CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, October 19-20, The Twentyninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and Mission Sunday, are as follows, Saturday at 6-30pm Angela O’Donnell, Sunday at 11-30am Ann Higgins. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm Mary Bennis, Rita Madigan and Christy Murphy,
Sunday at 11-30am Mary Enright, Kathleen Enright and Sam Milburn, please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Would ministers be aware that only one duty may be undertaken at mass, and the readers’ list now operates on a two weekly cycle. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. Weekday masses in Patrickswell will be at the usual time of 9-30am. Weekend masses in Ballybrown will be at 8pm on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm.
RELICS OF ST. ANTHONY: The relics of St.Anthony of Padua, will visit St.John’s cathedral this coming Monday October 21, with the following timetable: Mass at 10am followed by veneration from 11am until 6-30pm, then mass at 7pm followed by veneration from 8 to 10pm. Everybody is most welcome.
PASTORAL AREA NEWS: On Behalf of the Pastoral Area Team, Margaret O’Brien wishes to thank all who participated in St Nessan’s Pilgrim Walk on Sunday September 29 to celebrate the Year of Faith, and would also like to acknowledge all who greeted them at the various venues, the Dominicans priests, Rev. Sandra Pragnell at St.Michael’s, Pery Square, Una Mc Carthy, sacristan at St.Joseph’s church and Fr Seamus Enright, Frances who led the hymns and the ladies who supplied the tea at the Redemptorists. It was an enjoyable spiritual experience for all who attended. The next event is a collective group meeting at St. Joseph’s parish hall on Thursday October 24 at 8pm. Noirin Lynch of the Diocesan Liturgy group will address the meeting and outline the assistance available from the pastoral centre. All members of liturgy groups, readers, choirs, baptismal teams, bereavement groups and pastoral councils are invited to attend and avail of the support that will be presented and offered to them.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service continues to require three thousand donations every week, and donor clinics will be held at the following locations in the coming week to facilitate that requiremen: Caherconlish Community Centre on Monday October 21 from 6 to 9pm, Rathkeale House Hotel on Wednesday October 23 from 6 to 9pm, and Ceol Corbrai Hall, Glin, on Thursday October 24, also from 6 to 9pm. 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.
CHARITY SHOP: Despite the much cooler weather at the weekend, the pop-up charity shop did a roaring trade on its third and final day. Emily Clarke and her helpers were kept busy all day hoping for a clear out of the remaining bargains in clothes, jewellery, bric-a-brac and furniture items. The apple tarts, homemade brown bread and scones, gorgeous coffee cakes and muffins were in great demand again, and the raffle, for which there were three prizes this week, was also well subscribed. Emily would like to thank everyone who supported her venture in any and every way, the results of which have exceeded all her expectations. The beneficiaries will be Fr. Derek Leonard’s mission in Lima, Peru, Fr. Michael O’Shea’s support of St Joseph’s orphanage in Romania, the Lourdes Invalid Fund, and a local family facing huge bills for two of their children with rare medical conditions.
TIDY TOWNS: Many people have remarked recently how wonderful it is have so much colour still on display in the various beds and containers around the village. Coupled with the autumn sunshine and the very mild weather in general, it is very gratifying that our efforts are still being enjoyed and appreciated so late into the year.
We were informed this week that the Limerick in Bloom Awards will be announced at a ceremony in the Woodlands House Hotel on Wednesday October 23 at 7pm. Please keep Friday November 1 free for our annual table quiz at the Cú Chulainn, commencing at 9pm, we look forward to seeing all our friends and supporters there.
HEADWAYS FUNDRAISING: Sam Milburn would like to thank everyone for their continued support of his fundraising for Headways, the brain injury support group. Recent donations have pushed the total so far to €875. Many people unwittingly think of a new hairdresser when they hear of Headways, but it is only those who have to avail of the service it provides to sufferers of acquired brain injuries and their carers and family members, who understand what a fantastic organisation it is, offering peer support, and professional services in the aftermath of the condition, and bringing positive change to the lives of those affected. Like all support groups and charitable organisations, Headways is severely under funded, and any support is very welcome and greatly appreciated by its service users. Your very generous support is sincerely acknowledged.
MOUSE RACING: The organisers of the recent fund raising event for St.Pat’s soccer club would like to thank all who supported the mouse racing night, which was hosted at the Dark Horse. It was a fun filled evening, and all the mice involved survived, even though the racing ability of some left their sponsors, owners and trainers somewhat financially embarrassed. Reliable sources suggest that there will be a Munster Mouse National next year.
KILCORNAN FUN NIGHT: Kilcornan Community Centre is the venue for a Fun Night, this Thursday October 17, commencing at 8.15pm.Among the entertainment listed is Padini the Clown followed by an upcycling presentation by Breda McKeon. Entry fee €10 which includes tea and coffee. Bí linn agus Fáilte.