RAHEEN TOASTMASTERS: RAHEEN Toastmasters Club will hold it’s next meeting on Tuesday, 5 March, at the Maldron Hotel, Roxboro Road, Limerick. The Club meets at this venue on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 8pm to 10pm; anyone interested in availing of an opportunity to improve their communications skills, to prepare speeches, make presentations, “think on their feet” and generally to enjoy Public Speaking, as well as to make new friends, is welcome to come along to any of these meetings. Further information regarding the Club’s activities can be obtained by visiting the website www.raheentoastmasters.com, or by forwarding an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST FRIDAY: This Friday, 1 March, is the First Friday of the month. Morning Mass will be celebrated in Mungret and Raheen Churches at the usual weekday times; there will be a 7.30pm Evening Mass in Raheen Church also. Holy Communion will, as usual, be brought to the sick and housebound by the Priests of the Parish.
PIONEER ASSOCIATION: The monthly meeting of the local Pioneer Centre is taking place this Friday evening, 1 March, in the Millennium Centre, Raheen. Anyone who wishes to become a Pioneer, or who is already a Pioneer and wishes to become a member of the Raheen Centre, or who wishes to obtain information regarding the services provided by the Centre, is welcome to come along to the monthly meeting.
PADRE PIO: On Wednesday next, 6 March, at 9.30am in St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Mungret the monthly Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated, followed by Prayers and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; everyone is welcome to attend this monthly celebration in honour of St. Padre Pio.
“CONSOLE”: The Adult Suicide Bereavement Support group, “Console - Living With Suicide”, holds meetings on the first Wednesday of every month, from 7pm to 9pm. The group’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 6 March, at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, Limerick. Family, friends, work colleagues and community members who have been bereaved by the death of a loved one through suicide are welcome to come along to any of these monthly meetings, which are facilitated by Console staff; an appointment is not necessary. Further information can be obtained by contacting tel. 061-306792.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY: Parishioners involved with the care of a family member or friend, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, are reminded that the Limerick Branch of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland is holding its next Carers meeting at the Mid Western Regional Office of the Alzheimer Society, 2nd Floor, Georges Quay House,Georges Quay, Limerick on Wednesday, 6 March, from 7 to 8pm. All are welcome to attend. A reminder - a local telephone service is available, at 061-313456, between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
In addition, the Alzheimer Society holds a Coffee Club morning on the first Tuesday of each month at 11am in their Regional Office at the address referred to above. All family carers of people suffering from alzheimer or dementia are invited to come along. It is hoped to have regular Speakers at these monthly gatherings, as well as tea/coffee, a scone and a chat.
MPCC CREDIT UNION: Locals who are members of MPCC Credit Union will be interested to note that, in order to highlight to its Members the importance of making a Will, the Credit Union has joined forces with a Limerick - based firm of Solicitors to present a “Will Making and Estate Planning” information day on Friday next week, 8 March, in MPCC’s Offices, St. Nessan’s Road, Dooradoyle. All members of MPCC are welcome to come along and avail of this free consultation service, where practical and impartial advice regarding the making of a Will, or the making of amendments to an existing Will, will be made available. Further information can be obtained by contacting MPCC’s Offices in Dooradoyle, tel. 061-424555.
BAPTISM MEETING: A Baptism meeting is being held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen on Thursday evening next, 7 March, at 7.30pm; parents whose babies are about to be baptised are obliged to attend this meeting. Baptism meetings, organised by the Parish Baptism team, are held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen on the first Thursday of each month, commencing at 7.30pm. The purpose of these meetings is to assist with preparation for receiving the Sacrament; parents, and godparents if possible, who reside in the parish, and who intend having their child baptised, are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings, where all of the information which they require regarding the Sacrament of Baptism will be made available to them.
MASSES FOR LENT: Together with the usual weekday Masses in the Parish, an additional Mass being celebrated in Raheen Church on Friday evenings at 7.30pm during Lent.
LENTEN TALKS AND REFLECTIONS: The series of four Talks and Reflections being held at the Millennium Centre in Raheen during Lent, continues on Wednesday evening next, 6 March, with the final Talk in the series taking place on the following Wednesday, 13 March. The Talks commence at 8pm each evening and conclude at 9.30pm. These Talks, which have as their theme “A Lenten Journey Through The Creed To Mark The Year Of Faith”, are being deliverd by Fr. Frank O’Connor, who will also lead Reflections on The Creed and what Catholics believe, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Admission is free, and all are most welcome to come along; it will be helpful if those attending can bring along a copy of the Catechism.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Friday morning during Lent, at 9.45am (prior to the 10am daily Mass), Stations of The Cross are taking place at St. Nessan’s Church in Raheen.
MUNGRET REGIONAL SOCCER CLUB: Mungret Regional Soccer Club would welcome new members into its girls’ under 12 and under 14 teams; anyone interested is welcome to come to the Club grounds any Wednesday evening at 5pm.
