CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, September 7-8 The Twentythird Sunday in Ordinary Time, are as follows; Saturday at 7pm Michael Woulfe, Sunday at 10am P.J.O’Grady, Sunday at 12noon Dan Riordan. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 7pm Michael Houlihan, John Collopy, Marie Bucke, Sunday at 10am, Kathleen Enright, Sam Milburn, Joanne Tierney, Sunday at 12noon, Michael McDermott, Eileen O’Shea, Louise Carey. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. This Friday, September 6 is First Friday, when communion will be distributed to the sick. If you know of anyone who is sick or housebound who would like to receive communion on Friday, please hand their names in to the sacristy. Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima will take place before the 7pm mass on Saturday. Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be handed into the sacristy by 9-30am on Friday or contact Fr. Muiris O’Connor on 353711 or 0866075628. Alternatively they can be emailed to email@example.com.
NEW MASS TIMES: Next weekend September 14-15 heralds the re-arranged mass times for both churches which are as follows, Patrickswell at 6-30pm on Saturday, and 11-30am on Sunday, Ballybrown at 8pm on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday. Weekday masses in Patrickswell will be at the usual time of 9-30am.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, and donor clinics will be held at the following locations in the coming week to facilitate that requirement. The Galbally session will now be held at the Community Centre, Lisvernane, please note new venue, on Monday September 9 from 6 to 9pm, Fr. Casey G.A.A. Pavillion, Abbeyfeale, on Tuesday and Wednesday September 10-11 from 6 to 9pm, and Pallasgreen Community Centre on Thursday September 12 also from 6 to 9pm. You can visit any blood donor clinic as long as ninety days have elapsed since you last gave blood, and you are urged to please give regularly. There will be donor clinics in Castletroy the following week. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
RIDE AND DRIVE: Those who were waiting at the Cu Chulainn on Saturday afternoon, to greet and support the Ride and Drive for Limerick Cancer Centre, were not disappointed when the cavalcade of horses, ponies and their riders, all led by a carriage and four, stopped for a well earned refreshment break at the local hostelry, en-route to the Greyhound Stadium to meet up with a similar group who had started from Ennis earlier. Stirrup cups and light refreshments were served to those who preferred to take advantage of the fine weather and remain in saddle. Local photographers were in their element and took advantage of the many photo opportunities available, including a miniature pony and carriage for children, and several other horse drawn modes of transport, with some drivers in traditional livery. Lighthearted conversation and friendly banter filled the air for the short time of the break, and after horses and riders were fed and watered the cavalcade reassembled and continued on their journey. Richie Bennis rode shotgun in the leading carriage to ensure safe passage to their final destination. All those taking part wore a specially commissioned souvenir t-shirt, and the organisers would like to thank all at the Cứ Chulainn for their generosity in hosting the event, and all who turned up to support it.
SAMARITANS: The Limerick and Tipperary Samaritans are currently recruiting for volunteers to help offer support to callers who are worried, distressed, can’t cope, or feeling suicidal. An information evening is being held at 20, Barrington Street, Limerick, this Monday, September 9 at 7-30pm. More information is available at firstname.lastname@example.org
LINE DANCING CLASSES: Line Dancing classes are starting in Kilcornan Community Hall on Monday September 9 from 7 to 8pm. €7 per night. Classes continue each Wednesday night in Patrickswell GAA Hall, 7.30 to 8.15 for beginners, 8.15 to 9pm for experienced dancers.
PARENT AND TODDLERS: The Parent and Toddler Group which is held in the Community Resource Centre is restarting after the summer holidays on Thursday September 12 at 9.30am. It will be held every Thursday from 9.30 to 11am, and is open to pre-school children and their parents. New members are always welcome. For any further information contact the Community Resource Centre on 061-320303.
CLIONA’S FOUNDATION: Adare to Survive is a 7.5km military style obstacle course taking place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Adare, Co Limerick on Sunday September 29. Cliona’s Foundation, which provides financial assistance to the families of critically ill children is the charity partner and participants are invited to endeavour, endure and enjoy a unique physical and mental challenge, individually or as part of a four person team, to raise funds for a charity or club of their choice. Full details, including registration is on the event website www.adaretosurvive.com
GROW YOUR OWN: Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, formerly County Limerick VEC, is now enrolling for courses FETAC 3, Grow your own Vegetables and FETAC 4, Grow your own Fruit, in West Limerick. Both courses will take place in Ardagh, on Blackhill Organic Farm, and run one day per week from September 2013 to June 2014. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn how to grow a wide range of delicious foods using organic methods with an emphasis on practical skills and an opportunity to gain certification. To apply for a place on the course please contact the course tutor, Marie Tuttle on 0863132969.
KNOCKFIERNA: Knockfierna Heritage Society will hold their annual outing to Cahir Castle, The Swiss Cottage, Rock of Cashel, and Holy Cross Abbey on Sunday September 29. Previous outings have proved to be most enjoyable occasions. Mr. Philip Lynch of Kilkenny will be tour guide for the day. Those interested in travelling on this outing please contact Pat O’Donovan Newcastlewest and Rathkeale 087 9977340, Marion Hanley Ballingarry 087 9741387, Mary O’Keeffe 087 6990816. Cost €20 per person.
VINTAGE RALLY: West Limerick Vintage Club will hold a rally in aid of the Irish Kidney Association, this Sunday, September 8, at the Thatch Bar, Newbridge, Askeaton. Displays of threshing, baling and horse shoeing will run alongside the exhibitions of vintage cars, machinery and tractors. Various stalls, a dog show and a tug-of-war competition will also add to the family fun. Hurling fans will also be accommodated with the provision of screens to televise the All- Ireland Final.