Mar 2

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EWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: On Friday night, March 1 they return at 8pm in the Desmond Complex – with a French Comedy “Women On the 6th Floor”. Life is about to change a lot for a bored middle class couple, when 6 Spanish women move into the upstairs apartment. Cost €7.00 per screening – including €1 for membership. Refreshments are available before & after each presentation. They are always open to comments, suggestions & new ideas. If you feel that you could guide, assist or become a committee member – please make contact. Schedule as follows: Friday, March 1 “Women on the 6th Floor” (Life is about to change a lot). Friday, April 5 “Barbara” (Ordinary people at extraordinary times). Trailers are available to view on www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com, e-mail: ncwfilmclub@gmail.com. Tel. 087 687 7970,

EWCASTLE WEST FILM CLUB: On Friday night, March 1 they return at 8pm in the Desmond Complex – with a French Comedy “Women On the 6th Floor”. Life is about to change a lot for a bored middle class couple, when 6 Spanish women move into the upstairs apartment. Cost €7.00 per screening – including €1 for membership. Refreshments are available before & after each presentation. They are always open to comments, suggestions & new ideas. If you feel that you could guide, assist or become a committee member – please make contact. Schedule as follows: Friday, March 1 “Women on the 6th Floor” (Life is about to change a lot). Friday, April 5 “Barbara” (Ordinary people at extraordinary times). Trailers are available to view on www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com, e-mail: ncwfilmclub@gmail.com. Tel. 087 687 7970,

SEAN OG O CEALLACHAIN: Prayers were offered at all masses in Newcastle West last weekend for the late Sean Og. He was born in South Quay, Newcastle West in 1923 and moved to Dublin as a young boy. His father was a Tyrone man who came to Newcastle West to work as a salesman with Nash’s Mineral Waters. His mother was Frances Madden from Ballyhahill, Co Limerick. I can remember my father waiting patiently for Sean Og’s dulcet tones to gently vibrate the airways and enlighten the faithful. We hung onto every word he uttered – particularly when he crossed the border to our own county or occasionally even to our own club. They say that someone is famous when they are recognized by their first name only – need I say more? May he rest in peace.

RAMBLING HOUSE KNOCKFIERNA: The very popular Knockfierna Rambling House will hold a special night of storytelling, music, singing etc, at Kilfinny Community hall on Friday March 1 at 8pm. So mark your diary for Kilfinny Community Hall on Friday March 1 at 8pm – for what promises to be a wonderful nights entertainment. Admission is free and all are welcome.

SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: We need clothes & shoes of all shapes & sizes, unwanted gifts & unwanted prizes. Please remember us when clearing out your wardrobes, presses & cupboards while spring cleaning. The Sue Ryder charity shop is located at Maiden St, Newcastle West. Donations always welcome.

BEAUTY PROGRAMME: West Limerick Resources, with the support of the DSP and Co. Limerick VEC is offering places on “The Beauty Programme” with modules in: Beauty, Make-up and Skincare, Nutrition & Healthy Eating, Confidence Building, Career Planning and Job Preparation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new skills and build confidence in their own abilities. Those who demonstrate skills and interest will be supported into FETAC accredited training. Participants must be over 18 and in receipt of a Social Welfare payment. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact: Finn on 087 759 1951 or 069 61316 or ffitzgerald@wlr.ie

VALENTINE’S YOUTH DISCO: Over 300 young people from all corners of Limerick and beyond gathered at the Community Centre, Newcastle West for LYS’s Valentine’s Youth Disco. The Youth Disco, which was the first major disco of the year, was a great success and a great way for young people to finish their Spring mid-term. LYS would like to thank all the Newcastle West Youth Club for hosting the evening and all the volunteers who ferried young people from near and far. No doubt all are looking forward to the next youth disco! Roll on Ballingarry in March!

COMMUNITY HEALTH MATTERS: The West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers will broadcast their new programme entitled Community Health Matters on West Limerick 102fm this coming Wednesday March 6th from 11-11.30am. The monthly programme which is broadcast on the first Wednesday of each month straight after the news examines a range of topics including children’s health and safety, men’s health, tanning, diabetes, addiction and mental health. Those interested may text their health-related questions or ideas to 087 9915873 or email phcp@wlr.ie.

CALVARY CEMETERY COMMITTEE – STATIONS OF THE CROSS: - The Stations of the Cross will be held each Sunday of Lent at 2.30pm in Calvary Cemetery – commencing this Sunday.

HEALING IN THE CHURCH: A Holy Hour for Vocations and Healing in the Church will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Friday, March 1 – dedicated to praying for vocations and for healing in the Church

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S) works with individuals who are long term unemployed and who want to make a positive change in their lives and who see employment as a central part in that change. This service is free & confidential. The service also provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla or Finn in the Round House, Newcastle West on 069 61316 & Brenda in W.L.R main office N.C.W. on 069 62222

GARMENT OF SUFFERING: A garment will be draped around the cross on Good Friday to remind us that those in pain or suffering in whatever way, represented by the pieces of fabric, are united in their suffering with the suffering of Christ on the cross. If you wish to donate a piece of fabric, please drop it in the basket in church. We would appreciate if pieces could be cut to 6” x 6” squares as this greatly aids in the assembly of the garment. Thank you.

