Thanks: Here in St. Nicholas’ Parish Holy Week and Easter were memorable in the life of our parish and community. A special word of thanks to all who helped organise the Holy Week liturgies: to our young adults who led us in the Stations of the Cross at 12 noon Good Friday; to those who were involved in the dramatised reading of the Gospel for Passion Sunday and Good Friday and to all involved in our Pageant: Mary at Calvary. Finally we thank all who attended the celebration of our Dawn Mass in Shannon fields and to Jo and Dan Stapleton and family for hosting breakfast on Easter Sunday morning. We thank the members of our choirs, sacristans, readers, extraordinary Ministers of Holy communion and the altar servers. A special thanks to those who cleaned our church and prepared the Easter Garden and Ann for her floral arrangements. Our Easter Sunday Mass was enhanced by the lovely dancing from Sharon O’Brien and her ten little dancers. Together we have done and hopefully will continue to do great things.
ADORATION: 24 hour adoration of the Blessed Sacrament St. Nicholas’ Church. Thursday 7.00pm – Friday 7.00pm. This is an opportunity for everyone to take a little time out to be still, reflect, and commune with the Lord
40 YEARS OFR LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE: LYS launched our 40th birthday celebrations on Thursday, March 21st with Director Catherine Kelly calling on Limerick’s Youth to ‘YELL out!’ The gathering brought together young people, volunteers and staff from LYS’s many youth projects and clubs as LYS unveiled its yearlong birthday plans and introduced its fortieth anniversary mascot, YELLvis. ‘YELLvis was created by members of YELL (Youth Empowerment Looks @ Limerick), a group of young people who believe in asserting the voices of young people at local, national and international level,’ explained Ms. Kelly. ‘I am calling on Limerick’s youth to adapt YELL and ‘yell out,’ continued Ms. Kelly, who challenged those present to let people know about the positive impact that young people have and, continue to give, to their communities.
‘As I look at where we (LYS) are today, it’s hard to believe that we (LYS) started out in a one a room office forty years ago,’ reflected Ms. Kelly, who first joined LYS in the late 1980s. Ms. Kelly thanked the volunteers and young people that have given so much of their time to the young people of Limerick. ‘LYS could not exist without the your support and to say thank you we will be hosting a gathering for volunteers, past and present, on Friday, May 24th,’ added Ms. Kelly. ‘Our Leaving Class Applied class are busy constructing Limerick’s very own Lough Ness monster which will be unveiled at the Hunt Museum during Riverfest,’ explained Ms. Kelly
REFELCTIVE AND INSPIRATIONAL EVENING: Facilitated by Hilary Musgrave and Monica Brown. An uplifting, inspirational evening for all who are seeking to enrich their faith! Weaving together music, scripture imagery and ritual with selected readings from their Croí Nua Programme of Renewal for Ireland, Monica and Hilary will provide participants with a creative and prayerful space to celebrate their faith and their experience of God in the reality of their daily lives. As numbers are limited for this please forward names to Sr. Dympna as soon as possible. 348510. Wednesday 17 April 7:30 – 9pm
PARISH VISITATION: This will be taking place soon after Easter. We would love another 20 people to get involved. Time involvement is approximately 2 hours, with a celebration in May!! If interested please give your name to Dympna or the priests.
HOLIDAY TIME: We wish all our young people a safe and happy Easter holiday. We remind parents to be vigilant at all times as to the whereabouts of their children.
TROCAIRE: The Trocaire Lenten campaign will end this week. Boxes can be returned at any of our weekend Masses
SMARTER TRAVEL: Limerick has been designated Ireland’s Smarter Travel Demonstration City. We are a collaborative group from the Limericks Local Authorities and the University of Limerick with a budget of €9million and over the next five years we will be putting in place the necessary infrastructure to make cycling, walking, travelling by bus and car sharing a much easier option for people in their daily routine. This is a huge deal for Limerick and it is so important that people know what an amazing opportunity this is for the City. While the project may be seen mostly through infrastructure, we are primarily focusing on the behaviour change side of Smarter Travel. We have recently teamed up with the Graduate Entry Medical School, and the Physical Education and Sports Sciences in UL as well as An Taisce Green Schools, and Smarter Travel Workplaces to help us with our project.
Community Travel Plan: Corbally is already committed to promoting more stress-free, active, and sustainable travel among its citizens. We have already met with Scoil Íde and St Munchin’s schools and have begun to survey students to inform future actions and initiatives required to improve and encourage sustainable travel to schools in Corbally. We are seeking to find out more about what people of Corbally think about how they are currently travelling, options we should explore and how the people of Corbally can facilitate this. We are at present developing a number of micro infrastructural projects, as identified by our Corbally Working Group. This includes an improved pedestrian crossing at Scoil Ide. This will all form part of an overall Community Travel Plan for Corbally, which will essentially be a document written and adopted by the community outlining the action they will take to encourage healthier, safer, and sustainable travel to, from, and within the community. We are asking Corbally citizens to analyse how they make local journeys, to school, work, shops, etc. This involves exploring the benefits of more sustainable forms of transport such as walking or cycling. It is also important to identify the problems or barriers that may prevent the use of such modes. We need Corbally citizens to take part and get involved. We have issued a newsletter to Corbally to raise awareness of our continued presence. In the coming weeks we will be holding a community meeting to present our initial designs and ideas. 20 Weeks of Change: Everyone we meet in the city is unbelievably supportive and can’t believe what a huge win this is for the City. We just need to continue to get the word out. To this end, we are launching our big campaign ‘20 Weeks of Change’ in May. We are in the process of recruiting up to 30 Smarter Travel Champions from within our study areas who are willing to incorporate Smarter Travel into their daily lives for 20 weeks. We will be following a select number of these people and interviewing them occasionally as they take on this new way of moving around the city. We will be launching a little documentary during Mobility Week in September. Having teamed up with the Medical School in UL we will be monitoring the improvement in health from the beginning and end of the campaign. We will be offering free GP visits at the beginning and end for a quick medical screening, and obviously all results are private and champions will get expert exercise and diet advice. If this is something you might be interested in, please let us know. If you aren’t interested perhaps you could suggest friends/ colleagues who might want to start to cycle more, take the bus, car share with their partner etc., that would be great.
