FASHION SHOW: A FASHION Show in aid of the Limerick Youth Pilgrimage group has been arranged to take place at the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare on Tuesday next, 16 April at 8pm. A cheese and wine reception will precede the Fashion Show, and a prize will be awarded to the Best Dressed Lady and the Trendiest Man on the night! Live entertainment will be provided at the interval by a number of the young people who are organising the event. Tickets cost €20 and are available by contacting Maria Bucke at 086-2619955, Diarmaid Bucke at 085-1418012 or Philip Desmond at 085-1434644 ; they will also be available at the door on the night. Every year, ninety young people from various parts of the Limerick Diocese travel to Lourdes as part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage. They go there as volunteers and spend the week working as helpers, transporting invalids to and from the various Ceremonies. The generosity of these young people ensures that the Diocese is able to include many invalids as part of its annual visit to Lourdes. All monies raised by means of the Fashion Show will go towards the costs of the Youth Pilgrimage.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: A Training session for Extraordinary Ministers of The Eucharist is being held this Saturday, 13 April, at the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, commencing at 11am and concluding at 4pm. Intending participants should note that prior booking is necessary to secure a place in the training event. To book a place, the Limerick Pastoral Centre at Denmark Street should be contacted at 061 - 400133.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: On Thursday next, 18 April, pupils from the 6th Class at St. Nessan’s Primary School, Mungret will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Pupils from St. Nessan’s Primary School, Mungret will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at three Ceremonies over the next two Saturdays as follows: on Saturday next week, 20 April, one Ceremony will be held, at 11am; two Ceremonies will be held on the following Saturday, 27 April, one at 10.30am and one at 12.30pm.
EASTER DUES: The Priests of the Parish wish to thank those Parishioners whose Easter dues have already been received; early submission of outstanding dues will be very much appreciated. Envelopes are still available in the three Parish Churches, for the convenience of any Parishioner who may not have been supplied with one already.
RAHEEN TOASTMASTERS: Raheen Toastmasters Club will hold it’s next meeting on Tuesday, 16 April, at the Maldron Hotel, Roxboro Road, Limerick. The Club meets at this venue on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 8pm to 10pm; anyone interested in availing of an opportunity to improve their communications skills, to prepare speeches, make presentations, “think on their feet” and generally to enjoy Public Speaking, as well as to make new friends, is welcome to come along to any of these meetings. Further information regarding the Club’s activities can be obtained by visiting the website www.raheentoastmasters.com, or by forwarding an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLIC LECTURES - YEAR OF FAITH: The local Pobal Neasain Pastoral Area Team has arranged a very impressive three Lecture series to mark the current Year of Faith. The first Lecture is taking place at St. Nessan’s Primary School, Mungret on Tuesday evening next, 16 April, from 7.30pm to 9pm. Dr. Gerry O’Hanlon, who is a staff member of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, will address the topic”The People of God: Towards a Renewed Church?”. Two further Lectures will be delivered, one on Tuesday week, 23 April, by Dr. James Corkery, S.J. and one on Tuesday, 30 April, by Dr. Suzanne Mulligan, also at St. Nessan’s School, and at the same times. All three Speakers are numbered among Ireland’s leading Theologians; the general theme of the series, fifty years on from the convening of the Second Vatican Council, relates to the relevance of the Vatican Council to the issues facing today’s Church.
TROCAIRE BOXES: Proceeds of this year’s Trocaire Lenten Campaign, which were not submitted during the Easter Ceremonies, should be submitted this weekend, 13/14 April, if at all possible. Envelopes containing donations can be dropped into the collection baskets at any of the weekend Masses in the Parish, or handed into the Parish Office if necessary. A special envelope, to facilitate the submission of this year’s proceeds, was included in the Trocaire packs which were available in the Parish Churches throughout Lent; a number of such packs are still available. Alternatively, an ordinary envelope marked “Trocaire” will suffice. It will be very much appreciated by those involved in safeguarding, counting and submitting the monies afterwards if individual offerings can be converted into notes or cheques beforehand. A generous response to this year’s appeal will have the effect of improving the daily standard of living for thousands of the World’s poorest people. Any additional information regarding the Trocaire campaign can be obtained by visiting the website www.trocaire.org/lent or by calling 1850 408 408.
CHURCH CLEANING: Volunteers are urgently required to assist with the weekly cleaning of the Church in Raheen. Anyone interested in helping out, and who has an hour to spare on Thursdays, is welcome to leave their name and contact no. into the Church sacristy in Raheen.
MPCC CREDIT UNION - NEWSLETTER: The Spring edition of the local MPCC Credit Union’s Newsletter is now available, and is, as usual, packed with information regarding the benefits of becoming a member of one’s local Credit Union.
