NEW READERS: New readers are being sought for the Masses celebrated in St. Paul’s church on Saturday evening at 6.0pm and on Sunday at 10.0am and at 12.15pm. If you can assist please submit your name in the sacristy or give it to Fr. John Leonard, PP 061/302729 or Fr. Eugene Boyce, 061304508 or Ms Anne Gabbett at 061/228017. Readers usually read the first reading, the responsorial psalm, the second reading and the gospel acclaimation. The reader does this for a month at a time and he or she usually makes a commitment to undertake this task for the year.
AUTUMN DUES: The envelopes for the collection of the autumn dues for the support of the local clergy have been distributed throughout the parish and it is hoped that they will be returned soon.
VOLUNTEERS: This year’s Volunteer Fair will take place at City Hall on Saturday, October 12. The theme of the event is ‘Believe in Limerick’. It is hoped that all Voluntary Groups will have a stand there but places are limited to fifty stands. It is organised by the Limerick Volunteer Centre to encourage people of all ages to volunteer their talents and time into taking part in activities in their local communities. The event commences at 1pm and whether it is a youth club, a sports club, a dance group or a church group all are expected to participate in the Fair which is to have a carnival flavour with emphasis on entertainment and diversity in the voluntary opportunities in the Cultural Life of Limerick. It is expected that this will include shows and concerts.
FORE WARNED: As we are all aware everything has a time or a season and it manifests itself during that time. The month of October introduces the Hallowe’en period when the children and the youngsters become all concerned and excited about ‘trick or treat’. It was always a time when the young children called to the houses in their nearby area seeking a trick or treat for Hallowe’en. During the past number of years the not so young ‘children’ were more inclined to trick rather than treat and pelt eggs or flour at houses. There also is the practice of setting off fire crackers or bangers near adults that would be unaware of what would be happening and giving a real fright to the victim.
FIRST FRIDAY: As this Friday is the first Friday of the month of October there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament chapel attached to St. Paul’s church after the 10am Mass and it will continue until 1.0pm. All worshippers are welcome.
YOUTH CHOIR: The Arts Section of the Limerick County Council has had an advertisement in all the local papers last weekend calling on all young people to attend for auditions for the formation of a Limerick County Youth Choir. Auditions will be held towards the end of the month of September and the start of the month of October. Young people between the age of 17years to 26years who are interested in singing in a choir that will perform to the highest standard both at home and abroad are asked to ring the Arts Office at Limerick County hall on the Dooradoyle road or Limerick City hall and arrange a time for audition.
Ability to read music is not compulsory but it would be beneficial. Limerick County Hall 407 7383 - Limerick City Hall 415266
OBSTACLES: It would be prudent to allow yourself extra time whether you are going or coming from school and into the city because the work being undertaken on the Ballinacurra road means that you will experience delays. In fact, it is like an obstacles course at present. Therefore, you must be careful and especially so when the weather is inclement and the evenings are becoming shorter.
SHEER FOLLY: Although not seen often nevertheless to see national school pupils cycle quickly down a cycle lane against the flow of traffic is just sheer folly. Should a cyclist coming on the cycle lane in the opposite direction with the flow of traffic what is he or she obliged to do? Or even should a car happen to be ‘pushed into’ a cycle lane how is the motorist to respond? These are just two situations that could and may arise and an accident may be the result. Using a cycle lane improperly and expecting the situation to be normal is just sheer folly for cyclists are expected to go with the flow of traffic. Incidentally, this type of operation is not confined to school children for adult cyclists have been observed doing this also.
NO VISITORS: Visiting at the University Hospital Dooradoyle is being restricted at present due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug. Children under fourteen years of age are not being allowed visiting in the hospital. Wards 3A, 3C and 3D are infected. All visitors are obliged to adhere to the hospital’s hygiene regulations while this problem persists and to abide by the restrictions and the hospital’s standard of hygiene.
YOUNG AT HEART: Each Tuesday from 10.30am until 12.0 noon at the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club-house you are invited to come along for a cup of tea, a chat and a few games of bingo. It is primarily for senior parishoners. A small donation is required but it is not compulsory for you are most welcome. Tell your friends about this and perhaps it can become a weekly event.
ST. NESSAN’S: Applications for admission to junior infants in St. Nessan’s National School for the year 2014/15 will open on Tuesday, October 1. The final date for completed applications will be Monday, February 3, 2014 at 1.0pm.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There was a meeting in St. Paul’s church recently of persons interested in arranging a date for the resumption of the Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday in the Sacred Heart chapel attached to the church. It was agreed that the Eucharistic adoration would commence on last Wednesday and the adoration will continue each Wednesday now hereafter. After the 10.00am Mass in St. Paul’s the adoration will continue all day until 10.00pm at night. There will be at least one person present with the Blessed Sacrament throughout the whole day into the night. You are very welcome to call in and spend some time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
RESUMED: The hourly adoration in the University Hospital chapel is to resume this week and it will be held each night of the week from 8.0-9,0pm. This will be in progress each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights and it is open to the public to come and worship
BAPTISMS: The Sacrament of Baptism is performed as required each Saturday evening and again on Sundays after the 12.15pm Mass. There is a request form available for Baptism that must be completed and handed into the Sacristy of St. Paul’s church or to Fr. John Leonard, P.P. or to Fr. Eugene Boyce at least two weeks before the Baptism ceremony takes place.
