Newsletter


Newsletter
We Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones
Anniversaries:
Nicholas Teehan, Shipton (Sat 7.30)
Pat & Nellie Walsh & William Walsh, Pottlerath (Sun 9.30).  Michael Tynan, Damma (Month’s Mind) (Sun 10.30)
Pat & Kathleen Robinson, Graigue-Hartford (Mon 7.30)
John O’Connor, Kilmanagh (Fri 10am)
Philip Murphy, Ballyline
Nora Hogan, Brittas.

Anniversary Masses Next Weekend:
Paddy Walsh, Ballycuddihy (Sat 7.30)
Dan Cahill, Redhouse (Sun 9.30)
Edward & Margaret Brennan, Ballyhendricken (Sun 10.30)

First Holy Communion
Congratulations and well done to the 33 young people who received their First Holy Communion this Saturday.  They were enthusiastic, well rehearsed and fully aware of the importance of the sacrament they received.  We look forward to having them join us each Sunday for Mass and communion. 
Thanks to their teachers, school and families for preparing them so well.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the hour of conflict. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God restrain him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast Satan down to hell, and with him all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Curate’s House
The Curate’s house in Balleven is now officially up for sale.  The auctioneer is Mr. Godfrey Greene and is for sale by private treaty.  All interested parties must go through the auctioneer and the house will be sold on a highest bid basis.
The house holds a lot of good memories for many priests and we wish whoever buys it, the same happiness and peace in their new home.

Parish Tax Reclaim
Thanks to all who have completed and sent back the CHY form from the parish.
A number of families in the Ballycallan area have yet to receive their form, these have been posted and should be with you in the coming days.
The CHY form allows the parish to apply for and receive the tax you have paid on your donation through your income tax.
NOTE: This is not going to cost you a penny more, it’s tax-back from the government on what you have already given.
If you are eligible, when you receive the  CHY form, check that your name and address are correct, fill in your PPSN number, sign the bottom and return it to me as soon as possible.
If you receive a form and do not pay tax, then mark ’No’ on the form and return it to me without your details. I’ll update the system accordingly. Sincere thanks to all who contribute and support their parish and priest.

Men’s Shed
Men’s Shed is a dedicated, friendly and welcoming meeting place where men come together and undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities.
We are having an information evening on Monday 27th May at 8pm in Naomh Aodhán (The Old School), Kilmanagh with light refreshments served afterwards.
Guest speaker will be Mr Frank Delahunty of Irish Men's Sheds Association for Kilkenny area. Come along and be part of forming this exciting project.

Lotto
The lotto continues to grow and is now the princely sum of €3,700. Thanks to all who support the parish lotto.
Newsletter deadline, Friday morning.

Trócaire
I acknowledge receipt of late donations to Trócaire, totalling €350. The money has been sent to Trócaire on the donors behalf. Thanks to all who supported the Lenten appeal.

Cathedral Concert
Bishop Farrell has invited Fr. Ray Kelly and Meath Diocesan Choir to perform in St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, 9th June 2019. They will be joined on the night by Kilkenny Youth Orchestra. Details and tickets will be available soon.

Cemetery Mass
Our annual cemetery Mass is next Sunday evening at 7.30pm at Ballykeeffe.  Please note the following:
A cemetery clean up will take place NEXT FRIDAY, 24th starting at 7.30pm.  All help is greatly appreciated.
If you’re removing dead wreaths and other items from your grave, please take them home with you and dispose of them in a proper manner. 
Parking restrictions will be in place at the entrance to the cemetery and on the brow of the hill, heading towards Ballycallan. Please follow the instructions of the stewards.

Exams Mass
Next Thursday, the 7.30pm Mass will be offered for the intentions of all students who are sitting both the junior and leaving cert. The Mass will be led by students sitting exams. All students and parishioners are welcome to attend.

