SR. PHILOMENA : With the death of Sr Philomena Quigley our parish lost a very popular and much loved parishioner. A member of the Salesian Order, Sr Philomena resided in the Salesian house – Cill Leana, New Road, Thomondgate. Right up to her recent illness she played an active part in the life of our parish. She was a keen gardener and worked for a number of years with the young people tending to the flowers and vegetable gardens in St Martin’s Centre – next door to Cill Leana.
She had a great interest in and love for everyone. With just the whisper of a word that someone was in trouble or in need, Philomena was knocking at their door offering her help and especially her love. We have all witnessed and benefited from her kindness at one time or another. As well as being a welcome visitor to many homes, especially the homes of the sick and elderly, she took charge of St Munchin’s Temperance Hall where she helped run the active Senior Citizens Club. She would arrange exchange visits with other senior clubs, and even during the summer months when the Club was in recess the members would enjoy pleasant outings and of course one of the highlights of their winter activities was the Christmas Dinner event.
When their friend Sr Philomena became ill the members visited her regularly and they were sadly affected with the news of her death.
The Club still meet in the Temperance Hall on Thursday afternoons and is now under the guidance of Sr Marie who took over the running of the Club when Sr Philomena became too ill.
Philomena was formerly from Ballywilliam, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. She is survived by her brothers John, Tim, Pat and Jimmy, her sisters Nancy, Margaret, Breda, Christina and Tess, her Sisters in the Salesian Community, and extended family.
Her body lay in repose in Cill Leana where her friends and co-parishioners came to pay their respects and sympathize with her family and her Community Sisters.
Our parish priest Canon Donal McNamara was chief celebrant at her requiem Mass which was celebrated in St Munchin’s Church. He was assisted by Fr. Tom Ryan, Holy Rosary; Fr Tom Ryan, Christ the King; Fr Phonsie Cullinan, Rathkeale; and Fr John Daly, St Nicholas.
The gifts which were brought to the altar during the offertory included a basket of flowers representing her work in St Martin’s Garden Centre, a plate of cakes reminding us of the times we enjoyed some of her lovely baking; and Sr Philomena’s copy of the Gospel. She was laid to rest in Mount St Oliver Cemetery.
May her gentle, generous soul now enjoy the rewards she so richly deserves
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist takes place each Tueday from 10.45 am to 6 pm in St. Lelia’s Church and on Wednesdays from 10 am to 6 pm in the new Adoration Chapel (previously the Crying Room) in St Munchin’s Church. We are invited to spend some time in prayer and quiet contemplation. Indeed if you have not committed to being present for an hour within those times you are welcome to come and spend whatever time you have in Adoration. If you would like to commit to doing one hour a week at a time that suits you please leave your name into either sacristy.
BAPTISM: We offer our congratulations to Sharon and Finbar Ryan on the occasion of the baptism of Baby Eanna Martin in St Munchin’s Church on Saturday April 27, 2013.
PERSON OF THE YEAR: The closing date for nominations for the People of the Year Awards is June 14. If you know someone who has made a difference by doing something out of the ordinary and you think deserves to be recognised, now is the time to act. Nominations can be made at www.peopleoftheyear.com or by contacting People of the Year Awards, Rehab, Roslyn Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: There are still a few limited places available for the Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from June 21 to 26. It is important that booking be made immediately. For booking details please contact the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Limerick Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick Tel 061-314111. Opening hours: Mon 2 pm to 4.30 pm. Tues 10.30am to 1 pm. Wed to Fri 10.30 am to l pm and 2 pm to 4.30 pm. Fare €699 fully inclusive. Book now to secure a place.
PERSIONERS HANDBOOK: Copies of the fifth Annual Irish Pensioners Handbook are now available free of charge from your GP Surgeries, pharmacies, Citizens’ Information Centres, Retirement Groups etc. The handbooks are a guide for senior citizens and carers, and contain important information regarding health issues, homecare, food, travel, etc. They also provide a comprehensive directory of local authorities, support groups, hospitals and state agencies. Pick up a copy at any of the above locations.
COLLECTION: The Diocesan Needs Collection will be taken up at all Masses this coming weekend May 18 and 19. Our continued support is appreciated.
SYMPATHY: We offer our deepest sympathy to the families of the following parishioners who died recently - BETTY (ELIZABETH) CLEARY WALSH of Glenview Avenue, Farranshone. She is survived by her sister Marjorie (McGowan), brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Removal took place from Thompsons Funeral Home to St Munchin’s Church. Burial in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Munchin’s Church. RENA MADDEN nee Noonan, Clareview Terrace, Farranshone, wife of the late Jimmy, mother of Jim, Grainne, Maria, Terry and Kathrina. Regretted by her brother John, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Funeral from Griffins Funeral Home on Wednesday to St Munchin’s Church with burial in Raheen Cemetery, Knockea following requiem Mass in St Munchin’s. EDDIE RYAN, deValera Park, Thomondgate and late of Krups. He is survived by his partner Eileen, sons Stephen and Ross, daughters Deborah, Maria and Shirley, mother Teresa. Also regretted by his brother Michael and sister Joan, grandchildren and extended family and neighbours. Remains were removed from Crosses Funeral Home to St Munchin’s Church. Requiem Mass offered in St Munchin’s with burial afterwards in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery.