives have been impacted by conflict. Boxes are available for collection in all our churches and the parish centre.



Sunday, 7th February 2021
Jesus the Healer
In today’s Gospel we read about Jesus’ first healing in Mark’s Gospel. Jesus hears of the illness of the mother of Simon’s wife and goes to her. Due to the purity laws of his time this scene would have been considered controversial. His first healing is of a woman and we are told that he touches her, raises her up; he completely restores her to health. Many of his actions here would have been considered inappropriate. The ‘whole city’ was crowded around the door as many people wanted to be healed. What a commotion! Jesus, very early on in his ministry is clearly a very popular and attractive figure. Another important aspect of this story is that Jesus does not remain comfortable in this house. He keeps moving, keeps going outward. This requires so much energy and an outpouring of love for those in need. Jesus shows us in today’s Gospel what it takes to stay energised for our various ministries: quiet time and space for real encounter with God. Even then, the people hunted for him and said, ‘Everyone is searching for you’, and still today, everyone is searching. We too are called to bring healing to others in any way that we can, to those who are seeking, those who are lost, those who are isolated. Jesus shows us that to do this we must be connected to that Divine Presence within us and in our world. Today we can ask ourselves, what do I need healing from? Bring this to Jesus in prayer. And also, how can I reach out, with a healing presence, to others, especially during this time of pandemic?
‘I ask God to prepare our hearts to encounter our brothers and sisters, so that we may overcome our differences rooted in political thinking, language, culture and religion. Let us ask him to anoint our whole being with the balm of his mercy, which heals the injuries caused by mistakes, misunderstandings, and disputes. And let us ask him for the grace to send us forth, in humility and meekness, along the demanding but enriching path of seeking peace’.
(Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, 254)
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

Parish Office
The Parish Office can be contacted in any of the following ways: Telephone: 056 776 4400. Email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie. Whats app & text: 086 736 1563. Facebook: facebook.com/StPatricksKK

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Frederick Gurl, UK & formerly Derdimus, Kilkenny. Kathleen Geoghegan, Walkin Street. Thomas Bolger, Enniscorthy, Wexford and formerly Haltigan Terrace, Riverview & Ballinalina.
Anniversaries: Joan Kerwick. Dr. Richard & Lily Purcell. Bridget Conway. Seamus Pattison. (Sun 9.30).
Anniversary List: Joseph Kirwan (Mon 9.30). Pat & Siobhan Kearney (Tues 9.30). Peter Quinn (Wed 9.30). Nicky Power (Fri 9.30). Mary & Cecil Pullan (Sat 9.30). Kathleen Doran. Margaret Doran. Adrian Freezey. John Delaney. Richard & James Walsh. Paddy O’Brien. Tommy & Bridie Casey. Brigid ‘Bridie’ Joyce.

Bishop Nulty appointed Apostolic Administrator
Following the appointment of Archbishop Dermot Farrell to Dublin, Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Denis Nulty as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Ossory. Bishop Nulty is, then, along with his duties as Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, to shepherd the faithful in Ossory during the period of sede vacante until a new Bishop is appointed. In accepting the appointment Bishop Nulty noted “Humbly and happily I have accepted this role. In my years as a neighbour in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin I have witnessed the many initiatives and activities of, and for, the faith which have been undertaken by people, religious, and priests of this great Diocese. It is my pleasure, then, to walk with the people of Ossory for this period of time as a new Bishop is found. As Archbishop Dermot begins in Dublin I know you will join with me in a prayer of thanksgiving for his time in Ossory and we pray too that the Spirit will continue to guide him in his work now in Dublin” We in St. Patrick’s welcome Bishop Nulty as administrator of our Diocese.

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.

Parish Contribution Envelopes
Many thanks to all who have returned their parish contribution envelopes and priests collection envelopes. Your support is greatly appreciated especially during these difficult times. Envelopes can be dropped in to the Parish Centre letterbox or the presbyteries. Again thank you for your continued support. If you wish to contribute to parish collections by envelope (weekly or monthly) or by standing order please contact the parish office and this can be arranged for you.

MyFaith
MyFaith is an innovative parish-based programme of preparation that allows the children to journey towards the celebration of the Sacraments in the company of their families, supported by their parishes. Designed to support children preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation for the first time, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
This online and interactive programme leads students though the steps necessary to understand, appreciate and, in time, fruitfully celebrate, and then live, the Sacraments.
Children will be introduced to Ich Thus, a most important fish, who will guide those preparing for Communion and Confirmation, in very different ways, to the same result. Online video modules, online interactive games/challenges and quizzes to reinforce learning, downloadable resources; moments of prayer; an appreciation of the journey towards celebrating the Sacraments are the key elements of what we hope will be an immense support to parishes in their efforts to help children on their faith journey. Leaders can log in to track, encourage and support the children on their journey. If you have not received your child’s log in details for myfaith.ie, please contact Michelle in the Parish Office by email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie and she will forward them onto you.

Counselling Sessions
Over 3,200 sessions of counselling have been delivered to adults and children affected by cancer since the beginning of the pandemic. The Irish Cancer Society is urging anyone affected by their cancer experience, or that of a loved one , to contact their support line to avail of free counselling sessions. Those wishing to get in contact can call 1800 222 700 or email SupportLine@irishcancer.ie.

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)

Masses by Webcam
Mass via webcam is available from St. Patrick’s Church each morning at 9.30am. The webcam in St. Fiacre’s Church is now back in action. Masses in St. Fiacre’s Church will resume on Monday at 10.30am.

Covid 19
Our Churches continue to remain open for private prayer during this time. Please continue to follow best practice when visiting our Churches: Sanitise hands on entering and leaving,: follow coughing and sneezing etiquette,: keep 2 meter social distance: do not congregate in or near Church grounds. Please continue to reduce touching of items when in the Church. Please be aware that face coverings are required when visiting the churches and the parish centre. If we all continue to do our bit then it keeps everyone safe and will ensure a quicker return to normality. Government and HSE policy dictates that Baptisms cannot take place under the present restrictions. Once restrictions are lifted then Baptisms in our parish will be able to resume. From the 3rd of January numbers allowed to attend weddings is reduced to six (6) and presently those attending funerals is reduced to ten (10). This includes the graveyard /cemetery. Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.

Sunday, 31st January 2021
Focus
In the different stresses and crises of covid times, many people deserve our deep thanks - our medical staff, those who keep us fed and our services going and our health care chaplains. This week we think of our teachers, primary and second level. They too have risked health as all school personnel do. Anyone who knows teachers as family members and friends, will know that as well as the hours spent teaching there are also the long evening hours spent in preparation for classes. During Catholic schools Week we can extend our appreciation to all schools, and to the whole staff of the schools. This week is a way of the Church thanking and showing appreciation for our teachers. We can help them by speaking well of them, by supporting their efforts in the schools and by praying for them. In a broad way, teachers take part in the mysterious plan of God for education. For many it is more than a job, but min their professional work and their care of the students, it is a vocation. They give more to the young people than instruction: in the words of Pope Francis: ‘A good teachers...points to what is essential so that the child or student can find meaning and joy in life.’
Lord, bless our teachers with joy, fulfilment and good health. May we be truly grateful for what they do for our young people,
Donal Neary SJ, Editor, Sacred Heart Messenger.

St. Brigid’s Day
Monday 1st February is St. Brigid’s Day. Every year in our Parish the Kilkenny Gospel Choir celebrate with us our St. Brigid’s Day Service. Unfortunately this year because of the Corona Virus, our St. Brigid’s Day Service will be via webcam. We invite you to tune in to our webcam at St. Patrick’s Church on Monday evening at 7.30pm when Fr. Roderick and Fr Willie Purcell will lead us in our service to celebrate St. Brigid’s Day.

Parish Office 
The Parish Office can be contacted in any of the following ways: Telephone: 056 776 4400. Email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie. Whats app & text: 086 736 1563
Facebook:  facebook.com/StPatricksKK.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Noel Doran, Dean’s Court. Michael ‘Mockey’ Delaney, England
George Hennessy (Mon 9.30).
Anniversaries: Lilly Fogarty, Lil, Billy & Eamon Costello, Ken ‘Canice’ Dunphy, Mary Kavanagh (Sun 9.30). Sarah & Patrick Leahy (Tues 9.30). Tommy & Bridie Casey (Fri 9.30).
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Maureen Whelon. Thomas Walshe. Patrick O’Keeffe. Bridie Casey. Patrick Byrne. Jim Hogan. Ellen Egan.

Covid 19
Our Churches continue to remain open for private prayer during this time. Please continue to follow best practice when visiting our Churches: Sanitise hands on entering and leaving,: follow coughing and sneezing etiquette,: keep 2 meter social distance: do not congregate in or near Church grounds. Please continue to reduce touching of items when in the Church. If we all continue to do our bit then it keeps everyone safe and will ensure a quicker return to normality. Government and HSE policy dictates that Baptisms cannot take place under the present restrictions. Once restrictions are lifted then Baptisms in our parish will be able to resume. From the 3rd of January numbers allowed to attend weddings is reduced to six (6) and presently those attending funerals is reduced to ten (10). This includes the graveyard /cemetery. Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.

Parish Contribution Envelopes

Many thanks to all who have returned their parish contribution envelopes and priests collection envelopes. Your support is greatly appreciated especially during these difficult times. Envelopes can be dropped in to the Parish Centre letterbox or the presbyteries. Again thank you for your continued support. If you wish to contribute to parish collections by envelope (weekly or monthly) or by standing order please contact the parish office and this can be arranged for you.

Archbishop Elect Farrell
Once again, we in St. Patrick’s parish wish to extend congratulations and best wishes to Bishop Dermot Farrell as he leaves us in Ossory to take up his new role as Archbishop of Dublin. As we await a new Bishop, we pray that God will find for us a man to lead with vision for our future, understanding for our present and compassion for our past. Until then, may we work actively together to continue to realise not only your desire for us but also for your kingdom. We ask this through the intercession of St. Kieran, St. Patrick, St. Brigid and through Christ our Lord. Amen.

MyFaith
MyFaith is an innovative parish-based programme of preparation that allows the children to journey towards the celebration of the Sacraments in the company of their families, supported by their parishes. Designed to support children preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation for the first time, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
This online and interactive programme leads students though the steps necessary to understand, appreciate and, in time, fruitfully celebrate, and then live, the Sacraments.
Children will be introduced to Ich Thus, a most important fish, who will guide those preparing for Communion and Confirmation, in very different ways, to the same result. Online video modules, online interactive games/challenges and quizzes to reinforce learning, downloadable resources; moments of prayer; an appreciation of the journey towards celebrating the Sacraments are the key elements of what we hope will be an immense support to parishes in their efforts to help children on their faith journey. Leaders can log in to track, encourage and support the children on their journey. If you have not received your child’s log in details for myfaith.ie, please contact Michelle in the Parish Office by email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie and she will forward them onto you.

Counselling Sessions

Over 3,200 sessions of counselling have been delivered  to adults and children affected by cancer since the beginning of the pandemic.  The Irish Cancer Society is urging anyone affected by their cancer experience, or that of a loved one , to contact their support line to avail of free counselling sessions.  Those wishing to get in contact can call 1800 222 700 or email SupportLine@irishcancer.ie.

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.

Safeguarding
Each person who volunteers in our Parish will need to complete a Safeguarding Volunteer Form which is available from the Parish Office. Also the leaders of groups who have children as members will need to complete a form and a garda vetting form and return it to the Parish Office. Please contact the Parish Office. Again thank you for your continued support which is greatly appreciated.

Masses by Webcam
Mass via webcam is available from St. Patrick’s Church each morning at 9.30am. Due to broadband issues, the webcam in St. Fiacre’s is not available at the moment. We hope that it will be up and running again very soon. We thank you for your understanding.

Sunday, 24th January 2021
Now is the time
More than 50 years ago, in his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech, Martin Luther King Jr talked about ‘the fierce urgency of now’. He urged people to take positive action and to march forward together to address inequality and injustice, and his energy and conviction brought about massive change.
That sense of ‘fierce urgency’ seems to grab Jesus and the disciples in today’s Gospel. In the opening chapters of Mark’s Gospel everything happens ‘at once’ or immediately. There is a sense of hurry; the time has come, the kingdom of God is near, and Jesus needs helpers to work alongside him. Simon, Andrew, James and John are certainly ready, so ready that they are prepared to leave behind their livelihoods, and even their families, to attend to the urgent business of spreading the Good News.
Jesus asks the same of us, his modern-day disciples: ‘Follow me’. We are summoned too. We are challenged to set aside our worldly concerns, to see the world in a new way, and to begin a new adventure with Jesus. For every person in our world who is suffering or oppressed or in need, there is a ‘fierce urgency of now’. The work of the kingdom is too immediate to wait.
‘This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilising drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children… The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.’  Martin Luther King Jr
Tríona Doherty, Email trionad@gmail.com

St. John of God P.S Junior Infant Applications 2021
Reminder that Junior Infant Applications to St. John of God P.S. for September 2021 must be submitted by January 29th.
They may be submitted by email or post. For now a copy of the child’s birth certificate will suffice.
Application forms are available on the school website www.stjohnofgodkk.ie

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The members of St. Vincent de Paul wish to thank all those people who donated so generously to their Christmas collection which is much appreciated as without that support they simply could not do their work. Your support allowed the conference to support many families in our area who needed help during the festive season and into the New Year. They would like to thank all who donated by cheque, cash and all those who donated anonymously.
Your continuing support and generosity to St. Vincent de Paul is greatly appreciated.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Margaret Caffrey. Damien Lis, College Court & Kerry. Sr. Nora McCarthy, Rosemount, Kilkenny & Crumlin, Dublin. Eileen Kennedy, Castlecomer Rd. Anne Prizeman, Larchfield. Kitty Guidera, Assumption Place. Michael Kinsella, Assumption Place.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Taylor Murphy. Ned Larkin. Jimmy Slattery. Jack & Stasia Comerford. Norah Foley. Anne O’Shea. Kathleen & Mary Kelly. John Collins. Rev. John Nyhan. Henry Edward Ryan. Maura Gaffney.
Peggy Kennedy. Arthur Connick.
Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.

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.
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)

Masses by Webcam
Mass via webcam is available from St. Patrick’s Church each morning at 9.30am. Due to broadband issues, the webcam in St. Fiacre’s is not available at the moment. We hope that it will be up and running again very soon. We thank you for your understanding.

Covid 19
Our Churches continue to remain open for private prayer during this time. Please continue to follow best practice when visiting our Churches: Sanitise hands on entering and leaving,: follow coughing and sneezing etiquette,: keep 2 meter social distance: do not congregate in or near Church grounds. Please continue to reduce touching of items when in the Church. If we all continue to do our bit then it keeps everyone safe and will ensure a quicker return to normality. Government and HSE policy dictates that Baptisms cannot take place under the present restrictions. Once restrictions are lifted then Baptisms in our parish will be able to resume. From the 3rd of January numbers allowed to attend weddings is reduced to six (6) and presently those attending funerals is reduced to ten (10). This includes the graveyard /cemetery. Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.

Parish Office 
The Parish Office can be contacted in any of the following ways: Telephone: 056 776 4400.
Email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie.
Whats app & text: 086 736 1563
Facebook:  facebook.com/StPatricksKK.

Counselling Sessions
Over 3,200 sessions of counselling have been delivered  to adults and children affected by cancer since the beginning of the pandemic.  The Irish Cancer Society is urging anyone affected by their cancer experience, or that of a loved one , to contact their support line to avail of free counselling sessions.  Those wishing to get in contact can call 1800 222 700 or email SupportLine@irishcancer.ie.

Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week takes place from Sunday 24th to Sunday 31st January 2021. This is an important week as we continue to celebrate the great work being done in our Catholic schools. Due to the pandemic we cannot celebrate it as normal. There are resources and prayers available from www.catholicschools.ie.

Confirmation 2021
The Gaelscoil Osraí confirmations were scheduled for Friday 12th March this year. Due to Covid-19 and the continuing difficulty of bringing people together, Bishop Farrell has asked that no Confirmations take place in the Diocese of Ossory until after Easter at least so the Confirmations will not take place on the 12th. The Confirmations for St. John of God, St Patrick’s De La Salle and Kilkenny School Project Schools have been scheduled for Saturday 17th April 2021, we hope that they will take place as scheduled. This is contingent on government regulations at the time.

MyFaith
MyFaith is an innovative parish-based programme of preparation that allows the children to journey towards the celebration of the Sacraments in the company of their families, supported by their parishes. Designed to support children preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation for the first time, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
This online and interactive programme leads students though the steps necessary to understand, appreciate and, in time, fruitfully celebrate, and then live, the Sacraments.
Children will be introduced to Ich Thus, a most important fish, who will guide those preparing for Communion and Confirmation, in very different ways, to the same result. Online video modules, online interactive games/challenges and quizzes to reinforce learning, downloadable resources; moments of prayer; an appreciation of the journey towards celebrating the Sacraments are the key elements of what we hope will be an immense support to parishes in their efforts to help children on their faith journey. Leaders can log in to track, encourage and support the children on their journey. If you have not received your child’s log in details for myfaith.ie, please contact Michelle in the Parish Office by email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie and she will forward them onto you.

Parish Contribution Envelopes
Many thanks to all who have returned their parish contribution envelopes and priests collection envelopes. Your support is greatly appreciated especially during these difficult times. Envelopes can be dropped in to the Parish Centre letterbox or the presbyteries. Again thank you for your continued support. If you wish to contribute to parish collections by envelope (weekly or monthly) or by standing order please contact the parish office and this can be arranged for you.

Sunday 17th January 2021
Come and see
There is a Brazilian proverb used when a visitor is leaving one’s home: ‘Whoever drinks of this water keeps coming back’. Offering a beverage such as a cup of water or tea to a visitor is a universal gesture of welcome and hospitality. Today we hear how Jesus invites two of his disciples to ‘come and see’ where he lives. He welcomes them into his home and they stay with him for the rest of the day, undoubtedly eating and drinking and conversing with him. Jesus’ invitation is simple, yet intimate. We don’t know where he lived or what his living arrangements were, but we know he wanted his friends to spend time with him and get to know him. This precious early time with Jesus must have set his friends up for a lifetime of discipleship. We too are invited to ‘come and see’, to spend time with the Scriptures and in prayer to get to know Jesus. He welcomes us with open arms.
As we reflect on the inviting love of Jesus, we are also encouraged to extend a warm welcome to others in a spirit of friendship. Pope Francis has often spoken of our responsibility, as individuals, communities and church, to welcome everyone – including those who are homeless or who have been forced to leave their home or country. Our welcome is a response to the Lord’s supreme commandment to love the other, the stranger, as ourselves. We all have opportunities to do this in our communities.
‘Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.’ Pope Francis
Tríona Doherty,
Email trionad@gmail.com

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.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Pat Grace, Cypress Court.  Eugene Garcia. Ray Nolan, Freshford.
Month Mind: Paddy Hanrahan.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Michael Drennan. Julia & Michael Phelan. Bridget Lannon. Cian Buckley. Maura Nolan & Fr. Tomás Nolan. Deceased Members of the Downes Family. Paddy & Essie Delaney. Cathy Leahy. Tommy & Derek Tyrrell. Michael & Mary Cahill.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside ys every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. 

Parish Office
The Parish Office can be contacted in any of the following ways: Telephone: 056 776 4400.
Email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie.
Whats app & text: 086 736 1563
Facebook: facebook.com/StPatricksKK.

Parish Contribution Envelopes
Many thanks to all who have returned their parish contribution envelopes and priests collection envelopes. Your support is greatly appreciated especially during these difficult times. Envelopes can be dropped in to the Parish Centre letterbox or the presbyteries. Again thank you for your continued support. If you wish to contribute to parish collections by envelope (weekly or monthly) or by standing order please contact the parish office and this can be arranged for you.

Prayer to Our Lady in Time of Pandemic
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Pope Francis

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)

Counselling Sessions
Over 3,200 sessions of counselling have been delivered to adults and children affected by cancer since the beginning of the pandemic. The Irish Cancer Society is urging anyone affected by their cancer experience, or that of a loved one , to contact their support line to avail of free counselling sessions. Those wishing to get in contact can call 1800 222 700 or email SupportLine@irishcancer.ie.

Mass Times in St. Patrick’s Parish
As you are aware the Government has now moved the whole country into level 5 restrictions for the time being. This will be reviewed towards the end of January. In the meantime Mass can continue to be viewed from our parish via our webcam from both St. Patrick’s Church (9.30am) and St. Fiacre’s Church (10.30am) each day, including Sundays. Our Churches continue to remain open for private prayer during this time. Please continue to follow best practice when visiting our Churches: Sanitise hands on entering and leaving,: follow coughing and sneezing etiquette,: keep 2 meter social distance: do not congregate in or near Church grounds. Please continue to reduce touching of items when in the Church. If we all continue to do our bit then it keeps everyone safe and will ensure a quicker return to normality.
Government and HSE policy dictates that Baptisms cannot take place under the present restrictions. Once restrictions are lifted then Baptisms in our parish will be able to resume. From the 3rd of January numbers allowed to attend weddings is reduced to six (6) and presently those attending funerals is reduced to ten (10). This includes the graveyard /cemetery. Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.

MyFaith
MyFaith is an innovative parish-based programme of preparation that allows the children to journey towards the celebration of the Sacraments in the company of their families, supported by their parishes. Designed to support children preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation for the first time, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
This online and interactive programme leads students though the steps necessary to understand, appreciate and, in time, fruitfully celebrate, and then live, the Sacraments.
Children will be introduced to Ich Thus, a most important fish, who will guide those preparing for Communion and Confirmation, in very different ways, to the same result. Online video modules, online interactive games/challenges and quizzes to reinforce learning, downloadable resources; moments of prayer; an appreciation of the journey towards celebrating the Sacraments are the key elements of what we hope will be an immense support to parishes in their efforts to help children on their faith journey. Leaders can log in to track, encourage and support the children on their journey. If you have not received your child’s log in details for myfaith.ie, please contact Michelle in the Parish Office by email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie and she will forward them onto you.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021
The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs from Monday 18th January until next Monday, 25th January. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family. Let us keep Christian Unity in our prayer intentions this week. Resources are available from https://ctbi.org.uk/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2021/

Sunday 10th January 2021

Come to the water
Today we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus, the moment when God reveals who Jesus is. Our readings are rich with water imagery. Water is a powerful symbol throughout the Scriptures, from the story of creation and the crossing of the Red Sea, to the wedding feast at Cana and Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. It is a symbol of life and newness, an opportunity for God to reach out to us, be present with us and teach us something, as well as an opportunity for cleansing and a fresh start.
Our gospel today tells of Jesus being baptised by John in the river Jordan. This immersion in water marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. By approaching John for baptism, along with all the others, Jesus is identifying with the people and allowing himself to be counted among sinners. It is a sign that he submitting to God’s will. At this crucial moment, as soon as he emerges from the Jordan, Jesus sees the heavens open and the voice of God confirming him as ‘Beloved Son’. It is a moment of divine approval, confirming Jesus’ identity and launching him on his new mission.
The baptism of Jesus is a reminder of our own identity and mission. We are beloved daughters and sons of God, sisters and brothers of Jesus, members of God’s family. In today’s first reading we are invited: ‘Come to the water all you who are thirsty’. We are called to the water, to that moment when we recognise who Jesus is, who we are, and our mission to live as children of God.
‘In order to live a life of holiness, we must first receive new life from God — we must be born from above.’ J. Vernon McGee
Tríona Doherty, Email trionad@gmail.com

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.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Neil Duggan, Dublin
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Teresa Walsh. Danny O’Leary. Beattie O’Connell. Michael Kennedy. Kathleen O’Neill. Denis Nyhan. Jim Knox. Carmel Whelan. Peadar Barrett. Eric & Mary McGrath & John Joe McGrath.
Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed And very dear 


Parish Office
The Parish Office can be contacted in any of the following ways:
Telephone: 056 776 4400
Email: stpatricksparish@ossory.ie.
Whats app & text: 086 736 1563
Facebook: facebook.com/StPatricksKK.

Parish Contribution Envelopes
Many thanks to all who have returned their parish contribution envelopes and priests collection envelopes. Your support is greatly appreciated especially during these difficult times. Envelopes can be dropped in to the Parish Centre letterbox or the presbyteries. Again thank you for your continued support. If you wish to contribute to parish collections by envelope (weekly or monthly) or by standing order please contact the parish office from 4th January and this can be arranged for you.

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)

Bishop Dermot Farrell - Archbishop of Dublin
We in St. Patrick’s parish wish to extend congratulations and best wishes to Bishop Dermot Farrell who has been announced as the next Archbishop of Dublin by Pope Francis. Bishop Farrell has spent the past three years working with us here in Ossory. During that time he has worked tirelessly and courageously for the betterment of the Diocese of Ossory and its people. His leadership and particularly his administrative skills have ensured that our diocese is well placed and prepared to face the future, in this changed world, with confidence and hope. Throughout his short time with us has endeared himself to the people of the diocese and though of course we wish him well there is some sadness too at his departure from us. We are delighted however that Bishop Farrell will continue to administer our Diocese from Dublin until a replacement is announced. Again we congratulate Bishop Farrell and wish him all of God’s blessings from the people of St. Patrick’s parish and every success in his new ministry.

Counselling Sessions
Over 3,200 sessions of counselling have been delivered to adults and children affected by cancer since the beginning of the pandemic. The Irish Cancer Society is urging anyone affected by their cancer experience, or that of a loved one , to contact their support line to avail of free counselling sessions. Those wishing to get in contact can call 1800 222 700 or email SupportLine@irishcancer.ie.

Thank You: Priests’ Collection
Once again we offer a word of gratitude to the many people who supported the Priests’ Christmas Collection, many of you contributed very generously to the collection and the priests and the bishop, thank you for your generosity. If you still wish to contribute you may do so by dropping your contribution into the letterbox at the parish centre or the presbyteries.

Priory Institute
Online Open Day 23rd January. Is this for you? Take the opportunity to visit and learn about what it would be like to study with us during our online Open Day this January. We will be available to answer all of your questions about student life here and to talk theology over a zoom call. Register your interest now by selecting the button at the bottom of this page or please call or email us with any questions. Date: 23rd January 2020 11:30am-1:30pm. More Information: enquiries@prioryinstitute.com. Tel: +353 (0)1 4048124. All are welcome.

Mass Times in St. Patrick’s Parish
As you are aware the Government has now moved the whole country into level 5 restrictions for the time being. This will be reviewed towards the end of January. In the meantime Mass can continue to be viewed from our parish via our webcam from both St. Patrick’s Church (9.30am) and St. Fiacre’s Church (10.30am) each day, including Sundays. Our Churches continue to remain open for private prayer during this time. Please continue to follow best practice when visiting our Churches: Sanitise hands on entering and leaving,: follow coughing and sneezing etiquette,: keep 2 meter social distance: do not congregate in or near Church grounds. Please continue to reduce touching of items when in the Church. If we all continue to do our bit then it keeps everyone safe and will ensure a quicker return to normality.
Government and HSE policy dictates that Baptisms cannot take place under the present restrictions. Once restrictions are lifted then Baptisms in our parish will be able to resume. From the 3rd of January numbers allowed to attend weddings is reduced to six (6) and presently those attending funerals is reduced to ten (10). This includes the graveyard /cemetery. Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.

Prayer to Our Lady in Time of Pandemic
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Pope Francis

Sunday 3rd January 2021, Second Sunday of Christmas

New Year Blessing
Fr Roderick and Fr. Peter would like to wish a very happy New Year to all. We pray that 2021 will be a blessed year for you and your families. Though we continue to experience the challenges of the pandemic there is light at the end of the tunnel. We continue to pray for all who have been touched personally by this terrible virus and ask God to bless them into the year ahead.
              ‘I know  a lot of people wish for new beginnings for the beginning of the new year, but I  just wish for more of what I am already so greatly blessed with.  More great memories, more beautiful friendships and more time spent surrounded by my loving family’.
May God bless you all and keep you safe.

