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Link 10th February 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 Valentines Bingo

Tues 12th Feb. @ 8.30pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. Jackpot €1,220 in 44 No’s. Check on Double No & win €530. In-house Mini Lotto €650. All loose sheets €2 Six panel books €4. Double books €8. FREE PINK SHEET WITH EVERY BOOK. Giving away €50 for 1 line, €50 for 2 lines & €150 for Full House. Great Prizes to be won. Bring a friend.


Pope Francis invites us to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day! In his document on The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis refers directly to Saint Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to make the most of traditional religious practices, invite couples to grow in love and help their children to prepare for their future married life THE PARISH COMMUNITY EXTENDS A WARM INVITATION TO ALL COUPLES PARTICULARLY THOSE CELEBRATING A PARTICULAR ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR to join them for a special liturgy on this Thursday 14th February @ 7pm in St Clare’s Church to celebrate and pray for you at this particular time in your life journey. All welcome. If you have a copy of a photo of you on your wedding day that we can display on the night please leave it into the parish centre.

Only A Few Places Left

On our Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes which takes place from 16th – 22nd July. 6 nights staying in the Astoria Hotel. All bookings should be made through the Parish Centre. Total cost €749 per person. Single room supplement is an extra €150.


Thursday 7th March 2019. Commencing @ 8.30pm sharp, with a Punch Reception @ 8pm. Compere: Faith Amond. Door Prize & Special Guest on the night. Serena Boutique | A Touch of Class Boutique | Erre Esse | Macs Menswear | Savana / Moda. Tickets €15 available from the Parish Centre or the Pool office.

Church Candles

A big thank you to everyone who donated money towards the purchase of candles for use in our church. A total of €250.00 was collected.

Youth Mass

Our monthly Youth Mass will take place this Sunday 10th Feb at 6pm in St. Clare’s. All children preparing for confirmation are expected to attend.

Would you like to be a Minister of Holy Communion in the Parish?

Are you already a Minister of Holy Communion and would like a refresher course? A three-night diocesan training course, led by Kildare and Leighlin Faith Development Services, will take place in Askea Parish Centre on Thursday, February 14, 21 & 28, from 7.30-9:30pm. Booking is essential contact 059 91 41833.

Irish Heart Foundation

Are bag packing in Dunnes Stores on Thurs 14th Feb and are looking for volunteers. Please ring Mary 087 6292436 if you can spare an hour or two.

Feast of St Blaise

This Sunday 3rd Feb. St Blaise is the patron saint of throat illnesses. Blessing of throats will take place at the end of all our weekend Masses.

St. Fiacc’s N.S.

Enrolment Forms for the school year beginning in Sept 2019 are available from the school. Please call to the office during school hours to request a form. Tel: 059 91 32444.

Community Employment Scheme

Are you eligible for a Community Employment Scheme? Admin positions available. For details call to C. E Office at Swimming Pool or ring us on 059 91 34887.

Silent Retreat

Silent Retreat 25th Feb to 3rd March in St Mary’s Knock Co Mayo. Given by Fr Kilian Byrne, Foyer of Charity. THEME: “If you but knew the gift of God”. Cost €440 full board. For further information/bookings contact Helen at 086 1678027 or


Feb 8th & 9th, March 8th & 9th, April 5th & 6th. Couples getting married in spring or early summer 2019 should book their course now. Bookings can be made online at For further information please contact Mary 059 9138738.

Pre-Baptism meeting

The next meeting for parents who will be presenting their children for baptism over the coming months will be held on Mon 4th March 2019 @ 7pm in the Parish Centre.


In line with GDPR Regulations all persons requesting a Sacramental Certificate will have to fill out Form F001 – 1 and will be required to produce photographic identification. Forms Available in the Parish Centre.

Parish Envelopes

To update our records we would ask that you please put your name and address on your weekly parish envelopes. Thank you.

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.

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).

Medjugorjie Pilgrimage, 5th June.

Spiritual director, Fr. Ruairi O Domhnaill. 25th Sept Fr.Michael Duffy O.F.M. for more info contact Noeleen Dunne 91 4267.


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 Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis

Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ will give a talk on his book “The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis – A synodial Catholic Church in Ireland?” on Tues 19th Feb at 7.45pm in Leighlinbridge Parish Centre. Fr O’Hanlon has written extensively on Church reform and the role of the Church in the public square.


Would you like to be a Minister of Holy Communion in the Parish?

Are you already a Minister of Holy Communion and would like a refresher course? A three-night diocesan training course, led by Kildare and Leighlin Faith Development Services, will take place in Askea Parish Centre on Thursday, February 14, 21 & 28, from 7.30-9:30pm Booking is essential. For further information please contact 059 91 41833.

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

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.


We are seeking compassionate, dependable and experienced Carers to assist our clients with day to day living activities including companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, transport and assistance with personal care needs. Flexible hours. Care Qualifications and Patient Moving and Handling Experience Desirable but not essential as Full Training can be provided. Fluent English. Please call 045-446593 or email

Knitting Club

We are looking for donations of baby wool to knit for the Rotunda Hospital, also double knitting wool, various colours to do lap blankets for the hospice. Any donation greatly appreciated and can be left into the Parish Centre.

Please Note

All charity church gate collections must be licensed to take place outside the church gates and not on church property. Thank You.

St. Vincent de Paul

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

St. Vincent de Paul

Are opening a new furniture shop so they urgently need van drivers and helpers for their delivery van. If you have 3 or 4 hours free per week and would like to help please contact Alex Stenson in the shop at 059 91 73679 or email

Éist Cancer Support Centre

Provides emotional support and practical help to anyone affected by cancer their families and friends. The Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group will take place every second Tuesday at 7.30 pm, starting on Tuesday 12th February. The Support Group provides an an opportunity for women to meet and discuss their experiences and receive peer support.


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.

Irish Heart Foundation

Irish Heart Foundation are bag packing in Dunnes Stores on Thurs 14th Feb and are looking for volunteers. Please ring Mary 087 629 2436 if you can help.

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 3rd February 2019

Link 27th january 2019

Link 20th january 2019

Link 13th january 2019

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