CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, March 23-24, Passion or Palm Sunday, are as follows; Saturday at 7pm Ellen Foley, Sunday at 10am Niall Sheehy, Sunday at 12noon Julie Darcy. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 7pm Michael Houlihan, John Collopy, Maria Bucke, Sunday at 10am, Kathleen Enright, Sam Milburn, Joanne Tierney, Sunday at 12noon, Michael McDermott, Eileen O’Shea, Louise Carey. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be handed into the sacristy by 9-30am on Friday or contact Fr. Muiris O’Connor on 353711 or 0866075628. Alternatively they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church this Saturday from 8am until 12noon, but none the following week, March 30 as it will be Holy Saturday.
HOLY WEEK: Holy Week commences on Monday, and next Thursday, March 28, is Holy Thursday, which marks the commencement of the Easter Triduum, and Mass of The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7pm.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, and clinics will be held at the following locations next week to facilitate that ongoing requirement: Scoil Mhuire agus Ide, Newcastlewest, on Monday and Tuesday March 25-26 from 6 to 9pm, Ceol Corbrai Hall, Glin, on Wednesday March 27 from 6 to 9pm, and the South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, on Thursday March 28 from 5 to 8pm. You can visit any blood donor clinic as long as ninety days have elapsed since you last gave blood, and you are urged to please give regularly. There will be donor clinics in Kilmallock and Croom the following week. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or their website.
TIDY TOWNS: Would all members please note that the AGM will take place next Tuesday, March 26, in the Cứ Chulainn, commencing at 8pm.This will be followed by the normal business meeting when items to be discussed will include the Spring Clean in April, and the summer planting schemes.
FRIDAY CLUB: You are invited to the Resource House on Friday for the last of the Lenten Lunches, which members will be hosting from 1-30pm onwards. The lunch will consist simply of homemade soup and bread, and a cup of tea or coffee. There is no set charge, but there will be an opportunity to make a voluntary donation. Members would be grateful for your support as the proceeds are in aid of a local fund raising initiative.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Another cold and miserable March morning failed to dampen the spirits for last Friday’s gardening class, which was the best attended so far, with twelve members visiting another member’s garden. Time was spent tidying up raised beds, weeding and removing tree limbs to allow in more light. Our enthusiasm was short lived however, with the onset of heavy mid-morning showers, forcing everyone to retreat to the comfort of a warm and cosy kitchen, for tea, coffee and homemade cakes, all of which were well received. The sun did make another appearance, and members were able to stroll around the garden while availing of a question and answer session on the move. Next week’s class will take the form of a practical demonstration of constructing a raised bed.
CREDIT UNION: MPCC Credit Union has invited the Citizens Information Board to visit their Dooradoyle office on the last Wednesday of every month to provide a drop-in clinic and meet with members who wish to avail of their services. The Citizens Information Board provides free, confidential and impartial advice on a broad range of public and social services. The service will begin next Wednesday, March 27 from 10.30am until12.30pm, and operate on a drop-in basis with no appointments necessary. MPCC encourages members to avail of this service if you have any queries or concerns regarding public services or your rights and entitlements.
GOLF SOCIETY: This is a very important year for our Golf Society as we are celebrating the 21st anniversary of our foundation. The season for 2013 started in Lahinch Golf Club recently and the results were as follows; 1st Mark Leahy 43points, 2nd Declan O’Grady 40points, 3rd Kieran Carroll 40points, 4thDaire Bucke 39points, 5th Eddie Kiely Jnr 39points, 6th Frankie Nolan 36points. Front 9, Jimmy O’Rahilly, Back 9 Eddie Kiely Snr. We would like to wish our Captain, Pat Mann and our President, Mike Woulfe, the very best of luck for their tenure in office in 2013. The remaining outings for the year are as follows; April 27 Rathdowney, May 18 Portumna, June 22 Shannon, July 6 Galway, August 24 Roscrea, October 12 Tralee (Captain’s Prize).
DOG SUCCESS: The Mangan family of Crecora had cause for celebrations recently, when their greyhound Intacta Banba, was runner up in the final of the Irish Cup, which was staged over three days at Limerick Racecourse. The dog is owned by Andrew Goff of Waterford, is trained by his grandfather Joe Mangan and was bred by Peter Mangan, who was ecstatic at their combined achievement.
EARTH HOUR: A simple idea in 2007 that quickly changed into the global phenomenon now known as Earth Hour is scheduled to take place this Saturday March 23, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time. Earth Hour is an event organized by the World Wildlife Fund, in which individuals, businesses and governments are asked to turn off their non-essential lights and appliances for one hour, to show solidarity in the fight against climate change. The millions around the world who participate realise it is easy to forget how much we depend on the planet for so many things like food, fuel, water and fresh air, and that the actions we take, from the energy we use to the food we buy, have an effect on the world. Earth Hour is our chance to make and show our commitment to protect our planet not just for one hour a year, but every day.