MPCC CREDIT UNION: Locals who are members of MPCC Credit Union will be interested to note that, in order to highlight to its Members the importance of making a Will, the Credit Union has joined forces with a Limerick - based firm of Solicitors to present a “Will Making and Estate Planning” information day this Friday, 8 March, in MPCC’s Offices, St. Nessan’s Road, Dooradoyle. All members of MPCC are welcome to come along and avail of this free consultation service, where practical and impartial advice regarding the making of a Will, or the making of amendments to an existing Will, will be made available. Further information can be obtained by contacting MPCC’s Offices in Dooradoyle, tel. 061-424555.
BAPTISM MEETING: A Baptism meeting is being held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen this Thursday evening, 7 March, at 7.30pm; parents whose babies are about to be baptised are obliged to attend this meeting. Baptism meetings, organised by the Parish Baptism team, are held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen on the first Thursday of each month, commencing at 7.30pm. The purpose of these meetings is to assist with preparation for receiving the Sacrament; parents, and godparents if possible, who reside in the parish, and who intend having their child baptised, are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings, where all of the information which they require regarding the Sacrament of Baptism will be made available to them.
PARISH “THANK YOU”GATHERING: Anyone who has been invited to the Parish’s “Thank You” Gathering on Thursday next week, 14 March, and who has yet to collect their ticket to the event, is requested to do so without delay, as the organisers need to be able to finalise details of numbers attending. It may have happened that, due to the volume of invitations already issued, notifications may not, in a few instances, have reached their destinations; if you are somebody who assists in the work of the Parish, you are invited to collect your complimentary ticket. Any queries should be addressed to the Parish Office, tel. 210869.
“THE WITNESS”: Parishioners would no doubt enjoy a Musical event entitled “The Witness”, which is being staged this Friday evening, 8 March, and tomorrow Saturday evening, 9 March in the new Lime Tree Theatre at Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick. This Production is a musical based on the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as told through the eyes of Peter “The Witness”. Enquiries regarding should be made without delay to the Lime Tree ticket office, tel. 061-774774, or through visiting www.limetreetheatre.ie
MASSES FOR LENT: Together with the usual weekday Masses in the Parish, an additional Mass being celebrated in Raheen Church on Friday evenings at 7.30pm during Lent.
LENTEN TALKS AND REFLECTIONS: The final Talk in the series of four Talks and Reflections being held at the Millennium Centre, Raheen during Lent, will take place on Wednesday evening next, 13 March, commencing at 8pm and concluding at 9.30pm. This series of Talks, which have as their theme “A Lenten Journey Through The Creed To Mark The Year Of Faith”, is being deliverd by Fr. Frank O’Connor, who also leads Reflections on The Creed and what Catholics believe, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Admission is free, and all are most welcome to come along; it will be helpful if those attending can bring along a copy of the Catechism.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Friday morning during Lent, at 9.45am (prior to the 10am daily Mass), Stations of The Cross are taking place at St. Nessan’s Church in Raheen.
MUNGRET CARE CENTRE: The authorities at Mungret Care Centre wish to express their gratitude to everyone in this Parish who contributed so generously to their recent collection.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: The next meeting of the Mungret/Crecora/Raheen Parish Pastoral Council will be held on Tuesday next, 12 March, at 8.15pm in the Millennium Centre, Raheen. Members of the Pastoral Council are requested to please note this date, and to attend the meeting.
ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS: The monthly meeting of the local St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will be held on Wednesday next, 13 March, at 8pm in the Millennium Centre, Raheen. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the work of the Society is welcome to come along to any of the monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of each month, with the exception of July and August.
MACRA NA FEIRME: The next meeting of Raheen Macra Na Feirme (Limerick City Branch) will take place on Wednesday, 13 March, in the Unicorn Bar, Dooradoyle at 8pm; the Raheen Branch holds Club meetings at this venue on the second Wednesday of each month. Anyone interested in becoming involved in Macra is welcome to come along to any of these monthly gatherings. Information regarding local Macra activities can also be obtained by accessing the website www.limerickmacra.ie
MUNGRET RECYCLING CENTRE: Local residents are reminded that the nearby Mungret Recycling Centre is open to the Public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week, from 10am until 5pm.
MUNGRET REGIONAL SOCCER CLUB: Mungret Regional Soccer Club would welcome new members into its girls’ under 12 and under 14 teams; anyone interested is welcome to come to the Club grounds any Wednesday evening at 5pm.
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES: A recently published Public Notice from Limerick County Council will be of relevance to certain residents and commuters in this locality. The Notice sets out details regarding pending temporary road closures made necessary by works required to facilitate excavation and resurfacing of the existing level crossing on the Dock Road. The period of closure is from 10am on Monday next, 11 March to 3pm on the following Friday, 15 March; full twenty hour closure is involved for the period. Details regarding the specific roads affected, together with alternative routes, are specified in the Public Notice which also states that diversions will be clearly signposted and that local traffic will be accommodated. Further information can be obtained from Limerick County Council’s Roads Department.
TROCAIRE - LENTEN APPEAL: This year’s Lenten appeal continues; it is aimed at making it possible for poor people, such as the nine year old girl from an isolated community in India and her family, who are pictured on the front of this year’s Trocaire box, to somehow look forward to a better life. Trocaire Boxes were made available to Parishioners some weeks ago, through the three Churches of the Parish (Mungret, Crecora and Raheen) as well through the Schools. Trocaire, together with its supporters, continues to work on behalf of those in greatest need in the world. The 2013 Lenten campaign has as it’s theme “You Can Help Communities Work Their Way Out Of Poverty”. Parishioners are encouraged, if they have not already done so, to take a box home and to remember, during this Lenten season especially, the people of the Third World in their daily struggles to make a living for themselves. Additional information regarding this year’s campaign can be obtained by visiting the website www.trocaire.org/lent or by calling 1850 408 408.
LECTURES - CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY: The next Lecture in the series of Public Lectures, to celebrate the Year of Faith, at Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, will be delivered on Tuesday next, 12 March, at 5pm when Fr. Michael Wall will address the topic “Faith and Its Expression in Images “; subsequent Lectures will be delivered on successive Tuesday evenings at the same commencement times, all dealing with a Christian Spirituality - related topic. The Lectures take place in Room 202 at Mary Immaculate College; admission to each of the Lectures is free, and everyone is welcome to come along.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: This year’s official Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Friday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 26, and will be led by Limerick’s new Bishop, Brendan Leahy. Departure will, as usual, be from Shannon Airport, and return from Lourdes Tarbes Airport. The fully inclusive fare is €699; the Invalid fare is €599. Places in the Invalid section are limited, and the closing date for this section is Tuesday, 30 April. Any additional information can be obtained by contacting the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office at Limerick Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick, tel. 314111; office opening hours there are Monday, 2pm to 4.30pm; Tuesday, 10.30am to 1pm; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm. Any Parishioner who wishes to be considered for inclusion as a member of the Pilgrimage’s invalid section, in particular, should make application without delay. As regards the Pilgrimage in general, early booking is, as always, very much recommended.
UNWANTED SPECTACLES (GLASSES): An opportunity to dispose of no longer required spectacles is presently available at the County Library in Dooradoyle, by way of a collection box arranged there by the International Lions Club. By bringing along unwanted spectacles to this location, you will be helping poor people in underdeveloped Countries who require spectacles but cannot afford them. The International Lions Club, who are to be highly commended for this initiative, will ensure that the donated spectacles (and hopefully there will be many, by way of response to this appeal) will be made available to those people in need.