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES: A recently published Public Notice from Limerick County Council will be of relevance to certain residents and commuters in this locality. The Notice sets out details regarding pending temporary road closures made necessary by works required to facilitate excavation and resurfacing of the existing level crossing on the Dock Road. The period of closure is from 10am on Monday week, 11 March to 3pm on Friday week, 15 March; full twenty hour closure is involved for the period. Details regarding the specific roads affected, together with alternative routes, are specified in the Public Notice which also states that diversions will be clearly signposted and that local traffic will be accommodated. Further information can be obtained from Limerick County Council’s Roads Department.
TROCAIRE - LENTEN APPEAL: Pictured on the front of this year’s Trocaire Box is a nine year old girl from an isolated rural community in Odisha, Eastern India, together with her parents, brother and sister. This year’s Lenten appeal is aimed at making it possible for poor people residing in communities such as this to look forward to a better life. Trocaire Boxes have been made available in the three Churches of the Parish (Mungret, Crecora and Raheen) as well through the Schools. Trocaire, together with its supporters, is proud to continue to work on behalf of those in greatest need in the world. The 2013 Lenten campaign has as it’s theme “You Can Help Communities Work Their Way Out Of Poverty”. Parishioners are encouraged, if they have not already done so, to take a box home and to remember, during this Lenten season especially, the people of the Third World in their daily struggles to make a living for themselves. Additional information regarding this year’s campaign can be obtained by visiting the website www.trocaire.org/lent or by calling 1850 408 408.
LECTURES - CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY: The next Lecture in the series of Public Lectures, to celebrate the Year of Faith, at Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, will be delivered on Tuesday next, 5 March, at 5pm when Dr. Aoife McGrath will address the topic “Our Call To Be Active - Looking at the Vocations of the Baptised to be Active in the Mission and Life of The Church “; subsequent Lectures will be delivered on successive Tuesday evenings at the same commencement times, all dealing with a Christian Spirituality - related topic. The Lectures take place in Room 202 at Mary Immaculate College; admission to each of the Lectures is free, and everyone is welcome to come along.
UNWANTED SPECTACLES (GLASSES): An opportunity to dispose of no longer required spectacles is presently available at the County Library in Dooradoyle, by way of a collection box arranged there by the International Lions Club. By bringing along unwanted spectacles to this location, you will be helping poor people in underdeveloped Countries who require spectacles but cannot afford them. The International Lions Club, who are to be highly commended for this initiative, will ensure that the donated spectacles (and hopefully there will be many, by way of response to this appeal) will be made available to those people in need.
MUNGRET RECYCLING CENTRE: Local residents are reminded that the nearby Mungret Recycling Centre is open to the Public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week, from 10am until 5pm.
ST. JOHN BOSCO RELIC - VISIT TO LIMERICK: The Relic of St. John Bosco, Founder of the Salesian Order, is being brought to a number of locations in Ireland, following the commencement Ceremony which took place in Dublion on Saturday last. A number of locations in Limerick have been selected as part of the Relic’s tour - they are as follows: the Salesian College in nearby Pallaskenry (which is attended by many students who reside in this Parish) this Friday, 1 March; Holy Family Church, Southill this Thurday, 28 February; Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Milford this Wednesday, 27 February and Our Lady of The Rosary Church, Ennis Road on Thursday next week, 7 March. The relevant Ceremonies being held at the various locations consist of a Welcome Liturgy, Mass and Veneration of The Relic. Those interested in finding out more information regarding the times of Ceremonies in the different locations, and any other information regarding the Visits, should contact the College/Parish authorities concerned.
LIMERICK CHORAL FESTIVAL: No doubt certain local resid nts will be interested to know that the choral group “Anuna” are appearing in Concert at St. Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Street, Limerick this Friday evening, 1 March, at 8pm. The Concert is being presented by Limerick Choral Festival Society, in association with RTE Lyric FM; tickets, which cost €15, are available from Euro Empire in O’Connell Street or St. Joseph’s Church. Concessions, where applicable, will be available at the door on the night, subject to availability. Enquiries can be made to 086-3203473.
REGISTER OF ELECTORS: A recent Public Notice from Limerick County Council refers to the Register of Electors for 2013/2014. The Register relates to “the new Dail Constituencies of Kerry North - West Limerick, Limerick and part of Limerick City ”. The Notice advises members of the public that the Register of Electors for the County of Limerick for Dail, European Assembly, Local Government, Presidential Elections and Referenda has been published and may be inspected at the following locations: Post Offices, Garda Stations, Health Centres, Libraries, Courthouses and Limerick County Council Office locations including County Hall, Dooradoyle. In addition, any resident can check if their name is included on the Register by accessing the County Council’s website at www.lcc.ie