I want to express my deep gratitude for the great solidarity you have shown towards the earthquake victims in my country and for your very generous assistance to me, so that I may complete my studies and return home quickly.
Haiti used to be a place of dreams: white beaches, clear seas and untouched green fertile mountains. Now tragically, to the world, it looks like a huge open cemetery. Before the earthquake we were on the brink of disaster as a result of an unlimited number of problems (social, economic, political, etc...), now however, we must also face the devastating effects of the events of January 12 . We do this, stronger, thanks to the support of so many people throughout the world.
"Prayer is the most sublime expression of solidarity." Together we pray to God with the hope that soon in Haiti work will resume in a country that knows no respite from pain and tragedy. Let us pray that the darkness of suffering can give way to the light of hope; offering a new beginning for all.
Again my deepest thanks to you all. May God bless you and keep all of you in his love and his peace!
Fr. Jean Ralph Riccardy Pompée THEODAT

The hall committee would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for making the Christmas Fair an outstanding success. Your generosity made it possible to raise in excess of €11,000. Some of this has already been put to good use to mend water pipes that burst in the hall during the bad weather. The quality of the donations was excellent and saleable. For the first time in 3 years there was no need to hire a skip afterwards. A special thank you to the ticket sellers and to all who helped in any way.

Our collection last weekend raised a staggering €12,128.08. Thank you!! When counting this money someone commented “it would make you proud to be from the parish” – how true!! Your generosity was truly amazing.
As a result of this we were able to send €4,000 from the parish to Rome, which covered all of Jean’s college bills. He now has no worries but the completion of his studies, so that he may return home. We pray that this gift, through the work Jean will do, will continue to effect lives in Haiti for years and decades to come.
More immediately we were able to send – €8,128.08 directly to Haiti to assist with the relief work in this land truly devastated by the recent earthquake. May the Lord for whom all is possible bring great hope and a new beginning there.
Fr. Eamonn, Fr. Dermot & Chris

€200 - Pauline Tobin, Polerone. €100 - Alice Kelly, Convent View. €50 - Frank Law, Ardera. €20 - Colm Scahill, Clogga; Joan Daly, Dungooley; Seamus Kearns, Clogga; Cindy Dillon, Tubrid; Michael Hanlon, Dournane; Larry Kearns, Clogga; Paddy Purcell, Polerone; Johnnie Walsh Snr, Ballygriffin; Marie Kinsella, Dournane; Denis Law, Mullinavat; Emily Crowley, Polerone; Ciara Law, Ardera; Ann Purcell, Suir Crescent; Gretta O’Keeffe, Convent View; Liam O’Keeffe, Polerone; Claus Holden, Main Street; Marie O’Brien, New Road; Deborah Davies, Roseleigh; Martin Gordon, Piltown; James Gaynor, Lower Corluddy.

Community Computer Training Beginner’s Course - No experience needed - Morning & Evening Classes Contact 051-357731, or All are welcome.

AGM on Friday, February 05 in the Complex at 8pm. All players asked to attend and anyone interested in helping out is welcome. A big thanks to Blanchfields and all who helped out with the recent bag packing.

Childs cot and wardrobe. As new. €130 O.N.O. Contact 087-9718376.

Kilnaspic: Thursday 7.30pm
Carrigeen: Friday 8.00pm

Monthly Mass of St Joseph’s Young Priests Society will take place on Thurs. Feb. 4 at 9.30pm in Mooncoin Church. A Holy Hour of intercession for vocations will follow in the Nagle Chapel. All are welcome. As this is the year of the Priests why not make a special effort to attend Mass and come to the exposition for even 15 minutes.

Annual Church Gate Collection will take place weekend February 13/14.

CLEANERS: Feb 06/13 - Bridget McGrath, Pauline Tobin, Elsie McGrath, Ellen Fitzpatrick.

MINISTERS: Feb 06 (8pm) Dick Madden, Suzanne Halley. Feb 07 (10am) Margaret Brennan, Mary Hassett.

