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Link 14th April 2019

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Please Note

If you have a family member who is ill or in hospital and you would like prayers for them please contact the Parish Centre (059 91-41833).

Graiguecullen Bingo

Tuesday 16th April @ 8.30pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. Jackpot €2,520 in 50 No’s. Check on Double No & win €880. In-house Mini Lotto €1,150. Great Prizes to be won. Bring a friend. Easter Eggs left & right of the winner.

Holy Hour

Please note the Holy Hour this week will take place in St Clare’s Church on Holy Thursday after Mass of the Last Supper with evening prayer @ 9.45pm.

An Invitation to you from Bishop Denis – Chrism Mass 2019

Having journeyed together, ‘Digging Deeper’ into our Sunday Mass this Lent, I warmly invite each of you to join me for our annual diocesan Chrism Mass on Monday, April 15 at 7:30pm in Carlow Cathedral. The diocese is a family of parishes and on this night, we get to gather as a family, priests and people from our 56 parishes. This is a wonderful celebration of the Mass, rich in music and ritual. Come early to get a seat and stay for a cuppa afterwards!

Good Friday

Following the 7pm children’s stations of the cross on Good Friday in St Clare’s Church the Ecumenical Way of the Cross will make its way to St Mary’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of the Assumption via Maryboro St and will process through the park where they will stop on a number of occasions for reflection.

Priests Easter Collection

The quarterly collection for the support of the priests of the parish will be taken up at all Masses over the Easter weekend. Special envelopes are in the envelope boxes or alternatively you can use the special envelopes available at church doors.

Dawn Mass

On Easter Sunday @ 6.00am at Oisín Park, Rossmore. This is the 10th year for our parish to hold this special Mass which will be celebrated this year by Bishop Denis Nulty. This is a very spiritual opportunity to celebrate Mass while watching the dawn break over the countryside. People travelling to the Mass are asked to arrive no later than 5.45am. Please bring warm clothing, a folding chair or stool and where possible share transport in order to assist with parking.

Pre-Baptism Meeting

The next meeting for parents who will be presenting their children for baptism over the coming months will be held on Wed 8th May 2019 @ 7pm in the Parish Centre.

The Parish

The parish depends on contributions from the parish community to maintain church buildings, grounds and services. Some people contribute through their collection envelopes but if you would like an alternative method contributions can be made directly from your bank by direct debits/standing orders. The parish account details are: Graiguecullen Church BIC: BOFIIE2D IBAN: IE12 BOFI 9065 3123 3222 21. Please put your name and address in the reference box. This is a really easy way to contribute to your parish! We greatly appreciate all donations made towards the running of the parish.

Holy Week & Easter Timetable

Now available at church doors. Please take a copy.

Good Friday Lenten Lunch

Good Friday Lenten Lunch at St. Fiacc’s House in aid of Graiguecullen / Killeshin Lourdes Invalid Fund. Please support.

May Sunday

May Sunday falls on May 5th this year. It is very special as it is the start of The Bicentenary celebrations of the laying of the foundation stone of Holy Cross Church. We ask everyone to come out and be part of this special occasion. The annual Holy Cross Sodality Procession leaves from St. Clare’s in Graiguecullen at 10.30am led by the Killeshin Pipe Band. Bishop Denis Nulty will walk with us and celebrate 12 noon Mass in Holy Cross Church assisted by Fr. John Dunphy and Fr. Donal Hogan. Why not walk in memory of a loved one. A special invitation to young people to be part of this special occasion. People are welcome to join in along the way if you are not up to the full journey. It would be nice if you would invite family members who are living away to join us for this special occasion.

Carlow Mental Health Association, “Spring Clean Your Life”

At Carlow Central Library during the month of April. No cost or rebooking, just join us at any or all events. Ageing with Confidence: Tues 16th April 6pm to 7pm. Understanding Addictions in Families: Thurs 18th April 6pm to 7pm. How to become a better version of Yourself: Thurs 25th 6pm to 7pm. All events are in the Library. For further info contact, phone 085 818 1353.

