CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, June 1-2, The Feast of Corpus Christi, The Body and Blood of Christ, are as follows; Saturday at 7pm James McCarthy, Sunday at 10am Ann Higgins, Sunday at 12noon Frances Lynch. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 7pm Mary Collins, Mary Bennis and Breda Carroll, Sunday at 10am Michael O’Mara, Mary Enright and Michael Punch, and Sunday at12noon, Seamus Enright, Patricia Barry and Rory Bennis. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. This Friday is The Visitation of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Saturday, June1 is the first Saturday of the month and devotions to Our Lady of Fatima will take place before the 7pm mass. There will be no weekly prayer meeting on Bank Holiday Monday June3. 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.
FR. CON COLLINS RIP: The Month’s Mind Mass of the late Fr.Cornelius Collins, will take place in the church of The Blessed Virgin, Patrickswell, this Friday May 31 at 7pm.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesday from 6 to 8pm. As part of the Year of Faith celebrations, The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has requested that the church throughout the world will join him for an hour of silent adoration on the Feast of Corpus Christi. This will take place in Patrickswell Church this Sunday, June 2 from 4 to 5pm, and all are invited to participate.
NOVENA: A representative from the Redemptorist Community will speak at all masses this coming weekend regarding the forthcoming Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual help.
EXAM STUDENTS: All students taking Junior and Leaving Cert exams this year are invited to attend the 8pm mass in Ballybrown Church, this Saturday June1. They will be remembered and prayed for at this mass, and you are asked to keep all the students in your prayers at this important time for them.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, and a clinic will be held at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy, next Tuesday June 4 from 5 to 8pm to facilitate that requirement.
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. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
POWER INTERRUPTION: Due to a road traffic accident in the early hours of last Sunday morning, residents of Marian Park woke to discover they were without electricity. During the incident, two ESB supply poles and a section of wall at the Garda station on Main Street opposite the Cu Chulainn were demolished. Emergency ESB crews were called out to deal with the situation, and power was eventually restored at around 1-30pm.
AN POST RÁS: The An Post Rás went ahead across Ireland last week, and as scheduled, passed through Patrickswell on the Tuesday, which was stage three of eight, from Nenagh to Listowel. Arriving slightly later than expected, a sizeable crowd has gathered at the Post Office in pleasant and enjoyable weather conditions, to cheer and applaud the riders as they sprinted past on their way to Adare and Ardagh. Those who made the effort to watch the race were rewarded with An Post green T shirts to wear as a memento of the occasion.
POSITIVE LIVING WEEK: Unfortunately, this week’s programme of activities had to be postponed, but the two events for this Friday will go ahead as planned. A gardening class organised by the Active Retirement Group will take place from 10-30am at the Resource House, when a practical demonstration of planting summer baskets and containers will be given. This will be followed in the afternoon by an Upcycling presentation at 2pm. An open invitation is extended to attend both classes.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN THROUGH BEREAVEMENT: The Newcastle West Family and Community Hub, located upstairs at the NCW Community Centre, will be holding a workshop on Wednesday June 12 on supporting children with bereavement or coping with a dying family member. Running from 7.30-9.30pm, the session will be led by Child Psychologist and Play Therapist Tina O’Brien and funded by the Compassionate Communities Project with the support of West Limerick Resources.
RAINBOWS SUPPORT SERVICES: A workshop of Rainbows volunteers and those interested in volunteering with the project in West Limerick this September will take place in the Newcastle West Family and Community Hub, located at the Community Centre, on Wednesday June 19 from 7.30-9.30pm. “Rainbows” is a peer support programme for children aged 6-10 years grieving as a result of a loss or separation and is managed locally by West Limerick Resources. Run by trained volunteers, the programme is positive, gentle confidential and encouraging, however it is not counselling or therapy service. It is instead a safe, confidential setting where children can share their grief associated feelings with each other and with these trained facilitators.