VOCATIONS VIGIL: A three hour Vigil of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life, organised by St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society, is being held in St. Nessan’s Church, Raheen this Saturday evening, 20 April. The Vigil will commence at 6pm with Concelebrated Mass, and will conclude with Benediction at 9pm. The purpose of St. Joseph’s Ypung Priests Society is the promotion of vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life, by means of prayer, financial assistance and the witness of christian living. Everyone is welcome to come along, and participate in all or part of the three hour session this Saturday evening.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: This Thursday, 18 April, pupils from the 6th Class at St. Nessan’s Primary School, Mungret will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Nessan’s Church, Raheen at 11am.
MUNGRET - LECTURE SERIES: The series of Lectures “Art, History, Community” commences this Friday evening, 19 April, at Mungret College, commencing at 8pm, when Dr. Charlotte Murphy presents “Gravestone Art in Old Mungret Graveyard”. The Lecture will be preceded by a live art presentation, on the same theme, by Ms. Anne Fitzgerald. Admission is free. Further Lectures in the series will take place on Friday, 26 April and on Friday, 10 May.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Pupils from St. Nessan’s Primary School, Mungret will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at three Ceremonies over the next two Saturdays as follows: this Saturday next week, 20 April, one Ceremony will be held, at 11am; two Ceremonies will be held on the following Saturday, 27 April, one at 10.30am and one at 12.30pm.
VOCATIONS SUNDAY: This Sunday, 21 April, is the annual Vocations Sunday. A second collection will be taken up at all Masses for the continuing support of Students and the ongoing formation of Clergy.
MUNGRET COMMUNITY COUNCIL: A spring clean in Mungret has been arranged by the Tidy Towns group for this Saturday morning, 20 April, commencing at 10am. The intention is to attend to the area from the GAA grounds entrance to the gates of Mungret College and Moore’s Road. All interested volunteers are requested to assemble outside Mungret Church this Saturday at 10am.
PUBLIC LECTURES - YEAR OF FAITH: The second in the series of three Public Lectures organised by the local Pobal Neasain Pastoral Area Team is taking place at St. Nessan’s Primary School, Mungret on Tuesday evening next, 23 April, from 7.30pm to 9pm. This Lecture series has been arranged to mark the current Year of Faith. On Tuesday evening next, Dr. Suzanne Mulligan, who is a Lecturer in Moral Theology at the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, will address the topic”The Church in The World: A Light for the Nations?”. The third, and final, Lecture will be delivered on Tuesday, 30 April, by Dr. James Corkery, S.J., also at St. Nessan’s School, and at the same time. All three Speakers in the series are numbered among Ireland’s leading Theologians; the general theme of the series, fifty years on from the convening of the Second Vatican Council, relates to the relevance of the Vatican Council to the issues facing today’s Church.
MPCC CREDIT UNION: A representative of the Limerick Citizens Information Service will be in attendance at the Dooradoyle Office of the local MPCC Credit Union on Wednesday next, 24 April, from 10.30am until 12.30pm. This is a service provided by the local Credit Union in partnership with the Citizens Information Service whereby, on the last Wednesday of each month, Credit Union members can avail of the information provided by the Citizens Information Service which provides information, advice and advocacy on a broad range of public and social services. Topics such as health and family matters, Social Welfare, taxation, housing, consumer affairs and education, among others, can be discussed. This information, and advice, is provided on a free and confidential basis to members of the local Credit Union; appointments are not necessary.
TROCAIRE BOXES: Proceeds of this year’s Trocaire Lenten Campaign, which were not submitted during the Easter Ceremonies, should be submitted this weekend, 20/21 April, if at all possible. Envelopes containing donations can be dropped into the collection baskets at any of the weekend Masses in the Parish, or handed into the Parish Office if necessary. A special envelope, to facilitate the submission of this year’s proceeds, was included in the Trocaire packs which were available in the Parish Churches throughout Lent; a number of such packs are still available. Alternatively, an ordinary envelope marked “Trocaire” will suffice. It will be very much appreciated by those involved in safeguarding, counting and submitting the monies afterwards if individual offerings can be converted into notes or cheques beforehand. A generous response to this year’s appeal will have the effect of improving the daily standard of living for thousands of the World’s poorest people. Any additional information regarding the Trocaire campaign can be obtained by visiting the website www.trocaire.org/lent or by calling 1850 408 408.
CHURCH CLEANING: Volunteers are required to assist with the weekly cleaning of the Church in Raheen. Anyone interested in helping out, and who has an hour to spare on Thursdays, is welcome to leave their name and contact no. into the Church sacristy in Raheen.
“MARANATHA”: The Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites anyone who is interested to a Healing Retreat which is taking place this Sunday, 21 April, from 2.30pm to 7.30pm at St. Paul’s Church in Dooradoyle. The event will include Mass, the Rosary, Inner Healing Prayers, Eucharistic Adoration and Confession. Music for the occasion will be provided by the Maranatha Gospel Choir. Further information relating to the Maranatha Prayer Ministry can be obtained by visiting the websitewww.maranathaprayerministry.org or by emailing nightvigillimerick.yahoo.com.
LECTURES - CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY: 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 by Ms. Myra Hayes, who will address the topic “The Spirituality of John and its Expression in Stained-glass Windows “. All of the Lectures in this series deal with a Christian Spirituality - related topic. Tuesday evening’s Lecture will take place in Room 202 at Mary Immaculate College; admission is free, and everyone is welcome to come along.
“LIVING WITH DEMENTIA” COURSE: Locals who are involved with the care of a Family member living with Dementia will be interested to know that the Alzheimer Society of Ireland has organised a Course entitled “Living With Dementia/Learning Together” which is taking place at the Mid West Alzheimer Society’s Regional Office, 2nd Floor, George’s Quay House, George’s Quay ,Limerick on five consecutive Thursday evenings commencing this Thursday, 18 April. The Course is intended for Family carers of people with Dementia. Topics which will be covered over the duration of the Course include an Introduction to Dementia, Communication Strategies, Understanding Behaviour, Assisting with Personal Care, Engaging in Life Activities and more. Participation in the Course will also encourage Family members involved to look after their own Health and Wellbeing; information regarding relevant Services and Supports will also be made available. Anybody interested in participating in the Course can contact www.alzheimer.ie for further information. The relevant local telephone contact no. is 061 - 312605; the Alzheimer National Helpline no. is 1800 341 341.
UNWANTED SPECTACLES (GLASSES): An opportunity to dispose of no longer required spectacles is presently available at the County Library in Dooradoyle, by way of a collection box arranged there by the International Lions Club. By bringing along unwanted spectacles to this location, you will be helping poor people in underdeveloped Countries who require spectacles but cannot afford them. The International Lions Club, who are to be highly commended for this initiative, will ensure that the donated spectacles (and hopefully there will be many, by way of response to this appeal) will be made available to those people in need.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: This year’s official Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Friday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 26, and will be led by Limerick’s new Bishop, Brendan Leahy. Departure will, as usual, be from Shannon Airport, and return from Lourdes Tarbes Airport. The fully inclusive fare is €699; the Invalid fare is €599. Places in the Invalid section are limited, and the closing date for this section is Tuesday week, 30 April. Any additional information can be obtained by contacting the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office at Limerick Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick, tel. 314111; office opening hours there are Monday, 2pm to 4.30pm; Tuesday, 10.30am to 1pm; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm. Any Parishioner who wishes to be considered for inclusion as a member of the Pilgrimage’s invalid section, in particular, should make application without delay. As regards the Pilgrimage in general, early booking is, as always, very much recommended.