26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, September 25, 2011

Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation – Alan Cohen
A friend of mine had an interview recently where one of the interviewers stated that it was amazing how she was able to turn every negative event in her life into a positive experience. For myself I have found that my most precious learning has been from those times when I thought that my world was crashing down around my eyes.
One of my most helpful poems at such times is “Footprints” which is a poem about Jesus walking with someone across a beach, thus there are two sets of footprints in the sand. During an especially trying period the person looks back and complains that Jesus left them just when they needed him the most only to be told that that was the time that Jesus had carried them.
Belief in God and self helps me to change my scared times in sacred times. The awful times in awesome times and the terrifying times into terrific times. None of it comes easy, or instant, but takes time of reflections, learning and the willingness to look at things in a different way.
My prayer for you this day
is that you are willing to look at your life’s journey that changes negative experiences to periods of positive transformation.

The Kilkenny Fire Officer on his own behalf and on behalf of all the fire crew who fought the fire in the furniture shop in Mooncoin would like to give a sincere word of thanks to all who helped in any way. A special word of thanks to Ann Dobbyn, Kathleen O’Driscoll & Rose Mahon who provided tea and refreshments. Our thoughts and prayers are with the owner and his family.

What is Positive Ageing Week?
Positive Ageing is the term that we have chosen to encapsulate all we are trying to do to make Ireland the best place in which to grow old. It means a society in which people of all ages enjoy the same status and rights. Positive Ageing Week is a festival which highlights the positive aspects of ageing and celebrates the contribution older people have made and continue to make to their communities. The central aim of Positive Ageing Week is to dispel the many negative perceptions that surround ageing and to transform attitudes towards ageing and older people. We need to celebrate the fact that we are living longer, that ageing is not a burden, but an opportunity. We wish to thank all the ageing people of our community and wish them long life, health & happiness.
As part of Positive Ageing Week, Mooncoin Residential Care Centre is inviting you to join with us celebrating Mass on Thursday, September 29 at 2.30pm, followed by Tea and Cakes. All proceeds to Age Action Ireland.

Is chronic illness part of your life?
Are you a carer or do you have a health condition?
Have you, or a family member, experienced, pain, tiredness, stress, loss of mobility, fear for the future, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, isolation or any of the many other consequences of long-term and enduring ill-health or disability? Would a Self-Management Programme help? Self-management is about using simple skills to take control of the way you think and feel about your health condition/your caring situation and how you cope in everyday life.
Courses October 2011:
Venue: IWA Carlow - 10am - 12.30pm
Dates: Beginning Monday, October 10 and every Monday for six weeks. There will be a break for the Bank Holiday on Monday, October 31.
Venue: Pembroke Hotel, Patrick St. Kilkenny - 7pm - 9.30pm
Dates: Beginning Monday, October 10 and every Monday for six weeks. There will be a break for the Bank Holiday on Monday, October 31.
Venue: Ayrfield Medical Centre, Granges Rd. Kilkenny - 10am -12.30pm. Dates: Beginning Friday, October 14 and every Friday for 6 weeks
Venue: Brookhaven Nursing Home, Ballyragget - 10am - 12.30pm.
Dates: Beginning Friday, October 14 and every Friday for 6 weeks
For further details, or to book a place on one of these courses check out www.ceartpatientwise.ie. Email: annecody@ceart.ie. Phone: Anne Cody 087-9028534.

Tuesday – Friday: 9.30am.
Thursday: 2.30pm in Mooncoin Residential Care Centre.

Conference meeting on Tuesday, Sept 27 at 8pm.

New Office for CURA
If you are pregnant and distressed and would like to talk to someone in confidence, phone CURA at 1850 62 26 26, or locall number 056 7722739. CURA office is now located at the following address: No. 7 Priory Square, Dean Street, Kilkenny. Opening Hours: Mon Wed and Fri 2pm - 4pm. Thurs 7pm - 9pm.

Mooncoin G.A.A. Gym
Induction for anybody wishing to join the gym will take place at 7.00pm on Wednesday, Sept 28. If interested please contact 895435 or 087 1212408 beforehand.

Art Classes
For beginners and more advanced starting in September at Bishop Birch Institute, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. Classes are very enjoyable and sociable. For further information please contact Sonja on 083 3941220, 056 7708155, email, sonjavrsajkov@gmail.com

St. Joseph’s Home Luncheon Club for the Elderly
Lunch served at 12 noon every day. You can choose the day/days that you wish to come. €5 for the meal. You will also be welcome to come to 11am Mass and then have Lunch. After that you can join in an activity, or you can just come for your lunch. You need to enrol with Joan Forrest at Reception and we need to know the day before so that your meal will be ready. Tel: 051 833006 Abbey Road, Ferrybank

READERS: Oct 1/8 (6.30pm) Josie Dolan, Jonathan Crowley. Oct 2/9 (11.15am) Margaret Keane, Liz Knox.
CLEANERS: Oct 1/8 - Brenda Holden, Ann O’Neill, Noreen Quilty, Mickey Lannon.

MINISTERS: Oct 2 (10am) Catriona O’Reilly, Declan Walsh.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Oct 1 - Ann Grant, Mary Fewer.

MINISTER: Oct 1 - Richard Hogan.
READER: Oct 1 - Mary Frisby.
CLEANERS: Oct 1/8 - T. Henebery, K. Scully.

We commend to your generous prayers,
John Purcell, formerly of Rathkieran & Blackpool.
who died recently. May he Rest in Peace.

John Lennon, Waterford & Carrigeen.

William Fewer, Ballygriffin; Jimmy Vereker, Mooncoin;
Fr. Toby & Joe Vereker, Mooncoin & Sacramento;
Nellie Doyle, Ballygorey & Portlaw; Mary O’Brien, Ballincur;
Patrick O’Brien, Ballincur; Ann Dobbyn, Comeragh View.
May they Rest in Peace.