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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B (I) 5th September 2021

We Remember Our Deceased Loved Ones

Anniversaries: Jimmy and Billy McGrath, Raheen, Martin Brennan, Gaulstown, and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

 

Parish Collection:  Last week’s collection came to €202   Sincere thanks to all who contribute so faithfully each week. 

Reader for Next Weekend:     Pat Walsh

Country Re-opening

We welcome the announcement that, from Monday, churches can have 50% capacity.  It sounds nice but the devil is in the detail.  If the social distancing reduces to 1 meter instead of 2 meters then we can increase our numbers; if it stays at 2 meters then there’s no change as e are currently at our maximum with 50 in Tullaroan.

Church Numbers

You might be interested however in knowing the pre-covid capacity of our church is approximately 190.  Of course this number doesn’t matter until the pandemic is over; until then we must stick to our lower numbers.

 

Confirmation

This important day, postponed from earlier this year will take place in two weeks time, Sept. 18th at 11am in Tullaroan Church.  There are 22 candidates for Confirmation and we hope to accommodate 2 parents/guardians and a sponsor in the church for the Mass.  We will make a definitive decision on this once clarity on the 2 meter distance rule is given.  A practice is arranged for all confirmation candidates on Wed 15th Sept at 7.30 p.m. in the church.  For those who haven’t done so yet, please return your application form.

 

First Friday Visitation: With the easing of restrictions, we can now re-commence the First Friday visits.  Fr. Pat will make his calls on Thursday at an arranged time.  If sick or housebound people who are not currently on his list wish to be included, please let Fr. Pat know.  If people are nervous about him calling and wish to wait, again let Fr. Pat know.

Mass Times in Parish Cluster

Saturday: Mass, Kilmanagh, 6.30 p.m. Tullaroan 7.30 p.m. Tulla 8 p.m.

Sunday Mass, Killaloe, 9 a.m. Ballycallan, 10.15 a.m.  Freshford 11 a.m.

The above schedule allows for 1 priest to cover all parishes should the need arise.

 

Booking Anniversaries.

It’s possible to book anniversary Masses but we ask people not to advertise the anniversary outside the parish as we are still restricted to 50 in church.  Contact Fr. Guilfoyle to arrange an anniversary.  Booking on a first come first served basis

 

Cathedral Draw:  A very successful fundraiser for the Cathedral renovation is the monthly Cathedral Draw.  This takes place on last Wednesday of each month and costs €10 per month.  1st Prize €2000 followed by a host of other prizes ranging from €1000 - €100. New 2021/22 draw starts in September.  Tickets available from Fr. Guilfoyle or Fr. Taylor.  It would be preferable if people could pay 6 or 12 months in advance.  This makes trips to the diocesan office less frequent.

 

Prayer for Creation

For the month of September, Pope Francis will lead the church in prayer for the Care of Creation.  We pray for our planet and all living things, especially at this time of climate change, natural disaster and war.

 

Safeguarding:  If anyone has any concerns relating to safeguarding in the parish, you can contact the designated liaison person, or our parish reps.  Their numbers are printed each week on this newsletter and in our churches

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B (I), 29th August 2021

We Remember Our Deceased Loved Ones

Anniversaries: Sean Gillespie, Knocknamuck and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

 

Parish Collection:  Last week’s collection came to €410   Sincere thanks to all who contribute so faithfully each week. 

Reader for Next Weekend:     Ann Doheny

 

Booking Anniversaries.

It’s possible to book anniversary Masses but we ask people not to advertise the anniversary outside the parish as we are still restricted to 50 in church.  Contact Fr. Guilfoyle to arrange an anniversary.  Booking on a first come first served basis

 

First Holy Communion & Confirmation : 

So far we have heard nothing to the contrary regarding sacraments so September 18th remains the date for our Confirmation and 2nd October remains the date for our First Holy Communion (next year’s 3rd class).  Fr. Taylor will keep us updated.

 

Data Protection:  If you are looking to search parish records for genealogy purposes, this service is suspended until further notice (Pandemic).  Due to GDPR regulations, records less than 125 years old are restricted.

 

First Friday Visitation: We hope to re-commence this service in September.  If anyone would like the priest to call before then, please let us know and we will be happy to arrange a visit.

Parish Website

You can learn all about our parish from the parish website.  Log on to www.btfparishes.com and follow the Tullaroan link.  Ideas for the website are welcome.

Mass Times in Parish Cluster

Saturday: Mass, Kilmanagh, 6.30 p.m. Tullaroan 7.30 p.m. Tulla 8 p.m.

Sunday Mass, Killaloe, 9 a.m. Ballycallan, 10.15 a.m.  Freshford 11 a.m.

The above schedule allows for 1 priest to cover all parishes should the need arise.

Parish Hall

There are no updates to report.  A hall committee is required for the re-opening of the building.

 

St. Mary’s Cathedral

Gift & Book shop open Wed – Fri, 9am-5pm

Cathedral Draw:  A very successful fundraiser for the Cathedral renovation is the monthly Cathedral Draw.  This takes place on last Wednesday of each month and costs €10 per month.  1st Prize €2000 followed by a host of other prizes ranging from €1000 - €100. New 2021/22 draw starts in September.  Tickets available from Fr. Guilfoyle. 

Cathedral Renovation:  Plans are well advanced to replace the wooden altar and ambo with a more permanent solution.  The lighting is also being upgraded and plans are in the early stages of replacing the heating system.

 

Mobile Library Service:  Service is back after a long absence. Visiting the following locations on a 4 week rota. Timetables are in local shops and online at www.kilkennylibrary.ie. Membership is free.  A warm welcome and new books guaranteed.

Tullaroan & School:    Sept 8th  9.45 a.m.

Kilmanagh & School:  Sept 8th  10.55 a.m.

Ballycallan:   Sept 8th  11.50 a.m.

ALONE

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.

Meet Me Lord Jesus

In the rising of the sun at dawn,

and as the sunset fades.

meet me Lord Jesus;

In the hard decisions of the moment,

meet me Lord Jesus.

On a well-lit road, in time of plenty,

meet me Lord Jesus.

On a stony path, in time of need,

meet me Lord Jesus.

In the faces of friends,

and in the hands of strangers,

meet me Lord Jesus.

In my setting out, and in my coming home,

meet me Lord Jesus

Cathedral Draw Results

The last of the 2020-2021 draw took place last Wednesday.  Unfortunately there was no winner from our parish.  The results were:

1st Prize, €2000, Thomas Morkan, St. Canice’s

2nd Prize, €1000, Kathleen Duggan, St. Patrick’s

3rd Prize, €500, Ml & Angela O’Brien, Ferrybank

4th Prize, €300, Michael Hyland, Aghaboe

5th Prize, €300, Anne Holmes, Johnstown

6th Prize, €200, Trish Byrne, St. Mary’s

7th Prize, €200, Breda Murray, Thomastown

8th Prize, €100, Cathedral Restoration Fund

9th Prize, €100, F O’Fearghail, Windgap

10th Prize, €100, Hazel Luskin, Borris-in-Ossory

Thanks to all in the parish who supported the Cathedral draw.  The new 2021-2022 draw begins  in September.  See the earlier piece on the draw in this newsletter