PARISH CONFIRMATION: Saturday March 2 was a very special day in our parish when the girls from St Munchin’s Girls School, Ballynanty, and the boys from St Munchin’s Christian Brothers School, Shelbourne Road assembled in St Lelia’s Church to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. It was a lovely sunny day as parents and friends gathered to witness the ceremony.
As we look forward to Fr Brendan Leahy being installed soon as bishop of our diocese, the young people received the Sacrament from Canon Donal McNamara P.P. St Munchin’s / St Lelia’s. Fr Tom Carroll concelebrated the Mass and assisted at the Ceremony.
The following thirty three children from fifth and sixth classes were confirmed and Anu Bode was a special guest – John Butler, Nicola Carmody, Colin Collins, John Costelloe, Evan Cronin, Nathan Curry, Dinika Fitzgerald, Leon Fitzgerald, Laura Foley, Jamie Lee Griffin, Lorna Gough, Tamara Halvey, Tracey Hehir, Nicole Hartney, Jamie Hayes, Roy Hussey, Darragh Hogan, Chloe Hollywood, Chloe McNamara, Sophia Krasniqi, Kaley Lyons, Edward Power, Dale McNamara, Josh O’Neill, Shantall Ryan, Alan Reddan, Leroy Woodland, Kate Price, Chantelle Troy, Holly Shannon, Loren Wyse, Niamh Woodrow, Jamie Ryan.
The members of St Lelia’s Church Choir led the children in singing the beautiful hymns. They were accompanied by organist Mr. Joe Spenser. All the Confirmation candidates were beautifully turned out and were very well behaved, taking part reverently in the Ceremony. They were certainly a credit to their teachers Caroline Murphy and Deirdre in the boys school, and Ms Louise Frawley and Ms Sinead Toomey in the girls school. Their parents and families should be proud of doing a good job in guiding the children along the way and bringing them to this lovely occasion of Confirmation.
Congratulations to the newly confirmed as they go forward now as young adults and may the Holy Spirit they have received in the Sacrament be with them always to guide them through what we hope will be a beautiful and blessed life.
Perhaps I can share with them at this time one of my favourite poem by John O’Donohue entitled “A Blessing of Solitude” :
“May you recognise in your life the presence, power and light of your Soul. May you realise that you are never alone, that your Soul in its brightness and belonging connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe. May you have respect for your own individuality and difference. May you realise that the shape of your Soul is unique, that you have a special destiny here, that behind the façade of your life there is something beautiful, good and eternal happening. May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride and expectation with which God sees you in every moment.”
ENTERTAINMENT IN THE LOFT: The Post Polio Support Group (Ireland) invite us to “An Evening of Entertainment” to mark and celebrate the twentieth birthday of Post Polio survivors and friends. The event will take place in The Loft, Georges Quay, Limerick on Monday March 25 at 8 pm and will include the following welknown entertainers: Comedian – the ever versatile Myles Breen; Poetry Reading – Pius McGrath; Vocalist – Stephen Collins. There will be a display of Irish Dancing by pupils of The O’Rourke School of Irish Dancing.
Finger food will be served during the interval and there will be live music by UL Music Society.
All this for just €10 including a free raffle. Please accept the invitation , enjoy yourself, while supporting the Post Polio Support Group
HAIL GLORIOUS ST PATRICK: How quickly the time is passing – it’s hard to believe that we’ve moved on three months sinse Christmas and are celebrating St Patrick’s Day already. A special aspect of this year’s Parade will be the setting up of a record of having the most St Patricks gathered together in one place.
This is the ambition of Mike Finn who, over the past number of weeks has been busy directing the event by recruiting and gathering support from various city groups. The groups have been organized into helping make their own costumes. In all it is intended to have at least two hundred and fifty St Patricks gathered together and registered for the event. The groups taking part are: The pupils of fifth and sixth class in An Modh Scoil; Members of St Patrick’s GAA Club; St Mary’s Parish Community; Limerick College of Further Education; Pupils from Scoil Carmel; Pupils from St Patrick’s Girls School.
When they have all gathered together and registered and the record is set up, the 250 St Patricks will proudly march through the streets in full regalia as part of our St Patricks Day Parade. Good luck to Mike and all his St Patricks.
As they have enjoyed the preparations while getting thjeir costumes in order, I’m sure they will also enjoy being part of the event itself. It promises to be a fun and colourful aspect of the Parade this St Patrick’s Day.
I would encourage everyone to come out to see the Parade on Sunday. Everyone loves a parade, especially the children. Be sure to wave and cheer on everyone taking part especially all our St Patricks.
INFORMATION EVENING: Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is hosting a Mature Student Information Evening on Tuesday March 19 from 6 to 8 pm for all those interested in returning to education. Information eill be provided on courses available, fees and grants, admissions, and application procedures and other relevant student support services. If you are interested in recdeiving this information come along to the TARA Building, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Tues night.
SACRISTAN: Martin Clohessy our Sacristan in St. Munchin’s Church will be available to issue baptismal certificates, book anniversary Masses, Weddings, etc. from 9am. to 11am. And from 2pm. to 4pm. From Monday to Thursday each week. Phone number 455133 – St. Munchin’s Church.
TAX REFUND SCHEME: Our Clergy would like to express a sincere thank you to all parishioners who so generously contributed over €250 to parish funds in 2011. They would encourage other parishioners to become involved in this simple but worthwhile fund raising scheme. Details available from the Church.
PENNIES FOR HEAVEN: Another good way of gathering funds for our parish is by simply putting your copper coins into a jar and handing it into the Sacristy. We all know how annoying those ‘brown’ coins can be when they clutter up our pockets and purses, so there you go – save your Pennies for Heaven. It’s surprising how quickly they mount up.
SYMPATHY: The priests and parishioners over sincere sympathy to the families of MICHAEL O’DEA and JACK O’DONOVAN on their recent bereavements.