LÁ FHÉILE BHRÍDE: This Saturday, February 1 is the Feast Day of St Brigid, or Lá Fhéile Bhríde, and is also regarded as the First day of Spring in Ireland, a month earlier than the rest of the northern hemisphere. It is tradition to make a Saint Brigid’s Cross on this day, cros Bride or bogha Bride, using rushes, and hang it above the front door to protect the house from fire and evil. It is also the day of the Celtic pagan festival of Imbolc, which marked the start of the lambing season and the onset of longer days. The Imbolc tradition is said to date back 5000 years. An chéad lá earraigh sona daoibh!
CANDLEMASS: Sunday February 2 is the Feast of the Presentation of The Lord, and is the fortieth day after his birth. It is traditionally the day when candles are brought to church to be blessed, hence Candlemas, and is sometimes referred to as the Festival of Light. Candles were very important in people’s lives, because they not only gave light, but were said to ward off evil spirits and illness. The day also signifies that we are halfway through winter, the midpoint between the shortest day and the Spring Equinox, and numerous superstitions exist regarding the weather on Candlemas Day, which is supposed to foretell the weather for the remainder of winter. Snowdrops are part of the folklore too, known also as Candlemass Bells, and were regarded as a sign of hope, a hope that the worst of winter was over. Candles will be blessed before the 11-30am mass.
CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, February 1and 2, The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple are as follows, Saturday at 6-30pm Dan Riordan, Sunday at 11-30am Julie Darcy. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm Louise Carey, Breda Carroll and Eileen Nally, Sunday at 11-30am Michael Punch, Sam Milburn and Pat Kirby. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Weekday masses are at the usual time of 9-30 am Monday to Friday. The weekly prayer meeting takes place at 8 pm on Monday and all are welcome. Monday February 3 is the feast of St. Blaise. Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be with Pauline at the Parish Office by 12noon on Thursdays, Tel 061-353454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Mike’s contact details are, Tel 061-353711, Mobile 087-1279015, or email email@example.com
BAPTISMS: Please note that there is a slight change to the details for Baptisms in the Church of The Blessed Virgin, Patrickswell, which were published last week. They will still be held on the second and fourth weekends of the month, Saturdays at 5-30pm and Sundays after mass at 12-15pm.
JOINT PASTORAL MEETING: This meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 4 in Patrickswell Church at 8pm.
CRIB DONATIONS: The proceeds of the crib donations have been forwarded to Sr. Brid Counihan for her missionary work in Brazil. Thank you everyone who gave so generously.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: The weekly session of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm.
TABLE QUIZ: Patrickswell National School Parents’ Association is looking for your support for their Table Quiz, which is taking place at the Cu Chulainn, this Friday night January 31, commencing at 8-30pm.
POP-UP-SHOP: A pop up shop is opening on Saturday, February 8, next door to the Well Barber. All proceeds from the shop will go to the Laura Lynn Childrens’ Hospice and Cancer Research. All enquiries please contact Denise on 085-1407698.
CREDIT UNION SCHOOLS QUIZ: MPCC Credit Union will be holding the preliminary round of the 2014 Credit Union Schools Quiz on Friday, January 31 at 8.00pm in Mungret / St. Paul’s GAA Club in Mungret. Almost 150 children in 36 teams representing six local primary schools will be taking part. The competition will have two separate age-group categories, under-11 and under-13. The winning team from both categories will progress to Stage 2 of the competition organised by the regional Chapter of the Irish League of Credit Unions at the start of March. Winners and runners-up from that stage will then qualify for the National Final on Sunday, April 6. Best of luck to all the school children taking part.
WORLD CANCER DAY: Next Monday, February 4, is World Cancer Day, and is marked to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. The day will build on the success of last year’s campaign, by again focusing on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration to “Debunk the Myths” The damaging myths and misconceptions are as follows, We do not need to talk about cancer, There are no signs or symptoms of cancer, There is nothing I can do about cancer, and, I don’t have the right to cancer care. World Cancer Day is a chance for everyone to improve their knowledge around cancer.
The campaign emphasises that 40% of cancers can be prevented through the healthy behaviours of providing a smoke-free environment for children, being physically active, eating a balanced, healthy diet, and avoiding obesity, learning about vaccines for virus-related liver and cervical cancers, and avoiding over-exposure to the sun. Information and advice sheets are available through numerous websites.
COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT: Croom Community Development Association CE Scheme has a vacancy at present for an Afterschools Assistant/Cleaner in Tots to Teens Community Creche, Banogue with an immediate start. The scheme also has vacancies for an administrator, a community support worker and a caretaker in locations in Croom. To be eligible for these posts applicants must fulfill DSP CE Criteria as follows, be over 25 and in receipt of a social welfare payment for 12 months, and must be registered with their local employment office as being eligible to participate on CE. The successful candidate may need to undergo the Garda Vetting Procedure. Training for these will be provided. Any queries to the scheme supervisor, Moss Lynch on 061-379412.