SR MARGARET MARY ARMSTRONG: This past week we mourned the death of Sr Margaret Mary a Sister of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. A native of Caherwilder, Kilcolgan, Co Galway, Sr Margaret, affectionately known among her family and community as Peggy, arrived in St Munchin’s parish approximately seven years ago to take up residence in the Sisters Convent in Castleview Gardens, Clancy Strand.
Born on November 5 1922 into a farming family, she was the eldest of a family of four children and was a natural farm worker from her early years. Consequently she loved all aspects of nature, a love she carried with her right throughout her life.
Having joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary she trained as a Social Worker and spent many years ministering in Australia, South Africa and various parts of Britain before returning to Ireland.
In the seven or so years that Sr Margaret lived among us she endeared herself to all who came to know her. She was a really friendly sociable person who brought a breath of fresh air to our parish.
Her Requiem Mass was celebrated by Canon Donal McNamara PP St Munchin’s, assisted by Fr Tom Ryan PP Christ the King, Caherdavin, and Fr Benny Loughin PP Loughrea. For the Remembrance Ceremony of Sr Margaret the following items were brought to the altar: Constitution of the Community; Her Missionary Crucifix; Bouquet of Flowers; Book of Poetry; and her Religious Emblem.
During the ceremony there were many lovely stories and anecdotes told about Sr Margaret both by her Sisters in Community and by members of her family. It seems she was a strong influence on her many nieces and nephews who held her in very high regard. In fact we were not actually mourning her passing but celebrating her long active life.
She was predeceased by her brothers Joe and Miko. We now offer sincere sympathy to her sister Della, her many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews, and to her Sisters in the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.
Following Mass in St Munchin’s Church, Sr Margaret was laid to rest in Mount St Oliver Cemetery. Ar Dheis De go raibh a Anam Dilis.
PRAYER VIGIL: St Joseph’s Young Priests Society will hold a three hour Vigil of Prayer for Vocations on Saturday next April 20 in St Nessan’s Church, Raheen. The Vigil will commence with Concelebrated Mass at 6 pm and conclude with Benediction at 9 pm. We are invited to participate in the Vigil for all or any part of the three-hour session
.BALLYNANTY WIN FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT: Young people from Ballynanty emerged victorious and retained their title at a Garda Youth Diversion tournament held in Limerick recently.
Hosted by The Factory: Southside Youth Space, teams from Limerick Youth Service’s in King’s Island, Irishtown and Ballynanty Garda Youth Development Projects, joined their counterparts from Southill, Newcastlewest and Ballincurra Weston, in a tournament that saw friendly competition and banter between the respective teams.
‘The boys thoroughly deserved their victory and were rewarded for weeks of dedicated training,’ said Frankie Daly, Youth Justice Work, Limerick Youth Service.
It is the second time that these young people won the tournament having been successful also at last year’s event.
‘I am extremely proud of the lads, they are a credit to themselves, their families and community,’ continued Mr. Daly.
Ronan O’Connor, Irishtown GYDP, congratulated Ballynanty on their success and thanked everyone involved in organising the day.
Garda Youth Diversion Projects are community based programmes that work with young people to develop their social skills and sense of community through a diverse range of activities.
Skies to GLOW for Limerick’s Youth
Young people from Limerick Youth Service will make the skies over the Shannon GLOW on Thursday, April 25th at 9pm, as part of a nationwide event that aims to express solidarity and raise awareness of issues affecting our young people, such as youth unemployment and emigration.
GLOW (Go Light Our Way), will see young people release Sky Lanterns at the Skatepark, Steamboat Quay, Limerick that will contain messages of hope for their futures and showcase the positive contribution that young people have and continue to give to our communities.
‘It promises to be a fantastic sight over the Shannon,’ said Dermot Troy (LYS), who added that many Earth Lanterns will also light up in youth spaces and clubs around the county.
Lanterns for GLOW are available from LYS for €5 with profits going to local youth projects.
THANK YOU: A very sincere thanks to all who have returned the Easter Dues Envelopes in support of the Priests of the Parish. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
EPILEPSY IRELAND: Epilepsy Ireland has organised a workshop on stress for people with epilepsy, their families or carers. A number of places are set aside for health care professionals. The workshop will differentiate between pressure, anxiety and stress, and how to recognise signs of a change within us of a physical, mental and emotional nature. This will be followed by sessions on techniques to manage these signs. The workshop will take place on Saturday May 4 in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy. For further information please contact Epilepsy Ireland at 061-313773/01-4557500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SENIOR HELP LINE: A Third Age Programe – a Senior Help Line is a national confidential telephone listening service for older people provided by trained older volunteers for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland – LoCall 1850 440 444.
Would you be interested in taking part in a walking tour of the Camino de Santiago to raise funds for this valuable Third Age service. If so please contact Neil at email@example.com or 0834260081.
VOCATIONS SUNDAY: A collection to help in the promoting and fostering of Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life and for the ongoing formation of Priests, will be taken up at all Masses this Sunday April 20 and 21.
MARANATHA PRAYER MINISTRY: We are invited to take part in a Healing Retreat through the Ministry of Rev Fr Phonsie Cullinan, Janice and Moss Carrig, enriched weith the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Word of God, Heealing Mass, Praise and Worship, Confession, and Spirit Filled Music by the lively Maranatha Gospel Choir on Sunday April 21 from 2.30pm to 7.30 pm in St Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle. Tea and refreshments will be served in the Church Hall afterwards.
TROCAIRE: If you have not yet returned your Lenten Trocaire Box please do so by next weekend so that all moneys can be forwarded to Trocaire.
SYMPATHY: We extend our sympathy to the families of the following parishioners who died recently: ANGELA O’KEEFFE, nee Troy, of Shanabooley Road, Ballynanty, late of Moyross and Senior Citizens Club. Wife of the late Seamie. Regretted by her sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, extended family and friends. Funeral took place in Mount St Oliver Cemetery following requiem Mass in Corpus Christi Church.
MARY ELLEN ‘NELLIE’ BOLAND nee Joyce, Cregan Avenue, Kileely, formerly of Shanabooley Road, Ballynanty. Survived by daughters Marrion Benson, Majella O’Dea, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Burial took place in Mount St Oliver Cemetery following Requiem Mass in St Lelia’s Church.