ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS: We had a great gathering in our parish on Sunday last to celebrate the Ruby Anniversary of the ordination of our parish priest Canon Donal McNamara. A native of Manister/Crecora, Co Limerick, he studied for the priesthood in St Patrick’s Seminary, Carlow and was ordained in Carlow Cathedral on June 9th l973. He then began his priestly ministry in the parish of Kildimo/Pallaskenry until 1977 when he was appointed to St Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue. He worked there until 1998 and returned to Kildimo/Pallaskenry for another ten years. It was then that he was appointed to St Munchin/St Lelia’s and has been with us now for over five years. I’m sure he has become quite used to us by now, and he must realize how lucky he is to work among the great and proud people of Thomondgate. And indeed how lucky are we to claim him as our Parish Priest. Canon Donal has endeared himself to his parishioners and proved himself to be a friendly and very approachable hardworking man.
We love and appreciate him dearly.
Last weekend he celebrated all four Masses in our parish Churches and on Sunday afternoon parishioners and friends gathered in our Community Centre in Kileely Court to show their appreciation and wish him well on this happy occasion.
Regular readers of these notes will know that our Centre is second to none thanks to Linda and her fantastic team of workers and volunteers who always create an atmosphere of welcoming friendship.
The dining hall was packed as MC Jackie McBride began proceedings by welcoming Canon Donal and members of his family. We had a funny appropriate little sketch from Eileen and Kathleen and a few words of appreciation from our curate Fr Pat. On behalf of all parishioners Sr Barbara made a presentation together with a card which was signed by a huge number of parishioners wishing him well. Eddie also made a presentation of a beautiful framed photograph of St Munchin’s Church. Canon Donal himself said he was so pleased and appreciative of the work and thought that was put into the get-together and was thankful for all the good wishes he received.
At this point food was served, and again thanks to Linda and her staff there was a great variety of appetizing finger food on offer, with tea and coffee plus a special cake compliments of Ivans. The atmosphere was so pleasant that people were reluctant to leave but sat around chatting and just enjoying the occasion.
We again say thank you to Canon Donal for the hard work he does (quietly and unobtrusively) and for always being there for us no matter what. We wish him blessings of health, happiness and success in the future and may we have many more years working together for the good of our parish. We pray God’s blessings on him now and always.
ST MUNCHIN’S CHOIR: Following their summer recess the members of our Church choir have now resumed their meetings and will sing as usual at the 11.30 Mass on Sundays. Weekly practice takes place every Tuesday night at 7.30 in the Unitas Hall. New members would be very welcome. Now would be a good time to join as they will soon begin preparing for the Christmas season. If interested please come along on Tuesday night or come and talk to any choir member after Mass on Sunday.
YOUTH EVENT: As part of the celebration for the “Year of Faith”, the Thomond Pastoral Area of which St Munchin’s Parish is a member is to hold a Youth Event for young peoples between sixteen and eighteen years old.
The theme for this event is “Youth Gathering in Faith and Friendship”. The gathering will take place on Sunday October 12 in the Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road from 2 pm to 5 pm.
SCRIPTURE GROUP: Having enjoyed a lovely summer break the Scripture Group will meet again on Wednesday evenings – beginning on Wednesday September 11 at 7.30 pm in the Temperence Hall. All are welcome.
CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: This Group will recommence their prayer sessions on Thursday September 5 at 7.30 pm in the Convent of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Castleview Gardens, Clancy Strand. An open invitation is issued to all.
CANDLELIGHT PROCESSION: On Sunday September 8 following Mass at 7 pm in St John’s Cathedral, the monks of the Franciscan Friars of St Patrick’s Friary, Moyross will lead a candlelight procession through the streets of Limerick pausing for a minute silence on Thomond Bridge in memory of all suicide victims. You are requested to please bring your own candles.
ADULT EDUCATION: Limerick City Community Development Project. St Munchin’s are holding their Annual Adult Education Registration Day on Tuesday September 10th from 10 am to l pm in St Munchin’s Community Centre, Kileely Court. Classes for the coming year include -
Local History, Stress Management, Computers All Levels, Aqua Aerobics, Step Aerobics, Line Dancing Creative Writing, Jewellery Making, Spanish for Beginners, Local History, Guitar, Stress |management, Card Making, Salsa, Drama, Crochet, Flower Arranging, Furniture Restoration, Exercise Over 55’S, Yoga, Hairdressing Level 5 Major Award, ICT Level 3 and 4 Major Award, Catering and Hospitality Level 4 Major Award, Photography Level 5
Names will be taken on the day and learners informed the following week if they have got a place on their chosen class. All classes will commence in late September, early October. A small fee will apply to all classes.
Further information may be had from Helen or Susan at 061-328690 or email email@example.com
CLASS ENROLMENT: The Northside Family Resource Centre is also holding their annual Registration Day on September 13 from 10 am to 4 pm and from 7 to 8 pm.
They run a range of classes in areas that develop ‘soft skills’ such as decoupage, sewing, craft, cookery, and pilates to name but a few. They also have a well established FETAC programme with specific emphasis on childcare, community development and hairdressing. All abilities are catered for and where necessary extra assistance can be provided for learners.
For more information please contact Mary McCusker in Northside Family Resource Centre 061-326623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MARANATHA PRAYER MINISTRY: invites you for the Healing Retreat through ministry of Rev. Patrick Walsh, CSsR, and Eddie Stones on Sunday September 15, 2013 from 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm at St Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Hall. All are welcome.
SYMPATHY: We offer our sincere sympathy to the family of the late Marie O’Boyle, nee Heagney, Glenview Avenue, Farranshone. Wife of the late Gerry, she is sadly missed by her sister Celine Woulfe, brother Sean, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Removal took place from Griffins Funeral Home to St Munchin’s Church, with burial on Wednesday in Mount St Oliver Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Munchin’s Church.