CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, October 5-6, The Twentyseventh 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 Seamus Enright, Michael Houlihan and Maria Bucke, Sunday at 11-30am P J O’Grady, Michael O’Mara and Eileen O’Shea. 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. This Friday, October 6 is First Friday, when communion will be distributed to the sick. If you know of anyone who is sick or housebound who would like to receive communion on Friday, please hand their names in to the sacristy. Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima will take place before the 6-30pm mass on Saturday. The new readers list has now been distributed by email, hard copy is available from the sacristy.
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.
FOND FAREWELL: Large numbers attended the 11-30am mass last Sunday, which was the final mass of Fr. Muiris O’Connor’s seven year tenure as parish priest of Patrickswell-Ballybrown. Members of the choir came together specifically to make their contribution to the mass, and to say thank you to Fr.Muiris for his encouragement and support since becoming parish priest. Also making their contribution were several younger members of the parish who assisted with the prayers of the faithful. Members of the parish council organised refreshments from the newly refurbished kitchen after the mass to enable as many parishioners as possible to stay and say goodbye to Fr.Muiris, as he takes up his new appointment in the Askeaton area. On behalf of all in attendance, and indeed all of the parish, Seamus Enright representing the parish council, thanked Fr.Muiris for not only bringing something special to the life of the church, but to everybody’s life in general since his arrival in September 2006.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW PARISH PRIEST: Fr. Michael Cussen takes up his new position as parish priest of Patrickswell-Ballybrown this weekend. The joint Pastoral Parish Council and parishioners extend a very warm Cead Mile Failte to Fr. Michael and trust that he will feel very much at home as he returns to the familiar surroundings of the murmuring Shannon’ shore.
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.
FRIDAY CLUB: Following on from their recent pictorial tour, members were taken on another tour this week, and it was all aboard the rural bus for the short journey up the Croom Road to Killonahan, to Orchard Lodge, to take up the invitation to afternoon tea and a walk around the garden of member Sam Milburn. A very enjoyable afternoon was spent in very pleasant weather conditions, rounded off with tea, sandwiches and homemade cakes, before boarding the bus for the short journey home.
POP UP SHOP: Emily Clarke’s charity shop did great business last Saturday, and she is looking forward to another busy day this Saturday. The home baking table is doing a roaring trade and has been the first to sell out each day. The quality clothes, shoes and jewellery on offer are in great demand, and there are also bargains on many furniture items. Emily and her band of helpers look forward to your continued support over the next few Saturdays and thank you for your support so far.
TIDY TOWNS: We held our first meeting since March last Tuesday, which was for the most part a general discussion on the season just ended, and some basic ideas and suggestions as what to do next year. To bring this year to a close, we will be hosting our annual fundraising table quiz on Friday November 1 in the Cu Chulainn, and we look forward to your support for a great evening’s entertainment. Put the date in your diary, it’s only four weeks away.
ST. PAT’S AFC: A fund raiser with a difference goes ahead at the Dark Horse this Saturday, October 5, in the form of a mouse racing night, all in aid of St.Pat’s soccer club. Organisers are looking for sponsors, owners and trainers for the occasion, and a great night is guaranteed. Proceedings commence at 9pm, no cats allowed obviously, but as an added incentive there will be a prize for the bestdressed lady and the best turned out mouse.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT: The continuing mild autumnal weather was a welcome addition to proceedings on Sunday afternoon for those who had come to support Sam Milburn in his fund raising for Headways, the brain injury support group. Upwards of thirty took up Sam’s invitation to afternoon tea at Orchard Lodge, and a walk around the informal but interesting and sometimes amusing garden. Homemade preserves and pickles were on sale and there was raffle, which were both well subscribed, followed by a wonderful spread of homemade cakes and sandwiches of all descriptions and of course copious cups of tea to engage in friendly conversation. Sam would like to thank most sincerely, everyone involved for their help, and the success of the event, which with donations from those who could not attend, has reached seven hundred euro so far.
SALESIAN SECONDARY COLLEGE: The first school fundraising event will be our annual ‘Bosco Tea Party’, which takes place on Friday October 11. We greatly appreciate the support of our parents for this event. A table of eight people costs €100. Contact the school office on 061 393105 for further details. The open night for incoming 1st year students 2014/2015 will take place on Wednesday October 9 commencing at 7.30pm in the school hall with the Principals’ address.
The School Community would like to wish Fr. Martin Loftus the best of luck on his sabbatical year. Parishioners always enjoyed Fr. Martin’s homilies as did all the students in the school. We look forward to having Fr. Martin back in Copsewood in the near future.