BAPTISM MEETING: A Baptism meeting is being held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen this Thursday evening, 3 October, 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.
FIRST FRIDAY: This Friday, 4 October, is the First Friday of the month. Daily Mass will be celebrated in Mungret Church at 9.30am and in Raheen Church at 10am; there will be a 7.30pm Evening Mass in Raheen Church also. Holy Communion will, as usual, be brought to the sick and housebound by the Priests of the Parish.
PIONEER ASSOCIATION: The monthly meeting of the local Pioneer Centre takes place this Friday evening, 4 October, in the Millennium Centre, Raheen. Anyone who wishes to become a Pioneer, or, who is already a Pioneer and wishes to become a member of the Raheen Centre, or who wishes to obtain information regarding the services provided by the Centre, is welcome to come along to any of the monthly meetings, which are held on the first Friday of each month, with the exception of July and August.
“BUTTERFLY BALL”: Residents in this area have been consistently supportive, in various ways, of the nearby Mid Western Cancer Centre since its foundation. The 2013 “Butterfly Ball”, in aid of the Mid Western Cancer Foundation, which is located at the University Hospital in Dooradoyle, takes place this Saturday, 5 October, at the Strand Hotel, Limerick. Anyone who would like to obtain further information regarding the event can contact 061-210979, email@example.com, www.mwcf.ie or facebook.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: The next meeting of the Mungret/Crecora/Raheen Parish Pastoral Council will be held on Tuesday, 8 October, 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, 9 October, 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.
COFFEE MORNING - THANKS: Organisers of the recent Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Care Centre, which was held at Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA Clubhouse, wish to acknowledge the efforts of all concerned on the day, and to thank sincerely everyone who generously supported the event.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Normally a meeting of Eucharistic Ministers is held at the end of September (and at the end of March) to set up a rota of duty for the following six months. Owing to the fact that the present number of Masses is due to be rearranged, in conjunction with the Pastoral Area, Eucharistic Ministers are requested to adhere to the current duty rota until the end of October, at least.
“OUR YOUTH MATTER” SEMINAR: Local Parishioners may wish to know that a seminar entitled “Our Youth Matter” is taking place on Tuesday evening next, 8 October, in conjunction with Limerick Social Service Council, at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine, commencing at 7pm. A number of Speakers with considerable experience in the area of Youth Mental Health will give presentations; admission is free.
GRASS MOWING: For the record, the standard of grass mowing in the public green areas located in this Suburb, to which vexed subject reference has been made over the years in these Notes, and which is the responsibility of Limerick County Council, has not improved one iota during the course of this, yet another, Summer.
SALESIAN SECONDARY COLLEGE: The Parents Association at The Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry which is attended by many students from this locality, has organised a “Bosco Tea Party” which will take place on Friday evening next, 11 October, commencing at 8pm in the School Hall. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the School. a table of eight will cost €100; individual table hosts will invite their guests to attend, with the host and/or guests bringing their own food, drinks, cutlery and glasses. Tables, live music entertainment and a great atmosphere will be provided by the College. The theme of the night will be “The Roaring Twenties”! A great night’s entertainment is promised! Those who would like to assist the School in this way can book a place now by contacting any of the Parents’ Association members - Bernard Gloster: 087-9532020; Catherine Fitzgerald: 086-1087679; Armelle Mangan: 087-2379130; Eileen O’Neill: 087-6843751 or the School Office: 061-393105. By email, one can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
LIMERICK BRIDGE CONGRESS: Local Bridge players may wish to be reminded that the forthcoming Limerick Bridge Congress is taking place next weekend at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ennis Road, limerick. This, the 49th Limerick Congress, commences on Friday (11 October) and concludes on Sunday (13 October). The Congress Committee informs everybody interested that competitions for all grades of Bridge players, ranging from novices to master players, have been arranged; in addition, open pairs sessions will be held each day and evening. All Bridge players are welcome to come along.
ST. ANTHONY’S RELICS: Many people have a particular devotion to Saint Anthony and local devotees will wish to know that, on Monday 21 October, relics of the Saint are being brought to St. John’s Cathedral, Limerick for the day. Limerick is one of just six city/town locations in Ireland to which the relics are being brought by the Franciscan Friars, to mark the 750th anniversary of the discovery of the relics of Saint Anthony of Padua, Italy. Two precious relics from St. Anthony’s Basilica in Padua will be in place at the 10am Mass in St. John’s Cathedral on 21 October, and at the 7.30pm Mass there also. The relics will be available for veneration from 11am until 6.30pm, and from and from 8pm until 10pm.
NATIONAL REFERENDUM: Readers are reminded (if reminding is needed) that this Friday, 4 October, is Referendum voting day. W hatever one’s preferences are with regard to the two issues on which the public is invited to vote on the day, one should be glad to have the opportunity to cast the vote available to them, and to go out and exercise that privelege. There are still some Countries in the world in which the opportunity to cast their vote freely is denied to its citizens; we should not forget that.