GREEN COMMUNITY AWARDS
This year Laois Community and Voluntary Awards will include an expanded Green Communities section. In the coming weeks please compile a report of why your community project should be considered for a green award. Presentation is important so the more pictures and video footage the better. This is being administered by LEAF with funding received through the Local Agenda 21 grant scheme from Laois County Council and Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
A Re-Union “Night-Out” for former employees and their friends of Braun Ireland Limited on Friday October 24 in the Seven Oaks Carlow from 8pm till late. Cover charge of €5 per person to cover expenses incurred and a raffle. Monies left over will be donated to Carlow/ Kilkenny Cancer Home Care Team.
ÉIST CANCER SUPPORT
Éist Invites the General Public to a talk “Say Yes to Life” with well-known author, broadcaster and cancer survivor Christy Keneally in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow on Thursday 23 October at 8pm. This free event has been organised as a thank you to the whole community for its ongoing support of the centre. Éist Cancer Support Centre, The Waterfront, Mill Lane, Carlow, opens Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 10am to 4pm. www.eistcarlowcancersupport.ie.
Training for ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams on Monday nights at 7.30pm and new players are very welcome. Whist night that runs on Wednesdays will take a summer break until early September and they would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who supported the whist.
Bingo every Tuesday night at 8.30pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. Great money to be won on the night. Jackpot €830 in 41 numbers. Check on double number and win €1650.
SHOE BOX APPEAL
Team Hope, together bringing hope to the needy. Boxes can be left at Callinan’s Food Store, opposite St Clare’s Church. For further information on collection please contact Bella on 059 9131494 or 086 8414891. We look forward to your support and boxes need to be ready by November 11.
CARE TO DRIVE
The Irish Cancer Society’s Care to Drive service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their hospital chemotherapy treatments. They are looking for volunteers to pick a patient up at their home, drive them to the door of the hospital, then when they have finished treatment, to pick them up again and bring them home. Call 01 2310 566 or 01 2316 642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
KILLESHIN PIPE BAND
In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, Killeshin Pipe Band are holding a Dinner Dance in The Seven Oaks Hotel on the 26 October. Tickets are €25 and are available from any band member. Hope to see you all there.
St Clare’s Hospitality have now located a premises for our new food kitchen where we will serve hot meals to families in need five days per week. Some work is needed on the premises to bring it up to health and safety standards. They are looking for volunteers who may be able to help with the renovations. If you are a plasterer, carpenter, electrician or plumber and can give some of your time to volunteer on this project please come to a meeting in the Graiguecullen Parish Centre on Wednesday 01 October at 8pm.
Carlow Fibromyalgia Support Group will be meeting on Tuesday 28 October at 8pm in Askea Parish Centre. They also meet every Thursday at 10.30 am for coffee in the Seven Oaks Hotel and all welcome. Contact Katharine 089 4387283, Mary 086 1693887 or John 086 1927547.
There are over 30 ministry groups in the parish. All members of these groups are invited to an afternoon of reflection on their Ministry on Saturday 25th October 2pm to 4pm in St Clare’s Church facilitated by Fr Martin Delaney.
CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A tree of hope will stand proudly in the Lazy River cafe Graiguecullen supporting the fighters, admiring the survivors, honouring the taken and never ever giving up hope. All are invited to drop in and hang a ribbon on the tree. Ribbons are €2 and all donations to cancer awareness.
New rotas for readers in St Clare’s and Holy Cross Churches are currently being drawn up. Any of the present readers who wish to be taken off the new rotas are asked to contact the Parish office 0599141833. New readers are also welcome and are asked to contact the parish office.
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.
The Sixth Edition of our Parish Annual is due to be published in early December. Any outstanding articles, poems, essays or photographs from clubs, societies or individuals should be handed into the Parish Office by Friday, October 24. Please note, this is the final deadline.
PRE MARRIAGE COURSES
Accord Pre Marriage Courses November 14 and 15. Any couple wishing to attend can book on line at www.accord.ie or phone Mary at 059 9138738.
Many thanks to all who contributed to the Autumn Collection last weekend. Envelopes can still be handed in at any time. Your support, financial or otherwise is very much appreciated.
ST FIACC’S HOUSE 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.
Killeshin FC Whist Night has recommenced on Wednesday night at 8.30pm in the Old Den beside Killeshin Hall. Entry is only €5 per person and all are welcome. Refreshments served
The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 29 October from 7pm to 8.30pm in the Parish Centre. All parents who are presenting their child for baptism during the next few months are requested to attend this meeting.
SCHOOL OPEN NIGHT
Carlow Vocational School open night takes place on Thursday 06 November from 7pm to 9pm. It is an invitation for prospective students, Parents/Guardians, to discover the excellent learning experiences on offer at Carlow Vocational School.
THE INVOLVEMENT CENTRE
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 email@example.com
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.
NOVEMBER DEAD LIST
The names of the faithful departed who parishioners would like remembered and prayed for during November can be handed into the parish office or placed in the November Sacred Space. A sheet and envelope are provided in the box of church envelopes and all loved ones who have died will be remembered at all our Masses during November.
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
Training for Carlow Older Persons Forum.
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.