CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, January 25-26, The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A are as follows, Saturday at 6-30pm Angela O’Donnell, Sunday at 11-30am Ann Higgins. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm Seamus Enright, Michael Houlihan and Maria Bucke, Sunday at 11-30am
P J O’Grady, Michael O’Mara and Eileen O’Shea. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Weekday masses are at the usual time of 9-30 am Monday to Friday. The weekly prayer meeting takes place at 8 pm on Monday and all are welcome. Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be with Pauline at the Parish Office by 12noon on Thursdays, Tel 061-353454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Mike’s contact details are, Tel 061-353711, Mobile 087-1279015, or email email@example.com
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: The weekly session of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm.
MINISTERS’ ROTAS: Listed readers for the following two weekends are as follows, Saturday February 1 and 8 at 6-30pm Dan Riordan, and Sunday February 2 and 9 at 11-30am Julie Darcy. Would Eucharistic Ministers please revert to the sequence of the previous rota, or refer to these notes until a new one is distributed. Your co-operation is appreciated.
BAPTISMS: Baptisms in the Church of The Blessed Virgin, Patrickswell, are held on the second and fourth weekends of the month, Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays after 11-30am mass.
PASTORAL VISITS: If you have a family member or know of any parishioner who would welcome a visit in hospital, a nursing home or in their own home, please contact Fr. Mike, the Parish Clerks or the Parish Office, details as above.
CHRISTIAN UNITY: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs until this Saturday January 25.
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 during the coming week to facilitate that requirement, Community Centre, Lisvernane, please note new venue, on Monday January 27 from 6 to 9pm, Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, on Tuesday, January 28 from 5 to 8pm, and Pallasgreen Community Centre, on Thursday January 30 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. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
CITIZENS’ ADVICE: The Citizens’ Advice Service is available at the Resource House on the last Tuesday of every month. This month’s date is this coming Tuesday January 28 from 12.30pm - 1.30pm. It is a free and confidential service, no appointment is necessary, just call in.
TABLE QUIZ: Patrickswell National School Parents’ Association is looking for your support for their Table Quiz, which is taking place at the Cu Chulainn, on the night of Friday January 31. Quiz nights are a fun way to get out socially, and are a light hearted and entertaining way to pass an hour or two among friends, as well as raising funds for the hosting organisation.
CAKE SALE: Many thanks to all who baked, prepared or helped in anyway for the Cake Sale which was held last Sunday morning at the Cu Chulainn, and also those who came along for a friendly chat and cuppa. Everyone’s support for the Community Development Fund is greatly appreciated.
RESOURCE HOUSE: There are still a few vacancies for the proposed Beginners’ Computer Class and a Continuation Computer Class taking place at the Resource Centre. Names are now being taken for both classes and if anyone is interested in booking a place on either course, contact the Resource Centre on 061-320303. Unfortunately, these classes will not be able to proceed if they are under subscribed, so if you have considered it, please make the effort, it will be worth your while.
Patrickswell Parent & Toddler Group meets every Thursday morning from 9.30am - 11am, and a very warm welcome is extended to all parents, grandparents, childminders and their pre-school children. The session offers an opportunity for time to meet other parents and have a chat and a cuppa while your child has fun meeting new friends.
HOST FAMILIES REQUIRED: Kind, responsible families are required to look after Spanish, French and German teenagers during the summer holidays. For more information please contact Jane O’Regan 0876576427.
GRANAGH DRAMA: The next production of Granagh Drama Group will be The Honey Spike by Bryan MacMahon, a Kerryman, who was not only a prolific playwright, but also a novelist, short story writer and a teacher by training, and a founding member of Listowel Drama Group as well as its first producer.
Many people regard it as his best play and novel. Many of the actors have multiple roles, and there are three new members in the cast. The play will be staged this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 24, 25 and 26, and the following weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 31, February 1 and 2. Performances commence at 8pm, there will be shop and raffle each night, and admission is €10 for adults and €5 for students.
BIRDWATCH: If you have never seen or heard a murmuration of starlings, then this Saturday, January 25, is your ideal opportunity. Limerick Birdwatch will include one in its observation day, which commences at Lough Gur Visitor centre at 2pm. The lake and general vicinity around Lough Gur is home to numerous breeds of water fowl including moorhen, coot, wigeon, teal, shoveler, Chinese geese and cormorants, and their may also be more exotic species visible on the day. Observers will then travel to Ballingarry for around 5pm to see the murmuration, with huge numbers of starlings, anything from 60,000 to 80,000 birds or more, swooping and swishing as their activity is described, which is definitely an experience not to be missed.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Special Olympics Ireland are being held in Limerick again this year from June 12, and organisers are encouraging anyone who may wish to volunteer for the event, to contact them now. Huge numbers will be taking part, and 3,000 volunteers are required. Contact specialolympics.ie or ring 1850-555222 if you are interested.