St Nicholas’ Jan 25

Parish pastoral Council: This week we are giving you a brief overview of our Parish Pastoral Council (PPC).

Parish pastoral Council: This week we are giving you a brief overview of our Parish Pastoral Council (PPC).

The Parish Pastoral Council is a recommended structure within the church concerned with the pastoral activities of parish life. It is made up of a

Representative body of the faithful and must include the parish priest. The Parish Pastoral Council shares the responsibility for building the parish into a vibrant Christian community that promotes Gospel values of love, justice and peace.

The Pastoral Council is composed of members of the laity together with the parish

Priest and parish staff responsible for pastoral care; their task is to promote

Pastoral action in the parish.

The members of our PPC are: John Dundon (Chairperson). Sr. Dympna

(Secretary). Karen Burkley (vice-chairperson). Fr. Derek, Maurice Carr, Jo

O’Brien, Sr. Kathleen, Tony Noonan, Geraldine Thornton and Pat Madigan

The Parish Pastoral Council is concerned with issues that affect the lives of parishioners.

• The proclamation of the Word of God,

• Faith formation and catechesis

• Liturgy, justice and peace

• Family life

• Evangelisation

• Caring for the sick and the poor

• Encouraging parishioners to become actively involved in the mission of the

Church

• We meet on the second Monday of each month– September—June, and

we are always happy to hear of issues you wish to be discussed that concern

the good of our parish.

• We have a link person who will contact a member of the various parish

groups prior to our meeting. See notice board for this list.

• Each year we get a facilitator to do a training session with us.

• We begin each meeting with a short time of prayer, and reflection on a

passage of scripture.

Over the past years we have kept you up to date on the various activities of the PPC.

But just in case you have forgotten ... Development of parish website, Sacramental

Preparation, Family Mass at 10.30 each Sunday, maintenance of Church and grounds,

Advent and Lenten liturgies, Holy Week and Easter pageant, Dawn mass, Parish Visitation Groups.

Mass in solidarity and healing for victims of abuse, annual novena in June, resourcing Gathering Masses, Acknowledgement of our Volunteers young and

adult, hospitality, weekly newsletter, annual Parish Assembly, monthly Mass of Healing and Consolation, Gathering of the various parish groups, meetings with parish groups.

I’m sure I have omitted events but we always advertise what we do through our newsletter.

Visit a Haven of Peace and Quiet: Our little Chapel at the back of St. Nicholas’ is a haven of peace, prayer and quiet. It takes place each week from Thursday following 7.00pm Mass to Friday 6.45pm. This is an ideal opportunity for you to have some quiet time with the Lord. It is open each day 9—6 and we encourage you to pop in for a quiet moment or for as long as you wish. On 8 February a member of the Diocesan Adoration Group will visit our parish to promote this.

Talk by Elma Walsh: On Monday January 27 Elma Walsh will visit St. Nicholas Church and speak with us about her son Donal’s message on living life to the full. (Donal died on cancer last Autumn and many of you have seen him on the Late Late and Saturday Night Show). All are welcome to come to this. Time: 7pm.

In the Absence of a Priest: There will be a meeting on Wednesday January 23 for anyone who would be interested in leading a Eucharistic Service (in the absence of a priest.) If you would like to be involved please come along: 7.30pm. In our Parish Centre.

Feast of St. John Bosco: The Salesian Sisters invite you to share this feast with us on Thursday January 30 in our parish Centre. We will have a time of Faith, Film, Food and Fun! We hope you will all come along—young and young at heart. Just let us know by Tuesday 28th

Masses: Morning masses on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays at 9.45. In St Munchin’s College Chapel. Thursdays. Fridays, Saturdays, 7pm. In St. Nicholas. Sunday: 10.30, St. Nicholas’ and 12noon Mass in St. Munchin’s College Chapel.

Mass of Healing and Consolation: Thursday January 30 in St. Nicholas’ Church

Recent Baptisms: Congratulations to the parents of the following babies who were baptised recently: Kyle Victor Moane, son of Adrian and Odeta, the Paddocks; Logan Austin John Ryan son of john and Shauna, Grianan; Molly Aoife Cassidy, daughterof Mary and David, Carraig Midhe; Maddie Rose Fennell, daughter of Thomas & Rosemarie, Carraig Midhe; Conor John Joseph Kinirons, son of Sinead & Stephen, Riverdale; Sadhbh Kate Burke, daughter of Bríd and Willie, Clonard; Sienna Marion Croke, daughter of Ciara and Stephen, Clonard.

Remembering the Sick: Dear Jesus, Healer of the sick, we remember all who are ill at home or in hospital. Michael Nora, Vera, Brian Frank, Kathleen, Anne, Paddy, Nancy, Olive, Nora, Breda, Kathleen, TJ, Charlie Pat, David, Anthony, Bill and baby Dara. Grant them the grace and strength to accept their burden. We place them under your care and humbly ask that you restore them to health again. Above all, grant them the grace to acknowledge your will and know that whatever you do, you do for the love of them. Amen.

Secondry School Applications: Parents of 6th Class pupils should have sent in their application forms to their first choice secondary school by now. The closing date is just after the Christmas holidays and late applications cannot be processed because of the common enrolment procedure.

THANK YOU: Fr. Derek wishes to thank all who contributed to the Christmas dues collection. Envelopes can still be handed in any time to the sacristy or at Mass.

Catholic Schools’ Week: Next Sunday 26th January marks the beginning of Catholic Schools’ Week 2014. The purpose of the week is to highlight and celebrate the wonderful contribution that Catholic Schools make to our local communities and society in general. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Places of Faith and Learning. It is also a good reminder to us to pray and thank God for the quality teachers we have in our schools.

Meditation: Quiet meditation on Tuesday mornings in 3 Oakton Road, Salesian Srs. house. Time: 10.30 am to 11am.

Corbally Community Bridge: Thursdays at St Nicholas’s Parish Centre, Westbury, at 2pm. Newcomers welcome

Mother & Toddlers Group: Meet every Tuesday 10.30am in the Parish Centre, Westbury. All welcome.

Suicide Outreach Programme: This service was set up by the Mid- Western Health Board in collaboration with the Limerick Pastoral Centre, in order to support people in the immediate aftermath of a suicide, by visiting families in their homes on request. Phone line is open from 2-4pm, Monday to Friday. Phone 087 7998427.