MINISTERS: Feb 07 - Richard Hogan.
READERS: Feb 07 - Clare Walsh.
CLEANERS: Feb 07/14 -A. Hearne, D. Alyward.
ALTAR SERVERS: Feb 07 -Kate & Laura Dillon-Dunphy.

We commend to your generous prayers the following who died recently; Ella Power. Teresa Fielding. Nellie Norris, Clogga. May they Rest in Peace.

Tom O’Toole, Rathcurby; John Kinsella, Ardera;
Nicholas Walsh, Ballincur; Peter O’Keeffe, Glengrant; Johnny Tobin, Main Street; Nora Walsh, Clogga Cottage; Kitty & John Tobin, Chapel Street;
Mikie O’Keeffe, Clashroe; James & Mary Lynch, Ballincur.


First Communion: Saturday, May 15
Confirmation: Sunday, May 16

Apostolic Society
St. Bridget's Crosses will be on sale after all Masses in the 3 churches on weekend January 30 & 31 - €2.00 each.

Fr. Patsy Kelly M.S.C. will give a week-end Scripture Retreat in the Nano Nagle Chapel, Presentation Convent, from Friday, Jan 29 at 8.00 pm to Sunday afternoon Jan 31. Timetable adjustable to suit participants.
All are welcome to one, or all sessions. Contact Sr. Mary at 895114.

€200 - Larry Gilmartin, Barronswood. €100 - Pat Kinsella, Clogga. €50 - Anthony Walsh, Suir Crescent. €20 - Oliver Power, Kilcraggan; Billy O’Keeffe, Main Street; Matt Williams, Ashgrove; Paddy Power, Comeragh View; Sean Sutton, Filbuckstown; Hazel Barden, Kilnaspic; Dick Delahunty, Grange; Eddie O’Keeffe, Rathcurby; Richard Kearns, Mooncoin Heights; Jim Gibson, Ardera; Mick Fitzpatrick, Clonmore; Mary Telford, Carrick Road; Dave Stephney, Piltown; Collette Fanning, Old Luffany; c/o Mick Holton, Carrigeen; Frank Law, Ardera; David Twomey, Ballinlough; Anne Byrne, Dournane Road; Anne Grant, Portnascully; Kevin Crowley, Polerone.

Gym now open on Thursdays 10.15am – 12.15pm for Ladies. For information contact 087-1463281.

Scoil Mhuire, Greenhill, Carrick-on-Suir
Will hold its open night for incoming First Year students and their parents on Monday, January 25 at 7.30pm in the school.

On Tuesday, January 26. Church service at 7.30pm in St. Paul’s Church of Ireland Piltown. AGM in Community Centre at 8.15pm. All welcome. The show committee would like to thank all who sent in silage bales, or cash for the flood appeal in the West.

Purse found in Carrigeen after Saturday evening Mass. Please contact the sacristy.

Slieve na Mban Climb
Many thanks to all who took part in our annual trek up the mountain. A special thanks to our many sponsors and local businesses who donated. Can anyone with outstanding cards please return them to any committee member.

Kilkenny Leader Partnership Outreach Service
Has resumed in Piltown Community Centre on Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Limited places available in the Landscaping Course starting shortly in Piltown. If interested please call to the Outreach Clinic. or phone 898820.

READERS: Jan 31/Feb 7 (11am) Geraldine Purcell, Brandon Power.

MINISTERS: Jan 30 (8pm)AnnaWalsh (B), Anne Walsh (C). Jan 31 (10am) Catriona O’Reilly, Yvonne Pheasey.
READERS: Jan 30 (8pm) Tony & James Gaynor. Jan 31 (10am) Una Walsh, Brian Pheasey.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Jan 30 Margaret Kenny, Margaret Phelan (B).

READERS: Jan 31 - Tom Reddy.
ALTAR SERVERS: Jan 31 -Ian Long, Fiona Long, Andrew Long.