Taking root
We talk about having ‘roots’ as a way of describing our connection to a place or people. Being rooted somewhere means we are part of that place. When we are ready to settle down, to become part of a community, maybe to buy a house or start a family, we talk about ‘putting down roots’. It means we are making this place our home. It is a rich metaphor from the plant world. The roots of a tree or plant represent its relationship with the soil it is planted in and the elements around it. The deeper the roots, the more connected a plant is to its environment. It becomes part of the place where it’s planted. We use this expression in everyday language too – when an idea ‘takes root’ in us, it is something that becomes a part of us, inseparable from our very selves.
Today’s first reading speaks of the wisdom of God ‘taking root in a privileged people’. It describes it another way as ‘pitching a tent’. These images offer us a way into understanding the complex language of today’s gospel, which talks about God’s relationship with us by sending Jesus: ‘The Word was made flesh, he lived among us’.
By becoming human, God put down roots not just in our physical world, but in humanity itself. God pitched a tent among us and became one of us. It is a connection that cannot be broken – the roots go too deep. We are in God, and God is in us. This is the mystery we celebrate in this season of Christmas – that in Jesus, God became part of the very world that God created, and part of us: ‘He was in the world that had its being through him.’ We are indeed a privileged people!
‘Christ asks for a home in your soul, where he can be at rest with you, where he can talk easily to you, where you and he, alone together, can laugh and be silent and be delighted with one another.’   Caryll Houselander
Tríona Doherty, Email trionad@gmail.com

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Maura & Denis Molloy. Loretta Barr. Eileen & Matt Kelly. Colin Deevy. Edward & Teresa Dullard. James P. Pattison. Denis O’Shea. Annie and Mick Ruth. Peg Larkin. Michael Kenny. John Condon.

Bishop Dermot Farrell — Archbishop of Dublin
We in St. Patrick’s parish wish to extend congratulations and best wishes to Bishop Dermot Farrell who has been announced as the next Archbishop of Dublin by Pope Francis. Bishop Farrell has spent the past three years working with us here in Ossory. During that time he has worked tirelessly and courageously for the betterment of the Diocese of Ossory and its people. His leadership and particularly his administrative skills have ensured that our diocese is well placed and prepared to face the future, in this changed world, with confidence and hope. Throughout his short time with us has endeared himself to the people of the diocese and though of course we wish him well there is some sadness too at his departure from us. We are delighted however that Bishop Farrell will continue to administer our Diocese from Dublin until a replacement is announced. Again we congratulate Bishop Farrell and wish him all of God’s blessings from the people of St. Patrick’s parish and every success in his new ministry. He can be assured of our continued prayers.

Parish Office 

While the Parish Centre and Office may be closed to the public, the priests will be available during the Christmas Season.
Please see the banner above for contact details.

Parish Calendar
The St. Patrick’s Parish calendar for 2021 is available from 4th January at the Parish Office. It contains many important details about our parish as well as upcoming important dates. Feel free to take a copy or two!

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.

Parish Contribution Envelopes
Many thanks to all who have returned their parish contribution envelopes and priests collection envelopes. Your support is greatly appreciated especially during these difficult times. Envelopes can be dropped in to the Parish Centre letterbox or the presbyteries. Again thank you for your continued support. IF you wish to contribute to parish collections by envelope (weekly or monthly) or by standing order please contact the parish office from 4th January and this can be arranged for you.

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)

Mass Times in St. Patrick’s Parish
As you are aware the Government has now moved the whole country into level 5 restrictions for the time being. This will be reviewed towards the end of January. In the meantime Mass can continue to be viewed from our parish via our webcam from both St. Patrick’s Church (9.30am) and St. Fiacre’s Church (10.30am) each day, including Sundays. Our Churches continue to remain open for private prayer during this time. Please continue to follow best practice when visiting our Churches: Sanitise hands on entering and leaving,: follow coughing and sneezing etiquette,: keep 2 meter social distance: do not congregate in or near Church grounds. Please continue to reduce touching of items when in the Church. If we all continue to do our bit then it keeps everyone safe and will ensure a quicker return to normality.
Government and HSE policy dictates that Baptisms cannot take place under the present restrictions. Once restrictions are lifted then Baptisms in our parish will be able to resume. From the 3rd of January numbers allowed to attend weddings is reduced to six (6) and presently those attending funerals is reduced to ten10). This includes the graveyard /cemetery. Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.

Counselling Sessions
Over 3,200 sessions of counselling have been delivered to adults and children affected by cancer since the beginning of the pandemic. The Irish Cancer Society is urging anyone affected by their cancer experience, or that of a loved one , to contact their support line to avail of free counselling sessions. Those wishing to get in contact can call 1800 222 700 or email SupportLine@irishcancer.ie.


Sunday 27th December 2020, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph 

The Presentation in the Temple
Simeon and Anna welcome Mary, Joseph and Jesus to the Temple. They have been waiting for this moment. What kind of Messiah were they expecting? Simeon welcomes this family who must have seemed ‘ordinary’ and poor. He can see that this child will be ‘a light…for the glory of your people’. Already there is a note of reversal; of boundaries being stretched. Mary is told that this child ‘is destined for the fall and the rising of many’. There will be challenging times ahead for this family. Simeon knows that many thoughts will be exposed for God’s invitation and welcome has no boundaries and this radical hospitality might not sit well with everyone. Anna rejoices for all those who were looking for a change, for hope, she knows that this child will overturn systems of oppression and exclusion. Luke is interested in how humanity responds to the Gospel. If Jesus’ message is really good news, then this requires a shakeup; a shakeup which challenges comfortable assumptions about the way God works. God’s abundant invitation to all may not sit comfortably with many. While Anna prays and fasts for a change of heart in the way Jerusalem operates, Simeon warns Mary that this will not be an easy road. Many situations in our own world today need a shake-up, especially in our church. This can be uncomfortable as we have to let go of certain things and invite freshness. What situations in our own society and in our church require a shake-up; an uncomfortable but necessary change so that God’s love and welcome can shine through? Jesus came to show us how to live. We must constantly look back at his example.
‘We often make do with looking at the ground…I wonder if we still know how to look up at the sky? Do we know how to dream, to long for God, to expect the newness he brings, or do we let ourselves be swept along by life, like dry branches before the wind?’ Pope Francis
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

Suspension of Public Masses
As you are aware the Government under the advice of NEPHET has moved the entire country into level 5 restrictions beginning from St. Stephen’s day Dec 26th until further notice. We hope that this will be short term but we will continue to follow official advice to ensure the safety of all. It is of course difficult and disheartening but we look forward in hope to that time when we will once again return to the normal celebration of our liturgies. Please note that during this time of suspension baptisms will not be celebrated in the parish and attendance at Funerals is limited to 10 persons and Weddings from Jan 3rd is restricted to 6 persons. Though this is very difficult we continue to work together to keep everyone safe until a vaccine is fully rolled out. In the meantime you may wish to tune into our celebration of Mass each day (behind closed doors) via our webcam from both St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches. Masses will be live streamed from both Churches on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny. com Please note the following times for Masses via webcam during the coming week:
Sunday Dec 27th: St. Patrick's : 9.30 am.
Sunday Dec 27th: St. Fiacre’s : 10.30 am.
Monday Dec 28th St Patrick’s (only) — Sat. Jan 2nd 11am.
Sunday Jan 3rd St. Patrick’s : 9.30.
Sunday Jan 3rd St. Fiacre’s : 10.30.
Again please note that the celebration of these Masses will be via webcam only and behind closed doors.

Parish Calendar
The St. Patrick’s Parish calendar for 2021 is available from 4th January at the Parish Office. It contains many important details about our parish as well as upcoming important dates. Feel free to take a copy or two!

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Roseanna Smyth. Rita O’Brien. Lucyna Wowk. Marie Doyle. Eddie Taylor. Gerry McEvoy. Ned & Kitty Everard. Ann Guilfoyle. Seamus Fry. Milo & Ann Fry. Patrick Burke, Sally Burke. Nancy Ronan.

Parish Office & Centre Christmas Times
The Parish Office, Parish Centre and Shop will reopen on Monday 4th January 2021. While the Parish Centre and Office may be closed to the public, the priests will be available during the Christmas Season. Please see the banner above for contact details.

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)

Parish Statistics
Friday is the beginning of a new year, we take a look at past-events in our parish. We are delighted to note there were 46 children baptised in our parish this past year. 9 couples were married in our churches and sadly we said goodbye to 63 people. May God’s blessing be with them all.
We pray that the coming year of 2021 will bring blessings to all of us.

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.

Counselling Sessions.
Over 3, 200 sessions of counselling have been delivered to adults and children affected by cancer since the beginning of the pandemic. The Irish Cancer Society is urging anyone affected by their cancer experience ,or that of a loved one, to contact their support line to avail of free counselling sessions. Those wishing to get in contact can call 1800 222 700 or email Support.

Parish Contribution Envelopes
Many thanks to all who have returned their parish contribution envelopes and priests collection envelopes. Your support is greatly appreciated especially during these difficult times. Envelopes can be dropped in to the Parish Centre letterbox or the presbyteries. Again thank you for your continued support.

Thank You.
Fr. Roderick, Fr. Peter and members of our Parish Pastoral Council would like to say a sincere word of thanks to all who helped in any way in our preparation for the Christmas liturgies. We are particularly grateful to those who cleaned the Churches, preppared the altars and worked in the sacristies. Thanks too in particular to the church
stewards who have been directing us and keeping us safe over the past number of months. Many thanks to our readers, eucharistic ministers, collectors, parish secretary Michelle, and parish staff, our gardeners and to those who provided music and singing over the Christmas period. Sometimes we forget to say thanks and we appreciate the great work you do throughout the year. So thank you and may God continue to bless you and keep you safe into the year ahead.

The Nativity of the Lord,  25th December 2020

Christmas Greetings
The priests of the parish wish you all a very happy, holy and peaceful Christmas. If has been a difficult year for all of us on so many different levels. It has not been easy. But even in this most difficult of times we are not without hope. We know that the Christ Child whose birth we celebrate is a light leading us in all of the challenges we face. We know that His love, His compassion, His mercy and His light will lead us safely on. Happy Christmas and New Year.

A Christmas Blessing
May love come alive within your heart.
As Christmas time draws near.
May hope fill each room you decorate
And bring joy to those you hold dear.
May peace be before you at every meal
And faith ring through every song.
For Christ is alive, the light of the world
May He bless you all season long.

If you look for me at Christmas
You wont need a special star -
I’m no longer just in Bethlehem,
I'm right there where you are.
You many not be aware of Me
Amid the celebrations -
You’ll have to look beyond the stores
And all the decorations.
But if you take a moment
From our list of things to do
And listen to your heart, you’ll find
I’m waiting there for you
You’re the one I want to be with
You’re the reason that I came,
And you’ll find me in the stillness
As I’m whispering your name.
Love Jesus

Parish Calendar 2021
Our new Parish Calendar 2021 will be available at the end of our Christmas Masses. The mass stewards will distribute them as you leave the churches. They will also be available from the Parish Centre from Monday 4th January. 2021.

Pray for the Deceased

Anniversaries: George Byrne (Fri 9.30). Tom Cantwell (Fri 10.00). Kathleen Frances Kelly (Fri 10.30). Michéal Walsh (Fri 12.00). Brigid & Michael Kenny. Bridget & Tommy Casey. John Condon. Keith Flemming. Ned & Kitty Everard. Denis Maher. Liam & Mary Ryan. Maura Hearne. Ann & John Bissett. Stephen Cantwell. Francis Coyne.  Mary O’Dwyer. Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick. Orla Lawlor. John Barron. Peg & Liam O’Hanrahan. Brigid & William O’Hanrahan. Margaret & Patrick Doran. Catherine & Michael Delaney.

Masses for your Intentions
In the lead up to Christmas many people purchased Christmas Mass cards at the Parish Centre. All weekday Masses in our parish (with the exception of wedding and funeral Masses) between 26th December and 1st January inclusive will be offered for these specific intentions.

Masses
Following government guidelines, all public Masses from 26th December are suspended. Masses will take place during the coming week at 11am in St. Patrick’s Church & will be live streamed on
www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com. Sunday Masses will be 9.30am in St. Patrick’s and 10.30am in St. Fiacre’s, they will also be streamed on the parish website.

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)

'Glory to God in the highest heaven!’
The account we read this evening from Luke’s Gospel shows Jesus being born into a situation of total oppression. Luke reminds us of the political regime which controls the land and the effect this has on the people. Luke only gives one sentence to the actual birth of Jesus and then focuses his attention on the shepherds. There is a reason for their presence. Shepherds were considered ‘ritually unclean’ because of their close contact with animals. Their lives would have been full of poverty, fear and struggle. So, this scene that Luke paints is not a tranquil setting, this is a setting on the margins. Everything about this story is provocative and uneasy. It is into this ‘mess’ God comes as a homeless child. We are being invited to expect the unexpected.
Luke begins his gospel as he means to continue, turning the world upside down in solidarity with the outcast. He places angels rejoicing with shepherds, the ‘highest’ and the ‘lowest’, giving glory to God together. The good news of Jesus’ birth goes first to the marginalised. It is in their name that the shepherds are chosen. As you sing the Gloria during this Christmas season, come back to this marginal space where it was first sung, with the angels and the shepherds in a field. No boundaries, no walls, no purification rituals, but the promise of a deep peace for all, a peace for which the world desperately longs. It is for this reason we rejoice. We are invited to Bethlehem today, to open up our hearts to the One who has come. We return, like the shepherds ‘glorifying and praising God for all they have seen and heard’. All are welcome to the manger. May we welcome all as God does, with compassion and love.
‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, come forth from deep within me with Christmas luminous beauty. For my heart has become the sacred crib, the birthing place of God-among-us.’
Edward Hays
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

Parish Office & Centre Christmas Times
The Parish Office, Parish Centre and Shop will reopen on Monday 4th January 2021 at 9am. While the Parish Centre and Office may be closed to the public, the priests will be available during the Christmas Season. The priests can be contacted on their mobile phone numbers listed above.

Society of St. Vincent De Paul
Members of the St. Patrick’s Parish Conference wish to thank all who contributed to the society in the lead up to Christmas. If you would still like to contribute to the society, you can drop an envelope marked for their attention into the parish centre. The society can be contacted on their dedicated number: 087 681 0589.

Thank You
Fr. Roderick, Fr Peter and the members of our Parish Pastoral Council would like to say a sincere word of thanks to all who prepared and celebrated the Christmas liturgies with us. We are particularly grateful to those who cleaned the churches, prepared the altars and worked in the sacristies. Many thanks to those who provided the music at some of our Masses. We greatly appreciate you and your hard work.
“ Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay, close by me forever and love me I pray”

The Man who changed Christmas

When Charles Dickens wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’ he had no idea of the impact it would have on readers worldwide. What is even more unbelievable is that the book was born out of desperation.
Dickens had already written a string of best sellers including ‘Oliver Twist’. On the strength of his enormous success he self-financed a speaking tour in the USA. That’s when things went horribly wrong for him. The tour was a financial disaster. His finances were in tatters and life suddenly looked bleak for the Dickens’ family. He needed to write something good, sell it quickly and earn badly needed money.
The result was a small book entitled ‘Christmas Carol’. In it he captured the essence of humanity through one complex character – Ebenezer Scrooge.
This is how Dickens described him:
“He was a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!”
Strangely enough, that miserable creature would eventually become the unlikely hero in one of the world’s best-loved books.
Therein lies the genius of Dickens. In his depiction of that stingy character, Charles Dickens poses a question. Why should we feel the need to be attracted to the story of someone we would normally avoid? Is it because in Scrooge we recognise a part of ourselves?
How does Dickens handle this? He shows us Scrooge as a child at school separate from his companions, not knowing the intimacy of friendship. Later on we glimpse him as a young man, afraid to commit himself to the one girl who loves him. The people he meets on that one Christmas Eve show him love, compassion and care. Scrooge sees in them an image of everything he lacks. And yet Dickens shows us that all we desire lies buried within us.
‘A Christmas Carol’ is filled with all human emotions: sorrow and joy, elation, rejection, humour and wit. It is a story filled with the wonder of Christmas. Through the magic of Charles Dickens’ words we become part of the plot. We feel the crisp tang of a frosty morning, the crunch of snow beneath our feet. Our eyes dance at the sight of flickering lanterns lighting the wonders of a toy shop window. We hear the crackle of log fires, and savour the smell of Christmas dinner. Our spirits are raised at the sound of laughter. But we also experience the regrets of lost opportunities.
The three spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future who visit Scrooge are the real key to the Christmas message. They show him images of his life already lived and a vision of how he may end up as a lonely, bitter old man. To you and me those spirits represent the very basis of our existence. They tell us how our past has shaped us and how our choices map out the road which lies before us. Occasionally we need to take a different route. ‘A Christmas Carol’ points us in a new direction.
When we look deep into the characters in the story we see little images of who we are. Bob Cratchit, the poor nephew of Scrooge, raises the human spirit by looking for the good in all things. Through little Tiny Tim, we recognise the innocence and wonder of childhood. The revellers and Carol singers in the streets show us what it can be like to be part of a bigger family.
But surely we cannot recognise ourselves in such a mean-spirited character as Scrooge? Consider this: who among us has not let a few of life’s opportunities slip through our fingers? Which of us has not regretted things done and tasks left undone?
Dickens motivates us and urges us onwards through the spooky, shivery tale which makes a child run for the warmth of a cuddle, knowing that all will be well in the end. His timeless tale is also the beginning of the greatest quest of all – the search for who we may become and how we can change. You may find the answers you seek if you allow yourself to become the child you once were. Only then will you glimpse the magic and wonders which lie ahead.
Dickens tells us that even Scrooge “became a changed man”. Ultimately this is a story of redemption.
If you have not read ‘A Christmas Carol’ I envy you the thrill of discovery. But, if like me, you have already savoured the delights, allow yourself the joy of a fresh reading and sit for a while in the company of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the Three Spirits, and of course, old Scrooge.
I will leave the last words to Dickens. He wrote that in the end Scrooge “knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of all of us. And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, every one.” (Pat Griffin – Christmas 2019)

Sunday 20th December 2020, 4th Sunday of Advent



Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve:
St. Patrick’s Church: 6pm & Midnight
St. Fiacre’s Church: 7pm & 9pm
Christmas Day:
St. Patrick’s Church: 9.30am & 12.30pm
Foulkstown Church: 10am
St Fiacre’s Church: 10.30am & 12noon.
Please be aware that only 50 people will be allowed to attend each Mass. Masses will be broadcast to the Parish Centre from St. Fiacre’s Church and will cater for the overflow from the church. Masses will be streamed live from both parish webcams which are available on www.stpatricksparish@ossory.com.
Leaflets detailing the Mass times for all the city parishes will be distributed by the stewards after Masses this weekend. The obligation to attend Mass has been lifted for the moment so if you would be more comfortable viewing Mass online or on TV, then do so.

Parish Office & Centre Christmas Times
The Parish Office, Parish Centre and Shop will close for the Christmas holidays on Wednesday 23rd December at 1pm and will reopen on Monday 4th January 2021 at 9am. The priests can be contacted on their mobile numbers on the banner above.

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.

Parish Christmas Shop
A wide variety of Christmas items are now available from the Parish Shop, located in the foyer of the Parish Centre. Church Art Calendars available from the reception desk of the Parish Centre, €2 each. 2021 Diaries available at €4 each. Call in and have a look!

The Irish Catholic & Ossory Times
Copies of the Irish Catholic and The Ossory times are Available from the Parish Office every Thursday at €2.00 per copy.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Elizabeth Curry, Larchfield and Mullinavat.
Anniversaries: Sally Cody (Sat 6.15). Tom Downey (Sun 9.30). Jane & Jeff Power (Sun 10.00). Thomas Saunders (Sun 10.30). Elizabeth Comerford (Sun 12.00). Mary & Nicholas Keary (Sun 12.30). John & Mary Butler & Catherine Walsh. (Mon 9.30). Tommy & Kitty Clooney, Margaret Fox, Helena Butler, William, May & Liam Butler, Emma Van Driel (Tues 9.30). Christina Walshe. Billy Phelan, Milton Americas, Chrissie Comerford. Nana Donovan. Ted Carroll. Patrick & Angela Murphy. Ellen Nolan. Martin Meally. John & Mary Butler. Catherine Walsh. Eamon Reidy. Jim Dollard. George Byrne.
Intentions for next weekend: Roseanna Smyth (Sun 9.30). Lucyna Wowk (Birthday Rem Sun 10.30). Marie Doyle (Sun 12.00). Eddie Taylor (Sun 12.30).

Webcams

Masses are streamed live on the parish webcams on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.. Click on the name of the church whose webcam you would like to view.

Reconciliation
Fr. Roderick and Fr. Peter will be available to hear confessions in St. Fiacre’s Church from 8 to 9pm on Tuesday 22nd December.

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)

Adult Faith Development - Advent
Weekly Prayer Group – Lectio 365: Pray, Pause and Reflect on a scripture passage each week. This virtual prayer group is led by Pauline Haughney continues each Monday at 7.30pm.
Advent Thought for the Day – Online and Twitter or by text, some simple thoughts, reflections, prayers and ideas – why not take a few moments each day during Advent to pause in prayer. Follow @ossorydiocese on Twitter. For text submit your phone number to 085 831 3100.
Diocesan Carol Service in the company of Bishop Dermot Farrell and Bishop Denis Nulty – an evening of music, song, prayer, and reflection on the Christmas Story, from the parishes of our two Dioceses. Sunday 20th December at 8pm, live on KCLR 96fm.
Our Diocese, Your Crib – Why not take part in our Virtual Display of Cribs (Ossory.ie) this Christmas – send us images of the crib in your home, parish, school or club to afd@ossory.ie.
A link to any of the above can be requested from afd@ossory.ie or tel. 056 775 3624.

Holy Hour
Advent - a time of preparation for Christmas, a time of prayer. For the season of Advent, a holy hour will take place in St. Fiacre’s Church each Monday & Wednesday from 7-8pm with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, reflection on the word of God, rosary and benediction, continuing each Monday & Wednesday night during Advent via webcam on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
If you want to contribute to the collection, put your offering in an envelope, mark it SVP and drop it into the parish office. We will make sure that they get it. Thank you for your continued support. The society can be contacted on 087 381 0589 or drop a letter into the Parish Office.

Eucharistic Ministers
The new Eucharistic Ministers rota is available from the parish office from Monday 21st December. Please call in and pick one up or contact Michelle at stpatricksparish@ossory.ie or phone 776 4400 to have a copy emailed to you.

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.


Sunday 13th December 2020, 3rd Sunday of Advent
A bearer of light
Last week we were introduced to John the Baptist as part of our Advent journey. We hear his story again but this time from the fourth Gospel. Light and darkness is a key theme of the fourth Gospel and in its opening verses proclaims that this light has always shone in the dark; the darkness cannot overpower it. The evangelist goes on to tell us that John the Baptist’s mission is that he has been sent by God to ‘speak for the light’. John is a light bearer, he is not the light, but he points to the light. He is a witness to the light of God in our world, a light that cannot be put out. We celebrate this light today on Gaudete Sunday, Gaudete which means ‘rejoice’. We light the pink candle and we celebrate with joy. As our world continues to battle this pandemic, there is much fear about. People might not feel like celebrating or being joyful. But nature shows us that Spring always follows Winter. Like John, we are called to be light-bearers. To carry Christ’s love and light to those we meet in our daily lives. Our world needs light-bearers, especially in these Winter months. It might be a good opportunity to ask today ‘Who have been the light bearers for me in these past months?’ And also, ‘To whom can I carry light to this week?’ In this way we observe Christ’s ongoing incarnation in the world today.
‘Lord there is much darkness in society and in our church. We thank you that someone always comes on the scene, sent by you as a witness to speak for the light … teachers, community leaders, grandparents, children, a friend … they bear witness to the rest of us that somewhere in the dark a light shines that darkness cannot overcome.’ Michel de Verteuil
Jane Mellett mellettj@gmail.com

The Irish Catholic
Available from the Parish Office every Thursday at €2.00 per copy

Webcams
Masses are streamed live on the parish webcams on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.. Click on the name of the church whose webcam you would like to view.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Paddy Hehir, College Green & Castlecomer Road. Ann Murphy, New Orchard. Pauline Hackett, Drakelands. Frank Watson, London & Maudin St.
Months Mind: Pauline Hackett (Fri 9.30).
Anniversaries: Jimmy Bergin (Sat 6.15). Martin McCorry (Sun 9.30). Michael O’Neill (Sun 10.00). Eddie Dunne (Sun 10.30). Dick Lynch (Sun 12.00). Jimmy King & his daughter, Catherine King. Florrie Cleere (Mon 9.30). John Morrissey (Tues 9.30). Padraig & Podge Butler (Tues 10.30). Martin Mealy (Sun 10.30). Milton Americas (Thurs 10.30). Kitty Crotty (Fri 10.30). Michael Cody (Sat 9.30). James Murray. Peadar Barrett. Christina Comerford. Ann & John Fogarty. Mary O’Neill. Hughie Shiels. Margaret Larkin. John Hayes. Michael Dollard. Patricia Fitzpatrick. Eileen Gleeson. Mary Blanchfield.
Intentions for next weekend: Sally Cody (Sat 6.15). Tom Downey (Sun 9.30). Jane & Jeff Power (Sun 10.00). Thomas Saunders (Sun 10.30). Elizabeth Comerford (Sun 12.00). Mary & Nicholas Keary.

Adult Faith Development - Advent

Weekly Prayer Group – Lectio 365: Pray, Pause and Reflect on a scripture passage each week. This virtual prayer group is led by Pauline Haughney continues each Monday at 7.30pm.
Advent Thought for the Day – Online and Twitter or by text, some simple thoughts, reflections, prayers and ideas – why not take a few moments each day during Advent to pause in prayer. Follow @ossorydiocese on Twitter. For text submit your phone number to 085 831 3100.
The Word Became Flesh – Training nights for new and existing Ministers of the Word. Two evening of reflection for the Ministers of the Word in our Parishes. Led by Fr. Dan Bollard, Fr. Jim Murphy and the Ossory Retreat team – Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th December from 8pm to 9pm.
Our Diocese, Your Crib – Why not take part in our Virtual Display of Cribs (Ossory.ie) this Christmas – send us images of the crib in your home, parish, school or club to afd@ossory.ie.
A link to any of the above can be requested from afd@ossory.ie or tel. 056 775 3624.

Masses: Please follow the instructions of Mass Stewards when attending Masses. 50 people maximum at Masses. Hand Sanitisers area available in all of our churches. Face coverings are required when attended any ceremonies. More stewards are needed for our Christmas Masses, please contact the parish office on 056 7764400 if you can help.

Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve:
St. Patrick’s Church: 6pm & Midnight
St. Fiacre’s Church: 7pm & 9pm
Christmas Day:
St. Patrick’s Church: 9.30am & 12.30pm
Foulkstown Church: 10am
St Fiacre’s Church: 10.30am & 12noon.
Please be aware that only 50 people will be allowed to attend each Mass. Masses will be broadcast to the Parish Centre from St. Fiacre’s Church and will cater for the overflow from the church. Masses will be streamed live from both parish webcams which are available on www.stpatricksparish@ossory.com.

