CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, November 30-December 1, The First Sunday of Advent, Year A, are as follows, Saturday at 6-30pm Rosemary Kelleher, Sunday at 11-30am Sam Milburn. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm Seamus Enright, Michael Houlihan and Maria Bucke, Sunday at 11-30am P J O’Grady, Michael O’Mara and Eileen O’Shea, please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Would ministers be aware that only one duty may be undertaken at mass. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. Weekday masses in Patrickswell will be at the usual time of 9-30am. Weekend masses in Ballybrown will be at 8pm on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday.
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. Further to this arrangement, in The Church of The Blessed Virgin, Patrickswell, on Sunday December 8, The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, there will be a special two hour Eucharistic Adoration session from 4 to 6pm, which will commence with the Holy Rosary, followed by a period for meditation and reflection. Then there will be an hour of silent adoration from 5 to 6pm, finishing with the Angelus at 6pm. All petitions, which can be put into the box at the back of the church over the next few weeks, will be prayed for during this time. Everyone is welcome, so feel free to drop in at any stage during the afternoon, even if only for a few minutes, and take some time out for peace and healing. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
FIRST EUCHARIST PREPARATION: As part of the preparation for their First Eucharist, under the theme of, “Do this in memory of me”, children from second class of Patrickswell and Ballybrown Schools accompanied by their parents, were welcomed by Fr.Michael to the 11-30am mass last Sunday. All the children were invited to bring prayer candles to the altar at the commencement of mass, and take them home afterwards. Fr.Michael thanked the parents in the Programme Planning Group for their assistance in implementing the programme. The children will make one more attendance at mass before Christmas, and the ceremony will take place in May.
PARISH OFFICE: Contact details for the Parish Office are as follows, Tel 061-353711, and email firstname.lastname@example.org Opening hours are from 1-30 pm until 3-30pm on Mondays, and from 9-30am until 11-30am on Thursdays and Fridays.
COLLECTION: There was a tremendous response to the Syria-Philippine appeal the weekend before last, with donations amounting to €965, for which you are warmly thanked. Those who watched over last weekend’s church gate collection also wish to thank everyone most sincerely for the support received for the annual seasonal appeal in aid of the Redemptorists’ Poor Campaign. Your continued generosity is appreciated and acknowledged.
FRIDAY CLUB: Our November lunch last Friday was extremely well supported with over twenty members and guests attending, which brought a very warm and homely atmosphere to proceedings, along with the soup which was very well received given the wintry conditions on the day. This Friday’s lunch will be the last one, so we extend a very warm welcome to anyone who would care to avail of the opportunity to join us, and indeed every Friday, for a friendly chat over a cuppa, and many thanks to all for your continued support and generosity thus far.
PATRICKSWELL PAST AND PRESENT: The eagerly anticipated launch of the book, “Patrickswell Past and Present” takes place this Saturday, November 30, in the Cú Chulainn, at 8-30pm. Commissioned by the Community Council to celebrate this Year of the Gathering, the publication promises to be an absolute treasure chest of all things and everything possible of the history of Patrickswell and its surrounding areas.
The paperback edition will be priced at 10, and there is also a Limited Edition hardback edition available at 40. Orders may be placed at the Resource Centre for both editions, contact details as follows, Tel 061- 320303 or email email@example.com A book like this has never been published in Patrickswell before, and it is envisaged that it will be enjoyed by countless people far and wide, at home and abroad as they recall the colourful life and times of their own and previous generations. Judging by enquiries so far, the book will be in great demand, and will surely make a wonderful Christmas present for Patrickswellians the world over.
YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTION: The punk music scene of the 1970s and how it inspired an entire generation of young people to “stand up and be counted”, is the subject of a full-length play entitled, Punk Guerrillas, that will be performed in the Honeyfitz Theatre, Lough Gur, Co.Limerick, by the County Limerick Youth Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 6, 7 and 8. Details are available at www.loughgur.com or Roseanne Dunne, Secretary - Treasurer, County Limerick Youth Theatre, Tel 061-385186 or 086-810 6848.
GRAVEYARD SURVEY: There will be a showcase on Tuesday December 3 in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, detailing the work which has been carried out to date by local volunteers to survey historic graveyards in the West Limerick area. The event is free of charge and all are welcome. For full details see www.wlr.ie. Contact Suzanne at West Limerick Resources on 069 79114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST LIMERICK TIDY TOWNS: There will be a special seminar for members of the West Limerick Tidy Towns Network and interested members of the wider community on Wednesday December 11 in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, from 7-10pm. The event will include a number of special guest speakers and full details will be announced shortly. Communities considering entering the competition in 2014 are also invited to attend. Entrance free and all are welcome. Contact Suzanne at West Limerick Resources on 069 79114 or email email@example.com