AGM.St Patrickâ€™s GAA: Clubâ€™s Annual General Meeting took place on Monday night last, January 28, at our Clubhouse. Mass for the deceased members and friends whom we sadly lost during the past year, took place before the A.G.M., and the Club extend our sincere sympathy to the families of John McDonogh, Martin Mulcahy, Sean Sheehan, Marion Cross, Ann Cross, Philomena Kelly, Tom Pigott, Michael Rainsford, Sean Lynch, Paddy Cross, Margaret O Neill, Tom O Neill, Linda Moloney, and Kathleen Phelan. and to all other Club members who also suffered bereavements during the past year. Many thanks to our Curate, Fr. Eamonn Purcell, who was the Celebrant of our Mass, at St. Patrickâ€™s Church.
The following officers, and committee members, who were elected for 2013 on the night, are as follows â€¦ President; J.J.Kenneally. Vice Presidents: Brendan Tobin, Tim O Connor Snr., Vivian Cobbe, and Philip Doyle. Chairman: Peter Sheehan. Vice Chairman: Eoin O Shaughnessy. Secretary: Colm O Brien. Assistant. Secretary: Niall Phelan. Treasurer: Jack Sheehan. Assistant. Treasurer: Tom Downes. P.R.O. Sean Maher. Asst. P.R.O. & School Liaison Officer: Christopher Mortell. Registrar, Children Officer & Irish Officer: Diarmuid Murphy. Committee Members: Larry Cross, Laurence Cross, Mark Phelan, Paddy Quilligan, Ger Ryan, Barry O Doherty, Kieran Dore, Kenneth Dawson, and Eamonn Phelan. A full report on our A.G.M. will be continued on our club notes next weekend. SUNDAY MASS TIMES: Saturday, Vigil Mass in St Patrickâ€™s Church is at 6 pm, and Vigil Mass in St Brigidâ€™s Church is at 7pm Sunday Mass in St Patrickâ€™s Church is at 12.30pm., and at 11.30am at St Brigidâ€™s Church. Mass in the Latin Mass is at the earlier time of 10.30pm in St Patrickâ€™s Church every Sunday, and is celebrated by a Priest from the Institute of Christ the King.
ST BRIGIDâ€™S FEAST DAY: On Friday next, February I, we celebrate the Feast of St Brigid, who is secondary patron Saint of our parish, (together with St Patrick). One of our two Churches here in the parish, and one of our three National Schools, are called after this wonderful Saint. We also have St Brigidâ€™s Girl Guides and Brownies - all reminders to all who are living here in this parish, of the memory and legacy of faith, left to us, by the example of this wonderful Saint, who is also secondary patron Saint of Ireland (455-523). St Brigid was Abbess and spiritual leader of a double monastery. Brigid was always a great friend to the poor.
One of the many hymns sung so beautifully by the children of St Brigidâ€™s School, and the opening words sung on their schoolâ€™s website, is the following verse from â€˜Song of Brigidâ€™ The words below, reflect the kindness and compassion of Brigid â€¦
â€˜We sing a song to Brigid,
Brigid brings the Spring,
Awakens all the fields and flowers,
and calls the birds to sing.
All were welcome at her door,
No one was turned away,
She loved the poor, the sick, and the sore,
She helped them on their way.
She laid her cloak out on the ground
and watched it grow and grow.
In wells and streams, and fields of green,
St Brigidâ€™s blessings flow.â€™
Last year, a basket of St Brigidâ€™s Crosses were hand made (using rushes) by people here in the parish, and blessed during morning Mass in St Brigidâ€™s Church. Afterwards, the congregation were then invited to take one home with them. These crosses were believed to be signs of protection from fire, and harm in the home where a St Brigidâ€™s Cross was placed over a door.
BLESSING CANDLES: Saturday next, February 2, is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, and the day when candles are brought to the Church, and blessed. It is always a good practice to have a blessed candle in the home.
BLESSING THROATS: Sunday next, February 3, is the Feast of St Blaise, and on this day every year, the blessing of throats takes place in all our Catholic Churches, and many people like to avail of this blessing.
DO THIS IN MEMORY: All the children from our three National schools in the parish, who are presently preparing for their First Holy Communion this summer, attended the Vigil Mass in St Brigidâ€™s Church, last Saturday evening, with their teachers and parents. Fr Eamon welcomed them all. They participated in all aspects of the liturgy, and Fr Gibson P.P. addressed them. The junior choir were there for them, with all their lively uplifting hymns and guitars. We fondly, on behalf of our parish, send our very best wishs to all these little children, as they prepare for their big day. with their participation in the â€˜Do this in memoryâ€™ programme.
PARISH CONFIRMATION DATES: Saturday, March 2 for St Brigidâ€™s School. Saturday, March 9, for St Patrickâ€™s Boyâ€™s School, and St Patrickâ€™s Girlâ€™s School.
CONFIRMATION ENROLMENT MASS: Will be celebrated next Saturday, February 2, at 7.00pm (Vigil Mass) in St Brigidâ€™s Church.
ST JOSEPHâ€™S YOUNG PRIESTâ€™S SOCIETY: meeting takes place once a month on the last Wednesday of the month, in the Sacristy of St Patrickâ€™s Church at 8pm. New members are always welcome.
â€œTHE WITNESSâ€ : A musical, by Carol and Jimmy Owens will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick in the Lime Tree Theatre, in Mary Immaculate College, on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 of March. It is produced by our former Curate Fr Terry Loughran, who has such a great talent for music and song, and who founded our wonderful youth choir when he was here, before leaving to take up his new position as parish priest of Cappagh. This production, which is being staged just before Easter, is the ideal opportunity for parishes and parish groups, as well as individuals, to participate in a meaningful and relevant way in the Year of Faith, and to enter into the spirit of the season, in preparation for the events of Holy Week. Tickets â‚¬15 each are available from the ticket office or 061 774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie
FIRST FRIDAY: Next Friday, February 1, is the First Friday of the Month, and Holy Communion is brought to the sick and the housebound of the parish.on request.
FIRST SATURDAY: Five first Saturdays of reparation are celebrated in St Michaelâ€™s Church, Denmark St., every first Saturday of the month. (which is Saturday next, February 2). At 9.00am there is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. At 9.15am there is Rosary with meditations, followed by Fatima prayers, and then, at 10.00am, there is the celebration of Holy Mass.
HOLY HOUR: takes place in St Brigidâ€™s Church every Thursday evening at 7 pm. There is Rosary, Chaplet, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and prayers for the intercession of St Padre Pio. A relic of St Pio is present for veneration. All are welcome.