Aghaviller Parish Newsletter
Hugginstown and Stoneyford Churches.
16th. and 17th. May 2020
“Sixth Sunday of Easter”
Priests living within the Parish:
Liam Cassin (Parish Priest)
Telephone: 056 776 8693 or
Mobile 087 231 2354
Peter Hoyne (Retired)
Telephone: 056 776 8678 or
Mobile 086 373 8492
Please do not hesitate to ring if you need assistance.
Mass in Aghaviller Parish: –
All Public Masses are still not allowed.
The Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business sets out how the COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted. One of the measures announced as part of Phase 4 of the roadmap which takes place on 20th. July.;says that Places of Worshipcan be re-opened with social distancing measures. These measures are only an indication of what might happen if everything goes well with restricting the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland. They will only come into effect when the National Public Health Emergency Team says that the conditions are right for more relaxation of the restrictions in place to protect us all.
Mass is celebrated privately each day and is offered for all the people of the parish and for those who continue to care for the sick and those in need. Please let us know of Anniversaries or any other intention you may wish to have prayed for in the Masses.
It is hoped that Cemetery Masses may be possible from August.
- Monday 18th. Feast of St. John 1, (Pope and Martyr)
First Holy Communion:
Today 17th. May we were due to celebrate First Holy Communion with the pupils of Monroe and Newmarket Schools. We have been preparing for this day since last September and we hope that the children and families will not be too disappointed. As soon as schools reopen we will plan to celebrate your First Holy Communion; you will not miss your Big Day.
We will also need to plan to celebrate Confirmation when schools reopen.
Sunday Mass Times on the Web:
St. Canice’s Church www.stcanicesparish.ieat 10.00a.m.
St. Mary’s Cathedral: www.stmaryscathedral.ieat 11.00a.m.
St. John’s Church: www.stjohnskilkenny.com at 11.30a.m.
Mooncoin Church; www.mooncoinparish.ie at 11.00am.
Mass is celebrated every Sunday and is also relayed on RTE Radio and T.V.
Diocesan Designated Liaison Person:
Mr. Cathal Cullen Tel: 087 100 0232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diocese of Ossory Web Page: www.ossory.ie.
Gardaí 1800 555 222:
Tusla – Kilkenny Area – Tel: 052 617 7302.
Aghaviller Parish Representatives are: Teresa Broderick and Carmel
During these weeks please note that every Catholic is entitled to a dignified Christian Burial. Attendance at Funeral Masses or Service has to be private and limited to 10 family members.
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People:
ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional staff is available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8.00a.m. to 8.00p.m, by calling 0818 222 024.
Volunteers for Hugginstown area for Kilkenny Co. Co (Covid-19) Emergency Response:
Tommy Murphy 0872115125;
Ger Carroll 0862571713;
Mary Carroll 0872128834
Larry O Shea 0877413113;
Paddy O Shea 0872289020;
Shane Power 0872228185
Paddy Farrell 0872062638;
Darragh Doyle 0873834434
Darragh Brennan 0857058337;
John Butler 0861964489
Mick Rohan 0861019191
Aoife Sheehan 0862032583;
Dan Blanchfield 0863263026
Stoneyford Development Association and Parents Association
have established a group of community volunteers who will assist anyone in need, to deliver medication, groceries, fuel to your front door. All volunteer’s numbers are listed in the Stoneyford area.
Pilgrimage to Lourdes:
In an effort to mark what would have been the Pilgrimage to Lourdes from May 17th. to 22nd., A number of volunteers will pray the Rosary using the WebCam facilities of Urlingford Church. The Rosary will be prayed for five nights at 8.00p.m. using the WebCam facilities of Urlingford Parish Church. To login simply enter, Urlingfordparish WebCam.
As you know the Trocaire Boxes from the Lenten Campaign were by and large not returned this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trocaire is launching a national Advertising Campaign to encourage parishioners to return their donations beforethe Pentecost Weekend, i.e. 29th. May – 1st. June 2020.
Crochet or Knit a square to help vulnerable children in South Africa.
Kilkenny County Council Arts Office has initiated a blanket project to help you use up of all that extra wool you have lying around your house and to help improve the lives of children in South Africa. What better time to get back to knitting, crocheting or indeed take it up for the first time or to get your children knitting. Knit or Crochet a square 7’’ x 7’’ and your squares will be stitched together into beautiful blankets for the children supported by the Elkana Childcare charity in South Africa.
If you are interested in getting involved in this wonderful project please let us know by email email@example.com / or call the Arts Office on 056 779 4203. We ask that for now you collect your knitted squares at home and we will send out further instructions regarding collection in due course.
St. Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund Draw:
The new Draw was due to begin on Wednesday 25th. March. This was delayed for some months. Tickets are still available from the Parish House, Hugginstown. Prize money €5,000.00 per month. If you can support, please let us know as soon as possible;
All notices for the Newsletter to be left in before 5.00p.m. on Thursdays please.
Contact: Telephone: 056 776 8693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles8:5-8,14-17
Philip went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them. The people united in welcoming the message Philip preached, either because they had heard of the miracles he worked or because they saw them for themselves. There were, for example, unclean spirits that came shrieking out of many who were possessed, and several paralytics and cripples were cured. As a result there was great rejoicing in that town.
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, and they went down there, and prayed for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Spirit, for as yet he had not come down on any of them: they had only been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
A Reading from the First Letter of St.Peter 3:15-18
Reverence the Lord Christ in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander you when you are living a good life in Christ may be proved wrong in the accusations that they bring. And if it is the will of God that you should suffer, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.
Why, Christ himself, innocent though he was, had died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life.
A Reading from the Gospel of St. John 14:15-21
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever,
that Spirit of truth
whom the world can never receive
since it neither sees nor knows him;
but you know him,
because he is with you, he is in you.
I will not leave you orphans;
I will come back to you.
In a short time the world will no longer see me;
but you will see me,
because I live and you will live.
On that day you will understand that I am in my Father
and you in me and I in you.
Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them
will be one who loves me;
and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I shall love him and show myself to him.’
(Pope Francis’ Prayer to Our Lady for May 2020)
O Mary,You shine continuously on our journeyas a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,who, at the foot of the cross,were united with Jesus’ suffering,and persevered in your faith.
Protector of the all people;you know our needs,and we know that you will provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee,joy and celebration may returnafter this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,to conform ourselves to the will of the Fatherand to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,and burdened himself with our sorrowsto bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.