This is our eighth year to run our Solemn Novena and it begins on Monday, April 8 and will continue for nine consecutive nights. The parish invites people during Lent to place petitions in the petition boxes in St Clare’s. During our Solemn Novena, through the prayers of our Faith Community and the intercession of Our Lady we will ask Our Lord to relieve whatever burdens we carry
VARIETY NIGHT PLUS SUPPER
Following the great success of the supper dance last year we are holding it again this year on Friday, April 12 in St Fiacc’s Hall. Supper will be followed by a cabaret and dance with an array of local artists taking part. This year the variety night will be in aid of Graiguecullen/Killeshin Lourdes Invalid Fund who takes over 40 people each year to Lourdes. We are seeking volunteers to host a table of ten. If you are interested please contact the Parish office or phone 9141833.
ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
Graiguecullen St Patrick’s Day Parade last few parades were very successful and we look forward to this year’s parade. Last year’s committee would like to invite, all groups, clubs and organisations, who would like to take part in this year’s parade, to a meeting on this Tuesday, February 5, at 8 pm in the Parish Centre.
THE GATHERING 2013
St Fiacc’s School Reunion will this year marks the 21 year anniversary of the official opening of the school. To mark the occasion there is a very special weekend of reminiscences and memories planned for the June Bank Holiday weekend. Contact Jane Moore or Mary Fleming 9132444 for further details.
First Penance meetings for parents of children who are celebrating the Sacrament of First Penance next month will be held this Thursday, February 21 in the Parish Centre; 7pm for the parents of Children of Killeshin National School and 8pm for the parents of children of St Fiacc’s National School.
BABY AND TODDLER GROUP
Graiguecullen Baby and Toddler group takes place in St Fiacc’s hall each Friday morning from 10am to 12pm. Come along for a cuppa and a chat while the kids play with a great range of toys. Cost is €3 per adult and all are welcome. For any further information please call Jen on 087 2748784.
IT’S K FACTOR TIME AGAIN
K Factor Talent Competition, qualifying rounds will be held on Saturday 23 February and Saturday 02 March in Killeshin Hall at 8pm with the doors open at 7.30pm. Check it out on Facebook at killeshingaa.com. Admission; adults €10, child and students €5.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The Parish is offering a Baptism Preparation Evening to all parents seeking Baptism for their child. This meeting will take place once a month in our Parish Centre from 7pm to 8.30pm on Monday, February 25 and Monday, March 25. While this evening is optional, we strongly encourage parents to avail of the meeting as we are anxious to assist them in any way we can at this special time.
KILLESHIN FC LOTTO
There was no winner of the recent lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 03, 06, 24 and 28. The four lucky dip winners were A O’Sullivan, Mark O’Regan, Tony Walsh and Sueann Doyle and each received €25. The seller’s prize of €25 was won by Darragh McDonald. The jackpot now stands at €8,100 and tickets cost €2 and can be purchased from any club member or in the local shop and public houses.
PARISH SWIMMING POOL
Children’s Swimming Lessons resuming on Saturday mornings. Spaces Available from 9 to 10am and from 10am to 11am also Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7pm. Contact Swimming Pool at 9140330. Get Fit for the New Year our Water Aerobics are resuming on Monday and Thursday nights from 9 to 10pm. Sunday morning swimming lessons have resumed since last Sunday and are for twelve weeks at a cost of €60. Contact Paul 0876121666.
First Aid course, OFA Fetac Level 5 refresher on March 3. Swimming Instructor, if you like to become a swimming instructor the course starts 4pm on Friday, March 8 and the minimum age 16 is years.
Parish bingo every Tuesday night at 8.30pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. Great money to be won on the night. Come along and bring a friend. Jackpot; €700 in 40 Numbers. Check on Double Number and win €670
ST FIACC’S HOUSE
The Big Trad Train, comprising 20 musicians, four vocalists, singing soul, jazz, blues brothers, funk and much more are in concert in the Talbot Hotel on Wednesday, April 3 at 8pm. Tickets are €15 and all profits go to St Fiacc’s House. A show not to be missed. Tickets available from St Fiacc’s House or contact Vonnie at 0863629516.
A tea party with ‘Pervish’ takes place in St Fiacc’s House on Thursday, April 4 from 5pm to 7pm. ‘Pervish’ have played at Electric Picnic 2012, and their show with music song and dance have played to sell out gigs nationwide. It costs €10 and tickets available from St Fiacc’s Cafe or from Vonnie at 0863629516. Profits to St Fiacc’s House.
CHOIR MEMBERS WANTED
Killeshin Choir are seeking new members of all ages so anyone interested please speak to any choir member after 10.15 Mass.
Boccia is a competitive sport similar to bowls. It is an inclusive sport that may be enjoyed by people of all abilities. It’s on Thursdays in St Fiacc’s Hall from 5 to 6pm for 10 to 18 year olds. Costs are €2 per week. Contact Tracey or Siobhan at Carlow Youth Service 085 7897288 or 085 7897339 or Joanne County Carlow Sports Partnership 087 2568189
The Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place next year from 01 to 06 July, staying in the Hotel Paradis and costs €749 per person. Anyone interest contact Tully’s Travel.
