THE GATHERING 2013
St Fiacc's School Reunion will this year marks the 21 year anniversary of the official opening of the school. To mark the occasion there is a very special weekend of reminiscences and memories planned for the June Bank Holiday weekend. These will include a School Open Day and entertainment on 31st May, a football blitz and night out on Saturday 01 June and a special Mass in St Clare's Church on Saturday evening 01 June at 6.30pm. Contact Jane Moore or Mary Fleming 9132444 for further details.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Last Sunday marked the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. The aim of the week is to highlight and celebrate the wonderful contribution that our Catholic Schools make to our local community and society in general. This year's theme is 'Catholic Schools in the Community of Faith: Sharing the Good News'. Many events are planned in our schools to celebrate Catholic Schools Week and next weekend our school children from Primary and Secondary schools will participate at our Masses. We focus, especially this year on St Brigid as we make crosses to fundraise for Youth Ministry and all are welcome to journey with us to the St Brigid's Eve Festival on Jan. 31st at6.30pm for a pilgrimage of quiet prayer, song and reflection.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The Parish is offering a Baptism Preparation Evening to all parents seeking Baptism for their child. This meeting will take place once a month in our Parish Centre from 7pm to 8.30pm on Monday 25 February and Monday 25 March. While this evening is optional, we strongly encourage parents to avail of the meeting as we are anxious to assist them in any way we can at this special time.
KILLESHIN FC LOTTO
There was no winner of the recent Lotto Jackpot. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 7 and 26. The four lucky dip winners were Marie Byrne, Kevin Fitzgerald, Marion Reddy and Eamonn Brennan, each received €25 and the seller's prize of €25 was won by Darragh McDonald. The Jackpot now stands at €7,900 and tickets can purchased for €2 from any club member or from the local shop and public houses
LOURDES INVALID FUND
The AGM of the Graiguecullen-Killeshin Lourdes Invalid Fund will take place in the Thatch Bar on Wednesday 30th January at 8pm. Cards will be available on the night for the annual draw which will take place on Saturday 16 March.
Killeshin Soccer Club are holding their Fifth annual table quiz in the Talbot Hotel, Carlow on Thursday 7thFebruary. The quiz starts at 9pm sharp with a table of four costing €40. This night has always been a great success and your continued support is greatly appreciated.
PARISH SWIMMING POOL
Children's Swimming Lessons resuming on Saturday mornings. Spaces Available from 9 to 10am and from 10am to 11am also Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7pm. Contact Swimming Pool at 9140330. Get Fit for the New Year our Water Aerobics are resuming on Monday and Thursday nights from 9 to 10pm. All are welcome. Sunday morning swimming lessons have resumed since last Sunday and are for twelve weeks at a cost of €60. Contact Paul 0876121666
St Valentines Social Dancing run by Carlow Lions Club in aid of Éist Cancer Support Centre on Tuesday 12th February in Seven Oaks Hotel. Admission is €7 and tickets available from 0599139684
This Friday 1st February is the First Friday of the month. There will be the usual penitential service during the 10am Mass in St. Clare's.
CHOIR MEMBERS WANTED
Killeshin Choir are seeking new members of all ages so anyone interested please speak to any choir member after 10.15 Mass.
Our Parish Annual is now available from the parish centre and local shops and it cost just €5.
COMMUNION TO THE SICK
Frs. John and Brian will bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound on Tuesday and Wednesday, 05 and 06 February.
Graiguecullen Country Market will reopen on Saturday 02 February from 10am to 1pm. It's located in The Old School Hall, opposite Aldi, in Graiguecullen. They look forward to seeing you all there
The Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place next year from 1st to 6th July, staying in the Hotel Paradis and costs €749 per person. Anyone interest contact Tully's Travel. A great gift for Christmas!
Every Tuesday night at 8.30pm in St Fiacc's Hall. Great money to be won on the night. Jackpot now stands at €2,000 in 50 Numbers. Check on Double number and win €460
Oisín park Céilí Sunday 3rd February with music by Danny Webster and all profits to park. Fitness exercise and Pilates, ten week course sponsored by VEC commencing in Oisín House. Contact 0868596607 and let us know if morning or evening suits. €25 for ten sessions.
PARISH FINANCE MEETING
Parish Finance Meeting will take place on this Wednesday, 30th January at 8pm in the Parish Centre.
