ONE OF OUR OWN: The Irish Jesuit News publication volume2, issue 16 dated October 2 had two very interesting pieces to report that will be interesting to read by residents in this district. The first item is about a young lady who lived on Lawndale drive, Dooradoyle estate for some years going to St.Paul’s National school before going onto Crescent College Comprehensive on the Dooradoyle road. Her father Jim and mother Mary brought her and her siblings up swimming fairly regularly and usually to St Enda’s swimming pool. Perhaps, they saw her potential but somebody did for this young girl was selected some years ago as one of the young swimmers to receive special attention and training for the Olympic Games in the future.
Fiona Doyle, for that is her name, went on to study and promote her swimming ambitions in college in Canada and she competed in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia earlier this year. She won the silver medal in the 100m breaststroke and barely missed out on a second medal in the 50m breaststroke. Fiona visited her former Crescent College Comprehensive headmaster to display her medal. Here, in her own words, is how she described what is demanded of her to achieve her ambitions and standard. “Every Monday to Friday I train roughly 20 hours in the pool. Each day I follow the same schedule. Wake up at 4.50am. Swim 6-8.0am. Weights 8-9.0am. Class 10-1.0pm. Swim 2-4.0pm. Coach 4-7.0pm. Study 7.30-9.0pm. Then sleep.”
She had success in Canadian trials and Irish National Championships earlier this year setting a new Irish record. What seems to have been her mantra throughout the summer ‘Why not me’ has stayed with her but Fiona has not lost sight of the Jesuit ethos that was instilled in her while at the Crescent College Comprehensive. Again in her own words “I have learned so much in recent years about success in sport and about life in general. A lot of it came from my time in Crescent when everyone, all my teachers especially were supportive. When I come back to meet the students at assembly. I will be summing up these lessons as follows”:
1.The importance of being organised.
2. It is good to ask for help
3. Trust, perhaps the hardest lesson in life.
Finally, to use a colloquial ‘Limerickism’ Good luck, Fiona girl one of our own and continued success in the future.
CCC WEEK: It was just week four in the new school year in Crescent College Comprehensive and the sixth year students made a two day retreat while students of geography and agricultural science made five field day trips during that week. The 150 first year students went to the adventure centre in Petersburgh, Co. Mayo that is part of an induction course in the college. The third year students also had their retreat and three of the classes made a day trip as part of their CSPE projects.
On any one day there were up to 20 teachers released to accompany the students on their different activities. The deputy principal who was organising all the week’s different activities received tremendous assistance from all the staff and teachers who demonstrated great flexibility and good will with support from the students. At the school Mass the school captain expressed gratitude on behalf of all present to the school and teachers for the energetic start to the school year and also for the new friendships and experiences during the week.
Fr. Jim Maher, S.J. who has always been involved in the thick of the energetic activities using the analogy of the heavy backpack said: “God wants us to recognise early in the school year that if there is anything weighing us down so that we can take steps to deal with what troubles us. There may be some situations that we cannot change but we can change the way we see them and in that way lighten the load.”
In the light of recent happenings in our city this analogy ought to be studied by many young people.
MARANATHA: The Maranatha prayer ministry retreat through the ministry of Fr. Charles Benoit Reche, C.F.R. and Frances Hogan, Catholic Biblical scholar with Mass, rosary, confession, individual Eucharistic blessing at St.Paul’s church Dooradoyle on Sunday, October 20 from 2.30pm until 7.30pm. All are welcome.
HOSPICE SHOP: Milford Hospice has opened a shop on 22 Thomas St. and are appealing for the following items: good quality men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, shoes, accessories, handbags and jewellery.
Also household items such as bed linen, ornaments and mirrors would be gratefully received. For further information contact Aelish McMahon on o86/8366846. Shop opening hours from Monday to Saturday inclusive are 9.30am until 5.30pm
STARCAMP: Starcamp are organising a children’s Hallowe’en Camp in Crescent College Comprehensive from October 29 to November 1 from 9.30am until 2.30 pm with a finale show on the Friday for parents to come and see. The camp is a fun filled way for boys and girls aged 4-12years spend their school holidays. Singing, dancing and acting in a non-competitive self-esteem building environment. To book your child’s place visit www.starcamp.ie or call on 021/4377900.
FITNESS CLASSES: Men’s only fitness classes every Wednesday night at 8.0 pm in Mungret/ St. Paul’s GAA. For further information contact John Penny at 087/9115411
NEW READERS: New readers are being sought for the Masses celebrated in St. Paul’s church on Saturday evening at 6.0pm and on Sunday at 10.0am and at 12.15pm. If you can assist please submit your name in the sacristy or give it to Fr. John Leonard, PP 061/302729 or Fr. Eugene Boyce, 061304508 or Ms Anne Gabbett at 061/228017. Readers usually read the first reading, the responsorial psalm, the second reading and the gospel acclaimation. The reader does this for a month at a time and he or she usually makes a commitment to undertake this task for the year.
AUTUMN DUES: The envelopes for the collection of the autumn dues for the support of the local clergy have been distributed throughout the parish and it is hoped that they will be returned soon.
ST. PAUL’S N.S. 2014: Parents who wish to enrol pupils in Junior Infants for September 2014 should fill in an application form and submit it with relevant documents to Marion in the office. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is October23, 2013. While priority is given to brothers and sisters already in St. Paul’s school parents must apply otherwise your child will not be considered for a place. Parents who have already submitted a completed application form please check with Marion that it is on file and all relevant details correct.
