Graiguecullen/Killeshin

ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

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 on 17 March. 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 05 February at 8 pm in the Parish Centre.

WORLD DAY OF THE SICK

Monday 11 February is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and world day of the sick. There will be a special blessing with Holy Oil at all Masses next weekend and we invite all, especially those who are sick in any way to come to receive this special blessing.

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. These will include a School Open Day and entertainment on 31 May, a football blitz and night out on Saturday 01 June and a special Mass in St Clare’s Church on Saturday evening 01 June at 6.30pm. Contact Jane Moore or Mary Fleming 9132444 for further details.

POPE JOHN PAUL 11 AWARDS

Congratulations to eleven of our young people who recently received their Pope John Paul 11 award after twelve months of hard work. Jodie Regan, Lauren Abbey, Shanice Walker, Zoe Barrett, Niamh Smith, Emma Nolan, Lorraine Doogue, Sarah Nolan and Josh McGuill all received the Gold Award while Grace Byrne and Sarah Geary both received the Papal Cross Award after their second year of dedication to the award. Their achievement will be recognised at Mass on Saturday 16 February in St. Clare’s Church.

IT’S K FACTOR TIME AGAIN

There is a depth of talent in the local area, as was evident from the last three K Factor competitions. K Factor is a perfect platform to showcase this talent. So get your dancing shoes on, instruments out, voice pitched and enter. If any parent would be interested in entering their child in any of the above categories and would like to meet someone to discuss ideas, please contact Vera Bolger 087 9563831 and Breda McDonald 085 1099271. Entries before Monday 18 February. Application forms available from Mr Bolton.

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 25 February and Monday 25 March. 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 05, 10, 23 and 30. The four lucky dip winners were; Hugh c/o Colm Fitzgerald, Sandra Byrne, Marion Reddy, and Jack Denn each received €25 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Brendan Fitzpatrick. The Jackpot now stands at €8,000 and tickets are on sale for €2 from any club member or in the local shop and public houses.

GRAIGUECULLEN MONSTER BINGO

Monster Parish Bingo on this Tuesday 05 February at 8.30pm in Graiguecullen Hall. Great money to be won on the night; all line checks €50, double lines €60, full house’s from €150 to €200, plus Jackpot, interval and flyer. All loose sheets €2 each, six panel book €5 and double book €10. Everyone welcome and bring a friend.

TABLE QUIZ

Killeshin Soccer Club are holding their Fifth annual table quiz in the Talbot Hotel, Carlow on Thursday 07 February. The quiz starts at 9pm sharp with a table of four costing €40. This night has always been a great success and your continued support is greatly appreciated.

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 03 March. Swimming Instructor, if you like to become a swimming instructor the course starts 4pm on Friday 08 March and the minimum age 16 is years.

ST BRIGID’S CROSSES

Our young ministry group have made St Brigid’s crosses. These will be available after all Masses this weekend. All donations for the crosses will go towards our Parish Youth Ministry Fund.

VALENTINES SOCIAL DANCING

St Valentines Social Dancing run by Carlow Lions Club in aid of Éist Cancer Support Centre on Tuesday 12 February in Seven Oaks Hotel. Admission is €7 and tickets available from 0599139684

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.

FIACC’S FOLK

Our Parish Annual is now available from the parish centre and local shops and it cost just €5.

CARLOW VOLUNTEER CENTRE

New weekly information stands, Fridays from 10 to 4pm in Carlow Library, Shaw Room and Mondays from 2 to 4 pm in Carlow County Council lobby. Drop in for a chat and find out about the various volunteering opportunities available and how you can get involved. Contact natasha@volunteercarlow.ie or 0599173033, 086 0285988 or visit www.volunteercarlow.ie

COMMUNION TO THE SICK

Fr Brian will bring Communion to the sick and housebound on this Tuesday 05 February while Fr John will bring Communion to the sick and housebound on Tuesday and Wednesday 05/06 February.

AWARDS NIGHT

Killeshin GFC Awards Night takes place on Saturday 16 February in The Glenside, Killeshin at 9pm. Music by Penny Lane followed by DJ. Admission is €5. Refreshments served on the night.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE

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. A great gift for Christmas!

OISÍN HOUSE

Coming events in Oisín House, Killeshin: Pilates Classes Tuesday 05 February at 7pm and Thursday 07 February at 10am. First in a series of talks with Maureen Ryan, ‘Bullying-Understanding and Preventing’. 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.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Any child that does not attend St Fiacc’s School and is living in the Graiguecullen area and is interested in taking part in the Art Competition please contact Bernie at 0861593994

Training for team events has started on Fridays in St Fiacc’s Hall and costs €1 per child. 5 to 6pm; Under 11 Boys and Girls Indoor Soccer and Basketball. 6 to 7pm; Under 13’s Girls Basketball and Indoor Soccer. Thursdays 8 to 9pm; Under 13’s Boys Indoor Soccer.

EVERGREEN’S HOLIDAY 2013

The annual holiday commences on Monday 10 June for four nights, five days, staying in the Four Seasons Hotel, in Carlingford, Co. Louth. Cost €300.

CHILDren’s LITURGY

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.

YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY

The next meeting of St Josephs Young Priests Society will be held on Wednesday 06 February at 8pm in the parish centre.

ST VALENTINE’S DAY MASS

On Tuesday 14 February we invite all couples to a special Mass in St Clare’s Church at 7.30pm on that day. Any couple who is celebrating a special milestone anniversary this year and would like it celebrated at the Mass are asked to contact the parish office.

KILLESHIN HALL

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. They have also their popular Christmas cards for sale in the Graiguecullen Parish Centre, Fine Framers, Rancho Reilly’s Pet Farm, the Lazy River Cafe and Saplings School, Church Road.  A big thank you for all the support from various businesses in County Carlow. Thanks to everyone for their support.

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.

GRAIGUECULLEN HALL

Kickboxing and Keep Fit Classes in Graiguecullen Hall Mondays from 8 to 9pm for men and Wednesdays from 8 to 9pm for women. Also children classes starting Wednesday 06 February. Contact Larry for more information at 085 7560083.

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 MEETING

Support Group for Parents who lost a baby before, during or after birth, there will be a meeting on Monday 25 February at 8pm in the Parish Centre.

SENIOR HELP LINE

Open daily from 10 am to 10pm. All calls are treated as strictly confidential. We are here to listen. LoCall 1850 440 444 for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland.

INDOOR BOWLS

Graiguecullen & District Indoor Bowls now playing on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. All ages welcome.

TALK IT OVER

Talk It Over is a free and confidential service for those bereaved by suicide or general bereavement on a one to one or group therapy basis. Their walk in service is available on Wednesdays from 10am to noon or call them at 0863364961

BRIDGE CLUB

Bridge Club on Wednesday afternoons in Graiguecullen Parish Centre at 1.45pm. All welcome. Bridge Classes for beginners, enquiries to Ann 087 9914682.

SUNDAY READINGS

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

AUTISM SUPPORT

Carlow ASD Support Network monthly meeting on Tuesday 05 February at 7.30pm in Dolmen Hotel, Kilkenny Road. Open floor meeting followed by tea and coffee. All adults welcome. For further information contact carlowasdgroup@gmail.com or www.carlowautism.com or 085 7404617.

THE CARERS ASSOCIATION

The Carers Association, Carlow Kilkenny branch, will meet on Wednesday next 06 February at 11am in the Parish Centre, College Street. Various topics for discussion and update on all existing queries and circumstances. Further information from Carmel or Gina at 056 7721424.