DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: Bookings are being taken for the Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes which will take place from June 21 to 26. Fully inclusive fare is â‚¬699, Invalid Section â‚¬599.
For booking details please contact the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office at the Limerick Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick â€“ Tel: 061 314111. Opening hours: Monday 2 pm to 4.30pm; Tuesday 10.30 am to 1 pm; Wednesday to Friday 10.30 am to l pm and 2 pm to 4.30 pm.
Closing date for booking is April 30, 2013.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is spreading to many parishes in the Diocese of Limerick. Eucharistic Adoration will take place each Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm in the new Adoration Chapel (previously the Crying Room) in St Munchinâ€™s Church. We are invited to spend some time in prayer and quiet contemplation.
YEAR OF FAITH â€“ INVITATION: The Apostolate of Adoration invites us to visit Knock on Saturday April 20 for a wonderful day of: Talks, Workshops, Prayer, Adoration, and Rosary. Blessing of the Sick, Eucharistic Procession, Children and Young peopleâ€™s activities. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Charles Brown our Apostolic Nuncio. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
ORDINATION OF BISHOP LEAHY: We offer a very warm welcome to Fr Brendan Leahy who will be ordained Bishop of Limerick on Sunday April 14 in St Johnâ€™s Cathedral. For those who are unable to attend the ordination ceremony, it will be transmitted for viewing via the internet. We wish him well and pray Godâ€™s Blessing as he takes up his Ministry within our Diocese.
TROCAIRE: The annual Lenten Trocaire Campaign has now come to a close. This month marks Trocaireâ€™s fortieth anniversary. As usual the Trocaire Lenten Boxes were available in both our Churches. In past years our parishioners have been very generous in supporting Trocaire. This year the information leaflets accompanying the Boxes profiled a few details about the family of a nine year old little girl called Ambika Paraja from Odisha, Eastern India and their struggle for survival.
Things in our own country may not be great at this present time and many families are having a tough time just trying to cope. As the saying goes charity begins at home, but perhaps we can still offer some help to those more vulnerable than ourselves. We should now return the contents of our Boxes to either of our Churches as soon as possible.
Trocaire assures us that for every euro received 91cents goes on direct charitable expenditure; 8c is spent on fundraising and publicity activities; and 1c on administration costs.
CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: This prayer group continues its meetings every Thursday evening at 7.30 pm in the Convent of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Castleview Gardens, Clancy Strand. All are welcome to attend.
SCRIPTURE GROUP: Meetings take place on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm in St Munchinâ€™s Temperance Hall. All are invited.
LIAM LAWTON CONCERT: Philomena Martin, a member of Caherconlish/Caherline Parish Council informed me that lovers of Liam Lawtonâ€™s Music will have the opportunity of enjoying a Concert which will be given by Liam on April 21 at 8 pm in the parish Church, Caherconlish in aid of parish funds.
HOME VISITS: Our parish clergy â€“ Canon Donal McNamara and Fr Pat Seaver are very willing to make home visits to the sick, the hospitalised or house bound. However it is imperative that a family member, relative or friend would please give the personâ€™s name, address and a contact number to either sacristan, the parish office, or indeed to the priests, and a visit will be arranged.
CONDOLENCES: Our clergy and parishioners offer sincere sympathy to the families of the following parishioners whose deaths occurred recently - VERONICA KEANE nee Arthur of The Bungalow, Kileely Road. Wife of the late Austin, and mother of Marita, she is deeply regretted by her daughter, son-in-law John, brothers, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Removal was from Griffins Funeral Home to St. Leliaâ€™s Church, Kileely Road. She was laid to rest in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Leliaâ€™s Church.
EILEEN WALLACE nee Guiney, 16 Shanabooley Road, Ballynanty. Predeceased by her husband Liam, she is survived by her son Philip, daughters Theresa and Susan, daughter-in-law Teresa, son-in-law Reg, grandchildren, sister Nora, brother-in-law Joe, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Remains were removed from Thompsons Funeral Home to St Munchinâ€™s Church. Burial took place in Mount St Oliver Cemetery following Requiem Mass in St Munchinâ€™s Church.