Windgap, Tuesday, 9.30 a.m.
Windgap: Readers: October: 3, Sylvia Culleton; 10, Tom Mackey; 17, Emer O’Shea; 24, Ann Foley; 31, Rita Phelan.
Eucharistic Ministers: Joan Waters; Liz Jackson; Bridget Comerford. Catherine Meagher; Ann O’Shea.
Tullahought: Eucharistic Ministers: Leo Conalty; Patricia Power; Mary Walsh; Eileen Grace.
Mission Sunday: Since 1926 the Church has traditionally remembered its universal mission during the month of October. On this Sunday, then, we think in a special way of the church’s missionary movement and especially of the missionaries from the parish who have built up the church of God in various parts of the world over the years. We think in a special way today of Fr Bob who worked in Kenya after retiring from Windgap, of Fr Donal from the Capuchin friary in Kilkenny, who is now ministering in South Africa, and who helped out in the parish after Fr Martin’s death, of Fr Benedict O’Shea who has been working in the diocese of Arundel and Brighton for many years, of Sr Patricia Duggan who worked for many years in South Africa and Zimbabwe, of Sr Ann Landy, who worked in Africa, and of Sr Margaret Mary, who worked in Australia. We remember them today and all those missionaries from the parish atá imithe ar shlí na firinne.
Mission Sunday Collection: The second collection today is for the Missions. Nationally the Mission Collection in 2014 realised €1,758,295 (an increase of a few per cent on 2013) with a minimal amount going on administration. We appeal to you to continue in this generous spirit of reaching out to the poorest of the poor.
How the Mission Sunday Collection is actually spent? The bulk of last year’s Mission Sunday Collection went to Africa – South Africa €600,000; Uganda €246,000; Namibia €140,000; Nigeria €275,000; Botswana €132,000; Lesotho €102,000; Indonesia €84,000. A significant amount of money would have gone towards the education of priests in different African countries and supporting Convents.. The Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith based in Rome distributes the funds directly to each diocese depending on needs such as school fees, health clinics, the provision of transport for priests and sisters, the building of very basic schools and churches etc . All expenditure is carefully monitored and controlled.
Pope Francis on Mission Sunday: Since the new leaflet which we now have in the church has an introduction to each reading the eagarthóir will confine himself to a thought from the readings or from elsewhere, as in the case of Mission Sunday. In his message marking Mission Sunday 2015 Pope Francis reminds us: “Every baptised person is called to bear witness to the Lord Jesus by proclaiming the faith received as a gift. Since Christ’s entire existence had a missionary character, so too, all who follow him closely must possess this missionary quality. As Vatican II stated: ‘The laity should cooperate in the Church’s missionary work of evangelisation, as witnesses and at the same time as living instruments, they share in her saving mission’.
Monster Bingo with €15,000 prize money in Cillín Hill, Kilkenny, Sunday, 18th October, at 3.00 p.m.in aid of St. Mary's Cathedral Restoration Fund. This Bingo is being staged by Gowran Parish Bingo Committee. Books €15 and €20. Single Sheets (3 in number) €2. Raffle tickets €2 or more. Your support would be greatly appreciated. If anyone needs a lift to Cillín Hill, please contact Ann at 0863699542.
Monster Auction for Cathedral funds. A monster auction to raise funds for the Cathedral restoration project will be held on 29th November at a venue yet to be finalised. Advertisements for the auction book and lots for sale are being sought. Advertisements will cost €100 for full page, €60 half page and €40 quarter page.
St Canice’s Parish Light of Hope Project: Wed., 21st Oct. 11 am: Audio visual presentation on Pope Francis in St Canice’s Parish Centre; 7.30 pm: Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor. ‘Francis: A Witness to Mercy’, in St Canice’s Church.
Annual Fair Camphill, Kyle: The Annual Fair of the Camphill Community, Kyle, Coolagh, takes place on Sunday, 8th November 2015, from 1pm to 5pm. Crafts, Wheel of Fortune, Children’s games & activities, vegetable stall, live music etc.
Knit and Stitch Show in RDS: A Bus will be travelling to the Knit and Stitch Show in the RDS on Thursday, November 12th. Cost, €30, including entry fee.
Suicide Grief Awareness. The six-week course run by Kilkenny Bereavement Support at Villa Maria, Talbot’s Inch, Freshford Road, Kilkenny, at 8.00pm., continues on the 20th, 27th Oct. and 3rd Nov. Enquiries to Kilkenny Bereavement Support 056-7756538.
Special Collection: My sincere thanks to those who have been returning envelopes for the Special Collection and a gentle reminder to those who are about to do so.
Priests of Windgap: Richard Shee was the immediate successor of Fr Quirk (1769-1772). Son of Christopher Shee of Rossaneany, Windgap, and Martha Smith of Damma (Ballycallan), he was born in 1728, mostly likely in Stonecarty, and moved with his family to Rossaneany at an early age. In 1762 he was curate in Windgap (probably living at home). In that year he subscribed to Bishop Burke’s Hibernia Dominicana. Two years later in 1764 he became PP of Inistioge. He returned as PP of Windgap and Dunnamaggin five years later in December 1769. He was to be parish priest of the united parishes for less than three years, dying on 17 July 1772 at the early age of 44 years.
When Fr Shee felt his end approaching he gave directions to those around his bed to bury him with his relatives in Stonecarty in the parish of Aghavillar. “My predecessors”, said he, “are buried in Killamery, but don’t bury me there; it’s too near Garryricken, and Garryricken is cursed”. What he was alluding to here was the very public adoption of Protestantism by John Butler (see previous nuachtlitir) and his predecessor’s denunciation of the future Earl. Notwithstanding his final wishes the parishioners of Windgap did not allow his remains to be carried away and buried him with his predecessors in Killamery. Some time after this, however, his friends came by night, opened his grave and brought him away to Stonecarty where they buried him with his father beside the south wall of the old church. There a large horizontal flag marks the grave of Christopher Shee, his son James and his son Fr Richard who is described thereon as “Parish Priest of Killamery & Kells”.
Placenames: Baunreagh or Bawnreagh (Tullahought) is Bán Riabhach in Irish. Bán here signifies lea land or grassland, while Riabhach signifies streaked, striped or speckled. Ballyfliugh is Buaile Fliugh (Coolaghmore) in Irish; Buaile signifies cattle fold or summer pasture while fliugh (fliuch) means wet and here probably reflects the proximity of the river Glory. The placename is spelled Bolifleughe in 1576; the alternative Monehary (presumably Móinéar or meadow) is found in a document of 1616.