Coming events in Oisín House, Killeshin: First in a series of talks with Maureen Ryan, ‘Bullying-Understanding and Preventing’. The topic of Bullying takes place on Thursday 21 February at 7.30pm. Crochet and cookery classes beginning soon, names to 0868596607. All profits are reinvested in community centre.
EVERGREEN’S HOLIDAY 2013
The annual holiday commences on Monday 10 June for four nights, five days. The Hotel has been changed to the Four Star Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk; cost will be €300 per person sharing. Single rooms will be extra and there are a limited number available. Day trips include visits to Armagh, Belfast (Titanic Exhibition), Stormont Castle, Giants Causeway and The Down Coast. Anyone travelling should give their names and deposit to the Swimming Pool before Mon. 04 March as the Hotel will only hold rooms until then as there is a limited availability.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes place on each Sunday at the 11.30am Mass in St Clare’s. We invite all children between four years and first class to join us for our Sunday school. Our aim is to introduce the children to the Mass by taking part in activities appropriate to their age. These activities will take place in the parish centre and will be supervised by adults and students from our second level schools.
GRAIGUECULLEN / KILLESHIN LOURDES INVALID FUND
Annual Draw cards available from The Thatch Bar and the Parish Centre.
WOMEN’S PAMPERING DAY
Women’s Pampering Day on Sunday, March 10. Mother’s Day, in St Fiacc’s Hall from 2 to 6pm. Everything included from cookery demonstrations to fashion shows, makeovers and everything in between. Proceeds will go to St Fiacc’s House and the ÉIST Centre. Tickets €10 available from St Fiacc’s House, Parish Centre, Killeshin Stores and Second to None. Treat your mother to a lovely day out.
Adult Badminton has commenced on Thursday nights from 9pm to 10pm in Killeshin Hall. For further information contact Siobhan 086 0703491.
Killeshin Hall now taking bookings, €20 per hour. Contact Dora in Killeshin Stores 0599147900
SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
Saplings School for Children with Autism are delighted to announce that they have produced their ‘Carlow of Old’ calendar again this year. The calendar was very well received last year and this year they have included a new set of old pictures from different areas around Carlow from the 50’s and 60’s. It is ideal gift for family and friends especially for anyone abroad at a cost of €5.
THURSDAY MORNING CLUB
Thursday Morning club has resumed after 10am Mass in St Clare’s. Parishioners are invited into the Parish Centre after Mass for a cuppa and a chat.
ST FIACC’S HOUSE
Fiacc’s House Activity Centre would like to hear from anyone interested in participating in any of the classes for flower arranging, photography, pottery, internet classes for beginners. Contact Activity Centre 10 to 1 Monday to Friday at 0599143892.
Support Group for Parents who lost a baby before, during or after birth, there will be a meeting on Monday, February 25 at 8pm in the Parish Centre.
Graiguecullen & District Indoor Bowls now playing on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. All ages welcome.
Bridge Club on Wednesday afternoons in Graiguecullen Parish Centre at 1.45pm. All welcome. Bridge Classes for beginners, enquiries to Ann 087 9914682.
Anyone who would like to reflect on the Sunday readings is invited to a half hour meeting each Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. A special invitation to all who will be reading the Word of God at Mass on Sunday. This is an opportunity for people to enhance their participation in their celebration of Mass each Sunday.
KILLESHIN COMMUNITY CENTRE
Newly formed Killeshin Community Centre committee invites anyone interested in renting or leasing rooms in the old Killeshin National School please contact Laurence 086 8521941 or Orla 087 7645127.
Recent Lotto results, numbers drawn were 04, 11, 22 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner so for the next draw, Jackpot €10,000, Reserve €10,000, Second Reserve €6,000. There were three Match 3 Winners of €70 each; Michael Hennessey c/o Pat Abbey, Mark Collins c/o KOG and Kevin O’Neill c/o Patsy O’Neill. Sellers prize of €20 each went to R. Lacey (PC) and Patsy O’Neill, MOR.
KILLABBAN CHURCH AND GRAVEYARD
A talk on Killabban Church and Graveyard, an important early Christian site and medieval settlement, will be given on Wednesday, February 27 at 8pm in Killeen Community Centre, Maganey. The talk will be given by Caimín O’Brien, Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service. All are welcome and light refreshments will be provided. The evening will also host the formal launch of the Survey of Graveyards in Laois, published by the Heritage Office of Laois County Council and funded by the Heritage Council. For further information please contact Cllr John Moran, phone 086 8363790
The Country Market Graiguecullen opposite Aldi. Jewellery making course on Saturday, March 2. Make a lovely necklace for your mother for Mother’s Day. Course costs €10. Contact Siobhan 0857742733
Accord Carlow require Facilitators for Pre-marriage Courses. People who are interested in training for this position should contact Claire McHugh at 086 0634949 for further information
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