Parish Office & Centre Christmas Times
The Parish Office, Parish Centre and Shop will close for the Christmas holidays on Wednesday 23rd December at 1pm and will reopen on Monday 4th January 2021 at 9am. The priests can be contacted using the system below. Phone 056 776 4400 & Press 4 for Fr. Roderick . Press 5 for Fr. Peter or contact them on their mobile numbers on the banner above.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

If you want to contribute to the collection, put your offering in an envelope, mark it SVP and drop it into the parish office. We will make sure that they get it. Thank you for your continued support. The society can be contacted on 087 381 0589 or drop a letter into the Parish Office.



Sunday 6th December 2020, 2nd Sunday of Advent



The beginning of the good news
The second Sunday of Advent turns our attention to John the Baptist. John was an interesting individual. We are told he dressed a bit strangely and spent a lot of time in the desert, ‘the voice of one crying out in the wilderness’. Yet it seems he was very popular with ‘all the people of Jerusalem’ went out to hear him. John must have been a dynamic speaker and one in whom people found hope and inspiration. In John the Baptist’s time, the people lived under the oppression of the Roman Empire and were waiting for someone who would liberate them. John points to one that is greater than he, he points the people to Jesus.
When Pope Francis released the encyclical Fratelli Tutti in October this year he noted that dark clouds hang over our world and he urged everyone to embrace a spirit of friendship, kindness, compassion and solidarity as we move forward, to help ensure the dignity of every person and a more sustainable world for all. We have certainly experienced a type of wilderness this year as we continue to battle the effects of COVID19 and find a way forward. Our communities need messengers, like John, who bring good news, hope and a vision for the future, who point us towards a new way forward.
As we prepare to welcome Christ into our lives once more, let’s make the most of this advent time, the most of this waiting time. May we use this space to reflect on what type of world can be born out of this wilderness we find ourselves in. May we reach out to those who are crying out for hope during these difficult months, like John the Baptist, offering a positive vision for the future.
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

The Irish Catholic

Available from the Parish Office every Thursday at €2.00 per copy

Webcams

Masses are streamed live on the parish webcams on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.. Click on the name of the church whose webcam you would like to view.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Peg Staunton, Greenshill.
Michael Slattery, Willow Close.
Months Mind: Mary Martin (Sun 10.00). Eileen Reidy (Thurs 10.30).
Anniversaries: John Egan (Sat 6.15). Lucyna Wowk (Sun 9.30). Maeve & Laurence Healy (Sun 10.30). Michael O’Dwyer (Sun 12.00). Kitty Russell (Sun 12.30). Myra Treacy (Tues 10.00). Margaret & Michael O’Brien (Wed 10.30). Elizabeth Duffy (Fri 9.30). Jimmy Cashin (Sat 9.30). Tom O’Dowd. Thomas Dowling. Paul Slattery. Annie Wall. Kathleen Wall. Jimmy Coyne. Cornelius & Bridget Carroll. Rene Sheridan. John & Margaret Wallace. Bess & Mick Delaney. Mary Maher. Kathleen Brown. Jim Costigan. Patrick & Rose Wixted. Mary Dowling
Intentions for next weekend: Jimmy Bergin (Sat 6.15). Martin McCorry (Sun 9.30). Michael O’Neill (Sun 10.00). Eddie Dunne (Sun 10.30). Dick Lynch (Sun 12.00). Jimmy King & his daughter, Catherine King.

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)

Feast of The Immaculate Conception

Tuesday is the feast of the Immaculate Conception and is a holy day of obligation. Mass times are as follows:
Monday 7th - 6.15pm in St. Fiacre’s.
Tuesday 8th - 10.00am in Foulkstown, 11.00am in St. Patrick’s and 12noon in St. Fiacres.

Holy Hour
Advent - a time of preparation for Christmas, a time of prayer. For the season of Advent, a holy hour will take place in St. Fiacre’s Church each Monday & Wednesday from 7-8pm with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, reflection on the word of God, rosary and benediction, continuing each Monday & Wednesday night during Advent via webcam on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

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.

Return to Masses

Please follow the instructions of Mass stewards when attending Masses. 50 people maximum at Masses. Hand sanitisers are available in all of our churches. Face coverings are required when attended any ceremonies.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
The National Christmas Collection for the St. Vincent de Paul takes place on Sunday 13th December. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic there will not be a church gate collection. If you want to contribute to the collection, put your offering in an envelope, mark it SVP and drop it into the parish office. We will make sure that they get it. Thank you for your continued support. The society can be contacted on 087 381 0589 or drop a letter into the Parish Office.

Drive in Bingo
Postponed due to the recent Covid 19 lockdown, the Drive-in-Bingo fundraiser will now go ahead on Saturday evening, 12th December in Castleinch (signposted 3Klms out on the Callan Road). A single book will cost €10 and a double €15. Tickets may also be purchased on the Kilkenny Bingo Clubforce app. The gates will open at 2.30p.m., with “eyes down” at 4p.m.. James Stephens will be holding a raffle, with attractive prizes on the night.

Adult Faith Development - Advent
Weekly Prayer Group – Lectio 365: Pray, Pause and Reflect on a scripture passage each week. This virtual prayer group is led by Pauline Haughney continues each Monday at 7.30pm.
Advent Lecture: Faith & Mental Health – An exploration of the impact of faith on mental health by Fr. Billy Swan, who recently published “Finding God, Faith and Mental Health”, Wednesday 9th December from 8-9pm.
Advent Thought for the Day – Online and Twitter or by text, some simple thoughts, reflections, prayers and ideas – why not take a few moments each day during Advent to pause in prayer. Follow @ossorydiocese on Twitter. For text submit your phone number to 085 831 3100.
Our Diocese, Your Crib – Why not take part in our Virtual Display of Cribs (Ossory.ie) this Christmas – send us images of the crib in your home, parish, school or club to afd@ossory.ie.
A link to any of the above can be requested from afd@ossory.ie or tel. 056 775 3624.

Parish Christmas Shop
A wide variety of Christmas items are now available from the Parish Shop, located in the foyer of the Parish Centre. Church Art Calendars available from the reception desk of the Parish Centre, €2 each. 2021 Missals available at €4 each. Call in and have a look!



1st Sunday of Advent, 29th November 2020


Finding our feet
It can be very hard to live with uncertainty. Back at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a counsellor was interviewed on radio about how people were coping with the ‘lockdown’. People were anxious and fearful, she said. Many were experiencing loneliness, as their normal routines and social life came to an abrupt halt.
Another thing that people really struggled with was the inability to make decisions. They felt trapped and stuck, unable to plan ahead. They couldn’t make plans to visit family or go on holidays. They didn’t know if their jobs were secure, or if their children would return to school. When things are up in the air, it is hard to find your feet and feel grounded. Many of us are still struggling with these feelings.
Today we enter a new church year, and our first Advent season since the pandemic hit. Many of us are feeling more subdued than normal as we begin our preparations for Christmas. It will be very different from the usual family and social occasion, and we are saddened and worried by this.
In today’s gospel, Jesus urges his disciples to ‘stay awake’. We might feel we have no choice at the moment – the feeling of not knowing what is coming is very familiar. We are on our guard, on edge, waiting for the latest news. Yet already, there are initiatives springing up to support those who are vulnerable or in need this Christmas. In our own families, we are plotting ways to ensure no one is alone or isolated. We are ‘awake’ to the strange circumstances, and we are finding ways to cope. We pray today for the strength to guide us through the coming weeks, and for the peace and joy of Christ to lift our hearts and carry us onwards.
‘In this time of tribulation and mourning, I hope that you will be able to experience Jesus, who comes to meet you, greets you and says: ‘Rejoice.’ Pope Francis
Jane Mellett. mellettj@gmail.com

The Irish Catholic

Available from the Parish Office every Thursday at €2.00 per copy

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Olly Conway, Purcellsinch, Kilkenny. Kathleen Donovan.
Months Mind: Joan Fitzgerald. Colette Deegan.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Maura Leahy. Eileen Gleeson. Elaine Kelly. Jack White. Pat Kearney. Eileen Blake. Anne Madden. Jim Corcoran. Kitty McMyler. Deceased Members of The Morrisey & Comerford Families. Michael Shortall. Patrick & May Malone.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

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)

Webcams
The new webcams have been installed in St. Patrick’s & St. Fiacre’s Churches. Mass will be streamed from St. Patrick’s Church (from Wed 2nd Dec) at 9.30am every morning and 10.30am from St. Fiacre’s Church. The webcams are available to view on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.. Click on the name of the church whose webcam you would like to view.

Quote
“Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man. Pope Francis

Holy Hour
Advent - a time of preparation for Christmas, a time of prayer. For the season of Advent, a holy hour will take place in St. Fiacre’s Church each Monday & Wednesday from 7-8pm with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, reflection on the word of God, rosary and benediction. Beginning on Wednesday 2nd December and continuing each Monday & Wednesday night during Advent via webcam on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.

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.

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.

Vocations
“O Lord, you are our father…..we are all the work of your hands…..”
How is God trying to mould you?
Is it to be of service to Him as a priest or in the consecrated life?
Speak to your local priest or your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email the National Vocations Office on info@vocations.ie.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589 or drop a letter into the Parish Office.

Ossory Times
The new edition of the Ossory Times is now available from the Parish Office. €2 per copy.

Senior Line
If you are an older person & would like someone to talk to, particularly since Covid-19, consider phoning SeniorLine. We are older people too, trained to listen and support. Freefone 1800 80 45 91

Adult Faith Development - Advent
Weekly Prayer Group – Lectio 365: Pray, Pause and Reflect on a scripture passage each week. This virtual prayer group is led by Pauline Haughney starting Monday 30th November at 7.30pm.
Virtual Retreat: Faith, Hope and Love – A three-night virtual retreat via Zoom led by Fr. Billy Swan on Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of December from 8pm – 9pm each evening.
Advent Lecture: Faith & Mental Health – An exploration of the impact of faith on mental health by Fr. Billy Swan, who recently published “Finding God, Faith and Mental Health”, Wednesday 9th December from 8-9pm.
The Word Became Flesh – Training nights for new and existing Ministers of the Word. Two evening of reflection for the Ministers of the Word in our Parishes. Led by Fr. Dan Bollard, Fr. Jim Murphy and the Ossory Retreat team – Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th December from 8pm to 9pm.
Diocesan Carol Service in the company of Bishop Dermot Farrell and Bishop Denis Nulty – an evening of music, song, prayer, and reflection on the Christmas Story, from the parishes of our two Dioceses. Sunday 20th December at 8pm, live on KCLR 96fm.
Advent Thought for the Day – Online and Twitter or by text, some simple thoughts, reflections, prayers and ideas – why not take a few moments each day during Advent to pause in prayer. Follow @ossorydiocese on Twitter. For text submit your phone number to 085 831 3100.
Our Diocese, Your Crib – Why not take part in our Virtual Display of Cribs (Ossory.ie) this Christmas – send us images of the crib in your home, parish, school or club to afd@ossory.ie.

A link to any of the above can be requested from afd@ossory.ie or tel. 056 775 3624.

Sunday, 22nd November 2020, Christ the King
A different sort of king
Today’s gospel leaves us in no doubt as to what Jesus expects of his followers. It is a gospel of contrasts. It begins with a scene of judgement, with Jesus in the role of king, sitting on the throne of glory. It would have been a familiar image to the people of the time, who were expecting a great Messianic king. In the time of Jesus, kings were powerful rulers, and some were tyrants. We know from earlier in Matthew’s Gospel that kings like Herod were capable of brutal acts. It is an image that remains familiar to us today, thanks to popular fairytales, movies and TV shows – the all-powerful ruler sitting on their throne, passing judgement on their subjects.
But the king that Jesus talks about here turns these images upside down. He is not focused on riches or power, or inciting terror or fear. Instead, he is a fair judge, a shepherd who knows his flock. He invites all those who have acted with justice and generosity to take their place in his kingdom. He is in solidarity with the ‘least’ of his people – a king whose main concern is those who are hungry, displaced, sick or imprisoned. He refers to them as ‘brothers’.
Jesus’ kingdom is centred around charity, compassion and forgiveness. He expects us to treat everyone we encounter with welcome. There are simple acts of kindness we can carry out each day. Such love for others is love for God: ‘In so far as you did this to the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.’
‘In the evening of life, we shall be judged on love.’ St John of the Cross
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

The Irish Catholic
Available from the Parish Office every Thursday at €2.00 per copy
Pray for Our Deceased Friends
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Madge & William O’Brien and Family. Fintan Brennan. James Fox. Eileen Gleeson. Billy Walton. Kay & Brian O’Reilly. Philip Funcheon. Frank McKenna Snr. Paddy Murphy. Rita McMyler.
Catherine McDonald.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

Pray for the Dead

November is a special month for us as Christians. While we remember our dead throughout the year, we make a special effort during November to bring them to the Lord in our Eucharist and in prayer. We remember not only our own departed loved ones - we pray also for all who have died in our local community. We include a special prayer for those who have nobody to pray for them. You are invited to write the names of your departed loved ones in a Sacred Space in the sanctuary of our churches. Those listed in our Sacred Space, along with those whose names are submitted with the November Offerings, will be included in the intentions at our private Masses in the parish during the month of November.

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)

Webcam
The new webcam has been installed in St. Fiacre’s Church with Masses streaming from Monday 23rd November at 10.30am. The webcam is available to view on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com.
Because of the current pandemic it is not possible to hold our annual Remembrance Service as normal, it will be streamed by webcam from St. Fiacre’s Church on Thursday 26th November at 7pm. We hope that you can join us.
There is also a webcam being installed in St. Patrick’s Church, but it is delayed as we need to have a phone line and broadband installed first. It is hoped that this will not take to long to complete. Please keep and eye on our parish website, facebook page and this newsletter for more updates.

Senior Line
If you are an older person & would like someone to talk to, particularly since Covid-19, consider phoning SeniorLine. We are older people too, trained to listen and support. Freefone 1800 80 45 91

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.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589 or drop a letter into the Parish Office.

Ossory Times
The new edition of the Ossory Times is now available from the Parish Office. €2 per copy.

Reflection
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ as King of the universe was established by Pope Pius XI as a response to a world that does not acknowledge Jesus Christ and the gospel values in thought and the way life is organized. It reminds us of Christ’s royalty over all. If the kingship of Christ is recognised in every individual heart in thoughts and in deeds, it assures peace in our world and salvation in eternity.

Covid 19 Restrictions
Due to Covid 19 Restrictions, Masses in St. Patrick’s Parish are suspended until further notice. The Churches will remain open for private prayer and for weddings and funerals. Attendance at weddings and funerals is limited to 25 persons. We continue to pray through the intercession of St. Roch:
“O God, who through an Angel promised St. Roch that those who invoke His name or seek His intercession will be preserved from all dangers and contagious diseases. Grant that through His intercession we may be preserved from this present danger. Throughout Christ our Lord. Amen.”
St. Roch; Pray for us. St. Patrick: Pray for us.
St. Fiacre; Pray for us. St. Joseph; Pray for us.

Safeguarding Policy
Diocese of Ossory, St. Patrick's Parish
As a constitute member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child is a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse. The Diocese of Ossory and St. Patrick’s Parish are also committed to providing a safe environment for adults who may be vulnerable. Please see the note opposite for details of how to contact the Designated Liaison Person, Authorities and parish representatives. We also draw your attention to our Safeguarding posters in our church porches and the parish centre for more information.
Sunday, 15th November 2020
Rising to the challenge
It is hard not to feel sorry for the third servant in today’s gospel. The first two servants are praised for making the most of the ‘talents’ (money) given to them by their master. In return, they are promised even greater things. The third man, paralysed by uncertainty, buries his small amount of money in the ground instead of doing something with it. His actions are based in fear – he has heard the master is tough and he does not want to take any risks. At least he is able to return what he has been given, he reasons. But he is shocked to learn that instead of praise, or even a neutral reaction to match his own neutral actions, he is reprimanded as ‘wicked and lazy’ and cast out. This parable has been described as a story of ‘tragic miscalculation’. The servant didn’t do anything awful – which is why we tend to have some sympathy for him – but he didn’t do his best either. The real tragedy is not that he didn’t make any more money; it is that he failed to appreciate the opportunity he had been given and to make the most of it. We are all dealt different cards in life, and undoubtedly some are much tougher than others. We are like the servants in the parable who are given different amounts of money to look after. The point is not the amount of ‘talents’ given to each. It is not the circumstances of our lives or our natural gifts that are important, but how we use them. Jesus was cautioning against playing it safe. Instead of turning inwards or living in fear, we are called to meet challenges head on and discover what wonderful things might happen.
‘Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.’ Maya Angelou.
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

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.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Sarah Dobbyn, Dublin Road. Patrick Armstrong, Bagenalstown.
Months Mind: Bridie Coonan, Muckalee.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Richie Delaney. Margaret ‘Peggy’ O’Dwyer. Patsy Dawson. John Byrne. Mary & Ann O’Shea. Seamus Loughman. Billy Walton. John & Esther Hand. Deceased & Retired Nurses. Edward Walshe. Jack McDonald. Paddy Howard. Michael Beale. Tess O’Neill.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589 or drop a letter into the Parish Office.

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)

Senior Line
If you are an older person & would like someone to talk to, particularly since Covid-19, consider phoning SeniorLine. We are older people too, trained to listen and support. Freefone 1800 80 45 91

Pray for the Dead
November is a special month for us as Christians. While we remember our dead throughout the year, we make a special effort during November to bring them to the Lord in our Eucharist and in prayer. We remember not only our own departed loved ones - we pray also for all who have died in our local community. We include a special prayer for those who have nobody to pray for them. You are invited to write the names of your departed loved ones in a Sacred Space in the sanctuary of our churches. Those listed in our Sacred Space, along with those whose names are submitted with the November Offerings, will be included in the intentions at our private Masses in the parish during the month of November.

Reflection
If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives……….. Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies……Succeed anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow……………...Do good anyway.
Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable………………Be honest and transparent anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight…………Build anyway.
People who really want help may attack you if you help them…………Help them anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and you may get hurt……………….Give the world your best anyway.
Help us, Heavenly Father to give without counting the cost, knowing that all we do is done in your name and for your greater glory.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the
Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

Ossory Times
The new edition of the Ossory Times is now available from the Parish Office. €2 per copy.

The Irish Catholic
Available from the Parish Office every Thursday at €2.00 per copy

Mission Sunday Collection

Donations towards the missions are still being accepted. Please in an envelope and mark ‘Missions’ on it and drop it into Parish Office. Thank you to everyone who had donated so far.

Covid 19 Restrictions
Due to Covid 19 Restrictions, Masses in St. Patrick’s Parish are suspended until further notice. The Churches will remain open for private prayer and for weddings and funerals. Attendance at weddings and funerals is limited to 25 persons. We continue to pray through the intercession of St. Roch:
“O God, who through an Angel promised St. Roch that those who invoke His name or seek His intercession will be preserved from all dangers and contagious diseases. Grant that through His intercession we may be preserved from this present danger. Throughout Christ our Lord. Amen.”
St. Roch; Pray for us. St. Patrick: Pray for us.
St. Fiacre; Pray for us. St. Joseph; Pray for us.

Safeguarding Policy
Diocese of Ossory, St. Patrick's Parish
As a constitute member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child is a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse. The Diocese of Ossory and St. Patrick’s Parish are also committed to providing a safe environment for adults who may be vulnerable. Please see the note opposite for details of how to contact the Designated Liaison Person, Authorities and parish representatives. We also draw your attention to our Safeguarding posters in our church porches and the parish centre for more information.

Sunday, 8th November 2020
The Time is now
I am a procrastinator. If a task is awkward or unpleasant, I am likely to put it off till another day. In any given week, I have a ‘to-do’ list I need to get through. The most important items always get done - things that can’t be avoided, like work deadlines or paying bills. But bigger projects often get put on the long finger and I find myself transferring items to the following week’s list. It is part of life to learn how to prioritise, and to be prepared to tackle the important things. Even when we are not ready to face a certain situation, sometimes we need to push ourselves to just dive in. Among the wedding customs in Jesus’ tie was a night-time procession from the bride’s home to the grooms. The bridesmaids would go out with torches lit to welcome the groom and his entourage. The parable in today’s gospel sets two groups in contrast - the ‘foolish’ bridesmaids who run out of oil because they have failed to prepare, and the ‘sensible’ ones who are ready with their lamps and oil, who recognise the importance of the task. Only one group was ready when the groom approached.
This parable encourages us to focus on the here and now, to nurture our relationship with God in the present and to live well. There is no point procrastinating, or waiting until the bridegroom is a the door. As well as having the light of faith, we need the fuel - the actions - to keep it lit so we are ready when the Lord comes.
‘It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.’ Hugh Laurie.
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

Reflection
St Paul proclaims, ‘I have learnt to manage whatever I have, I know how to be poor and I know how to be rich too…’ (Phil. 4:12). He boasts that he is able to move on with his mission even with less and appreciates any help that is received. Jesus wants us to use wealth wisely and not to allow having a lot of money or its lack because a stumbling block to one’s happiness and salvation.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Eileen Reidy, College Gardens. Joan Fitzgerald, Hawthorn Avenue. Seamus Dunlop, Walkin St & Callan. Vera Kearns, Parnell St.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Ned O’Neill. Julia & Sean Kennedy. John & Margaret Glynn. Charles Carroll. Andy Egan. Mary Millea. Paul Maloney. Henrietta Hyland. Julia O’Carroll. Peggy & JJ O’Dwyer. Tony Saunders.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589 or drop a letter into the Parish Office.

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)

Senior Line
If you are an older person & would like someone to talk to, particularly since Covid-19, consider phoning SeniorLine. We are older people too, trained to listen and support. Freefone 1800 80 45 91

Pope Francis

During his General Audience last Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke on Jesus’ example of prayer.
“Jesus’ prayer is a mysterious reality, of which we intuit only something, but which allows us to interpret His entire mission from the right perspective” Jesus, added the Pope, immersed Himself often in intimacy with God the Father, “in the Love that every soul thirsts for.” Pope Francis focused his reflections on a passage in the Gospel of Mark (1:32,34-38) in which Jesus heals many sick people late one evening before rising early to pray in a deserted place alone. After the disciples find Jesus to say the whole village of Capernaum is looking for Him, Jesus declares that He must preach to the other towns as well. “Prayer is the rudder that guides Jesus’ course.” This, said the Pope means that Jesus lets God guide His path, and not the desires and adulation of others. He went on to draw four lessons from Jesus’ witness of prayer. Jesus, said Pope Francis, teaches us above all that prayer should be “the first desire of the day.” “A day lived without prayer risks transforming into a bothersome or tedious experience: all that happens to us could turn into a badly endured and blind fate.” However, Jesus demonstrates the need to be obedient and to listen, since prayer is first of all “an encounter with God.”
“The problems of everyday life, then, do not become obstacles, but appeals from God Himself to listen to and encounter those who are in front of us.”
Secondly, said the Pope, Jesus teaches us that prayer is an art that must be practiced “with insistence.”
Though anyone can pray sporadically, Jesus reminds us that prayer requires discipline, practice, and constant effort. “Consistent prayer produces a progressive transformation, makes us strong in times of tribulation, gives us the grace to be supported by Him who loves us and always protects us.” Thirdly, Jesus’ prayer is always solitary. “Those who pray do not escape from the world, but prefer deserted places.” In the silence of prayer, said Pope Francis, our innermost desires and truths emerge into the light. But most importantly, he added, silence is where God speaks. “Every person needs a space for him- or herself, to be able to cultivate the inner life, where actions find meaning.” Finally, Pope Francis said, prayer as taught by Jesus is the place where we find that “everything comes from God and returns to Him.” He noted that prayer helps us to rediscover “the right dimension in our relationship with God, our Father, and with all creation.” Peace and joy, concluded the Pope, is what we will find if we follow Jesus’ example of prayer.
Pray for the Dead
November is a special month for us as Christians. While we remember our dead throughout the year, we make a special effort during November to bring them to the Lord in our Eucharist and in prayer. We remember not only our own departed loved ones - we pray also for all who have died in our local community. We include a special prayer for those who have nobody to pray for them. You are invited to write the names of your departed loved ones in a Sacred Space in the sanctuary of our churches. Those listed in our Sacred Space, along with those whose names are submitted with the November Offerings, will be included in the intentions at our private Masses in the parish during the month of November.

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.

Covid 19 Restrictions
Due to Covid 19 Restrictions, Masses in St. Patrick’s Parish are suspended until further notice. The Churches will remain open for private prayer and for weddings and funerals. Attendance at weddings and funerals is limited to 25 persons. We continue to pray through the intercession of St. Roch:
“O God, who through an Angel promised St. Roch that those who invoke His name or seek His intercession will be preserved from all dangers and contagious diseases. Grant that through His intercession we may be preserved from this present danger. Throughout Christ our Lord. Amen.”
St. Roch; Pray for us. St. Patrick: Pray for us.
St. Fiacre; Pray for us. St. Joseph; Pray for us.


Sunday, 1st November 2020
Saints in the making
There is a patron saint for almost every situation you could imagine. When we’ve lost something, we talk to St Anthony; faced with a hopeless situation, we pray to St Jude. We ask St Christopher to help with a safe journey, and St Cajetan to intercede for a job interview. As we discovered this year, there are even patron saints for pandemics – St Edmund and St Roch. The list goes on. Many people have a favourite saint they reach out to in times of need.
There is something about the saints that touches even the most cynical of hearts. Turning to a favourite saint is more than mere superstition. At its most basic level it is a reminder that we are not alone, that there is a life beyond this one and we are connected to it. At a deeper level it is an opportunity to reflect on these holy women and men who were shining examples of faith and virtue while alive, and who continue their great work by leading us closer to God.
This All Saints Day, the Beatitudes challenge us to look beyond the difficulties of this life and see the bigger picture. They offer a way of life that leads to eternal life. The saints whose help we seek embodied many of the qualities of the Beatitudes – gentleness, mercy, fighting for justice, working for peace, bearing suffering with dignity. We all know people who embody these qualities – the many saints who may never be canonised but who show us how to live as followers of Christ. As we reflect on those who have gone before us, it leads us to ponder how we are doing: are we saints in the making?
‘To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.’ Pope Francis.
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

Reflection
Great are the works of the Lord, but none greater than the perfection of his own likeness in the Christian. For now there is never a point at which we can say we are satisfied, for his love compels us to be drawn deeper into union with him and with others. To share with others what he has given us; to quietly bear our sufferings in union with him: so many opportunities to grow into our heavenly inheritance.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Colette Deegan, Noremount Paddy Hanrahan, Larchfield. Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Brennan, Bonnettstown. Mary Martin, Riverview & Larchfield.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Michael Phelan. Cormac Cullen. Nora & Frank Hayden. Sean & Statia Cantwell. Gerry Gaule. John Cullen. Mary & James Mulrooney. Anna, Michael, Mary & Paddy Bowe. Paul Maloney. Anastatia Muldowney. Laurence Tynan. Elizabeth ‘Lila’ O’Connor.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Telephone: 087 381 0589 or drop a letter into the Parish Office.

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)

Senior Line
If you are an older person & would like someone to talk to, particularly since Covid-19, consider phoning SeniorLine. We are older people too, trained to listen and support. Freefone 1800 80 45 91

A prayer for Visiting a Graveyard
May perpetual light shine upon the faces of all who rest here. May the lives they lived unfold further in spirit. May all their past travail find ease in the kindness of clay. May the remembering earth mind every memory they brought. May the rains from the heavens fall gently upon them. May the wildflowers and grasses whisper their wishes into light. May we reverence the village of presence in the stillness of this silent field.
J O 'Donohue

Pray for the Dead
November is a special month for us as Christians. While we remember our dead throughout the year, we make a special effort during November to bring them to the Lord in our Eucharist and in prayer. We remember not only our own departed loved ones - we pray also for all who have died in our local community. We include a special prayer for those who have nobody to pray for them. You are invited to write the names of your departed loved ones in a Sacred Space in the sanctuary of our churches. Those listed in our Sacred Space, along with those whose names are submitted with the November Offerings, will be included in the intentions at our private Masses in the parish during the month of November.

