A Word in your ear:
Endings and New Beginnings
For more than twenty years The Grapevine parish newsletter has been a constant feature of Parish life in Mooncoin, Carrigeen and Kilnaspic. It was probably one of the first regular parish newsletters in the Diocese of Ossory. Since the beginning Joan and Kathleen Kelly (now Kathleen Fitzgerald) have faithfully produced The Grapevine, maintaining its constant high standard of production. Recently Joan and Kathleen have indicated to me that they wish to bring their involvement with The Grapevine to a conclusion and pass the baton on to someone else. They have done a magnificent service to the parish community and I want to thank them most sincerely.
The Parish Pastoral Council has set about the task of seeking a new team of people to produce The Grapevine. We are looking for people who have a flair for this kind of work and most importantly, can give the time each week to produce the newsletter. The Pastoral Council is also proposing to incorporate an advertising section in The Grapevine. This would simply mean that companies and local businesses or organisations would have the opportunity to buy a weekly advertisement for a period of three months . Any such business should contact the parish office as soon as possible.
Fr. Martin

Coláiste Cois Siuire
Parents Association will hold its annual Fashion Show on Friday, March 23 at 8pm in the Parish Hall. Your support would be greatly appreciated, as we hope to raise money to develop the recreational facilities and equipment. Tickets available at the school office, Tel: 895112, and a limited number are available at the door on the night. Standard tickets €10, Concession tickets €5.

After the homily the priest invites us to stand and profess our faith. We do this by saying the Creed. There are two Creeds that can be said at Mass: the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Creed tells us simply what we believe as members of the Church. We stand to show that we are proud to be followers and friends of Jesus.
During this time we pray for all our needs, particularly for the Church, the leaders of our country, those who are sick and in need of God’s healing and those who have died. The Prayer of the Faithful is normally spoken by the Minister of the Word on our behalf. At the end of each prayer there is a moment of silence and then the Minister of the Word says: ‘Lord hear us’ or ‘We pray to the Lord’, and we answer: ‘Lord graciously hear us’ or ‘Lord hear our prayer.’

Kilkenny Coeliac Support Group
The third meeting of the newly formed Kilkenny Coeliac Support Group takes place from 8pm on Monday, March 5, at the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel.  All are welcome. For more information ‘phone Edwina on 086-8628626, email, find us on Facebook: Kilkenny Coeliac Support Group, or follow us on Twitter: Kilkenny Coeliac.

Mooncoin Camogie Club
Will hold their Annual Table Quiz on Friday, March 9 in Doyle's bar, Carrigeen at 8pm. Table of 4: €20.
The club would like to congratulate Laura Dillon Dunphy on making the U14 Kilkenny County team, and wish her the best of luck for the coming year.

Silver Circle - Week 17
€200: Tom Delahunty, Barnacole. €100: Claire & Catriona Bowe, Emil. €50: Michael Blanchfield, Main St. €20: Lucy Quinn, Corluddy. Wayne O’Toole, Suir Crescent. Margaret Murphy, Polerone. Ned & Tom Gahan, Piltown. Alice Phelan, Kilcraggan. R A & C Law, Ardera. Kitty Doyle, Luffany. Jimmy Dunphy, Tubrid. Michael Holden, Polerone. Michael Quinn, Clonmore. Joe O’Hanlon, Dournane. Larry Delahunty, Ballytarsney. Frank Law, Ardera. Paudie McCarthy, Ballinlough. Emma Holden, Ballinlough. Noel Phelan, Polerone. Breda Dunphy, Ballygorey. Ann Power, Dournane Road. Willie Fleming, Ballybrazil. Ned Doyle, Aglish.

Masses during the week
Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am

Franciscan Brothers Mission Appeal
In Mooncoin Church March 17/18.

Irish Bishops’ Drugs Initiative
A Diocesan Seminar “Alcohol / Drugs: A Parish Response” organised by the Irish Bishops’ Drugs Initiative is taking place on Wednesday, March 7 in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Kilkenny and on Thursday, March 8 in Piltown Community Hall at 7.30pm. Launch by Bishop Freeman. All welcome – bookings Mary 01-5053044 or John 086-8611531

Carrigeen School Enrolment
Closing date for enrolment for children starting in Carrigeen School in September 2012 is March 30. Tel: 895423 or call to the school.

Girls’ School Enrolment
If you wish to enrol your child in the Girls’ School, and you did not receive a form from the school please contact them on 895503. Closing date March 12

CLEANERS: Mar 10/16 - Elizabeth Lennon, Alice Conway, Rene Comerford, Noreen Holden.

MINISTERS: Mar 11 (10am) Noreen Walsh, P.J. O’Leary.
READERS: Mar 11 (10am) Louise Walsh, Joe Sullivan.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Mar 10 Ann Grant, Mary Fewer.

Carrigeen Church
Choir Practice re-commencing on Monday nights at 7.30pm at Carrigeen Church in preparation for Lent & Easter. All new singers and musicians welcome. See you Monday, March 5.

MINISTER: Mar 10 - May Coady.
READER: Mar 10 - Aideen Quilty.
ALTAR SERVERS: Mar 10 - Kate Kearns, Tara Ramaswamy.

Adoration for the blessed sacrament will take place each Sunday for the duration of Lent from 3-4 pm in Kilnaspic Church.

Tom Foley, Main St.
Linda Holden, Clonmore.
Pat & Phil Dunphy, Ballytarsney.
Michael O’Brien, New Road & Dublin.
Tom O’Brien, Mooncoin & London.
Joe Doyle, Luffany.
Siobhan (Dodie) Crowley, Mountneill. (1st Anniversary).
Mary Lennon, Corluddy & Waterford.
May they Rest in Peace.

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT, March 25, 2012

A Word in your Ear
This week I’m publishing the letter I received from Brother Brian Johnson who preached at all masses last weekend. He was very impressive and your generous response to him and his work speaks for itself. Fr. Martin

Dear Fr. Martin and Parishioners,
Greetings of peace and love to all.
Thank you so very much for the great welcome you gave me when I visited you last weekend. The reception you gave me is a great affirmation of the work we do among some of the poorest people on earth. Your kindness and generosity in these most difficult times is a wonderful boost for all of us but especially for the Brothers working in Kenya and Uganda. To know that you are willing to sacrifice and pray for us, gives us encouragement when the going gets tough. Your prayers are a special source of inspiration. Sometimes we encounter problems that are beyond human solving and it is then we depend on your prayers and the power of a loving God. I have little to offer you for your great kindness and generosity except to let you know that you are remembered in the daily prayers of the brothers. You and your families are also remembered with a small fast and a climb of Croagh Patrick. We will be good guardians of the huge trust you have placed in us. We will use efficiently, effectively and wisely the resources you have so generously given to us.
May the Good Lord and St. Francis of Assisi bless and reward your great kindness and generosity.
Bro. Brian Johnson OSF Contribution…. €3019

Coláiste Cois Siúire Mooncoin
A presentation for all parents of students at Coláiste Cois Siúire will be presented by representatives of the Marie Keating Foundation and is aimed at both men and women’s health on Thursday, March 29 at 10am.

Another word for altar is table. The altar table is in the centre of the part of God’s house that we call the sanctuary. Sanctuary means ‘holy’ and this is indeed a holy place. The servers prepare the altar. They put the following on the altar:
The corporal a square-shaped white cloth on which the paten and chalice are placed.
The Roman Missal the book from which the priest reads the prayers.
The purificators small white towels which are used to clean the chalice and paten later in the Mass.

Pilstock 2012 Fundraising Quiz
A fundraising quiz will be held in Anthony’s Inn on Friday, March 30 at 8pm to raise funds for the charity Chernobyl Children. Pilstock is taking place on June 30 this year & there will be 50 Children from Chernobyl there on the day. As per last year a great day’s family & musical entertainment is guaranteed. More to follow at a later date.

Silver Circle - Week 20
€200: Linda O’Flynn, Roseleigh. €100: Stephen Phelan, Kilcraggan. €50: Fr. Martin Delaney, Mooncoin. €20: Ned Haley, Polerone. Aoife Hayes, Ballincur. Margaret Murphy, Polerone. Seamus Delahunty, Portnahully. Bridget Rochford, Barronswood. Joe Flynn, Mooncoin Heights. Tommy Dunphy, Luffany. Helen Wallace, Carrick Rd. Audrey Fitzpatrick, Dournane Rd. Patricia Roche, Old Luffany. Mary Dalton, Old Luffany. Paul Butler, Roseleigh. Margaret O’Hanlon, Kilmacow. Ina Dunne, Comeragh View. Gerry Dunphy, Tubrid. Finn Hickey, Polerone Green. Gillian & Martin O’Brien, Comeragh View. Philip Walsh, Carrigeen. Elaine Walsh, Ardera. Joan Hennigan, Filbuckstown.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to all who supported our Silver Circle draws this term. Look forward to your support in the future.

Masses during the week
Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am
Parish Reconciliation Service Mooncoin Wed. March 28: 7.30pm

Monthly collection next weekend. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Conference meeting Tuesday, April 3 at 8pm.

Thank You
Bridie Daniels would like to thank all who sent good wishes, Mass Cards and visited her during her recent stay in hospital. A Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Buddy, Alice & The Kelly Family would like to thank the Presentation Sisters & all the people who sent Mass Cards & visited Buddy in hospital. Mass will be offered for all your intentions.

READERS: Mar 31/Apr 7 (6.30pm) Ailish Conneely, Claire Bowe. Apr 1/8 (11.15am) John Lennon, Marjorie Godinho.

ALTAR SOCIETY: Mar 31 Bridget Phelan, Margaret Dunphy.

MINISTER: Mar 31 - Katherine Hogan.
READER: Mar 31 - Marjorie Godinho.
CLEANERS: Mar 31/Apr 7 - T. Heneberry, K. Scully.
ALTAR SERVERS: Mar 31 - Kate Kearns, Tara Ramaswamy.

Adoration for the Blessed Sacrament
will take place each Sunday for the duration of Lent
from 3-4 pm in Kilnaspic Church.

We commend to your generous prayers, the following who were interred during the week. Ellen (Nellie) Hennebry, Cloncunny. Bridget Nolan, Rathcurby,
May they Rest in Peace.

Nonie & Paddy Purcell, Rathkieran. Eamonn Walsh, Mooncoin Heights.
Jackie Lannon, Suir Crescent. Tommy Foley, Chapel St.
Mary Holden, St. Anne’s Tce. Paddy Holden, St. Anne’s Tce.
John Everett, Rathkieran. Liam & Peter Walsh, Ballincur.
Thomas Everett, Dournane Road. Mary Allen Peel, Carrick Road. James O’Keeffe, Rathcurby. Thomas Dermody, Ballincur. John Phelan, Dournane. Noel Doyle, Ballymountain. William Delahunty, Curraghmartin 1st Anniversary. Ger Dowling, Ballinlough. Eily Phelan, Portnahully. Annie Doody, Tubrid.
May they Rest in Peace.


