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
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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.
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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.