OCTOBER BREAK: St. Paul’s school will close on October 28 for a break and it will re-open again on November 4 at 9.0
OPEN HOUSE: Limerick’s second annual Open House event is being held this week-end from Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20. Limerick’s most historic and intriguing buildings will open doors to the general public. .Limerick is a member of a family of worldwide locations that includes London, New York, Helsinki, Melbourne, Slovenia including Dublin and Galway. Such buildings as the Dominican Biblical Institute, the UL Graduate Medical School, the DeValera cottage in Bruree and the city’s oldest building St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Quaker House at Punch’s Cross, the newly constructed Southill Older Persons Aoartment are among the buildings with open doors. This is a simple but effective means of showcasing outstanding architecture for all to experience completely Free of charge.
YOUNG AT HEART: Each Tuesday from 10.30am until 12.0 noon at the Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club-house you are invited to come along for a cup of tea, a chat and a few games of bingo. It is primarily for senior parishoners. A small donation is required but it is not compulsory for you are most welcome. Tell your friends about this and perhaps it can become a weekly event
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There was a meeting in St. Paul’s church recently of persons interested in arranging a date for the resumption of the Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday in the Sacred Heart chapel attached to the church. It was agreed that the Eucharistic adoration would commence on last Wednesday and the adoration will continue each Wednesday now hereafter. After the 10.00am Mass in St. Paul’s the adoration will continue all day until 10.00pm at night. There will be at least one person present with the Blessed Sacrament throughout the whole day into the night. You are very welcome to call in and spend some time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
MISSION SUNDAY: There will be two collections at all Masses this week-end to support the work of missionaries. It will take place after Holy Communion.
SET DANCING: If you are interested set dancing classes have commenced in Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA club-house each Thursday at 9.0pm Beginners welcome.
MUSIC GENERATION: Limerick is one of the nine centres chosen where the Music Generation programme that is part funded by U2 and the Ireland Fund was launched on the recent Culture night the Lime Tree theatre. Andrew Jordan who lived on the Dooradoyle road and went to St. Paul’s National school and did his secondary education in the Crescent College Comprehensive is a student who has undertaken to do a PhD and do his doctoral research study into any Music programme in the country. Andrew learned his music with Mrs. Moloney in the Crescent College Comprehensive and also with the Boherbuoy Brass & Reed band on Edward Street. He continued on to the Irish World of Music Academy and Dance where he received his M. A. Andrew is also co-founder and director at the Redemptorist Centre of Music where he teaches both adults and students. He will do his three year doctoral research in Mary Immaculate College.
CHILDREN’S CHOIR: As part of the Music Generation programme a new children’s choir is to be established in Limerick city. Children aged 5-10 years will commence rehearsals shortly on Saturday afternoons in Limerick city. For further information please contact email@example.com and forward your details.
FORE WARNED: As we are all aware everything has a time or a season and it manifests itself during that time. The month of October introduces the Hallowe’en period when the children and the youngsters become all concerned and excited about ‘trick or treat’. It was always a time when the young children called to the houses in their nearby area seeking a trick or treat for Hallowe’en. During the past number of years the not so young ‘children’ were more inclined to trick rather than treat and pelt eggs or flour at houses. There also is the practice of setting off fire crackers or bangers near adults that would be unaware of what would be happening and giving a real fright to the victim.
MIND YOUR ANIMALS: Despite the fact that fire-works and ‘bangers’ are illegal to have there will be some that will acquire them and use them. They cause terror in animals especially with dogs that have been known to flee their places of residence. Therefore, as the time of Hallowe’en approaches take care of your dog or whatever pet you may have.
GO SLOWLY: The big job of work at present along the Ballinacurra road makes driving almost akin to a hazard course. With the onset of the darker evenings and the ongoing changes on the road dur to the work it is imperative to drive with care.
SHINE A LIGHT: Now that the evenings are getting shorter and darkness comes earlier several people have commented that the school-yard is in darkness when going to and coming from St. Paul’s church on Saturdays after Mass at 6.0pm. A lighted lamp would be much appreciated.
BAPTISMS: The Sacrament of Baptism is performed as required each Saturday evening and again on Sundays after the 12.15pm Mass. There is a request form available for Baptism that must be completed and handed into the Sacristy of St. Paul’s church or to Fr. John Leonard, P.P. or to Fr. Eugene Boyce at least two weeks before the Baptism ceremony takes place.
A.A. MEETINGS: The St. Paul’s group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the St. Paul’s national school on three evenings of the week at 20.30hours. They come together on each Monday, Thursday and Saturday. If you are having difficulty with your drinking habits you are cordially invited and are welcome.
DONoRS: The next visit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service to the South Court Hotel will be on Wednesday, November 6 from 5.0pm until 8.0pm. All donors will be welcome especially new donors. There is always a demand for blood supplies in hospitals and it is vital that supplies are maintained at a safe level and are not allowed drop below a certain level.
FOR OUR DEAD: At present a list of names of deceased people of this parish or deceased people associated with residents of this parish is being compiled for remembrance on November 4 when a special Mass is celebrated at 7.30pm. All who have died since October 1 2012 to the end of October 2013. The names and parish and association with St. Paul’s parish should be placed on the list that will be available in the sacristy up to the day of the Mass, November 4.