Graiguecullen Swimming Pool

Easter Swim Camps 059 91 40330.

MON 15th – FRI 19th APRIL @ 10AM– 10.45 AM
MON 15th – FRI 19th APRIL @ 6PM – 6.45PM
Fill in a booking form with €20 deposit per child. Due to the increase in demand for lessons bookings cannot be accepted without a deposit. Children must be at least 4 years old.

South Leinster Money Advice & Budgeting Service Carlow MABS, 72d Tullow Street, Carlow. Tel: 076 107 2070

Free, independent and confidential, Money Management and Advice Service. Assisting people in dealing with their existing debts and helping them to begin to manage their own resources MABS offers free Debt Relief Advice under Personal Insolvency options. Money Management Sessions provided for Transition/Leaving Cert Students & Community Groups.

Parish Data Privacy Notice

In compliance with Data Protection Regulations our parish data privacy notice is now available on our church notice board and also on our website.

Al-Anon Support Group

Are you affected by someone else’s drinking? Do you worry about how much they drink? Al-Anon can offer understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers whether they are still drinking or not. Weekly meetings where all are welcome. St. Catherine’s Community Centre, St.Joseph’s Road – Mon @ 8pm. Askea Parish Centre, – Thurs @ 8pm or Tel: 01-8732699 for further info Website:

Big Whist

Big whist in aid of Aidan Monaghan going to Lourdes trip with Kildare & Leighlin diocese. Top score €100 (will be shared if more than one) Good Fri 19th at 9pm sharp in Killeshin Community Hall. €5 for card raffle tickets also on sale on night. Prizes galore on the night & refreshments served.


Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service seeking marriage preparation facilitators:- ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation course facilitators. If you have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church, if you have the
enthusiasm to be part of the Accord team in supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage Accord wants to hear from you! Successful applicants will receive professional training and will be part of a team delivering marriage preparation courses locally. Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or by email to

Evergreens Holiday 2019

To the 4* Garryvoe Hotel, overlooking Ballycotton Bay, Co. Cork. €395 per person sharing for 4 nights, 5 days. Leaving Sunday 9th June and returning Thursday 13th June 2019. Please give names with €100 Deposit per person to the Swimming Pool office. Limited places available. Gift vouchers for the ideal gift are available.

Do You Pay Tax?

The parish received almost €8,000 from tax relief in 2017. This is money we receive from the Revenue Commissioners based on donations made by people who pay PAYE or Income Tax (self-employed & pensions). This is one area we could easily increase the income for the parish. If you pay tax on your income and contribute to any of our collections please complete a CHY 4 form and return it to the Parish Office. We can then claim a refund from Revenue for a charitable donation. (This will not affect your tax in any way).

Pilgrimage to Medjugorjie

20th – 27th June €695.00. Spiritual Director Fr Liam Lawton. Contact: Maureen Maher 01 8324063 or 087 2073406.

Carlow Rainbows Group

Offer a nine session Peer Support Programme for children aged 7 – 12 who have experienced loss through the death of a close relative or the separation of their parents. Programmes are free to participants. If you are interested please contact Anne on 087 6636 499


Are you? Struggling with Anxiety or Depression? Finding Life Difficult? Isolated? GROW is here to help you – Our Mental Health Support groups are free and confidential and open to all, no referral or booking needed. Meeting Times are: Carlow: Tues @ 7.45pm Venue: St Catherine’s Social Services Centre Joseph’s Rd. Tues @ 10am. Venue: Grow Office Barrack St. CEART grp: mental health effects of living with chronic pain/long term illness

The 41st Annual (New Route) Carlow to Clonmel and Clonmel to Carlow Cycle

Cards for the 41st annual wheelchair cycle on the 15th & 16th June, are availiable from Whites Pharmacy Tullow Street, IWA Centre Kilkenny Road or Jack Doyle – Cycle Organiser – 086-8402081.

