SUMMER MASS TIMES: Sunday Mass times for the months of June, July and August begin on Sunday June 2. The times of the Masses will be at 9.30am and 11am. These times will remain up to and including Sunday August 25.
EXPOSITION: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Tuesday from 10.30am to 8pm. If you wish to be on the rota, please contact Sheila Treacy at 061-451719.
DEATH: We offer sympathy to Jim Sweeney, Walnut Drive, on the death of his brother Martin, Swinford, Co Mayo.
REMEMBRANCE MASS: A Remembrance Mass for those buried in Mt St Oliver Cemetery will take place on Friday May 31 at 8pm at the cemetery.
BAPTISMS: Baptism families attend 11am Mass (during Jun-Aug), on the second Sunday where the babies are welcomed to the Christian community. Baptism preparation meetings take place on the Wednesday evening before the second Sunday at 8.30pm in the sacristy. The telephone number is 455514.
CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL: The Junior Infants Information Night had a ‘full house’ last week as the parents of the new forty four infants met for the open night. Also present were many teachers, SNA’s and members of the Parents’ Association. He tin whistle group under the guidance of Mrs D’Alton and Ms Gaire set proceedings in motion with a lovely set of tunes and a delightful rendition of the old Irish hymn ‘A Mhuire Mháthair. Following on from that, resource and class teachers presented a comprehensive discourse on the Infant Programme with the aid of a slide show, a film and their very informative Junior Infant Information Book. Elaine Lee from the Parents Association also spoke, outlining the sterling support provided by this group to the school. As if to underscore this point in practical terms the parents then provided teas, cakes and biscuits to the whole group. This provided a nice relaxed atmosphere where new parents could discuss their concerns with both the staff and other current parents. All in all, it was a very productive meeting and they greatly look forward to the arrival of the class of 2013.
Two educational psychologists and lecturers from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, are currently engaging in training workshops in the school in the field of Precision Teaching. Precision Teaching involves a short 10-15 minute session of teaching, frequency building, timed measurement and progress charting. Both national and international research has highlighted the benefits of Precision Teaching when used within educational settings. They are currently using Precision Teaching in Scoil Chríost Rí to improve their literacy and numeracy outcomes. The training workshops will be of benefit to the teachers and pupils as well as to the greater field of Educational Psychology.
The school is delighted to announce that they have secured Department funding to lay a safe surface on the Junior Infant Yard. They will be using 40mm Med. Compression tiles which provide for a Critical Fall Height of 1.2 metres. This will greatly reduce difficulties with cuts and abrasions for Juniors during playtimes. They will continue to engage with the Department to secure further funding to upgrade the other yards.
The school walk will take place on Thursday June 6. Sponsorship cards are currently being distributed and the funds gathered will be used for a much needed upgrade of their Computer Room. They want the best of everything for their pupils so they are asking that no stone be left unturned to secure sponsorship. The school greatly appreciate the wonderful community support they always receive at Scoil Chríost Rí.
The school enjoyed a wonderful First Holy Communion ceremony in partnership with Scoil Mhuire Bhanríon na hÉireann. All credit to the teachers from the two schools, Denise fento, Claire keating and Kim Kearns who prepared the children so diligently. They are also very mindful of the wonderful support and guidance provided by Fr Tom, Molly, Anne Marie and the ‘Do This in Memory’ team. Heartiest congratulations to all parents/grandparents and guardians! You can be justly proud of your children on this most special of days.
The school is currently administering Micra T and Sigma T tests from first to sixth class. Pupils do not study for these tests and there is no need to worry about them. Results will be analysed and used to further develop teaching and learning strategies. They will also feature in school reports and teachers may offer advice and guidance in said reports, based on results.
The school tour season will soon commence. These school tours are a great landmark in the lives of all children. It is most important however, for parents to remind their children to be well behaved and co-operative to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everybody on the day.
Sports Matters: The school had a visit from a Na Piarsaigh/Féile na nGael delegation on Monday of last week to highlight the forthcoming All Ireland Féile games to be played in Limerick in early July. It has been a hectic couple of months with the focus primarily on only hurling. They have reached the semi-finals of the Olo Cup and on Friday they take on Ballybrown in Mungret at 1pm. They won their three group matches against St Nessan’s, An Modhscoil and Patrickswell.
