Catholic Schools: Envisioning a Future
At present the Church’s involvement in education is much debated. Should we be there at all? Have we anything to offer? What is distinctive about a Catholic School? And why would a parent choose to send their child to such a school? These, and questions like them, are not only timely but also important and they deserve our attention.
Therefore, on the evening of Friday, May 7 (7.30pm - 9.30pm) and the morning of Saturday, May 8 (10am - 12.30pm), at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny, we will have the opportunity to explore and reflect on our involvement in education today. Can we offer positive reasons for our involvement in Education? Why not join us and take part in the discussion.
Friday, May 7 - The Catholic School: Reflecting an Experience (7.30pm -9.30pm)
Speaker: His Eminence Sean Cardinal Brady, Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of all-Ireland.
And Reflections on the experience of Catholic Schools from:
* Mr. John Curtis, Principal St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny.
* A Parent.
* Michelle Cullinane (A Student from Loreto Secondary School,
Chairperson: Most Rev. Seamus Freeman, Bishop of Ossory.
Saturday, May 8 - The Catholic School: Envisioning a Future (10am – 12.30pm)
* Fr Michael Drumm, Chairperson of Catholic Schools Partnership.
* Ms. Cora O’Farrell, Dept. of Religious Studies & Religious Education,
St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.
* Ms. Maria Spring, Chairperson of the Catholic Primary School
Managers Association (CPSMA).
Chairperson: Msgr Jim Cassin, Executive Secretary to the Education Commission of the Irish Catholic Episcopal Conference.

Bishop Freeman is initiating a series of Listening Sessions throughout the Diocese. These meetings will enable him to listen to what people are feeling about the Church in the aftermath of the Ryan and Murphy Reports. He writes "I am now asking the three Deanery Pastoral Councils to organise listening sessions that will give an opportunity to all the people of the Diocese to express their feelings and have them heard. This will be the beginning of a process of reflective speaking, listening and discernment that will, I hope, be very fruitful as we move forward"
All are welcome to attend these meetings. A facilitator will be present and a full report of each meeting will be recorded. Parishioners are invited to attend the venue for their parish, but are welcome to attend another gathering if the date, or venue is more convenient.
There will be ten meetings throughout the diocese and Bishop Freeman will attend all of these meetings. The dates and venues for the first six 'Listening Sessions' are as follows:
Ossory gathers to speak, to listen, to be heard
Bishop Freeman invites people to have their voices heard
Date Venue Parishes
May 4, 8.00pm Gowran Parish Hall Gowran, Clara, Tullaherin.
May 6, 8.00pm Thomastown Inistoige, Mullinavat, Windgap, Concert Hall Dunamaggan, Aghaviller,
Marshes Street Ballyhale, Thomastown.
May 10, 8.00pm Castletown ICA Hall Borris-in-Ossory, Seir Kieran, Rathdowney, Camross, Castletown
May 11, 7.30pm Ferrybank Parish Hall Templeorum, Mooncoin,
Kilmacow, Slieverue, Glenmore, Rosbercon, Ferrybank.
May 13, 8.00pm Newpark Hotel St. Canice’s, St. John’s
May 14, 8.00pm The Presentation Hall Freshford, Galmoy, Urlingford, Durrow Johnstown, Durrow, Aghaboe.

Super Summer Activities Camp 2010
Bookings being taken for Super Summer Activities Camp at Mooncoin GAA Grounds week beginning 9th to 13th August. For further information please contact Declan Wall on 898742, or 086-1246650,

Teen Summer Camp (4 Days)
Registration night on May 6 at 7.00pm in the GAA Complex. Age Group: 12 to 17 years old. Cost yet to be decided on.

Thank you
Thank you very much to all who contributed to the recent gate collection for the Girls’ School.

In aid of 17 month old Layla Cullen, a patient in Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin, for the past 6 weeks. Saturday, May 8 at the Cotton Mill Bar at 2.00pm.

Kilnaspic: Thursday at 7.30pm
Carrigeen: Friday at 8.00pm

Coláiste Cois Siúire
2010/2011 Now enrolling:
FETAC (Level 5) Computer Applications & Office Administration
Modules Include:
Word Processing, Text Production, Reception, Information & Administration, Communications, Business Calculations, Computer Applications – Spreadsheet, Database, PowerPoint, Internet, e-mail
and Work Experience.
FETAC (Level 5) Community Healthcare Support
Modules Include:
Care Skills, Care Support, Safety and Health at Work, Caring for children 0-6 years, Care of the Older Person, Nutrition, Communications, Word Processing and Work Experience.
For Further Information Please Contact the School: 051 895112

Conference meeting on Tuesday May 4 at 8.00pm.

Brainwave - The Irish Epilepsy Association
Our annual church gate collection will be held on May 8/9
All donations would be greatly received.

Monthly Mass of St Joseph’s Young Priest Society
Will take place on Thursday, May 6 at 9.30 in Mooncoin Church. A Holy Hour for intersession for vocations will follow in the Nagle Chapel, all are welcome. As this is the Year of the Priest why not make a special effort to attend Mass and come to the exposition for even 15 minutes.

Ballygriffin, Co. Cork, is the birthplace of Nano Nagle, foundress of the Presentation Sisters in 1775. We are organising a bus to Ballygriffin on Sunday, June 5. If you are interested, please contact Sr. Maura at 895114 during the week.

READERS: May 9/16 (11am) Marjorie Godinho, Liz Knox.
CLEANERS: May 8/15 - Ena Laffan, Jo Laffan, Joan Doran, Catherine Doran, Joan Foskin.

MINISTERS: May 8 (8pm) Mary Murphy, Anna Walsh (B). May 9 (10am) Mary Hassett, Eileen Williams.
ALTAR SOCIETY: May 8 Teresa Comerford, Joan Dunphy.

MINISTER: May 9 - May Coady.
READER: May 9 - Sarah Norris.
CLEANERS: May 8 - H. Brennan, C. Dunphy.
ALTAR SERVERS: May 9 - Aidin & Ciaran Quilty.

Edward Comerford, Clogga. May Tyler, Grange.
Richard Walsh, Clogga. Peggy Laffan, St Anne’s Terrace.
Theresa Egan, Cloncunny. Stasia Walsh, Aglish.
Fidel Rousso, England. Paddy & Mary Holden, Carrick Road.
James Kiely, Williamstown, Waterford.