Enrolments: are now being taken for Askeaton Junior National School . Please contact the school at 061 398183. Closing date Friday the 8th of March.
Coláiste Mhuire’s Got Talent: Students are busy rehearsing for this year’s show which will take place in Coláiste Mhuire on Thursday, 14th March at 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale later this week.
Cash for Clobber: Our Parents’ Association recently organised a “Cash for Clobber” collection. Thanks to your generosity, this was a resounding success. All clothing and textiles will be recycled locally in Ireland. Due to the success of this event, the Parents’ Association will hold another “Cash for Clobber” day on Tuesday, April 16th so get spring cleaning! Further details re collection times will be issued nearer to the date.
LOCAL LOTTERIES: The Askeaton-Ballysteen Community Council Lotto Draw: The jackpot was not won. Numbers drawn 1, 2, 5, 6. Lucky dip winners were Shane Scanlon c/o A. Goggin; Ternie Moran c/o U. McCarthy; Dawn Casey c/o J. McCarthy; Jim Casey c/o J. McCarthy; Tom Downes c/o T. Downes. Next weeks jackpot is €2,500 and the venue is Casey’s.
BALLYSTEEN LOTTO DRAW: The jackpot was not won. Numbers drawn were 13, 18, 20, 31. Lucky dip winners were Mai Braddish c/o P. Holland; John Loughnane c/o J. Loughnane; Tommy Kelly c/o J. Neville; Ger Casey c/o J. Neville. Next weeks jackpot is €3,800 and the venue is The Kilcornan House.
ASKEATON GAA LOTTO DRAW: The jackpot was not won. Numbers drawn were 6, 9, 19, 26. Lucky dip winners were John O’Sullivan c/o Caseys; Ryan McDonagh c/o TJ McDonagh; Tom Corrigan c/o S. Balfe; Carmel Ryan c/o Hali Ryan. Promoters prize Leanne Sheehy. Next week’s jackpot is €7,000 and the venue is Cagneys.
ASKEATON GAA CLUB: Askeaton GAA in conjunction with Askeaton/Ballysteen Bord na nOg are promoting the Limerick Development Draw with a top prize of €15,000 per month. €100 for 10 months, contact any club member.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Askeaton St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee 35th annual parade.
Next meeting Thursday February 28, Askeaton Community Hall 7.30pm, kitchen area via side entrance. Despite a disappointing turn out at Tuesday nights meeting it has been decided by the committee to go ahead with this years parade.
We are in urgent need of stewards for the parade.
Names can be handed in to the Community Hall or come along to the meeting. We were delighted to have representatives from Coral Leisure and Sheahan’s Korner Shop make the effort to attend and we would like to thank them for showing an interest in our parade and the benefit it brings to local businesses.
It’s not too late to get involved. There will be a new medieval themed section running alongside the normal parade, there will be prizes for best float, best group and best individual in this category. There will also be prizes for best shop front, best float and best individual as in previous years.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE: The parish are organising a pilgrimage to Medjugorje on September 14, 2013. Flying from Shannon, fare €689 inclusive. If deposit of €50 is paid, cost will be €639.
For more information please contact Josephine Kiff at 061 392579, Caroline Sheahan 061 392125, Pauline Scanlon 061 392454.
LOCAL HEROES: The jumble sale on Sunday was a great success with over €500 raised. This was excellent for our first fundraiser. Thanks and credit goes to all you people who gave us what you didn’t need. Thanks also to all those that supported us on the day, those who manned the stalls, the people who presented their crafts/services on the day. Those who baked and donated buns etc., also thanks to Centra and SuperValu who sponsored the provisions and confectionary for the tea.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Due to the relic of St. Don Bosco arriving in the Saleisan College Pallaskenry on March 1, there will be not Stations of the Cross on that night, in order to facilitate those who wish to visit the relic and attend Mass at 8pm in the College. The visit is part of a worldwide pilgrimage of the relic, building up to the 200th anniversary of Don Bosco’s birth in 2015.
PARÓISTE EAS GÉITNE AGUS BAILE STIABHNA
NEW PASTORAL COUNCIL: It is time to form a new Parish Pastoral Council and we would like you to be part of it.
The Askeaton-Ballysteen Parish Pastoral Council started in 2000. Through the Pastoral Council the priests and the people work together for the good of the parish. The current three-year term will end in March this year and a new Pastoral Council will be formed. The Council meets four times a year. It consists of the following six sub-committees, which meet more regularly.
LITURGY COMMITTEE: Works with the priests in planning Sunday liturgies and special seasonal liturgies for church events during the year including Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. This sub-committee organises rosters for Ministers of the Word and Eucharistic Ministers and prepares Prayers of the Faithful.
PEOPLE MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE: Explores ways of fulfilling the spiritual needs of the people of the parish. It organises the Lenten Stations of the Cross and arranges parish pilgrimages, e.g., the Holy Land and Lourdes. It liaises with the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre to provide the people of the parish with information on events and courses within the diocese.
BUILDING MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE: Helps with the maintenance of the churches, the grounds and the parochial houses by observing the needs and findings the best professionals at the best price. The Altar Society, which organises church cleaners and flower arrangers, is part of this sub-committee.
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE: Notifies parishioners of church events through the parish website, periodic newsletters, church notice board and local newspapers. It produces Advent Calendars, First Communion certificates and special occasion Mass booklets.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Offers listening support to families and individuals who have been bereaved. Its members undergo training for this work at Milford Hospice.
SPIRITUAL GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE COMMITTEE: The garden was opened in 2010 as a place of peace and prayer and to remember our babies who have died. The sub-committee works with local volunteers to maintain the garden and organised fundraising for its upkeep.
PASTORAL COUNCIL: It is not just that we’d like you to join – we really do need you. We need new faces with new energy to ensure the effective progress of the Pastoral Council.
The members of the sub-committee enjoy working together for the good of the parish. And it is not all work. There are social occasions and lots of fun.
You don’t need any previous experience and any particular expertise to work for your parish. All you need is an interest in helping to improve your parish and a willingness to work towards that end. If you do have a particular skill or talent it will be put to good use.
The formation of the new Pastoral Council will take place between March and June 2013.
If you would like more information contact Fr. Seán Ó Longaigh, PP, 392249; Caroline Sheahan, chairperson, 392125; Carmel Plant, communications, 398373.