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Ash Wednesday & Lent
Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
Blessing and Distribution of Ashes at 8.00am, 10.30am and 7.30pm masses.Fasting, and Abstinence from the eating meat, are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism.
In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we've done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need.
2016 is the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. During this year we are invited asfollowers of Christ to become ‘Missionaries of Mercy’.
According to Pope Francis, mercy is the foundation of the Church’s life.
Pope Francis says that we do not just show mercy, we ‘do’ mercy and act for justice. In his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ he urges all people to take action at local, national and international levels to end the destruction of the environment and, in particular, the devastation being caused by climate change.
The Penitential Season of Lent.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the penitential season of Lent. Its true name is actually not "Ash Wednesday" but "The Day of Ashes."
Whichever name is used, the reference to ashes comes from the ceremony of placing ashes on the forehead in the shape of the cross as a sign of penitence.
This custom was introduced by Pope Gregory I, who was Bishop of Rome from 590 A.D. to 604 A.D.
It was enacted as a universal practice in all of Western Christendom by the Synod of Benevento in 1091 A.D.
Gala Concert Thomastown Parish Church Celebrating the newly refurbished Organ takes place this evening at 7pm with St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band, Sospiro Male Voice Choir, featuring Organ solos by Derek Verso and Dr. Frank Lawrence. Admission Free. Donations welcome.
Bookings are now being taken for the Ossory Diocesan a Pilgrimage to Lourdes from May 22 to 27. For information please ring Eleanor at 051 880414 or email@example.com
Enable Ireland, O'Neill Centre
Church Gate Collection will take place next weekend 6th & 7th February.
Kilkenny Active Retirement Association
A.G.M. will be held in Club House Hotel on Monday 2.30pm.
The Monthly Rosary in James Green takes place this Sunday 3.00pm.
Divine Mercy Apostolate
Service for Healing of the Generations takes place Wed. in St Brigid’s Church, Coon. Adoration at 6.30pm. Mass at 7.30pm, concluding with Benediction.
Medjugorje Evening of Prayer
Rosary, Mass and Adoration, takes place in Mill Hill, Waterford Road on Monday 8th at 8pm. All are welcome.
Carlow Kilkenny Samaritans will hold an information evening in Butler House, Patrick Street, at 7.30pm next Tuesday 9th. If you have considered volunteering with us or just would like information, you will be most welcome.
Why, Why, Why?
Why do we press harder on the remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?
Why do banks charge a fee due to insufficient funds; when they already know you're broke?
Why is it that when someone tells you that there are one billion stars in the universe you believe them, but if they tell you there is wet paint you have to touch it to check?
Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Whose cruel idea was it to put an "s" in the word "lisp"?
If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
Why is it that, no matter what colour bubble bath you use, the bubbles are always white?
Why is it that no plastic bag will ever open from the first end you try?
Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?