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.