Patrick ‘Paddy’ O’Keeffe, Carrick Road; Annie Jacob, Waterford; James Greene, Luffany; Una Corcoran, Lismore Lawn; Thomas Hennebry, Cloncunny; Annie O’Keeffe, Moonveen; Maureen Ryan, Rathkieran. Mr. & Mrs. James O’Brien, Ballincur; Sr. Christopher Foskin, Devon / Rathcurby; Martin Howley, Ballytarsney; Pat Delahunty, Portnascully Mills; Elizabeth Power, Kilcraggan; Johanna Kiely, Waterford; Fr. Matt McGauran, Longford & Cornwall; John Crowley, Riverquarter; Kitty Delahunty, Dournane Road; James Kenny, Luffany; John & Nancy Carberry, Aglish; Margaret Deedy, Corluddy; Nicholas Walsh, Luffany; Stasia Walsh, Crawn.


Prayers of the Faithful
Every week a large amount of requests are often personally made in prayer, asking God for something, or indeed giving thanks for something received. This is done perhaps silently, maybe by lighting a candle, or even by asking a friend to pray for a particular petition.
The Prayers of the Faithful hold an important place in the context of the Sunday Mass. In many ways they give us the opportunity to bring our prayers and our needs right to the heart of our great Christian celebration.
In an effort to make this more real, and to make our Prayers reflect the real needs of our faith community; we are asking people to please write your personal petition, or thanksgiving on a piece of paper and place it in the boxes provided. These prayers will be remembered at all of our masses and some will be prayed aloud in a general way (that is to say without names etc..) at our Sunday Masses.
The Petitions can be filled out and placed the box in each of the churches in our parish.
May the good Lord listen to our prayers.

Day Care Centre
Reopens on January 20 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
Mew members are most welcome.
Happy New Year to all members.

Coláiste Cois Siúire
Evening Classes (Spring 2010)
Enrolment Night will be held in the school on Tuesday, January 19 between 7pm – 8pm for classes commencing end of January.
(A minimum of 14 per class required in order for classes to commence)
Classes on offer include:
* Basic Computers (for beginners)
* AutoCAD (Introductory Course)
* Personal Beauty Care and Wellbeing
* Art - Watercolours (Beginners and Improvers)
* Bridge (Beginners)
* Numeracy
For further information, phone 0895112 between 9am & 3pm.

Silver Circle - WEEK 11
€200 - John Flynn, Cork. €100 - Sharon Carroll, Comeragh View. €50 - Shona O’Brien, Suir Crescent. €20 - Eamonn Holden Main Street; John Fielding, Polerone; Mary English, Carrick Road; Una Foley, Main Street; David Foley, Kilcraggan; Peggy McDonald, Main Street; Bernard Keane, Riverquarter; Benny Aylward, Gortrush; Noreen Mahon, Dournane; Pete Doyle, Luffany; Martin Gordon, Belline; Shane Law O’Neill, Roseleigh; Cormac O’Shea, Potnahully; Leah Reid, Polerone; Marion Walsh, Mountneill; Michael Blanchfield, Main Street; Colette Fanning, Old Luffany; Sharon Walsh, C/O Martina Law; Sinead Walsh, Mooncoin Heights; David Heffernan, Passage East.

Juvenile GAA
AGM takes place on Friday, January 22 at 8.00pm sharp in the Complex. All members are asked to attend. Everyone welcome.

Irish Dancing Classes
On Tuesdays at 6.15pm in the Sports Complex, Mooncoin. Also in Piltown on Thursdays at 6.30pm in the Hall opposite Anthony’s Inn Carpark. Phone: 850641.

Dick Moore at 5 Mooncoin Heights on Wednesday, January 20, at 8pm.

3 Guitarists needed for Saturday Evenings Young Peoples Choir – Contact Parish Office at 895123.

In case of emergency
We have had lots of ice lately - but what of ice on your phone?
ICE is a programme that enables first responders, such as ambulance crews, fire-brigade and guards to identify contact information in an emergency. According to this programme people are encouraged to enter emergency contacts in their mobile phone address book under the name "ICE", or even "ICE1", "ICE2", etc. which can then be used in emergency situations.