Covid 19 Restrictions
Due to Covid 19 Restrictions, Masses in St. Patrick’s Parish are suspended until further notice. The Churches will remain open for private prayer and for weddings and funerals. Attendance at weddings and funerals is limited to 25 persons. We continue to pray through the intercession of St. Roch:
“O God, who through an Angel promised St. Roch that those who invoke His name or seek His intercession will be preserved from all dangers and contagious diseases. Grant that through His intercession we may be preserved from this present danger. Throughout Christ our Lord. Amen.”
St. Roch; Pray for us. St. Patrick: Pray for us.
St. Fiacre; Pray for us. St. Joseph; Pray for us.

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.

Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny
1st Year Enrolment Autumn 2021: The closing date for application for a First Year place is Thursday 5th November 2020. Application forms and Admission Policy can be obtained from our website www.loretokk.ie or the school office.

Safeguarding Policy
Diocese of Ossory, St. Patrick's Parish
As a constitute member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child is a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse. The Diocese of Ossory and St. Patrick’s Parish are also committed to providing a safe environment for adults who may be vulnerable. Please see the note opposite for details of how to contact the Designated Liaison Person, Authorities and parish representatives. We also draw your attention to our Safeguarding posters in our church porches and the parish centre for more information.

Ways to join together for Mass
Each Sunday morning, at 9.30am a live Mass is celebrated on KCLR96fm.
Online Masses: Masses will be streamed live from
St. Mary’s Cathedral (www.stmaryscathedral.ie).
St. Canice’s Parish (www.stcanicesparish.ie) and St. John’s Parish (www.www.stjohnskilkenny.com).


Sunday, 25th October 2020
Love
The Pharisees continue their harassment of Jesus in today’s Gospel by asking him which commandment is the greatest. What follows is the most famous verses of the New Testament: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul … And … You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ We probably can’t hear this enough. Love is the greatest commandment and this is a radical statement. Because this love is agape love, i.e. a love of those we don’t even know or even like! It is a love that binds all of humanity. We cannot separate love of God and neighbour; they are like two sides of a coin; they only work together. If we do not treat others with compassion, then how can we say we love God? Jesus often spoke about approaching the altar whilst holding a grudge against someone (Mt 5:24) and continuously challenged those who were hypocrites. Those critical of social justice movements in the church often say we should not be involved in doing ‘social work’. But this is exactly what we must do because this is how we love God, by loving our neighbour who is suffering, who is oppressed, who is in pain. We can love God and love people, there does not have to be a dichotomy.
There is a beautiful practice in India of using the mystical phrase ‘Namaste’ in greetings, which means: ‘the Divine in me greets the Divine in you’. Usually this is accompanied by a deep bow towards the person. How wonderful it would be to really see God present in each other and, more importantly, in those that society would rather cast aside. In this way we are being true to the greatest commandment.
‘May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.’ St Therese of Lisieux
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589 or drop a letter into the Parish Office.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Theresa Kelly, St. Patrick’s Close. Peg Doyle, Warrington. Kitty Doyle, Gaol Rd.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Ned Nolan. Mary McCormack. Con & Tess Murphy. Elizabeth ‘Lila’ O’Connor. Paddy Cullen. Declan Walsh. Jack & Maura Devlin. Ned Mahon. Bernadette Dermody. Alfie Sheehy. Julie & Patrick Burke. Peggy O’Brien.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

Reflection
The urgent call of Christ to repent would be overwhelming if we forgot the lengths to which he has gone to make our repentance possible and fruitful. Shredding his eternal glory, he descended into the profoundest depths of the human condition, to the extent of taking upon himself the consequences of our rejection of him. He emptied himself in order to ‘fill all things’ and in out striving to be emptied of sin and selfishness we open ourselves to receive gifts which build-up ourselves and others.
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)

Covid 19 Restrictions
Due to Covid 19 Restrictions, Masses in St. Patrick’s Parish are suspended until further notice. The Churches will remain open for private prayer and for weddings and funerals. Attendance at weddings and funerals is limited to 25 persons. We continue to pray through the intercession of St. Roch:
“O God, who through an Angel promised St. Roch that those who invoke His name or seek His intercession will be preserved from all dangers and contagious diseases. Grant that through His intercession we may be preserved from this present danger. Throughout Christ our Lord. Amen.”
St. Roch; Pray for us. St. Patrick: Pray for us.
St. Fiacre; Pray for us. St. Joseph; Pray for us.

Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny
1st Year Enrolment Autumn 2021: The closing date for application for a First Year place is Thursday 5th November 2020. Application forms and Admission Policy can be obtained from our website www.loretokk.ie or the school office.

Safeguarding Policy
Diocese of Ossory, St. Patrick's Parish
As a constitute member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child is a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse. The Diocese of Ossory and St. Patrick’s Parish are also committed to providing a safe environment for adults who may be vulnerable. Please see the note opposite for details of how to contact the Designated Liaison Person, Authorities and parish representatives. We also draw your attention to our Safeguarding posters in our church porches and the parish centre for more information.

Senior Line
If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, particularly since Covid-19, consider phoning SeniorLine. We are open every day of from 10am-10pm. We are older people too, trained to listen and support. Freefone 1800 80 45 91

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.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw Results
1st: Lily Holohan, St. Mary’s. 2nd: Children’s Health Foundation , Aghaboe. 3rd: Jim Power, Callan. 4th: Frances Condon, St. Canice’s. 5th: Jack McNamara, St. Canice’s. 6th: Anna Mai Treacy, Clogh. 7th: D & M Supervalu , Callan. 8th: Paddy O’Donovan, St. Mary’s. 9th: Tommy & Marian Duggan, Mullinavat. 10th: Deirdre & Kevin O’Mahony, St. Mary’s.

Ways to join together for Mass
Each Sunday morning, at 9.30am a live Mass is celebrated on KCLR96fm.
Online Masses: Masses will be streamed live from
St. Mary’s Cathedral (www.stmaryscathedral.ie).
St. Canice’s Parish (www.stcanicesparish.ie) and St. John’s Parish (www.www.stjohnskilkenny.com).

Bring a little Joy!
Community is about reaching out with compassion, staying connected & sending love to each other. That’s why at An Post, you can now send love to communities living in care facilities across Ireland with FREE postage. Recognising the increased restrictions in nursing homes & care facilities across the country & to bring a little joy, An Post will ensure free delivery of all card & letter mail posted to & from residents of Nursing & Care facilities in the State until January 31st 2021. By writing FREEPOST where the stamp would normally be affixed, An Post will carry cards, letters large envelopes and packets weighing up to 2KG without a postage stamp. Customers can send these items through the Post Office network & post boxes across Ireland.

Sunday, 18th October 2020
Covid 19 Restrictions
Following Government guidelines regarding Covid 19 and level 3 restrictions please not that from Wednesday 7th Oct 2020. Masses in St. Patrick’s Parish are suspended until further notice. The Churches will remain open for private prayer and for weddings and funerals. Attendance at weddings and funerals is limited to 25 persons. We continue to pray through the intercession of St. Roch:
“O God, who through an Angel promised St. Roch that those who invoke His name or seek His intercession will be preserved from all dangers and contagious diseases. Grant that through His intercession we may be preserved from this present danger. Throughout Christ our Lord. Amen.”
St. Roch; Pray for us. St. Patrick: Pray for us.
St. Fiacre; Pray for us. St. Joseph; Pray for us.

Reflection

There is clearly a dual aspect to being chosen by God. Elsewhere Jesus reminds his audience that what the Pharisees say is to be received , since they occupy the chair of Moses. Yet today their pathetic cynicism contrasts with God’s election of a foreign power, Cyrus, as one who will cooperate with his plan of liberation for his people. God has chosen us and we are free to accept of not. To live as his chosen means to invest in the gifts of faith, hope and love given us in our Baptism and strengthened at Confirmation. Union with Christ is the sure path from godly election to Christian perfection.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589 or drop a letter into the Parish Office.

Contributions
October Stations & weekly Parish Collection. Our thanks to the many parishioners who have sent in contributions for the weekly Parish Collection & the October Stations. Such generosity and thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
John O’Sullivan, Tom Foley. Joseph Eardly. Mary Woodgate. Lisa Kennedy. Eithne O’Connor. Nancy Coyne. Gerard Cleere.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

Parish Office & Parish Centre 
Although Masses are suspended at the moment the Parish Office is open at the usual times. The Parish Centre will close from 5pm each evening (4pm on Thursdays) until further notice. Please adhere to current HSE guidelines re coughing, sneezing, face coverings and social distancing.

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.

Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny
1st Year Enrolment Autumn 2021: The closing date for application for a First Year place is Thursday 5th November 2020. Application forms and Admission Policy can be obtained from our website www.loretokk.ie or the school office.
Open Night for 6th Class Girls: An Open Night will take place on Thursday 22nd October 2020 -this will be an online event and details on how to access it will be posted on our website.

Ways to join together for Mass

Each Sunday morning, at 9.30am a live Mass is celebrated on KCLR96fm.
TV Mass: Chanel 521 on Sky Tv or RTE News Now on Saorview, each weekday at 10.30am.
Online Masses: Masses will be streamed live from
St. Mary’s Cathedral (www.stmaryscathedral.ie).
St. Canice’s Parish (www.stcanicesparish.ie) and St. John’s Parish (www.www.stjohnskilkenny.com).

Mission Sunday
World Mission Sunday is Pope Francis’ annual appeal for spiritual and financial support so the life-giving work of overseas missionaries can continue.
Worryingly, it is in jeopardy. The pandemic will mean less offerings for this vital collection. The implications for overseas communities in the months ahead will be devastating.
In many of our poorer parishes in Africa, Asia and Latin America, it is missionaries who are on the front line. They already do so much. Walking hand-in-hand with struggling communities, long before and long after any emergency. COVID-19 adds even more challenges for these women and men, many of whom are in war-torn countries; remote areas where political conflicts, violent protests, extreme poverty, malnutrition and diseases are rife. These are crises faced on a daily basis and looking beyond COVID-19, sadly these crises will remain. Your support for World Mission Sunday will play an enormous part in easing suffering by providing overseas missionaries with essential aid.
Please, if you are in a position to help, do so right now - put your offering in the envelopes provided at the back of the church and return to the Parish Office. Alternatively, you can make an offering over the phone by calling Fiona on 01 4997 2035 or go to
www.wmi.ie/mission or lodge directly :
IBAN: IE12BOFI90075456961636
BIC: BOFIIE2D
Acc Name: Society for the Propagation of the Faith

Pope Francis prays for the world to build back better
Pope Francis has used the launch of his latest encyclical to urge people to start creating a world they want to live in through personal action and political lobbying. But he also attacked modern political discourse, saying healthy debate had been lost in favour of a culture of “discrediting others” through the aggressive social media platforms, adding that too many in politics had lost sight of the true purpose of their “lofty vocation.”
“Today, in many countries, hyperbole, extremism and polarisation have become political tools,” the pope said in Fratelli Tutti (on Fraternity and Social Friendship.) “Employing ridicule, suspicion and relentless criticism, in a variety of ways, one denies the right of others to exist or have an opinion.”
The central thrust of the encyclical was how to build a world that Jesus would wish to see – and how the Covid-19 pandemic had given us an opportunity to challenge the accepted political concepts that govern many nations. As he signed the encyclical, at the end of Mass on the 3rd October in Assisi, the Holy Father said that coronavirus had served as a wake up call for many in the world, highlighting the gross inequalities that many suffer. We now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to build back better, creating a global system that recognised the need to care for one another as brothers and sisters. “A worldwide tragedy like the Covid-19 pandemic momentarily revived the sense that we are a global community, all in the same boat, where one person’s problems are the problems of all.” the pope said. “Once more we realised that no one is saved alone; we can only be saved together.”


Sunday 10th October 2020
Covid 19 Restrictions
Following Government guidelines regarding Covid 19 and level 3 restrictions please not that from Wednesday 7th Oct 2020. Masses in St. Patrick’s Parish are suspended until further notice.
The Churches will remain open for private prayer and for weddings and funerals. Attendance at weddings and funerals is limited to 25 persons.
We continue to pray through the intercession of St. Roch:
“O God, who through an Angel promised St. Roch that those who invoke His name or seek His intercession will be preserved from all dangers and contagious diseases. Grant that through His intercession we may be preserved from this present danger. Throughout Christ our Lord. Amen.”
St. Roch; Pray for us. St. Patrick: Pray for us.
St. Fiacre; Pray for us. St. Joseph; Pray for us.
“Please stay safe”.

Reflection
Happier even than the Blessed Mother of God: is this possible? Nobody could know more perfectly the joy of life in Christ than Mary, but the cause of her joy is perfect discipleship and total availability to God, even more than her bodily motherhood. And we all are invited to enter into that life of faith, with her help. Knowing her joy to be pure gift, Mary wishes us to share it.

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.

Parish Office & Parish Centre 
Although Masses are suspended at the moment the Parish Office is open at the usual times. The Parish Centre will close from 5pm each evening (4pm on Thursdays) until further notice. Please adhere to current HSE guidelines re coughing, sneezing, face coverings and social distancing.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Bridget Hackett, Seville Lodge, Callan Road.
Months Mind: Philip Bartley.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Tom O’Neill. Phyllis Larkin. Nora & Frank Hayden. Mary Dowling. Frank Stapleton. Kathryn Doran. Paul Grace. May Dunne. Richard Kelly. Billy Maher. Patrick Tynan. Mary O’Brien. Gerry Dunne. Norah Dunne.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

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)

Ways to join together for Mass
It is possible to be part of the celebration of Mass via, Television or online from some of our parishes. Each Sunday morning, at 9.30am a live Mass is celebrated on KCLR96fm.
TV Mass: Chanel 521 on Sky Tv or RTE News Now on Saorview, each weekday at 10.30am.
Online Masses: Masses will be streamed live from
St. Mary’s Cathedral (www.stmaryscathedral.ie).
St. Canice’s Parish (www.stcanicesparish.ie) and St. John’s Parish (www.www.stjohnskilkenny.com).

A royal wedding
Today’s gospel is difficult. Stories of judgement, weeping and gnashing of teeth just do not appeal to most people. We hear about a King whose invitations to his son’s wedding banquet are repeatedly refused. In some instances his messengers are killed. One interpretation of this parable is that it is an allegory for the Jesus story, God’s invitation to the Messianic banquet has been refused by those who are expected to embrace it. This banquet is therefore opened up to the unexpected, the Gentiles, the poor, those on the margins, the outcast.
Going deeper again, we can hear that God wants to be in a relationship with each of us. We are all invited to this banquet. Yet, sometimes we exclude ourselves from being in fellowship with God. We may be hurt, suffering in a way that is preventing us from accepting the invitation to experience God’s love and hospitality. We simply want to be left alone. Notice how the host in this parable persists. God does not give up on us.
And what about that poor chap who did come but was not suitably dressed? If we accept the invitation we should be ready for change and not just change of an outer garment, real change. Because any real experience of God in our lives transforms us in some way or another. Parables were meant to shock those who heard them. The Gospel is meant to make us uncomfortable. Otherwise, what changes for us? We can sit around and listen to nice gentle passages that keep us comforted, or we can be challenged and moved to experiencing something real, something which requires us to show up and be transformed. It is up to us whether or not we accept this invitation.
Jane Mellett. Email: mellettj@gmail.com

Support Line for Older People
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.

Letter from Bishop Farrell
Bishop Farrell has issued a letter regarding the current Covid-19 restrictions. It is available on the Parish facebook page facebookcom/StPatricksKK or on www.ossory.ie

October - The Month of the Rosary
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.
Archbishop Eamon Martin asked the people of Ireland recently to say the family Rosary during the month of October as a protection against Covid -19 The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on 7th October. The Rosary is a protective shield for Christians. We can show our love for Our Lady by saying the Rosary during the month as our ancestors did and to recite this hymn also.

O Mary of Graces
O Mary of graces and mother of Christ
O may you direct me and guide me & guide me aright.
O may you protect me from Satan’s control
And may you protect me in body and soul.
O may you protect me by land and by sea,
And may you protect me from sorrows to be;
A strong guard of angels above me provide;
May God be before me and God at my side.
Amen.

A Mhuire na ngrás, a Mháthair Mhic Dé
Go gcuire tú ar mo leas mé.
Go sábhála tú mé ar gace uile olc;
Go sábhála tú mé idir anam is chorp
Go sábhála tú mé ar muir is ar tír
Go sabhála tú mé ar learc na bpian.
Garda na n-aingeal os mo choinn,
Dia romham agus dia liom.

Sunday, 4th October 2020
Creation
Today marks the end of the Season of Creation, a time to remember that we are protectors of this earth and have been given responsibility to care for it, not to plunder and destroy it. The parable told in the Gospel today also speaks to this as we hear that the workers of the vineyard have lost sight of their original agreement with the owner and, consumed by greed, have lost their way. Today is also the feast of St Francis of Assisi. He experienced all of God’s creation as family: ‘Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brother Wind, Sister Water’. He was a mystic and a pilgrim who saw how intimately connected everything in this world really is. The COVID 19 crisis has reminded all of us of this deep interconnection; what happens in one part of the world affects us all as we share one common humanity and live together on a common home. During the days of lockdown many of us became more aware of simple things like birdsong, trees, flowers, the earth resting. Pope Francis says that this deeper awareness, ‘takes us to the heart of what it is to be human’ and gives us an opportunity to regain a sense of awe and wonder for creation. ‘Just as happens when we fall in love with someone, whenever St Francis would gaze at the sun, the moon or the smallest of animals, he burst into song.’ (Laudato Si’, 11). The roots of the environmental crisis are deeply spiritual. As we bring this Season of Creation to a close, let it be a spring-board into contemplation and action where our relationship with God’s creation is concerned. This is an urgent call. And one which faith communities have a responsibility to respond to. ‘Truly much can be done!’ (Laudato Si’, 180).
Jane Mellett, mellettj@gmail.com

Divine Mercy & Rosary
Each day at 3pm a group of people gather in the Black Abbey for a holy hour including the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary. All are welcome to attend.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Billy O’Dwyer Foulkstown. John Valentine, Dukesmeadows. Joe Daly, Newpark.
Months Mind: Judy O’Brien (Sat 6.15). Ann Kavanagh (Sun 10.00). Kathleen Roche (Sun 10.30). Evelyn Coppinger (Sun 12.00). Biddy Slattery (Sun 12.30). Lillie Coyne (Wed 10.30). Michael O’Brien. Michael O’Neill. Seamus Cullen. Paddy Wallace . Helen Murphy. Margaret Thornton. Ciss Walsh. Bridget McKenna. Joanie & Seamus Waters.
Intentions for next weekend: Tom O’Neill (Sat 6.15). Phyllis Larkin (Sun 9.30). Philip Bartley (Months Mind Sun 10.00). Nora & Frank Hayden (Sun 10.30). Mary Dowling (Sun 12.00). Frank Stapleton (Sun 12.30).

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)
O Sacrament Most Holy,
O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving,
Be every moment thine! X 3

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Please note that the celebrant alone will give out communion in the centre aisle of the church at weekend Masses in St. Fiacre’s Church. Thank you for your support in carrying out this very important ministry.

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
A number of children from Gaelscoil Osraí, received their First Holy Communion this weekend . We congratulate the children, their parents, guardians, teachers and all who have helped to prepare these children to receive their First Holy Communion. We look forward to welcoming the rest of the children from Gaelscoil Osraí to St. Fiacre’s Church next Saturday morning when they two will receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion.

Confirmation
Congratulations to the children from St. Patrick’s School, Kells Road who received the sacrament of Confirmation on last Thursday in St. Fiacre’s Church. We wish them well and may the Holy Spirit continue to guide them throughout their lives.

Parish Shop
A wide variety of items are available to buy in our Parish Shop, in the foyer of St. Patrick's Parish Centre. Call in and have a look.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw Results
1st: Mary Lawlor, St. Mary’s. 2nd: Tom Fitzgerald, Castlecomer. 3rd: Tony O’Farrell, Ferrybank. 4th: Pat Kinsella, Mooncoin. 5th: Pat Saunders, Ballyragget. 6th: Lil Quinn, Lisdowney. 7th: Mary Veronica Dobbyn, Aghaboe. 8th: Kay Murphy, St. Canice’s. 9th: John Willian Bowden, Lisdowney. 10th: S & E Kennedy, St. Canice’s. The next draw will take place on Wednesday 28th October. Please contact Fr. Roderick or the Parish Office to join.

James Stephens GAA Club
Drive-in Bingo, Sat 10th Oct at 6pm in Castleinch.
€2,500 in Prizes - €500 Full House on Interval Sheet
Coffee Dock and Shop will be open. We are delighted to announce that Kilkenny Bingo have given our club the opportunity to raise some funds through the Drive In Bingo to be held in Castleinch (car boot sale venue) on Sat 10th Oct at 6PM. Bingo books can be purchased in advance from team coaches or on the night, at the venue. Why not come along and enjoy this novel event and maybe win a prize or two. This is not limited to club members so if you have a friend, relation, neighbour who would enjoy this nights entertainment, please let them know.
Castleinch is 3.5 Km's out the Callan Road R95DW92

Reflection
Through the grace of God poured out to us in the sacraments and strengthened in prayer we are privileged to share in Christ’s victory over the forces of evil. Yet this is not in itself our goal, our end. Our eternal joy is union with God, discovered in the mercy and friendship of Jess. It is His joy to shed his divine light upon the humble and innocent of heart.

Mass Stewards
We are very grateful to all of our Mass Stewards, who volunteer their time in helping keep us all safe during our celebrations of Mass in St. Patrick’s Parish. Though most people are very obliging and follow the directions of the stewards, others are less so. We ask you to please be mindful that our stewards are their for the benefit of us all. We ask you to follow their directions when asked to do so. This is important if we are to adhere to Government/HSE guidelines in combatting Covid-19. Again, we thank our church stewards and appreciate the good work that they are doing to ensure a safe celebration of the Eucharist in our Parish.

Guidance for attending Mass
Hand sanitisers are available at each Church. Please use as you enter and leave the church.
We ask you to observe social distancing and follow the instructions of the Mass stewards.
Please minimize touching of surfaces.
Please only sit behind the yellow stickers.
Use the one way system for receiving communion.
The Priest/Eucharistic Ministers will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion.
Entry to St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches through the main door only.
Please do not congregate in or near the church porch.
Exit using all doors.
Where capacity is reached in St. Fiacre’s Church, seats will be available in the Parish Centre where the Mass will be broadcast from the Church.
The 1st collection will take place as you enter the church & the 2nd collection will take place as you leave. Holy Water fonts are not currently in use.
Toilet facilities are only available in an emergency.
Thank you for your support & cooperation.

Sunday, 27th September 2020

The Deep End - Good intentions
During the recent ‘lockdown’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people found themselves turning to nature. There was a surge of interest in gardening. We tended to flower beds, planted seeds, started herb gardens. Lots of people commented that they noticed the birds singing for the first time in years. In the midst of challenging times, we found ourselves tuning in to the wonder of God’s creation all around us.
As life begins to return to ‘normal’, can we retain this sense of wonder and awe? In this Season of Creation, we are invited to discover the presence of God in creation, to give thanks for the gift of the earth, and to change our ways so that we may live in harmony with creation. This requires us to be constantly conscious of how we are living – to not just have good intentions but to follow through in our actions.
In today’s gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the two sons who are asked to go and work in their father’s vineyard. The first son initially refuses, but then thinks better of it and gets to work. While the second son has good intentions, he doesn’t follow through. When it comes to caring for the earth, good intentions are not enough. Our actions matter. We may have been careless in the past but a change of heart is happening, right across our society. It all starts with our actions, as individuals and communities. As we emerge from a challenging few months, let us use the Season of Creation to reflect on how we can do better – to reconnect with God’s beautiful creation and do all we can to love and preserve it.
‘Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognise that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.’ (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’)
Tríona Doherty, Email trionad@gmail.com

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Kevin Prendergast, Drakelands. Frances McDonagh, Leggettsrath. Nancy Langton Garden Villas.
Months Mind: Laura Murphy (nee English) (Sat 6.15). Stephen Fanning (Thur. 7.30 pm).
Anniversaries: Dan Gorey (Sun 10.00). Anne Nolan (Sun 10.30). Jack Nolan (Sun 12.00). Michael & Peggy McKane (Sun 12.30). Kevin McGrory (Wed 9.30).
Michael Doyle. Kathleen Murphy. Margaret Morris. Peig and Jim McAndrew. Billy and Patty Reinhardt. Ann Doyle.. William and Elizabeth Tyrell.
Intentions for next weekend: Judy O’Neill (Sat 6.15). Ann Kavanagh (Sun 10.00). Kathleen Roche (Sun 10.30). Evelyn Coppinger (Sun 12.00). Biddy Slattery (Sun 12.30).

St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw
The new series of St. Mary’s Cathedral Draw will start on this coming Wednesday evening (30th Sept). Anyone interesting in joining, please contact the Parish Office or Fr. Roderick. €120 for the year.

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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving,
Be every moment thine! X 3

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Please note that the celebrant alone will give out communion in the centre aisle of the church at weekend Masses in St. Fiacre’s Church. Thank you for your support in carrying out this very important ministry.

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.

Divine Mercy & Rosary
Each day at 3pm a group of people gather in the Black Abbey for a holy hour including the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary. All are welcome to attend.

Congratulations
A number of children from the St. Patricks de la Salle & St. John of God schools received their First Holy Communion this weekend in St. Patrick’s & St. Fiacre’s Churches. We congratulate the children, their parents, guardians, teachers and all who have helped to prepare these children to receive their First Holy Communion. We look forward to welcoming the children from Gaelscoil Osraí to St. Fiacre’s Church next Saturday morning when they too will receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion.

Parish Shop
A wide variety of items are available to buy in our Parish Shop, in the foyer of St. Patrick's Parish Centre. Call in and have a look.

Mass Stewards
We are very grateful to all of our Mass Stewards, who volunteer their time in helping keep us all safe during our celebrations of Mass in St. Patrick’s Parish. Though most people are very obliging and follow the directions of the stewards, others are less so. We ask you to please be mindful that our stewards are their for the benefit of us all. We ask you to follow their directions when asked to do so. This is important if we are to adhere to Government/HSE guidelines in combatting Covid-19. Again, we thank our church stewards and appreciate the good work that they are doing to ensure a safe celebration of the Eucharist in our Parish.

Guidance for attending Mass
Hand sanitisers are available at each Church. Please use as you enter and leave the church.
We ask you to observe social distancing and follow the instructions of the Mass stewards.
Please minimize touching of surfaces.
Please only sit behind the yellow stickers.
Use the one way system for receiving communion.
The Priest/Eucharistic Ministers will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion.
Entry to St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches through the main door only.
Please do not congregate in or near the church porch.
Exit using all doors.
Where capacity is reached in St. Fiacre’s Church, seats will be available in the Parish Centre where the Mass will be broadcast from the Church.
The 1st collection will take place as you enter the church & the 2nd collection will take place as you leave. Holy Water fonts are not currently in use.
Toilet facilities are only available in an emergency.
Thank you for your support & cooperation.

