2nd Sunday of Advent. Year A (II).  8th December 2019
We Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones
Patrick & Bridget Pollard, Dama (Sun 10:15)
Michael & John Brennan, Dama
Anniversary Masses Next Weekend:
Patrick & Mary Murphy, Corstown (Sun 10.15)
Communion Preparation Mass
This Saturday, we welcome the First Holy Communion class.  The boys and girls who are preparing for their sacraments will lead our Prayers of the Faithful and Offertory at Mass.
Senior Citizens Party
This Sunday, at 1pm the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Dinner will take place in Ballycallan Hall.  All senior citizens are welcome to attend.  This event is financed by the parish and is run by the ParishCatering Committee in association with Ballycallan Community Hall.
St. Vincent de Paul
Those who need assistance from the society can call the confidential phone number 085 720 1467.
Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club
50 years- A Reflection  1969 -2019
Copies of the Souvenir Book can be purchased from the following outlets:  Mary O’Connor’s Shop, Kilmanagh  Ryan’s Bar, Kilmanagh, The Pound, Ballycallan, The Pennefeather Restaurant, Kilkenny.  Also available from Book Committee Members
Immaculate Conception
Since the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception falls on a Sunday (Today),  the celebration of this important feast is transferred to Monday.  The Monday however is not a holy day of obligation, but you are welcome to join us in Killaloe for the 7pm Mass and honouring Our Lady.
New School BOM
As of 1st December 2019, St. Aidan’s School has a new Board of Management.
Chairperson: Mr. Alan Seery
Secretary: Mr. Robert Byrne
Teacher’s Rep: Ms. Kathleen Cahill
Parent’s Reps:  Mrs. Michelle Long & Mr. Conor Brennan.
Community Reps: Mrs. Patricia Ryan & Mr. Martin Prendiville.
Parish/Bishop’s Rep: Fr. Liam Taylor
We thank all those who have agreed to serve on the board until 2023.  Sincere thanks also to the outgoing board, and particularly to Mr. John Muldowney who served on the board for many years and made a great contribution to the development of the school.
Blood Donors
Blood donors are always needed.  Clinics this Sunday 8th from 12noon to 3pm in Newpark Hotel.  Also Monday & Tuesday from 4.30pm to 8pm.   Give blood, you might just save a life.
Also, if you’re eligible, why not consider joining the bone marrow registry? See for more details.
Carols for Christmas
On the 23rd of December, in Kilmanagh church, the Aluna choir and & Ballycallan choir will host an evening of carols to welcome the new-born child.  The event will begin at 7.30pm and focus on the Christmas story.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and sent to Mary’s Meals to support their work of providing a nourishing school meal for millions of children each day.
Christmas Masses
Advance notice of our Christmas Masses.  On Christmas eve, Mass will be in Kilmanagh at 6.30pm and this Mass will be led be the First Holy Communion children.
There will be a more traditional celebration of Mass  in Ballycallan at 9pm on Christmas eve, and you are welcome to attend either or both if you wish.
On Christmas day, our Masses will be the same as a Sunday (9am & 10:15am).
Annual Cemetery Mass
Now that our evening vigil Mass has moved to 6.30pm in Kilmanagh, I’m considering moving the cemetery Mass in Ballykeeffe (31st May 2020), to 6.30pm also.  Good idea?  Bad idea?  Let me know what you think.
Irish Catholic
This weekly paper gives a wealth of information on what’s happening in the Catholic Church in Ireland, as well as the happenings around the country in many parishes. 
If you are interested in purchasing a weekly copy, contact Mary Egan the local promoter of the paper. 
A Night of Lessons & Carols
The Church of Ireland will host their annual night of Carols & Lessons at 8pm, next Sunday in St. Aidan’s Church, Kilmanagh.  This is always a lovely evening of praise in preparation for the Lord’s birth.
You are invited to join in this evening of praise
Wise Words ‘We are all a little broken...and that’s ok.’ Anonymous


1st Sunday of Advent Year A(2). 1st December 2019
We Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones
Recently Deceased: Philip Funcheon, Graigue-Hartford.
Paddy Brett, Scotsborough
Eileen Murphy, Lisdowney
Seán & Mary Keane, Kilmanagh (Sat 7.30)
Deceased members of St. Brigid’s Camogie Club
Anniversary Masses Next Weekend:
Patrick & Bridget Pollard, Dama (Sun 10:15)
Communion Preparation Mass
This Saturday, we welcome the First Holy Communion class. The boys and girls who are preparing for their sacraments will lead our Prayers of the Faithful and Offertory at Mass.
