CHURCH MINISTRIES : There are many loyal people in our parish who give a few hours of their time each week to minister in various ways to the life or our parish. Even so, our Churches of St Munchin and St Lelia are in need of more parishioners to join this family of ministers who work to continue to keep our church alive and vibrant.
We all have a gift or talent to use– what do you have to offer? Here are a few Ministries our parish is in need of : Eucharistic Ministers, Readers of the Word, Choir members, Baptism team members, Distributers, Altar Society, Fund Raisers, Food Pantry Committee, Collectors, and Hospitality Committee.
At Masses last weekend our Parish Priest made a plea to the congregations to consider what talents we have to offer. If the Holy Spirit moves us to serve in any of these ways please answer that call.
The sign up will take place after Masses on the weekend of May 11 and 12, which is when we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension.
FATHER DAVID McNAMEE: A Remembrance Mass for the late Fr. David McNamee will be offered in St Munchin’s Church on Wednesday next May 8 at 9.30 am.
Being of a quiet gentle disposition, Fr David formerly ministered as Curate in our parish and was loved and respected by all his parishioners.
May his gently soul Rest in Peace.
GORTA: Thank. you to all who contributed to the recently held collection in support of Gorta. Gorta’s mission is to work for a world free from the injustices of chronic hunger, poverty and disease, having special regard for the plight of children and the empowerment of women.
Programmes and projects supported by Gorta are located predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa which includes Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Since its foundation in l965 Gorta has supported over 2,000 programmes aimed at benefiting the poor with emphasis on food security, water security, and improving the health of women and children.
The Corta outlet at 23 High St Limerick is in need of donations of unwanted clothing, shoes etc. All donations gratefully received. To learn more about Gorta please visit www.gorta.ie
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The pupils of Gaelscoil Sarsail, Bridge Street gathered in St Munchin’s Church on Saturday last to receive their First Holy Communion. Our former Parish Priest Canon Micheal Liston, who is closely associated with the Gaelscoil, celebrated the Mass and distributed the Hosts to the children.
It was so lovely to hear the familiar hymns being sung so beautiful as gaeilge by the children who were excellently behaved and attended with reverence and respect. All due to the guidance they received from their parents and their teachers. Well done and congratulations to all.
LOOKING FOR SPONSORSHIP: The Jordan family will take part in the Great Limerick Run Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday May 5. They are appealing for support for the Post Polio Support Group.
This group is an organisation set up by Polio Survivors to assist their fellow survivors particularly in relation to the late affects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome. It is estimated that there are now approximately 8,000 to 10,000 acute Polio survivors in Ireland.
Poliomyelitis struck down many people in Ireland. Some were not paralysed, others were partially paralysed and recovered, while others are paralysed for life.
Around twenty to forty years after their original infection by Polio, many survivors are now experiencing new symptoms which often require medical advice and treatment. This condition is known as “Post Polio Syndrome”. While there is no known cure, much can be done to alleviate the symptoms and enable the retention of an independent life.
This year of the Jordan family – John, Laura, Deckie and Mary will run the Marathon Relay to raise funds for Post Polio Support. Please assist them by donating at www.mycharity.ie/event/jordans-on-the-run
LIMERICK WOMEN’S NETWORK: Women’s Network invite us to take part in a seven week course encouraging women make choices and changes. Commencing on April 30 it takes place in No 2 Sarsfield Gardens, Moyross.
The course will examine women’s lives in a variety of settings including Home, Family and Workplace. It will be held on April 30; May 7,14,21,28; and June 4 and 11. From 10am to l pm each day. There is no cost for participation.
For more information please contact Liz Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 061-275970 or 087 3283746.
LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE: Thursday last, April 25th saw the skies of Ireland light up as part of Youth Work Ireland’s GLOW-Go Light Our Way-Sky Lantern event.
Unfortunately Mother Nature got the better of GLOW in Limerick with a stiff westerly wind hampering our sky lanterns.