Sunday, 20th September 2020
Unequal opportunities
Jesus does not see things as we do. Time and time again in his parables, he turns our expectations upside down and helps us to see things in a different light. Today, he tells the story of the landowner who pays the same wages to all his workers – those who were hired at the crack of dawn and those who only joined late in the day. Naturally, the ‘early birds’ are put out by this – they feel it is unjust, even though they received the wage they were promised. Maybe we sympathise with the complainers. In our individualistic society, we can fall into the trap of thinking that only certain people deserve good things. Those who work hard, who are law-abiding, who make the most of opportunities – they deserve a decent standard of living. Think of how often we hear people complaining about those who are struggling, saying they do not deserve assistance or ‘handouts’? Such criticisms fail to take into account that not everyone has the same opportunities or privileges in life. But in this parable of Jesus, the landowner treats everyone the same, regardless of their productivity. He recognises that not all of them had the same opportunity – some were just luckier than others, in the right place at the right time. God is just and generous, and he expects us to have the same respect for everyone, regardless of their position in life. Sadly we do not live in an equal world where everyone’s dignity is respected and everyone has equal opportunities. In this Season of Creation, we are mindful in particular of the world’s poor who suffer most as a result of environmental destruction – damage that is often caused by the comfortable lifestyles of others.
‘Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.’
(Pope Francis, Laudato Si’)
Triona Doherty, email trionad@gmail.com

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Elizabeth Evans, De La Salle Place. Úna O’Mahoney, Altamount Park.
Months Mind: Rosemary Grace. (Sat 6.15). Mary Murphy. Peter Marshall
Anniversaries: Paddy Johnston, Nicola Conway, Eddie McPhillips & other deceased relatives of the Johnston Family. (Sun 9.30). David & Ita O’Rourke (Sun 10.00). Mary Ward. (Sun 10.30). Margaret & Sean Jones (Sun 12.00).Betty Byrne & Deceased members of the Byrne Family (Sun 12.30). John & Catherine Alley. Louis Nolan. Paddy Larkin. Jimmy Owens. Bridget Cahill.
Intentions for next weekend: Laura Murphy (Months Mind Sat 6.15). Dan Gorey (Sun 10.00). Anne Nolan (Sun 10.30). Jack Nolan (Sun 12.00). Michael & Peggy McKane (Sun 12.30).

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)
O Sacrament Most Holy,
O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving,
Be every moment thine! X 3

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Please note that the celebrant alone will give out communion in the centre aisle of the church at weekend Masses in St. Fiacre’s Church. Thank you for your support in carrying out this very important ministry.

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.

Divine Mercy & Rosary
Each day at 3pm a group of people gather in the Black Abbey for a holy hour including the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary. All are welcome to attend.

Congratulations
A number of children from the St. Patricks de la Salle & St. John of God schools received their First Holy Communion this weekend in St. Patrick’s & St. Fiacre’s Churches. We congratulate the children, their parents, guardians, teachers and all who have helped to prepare these children to receive their First Holy Communion. We look forward to welcoming the rest of the children from both schools next Saturday morning when they two will receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion.

Parish Shop

A wide variety of items are available to buy in our Parish Shop, in the foyer of St. Patrick's Parish Centre. Call in and have a look.

Mass Stewards
We are very grateful to all of our Mass Stewards, who volunteer their time in helping keep us all safe during our celebrations of Mass in St. Patrick’s Parish. Though most people are very obliging and follow the directions of the stewards, others are less so. We ask you to please be mindful that our stewards are their for the benefit of us all. We ask you to follow their directions when asked to do so. This is important if we are to adhere to Government/HSE guidelines in combatting Covid-19. Again, we thank our church stewards and appreciate the good work that they are doing to ensure a safe celebration of the Eucharist in our Parish.

Guidance for attending Mass
Hand sanitisers are available at each Church. Please use as you enter and leave the church.
We ask you to observe social distancing and follow the instructions of the Mass stewards.
Please minimize touching of surfaces.
Please only sit behind the yellow stickers.
Use the one way system for receiving communion.
The Priest/Eucharistic Ministers will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion.
Entry to St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches through the main door only.
Please do not congregate in or near the church porch.
Exit using all doors.
Where capacity is reached in St. Fiacre’s Church, seats will be available in the Parish Centre where the Mass will be broadcast from the Church.
The 1st collection will take place as you enter the church & the 2nd collection will take place as you leave. Holy Water fonts are not currently in use.
Toilet facilities are only available in an emergency.
Thank you for your support & cooperation.

SUnday,13th September 2020

The Deep End—Infinitely loved
The parable of the unforgiving servant highlights the generous love of God and sets a blueprint for our treatment of others. The master who cancels the servant’s large debt does so out of compassion, and the servant is grateful – but not so grateful that he is willing to take pity on a fellow servant who owes him just a small amount. It seems he has learnt nothing; he has neither appreciated the gift he has been given, nor is he willing to pass it on to others.
We are each loved infinitely by God. He has provided us with every good thing, and we are expected to live accordingly. Because we have been loved, we must love. In this Season of Creation we focus in particular on our relationship with creation. We have been gifted with this wonderful world, with all its beauty and natural resources. Yet in so many ways, we have failed to appreciate this gift. We depend entirely on the earth’s resources, yet instead of respecting them we have plundered them, causing great harm to the earth and its inhabitants. We have built comfortable and cheap lifestyles at the expense of the world’s poorest people. If we carry on this way, there will be no gift to pass on to future generations. We are like the servant in the gospel – taking, but giving nothing in return.
Today, we are called to act as people who are loved infinitely by God. All of creation speaks of God’s love for us. We are deeply connected with the earth and all of its people. We must live a life which is not centred exclusively on ourselves, but on the needs of others.
‘Creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all, and as a reality illuminated by the love which calls us together into universal communion.’
(Pope Francis, Laudato Si’)
Tríona Doherty, Email trionad@gmail.com

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Philip Bartley, Ashleigh Court. Lily McGrath, Outrath. Gerard Murray, Bantry. Paddy Murray, Cathedral Square, Kilkenny
Anniversaries: Sean O’Keeffe (Sat 6.15). Mary, Michael & Joan Bissett (Sun 9.30). Michelle Reynolds (Sun 10.00). Seamus Murphy (Sun 10.30). Catherine Grace (Sun 12.00). Msgr Francis Pattison. (Sun 12.30). Michael Reddy (Mon 9.30). Brigid Kenny (Tues 10.30). Edward O’Byrne (Wed 10.30). Marian Lennon (Thurs 10.30). Mary Power (Sat 9.30). James & Michael ‘Mick’ Delaney. Nora & Kathleen Doran. Paddy & Edward ‘Ned’ Delaney. Anna Beale. Nora & Davey Mealy. Josephine Neary.
Intentions for next weekend: Rosemary Grace. (Months Mind Sat 6.15). Paddy Johnston & Nicola Conway. (Sun 9.30). Mary Ward. (Sun 10.30). Betty Byrne & The Byrne Family (Sun 12.30).

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Please note that the celebrant alone will give out communion in the centre aisle of the church at weekend Masses in St. Fiacre’s Church. Thank you for your support in carrying out this very important ministry.

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.
Divine Mercy & Rosary
Each day at 3pm a group of people gather in the Black Abbey for a holy hour including the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary. All are welcome to attend.

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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving, Be every moment thine! X 3

Congratulations

Children from the Kilkenny School Project received their First Holy Communion this weekend in St. Fiacre’s Church. We congratulate the children, their parents and guardians and all who have helped to prepare these children to receive their First Holy Communion.

Collection for the Holy Land
A collection for the Holy Land will take place during the second collection at all Masses this weekend.
Leaving Certificate Results
We congratulate those who received their Leaving Certificate results during the past week. Well done! Congratulations also the teachers and parents who helped the students achieve their aims. May they have God’s blessings and graces in their future in whatever they choose to do.

Guidance for attending Mass

· Hand sanitisers are available at each Church. Please use as you enter and leave the church.
· We ask you to observe social distancing and follow the instructions of the Mass stewards.
· Please minimize touching of surfaces.
· Please only sit behind the yellow stickers.
· Use the one way system for receiving communion.
· The Priest/Eucharistic Ministers will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion.
· Entry to St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches through the main door only.
· Please do not congregate in or near the church porch.
· Exit using all doors.
· Where capacity is reached in St. Fiacre’s Church, seats will be available in the Parish Centre where the Mass will be broadcast from the Church.
· The 1st collection will take place as you enter the church and the 2nd collection will take place as you leave. Thank you.
· Holy Water fonts are not currently in use.
· Toilet facilities are only available in an emergency.

Parish Shop
A wide variety of items are available to buy in our Parish Shop, in the foyer of St. Patrick's Parish Centre. Call in and have a look.

6th September 2020
Our common home
Today we mark the first Sunday of the Season of Creation 2020, which runs from 1 September to 4 October. This special season in the church calendar celebrates the joy of creation, while encouraging awareness of initiatives to protect the natural environment.
We are reminded during this time of our duty to care for what Pope Francis calls ‘our common home’. When we hear the word ‘home’, we tend to think of the immediate place where we live and the people we share it with – our house or living space and our immediate family, neighbours and community. Each of us lives within a particular web of relationships that we call home. But we must be conscious too that we live in a wider relationship with the earth and with all of creation. We all live in a common home, and we all must care for it, and for each other.
Our gospel today sees Jesus offer some advice about living in community. He first acknowledges that communities are far from perfect. We all struggle with our relationships and duties. But he makes one thing clear: in a community, we all have a responsibility to each other and to work to build harmony.
This responsibility extends beyond our immediate environment to our world. In this Season of Creation, we remember in particular those across the world who are suffering as a result of environmental damage. The way we live on this earth has consequences for the world and its people, and indeed for future generations. Over the next few weeks, let us consider how we might make some changes that reflect our care for others and for our common home.
‘We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.’
(Pope Francis, Laudato Si’)
Tríona Doherty, Email trionad@gmail.com

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Stephen Fanning, Corcoran Terrace, Kells Road. Tommy Cummins, O’Loughlin Road, Kilkenny. Helen Power, England.
Months Mind: Gerry Rooney (Sat 6.15).
Anniversaries: Ernie Harrington (Sun 10.00).
Eileen Barham (Sun 12.00). Jimmy Long (Sun 12.30). Sean Glynn (Tues 10.30). Denis Staunton (Wed 10.30). Monsignor Francis Pattison. Joe Dunne. Sean ‘John’ Curran. Michael & Bridget Slattery. John Dunne. The Cassin Family.
Intentions for next weekend: Sean O’Keeffe (Sat 6.15). Mary, Joan & Michael Bissett (Sun 9.30). Michelle Reynolds (Sun 10.00). Seamus Murphy (Sun 10.30). Catherine Grace (Sun 12.00). Msgr Francis Pattison.

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Please note that the celebrant alone will give out communion in the centre aisle of the church at weekend Masses in St. Fiacre’s Church. Thank you for your support in carrying out this very important ministry.

Divine Mercy & Rosary
Each day at 3pm a group of people gather in the Black Abbey for a holy hour including the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary. All are welcome to attend.

Parish Shop
A wide variety of items for Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation etc are available to buy in our Parish Shop, in the foyer of St. Patrick's Parish Centre. Call in and have a look.

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.

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,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy,
O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving,
Be every moment thine! X 3

Congratulations
This weekend 81 boys and girls from our Parish celebrated their Confirmation, Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon in St. Mary’s Cathedral. These young people were former students of St. Patrick’s De La Salle, St. John of God and Kilkenny School Project. We thank their teachers, parents, guardians and all who were involved in their preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation.
We congratulate them and we pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them not only as they begin their secondary education but throughout their lives.

Guidance for attending Mass

St. Patrick’s Parish wants to ensure the safety of all our parishioners and visitors to our three churches and our Parish Centre. Consequently we ask that you personally take all precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
· Hand sanitisers are available at each Church. We ask you to use these as you enter and leave the church.
· We ask you to observe social distancing and follow the instructions of the Mass stewards.
· Please minimize touching of surfaces.
· Please only sit behind the yellow stickers.
· Use the one way system for receiving communion.
· The Priest/Eucharistic Ministers will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion.
· Entry to St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches through the main door only.
· Please do not congregate in or near the church porch.
· Exit using all doors.
· Where capacity is reached in St. Fiacre’s Church, seats will be available in the Parish Centre where the Mass will be broadcast from the Church.
· The 1st collection will take place as you enter the church and the 2nd collection will take place as you leave. Thank you.
· Holy Water fonts are not currently in use.
· Toilet facilities are only available in an emergency.

Sunday, 30th August 2020
Attending Mass Guidelines
Please maintain social distance when you come to our churches. The use of facemasks is recommended. Please use the hand sanitisers provided when entering and exiting the churches. Please sit behind the yellow stickers. Please follow the directions of the Mass Stewards. Thank you for your co-operation.

The Deep End – Self-giving love
I remember reading, during the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, an account of a ‘day in the life’ of an Irish healthcare worker. She described the precautions she had to take while attending to patients in hospital, the protective equipment she had to wear, and the strain of working in such a challenging environment. She talked about coming home from work to her family after each shift; how she had to immediately shore and change, stay apart from her husband and children so as not to put them at risk, and then go to sleep in a separate room.
These extraordinary levels of self-sacrifice have rightly come to be more appreciated in recent months. Doctors, nurses and other frontline workers have been going beyond the call of duty to take car of their patients, often sacrificing their own family life, health and safety in the process. They have had to put their own fears an anxieties aside in order to help others, and are rightly described as heroes; they remind us every day of the incredible ways in which people can make sacrifices for others, out of a sense of compassion, justice and love.
In today’s gospel, Jesus tells his followers that they must take up their cross. When he tells them that he is going to suffer and be put to death, they naturally react with shock. It seems like a strange path to choose. But his is not doing it simply to make life difficult for himself. His sacrifice stems from his passionate and compassionate love. Those frontline workers who carry on in the most difficult circumstances are prepared to put others’ needs before their own – the very thing that Jesus says being a disciples entails. Tríona Doherty, trionad@gmail.com

Divine Mercy & Rosary
Each day at 3pm a group of people gather in the Black Abbey for a holy hour including the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary. All are welcome to attend.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Teresa Gowen, James Street Fr. Gerard Rice PE, Kilcoon, Meath, a former CC in St. Patrick’s. Laura Murphy, Kilmoganny & Cypress Grove. Sr. Margaret Mary Phelan, St. John of God Sisters, Sallyville House, Wexford & St. John of God Convent, Kilkenny. Johanna Murphy, Drakelands. Conor Renshaw, Emmet St.
Months Mind: Michael Cantwell (Sun 12.00). Anna Murphy.
Anniversaries: Sean Hennessy (Sat 6.15). Patrick Mullen (Sun 9.30). Eileen Brophy (Sun 10.30). Michael ‘Muggers’ Larkin & Maureen Walsh (Sun 12.30). Tony Madden (Fri 9.30). Daniel Ryan. Catherine & Pierce Marnell. Mick & Maura Coonan. Denis Treacy. Patrick Bergin. Patrick Ruth. Patrick Culleton. Martin & Ellen Ward. Rebecca Cantwell. Jimmy O’Neill.
Intentions for next weekend: Gerry Rooney (Months Mind Sat 6.15). Eileen Barham (Sun 12.00). Jimmy Long (Sun 12.30).

Reflection
There is a clear theme running through all the readings today. Jeremiah is slightly overwhelmed by the need that he feels in himself to promote faith in the Lord and His promise despite the insults and difficulties that his faith has brought him from others. But he feels compelled to pursue his faith. In the gospel passage, Jesus tells the disciples that He must suffer and ide but He will rise again. He says that those who wish to follow Him must also take up the cross but those who do so will eventually gain a great reward. And St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, asks those who believe in Christ to model their lives in a new way which will be quite different from the way the world lives. Following Christ is not easy in our own times, but it will bring the rewards of living by the truth.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Please note that the celebrant alone will give out communion in the centre aisle of the church at weekend Masses in St. Fiacre’s Church. Thank you for your support in carrying out this very important ministry.

Confirmation Videos
To prepare the young people and their families for the Sacrament there are three videos available on the Diocesan website – www.ossory.ie Video one is titled ‘Who is the Holy Spirit, and the difference the Spirit makes’. Video two is entitled ‘Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit’. Video Three is named ‘The Confirmation Ceremony’. With each video there are worksheets to help the young people reflect on what they have watched. These videos will be beneficial to you and your child in the preparation for Confirmation this year.

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.

Drive in Bingo
Graigue Ballycallan Drive in Bingo, Tom Ryall Park, Kilmanagh.
Sunday 6th September at 6pm.
Up to €3,000 in prize money.
Double book & 2 sheets €15, single book and 1 sheet €10.
Jackpot sheets and raffle on the night. Gates open 5pm. This event meets social distancing guidelines.

Parish Shop
A wide variety of items for Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation etc are available to buy in our Parish Shop, in the foyer of St. Patrick's Parish Centre. Call in and have a look.

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,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving, Be every moment thine! X 3

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time.
Telephone: 087 381 0589.

Sunday, 23rd August 2020
The Deep End – ‘But you….
‘Christ asks for a home in your soul, where He can be at rest with you, where He can talk easily to you, where you and He, alone together, can laugh and be silent and be delighted with one another.’
Caryll Houselander
There is something very exciting about really getting to know someone. Whether it’s talking to a like-minded new friend, or the first flush of romantic love, there is nothing like the thrill of getting close to someone and enjoying their company, discovering who they are and being truly ourselves with them.
Today, Jesus asks an important questions: Who do you say I am? He sets up the question by first asking the disciples: ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is? He gets answers based on the gossip and chatter about him: ‘John the Baptist, Elijah, one of the prophets.’ But then Jesus gets to the heart of the matter with the burning questions: ‘But you, who do you say I am?’ He knows that his disciples know him better than anyone, and so it proves to be, when Peter immediately answers: ‘You are the Christ.’ There is an intimacy and a confidence in this response, based on the time they have spent together and the close and loving relationship between them.
Jesus asks us that same questions today: ‘But you, who do you say I am?’ The ‘but you’ is crucial. He is not asking what we have heard about him. Of course, we learn about Jesus from Scriptures. Most of us have been learning about Jesus since we were children, listening to stories and parables in school or at home. But do we know him? Do we pray and talk and spend time with him? Perhaps we could reflect in the coming days on this questions: Who is Jesus, to you?
Tríona Doherty. trionad@gmail.com

St. Fiacre’s Well
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the St. Fiacre’s Well Novena and Mass will not take place this year.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Peter Marshall, Clongowen. Peter Minchin, Hazel Grove & Bagenalstown.
Anniversaries: Paddy & Michelle Heffernan (Sat 6.15). Denis Foley (Sun 10.00). Mary McHugh, (Sun 10.30). Annie McKenna (Sun 12.00). Christy Morrisson (Sun 12.30). Noreen Tomney & Seamus Kelly (Tues 9.30). James Delaney (Tues 10.30). Jack & Elizabeth Carroll (Fri 10.30). Richard Dwyer. Della Harney. Paddy Cooke.
Intentions for next weekend: Sean Hennessy (Sat 6.15). Patrick Mullen (Sun 9.30). Eileen Brophy (Sun 10.30). Michael Cantwell (Months Mind Sun 12.00). Michael ‘Muggers’ Larkin & Maureen Walsh (Sun 12.30).

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.

Reflection
Peter has seen enough and hear the teaching of Jesus for him to recognise that Jesus is the Messiah. He still has much to learn, and he will make his mistakes and lack in understanding about events to come - but he knows that Jesus is the Christ. Jesus knows that all the disciples still have much to understand and to learn but, even now, He is prepared to entrust His mission to them. That same mission is entrusted to us all, in every generation - bringing the values of the Gospel in to the world in which we live in our generation.

Divine Mercy & Rosary
Each day at 3pm a group of people gather in the Black Abbey for a holy hour including the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary. All are welcome to attend.

Confirmation Videos
To prepare the young people and their families for the Sacrament there are three videos available on the Diocesan website – www.ossory.ie Video one is titled ‘Who is the Holy Spirit, and the difference the Spirit makes’. Video two is entitled ‘Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit’. Video Three is named ‘The Confirmation Ceremony’. With each video there are worksheets to help the young people reflect on what they have watched. These videos will be beneficial to you and your child in the preparation for Confirmation this year.

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,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving, Be every moment thine! X 3

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

Cleaners
We are looking for new cleaners for St. Fiacre’s Church. Its only 1 hour every two weeks. If you have an hour to spare and would like to help clean any of our churches, please contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400 and leave your name and number.

Covid-19
In a letter to priests during the week Bishop Dermot Farrell reminded us of the following;
As you are aware the Government introduced a number of measures on 18th August in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19.
The situation regarding Religious Services in places of worship (including funerals) is unchanged (i.e. pods of up to 50 with social distancing, etc., with the exception of counties Laois, Offaly and Kildare where the number is 25 at present).
The limit of 6 is for indoor settings in homes and applies to funeral related events in private homes (eg. wakes, etc.).
The bishop asks that we adhere to these guidelines.

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Please note that the celebrant alone will give out communion in the centre aisle of the church at weekend Masses in St. Fiacre’s Church. Thank you for your support in carrying out this very important ministry.

Loughboy Library
The Library is open on an appointment basis Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm. You can book a 30 minute slot by phone, email or online www.kilkennylibrary.ie. Photocopying and remote printing services are also available.

Sunday, 16th August 2020
Attending Mass Guidelines
Please maintain social distance when you come to our churches. The use of facemasks is recommended. Please use the hand sanitisers provided when entering and exiting the churches. Please sit behind the yellow stickers. Please follow the directions of the Mass Stewards. Thank you for your co-operation.

The Deep End – A woman of faith

You can almost hear the chuckle. It is not mentioned, but I always imagine that Jesus smiles or even laughs as he delivers the line, ‘Woman, you have great faith.’ Today’s gospel recounts an unusual exchange between Jesus and the unnamed Canaanite woman who challenges him. She has seen what Jesus can do, she has faith, and she is advocating for her daughter. She is persistent, shouting out to Jesus and apparently also badgering the disciples, to the point where they plead with Jesus to ‘give her what she wants.’ Jesus’ rebuke seems shockingly unkind: ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-dogs’. But the woman doesn’t give up. It is a matter of justice for her, as is evident in her witty response about the dogs getting the scraps from the master’s table. ‘Good for her!’ – we feel like cheering. It’s a strange story with Jesus at first appearing cold in his response to the woman. But as we know, he has a tendency to test his followers. His disciples, who know him well and have seen lots of miracles, often fall short. But this woman passes with flying colours. Jesus can see that she is a person of strong faith, clever and determined. She is not easily dismissed. In allowing her to state her case, Jesus also presents a challenge to the religious and social status quo. This pagan woman (Jesus’ reference to ‘house-dogs’ tells us a lot about her status) exhibits more faith than his own disciples. Jesus does not want us to be silent, compliant, or complacent. He rejoices in those who are brace and persistent, and eager to challenge the injustices they see around them – those who have the gift of changing minds and hearts. We might call it the gift of prophecy.
Tríona Doherty, trionad@gmail.com

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Patrick Penny, Shellumsrath. Mary Murphy, St. Fiacre’s Place. Peggy Kavanagh, Larchfield. Trevor King, Lord Edward Street.
Patrick ‘Packie’ Purcell, Wolf Tone St.
Months Mind: Patricia Barrett.
Anniversaries: Ann Brennan & Helen Donovan (Sat 6.15). Ann Kenny (Sun 10.30). Kathleen Brophy (Sun 12.00). Noreen Faul (Sun 12.30). Paul Loney (Fri 10.30). Nance O’Neill. Eddie & Bridie Kelly. Martin Doran. The Waldron Family. Richard ‘Dick’ Walsh. Tommy Morris. Pat Owens. Martin Doheny. Joseph Browne. Margie & Bob Brady. Moscow Larkin.
Intentions for next weekend: Paddy & Michelle Heffernan (Sat 6.15). Denis Foley (Sun 10.00). Annie McKenna (Sun 12.00). Christy Morrisson (Sun 12.30).

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.

Reflection
Mary is unique in her role as the mother of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. But we should not neglect the cost to her of her acceptance of this role. How difficult it must have been to explain to parents and community that she was pregnant. How confusing must have been the events that surrounded Jesus’ birth and his childhood. What torment she must have undergone to see Jesus rejected and condemned and crucified. But Mary remains a simple channel for our prayer. Pope Francis made popular a long-forgotten title of ‘Mary, Untier of Knots’. We believe that she intercedes for us with her Son. Let us be sure to use that channel for our prayer.

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,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

St. Fiacre’s Well
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the St. Fiacre’s Well Novena and Mass will not take place this year.

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Please note that the celebrant alone will give out communion in the centre aisle of the church at weekend Masses in St. Fiacre’s Church.
Thank you for your support in carrying out this very important ministry.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

Confirmation Videos
To prepare the young people and their families for the Sacrament there are three videos available on the Diocesan website – www.ossory.ie Video one is titled ‘Who is the Holy Spirit, and the difference the Spirit makes’. Video two is titled ‘Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit’. Video Three is named ‘The Confirmation Ceremony’. With each video there are worksheets to help the young people reflect on what they have watched. These videos will be beneficial to you and your child in the preparation for Confirmation this year.

Cleaners
We are looking for new cleaners for St. Fiacre’s Church. Its only 1 hour every two weeks. If you have an hour to spare and would like to help clean any of our churches, please contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400 and leave your name and number.

Divine Mercy & Rosary
Each day at 3pm a group of people gather in the Black Abbey for a holy hour including the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary. All are welcome to attend.

Loughboy Library
The Library is open on an appointment basis Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm. You can book a 30 minute slot by phone, email or online www.kilkennylibrary.ie. Photocopying and remote printing services are also available.
The staff look forward to seeing you.

Sunday 9th August 2020
Attending Mass Guidelines
Please maintain social distance when you come to our churches. The use of facemasks is recommended. Please use the hand sanitisers provided when entering and exiting the churches. Please sit behind the yellow stickers. Please follow the directions of the Mass Stewards. Thank you for your co-operation.

The Deep End – That sinking feeling
Have you ever used the expression ‘My heart sank’? It is usually used to describe an experience of extreme disappointment or anxiety; a moment when out courage or hope falls and we feel that things are about to turn out very badly indeed. We might be going along just fine, confidently navigating life’s twists and turns, when something knocks us off balance. It could be an illness, a financial blow, falling out with a family member or friend, worry about a son or daughter. Especially when we lose someone close to us, grief can make us feel as though we are sinking. What strikes me about today’s gospel is that Peter doesn’t hesitate about taking that first step out of the boat. Once he sees who is calling him, out he gets and begins to walk towards Jesus. But then, as soon as he feels the force of the wind, as soon as he realises that the conditions around him are challenging and frightening, he loses courage and starts to sink. Wind and storm are metaphors for situations we face. Sometimes it is a single think that knocks us back. Sometimes it is a build-up. A few months ago, at the early stages of ‘lockdown,’ we thought it wouldn’t be so bad to take a break and stay at home for a few weeks. But as the weeks turned into months, many people were overwhelmed by increasing feelings of loneliness, fears for health and anxiety about the future. It can feel like sinking.
The good news of today’s gospel centres around the line, ‘Jesus put out his hand at once and held him.’ As soon as Peter starts to falter and sink, Jesus reaches out to steady him and pull him to himself. When we are in trouble, sometimes all we can do is trust in God. When our faith and hope are shaken, and we are sinking, he will reach out and hold us close.
Triona Doherty trionad@gmail.com

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Gerry Rooney, Noremount. Peggy Kavanagh, Larchfield. Tommy Whitely, Talbots Inch.
Months Mind: Mary McInerney (Sun 9.30). Michael Kelly (Tues 9.30).
Anniversaries: Nell Mullally (Sat 6.15). Philomena O’Neill (Sun 10.00). Elizabeth Hickman (Sun 10.30). Frank Dullard (Sun 12.00). Paddy Murray (Sun 12.30). Ellen McEvoy (Mon 9.30). Margaret Murphy (Tues 10.30). Richie Fleming (Wed 10.30). Joseph Nichols (Thurs 10.30). Mary Coogan (Fri 6.15). Jackie Coonan.
Intentions for next weekend: Ann Brennan & Helen Donovan (Sat 6.15). Ann Kenny (Sun 10.30). Kathleen Brophy (Sun 12.00). Noreen Faul (Sun 12.30).

