Rev. Fr. John Dunphy: Phone: 059 / 9141833 / 9182882 Priest on Call for Area: (Emergency Only)Phone: - 087/2588118

Wheat and Weeds Finance Committee:- monthly meeting this Thursday 27th July @ 8.30pm in the Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a field in which the Parish Centre. master has sown good seed. In the night, an enemy comes and plants weeds, so when the crop grows it is a mixture of Pre-Baptism meeting:- next meeting wheat and weed. The servants’ instinct is to pull the weeds out, but the master Monday 4th September @ 7pm in the demands that the bad grow alongside the good … he himself will sort the Parish Centre. wheat from the weeds at the final harvest. Governey Park Mass:- the annual Mass It’s a typical Palestinian problem, the darnel weed, which looks just like wheat will take place this Thursday 27th July @ in its early stages is a menace to the harvest. The roots of the darnel weed 7.30pm on the green in Staunton Avenue. intertwine with the roots of the wheat. All are welcome. To pull the darnel out can jeopardise the harvest. Similarly just as it’s hard to th tell the difference between wheat and darnel, so it’s not always easy for us to Commemorating the 100 Anniversary of tell the difference between good and evil. A bad person can change and Very Rev Fr. Hugh Cullen P.P. of Graigue become good, and a seemingly good person might not be as virtuous as we – (1909-1917):- To imagine. It’s best if we refrain from judging; this job is best left to God. commemorate this event a special Mass will be celebrated on Bank Holiday In films and novels, the good guys always win and the bad guys always get Monday 7th August at 10am in St Clare’s their come-uppance. Happy endings satisfy our human sense of justice, but in Church. Following the Mass people will reality justice seems strangely elusive. We come up against evil time and time gather at the new community centre in again. Sometimes we get so angry that we want to take justice into our own Killeshin at 11.30am and will process behind hands. Sometimes we are incensed that God can allow evil to grow alongside Killeshin Pipe Band for the oration and good, but before we get too irate, maybe we need to stop and take a good long unveiling of a plaque at his grave. To look in the mirror. What makes us so sure that we’re not weeds too? Where perpetuate his memory the name Graigue did we get that assurance that we are represented in the parable as the wheat? was changed to Graiguecullen shortly after Rarely is reality black and white. We all have good and bad inside us. We all his death. We encourage all clubs, groups need to change, and we all deserve the opportunity to make those changes. and societies to come out and celebrate Perhaps this is the reason Jesus’ advises us to leave the evil to grow alongside this very special occasion. the good. As Martin Luther King Jnr. once said, “God’s purpose is not Graiguecullen Bingo wrathful judgement. God’s purpose is redemption, and the road to redemption th is by way of reconciliation.” Tues 25 July @ 8.30pm Jackpot €1,380 in 46 Nos 25m people facing hunger crisis in east-Africa Double No. €2,070. The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference have announced that special collections Great Prizes to be won nd rd at all Masses will take place across Ireland this weekend 22 /23 July to fund SUMMER YOUTH RETREATS life-saving aid for people currently affected by the devastating hunger crisis in east-Africa. The money raised will be donated to Trócaire, which is delivering Junior Youth Retreat emergency food, water and health care to the 25 million people affected. to St. Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn & Tramore RD THURS 3 AUG 8:30am - 9pm approx. If you would like to contribute to this collection please place your donation Open to those into the red bag collection and anything over the usual collection will be sent to Trocaire. going into 2nd, 3rd or 4th year Cost €15 covers the bus and a trip to The Parish Pastoral Council of Raheen Parish, Co. Laois are organising the Mc Donald’s – bring a packed lunch! celebration of Mass to mark Fr. Brian Kavanagh’s Silver Jubilee of the Priesthood. We are aware that Brian lived and ministered in your Parish during Overnight Youth Retreat that time. On behalf of the People of Raheen and we wish to extend to Lough Dan, Co. Wicklow a warm welcome and invitation to the Mass which will be celebrated on MONDAY 21ST – TUESDAY 22ND AUGUST Sunday 30th July at 5pm in St. Brigid’s Church, Shanahoe. Your presence Open to those going will be a wonderful gift to Fr. Brian and the People of the Parish on this into 5th Year and upwards