EXPOSITION: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Tuesday from 10.30am to 4pm.
MASSES: During Lent, Masses on Mondays to Fridays will be at 10am and 6.15pm.
DEATHS: We offer sympathy to parishioners who were recently bereaved: Bridie Fox, Larchwood Avenue, on the death of her sister Peggy Doyle, Dublin;
James Hoban Caragh Avenue, on the death of his brother Edward, Castlebar;
Eddie Kelly, Whitethorn Drive, on the death of his mother Maureen Kelly, Cork;
May Fitzgerald, Sheelin Drive, on the death of her brother John O’Neill, Clonmel;
Una Gillespie,Walnut Drive, on the death of her sister Joan Kelly, Killenaule, Tipperary.
BAPTISMS: We welcome into the Christian community Cameron Christopher Power Kelly son of Garry Kelly and Sarah Power, Old Cratloe Road. Baptisms take place on the third Sunday of each month. Baptism families attend 12noon Mass (during Sept-May), on the second Sunday where the babies are welcomed to the Christian community. Baptism preparation meetings take place on the Wednesday evening before the second Sunday at 8.30pm in the sacristy. The telephone number is 455514.
TROCAIRE: The Trocaire boxes will be delivered to homes in the Parish and beyond, through the schools and at the Church. Please give generously. A little means a lot!
ADULT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Console invites family, friends, work colleagues and community members bereaved by Suicide to Console House, 114 The Grange , Raheen on the first Wednesday of each month from 7pm – 9pm. This group will be facilitated by two of Console’s staff. There is no appointment necessary – you can arrive on the night. More information is available on 061-306792.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY: The Limerick Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland hold a Social Club for people with dementia and their carer, in a supported environment, and this takes place each Tuesday morning in the Woodfield House Hotel, between 11am and 1pm. There is no charge to attend and teas and coffee is provided. Please phone Mary at 313456 if you would like to attend, or just call to Woodfield House Hotel on Tuesdays from 11am. The Society is very appreciative of the ongoing support it receives from the public.
AA: The Caherdavin Branch of AA holds a meeting in the Community Centre, Whitethorn Drive, on Wednesdays at 8.30pm.
TAIZE CHOIR: Our Taize Choir is under the new leadership of Emma Looney. Both Mairead Shinners Nash and Emma Culhane O’Connor have family commitments and therefore cannot be in attendance every week, but they will still be available for our Church ceremonies at times such as Easter and Christmas.
Emma Looney would welcome some new singers into the Taize Choir. You can talk to her after the 7.30pm Mass on any Saturday night. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mairead and Emma for all their years of service in building up such a lovely choir which enhances our liturgy so much at the 7.30pm Mass. We wish Emma Looney the best of luck as she takes over her new role.
CLOTHING COLLECTION: There will be an Umbro Clothing Collection on this Thursday March 7 from 9am to 12noon in the Church grounds at the Blackthorn Drive side. All makes of clean clothing and shoes will be greatly appreciated. This is an annual collection for the poor of Kenya.
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: On Monday March 11 there will be a Blood Donor Clinic in the Greenhills Hotel from 5pm to 8pm. Blood is needed at all times and if you are in good health and able to contribute you will be very welcome.
SCOUTS: The twenty third Limerick Scout Unit is celebrating forty years in scouting. They would like all leaders, scouts, ex-scouts and ex-leaders to march with them in the St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17. If your old uniform still fits, please wear it. Neckerchief will be provided on the day. They would really appreciate your support. Please contact Des McKeown, Group Leader at 087-2077670 to confirm attendance.
CAMOGIE CLUB: Na Piarsaigh Camogie club training sessions take place on Friday evenings from 5.30pm to 6.15pm for U/8’s and from 6.15pm to 7pm for U/10’s in St Nessan’s School Hall. During the winter months and then in mid march they will move outside onto Na Piarsaigh club pitch. At the training session you will be shown the skills needed to play Camogie while still having fun! They can provide helmets and hurleys on loan for those who are interested in giving it a trial. They are always looking for new players to become involved in the club. We look forward to seeing you soon in the club and you may visit the club webpage at www.napiarsaigh.limerick.gaa.ie/home if you want more information. If you have a spare/old helmet that you no longer require, the club would be delighted to get it. These would be used to give new kids a chance to try out the game before they purchase one. These can be given to any club member or left in at the club bar for attention of the camogie club or you may text Pat O’Neill the PRO at 087-2074693 and collection will be arranged.