Blossoms Drama Classes
For children beginning Monday 18th January. Children 4-7 years 3.30pm & 8-12 years 4-5.30pm. Contact Conor at 087 2225225.

AGM will be held in the Royal Oak on Wednesday, January 20, at 8pm.

CLEANERS: Jan 23/30 - Nellie Phelan, Margaret Fielding, Kathleen Mackey, Angela Haley.

MINISTERS: Jan 23 (8pm) Declan Walsh, Suzanne Halley. Jan 24 (10am) Josephine Rowe, Eileen Williams.
READERS: Jan 23 (8pm) Teresa O’Neill, Louise Walsh. Jan 24 (10am) Ronan Walsh, Eilish Walsh.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Jan 23 Ann Grant, Mary Fewer.

READERS: Jan 24 - Marjorie Godinho.
CLEANERS: Jan 23/30 - K. Barden, K. Kinsella.
ALTAR SERVERS: Jan 24 - Aiden & Ciaran Quilty.

Mary McCarthy, Comeragh View;
Aidan Byrne, Dournane Road;
Bridie Hewetson, Ballymountain; Eddie Lacey, Portnahully; Thomas Hennebry, Cloncunney; John Falconer, Clonmore; Walter Dunphy, Tubrid; Johnny Walsh, Ballincur;
Walsh family, Portnascully; Annie O’Keeffe, Moonveen;
Hannah Kearns, Barronswood; Tom Rochford, Barronswood.

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD, January, 10, 2010

A New Year’s Prayer
May God make your year a happy one!Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;Not by making your path easy,But by making you sturdy to travel any path;Not by taking hardships from you,But by taking fear from your heart;Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;Not by making your life always pleasant,But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,And by making you anxious to be there to help.God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.

Parish Hall
Any Group, or individual planning to use the hall during 2010 will need to contact the Parish Office on 895123, giving details of times and dates. This will help avoid double bookings.

FAS – Community Employment Vacancies
Applications are welcome for a placement on the FAS C/E Scheme in the areas of Mooncoin for the coming year. The closing date for all applications is Wednesday, January 13. If you would like to participate in the Scheme, or require further information on the Kilmacow/Slieverue Community Employment Scheme, please contact the FAS Office (Tel 051 – 881984), or email

Irish Dancing Classes
Will resume Tuesday, Jan 12 at 6.15pm in the Sports Complex. Phone 850641. They will also resume in Piltown on Thursday, January 14 in the Hall opposite Anthony’s Inn car park at 6.30pm.

Iverk Show AGM
Monday, January 11, Service at St. Paul's Church of Ireland Piltown at 7.30pm followed by AGM in Community Centre at 8.15pm. All members are asked to attend and new members are welcome.

Blossoms Drama Classes
For children - beginning Monday 18 January 18. Children 4-7 years 3.30pm & 8-12 years 4-5.30pm. Contact Conor on 087-2225225.

Saturday Fun Club
Sports Activities, Games, Arts & Crafts For 4 to 10 Years every Saturday in Kilmacow Community Centre 10am to 1pm. Registration Night Thursday, January 21 from 7pm to 8pm. For More information contact Susan on 087- 2171029.

Circuit Training Class
Starts Wednesday, January 20 running every Wednesday 8pm to 9pm. Registration Night Wednesday, January 13 at 8pm in Kilmacow Community Centre. 10 classes €80. For More info contact Noel on 087-7592201.

Aerobics Class
Get up to the Beat with Jane, starts Monday, January 18 running every Monday 8pm to 9pm. Registration Night Monday, January 11 at 8pm in Kilmacow Community Centre. More info contact Noel on 087-7592201.

St. Vincent dePaul
The Local Conference wish to thank you for your generosity towards the Christmas Collection. The Monthly Collection will be held next weekend January 16/17. Conference Meeting Tuesday Jan 19 at 8.00pm.

