It may seem like there’s a lull at O’Loughlin Gaels GAA these days while the competition fixtures scheduling is quiet as the season commences, but St. Johns Park is a hive of activity as teams of both genders and all grades busily prepare for Summer action. Teams of mentors and club officers are busy organising and readying the grounds for a busy summer. Team Managers are already jostling, grappling and shouldering each other as they compete for space for their teams so they can offer the best advantages for all players. Not an issue, space maybe at a premium but a well organised Grounds Committee insures that all teams avail of the best pitches available. Supporters and members enjoy loitering for a chat around the club house each evening as teams of all ages are being put through their paces. Talks of the team’s prospects for the season are rife and the banter is getting lively. Juvenile training continue on Saturday mornings for camogie and Sunday mornings for the boys. The introduction of the Camogie Café has contributed to the enjoyment the parents get from viewing the young Gaels play. Great work by all the volunteers and we know the hard work now will make for a great season ahead. New member are welcome always.
O'Loughlin Gaels GAA club has some the best club facilities available to its members on offer... Bar, Lounge, newly refurbished kitchen, newly refurbished gym and viewing gallery. So why not take advantage. Hire it out for whatever occasion comes your way..be it family gatherings, birthday parties, group meetings large or small. Only last month the gym held nearly 1000 guests for the Garda v Army Charity Boxing Fundraiser. The club held recently the County Board Convention, All-Ireland Schools Volleyball Championships and finals, Basketball. Baptisms, Communions and Confirmation parties… whatever your event think about your local club. Hire it out for music groups, ceilís, choirs dancing...whatever your need is just pick up the phone and contact Paddy Green - 086 1298339 or contact the bar any evening after 8pm at 056 7765036 and someone will be there to help. Remember all proceeds from your event booking goes back into the everyday running of YOUR club. It yours to enjoy.
There was no jackpot winner of this week’s club lotto. The numbers drawn were 4, 5, 8, 19 and the bonus number was: 13. Tickets can be bought from the usual selling agents or by asking at the clubhouse bar. Remember – if you’re not in; you can’t win the jackpot prize of €20,000. Best of luck
Reminder of ‘Review of Holy Week in The Parish’
“The Easter Triduum ceremonies (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) are central in the Church's calendar. In most Parishes, the Easter Triduum is celebrated by parishioners assembled in the parish church only.
Having regard to the to the falling numbers attending the Holy Week
Ceremonies in our three Churches, the following arrangements will apply from Easter 2015:
The full Easter Triduum will be celebrated in St John's Church only.
The Stations of the Cross – in all three Churches on Good Friday.
The Easter Sunday Celebrations – in all three churches as normal.
Much consideration has been given to this decision, and we regret that circumstances have forced us into making these new arrangements.
We trust that we have your understanding and support in our deliberations.”
New Readers for Mass in Dunmore
Anyone interested in joining the team of readers for Mass in Dunmore on Sundays, please contact Bernard O Gorman (056 7761306). We are always looking for new readers and would love to hear from you.
Lenten Lunchtime Theology Talks
Ossory Adult Faith Development are holding a series of talks in the St Mary’s Cathedral Chapter House during Lent at 1.05pm.
These Lunchtime Theology talks will be just a short input of 10 minutes on a topic - to stir a question or idea and then soup and sandwiches will be provided for those in attendance.
Why not invite people to come along. It is a chance for us to journey together during Lent.
•Monday 2nd March: A Book Faith: How can the bible root faith in our days?: Olivia Maher (Ossory Diocesan Pastoral Council)
•Monday 9th March: A Nourished Faith: How do we strengthen our faith? Dan Bollard (Parish Priest Thomastown)
•Monday 16th March: An Active Faith: What is our role in the Christian Community? - Jemma Mulligan (Middle Deanery, Chairperson)
•Monday 23rd March: A Lived Faith: What can our beliefs offer our daily lives? - Dan Cavanagh (Parish Priest Rosbercon)
Ministers of the Word Training Course
A Minister of the Word Course is currently being arranged by the Adult Faith Development Office for the 42 parishes.
A Ministers of the Word list will be collated similar to that of the Ministers of the Eucharist, i.e. Readers will be commissioned for three, three year terms and then retire. This Course is planned for new readers and also for ALL current readers in our parish, so that a complete list can be compiled. We will be notified by the Adult Faith Development Office as soon as dates have been arranged.
Many thanks to all who have given in their ‘Lenten Station’ Offering. If you have forgotten, you can return yours as soon as you can.
The Ossory Times
“We are currently working on the next edition of the Ossory Times. It will be published for Easter I’d obviously welcome and encourage any parish or group in the diocese to submit an article that you would like to see included. Any article should be around 300/400 words and have at least one, and preferably more, colour picture(s).
“It is good to draw attention to the Gospel/Church alive in our midst. So if you have something why not ask someone involved to pen an article on it. We need these, for this edition, by the middle of March (15th). Many thanks.” D. Ryan, Ed.
Tower Against Suicide
The 1st Kilkenny Venture Scouts invite you to Opening Ceremony of Tower Against Suicide, 7.00 pm next Saturday at the Scout Den, Bennettsbridge Rd. The event continues from 9.00 am, Sunday – all in aid of promoting positive mental health. A fire will be lit on top of the Tower to serve as a beacon of hope in times of darkness. Everyone is welcome to visit and support this event