MASS TIMES IN CHRIST THE KING: Mon – Sat. 10am; Sat Evening -7.30pm; Sundays: 10.30am and 12noon; Church Holidays – 10am.
DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to those recently bereaved:
Michael Kilgallen, Derravarragh Road and family on the death of his wife Rita;
Siobhán O’Sullivan of Naoinra in Boys School on the death of her mother Teresa Ryan, Clareview;
Moane family, on the death of Betty Moane, formerly of Cherry Avenue.
CHRISTMAS CEREMONIES: The Christmas ceremonies were very well attended, with returning family members lending a nice family touch to the proceeding. We had some mixed weather over the period but we did not fare too badly compared to other parts of the country.
EXPOSITION: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Tuesday from 10.30am to 3pm. If you wish to be on the rota, please contact Sheila Treacy at 061-451719.
BAPTISMS: We welcome into the Christian community, Martina Philomena McCarthy, daughter of Jonathan McCarthy and Tina O’Halloran, Thomondgate. Baptism families attend 12noon Mass, on the second Sunday where the babies are welcomed to the Christian community. Baptism preparation meetings take place on the Wednesday evening before the second Sunday at 8.30pm in the sacristy. The telephone number is 455514.
SAFEGUARDING REPRESENTATIVES: The Parish of Christ the King is committed to ensuring that best practice safeguarding standards are being implemented so that we can ensure the safety of our children, young people and the adults that work with them. Over the next few weeks our local safeguarding representatives will be contacting those groups in the parish who work with children to offer support and help. If you are involved in a parish group working with children and need advice about membership forms/Garda vetting or other policy issues, please feel free to contact our local safeguarding representative – Mary O’Donovan (contact number available from Sacristy).
FOLK GROUP: Our Folk Group who sing at the 12noon Mass each Sunday are looking for musicians and singers over 18 years to join. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7.30pm in the Sacristy.
AA: The Caherdavin Branch of AA holds a meeting in the Community Centre, Whitethorn Drive, on Wednesdays at 8.30pm
DIOCESE OF LIMERICK: A book titled ‘Illustrated History of the Diocese of Limerick’ is available in the Sacristy in Christ the King Church. The cost is €20. It would make a lovely Christmas present.
CALENDAR: A calendar, produced by the Boys School is available in the Sacristy. There is no charge, but a donation would be welcome. Any funds will go towards the School fund.
PILGRIMAGE: The Youth Ministry team of the Limerick Diocese hope to lead a pilgrimage of Young people on the Camino from Jul 8-15 next summer (2014). Young people interested must be over the age of twenty-one at the time of travel. The cost of the pilgrimage has not been finalised but it is hoped that it will not exceed €600.Those who are interested can find out more by phoning the Pastoral Centre on 061-400133.
CAHERDAVIN ACTIVE RETIRED: Meetings continue on Wednesdays at 2.30pm in the Scout Hall.
CAHERDAVIN COMMUNITY OFFICE: You are welcome to the office in the Community the Centre, to make use of their facilities. They offer services in typing, photocopying, laminating, faxing, email, file-binding, telephone answering service and much more. They are a Community Office and their rates reflect this fact. There is plenty of car parking available. Their number is 061-325496 or email email@example.com They now have a facility available for everyone in the Community, to send and receive emails, using an open email address.
ADULT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Console invites family, friends, work colleagues and community members bereaved by Suicide to Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, on the first Wednesday of each month from 7pm – 9pm. This group will be facilitated by two of Console’s staff. There is no appointment necessary – you can arrive on the night. More information is available on 061-306792.
BREAST CHECK: For women between the ages of fifty and sixty four there is a free Breast Check available. To get a registration form to enable you to get your free mammogram please go online to www.breastcheck.ie or Freephone 1800 45 45 55.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY: The Limerick Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland hold a Social Club for people with dementia and their carer, in a supported environment, and this takes place each Tuesday morning in the Woodfield House Hotel, between 11am and 1pm. There is no charge to attend and teas and coffee is provided. Please phone Mary at 313456 if you would like to attend, or just call to the Woodfield House Hotel on Tuesdays from 11am. The Society is very appreciative of the ongoing support it receives from the public.