Wise Words: ‘I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining. I believe in love, even when I cannot feel it. I believe in God, even when he is silent.’ Author unknown


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Fourth Sunday of Easter C.  12th May 2019

We Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones
Anniversaries:
Michael & Brigid O’Sullivan, Brittas & Paddy Moore, Brittas (Sat. 7.30)
Mary Marnell, Pollough (Sun 9.30)
John Glendon, Ballydunne, Rathmoyle (Sun 10.30)
Very Rev. Richard Canon Phelan, Kilmanagh
Micky Lahert, Ballykeeffe
Bill Brennan & Seamie Phelan, Knockeenglas (Fri 10am)
Jim Murphy, Dreelingstown

Anniversary Masses Next Weekend:
Nicholas Teehan, Shipton (Sat 7.30)
Pat & Nellie Walsh & William Walsh, Pottlerath (Sun 9.30). Michael Tynan, Dama (Month’s Mind) (Sun 10.30)

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the hour of conflict. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God restrain him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast Satan down to hell, and with him all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Lourdes & Trocaire
Last week’s Lourdes collection raised €390. The Trocaire Box collection raised €690. Thanks for your support.

Parish Tax Reclaim
Thanks to all who have completed and sent back the CHY form from the parish.
A number of families in the Ballycallan area have yet to receive their form, we hope to get these out in the coming days.
The CHY form allows the parish to apply for and receive the tax you have paid on your donation through your income tax.
NOTE: This is not going to cost you a penny more, it’s tax-back from the government on what you have already given.
If you are eligible, when you receive the CHY form, check that your name and address are correct, fill in your PPSN number, sign the bottom and return it to me as soon as possible.
If you receive a form and do not pay tax, then mark ’No’ on the form and return it to me without your details. I’ll update the system accordingly. Sincere thanks to all who contribute and support their parish and priest.

Come And See
This year Vocations Ireland are running a vocations exploration (Come & See) weekend for men who are discerning whether they are being called by the Lord to Diocesan Priesthood. This will be held next weekend Sat 18th and the morning of Sunday 19th May. This will be held in our National Seminary (St. Patrick’s College Maynooth) and accommodation will be in the seminary. This provides those considering a vocation to meet with seminarians and to join them in the various liturgies, Eucharist, Divine Office and Adoration etc. Those interested can contact: info@vocations.ie

Men’s Shed
Men’s Shed is a dedicated, friendly and welcoming meeting place where men come together and undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities.
Men’s Sheds are open to all men regardless of age, background or ability. It is a place where you can share your skills and knowledge with others, learn new skills and develop your old skills.
You can be assured that there is something of interest for everyone as the men have ownership of their Shed and projects and decide their own program of events.
Every men's shed will have its own unique aims and focus on a certain subject. Men's sheds can be defined into five main categories. These categories are work, clinical, educational, recreational and communal.
The sheds are used for whatever activity that the men involved see fit, although woodwork is frequently a favourite.
We are looking for new members to form our new Shed based here in Kilmanagh.
We are having an information evening on Monday 27th May at 8pm in Naomh Aodhán (The Old School), Kilmanagh with light refreshments served afterwards.
Guest speaker will be Mr Frank Delahunty of Irish Men's Sheds Association for Kilkenny area.
So come along and be part of forming this exciting project.

Lotto
The lotto continues to grow and is now the princely sum of €3,600. It might interest you to know that there are 4,960 possible combinations in picking three numbers from 1-32. This does not take into account the ‘luck’ factor so keep buying, someone will win this nice sum eventually. Thanks to all who support the parish lotto.

Curate’s House
The Curate’s house in Balleven is now officially for sale. The auctioneer is Mr. Godfrey Greene and is for sale by private treaty. All interested parties must go through the auctioneer and the house will be sold on a highest bid basis.

Wise Words: ‘Master, where do you live?’ ‘Come and see.’

Child Safeguarding
Last Thursday, Pope Francis released his promised moto proprio “Vos estis lux mundi.” This new law, to be implemented world wide has three main points: mandatory reporting of child abuse, a means of investigating bishops and others who fail in their duty or care, and an obligation to establish in every diocese a stable and easily accessible system to report abuse and cover-up. These are not just recommendations, but will become actual church law.
While much of Pope Francis’ moto proprio is already in place here in Ireland, it will be a huge step forward for many countries that don’t.