Aghaviller Parish Newsletter

Hugginstown and Stoneyford Churches.

6th. and 7th. June 2020

 Feast of “The Most Holy Trinity”


St. Colman

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:  

New guidelines will be given after the Bishop’s Meeting on Monday. These will be outlined next weekend.

The Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business has changed. Churches can now re-opened for public worship on  29th. June 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. This 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 every day in Hugginstown Church and will be 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 during the late Summer  and that First Holy Communion and Confirmation can be celebrated when the schools reopen.

  • Monday 8th.       Feast of St. Colman.
  • Tuesday 9th.   Feast of St. Columba (Colum Cille)  Secondary Patron of Ireland
  • Thursday 11th.    Feast of St. Barnabas (Apostle)        
  • Saturday 13th.            Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

Pray For:          

  Fr. Jim Cassin Thomastown; who died on Friday 5th. June

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:  at 11.30a.m.

Mooncoin Church;  at 11.00am.

Mass is celebrated every Sunday and is also relayed on RTE Radio and T.V.  and on K.C.L.R.

Safeguarding Contacts:

Diocesan Designated Liaison Person:

Mr. Cathal Cullen Tel: 087 100 0232  or

Diocese of Ossory Web Page:

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 25 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.


Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world.

This year, of course, it was not possible to return Trócaire boxes through schools or parishes in the usual way. This is the worst possible timing coming just as the world’s poorest people need us most.

Therefore, Trócaire are appealing to you to return your Lenten donation. Simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate in the following ways:  a. Online at;     b. By phone: 1850 408 408. 

By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.d. Or leave Trócaire Box into Parish House, Hugginstown as usual.

The contents of each and every Trócaire box, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference.

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 / 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   

Bígí Cúramach  Keep Safe


7th. June 2020

First Reading:

A Reading from the Book of Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9

‘Lord, Lord, a God of tenderness and compassion’

With the two tablets of stone in his hands, Moses went up the mountain of Sinai in the early morning as the Lord had commanded him. And the Lord descended in the form of a cloud, and Moses stood with him there.

He called on the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger rich in kindness and faithfulness.’ And Moses bowed down to the ground at once and worshipped. ‘If I have indeed won your favour, Lord,’ he said ‘let my Lord come with us, I beg. True, they are a headstrong people, but forgive us our faults and our sins, and adopt us as your heritage.’


Second Reading:  

A Reading from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 13:11-13

The grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

Brothers, we wish you happiness; try to grow perfect; help one another. Be united; live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Greet one another with the holy kiss. All the saints send you greetings.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.


 A Reading from the Gospel of St. John 3:16-18

God sent his Son so that through him the world might be saved

Jesus said to Nicodemus:    ‘God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost

but may have eternal life.

For God sent his Son into the world

not to condemn the world,

but so that through him the world might be saved.

No one who believes in him will be condemned;

but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already,

because he has refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son.’


God our loving Father, we gather together this morningbut it’s not the same:

many of us are not hereand there is a distance between those who are –not the distance of fear or mistrust,

but the distance of care, of thoughtfulness,  the distance that will help us to stop the virus from spreading.


We pray for friends and classmates who are at home.We know we will see them again in real life

and value their real presence even more, the gift of friendship.Help us to ‘see’ more clearly what is important,

the good things we had perhaps overlooked,the small details of everyday life,graced with your presence.


We pray for a better world to come out of this –  more grateful for the people who do the ordinary jobs,

more just in the way people are treated, more caring for the vulnerable.

We pray for a world which is more determinedto look after the earth, our common home;

a world that will live wisely, think deeply,love generously.

We make all our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen


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