READERS: The reader for the 6pm Vigil Mass, Saturday 7 December, is Anita Hawkes Lyons. The reader for 10.30pm Mass, Sunday 8 December, is Betty Morrissey.
CHOIRS: “Stars, Choirs & Carols” have launched a nationwide appeal for choirs and choral societies to join in breaking the Guinness World Record for the most people singing Christmas Carols together in one location. The event will take place in Croke Park Stadium on Thursday, 19 December between 7pm & 9pm and will be hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan. In addition to breaking the world record they are hoping to raise money on behalf of both www.clionasfoundation.comandwww.sanctuary.ie. Choirs and choral societies will be singing for success along with Louis Walsh, The Army no 1 Band, The Dublin Gospel Choir, Celine Byrne & many, many more…… ”RTE will be recording the event and broadcasting a one hour special on Sunday, 22nd December and The Oprah Magazine have been in touch to enquire if the event will be streamed live on the evening!!! Tickets are available from www.tickets.ie.
DOG NIGHT FUNDRAISER: For the past few years the number of pupils attending St. James’ School, Cappagh has been creeping upwards and it is hoped that another mainstream teacher will be appointed in the run up to the 2014/2015 school year. At the beginning of this school term a shared temporary resource teaching post was sanctioned for our school, so presently we have two teachers engaged in Learning Support / Resource. With all these developments in mind the members of our Board of Management and Parents’ Association put their heads together and decided that a major fundraiser needed to be organised to help with the costs associated with refurbishing and outfitting one extra mainstream classroom and a resource room. Before the summer holidays this year it was decided that a race night would be the fundraising event of choice and the planning for same commenced immediately. Contact was made with personnel at Limerick Dog Track and an extensive “to do” list was drawn up. The committee of our very active Parents’ Association, together with some members of our Board of Management set about the task of securing sponsorship and selling tickets with amazing enthusiasm and energy. Ms. Murray acted as staff liaison member of this hard working group. The response from our parents, our parishioners, local businesses and the wider community has been phenomenal. People have travelled the highways and byways of our locality selling tickets and advertising as well as seeking sponsorship. On last Friday, November 29 we had a huge turnout at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on what proved to be a very successful gathering. The children enjoyed the novelty events and the punters were kept busy with the eleven races which were run off in quick succession. We are extremely thankful to all those who supported us in any way and particularly to those who attended on such a cold night. The Board of Management and staff at St. James wish to acknowledge the huge effort put in by our Parents’ Association Committee. We would like everybody to know that all the hard work is deeply appreciated. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.
CHRISTMAS RECITAL: This year the boys and girls at St. James’ will put on a Christmas Recital in our local church on Thursday, December 12th, commencing at 7.30pm. Their performance will include singing, poetry, storytelling, narration, literacy and historic moments, music and much more. Entry to our recital will be free but as people exit the church they will be given the opportunity to contribute to our “Philippines” collection, the proceeds of which will be given to UNICEF. Any contribution to this collection is strictly voluntary. We are looking forward to a pleasant evening and we hope that all those who attend will leave with a heightened awareness of the magic of Christmas.
SCHOOL BOOK FAIR: In the last few days of November we held a book fair in our school. Over nineteen hundred euro worth of books were sold at the fair. This sum entitled the school to over eleven hundred euro worth of new books for our school library.
CAKE SALE: There will be a cake sale in Cappagh Community Hall on Saturday evening December 7 after 6pm mass and Sunday morning, 8 December, after 10.30am mass in aid of the millions of homeless Filipino people following the recent typhoon. All donations of baked goods will be most welcome and your support at the cake sale will be very much appreciated. All enquiries please contact Margaret Sheehan 087-2384797 or 061-392417.