“We wish to express our deepest and sincerest gratitude for your fraternal concern and loving support to our suffering brothers and sisters in the Philippines. We are deeply touched and most grateful for your concern, prayers and generosity. It was a heart-breaking sight for us to see our Filipino brethren living in unimaginable poverty and unspeakable pain brought upon them by great calamities that devastated our country, leaving them homeless, loss of loved ones, hunger and thirst. We are most grateful that you responded to their cry for help, every loving act and good thing you have done toward our Filipino brethren is most greatly appreciated,” Sr Veronica & Sr Analiza, Poor Clare’s
PARISH MONSTER CHRISTMAS BINGO
Graiguecullen Parish Monster Christmas Bingo with over €5,500 in prize money on
Tuesday, December 3 at 8.30pm in Graiguecullen Hall. Great money to be won; all lines checks €50, double lines €60, and all Full house’s €150 to €200, plus Jackpot, Interval and Flyer also. All welcome and bring a friend.
PARISH ADVENT REACH OUT INITIATIVE
Our parish in conjunction with St Vincent de Paul have recently set up ‘St Clare’s Hospitality’ to help members of our community who are suffering due to the recession. We are in the process of setting up a kitchen where people can come to get hot meals. In the meantime we are giving out food parcels each Wednesday and for the past few weeks we have given out over 70 parcels a week. We are surviving because of donations, particularly from the St Vincent de Paul and we have a huge number of volunteers helping out. Each parcel contains non-perishable items i.e. porridge, pasta, pasta sauce, soup, baked beans, tins of meat balls, sugar, tea and other items like bread, butter and cheese.
During the four weekends of Advent we will place collection baskets in St Clare’s and Holy Cross. As a way of making the Advent season more meaningful we encourage everyone to reach out to those in need by placing non-perishable food items in the baskets and these will be used to help make up our food parcels.
FIACC’S HOUSE DRAW
St Fiacc’s House Annual Draw will take place on Monday, December 9 at 9pm. Cards are available at St Fiacc’s House and new promoters are welcome. Handmade Christmas Cards for sale in St Fiacc’s House. Please support.
ALONE at CHRISTMAS?
If you are alone or know of someone who will be alone for Christmas Dinner, St Clare’s Hospitality is hosting a Christmas Dinner. Please give names and contact numbers to the Parish Office Graiguecullen 059 9141833
Our 2013 Parish annual will be launched this Friday, December 6 by Bishop Denis Nulty at 7pm in the Parish Centre and all are welcome. The Annual will be on sale after all Masses next weekend, costing just €5.
Lotto results for Sunday November 24: numbers drawn were 8, 10, 15 and 21. There was no Jackpot winner. €25 lucky dip winners were Benjy McDonald, Sam Alcock, Sharon Byrne, and Kathleen Middleton. Sellers prize Brendan McDonald. Jackpot now stands at €3,200
Killeshin Soccer Club is holding a Whist Drive in the Old Den next to Killeshin Hall on every Wednesday at 8.30pm. Admission is €5. Top Score €50. Beginners are welcome to come along and learn new card skills. Contact Annette 085 7483893.
This Friday, December 6 is the First Friday of the month. There will be a brief penitential service during the 10am Mass in St Clare’s.
Parish Evergreens/Senior Citizens annual Christmas Dinner will be held on Sunday 08 December at 1pm in the Talbot Hotel. All senior citizens from the parish are invited. Admission is free but those who wish to attend must collect their ticket from the Parish Centre.
Fr Brian will bring Communion to the sick and housebound for Christmas in the rural area this Thursday, December 5, while Fr John will bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound for Christmas in the town on Thursday, December 12.
Oisín Players Present ‘Troubled Bachelors’ a Three Act Comedy in Behan’s Lounge Tolerton on Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December at 8pm sharp. Contact 087 9905205 for bookings.
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT
KCLR presents ‘The Spirit of Christmas Carol Concert’ in St Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen on Sunday 08 December at 7.30pm. Admission is just €5 and all proceeds go to Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team.
ST FIACC’S NS
Advent Mass and Mass of giving this Friday, December 06 at 11.30am in St Clare’s, all welcome. Each child will bring a non-perishable food item to the Mass and we will be making up Christmas food hampers for the needy. The new student council will also be commissioned at the Mass.
The fourth week of our First Communion and Confirmation programme for Graiguecullen takes place at the 6.30pm Mass next Saturday, 07 December. The First Communion Programme for Killeshin takes place next Sunday 08 December at 10.15am in Holy Cross.
COFFEE MORNING AND CAKE SALE
County Carlow Hospice Coffee Morning and Christmas Fair on Thursday December 05 in the Parish Centre after 10am Mass.
County Carlow Hospice Cake Sale, Sunday December 08 in Parish Centre after 11.30am Mass.
There was no Jackpot winner in the recent draw. The numbers drawn were 04, 20, 24 and 30, there was no Jackpot winner. Next Jackpot €10,000, Reserve €10,000. There was no Match 3 winner. Five Lucky Dip winners of €40 each; Jimmy Bolton c/o Jimmy Bolton, Diane Mulready c/o Jimmy Dunne, Liz Conway c/o TOS, Neasa O’Farrell c/o Lee Murphy and Mick Bolton c/o Liz Bolton. Sellers prize of €20 each went to Patsy O’Neill, Dave Cowan and MOR
ST FIACC’S HALL
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
A CD of Christmas Carols, Poems and Music featuring local choirs and soloists will be launched by Bishop Denis Nulty in St Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen on Friday, 06 December at 8.30pm. The Cd “Cuisle na Nollag” includes Adeste Fideles and O Sanctissima sung by the Poor Clare Sisters. The launch will include a short concert of the carols performed by the participants. All welcome.