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.

Feast of the Assumption
Saturday, 15th August is the feast of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. This is an important solemnity in the Church and it is a holyday of obligation. Our Masses for this feast are as follows: Vigil Mass: St. Fiacres, Friday at 6.15pm and on Saturday, 10am in Foulkstown, 11am in St. Patrick’s and 12 noon in St. Fiacre’s. Please join us in honouring our Blessed Mother.

Youth Summer Festival

The Youth 2000 Summer E-Festival is a three day event for young people from around the world. It will take place from 14th to 16th August 2020. This annual summer festival has attracted over 1,000 attendees in the past, the possibility of attracting even more people online is immense. Register now for free at www.youth2000.ie to get your welcome pack.

Reflection
It seems strange that the disciples, even after knowing of the power of Jesus to perform miracles, do not think to call on him for help when they find themselves in such a violent storm. Surely, if they had called out to him He would have come to help them. But Jesus takes the initiative and reaches out. Peter even puts Jesus to the test. Even then, Jesus has to grab hold of him when Peter sinks because of his lack of Faith. Call on Jesus when we need help, he will not abandon us. It might not be immediate, but He will come in good time even when our faith may seem weak.

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,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

St. Fiacre’s Well
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the St. Fiacre’s Well Novena will not take place this year.

Gardeners
Gardening continues at the Parish Centre on Monday evenings from 5pm. New volunteers are always welcome. Please bring your own gardening tool and hand sanitisers and follow all social distancing regulations.

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Please note that the celebrant alone will give out communion in the centre aisle of the church at weekend Masses in St. Fiacre’s Church.
Thank you for your support in carrying out this very important ministry.

Loughboy Library
Reopened on July 6th on an appointment basis. Hours of business are Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm. You can book a 30 minute slot by phone, email or online www.kilkennylibrary.ie.

Cleaners
We are looking for new cleaners for St. Fiacre’s Church. Its only 1 hour every two weeks. If you have an hour to spare and would like to help clean any of our churches, please contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400 and leave your name and number.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

Sunday 2nd August 2020

The Deep End – Not enough
Have you ever felt like you have nothing left to give? We all have times when we feel as though we do not have ‘enough’ to offer, whether it’s time, money, energy or even love. When work is busy, we don’t have enough time for family. When we are physically or emotionally exhausted at the end of a long day, we might not have the energy to play with our children or visit a friend. In the face of suffering in our own society and around the world, we often feel helpless – whatever small amount of time or money we can give will never be enough. But where we see ‘not enough,’ God sees potential. What we see as a small contribution is not small to God, if it is all we have to give and it is given with love. ‘All we have with us is five loaves and two fist,’ say the disciples to Jesus – a tiny offering when faced with a giant task. But Jesus takes what they have, blesses it, and uses it to give sustenance to thousands. In the face of human limitations, God can do plenty. We are told at the start of today’s reading that Jesus ‘took pity’ on the large crowd that followed him. They have been out all day and are hungry, not to mention tired. They are so engrossed in listening to Jesus that time has slipped away. They are running on empty, and I’m sure they would be dismayed if, as the disciples suggest, they had to hike to the nearest village to buy food. Jesus understands their exhaustion and hunger, their limitations and their ‘not enough.’ What they have to give is inadequate, but he can do more with it than they could ever have imagined. We too are limited in what we have to offer. But whatever we can give – to our families and friends, to those in need – God sees and blesses and multiplies.
‘Give something, however small, to one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, it we have given what we could.’
St. Gregory of Nazianzus
Tríona Doherty, trionad@gmail.com

Bank Holiday Weekend
As this is a bank holiday weekend the only public Mass in our parish on Monday will be at St. Patrick’s Church at 11.00am.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Michael Cantwell, Beechpark. Requiem Mass on Monday at 10.30am in St. John’s Church. Patricia Barrett, Waterford Road.
Months Mind: Alice Kelly (Sun 12.00).
Des Canning (Sun 12.30).
Anniversaries: Sean ‘ Georgie’ Leahy (Sat 6.15). Hugh McCorry ( Sun 9.30). Annie Lennon (Mon 11.00). Patricia Dinneen (Tues 9.30). Joseph Nichols (Thurs 10.30). David, Jim & Peggy Gaffney. Tommy Ruth. Ann Ahearn. Margaret Cantwell. Clare Mahon. Danny Galvin. Rita Thompson.
Intentions for next weekend: Nell Mullally (Sat 6.15). Mary McInerny (Months Mind Sun 9.30). Philomena O’Neill (Sun 10.00). Elizabeth Hickman (Sun 10.30). Frank Dullard (Sun 12.00). Paddy Murry (Sun 12.30).

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,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

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.

Guidance for attending Mass
St. Patrick’s Parish wants to ensure the safety of all our parishioners and visitors to our three churches and our Parish Centre. Consequently we ask that you personally take all precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
· Hand sanitisers are available at each Church. We ask you to use these as you enter and leave the church.
· We ask you to observe social distancing and follow the instructions of the Mass stewards.
· Please minimize touching of surfaces.
· Please only sit behind the yellow stickers.
· Use the one way system for receiving communion.
· The Priest/Eucharistic Ministers will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion.
· Entry to St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches through the main door only.
· Please do not congregate in or near the church porch.
· Exit using all doors.
· Where capacity is reached in St. Fiacre’s Church, seats will be available in the Parish Centre where the Mass will be broadcast from the Church.
· The 1st collection will take place as you enter the church and the 2nd collection will take place as you leave. Thank you for your continued support.
· Holy Water fonts are not currently in use.
· Toilet facilities are only available in an emergency.

Youth Summer Festival
The Youth 2000 Summer E-Festival is a three day event for young people from around the world. It will take place from 14th to 16th August 2020. This annual summer festival has attracted over 1,000 attendees in the past, the possibility of attracting even more people online is immense. Register now for free at www.youth2000.ie to get your welcome pack.

Eucharistic Ministers and Readers
Readers and ministers of the Eucharist should take a seat provided for them in the sanctuary area of the Church. The reader will read from the ambo while the celebrating priest will read from a different one. Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Thank you for your support in carrying out this very important ministry.

Cleaners
We are looking for new cleaners for St. Fiacre’s Church. Its only 1 hour every two weeks. If you have an hour to spare and would like to help clean any of our churches, please contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400 and leave your name and number.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

Gardeners
Gardening continues at the Parish Centre on Monday evenings from 5pm. New volunteers are always welcome. Please bring your own gardening tool and hand sanitisers and follow all social distancing regulations.

Sunday, 26th July 2020
Guidance for attending Mass
St. Patrick’s Parish wants to ensure the safety of all our parishioners and visitors to our three churches and our Parish Centre. Consequently we ask that you personally take all precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
· Hand sanitisers are available at each Church. We ask you to use these as you enter and leave the church.
· We ask you to observe social distancing and follow the instructions of the Mass stewards.
· Please minimize touching of surfaces.
· Please only sit behind the yellow stickers.
· Use the one way system for receiving communion.
· The Priest/Eucharistic Ministers will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion.
· Entry to St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches through the main door only.
· Please do not congregate in or near the church porch.
· Exit using all doors.
· Where capacity is reached in St. Fiacre’s Church, seats will be available in the Parish Centre where the Mass will be broadcast from the Church.
· The 1st collection will take place as you enter the church and the 2nd collection will take place as you leave. Thank you for your continued support.
· Holy Water fonts are not currently in use.
· Toilet facilities are only available in an emergency.

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.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Anna Murphy, Castlegardens. Paddy Grace, Waterford Road, formerly Ballyraggett. Hannah Davin, Dean Cavanagh Place.
Months Mind: Marjorie McGrath (Wed 10.30).
Anniversaries: Michéal Brennan (Sat 6.15). Joe Cody (Sun 9.30). Mary Foley (Sun 10.00). Josephine Purcell (Sun 10.30). Ted Woodgate (Sun 12.00). Edel Peters (Sun 12.30). Nancy Larkin. Jimmy & Billy Bourke. Eleanor Loscher. Sean Phelan. Tommy & Jimmy McGuire. Bridget & Delia O’Hara. Pat Cody.
Intentions for next weekend: Sean ‘ Georgie’ Leahy (Sat 6.15). Hugh McCorry ( Sun 9.30). Alice Kelly (Months Mind Sun 12.00). Des Canning (Months Mind Sun 12.30).

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,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Listening to the word of God enables us to acquire true wisdom. By it we learn where our true good lies, that it means more than silver and gold This wisdom helps us to make the right choices in our search for the real treasure. We ought to pray for the ability to make the positive, radical decision for the Kingdom. Jesus askes us all, ‘Have you understood all this?’

Volunteers/Mass Stewards
Volunteers are needed to help sanitise the churches after each Mass and also to be stewards at Masses Please contact the parish office on 056 776 4400 to leave your name and number and the particular Mass you may be able to help out at. A number of people have already volunteered but we will need more. All volunteers and ministers will have to complete a Volunteer Back to work form which is available in the Parish Office or the sacristies before they resume their ministry.

Reflection

The Gospel presents the kingdom and life with God as an extraordinary valuable pearl. From start to finish, life as a child of God is marked by excess and extravagance, both given an received. We are precious in His eyes; we are the pearl of great price which is bought, not with money but through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. But it goes even further; Jesus is our pearl of great price that we must seek out a any cost. As we strive to keep our values in check, may we always see our value and the value of others through the eyes of Jesus.

Cleaners
We are looking for new cleaners for St. Fiacre’s Church. Its only 1 hour every two weeks. If you have an hour to spare and would like to help clean any of our churches, please contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400 and leave your name and number.

Cemetery Mass
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual cemetery Mass in Foulkstown Cemetery WILL NOT take place this year. We look forward to celebrating our cemetery Mass in Foulkstown Cemetery in 2021.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

Eucharistic Ministers and Readers
Thank you for your continued support and ministry. During the Covid restrictions all of our ministries have had to adapt to a ‘new normal’ - a different way of doing things.
Readers and ministers of the Eucharist should take a seat provided for them in the sanctuary area of the Church. The reader will read from the ambo while the celebrating priest will read from a different one. Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Again, thank you for your support in carrying out your very important ministry.

Gardeners
Gardening at the Parish Centre continues on Monday evenings from 5pm. Please try and bring your own gardening tools and hand sanitisers and follow all social distance recommendations.

Loughboy Library
The library has reopened on a Book & Browse basis. The service is available Monday to Friday 10am-4pm. All HSE guidelines are in place. Telephone or email to book your 30 minute slot Tel: 7794176 Email: loughboy@kilkennylibrary.ie

Sunday 19th July 2020
Guidance for attending Mass
St. Patrick’s Parish wants to ensure the safety of all our parishioners and visitors to our three churches and our Parish Centre. Consequently we ask that you personally take all precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
· Hand sanitisers are available at each Church. We ask you to use these as you enter and leave the church.
· We ask you to observe social distancing and follow the instructions of the Mass stewards.
· Please minimize touching of surfaces.
· Please only sit behind the yellow stickers.
· Use the one way system for receiving communion.
· The Priest/Eucharistic Ministers will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion.
· Entry to St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches through the main door only.
· Please do not congregate in or near the church porch.
· Exit using all doors.
· Where capacity is reached in St. Fiacre’s Church, seats will be available in the Parish Centre where the Mass will be broadcast from the Church.
· The 1st collection will take place as you enter the church and the 2nd collection will take place as you leave. Thank you for your continued support.
· Holy Water fonts are not currently in use.
· Toilet facilities are only available in an emergency.

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.
Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Bridget Brennan, Fatima Place.
Anniversaries: Tony Henderson (Sat 6.15). Jimmy Byrne (Sun 10.00). Eileen Glennon (Sun 10.30). Ivan Power (Sun 12.00). Sean Kennedy (Sun 12.30).
Kitty Larkin (Tues 9.30). William & Gretta Delaney (Tues 10.30). Liam Carroll (Wed 10.30). Nin Bligh. Tommy Foley.
Intentions for next weekend: Michéal Brennan (Sat 6.15). Joe Cody (Sun 9.30). Mary Foley (Sun 10.00). Josephine Purcell (Sun 10.30). Ted Woodgate (Sun 12.00). Edel Peters (Sun 12.30).

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,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

Volunteers/Mass Stewards
Volunteers are needed to help sanitise the churches after each Mass and also to be stewards at Masses Please contact the parish office on 056 776 4400 to leave your name and number and the particular Mass you may be able to help out at. A number of people have already volunteered but we will need more. All volunteers and ministers will have to complete a Volunteer Back to work form which is available in the Parish Office or the sacristies before they resume their ministry.

Reflection
Whilst growing next to wheat, darnel cannot de distinguished from the authentic wheat. One of the key thoughts in this parable is the owner telling his servants to not go through the field cutting out what they thought to be darnel. It would be easy to uproot the crop too. We may judge someone as being ‘pesky darnel’ whilst they are actually ‘ripened wheat’. To discern the difference takes patience, kindness, gentleness and openness to the life-changing work of the Holy Spirit. As St. Paul reminds us: “God knows everything in our hearts.”

Eucharistic Ministers and Readers

Thank you for your continued support and ministry. During the Covid restrictions all of our ministries have had to adapt to a ‘new normal’ - a different way of doing things.
Readers and ministers of the Eucharist should take a seat provided for them in the sanctuary area of the Church. The reader will read from the ambo while the celebrating priest will read from a different one. Eucharistic Ministers should follow the distribution of Communion in the following way.
1. Receive Communion
2. Put on face mask
3. Sanitise hands thoroughly
4. Distribute Communion
5. Sanitise hands again after communion.
Again, thank you for your support in carrying out your very important ministry.

Church Cleaners

We are looking for new cleaners for St. Fiacre’s Church. If you have an hour or two to spare and would like to help clean any of our churches, please contact the Parish Office 056 776 4400 and leave your name and number.

Cemetery Mass
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual cemetery Mass in Foulkstown Cemetery WILL NOT take place this year. We look forward to celebrating our cemetery Mass in Foulkstown Cemetery in 2021.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

Gardeners
Gardening at the Parish Centre continues on Monday evenings from 5pm. We look forward to having our amazing gardeners back. Please try and bring your own gardening tools and hand sanitisers and follow all social distance recommendations.

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

‘You have given us the good hope that after sin you will grant repentance.’ That God allows evil to flourish along with the good has always been a problem to those who know of God. IN this the patience of God contrasts with the impatience of humans. The kingdom grows like the yeast spreading though the dough. The Day of the Lord will reveal all. Meanwhile we await in hope, and pray to remain faithful.

Loughboy Library
The library has reopened on a Book & Browse basis. The service is available Monday to Friday 10am-4pm. All HSE guidelines are in place. Telephone or email to book your 30 minute slot Tel: 7794176 Email: loughboy@kilkennylibrary.ie

Sunday 12th July 2020

Welcome back
We here in St. Patrick’s Parish are delighted to welcome you all back to our celebrations of public Masses. It has been a difficult time for all of us but it is good that we are beginning to see a gradual opening of many different services. We must now become used to a “new normal” until a vaccine is found for the Corona Virus. Here in St. Patrick’s Parish we want to ensure the safety of all our parishioners and visitors to our three churches and our Parish Centre. Consequently we ask that you personally take all precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
· Hand sanitisers are available at each Church. We ask you to use of these as you enter and leave the church.
· We ask you to observe social distancing and follow the instructions of the Mass stewards.
· Please minimize touching of surfaces.
· Please only sit behind the yellow stickers.
· Use the one way system for receiving communion.
· The Priest/Eucharistic Ministers will wear a face mask and sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion.
· Entry to St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches will only be through the main door.
· Exit using all doors.
· Where capacity is reached in St. Fiacre’s Church, seats will be available in the Parish Centre where the Mass will be broadcast from the Church.
· The 1st collection will take place as you enter the church and the 2nd collection will take place as you leave. Thank you for your continued support.
· Holy Water fonts are not currently in use.
· Toilet facilities are only available in an emergency.
Again we are delighted to welcome you all back to our celebrations. God Bless you all.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Sr. Marietta Doran, St. John of God Sisters, Kilkenny. Brendan Lawlor, Pudding Lane. Ignatius Cantwell, Upper Waterbarrack
Anniversaries: Kitty Kearney (Sat 6.15). Pauline Kennedy (Sun 10.00). Aileen Kelly (Sun 10.30). Carmel Lawlor (Sun 12.00). Marie & Annmarie Manogue (Tues 10.30). Dick ‘Coly’ Dunne. Peg Horrigan. Bridget Ward. Bridie Walsh. Sean O’Shaughnessy. William & Gretta Delaney. David Gaffney. Christy, Brigid & Pat Murray. Mary Fry. Joe & Mollie Bergin. Mary Slattery.
Intentions for next weekend: Tony Henderson (Sat 6.15). Jimmy Byrne (Sun 10.00). Eileen Glennon (Sun 10.30). Ivan Power (Sun 12.00). Sean Kennedy (Sun 12.30).

Reflection
Jesus’ parable of the sower is aimed at the hearers of his word. There are varying levels of receptivity to the Word of God in our lives and at one stage or another, we live each one. It may seem that the landscape of our lives is arid and unpromising. However, all it takes is a small space for that grace-filled seed to find that fertile soil and be nourished by the living rain of God’s mercy. God grants grace to those who hunger for his word that they may understand his will and have the strength to live according to it.

Volunteers/Mass Stewards
Volunteers are needed to help sanitise the churches after each Mass and also to be stewards at Masses Please contact the parish office on 056 776 4400 to leave your name and number and the particular Mass you may be able to help out at. A number of people have already volunteered but we will need more. All volunteers and ministers will have to complete a Volunteer Back to work form which is available in the Parish Office or the sacristies before they resume their ministry.

Cemetery Mass
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual cemetery Mass in Foulkstown Cemetery WILL NOT take place this year. We look forward to celebrating our cemetery Mass in Foulkstown in 2021.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

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.

Gardeners
Gardening at the Parish Centre continues on Monday evenings from 5pm. We look forward to having our amazing gardeners back. Please try and bring you own gardening tools and hand sanitisers and follow all social distances recommendations.

An act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
We must have faith in the power of God’s word. It is the instrument by which God effects his purpose. It does not work automatically; but grows in a soil of faith and prayer. We have to be concerned about teaching, preaching and praying the word and to work to ensure a receptive soil.

Loughboy Library
The library has reopened on a Book & Browse basis. The service is available Monday to Friday 10am-4pm. All HSE guidelines are in place. Telephone or email to book your 30 minute slot Tel: 7794176 Email: loughboy@kilkennylibrary.ie

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 not less than 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.


Sunday 5th July 2020
Welcome back
We here in St. Patrick’s Parish are delighted to welcome you all back to our celebrations of public Masses. It has been a difficult time for all of us but it is good that we are beginning to see a gradual opening of many different services. We must now become used to a “new normal” until a vaccine is found for the Corona Virus. Here is St. Patrick’s Parish we want to ensure the safety of all our parishioners and visitors to our three churches and our Parish Centre. Consequently we ask that you personally take all precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Please use sanitisers provided, keep the recommended two meters social distance between each other, follow the correct coughing and sneezing etiquette and sit in the assigned seats only (behind the yellow stickers), minimize touching of surfaces. Please observe the one way system for receiving communion. Toilet facilities are only available in an emergency, contact sacristan. To reduce contact and cross infection we have suspended the offertory collection during Mass. This is replaced by a collection on the way in (1st Collection) and a collection on the way out (2nd Collection). Your continued support is very much appreciated. Where capacity is reached in St. Fiacre’s Church seats will be available in the Parish Centre where the Mass will be broadcast from the Church. Again we are delighted to welcome you all back to our celebrations.
God Bless you all.

Reflection
The way into the heart of Jesus is not through intellectual insight but through childlikeness and trusting that God wants to take our weariness, exhaustion, baggage and yoke it to himself, so that we are not crushed by the trials of life. It becomes harder to switch off, to imagine even just an hour with no devices or no social media. To have time to sit in prayer with Jesus is like sitting in a place of oasis and tranquillity which allow us to breathe in the creative an life giving Spirit of peace and pick up the pilgrim journey once more, our footsteps light and our hearts full of praise.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Desmond Canning, Cootes Lane. Ryan Daly, London. Henry Drea, Bennettsbridge. Marjorie McGrath, Meadow Way.
Months Mind: Peter Flannery (Sun 10.30).
Anniversaries: Michael Ruth (Sat 6.15). Lena McCarthy (Sun 10.00). Brian Griffin (Sun 12.00). Fran Ryan (Sun 12.30). Donal O’Neill (Wed 9.30). William Burke. Paddy & Carmel Boyd. Tony Canny. Sean Hennessy. Mary Hogan. Teresa Hickey. Brigid Marrinan. Denis Molloy.
Intentions for next weekend: Kitty Kearney (Sat 6.15). Pauline Kennedy (Sun 10.00). Carmel Lawlor (Sun 12.00).

Cemetery Mass
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual cemetery Mass in Foulkstown Cemetery WILL NOT take place this year. We look forward to celebrating our cemetery Mass in Foulkstown in 2021.

Trócaire Boxes
Trócaire Boxes can be returned to the Parish Office from Monday so we can forward the money raised onto the Diocese who will in turn forward it to Trócaire.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

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.

Eucharistic Ministers
For the time being the following will apply during the coronavirus restrictions:
· The priest will distribute the Eucharist alone during weekday Masses in St. Patrick’s. There will be 2 Eucharistic Ministers in St. Fiacre’s at each weekday Mass with the priest.
· There will be 3 Eucharistic Ministers for St. Fiacre’s Church each Saturday & Sunday. The priest and 2 ministers will distribute communion in the Church and 1 minister will distribute communion in the Parish Centre.
· There will be 1 Eucharistic Ministers in St. Patrick’s Church each Sunday with the priest.
· No Eucharistic Minister will be required in Foulkstown Church for the time being.
· Eucharistic Ministers will sanitise their hands before and after the distribution of communion and wear face masks while they distribute the Eucharist. They will be seated in the sanctuary of the church keeping the recommended social distance of 2m.
A new rota with the above in mind is available now in the Parish Office.
Readers: Readers for next weekends Masses are asked to follow their rota.
Readers for weekend Masses are asked to sit in the chair provided in the sanctuary of each church.
All volunteers and ministers will have to complete a Volunteer Back to work form which is available in the Parish Office or the sacristies before they resume their ministry.
Holy Water fonts will remain empty
Our three churches and the Parish Centre have been professionally sanitised in preparation for the return of Masses.

Gardeners
Gardening at the Parish Centre continues on Monday evenings from 5pm. We look forward to having our amazing gardeners back. Please try and bring you own gardening tools and hand sanitisers and follow all social distances recommendations.

An act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

Sanitiser Stations
New sanitiser stations have been place in our churches. Please note that these are operated by first placing your hand under the nozzle and then placing you foot on the pedal.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help sanitise the churches after each Mass. Please contact the parish office on 056 776 4400 to leave your name and number and the particular Mass you may be able to help out at. A number of people have already volunteered but we will need more.
Thank you.

Sunday 28th June 2020
Return to Masses & the Sacraments
Hope you are all keeping well and safe. Since the suspension of public Masses in March due to the Corona Virus, we know that many of you have looked forward to the day when Masses could once again resume in our parish churches. At last, that time has come, and we will resume Masses in St. Patrick’s & St. Fiacre’s, beginning on Monday 29th June and St. Joseph’s, Foulkstown, on Sunday 5th July.
As you are aware these are the first tentative steps in returning to a ‘new normal’ in our churches. Though of course we are delighted to see the reopening of our places of worship, it will be a very different experience for all of us as we adapt to a new normal of social distancing, hand sanitisers, smaller capacity etc in our churches.
Be aware, because of the two-meter recommended distance we will not be able to facilitate the usual number at Masses. In St. Fiacre’s we can alleviate this somewhat with a television monitor in the Parish Centre so those who are unable to be seated in St. Fiacre’s can still attend Masses. We ask you to be patient and understanding as we all do our best in these strange times. Please use the sanitisers provided and follow the instructions of the church stewards and signs when attending Masses. There will be no Altar Servers or choirs for the moment. Anyone who is volunteering in any capacity at our Masses is asked to sign in before Masses. This is in relation to contact tracing.

Eucharistic Ministers
For the time being the following will apply during the coronavirus restrictions:
· The priest will distribute the Eucharist alone during weekday Masses in St. Patrick’s. There will be 2 Eucharistic Ministers in St. Fiacre’s at each weekday Mass alongside the priest.
· There will be 3 Eucharistic Ministers for St. Fiacre’s Church each Saturday & Sunday. The priest and 2 ministers will distribute communion in the Church and 1 minister will distribute communion in the Parish Centre.
· There will be 1 Eucharistic Ministers in St. Patrick’s Church each Sunday alongside the priest.
· No Eucharistic Minister will be required in Foulkstown Church for the time being. The priest alone will distribute communion.
· Eucharistic Ministers will sanitise their hands and wear face masks while they distribute the Eucharist and will be seated in the sanctuary of the church keeping the recommended social distance of 2m.
· A new rota with the above in mind will be available from Wednesday in the Parish Office. Please contact Michelle in the Parish Office know as soon as possible if you do not wish to be placed on this rota. (056 776 4400 or stpatricksparish@ossory.ie)

Readers: Readers for next weekends Masses are asked to follow their rota. If any reader wants to defer their ministry during this time, please contact the Parish Office.
Readers for weekend Masses are asked to sit in the chair provided in the sanctuary of each church.
All volunteers and ministers will have to complete a Volunteer Back to work form which is available in the Parish Office or the sacristies and must be completed and returned before they resume their ministry.

Collection Boxes
Secure boxes will be placed in the churches for people to contribute to the 1st and 2nd offertory collections.
Toilet facilities will not be available during Masses unless there is an emergency - contact sacristan on duty.
Holy Water fonts will remain empty
Cleaning/sanitising of the churches will take place weekly and after each Mass. Volunteers Needed
Our three churches have been professionally sanitised in preparation for the return of Masses.
NB: Those over 70, vulnerable people and those with serious underlying health conditions should continue to watch live streamed Mass from your homes for the time being. We want to keep you safe. You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. Because of the limited number who will be able to attend weekend Masses, those attending during the week might consider not attending at the weekend for the present in order to allow others to come to Mass who cannot be there on weekdays. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Masses. God Bless.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Maura Heffernan, Dean Cavanagh Place. Paul Reade, Troy's Court. Jackie Dooley, Kennyswell Road.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
John Kenny. Enda Cantwell. Beasie Marrinan. Maureen Walsh. Paul Ryan. Richard Dunne. William Maher. Murt Flanagan. Gabriel Doran Sr.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

Sanitiser Stations
New sanitiser stations have been place in our churches. Please note that these are operated by placing you foot on the pedal at the end while cupping your hand under the bottle spout.

Protocol for Returning to Public Masses
The Diocese has produced 3 videos on the protocol for Returning to Public Masses. They can be found on https://ossory.ie/2020/06/covid-protocol-return-to-the-public-celebration-of-mass/

Volunteers Needed
To facilitate the return of our Masses and to ensure a safe return for all, our parish is looking for volunteers (under 70 years of age) to ensure a smooth reopening of our Churches. If you feel you can be of some service and would like to offer that service please contact the parish office on 056 776 4400 to leave your name and number and the particular Mass you may be able to help our at. A number of people have already volunteered but we will need more. Thank you.

Reflection
To live the values of the kingdom is not easy in a world wherein compromise is the ideal virtue for survival When Jesus says that his disciples must take up their cross, he is not merely calling for acceptance of life’s little inconveniences and hardships but the willingness to give up everything, because following him entails opposition, persecution, and even martyrdom. We cannot be effective followers of Jesus if we do not love Jesus more than anyone else.

