BAPTISM MEETING: A Baptism meeting is being held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen this Thursday evening December 5at 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.
FUNDRAISER - “ CHRISTMAS FAIR”: For the purpose of helping to create awareness of the illness Fibromyalgia, a fundraising Christmas Fair is being held at the Millennium Centre, Raheen on Friday next December 6 from 10.30am until 12.30pm. A bake sale, Christmas gifts, handmade cards and crafts will feature in the event and young people will have an opportunity to have their photos taken with Santa.
FIRST FRIDAY: This Friday, 6 December, is the First Friday of the month. Daily Mass will be celebrated in Mungret Church at 9.30am and in Raheen Church at 10am; 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 takes place this Friday evening December 5 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 any of the monthly meetings, which are held on the first Friday of each month, with the exception of July and August.
CHRISTMAS FOOD APPEAL: The local branch of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, at Christmas time each year, assembles food hampers for distribution to needy families in the locality. Parcels of non-perishable items (tinned foods, tea, coffee, sugar, sweets, biscuits, etc.) can be brought to the Church at Mass times this weekend, 7 and 8 December, and placed in the boxes provided for this purpose. A similar facility for the donation of such food items will be in place the following weekend, 14 and 15 December. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul wishes to extend it’s thanks to everyone who contributed to it’s collections throughout the year, and to thank everyone who in any way assisted it’s work of service to those in need.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: The next meeting of the Mungret/Crecora/Raheen Parish Pastoral Council will be held on Tuesday, 10 December, at 8.15pm in the Millennium Centre, Raheen. Members of the Pastoral Council are requested to please note this date, and to attend the meeting.
ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS: The monthly meeting of the local St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will be held on Wednesday next, 11 December, at 8pm in the Millennium Centre, Raheen. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the work of the Society is welcome to come along to any of the monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of each month, with the exception of July and August.
SANTA LETTERS : Those who “signed up” for this year’s Santa Letters project, by earlier submitting their names and contact details on the lists which were provided in the Church, should note that letters from individual children were made available for collection following Masses in Raheen and Mungret Churches last weekend. The purpose of the Santa Letters project, once again, is to arrange the donation of Christmas presents to children attending a school which is designated with underprivileged status.
ADVENT TALKS - DOMINICAN BIBLICAL INSTITUTE: The third in the series of four Advent Talks taking place at the Dominican Biblical Institute in Upper Cecil Street, Limerick, and which have been of interest to local Parishioners in the past, will be held on Tuesday evening next, 10 December at 7.30pm, when Dr. Chris Hewer, who worked in the field of Christian Muslim Relations for twenty years, will address the topic “The Contribution of the Muslim Community in Ireland Today”. The series of Talks commenced last week when the President of Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College, Rev. Professor Michael Hayes, addressed the topic “The Contribution of the Catholic Church in Ireland Today”. This week, the Bishop of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert, Right Rev. Trevor Williams, addressed the topic “The Contribution of the Church of Ireland in Ireland Today”. The date for the final Talk in the series is Tuesday week, 17 December, when Sr. Jo O’Donovan, RSM, will address the topic “The Contribution of the Jews: Jewish Faith and Christian”. The series of presentations is being facilitated by Fr. Brendan Clifford, O.P., of the Dominican Biblical Institute. Commencement time each Tuesday evening is 7.30pm sharp; admission is free.
DISABLED PARKING: A specifically designated parking facility, for use by disabled drivers only, has been located beside Raheen Church for some time now. Official signposts signifying the specific usage of the spaces in question have recently been erected at this location. Drivers attending Church Ceremonies in particular, as well as other vehicle owners who utilise the general car parking facilities at this location during the week, are reminded to leave the “disabled” spaces vacant so that they can be availed of by those drivers for whom they were installed in the first instance.
“MARANATHA”: The Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites anyone who is interested to a Healing Retreat which is taking place on Sunday week, 15 December, from 2.30pm to 7pm at St. Paul’s Church in Dooradoyle. The event will include Mass, the Rosary, Inner Healing Prayers, Eucharistic Adoration and Confession. Music for the occasion will be provided by the Maranatha Gospel Choir. Everyone is welcome. Further information relating to the Maranatha Prayer Ministry can be obtained by visiting the websitewww.maranathaprayerministry.org or by emailing nightvigillimerick.yahoo.com.
40 HOURS: This year’s 40 Hours Adoration in the Parish will take place in Raheen Church on Friday and Saturday next week, 13 and 14 December, commencing with the celebration of 7am Mass on the Friday morning and concluding at 11pm, following the communal celebration of Night Prayer and Benediction at 10.30pm, on the Saturday night. Hourly rota sheets, on which participants can sign their names and intended hour(s) of attendance, are available in the three Churches of the Parish -Mungret, Crecora and Raheen. It is hoped that no individual hour will be left unattended, especially the very early hours of Saturday morning.
“LIGHT UP A MEMORY” - MILFORD: Milford Care Centre, again this year, invites those interested to sponsor a light on their Christmas tree, which can be dedicated to someone close to the donor or as a Christmas gift. Lights can be sponsored from now until Christmas, by contacting the fundraising department at Milford Care Centre, tel. 061-485859, or by registering online at www.milfordcarecentre.ie. Individual lights can be sponsored for €5 and names submitted will be recorded in the Light Up A Memory Book. The official Ceremony marking the illumination of the Milford Tree will take place on Sunday evening week, 15 December, at 6pm in Milford Care Centre. Anyone who would like to be in attendance at the Ceremony is very welcome to come along. The Tree will be adorned with thousands of sparkling lights, each one shining in honour of someone special, and they will continue to shine throughout the festive season
CHILDRENS MASS: Rehearsals for the Children’s Mass, which is celebrated on a number of Sundays throughout the year at 11am in Raheen Church, are held on Thursday evenings, from 6.30pm until 7.15pm, in the Church, and all children residing in the Parish, regardless of which school they are attending, are welcome to become involved.