A Word in your ear
Mother’s Day
Today, I would like to offer a blessing for the mothers on this mother's day. I would like to extend this blessing to all of the women who are here today because mothering is done by teachers, mentors and friends. We all are called to bring forth and nurture life. As I offer this prayer for mothers from John O'Donohue, we can remember our mothers whether they are living and deceased and we can pray for all women in their mothering role.
Your voice learning to soothe your new child
Was the first home-sound
We hear before we could see.
Your young eyes gazing on us
Was the first mirror where we glimpsed
What to be seen could mean.

Your nearness tilled the air,
An umbilical garden for the seeds
Of thought that stirred in our infant hearts.
You nurtured and fostered this space
To root all our quietly gathering intensity
That could grow nowhere else.

Formed from the depths beneath your heart,
You know us from the inside out.
No deeds or seas or others
Could ever erase that.
Fr. Martin

In the early Church people brought the bread and the wine that was used during Mass. This was their gift to their Church family. They also brought other food to be blessed and sometimes this food was given to those who did not have enough to eat. When we bring the bread, wine and money to the altar we are continuing this custom. We also continue this custom of giving when we put money in our Trócaire Box during Lent, or when we give money to organisations collecting outside of the church, like the St Vincent de Paul.

Silver Circle - Week 19
€200: Sean Dwyer, Luffany.
€100: Domo Connelly, Ballincur.
€50: Breda Doyle, Suir Crescent.
€20: Pascal Power Glenmore. Lotto Club, c/o P. Crowley. Mary O’Keeffe, Chapel St. Eleanor Healy, Dungooley. Josie Dolan, Polerone. Philip Walsh, Carrigeen. Ger Nolan, Grange. Anne Dobbyn, Comeragh View. Ned Murphy, Grange. Andy Aylward, Farnogue. Margaret Murphy, Polerone. Siobhan Kearns, New Road. John Allen, Carrick Road. Padraig Tolan, Filbuckstown. Mavis Foley, c/o Rosedale. Cormac Daly, Dungooley. John Power, Polerone Green. Theresa Dungan, Mullinavat. Caoimhe Power, Kilcraggan. Billy O’Keeffe, Main St.

Coláiste Cois Siuire
Parents Association will hold its annual Fashion Show on Friday, March 23 at 8pm in the Parish Hall. Your support would be greatly appreciated, as we hope to raise money to develop the recreational facilities and equipment. Tickets available at the school office, Tel: 895112 and a limited number are available at the door on the night. Standard tickets €10, Concession tickets €5.

Table Quiz
Will be held in Comerford's Pub on March 24 at 8pm. €20 for teams of 4. All monies raised on the night will go to Munster Chernobyl Aid. Hope to see you all there. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Mooncoin Youth Club
Will re-open on Tuesday, March 20 at 7.30pm. All present and new leaders please be at the Hall at 7.00pm

Masses during the week
Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am

Conference Meeting Tuesday, March 20 at 8pm.

Church Gate Collection
M.D.A.P.P. (Mooncoin Drug Awareness Parish Programme) will hold a church gate collection at all Masses next weekend. Your support would be appreciated, as we receive no national or local funding.

Volunteers Wanted
To climb Croagh Patrick on April 15 to raise funds for Waterford Regional Hospital Cardiac Unit. Please contact John: 086 1960547 or Stephen: 086 3004165.

CLEANERS: Mar 24/31 Ena Laffan, Catherine Doran, Therese Walsh, Alice Phelan.

READERS: Mar 25 (10am) Frank Hogan, Laura Pheasey.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Mar 24 Kitty Doyle, Julianne Walsh.

MINISTER: Mar 24 - Helen Brennan.
READER: Mar 24 - Helen Quinn.
ALTAR SERVER: Andrew Long.

Adoration for the Blessed Sacrament will take place each Sunday for the
duration of Lent from 3-4pm in Kilnaspic Church.

Gerard Delahunty, Carrigeen.

We commend to your generous prayers, the following who were interred during the week.
Pat O’Hara, Comeragh Close.
Dan Lane, Carlow & Tramore.
May they Rest in Peace.

Maura Walsh, Polerone. Baby Killian Mackey, Emil.
William Mackey, Polerone. Thomas Wilson, Mooncoin Heights.
Nellie Doody, Ballincur. David Grace, Rathkieran.
Walter Crowley, Polerone. Niall Fox, Aglish.
Richard Kearns, Ardera. Larry Cantwell. Caith Cantwell.
Norrie Foley, Main St. Bridget Walsh, Clooneen, Clogga.
Michael Joseph Sexton, Nicholastown & Liverpool.
John Cody, Kilnaspic. Nicholas & Mary Walsh, Aglish.
The Extended Mahon Family, Celbridge, London & Mooncoin.
Walter McDonald, Emil.
May they Rest in Peace.

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT, March 11, 2012

Two weeks ago I made some suggestions at Mass how we might live a better Lent. Some people have asked me for those and particularly the story that went with the suggestion that we might be “encouragers and stitchers”. The idea was that at home, at work or at school we might give the encouraging word, the encouraging deed at least once a week. For example, make the Wednesdays of Lent your encouragement day. The story goes as follows: A man remembers when he was sitting in an antique window seat that his wife Helen had treasured through the years. A heavy storm was in progress and he sat staring at the rain pelting down on dead autumn leaves: He writes:
The gloomy look of the garden seemed to match the mood of hopelessness that had come over me. Problems at work had made me fearful of the future. Basic questions that surface with the coming of middle age had made me fearful of life itself. I started to light my pipe and accidentally spilled some hot ash which burned a hole right in the middle of the window seat cover. Seeing what had happened, Helen calmly threaded a needle and stitched a beautiful flower over the charred spot. When I looked at the finished work, I realised what a striking symbol it was. I had married a repairer of broken spirits, a healer of wounds, a harbinger of hope in times of darkness and despair.
So, on Wednesdays of Lent (or whatever day suits you) at least, be a repairer of broken spirits, a healer of wounds, a harbinger of hope. Pick up what drops on the floor. Speak an encouraging word for every put-down remark. Give a pat for every shove. Be a Stitcher!!
Fr. Martin

During this part of the Mass we move from the ambo to the altar. We have heard the Word of God and now we come to share in the Bread of Life at the altar. The first part of the Liturgy of the Eucharist is about preparing the gifts that we bring to the altar. The most important
gifts that we bring are the bread and wine. The bread is placed on something which looks like a plate. We call this a paten. The wine is in a glass jug. These gifts are placed on the altar. One of the first gifts that you will notice being prepared is the gift of money. You will see
people moving through the church with a basket or a bag for the collection. Everyone is asked to put some money into the basket or bag. This money helps to pay for all the things that are done in the parish, including helping those who may not have enough for themselves.

Coláiste Cois Siuire
Parents Association will hold its annual Fashion Show on Friday, March 23 at 8pm in the Parish Hall. Your support would be greatly appreciated, as we hope to raise money to develop the recreational facilities and equipment. Tickets available at the school office. Tel: 895112. A limited number are available on the night. Standard tickets €10, Concession tickets €5.

Franciscan Brothers
The Franciscan Brothers were founded in Mountbellew, Galway in the early 1800’s. They were founded to work with the rural poor in Ireland. Their primary work involved religious and secular education and agriculture. They are well remembered for their work during the Great Famine. Presently they have missions in Kenya and Uganda where they are involved in education, sustainable agriculture and rural development, food security and famine help.
Franciscan Brothers Mission Appeal in Mooncoin Church March 17/18.

Silver Circle – Week 18
€200: Emma Purcell, Polerone. €100: Linda O’Toole, Mooncoin Heights. €50: Alice Kelly, Convent View. €20: Seamus Dobbyn, Comeragh View. Anne Walsh, Dournane Rd. Tom Delahunty, Barnacole. John Joe Kinsella, Dournane. Liam Power, Clogga. Matt Gannon, Grange. Theresa Dermody, Ballincur. Anna Winters, Main St. Wattie Foran, Ardera. Tom Deedy, Carrigeen. Ellen Crowley, Riverquarter. Ita Coffey, Portlaw. Michael O’Hanlon, Dournane. Breda Delahunty, Portnahully. Orla Brennan, Ashgrove. Eddie Ryan, Ballygorey. Pat Bagnall, Ashgrove. Bridget Dunphy, Kilmacow. Jimmy Walsh, Rathkieran. Tony Walsh, Carrigeen.

Masses during the week
Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am
St. Patrick’s Day
Kilnaspic: Fri 16: 8pm
Carrigeen: 10am
Mooncoin: 11.15am
Masses as normal for Saturday night & Sunday morning

This week a new security system is being installed in our churches. This system includes an alarm and security cameras. Hopefully this will help prevent any possible break-in and the cameras will also help us meet our obligations arising from Diocesan and Parish Safeguarding Children policies. I want to thank the Mooncoin Parish Hall Committee for making a significant donation of €2000 to each of the three churches to help pay for the new system.

Monthly collection next weekend March 17/18

Bible Study Group
Meeting on March 14, 8pm – 9pm in the Nagle Chapel. All welcome. Contact Sr. Mary 895114

Adoration for the blessed sacrament will take place each Sunday for the duration of Lent from 3 - 4pm in Kilnaspic Church.
Kilnaspic Church key is available in the Sacristy after Mass on Saturday, or contact Katherine Hogan on 087 2831005 or 895132.

READERS: Mar 17/24 (6.30pm) Sr. Mary Lenehan, Roisin Crowley.
Mar 18/25 (11.15am) Nellie Phelan, Martina Maloney.

MINISTERS: Mar 17 (10am) Bill & Peggy Healy.
Mar 18 (10am) Eileen Williams, Declan Walsh.
READERS: Mar 17 (10am) Pat & Teresa O’Neill.
Mar 18 (10am) Mary Fewer, Michael Fewer Ward.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Mar 16 Margaret Kenny, Margaret Phelan (B).

MINISTER: Mar 17 - Mary Frisby
READER: Mar 17 - Padraigh Kirwin.
CLEANERS: Mar 16/24 - A. Quinn, K. Hogan.
ALTAR SERVERS: Mar 17 - Ciaran & Eimear Quilty.

Nicholas Dunne, Skelpstown.
Walter O’Keeffe, Polerone.
John Croke, Chapel St.
Johnny Walsh, Dournane Road.
John Keane, Ballytarsney.
Essie Murphy, Grange
Hilary Delahunty, Grange
Eamonn Corcoran, Clooneen.
Oscar Pheasey, Waterford City.
May they Rest in Peace.

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, February 26, 2012

A Word in your Ear: First Sunday of Lent
Lenten Psalm of Awakening
Come, O Life-giving Creator,
And rattle the door latch
of my slumbering heart.
Awaken me as you breathe upon
a winter-wrapped earth,
gently calling to life virgin Spring.

Awaken in these fortified days
of Lenten prayer and discipline
my youthful dream of holiness.
Call me forth from the prison camp
of my numerous past defeats
and my narrow patterns of being
to make my ordinary life extra-ordinarily alive
through the passion of my love.

