LÃ FHÃ‰ILE BHRÃDE: This Friday, February 1 is the Feast Day of St Brigid, or Imbolc in Gaelic. She is the Patron Saint of sheep and cattle. It is tradition to make a Saint Brigidâ€™s Cross on this day, cros Bride or bogha Bride, using rushes, and hang it above the front door to protect the house from fire and evil. The day is also regarded as the First day of Spring in Ireland, which is a month earlier than the rest of the northern hemisphere, as the Gaelic calendar does not adhere to the astronomical seasons. Nor does it observe the equinoxes or solstices. An chÃ©ad lÃ¡ earraigh sona daoibh!
CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, February 2-3, The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, and the remainder of the month, are as follows; Saturday at 7pm Seamus Enright, Sunday at 10am Sam Milburn, Sunday at 12noon Ann Higgins.Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 7pm Christy Murphy, Rita Madigan, Joe Tierney. Sunday at 10am Noreen Murray, Eileen Nally, PJ Oâ€™Grady. Sunday at 12noon, Patrick Kirby, Rose Kelliher, Rita Madigan. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Weekday masses are at the usual time of 9-30 am Monday to Friday. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. This Friday, February 1 is also First Friday and there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the morning mass. Communion will be distributed to the sick. If you know of anyone who is sick or housebound who would like communion brought to them on Friday, please hand in their names to the sacristy. Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima will take place before the 7pm mass on Saturday. Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be handed into the sacristy by 9-30am on Friday or contact Fr. Muiris Oâ€™Connor on 353711 or 0866075628. Alternatively they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CANDLEMASS: Saturday February 2 is the Feast of the Presentation of The Lord, and is the fortieth day after his birth. It is traditionally the day when candles are brought to church to be blessed, hence Candlemas, and is sometimes referred to as the Festival of Light. Candles were very important in peopleâ€™s lives, because they not only gave light, but were said to ward off evil spirits and illness. The day also signifies that we are halfway through winter, the midpoint between the shortest day and the Spring Equinox, and numerous superstitions exist regarding the weather on Candlemas Day, which is supposed to foretell the weather for the remainder of winter. Snowdrops are part of the folklore too, known also as Candlemass Bells, and were regarded as a sign of hope, a hope that the worst of winter was over. Candles will be blessed at the evening masses on Saturday in Patrickswell and Ballybrown.
ORDINATION: The Episcopal Ordination of Fr.Brendan Leahy as Bishop of Limerick will take place at St. Johnâ€™s Cathedral on Sunday April14.
EXPOSITION: A group of people who promote the idea of Veneration of the Blessed Sacrament, will visit the parish on the weekend of February 9-10. They would like to meet with people who would be willing to help with organising Exposition, and a meeting will take place for those with an interest in the subject, in Patrickswell church on Thursday February 7 at 8pm,
TRIP TO TAIZE: Due to the costs and logistics involved with World Youth Day, which is being held in Rio de Janeiro this year, Limerick Diocese is instead organising a trip to Taize in France, from July 4 to 9. More details are available from the Pastoral Centre at 061-400133, or email reception@ldpc.
COLLECTIONS: Down Syndrome Limerick would like to thank those who contributed to the recent collection. Many thanks also for your generosity at last weekendâ€™s collection, which was in aid of Homeless charities.
WORLD CANCER DAY: Next Monday, February 4, is World Cancer Day, and is marked to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.World Cancer Day targets the public through global communications encouraging policy makers to make cancer a political priority. The campaign emphasizes that 40% of cancers can be prevented through the healthy behaviours of providing a smoke-free environment for children, being physically active, eating a balanced, healthy diet, and avoiding obesity, learning about vaccines for virus-related liver and cervical cancers, and avoiding over-exposure to the sun.
CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING: Mungret/Raheen/Crecora parish will provide training in the Keeping Safe Programme (Child Protection Training) on Thursday January 31 in the Millennium Centre. This training is of particular interest to all those working with children or vulnerable adults in the parish. Contact the Parish Office at 061 210869.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Our belated Christmas night out, which was held at the CÃº Chulainn last Friday, was an outstanding success, and those in attendance were unanimous that it was a most enjoyable and memorable occasion. Twentyfive members and their guests enjoyed a wonderful selection of home made nibbles and tasty hors dâ€™oeuvres with their pre-dinner drinks, whilst reaquainting themselves, and wishing all present a Happy New Year, as some had not met since before Christmas. Members then served a hot roast beef dinner, which was supplied by Helen and John Quinn Catering of Clarina, which was only superb. To follow, there was an array of home made desserts to tempt even the most diet conscious among us, which again members had provided. After a period of light hearted banter and friendly conversation over tea or coffee to allow the dinner to digest of course, there was an impromptu raffle courtesy of the committee. All present then danced the night away to a selection of waltzes, quicksteps and whatever else they were able for, with music provided by T.J.Ryan. The association would like to thank Christy, Tom, John and Louise at the CÃº Chulainn for their help and continuing hospitality, and everyone who contributed to the eveningâ€™s success.
CONSOLE: Console is an adult Suicide Bereavement Support Group, which meets at 114 The Grange,Raheen, on the first Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9pm. Anyone who has been bereaved by suicide, whether they are family members, friends, work colleagues, or members of the same community, can avail of the support, which is facilitated by two members of Console staff. Just turn up on the night if you need support, no appointment is necessary, and further information is available on 061-306792.