OUR SECOND GATHERING: Last Sunday we had a lovely celebration and gathering as we welcomed residents from Westbury and surrounding estates to our 10.30a.m. Mass. This was followed by refreshments in our parish centre. Sunday last was also Mothers’ Day and we marked that in our celebration also. Each mother got a little token of appreciation from the parish at the end of Mass. Many commented on the lovely atmosphere created and the singing from the children’s’ choir which enhances our liturgy every Sunday.
AN INSPIRATIONAL, UPLIFTING, REFLECTIVE EVENING: This is for all who are seeking to enrich their faith! Facilitated By Hilary Musgrave and Monica Brown. Drawing on the resources of the Croí Nua Programme of Renewal for Ireland, and weaving together scripture imagery, music and ritual, Monica and Hilary will provide participants with a creative and prayerful space to celebrate their faith and their experience of God in the reality of their daily lives.
This evening will also be an opportunity to receive information about the Croí Nua Programme and how it is being used by groups all over Ireland, enriching their faith and enlivening communities. Learn how Croi Nua could be used in your community as a source of renewal in this Year of Faith. Date: Wednesday 17th April Time: 7.30pm Venue: The Parish Centre, Westbury Contact: Dympna 086 3708652.
ADORATION: 24 hour adoration of the Blessed Sacrament St. Nicholas’ Church. Thursday 7.00pm – Friday 7.00pm. This is an opportunity for everyone to take a little time out to be still, reflect, and commune with the Lord
STATIONS FO THE CROSS: Will take place after the 7.p.m.Mass each Friday during Lent.
St. Patrick’s Day Masses: Vigil mass: Saturday 16 March at 7.00pm. St Nicholas.
St. Patrick’s Day: 9.15am. and 12.00 noon in St. Munchin’s College.
ST. JOHN BOSCO’S RELIC IN LIMERICK: As part of a worldwide pilgrimage, the major relic of St John Bosco was in Ireland from 23 February until 7 March. Appreciation is being expressed of all who helped in any way and indeed to the thousands of people of all ages who came to venerate this relic and to pray.
DRAW AND PAINT TOGETHER: An opportunity for those interested in using water colour and acrylics to come together to share ideas and do some drawing and painting. The venue is St. Nicholas Parish Centre. Time: 2.00pm. every Tuesday. Further details from 087 6870512 or 061 342402
BRIDGE: Should you have time to spare and would like to play bridge, please come along to the parish centre on Thursdays at 2.00pm.
NO NONSENSE SPIRITUALITY: Spirituality for those who like to question. This is a series of four evenings which will be held in Woodfield House Hotel, Ennis Road at 7.30p.m.on Thursdays. Each session will comprise a short input, group discussion and a time of reflection / meditation. It will conclude at 9.00p.m. Topics include: Can an agnostic pray?, Can we be spiritual without being religious? Is there life after death? Further details from Mossy Hynan at 085 7424153.
Baptisms: Baptisms take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 6.00p.m.. Please make all necessary arrangements with Fr. John. A meeting to prepare for this special day will be on the Thursday after the first Sunday of the month in our Parish Centre. Time: 7.30p.m.
holy week and easter in st. nicholas’ : Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.00pm. Adoration until midnight, including Holy Hour from 11 – 12.
Good Friday: Stations at 12 noon led by our young people. Meet at St. Nicholas’ Church. Solemn celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm with dramatised reading of the Passion and veneration of the Holy Cross.
Pageant: Mary at Calvary: a creative pageant of the Good Friday Story in St. Nicholas’ Church, Westbury. Time: 8.00p.m. All welcome.
Dawn Mass on Easter Sunday: This will be in Shannon Fields, Irish Estates,. Please gather at 6.00 and join us as we celebrate Sonrise.
FOR ALL SENIOR CITIZENS: Old time dancing, cabaret and exercises to music is available at Pery’s Hotel, Glentworth Street on Tuesday eveingt8ng. Music is provided by the resident band and is suitable for all age groups.
UPCOMING COURSES: Occupational First Aid: Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th March. Time: Friday (5pm-8.30pm); Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm) Venue: Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall, Limerick. Cost: €120 p/p; register online @ www.limerickcitysports.ie/courses.html Children’s Officer Course (participants must have completed the Child Protection in Sport Basic Awareness Course). Date: Saturday 23rd March. Time: 10am to 4.30pmVenue: Radisson Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick. For further information on, and booking form for any of the above please contact Ciara on 061 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LECTURES FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH: The Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College are holding a Public Lecture Series to celebrate the Year of Faith. Every Tuesday at 17.00 hrs, (Room 202) an invited guest speaker will deliver a lecture on a topic that relates to Christian Spirituality. The Lecture series is free of charge and everyone is welcome. The next of these will be on Tuesday 19 March. Dr Eugene Duffy will speak on Thinking and Praying with the Church. The 9 April will host Prof. John Hayes who will speak on: Hope beyond reasonable expectation. On 16 April Dr. Andrew Pierce will speak on Anglican Spirituality. The final lecture in this series will be on 22 April on The Spirituality of John and its expression in stained-glass windows. The speaker will be Ms. Myra Hayes.
PARTEEN / ST. NICHOLAS GAA: Lotto numbers drawn: 12 28 29 30 NO WINNER. Winners of the six County Board Draw tickets worth €60 were: Geraldine O’Connell, Ballycar, Ardnacrusha; Trevor Nix, Ardnacrusha; Bridie Nolan, C/O Noelle Howard, Parteen; William Haugh, Meelick, Jim Molloy, Ardnacrusha and Noelle Howard, Parteen.
News in brief: Parteen U21’s blast their way through to the next round of the County Championship with a great win over Doora/Barefield. On a cold and wet morning our hurlers saw off the challenge of St. Josephs and now await their next opponents. Parteen 4.11 to St. Josephs 2.05
The Dermot Sheridan memorial tournament between Parteen and Clonlara was held last weekend. The lads meet every year to remember their friend who passed away long before his time. At the end of 60 minutes the sides were level so following a brief meeting between the teams in the centre of the field it was decided that 65’s similar to a penalty shoot out would decide the outcome. After five attempts a piece the score line was two a piece so on to sudden death and Parteen won that encounter. The game mirrored everything you would like to see in a game of hurling, skill, conviction and respect and was a great way of remembering Dermot. Parteen ASAP committee had their first club drugs awareness last Wednesday. ASAP stands for the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention and the meeting was held in Parteen National School. Detective Garda Sandra Heelan shared her knowledge with the lads and on behalf of the club we would like to express our thanks. Many thanks also to the school and to Mr Philip Lavin for making the venue available for this worthy cause.