CONGRATULATIONS: Father Eugene Boyce has been a curate in St. Paul’s parish for seventeen years and during that long period of time he dedicated his time to serving the people of the parish. He was the curate with Fr. John Leonard who now is the longest serving parish priest of this parish since the parish was established by the late Bishop Jeremiah Newman. Eugene was an innovative young man when he started out in the parish and initially he started with the idea of a parish bulletin that was much appreciated by the parishioners. He became actively involved in organising a fete with many of the parishioners in his early years and this was a great success. There was huge enthusiasm in donating, gathering, collecting, bringing and setting up and on the day a substantial amount of money was gathered to defray the debt on the St. Paul’s church. Sometime after that Eugene gathered about him many who volunteered to go on visitation to people who were setting up residence and living in the environs of the relatively new parish. The purpose of these visits was to welcome new residents in the developing parish area and to inform them about St. Paul’s religious services and to supply them with information about the local school and also to provide these new people with details of services in the area. Later on he compiled a directory of what services such as shopping, bus times, Mass times, medical centres, doctors and general information of what was available in the wider district. A feature of this directory was the list of trades-people that were engaged in different trades and professions in the district. He provided telephone numbers, addresses and names of these people. He compiled the directory himself and arranged its distribution throughout the area. For new residents this was much appreciated and it was supplied free of charge. In so far as his time allowed he compiled a parish Newsletter that was available to Mass-goers each week-end for as many weeks of the year as he was able. He did all these jobs of work as well as say Mass a number of days each week together with saying Mass in the nearby St. Paul’s Nursing home and a couple of Masses each Sunday. In the absence of the parish priest Fr. John Leonard for some reason or other Eugene carried on doing all the regular aspects of his work as well as ably being substitute for the absence of the parish priest. Furthermore, he brought the Eucharist to the sick and the house bound each first Friday and was, so to speak, an empathetic ear to the sick and the bereaved.
He was a very devout priest who was a strong advocate of constant prayer. His talks and sermons were interesting and uniquely his and sometimes he did raise eye-brows but nobody could ever accuse him of cutting corners. He always stressed the need for daily prayer not alone for himself but for everyone else also. Admittedly there were occasions when many in the congregation would be wishing that he would end sooner so that they could go home that bit earlier to see the rugby match. Also, there was never a problem with hearing what he was speaking about for he was forever ‘tweeking’ the volume of the mixer so that nobody was ever seen asleep during his talks.
Despite what anyone can say or has said in the past Fr. Eugene Boyce was a diligent and innovative pastor who tried his best to serve his parish and its parishioners but above all he did his best to serve his God. The parish priest John Leonard will miss him and no doubt he will be sorry to see him depart but with no equivocation he will wish him every success on his elevation to be parish priest of Croagh in Co. Limerick. All the people of the parish would wish to be associated with Fr. Leonard’s sentiments and extend congratulation to Father Eugene and pray for his success in his new parish. As is said on such occasions ‘ST. Paul’s loss is Croagh’s gain’ and all the members of the congregation of the Parish of St. Paul’s avail of this opportunity to say thank you Eugene and good luck in your new parish. `
COME ON EVERYBODY: A number of parishioners spontaneously came together recently and decided to make a collection to acknowledge Fr Eugene Boyce’s commitment and dedication to the people of St. Paul’s parish. It is always customary in parishes when a priest is leaving a parish in which he has served to show gratitude. The proceeds of the collection will be presented to Fr. Boyce at a parish gathering to be held in the school hall on Sunday, February 23 at 7.30 pm to which everybody is invited to attend.
To facilitate an anonymous collection envelopes marked Fr. Boyce are being made available in the church after all Masses over the weekend. The first distribution of envelopes took place on last Sunday after Mass and envelopes will be available at Mass on Saturday evening at 6pm and again at all Masses on Sunday. It is hoped that all will show their appreciation to him for the work he has done over the seventeen years period.
It would be appreciated if all the contributions were in by Sunday, February 16 and the envelopes can be left into the baskets at collection time this weekend or alternatively the following weekend.
FIRST Friday: This Friday is the first Friday in the month of February and after the 10am Mass at St. Paul’s church there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament chapel which is attached to the church. Adoration will continue until 1pm and all worshippers are welcome.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There is Eucharistic adoration each Wednesday in St. Paul’s church from after the 10.00am Mass until 10.00pm at night. It is in the chapel attached to the church and all worshippers are welcome..
A.A. MEETINGS:The St. Paul’s group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the St. Paul’s national school on three evenings of the week at 20.30hours. They come together on each Monday, Thursday and Saturday. If you are having difficulty with your drinking habits you are cordially invited and are welcome.
TRAFFIC SIGNALS: The traffic signals on the St. Nessan’s Park/Dooradoyle estate need some modification. Traffic coming from the roundabout at the University Hospital, Dooradoyle driving to the St. Paul’s national school is obliged to park on the ‘waiting area’ of the road when attempting to turn in when a break in the traffic coming from the opposite direction allows it to do so. This can result in as many as five or six vehicles waiting, some of them on the traffic island, before the opportunity to turn occurs and deliver their children to the school nearby. On a very inclement morning this wait can be exacerbated by the volume of traffic coming from the city. The wait for the vehicles going to St, Paul’s school could easily be alleviated much sooner,expediously and much safely by means of an arrow signal indicating for them to continue to the school.
