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Graiguecullen Bingo

In St. Fiacc’s Hall Tuesday 28th January @ 8.30pm. Jackpot 50 numbers €2,130. Double Number €1,870. In-house Mini Lotto €1,700. Great Prizes to be won. Bring a Friend.

2020 Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 16th – 21st July. 5 nights staying in the Astoria Hotel.

Graiguecullen Parish Centre. Total cost €749 per person. Deposit on booking €100 per person. Single room supplement is an extra €150. We are in a position to receive part payments towards the cost of the pilgrimage, in the Parish Centre or to Ursula at any time if you wish. You may also make your booking directly with JWT Pilgrimages ( or 01 2410810) or Ursula Hayden- 085 1794664.

Prayer Meetings

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

Family Masses

There will be special family Masses next Sunday 2nd February at 10.15am in Holy Cross & 11.30am in St Clare’s. All children preparing for First Holy Communion and their families are expected to attend. As it is Catholic Schools Week all children are asked to wear their school uniforms.

St Valentine’s Day

We invite all couples to a special Mass in St Clare’s Church on Friday 14th February at 7 pm to receive a special blessing. 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.

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Next Sunday 2nd February. If anyone would like candles blessed for use in their home, you are welcome to bring them to any of the Masses.

Catholic Schools Week

Sunday, 26th January, marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week 2020. During this week we aim to celebrate the unique contribution that Catholic schools, both primary and post-primary, make to the mission of the Church in our local faith communities and throughout the wider church. This year’s theme is ‘Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony with God’s Creation’.

Parish Finance

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!


The next meeting for parents who are presenting their children for baptism will take place on Monday 24th February 2020 at 7pm in the Parish Centre.

Daily Mass Times

To facilitate requests from families for funerals to take place at 11am please note that the daily 10am Mass will be cancelled with the exception of the First Friday’s of every month. All anniversaries for the day will be prayed for at the funeral Mass at 11am.

Kilquan Players

PRESENT A COMEDY IN 3 ACTS By Jimmy Keary ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ IN COON HALL on 7th, 8th & 9th Feb at 8pm. Directed by Mr. Benny Mills. ADM. €10. NO BOOKINGS SO COME EARLY

Poor Clare Sisters along with Fr. Liam Lawton

The Poor Clare Sisters along with Fr. Liam Lawton and his music, have a new CD called The Rosary. CD on sale in Graiguecullen Parish Centre Cost €15.

St. Fiacc’s House

St. Fiacc’s House are looking for part time Nurses interested in working nights on call. Please contact Seppy on 059 91 43892.

Stroke Support Groups

Provide a place for people affected by Stroke to come together on a regular basis and to share their experiences in a friendly & supportive environment. The groups provide information, raise awareness & advice. Stroke Survivors, Family Members & Carers are welcome to join Carlow/Kilkenny Stroke support group in Sacred Heart Hospital, Carlow on 2nd Friday of every month 2.30pm – 4pm & St. Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny last Friday of every Month 2.30pm – 4pm. If you would like more information about this group or if you are interested In becoming a volunteer please contact Lynda Colgan (support group coordinator) 0877814697. Or Ann Flahive (Clinical Stroke nurse St. Lukes Hospital) 056 7717413.

Day of Prayer for Healing at Clonfert

Sat 1st February bus leaving Tullow Car Park @ 8am, Barrack St bus stop @ 8.20am. Bring packed lunch. Ring Lily 087/2245193 or 059/9151245.

St. Clare’s Hospitality – Unwanted Christmas Gifts

St. Clare’s Hospitality will gratefully accept any unwanted gifts and use them for fundraising events. Items can be left into the parish centre.

St. Clare’s Hospitality

Are in urgent need of donations particularly biscuits & cereal of any kind for our food parcels. We are very grateful for all donations.

Lions Club

Lions Club Carlow Annual Fundraiser Table Quiz. Thursday the 30th in Seven Oaks Hotel, Ballroom. Starts 8.30. Trivia, Music, Puzzle, Maps and Picture Rounds. Special prize for 1st “All teacher” primary and secondary teams. Tables €40.00 for team of four.

Snowdrop Month

Snowdrop Month at Altamont Gardens runs from 1st – 29th February. The gardens are open daily for general viewing from 9am – 4.30pm. Advance booking of group tours requested. Altamont Café located in the Walled Garden is open serving hot drinks and delicious cakes.