Gardeners
Gardening at the Parish Centre continues on Monday evenings from 5pm. We look forward to having our amazing gardeners back. Please try and bring you own gardening tools and hand sanitisers and follow all social distances recommendations.

An act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

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.

Sunday 21st June 2020
Return to Masses & the Sacraments
Hope you are all keeping well and safe.
Since the suspension of public Masses in March due to the Corona Virus, we know that many of you have looked forward to the day when Masses could once again resume in our parish churches. At last, that time has come, and we hope to resume Masses in St. Patrick’s, St. Fiacre’s, and St. Joseph’s, Foulkstown, beginning on Monday 29th June.
As you are aware these are the first tentative steps in returning to a ‘new normal’ in our churches. Though of course we are delighted to see the reopening of our places of worship, it will be a very different experience for all of us as we adapt to a new normal of social distancing, hand sanitisers, smaller capacity etc in our churches.
Be aware, because of the two-meter recommended distance we will not be able to facilitate the usual number at Masses. In St. Fiacre’s we can alleviate this somewhat with a television monitor in the parish centre so those who are unable to be seated in St. Fiacre’s can still attend Masses. We ask you to be patient and understanding as we all do our best in these strange times. Please follow the instructions provided when attending Masses. St. Patrick’s Parish value all of our parishioners and each has played an important part in the life of our parish community. This is particularly true of our elderly who have done so much over the years to breathe life into our parish. We value their continued commitment to our community. However, during the present pandemic, we encourage people in vulnerable populations including over 70s and those with complicated physical conditions, to continue to watch live streamed Mass from your homes. We want you to keep safe. You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Masses. God Bless.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Joe Walsh, Outrath. Alice Kelly, St. Fiacre’s Place.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Marian & Andy Egan. Murt Flanagan. Billy O’Sullivan. Deceased residents of Dukesmeadows. Margaret & John McCarthy. Eileen Gleeson. Dan Maher. Mary, Michael, Paddy & Anna Bowe. Ann Hayde.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

Volunteers Needed

It is hoped that our Parish Churches will resume the celebration of public Masses on Monday June 29th 2020. To facilitate this and to ensure a safe return for all, our parish is looking for volunteers (under 70 years of age) to ensure a smooth reopening of our Churches. If you feel you can be of some service and would like to offer that service please contact the parish office on 056 776 4400 to leave your name and number and the particular Mass you may be able to help our at. Thank you.

Reflection

Fear could come from three areas: within oneself, from the resistance of others, and from the backlash of the evil spirit. First, fear could cripple us if we lack the fundamental trust to put all our hope in God. Second, one could be persecuted for doing what is good and right, because it is a terrifying threat to those whose consciences are compromised with evil. Lastly, in his Letter to the Ephesians, St. Pal warns about the sovereignties and the powers of darkness in this world (6:12). However terrifying, the Lord exhorts us: Do not be afraid.

Happy Fathers’ Day

We wish all fathers in our parish a very happy Fathers’ Day. We also remember with gratitude those dads who have died and who now celebrate this day with God our Heavenly Father.

Gardeners
Gardening at the Parish Centre continues (for those under 70) on Monday evenings from 5pm. We look forward to having our amazing gardeners back. Please try and bring you own gardening tools and hand sanitisers and follow all social distances recommendations.

An act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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 about all things,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

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.

Cemetery Mass

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual cemetery Mass in Foulkstown Cemetery WILL NOT take place this year. We look forward to celebrating our cemetery Mass in Foulkstown in 2021.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

The Deep End: Noli Temere
The last words of Seamus Heaney, in a text to his wife Marie, were the Latin words Noli temere - ‘Don’t’ be afraid’. According to his son Mick, the words became ‘a shorthand for hope’ in the weeks that followed. He had done what poets and writers do best - express our fears and anxieties in a way that made sense. Fear took on new forms earlier this year when we were all thrown into that strange period of lockdown due to the coronavirus threat. We were fearful for ourselves and our health. We were worried about our families, particularly our elderly or vulnerable loved ones. Many people were anxious about the future - they had lost their job or business and were full of uncertainty as to when, or even if, things would improve.
We also became conditioned, in a way to be fearful of each other. While we understood it was necessary, it was upsetting to have to stary away from other people - to refrain from hugging or shaking hands, to move away or even cross the street when we saw another person approaching.
And of course there are deeper fears that come from being isolated and feeling alone with our thoughts. It is natural to question God in these circumstances, whether we turn to him in prayer seeking comfort, or struggle to pray because we cannot understand why all this is happening. Our communities are still reeling from this new state of fear. We have lost so much, and the future is uncertain. Jesus has comforting words in today’s Gospel: ‘Do not be afraid... everything now hidden will be made clear.’ Life does not always make sense, but God has it all in hand, and armed with this knowledge we can face the future with hope. He is with us through the mess and the fear: ‘Why, every hair on your head has been counted.
Triona Doherty, trionad@gmail.com

A Prayer for Healthcare Workers

During this time of Coronavirus COVID –19
Loving God We place into your care
All our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
And strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus.
God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Amen


Corpus Christi, 14th June 2020

A reflection on Corpus Christi
What does Corpus Christi mean to me? It does not only bring the liturgy to mind; for me, it is a day on which heaven and earth work together. In my mind’s eye it is the time when spring is turning into summer; the sun is high in the sky, and crops are ripening in field and meadow. The Church’s feasts make present the mystery of Christ, but Jesus Christ was immersed in the faith of the people of Israel and so, arising from this background in Israel’s life, the Christian feasts are also involved with the rhythm of the year, the rhythm of seedtime and harvest. How could it be otherwise in a liturgy which has at its center the sign of bread, fruit of earth and heaven? Here this fruit of the earth, bread, is privileged to be the bearer of him in whom heaven and earth, God and man have become one. The way the Church’s feasts fit in with the seasons of the year is therefore not an accident. Consequently we must go on to discover the inner rhythm of the Church’s year and see the place Corpus Christi has within it. First of all, clearly, it grows out of the mystery of Easter and Pentecost: it pre-supposes the Resurrection and the sending of the Spirit. But it is also in close proximity to the Feast of the Trinity, which reveals the inner logic in the connection between Easter and Pentecost. It is only because God himself is the eternal dialogue of love that he can speak and be spoken to. Only because he himself is relationship can we relate to him; only because he is love can he love and be loved in return. Only because he is threefold can he be the grain of wheat which dies and the bread of eternal life. Ultimately, then, Corpus Christi is an expression of faith in God, in love, in the fact that God is love. All that is said and done on Corpus Christi is in fact a single variation on the theme of love, what it is and what it does. In one of his Corpus Christi hymns Thomas Aquinas puts it beautifully: nec sumptus consumitur - love does not consume: it gives and, in giving, receives. And in giving it is not used up but renews itself. Since Corpus Christi is a confession of faith in love, it is totally appropriate that the day should focus on the mystery of transubstantiation. Love is transubstantiation, transformation. Corpus Christi tells us: Yes, there is such a thing as love, and therefore there is transformation, therefore there is hope. And hope gives us the strength to live and face the world. Perhaps it was good to have experienced doubts about the meaning of celebrating Corpus Christi, for it has led us to the rediscovery of a feast which, today, we need more than ever.
Pope Benedict XVI

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Lester Ryan, Clara & Gowran. Sr. Annunciata Hayes, Presentation Convent, Parnell Street. Adrian Reade, Tallaght.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Michael & James O’Sullivan. Sean ‘Georgie’ Leahy. Breda Hamilton. Eileen Brett. Judy Moore. Catherine Kirwan. Mary Dermody.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

New Parish Website
Check out our new parish website. www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com. Full of information. The parish newsletter is uploaded every week.

Reflection
As human beings we are subjected to all forms of hunger. Ordinary bread can satisfy out physical hunger. But we cannot live by bread alone. In the Last Supper Jesus offers himself as food and drink to satisfy all the longings and hungers of our hearts, because he alone can give us the Bread of Eternal Life - the Eucharist. The Eucharist is also called the Mass, which means, “mission”. We are empowered to share the gift of our own life - our positive outlook, inner peace, sense of well - being, silence and solitude.

Cemetery Mass

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual cemetery Mass in Foulkstown Cemetery WILL NOT take place this year. We look forward to celebrating our cemetery Mass in Foulkstown in 2021.

An Act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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 about all things,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

St. Josephs Young Priests Society
Because of Covid-19, our annual pilgrimage to Knock has been cancelled this year. However, on Sunday the 28th June, a virtual service will be relayed via webcam from Knock. A Healing service will take place at 2.30pm followed by Mass at 3pm. It I hoped that as many members as possible will tune into the service on that day.
www.knockshrine.ie

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.

Parish Office
The Parish Office has reopened on Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri from 9am to 5pm (closed from 1pm-2pm). Please adhere to social distancing regulations and use the hand sanitisers provided. The Parish Centre will not reopen for room bookings until at least September 2020.

Quote
“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form. At the same time, we have to recognise that violence is self destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost. Let us pray for reconciliation and peace.” -Pope Francis.

Gardeners
Gardening at the Parish Centre continues (for those under 70) on Monday evenings from 5pm. We look forward to having our amazing gardeners back. Please try and bring you own gardening tools and hand sanitisers and follow all social distances recommendations.

Pope Francis’ Covid-19 Emergency Fund
Your help is urgently needed to help overseas missionaries and vulnerable communities to defend themselves against Covid-19. IN Africa, Asia & Latin America, the Church is often on the frontline. In remote inaccessible areas, it is missionaries who respond, as best they can, to the medical and pastoral needs of suffering men, women and children.
Missionaries already face too many challenges, working in over-crowded communities with no running water. In shantytowns and refugee camps where social distancing is simply impossible, and where self-isolation could mean starvation.
To help protect these fragile communities, Pope Francis has announced the Covid-19 emergency fund. If you can, please give so that our less-fortunate brothers and sisters have a fighting chance at suppressing Covid-19. Donate by going www.wmi.ie/covid-fund or call Fiona on 07 497 2035. Bank of Ireland Transfer details.
Account Name: Society for the Propagation of the Faith. IBAN: IE12 BOFI 9007 5456 9616 36
BIC: BOFIIE2D

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

Trinity Sunday, 7th June 2020
Most Holy Trinity
Today the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity is being celebrated. It is one of the great mysteries of the Christian Faith. We cannot understand how there are three persons in one God. When we make the Sign of the Cross and when we recite the Glory be to the Father, we identify with the Blessed Trinity. We all know that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity to the people of Ireland. He showed that just as there are three leaves on one stem, there are three Persons in one God. At the end of Mass we are blessed in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In our daily contact with others we honour the Blessed Trinity through our love, respect and co-operation. We can recite this prayer to the Blessed Trinity.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

An act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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 about all things,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

New Parish Website
Check out our new parish website.
www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com. Full of information.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Peter Flannery, Waterford Road. Kathleen Frawley, David Power, The Weir.
Months Mind: Joan Malone.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Patrick Allen. Margaret McGrath. Mary Maher. Jim O’Brien. Michael Shortall. Peter & John Alley. Tom Moloney. Peter Brennan. Brian Mahon. Mary Deegan. Anne O’Shea
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

Reflection
Human language is inadequate to explain the mystery of the Divine. The Trinity as a mystery does not mean that a truth of which we cannot know anything. It means a truth of which we cannot know everything, because our capacity to know and understand God is always limited. Instead, God in Jesus stoops down to our level and earnestly desires to share his life with us, so that, if we believe in him, we will not be lost, but will have eternal life.

Gardeners
Gardening at the Parish Centre continues (for those under 70) on Monday evenings from 5pm. We look forward to having our amazing gardeners back. Please try and bring you own gardening tools and hand sanitisers and follow all social distances recommendations.

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.

Cemetery Mass
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual cemetery Mass in Foulkstown Cemetery WILL NOT take place this year. We look forward to celebrating our cemetery Mass in Foulkstown in 2021.

Quote
“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form. At the same time, we have to recognise that violence is self destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost. Let us pray for reconciliation and peace.” -Pope Francis.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

Trócaire Boxes
This pandemic has come at the worst possible time for the world’s poorest people who most need Trócaire’s support. Therefore, Trócaire is appealing to you to return your Lenten donation as soon as possible. Please count or estimate what is in your box and donate in the following ways:
1. Online at www.trocaire.org
2. By telephone on 1850 408 408
3. By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
4. Drop your donation into the parish centre or the priests houses.

A Prayer for Healthcare Workers
During this time of Coronavirus COVID –19
Loving God We place into your care
All our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
And strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus.
God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Amen

Parish Newsletter by Emai
l
We are investigating the possibility of distributing this weekly newsletter by email during this pandemic. Please drop an email request to stpatricksparish@ossory.ie if you are interested.

Victim Assistance

A national charity that offers “emotional” and “practical” support to all victims of crime and those and their families that have experienced a “traumatic” incident. Contact them though the NATIONAL HELPLINE at 1800 277 477, the office telephone 094 9000251 or by email at support@victimassistance.ie. The offices are manned Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm. Remember – social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation – they want to help and support!

Data Protection
As part of the new data protection regulations (GDPR) you will be asked to complete a short form and provide ID when requesting Baptism, Confirmation and Marriage certificates from the parish office. Please understand this regulation is mandatory and has not been put in place by the priests of the parish or the Church. All parish volunteers will need to complete a data protection form to allow the parish to hold onto your data. These forms with any of your information on them will be kept in a safe place and will be kept for the duration of your ministry on involvement in the parish. These forms are available from the Parish Office. There is a specific form for each ministry. We appreciate the great work our volunteers continue to do in our parish and encourage your continued support into the future.

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.

Sunday 31st May 2020

Focus - Come Holy Spirit
We can all probably remember our confirmation day. What we did that day; visits to relatives, a special treat, maybe being asked a question by the bishop. We were told that we were given the gifts of the Spirit. God’s spirit would always be with us in life to help us be good Christians.
As baptism was a promise from God to be with us as an infant and always, confirmation was the same promise as we enter our teenage years.
The gospel today is about one big gift of the Spirit - forgiveness. No matter what my past, I am forgiven. We all have a past. There is no sinner who cannot be a saint, no saint that is not a sinner. All of us have regrets - what we have done, people we may have hurt especially family. God casts sin to the end of the ocean when we are sorry and do our best.
Then there are the signs of God’s spirit - peace, joy, self-control, forgiveness, gifts we would all love to enjoy. So the Christian life is very attractive.
The spirit today is the Spirit of God’s love - Son for Father, Father for Son. And we are invited into it. Jesus’s love is for the whole person, and that includes everyone. Often we think he likes only bits of me. He looks at me whole and entire in love. Maybe this love can help me forgive myself for all I feel guilty and ashamed of. Forgive us Lord, as you have forgiven us.
Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger.

Reflection
The Holy Spirit is the tenderness of God and in our own times Pope Francis has called for a ‘revolution of tenderness’. The Sequence supplies images of what this might require, bearing light and consolation, cooling situations that threaten to overheat and melting what is frozen, bending stubborn hearts and bringing those who have lost their footing or cannot find the way. May we ponder on and pray for these Beatitudes of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

New Parish Website
Check out our new parish website.
www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com. Full of information. The newsletter will be uploaded each week.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Mary McInerney, Archers Avenue. Betty Curry, Rose Hill Court.
Months Mind: Donal Hallissey
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Bill & Josie O’Neill. Gerard Carolan. May Malone. Catherine Brennan. Richard Ruth. James & Mary O’Brien.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

An act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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 about all things,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

Quote
“Never abandon prayer, even when it seems pointless to pray” Pope Francis

Cemetery Mass
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual cemetery Mass in Foulkstown Cemetery WILL NOT take place this year. We look forward to celebrating our cemetery Mass in Foulkstown in 2021.

May Devotions in honour of Our Lady
We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade), particularly during May.

Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
Oh ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comfort of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Look upon me with mercy. When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes, you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favours, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. My loving Mother, obtain my request. I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity. Amen.

Pentecost Sunday and Confirmation
Earlier this year 99 young people from our parish schools were disappointed when, because of the pandemic, the Sacrament of Confirmation was postponed. We hope there was not too much disappointment and gloom among the young people and their families. We will include special prayers for these young people at our Pentecost Mass today and ask the Lord to bless and protect them as they anticipate the celebration of the Sacrament later in the year.

Parish Newsletter by Email
We are investigating the possibility of distributing this weekly newsletter by email during this pandemic. Please drop an email request to stpatricksparish@ossory.ie if you are interested.

Gardeners
Gardening at the Parish Centre continues (for those under 70) on Monday evenings from 5pm. We look forward to having our amazing gardeners back. Please try and bring you own gardening tools and hand sanitisers and follow all social distances recommendations.

Trócaire Boxes
This pandemic has come at the worst possible time for the world’s poorest people who most need Trócaire’s support. Therefore, Trócaire is appealing to you to return your Lenten donation as soon as possible. Please count or estimate what is in your box and donate in the following ways:
1. Online at www.trocaire.org
2. By telephone on 1850 408 408
3. By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
4. Drop your donation into the parish centre or the priests houses.
A Prayer for Healthcare Workers
During this time of Coronavirus COVID –19
Loving God We place into your care
All our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
And strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus.
God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Amen

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Dermot
Bishop Dermot Farrell has issued a Pastoral Letter to the People of Ossory, Missing Each Other, Missing the Lord in which he consoles the people of Ossory during this difficult time without the sacraments. Copies are available in church, on our Facebook Page and at www.ossory.ie

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.

Sunday 24th May 2020
Focus
I am with you always; yes, to the end of time
The Ascension of the Lord is a sort of here and there feast! We celebrate that the Lord’s earthly mission is over, and the Easter apparitions have finished. He prepares to go to the Father and his followers will see this. He also has said that he ‘would not leave them orphans’, so we wonder how he is still with us.
Through the Holy Spirit, soon to be celebrated at Pentecost, Jesus lives on. The Spirit of Jesus lives on in each person, given at baptism and confirmation. This Spirit is given to us all, so it is through his followers today that Jesus lives on.
Where we give and share love in the ordinary times of our lives, where we pray to God and make time to be in the presence of God, Jesus is present. We are not neglected by Jesus because he has gone to the Father - we are in the presence of Jesus because of the Spirit living in all of us.
It’s a feast that links heaven and earth. Jesus who is in heaven, also lives among us today. We pray also today that ‘where he is, we one day hope to be’. The presence of Jesus, ascended to the Father is an eternal presence of love for us all.
Donal Neary, SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger.

Reflection
Jesus reiterates his relationship with his Father in heaven. In his effort to make known his unique relationship with his Father, Jesus prays for his disciples that they be one, just as the Father and he are one. The invitation to this life-giving relationship is open to us, provided we remain in the love of God the Father, the Son and the Spirit.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Even though we are all challenged by the current Covid-19 crisis. St. Vincent de Paul continue to offer their wonderful support and help to all of those in particular need at this time. Telephone: 087 381 0589.

New Parish Website
Check out our new parish website.
www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com. Full of information. The newsletter will be uploaded each week.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Mary Drennan. Carmel Durnan. Peadar & Aideen Flanaghan. Tommy, Kitty & Martin Phelan. Bridget Barry. John Cleere. William Doheny. Lar Doyle. Bridget Culleton. Dave McGrath. Annie Bourke. Molly Owens. Agnes Dermody.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

An act of Spiritual Communion

While we 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 about all things,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

Cemetery Mass
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual cemetery Mass in Foulkstown Cemetery WILL NOT take place this year. We look forward to celebrating our cemetery Mass in Foulkstown in 2021.

Parish Newsletter by Email
We are investigating the possibility of distributing this weekly newsletter by email during this pandemic. Please drop an email request to stpatricksparish@ossory.ie if you are interested.

May Devotions in honour of Our Lady
We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade), particularly during May.

A prayer to Our Lady in Time of Trouble
Holy Virgin Mary, you are reigning in glory, with Jesus, your Son.
Remember us in our sadness. Look kindly on all who are suffering or fighting against any difficulty.
Have pity on those who are separated from someone they love.
Have pity on the loneliness of our hearts.
Have pity on the weakness of our faith and love.
Have pity on those who are weeping, on those who are praying, on those who are fearful.
Holy Mother, please obtain for all of us hope and peace with justice.
Amen.

A Prayer for Healthcare Workers
During this time of Coronavirus COVID –19
Loving God We place into your care
All our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
And strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus.
God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Amen

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.

Support Line for Older People
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Gardeners
Gardening at the Parish Centre continues (for those under 70) on Monday evenings from 5pm. Please try and bring you own gardening tools and hand sanitisers and follow all social distances regulations.

When this is over
When this is over,
may we never again take for granted
a handshake with a stranger
conversations with neighbours
a crowded theatre
Friday night out
the taste of Communion
a routine check-up
the school rush each morning
coffee with a friend
the stadium roaring
each deep breath
a boring Tuesday
life itself.
When this ends,
may we find that we have become
more like the people we wanted to be,
we were called to be,
we hoped to be.
And may we stay that way - better for each other because of the worst.
Laura Kelly Fanucci, www.laurakellyfanucci.com

Victim Assistance
A national charity that offers “emotional” and “practical” support to all victims of crime and those and their families that have experienced a “traumatic” incident. Contact them though the NATIONAL HELPLINE at 1800 277 477, the office telephone 094 9000251 or by email at support@victimassistance.ie. The offices are manned Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm. Remember – social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation – they want to help and support!

Sunday, 17th May 2020

Focus
The love affair between God and God’s people fills the mind and heart of Jesus in the gospels after the resurrection. The motivation for all his meetings with the apostles and disciples after the resurrection was to love them in an active way - consoling them forgiving them, teaching them and assuring them of his presence always. It is easier to ‘see’ this love of Jesus in his death and resurrection. It is easier to ‘see’ this love than to see the love of the Father - the love we find in him is the same love he shares with his Father. It is for the apostles and for us. Jesus askes us to look no farther than ourselves to know the love of God. It is ‘marked’ on us like a tattoo - engraved on the palm of his hand, as God says ‘I have carved you on the palm of my hand.’ Carving would be painful, just as the love God has fu us can cause God pain. Pain at our unfaithfulness, our injustices and the violence in the world and the sin of the world. No matter how deep the sin, the love of God is deeper. That’s why Jesus lived his life and mission the way he did: the fact that love conquers all. That was behind his mission of consolation after the first Easter.
Donal Neary, J, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger.

An act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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 about all things,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Nora ‘Bridie’ Hardiman (Months Mind).
Moira Bergin. Eileen Byrne. Podge Butler.
Patrick O’Connoll. Jim Lanigan.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

A Prayer for Healthcare Workers
During this time of Coronavirus COVID –19
Loving God We place into your care
All our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
And strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus.
God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Amen

May Devotions in honour of Our Lady
We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade), particularly during May.

Reflection

“The reason for the hope that you all have’ is rooted in the Resurrection of Jesus and related in the reassurances we receive in today’s Gospel reading. Jesus tells the disciples that they will recognise te Advocate who remains with the Church forever. Not only is the Holy Spirit with the Church, he is within the community of faith, communicating to and conserving for them the truth.

New Parish Website
Check out our new parish website.
www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com. Full of information. The newsletter will be uploaded each week.

Laudato Si’ Week
Next week, 16-24 May, is Laudato Si’ Week 2020. Laudato Si’ Week marks the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home. The theme of Laudato Si’ Week 2020 is “everything is connected.”
Pope Francis has invited Catholics around the world to join Laudato Si’ Week, and reflect on our common home. September is the “Season of Creation”, and the purpose of Laudato Si’ Week is to prepare for this season through prayer and online training throughout the week.
Sunday, 24 May is a designated day of prayer for the environment worldwide. In Ireland, an evening music, poetry and song, “Love Letter to the Earth”, will take place on Sunday, 24 May at 8pm. Those involved in this initiative include Bill McKibben, Drew Dillinger, John Philip Newell, Deirdre Ní Chinneidé, Ceara Conway, Anne Rynne, Ealonor Hooker and more. Registrations can be made by email to jane.mellett@trocaire.org.
For more information on Laudato Si’ Week 2020, visit laudatosiweek.org.

A Butterfly in the Pandemic
Today, a butterfly,
the first of the year, caught my eye
emerging into Spring, and brought me hope.
For you too, little one, haver been cocooned like us.
your playmates gone,
wrapped around with silence as you waited.
Could you have known how
beautiful you’d be when you arose?
For you have grown in trusting patience
to such a transformation.
So, may our fears
and broken dreams, our flowing tears
for this world’s sorrow,
transform our hearts
to deeper love to live tomorrow. Lyn McCrave

52nd International Eucharistic Congress
A new date has been announced for the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress. Towards the end of last month, Pope Francis decided to postpone the Congress, hosted by Budapest, Hungary and originally scheduled for September 2020. The new dates of the Congress have been announced as 5-12 September 2021.

Thought for the day
To pray for someone is to love someone. To pray for our child, a parent, a neighbour, a friend is to express our love for that person. To pray is to love. When we pray together - as couples, as families, as communities - our individual voices come together, and unite us as one, to call on God.
Bishop Dermot Farrell

Support Line for Older People
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Parish Newsletter by Email
We are investigating the possibility of distributing this weekly newsletter by email during this pandemic. Please drop an email request to stpatricksparish@ossory.ie if you are interested.

A Mhuire na nGrás
A Mhuire na ngrás, a Mháthair Mhic Dé
Go gcuire tú ar mo leas mé.
Go sábhála tú mé ar gace uile olc;
Go sábhála tú mé idir anam is chorp
Go sábhála tú mé ar muir is ar tír
Go sabhála tú mé ar learc na bpian.
Garda na n-aingeal os mo choinn,
Dia romham agus dia liom.
O Mary of Graces and mother of God,
May I tread in the paths that the righteous have trod,
And may you save me from evil’s control,
And may you save me in body and soul
And may you save me by land and by sea,
And may you save me from tortures to be,
May the guard of the angels around me abide
May God be before me and God as my side.

Gardeners
Gardening at the Parish Centre returns (for those under 70) on Monday 18th May 2020. We look forward to having our amazing gardeners back. Please try and bring you own gardening tools and hand sanitisers. In line with government restrictions, we ask that people follow all social distancing regulations.

Sunday 10th May 2020
Focus
There is something of the very wide love of God in todays gospel reading. The life that Jesus prepares for us is diverse - in the house of God there are rooms for all of us, rooms that suit each of us. As there are rooms in the Father’s house, there are spaces in God’s heart for all of us. God’s heart is big enough to love each of us just as we are.
We often say of someone, ‘he/she’ has a big heart’. This can mean someone is generous, kind, forgiving. A big-hearted person can see the good in others. This sort of heart is close to the heart of God.
This gospel is often read at funeral masses, with its consoling message that Jesus has gone before us, and our death will be our meeting with him. It’s consoling also because he is our way to God, the truth about life and God, and all of our existence is sharing in his life.
Lord Jesus, be the way that guides our steps in life, the truth that enlightens our minds and the life that gives love to our hearts.
Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger.

An act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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 about all things,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Donal Hallissey, Cypress Grove. John ’Seanie’ Walsh, Leggetsrath & Sion Road. Joan Malone, Troyscourt & Bamford.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Jimmy Cashin. Billy Renehan. Bridget, William, Liam & Peg O’Hanrahan. John Coppinger.
Kathleen King. John & Catherine Alley.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

A Prayer for Healthcare Workers
During this time of Coronavirus COVID –19
Loving God We place into your care
All our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
And strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus.
God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Amen

May Devotions in honour of Our Lady
We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade), particularly during May.