A.A. MEETINGS: The St. Paul’s group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the St. Paul’s national school on three evenings of the week at 20.30hours. They come together on each Monday, Thursday and Saturday. If you are having difficulty with your drinking habits you are cordially invited and are welcome.
LIMERICK CHARISMATICS: The Limerick Diocesan Charismatic Services Committee invites you to ‘Come and See’. The theme is ‘Let All God’s Glory Shine Through’. The main speaker is Fr. Jim McManus, C.Ss.R. Clapham, London. The venue is the Crescent College Comprehensive, Dooradoyle road commencing this coming weekend on Friday, October11 at 8.00pm. It will continue on all day Saturday, October 12 and again on October 13. There will be an evening of Healing Prayer on Saturday, October 12 at 7.30pm. All are welcome.
OSTEOFIT: Osteofit classes have resumed in the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA clubhouse since Monday, September 2 at 12.00. These classes are for adults and the aim is to make participants more active by exercise that strengthens density of bones, improve posture and balance. Persons who are interested can get more information on www.osteofit.ie and the first introductory class is free. Thereafter it costs E8 per class and there is no obligation on anyone to attend except as they please. It is a good social outlet as well for flexibility and relaxation.
LADIES WEEKEND: What has been termed as the Limerick Ladies Weekend is to commence on Friday, October 11 and will continue until October.13. During this weekend the Limerick ladies mini-marathon that has been such a success over the past number of years will take place on Saturday, October 12 at the University of Limerick campus commencing at 3.0pm.
There are many charitable organizations that are seeking sponsors one of whom is the Spina Bifida organization and if you would wish to support it please ring 439990/1 for a sponsorship card and t-shirt. Your support will be very gratefully received.
CAST YOUR VOTE: To-day Friday, October 4 is the day that the two referendums voting takes place. This is the one and only chance that you will have to vote for your choice. There is nothing complicated that you have to do other than go to your polling station with your polling card, receive your vote and go into a polling booth and cast your vote on the sheet presented to you by the presiding officer or polling clerk. By exercising your franchise you will have made your choice. There are two polling stations in St. Paul’s district at St. Paul’s National school and also at the Dooradoyle County library. Each of them opens at 7.0am and will remain open until 10.0pm.
FALLING LEAVES: The high winds and rain of a few days this week brought the first signs of the approaching season when the leaves were blown off some of the trees. If leaves pile up outside your house or premises it is your responsibility to remove them. It would be a piece of altruism on you part especially because they can become slippery and be the cause of a person falling. The other benefit of your good deed is the fact that they are good for your compost bin
GRAVE MATTERS: Both Limerick City and County Councils have compiled a record of all families with loved ones interred in Mount St. Laurence graveyard and also the extension graveyard St. Oliver. They undertook this mammoth task some time ago and with the much appreciated assistance of students in Mary Immaculate College on the South Circular road and its archivist they have compiled a very comprehensive data-base of all those interred in graves in the grave-yards. This should prove to be most interesting to all citizens with members of family interred there. This data-base and associated genealogy is to be launched by the Mayor of Limerick, Ms. Kathleen Leddin on this Thursday, August 22.
The Councils that have been instrumental gathering all this information are hoping to hear from people about their families and to record their experiences and any other related anecdotes that would be of interest about family and relatives interred in graves. If you can provide photographs and any other paraphernalia associated with your family’s grave they would be interested also. All your memories, photographs and stories are to be compiled in a social history of the cemetery and of changing funeral practices
All information should be forwarded to either Matthew or Marie at 061/407186 or contact either one for further details.
ON A CLARE DAY: It would be a grave omission to compile these notes this week without congratulating a gallant Clare hurling team for winning the All Ireland hurling final last Saturday. The great number of Clare supporters in this district are still smiling from ear to ear since and some are talking about continuing to do so for the next number of years so confidant are they about this Clare team.
UNFAIR::With each heavy shower of rain a large pool of water is formed at the exit of the Dooradoyle/St. Nessan’s estate. It amounts to considerable inconvenience for pedestrians walking across this space in their attempts to avoid getting wet or even perhaps being splashed by a passing vehicle. Persons passing with buggies are obliged to walk on the main roadway to avoid a similar fate. This difficulty has been there now for a long period of time and it is unfair to all passersby. It is something that should be resolved
BRIDGE CONGRESS: The forty-ninth Limerick Bridge Congress will be held in the Limerick Radisson hotel, Ennis road from Friday, October 11 until Sunday, October 13. There will be competitions for all grades of players from novice to master players and there will be open pairs held each day and evening also. The Limerick Bridge Congress Committee invites all Bridge players to its 49th Bridge Congress.
MUNGRET/ST. PAUL’S GAA: Ladies football: The ladies senior football winners (pictured in last week-end’s Limerick Leader) ended their celebrations last week and got back training and preparing for their semi-final Munster Clubs Championship match against Aherlow (Tipperary). The match is scheduled to take place in the Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary town this Saturday, October 5 commencing at 2.45pm. It is hoped that there will be big support for the Mungret/St. Paul’s girls for what promises to be a tense competition.
Under 8 Footballers: Two under 8years football teams travelled to Clonmel last weekend to participate in the Clonmel Commercials tournament. One team participated in the A league and the other team participated in the B league. Both teams competed against teams who were stiff opposition in their respective A and B leagues from Portlaoise, Clonmel Commercials and Monaleen (Limerick). Both Mungret/ St. Paul’s teams were victorious beating all three teams in each league. Clonmel Commercials were deserving of praise and gratitude for organizing such a great tournament and for the hospitality shown to all that participated in the tournament..