PREPARATION FOR DON BOSCO BICENTENARY: On August 16 this year, the birthday of Don Bosco, we began the third year of preparation for the bicentenary of his birth, seeking to deepen our spirituality. After a year of studying Don Bosco’s history and after that, his Pedagogy time, we came to learn about his Spirituality. The spirituality of Don Bosco finds it source in Saint Francis de Sales, to whom the love and charity in human existence are ways of, and to perfection. As we know, the charity is at the heart of Christian spirituality. The same was for Don Bosco and Salesian spirituality. Presence, kindness, love, charity, education, care and many other adjectives could be included in it, but most important for Don Bosco was pastoral charity, which has its source in God. It finds its beginning in Jesus the Good Shepherd, the one who is looking for the best for his flock, especially for those who are lost. But not only that, it means also to revealing and bringing God to every man and woman. The core of Don Bosco’s Spirituality was the glory of God and the salvation of souls and for that he chose the motto: “Da mihi animas, cetera tolle” (give me souls, take away the rest). The very important part of Salesian work is to be happy and joyful. The Salesian house, school or yard without joy and celebration, is like body without the soul. Joy plays a crucial part in Salesian spirituality. For Don Bosco, being a saint was not possible, without happiness. For the Salesian family, these 3 years of preparation for the bicentenary of his birth, are very important and it is a time of renewal at many levels. We pray for all Salesians around the world and the Salesian family, let us draw upon Don Bosco’s experience, so they can walk in holiness according to theirs specific vocation, together working for the salvation of souls. After more than 150 years of the foundation of the Salesian, we have found ourselves in the time of rediscovering the Salesian Spirituality in a post-Christian society, which, as we believe, Don Bosco’s way of life is very attractive and challenging to the young of today. It could be expressed in the sentence which in Ireland we have chosen for the Visit of Don Bosco’s Relic: “Believe in yourself and follow your dream”, we believe that there is always someone called by God to follow him in specific way, Don Bosco’s way. For further information on the preparation for the Don Bosco Bicentenary, please contact Pádraig McDonald, SDB on 086 729 4465, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ARD SCOIL RIS GALA BALL: Ardscoil Rís will Celebrate 50 Years of Excellence in Education Commencing in September 2013. Please join us for the first event which is a Gala Ball on Saturday, November 16 in the Strand Hotel. It is a Black tie event. Tickets cost €50 each and are available at the school. For further information, please telephone 061 453 828, or 061 455 251.
SET DANCING CLASSES: Set Dancing Classes have resumed in the Monaleen G.A.A. Clubhouse. The classes will be held every Thursday, with Beginners from 7pm to 8pm and Advanced from 8pm to 9.15pm. All are welcome. For further information, please telephone 087 257 7761.
SENIOR HELP LINE: Do you need someone to listen? Would you like to share a worry? Are there days when nobody calls? The Senior Help Line provide a confidential listening service for older people, by older people, for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland. The Help Line is open every day of the year from 10am to 4pm and from 7pm to 10pm. The phone number is: 1 850 440 444.
LAUREL HILL FCJ FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Calling all Laurel Hill FCJ past and present pupils and their families - why not join us for the biggest past pupil gathering and family fun night at the limerick Greyhound stadium, on Friday, November 8, in aid of the school development fund. Tickets cost €10 each or a family pack ticket; 2 adults & 2 children, for €25. Tickets are available from both school receptions - Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ 061 319 383 or Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ 061 313 636.
LIMERICK LADIES FOOTBALL FASHION SHOW: Limerick Ladies Gaelic Football, Gala Fashion Show, in association with Ursula Stokes Model Agency, will be held on Thursday, October 24 in the Woodland’’s House Hotel, Adare, at 7.15 pm. Tickets are now available through your club, at €15 each. This promises to be a night not to be missed, with some of your favourite football coaches, as models and intercounty players !
DOWN MEMORY LANE ANNUAL GALA CONCERT: Down Memory Lane Annual Gala Concert will be held in the University Concert Hall on Tuesday, October 29 at 8pm. The Gala is in aid of the Alzheimer Respite/Day Centre, in association with Limerick Lions Club and Live 95FM. Don’t miss a wonderful night of music, song and dance. Performing on the night will be the Voice of Limerick, The 17 piece Savoy Jazz Orchestra, Seoda, The Dolmen String Quartet, The O’Rourke School of Dancing, Denis Allen, Conor Ryan, Sinead O’Brien, Eve Stafford, Michael Shortt and John Geraghty. Tickets cost €20 each and are available from UL Concert Hall on 061 331 549.
JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL NEWS: The traditional Halloween parade will take place in the school on Friday, October 26. The boys are asked to dress up in costumes made from recycled materials, (with a Halloween flavour). This is in line with our green school project. Parents/Guardians and family members are invited to come and view the parade, commencing at 11.15am, in the school yard. There will be a prize for the best costume from each class. Following the great success of our table quiz last year, the school parent association, will again hold a family fun bingo table quiz. The quiz will be held in Na Piarsaigh GAA clubhouse on Thursday, November 14 at 7.30pm. This is an event for all the family. Spot prizes for the night can be donated at school reception, or to any Parent Council member. Quizmaster will be Tony Cusack and a great night’s entertainment is promised. Please come along and support this very worthy cause. For our Mid Term Break, our school will be closed from Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1, inclusive.
LIMERICK LAWN TENNIS CLUB: A big well done and thank you to all participants in our recent Adult & Junior Fun Day. Almost 40 pairs, mainly parents with their children, enjoyed a day of fun and bonding through tennis with red, orange, green and yellow ball categories all catered for. The adults’ input- playing tennis, providing ‘goodies’ for afterwards and generally helping out on the day, was a great example of what a great family-friendly club we have at LLTC. Particular thanks must go to Philip Jones who, continuing his long association with the Adult & Junior event, very generously sponsored the after-play pizza for all participants. The day’s success guarantees that the Adult & Junior event will remain in the Junior Calendar for 2014!