CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, November 16-17, The Thiry-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, are as follows, Saturday at 6-30pm James McCarthy, Sunday at 11-30am Joanne Tierney. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm Louise Carey, Breda Carroll and Eileen Nally, Sunday at 11-30am Patricia Barry, Rory Bennis and Rose Kelliher, please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Would ministers be aware that only one duty may be undertaken at mass, and the readers’ list operates on a two weekly cycle. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. Weekday masses in Patrickswell will be at the usual time of 9-30am. Weekend masses in Ballybrown will be at 8pm on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday. Next Thursday, November 21, is the Presentation of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
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.
CEMETERY PRAYERS: Despite the typically November weather last weekend, a large number attended the annual cemetery prayers in Patrickswell, which were held after 11.30am mass. Unfortunately, the conditions persisted for the duration of the ceremony, which was led by Fr.Michael. Prayers were also said in Castlemungret and the Old Cemetery, Mungret, again amid torrential downpour. There will be prayers in Kilkeedy after 10am mass in Ballybrown this Sunday November 17. May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
OFFERINGS: For those not using the envelope system, special envelopes for Purgatorial Offerings are available in both churches. As well as November, masses for the deceased are celebrated on First Fridays and other times during the year.
PILGRIMAGE: Advance notice of a pilgrimage to Medjugorje commencing on June 18, 2014, with flight departure from Shannon, comprising of seven nights half board in a guesthouse close to the church of St James. Inclusive price per person is €649, with reductions for various early booking options as follows, €150 off if paid in full by December 12, €100 off if paid in full by February 3, 2014, and €50 off if deposit paid by February 3, 2014. The itinerary includes a full religious programme accompanied by a spiritual director. More information is available from the group leaders who can be contacted as follows, Joan O’Brien 087-9688233 or 061-320947, and Dan O’Riordan 061-397460.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service continues to require three thousand donations every week, and donor clinics will be held at the following locations in the coming week to facilitate that requirement, Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy, on Monday November 18 from 5 to 8pm, and Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare, on Tuesday November 19 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 Newcastlewest the following week. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
TIDY TOWNS: The Adare end of the village near the Croom turn off, has taken on a new complexion recently with the refurbishment of a section of the wall at the entrance to the Lis Ard, the second such undertaking in recent years. Coupled with that, numerous trees and clumps of briar hedging which ran parallel to the road have also been removed, opening up the area and creating an entirely new image in the process. Whilst the group was not involved with the work, it is nevertheless another welcome improvement. As we have hung up the boots and tools for another year, one item which was discussed at our last meeting, was our Christmas night out, which was fixed for Saturday December 14, and will take the form of a festive dinner, which will be served at 8-30pm in the Cu Chulainn. Looking forward to seeing all members there.
FRIDAY CLUB: Our second November lunch was again well supported last Friday, and members were delighted to welcome Fr.Michael, who called in for a cup of tea and a chat. In the first two weeks of the lunches, donations have totalled nearly two hundred euro. Christmas was also on the agenda, and it was decided to arrange a seasonal lunch at the Cu Chulainn, which will take place at 2pm on Friday December 13. This will enable us to avail of the usual Friday travel arrangements by way of the rural bus.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT CLUB: Members are still attending and enjoying the Friday morning drama classes, and such is the progress made, that rehearsals are well in hand for a mini production, which will be performed at the annual dinner. This has been arranged for Friday January 10, 2014, at the Cu Chulainn, with dinner being served at 8 –30pm, to which all members are invited.
DOG NIGHT: Patrickswell Community Council is again organising a night out at the dogs, which will take place this year on Friday December 7 at Limerick Greyhound Stadium. If you have not yet made plans for a Christmas night out this event could be the one for you. Tickets are again priced at only 10euro, and if purchased beforehand, will benefit the Community Development Fund, and are available from any council member or Teresa at the Resource House.