THE POOR CLARES. Special events to mark the 800 Anniversary will take place later this year. Carlow Town Council will host a civic reception in St Clare’s on Saturday April 14. Cardinal Brady will celebrate Mass in St Clare’s on Saturday June 30 and then the celebrations will continue with the Triduum of prayer from August 8 to 10 and conclude with the celebration of the feast day of St Clare on August 11.
CHURCH SERVICES FOR LENT, HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
Holy Thursday 10am, Morning Prayer in St Clare’s, 7pm, Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Holy Cross. Children preparing for First Holy Communion will participate at this Mass; 7.30pm, evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper in St Clare’s, commissioning of new Eucharistic Ministers. Confessions after each Mass and Solemn Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St Clare’s until 10pm followed by Night Prayer in St Clare’s. Good Friday: April 6; 10am, Morning Prayer in St Clare’s Church. 3pm, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in St Clare’s Church. 5pm, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in Holy Cross Church, Confessions after each service. 7pm, Children’s Stations and Veneration of the Cross in St Clare’s followed by the Ecumenical Way of the Cross which will make its way to St Mary’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of the Assumption via Maryborough Street and will process through the Park where they will stop on a number of occasions for reflection. Children preparing for First Holy Communion in St Clare’s will participate at this Service. Holy Saturday: April 07; 10am Morning Prayer in St Clare’s Church. 10am to 11am Confessions in St Clare’s Church. 8pm, Easter Vigil Mass in St Clare’s Church. Confirmation children will participate at this Mass. Easter Sunday 6am, Easter Dawn Mass at Oísin House, Rossmore. Arrive no later than 5.45am. Masses at 9am, 11.30am in St Clare’s Church and 10.15am in Holy Cross, Killeshin.
Lenten Lunch will take place on Friday April 06 from 12.30 to 2pm in St Fiacc’s House. All proceeds will go to Sr Goretti Eye Clinic in Kenya. All are welcome.
NEW PHONE NUMBER
Carlow Citizens Information Service new number is 0761 07 5130.
COMMUNION TO THE SICK
Fr Dunphy and Fr Madden will bring Holy Communion for Easter to the sick and the housebound on this Tuesday and Wednesday April 03 and 04.
FREE BEGINNER COMPUTER COURSES
St Catherine’s Community Services Centre is now offering free beginner computer courses. Courses run for three weeks, two hours per week. Contact Andrea Dalton on 059 9138706 for further information
RETURN TO WORK OR FURTHER EDUCATION
St Catherine’s Community Services Centre’s preparation for work Course 2012 starts Monday April 16, now enrolling. The course runs from Monday to Friday, 9.45am to 1.00 pm for ten weeks. FETAC accredited and includes Work Experience, Personal Effectiveness, and Computers and a work placement. For further information contact Andrea Dalton on 059 9138706.
The Seventh Solemn Novena begins on Monday April 16 runs for nights. Petitions in the boxes in St Clare’s and Holy Cross. Theme is “The Eucharist; In Communion with Christ and with One Another”. Guest speakers: April 16; Sr Veronica, Poor Clare Community, Graiguecullen. April 23; David Parkes, former international footballer and singer. April 30; Michael English, international singer. May 7; Fr Michael Mernagh, Augustinian priest, May 14; Fr Shay Cullen, Columban Missionary priest and human rights activist. May 21; Edith Wilkins, Street Children Foundation, and international Person of the Year 2011. May 28; Fr Brian D’Arcy, renowned author and preacher. June 4; Fr Mark-Ephrem M. Nolan, Superior of Rostrevor Benedictine Monastery, Co. Down. June 11; Joe Canning, Senior Galway hurler, All-Star Award winner and UNICEF Ireland Ambassador.
The quarterly collection for the support of the priests of the parish will be taken up at all masses over the Easter weekend. Envelopes are in envelope boxes or alternatively you can use the special envelopes available at the church doors.
St Fiacc’s NS ask anyone who uses the school grounds to respect the area leave it clean and litter free
TALK IT OVER
Thanks to Mad for Models for the proceeds of the raffles held at their show in the Dolmen Hotel, Carlow. Thank you to those who helped to make the day such a success. The proceeds will be put to good use for the Service. Talk It Over is a free and confidential and caring service for those suffering bereavement, if you need a listening ear contact 086-3364961.
There was no winner of the recent lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 02, 11, 13 and 24. The four lucky dip winners were Jim Hanley, Emma Burroughs, Derek Mara and Postman Mick each will receive €25 and the sellers prize was won by Farmer Byrne. Next jackpot stands at €3,600 and tickets are available for €2 from any club member or local shop and public houses.
Variety Night plus supper in aid of our Parish Evergreens’ on Friday April 20 in St Fiacc’s Hall. They are looking for volunteers to host a table of ten. Night will consist of a supper and Cabaret Show,
OISÍN PARK & HOUSE
Oisin House Benefit Committee thank all who attended the social recently and for donations, spot prizes. Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday April 8 at 3pm in Oisin Park, admission €3 per child. Social Night in aid of the Cathal Fitzpatrick Fund with live music, dancing and refreshments on March 24 at 9.30pm. Admission is €10 and enquiries to 086 2630555. Upcoming events in Oisin Park, all enquiries to 086 2630555.
Every Tuesday night at 8.30pm In Graiguecullen Hall.
Whit weekend trip to Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co Clare from Thursday May 31 to Monday June 04 inclusive. Dinner, bed and breakfast inclusive for €400 per person. Deposit of €100 by end of February to Eddie Whelan. For further information please phone 086 8173843
Recent Lotto results, numbers drawn were 03, 15, 20 and 30 and there was no Jackpot winner so next Jackpot will be €10,000, reserve Jackpot of €6,000. There were two Match 3 winners of €70 each, Marie Murphy c/o John Doyle, Declan Byrne c/o Red Ned and Deane c/o Deanoz. Sellers prize of €20 each went to Trevor Kelly, Mag Burke and Dot Hutton.
Bridge Club has resumed on Wednesday afternoons in Graiguecullen Parish Centre at 1.45pm. All welcome. Bridge Classes for beginners, enquiries to Ann 087 9914682.
HAPPY HEART WEEKEND
Happy Heart Weekend on May 10 to 12. Volunteers needed to sell hearts and key rings at various centres. All money raised will help the Irish Heart Foundation’s fight against Ireland’s number one combined killer. To volunteer, contact Anne Marie Burke on 086 0870998.
CROKE PARK TICKETS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Any young person aged 15 to 25 who would like to attend the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress in Croke Park on Sunday June 17 are asked to contact Cathriona in Graiguecullen Parish Centre or telephone 085 1450321.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
Carlow Cancer Support Group is now recruiting walkers, joggers and runners for the Dublin Mini Marathon on Monday June 04 next. Free bus provided on the day or sponsorship card contact Mary 0851440510.
NEW EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
Fourteen adults and six young people have completed their training and will be commissioned on Holy Thursday at the Mass of the Last Supper. We thank them for volunteering and we ask God’s Blessing on them in this special ministry.
YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY
The next meeting of St Joseph’s Young Priests Society of Graiguecullen/Killeshin will be held on Wednesday April 04 in the Parish centre at 8pm.