The U/11’s have qualified for the semi-finals, having recorded wins against St Nessan’s and St Patrick’s and a last gasp draw with St Paul’s. They face either Patrickswell or Milford in the semi-final.
They won the INTO Mini 7’s City Hurling title with victories against Ballybrown and Patrickswell. They finished second to Bruff in the County Finals at UL a few weeks ago. Two of their players, Sean Long (captain) and Eoghain Sherlock were on the Mackey Cup City side that lost to eventual winners, the South. These two players were also members of the successful Na Piarsaigh Féile na nGael side, County Limerick champions.
It is an extremely busy time with training going on for the forthcoming UL Athletics. They are delighted with the time Ms Gwynne Ryan has given in putting the boys through their paces. There is a Soccer Blitz in Seanchoill and two hurling semi-finals this week.
Well done to the Caherdavin Community Games Futsal team who won the Bronze medal in the County Finals recently at the Factory, Galvone.. Well done to Caherdavin Celtic 12B’s who clinched the League last week and also the Caherdavin Community Games U/12 Soccer team who have reached the County semi-finals.
End of School Year Mass: This Mass will take place on Wednesday June 26 at 10am and will encompass the sixth class Graduation Ceremony. All parents, grandparents and friends are cordially invited to this happy event Afterwards, the parents and extended family members of the sixth class boys are invited to tea and cakes in the School Hall, hosted as always, by their brilliant Parents’ Association.
On Tuesday June 19 commencing at 7pm they have their Annual Medals Night presentation. Their Sports Department is as strong as ever, thanks to the admirable commitment of their coaches, Mr Dillon, Mr O’Neill, Mr Cronin and Mr Russell. This is a feature of their school life whose life value can never be overstated and must never be taken for granted.
The uniform swop and drop programme organised by the Parents’ Association will take place in the final week of the school year. Parents will be circularised on this matter by the Parents Association, closer to the time.
For the June Bank Holiday weekend, the school will be closed on Monday and Tuesday June 3/4.
The school will close at 12noon on Friday June 28 for the summer holidays and will re-open on Monday September 2.
CAHERDAVIN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Classes will be held in Sept next in Basic DIY, Basic Computer and Book Club. Please indicate, when booking classes, whether morning, afternoon or evening classes would be preferable. Booking is essential as places are limited. We will have further information on upcoming activities in the Caherdavin Community Centre, tel. 061-325496.
CAHERDAVIN YOUTH CLUB: Parents of first year students in the Caherdavin area are asked to note that the Club will be holding an information night for Parents on Friday June 7 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm to enable you to register your son or daughter for next season.
ADULT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Console invites family, friends, work colleagues and community members bereaved by Suicide to Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, on the first Wednesday of each month from 7pm – 9pm. This group will be facilitated by two of Console’s staff. There is no appointment necessary – you can arrive on the night. More information is available on 061-306792.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY: The Limerick Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland hold a Social Club for people with dementia and their carer, in a supported environment, and this takes place each Tuesday morning in the Woodfield House Hotel, between 11am and 1pm. There is no charge to attend and teas and coffee is provided. Please phone Mary at 313456 if you would like to attend, or just call to Woodfield House Hotel on Tuesdays from 11am. The Society is very appreciative of the ongoing support it receives from the public.
AA: The Caherdavin Branch of AA holds a meeting in the Community Centre, Whitethorn Drive, on Wednesdays at 8.30pm.
BREAST CHECK: For women between the ages of fifty and sixty four there is a free Breast Check available. To get a registration form to enable you to get your free mammogram please go online to www.breastcheck.ie or Freephone 1800 45 45 55.
CAHERDAVIN ACTIVE RETIRED: The group are looking forward to some fun filled activities over the next few weeks. They meet in the Scout Hall every Wednesday afternoon from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. All are welcome.
MOTHER AND TODDLER GROUP: This group are back on Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12noon in Caherdavin Community Centre.