evening. Refreshments and Entertainment in the local hall afterwards. “ Cost of €25 covers all meals and A Welcome to One and All”. accommodation Anniversaries READERS – ST CLARE’S Sat 22nd 6.30pm (First Anniversary) Carmel Stenson, St Fiacc’s House Sat 29th July Kathleen & John Hayes, 66 Maher Road & deceased family members 6.30pm: Aoife Whelan, (Mollie & Johnny Keegan, Castlehill)-(John Callinan, JKL Avenue) Hannah Keogh Sun 30th July John & Teresa Smith, Ashfield, also their son Bernard 9.00am: Jordan Ukawoko, Lauren (Mary Rowan, Killeshin Rd and deceased members of the Morrissey Donoghue & Rowan families) 11.30am: Sean & Margaret (T.J McCormack, 1 Oakley Close)-(Tom Hurley, 19 Rossmore View) Costelloe rd Sun 23 9am Annette Nelson, 142 Sleaty St (Birthday Rem) READERS – HOLY CROSS 11.30am (Months Mind) Henry Dowling 25 St Fiaccs Terrace Sun 30th July (First Anniversary) Anthony O’Reilly, Bagenalstown 10.15am: Vonnie Bolton, Mary Annie Moore, The Numbers also her daughter Judy Kenny Hennessy Annie Whelan, St Patricks Ave EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS Edward & Kitty Lynch (née Callinan) Lancashire ST. CLARE’S Wed 26th 10am Bridget & William Stynes & Moira Creeth Sleaty Sat 29th July Peg Farrell (née Kenny) St Fiacc’s Tce & New York 6.30pm: Emily Donican, Ann Intention Mass Dormer, Geraldine Fennell, Owen Fri 28th 10am Patrick Callinan, Rossmore View Gorman (C) Sat 29th 10am Maria Barcoe, 25 Rossmore View (Anniv & Birthday Rem) Sun 30th July 6.30pm (First Anniversary) Paul Hade, 58 St Clare’s Road 9.00am: Corina Brennan, Margaret Jack Whelan, Crossneen & deceased members of Whelan family Brennan Michael White, Killeshin Road 11.30am: Padraig Brett, Anne Christopher (Berto) Kelly, Duggan Ave Marie Byrne, Cathal Byrne, Leo Sun 30th 9am John Moran, Churchtown, Athy Connolly, Margaret Connolly (C) 11.30am Maria Fitzpatrick, Jack Doyle Brendan McWey, Ardrass Lower, Celbridge & Sleaty HOLY CROSS Sun 30th July Joseph Mullins, Fruithill Manor & Barrowhouse 10.15am: Mary Hennessy, Shaina

County Carlow Hospice Committee A.G.M. Highfield Manor, Residents Hoy, Cormac Dollard wish to thank all of you who Association will take place on Monday contributed so generously at its recent Weekly Collection 31st July @ 7.30pm in Graiguecullen Church Gate Collection. Your support Red Bag € 778.00 and words of goodwill and Parish Centre. All residents are Blue Bag: €1,157.00 encouragement are very much encouraged to attend and We thank you for your support appreciated." become involved. Carlow MABS Ltd Pre-Marriage Courses Appreciation:- Patty (Money Advice & Budgeting Service) Accord Carlow are currently taking O’Boyle would like to 72d Tullow Street, Carlow booking for the Autumn courses. express her deep appreciation th th th th Tel: 076 107 2070 Free and Sept 8 & 9 , Oct 13 & 14 , th th and thanks to all who sent confidential, Nov 17 & 18 There will be no courses get well wishes and letters of Money Management and Advice support during my recent Service in July and August. If you are getting married in the Catholic illness. Many thanks to all. Assisting people in dealing with their church, you are required to attend a existing debts and helping them to Pre-Marriage course St Clare’s & Holy Cross begin to manage their own resources and should book a place on one of the Altar Societies:- are seeking MABS offers free Debt Relief Advice above courses now. under Personal Insolvency options volunteers to help clean our Booking on or phone beautiful churches. Contact Mary at 059 9138738 for further Graiguecullen Swimming Pool information. parish office at 059 9141833 PH: 059-9140330 if you can help. EMAIL: [email protected] Summer Swim Camps Volunteer Now for World Meeting of Families 2018:-At least 2,000 volunteers EVENING CAMPS are needed to organise and see through this amazing event in August, 2018. 6 – 6:45pm Volunteers can give of their time, abilities and service to organise and deliver this th th CAMP 5: 7 – 11 August event in various ways: being part of stewarding, welcoming and information MORNING CAMPS teams; photographers, bloggers, media support; logistics; programming support, 10 – 10:45am CAMP 4: 24th – 28th July and many other ways. There are plenty of reasons to volunteer, including the CAMP 6: 14th – 18th August invaluable experience gained, the social interaction, making new friends or simply Camps run Monday – Friday helping to create this amazing and once in a lifetime event. So, don’t delay, sign @ €35 per child-Bookings are being up today and be a part of this unique opportunity! Go to taken in the pool office. for more details and for the online Deposit of €20 to secure a place. application form.