VHI Mini Marathon

THE VHI Mini Marathon will take place on Sunday 2nd June. If you are interested in taking part (running or walking) and getting sponsored to raise funds for Éist, can you please contact the Centre on 059 91399684 for further information?

Whisperings of My Soul

Fr Sean Hyland: Watch out for Fr Sean Hyland on the Late Late Show on Good Friday discussing his book.

Holy Face of Jesus

You are invited to join us at Potato Market, Carlow to Venerate the image & Relic of the Holy Face of Jesus @12 noon on Good Friday. All are welcome.

Legion of Mary

In aid of the Carlow Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Assoc will take place on the 15th & 16th of June, further details later.

Knitting & Crochet Classes

In The Sacred Heart Hall in Graiguecullen every Wed evening from 7-9pm with Tea @ 8pm. Wool is supplied, hats, scarfs & mitts are donated to the homeless. Just bring a pair of needles or a crochet hook. Contact Edwina on 085/7310553.

Little Easter Chicks

Little Easter Chicks will be on sale at all Masses next weekend, cost €2. All proceeds go to Aoibheans Pink Tie (National Childrens Cancer Charity) and Make A Wish. Please Support.

Walking Football

Open to men & women in St Fiacc’s Hall every Friday 11am – 12noon. Age Over 55’s. Don’t forget to stay for the cuppa afterwards. Contact Tomás 91 72472.


FAR (First Aid Response) course (3 days) 27th April, 4th & 11th May, Carlow. Limited places available. Contact: Ali 087-8231276.

41st Annual Wheelchair Cycle

Cards for the 41st annual wheelchair cycle on the
15th & 16th June, are availiable from Whites Pharmacy Tullow Street, IWA Centre Kilkenny Road or Jack Doyle Cycle Organiser, Mob: 086-8402081.

St. Vincent de Paul

Local Conference – St. Fiacc’s. Tel: 086 – 1592775.


If you are concerned about the welfare and safety of children or vulnerable adult contact Diocesan Designated Liaison Person (DLP) – Ms Joan Treacy: Ph:085/8021633

St Clare’s Hospitality Food Appeal

We are always very grateful for all donations we receive. As the number of parcels being delivered weekly is on the increase we are currently very short of jars of coffee, tins of peas and tins of vegetables of any kind. Again, we thank you for your continued support.

St Clare’s Hospitality Food Kitchen

Will be having fund raising events during the year. If you have any unwanted gifts we would greatly appreciate them. They can be left into the Parish Centre. Thank you for your support.

Bethany House Alzheimer Day Care

Runs a Social Club on Thursdays 2-4pm for people who have been diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, drop in have a chat and a cup of tea. Cognative stimulating activities will be offered to get people’s minds active and engaged for those who wish to participate, a cup of tea and chat for those who just wish to socialise. A choir is been formed specifically catering for people with memory loss on Fridays 2-4pm. Anyone interested in taking part please contact us. Phone: 059 9134736/ 086 4668515 Nurse Manager Moira or Laura or Caroline Kennedy (Home Care Co-Ordinator) 9.30 – 4.30pm.

Carlow Stroke Support Group

Meet in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Carlow every 2nd Friday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Phone Mick for more information 087-6708179.


Samaratians support lines are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offering non judgemental and confidential support whenever you need us. Free-phone 116123, Text 087-2609090, email

The Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free transport service for patients attending hospital for chemotherapy treatment. Volunteer Drivers pick the patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door, then when finished treatment, will pick them up and drop them home. Volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, info on 01 2310 522.

Prayer Intercessors

This group is available to pray regularly but individually for the life of the parish as well as specific intentions that arise from time to time. If you have a family member who is seriously ill or is undergoing a major operation or any other special request please ring the parish office (91 41833) and we will send out a group text to request prayers. In order to maintain confidentiality we do not use names in the texts. If you are interested in joining this ministry please give your mobile number to the parish office.

