CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, October 12-13, The Twentyeighth Sunday in Ordinary Time are as follows; Saturday at 6-30pm Michael Woulfe, Sunday at 11-30am Michael Punch. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm Louise Carey, Breda Carroll and Mary Collins, 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. Would ministers also be aware that only one duty may be undertaken at mass. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. Weekday masses in Patrickswell will be at the usual time of 9-30am. Weekend masses in Ballybrown will be at 8pm on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday. The new readers list has now been distributed by email, and copies are available from the sacristy. Would all readers please note that the list now operates on a two weekly cycle.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW PARISH PRIEST: Monsignor Lane introduced Fr. Michael Cussen on his first weekend as the new parish priest of Patrickswell-Ballybrown, after serving for sixteen years in the parish of Fedamore, which, the monsignor added, was a very fruitful and happy ministry for Fr.Michael. He hoped that Fr. Michael’s ministry in Patrickswell- Ballybrown would be equally fruitful. Parishioners gave Fr.Michael a warm and enthusiastic round of applause after his often humorous way of introducing himself, during which he thanked Fr. Muiris O’Connor for making the change over as smooth as possible. Fr. Michael also paid tribute to the late Fr.Con Collins with whom he had a long association. We wish Fr.Michael a céad míle fáilte.
RELICS OF ST. ANTHONY: On Monday October 21, the relics of St.Anthony of Padua, will visit St.John’s cathedral. The programme for the day is as follows: Mass at 10am followed by veneration from 11am until 6-30pm, then mass at 7pm followed by veneration from 8 to 10pm. Everybody is most welcome.
ADVENT RETREAT: Fr.John Keane will lead a five night-six day Advent Retreat to Fatima, from Saturday December14 to Thursday December 19, staying in a four star hotel beside the sanctuary on a half board basis of a buffet breakfast and evening dinner. The cost of €279 includes return flights from Dublin to Lisbon, return coach transfers from Lisbon Airport to Fatima, all taxes and fully comprehensive insurance.
A €60 single supplement will apply, and a €100 non-refundable deposit secures your place. Only hand luggage will be allowed, there is limited availability and a valid passport is required. A full meaningful prayerful and spiritual programme will be led by Fr.John, who prays for a mighty anointing on the retreat, that all travelling will be spiritually renewed as they prepare to celebrate the birthday of baby Jesus
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, and a donor clinic will be held at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy, on Thursday October 17 from 5 to 8pm, to facilitate that requirement. You can visit any blood donor clinic as long as ninety days have elapsed since you last gave blood, and you are urged to please give regularly. There will be a donor clinic in Caherconlish the following week. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
CHARITY SHOP: The brilliant autumn sunshine last Saturday seemed to bring out the patrons in even greater numbers to Emily Clarke’s charity shop, which again did fantastic business. Bargains galore were snapped up as soon as the shop opened, and many sat outside on the furniture in the sunshine to enjoy the homemade cakes and morning coffee. This Saturday will probably be the last day for Emily’s fundraising, so come along for your bargains and give it your support, you won’t be disappointed.
CREDIT UNION: To recognise International Credit Union Day on October 17, MPCC will once again offer a will making consultation service for its members, in conjunction with Kieran O’Donovan of Dorothy Tynan & Co. Solicitors. This free one-to-one consultation, will take place in the Credit Union’s Dooradoyle office from 4 to 7pm, and all members are invited to attend. The last time the credit union offered this service, which was in March, there was huge interest, therefore it would be advisable to arrive early.
GAA: Hearty congratulations to the Patrickswell senior hurlers, mentors and management, who were successful in the Limerick County Cup Final last Sunday, beating Granagh-Ballingarry. Congratulations also to Mark Carmody, currently on an Erasmus Student Placement in Holland, for being the only Limerick nominee for the Bord Gáis Energy U-21 Hurling Team of the Year. Mark is nominated for the number four jersey, and the awards will be announced this Saturday, on TG4 at 8-30pm.
VOLUNTEERS: Limerick Volunteer Centre is advising members of the public that they can make their own nominations for this year’s Volunteer of the Year awards. The annual awards are a celebration of all that is good about volunteering in Ireland, and the remarkable work volunteers do. Nominations can be made up until October 25 at www.volunteer.ie and all winners will be announced at the national prize giving ceremony in December.
INDOOR ACTIVITIES: Croom Community Centre is now taking bookings for clubs and groups for the autumn season for sporting activities, including indoor soccer, indoor hurling, basketball, badminton and volleyball. Rooms also available for meetings and classes. For Details Contact 061397412 or email@example.com
FUND RAISER FOR INJURED JOCKEYS: A day of racing has been scheduled at Limerick Racecourse, Patrickswell, next Monday, October 14 the day after the Munster National. The race day is in aid the rehabilitation of injured jockeys J.T. McNamara and Jonjo Bright. The fixture includes an Irish versus UK Jump Jockeys Challenge, and a Jump Jockeys versus Flat Jockeys Challenge. All attendance money will be donated to the fund. Comedian Karl Spain will entertain, and there will also be two auctions. The first race is at 1-15pm.