CONGRATULATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS: On Saturday February 29 John and Sandra Finn celebrated their Pearl Wedding Anniversary with their family and friends. John professes to being a ‘Soda Cake’ having been born in Osmington Terrace, Thomondgate. Sandra, nee Power was originally from Kennedy Park, Roxboro Road. They were married on February 19th l983 in St Munchin’s Church. Canon Michael Manning Parish Priest of St Munchin’s at that time was the celebrant with Fr Tom Ryan from Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish assisting. Sandra’s sister Geraldine Power was chief bridesmaid, John’s sister Brid Finn was also in attendance as bridesmaid. Mike Finn, John’s brother was bestman and his friend David Fielding was groomsman.
On Saturday last February 23 John and Sandra celebrated their ‘30th’ with a party in the Pery Hotel, Glentworth Street. A touch of Déjà vu, as this was the venue in which they had held their wedding reception thirty years ago. At the celebrations on Saturday night the ‘Bride and Groom’ and their families were joined by many friends, including work colleagues of both John and Sandra, their neighbours in Spring Grove, Corbally, and the members of Limerick Panto Society the people who bring Panto to Limerick audiences every Christmas. Both John and Sandra are very much involved with Panto – Sandra as Wardrobe and Costume Co-ordinator and John as Script Writer and performer. The guests of course included bridesmaids Geraldine and Brid, and bestman Mike. Unfortunately the groomsman David was unable to attend the celebrations.
Musician Morgan Roughan played and sang a great selection of music to ‘suit all tastes’ which kept the guests, young and not so young, dancing through the night. John brought along his guitar - in case he was asked to sing! And he was, and he did. As a nice surprise for John and Sandra, their son Sean and daughter Caitriona did a duet (Sean on guitar and Caitriona on keyboard) for their Mam and Dad’s first dance of the night. Somebody was heard to call this a Kleenex moment.
The catering was provided by the Pery Hotel, and the sumptuous cake was made by Sandra.
We offer our congratulations to John and Sandra and wish them as much health, happiness, and contentment together for the next thirty years as they have enjoyed during the past thirty.
TROCAIRE: The annual Lenten Trocaire Campaign has now begun. This month marks Trocaire’s fortieth anniversary. As usual the Trocaire Lenten Boxes are now available in both our Churches. In past years our parishioners have been very generous in supporting Trocaire. Please take a box home with you. You will find in the package an information leaflet with snippets of news about communities living in poorer countries who need our help. This year it profiles a few details about the family of a nine year old little girl called Ambika Paraja from an isolated rural community in Odisha, Eastern India and their struggle for survival.
Things in our own country may not be great at this present time and many families are having a tough time just trying to cope. As the saying goes charity begins at home, but perhaps we can still offer some help to those more vulnerable than ourselves.
Please take a Lenten Donation Box home with you and, as the leaflet suggests, place it in a visible location – the hall table, on top of the T.V., beside the kettle, anywhere you know it will be seen.
Trocaire assures us that for every euro received 91cents goes on direct charitable expenditure; 8c is spent on fundraising and publicity activities; and 1c on administration costs.
BAPTISMS: We welcome into our Christian Community the following babies who were baptised in our parish during the month of February - Riley William Maguire, Sean Luke Hoare, Emma Angel Daly Clancy. Congratulations to their parents, God-parents and families. We wish the children a healthy and successful future and we pray God’s blessing on all.
SCRIPTURE GROUP: This group continue to meet on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm in At Munchin’s Temperance Hall. All are welcome to attend.
MEDITATION: The Christian Meditation Prayer Sessions take place in the Convent of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Castleview Gardens, Clancy Strand every Thursday evening at 7.30 pm.
WEDDING: Congratulations to Patricia Ryan, Artane, Dublin and Ben Meade of Coolcappa, West Limerick who were married in St Munchin’s Church recently. Canon Donal McNamara PP St Munchin’s was the celebrant. Patricia and Ben have now taken up residence in our parish and we welcome them now into St. Munchin’s Community.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: Bookings are now being taken for the annual Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes which will take place from June 21 to 26. For booking details please contact the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, at Limerick Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick. Tel: o61-314111. Opening hours are as follows – Mondays 2 pm to 4.30 pm. Tuesdays 10.30 am to 1 pm. Wednesdays to Friday 10.30 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4.30 pm. Fully inclusive fare is €699. The Invalid Section is €599. April 30th 2013 is the closing date. Early booking is recommended
CONFIRMATION CONGRATULATIONS: The Sacrament of Confirmation was administered to the boys and girls of our parish schools. The ceremony took place in St Lelia’s Church. We wish to congratulate all who were confirmed and pray God’s Blessings on them, their families and schools. Thanks to their parents and teachers for all they have done in preparing them for this special day, and we pray that their parents will continue to be a Spiritual example as the young peoples move onwards on their journey of faith.
YEAR OF FAITH: As part of our celebration of the “Year of Faith”, there are a number of CDs available at the back of the Church which encourage us to think about our Faith. Some titles include- How to get the most out of Mass; The Power of a Mother’s Prayer; The Healing Power of Confession; Understanding the Lord’s Prayer; Building better Families. The CDs cost just €2 each. Please consider purchasing one or two.
PAMPER DAY: To celebrate International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre invites you to their Women’s Pamper Day on Friday March 8 from 10 am to 4 pm. They have a variety of treatments and therapies available on the day so why not treat yourself, or indeed a family member or friend to a well-deserved treat. The treatments will include holistic therapies, manicures, and mini facials and make up applications all at a cost of only €3. To book a treatment contact Antoinette at Centre, tel: 061-326623. All treatments must be paid for at the time of booking.
MEALS ON WHEELS: This service provided by St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre Ballynanty is available to older people living within the North side of Limerick City. You can have hot meals delivered to your home each day between 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm – Mondays to Fridays (except on Bank Holidays). Meals cost €3 and you can request this service by contacting Tracey or Jean on 061-326623.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: This is also provided by the Family Resource Centre for senior citizens living in St Munchin’s parish. You can avail of this service if you wish to attend Mass/library/shopping or collecting pensions. If you need transport to or from medical and healthcare appointments etc. phone 061-326623.
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: Would you be interested in becoming a volunteer with the Daughters of Charity Service for persons with intellectual disabilities. If you are over eighteen years and would like to find out more and would be willing to give an hour or more of your time volunteering in one of the Centres, please contact Grainne Keane, Volunteer Coordinator, Daughters of Charity, Limerick. Tel 061-501465 or 087- 2855976. Email; firstname.lastname@example.org
DEATHS: We were saddened to hear of the death of Canon David MacNamee of Glenroe and Limerick. In his younger days Canon David administered in St Munchin’s for a number of years and he is fondly remembered as a gentle friendly man by our older parishioners. Canon David’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Nessan’s Church, Raheen on Friday March 22 at 7.30 pm
MARY MASON nee Breen, Glenview Gardens, Farranshone, formerly from Castleisland, Co. Kerry. Wife of the late Kevin. She is survived by her sons Kevin, Kenneth, and Emmet, brothers Joe, John, Jeremiah, sisters Sheila, Philomena, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, relatives and friends. Burial took place in Castlemungret Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Munchin’s.
MICHAEL McNAMARA, 13 Belfield Gardens. He is survived by his wife Noreen, son Craig, daughters Deborah, Noelle and Lisa, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and extended family. Requiem Mass was followed by burial in Mount St Oliver Cemetery.