Show to me during these Lenten days
how to take the daily things of life
and by submerging them in the sacred
to infuse them with a great love
for you, O God, and for others.
Guide me to perform simple acts of love and prayer,
the real works of reform and renewal
of this overture to the spring of the Spirit.

O Father of Jesus, Mother of Christ,
help me not to waste these precious Lenten days
of my soul’s spiritual springtime.
Fr. Martin

We all sit down to listen to what the priest/deacon has to say about the readings we have heard and how we might be able to put this into practice in our everyday lives. We call this the homily. The priest/deacon normally stands at the ambo to give the homily. At the end of the homily the priest may sit down and we can spend a few minutes in quiet prayer. This time lets us think about what the priest has said and ask God to help us to live as he would want us to.

“The Kings of Kilburn High Road” by Jimmy Murphy, runs this week from Tuesday, February 28 – Sunday, March 4 in Mooncoin Hall at 8pm nightly. A good night’s entertainment is guaranteed and of course the welcome cuppa at half time is an added bonus!. Because of the subject content the play contains strong language and is not suitable for younger children.

WEEE Ireland have confirmed WEEE collection days for March. Collections are for household electrical goods (previously operated by a plug or battery), used batteries, cfl bulbs and fluorescent tubes. The collection will take place between 10am – 4pm on March 3 in Mooncoin Church Car Park.

Silver Circle - Week 16
€200: Mother & Toddler Group, Mooncoin. €100: Sarah Forde, Chapel St.
€50: Niall Bollard, c/o Boy’s School. €20: Marion Flynn, Nicholastown. Margaret O’Hanlon, Kilmacow. Paudie Purcell, Middlequarter. Martin Murphy, Grange. Roy Foran, St Anne’s Tce. Lily O’Keeffe, St Anne’s Tce. Johnnie Phelan, Dournane. Sinead Quinn, Polerone Green. Ellie Croke, Polerone. Siobhan Kearns, New Road. Stefan Gilchrest, Clonmore. Chrissy Power, c/o Bingo. Shane O’Neill, Ballincur. Eilish Anthony, Mullinavat. Stephen Phelan, Kilcraggan. Danny Purcell, Polerone. Aidan Dermody, New Aglish. Jay Dunphy, Ballygorey, Geraldine O’Brien Polerone, Ned Maher Ardera.

Masses during the week
Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am

Friday the First Friday: The sick and house bound will be visited.
Kilnaspic: Thursday 7.30pm
Mooncoin: Friday 9.30am
Carrigeen: Friday 7.30pm

Enable Ireland
The collection for Enable Ireland came to €509. Thanks to all the collectors & everyone who donated.

Thank You
John Smyth would like to say a big thanks to everyone for their kindness and support during his recent illness. It was greatly appreciated. Mass will be offered for your intentions.

READERS: Mar 3/10 (6.30pm)Geraldine Purcell, Trina O’Keeffe. Mar 4/11 (11.15am) Margaret Hayes, Mary Grace.

MINISTERS: Mar 04 (10am) Anne Walsh, Eileen Dowling.
READERS: Mar 04 (10am) Ned & Eimear Phelan.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Mar 03 - Teresa Comerford, Joan Dunphy.

MINISTER: Mar 03 - Richard Hogan.
READER: Mar 03 - Sarah Norris.
CLEANERS: Mar 03/10 - K. Walsh, C. Norris.
ALTAR SERVERS: Mar 03 - Andrew Long.

Kilnaspic committee meeting next Saturday, March 3 after 8pm Mass.

Adoration for the blessed sacrament will take place each Sunday for the duration of Lent from 3-4 pm in Kilnaspic Church.

We commend to your generous prayers,
Mary Dungan, Cloncunny, who died recently.
May she Rest in Peace.

Robert & Margaret Walsh, New Aglish.
William Dunphy, Luffany.
Paddy, Kitty & Nellie Healy, Dungooly.
Peter Reid, Ballincur. Willie Dunne, Carrick Road.
Jim Sinnott, Carrick Road. Mary Hayes, Asdee, Co. Kerry.
Margaret Foskin, Rathcurby. Eileen Woods, Chapel St.
May they Rest in Peace.


A Word in your Ear
Reflection for the First Days of Spring
Such is the grip of winter - we long to escape;
such is the darkness of winter – we yearn for the sun.

Yet, in the grip of darkness
restless seeds struggle towards the light;
from the darkness of the earth buds will burst forth
and dull landscapes will be splashed with colour.

Spring invites us into expectation,
kisses us in anticipation,
awakens us from the quiet months
and enlivens our yearning hearts.

As life breaks out from the earth
the Lord of Spring,
working in our hearts,
calls us to new birth.

As life breaks out from the earth
the Lord of Spring,
working in our world,
calls us to new vitality. Fr. Martin

Moondharrig Players
Producer Frank Hogan is busy putting the finishing touches to this year’s production “The Kings of the Kilburn High Road” by Jimmy Murphy. We have an all male cast of Liam Hoban, Michael Conway, Seamus Kearns, Stephen Kearns and Ronan Walsh. This play gives us a taste of the harsh reality that was emigrant life in London – high hopes and broken dreams, success and failure, bawdy laughter and bitter tears – it’s all there. Come to Mooncoin Hall from Tues Feb 28 – Sun March 4. This play because of the subject matter contains strong language, and is unsuitable for younger children.

• We stand.
• We sing or say an acclamation to welcome the Gospel.
• The reading can only be done by the priest or deacon.
• The priest or deacon greets us again with the same words used at the beginning of Mass.
• The priest or deacon makes the sign of the cross four times. First on the Book of the Gospels and then on his forehead, his lips and his breast. We do the same on our foreheads, lips and breast. We do this to remind us that God’s word should always be on our minds, on our lips and in our hearts.
• At the end of the Gospel the priest/deacon says: ‘The Gospel of the Lord’ and we answer: ‘Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.’
• The priest/deacon kisses the book.

Silver Circle – Week 15
€200: Thomas Foley, Chapel St.
€100: Niall Mackey, Clonmore.
€50: Eddie Quilty, Nicholastown.
€20: Kathleen Dunphy, Suir Crescent. Marion Phelan, Grange Road. Liam Quilty, Clogga. Eoin Corcoran, Clooneen. Mickey O’Keeffe, Polerone. Louise O’Flynn, Roseleigh. Joe Murphy, Aglish. Noreen O’Keeffe, Main St. Michael Holden, Convent View. Liam Sutton, Filbuckstown. Mary Keane, St. Anne’s Tce. Eddie Doyle, Skelpstown. Ger Sutton, Dournane Rd. Kate Dunphy, Tubrid. Theresa Dungan, Mullinavat. Marie Foskin, Rathcurby. Chloe Quinn, Comeragh View. Hannah Moran, Comeragh View. Paddy Delahunty, Luffany. James Coady, Kilnaspic.

Mooncoin GAA Gym
Gym induction on Thursday, February 23 at 7pm. Queries to Joe Flynn 087 1212408.

Mooncoin GAA
As part of the GAA’s Social Initiative, Mooncoin GAA are organising a
trip to Croke Park on March 5.The cost is €30, which includes the bus leaving from Mooncoin GAA Complex at 9am, Tour of Croke Park, entry to GAA Museum and lunch. For more information or to make a booking, please contact Joe Dunphy 086 6028873.

Mooncoin Camogie Club
Registration night will take place on Friday, February 24 at 8pm in the GAA Complex. The cost of registration will be as follows: €20-U12 and under. €30-U18 and under. €40-Over 18 upwards. All new members welcome. The club would like to wish Laura Wall the best of luck playing with University College Cork in the Ashbourne Cup semi-final this weekend.

Masses during the week
Monday for Confirmation
Children & Parents: 7.30pm
Ash Wednesday Carrigeen: 7.30pm
Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am
Confirmation Mass Sun Feb 26: 11.15am

Conference meeting Tuesday, February 21 at 8pm.

A.G.M – Carrigeen Church Finance Committee
Will be held on Wednesday, February 22 at 7.30pm in Carrigeen Hall.

Sliabh na mBan Climb 2011
This weekend the sum of €7,000 will be presented to the Hospice Association. This is the proceeds of the annual Sliabh na mBan St. Stephen’s Day climb. We take this opportunity to thank all our walkers who turn out hail, rain, snow or sunshine. A word of gratitude also to our sponsors who contribute generously each year. On behalf of the South East Hospice Association.

South Kilkenny Historical Society
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 23 in the Parochial Hall, Mullinavat at 8 p.m. The Lecture is entitled "The Catholic Clergy and the Penal Laws - 1691 to 1760" and the Speaker is Mr. Frank Clarke. Adm €5.00 to non-members.  All welcome.

CLEANERS: Feb 25/Mar 03 Valerie Barlow, Ann Purcell (Polerone),
Mary Power.

MINISTERS: Feb 26 (10am) Teresa O’Neill, Yvonne Pheasey.
READERS: Feb 26 (10am) Breda Walsh, Suzanne Halley.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Feb 25 - Ann Finn, Breda Guthrie.

MINISTER: Feb 25 - Jason Dunphy.
READER: Feb 25 - Mary Gilmartin.
ALTAR SERVERS: Feb 25 - Ciaran & Eimear Quilty.

Patrick Phelan, Kilcraggan.
Philomena Hennebry, Luffany.

We commend to your generous prayers,
Bernie James Conry, Ballyteigan, Portlaoise.
Gerard Delahunty, Carrigeen.who died recently.
May they Rest in Peace.

Davy Phelan, Kilcraggan. Anna & Bill Corrigan, Ballon, Co. Carlow. Kitty & John Tobin, Chapel St. Mike & Lena Foran, 3 Main St. Billy Daniels, Carrick Road. Richard, Mary & Joan Phelan, Kilcraggan. John & Mary O’Brien, Dournane Rd. Martin O’Brien, Dournane Rd. Mickie O’Brien, Ballybrazil. Paddy O’Brien, Main St. Bridgid Grant, Dournane Road. Hannah & Richard Jones, Cloncunny. Patrick Walsh, Aglish. Tom Phelan, Luffany.
May they Rest in Peace.


A Word in your Ear
Recently a friend shared this little story with me and it got me thinking……………
A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air. Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings. The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbour. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth - we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.
Fr. Martin

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The word ‘deacon’ comes from the Greek word ‘diakonia’, which means ‘service’. The work of the deacon is an act of service to the community. Deacons can read the Gospel, preach the homily, baptise and perform other ceremonies where there is no Mass. There are two types of deacon who minister in the church. The first is someone who is training to be a priest and this is the last step before finally being ordained a priest. The second is called a Permanent Deacon and he is not going to be ordained a priest. We know that priests cannot get married, but a married man can be ordained a Permanent Deacon. At the moment we have very few Permanent Deacons in our country.

Mooncoin Juvenile Club
The officers elected at the recent AGM were: Chairman: Jamie Dunphy. Secretary: Colm Lehane. Treasurer: Mick Holton. PRO: Pat Hogan. Bord na nÓg delegates: Tom Hanlon, Maurice Flynn. Registration to the Juvenile Club will take place on Friday, February 24 at 7.30pm in the Complex. All kids from beginners to minors, old or new, are welcome to register on that night. We look forward to seeing a lot of new faces.