NO NONSENCE SPIRITUALITY: This will be Spirituality for those who like to QUESTION. A series of four evenings will take place at the Woodfield House Hotel at 7.30pm each Thursday from February 21 –March 14. Each session will comprise a short group discussion and a time for reflection/meditation. The sessions conclude at 9pm. On Thursday March 7, the topic will be ‘Can we be spiritual without being religious?’ For further details please contact Mossy Hynan on 085-7424153.
YEAR OF FAITH LECTURE SERIES: The Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College is pleased to announce a public lecture series to celebrate the Year of Faith on Tuesdays (Room 202) at 5pm. Every Tuesday an invited guest will deliver a lecture on a topic that relates to Christian Spirituality. The Lecture series is free of charge and everyone is welcome. On Tuesday March 12 the talk will be ‘Faith and its expression in images’. The speaker will be Fr Michael Wall. You may contact Lorraine Howlry, Mary Immaculate College at 061-204507.
CAHERDAVIN ENTERPRISE GROUP: This group are based in the Community Centre. They provide office services to the residents of Caherdavin and the surrounding area. Some of the things they do include Word Processing, e-mail, Binding and Laminating, Telephone Answering Service and much more. The building is shared with the AA group, Local ICA, Youth Clubs, Naoinra na nOg, Parents and Toddlers group, Library and various community groups and organisations On ant given day or night, you could expect to find Irish Dancing, Keep Fit kids, HipHop Dancing, Keep Fit Adults, Weight Watchers, Guitar Lessons using the facilities. There is plenty of parking available. Please feel free to contact them at any time on Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm or e-mail: email@example.com
LIVING LENT 2013: Trocaire and Limerick Diocese celebrate forty years of service together this Lent. Trocaire’s ‘Rediscovering Mercy’ is a four week interactive faith-based Lenten programme for adults exploring compassion, justice and faith. It invites participants into a reflective space to rediscover God’s loving mercy for them and for the world. It is an opportunity to see how we are all loved by God, and out of this love, to see how we are called to love others in our families, communities and around the world. You are invited to join with others on Monday nights in the Pastoral Centre in Denmark Street from 8-9.30pm to reflect on faith and mercy in the context of human experience, of scripture, and of the call to compassion in our communities and the wider world.
WORKSHOPS: There are a number of workshops in the Pastoral Centre during Lent. Full details are available at www.limerickdiocese.org or ring 061-400133.
BREAST CHECK: For women between the ages of fifty and sixty four there is a free Breast Check available. To get a registration form to enable you to get your free mammogram please go online to www.breastcheck.ie or Freephone 1800 45 45 55.
NEED A HANDYMAN? : If you need someone to do some jobs the office in the Community Centre may be able to help you. You can contact them at 0061-325496.
LENTEN SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS: These evenings of reflection for Lent started on Monday evening in the Don Bosco Centre at 7.30pm. There is an open invitation to all and hopefully many will take this opportunity during the Year of Faith to enrich each other as a faith community through these reflections together.
COMPUTER COURSE FOR BEGINNERS: Would you like to learn how to use a computer and gain a qualification at FETAC Level 2 without any pressure? Part-time course for adults who do not have a full Leaving certificate qualification. The course is thirty hours in duration and will take place for 1-2 sessions per week. Times and days still have to be decided. Places are limited so it is advisable to book early. Contact details are available by phone at 061-325496 or call into the office upstairs in the Caherdavin Community Centre.
SCHOOL ENROLMENTS: Mary Queen of Ireland, Girls School Tel 454149 and Christ the King Boys National School Tel 453484 are now accepting enrolments for September 2013. Parents are advised to apply as soon as possible to avoid forgetting it later in the year.
CIVIL REGISTRATION SERVICE: ¨The Civil Registration Act 2004 requires all couples planning a marriage ceremony in Ireland to register their intent of marriage with the State at least three calendar months prior to their wedding date. To notify the Registrar of your intention to marry you may book a Marriage Notification appointment at www.crsappointments.ie. For couples where one or both parties are resident abroad, they should contact the office by telephone to book their appointment.
AGM NOTICE: The Annual General Meeting of the Caherdavin Residents Association takes place on Thursday March 21 at 8pm in the Community Centre. Please note that membership of the Association is subject to an annual fee of €2 per household. Membership cards will be available from 7.17pm at the door on the night. Members will be entitled to a vote at the AGM and Association representation on local issues where they arise.. Members who wish to raise a particular issue at the AGM should submit detail;s by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the suggestion box in the Community Centre. Questions must be submitted at least a week before the AGM. Unless the membership fee of €2 is paid, entry to the AGM will not be permitted.