Despite the best efforts of all involved LYS had to admit defeat in the face of a stiff and persistent north Atlantic breeze.
‘It’s a good thing we had the earth lanterns for back-up,’ said Dermot Troy who thanked all involved for the hard work that they put in.
‘Although we didn’t light up the night sky we light up LYS with the earth lanterns,’ continued Mr. Troy.
The GLOW lantern event was the centrepiece of Youth Work Ireland Week, with the lanterns been light as an expression of solidarity with young people and an acknowledgement of the contribution they make to our communities.
YOUTHS HONOURED AT UL: Learners from LYS’s Business Studies programme received Certificates in Community Law from Prof Don Barry at the University of Limerick on Friday last. Community Law is run as part of UL’s Community Education Series, a programme that connects UL to local communities.
The learners were accompanied by Rose Shanahan of LYS, who was full of praise for the young people saying that it is a ‘moment they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
LYS FETAC Business Studies Programme is based at LYS’s Irishtown Youth Space, John’s St, Limerick and provides training, support and career opportunities for young people, so they can achieve their true and full potential through employment or further study.
THE GATHERING: Would you like to become a Volunteer Ambassador for Limerick City. Gathering Ambassador Roles available from May to July. Are you passionate about Limerick’s traditions and culture? Would you like to share your local knowledge with visitors to the city? As part of The Gathering 2013, Volunteer Ireland is looking for Volunteer Ambassadors for Limerick to provide a warm Irish welcome to visitors during this year’s busy tourist season.
This is a fun and exciting opportunity to greet visitors from across the globe and show them why Limerick is one of the best places in the world to visit. Volunteer Ireland is looking for friendly, outgoing and knowledgeable volunteers who aren’t afraid to actively approach visitors and provide information about upcoming Gathering events in the local area.
The Gathering Volunteer Ambassador Programme will run in five locations across Ireland for two terms this year from the end of May to mid-October. Volunteer Ireland is currently recruiting volunteers for the first term, which will run from May 24 to August 3. Volunteers must be over eighteen, have fluent English and should be available to volunteer for one two-hour shift per week Wednesday through to Saturday.
Volunteering as an Ambassador for Limerick is a wonderful way to share your passion for Limerick with thousands of visitors this summer and give them a welcome they won’t forget!
For further information or to apply to volunteer please visit www.volunteer.ie/events/thegathering or call Volunteer Ireland on 01 636 9446.
Deadline for application for Term 1 is May 9, 2013.
ST. MUNCHIN’S CENTRE: Our Community Centre in Kileely Court holds nothing back when it comes to serving the people of the area. As well as a healthy breakfast available every morning, we can partake of a nutritious lunch (main course, dessert and tea or coffee) for a mere €4. Up to now this lunch was served every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. From this week on lunch will now be available every day from Monday through to Friday each week.
The Centre has also begun providing lunch on one Sunday in the month. For €10 you will be served with a full four course meal with music and dancing through the afternoon.
This facility is proving very popular so places need to be booked in advance.
WELL DONE: On the way into town last Tuesday I came upon a group of young teenagers – boys and girls - doing a big clean-up of the area around Sarsfield Bridge/Sarsfield Street and Henry Street, outside the old Franciscan Church. There they were with brushes and spades and plastic bags working away and obviously enjoying it.
I learned that they were pupils of Crescent Comprehensive College on a mission to do their bit to clean up our City streets. Good luck to the young people and thanks to their school for giving them a sense of pride in their own home town. Well done.
SYMPATHY: We extend our sympathy to the family of the late Helena (Lena) Mulcahy, nee Prendergast, Farranshone. Wife of the late Sean, she is survived by her son Paddy, grandchildren Sean, Ide, Gearoid, Seamus, Padraig, and Cait, great grandchildren, her daughter-in-law Joan, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Removal took place from Crosses Funeral Home to St Munchin’s Church, with burial in Mount St Laurence Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Munchin’s.