CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, January 18-19, The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A are as follows, Saturday at 6-30pm Angela O’Donnell, Sunday at 11-30am Ann Higgins. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm Mary Bennis, Rita Madigan and Christy Murphy, Sunday at 11-30am Pat Kirby, Noreen Murray and Michael Punch. 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 at 8 pm on Monday and all are welcome. Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be with Pauline at the Parish Office by 12noon on Thursdays, Tel 061-353454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Mike’s contact details are, Tel 061-353711, Mobile 087-1279015, or email email@example.com
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: The weekly session of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm.
EPIPHANY: Those attending the 11-30am mass last Monday, the Feast of the Epiphany, were delighted to be joined by the pupils and staff of Patrickswell National School, who arrived class by class for the solemnity, it being a Holy Day of Obligation. The stormy conditions were obviously no deterrent to their attendance, and if their arrival was not wind assisted, then certainly the journey back to school would have been, or vice-versa. The childrens’ behaviour in church was a great credit to them and their teachers, and it was obvious that the older ones are encouraged to help and assist the younger ones. All in all their attendance was a very welcome addition to proceedings.
CHRISTIAN UNITY: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs from Saturday January 18 to 25.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service continues to require three thousand donations every week, and donor clinics will be held at the following locations during the coming week to facilitate that requirement, South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, Tuesday January 21 from 5 to 8pm, and Knockainey Community Centre, on Thursday January 23 from 6 to 9pm.You can visit any blood donor clinic as long as ninety days have elapsed since you last gave blood, and you are urged to please give regularly. There will be donor clinics in Galbally/Lisvernane, Caherdavin and Pallasgreen the following week. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
COMMUNITY ALERT: There was an encouraging response to the initial meeting called by Patrickswell Community Council to set up a Community Alert System last Monday, January 6, with upwards of sixty people in attendance. Plans were discussed and put in place for how best to administer and monitor the system, and a follow-up meeting was arranged to maintain progress and finalise matters. Exact details of the system and the final outcome will be publicised when they are known.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT: The drama classes which some members have been attending during the winter term on a Friday morning have now come to an end, and the fruits of their labours were on display for the remainder of the group and their guests last Friday as pre-dinner entertainment. The production was a performance of epic proportions, depicting the live opening of a posh new restaurant. The most farcical and hilarious situations were gradually brought to life as the story unfolded including drunk and ill informed wine waiters offering white Beaujolais and red Chablis, as well as cider mixed with poteen to compensate for the lack of champagne. Also on offer for the high class clientele was soup with mice in it, freshly shot grouse, and for those not sure what to choose, the ubiquitous bacon and cabbage. Plastic tablecloths and dirty glasses completed the horrific line up, and everyone got quite inebriated waiting for the food to arrive. One male client was discovered having a business meeting with someone else’s wife when he should have been attending a prayer meeting. These two were making plans to open a massage parlour and a rather irate food critic promised to expose the maitre’d and her new restaurant in the national press. Thankfully the food and service for the meal proper, was way above the standard portrayed in the play, and thirtyfour members and guests enjoyed a roast beef dinner supplied by Quinn Catering of Clarina, with homemade desserts supplied by members. There was after dinner entertainment also, again given by members with songs and monologues, and T.J.Ryan supplied the music for dancing. With good food and good company in plentiful supply, a very enjoyable evening was had by all, and we would like to thank the committee for their efforts in organising the evening for members.
COFFEE AND CAKES: There will be a Coffee Morning and Cake Sale in the Cu Chulainn this Sunday morning from 12noon onwards. The event is being hosted by the Community Council, with all proceeds going to the Community Development Fund. The usual array of home baking and homemade preserves will be on sale, and also homemade soup if you need to keep out the winter weather. Items for the event can be brought to the Cu Chulainn from 11am onwards on Sunday morning, and any support would be welcome.
CITIZENS’ ADVICE: The Citizens’ Advice Service is available at the Resource House on the last Tuesday of every month. This month’s date is January 28.
COMMUNITY FUNDING: With funding under the Rural Development Plan and other sources being more difficult to access, West Limerick Resources have announced that some funding is available via the IPB Insurance’s Corporate Social Engagement Framework, through its Youth and Community Fund. The aim of the fund is to help strengthen and support local community groups and community activities that promote social inclusion and increase community participation, and applications from all community or voluntary groups, clubs or associations, not-for-profit and charitable organisations operating at a local level are now invited. Unfortunately, this information was only received at the end of last week, and the closing date is this Friday, January 17. To make the application process as easy and accessible as possible for eligible organisations, IPB have developed a new on-line application system, which can be accessed directly at cse.ipb.ie, alternatively you can access it through the corporate site www.ipb.ie/cse. There are six categories within the IPB Youth & Community Fund under which applications for funding are being accepted. These are Arts & Culture, Community Development, Elderly, Environment, Physical Activity & Sport and Youth.