CRECORA OLD GRAVEYARD: A Restoration Project is commencing at the Old Graveyard in Crecora, which is located in this Parish - the “Ballyhoura Survey of Crecora Old Graveyard”. Volunteers are required for the purpose of recording names on headstones and on grave markers. All of the information gathered will, in due course, be recorded on a website set up for this purpose.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSES: Anyone wishing to partake in the Marriage Preparation courses run by the Catholic “Accord” agency should note that booking of places is advisable six months in advance of the intended date of participation. Application forms are available from Accord at St. Munchin’s College, Corbally, tel. 061-343000.
COFFEE MORNING - “PARKINSONS”: Local readers may wish to support a fundraising Coffee Morning, organised by the Mid West Branch of the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland, which is taking place this Thursday, 11 April , at Bobby Byrne’s (Wolfe Tone) Bar, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick from 10am to 11.30am. The event is being held in conjunction with Parkinsons Awareness Week, to assist in raising much needed funds for the ongoing provision of services to Parkinsons patients. Services provided by the Association include information meetings which are addressed by guest speakers, hydrotherapy, physical therapy and vocal training, among others. All of the Association’s income is sourced through voluntary effort; support for the forthcoming coffee morning therefore will be especially welcome.
“ADORATION”: Adoration of The Blessed Eucharist takes place each Friday in Raheen Church following 10am Mass until 10pm. Adoration also takes place in Mungret Church on Wednesdays from 10am until 12noon, as well as in Crecora Church on Thursdays, following 9.15am Mass until 12noon and from 6pm until 10pm.
BRIDGE CLUB: The Social Bridge Club holds its weekly get togethers at the Millennium Centre, in Raheen on Monday mornings, commencing at 10am.
SET DANCING: Set Dancing classes take place in Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA Clubhouse; beginners classes are held on Tueday evenings, commencing at 9pm, while Advanced classes are held on Thursday evenings, also at 9pm. Anyone who is interested in Set Dancing is welcome to attend.
LECTURES - CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY: The next Lecture in the series of Public Lectures, to celebrate the Year of Faith, at Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, will be delivered on Tuesday next, 16 April, at 5pm when Dr. Andrew Pierce will address the topic “Anglican Spirituality “; a further Lecture will be delivered on the following Tuesday evening, at the same commencement time, also dealing with a Christian Spirituality - related topic. The Lectures take place in Room 202 at Mary Immaculate College; admission is free, and everyone is welcome to come along.
“LIVING WITH DEMENTIA” COURSE: Locals who are involved with the care of a Family member living with Dementia will be interested to know that the Alzheimer Society of Ireland has organised a Course entitled “Living With Dementia/Learning Together” which will take place at the Mid West Alzheimer Society’s Regional Office, 2nd Floor, George’s Quay House, George’s Quay ,Limerick on five consecutive Thursday evenings commencing next Thursday, 18 April. The Course is intended for Family carers of people with Dementia. Topics which will be covered over the duration of the Course include an Introduction to Dementia, Communication Strategies, Understanding Behaviour, Assisting with Personal Care, Engaging in Life Activities and more. Participation in the Course will also encourage Family members involved to look after their own Health and Wellbeing; information regarding relevant Services and Supports will also be made available. Anybody interested in participating in the Course can contact www.alzheimer.ie for further information. The relevant local telephone contact no. is 061 - 312605; the Alzheimer National Helpline no. is 1800 341 341.
MUNGRET REGIONAL SOCCER CLUB: Mungret Regional Soccer Club would welcome new members into its girls’ under 12 and under 14 teams; anyone interested is welcome to come to the Club grounds any Wednesday evening at 5pm.
UNWANTED SPECTACLES (GLASSES): An opportunity to dispose of no longer required spectacles is presently available at the County Library in Dooradoyle, by way of a collection box arranged there by the International Lions Club. By bringing along unwanted spectacles to this location, you will be helping poor people in underdeveloped Countries who require spectacles but cannot afford them. The International Lions Club, who are to be highly commended for this initiative, will ensure that the donated spectacles (and hopefully there will be many, by way of response to this appeal) will be made available to those people in need.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: This year’s official Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Friday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 26, and will be led by Limerick’s new Bishop, Brendan Leahy. Departure will, as usual, be from Shannon Airport, and return from Lourdes Tarbes Airport. The fully inclusive fare is €699; the Invalid fare is €599. Places in the Invalid section are limited, and the closing date for this section is Tuesday, 30 April. Any additional information can be obtained by contacting the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office at Limerick Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick, tel. 314111; office opening hours there are Monday, 2pm to 4.30pm; Tuesday, 10.30am to 1pm; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm. Any Parishioner who wishes to be considered for inclusion as a member of the Pilgrimage’s invalid section, in particular, should make application without delay. As regards the Pilgrimage in general, early booking is, as always, very much recommended.