Moondharrig Players
Rehearsals are now in full swing for this year’s production “The Kings of the Kilburn High Road” by Jimmy Murphy. Mooncoin Hall is the venue, and it runs from Tuesday, February 28 - Sunday, March 4. This play explores the all too familiar story of 6 young men who leave Ireland in the mid 70’s with high hopes and dreams of making their fortunes in London and returning home like kings. 25 years later, one of them does make it home, but sadly it is in a coffin. The remaining 5 men now gather to wake their friend and to reflect on their lost dreams. The reality is that they are now old men and are never going home. We would like to point out that this play contains strong language and is unsuitable for young children.

Silver Circle - Week 14
€200: Elsie McGrath, Dournane. €100: Ann Purcell, Suir Crescent. €50: Ger O’Neill, Rathkieran. €20: Jody Laffan, Aglish. Breda O’Shea, Portnahully. Una Kelly, Crawn. Eleanor Healy, Dungooley. Eoin Dunphy, Ballinlough. Paddy Quigley, Ballintarsney. Paddy Delahunty, Luffany. Tommy Kavanagh, Urlingford. Orla Wall, Corluddy. Kate & Laura Dillon Dunphy, Tubrid. Margaret Phelan, Luffany. Vinnie Power, Crawn. Theresa Dermody, Ballincur. Sr. Mary Lenihan, c/o Convent. Pat Mackey, Mooncoin Heights. Mary Telford, Carrick Road. John Behan, Ballygriffin. Anne Bowe, Turkstown. Sinead Quinn, Polerone Green. Rene Comerford, Main St.

Masses during the week
Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am

Monthly collection next weekend February 18/19.

Carrigeen Church Finance Committee AGM
Will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7.30pm in Carrigeen Hall.

Kilnaspic A.G.M.
Kilnaspic Area Annual General Meeting on Saturday, Feb 18 after 8pm Mass. All are welcome.

Bible Study Group
Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 8.00pm – 9.00pm in the Nagle Chapel. All Welcome. Contact: Sr. Mary on 051 895114.

Peace in Christ Retreat House
The Annual Collection will take place on Saturday and Sunday Feb. 25/26.

Mooncoin Ploughing Association
Will hold the Annual Ploughing Match on Sunday Feb 12 at 12noon

READERS: Feb 18/25 (6.30pm) Lucy Quinn, Ann Purcell. Feb 19/26 (11.15am) Rogin Joesph, Richard Wilson.

MINISTERS: Feb 19 (10am) Margaret Brennan,
Eileen Williams.
READERS: Feb 19 (10am) Ronan & Una Walsh.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Feb 18 - Judy Doherty, Breda Guthrie.

MINISTER: Feb 18 - Katherine Hogan.
READER: Feb 18 - Aoife Kearns.
CLEANERS: Feb 18/25 - A. Hearne, D. Aylward.

Jim Shortiss.
Frank Carr.

John Hearne, Filbuckstown.
Neddy Kenny, Lower Corluddy.
Willie Rowe, Kilcraggan.
Tom Crowley, Barrabehy.
Walter Walsh, Luffany.
May they Rest in Peace.


A Word in your Ear
A friend of mine sent me this recently.
Obituary of the late Mr. Common Sense (or was it Mrs!)
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain; accidents may happen; If it ain't broken, don't fix it; why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion, or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home but the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little on her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his daughters, Responsibility and Integrity and his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights; I Want It Now; Someone Else Is To Blame and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
Fr. Martin

After the second reading, the Minister of the Word will invite us to stand and greet or welcome the Gospel. Before the Gospel is read we sing or say the Gospel Acclamation. For most of the Church year we greet the Gospel with the word ‘Alleluia’, a joyful song of praise. The Alleluia is followed by a verse of scripture from the Bible. This verse reminds us of the theme of the Mass and readings. During the season of Lent we do not use the word ‘Alleluia’. The Gospel stories tell us about Jesus and we hear what he said to his friends and those who came to listen to him. So the reading of the Gospel is different to the other readings. It is the most important part of the Liturgy of the Word.

Mooncoin Camogie Club
The Officers that were elected at the AGM are as follows:
Chairperson: Eithne Connolly. Vice Chairperson: Mai Murphy. Secretary: Collette Fanning. Assistant Secretary: Kay Quinn. Treasurer: Valerie Phelan. Registrar: Siobhan Delahunty. Child Welfare Officer: Paula Phelan
PRO: Aisling Walsh. Committee: Sarah Kearns, Eugene Fitzgerald, Esther Murphy, Margaret Crowley.
The trainers are as follows for the coming season:
U12: Patrick Bowe, Eoin Cooney. U14: Sean Walsh. U16: John Hogan, Sarah Kearns (Selector). Junior: Johnny Walsh, Michael Walsh (Crawn) John Grant (Selectors).
Registration Night will take place on February, 24 at 8pm in the Complex.

€200: Noel Dobbyn, Suir Crescent. €100: Colm Lehane, Ballygorey. €50: Kevin Dobbyn, Grange. €20: Joan Doran, Chapel View, Eric Wall, Aglish. Michelle Forde, Chapel St. Eddie O’Hara, Ferrybank. Ned Murphy, Grange. Pat Kearns, St. Anne’s Tce. Katelyn & Abi Felle, Ballytarsney. Cissie Crowley, Barabehy. Noreen Holden, Polerone. Gayle Conway, Roseleigh. Anna Butler, Knockhouse. Peter Murphy, Clogga. Eugene Fitzgerald, Luffany. Paddy Daly, Dungooley. Cormac Daly, Dungooley. Tomas Kearns, Ardera. Benny Aylward, Gortrush. Dympna Corcoran, Ballybrazil. Eamonn Holden, Main St. Paddy Delahunty, Portnascully.

Mooncoin GAA Gym
Gym induction at 7pm on Wednesday, February 8. Queries to Joe Flynn 087 1212408

Enable Ireland
Enable Ireland will be having their annual gate collection on the weekend of Feb 11/12. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Bible Study Group
Bible Study Group meeting Wedns. Feb 8, 8pm - 9pm in the Nagle Chapel. All Welcome. Contact: Sr. Mary on 051 895114.

Scoil Mhuire Lourdes
Any parent wishing to enroll their son for September 2012/13 in Scoil Mhuire Lourdes is invited to call in or telephone the office on 051-895411 and place your son’s name on the new entrants list to secure his place in Junior infants for the year in question. Enrolment forms available from school office only.

Jeanne Jugan Apartments for the Elderly
Little Sisters of the Poor, Abbey Road, Ferrybank. Now Open. You are welcome to come and see. It is preferable that you phone Joan 051 833006 Mon to Fri 8am – 2pm to make an appointment to view the apartment.

Conference meeting Tuesday, February 7 at 8pm

Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am

CLEANERS: Feb 11/18 Brenda Holden, Mickey Lannon, Noreen Quilty, Anne
Crowley O’Neill.

MINISTERS: Feb 12 (10am) Catriona O’Reilly, Mary Murphy.
READERS: Feb 12 (10am) Ellie Hogan, Eilish Walsh.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Feb 11 Bridget Phelan, Margaret Dunphy.

MINISTER: Feb 11 - Helen Brennan.
READER: Feb 11 - Mary Frisby.
CLEANERS: Feb 11 - K. Bardon, K. Kinsella.

John & Nancy Carberry.
Christopher & Paul Cuddihy, Licketstown.
William Morahan, Dournane.
John Kinsella, Ardera.
Seamus Doran, St. Judes, Mooncoin.
Paddy O’Keeffe, Carrick Road.
Dick & Mary Comerford, Clogga.
May they Rest in Peace.


A Word in Your Ear!
Catholic Schools Week
This week all across the island of Ireland we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week. This is the fourth annual celebration of the rich contribution that our catholic schools make to our country, our church, our parish communities, our families and to our own individual lives.
Here in Mooncoin we are very fortunate to have three wonderful Catholic Primary Schools. All three schools take very seriously their commitment to nurture and develop the Catholic ethos within the school community. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Boards of Management, the Parents Associations, the principals, teachers and the entire staff of our schools, for the magnificent contribution they make in the lives of the children and to the quality of life in our parish community.
Our schools will celebrate Catholic Schools Week in different ways but one event which will be celebrated in all three schools is “Grandparents Day”. The rich inheritance of our schools is their stepping stone into the future. Grandparents are a vital link in helping children give thanks for the work of the school and to look forward with joyful hope to the future. Tuesday will be Grandparents Day in Carrigeen and there will be Mass at 11.15am. Everybody in the community is welcome to join us for the Mass and afterwards there will be refreshments in the school. The two Mooncoin schools will celebrate Grandparents Day on Wednesday, the Feast of St. Brigid. Mass will be celebrated in the church at 11.15am and afterwards the children will host their grandparents back at their schools. I look forward to meeting all of the grandparents from far and near during the week.
Fr. Martin

The Minister of the Word goes to the ambo to read. The first reading is usually from the oldest part of the Bible called the Old Testament. In the Easter Season the first reading comes from the New Testament. The stories that we hear during the first reading are the same stories that Jesus would have heard when he was a child. Some of the stories from the Old Testament are thousands of years old. They remind us of how long people have been listening to God’s word. They also tell us how much God loves us. Even though the stories are very old, they still have an important message for us today.
THE PSALMS: The psalms are different from the other readings from the Bible. They were written as poems or songs. There are 150 psalms altogether. Sometimes the psalm is sung. Between each verse there is a response which we are all invited to say. The psalm allows us to reflect on the reading that we have just heard.
SECOND READING: This reading always comes from the part of the Bible called the New Testament. The reading is taken from the books that are found directly after the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
OUR RESPONSE TO THE READINGS: At the end of each of the readings the Minister of the Word finishes by saying, ‘The Word of the Lord’ and we all respond with the words, ‘Thanks be to God.’ This is our way of saying thank you to God for these stories which help us to grow together as members of God’s family.

2012 Winter Music Course at Piltown Community Centre
Piltown Community Centre in association with Kilkenny Leader Partnership and Kilkenny VEC is offering a Music Appreciation Course for adults. The course will be free of charge to participants. Commencing in January 2012 and continuing in twelve weekly tutorials the course will address the way music works and will cover fundamental theory including reading and writing musical notation. Unemployed or retired adults and members of choirs are particularly welcome. The course will be of equal benefit to absolute beginners or to those who wish to revise some previous musical training. Those interested in participating or seeking more information should contact Noel O’Regan by telephone on 085 7063811 / 643112 or by email to

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
Monthly Mass on Thurs. Feb. 2 at 9.30am in Mooncoin. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for intercession for vocations will follow immediately afterwards in the Nagle Chapel until 11am.

Practical Parenting
"How to Parent at your best"
Sheila O' Malley from Practical Parenting will give talk at Abbey Community College, Ferrybank on Thursday 2nd February at 7pm.

