CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, September 28-29, The Twentysixth Sunday in Ordinary Time are as follows; Saturday at 6-30pm James McCarthy, Sunday at 11-30am Joanne Tierney. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm Mary Bennis, Rita Madigan, and Christy Murphy, Sunday at 11-30am Patrick Kirby, Noreen Murray, and Eileen Nally. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Would ministers also be aware that only one duty may be undertaken at mass. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be handed into the sacristy by 9-30am on Friday or contact Fr. Muiris O’Connor on 353711 or 0866075628. Alternatively they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details for the newsletter will change when Fr.Cussen takes over his parochial duties. Weekday masses in Patrickswell will be at the usual time of 9-30am. Weekend masses in Ballybrown will be at 8pm on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm.
PILGRIM WALK: St. Nessan’s Pastoral Area, of which Patrickswell is a member, is facilitating a Pilgrim Walk, this Sunday, September 29, as part of its commitment to the Year of Faith. The circular walk will assemble at the Redemporist Church car park at Mount St. Alphonsus on the South Circular Road at 2-30pm, and then proceed via Henry Street to take in the Dominican Church, St.Michael’s Church of Ireland in Pery Square, St.Joseph’s Church on O’Connell Avenue, and returning to Mount St. Alphonsus. There will be a short stop at each location for reflection and prayer, and will take from between one hour and an hour and a quarter in total.
A FOND FAREWELL: Fr. Muiris O’Connor leaves us this weekend and moves to take up his new position in West Limerick. We offer him every blessing and good wish. Fr.Muiris has made an immense contribution to parish life since he joined us in 2006. He will be missed and leaves us with a very rich legacy from his tenure as P.P. over the past 7 years. His gentle and unassuming presence has been greatly appreciated by all whose lives he has touched. He will celebrate mass in Ballybrown at 8 p.m. on Saturday October 28 and at 11.30 a.m. on Sunday 29th October in Patrickswell. Refreshments will be served after both masses, so come along to say farewell to Fr Muiris in the new Resource Centre Ballybrown on Saturday night and in the meeting room in Patrickswell church on Sunday.
CHOIR: All members of the Patrickswell choir, past and present, are requested to attend at Patrickswell church this Sunday September 29 at 10.45 a.m. for rehearsals prior to the 11-30 mass.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, and donor clinics will be held at the following locations in the coming week to facilitate that requirement. DoonCommunity Centre on Tuesday October 1 from 6 to 9pm, and the South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, on Wednesday October 2 from 5 to 8pm.You can visit any blood donor clinic as long as ninety days have elapsed since you last gave blood, and you are urged to please give regularly. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
FRIDAY CLUB: Members and guests were taken on a pictorial tour around Ireland, and then to China and back at last Friday’s meeting, courtesy of John Grimes of Limerick and District Photographic Society. John presented a most fascinating slide show of Irish flora, fauna in all seasons and weathers, and in all locations. He also explained how accomplished photographers like himself, use light and dark, and natural surroundings to their advantage. John has won many awards at national level, and some of his work over the years has represented Ireland in international competitions. There was also a walk along the Great Wall of China, and a pictorial account of the recent Donkey Derby to round off proceedings, all from the comfort of an armchair.
POP UP SHOP: Emily Clarke and her band of helpers were delighted at the response to their pop-up shop, which opened for the first time last Saturday in aid of Fr. Derek Leonard’s mission in Peru and St. Joseph’s orphanage in Romania. As a result, the shop will be open for next two Saturdays. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available, as well as a range of quality goods, and there will also be a raffle.
COFFEE MORNING: On behalf of her fellow helpers, Louise Foley would like to thank everyone most sincerely, for supporting their Coffee Morning last Sunday, which was held at the Cu Chulainn. The event was in aid of the Cari Foundation and the Childrens’ Ark Project, in association with local radio station Live 95fm. Thanks to all who baked everything for the cake stall, all who generously donated spot prizes, the ticket sellers and the multitude of generous patrons. The event raised the magnificent total of 1280Euro.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT: “We’ve never laughed so much in all our lives”, was the comment from one member, to describe the first of our drama classes, of the autumn schedule. Friday mornings will definitely never be the same again. Our next monthly meeting is this Thursday, September 26, and is an open social evening. We cordially invite anyone who may be interested in joining and availing of our activities, if it’s only for the drama on a Friday, to come along to the GAA Hall at 7-30pm, to meet the present members, who are always happy to welcome new faces and discuss new ideas.
JAZZ FESTIVAL: Limerick’s second International Jazz Festival, is being held over the coming weekend, with a host of international and Irish musicians playing at various locations throughout the city until Sunday, providing some wonderful music for jazz enthusiasts in particular, and music lovers in general. Venues will include the former Belltable, the Clarion Hotel and Dolan’s Warehouse, and organisers have worked hard to keep ticket prices affordable. Some events will be free, there will also be a master class, and the weekend will also feature the talent of junior jazz musicians. Details are available online at Limerick Jazz Festival.