June 15

BLOOD DONATION CLINIC: The next Blood Donation clinic in this locality will be held on Tuesday, 18 May, from 5pm to 8pm, at the South Court Hotel, Raheen. Regular donors are requested to please note this date and time, and to continue to support this vital service to others. A total of one hundred and thirty nine donors attended the corresponding Clinic in May; an increase in that number would be very much appreciated! New donors are always especially welcome. Potential, and existing, donors are reminded that a Donor Information local telephone line can be accessed, at any time, on 1850 731 137.

BLOOD DONATION CLINIC: The next Blood Donation clinic in this locality will be held on Tuesday, 18 May, from 5pm to 8pm, at the South Court Hotel, Raheen. Regular donors are requested to please note this date and time, and to continue to support this vital service to others. A total of one hundred and thirty nine donors attended the corresponding Clinic in May; an increase in that number would be very much appreciated! New donors are always especially welcome. Potential, and existing, donors are reminded that a Donor Information local telephone line can be accessed, at any time, on 1850 731 137.

RAHEEN TOASTMASTERS: Raheen Toastmasters Club will hold it’s next meeting on Tuesday, 18 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

PARISH CLERK: Envelopes for contributions to the Raheen Parish Clerk’s collection have been distributed; additional envelopes are available at the church porch for any household which may not have been supplied with one.

HOSPITAL VISITING TIMES: Visitors to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle are reminded that the current official visiting hours there are 2pm to 4pm in the afternoons, and 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the evenings. These visiting times apply to all visits to hospital patients, and are being strictly applied. Visitors are requested to please comply with these requirements.

REDEMPTORIST NOVENA: Parishioners are reminded that this year’s Solemn Novena in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, at the Redemptorist Church, Mount St. Alphonsus, Limerick commences today Friday, 14 June, and continues until Saturday, 22 June. The theme of this years Novena is “Standing Firm In The Faith - Remembering Vatican 2, 50 Years On”. Ten sessions of the Novena will be held each day, the first at 7am and the final one at 10.30pm. Confessions and Counselling services will also be available throughout the nine days of the Novena. A daily session of the Novena will also be held at Corpus Christi Church, Moyross and at Holy Family Church, Southill at 7.30pm. A special Celebration, with a blessing for babies and young children, takes place at Mount Saint Alphonsus this Sunday, 16 June, at 4.30pm. At 11.30am on Monday next, 17 June, a special celebration has been arranged for this year’s First Holy Communion classes. The special session for the Sick and Infirm will take place at 11.30am on Saturday, 22 June. Reconciliation services have been arranged for Wednesday, 19 June; details are set out on the Novena leaflets and on the Novena website. Everyone is welcome to partake in this annual festival of faith and prayer. Details can be obtained from leaflets which have been made available in all Churches; in addition, notices regarding the dates of the Novena are prominently displayed at various locations in the City and County. The various Novena sessions can be followed live on the Internet at www.novena.ie; all information relating to the Novena can also be obtained by logging onto www.novena.ie

KNOCK PILGRIMAGE: Saint Joseph’s Young Priests Society is holding its National Pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday week, 22 June. A coach will leave from Raheen Church for Knock at 8.30am (sharp); those travelling should note the slightly earlier time of departure this year.. Anyone interested in travelling to Knock should contact Una at 227852, to reserve a seat, as soon as possible.

OUTREACH MOLDOVA CHARITY: Organisers of the recent Church gate collection at Raheen and Mungret Churches, on behalf of the Irish Charity “Outreach Moldova”, wish to sincerely thank all who contributed to the collection. This particular Charity looks after more than five hundred and fifty orphaned or severely disabled children at the Hincesti Orphanage, as well as the Orphanage for babies in Chisinau, in the Republic of Moldova. Without the generous assistance of people in Ireland these forgotten children could not be given the care they need and deserve. Further information regarding this project can be obtained, by anyone interested, by visiting www.outreachmoldova.org