CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, January 11-12, The Baptism of the Lord, are as follows, Saturday at 6-30pm Joe Tierney, Sunday at 11-30am Michael Punch. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm Louise Carey, Breda Carroll and Eileen Nally, Sunday at 11-30am Patricia Barry, Rory Bennis and Rose Kelliher. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Weekday masses are at the usual time of 9-30 am Monday to Friday. The weekly prayer meeting takes place at 8 pm on Monday and all are welcome. Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be with Pauline at the Parish Office by 12noon on Thursdays, Tel 061-353454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, Fr. Mike’s contact details are, Tel 061-353711, Mobile 087-1279015, or email email@example.com
MINISTERS’ ROTAS: Listed readers for the following two weekends are as follows, Saturday January 18 and 25 at 6-30pm Angela O’Donnell, and Sunday January 19 and 26 at 11-30am Ann Higgins. Would Eucharistic Ministers please revert to the sequence of the previous rota, or refer to these notes until a new one is distributed. Your co-operation is appreciated.
GAA MASS: The annual mass for the deceased members of Patrickswell GAA Club will take place at 6-30pm this Saturday, January 11, 2014.
MICHAEL JOHN FITZGERALD RIP: Huge numbers, not seen for some time in Patrickswell, were in attendance at the removal, funeral mass and burial of local GAA stalwart and highly respected member of the community, Michael John Fitzgerald, Barnakyle, who passed away to his eternal reward last Thursday. Monsignor Lane offered Thursday morning’s mass for the repose of Michael’s soul. Michael’s remains were accorded a GAA Guard of Honour from the Shrine of Our Blessed Lady to the Church of the Blessed Virgin, Patrickswell, on Saturday evening after reposing at Thompson’s Funeral Home, and again for the solemn journey to Patrickswell graveyard, after his funeral mass on Sunday. Michael was a former employee of Limerick County Council and was also a Vice President of Patrickswell GAA Club. His wife Christine, a longstanding member of Patrickswell church choir, devoted many years of caring for Michael in the family home at Barnakyle, and to her and members of the extended family, the community and beyond extends heartfelt and sincere sympathy. May Michael’s gentle soul rest in peace.
CREDIT UNION AGM: The Board of Directors of MPCC Credit Union would like to advise all members that the A.G.M. takes place on Monday, January 20 at 8.00pm in Ballybrown Community Resource Centre in Clarina. All members are invited and encouraged to attend as you have the right to know about your local Credit Union. Your questions and suggestions are therefore important and always welcome. Refreshments will be served and a draw for members in attendance will take place on the night.
CONGRATULATIONS: The McDermott family, proprietors of the local Gala store and Topaz petrol station on Main Street, are to be congratulated on their most recent accolade, winning a gold medal in the national ShelfLife Convenience Store Awards. Local sporting hero, Conor Murray, was in attendance to assist them in their celebrations, along with DJ Will Leahy from RTE 2FM. Conor took time out for photographs with the McDermott family and members of their staff team. Sophie and Mairead Bustin were delighted they attended, as they were announced winners of a celebratory hamper for the occasion. Well done to all concerned, these awards don’t come easy.
SAMARITANS: The Limerick and Tipperary branch of Samaritans is holding an Information and Open Night, this coming Monday, January 13, at 7-30pm in the Samaritan Centre which is situated at 20, Barrington Street, Limerick. The purpose of the event is to inform members of the public who may be interested in becoming a Samaritan volunteer, about the organisation, and also to provide details of what is involved in becoming a volunteer, and the training requirements. The organisation offers confidential and emotional support to its callers, 24 hours of the day, seven days a week. The information session will also be held on Saturday, January 18 at 2pm. Contact Free to Call 116123 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SENIOR HELP LINE: Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service for older people by trained older volunteers for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444. The lines are open every day from 10am to 10pm and callers are assured of a sympathetic and helpful response. Issues covered include loneliness, health concerns, entitlements, services, home security, and clarification or more easy to understand information on topical items as reported in media, as well as issues around bereavement and lack of family contact. Unfortunately, elder abuse is also an ongoing and increasing problem. Elder abuse can be physical, emotional, financial, or linked to neglect, and most calls report emotional abuse followed by financial abuse, with physical abuse featuring in a smaller proportion of calls. Bullying and control is often a factor in elder abuse, and some callers need support in seeing that the behaviour they are suffering is abusive and unacceptable. If you feel you are being subjected to any of these issues, then ring 1850 440 444.
FRIDAY CLUB: The club reconvenes this Friday, January 10 at 2pm, after the Christmas and New Year recess. Members wish to extend their sincere sympathy to Kathleen Tierney, Clounanna, whose husband Gerry passed away between Christmas and the New Year. May he rest in peace.
RESOURCE HOUSE: Most activities are back to normal at the Resource House after the Christmas break, including the Parent and Toddler Group on Thursday morning, and the 45Drive on Thursday night at 9pm. There are still a few vacancies for the proposed Beginners’ Computer Class and a Continuation Computer Class taking place at the Resource Centre. Names are now being taken for both classes and if anyone is interested in booking a place on either course, contact the Resource Centre on 061-320303. Unfortunately, these classes will not be able to proceed if they are under subscribed, so if you have considered it, please make the effort, it will be worth your while.