Rosedale Kilmacow
Bungalow (Sheltered Housing) to Let. Application form from Sr. Edel Tanner Tel. No. 051 885125

Masses during the week
Tues. Thurs. Fri. 9.30am
Grandparents Day Mass
Carrigeen: Tuesday 11.15am
Mooncoin: Wednesday 11.15am
Blessing of Throats for Feast of St. Blaize:
Kilnaspic: Thursdat 7.30pm
Mooncoin: Friday 9.30am
No First Friday Mass in Carrigeen.

Conference meeting Tues. Feb. 7 at 8pm

GAA's Social Initiative
Kilmacow H&F Club are hosting a public lecture titled ''Kilkenny Hurling - from the One Parish Rule to the Four in a Row''. It will be held on Sun. Feb 5 at 6pm in the Community Hall, Kilmacow. OAP's & students are free, members of the public €5. This is part of the GAA's Social Initiative to provide a social outlet for elderly men. Everyone is encouraged to bring an elderly relative or friend who might enjoy the lecture and discussion. The Liam McCarthy Cup will also be present on the day and available for photographs.

Drug Education Officer
Mr. Andy Hargreaves, Drug Education Officer, HSE, will give a talk for parents of Confirmation children in the GAA Complex on Monday, January 30 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. This is an information night for parents on the awareness of drug use/misuse. This meeting is facilitated by Mooncoin Drug Awareness Group.

MINISTERS: Feb 4/11 (6.30pm) Margaret Grace, Joe Cashin. Feb
5/12 (11.15am) Liz Knox, Margaret Keane.
CLEANERS: Jan 28/Feb 04 Mary Grace, Noeleen Kinsella, Margaret Crowley (RQ), Mary Telford.

MINISTERS: Feb 05 (10am) Bill & Peggy Healy.
READERS: Feb 05 (10am) Pat & Siobhan Dunphy.

MINISTER: Feb 04 - Mary Frisby.
READER: Feb 04 - Kitty Kinsella.
ALTAR SERVERS: Feb 04 - Ciaran & Eimear Quilty.

Pauline Haley

We commend to your generous prayers, the following who died recently.
Tony Power, Cloncunny; Frank Carr, Mooncoin Heights; Philomena Henebery, Luffany; Pat Phelan, Kilcraggan. May they Rest in Peace.

Teresa & Thomas Fielding Rathkieran. John Falconer, Clonmore.
Aidan Byrne, Dournane Road. John Crowley, Riverquarter.
Liam Griffin, Midleton 1st Anniversary.
Rev. Matt McGauran, Longford & Cornwall.
Nellie Norris, Clogga. Willie Doyle, Skelpstown.
Johanna Kiely, Williamstown, Waterford. Martin Howley, Ballintarsney.
Hanny Croke, Chapel Street. Anastasia Walsh, Crawn.
Mary Walsh, Luffany. Michael O’Keeffe, Clashroe.
Pat & Ester Delahunty, Portnascully Mills. Una Corcoran, Waterford.
Elizabeth Power, Kilcraggan. Katherine Delahunty, Dournane Road.
Nicholas (Claus) Walsh, Ballincur. Johnny Tobin, Main St.
James & Mary Lynch, Ballincur. James Walsh, Cloneen, Clogga.
Nora Walsh, Clogga & Walsh Family, Kilmacow & Clogga.
James & Mary O’Brien, Ballincur. Maureen Ryan, Rathkieran.
Ella, Mary & Pat Power, Listrolin. Aidan Byrne, Dournane Road.
May they Rest in Peace.


In Praise of the Eucharist Congress Bell
June 10th - 17th 2012
Hear the pealing, joyful pealing; All the faithful tell
Hear the joyful peal appealing of the lovely “Congress Bell”
We heed thy pealing, joyful pealing
We heed thy calling knell
We heed thy joyful peal appealing
Oh! lovely “Congress Bell”

Come be kneeling, humbly kneeling; All the faithful tell
Come be kneeling, hear the pealing of the lovely “Congress Bell”.
We heed thy pealing, we are kneeling
We heed thy calling knell
We are kneeling, heed thy pealing
Oh! lovely “Congress Bell”

Know the healing, gentle healing; All the faithful tell
Know the healing, hear the pealing of the lovely “Congress Bell”
We are kneeling, know thy healing
We heed thy calling knell
We know thy healing, heed the pealing
Oh! lovely “Congress Bell”

We’re not concealing but revealing
We love thee oh so well
We love thy pealing, joyful pealing
Oh! Lovely “Congress Bell”
Now art leaving, softly pealing
We fondly bid farewell
Memories fond of thee are stealing
Our lovely “Congress Bell”
L. O’Gorman

The Word of God is so important for us that there is a special place in God’s house from which it is read. We call this the ambo. The only time that the ambo is used is for the
Readings, the Gospel, the Homily and the Prayer of the Faithful.
The person who reads at Mass is called the Minister of the Word. They are people who have volunteered to read at Mass. They will have had to do some training so that they are able to do the best job they can. Their job is very important. The readings at Mass come from the Bible. They are the Word of God, and so we can say that we hear God speaking to us
through the voice of the Minister of the Word.

The AGM was held on Friday Jan 6 . With a high attendance the following officers were elected for 2012 . For further information on Mooncoin GAA log onto
President: Pat Kinsella. Vice Presidents: Tom Nolan, Pete Doyle, Billy O'Keeffe, Joe Dunphy, Ned O'Keeffe, John Walsh, Ann Purcell. Chairman: Paddy Crowley. Vice Chairman: Jimmy Holden. Secretary: Barry Purcell. Ass Secretary: John Lennon. Treasurer: John Crowley. Ass Treasurer: Ray Wall. PRO: David McGrath. Delagate to County Board: Eugene Dunphy. Delagate to Southern Board: Maurice Flynn. Development Chairman: Ned Doyle. Irish Officer: Joe Flynn. ASAP Officer: Michael Holton. Player Reps: Liam Hennebry, Alan Walsh & Cormac Daly. Senior Football Manager: Eugene Dunphy. Intermediate Hurling Manager: Liam Sutton. Junior Hurling Manager: Sean O'Hanlon. Junior B Hurling Manager: Eddie Crowley. U21 Manager: Paddy Bowe. Coach Co-ordinator: Tom Grant.

Mooncoin Juvenile GAA
AGM will take place on Fri. Jan. 27 at 8pm. Anyone interested in becoming involved are invited to attend. A Foundation Course in coaching teams will take place on Sat. Jan. 28 in Mooncoin. If interested, please contact Eugene at 085 7387013 or Colm at 087 2743537. It is a requirement for anybody coaching a team to have this course completed.

Silver Circle
Silver Circle commences on Tues,. Jan. 17.

Day Centre
Day Centre will resume Wednesday, January 18 - 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Masses during the week
Tuesday & Wed: 9.30am
Eucharistic Service
Thurs & Fri: 9.30am

Thank You
Thank you to all who came out in such numbers to greet the Eucharistic Congress Bell last Sunday. It was a memorable day. Thank you also to the great number of people who helped in any way to make the pilgrimage a wonderful success.
Fr. Martin

Rosedale, Kilmacow
Bungalow (Sheltered Housing) to Let. Application Form can be obtained from Sr. Edel Tanner on 051 885125.

Thank You
On behalf of the Parent’s Association of the Girl’s School, we would like to thank Michael & Alice Blanchfield for the bag pack on Dec 23/24 and also a big thank you to the packers who gave up their time, and to those who gave generously.

Carrigeen GAA Club
Annual General Meeting will take place in the new complex in Asper Park on Mon. Jan 23 at 8pm. The meeting is open to all players, members, non members and all those that might be interested in any way.

Sponsors meeting 7.30pm Tuesday, January 17 in the Parish Meeting Room

We commend to your generous prayers,
Jim Shortiss, who died recently. May he Rest in Peace.

Walter Dunphy, Tubrid. Thomas Hennebry, Cloncunny.
Tom Rochford, Barronswood. Eddie Lacey, Portnahully.
Bridie Hewetson, Ballymountain.
Hannah Kearns, Barronswood.
Richard O’Halloran, Kilcraggan. 1st Anniversary.
Cis Mackey, Polerone. Mary McCarthy, Comeragh View.
Johnny Walsh, Ballincur. Sean O’Toole, Comeragh View.
Eileen Brookes, London.
May they Rest in Peace.

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD, January 08, 2012

Last weekend I shared with you at Mass the New Year’s advice given by the The Dalai Lama to his followers some years ago. A number of people asked me for a copy so I thought I would include it in this week’s Grapevine.
1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk..
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs :Respect for self - Respect for others - Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year , go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon
Happy New Year!
Fr. Martin

This part of the Mass is called the Liturgy of the Word. It might be helpful to think of this first part of the Liturgy of the Word as the time when we listen to the story of God’s love for us as it is written in the Bible. We sit down to listen just like we would when we listen to any story. During the first part of the Liturgy of the Word we usually listen to three readings from the Bible:
• The First Reading is usually taken from the Old Testament
• The Psalm is a poem, or song from the Book of Psalms
• The Second Reading is taken from the New Testament

Iverk Show AGM, Monday, January 9.  Mass in Piltown Church of the Assumption at 7.30pm then the AGM will take place after Mass in Piltown Community Centre.  All members are requested to attend.

The Camogie Club will hold their AGM on Friday, January 20 at 8pm. All existing and new members are welcome. Anybody interested in training teams, or helping out in the club are welcome to attend, or contact 086 8187675. Players awards will be presented on the night.

Gym induction for any intending new members will take place in the gym at 7pm on Monday, January 9. For queries contact 087-1212408.

Bible Study Group meeting on Wednesday, January 11 at 8pm in the Nagle Chapel. All Welcome. Contact Sr. Mary 895114

Tuesday – Friday: 9.30am

The local conference wish to thank you for your generous support for our Christmas Collection. Thank you also to those who gave private donations, to the Mooncoin GAA Social Club Committee who ran a card game for our funds, Mooncoin GAA Juvenile Club for their donation from the fathers v sons game, the Polerone Quay Committee and the Mooncoin Carol Singers. Your help is very much appreciated. The January Collection takes place on the weekend 14/15. Conference Meeting on Tuesday, January 17 at 8pm.

CLEANERS: Jan 14/21 Bridget Holden, Marcie Foran, Margaret Delahunty, Mabel Hassey.

MINISTERS: Jan 15 (10am) Yvonne Pheasey, Eileen Dowling.
READERS: Jan 15 (10am) Tom & Josephine Jones.

ALTAR SERVERS: Jan 14 - Ciaran & Eimear Quilty.
We commend to your generous prayers, Bridget Meaney, who died recently.
May she Rest in Peace.