CURA SERVICES: The work of Cura consists of a variety of excellent services to those in crises. These include Crisis or Unplanned Pregnancy Support and Counselling (this includes Free Pregnancy test as required), Counselling and Support after an abortion, Support for mothers and/or fathers of a new baby and Schools Awareness Programme. All services are provided by trained crisis pregnancy and post abortion counsellors and are free, confidential and non-judgemental. Clients can avail of Cura services by dropping in to their local centre during opening hours (an appointment is not necessary) or they can arrange an appointment outside of office opening hours if required. The local office is at the Social Services Centre, Henry Street, 061-318207.
CIVIL REGISTRATION SERVICE: ¨The Civil Registration Act 2004 requires all couples planning a marriage ceremony in Ireland to register their intent of marriage with the State at least three calendar months prior to their wedding date. To notify the Registrar of your intention to marry you may book a Marriage Notification appointment at www.crsappointments.ie. For couples where one or both parties are resident abroad, they should contact the office by telephone to book their appointment.
CAHERDAVIN COMMUNITY LIBRARY: The Caherdavin Branch of the City Library opens at the following times at the Community Centre: Monday 3pm to 7.30pm; Wednesday 5pm to 8pm; Friday 10am to 12noon. Membership is free to adults and children.
ACCORD: The Marriage Preparation Courses for 2013 are continuing. Courses run from 7-10pm on Friday night and from 9am to 3.30pm on Saturday in St Munchin’s College, Corbally. The cost includes course material, tea/coffee breaks and lunch in the College on Saturday. Further details can be had from Accord at 061-343000 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org . The next available course will be on March 21/22 in 2014. From Dec 2013-Feb 2014, the courses are booked out.
SENIOR HELP LINE: Third age is a National Confidential Listening Service for older people by older volunteers. It is a local call throughout Ireland and is open every day of the year. The times are Mon-Thurs: 10am – 10pm; Fri-Sun 10am-4pm/7-10pm.
The number is 1850 440 444. Do you need someone to listen? Would you like to talk to someone? Would it help to share a worry? Do you feel unsafe at home? Are there days you don’t have callers? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’, then ring the number above.
CAHERDAVIN COMMUNITY GAMES: Caherdavin Community Games urgently needs a volunteer to assist with Secretarial duties during the forthcoming year. Community Games plays a central part in encouraging our children to get involved in the many sporting and recreational activities held in the parish – but they cannot continue without your help. If you feel you can assist them, please contact Con Daly at 086-8115677.
VOLUNTEER TRANSPORT: The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to Drive’ service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in University Hospital, Limerick. This service is completely free to the patient. A volunteer will pick you up at your door and bring you to the hospital and then after treatment bring you home. If you have trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment, then please talk to the Oncology/Haematology team or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01-2310566. Care to drive has been running since 2008 and is growing at a phenomenal rate. Again, remember the service is entirely free to patients.
KNITTING WOOL WANTED: Two of the Team Hope volunteers are looking for leftover knitting wool to make up scarves, hats etc for next year’s Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. If you have any colour or type of wool to spare, pleas drop it to the Caherdavin Community Centre (upstairs). There is no time limit or amounts on this collection. More information is available from Deirdre at 087-4176136.
GROW: Grow is a Mental Health Organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems. Members are helped to recover from all forms of mental breakdown, or indeed, to prevent such happening. Grow came to Ireland in 1969 and has a national network of 130 groups. Its principal strength is the support members give to each other from their own experience in matters to do with mental health. Grow is grant aided by the HSE and by the Department of Health and Children. Grow’s unique Group Method, twelve-step Program, and its caring and sharing community, benefit its members in many ways. If you are in need of support or require information, please contact Grow Infoline at 1890 474 474 or www.grow.ie or locally at 061- 318813.
SMOKE ALARMS: Limerick City Council has a number of smoke alarms available for installation free of charge in the houses of older adults and vulnerable people. The conditions of the scheme require that the alarms in houses which are privately owned. The Council will give priority to those living on their own or with a disability. The fire alarms will be fitted by personnel trained in the installation of the alarms by the Fire Service. If you know of anyone in your area who might wish to avail of this offer, please contact the Council as the numbers are limited.