June 1

EXAM MASS: The annual Raheen/Mungret/Crecora Parish Mass for Leaving and Junior Certificate Examination students, and for all those sitting Examinations this year, will be celebrated in Raheen Church this Saturday evening, 1 June, at 6pm (the Weekend Vigil Mass). All students preparing for examinations, together with their families and friends, are welcome to attend.A rehearsal for the mass will take place in the Church on Thursday evening, 31 May, at 7.30pm. For any further information, the Parish Office can be contacted at 210869.

EXAM MASS: The annual Raheen/Mungret/Crecora Parish Mass for Leaving and Junior Certificate Examination students, and for all those sitting Examinations this year, will be celebrated in Raheen Church this Saturday evening, 1 June, at 6pm (the Weekend Vigil Mass). All students preparing for examinations, together with their families and friends, are welcome to attend.A rehearsal for the mass will take place in the Church on Thursday evening, 31 May, at 7.30pm. For any further information, the Parish Office can be contacted at 210869.

RAHEEN TOASTMASTERS: Raheen Toastmasters Club will hold it’s next meeting on Tuesday, 4 June, at the Maldron Hotel, Roxboro Road, Limerick. The Club meets at this venue on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 8pm to 10pm; anyone interested in availing of an opportunity to improve their communications skills, to prepare speeches, make presentations, “think on their feet” an d generally to enjoy Public Speaking, as well as to make new friends, is welcome to come along to any of these meetings. Further information regarding the Club’s activities can be obtained by visiting the website www.raheentoastmasters.com, or by forwarding an e-mail to raheentoastmasters@hotmail.com

PADRE PIO: On Wednesday next, 5 June, at 9.30am in St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Mungret the monthly Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated, followed by Prayers and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; everyone is welcome to attend this monthly celebration in honour of St. Padre Pio.

ICA MEETING - RAHEEN: The Limerick City Guild of the Irish Countrywomens Association holds its monthly meetings at the Millennium Centre, Raheen on the first Wednesday of each month, commencing at 8pm.

BAPTISM MEETING: A Baptism meeting will be held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen on Thursday evening next, 6 June, at 7.30pm; parents whose babies are about to be baptised are obliged to attend this meeting. Baptism meetings, organised by the Parish Baptism team, are held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen on the first Thursday of each month, commencing at 7.30pm. The purpose of these meetings is to assist with preparation for receiving the Sacrament; parents, and godparents if possible, who reside in the parish, and who intend having their child baptised, are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings, where all of the information which they require regarding the Sacrament of Baptism will be made available to them.

“CONSOLE”: The Adult Suicide Bereavement Support group, “Console - Living With Suicide”, holds meetings on the first Wednesday of every month, from 7pm to 9pm. The group’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 5 June at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, Limerick. Family, friends, work colleagues and community members who have been bereaved by the death of a loved one through suicide are welcome to come along to any of these monthly meetings, which are facilitated by Console staff; an appointment is not necessary. Further information can be obtained by contacting tel. 061-306792.

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY: Parishioners involved with the care of a family member or friend, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, are reminded that the Limerick Branch of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland is holding its next Carers meeting at the Mid Western Regional Office of the Alzheimer Society, 2nd Floor, Georges Quay House,Georges Quay, Limerick on Wednesday, 5 June, from 7 to 8pm. All are welcome to attend. A reminder - a local telephone service is available, at 061-313456, between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

In addition, the Alzheimer Society holds a Coffee Club morning on the first Tuesday of each month at 11am in their Regional Office at the address referred to above. All family carers of people suffering from alzheimer or dementia are invited to come along. It is hoped to have regular Speakers at these monthly gatherings, as well as tea/coffee, a scone and a chat.

MILFORD CARE CENTRE: Local readers, especially those who are interested in choral music, may wish to know that what promises to be a most enjoyable Concert will taking place this Thursday evening, 30 May, at St. Saviour’s (Dominican) Church, Glentworth Street. From the United States, the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir, and Chamber Choir, will perform in St. Saviour’s, commencing at 7.30pm. Admission to the performance is free, but donations can be made on the night, and the proceeds will be given to Milford Care Centre.

REGIONAL HOSPITAL REMEMBRANCE SERVICE:A Remembrance Service, in memory of those who passed away at the Mid Western Regional Hospital during the past twelve months, has been arranged to take place on Sunday, week, 9 June, at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle. This is an opportunity for families and friends who have lost a loved one during the past year to come together, and to join with others who have been similarly bereaved. Those who will attend the Serviare invited, if they so wish, to bring along a photograph of their loved one and have it placed in the Remembrance area. Anyone bereaved in this way is most welcome to come along to St. Paul’s on Sunday, 9 June; the Service will commence at 3pm.

“MARANATHA”: The Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites anyone who is interested to a 3 Day Evening Retreat which is taking place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 5, 6 and 7 June, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm each evening at St. Paul’s Church in Dooradoyle. Mass and Eucharistic Adoration will be included in each of the 3 hour sessions. Any further information can be obtained by contacting 085-7338617, 087-3878728 or 087-4167561.

PATIENTS’ TRANSPORT SERVICE: The Irish Cancer Society’s “Care To Drive” transport service is available to patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle. This service is provided free to the patient; a driver will collect the patient at his or her home and transport them to the Regional Hospital. Following their treatment, the patient will be similarly transported home. Any local resident who may be experiencing difficulty in getting to or from the Hospital for their chemotherapy treatment should speak to a member of the oncology team there. This is a very commendable initiative undertaken by the Irish Cancer Society.

FIRST FRIDAY: Friday next week, 7 June, is the First Friday of the month; daily Mass in the Parish Churches will be at the usual times, with a 7.30pm Evening Mass in Raheen Church also. Holy Communion will, as usual, be brought to the sick and housebound by the Priests of the Parish.

PIONEER ASSOCIATION: The monthly meeting of the local Pioneer Centre takes place next Friday evening, 7 June, in the Millennium Centre, Raheen. Anyone who wishes to become a Pioneer, or who is already a Pioneer and wishes to become a member of the Raheen Centre, or who wishes to obtain information regarding the services provided by the Centre, is welcome to come along to the monthly meeting.

MS IRELAND - COFFEE MORNING: In order to raise awareness of the condition Multiple Sclerosis, and to help fund the services which the organisation MS Ireland provides, a Coffee morning, cake sale, bric a brac, bbq and raffle has been arranged by Tara, the Mid Western Regional Office at St. Nessan’s Road, Dooradoyle for this Wednesday, 29 May, from 11am to 3pm. International World MS Day is being celebrated that day; everyone is welcome to come along.

ST. ANTHONYS NOVENA: Local parishioners may be interested to know that a Novena to St. Anthony will be held at St. John’s Cathedral, Limerick from Wednesday next, 5 June to Thursday week, 13 June (inclusive), with Mass being celebrated each day at 10am and 7pm. Blessing with the relic of St. Anthony will be included, together with Novena prayers. The Masses on the Saturdays are at 10am and 6pm, while the Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 10.30am and 7pm. Anointing of The Sick has been arranged for Friday, 7 June, at 7pm. Blessing of children will take place on Thursday, 13 June, at 9.15am in the school hall at St. John’s Girls and Infant Boys School. The Novena will be conducted by Fr. Pat Conlan, O.F.M.