William & Kathleen Quinn, Cashel.
Edward & Anastasia Delahunty, Luffany.
James Kenny & Nicholas Walsh, Luffany.
Margaret Delahunty, Luffany. Hannah Roche, Ballygriffin.
Ned & Catherine Power, Old Luffany.
Tommy Talbot, St. Anne’s Terrace.
James O’Brien, Grange. John Cashin, Roseleigh.
Jim Comerford, Clogga. Alice Walsh, Clogga.
Michael Keane, Ballytarsney. Katie Walsh, Ardera.
William Doran, Liverpool & Waterford.
James & Bridie English, Carrick Road.
Babs Hennebry & Family Cloncunny.
May they Rest in Peace.


That night God’s angels did not go to the high priests, not to the king, not to the military commanders, not to the professors at the university, not to those who write big books, not to the corporate executives in town, but to the shepherds, people like you and me, and the glory of God shone round them. They got the message, they hurried away, they found the child, as they had been told, they praised and glorified the Lord, while all the rest of the official world was silent, asleep and absent. He started mankind anew with the shepherds in that open field, and from them his glory will shine around you and around me, and finally around all of us, women and men, plants and animals and our common mother: Earth. Amen.
As we celebrate this wonderful feast of the birth of the Christ-child I wish all of you and your families a blessed and truly happy Christmas. Welcome home to all of you who have returned to share this festive season with your families here in the parish. I think too of the many natives of the parish who find themselves away from home this Christmas time. Thank you all for your continued, generous support and help which is expressed in so many different ways throughout the year. I ask you to remember Fr. Peter in your thoughts and prayers. These have been very difficult months for him, but I know that he has been sustained by the prayers and support of so many. On a personal note I want to thank you for the warmth and kindness you have extended to me since my arrival in the parish in early October. May 2012 bring us all to a place of new Joy and Peace and may our faith be strengthened within the wonderful Christian community where we are privileged to belong.
Fr. Martin

The Gloria is a very old prayer of praise and thanksgiving. The first few lines will sound familiar because it was the song sung by the angels when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. We do not pray the Gloria during the seasons of Advent and Lent.
Opening Prayer
After the Gloria the priest will invite us to pray. The prayer begins in silence. This gives us time to talk to God in our hearts. We might want to thank God for something good that has happened or we might want to ask God to take care of something that we are worried about. Then the priest takes all our prayers and offers them to God. The words of the Opening Prayer differ from Sunday to Sunday and reflect the theme of the Mass. We respond by saying ‘Amen’. Amen means that we believe that whatever God does is OK with us.

Mooncoin GAA
The Richard Ryan Memorial Father & Son Charity Match - Saturday, Dec 31 at 12.00 noon. All are welcome at the Mooncoin GAA Complex (Refreshments Provided)
All fundraising will be equally distributed between St Vincent de Paul (Mooncoin), Mooncoin Day Centre and Mooncoin Juvenile GAA Club.

Bootcamp Classes
Bootcamp classes starting Tuesday & Friday from January 3 between 8pm – 9pm in Mooncoin GAA Complex. For more details contact: 086 2470429.

Masses over the New Year
Wedns 28 - Fri 30 December
Mooncoin: 10am
Feast of the Epiphany Jan 6
Kilnaspic: 7.30pm - Jan 5
Carrigeen: 10am
Mooncoin: 11.15am

Cemetery Masses in 2012
New Cemetery: Sat. June 9 at 6.30pm.
Old Cemetery: Fri. June 29 at 8pm.
Carrigeen Fri. June 8 at 8pm.
Kilnaspic Sat. July 14 at 8pm.

The Parish Office is closed for Christmas
and will reopen on Wednesday, January 4, 2012

We welcome into our Faith Community Charlie Andrew Hartwell, who was baptised recently.

CLEANERS: Dec 31?Jam 07 Hannah O’Shea, Michelle forde, Margo O’Brien,
Martina O’Reilly.

MINISTERS: Jan 1 (10am) Bill & Peggy Healy.
READERS: Jan 1 (10am) Mary Fewer, Michael Fewer Ward.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Dec 31 Judy Doherty, Margo Delahunty.

MINISTER: Jan 1 - May Coady.
CLEANERS: Dec 31 - B. Rochford, B. Comerford.
ALTAR SERVERS: Dec 31 - Andrew Long.

We commend to your generous prayers, Pauline Haley, Ballygorey, who died recently.
May she Rest in Peace.

Pat Holden, Aglish. Ramie Wall, Clogga. William Kearns, Barronswood.
Bríd O’Keeffe, Glengrant. Rita Croke, Chapel St. Ellen Walsh, Ballincur.
William Quinn. Catherine & Michael Cullen, Wexford. Edward, Eily & Joseph Murphy, Dournane. Pat Murphy, Dournane 1st Anniversary.
Norrie Coady, Kent, England. Richard & Mary Doherty, Fiddown.
Tom Murphy, Skelpstown. Eily Walsh, Clogga. Foskin & Quinn Family.
Michael & Hanora Foskin. Sr. Christopher Foskin. Michael Butler, Clonmore. Patrick & Mary Bridget Phelan, Portnahully. Ellen Roche, Tubrid.
Eddie, Jack & Lizzie Walsh, Portnascully. John Cashin, Polerone.
Elizabeth Griffin, Comeragh View. Michael Quinn, Clonmore.
Tom Conway, Main St. Willie Purcell, Suir Crescent.
Michael Fripps, Dungooley. Ambrose Walsh, Carrigeen. Mary Walsh, Ballygorey. Colm Doyle, Ballymountain. Hassett & Herbert Families.
Alice Walsh, Clogga. Alice Cantwell. James Grace Portnahully.
May they Rest in Peace.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, December 18, 2011

(as heard after Communion last Sunday in Carrigeen)
Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable and unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
A loss of interest in judging other people.
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
A loss of interest in conflict.
A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
Frequent attacks of smiling.
An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
Do not try to seek a cure
Let it run its course
Fr. Martin

Parish Christmas Carroll Service
Parish Christmas Carroll Service on Tuesday, December 20 at 7.30pm in Kilnaspic Church. All choirs of the parish will be involved.

Service of Reconciliation
Parish Service of Reconciliation for Christmas on Monday, December 19 in Mooncoin at 7.30pm

This time in the Mass offers us an opportunity to prepare to receive Eucharist by reflecting on the things that we might have done during the past week for which we need forgiveness. We are reminded that God always loves us. One of the ways in which God shows this love is by always forgiving us for those times when we haven’t been as good as we might have been. There are different kinds of prayers that the priest can use at this part of the Mass. These prayers do two things. They help us to remember the times when we haven’t been as good as we might have been. More importantly they remind us of God’s love for us. Sometimes the priest may replace the Penitential Act with the blessing and sprinkling of water as a reminder of our Baptism.

€200: Mary McEvoy, Mullinavat.
€100: Peggy Comerford, Clogga.
€50: Helen O’Hanlon, Dournane Rd.
€20: Ita Coffey, Portlaw. Aidan Holden, Polerone. Dylan & Lucas Delahunty, Luffany. Winnie Tyler, Grange. Mary Telford, Carrick Road. Maureen Kenneally, Dournane. Claus Holden, Main Street. Tony Gaynor, Lower Corluddy. Cathy Dobbyn, Comeragh View. Robbie Evans, Ardera. Eoin Corcoran, Clooneen. Mary Walsh, Rathkieran. Johnnie Kearns, Ardera. Catherine Dunphy, Suir Crescent. Karen Purcell, Mullinavat. Kitty Delahunty, Portnahully. Anne Dobbyn, Comeragh View. Denis Scully, Cloncunny. Kathleen Skehan, Corloughan. Dave Stefane, Piltown.
Wishing Everyone A Very Merry Christmas And
A Happy New Year For 2012

Christmas Day Swim at Tramore Beach at 12pm in aid of Munster Chernobyl Aid. All are welcome for a cool crack.

Bungalow (sheltered accommodation) available for letting at Rosedale. Application Form can be obtained from Sr. Edel Tel. No. 051 885125

The Girls’ National School will present the Nativity Play “Follow That Star” on Wednesday, December21 at 7.30pm in the Church. Donations towards the Presentation Missions & School. All are welcome.

Masses during the week
Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am.

We welcome into our Faith Community Sarah Mary Purcell who was baptised recently.

Philomena Henebery, Luffany, would like to thank all those who sent good wishes, Mass Cards and visited her during her recent illness. Masses have been offered for your intentions.
Kathleen O’Keeffe and Family Polerone, would like to thank everyone who called and sent cards and flowers and helped in any way during her recent illness. Mass has been offered for your intentions.

READERS: Dec 24/31 (6.30pm) Thomas Grant, John Allen. Dec 25/Jan 1 (11.15am) Ann Lee, Maureen Joseph.

READERS: Dec 24/31 (6.30pm) Thomas Grant, John Allen. Dec 25/Jan 1 (11.15am) Ann Lee, Maureen Joseph.

MINISTERS: Dec 24 (10am) Anne Walsh, Eileen Dowling, Mary Murphy.
READERS: Dec 25 (10am) Pat & Teresa O’Nell.
ALTAR SOCIE TY: Dec 24 Margaret Phelan (L),
Margaret Dunphy.
READERS: Dec 25 (10am) Pat & Teresa O’Nell

Carrigeen Altar Society
Church Cleaning & Decorating for Christmas will be on Thursday, December 22 at 7.30pm. All help appreciated.

MINISTER: Dec 24 - Richard Hogan.
READER: Dec 24 - Kay Quinn.
CLEANERS: Dec 24/3 - B. Rochford, B. Comerford.
ALTAR SERVERS: Dec 24 - Ciaran & Eimear Quilty.

William Phelan, Skelpstown.
Nora Jones, Main Street.
Mary & Margaret Cahill, Clonmore.
Thomas Butler, Rosslare Harbour & Waterford.
John & Denis Egan, Cloncunny.
Richard Hogan, Nicholastown & New Zealand.
Eily Lannon, Comeragh View 1st Anniversary.
Kathleen Fewer, Ballygriffin.
May they Rest in Peace.

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, December 11, 2011

A Word in your ear: Third Sunday of Advent
Mary’s Dream
“I had a dream, Joseph, I don’t understand it, not really, but I think it was a birthday celebration for our son. I think that was what it was all about. The people had been preparing for it for about six weeks. They had decorated the house and bought new clothes. They’d gone shopping many times and bought elaborate gifts. It was peculiar though, because the gifts were not for our son. They wrapped them in beautiful paper and tied them with lovely bows and stacked them under a tree. Yes, a tree Joseph, right inside their house. They’d decorated the tree also. The branches were full of flowing balls and sparkling ornaments. There was a figure on top of the tree. It looked like an angel might look. Oh, it was beautiful. Everyone w as laughing and happy. They were all excited about the gifts. They gave them to each other, Joseph, not to our Son! I don’t think they even knew him. They never mentioned his name. Doesn’t it seem odd for people to go to all that trouble to celebrate someone’s birthday if they don’t know Him? I had the strangest feeling that if our Son had gone to this celebration He would have been intruding. Everything was so beautiful Joseph, and everyone was so full of cheer, but it made me want to cry. How sad for Jesus – not to be wanted at His own birthday celebration. I’m glad it was only a dream. How terrible!
Fr. Martin

Scoil Mhuire Lourdes (Boys’ School)
Scoil Mhuire Lourdes (Boys’ School), have applied for Planning Permission for a new pedestrian entrance to make the situation safer for pupils entering and exiting the school grounds at busy times. Plans are available to view in the school office and quotations are invited for the job.
Any parent wishing to enrol their son for September 2012/13 is invited to call in or telephone the office on 895411 and place your son’s name on the new entrants list to secure his place in Junior Infants for the year in question.