BREAST CHECK: The National Breast Screening Programme offers a free breast x-ray (mammogram) for women aged 50 to 64. Appointments take about half an hour. The mobile screening unit is located at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital. If you wish to register, or check that you are on the register: Please free phone 1800 45 45 45 or register online at http://www.breastcheck.ie/

THE RELIC OF ST. JOHN BOSCO: The Relic of St. John Bosco will visit Limerick from Wednesday, February 27 to Thursday, March 7. The relic will be at Our Lady, Help of Christians Church, Milford on Wednesday, February 27: Welcome Liturgy: 10.30 am; Veneration of the relic: 11.00 to 19.15; Mass: 19.30; Veneration of the relic: 22.30 until midnight. The relic will be at the Holy Family Church, Southill, Limerick on Thursday, February 28: Welcome Liturgy:10.00; Veneration of the relic: 10.30 to 11.45; Mass: 12:00; Veneration of the relic: 12.45 to 14.00. The relic will be at the Salesian College, Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick on Friday, March 1: Veneration of the relic: 14.00 to 19.45; Mass: 20.00; Prayer services: Hourly from 18.00 to 22.00; Sacrament of reconciliation: 14.00 onwards.

MEDJUGORJE PRAYER GROUP: The Medjugorje Prayer Group will meet and pray in Newcastle West Parish Centre on Saturday, March 2 at 7.30pm.

WORK ACCESS: Please note the following: Anyone with a disability, mental health issue or learning difficulty can avail of our service. People wishing to use the service do not need to be on a disability payment. We can offer support also to those already in employment. We can meet anyone for an informal meeting to discuss his/her needs and to clarify any questions about the service we provide. We are currently based on Little Ellen Street, Limerick but we also have outreach offices in Newcastle West and Kilmallock.

OPEN DAY: Listowel Community College are holding an Open Day, Wednesday, March 6 from 2pm to 7pm. All welcome to talk to the staff about all the courses on offer here at Listowel Community College – from Post Primary Education, Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses and VTOS. Complimentary tea/coffee will also be served. For further information: Ring the school 06821023 or www.Listowelcc.ie.

LITTLE EINSTEIN’S PRESCHOOL: Little Einstein’s at 17 Bishop Court is now enrolling for September 2013 – including the ECCE scheme places. To qualify for this scheme your child must have been born between February 2, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Little Einstein’s is the only service with a roofed garden in NCW. Please contact Deirdre at 086-0872198 or email: littleeinsteins.abc@gmail.com

MUSICAL “THE WITNESS”: A musical by Carol & Jimmy Owens “The Witness” is the story of Jesus, told and sung by Peter and the other men and women who knew the Master best. Featuring a great cast and coordinated by Fr. Terry Loughran. “The Witness” a musical, will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick, in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March at 8pm. This production which is being staged just before Easter is an ideal opportunity for parishes, youth groups, as well as individuals to participate in a meaningful and relevant way in the Year of Faith and to enter into the spirit of the season of preparation for the events of Holy Week. Young people would particularly enjoy this Musical. You can book your tickets at the Lime Tree Box Office Tel 061-774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie at €15 each. We have booked 18 tickets and a bus for the show on Friday, March 8. Cost € 20 (includes bus). If you wish to attend please sign the list in the Sacristy, Newcastle West or ring the Parish Office (069-62141). Bookings must be secured by full payment – as we have already paid for the tickets. If there is a greater interest in attending the musical, we will order more tickets and arrange for a larger bus, but we must know our numbers well in advance to facilitate this. If you do intend to go as part of the parish group, please book your seat as soon as possible. Thank you.

NEWCASTLE WEST LANGUAGE & PLAY PROGRAMME: The Newcastle West Language and Play Programme runs on Wednesday. This Developmental Play programme is full of activities to help children (under 4) get ready for preschool or school. There will be painting, play dough, arts and crafts, which will help you understand the way your children play and how playing can help children learn to read/write. Free for eligible families in receipt of social welfare payment. Contact Theresa on 069 79113 or email: tshanahan@wlr.ie

MEDJUGORJE 2013: The West Limerick Medjugorje prayer group is organizing a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for a week from July 27 to August 3 - flying from Dublin airport with Marian Pilgrimages. Spiritual Director: Fr. Richard Keane C.C. The cost for the week B/B and evening dinner is € 659 ex Dublin. If a deposit is paid before February 17th, you get € 50 off. While there we will experience three days of the youth festival which is a powerful experience. For further information: Ring Mary Keating (069-60375) or Paddy Geary (087-6247672).

INTERIOR DESIGN: West Limerick Resources – in conjunction with the VEC will be offering an interior design course for Newcastle West parents, in receipt of social welfare, in the Community Hub, starting February 21. It will run for 4 weeks from 10am – 12 Noon, followed by 8 weeks of personal development. Booking required: Contact Theresa on 069 79113

DESMOND COMPLEX: Our next Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, March 6. The usual activities will take place and we hope for a large attendance. We would again like to remind people to contact Brendan on (069) 84069 to enable us to have a good approximation on numbers. We would also like to remind people about the hospitalities offered by the Desmond Complex. Dinners are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of every week – with music on most days. Groups can also be accommodated but require advance bookings by ringing the office on (069) 62757 during normal working hours.

NEWCASTLE WEST FLOWER SHOW: A Flower Show meeting will take place on Tuesday next, march 5 at 8 pm in the Silver Dollar Bar. The upcoming church gate collection on March 16 and 17 and the AGM will be discussed at this meeting. New members would be most welcome to come and join the committee. We hold 5 or 6 meetings between March and August, a 3 day show of flower arrangements – cut flowers, pot plants, veg & fruit, cakes, crafts, jams and children’s section. For further information: Contact Hannah Mortell (Sec) on 069-62664.