22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. 30th August 2009

See the Comeragh Mountains and lovely Tory Hill,
See the winding river flowing by the mill,
See the pearled spider lace woven ‘ere the night,
Dearest Lord we thank you for the gift of sight
And may God bless those who have never seen
Their own dear valley of verdant green.

Hear the plaintive cuckoo and the thrush’s song,
Hear the dawning chorus of the feathered throng,
List to their melody, music to the ear,
Dearest Lord we thank you for the gift to hear.
And may God bless those who have never heard
The purest notes of a songster bird.

Touch is a precious gift and gives each message plain,
Be it perceiving some pleasure, or of pain.
Blest be this facility ever giving much.
Dearest Lord we thank you for the gift of touch
And may God bless those who cannot feel the touch
Of the gentlest hand, nor a manly clutch.

Tasty food and vitals gratify for sure,
Hunger and misfortune haunt the world’s poor,
Old wise philosophy, “It’s sinful food to waste”,
Dearest God we thank you for the gift of taste
And may God bless those with dire finance faced
And with the scavenger dine on midden waste.

Smell the perfumed orchid and scented garden flower,
Inhale the aroma wafting from the bower,
Where the bees steal sweet nectar from every blossom bell.
Dearest Lord we thank you for the gift of smell
And may God bless those who’ll never know the smell
Of the Tiger Lily, nor the Pimpernel.

Laurence O’Gorman

Educational opportunities for adults and school leavers
commencing in September. Computer applications and office administration.
Course is of one year’s duration, certified by Fetac, Level 5 and can be taken on a full time or part time basis. Maintenance grants are available to eligible students.
Phone 895112 for enrolment and further information.

The draw for All-Ireland tickets will take place on Tuesday night at 9pm. All paid up members will be included in the draw, so why not pay your membership before Tuesday night!

More hoodies are being ordered this week. Anyone who wants one should contact Mai on 086-3854714 before Wednesday. Members are reminded that all money is due for shorts, hoodies and membership.

A confidential Aware Information & Support group meeting for relatives of those with depression in the South East will take place on Wednesday September 2nd, at 8 pm in St. Mary's Centre, Haughney Green, Kilkenny. For more information contact Fran at Aware on 086 8200938.

Conference meeting on Tuesday, September 1, at 8pm.

Annual Church Gate Collection on week-end September 5/6.

CLEANERS: Sept 5/12 - Fiona Walsh, Kay Dunnne, Kathleen O’Brien, Joan Scahill.

MINISTERS: Sept 5 (8pm) Teresa O’Neill, Suzanne Halley. Sept 6 (10am) Yvonne Pheasey, Margaret Brennan.

MINISTER: Sept 6 - Jason Dunphy.
READER: Sept 6 - Helen Quinn.
CLEANERS: Sept 5/12 - T. Hennebry, K. Scully.
ALTAR SERVERS: Sept 6 - Niamh Crowley, Claire Bowe.

We commend to your generous prayers Mary Phelan, Bawn, Johnstown, Co Kilkenny, and Margaret Phelan, Mooncoin Residential Centre & Piltown, who were interred recently. May they Rest in Peace.

Annie Phelan, Skelpstown, and Lisha Crowley, Kilnaspic.

William & Margaret Diggins, Carrick Road; Martin & Bridie Diggins, Grange Station; Breda O’Sullivan Polerone; Jason Cashin, Waterford/Suir Crescent; Jo Foran, Ardera; Joseph, Mary Kate & Margaret Tobin, Chapel View; Maureen & Cedrick Burling, Mooncoin/Belfast; Paddy Tobin, Wales; Tom Murphy, Skelpstown; Jimmy Foley, Main Street; Kathleen Crowley, Polerone; Danny Purcell, Grange; Annie O’Sullivan (Cleary), Clonmore; Catherine Burke, Piltown; Sean Tyler, Grange; Denis McCarthy, Ballinlough; Michael, James & maria Grant, Old Luffaby; Eleanor & JimmyBrennan, Ashgrove; Mary Walsh, Portnahully; Thomas & Margaret Power, Old Luffany; Kathleen Bowden, London/Old Luffany; Kathleen Nehan, Dungooley; Willie McGrath, Dungooley; Rita Moore, Carrigeen; John Delahunty, Mullinavat.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 09, 2009

Dear Parishioner,

I am pleased to inform you, the parishioners of Mooncoin, of my appointment of Father Dermot Ryan, Curate, in the parish of Mooncoin, as and from September 01, 2009. Father Ryan has also agreed to serve the diocese in the area of Adult Faith Formation.