Mass Begins
The opening parts of the Mass are called the Introductory Rites. When the priest arrives at the altar he kisses it. This is a sign of respect. He then goes to the special chair which is near the altar. We call this the ‘Presider’s Chair’. The priest leads us in prayer from this chair. We all make the Sign of the Cross together. This is the way we begin almost all our prayers. The priest then says, ‘The Lord be with you’ and we answer by saying, ‘And with your spirit.’ This is a special way of greeting us and reminds us that God is always with us. The priest then introduces the Penitential Act.

Dublin City Marathon
On behalf of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, I want to thank all the people who sponsored me in the recent Dublin City Marathon, €7,500 was raised. I am very grateful to you all.
Tom Roche, Ballincur.

The Mooncoin Christmas Fair Committee would like to thank everyone who sponsored prizes, made donations and supported us.
Raffle Prize Winners:
1st Toshiba Laptop: Willie Walsh, Portnahully.
2nd 32” Flat Screen TV: Sadie Delaney, c/o/ Fr. Martin.
3rd Icon Travel Voucher: Adam Scahill, Clogga.
4th Waterford Crystal: Stephen Croke, Dungooley.
5th Vehicle Service (A&A Auto Services) Bernie O’Hanlon, Dournane.
6th Christmas Cake: Sonia Dunphy Ballincur
In House Raffle Winners
1st Hamper: John Joe Kinsella, Dournane.
2nd DVD: Kate Dobbyn Walsh, Roseleigh.
3rd Drinks Cabinet: Bella Fitzgerald, c/o Hannah O’Shea.
4th Kettle & Toaster: Winnie Tyler, Grange.
5th Candle & Lamp: Kay Dunne, Skelpstown.
6th Glass & Bottle of Wine: Angela Haley, Polerone.
Bottle & Can Winners:
1st Hamper: Eddie Tobin, Ballymountain.
2nd Small Hamper: Carmel Farrell, Portnahully.

Masses during the week
Tues. Eucharistic Service: 9.30am
Wednesday - Friday: 9.30am

We welcome into our Faith Community the following who were baptised recently.
Tadhg Martin Curran
Thomas John Murphy

Conference meeting on Tuesday, December 13 at 8pm

Thank You
The Waterford Intellectual Disability Association wish to thank the people of Mooncoin, Mullinavat and Kilmacow, for their wonderful support for our church gate collection. The amount collected was €1,300.

Day Centre
Day Care Centre for people living with alzheimers or dementia; NEW LOCATION: 39a Hebron Business Park, Kilkenny. Meals provided & plenty of entertainment. Open Monday-Friday 9.30 -16.00 Contact Ruth/Margaret 056 7771230.

READERS: (11.15am)
CLEANERS: Dec 17/24 Bridget McGrath, Pauline Tobin, Elsie McGrath, Ellen Fitzpatrick.

Annie Duggan, Cloncunny.

John Fielding, New Zealand & Rathkieran.
James O’Keeffe, Main St. 1st Anniversary
Nora Walsh, Dublin & Clogga.
Mary Walsh, Filbuckstown.
Neddy Walsh, Ballincur.
Alice Dunne, Manchester.
Matty & Hannah Walsh, Cloncunny.
May they Rest in Peace.

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, December 04, 2011

A Word in your ear: Second Sunday of Advent 2011
John the Baptist: The Forerunner
All of us know stories about parents who sacrifice their whole life to ensure a better life for their children. Maybe it is your own story. There have been periods in human history when a whole generation did that. Isn’t it the really heroic story of so many immigrant families. People dedicated their lives to a future they wouldn’t even see, the tale of the old grandfather, or grandmother planting a tree for their grandchildren when they don’t expect to eat from that tree themselves.
John the Baptist was a type of prophet. He was there to announce something he was not really part of. He was a forerunner. Once he had seen Jesus he knew that he should get smaller and smaller to give place to the new future in Jesus.
Jesus admired him for that. He said: “There is no greater one than John”, but he added, “yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he is.” John was willing to put his whole life at the service of a newness that he himself would not live to see. That was John’s greatness. He remains an example for us who struggle for a peaceful and just society in the future.
In many ways John is the perfect patron saint for all of us. The Advent question lurking in the scriptures for all of us today is: What am I doing to prepare a way for the Lord this Christmas? What can I do in my little corner of the world to create a society that is just that bit more peaceful and just?
Fr. Martin

Keep Christ at the heart of Christmas by asking for Christian cards and stamps.

The special clothes that the priest wears for Mass are called vestments. There are three different pieces which he needs to put on. Over his ordinary clothes the priest puts on a white or cream coloured tunic called an alb. Then he puts on a long piece of coloured cloth which looks like a scarf and is called a stole. Over the alb and the stole he puts on his
chasuble. The colour of the stole and the chasuble is very important. It tells us what season we are in, or what special occasion we are celebrating in the Church year. There are four main colours worn during the year: green, purple, red and white.

Rehab 5 Peaks Challenge August 2012
Take the ultimate challenge in aid of Heads Up Rehab’s Youth Suicide Prevention Project. The Heads Up Team at Rehab are now looking for participants to take on the challenge of climbing the 5 Highest Peaks in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, while raising vital funds for Youth Services across Ireland. What better way to spend your August Bank Holiday Weekend in 2012. The Five Peaks involved are Carraountoohil, Slieve Dolard, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, a total of 17,373 feet in one weekend. The Registration Form is available on our website, which is or by calling Kerry Houlihan on 01-2100521

Irish Kidney Association
The committee and members of the Waterford branch of Irish Kidney Association would like to thank most sincerely everyone who took part in their recent 10K walk from Portlaw to Carrickbeg. We would also like to thank all our sponsors and anyone who helped in anyway. Your continued support of the work of the Irish Kidney Association is very much appreciated.

The Alzheimer Day Centre
Has moved to 39A Hebron Business Park, Kilkenny. Lots of activites; old films, cards, music, bingo, rings, reminiscence. Full meals served. Please contact Ruth or Margaret for more information: 0567771230.

Fashion Event & Christmas Fair
In aid of Carrigeen Pre School in the Cellar Bar, Carrigeen, at 8.30pm on December 9. Adm €5. Tickets available. Contact Valerie on 086-3853706

Masses during the week
Mooncoin: Tues. Weds. & Fri at 9.30am. Thursday, Dec 8, at 11.15am.
Kilnaspic: Wednesday. Dec 7, at 7.30pm.
Carrigeen: Thursday, Dec 8, at 10.00am.

We welcome into our Faith Community the following who were baptised recently;
Molly Roisin Doheny, and
Cathal Michael McCarthy.

Christmas Collection will take place next weekend Dec 10/11. We appeal to be as generous as you can. Due to a big increase for help and drop of income, we are forced to give less in help. We would like to thank you most sincerely for your generous support over the past year. We are greatly indebted to you. Without your help we could not continue our work. Christmas imposes an extra burden on us all, particularly those in need. It was a very demanding year on us. Our income for the year was €7,916.10, whereas our expenditure was €18,097.64, outlay on food, fuel, furniture and education.
There will be children and adults choir singing all your festive favourites for St. Vincent de Paul at the church on Dec 10/11. Please give generously.

MINISTERS: Dec 11 (10am) Declan Walsh, Noreen Walsh.
READERS: Dec 11 (10am) Ned & Eimear Phelan.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Dec 10 - Kitty Doyle, Julianne Walsh.

MINISTER: Dec 10 - Katherine Hogan.
READER: Dec 10 - Helen Brennan.
ALTAR SERVEWRS: Dec 1- Andrew Long.
CLEANERS: Dec 10/17 - M Gilmartin, M Rochford.

Kathleen (Sissy) Jones, Cloncunny.
Richard, Catherine & Margaret Healy, Dungooly.
Skye O’Donoghue, Mullinabro Woods, Ferrybank.
Tommy Lynch, Ballincur.
Mary & Billy Walsh, Kilmacow.
Fred, Maggie, Tom, Nora & Dick Walsh, Clogga.
Peg Cody, Clogga.
Margaret (Peggy) O’Keeffe, Tubrid.
Richard & Nora Kinsella, Clogga.
May they Rest in Peace.

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, November 27, 2011

A Word in your Ear: First Sunday of Advent 2011
John Shea, the great Christian storyteller relates the following Advent reflection. When God was making the trees, he gave a gift to each species. But first he set up a contest to determine which gift would be most useful to whom. He told them, “I want you to stay awake and keep watch over the earth for seven nights”. The young trees were so excited to be trusted with such an important task that the first night they would have found it difficult not to stay awake. However the second night was not so easy, and just before dawn a few fell asleep. On the third night the trees whispered among themselves in an effort to keep from dropping off. Even so it proved too much for some of them. Still more fell asleep on the fourth night. By the time the seventh night came the only trees still awake were the cedar, the pine, the spruce, the fir, the holly and the laurel. “What wonderful endurance you have!” God exclaimed. “You shall be given the gift of remaining green forever. You will be the guardians of the forest. Even in the seeming dead of winter, your brother and sister trees will find life protected in your branches.” Ever since then all the trees and plants lose their leaves and sleep all winter, while the evergreens stay awake.
This story illustrates the two great themes of Advent: wakefulness in the midst of sleepiness and greenness in the midst of barrenness. In the evergreen trees we find a note of gentle but resolute defiance. The surrounding world may be asleep and barren, but these continue to bear witness. They are sustained not so much by their own determination but by the power of God. They show us what our role as Christians is. It is to be awake among the sleeping, to be green in the midst the barren. To bear witness to love in the midst of hate, to peace in the midst of conflict, and to light in the midst of darkness.
Fr. Martin

Mass usually begins with a song or hymn and if we know the song we should join in the singing. The words of the song might be on a hymn sheet or book on your seat. When this song begins we know that it is time to stand up. We stand to greet the priest who will lead us in prayer; in this way we are also greeting Jesus who is present among us.
The Opening Procession
Mass always begins with a procession. There are different kinds of processions. Sometimes there are lots of people; sometimes it is the priest on his own. The procession might come from the front door or from the sacristy. Usually the procession includes the priest and the servers. In some places the people who are going to read and help to give out communion will also be in the procession. You might see one of the readers carry the book from which the Gospel will be read. This book is called the Book of the Gospels.

Christmas Fair
This is the final reminder that our Christmas Fair in aid of the Parish hall takes place on Sun, Dec 4, at 1.30pm. We are appealing for your support by donating, homemade cakes, buns, fruit & veg, shrubs, bottles & toys, new or unused gift items, bric-a-brac. Bring the children as Santa will arrive during the afternoon. Refreshments will be on offer in the Supper Room. Tickets are now on sale.