Apostolic Society
A meeting will be held in the convent on Thursday 14 at 7.30pm (weather permitting).

Family Communications & Self Esteem
An 8 week parenting course for parents of 9 - 16 year olds will be held in Kilkenny starting the week of January 25. The course is free. Contact Teresa for venues and other details on 056- 7761400, or 087-2349693, before January 20.

READERS: January 17/24 (11am) Michael Keane & Ann Lee.
CLEANERS: Jan 9/16 - Fiona Walsh, Kay Dunne, Kathleen O’Brien, Joan Scahill.

MINISTERS: Jan 16 (8pm) Dick Madden, Mary Murphy. Jan 17 (10am) Noreen Walsh, Mary Hassett.
READERS: Jan 16 (8pm) Ned & Eimear Phelan. Jan 17 (10am) Laura Pheasy & Lynn Walsh.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Jan 16 - Teresa Comerford, Joan Dunphy.

ALTAR SERVERS: Jan 17 - Kate Hennebry, Sarah Norris.

Edward Moore, Rathcurby; James & Bridie English, Carrick Road; Eileen Brooks, (nee Wilson), London; Bridget Lannon, Ballinlough; Liam Mackey, Clonmore; James O'Brien, Grange; Michael Keane, Ballytarsney; Nancy Carbery, Aglish; Cis Mackey, Polerone; Tommy Talbot, St Anne's Tce; William Doran, Liverpool; Jim Grace, Portnahully; Sean Cashin, 16 The Hawthorns; Elizabeth Griffin.


Christmas Message 2009 - Signs of the Emmanuel
Emmanuel means ‘God is with us’. On reflection over the past year we have seen many aspects of the Emmanuel in the care and love of families and the community, through sharing and caring. God’s presence is tangible through these acts of reaching out and volunteerism in our community. Our community is very blessed to have so many people of different ages giving of their time, week in and week out, in the service of the community and the life of church activities. We would like to thank you one and all for your generosity and commitment throughout the past year.
For many there has been difficulty, stress and uncertainty in the economic climate that we have and are experiencing. There are those who have been bereaved or have had sickness trust upon them. Christmas is a time to reflect and to embrace the Christmas story. Much of the time in the Holy Family, in those early days and months, there was a sense of wonder and certainly fear. The fear was overcome by the presence of God and entrusting themselves to His ways and will. With the Christmas stories there are journeys, and we too join in those journeys. The shepherds were told about the birth of Jesus and they came to see the New Born King. The Wise Men from the East followed the star which settled over Bethlehem. May we, with listening hearts this Christmas, listen to the voice of God through the varying prophets, the scriptures, the sacraments and loving people in our midst. May we be led to the stable at Bethlehem and adore the King, whose birth we celebrate at the close of 2009. With every grace blessing and good wish this Christmas and for the New Year, 2010.

We commend to your generous prayers, Bill Deegan, Kilkenny & Rosbercon, who died recently.
May he Rest in Peace.

Peggy O'Keeffe, Clogga.

Patrick & Bridget Phelan, Portnahully; Pat Holden, Aglish; Ellen Roche, Tubrid; Billy Quinn, Main Street; Rita Croke, Chapel Street; Eily Walsh, Clogga; William Kearns, Barronswood; Ambrose Walsh, Carrigeen; Mgt & Mary Cahill, Clonmore; Michael Butler, Clonmore; Msgr. John Kenny & Rev William Kenny, Cussana; Michael & Catherine Cullen, Wexford; Walter McGrath, Ballinerla; Mary Walsh, Ballygorey; Colm Doyle, Ballymountain; Jim Grace, Portnahully; Alice Walsh, Clogga; Hannah Roche, Ballygriffin. Neddy Power, Kit Power, Old Luffany; Bill and Kathleen Quinn, Cashel; Michael Quinn, Clonmore; Tom Conway, Main Street; Jim Comerford, Clogga; Willie Purcell, Suir Crescent.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, December 20, 2009

CHRISTMAS EVE - Thursday, December 24
Mooncoin: 6.30 pm
Carrigeen: 8.00 pm
Kilnaspic: 10.00 pm
CHRISTMAS DAY - Friday, December 25
Kilnaspic: 9.00 am
Carrigeen: 10.00 am
Mooncoin: 11.00 am

Recordings from The National Schools of the Parish are here in 13 beautiful tracks. Great value at €5. Profits from the CD will go to help finance our Drugs Awareness Programme - Healthy Life Choices.