Reflection
Today’s Gospel gives us the line triptych in which Jesus portrays himself to be ‘the Way’. As the image of the way indicates place and involves a destination it is interpreted both spiritually and morally in terms of pilgrimage. Ways, are often named after saints, leading to the locations where they lived and died. In proclaiming that he is ‘the Way’ Jesus is pointing to the pattern of his life, the paschal mystery which leads our earthly existence to experiencing and enjoying the effects of the Easter event.
Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Wednesday 13th May
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children; Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco, and Jacinta Marto; between May 13th and October 13th 1917. She came to the little village of Fatima which had remained faithful to the Catholic Church during the recent persecutions by the government. Our Lady came with a message from God to every man woman, and child. Our Lady of Fatima promised that the whole world would be in peace, and that many souls would go to Heaven if her requests were listened to and obeyed. At Fatima, Pope John Paul II said; "The message of Fatima is more relevant and more urgent than when Our- Lady first appeared." Our Lady of Fatima continues to work miracles today through the message of Fatima and the prayers of countless pilgrims who have travelled here in the last hundred years.

Support Line for Older People
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Parish Newsletter by Email
We are investigating the possibility of distributing this weekly newsletter by email during this pandemic. Please drop an email request to stpatricksparish@ossory.ie if you are interested

Safeguarding Designated Liaison Person
Mr Cathal Cullen
087 100 0232 dip@ossory.ie
Gardaí 1800 555 222
TUSLA - Kilkenny 052 617 7302
Parish Representatives
Samantha Dolan Michelle O’Connor
056 776 4400

Letter from Rome
Dear friends in St Patrick’s, Greetings from Rome where we are now safely cocooned nine weeks, within the beautiful grounds of the Irish College, in the shadow of Rome’s cathedral church of St John Lateran. In early March we looked forward eagerly to Easter week when we would once again take to the Roman streets and cafe bars, but a lass not to be. But we are safe and well.
The Irish College is blessed with a great roof terrace. My favourite spot, especially in the evening at sunset. In the early days of lockdown on the roof the first thing that you notice is the silence. There was always a distance sound in Rome, coming form traffic, the distinctive piercing two tone siren of the ambulances and the gentle background hum of millions of people moving through their daily lives, mingled with the excited buzz of tourists visiting this beautiful and historic city. With traffic greatly reduced, from traffic jams to a few cars at junctions and the ambulances having no need for sirens, creates an eerie almost apocalyptic quiet. Yet in the silence the bird song became more pronounced.
It is probably imagination but in the silence it seems the colour of the sunset becomes more vivid, the brightness of the colours stir up emotions and lift the heart to hope. Thinking that since the foundation of the world, the sun has risen and set, each day according to the movement of the earth even though the worlds people have come to a near standstill the earth continues to turn from its sunset into its next sunrise. I am reminded of how small we are, how very short our time here on this earth is. I become aware of how vulnerable the world and its people are, yet still strong and resilient.
I am amazed from texts and phone calls from home how many are traveling the world for mass or concerts, without leaving home. There is a wonderful generosity of gifts now shared freely to help people through this time. While the individual is isolated, humanity is coming together in support and encouragement. Seeing this has given me hope that humanity will prevail.
This hope allows the Word of God into our hearts to quell any fear, ‘Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made Heaven and earth’. (Ps 124:8). With this Word I am strengthened, and hope you are too, in the knowledge that God has not abandoned us and that we need to come closer to him. knowing that he has created us, he loves us and he cares for us.
This is my hope I share with you, yes I have to maintain the social distancing, keep washing my hands, keep within the grounds, keep reading, eating, praying, exercising and keep hoping that into the silence of these great cities, God will speak his healing and his peace.
As a community of priests here in the Irish College we have many masses throughout the day so that we can maintain social distancing and still celebrate daily mass. Be assured you are in my intentions during these masses, especially those of you who are cocooning and on their own. Stay safe and healthy and God Bless.
Fr. Mark

Sunday 3rd May 2020
Focus
Vocation is not something out there! It begins ‘in here!’, and goes ‘out there’. God works from the goodness inside each of us - the goodness we are born with, and indeed born into, in family and community. He plants this goodness from the first moment—small beginnings from the bodies of father and mother, to grow and develop right through eternity. It is that which reaches out to help others, and to Jesus in prayer.
Vocation, in many ways of life, is nourished by working for good, in mindfulness, meditation, prayer and community, and in the care of and concern for the poor near and far. This inborn and nourished goodness will bring good to the world and to others. Each of us, in baptism, is called to know we are loved, that God is planted within us, and also to serve in the way of Jesus, himself ‘the beloved Son’.
To know that we are called and to be able to serve this way, we must first of all believe in the eternal goodness inside each of us.
Donal Neary, SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger.

An act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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 about all things,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Monica Casey, Old Callan Road. Ursula O’Leary, Cashel Drive.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Patricia & Patrick O’Donoghue. Joe Ayres.
Kitty & Billy Roberts. Agnes Dwyer. Patrick O’Neill. Jimmy O’Neill.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

Vocations Sunday
“The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out. When he has brought out his flock, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice.”
On this Good Shepherd Sunday we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life, especially for our diocese, that God will raise up good shepherds in our midst. Do you hear the voice of the Lord, the Good Shepherd calling you to a particular way of life?
If you think God is calling you to serve the Church as a priest or in the consecrated life, contact the National Vocations Office, email: info@vocations.ie or your local Diocesan Vocations Director.

A Prayer for Healthcare Workers
During this time of Coronavirus COVID –19
Loving God We place into your care
All our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
And strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus.
God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Amen

May, the month of Our Lady

The beginning of Summer, month of the cuckoo and flowers. Lord be with us during the month of May. Have you heard the cuckoo or seen the swallows? They have arrived from the sunny southern hemisphere. The whimbrels have arrived also and are resting here on their journey from Italy to Iceland. Let us welcome them and may we all be alive this time next year. Jesus said, “Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you of much more value than they”? Matthew (6:26). The Pope’s intention for this month is:- that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church. Today the fourth Sunday of Easter is a very special day. We are asked to pray for an increase of vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life. It was Jesus who said, “The harvest is great, but the labourers are few. Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send labourers into His harvest". (Matthew 9: 37-38).
May Devotions in honour of Our Lady
We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade), particularly during May.

Bring Flowers of the Rarest
Bring flowers of the rarest bring blossoms the fairest, from gardens and woodlands and hillside and dale; Our full hearts are swelling, our glad voices telling the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale!
Chorus:
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May

Reflection
A number of years ago a book about the life of a shepherd and his family in the Lake District contained the comment of the author’s four year old daughter that ‘the trouble with you, Dad us that it is all about the sheep’. The so-called Shepherd psalm proclaims and praises the sense of security which is felt with God’s loving faithfulness that leads the flock to pasture and protection.

Quote
“Faith is like a bright ray of sunlight. It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God.”
St. Francis de Sales

Victim Assistance
A national charity that offers “emotional” and “practical” support to all victims of crime and those and their families that have experienced a “traumatic” incident. Contact them though the NATIONAL HELPLINE at 1800 277 477, the office telephone 094 9000251 or by email at support@victimassistance.ie. The offices are manned Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm. Remember – social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation – they want to help and support!

Support Line for Older People
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

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.

Contributions
Priest’s Easter Collection, Weekly Parish Collection & Trócaire Lenten Campaign. Our thanks to the many parishioners who have sent in contributions for the weekly Parish Collection, the Priests Easter collection and the Annual Trócaire appeal. Such generosity and thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.

Sunday, 26th April 2020
Focus
We sometimes hear the phrase, ‘walking the walk’. It means that we share, with compassion, another’s life, just as Jesus walked the walk with the disciples going to Emmaus. It means entering into the lives of others. We often have a really good chat on a walk.
Jesus entered into the apostles’ lives by listening, hearing their disappointment that he had been crucified and that their hopes were shattered. His was active listening. He was able then to connect with them as he told them about himself. the time probably passed very quickly.
Whatever way he spoke, he lifted their spirits as they said later, ’our hearts burned within us as he spoke’. Prayer, at times, can be like that.
Our faith life is walking with Jesus as we share everything of our lives with him, and hear his words of acceptance. We walk with the gospel words in our minds and our gospel book in our hands. But it doesn’t end just with a walk.
Like a good walk often ends with refreshment, the Emmaus walk ended with the meal. At the meal the two disciples recognised him. Our talk and walk with the Lord is a journey to the Eucharist. There, without words, he offers bread and wine, his body and blood.
Like the two disciples - we are encouraged then to share his gospel, his risen life, as we bring what we have received to our world. Our walk ends with the invitation to walk further - ‘Go and glorify the Lord with your life.
Lord, may our hearts burn with your words, and our souls be refreshed with your Bread of Life.
Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger.

Reflection
The risen Jesus appears to the two disciples and totally transforms them. Whereas previously there had been sadness and disappointment now they are filled with joy and hope. As we journey through life, the risen Jesus frequently comes into our presence, yet very often we fail to recognise him. The remedy to our blindness is spelt out in our Gospel. It lies in the reading of Scripture and the celebration of the Eucharist.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Michael McGrath, Outrath, Foulkstown. Tommy Deegan, Clonmoran. Patsy Keogh, Grovine. Jim Kelly, London and formerly Warrington.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Kay Hennessy. Christy & Evelyn ‘Bobbi’ Leahy. John Byrne. Eilish & Dan Dillon. Roy Barry.
Margaret ‘Daisy’ Phelan & Dr. W.J. Phelan.
Marty Neylon. Mary & Eddie O’Keeffe.
Fintan Brennan. Michael O’Reilly.
Patrick & Ellen Moran.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

Parish Office & Parish Centre
Due to the government restrictions re the coronavirus, the Parish Centre will remain closed until further notice. Any correspondence can be placed in the letterbox of the Parish Centre or the presbytery. The parish office can contacted by email stpatricksparish@ossory.ie, text the Parish Mobile on 086 736 1563 or on our Facebook page (details on the banner above) or as usual on 056 776 4400 as our parish secretary Michelle continues to work from home. Stay Safe!!

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
This year’s pilgrimage has been cancelled. The organisers will be in touch with those who have booked and paid deposits.

Trócaire Lenten Appeal
The Irish Church’s development agency, Trócaire, is warning that, as they try to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, Malawi has just one intensive care bed for every million people while Sierra Leone has no ICU beds and South Sudan has only two ventilators for 12 million people. The agency is urging those who want to help to make financial contributions online or via the phone. It is asking that Trócaire collection boxes be retained by those who took them home until it is safe to return them.

An act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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 about all things,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

Contributions
Priest’s Easter Collection, Weekly Parish Collection & Trócaire Lenten Campaign. Our thanks to the may parishioners who have sent in contributions for the weekly Parish Collection, the Priests Easter collection and the Annual Trócaire appeal. Such generosity and thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.

Parish Newsletter by Email
We are investigating the possibility of distributing this weekly newsletter by email during this pandemic. Please drop an email request to stpatricksparish@ossory.ie if you are interested in receiving copies. We will see what we can do.

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.

First Friday Visits
The first Friday of May is this coming Friday, the Feast of St. Joseph the worker. Please note that the Priests of the parish will not be visiting sick or housebound parishioners this month. Please stay safe and look after yourselves.

Funeral Masses
In a letter received during the week Bishop Dermot Farrell reiterated the Government and HSE Guidelines regarding funerals during the COVID-19 crisis. Bishop Dermot wrote:
Restricted funeral services or Masses may be held in churches for those who die in these days, including those who die from the COVID-19 virus. This is current diocesan policy:
The funeral should be private and limited to a maximum of ten people as advised by the public health authorities. Only the following should attend:
Members of the person’s household,
Close family members,
Close friends if the deceased has no household or family members.
Social distancing must be practised at all times. Physical interactions including shaking hands and hugging should be avoided.
This is current Diocesan (and Government) policy. The above guidelines should not be breached, especially in regard to numbers attend a funeral Mass.
We respectfully ask that all abide by these regulations. This is in your interest, the interests of the families concerned and that of the entire community.

Ways to join together for Mass
In these difficult days, it is good for us to be able to pray together. It is possible to be part of the celebration of Mass via Radio, Television or online from some of our parishes. Each Sunday morning, at 9.30am a live Mass is celebrated on KCLR96fm.
TV Mass: Chanel 521 on Sky Tv or RTE News Now on Saorview, each weekday at 10.30am.
Radio Mass: Danesfort Church at 10am on Sunday , radio frequency 108fm.
Online Masses: Masses will be streamed live from
St. Mary’s Cathedral (www.stmaryscathedral.ie).
St. Canice’s Parish (www.stcanicesparish.ie) and St. John’s Parish (www.www.stjohnskilkenny.com).

Sunday 19th April 2020

Divine Mercy Sunday
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. It was instituted by St John Paul Ⅱ in May 2000. The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina a Polish nun who died in 1938 aged thirty three years. The message of God's Divine Mercy is nothing new. The Church has always taught through Scripture and through tradition that God is merciful, and that forgiveness is available for all sins. His mercy is much greater than any sin. We ought to come before God humbly and with confidence in his Divine Mercy. We can say this prayer today; O fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
This Easter is different as Ireland and the whole world is threatened by Coronavirus. Our social interaction is limited, and we must stay at home and away from people. Let us not be downhearted. In his Urbi et Orbi Easter message Pope Francis has reminded us that we are not alone but united with Christ in prayer.
Lord of Mercy, help me today to begin to understand what mercy is all about. Help me to first be open to the mercy You wish to bestow upon me. As I receive Your own Divine Mercy, help me also to be an instrument of that mercy for all to see. Jesus, I trust in You.

Parish Office & Parish Centre
Due to the government restrictions re the coronavirus, the Parish Centre will remain closed until further notice. Any correspondence can be place in the letterbox of the Parish Centre or the presbytery. The parish office can contacted by email stpatricksparish@ossory.ie, text the Parish Mobile on 086 736 1563 or on our Facebook page (details on the banner above) or as usual on 056 776 4400 as our parish secretary Michelle continues to work from home.
Stay Safe!!

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
This year’s pilgrimage has been cancelled. The organisers will be in touch with those who have booked and paid deposits.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Kieran Brennan, Golf View Terrace & Dean Kavanagh Place.
Catherine Hickey, Butts Green.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Marie, Rose & Martin Phelan. Dick Keating. Betty Byrne. Paddy & Teresa Burke. Jim O’Neill.
Mary Muldowney. Pat & Peggy Banahan. Billy Brennan.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.

An act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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 about all things,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

Trócaire Lenten Appeal
Trócaire’s determination to do what we can to stop the spread of the virus goes beyond our programmes. While face-to-face activities have been cancelled, our Lenten Appeal continues. You can support us online. If you have a Trócaire box, keep it until such a time as you can return it, either through your school, parish or Trócaire Centre. Your support is needed now more than ever. You can donate online or by telephoning 1850 408 408.

Funeral Masses
In a letter received during the week Bishop Dermot Farrell reiterated the Government and HSE Guidelines regarding funerals during the COVID-19 crisis. Bishop Dermot wrote:
Restricted funeral services or Masses may be held in churches for those who die in these days, including those who die from the COVID-19 virus. This is current diocesan policy:
The funeral should be private and limited to a maximum of ten people as advised by the public health authorities. Only the following should attend:
Members of the person’s household,
Close family members,
Close friends if the deceased has no household or family members.
Social distancing must be practised at all times. Physical interactions including shaking hands and hugging should be avoided.
This is current Diocesan (and Government) policy. The above guidelines should not be breached, especially in regard to numbers attend a funeral Mass.
We respectfully ask that all abide by these regulations.
This is in your interest, the interests of the families concerned and that of the entire community.

Reflection
Thomas’ journey from doubt and unbelief to his deep faith in the risen Jesus is greatly helped by the supportive presence of both Jesus and his companions. As Thomas struggles to believe Jesus is there with him gradually leading him to his wonderful act of faith - ‘My Lord and my God’. His companions must also have supported him with their prayers. We need each other if we are to keep growing in faith.

Ossory Times
The Easter edition of our diocesan magazine is available online. Visit www.ossory.ie and download. This edition will not be printed.

Parish Newsletter by Email
We are investigating the possibility of distributing this weekly newsletter by email during this pandemic. Please drop an email request to stpatricksparish@ossory.ie if you are interested in receiving copies. We will see what we can do.

Quote
“Faith is like a bright ray of sunlight. It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God.”
St. Francis de Sales

Ways to join together for Mass
In these difficult days, it is good for us to be able to pray together. It is possible to be part of the celebration of Mass via Radio, Television or online from some of our parishes. Each Sunday morning, at 9.30am a live Mass is celebrated on KCLR96fm.
TV Mass: Chanel 521 on Sky Tv or RTE News Now on Saorview, each weekday at 10.30am.
Radio Mass: Danesfort Church at 10am on Sunday , radio frequency 108fm.
Online Masses: Masses will be streamed live from
St. Mary’s Cathedral (www.stmaryscathedral.ie).
St. Canice’s Parish (www.stcanicesparish.ie) and St. John’s Parish (www.www.stjohnskilkenny.com).

A Prayer for Healthcare Workers
During this time of Coronavirus COVID –19
Loving God We place into your care
All our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
And strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus.
God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Amen

Victim Assistance
A national charity that offers “emotional” and “practical” support to all victims of crime and those and their families that have experienced a “traumatic” incident. Contact them though the NATIONAL HELPLINE at 1800 277 477, the office telephone 094 9000251 or by email at support@victimassistance.ie. The offices are manned Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm. Remember – social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation – they want to help and support!

Easter Sunday, 12th April 2020
Easter Blessing
Fr. Roderick and Fr. Peter extend their Easter Blessings to you all. We celebrate with you the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead and with you we sing Alleluia. Though this year is a particularly different year because of the restrictions due to the Coronavirus, we are united in our faith – a faith that promises that after darkness comes light. And as Jesus has risen from the dead to dispel death, darkness and fear, we can take comfort in knowing that this difficult time for each one of us will soon pass. Though we are separated physically at this time we are united spiritually in faith. The same God who resides in our tabernacle resides to in your home and within each one of us. He will bring us through this time of testing to a new brighter day when these dark days will become a distant memory. Until then, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distant future. Happy Easter, stay safe and stay home.

Parish Office & Parish Centre
Due to the government restrictions re the coronavirus, the Parish Centre will remain closed until further notice. Any correspondence can be place in the letterbox of the Parish Centre or the presbytery. The parish office can contacted by email stpatricksparish@ossory.ie, text the Parish Mobile on 086 736 1563 or on our Facebook page (details on the banner above).

Trócaire Lenten Appeal
Trócaire’s determination to do what we can to stop the spread of the virus goes beyond our programmes. While face-to-face activities have been cancelled, our Lenten Appeal continues. You can support us online. If you have a Trócaire box, keep it until such a time as you can return it, either through your school, parish or Trócaire Centre. Your support is needed now more than ever. You can donate online or by telephoning 1850 408 408. Thanks for your support.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Denis Murphy, St. Fiacre’s Place & New York. Jim Cantwell, Larchfield. Breda Lennon, Westfield. Annmarie Hogan, Cuffesgrange.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Emmanuel Joseph English. Michael Leahy. Dan Bolger. Jim McGrath. Gordon Deevy. Lil Morris. Jackie Byrne. Arthur Langan. Johnny Cullen.

Message from Pope Francis
“Tonight before falling asleep think about when we will return to the street. When we hug again, when all the shopping together will seem like a party. Let’s think about when the coffees will return to the bar, the small talk, the photos close to each other.
We think about when it will be all a memory but normalcy will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift. We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us. Every second will be precious. Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunsets, toasts, laughter. We will go back to laughing together.
Strength and courage. See you soon!”

An act of Spiritual Communion
While we 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 about all things,
An 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

Reflection
Such is the awesome nature of Jesus’ resurrection the apostles initially find it hard to accept what has happened. It is only when they think back to what he told them: ‘the Son of man is destined to be raised up on the third day’, that they begin to see the hand of God in all that had happened. Calvary was not the end of the story. It was only the prelude to a new glorious beginning.

Ways to join together for Mass
In these difficult days, it is good for us to be able to pray together. It is possible to be part of the celebration of Mass via Radio, Television or online from some of our parishes. Each Sunday morning, at 9.30am a live Mass is celebrated on KCLR96fm.
TV Mass: Chanel 521 on Sky Tv or RTE News Now on Saorview, each weekday at 10.30am.
Radio Mass: Danesfort Church at 10am on Sunday , radio frequency 108fm.
Online Masses:
Masses will be streamed live from
St. Mary’s Cathedral (www.stmaryscathedral.ie).
St. Canice’s Parish (www.stcanicesparish.ie) and St. John’s Parish (www.www.stjohnskilkenny.com).

Mother Teresa’s Wisdom
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

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.

Support Line for Older People
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
This year’s pilgrimage has been cancelled. The organisers will be in touch with those who have booked and paid deposits.

Praying the Rosary
The Catechism reminds us that Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ (CCC 2708). The purpose of this meditation is to draw us deeper into union with Jesus.
The prayer we know as the Rosary offers us a special way of meditating on the Mysteries of Christ.
It is a scripture based prayer, with the Our Father, Hail Mary (x10) and Glory Be forming the basis of each decade.
Each decade draws us in, to meditate on one of 20 mysteries from the life of Christ In the 16th century Pope Pius established the standard fifteen mysteries of the Rosary which he grouped into three, the Joyful, the Sorrowful and the Glorious Mysteries. In 2002, Pope St John Paul II added a new set of five, known as the Mysteries of Light or Luminous Mysteries. As we pray the 12 prayers in each decade we are called to meditate and reflect on the mystery associated with the decade.

Palm Sunday, 5th April 2020
Palm Sunday and Holy Week
Today marks the beginning of the most unusual Holy Week and Sacred Triduum known to any of us. Because of the coronavirus the members of our parish community are unable to come together in church for our traditional Holy Week ceremonies. Sad and all as this may be we can still join each other in various ways to commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
· The Easter Triduum will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Parish. These ceremonies are not open to the public, so we ask you to join with us in prayer from your own homes .
· The Ossory diocesan ceremonies will be celebrated at St. Mary’s cathedral and live streamed on the internet (stmaryscathedral.ie). Please check the Mass times on the cathedral webpage.
· Some of the local Holy Week services will be broadcast on KCLR96fm and Community Radio, Kilkenny City. Check their schedules for details.
· RTE has arranged to broadcast the ceremonies for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday ad Easter Sunday on television and radio. (details on the front of the newsletter).
We hope St. Patrick’s Parish parishioners will tune in and actively participate in some of these broadcast liturgies.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Weekly adoration in St. Fiacre’s Church is suspended for the moment. Those who usually attend on Mondays are invited to maintain their hour in prayer at home.

Text your prayer intentions
Bishop Dermot Farrell has invited the faithful to participate in a prayer initiative in the diocese of Ossory, by emailing prayer@ossory.ie or texting 085-8313100 any prayer intention. His offer came last Sunday, 29 March, in a pastoral letter published in response to the Covid-19 crisis, entitled ‘Apart But Not Alone: Hope and Strength in a Time of Crisis and Fear’.
Copies of the bishops pastoral letter are available at the back of the church.

Pray for Our Deceased Friends
Recently Deceased: Mary Dollard, Circular Road. John Hogan, Noremount. Fr. Fachtna Robert Staunton MHM, Kilkenny & Dublin.
We remember in our prayers the following, whose anniversaries take place around this time:
Maura Devlin. Elizabeth McCorry. Margaret Glynn. Bridget, William Liam & Peg O’Hanrahan. Frank Cantwell.
Ellen Pattison. Sean Jones (Months Mind).
Michael Slattery. James O’Dwyer.

Act of Spiritual Communion

While we 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)
O Sacrament Most Holy,
O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and thanksgiving
Be every moment thine! X 3

Parish Office & Parish Centre
Due to the government restrictions re the coronavirus, the Parish Centre will remain closed until further notice. Any correspondence can be place in the letterbox of the Parish Centre or the presbytery. The parish office can still be contacted on 056 776 4400, by email stpatricksparish@ossory.ie, text the
Parish Mobile on 086 736 1563 or on our Facebook page (details on the banner opposite) as our parish secretary Michelle is working from home.

Because You’re worth it
This has been a Lent like we would never have imagined. It has begun to be a true experience of the desert, as so many people have been unable to go to Mass and receive our Lord in Holy Communion. Christ has no illusions. He knows that, as this week unfolds, the palm branches will shape themselves into a cross and the Hosannas become jeers. Holy Week, the most sacred time in the church year, begins today with the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Jesus is crucified every time a human being is degraded, treated unjustly or deprived of freedom. His rejection and crucifixion continue daily. It would be a mistake to comfort ourselves with the thought that it was a group of Jews who killed Jesus! The people involved in His death are very like us. We must never forget that each of us has a hand in Jesus’ death when we hurt others through gossip and slander or ride rough shod over them for our own purposes. This final week of Lent is a great opportunity to celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord in a way that will change our lives. The simple truth of the Christian experience is that sin has marred our lives; has made a mess of our world by leading us to conduct our affairs with hearts hardened against God. The Cross is lifted up as a sign of Christ taking the sins of humanity upon Himself and revealing the depth of His perfect love for all humankind. Let us never forget that Jesus died on the cross so that we might have new life. Let us try then, each in our simple way to imitate Him. The saving mysteries that took place during these two weeks two thousand years ago were for our sake and for our salvation. Trust that the Lord does not abandon his flock, he will never do that, for he cannot deny himself (2 Tim 2:13). We continue to persevere in faith, hope and love

Towards Healing
Counselling & Support Services are available to survivors of Church, Religious and Institutional abuse. The Towards Healing director is Michael Lyons and the service provides lay independent and fully accredited counsellors to support survivors. Towards Healing may be contacted by: Freephone 1800 303 416. www.towardshealing.ie

Victim Assistance
We are all overwhelmed by the Corona virus outbreak and we hope that you and yours are all safe and healthy. Now more than ever we need to stay calm, be resourceful, and do what we do best: focus on supporting each other. As an national charity that offers “emotional” and “practical” support to all victims of crime and those and their families that have experienced a “traumatic” incident, we want to reassure all concerned that we at Victim Assistance are committed to continuing our services to those that need us. Whilst some of our staff are working remotely, we can be contacted though our NATIONAL HELPLINE at 1800 277 477, our office telephone 094 9000251 or by email at support@victimassistance.ie.
Our offices are manned Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm during these difficult times. Remember – social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation – we are here to help and support!

Support Line for Older People
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Mother Teresa’s Wisdom
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Visiting our Churches
All three churches in our parish will remain open each day for those who, while following Government directions, are in a position to visit for a time of private prayer.

James Stephens GAA Response Team
We will collect your shopping and collect your prescriptions. We will not take money, you will need to make your own arrangements with the shop or chemist etc on payment. All volunteers will be identifiable by wearing James Stephens colours.
We want to help and protect you from the dangers of the outbreak therefore we have three golden rules
1. We will keep our distance
2. We will use protective gloves
3. We cannot enter your home
If you wish to avail of this service please contact one of the following:
Eamon 087 950 6066. Tadgh 087 980 4783. Tony 087 262 2321. Paddy 085 152 5978. Denis 087 257 6925. Kevin 086 351 0822. Richie 087 257 3697. Brian 087 7090 4896.
If you require any more clarification please ring anyone listed above.

Liturgies Available Elsewhere
You might try these
† Mass will be broadcast on KCLR96fm at 9.30am and on Community Radio Kilkenny City at 10.00am each Sunday morning.
† “RTE News Now” broadcasts Mass at 10.30am each weekday morning.
† PrayAsYouGo.org: A website and phone app with reflections, music and daily Mass readings as well as Lectio Divina, virtual retreats and much more.
† Sacredspace.ie: A daily prayer resource on website and available as an app.
† Parishioners are also encouraged to pray at home, remembering to pray for the sick, for those who are caring for the sick and for all who are working so hard to protect us.

Quote
“So they took branches of Palm trees and went out to meet him, crying our Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Coronavirus Prayer
Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, heal us.