CAHERDAVIN ENTERPRISE GROUP: This group are based in the Community Centre. They provide office services to the residents of Caherdavin and the surrounding area. Some of the things they do include Word Processing, e-mail, Binding and Laminating, Telephone Answering Service and much more. The building is shared with the AA group, Local ICA, Youth Clubs, Naoinra na nOg, Parents and Toddlers group, Library and various community groups and organisations On ant given day or night, you could expect to find Irish Dancing, Keep Fit kids, HipHop Dancing, Keep Fit Adults, Weight Watchers, Guitar Lessons using the facilities. There is plenty of parking available. Please feel free to contact them at any time on Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHOOL ENROLMENTS: Mary Queen of Ireland, Girls School Tel 454149 and Christ the King Boys National School Tel 453484 are now accepting enrolments for September 2013. Parents are advised to apply as soon as possible to avoid forgetting it later in the year.
LIMERICK SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB: Old time dancing, Cabaret and Exercise to Music is available at Pery’s Hotel, Glentworth Street on Tuesday nights. Music is provided by the resident band and the music suits all age groups. Teas are also served by the committee. Everybody is welcome together with their friends.
CAHERDAVIN COMMUNITY LIBRARY: The Caherdavin Branch of the City Library opens at the following times at the Community Centre: Monday 3pm to 7.30pm; Wednesday 5pm to 8pm; Friday 10am to 12noon. Membership is free to adults and children.
ST MUNCHIN’S RESOURCE CENTRE: The centre provides a transport service for older people in the North-side of the city such as Ballynanty, Clareview, Caherdavin, Ennis Road etc. They provide transport to/from medical and healthcare appointments, collecting pensions, attending Mass/library/shopping etc. They also provide a Friendly Call Service which is a weekly friendly phone from their trained staff/volunteers, where you can have a friendly chat, or discuss your concerns in confidence. They also provide a ‘Meals on Wheels’ service for older people, where you can receive a hot meal delivered to your home each day between 1pm and 2pm. This is available Monday – Friday at a cost of €3 per meal per day. For further information you may contact Tracey or Jean at 061-326623.
SENIOR HELP LINE: Third age is a National Confidential Listening Service for older people by older volunteers. It is a local call throughout Ireland and is open every day of the year. The times are Mon-Thurs: 10am – 10pm; Fri-Sun 10am-4pm/7-10pm.
The number is 1850 440 444. Do you need someone to listen? Would you like to talk to someone? Would it help to share a worry? Do you feel unsafe at home? Are there days
when you don’t have callers? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’, then ring the number above.
ATHLETICS: If any children from the area are interested in participating in the forthcoming Limerick Community Games Athletics, or other Community Games competitions, they can contact Con Daly at 086-8115677.
MOTHER AND TODDLER GROUP: This group meets on Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12noon in Caherdavin Community Centre.
CUPPA AND CHAT: All are welcome on Thursday mornings in the Scout Hall, after the 10am Mass.
JOB SEEKERS: Do you have a disability or health issue? Do you find it hard to get a job? Do you need some help to get started? Please contact Work Access Ltd. At 061-493095. They provide a supported employment service in Limerick City and also outreach offices in Kilmallock and Newcastlewest. For further information you may contact Michelle Barrett, Work Access Ltd, First Floor, Pillar House, Little Ellen Street, Limerick or www.workaccess.org
OSTEOFIT – EXERCISE FOR STRONG BONES: Osteofit classes are ongoing in Caherdavin These classes are designed for active older adults interested in maintaining and improving bone density, good balance, flexibility and strength. Go along any Wednesday to Na Piarsaigh GAA hall at 12noon. The first class is free and if you decide to come back you pay as you go, €8 per class. There is no advance payment and no commitment. Come along when you can and reap the benefits described above. Osteofit classes are in Na Piarsaigh GAA Hall every Wednesday at noon. NEWCOMERS always welcome. For further information please contact Brenda on 087-2255676.
FREE PRESCHOOL/MONTESSORI: Free ECCE Preschool/Montessori morning and afternoon sessions will take place at St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre Clonconnane Road, Ballynanty. To avail of this service please call the Centre at 061-326623 or call in to chat to Laura or Alison.
REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: A Remembrance Service will be held in St Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, on Sunday June 9 at 3pm. This service will bring families together in support and hope to remember their loved one who has died at MWRH in the previous twelve months. You and your family are most welcome to attend. Please bring along a photo or symbol of your loved one, if you so wish, to place in the ‘Remembrance Area’.