Windgap: Nicholas and Mary O’Shea, Mealoughmore; Joe Murray, Garrythomas; Lina Power and James Power, Knockroe; Sean Power, Knockroe; and Mrs Ann Gallagher (née Power), Edgeworthstown; George Hennessy, Seskin & Rossaneny; Mrs Angela Farrell, Johnstown.
Tullahought: Mary Moore, Birchwood; James Walsh, Kilmacoliver; Mary Walsh, Pollrone.
Mass Times (weekend):
7.30 p.m. Tullahought: Sunday, 10 a.m. Windgap:
Readers: January: 2, Ann Foley; 9, Rita Phelan; 16, Caoimhe O’Shea; 23, Martin O’Shea; 30, Michelle O’Brien.
Eucharistic Ministers: January: 2, Liz Jackson; 5, Bridget Comerford; 9, Catherine Meagher, 16, Ann O’Shea; 23, Breda O’Shea; 30, Eileen O’Gorman; February: 6, Margaret Mackey; 13, Joan Watters.
Tullahought: Eucharistic Ministers: January: 10, Mary Walsh; 17, Eileen Grace; 24, Leo Conalty; 31, Patricia Power; February: 7, Mary Walsh.
Windgap: Weekday Mass: Tuesday, 9.30 am
Church Unity Week: 18 – 25 Jan: Each year at this time of year we focus on praying for unity among the different members of the Christian tradition.
World Day of Migrants and Refugees: As we prepare to celebrate the World Day for Migrants and Refugees on Sunday, 17 Jan. let us remember and pray for all those who have travelled far from their homeland in search of a better life – and for those refugees fleeing their homeland because of war and hunger – and who are travelling filled with hope and perhaps some trepidation for their futures. The Gospel calls us to be ‘neighbours’ to the smallest and to the abandoned, (and) to give them a concrete hope. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they live. Concern for fostering good relationships with others and the ability to overcome prejudice and fear are essential ingredients for promoting the culture of encounter, in which we are not only prepared to give, but also to receive. At the heart of the Gospel of mercy the encounter with and the acceptance of others are intertwined with the encounter and acceptance of God himself.
Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Bookings are now being taken for the diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from May 22 to 27. Contact Eleanor at 051 880414 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vocations: God brings us through difficult experiences and always leads us to life. Depend on the Holy Spirit to guide you on the path of life. If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr. Willie Purcell Ossory Vocations Director. 056 7770261 or email email@example.com. www.ossory/vocations
World Youth Day 2016, Kracow, Poland, July 2016. Pope Francis will attend. Ossory Diocese is inviting young people (over 18 years) to attend; contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Fr Richard Scriven (email@example.com / 087 2420033) or Derek Dooley (087 938 4242
Confirmation Commitment: Congratulations to the children who are preparing for Confirmation on 14 February and for the commitment they made in church last Saturday. Congratulations also to their families, sponsors, friends and teachers for their commitment to support their children who are preparing for this important step in their Christian lives.
Priests of Windgap: Patrick Phelan was a native of Sralee, Ballyragget, born about January 1841, the son of Michael Phelan and Mary Keoghan. His brother Richard became bishop of Pittsburg in the US. Fr Phelan studied in St. Kyran’s (1861-2) and in Carlow College (1863-67). In those years the seminary in Kilkenny was limping along, with most students for Ossory studying in Maynooth or Carlow. Patrick was ordained on 15 June 1867. Windgap was Fr Phelan’s first curacy. He served here for over five years, from August 1867 to the end of 1872. He was subsequently curate in Gowran (1872-76), chaplain in Kilkenny Workhouse (1876-79) and administrator of St. Mary’s (1879-86). On 12 June 1886 he returned to the scene of his first curacy, this time as parish priest. He was made Canon of Blackrath in 1886, Canon Theologian early in 1893 and was a member of the Bishop’s Council from 1892. In 1895 he was appointed Vicar Forane of the southern deanery. His brother Richard visited him twice in Windgap. In June 1890 he celebrated Sunday Mass in Windgap and visited the boys and girls school schools in Windgap next day where he was presented with an address by one of the boys. P.J. Hawe was ordained in Waterford for the diocese of Pittsburg during this time. Fr Phelan spent almost thirteen years in Windgap. He was involved in the founding of Windgap Co-operative and received the compliments of none other than Horace Plunkett who made a visit to the Co-op in 1894. He was moved to Slieverue in January 1898 and was succeeded in Windgap by Peter Doyle. He died as PP Slieverue on 26 July 1915. On the political front he was an active supporter of John Redmond and the Irish Party, and seems to have been a major figure in the southern deanery, both ecclesiastically and politically. It is most likely that it was he who had the extension built on to the parochial house. At any rate reducing the debt was one of the first cares of his successor Peter Doyle, as one can see from the following reports in the Munster Express.
Munster Express 1898: In August 1898 the tragic play, "Lord Edward Fitzgerald", was played by the young ladies of the Presentation Convent, Carrick-on-Suir, “in the spacious schoolroom at Windgap”. The event was organised by the parish priest Fr Peter Doyle to help reduce the debt on what is described in the report as the “Parochial Mansion”. The room was densely crowded for the play, so much so that several persons fainted, and had to be handed from shoulder to shoulder to the door or windows. A month or so later the same paper announced the date (18th October) for the holding of a race meeting at Cussane to raise funds for the parochial house. The local co-op. also helped (that story awaits the reappearance of the minute books!).
Placenames: Bregaun - Bréagán: Canon Carrigan interprets it as ‘deceitful’. It could indicate ‘a deceitful place’ – a place that is other than it seems; fear bréige is a scarecrow (it resembles a man but is not); fianaise bhréige is false witness. Bregagh (the river in Kilkenny) = deceitful.
“The quality of mercy is not strain’d.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless’d;
It blesses him that gives and him that takes:
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
the throned monarch better than his crown,
But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings.
It is an attribute of God himself…”
(Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice).