Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Discipleship is about almsgiving, prayer and fasting…. and Lent is the time we are given to examine how well we have embraced that discipleship. We make these preparations with a genuine desire to discover the truth about ourselves, guarding against any hypocritical agenda to seek attention. The ashes on our foreheads remind us that time is short and we learn anew to face this grim reality with truthfulness and courage. Blessing and distribution of ashes during Mass at 8.00am and 10am in St Clare’s and 7pm in Holy Cross.


Pope John Paul II award meeting this Wednesday, Feb 18 10am beginning with Mass with distribution of Ashes for Ash Wednesday. Mid-Term Break Youth Retreat Friday Feb 20 10.30– 3.30pm. We will finish with a movie night from 4-6pm. Youth Mass Sunday, Feb 22 6pm in the parish centre. This mass is celebrated in a youth friendly way but is for absolutely everyone. Sunday School Group 1 are on Sunday, February 22.


Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results. This definition can be a good beginning reflection as we examine the choices we will make in the days ahead. This is the time of year to ask some uncomfortable questions. How often do we fail to hear the cry of the poor? How often do we fail to forgive and how often do we fail to see our own failings? Holy Hour Every Mon 7.30pm in the Parish Centre “Keep Watch With Me” Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration, Music & Prayer a chance to pray for healing, hope and help within our families and community. This year’s theme is ‘Getting to Know Jesus’. Exploring the Stations of the Cross using visual aids, scripture & music every Saturday during Lent at 6pm in the Parish Centre (will be finished before the 6.30pm Mass in St Clare’s.

St Clare’s

Food appeal continues – food can be placed in the barrels at church doors.

Trocaire Boxes

Available at church doors. Families are asked to take one to make your contribution to the needy of the Third World.

Family Mass

Nxt Masses take place next weekend at 10.15am on Sunday morning in Holy Cross and at 11.30am in St. Clare’s. The children preparing for First Communion and their families are especially invited.


The next meeting for parents who are presenting children for Baptism in March or April will be held on Wednesday, Feb 25 at 7pm in the Parish Centre. Arrangement for Baptism in May and June will be announced at a later date.


Table Quiz in The Thatch on Friday, Feb 20 8.30pm in aid of the Lourdes Invalid Fund Annual Draw cards available on the night. Draw on March 28.

Food Kitchen

Great news!! We have received many donations and have now purchased the items on our wish list. A big thank you to everyone who donated. Work continues at a pace and you can keep an eye on the work progress by logging into our St Clare’s Hospitality-Food Kitchen facebook page.


Every Tuesday night 8.30pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. Jackpot €3,190.00 in 50 nos. Check on double number & win €670.


Of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Fiacc’s House Wednesdays from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

St. Fiacc’s NS

Enrolments for Sept 2015. Forms available from School Office during school hours. Contact 059 9132444


The Eist Cancer Centre Spring Programmes: Tuesday : 11a.m – Meditation 2pm Mens Group (every second Tuesday) Wednesday: 10.30a.m. Bereavement Support (every second Wednesday) 11.00a.m. Pilates Beginners Thursday: 10.30a.m. Advanced Pottery 11a.m. Strides for Life 2p.m. Beginners Pottery.

Killeshin F.C

Texas hold ‘em night in the mall pub on Fri 27th Feb at 8.30pm ,all welcome

Public participaiton

All groups register immediately with the new Laois Public Participation Network so that you will receive your nomination papers which have to be returned by Feb. 20th. For further information, contact Georgina @057 8664074

ST Fiaccs event

St Fiacc’s House are pleased to invite you to a presentation on “Think Ahead” by Aine McCambridge on Friday Feb 27th at 2.30pm in the St Fiacc’s House activity center. Think ahead is a citizen led initiative aimed at guiding you in planning for end of life. Please contact Joan on or before Tuesday, Feb 24.


A Rambling Night of music, story, song and dance will be held at Graiguecullen Parish Centre on Friday 20th February, 2015 from 8pm to 10pm. Admission is free. Raffle proceeds to local Pioneer Centre.