Feb 9


A BAPTISM meeting is being held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen this Thursday evening, 7 February, 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.


A Training Session for altar servers in the three Churches in the Parish - Raheen Mungret and Crecora - is being held this Thursday evening, 7 February, in Raheen Church at 7.30pm. The training is being provided by staff from the Diocesan Pastoral Centre. New altar servers are always welcome in each of the Churches!


This Friday, 8 February , has been designated “World Day Of Prayer For The Sick - 2013”. To mark the occasion, the Sacrament of Anointing for the Sick and Elderly will be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue this evening, commencing at 7.30pm. The celebration, by candlelight, will consist of readings and prayers, and will conclude with a Eucharistic Blessing, with the monstrance, for the Sick, and Benediction of The Blessed Sacrament. Sacred music for the occasion will be led by Limerick’s “Musica Sacra Chorale” (a resource group for liturgical music in this Diocese), directed by Dr. Patrick J. McCormack. All are welcome to come along.


The next meeting of the Mungret/Crecora/Raheen Parish Pastoral Council will be held on Tuesday next, 12 February, at 8.15pm in the Millennium Centre, Raheen. Members are requested to please note this date, and to attend the meeting.


The monthly meeting of the local St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will be held on Wednesday next, 13 December, 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.


The next meeting of Raheen Macra Na Feirme (Limerick City Branch) will take place on Wednesday, 13 December, 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


In addition to the other services which are provided in this region by the Limerick Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, a Social Club for people suffering with dementia, and their carers, takes place, in a supported environment, on Tuesday mornings at the Woodfield House Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick, between 11am and 1pm. There is no charge involved, and tea and coffee are provided. Anyone interested in attending this Social Club is welcome to contact Mary at 061-313456 for further information, or they can call to the Woodfield House Hotel on any Tuesday morning, between 11am and 1pm.

Local readers will be aware, from references in these Notes, that anyone involved with the care of a family member or friend, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, is welcome to attend the monthly Carers meeting which takes place at the Mid Western Regional Office of the Alzheimer Society, 2nd Floor, Georges Quay House,Georges Quay, Limerick on the first Wednesday of each month, from 7 to 8pm. A reminder - a local telephone service is available, at 061-313456, between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.


Persons with a disability or a health issue, who are finding it difficult to obtain employment,and who would appreciate some assistance are welcome to contact Work Access Ltd. at 061 - 493095. Work Access provides a supported Employment Service in Limerick City, with Outreach Offices located in Kilmallock and in Newcastle West. Work Access’ Office in the City is located on the 1st Floor, Pillar House, Little Ellen Street, Limerick.


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 February, at 5pm when Dr. Jessie Rogers will address the topic “Erotic Word: The Spirituality Of The Song Of Songs”; subsequent Lectures will be delivered on successive Tuesday evenings at the same commencement times, all dealing with a Christian Spirituality - related topic. The Lectures will take place in Room 202 at Mary Immaculate College; admission to the Lectures is free, and everyone is welcome to come along.


The Limerick Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association would like to hear from suitably qualified people who would be willing to work as Care assistants with the Association. A weekly commitment of nineteen and a half hours is required, and day and evening work is involved. Training will be provided by the local Wheelchair Association. Anyone interested should contact the CE Supervisor, Irish Wheelchair Association, Unit 10A, Docklands Business Park, Limerick, tel. 061-313691. Applicants must be eligible for FAS CE Scheme employment.


Young people residing in this Parish will be interested to know that this year’s Diocesan Youth Ministry Pilgrimage to Taize in France will take place from Thursday, 4 July to Tuesday, 9 July. The Pilgrimage is open to young people aged eighteen years and over; the cost this year is €595. Those interested should contact the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Denmark Street, Limerick, tel. 061-400133.


Once again, the local Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA Club has produced a very high standard and informative annual Newsletter; the 2012/2013 Newsletter, recently distributed to households in the area, is a fine colour production, containing information regarding the Club’s many sporting and other achievements in 2012, together with plans for 2013. Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA Club caters for hurling, gaelic football, camogie and ladies football in the Raheen, Doradoyle, Mungret and Ballycummin areas.