Carlow College Book Fair

Takes place from 1am – 5pm Wednesday 12th February 2020 at Carlow College, St Patricks, College Street, Carlow. All are welcome to browse, buy or sell.

Study Theology Online

Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or from the comfort of your own home. Register Now for Spring 2020 Info:- or +353 14048124.

Table Quiz

€100 for the winning team. In support of the Presentation School Bands trip to the St Willibrord Hopping Procession there will be a Table Quiz in Eire Og Clubhouse on Friday January 31st at 8pm. €10pp, maximum of 4 per table. Your support is appreciated.

Community Savings Club

Community Savings Club based in St. Catherine’s, Station Road runs each Friday from 12.30 to 1.30. New members are always welcome and you can save from €5 to €50 per week for the big events in your life. Please call to St. Catherine’s for further information.

Family Carers Ireland

Family Carers Ireland are holding their first support group meeting of 2020 on Thursday 30th January at 11am in the Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. This is open to all new & current carers. The Parents of Children with Disabilities Support Group meeting is taking place on Wednesday 29th January at 10.30am in the Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. Please contact 056 7721424 if you would like more information.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels Service are in urgent need of volunteer drivers. If you can help please contact Fiacc’s House between 9am-2pm Monday-Friday 059 9143892.


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

St. Vincent De Paul

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

Drug and Alcohol addiction knows no boundaries

You Are Not Alone, help is always available. Please contact You Are Not Alone support group on 085-7872730 for a confidential and non-judgemental service.

Killeshin Whist

Killeshin Whist every Wednesday night @ 8.30pm in the Community Hall.

ARISE – Young Adult 18+National Event

Takes place in Knock Shrine on March 7th 2020. There will be inspirational speakers, music, celebration, fun, a chance to meet with other young adults and much more. For more information, booking, etc. please contact Robert Norton, Youth Co-Ordinator on 059-9164084.

South Leinster Money Advice and Budget Service CLG

Carlow Office, 72D Tullow Street, Carlow. 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Phone Number 0761 07 2070 | Fax 059 9142360 | MABS National Helpline 0761 07 2000. Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.

Carlow Regional Youth Services

Carlow Regional Youth Services are currently recruiting for the following positions on their CE Programme based in Carlow Town: Youth Support Workers (x2), Afterschool Youth Workers (x2). These positions are 19.5 hours per week. If you are interested or want to check your eligibility please call Lisa/Marie on 085 2101494 or 059 9130476 for inquiries.

Evergreens Holiday 2020

To the 4 star Connemara Coast Hotel, set on the Wild Atlantic Way and the shores of Galway Bay. €399 per person sharing (€20 single supplement per night) for 4 nights, 5 days. Leaving Monday 1st June and returning Friday 5th June 2020. Please give names with €100 DEPOSIT per person to the Swimming Pool office. Limited places available.

Please Note

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


Carers needed in all areas of Laois. Pay €13- €15 per hour. Must have QQI Care of the Elderly & Care Skills completed. Also must be a driver. Work is in your local area. For more info please contact Lorraine on 087 9954567 or email

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 (9141833) & 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 name and mobile number to the parish office.

Clothes Recycling

Vera Smith & Catherine Nolan, Niall Mellon 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, bedlinen (no duvets or pillows please), curtains can be dropped at any time to Terry Smith Kitchens, Sleaty Road, Graiguecullen, Carlow or collection can be arranged by contacting Vera on 086 8317940 or Catherine on 086 8709846, Mobile phones accepted. Thank you for your Support.

Parish Youth Choir

Practice each Saturday from 12.45pm to 2pm in the Parish Centre. The choir is open to all secondary school students and young adults. Musicians also very welcome.


“Whit” Weekend 2020 Break in The Brandon Hotel, Tralee from Thursday 28th May to Monday 1st June 2020. 4 nights B + B and 4 evening meals + bus €330. Names and deposit of €100 to be paid by Friday 15th Nov. Limited places available. For booking or more information: Tel 086 8173843.

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. Al-Anon Family Groups have weekly meetings where all are welcome. Carlow: St. Catherine’s Community Service Centre, St. Joseph’s Road – Mon @ 8pm.Askea Parish Centre, O’Brien Road, Askea – Thurs @ 8pm or Tel: 01-8732699 for further information. Website:

St. Fiacc’s Hall

Available for Parties and Indoor Sports. Phone 059 9140330 for details.

Prayer Meetings

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

Older Parish Bulletins

Link 19th January 2020

Link 12th January 2020

Link 5th January 2020

Link 29th December 2019












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