Recent Death: Jim Kenny, Ballinalina, Tullahought
Anniversaries: Windgap: Eamonn and Nora Horgan, Coolhill
Bearna na Gaoithe: Sagart Paróiste: Fearghus Ó Fearghail
An Triú Domhnach den Aidbhint: 12/13 Mí na Nollag 2015
Mass Times: Windgap: Saturday, 7.30 p.m. Tullahought: Sunday, 10 a.m. Windgap, Tuesday, 9.30 [Carol Service, Friday, 12.00 pm]
Christmas Mass Times: Christmas Eve, Tullahought, 6 p.m.; Windgap, 9 p.m. Christmas Day, Tullahought 10 a.m.; Windgap 11 a.m.
Readers: December: 12, Thomas O’Callaghan; 19, Sylvia Culleton; 24, Tom Mackey; 25, Emer O’Shea; 26, Sean Foley; January: 2, Ann Foley; 9, Rita Phelan; 16, Caoimhe O’Shea; 23, Martin O’Shea; 30, Michelle O’Brien.
Eucharistic Ministers: December, 12, Ann O’Shea; 19, Breda O’Shea; 24 & 25, Margaret Mackey; 26. Joan Watters; January: 2, Liz Jackson.
Tullahought: Eucharistic Ministers: Leo Conalty; Patricia Power; Mary Walsh; Eileen Grace.
Windgap Annual Bazaar - Sunday, 13th December, Windgap Community Hall, starting at 2 pm. Wheel of Fortune; Christmas cakes, Vegetables, home baking, hams, valuable prizes, Waterford Crystal, a large hamper, and a beautiful door prize. Please return tickets for the Raffle before Friday, 18th December. Draw will take place after Mass on Sat. Evening, 19th December, in Windgap.
Windgap School Carol Service: Scoil San Nioclás will hold their annual carol service in the church in Windgap on Friday, 18th December, at 1.30 p.m. All are welcome.
Winter Solstice at Knockroe: South Kilkenny Historical Society invites you to join the South Kilkenny Historical Society for the Winter Solstice sunset at Knockroe Passage Tomb on Monday, 21 December, 2015. The group will meet at 2.30 pm at Owning church. All welcome.
Windgap Loop Walks: The opening of Windgap Loop Walks (both accredited by National National Trials of Ireland) will take place ar Lá an Dreoilín (St. Stephen’s Day), starting at 11.30am sharp; registration at lake, 11 00 a.m. Refreshments in the hall 12.30-3.00 pm for walkers & non-walkers; entertainment with wren boys from 2 pm; treasure hunt and movies for Juniors at 2.00 pm. Entry: €10 per person, €25 per family. Join in the fun & come in wren boy costume (prize for best effort). Your support will be much appreciated.
Jubilee Year of Mercy: Pope Francis will open the holy door in St. John Lateran in Rome on Sun., 13th Dec., at 9.30 am. On the same day ‘Holy Doors’ will be opened in cathedrals and sanctuaries throughout the world, marking the beginning of the year of Mercy. Bishop Freeman will inaugurate the Jubilee Year of Mercy in Ossory with the opening of the Holy Door in St. Mary’s Cathedral at 5.30 p.m. Priests, religious and lay people are invited to gather at 5.15 pm at the Cathedral. This will be followed by Mass in the Cathedral. The first Jubilee year took place in 1300 under Boniface VIII; there have been 27 since then, not counting this present Jubilee.
Westcourt News: The monthly Mass to pray for the intercession of Blessed Edmund Rice in our lives and for his canonisation will take place in Westcourt, Monday, 14 December 2015, at 7.30 pm, organised by St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society. All are welcome (Br Damian).
Vocations: Thought for the Third Sunday of Advent: “what ought we to do?” Let joy and gladness show forth in you. You are called to be the presence of Jesus (Luke 3:10-18) If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr. Willie Purcell Ossory Vocations Director. 056 7770261 or email email@example.com.
Special Collection: Many thanks for your support for the Special Collection.
Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat, for 16-35 year-olds, Frid. 18-Sun 20 Dec. at Newbridge College, Kildare; parental consent required for u-18s. Meals provided, accommodation on site. Just bring a donation & sleeping bag. Free buses from around the country, see www.Youth 2000.ie or Youth2000 Ireland Facebook or tel. 01-675690. The exciting weekend usually attracts over 600 young people from all over Ireland for a weekend of excellent speakers, inspiring talks & workshops, prayer, youth Masses, adoration, healing & time to meet new people.
Callan Christmas Bingo, Sunday 20 Dec.. Free raffles etc. and all kinds of prizes. Come along for the fun. Callan parish will also have a Christmas Special Whist Drive in the parish hall on Wed. 23 Dec. All are welcome.
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).
Coolagh Cards & Raffle: Pre-Christmas card games for hams and hampers each Thursday night until Christmas.
Priests of Windgap: Thomas Brenan was born in Rathcurby, Mooncoin, and baptised on 12 February 1790, the son of John Brenan and Else Grant. He had two brothers priests – Walter and Richard and was uncle of Edward Aylward, the well-known PP of Castlecomer. He entered the seminary in Maudlin St., Kilkenny, in September 1812, and commenced Theology the following year. He was probably ordained in 1818 or 1819 but probably had to wait a year or two for a vacancy in a parish. During this time he would probably have lived at home. His first appointment was as CC St. Canice’s (1820-22). He was subsequently CC Ballyhale (1822-29), Templeorum (1829-31), Urlingford (1831-34), Kilmanagh (1834-40) and the Rower (1840-43) before becoming PP Windgap in 1843. While in Windgap he witnessed the failure of the potato crop in the Autumn of 1845. People in Ireland planted even more potatoes the following Spring hoping to avert famine but the crop was a total failure. He died on 6 Oct. 1846 aged 55 years as the ravages of the famine were really beginning to bite. His monument in the old chapel in Windgap has the inscription:
Here lie the mortal remains of the Rev. Thomas Brenan Parish Priest of Windgap who died October 6th 1846 Aged 55 years. He was meek and humble of heart, simple in mind, endowed with great prudence in bringing the sinner to the ways of God. He fed the hungry and clothed the naked. And dying he made the poor his heirs. Requiescat in Pace.
Windgap Creamery: In his diary Horace Plunkett tells of a visit to Windgap creamery on 26 February 1894. He & Robert Anderson set out from Clonmel: “The usual difficulty of an early start ... Off at last with a wagonette & pair, a wild Irish coachman who didn’t know his way ... Mullinahone met Committee & general meeting. Good talk - apparent effect. RAA [Anderson] stayed behind to continue & I go off to Wind Gap (Co Kilkenny). Canon Phelan good priest. Made an impression at good meeting. Both these places creamery built & at work. Very hopeful. Rejoin RAA at Mullinahone where the ‘committee’ are all drunk & drive off to Kilcooley”. Plunkett’s good impression of Windgap was confirmed in June 1894 when the creamery received two “very highly commended” for butter at the Limerick Horse Show, & again in Oct. 1894 when its butter was “highly commended” by the Limerick Dairy Association