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Newsletter
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  17th August 2019.
We Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones

Anniversaries 
John Ronan, Pottlerath & Ludlow, England.  Recently deceased (Sat 7.30).
Catherine & James Nugent, Dowrath & Bridie & Tom Nugent, Dowrath (Sun 10.30)

Anniversary Masses Next Weekend:
Billy Fennelly, Pottlerath (Sat 7.30)
Maher Family Ballycuddihy & Kerwick Family, Corstown.  (Sun 10.30)

Come On The Cats
We offer our best wishes to both the Kilkenny minor and senior hurling teams as they battle for glory in the All-Ireland finals this weekend.  Of course we have a local interest in the game too, we wish Billy Ryan all the best as he represents his county, Graigue-Ballycallan and the parish on Sunday. 

Booking Anniversary Masses
With Mass times changing in December, I cannot guarantee booking of Masses in advance.  If you do book, then note the time will change and  venue may also change.  Do consider booking a weekday Mass for an anniversary.  We have two evening Masses and two morning Masses, and any of these might suit as much as a Sunday.

Back  To School
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, especially with the cost of sending children back to school, help is at hand.  Contact the local branch of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  All correspondence is in the strictest of confidence. Call 085 720 1467, or email:  saintbridgetskksvp@gmail.com

Readers & Ministers
A reminder to our readers and ministers, if you can’t make a particular Sunday on which you’re scheduled to read or minister, please arrange a substitute.  At the very least let the priest know so a substitute can be found.  If families request to read at a particular Mass, you will be informed (where possible).  Readers and ministers carry out their duties at the Mass they usually attend. Thanks to all who volunteer.

Parish Pilgrimage to Knock
The coach to Knock will leave Kilmanagh on Thursday morning at 7.30am , travel via Ballycallan and pic up in Kilkenny at 8am.  Anyone interested in travelling, contact Mary Egan or Elsie Dooley.

Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre
Cois Nore are currently recruiting new volunteers across a range of roles:
· Listening role as part of our drop in service where people with a diagnosis and their family members can chat in confidence and be signposted to various supports in a relaxed atmosphere away from a clinical setting.
· Qualified Massage/ Reflexology therapists
· Hospitality and cleaning
· Social Media
Volunteers normally do one four hour shift a week, and receive training and support for their role.
Please contact Dee @ manager@coisnore.ie, or ph 056-7752222 for more information.
Applications due in by Thursday August 22nd. Training will be the week of August 26th.

No Mass Thursday Evening
Due to a family commitment, I am unable to offer Mass on Thursday evening.  Apologies for the inconvenience. 

Safeguarding Children in the Church
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 is also committed to providing a safe environment for adults who may be vulnerable.
If you have concerns relating to child protection in our parish, our local reps are: Michelle Comerford, Alice Maher & Lorraine Kenny.  The Designated Liason Person is Mr. Cathal Cullen  087 100 0232 dlp@ossory.ie. 
You can also contact Tusla on 052 617 7302 or Gardai Freephone Confidential Helpline 1800 555 222

Congratulations
We extend our best wishes to Fr. Pat Guilfoyle who retires as P.P., of Tullaroan this weekend.  Fr. Pat will remain in Tullaroan as curate and assist in the parish as far as his health allows.  Monsignor  Kieron Kennedy takes over as administrator of Tullaroan and Ballycallan will assist when and where necessary.
Wise Words: Remember, whenever you’re in a position to help someone, be glad and always do it, because that’s God answering someone else’s prayers through you. Author unknown