Niall Melon Educate Volunteers

Vera Smith and Catherine Nolan, Niall Melon Educate Volunteers are holding a Clothes Recycling Collection all year round in aid of their forthcoming trip to South Africa to help build schools in Capetown. Old clean clothes, shoes, bags, bed linen (no duvets or pillows please) curtains can be dropped at any time to Terry Smith Kitchens, Sleaty Rd, Graiguecullen, Carlow or collection can be arranged by contacting Vera at 086 831 7940 or Catherine at 086 870 9846. Mobile phones also accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

Sleaty Cemetery

When visiting your loved ones grave, please remove any withered flowers or pots etc, from the Cemetery. NO DUMPING PLEASE.

St Fiacc’s Hall Graiguecullen

Hours available for Soccer, Handball, Basketball and Parties etc. Opened from 10am – 9pm Daily. For booking please phone Swimming Pool 059 / 9140330.

Friends of Cuan Mhuire

If you or someone you know is suffering with an addiction (alcohol, narcotics, gambling): Are you in recovery from addicton? Are you concerned you are struggling because of someone else’s addiction? We are here to support and listen to you with compassion. Meet and talk with people who understand your issues. Weekly Meeting: every Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm in Sacred Heart Hall, Chaffe Street, Graiguecullen (opposite Church). Phone Kieran 085 7554876, Liam 087 8298808 or Rosaleen 0598631493.

Legion of Mary Meetings

Graiguecullen: St Fiacc’s House: Mondays @ 7pm | Cathedral: Parish Centre: Tuesdays @ 7.30pm | Tinryland: Parochial House @ 2pm | Tullow: Brigidine Convent, Wednesdays @ 10am | Paulstown: Parish Centre, Fridays @ 6.45pm.

Prayer Meetings

Prayer meetings held every Mon @ 8pm in Sacred Heart Hall. All welcome.

St Fiacc’s House Meals on Wheels

Service takes place 365 days per year. For information on the service call 91 43892.

Friends of Cuan Mhuire

Weekly Meeting every Tues 7.30 – 9.30pm in Sacred Heart Hall Tel: Kieran 085 7554876, Liam 087 8298808 or Rosaleen 059 8631493.

Killeshin Community Centre

Killeshin Community Centre’s new All Weather 5 a side pitch is now open for bookings. Special Introductory offers of €50 for a two hour party package which includes pitch rental and use of function room or €20 for one hour pitch hire. Contact: 087 3277070 for bookings.

Killeshin FC

Killeshin Whist in aid of Killeshin FC every Wed night @ 8.30pm. Beginners @ 7.30pm in the Den beside Killeshin Hall.

Guided Meditation 2018

Mornings at 11.30 Mon, Tue, Wed and Thurs. Evenings at 8pm Mon, Tue, Thurs. 9pm Wed. Venue: 9 Old Burrin, Burrin Road, Carlow. Enquiries to Sr. Eileen 086 3194597.

Set Dancing

Set Dancing classes in Behan’s, Tolerton on Thurs nights @ 8.30p.m. All welcome incl beginners, no partner needed. Tel: Eddie 086 8173843 or Vonnie 086 3629516.

Have You An Hour Or Two To Spare?

If so St. Clare’s Hospitality Food Kitchen would be delighted with the extra help. If you are interested please contact the Parish Centre 059 – 9141833 | 9182882.

Worried about someone’s drinking?

AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS IRELAND – Call our Confidential Helpline 01-8732699 10am to 10pm Mon – Sun or log on to Local Al-Anon meetings are on in St Catherine’s Community Centre, Station Road, Carlow on Monday night at 8pm and Askea Parish Centre, Askea, Carlow on Thursday night at 8pm.

St. Clare’s Bridge Club Graiguecullen

Welcomes new members. We meet every Wednesday afternoon in the Parish Center at 1.45pm. Phone: 087 – 9914682.

Parish Shop

A range of Confirmation and Communion gift items are now available in our shop also cribs, pictures, ornaments etc.

Parish Newsletter

To view older Parish Newsletter’s click on the links.

Link 7th April 2019

Link 31st March 2019

Link 24th March 2019

Link 17th March 2019

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