NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCES: As we are now in the month of November our thoughts are very much with our loved ones who have died. They are very dear to our hearts always and they are never forgotten. No matter how long the length of time since their death, they remain as important and special to us now as when they were alive. Miraculously, in time, we survive the traumatic separation and somehow we carry on without their physical presence, but I believe they are very close to us in spirit.
We remember now all those who were recently bereaved who are going through their time of mourning, and we pray God’s blessings on them that they will receive courage and consolation at this time.
In relation to this we will gather as a parish community for a night of remembrance. The first Bereavement Mass will take place in St Lelia’s Church on Thursday November 14 at 7 pm and the second Mass in St Munchin’s Church on Thursday November 21 will also be celebrated at 7pm. During these Masses the names of those who have died in our parish during the past twelve months will be called out and a family member or friend will be invited to bring a lighted candle to the altar. The candles will remain lighting in the Sanctuary throughout the celebration of Mass.
BOOK LAUNCH: Last week in these notes I mentioned the launch of Canon Micheal Liston’s book “Come and See” – the Story of Lourdes. Some further details now as promised; The book will be launched by Bishop Brendan Leahy on Monday November 25 at 6.45 pm in the Forum, Mary Immaculate College. All proceeds from the sale of the book, costing a mere €10, are in aid of the Lourdes Invalid Fund.
INFORMATION EVENING: On Tuesday November 26 a Bereavement Information Evening will take place in Milford Care centre – Education Department from 7 pm to 8.30 pm. Grief is how we respond when we experience significant loss or change, such as bereavement. Some people may feel lost amidst conflicting and intense emotions. The death of one person can send ripples throughout the whole community. Bereavement not only affects the family, but also friends, work colleagues, teachers, neighbours. If you or someone you know are going through a time of bereavement you will be most welcome to come to Milford Care Centre on November 26.
LIGHT UP A MEMORY: It is once again the time of year when those at Milford Care Centre commence preparations for their annual Light Up A Memory ceremony, where they will try to make Christmas 2013 memorable as they illuminate their Milford Hospice tree, remembering our relatives and friends, both deceased and living.
Each Christmas the Light up a Memory Tree at Milford Hospice becomes an inspiring beacon of remembrance and reflection that lights up the grounds of Milford Care Centre. Family and friends join with us for our annual Light up a Memory ceremony which takes place on 15th December at 6.00p.m. and we warmly invite you, your family and friends to join us for this special occasion. The ceremony will incorporate carol-singing prior to the illumination of the tree, followed by refreshments.
Light up a Memory offers you an opportunity to dedicate a light on Milford’s tree to remember both your living and deceased relatives and friends. Each light that shines is in honour of someone special who is in your thoughts. The Christmas tree lights are a unique gift whereby a light can be sponsored for a loved one and will shine throughout the festive season. A specially designed Christmas card is available for each light sponsored, which may be sent to relatives at home or abroad or indeed to the family of a deceased relative or friend. Each sponsored light costs €5 and includes: A light which will shine throughout the Christmas period; Enrolment in our Light Up A Memory book; Light Up A Memory card dedicated to someone dear, or as a Christmas gift. The Memory Tree will be located near the Gate Lodge at the main entrance to Milford Care Centre, and will shine throughout the Christmas Season. Lights will be switched off on Sunday January 5, 2014 when Mass will be celebrated here at Milford Care Centre for all those remembered on our Light Up A Memory tree. If you would like to sponsor a Christmas light on the tree you can place your order on line by visiting www.milfordcarecentre.ie or by calling 061-485859 or 061-485860.
PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS: It is not always easy amid all the hype and fuss of the next few weeks before Christmas to keep our minds on the real meaning of the Holy Season, we need all the help we can get. Perhaps joining one of the following groups is what is needed.
CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: This Meditation group continue their prayer sessions on Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm in the Convent of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Castleview Gardens, Clancy Strand.
SCRIPTURE GROUP: The Scripture Group will meet every Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm in St Munchin’s Temperance Hall. Both of these groups invite us to come join them on one or both of the above evenings. Or why not spend a lovely quiet hour each week being part of the
LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE: Limerick Youth Service is thrilled with the decision of Limerick City Council to grant permission for the release of lands for the development of the Northside Youth Space, in Ballynanty, Limerick.
‘We now look forward to moving on with the development of the Northside Youth Space which will bring our existing northside projects into one centralised location’, said Catherine Kelly, Director, Limerick Youth Service. The purpose built Northside Youth Space will bring Limerick Youth Service’s existing northside projects, which currently operate in unsuitable and unsafe environments, into modern and centralised premises that will be accessible to all.
The Northside Youth Space will house the Ballynanty Garda Youth Diversion Project, Ballynanty Youth Club, Northside Youth and Family Intervention Programme and the Northside Youth Cafe.
Limerick Youth Service has been a part of the lives of the people of St. Munchin’s Parish for decades and looks forward to continuing this relationship for generations to come.
CONDOLENCES: We offer our sincere sympathy to the family of the late Michael Doyle of Hogan Avenue, Kileely whose death has occurred. Late of O’Mara’s Bacon Factory and Civic Trust, he was husband of the late Edna. Survived by his daughter Cristin, sisters Margaret, Betty, and Noreen, sisters-in-law Lousie, Moira, Gwen, Alison, brothers-in-law Billy, Leslie, Fr Fred, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. Removal was from Crosses Funeral Home on Monday to St Munchin’s Church. Burial took place in Mount St Lawrence Extension Cemetery following Requiem Mass in St Munchin’s Church. May he Rest in Peace.