Ballylinan PASSION PLAY
Rehearsals continue in the coming week as follows - Tuesday, Dec 9 8pm sharp acts 1 – 9: Thursday, Dec 11 8pm sharp acts 10 to the end. These are final two rehearsals for 2014 so a full attendance is requested.
Fiacc’s House Annual Draw will take place on Monday, December 15. Cards from Fiacc’s House or Margo on 086 3981213. This is the main fundraiser for the year and new promoters are always very welcome.
ST VDEP CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
The annual Graiguecullen St Vincent de Paul Christmas Collection will be held after all Masses this weekend 13 and 14 December.
TALK IT OVER
Have you contemplated Suicide or do you know someone who has? If you have been touched by Suicide in any way, you are not alone. Talk It Over (Carlow) provides a listening support service to individuals, groups and families. Listeners are professionally trained in the area of Suicide Prevention, Suicide and General Bereavement Support. If you wish to avail of our services please contact 0863364961,
Killeshin FC recent lotto results, the numbers drawn were 05, 09, 14 and 23. The winner of €8,400 jackpot was Shay Dooley, Dolmen Gardens, Carlow and the seller was Liam Dempsey. Whist Night every Wednesday night at 8.30pm in the Old Den beside Killeshin Hall. Entry is only €5 per person and all are welcome. Refreshments served. Beginners from 7.30pm to 8pm.
Advent REACH OUT
St Clare’s Hospitality Volunteers now deliver over 150 food parcels each week to families who are struggling. To continue to provide this service we urgently need your help. As a way of making the Advent season more meaningful we ask people to place a non-perishable food item each week in the baskets in our churches and this will be a great help to us in making up the parcels.
Oisín Players proudly present the hilarious Three Act comedy “My Wife’s Family” in Behan’s Lounge Tolerton on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December at 8pm. Tickets are €10 and will be available on the door. Come along and treat yourself to a great night’s entertainment and remember, you won’t just laugh a little, we guarantee you will laugh a lot. For more details contact Annette on 087 9905205.
Monthly meeting this Wednesday 10 December at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.
HOPE IN A BOX
“Hope in a Box” aims to put together a box of essentials to keep homeless people warm this winter. We are looking for donations of hats, scarfs. gloves, socks jumpers etc. and they would also like some toiletries brush comb deodorant baby wipes. There are various drop off locations in Carlow and Tullow or please call Linda on 059 91 73936 for more information and locations.
Our parish 2014 Annual is currently on sale in the Parish Office and local shops. Price €5.
COMMUNION TO SICK
Holy Communion will be brought to the sick and housebound for Christmas on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 8&9.
Kilkenny and Carlow Contact urgently needs volunteers in the Carlow town and surrounding area. Could you commit to a one hour per week to befriend an older person? For more information or details please call our office 059 9136340 or Mary on mobile 086 4108902.
Advent Penitential Services will take place at all Masses on the weekend of 20 and 21 December. Visiting priests will be present.
Parish Bingo every Tuesday night at 8.30pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. Great money to be won on the night. Jackpot €1,890 in 49 numbers. Check on double number and win €2,280.
MEMORIES OF THE HOLY LAND
A Magazine has been compiled by Anne O’Hara and William Fitzgerald of the Parishes of Graiguecullen/Killeshin and Carlow Cathedral’s trip to the Holy Land in April this year. It is available at the Parish Centre. Donations if wished, may be made to St Clare’s Hospitality Food Kitchen.
Area 6 Community Games are holding their annual Goose Club on Saturday 13 December at 7.30pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. Please support the children of Graiguecullen and surrounding area.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul “Vincent’s “ shop at 46 Tullow Street Carlow urgently needs donations of small furniture items, household goods, bric-a-brac, good quality clothes and any unwanted presents you may have put away at the back of the wardrobe. Donations will be gratefully received in the shop Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The Society would like to thank everyone for supporting the shop during the past year.
Learn how to use up Christmas dinner leftovers with our budget friendly, easy and delicious recipes! Demonstration takes place on Friday 12 December, 10am to 1pm in Open Door CCDP, 165 The Laurels, Tullow Road, Carlow. Phone Val to book a place on (086)8249327.
Alcoholism can tear a family apart. If someone you care about has a drinking problem. You can see what it’s doing to them but can you see what it is doing to you? For information and help contact Al-Anon Information Centre, Room 5, Capel St, Dublin 1, Telephone 01 873 2699, website www.al-anon-ireland.org or email email@example.com. Local Al-Anon Meetings in Carlow are on Monday, St Catherine’s Social Service Centre, Station Road, Carlow at 8pm and Thursday in Askea Parish Centre, Askea, Carlow at 8pm
Men are you concerned about your behaviour. Does abusive behaviour cause difficulties in your relationship with your partner? MEND programme is a free service operating in Carlow offering a weekly programme for men form County Carlow/Kilkenny. A new programme starts shortly for detail contact 086 8751131 or www.mend.ie, limited places available.
ST FIACC’S LIBRARY
St. Fiacc’s House Library open for lending Monday to Friday from 10am to 12 noon from Monday last. This is a free service and all people from the Parish are welcome to come and borrow a book and donate your used books if you wish.
Led by volunteers who have lived experiences of Mental Health difficulties, Clann Nua, St Dympna’s Carlow is open daily from Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 2.30pm. The involvement Centre is a peer led recovery focused space which offers a warm welcoming place in which mental health difficulties are understood to be part of life and are accepted in a non-judgmental way. Call for further information to 059 9136342 / 0868185760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GRAIGUE WOMEN’S GROUP
The Graiguecullen women’s group has resumed on Wednesdays in the Lazy River Cafe at 7.30pm. New members always welcome
St Clare’s Children’s Choir, on Mondays from 4.30pm to 5.30pm in the Parish Centre. The choir is open to all primary school children and first year secondary school students. New members more than welcome.
Parish Youth Choir has resumed on Saturdays from 12.45 to 2pm in the Parish Centre. The choir is open to all secondary school students and young adults. Musicians also very welcome.
THURSDAY MORNING CLUB
Thursday Morning Club has resumed after the 10am Mass in St Clare’s. People are invited to come to the Parish Centre for tea or coffee and some friendly chat.
SUPPORTS FOR OLDER PEOPLE
Carlow County Development Partnership (CCDP) can provide many supports for older people: Care and Repair Programme, Warmer Homes Scheme, Monthly Column for Older People published monthly, Recreational Activities and Community Group Training Information Sessions, Carlow Older Persons Network and Carlow Age Friendly Initiative
CCDP has three locations in Bagenalstown, Open Door CCDP in The Laurels Tullow Road, Carlow and an outreach office on Dublin Street. For more information on any of the above please phone Valerie McDonald on 086 8249327
SENIOR HELP LINE
Ireland’s only confidential listening service for older people provided by older volunteers is open 365 days of the year. The help line is open every day of the Christmas holiday and New Year season from 10am till 10pm. So don’t be alone. We are there. Phone Senior Help Line LoCall 1850 440 444, (no call costing more than 30 cent).
ST FIACC’S HALL
Hours available for Indoor Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball and Badminton. Contact 059 9140330 for further information or call to the hall on Monday to Wednesday evenings from 9am to 10pm.
Training for basketball and indoor soccer on every Friday night for under 10 and 13 girls at 5pm to 6pm, under 10 boys, 6pm to 7pm and under 13 boys, 7pm to 8pm
Graiguecullen and District Indoor Bowls now playing on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. All ages welcome.