Our Lady of Lourdes Feb 8

NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: We are now into our final few days, for what is surely to be the biggest test for our team. Sean Stack and his management team have been working tirelessly, to ensure no stone is unturned, in their pursuit of an appearance in the All Ireland Final on St Patrick’s Day. Supporters are again requested to make their voices heard and assemble in the new stand around the middle of the field, on match day. There is a bus leaving from the club at 1.45pm approximately, with a €10 charge. Please get your name to Barry in the club A.S.A.P. Iarnrod Eireann are also offering special trains to Thurles on Saturday leaving at 11.45am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm, with return trains at 6.53pm, 7.12pm and 8.21pm. A special kid + family ticket, allows one or two adults and up to four children (U16) to travel for €36.50. No pre booking is required. Just show up on the day. The club PRO also has Na Piarsaigh Facial tattoos available for all kids wishing to wear their colours on the day. The club shop will be open on Friday evening from 7pm, to cater for anyone wishing to purchase gear, flags etc, or get your tattoos.

NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: We are now into our final few days, for what is surely to be the biggest test for our team. Sean Stack and his management team have been working tirelessly, to ensure no stone is unturned, in their pursuit of an appearance in the All Ireland Final on St Patrick’s Day. Supporters are again requested to make their voices heard and assemble in the new stand around the middle of the field, on match day. There is a bus leaving from the club at 1.45pm approximately, with a €10 charge. Please get your name to Barry in the club A.S.A.P. Iarnrod Eireann are also offering special trains to Thurles on Saturday leaving at 11.45am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm, with return trains at 6.53pm, 7.12pm and 8.21pm. A special kid + family ticket, allows one or two adults and up to four children (U16) to travel for €36.50. No pre booking is required. Just show up on the day. The club PRO also has Na Piarsaigh Facial tattoos available for all kids wishing to wear their colours on the day. The club shop will be open on Friday evening from 7pm, to cater for anyone wishing to purchase gear, flags etc, or get your tattoos.

The Saturday morning sessions for our under 6 through to 10 year olds, will resume on Saturday, February 15. The under 5, 6 and 7’s will recommence in the Parish Field, from 10am, whilst the Under 8, 9 and 10’s start from 9.45am, in St Nessans School. All newcomers are welcome and helmets and hurleys are available, for use on the day. There are also teas and coffees available for the parents, in Caherdavin School every Saturday morning.

Congratulations to all our players who helped Ard Scoil Ris reach yet another Harty Cup Final, with a fine display against Hamilton High School, played in Mallow in freezing cold conditions. A total of five Na Piarsaigh players were in the starting 15, with Ronan Lynch in particular contributing handsomely, with a personal tally of 1-09. They now await the winners of the other semi final between Doon and Rochestown, which fell foul of the weather on Saturday.

The lotto jackpot is now at €16,300, following last Mondays draw. The numbers drawn were 6, 13, 19 and 28. Lucky Dip winners were Jim Larkin, Tom Beary, Fred Bourke and Margaret Kennedy. The sellers prize went to Liam Flynn and Gerry Shannon scooped the house prize.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY SERVICES: Weekend Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm. Sunday 10am and 11.30am. Weekday Mass Times: 10am Daily. Also 5.45pm daily during November, Advent and Lent. Baptisms: Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 12.15pm. Marriages: Three months notice to Parish and Civil Registrar. Church Office: Telephone 061 325 288, from Sundays 9am to 12.30pm and Weekdays 9am to 9.45am.

SALESIAN INFANT SCHOOL, FERNBANK: The Salesian Infant School is now enrolling for 2014-2015. Enrolment for children in the parish is now closing, as there is a waiting list for children from outside the parish. If you are living in the parish and have a child/children who will be 4 years of age on or before, 1 September 2014, please enrol them now. Closing date for same is Friday, February 7. Please bring your child’s Birth Certificate with you.

