A man's daughter had asked the local pastor to come and pray with her father. When the pastor arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows and an empty chair beside his bed. The pastor assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit.
"I guess you were expecting me," he said. "No, who are you?" "I'm the new associate at your local church," the pastor replied. "When I saw the empty chair, I figured you knew I was going to show up." "Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden man. "Would you mind closing the door?" Puzzled, the pastor shut the door.
"I've never told anyone this, not even my daughter," said the man. "But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it always went right over my head. I abandoned any attempt at prayer," the old man continued, "until one day about four years ago my best friend said to me, 'Joe, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. Here's what I suggest: Sit down on a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair. It's not spooky because he promised, 'I'll be with you always. 'Then just speak to him and listen in the same way you're doing with me right now.' So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours very day. I'm careful, though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown, or send me off to the funny farm."
The pastor was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old guy to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him, and returned to the church. Two nights later the daughter called to tell the pastor that her daddy had died that afternoon. "Did he seem to die in peace?" he asked. "Yes, when I left the house around two o'clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me one of his corny jokes, and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. But there was something strange, in fact, beyond strange, really weird. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on a chair beside the bed."
Santa will be arriving in the hall on Sunday, December 6 during the Fair, so bring along the children. They always look forward to meeting him.
The next meeting will be held in the Parochial Hall on Thursday, November 26 at 8pm.
South Kilkenny Historical Society Lecture
Title: Origins, Geography and Traditions of the Suir Valley in Co. KilkennySpeaker: Mr Joe O'SullivanDate: Thursday, Nov. 26Venue: Mullinavat Hall (opposite church).Time: 8pm. All welcome.
Lions Club Carrick-on-Suir and District
In association with Console Presents A One Day Seminar on Suicide Bereavement on
Tuesday, December 01, 10am – 3pm in Glencomeragh House (R680) Kilsheelan,
Co. Tipperary. Key Note Speaker: Mr. Christy Kenneally.
Silver Circle - WEEK 5
€200 - Gary Condon, Roseleigh. €100 - Ann Dunphy, Tubrid. €50 - Catriona McDonald, Trim. €20 - Catriona Mackey, Polerone; Dawn Costine, Portlaw; Geraldine De Courcey, Mooncoin Heights; Frances Mahon, Ballybrazil; Johnny Walsh, Ballinlough; Paul Butler, Roseleigh; Tommy Power, Crawn; Mary Delahunty, Luffany; Sinead Quinn, Polerone Green; Bill Delahunty New Road; Jim Hayes, Ballincur; Joan Doran, Convent View; Eugene Fitzgerald, Luffany; Jimmy O’Brien, Corluddy; Sinead Walsh, Mooncoin Heights; Geraldine O’Brien, Polerone; Teresa Dungan, Mullinavat; Bridget Rochford, Clogga; Rosie Ryan, Suir Crescent; Maurice Flynn, Mooncoin Heights.
We welcome into our Faith Community the following who were baptised recently; Ciara Doherty, Jake Hahessy & Sean O'Donoghue.
Congratulations to Colette Barden & Seamus Anderson who were married recently.
FETAC Level 5 Care Skills Course. Commences November 26. Limited places remaining. This course opens up a Career in Care. Full details from Vision Training, 086 1704157.
Carrigeen Community Preschool
The Preschool are holding a Pub Quiz on Friday, December 04 at 8.30pm in Doyle’s Pub. Team of 4 is €20. Raffle on the night. Your support is appreciated.
Carrigeen Altar Society
Collection for flowers for Christmas at Masses week ending November 28/29.
CLEANERS: Nov 28/Dec 05 Noreen Quilty, Brenda Holden, Mickey Lannon.
MINISTERS: Nov 28 (8pm) Teresa O’Neill, Suzanne Halley. Nov 29 (10am) Margaret Brennan, Noreen Walsh.
READERS: Nov 28 (8pm) Teresa O'Neill, Louise Walsh. Nov 29 (10am) Ronan Walsh, Eilish Walsh.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Nov 28 Ann Grant, Mary Fewer.
MINISTER: Nov 29 - Brigid Rochford.
READER: Nov 29 - Katherine Hogan.
CLEANERS: Nov 28/Dec 05 - B. Rochford, B. Comerford.
ALTAR SERVERS: Nov 29 - Kate & Laura Dillon-Dunphy.
Joe Mahon, Cellbridge.
Johanna Dunne, Skelpstown; The Dollard & Walsh Family, Ballybrazil; Richie Tobin; Therese Walsh; Edward Dunphy, Luffany; Dick Dunphy, Luffany; Leo Walsh, Aglish; Breda & Phil Radick, Chapel View/Wembley; Mattie Byrne, St. Anne’s Terrace; Gerard Cody, Clonmore; Margaret Elliot, Polerone; Johanna Moran, Ballybrazil;
Patrick Smith, Carrick Road.