Masses for 24-28 November Windgap: Tuesday, 9.30 am; Friday, 9.30 am.
Tullahought, Thursday, 7.30 pm. Windgap:
Readers: 31 Oct. Rita Phelan; 7 Nov. Caoimhe O'Shea; 14 Nov. Martin O'Shea; 21 Nov. Michelle O'Brien; 28 Nov. Sean Foley; 5 Dec. Larry O'Shea.
Eucharistic Ministers: Oct., 31, Ann O'Shea; Nov. 7, Breda O'Shea; 14, Margaret Mackey; 21, Joan Waters; 28, Liz Jackson..
Tullahought: Eucharistic Ministers: Leo Conalty; Patricia Power; Mary Walsh; Eileen Grace.
Feast of Christ the King: Established by Pius XI in 1925 to celebrate the Jubilee Year & the 16th centenary of the Council of Nicaea. Instituting this feast, Pope Pius XI proclaimed: “Pax Christi in regno Christi” (“The peace of Christ in the reign of Christ”) – a pointed comment on World War I which had torn Europe apart just a few years earlier.
November Masses for the Holy Souls: in these Masses we remember those who are mentioned in the lists you have left on the altar. We remember especially those who died during the past year, and let us remember also those who have passed to their eternal reward and who do not have relatives or friends to remember them.
Annual Collection for the sick and retired priests of the diocese: The Second Collection this weekend is for the Ossory Priests Society (founded 1846) which is responsible for the care of the priests in the diocese who are sick, infirm or incapacitated by old age and for retired priests. We have currently 10 priests of the diocese retired with some in nursing home facilities (Fr. Bob Raftice; Fr Joe Delaney; Fr. Denis Purcell, etc.). The collection is to help defray the cost of nursing home care. During the past year (2015) three priests of the Diocese died: Msgr. Thomas Maher, formerly PP Mullinavat; Rev. James Carrigan, formerly PP Aghaboe & Fr. Paddy Brennan, formerly CC Windgap and later PP Ballycallan and Muckalee.
Right4UFitness – Wednesdays, Windgap Parish Hall, 10.30 am; 6 weeks to get fit for Christmas. Enquiries to Emer (086)3743763.
South Kilkenny Historical Society: In Mullinavat Parish Hall, Thursday, 26 November 8.00 pm. Dr. Pat McCarthy on: World War I - An Overview; Admission: €5 (members and students free). All are welcome.
The Parents Association of Windgap N.S. which to thank sincerely all who contributed to the the John Smyth Memorial Tractor Run. They were delighted with the support of parents and the entire parish community. This has led to much-needed funds being raised for Windgap N.S. and the Kilkenny Home Care Team. Nár laga Dia sibh.
Blood Transfusion Unit: Parish Hall, Callan – Monday, 23 November 4.30 – 8.00 pm. Your support is earnestly requested.
Coolagh Cards & Raffle: Pre-Christmas card games for hams and hampers each Thursday night until Christmas.
St. Mary's Cathedral Restoration Fund Super Auction: Saturday, 28 November, O'Loughlin Gaels Sports Complex, Hebron Road, Kilkenny: Original paintings, garden and household furniture, antiques, firewood, crockery, lamps, toys, etc. Viewing - 10am. Auction begins 11.30am. Catalogue €3. Enquiries re. advertisements in catalogue please contact 086 828 3478 (quarter page - €40; half page - €60; full page - €100).
Course for current and new Readers: St. Patrick’s Centre. Loughboy, 7.30 pm, Tues. 24 Nov. & Tues. 1st Dec.. The same course is being offered in Mullinavat Church at 7.30 pm Mon. 23 & 30th Nov. and Ballyragget Church: Wed. 25 Nov. & 2 Dec.
Special Collection: Sincere thanks for your continuing support for the Special Collection and a gentle reminder to those about to send in their contributions.
Forty Hours Adoration: For the Feast of Christ the King, organised by St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society, Sun 22 Nov., 10.00am–10.00pm in Bl. Sacrament Chapel, St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Callan before the Great Famine. Illustrated talk on Callan before the famine, the Workhouse Callan, Tues., 24 Nov., 8.00 pm. Speaker: Prof. Pierce Grace who has recently published a book on Callan (1825-45). All are welcome.
Windgap Annual Bazaar - Sunday, 13th December, in Windgap Community Hall, at 2 pm. More details to follow. The Raffle tickets will be distributed to every house in the parish in the coming week.
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).
School of the Holy Spirit, Seville Lodge, Kilkenny: their annual coffee morning Sun., 29 Nov., 11am - 1pm, Seville lodge. Enjoy a cuppa with home bakeries and pick up a few bargains at the gift stall, books cds, dvds and perhaps win an amazing hamper or two. Anyone wishing to donate gifts etc to event can contact Therese Buckley @0879040208.
Priests of Windgap: Fr Nolan, whose early career we traced in the last nuachtlitir, was appointed Archdeacon and dean of Ossory by Bishop Marum and was a candidate for bishop after the death of Dr Marum in December 1827. While PP Gowran and Clara he was appointed President of St. Kyran’s College in 1839. In addition to his parochial duties in Gowran and Clara the sixty-five year old Fr Nolan took charge of the secondary school and seminary (now on the same site) and remained in charge until 1842. Fr Nolan’s name is inextricably linked with the opposition to the English government having a veto on the appointment of bishops in Ireland. He assisted Dean O’Donnell (PP St. John’s & hero of Banim’s Father Connell) in drawing up the famous anti-Veto address of the priests of Ossory to the Irish Bishops in 1808. The address received much publicity and was an important influence in the decision the Irish bishops eventually made to oppose the Veto. When the controversy surfaced again six years later in 1814 Fr Nolan was secretary of the meeting in the “Old Cathedral” that again opposed the Veto. He was active in the struggle for Catholic Emancipation, the abolition of the tithes and the repeal of the union with our neighbouring island. He died on 29 May 1851. The long Latin inscription on his monument in Gowran recalls his extraordinary contribution to the church of Ossory.
Placenames: Baunfree is Bán Fraoigh as Gaeilge, Bán meaning fallow land, lea or grassland and Fraoch meaning heath. But the name associated with the place in 1550 was Knockandrowley, and versions of this name turn up in documents from 1550 right up to 1833. The Irish for this is possibly Cnoc an Dromhlaigh. While Cnoc obviously means hill, dromhlach can mean a wide, deep, wooden vessel or half-barrel, referring possibly to the shape of the place, or it could mean a gaunt, stooped person – the person who owned the place, perhaps!