FEBRUARY 1: St Brigid – Mary of the Gael –is second only to St. Patrick in the esteem of the Irish people. St. Brigid was born in 454. She lived a life consecrated to God, it is said she probably received spiritual formation from St. Mel and stayed for a while in Ardagh. Others began to follow her example and later she founded a monastery in Kildare. She is renowned for her hospitality, almsgiving and care for the sick, and her love of nature and animals.
St. Brigid you were a woman of peace.
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious,
and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.
Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what was weak within us.
Calm us into quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit. Amen.
FEBRUARY 3: St. Blaise was born in the early 4th century. He was bishop of Sebaste in Armenia and was later martyred for the faith.
Since the eighth century he has been venerated as the patron of those who suffer from disease of the throat. He is said to have healed a boy who was choking. The blessing of St. Blaise is a sign of our faith in God’s protection and love, for us and the sick.
Lord Jesus, we pray through the intercession of St. Blaise
Heal all who are suffering from disease of the throat
And protect us who pray to you at this time.
We pray for _________ may s/he be restored to full health.
We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Enclosed in the Grapevine is the synopsis of the questionnaire which you received last year. We thank all who responded. The Parish Council will take on board the suggestions you made. Next weekend a leaflet will be distributed in all the churches inviting volunteers to participate in the different ministries in the Church and Parish. It’s an opportunity to make a new beginning and for all to take more responsibility for the life of the Parish and what happens in our Church. Fr Liam Power will join us, the Parish Council, for training and planning on Friday & Saturday 4/5 February, as we plan for the future.
Adult Club Officers elected for 2011
President: Fr. Peter Muldowney. Vice Presidents: Tom Nolan, Pete Doyle, Billy O'Keeffe, Joe Dunphy, Pat Kinsella, John Walsh. Chairman: Nicholas Hennebry. Vice Chairman: Paddy Crowley. Secretary: Barry Purcell. Assistant Secretary: John Lennon. Treasurer: John Crowley. Assistant Treasurer: Maurice Flynn. PRO: David McGrath. Delegate County Board: Eugene Dunphy. Delegate South Board: Maurice Flynn. ASAP Officer: Colm Lahane. Irish Officer: Joe Flynn. Development Chairman: Ned Doyle
Intermediate Hurling Manager: James Grace. Junior Hurling Manager: Liam Walsh. Junior B Hurling Manager; Patrick Bowe. U21 Hurling and Football Manager: Liam Sutton. Senior Football Manager: Eugene Dunphy.
The AGM of the Mooncoin Juvenile GAA club took place on Friday, January 14. The officers for the coming year are as follows: Chairman: Eugene Fitzgerald. Vice Chairman: Colm Lahane. Secretary: Jamie Dunphy. Assistant Secretary: John Grant. Treasurer: John Purcell. PRO: Pat Hogan. Delegate Bord Na ‘OG: Maurice Flynn. Managers are U-10: Eamonn Delahunty. U-12: Mick Holten. U-14: Eugene Fitzgerald. U-16: Willie Fleming. U-18: Larry Dunphy.
Congratulations to our U-21 team and mentors on their success last Sunday on winning the County Final in Nolan Park. It was fantastic to hear the ‘Rose of Mooncoin’ being sung on the steps of Nolan Park after receiving the cup, as the young kids of our club looked on with admiration.
Check out www.mooncoingaa.ie for all club news and activities.
ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY
The monthly mass of St Josephs Young Priests Society will take place on Thursday 3rd February at 9.30a.m. in Mooncoin Church. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for intercession for vocations will follow immediately afterwards in the Nagle Chapel and will conclude at 11.00a.m. All are welcome.
Conference meeting on Tuesday, February 1 at 8.00pm.
Meeting for all the Leaders/ Contact person of Voluntary Groups in the Parish
On Tuesday, February 1 at 8pm in the Parish Room.
KILIMANJARO SCHOOL PROJECT
Meeting for Volunteers on Monday 31 at 7pm in the Parish Room. All welcome.
Sing, Play a Musical Instrument…. Interested in Sacred Music ….. Meeting on Monday, January 31 at 8pm in the Parish Room. Come along and join us. All are welcome.
Short Courses for Spring
Kilkenny Campus at St Kieran’s College Kilkenny has new afternoon and evening courses in Literature, Philosophy and Local Folklore & Song, beginning in early Feb. Courses run for 8 or 10 weeks, 2-4pm or 7-9pm. For more information call 056-777 5910or 087-2630999, or see
www.nuim.ie/kilkenny. Course fees €120/€150. Closing date for applications Feb 2.
Masses for the Week
Tuesday: Mooncoin - 7.30pm (Eucharistic Service)
Kilnaspic - 7.30pm
Wednesday: Mooncoin - 9.30am
Carrigeen - 8pm
Thursday: Feast of St. Blaise - 7.30pm Blessing of the throats after Mass.
Friday: First Friday - 9.30am. Sick and housebound will be visited.
READERS: Feb 6/13 (11am)- Liz Knox / Cara O’Mahony.
READERS: Feb 5 (8pm) Ned Phelan, Eimear Phelan. Feb 6 (10am) Aisling Walsh, Deirdre Walsh.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Feb 5 - Ann Finn, Breda Guthrie.
MINISTER: Feb 6 - Richard Hogan.
READER: Feb 6 - Aiden Quilty.
ALTAR SERVERS: Feb 6 - Kate Hennebry, Kate Kearns.
James Walsh, Clogga. Joe Norris, The Bog Road.
Catherine Delahunty, Dournane Rd. Johnny Tobin, Main St. Sr. Christopher Foskin, Torquay & Mooncoin.
Edward Moore, Rathcurby. Nora Walsh & all the Walsh family, Clogga. Nicholas Claus Walsh, Ballincur.
Elizabeth Walsh, Ardera. James & Mary Lynch, Ballincur. Annie Jacob, Waterford. John & Nancy Carberry, Aglish. Tom O’Toole, Rathcurby. Michael O’Keeffe, Clashroe.
Pat & Esther Delahunty, Portnascully Mill.
Annie O’Keeffe, Moonveen. Margaret Deady, Corluddy.
Peter O’Keeffe, Glengrant. Ellen Power, Mullinavat.