J.F.K. SCHOOL PURCHASE OF DEFIBRILLATOR: John F. Kennedy Primary School is participating in a project to provide a heart defibrillator for the School/Community. The project is in conjunction with ‘Fones for Life’. To achieve our target, we hope to collect 300 unused/discarded/unwanted mobile phones. The boys have already begun collecting. The school would greatly appreciate the support of the parish and community in this campaign. We are very grateful to the Priests of the Parish, for lending their support and we know that parishioners or visitors will assist us in every way, in this Project. So, if you have any old Nokia’s, Samsung’s, Sony’s, or Apples, please put them to good use. You may help to save a Life.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY PARISH RADIO SYSTEM: Towards the end of Sunday Masses, the celebrant priest calls the Minister of the Eucharist to the altar. These Ministers distribute Holy Communion to our parishioners, who are not physically able to come to church ceremonies. These parishioners will already have participated in the Sunday Mass, via their radio sets in their homes. Our system is in operation since 2001. In 2006, this equipment was licensed. We are restricted to using the system for the following, on a real time basis, service only available on a non-commercial basis and service will not be available for reception on standard domestic receiver. Our licence is valid for 5 years and we can be found on 27.6 to 27.99 MHz band. This licensing scheme will allow Church and community based organisations throughout the country to cater for parishioners, who are housebound and are unable to attend Church or other community services. A group of experienced parishioners liaise and assist our parish, in installing these radio sets. Interested parishioners may apply for the service by phoning 061 452 517, 061 452 169 or call into the sacristy.

THE ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY OF IRELAND: The Alzheimers Society Of Ireland will hold a Social Club for people with dementia and their carers, in a supported environment, which takes place each Tuesday morning in the Woodfield House Hotel, between 11am and 1pm. There is no charge to attend and tea and coffee are provided. Please phone Mary at 061 313 456, if you would like to attend, or just call to Woodfield House Hotel on Tuesday’s from 11am.

PARISH BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: The Bereavement Support Group will meet with those who have been bereaved, in our Parish Centre on First Friday February 7 after the 10am Mass, to offer support in a relaxed friendly environment with tea, coffee and refreshments provided. All are welcome.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: This alternative form of prayer, takes place each Monday evening in Our Lady Of The Rosary Church, after Adoration at 7 pm. Many thousands of people all over the world have found their spiritual lives enriches by the practice of Christian Meditation. Christian Meditation has been practiced since the foundation of the Church and was reintroduced by the late John Main, who was a Benedictine monk. We say a prayer word, which we call a mantra and this word is repeated, all during the meditation. A difficulty for people are the constant distractions - we do not fight them; we treat them as background noise. Maybe you have attempted Meditation on some previous occasion, but do not be discouraged, as each attempt is regarded as a new beginning. The goal of Meditation is to keep The Lord Jesus, in Reverence in our hearts and to be open to His Presence in silence and stillness. Meditation helps people to be in a state of empathy with God. The weekly meeting, helps people in the daily practice of Meditation in their lives.

COFFEE MORNING: The Parish Youth Group will hold a coffee morning in the Parish Centre after 11.30am Mass on Sunday, February 16, in aid of the ‘The Shellie Project’. Donations of cakes to sell, would be greatly appreciated. Please drop them into the centre before 11.30am Mass on the day. All are welcome on the day.

SALESIAN INFANT SCHOOL, FERNBANK: The Salesian Infant school is now enrolling for 2014-2015. Enrolment for children in the parish is now closing, as there is a waiting list for children from outside the parish. If you are living in the parish and have a child/children who will be 4 years of age on or before 1 September 2014, please enrol them now. Closing date for same is Friday, February 7. Please bring your child’s Birth Certificate with you.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY COELIAC COMMUNION: Anybody who has a Coeliac condition is welcome to receive the Chalice at communion time, when the Ministers of the Eucharist receive at our Masses. Please if possible, inform the Celebrant before Mass begins, so as to make him aware.