As you may be aware, Father Ryan received his doctoral degree summa cum laude (first class honours) in defending his Thesis at the Pontifical Gregorian University on June 25, 2009, (Method to Mission: The ecclesial vocation of a theologian as exemplified in the works of Francis A. Sullivan SJ in the context of method at the Gregorian University). On my own behalf and on behalf the priests, religious and laity of the diocese, I congratulate him.

I pray that God will bless him, his work and the people he is called to serve.

With every good wish.

Yours sincerely,

Séamus Freeman, SAC., Bishop of Ossory.

Moondharrig players
The Moondharrig Players welcome Georgetown University Kentucky to Mooncoin, where they will stage their 1 act play ‘A fence for Martin Maher’ in the Parochial hall on Thursday August 27 at 8.30pm. The production will be supported by a lecture on emigration and local history by Denis Buckley, as well as music song and dance with local musicians. All are welcome. Admission €5. The Moondharrig Players hope to travel to Kentucky and perform there in Easter 2010.

This summer in the old Vocational School, Slieverue
Commencing Monday, August 17 – Friday, August 21, 10am – 2pm each day. All children 7 to 12 yrs welcome.
Please contact Annette Duggan 086 8514545, or Yvette Brennan 086 8550221.

Results: U14 Hurling League Roinn B Final:
Lisdowney 6–3 : Mooncoin 4–6.
Congratulations to our Under 10’s, 8’s and 7’s who recently played a series of challenge matches against Kilmacow, Slieverue and Windgap. We had some great wins and close draws!

Monthly collection next weekend August 15/16. Thank you for your continued support.

READERS: Aug 15/22(6.30pm) Maureen Kearns, Geraldine Purcell. Aug 16/23 (11am) Marjorie Godhino, Eoin Crowley. Aug 29/Sept 05 (6.30pm) John Lennon, Josie Dolan. Aug 30/Sept 06 (11am) Nellie Phelan, Richard Wilson.
CLEANERS: Aug 8/15 - Noreen Holden, Rene Comerford, Alice Conway, Elizabeth Lennon. Aug 22/29 - Ena Laffan, Jo Laffan, Joan Foskin, Joan & Catherine Doran.

MINISTERS: Aug 15 (8pm) Anne Walsh (C), Suzanne Halley. Aug 16 (10am) Bill & Peggy Healy. Aug 22 (8pm) Teresa O’Neill, Anna Walsh (B). Aug 23 (10am) Noreen Walsh, Eileen Williams. Aug 29 (8pm) Dick Madden, Mary Murphy. Aug 30 (10am) Catherina O’Reilly, Josephine Rowe.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Aug 15 Margaret Kenny, Margaret Phelan (B). Aug 22 - Kitty Doyle, Julianne Walsh. Aug 29 - Bridget Phelan, Kitty Hewetson.

MINISTERS: Aug 16 - Helen Brennan. Aug 23 - Kathleen Kearns. Aug 30 - Katherine Hogan.
READERS: Aug 16 - Mary Gilmartin. Aug 23 - Aiden Quilty. Aug 30 - Padraigh Kirwin.
CLEANERS: Aug 22/29 - A. Quinn, K. Hogan.

Aug 16 - Aoife & Kate Kearns. Aug 23 - Kate Hennebry, Sarah Norris. Aug 30 Aiden & Ciaran Quilty.

John Jackie Ryan, Ballygorey. Peg McGrath (nee Hennebry), Luffany / Coventry, England. James McGrath, Dungooley. Peg Dunphy, Luffany. Joseph Phelan, Aglish. Nicholas & Catherine Fewer, Ballinlough. John Walsh, Portlaw / Ballygorey. Richard Ryan, Ballygorey. Mary Kate McDonald, Corluddy. Patrick Power, Kilcraggan. James Holden, Main Street. Edward Byrne, Polerone / London. Maisie Kostiuk, Mooncoin / Canada. Michael Cullen, Wexford. John & Margaret Merry, Carrick Road. Margaret Kennedy (nee Foran), Ardera / Kilburn, London. Stella Walsh, Rathcurby. Jack Foskin, Rathcurby. Phil Doran, New Road. Catherine Doran (nee Nolan), Liverpool.