The Presentation Girls’ School will perform the Nativity, ‘Hosanna Rock’ in Mooncoin Church on Monday, December 21 at 7pm. Mass will follow.
Afterwards there will be a collection for the Presentation Missions. Any donation gratefully accepted.

€200 - Johnnie O’Brien, Grange. €100 - Willie Brien, Ardera. €50 - Louise Holden, Convent View. €20 - Bridget Dunphy, Tubrid; Eugene Dunphy, Suir Crescent; Cindy Dunphy, Tubrid; Johnnie Murphy, c/o Paddy Crowley; Mary Walsh, Rathkieran; Jimmy Dunphy, Tubrid; Eileen Williams, Ashgrove; Martin Quilty, Clogga; Eithne Bulfin, Cork; Betty Power, Crawn; Kevin Dobbyn, Grange; Cliff Dean, Philbuckstown; Bernard Keane, Riverquarter; Eddie Tobin, Ballymountain; Robert Walsh, Ballincur; John Walsh Jnr., Ballygriffin; Mike Walsh, Crawn; John Croke, Chapel St; Johnny Walsh Snr., Ballygriffin.

€200 - Kevin Grant, Portnascully. €100 - Katy Phelan, Ballytarsney. €50 - Carmel Gallagher, Waterford. €20 - Dina Kennedy, Mooncoin Heights; Mai Cody, Kilnaspic; Ann Purcell, Suir Crescent; Helen Walsh, Comeragh View; Catriona Crowley, Polerone; Tom Doody, Ballincur; Michael Holden, Polerone; Willie Kearns, Barronswood; Breda O’Reilly, Polerone; Eithne Bulfin, Cork; Mandy O’Connor, Carrick Road; Danielle Foran, Ardera; Elaine Fitzgerald, Suir Crescent; Matt Gannon, Grange; Alan Conway, Roseleigh; Wattie Walsh, Polerone; Sean Walsh, Grange; David Phelan, Ardera; Kitty Cashin, Kilmacow; Alice Conway, Carrick Road.

The Parish Office will close at 1pm on Tuesday, December 22 for the Christmas Holidays and will re-open on Monday, January 4 at 9.30am.

Pilgrimage to Rome
July 25 - August 1, 2010. For more information contact the Parish Office, or Fr. Dermot Ryan.

Mooncoin Juvenile G.A.A. Club will once again play our annual Richard Ryan Memorial Father’s V Son’s Gaelic Football match in the complex on Friday, January 1 at 12.00pm. Everyone is more than welcome to come along and attend this fun day out. Light refreshments will be served on the day.

CLEANERS: Dec 24/Jan 02 Joan Foskin, Ena Laffan, Joan Doran, Catherine Doran.

READERS: Dec 24 (8pm) Teresa O’Neill, Louise Walsh. Dec 25 (10am) Breda Walsh, Joe Sullivan.
Cleaning of Carrigeen Church. Monday, December 21 at 7pm. As many members as possible to please attend.

CLEANERS: Dec 26/Jan 2 - A. Dunphy, M. Frisby.

Edmond Dunne, Emil & Turkstown; Michael Purcell, Dublin & Polerone; Catherine Kelly, Silverspring; Nora Jones, Main Street; William Phelan, Skelpstown; James Quinn, Luffany; Kathleen Fewer, Ballygriffin; Frankie Dempsey, Ferrybank; Michael Butler, Clonmore;
Molly & Jackie Allen, Dournane Road; Peter & Cathy Sutton, Kilmacow; Denis & John Egan, Cloncunny.