Any child that does not attend St Fiacc's School and is living in the Graiguecullen area and is interested in taking part in the Art Competition please contact Bernie at 0861593994 Training for team events has started on Fridays in St Fiacc's Hall and costs €1 per child. 5 to 6pm; Under 11 Boys and Girls Indoor Soccer and Basketball. 6 to 7pm; Under 13's Girls Basketball and Indoor Soccer. Thursdays 8 to 9pm; Under 13's Boys Indoor Soccer.
The annual holiday commences on Monday 10th June for four nights, five days, staying in the Four Seasons Hotel, in Carlingford, Co. Louth. Cost €300.
Children's Liturgy of the Word takes place on each Sunday at the 11.30am Mass in St Clare's. We invite all children between four years and first class to join us for our Sunday school. Our aim is to introduce the children to the Mass by taking part in activities appropriate to their age. These activities will take place in the parish centre and will be supervised by adults and students from our second level schools.
VALENTINE'S DAY MASS
On Tuesday 14th February we invite all couples to a special Mass in St Clare's Church at 7.30pm on that day. Any couple who is celebrating a special milestone anniversary this year and would like it celebrated at the Mass are asked to contact the parish office.
Adult Badminton has commenced on Thursday nights from 9pm to 10pm in Killeshin Hall. For further information contact Siobhan 086 0703491. Killeshin Hall now taking bookings, €20 per hour. Contact Dora in Killeshin Stores 0599147900
Saplings School for Children with Autism are delighted to announce that they have produced their 'Carlow of Old' calendar again this year. The calendar was very well received last year and this year they have included a new set of old pictures from different areas around Carlow from the 50's and 60's.
It is ideal gift for family and friends especially for anyone abroad at a cost of €5. They have also their popular Christmas cards for sale in the Graiguecullen Parish Centre, Fine Framers, Rancho Reilly's Pet Farm, the Lazy River Cafe and Saplings School, Church Road. A big thank you for all the support from various businesses in County Carlow. Thanks to everyone for their support.
THURSDAY MORNING CLUB
Thursday Morning club has resumed after 10am Mass in St Clare's. Parishioners are invited into the Parish Centre after Mass for a cuppa and a chat.
Support Group for Parents who lost a baby before, during or after birth, there will be a meeting on Monday 25 February at 8pm in the Parish Centre.
SENIOR HELP LINE
Open daily from 10 am to 10pm. All calls are treated as strictly confidential. We are here to listen. LoCall 1850 440 444 for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland.
Graiguecullen & District Indoor Bowls now playing on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm in St Fiacc's Hall. All ages welcome.
FEAST OF ST BLAISE
St Blaise is the patron of throat illnesses. Blessing of throats will take place at all Masses next weekend. The Blessing of St Blaise is a sign of our Faith in God's protection and love for us.
TALK IT OVER
Talk It Over is a free and confidential service for those bereaved by suicide or general bereavement on a one to one or group therapy basis. Their walk in service is available on Wednesdays from 10am to noon or call them at 0863364961
Bridge Club on Wednesday afternoons in Graiguecullen Parish Centre at 1.45pm. All welcome. Bridge Classes for beginners, enquiries to Ann 087 9914682.
Anyone who would like to reflect on the Sunday readings is invited to a half hour meeting each Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. A special invitation to all who will be reading the Word of God at Mass on Sunday. This is an opportunity for people to enhance their participation in their celebration of Mass each Sunday.
Newly formed Killeshin Community Centre committee invites anyone interested in renting or leasing rooms in the old Killeshin National School please contact Laurence 086 8521941 or Orla 087 7645127.
Graiguecullen Ladies and Juvenile Girls AGM will be held on Friday 8th February in the upstairs meeting room in new building. Parents of juvenile girls are asked to attend the meeting and anyone not involved in the club are also invited to attend. Recent Lotto results, numbers drawn were 3, 18, 22 and 29. There was no Jackpot winner so for the next draw, Jackpot €10,000, Reserve €10,000, Second Reserve €5,400. There was one Match 3 winner of €200; Mark c/o Marie O'Rourke. Sellers prize of €20 each went to John Corcoran, Martin Power and Michael Regan.
BRÍDEOG NIGHT OUT
Ballylinan Panto Group will hold a Brídeog night out in Fleming's Pub, Ballylinan on Saturday 2nd February commencing at 9pm. All Brídeoga and Musicians welcome. Enquiries to 0870903744.
Carlow Regional Youth Services are doing a visual art project to celebrate 25 Years of service. Project runs January to June 2013. All young people 12 to 18 welcome. First meeting: Mon 4th February The Vault, Burrin Street, 4.30pm to 6pm. For more information, contact Angela at 0857897303) or Aoife at 0867713793).