LIMERICK SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB: Old time dancing, Caberet and Exercise to Music is available at Pery’s Hotel, Glentworth Street on Tuesday nights. Music is provided by the resident band and the music suits all age groups. Teas are also served by the committee. Everybody is welcome together with their friends.
ATHLETICS: If any children from the area are interested in participating in the forthcoming Limerick Community Games Athletics, or other Community Games competitions, they can contact Con Daly at 086-8115677.
ST MUNCHIN’S RESOURCE CENTRE: The centre provides a transport service for older people in the North-side of the city such as Ballynanty, Clareview, Caherdavin, Ennis Road etc. They provide transport to/from medical and healthcare appointments, collecting pensions, attending Mass/library/shopping etc. They also provide a Friendly Call Service which is a weekly friendly phone from their trained staff/volunteers, where you can have a friendly chat, or discuss your concerns in confidence. They also provide a ‘Meals on Wheels’ service for older people, where you can receive a hot meal delivered to your home each day between 1pm and 2pm. This is available Monday – Friday at a cost of €3 per meal per day. For further information you may contact Tracey or Jean at 061-326623.
VISIT TO IRELAND AND LIMERICK OF ST JOHN BOSCO’S RELIC: As part of a worldwide pilgrimage, a major relic of St John Bosco has come to Ireland. On Thursday 7 the relic will be at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Ennis Road, Limerick. St John Bosco founded a worldwide movement for young people and two religious congregations. In Ireland, the Salesians and the Salesian Sisters (Daughters of Mary Help of Christians) have 27 centres for educating and working with youth. The visit is part of the preparations for the 200th anniversary in 2015 of Don Bosco’s birth.
CAHERDAVIN COMMUNITY LIBRARY: The Caherdavin Branch of the City Library opens at the following times at the Community Centre: Monday 3pm to 7.30pm; Wednesday 5pm to 8pm; Friday 10am to 12noon. Membership is free to adults and children.
SENIOR HELP LINE: Third age is a National Confidential Listening Service for older people by older volunteers. It is a local call throughout Ireland and is open every day of the year. The times are Mon-Thur: 10am – 10pm; Fri-Sun 10am-4pm/7-10pm.
The number is 1850 440 444. Do you need someone to listen? Would you like to talk to someone? Would it help to share a worry? Do you feel unsafe at home? Are there days
when you don’t have callers? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’, then ring the number above.
ADAPT HOUSE SERVICES: If you ever feel afraid of someone in your own home or someone you are dating, if you ever feel humiliated or put down, unable to ‘be yourself’ in your relationship you may be experiencing domestic abuse. Talking to someone can help you to decide what to do and to keep yourself and your children safe.
A Support Worker from ADAPT Services will meet a woman on a one- to- one basis by appointment, in her own area. All you need to do is ‘phone 061-412354 or the 24Hour Freephone Helpline 1800 200 504. The location is private and the service is confidential. Supports offered are: Emotional Support; safety Planning; advocacy in accessing services; court accompaniment; accommodation. There is no charge for this service.
ACCORD: The Marriage Preparation Courses for 2013 have started. The date of the next course is March 22/23. Courses runs from 7-10pm on Friday night and from 9am to 3.30pm on Saturday. These courses will continue each month. Further details can be had from Accord at 061-343000 or contact email@example.com
JOB SEEKERS: Do you have a disability or health issue? Do you find it hard to get a job? Do you need some help to get started? Please contact Work Access Ltd. At 061-493095. They provide a supported employment service in Limerick City and also outreach offices in Kilmallock and Newcastlewest. For further information you may contact Michelle Barrett, Work Access Ltd, First Floor, Pillar House, Little Ellen Street, Limerick or www.workaccess.org
OSTEOFIT – EXERCISE FOR STRONG BONES: Osteofit classes are ongoing in Caherdavin. This group exercise class is aimed at both men and women over 55. The class aims to maintain bone density, improve strength and flexibility, improve balance and reduce the risk of falling. These exercise classes suit both men and women. Exercises are easy to perform and gentle (no jumping, no sweating). Your first class is FREE and if you decide to come back you pay as you go, €8 per class. There is no advance payment and no commitment. Come along when you can and reap the benefits described above. Osteofit classes are in Na Piarsaigh GAA Hall every Wednesday at noon. NEWCOMERS always welcome. For further information please contact Brenda on 087-2255676.
THEOLOGY: The Dominicans are offering an affordable distance-learning programme in Theology which can be followed either for academic credit or for personal enrichment. People study from home, with occasional study days at weekends and with the support of online academic tutors. Contact the Dominicans at The Priory,Tallaght Village, Dublin 24 or phone 01-4048124. Enquiries@prioryinstitute.com