Senior Citizens Party
Senior Citizen’s Christmas Dinner will take place on Sunday 8th December at 1.00pm in Ballycallan Hall. All Senior Citizens are welcome to attend. If interested please contact Mary on 086 4010914.
St. Vincent de Paul
The society will hold their annual Christmas appeal this weekend at all Masses. Your support is appreciated. SVP local number is 085 720 1467
Has the question of being a priest ever occurred to you? Would you like some space and time to explore this question?
If are invited to St. Canice’s Parish Centre, Dean Street, Kilkenny on Saturday, 7th December from 11am to 1pm.
To book, or make enquires, contact Fr. Kieran O’Shea on 086 827 2828 or email the vocations office at:
No First Friday
Apologies but, due to other commitments, I will not be making my First Friday sick calls until Monday December 23rd.
New Mass Times
This weekend, the First Sunday of Advent, we move to our new Mass times in the parish and diocese:
Saturday: 6.30pm in Kilmanagh. Also 8pm in Tulla. No evening Mass in Tullaroan.
Sunday: 9am, Killaloe. 10:15am Ballycallan.
Also 10.30am, Tullaroan. 12noon, Freshford.
This new schedule is arranged so that 2 priests can effectively manage weekend Masses in the new cluster of Freshford, Tullaroan & Ballycallan parishes.
This is important to note. The 10:15 Mass in Ballycallan is subject to Fr. Pat Guilfoyle continuing on and making himself available to cover Tullaroan at 10.30am. Should Fr. Pat fall ill, or be away, that leaves Mgr. Kieron Kennedy and myself to cover Tullaroan, in addition to our own parishes. Should Mgr. Kennedy be away, and I’m left on my own to manage three parishes. If that happens then the Ballycallan Mass will be suspended for that Sunday. This, I hope won’t happen very often (if at all), but if does, then there will be no Mass in Ballycallan that week.
What if I’ve booked an anniversary Mass for a particular Sunday and the Mass is cancelled? If you‘re booking an anniversary Mass in Ballycallan, then be aware, a cancellation is possible. Should this happen, I will give families as much notice as I can, and try to make alternative arrangements. Options will be: Book a different date (if available), book a different church (if available). Join me in Tullaroan for Mass (if the Mass is available there, that Mass could be offered for your anniversary).
For now, Fr. Pat is in relative good health (dialysis 3 times a week), but problems will arise when he is unavailable. Until then, let’s get used to our new Mass times and prepare ourselves for greater changes that are ahead.
Cathedral Bookshop
St Mary's Cathedral Book and Gift Shop specialises in products that stress the celebration of the religious beliefs of Christmas. Christmas cards, mass cards, Christmas decorations, books and gifts are all available. Open 9.00am to 5.00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club
50 years- A Reflection 1969 -2019
Copies of the Souvenir Book can be purchased from the following outlets: Mary O’Connor’s Shop, Kilmanagh Ryan’s Bar, Kilmanagh, The Pound, Ballycallan, The Pennefeather Restaurant, Kilkenny Also from Book Committee Members
Cathedral Draw Results
The Cathedral Renovation Draw took place last Wednesday. Unfortunately there was no winner from our parish. The results were:
1st Prize, €2000, Elizabeth Ann Boran, St. Canice’s
2nd Prize, €1000, Brigid Nolan, Tullaherin
3rd Prize, €500, Diane Tobin, Callan
4th Prize, €300, Anna Delaney, Lisdowney
5th Prize, €300, Joe Meagher, St. Patrick’s
6th Prize, €200, SVdeP, Castlecomer
7th Prize, €200, Liam Maddock, St. John’s
8th Prize, €100, James Scully, Castlecomer
9th Prize, €100, Rita Dooley, Rosbercon
10th Prize, €100, Dan & Bernie Hughes, Johnstown
Thanks to all in the parish who support the draw. The money raised goes towards the renovation of the Cathedral.
Collectors in Ballycallan for December are: James Hogan & Frank Keoghan. Thanks to all our collectors
Wise Words 
‘When the children are young, talk to them about God; when the grow up, talk to God about them.’ Elder Ieronymos of Aegina