SENIOR PARISHIONERS PARTY: The Mungret/Raheen annual Senior Parishioners Christmas Party takes place this Sunday, 26 January, in Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA Clubhouse. Anybody who is retired or living in the Parish is welcome to attend. Admission will be strictly by ticket only; further information can be obtained by contacting Marian at 086-3929367 or Nora at 061-301184.
FIRST CONFESSION: The Sacrament of First Confession (Reconciliation) is being celebrated for second year pupils of St. Nessan’s Primary School, Mungret this Friday, 24 January, at 11am in Raheen Church.
ADORATION: On account of the celebration of First Confession (Reconciliation) this Friday morning, 24 January, in Raheen Church at 11am, the normal Friday Adoration in the Church will instead be held in the adjoining Millennium Centre until 2pm; at that time it will revert to the Church and continue there until 10pm. Adoration normally takes place at the Church in Raheen every Friday from 10.30am until 10pm.
ST. NESSAN’S PRIMARY SCHOOL: Parents wishing to have their child enrolled in the Junior Infant classes at St. Nessans Primary School, Mungret for the school year 2014/2015 are requested to note that the closing date for receipt of completed applications for that year is Monday, 3 February, 2014 at 1pm. Applications received after that deadline will not be processed. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the School office at St. Nessan’s or by way of downloading from the School’s website www.stnessans.ie
WEEKLY ENVELOPE BOXES: Weekly envelope boxes, containing envelopes for each Sunday of the year 2014, have been now distributed throughout the Parish; any Parishioner who has not been supplied with a box of envelopes, and who would wish to receive one, is welcome to contact the Parish Office, tel. 061-210869.
BRIDGE CLUB: The Social Bridge Club holds its weekly get togethers at the Millennium Centre, in Raheen on Monday mornings, commencing at 10am.
CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK: The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is being celebrated in Ireland this year from 18 to 25 January (this Friday). In the Diocese of Limerick, the actual Prayer Service for Christian Unity will take place closer to Pentecost Sunday, which this year falls on 8 June. It is intended that this Prayer Service, as well as praying for unity among all Christians, will this year (Limerick’s City of Culture - 2014) acknowledge the huge Christian contribution to the culture of our City and surrounding areas. Additional information regarding the Week of Prayer can be accessed by visiting www.ctbi.org
CHILDRENS MASS: Rehearsals for the Children’s Mass, which is celebrated on a number of Sundays throughout the year at 11am in Raheen Church, resume this Thursday evening, 16 January. Rehearsala are held in St. Nessan’s Church, on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm until 7.15pm, and all children residing in the Parish, regardless of which school they are attending, are welcome to become involved.
POSTAL FACILITIES: Having expressed dissatisfaction, over recent years, on behalf of local residents who utilise the Post Office facility at the Crescent Shopping Centre which, it was generally agreed, was far too small to adequately cater for the postal requirements of the large population residing in this area, it is only fair to now complement the Postal authorities on the recent expansion of the facility which has as a result made it a more comfortable experience for those undertaking business there. This particular postal facility is intended to cater for the needs of the very considerable population residing in the southern City Suburbs; from the outset however it was obvious that it was inadequate to meet it’s objective with any degree of comfort for it’s users. One recalls the regular sight of a queue of people in the shopping mall outside the Post Office. Regular reference was made, not only in these Notes, but in Notes emanating from an adjoining City suburb also, pointing out the urgent requirement for an improved facility. Now it is in place (since before Christmas) and these Notes wish to compliment the Postal authorities for implementing an expanded and more comfortable facility for it’s users. Credit where credit is due!
“HISTORY OF THE DIOCESE OF LIMERICK”: A most interesting, and unique, “Illustrated History of the Diocese of Limerick” has recently been published and is now available throughout the Diocese. Part 1 of the book consists of a history of the Diocese of Limerick, while Part 2 incorporates a brief history of all sixty Parishes located within the Diocese, with particular references, including illustrations, to the Churches located within each Parish. The Book is available for sale in each Parish and any local Parishioner who would like to purchase a copy should contact the Parish Office in Raheen, tel. 210869. The normal reduced cost is �20 per copy, but for the month of January it is a case of “buy one get one free”! In fact, any Parishioner who has already purchased a copy of the Book can avail of this offer retrospectively. It is a beautiful production, and would enhance any coffee table.
PARISH CLERK: The Raheen Parish Clerk wishes to express his gratitude to everybody who contributed to the recent collection on his behalf.
SET DANCING: Set Dancing classes resumed earlier this week at Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA Clubhouse. Classes take place on Tuesday evenings at 9pm; beginners are welcome.
“CELEBRATING LIMERICK CITY OF CULTURE - 2014”: Local Parishioners may be interested to know that, as one aspect of its contribution to Limerick’s City of Culture 2014, Mary Immaculate College has arranged a series of relevant Lectures which are free to the Public and which commence on Thursday evening next, 30 January. The series of eleven Lectures will be held on consecutive Thursday evenings from next Thursday until Thursday, 10 April, from 5 until 6pm each evening, at the new Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road. The Public are invited to attend all or any of the Lectures; next Thursday’s Lecture will be given by Dr. Dan O’Connell and is entitled “Seeing The Deeper Magic Of Life: The Importance Of Sacramental Imagination”. Any further information regarding the Lecture series can be obtained by contacting the College at 061 - 204507.
ARDSCOIL RIS: Any local persons who may have served as members of the Parents Council of Ardscoil Ris (North Circular Road, Limerick) over the years are invited by the present Parents Council at the School to join them for a Social Occasion and a Tour of the new School Building this Sunday, 26 January, from 3pm to 4.30pm. Various memorabilia and photographs will be on display. Enquiries can be directed to 087-2848155, 086-8184616 or 087-2841238.