SCHOOLS RUGBY : The schools rugby supplement in last weekend’s edition of the Limerick Leader is testimony to the fact that rugby enjoys a huge interest with a great many young people. While the game was always appreciated in Limerick nonetheless the number of schools involved was never as great and It augers well for the future of the game in Limerick. Last year’s winner of the Senior Schools Rugby cup was Crescent College Comprehensive and their comprehensive (no pun intended) beating of Christian Brothers Cork last week certainly laid down a marker that they are intent to emulate the form of last year’s team and perhaps make it a back to back.
The ladies in the Crescent College Comprehensive have set the bar high for the girls U16 Basketball team captured the first trophy of 2014 with a great win a few weeks ago in the basketball final.
MID-TERM BREAK: The St. Paul’s School will have mid-term break on February 20 and 21 and the school will re-open again at 9.00am on Monday, February 24.
LOCAL ELECTIONS: Although it is only the end of the month of January some candidates for the local elections that are scheduled to take place in the month of May have canvassers distributing leaflets to informing residents of their intentions to contest the election. If you have something buzzing about under your bonnet or cap now is your opportunity to make the candidates aware of the problem.
CHALLENGE: There is to be a Fitness Challenge in the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club on February 23 and 24 in aid of Pieta Housoe. For further information contact Pieta House or the GAA club.
BLOOD DONATION : Later on this month the Irish Blood Transfusion Service will visit the South Court Hotel seeking donations of blood. All who volunteer are very welcome to make a blood donation which is very easy and painless to do. As there is always a shortage of blood for our hospitals regular and new donors are most welcome. The date to remember is February 27.
LOCAL OFFICE: The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland Mid-West office is located just off the St. Nessam’s road and is directly opposite the Ballykeefe housing estate. It is on the Dooradoyle side of the Crescent Shopping centre.
READERS: There are readers required to read the Scripture readings at the weekend Masses in St. Paul’s church. If you would like to volunteer your assistance to undertake this duty at one of the weekend Masses please give your name either to Fr. John Leonard ,P.P. or the new curate or submit it to the sacristy.
LARGE POOL: The large pool of water at the entrance/ exit of St. Nessan’ Park and the Dooradoyle estate is the cause of much difficulty to school children going to St. Paul’s National School and passing traffic. It needs to be solved and eliminated for it will continue as long as the water drops from the heavens. Last Friday morning the pool was so large that it filled up to join with the pool by the footpath and those that wanted to continue on their path had to wade through it. The inclement weather over Friday and Saturday meant that this large pool of water remained in place making it a problem for all pedestrians and motorists that encountered it. It is a problem that demands attention and a solution.
MUNGRET/ST. PAUL’S GAA: Training: Our Senior Ladies Gaelic Football training will resume on Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the Village pitch, new members are always welcome.On Thursday evening at 6:00 our U14s will resume their training in the Village pitch and again new members are always welcome.
Fit Boot Camp: The Fit for All Boot Camp and friends of Croagh Patrick climb is on Saturday 1st of March at 11am. Bus details will follow based on confirmed numbers. Everyone is welcome to participate in the event. For further details contact Neil on 086-8512399.
GAA Raffle: Tickets are currently on sale for the GAA Raffle. Tickets are € 10 each with 10 amazing prizes.
1- Trip to the 2014 International Rules series in Australia ( 2 persons match tickets, airline tickets and accommodation)
2- The Ultimate Football package 2014 (2 person All Ireland Football Final tickets, All Star banquet and tour tickets to Boston)
3- 2 Corporate Box concert tickets with pre-concert hospitality in Croke Park in 2014.
4- Travel voucher to the value of €1,500
5- All Ireland Football Final package 2014 (2 person, Corporate Box tickets, corporate hospitality and 2 night accommodation)
6- All Ireland Hurling Final package 2014 (2 person, Corporate Box tickets, corporate hospitality and two nights accommodation)
7- Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.
8- All Ireland Football and Hurling Final package 2014 (2 premium tickets and 2 night accommodation for both)
9- 2 Croke Park Premium concert tickets in 2014
10- Trip to New York for St. Patrick’s Day 2015 (2 person, Airline tickets and 3 nights accommodation)
These tickets are on sale in the club shop and also from Wanda Dwane-087-6236709. Draw will take place on the 17th of March.
Training for Senior club members has commenced. Seniors are Minor, Junior and intermediate. If you are not a member but you would like to take up hurling and football once again come along and contact Kevin O’Hagen at 087/0601686 for further details,
Mouth-guards need to be worn by members of the ladies football team this year. They can be purchased in the club shop between 11.30 and 12.30pm for just on Saturday mornings for E2.50.
Last year the Healthy Club had men growing beards and having health checks during the month of November. The emphasis was on a health check for prostate cancer and money collected was in support of the Cancer Society. The sum of E 2, 050 was gathered and the men involved are congratulated.
There was no winner in the last lotto draw that took place on January 27. The jackpot in the next lotto draw will be for €4, 200 and remember if you are not in you cannot win.