DESIGN A LAPEL PIN COMPETITION: Design a lapel pin for Limerick Going for Gold! Limerick Going for Gold is inviting all primary, secondary and third level students in Limerick to design a lapel pin. The theme of the lapel pin should be to instil pride in Limerick. The overall winning entry will be made into a gold plated lapel pin and will serve as part of a marketing campaign to promote Limerick and the Going for Gold initiative. The competition is open to Primary, Secondary and Third level students attending Limerick schools or third level institutions. The winning prize fund is €7,500. The schools will receive the prize fund in both the primary and second level categories and the winning individuals will receive the prize in the third level category. Download the entry form from for the Design a Lapel Pin competition and ensure you include the following information with your entry: Name, age, home address, home/mobile telephone number, School/college name, school/college address and telephone number, Signature of your parent, teacher or guardian where applicable. Include a brief description of your design. The design can be any shape, but please keep in mind that when it is produced it will be a small pin, so avoid too much text or ‘cluttered’ design elements. Postal entries should be on A4 paper and placed in hard back envelopes. Framed Entries will not be accepted. Post to: Lapel Pin Design Competition, 1st Floor, Suite 2, The Mall, Beacon Court, Sandyford, Dublin 18. Digital entries must be submitted in pdf/jpeg format. Your entry must be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org The entries will be judged by the official Going for Gold judges and a panel of independent judges. Closing date for entries is Friday 5th April 2013.
LIMERICK GOING FOR GOLD: The Limerick ‘going for gold’ campaign is continuing in 2013. The campaign aims to make Limerick a cleaner, brighter place to work, live and visit.Going for Gold encourages businesses, community groups and individuals to improve their areas by getting involved in the national Tidy Towns Competition and generally improving their areas and reducing the impact of litter across the City. Limerick City Council in association with the JP McManus Charitable Foundation is encouraging everyone to get involved. Once again a €50,000 prize fund has been confirmed for Going for Gold Competition. It is likely that there will be some changes to last year’s Going for Gold categories and these along with the possibility of additional categories will be announced at a later date.
LECTURES FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH: Public Lecture Series: Tuesdays 5.00p.m. (Room 202) Mary Immaculate College. On Tuesday 9 April Professor John Hayes will speak on: Hope beyond reasonable expectation. On 16 April Dr. Andrew Pierce will speak on Anglican Spirituality and on 22 April Ms Myra Hayes will talk on the Spirituaqlity of John and its expression in stained glass windows.
LIMERICK’S GOT TALENT: Calling all singer, dancers, bands, choirs, variety acts & songwriters the search is now on for the new stars of Limerick in our 5th annual competition which takes place at Limetree Threatre, Mary Immaculate College from 20th - 23rd August.
This years competition promises to be the biggest and best ever hence why we have moved venues to give our supporters better facilities and more comfort.
Applications are now available from two outlets this year our main one at Local Heroes Office in Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre and also from Future Sound & Vision in Upper William St during shopping hours. All applications must be returned to Arthur’s Quay before closing date of !st August 2013 with €10.00 entry fee.
Massive prize packs are available for our winners which as well as overall winner five category winners will be chosen including Best Singer, Best Dance Act, Best Band, Best Variety Act & best Original Song. Show producer Mike O’Connor told us “we are all excited about this years project with the great categories and the interest show and also delighted that the acts have the chance to perform on a magnificent auditorium such as the Limetree Theatre.” All prospective applicants are invited to attend our first workshop, which will take place at South Court Hotel Conference Centre on Tuesday 2nd April from 11.00am -4.00pm which will be very beneficial to their progress. Once again, all proceeds for show will go to the MS Society Limerick Further information can be had from our Facebook Page Limerick’s Got Talent 2013 our contact Mike O’Connor on 0851367594.
PARISH VISITATION: This will be taking place soon after Easter. We would love another 20 people to get involved. Time involvement is approximately two hours twice a year with a celebration in May!! If interested please give your name to Sr. Dympna or the priests.
ACE AWARDS: These are given to pupils who excel in school life through attainment,
community spirit or effort. Well done to our recent ACEs.Jack O’Byrne, Aimee Casey,
Aaron Deegan, Alexandra Pyatnychka, Juliet Duhi, Chloe Ryan Martin, Dean Callinan , Gabriella Pavlovicova. Congratulations and well done!
Back to school: Now that school has re-opened following the Easter recess, we wish all a happy and good term ahead. To those preparing for important exams we hope you do your very best and remember what you put into your work will reap its rewards.
Lourdes Pilgrimage: We welcome home all the pupils from Ard Scoil Mhuire who were on pilgrimage to Lourdes during the past week.
FIRST hOLY COMMUNION: First Communions will begin next Sunday 14 April at the 10.30 a.m. Mass and will continue for three Sundays. We wish all involved a happy and special day.