Mooncoin Senior & Juvenile GAA
club coaches, mentors, intending coaches & mentors are asked to attend an important presentation by Joe Carton, followed by an open forum on Wed, Nov 30, at 7.15pm in our club complex.

Hall Committee Meeting in the small room on Tues, Nov 29, at 7.30pm, in the Complex.

Bootcamp Fitness Classes
Commencing Fri, Dec 2, at 8pm in the Complex - €5 per class. Contact Peter for more info 086 2470429. Zumbatomic Dance Class for kids every Mon in the Complex 4pm (4 to 7yrs) 4.45pm (8 to 12yrs). Contact Rachel for more information on 083 1199020.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly mass of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will take place on Thurs, Dec 1, at 9.30am. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for intercession for vocations will follow immediately afterwards in the Nagle Chapel and will conclude at 11am. All are welcome.

Mooncoin Juvenile Badminton Club would like to thank Michael & Alice Blanchfield (Centra) for allowing us to have a very successful bag pack recently. Thanks to all who contributed generously.

Table Quiz on Tues, Nov 29 at 9.15pm at The Showboat, Waterford. €20 for team of four. Enquiries to Geraldine at 087 7747710.

Sponsored Hill Climb
South Eastern Region Hospice Annual Sponsored Hill Climb up Slievenamon on St. Stephen’s Day 2011. Time 12pm. Money raised to date €67,100. Sponsor Cards from:
Kathleen Tobin 086 8493598;
Kevin Dunphy 087 7406354;
Alan Hearne 086 3671592;
Johnny Howley 087 3122410.

Thank You
Peggy Healy would like to thank all the people who sent Mass cards and good wishes to me for my operation during my stay in hospital. The holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Masses during the week
Each day Tues to Fri: 9.30am.
First Friday: The sick and house bound will be visited.
Mass: Kilnaspic, Thurs at 7.30pm
Mooncoin, Friday at 9.30am.
Carrigeen, Friday at 7.30pm.

I was overwhelmed by the generous response to my request for sponsorship of the three new Altar missals. I accepted the first three offers of support but to all the others who contacted me during the week I am also deeply grateful for your consideration. Fr. Martin.

MINISTERS: Dec 4 (10am) Teresa O’Neill, Margaret Brennan.
READERS: Dec 4 (10am) Breda Walsh, Suzanne Halley.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Dec 3 - Margaret Kenny, Margaret Phelan (B).
Our annual collection for
flowers will be held on Sunday, Dec 4, at 10.00am Mass.
All donations appreciated.

MINISTER: Dec 3 - Helen Brennan.
READER: Dec 3 - Clare Walsh.
ALTAR SERVERS: Dec 3 - Ciaran & Eimear Quilty.

Edward (Buddy) Dunne, Ballygriffin.

Peter & Margaret Walsh, Luffany.;
Tom Foskin, Riverquarter; Michael O’Brien, Polerone;
Matthew & Catherine Byrne, St. Anne’s Terrace;
Robert & Hannah Dunne. Thomas & Phyllis Dunne.
Vincent Moloney; James Quilty, Nicholastown;
Bridget (Biddy) Stephens, Chapel St;
Johanna Carroll, Ballybrazil;
Eily Allen, Carrick Road; Kathleen Quirke, Suir Crescent.;
Peter & Margaret Walsh, Luffany;
Michael Asper & Family, Ashgrove;
Statia Robinson, Lower Corluddy, & Maidstone.
May they Rest in Peace.


A Word in your Ear: The Bell is coming to Mooncoin!
As you know the 50th International Eucharistic Congress is being held in Dublin from June 10 - 17, 2012. One of the symbols of the congress is the Eucharistic Congress Bell. Since March 2011 the Congress Bell has been on pilgrimage through the various dioceses around Ireland. This pilgrimage of the bell is part of the preparation programme for the congress itself. The Congress Bell is coming to the Diocese of Ossory in January 2012 for ten days. The bell will be coming to Ossory from Waterford and so it has been decided that the first parish in our diocese to receive the bell will be Mooncoin. The bell will be with us for the afternoon of Sunday, January 8. Further details of this event will be announced in due course but please put this date in your diary as I hope that every family in the parish will participate in this unique occasion.
The significance of the bell as a symbol
The pilgrim journey of the Eucharistic Congress Bell is an opportunity for communities to come together drawn by the sound or the peal of the pilgrim Bell. Since antiquity the sound of a pealing bell has been a recognised means of communication, at times a warning that urges people to flee from pending danger and at other times inviting people to a communal gathering to receive news or perhaps to celebrate. A bell is a symbol that is both visible and audible. For Christians the bell has long been associated with the invitation to gather, the sound being perceived as God’s voice, God’s call, which draws people to assemble. For early Christian Ireland the sound of the bell of St. Patrick and other great saints across the land heralded the dawn of a new and eternal day for the Irish people - called to hear the good news - Jesus Christ, the Word made Flesh - and in turn become bearers of this news to others, far and near. The origin of the Diocese of Ossory is also linked to the ringing of a bell. Tradition has it that St. Kieran was given a bell by St. Patrick and he was told that wherever the bell would ring was to be the site of his monastery. The bell rang out in Saighir, Co. Offaly, known today as Seir Kieran. The image of the bell, associated today with Christmas and wedding cards, is still used to convey joy, celebration and the announcement of good news. Combined, the image and sound of the bell symbolise for us God’s call to all people to gather to hear good news.
Fr. Martin

Usually when we come into God’s house we bow our heads or go down on one knee. This is called ‘genuflection’. It shows respect and love for Jesus. We genuflect or bow in front of the tabernacle, the special place where Jesus is present at all times. The tabernacle may be behind the altar or to one side of it. There will be a red light near the tabernacle, called the Sanctuary Lamp. This light tells us that Jesus, the Blessed Sacrament, is present inside. The Blessed Sacrament is another name for Jesus.

Fashion Event & Christmas Fair
In aid of Carrigeen Pre School on December 9. Venue: Cellar Bar, Carrigeen at 8.30pm. Admission €5. Tickets available. Contact Valerie on 086 - 3853706.

In Ferrybank Community Centre on Sunday, November 27 at 2pm in aid of Spring Garden Workshop.

Piltown National School Craft & Food Fair Sun Nov 20 11am – 5pm. Lots of crafts including ceramics, jewellery, fashion accessories, Christmas decorations and lots more. Proceeds in aid of Piltown National School. Adm. Free.

Mooncoin G.A.A. Social Committee
Card game at the Complex on Fri. Nov. 25 commencing at 9pm. 1st Entry €10, Re-entry €5. Team of 3. All proceeds to local St. Vincent de Paul. Refreshments served.

Mooncoin G.A.A. Gym
Gym induction will take place on Wedns Nov 23 at 7.15pm. Flexible payment methods available for gym membership fees. For enquiries contact 051-895435 (Mobile: 087 1212408) or 086 1553968.

€200: Barry Purcell, Middlequarter. €100: Neddy Aldridge, Mullinavat. €50: Breda Holden, Convent View. €20: Sinead Walsh, Mooncoin Heights. Anna Butler, Knockhouse. Sam Dunphy, Ballincur. Sinead Quinn, Polerone Green. Karen Purcell, Mullinavat. Nicola Fewer, Roseleigh. Helen Wallace, Carrick Road. Martin Howley, Main St. Bernie Holden, Ballinlough. Eamonn Mackey, Clonmore. Cormac O’Shea, Portnahully. Kit O’Keeffe, Polerone. Paddy Daly, Dungooley. Hannah Ryan, Ballygorey. Sr. Gertrude Flynn, Convent. Kitty Delahunty, Portnahully. Eddie Tobin, Ballymountain. Eimear Grant, Slieverue. Danny Purcell, Polerone. Breda Guthrie, Luffany.

Presentation Associates
A special talk will be given by Chris Mulcahy, who represented us at the international gathering of Associates and Friends of Nano Nagle, in The Nagle Chapel, Presentation Convent, on Saturday Nov 20 from 11am to 12.15pm. Tea served. All are welcome.

South Kilkenny Historical Society
Next lecture will be held on Thursday, November 24 in Mullinavat Parish Hall at 8pm. The speaker is Muiris O'Sulleabhain, Associate Professor, School of Archaeology, U.C.D. and the subject is "Knockroe Passage Tomb and the mysterious Stone Age of South Kilkenny". Adm. €5 (members free).

Masses during the week
Tues. Weds. & Fri. - 9.30am
Tuesday: 2.30pm - Mooncoin Residential Care Centre.
Wednesday: 3pm - Day Care Centre Healing Mass in Parochial Hall
Thurs: 7.30pm - Mass for the Deceased.

Mass for the Deceased on Thurs Nov 24 at 7.30pm for all the deceased of the parish and especially for all those who died during the year.
Mooncoin Residential Care Centre. Mass for all the families of people who have died during the year on Tues Nov 22 at 2.30pm.
Day Care Centre Healing Mass Wedns Nov 23 at 3pm in the Parochial Hall. All are welcome.
Memorial Event for families and friends bereaved by suicide or some traumatic event. Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford, on Sun Nov 27 at 3pm - 5pm. Prayer Service followed by refreshments. All welcome.

We welcome into our Faith Community the following who were baptised recently.
Cara Elizabeth Brennan
Grace Catherine O’Keeffe
Derek Patrick Kennedy

Conference meeting Tuesday, November 22 at 8pm.
Nov. Collection Weekend 26/27.
Christmas Collection Dec. 10/11.

Due to recent changes in the responses and prayers at Mass we have had to purchase 3 new Altar Missals at a cost of €250 each. If any family, or individual would like to sponsor a Missal, please contact Fr. Martin Delaney on 086 2444594.

READERS: Nov 26/Dec 3 (6.30pm) Roisin Crowley, Sr Mary Lenehan. Nov 27/Dec 4 (11.15am) Ailish Conneely, Marjorie Godinho.
CLEANERS: Nov 26/Dec 3 Nellie Phelan, Angela Haley, Kathleen O’Brien, Kathleen Mackey, Kitty Grant.

READERS: Nov 27 (10am) Ronan & Una Walsh.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Nov 26 - Ann Grant & Mary Fewer.

MINISTER: Nov 26 - Mary Frisby.
READER: Nov 26 - Tom Reddy.
ALTAR SERVERS: Nov 26 - Kate Kearns & Tara Ramaswamy.
CLEANERS: Nov 26/Dec 3 - M Gilmartin & M Rochford.

We commend to your generous prayers, Michael (Toby) Power, Ballygorey & England, who died recently. May he Rest in Peace.

Leo Walsh, Aglish.
Johanna Dunne, Skelpstown.
Noreen Lane, Emil.
Breda & Phil Radick,
Chapel View & Wembley.
Catherine Sutton, Narabane.
Ellen Keane, Ballytarsney.
Joe Moran, Ballybrazil.
Dick Dunphy, Carrigeen.
Edward Dunphy, Luffany.
Gerard Cody, Clonmore.
May they Rest in Peace.