WEEKLY NOVENA: Every Tuesday at the 10am and 5.45pm Mass there is a novena celebrated in honour of St. Anthony. All are very welcome to attend. Petition leaflets are available at the statue of St. Anthony. You can leave your petitions there to be included during the novena.
ADORATION: Adoration is held here in the Cathedral from Monday to Saturday. Morning prayer is offered for various needs; Monday is for the dead, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is private intention, Friday is Victims of Abuse, Saturday is Forgiveness for the sins of the Church. Adoration is from 9am to 10am.
BAPTISMS: Baptism’s takes place on Saturday evenings at 4.30pm only. When booking a baptism please call in to St John’s Parish Office and please bring with you the birth certificate of the child. For parents who are not living in St John’s parish you will need a note of permission from one of the priests in your own parish. The baptism preparation meeting will take place the first and third Tuesday of each month evenings in the Parish Centre. Both parents must attend the baptism preparation meeting, this prep meeting must be attended before the baptism can take place, the Godparents are invited to this meeting also. St John’s Parish Office telephone 061 414624.
MASS TIMES: Weekdays at 10am and 5.45pm. Saturday at 10am and Vigil at 6pm. Sunday at 8am, 10.30am, 12noon & 7pm. Holy Days of obligation Vigil Mass will be at 5.45pm the previous day (except weekends), on the feast day at 10am, 12noon and 5.45pm.
PARISHIONER: If you have a family member in a nursing home and they would like a visit from one of the priests of St John’s parish then please contact the Sacristan or the Parish Office on 414624
MARRIAGE PREPARATION: The Accord marriage preparation course is the only one which is officially approved by the Limerick Diocese. None of the other courses have official approval even though some of them claim in their advertisement that they have.
TAKE CARE: Just a reminder when visiting or attending the cathedral for Mass never leave personal items or your handbag unattended at any time.
LOTTO: The results of Saturday, February 23 were 4, 8, 17 and 31. There was no winner. The draw takes place every Saturday evening, next weeks jackpot will be €10,750 and will take place March 2. We thank you for your support. Lottery Tickets can be purchased at Cusack’s Shop, Garryowen or from the Cathedral Shop.
NEW BISHOP: The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Fr Brendan Leahy to be the next Bishop of the Diocese of Limerick. The news of Fr Brendan Leahy’s appointment to the See of Limerick is received with great joy throughout the diocese Fr Brendan Leahy is currently Professor of Systematic Theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, a renowned Theologian and Ecumenist, with a wealth of pastoral experience including specific ministry to young people.
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, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 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. Please note tickets can also be purchased from Kieran in the sacristy.
REDEMPTORIST MONASTERY SHOP: We have a new range of affordable books and booklets in stock to help people celebrate Lent and Holy Week. This includes a variety of Ways of the Cross. We also have books and booklets available which will be of interest to those engaged in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, including a series of booklets designed to help those making Holy Hours. We have expanded our range of CDs and now stock religious greeting cards from The Printery House at Conception Abbey in Missouri. The shop is open daily from 9am to 8.30pm and on Sundays from 11am to 1pm and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. A priest is available in the Monastery from Monday to Friday from 11am to 12.30pm and from 3pm to 5pm.
LENT WEEK THREE: “For he rescues the needy who call to him, and the poor who have no one to help.” Psalms 72:12. Ambika Paraja (9) from Jhilligoan, an isolated, rural community in Odisha, eastern India, is featured on this year’s Trócaire box. Her family can now look forward to a better life thanks to your support of Trócaire’s work. Trócaire’s Lenten campaign runs until Easter Sunday. www.trocaire.org/lent
LIONS CLUB: Limerick Lions Club wish to thank all their patrons and friends who supported them so generously last year. The Club are having a New Membership Drive for 2013. Further details from Lions Club President Noel Sexton on 086 3527418.
SAGART 2013: Sagart pilgrimage to Lourdes from September 22 for 5 nights staying in the Paradis Hotel. Bookings are now being taken. €699 per person all inclusive. Contact Kieran on 414624 for further details.