Our Lady of Lourdes Jan 25

WEST END YOUTH CENTRE: Hip-Hop Dance Classes with the crew from the Make-A-Move Festival everyone Monday night from 4.30-6pm. For further information contact Pamela on 085 167 8053 or pamela.keogh@ololcsg.ie

WEST END YOUTH CENTRE: Hip-Hop Dance Classes with the crew from the Make-A-Move Festival everyone Monday night from 4.30-6pm. For further information contact Pamela on 085 167 8053 or pamela.keogh@ololcsg.ie

The Community Astro-Turf is open for bookings. Contact Ken on 085 704 8651/pitch@ololcsg.ie. All Welcome! The West End Youth Centre is now available to groups looking to book a room. Ideal for community groups seeking a space or a business group seeking a creative environment. For further details contact William on 085 763 4871, or william.priestley@ololcsg.ie.

TREATY GAElS: are looking for camogie players for their new junior team. We welcome local girls or players new to Limerick. If Interested email treatygaels09@gmail.com.

STEPS SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME: STEPS School Completion Programme wishes everyone Happy New Year! Our clubs are starting back as follows: Primary School Homework Club at OLL NS returns on Monday 13th January at 14.45 – 15.45.

Secondary school Homework Club and grinds returns on Tuesday 14th January at 4.15 – 5.15. The current groups are still ongoing, no change in subjects has taken place yet.

After School Club at Presentation Secondary School returns on Thursday 16th January at 3.35 – 4.35pm.

A sculpture called “The Horse Outside” that was made by young people, including some SCP students with artist Angela Connolly during spring 2011, is currently on display in the Parkway Shopping Centre. The horse was originally displayed in the Hunt Museum, were it was launched with the Rubberbandits in the summer of 2011. The sculpture is now on loan at the shopping centre, so if you are there for a shopping trip, drop by and have a look!

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: Limerick is a very special county and city. Not alone do we have St. Munchin as our patron saint, but we also have St. Ita. On the 15th of January, we celebrated the feast of St. Ita. Fr. Ryan invited us to come to the special mass to mark the feast of the patron saint of Limerick. We took part in the liturgy – 6th class brought the symbols of St. Ita to the altar, 2nd class did the readings, 5th class read the psalm and the prayers of the faithful were read by kids from 3rd and 6th.

St. Ita was originally from Co. Waterford, but when she refused to marry and chose a life of service to God, she settled in Killeedy in Co. Limerick. She had a school there, where she was able to name many saints among her pupils, including the very well known St. Brendan the Navigator. She spread the word of God and the message she held dear was that it was important not only to love God but to be loved by God.

Second class are busy preparing for the sacrament of the Eucharist which they will receive later in the year, and 5th and 6th class are busy preparing for receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit in confirmation. Our school is taking part in ‘Faith Friends’ with girls from Scoil Carmel and Laurel Hill. Who are Faith Friends? They are a group of young people who act as special friends to Confirmation children. The Faith Friends follow a structured program and they meet with the Confirmation children to help them prepare for the Sacrament that they are about to receive, encouraging them to speak about their lives, ambitions and worries, showing them how unique and special each one of them are and to recognise and celebrate their gifts and talents.

This term, the Incredible Years School Age programme is being run in the Parents Room with Tracy Fitzgerald and Nuala Rennison. This programme has never been run in Our Lady of Lourdes before, and it is aimed primarily at the parents of children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

The topics covered by the course include supporting your child’s education, promoting positive behaviours at home and school, and reducing inappropriate behaviours. There will be time spent on teaching problem solving strategies in children. The course is almost full, we have only 2 places left, so if you are interested in taking part, please ring Tracy on 085 7290048.

Congratulations to Jamie Hartigan on getting through to the next stage in ‘The Voice of Ireland’. It was a very emotional moment last Sunday night, having waited until almost the very last word of Jamie’s rap, when finally Kian Egan’s chair spun around. I’m sure the cheers could be heard all over Limerick. We are very proud of you, Jamie, and you are a great example to all of us. Best of luck as you move to the next stage of the competition!

CENTERING PRAYER: A Centering Prayer Group meets on Tuesdays at Bethany, 1 Greenfields, Rosbrien, Limerick at 4.30pm. For further information contact Catherine Ryan 0874167095

LOCAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE: The Local Education Committee invites parents in the Community to sit on this group. If interested please contact Karen Ryan on (087) 1952428 or ask for Karen at Garryglass House, 4 Garryglasss Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick

FAIRTRADE NEWS: Fairtrade Fortnight this year runs from 24th February- 9th March. A producer from a Fairtrade co-op will visit the city to launch our fairtrade programme of events. We also invite groups or individuals to create an A3 poster on the theme ‘The Power of YOU to create a Fairtrade Culture’. Entries should be handed in to Sr. Delia O’Connor C/O Sit and Sip Café, Childers Road, Limerick by Friday 7th of February. We invite all Community and Parish groups across the City to participate. Go Wan! After all Limerick is City of Culture 2014. Thanks to all who supported the bric and brac fair trade stall at the Christmas market in OLOL.

COMMUNITY LAW AND MEDIATION SERVICE: The Free Legal Advice Clinics in OLOL for January are Wednesday the 22nd from 10am – 12.30 pm. Any queries contact Caroline Keane Solicitor 061 536100.

NEW AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC: A new auricular acupuncture clinic will be operation out of Garryglass House on Wednesdays between 2 and 4pm. It is open to the community and is free of charge.

Acupuncture is done by placing 5 thin sterilised needles in each ear, which are left in for 30-45 mins. Studies have shown that auricular acupuncture significantly decreases cravings for alcohol and drugs, withdrawal symptoms, relapse, anxiety, insomnia and agitation.

Developed in the 1970s at Lincoln Hospital in New York, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol was originally used as a supportive component in drug and alcohol treatment settings. Staff at the Southside DEPS are certifies by the NADA.

For further information contact Ca O’Neill @ 0876540664.