CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, December 7-8, The Second Sunday of Advent, Year A, are as follows, Saturday at 6-30pm Rosemary Kelleher, Sunday at 11-30am Sam Milburn. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm Louise Carey, Breda Carroll and Eileen Nally, Sunday at 11-30am Michael Punch, Sam Milburn and Pat Kirby, please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Would ministers be aware that only one duty may be undertaken at mass. This Friday, December 6 is First Friday, when communion will be distributed to the sick. If you know of anyone who is sick or housebound who would like to receive communion on Friday, please hand their names in to the sacristy. Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima will take place before the 6-30pm mass on Saturday. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. 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.
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: This feast day, which is normally a Holy Day of Obligation, is usually celebrated on December 8, which this year is the Second Sunday in Advent. Therefore, the Solemnity is transferred to the following day, Monday, December 9, but the obligation does not transfer, meaning that this year’s Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is not a Holy Day of Obligation, and mass will be at the usual time of 9-30am.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: The weekly session of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm. Further to this arrangement, in The Church of The Blessed Virgin, Patrickswell, this Sunday December 8, there will be a special two hour Eucharistic Adoration session from 4 to 6pm, which will commence with the Holy Rosary, followed by a period for meditation and reflection. Then there will be an hour of silent adoration from 5 to 6pm, finishing with the Angelus at 6pm. All petitions, which can be put into the box at the back of the church during the week, will be prayed for during this time. Everyone is welcome, so feel free to drop in at any stage during the afternoon, even if only for a few minutes, and take some time out for peace and healing. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
PARISH OFFICE: Contact details for the Parish Office are as follows, Tel 061-353711, and email email@example.com Opening hours are from 1-30 pm until 3-30pm on Mondays, and from 9-30am until 11-30am on Thursdays and Fridays.
PASTORAL VISITS: If a family member or any parishioner is either in hospital, a nursing home or in their own home and would appreciate a visit from Fr.Michael, please contact the Parish Office to make the necessary arrangements.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service continues to require three thousand donations every week, and a donor clinic will be held at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy, on Monday, December 9 from 5 to 8pm, to facilitate that requirement. 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.
PATRICKSWELL PAST AND PRESENT: Monsignor Lane was vociferous in his praise for Patrickswell Community Council, at the eagerly anticipated launch of the book, “Patrickswell Past and Present”, which took place last Saturday at the Cú Chulainn. Commissioned by the Community Council to celebrate the Year of The Gathering, this very fine publication is indeed a gathering of all things and everything possible of the history of Patrickswell and its surrounding areas, and has exceeded all expectations in every way. A packed audience of all sections of the community were enthralled to hear first hand accounts from various speakers of the plethora of stories, anecdotes, events and history in the making articles, which were used in the process of compiling the book. The word, book, however, does not serve the publication well, it truly is an historical archive, which has wonderfully recorded the past for the present and future generations, and all involved, as Monsignor Lane emphasised, are to be congratulated and highly commended. The paperback edition is available throughout the village priced at €10, and there is also a limited leatherbound hardback edition available at €40. Orders may be placed at the Resource Centre for both editions, contact details as follows, Tel 061- 320303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WINTERFEST: A jam packed programme that includes an art exhibition, Christmas markets, food trail, recitals by the Belfast Chime and Handbell Choir, Living Crib, Family Sunday, falconry display and much more, is promised for the Winterfest in Newcastlewest, which is being held from this Friday, December 6 to 15. Please check www.facebook.com/WinterfestInNewcastleWest for full details to support this not for profit community event.
GOING TO THE DOGS: Patrickswell Community Council is holding a Fundraising Night at the Limerick Greyhound Stadium this Saturday, December 7. Tickets are €10 each, which are available from any community council member or at the Resource Centre. Your support is very much appreciated. All funds raised will go towards the Patrickswell Community Development Fund, which is set up to provide the village with a community centre in the future.
RAMBLING HOUSE REMEMBRANCE: Knockfierna Rambling House will hold a special second anniversary remembrance for the late Johnny Donegan on Sunday, December15, at the Desmond Complex, Newcastlewest (behind library) at 7.30pm. This “A night at the Rambling House” is a must for all traditional entertainers. A raffle will take place on the night. All are welcome. Free admission.
AGE FRIENDLY PROGRAMME: This programme which is a joint initiative of Limerick City and County Councils, will be launched at the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare, this coming Tuesday, December 10 at 2-30pm. Various speakers will be in attendance for the launch which also has national status. Numbers are limited for the event, and enquiries from interested groups or individuals are to be made to Dara McGuigan, Tel. 061-407308 or email email@example.com before 5pm this Friday, December 6. The event will include a brief consultation session, entertainment and refreshments, and is scheduled to finish at 5pm.
CHRISTMAS RECITAL: Newcastle West Church is the venue for the annual Lions Christmas Recital on Thursday December 12, at 8pm. The programme will include local artists Anne Phelan (Violin), Brian Hartnett (Tenor), and the Desmond College Choir, with Jean O’Brien (Piano). Entry is free, but a bucket collection will be taken up for West Limerick Charities.