ADORATION: 24 hour adoration of the Blessed Sacrament St. Nicholas’ Church. Thursday 7.00pm – Friday 7.00pm. This is an opportunity for everyone to take a little time out to be still, reflect, and commune with the Lord
STATIONS FO THE CROSS: Will take place after the 7.p.m.Mass each Friday during Lent.
CELEBRATION FOR ALL OUR YOUNG VOLUNTEERS: It was a joy to be at our celebration for all our children and young volunteers last Thursday in St. Nicholas’ church. At the end of mass a symbolic gift was given to each of the 85 young volunteers. This was followed by refreshments, chat and camaraderie. On behalf of the Parish Pastoral Council John Dundon, chairperson thanked these young people for their generous involvements and contribution to making St. Nicholas’ Parish such a wonderful place to come to and worship in.
ST. JOHN BOSCO’S RELIC TO VISIT IRELAND AND LIMERICK: As part of a worldwide pilgrimage, a major relic of St John Bosco is coming to Ireland from 23 February to 7 March 2013 visiting twelve locations including Crumlin, Sean McDermott St (Dublin), Celbridge, Ballinakill, Portlaoise, Our Lady of the Rosary church, Ennis Road, Milford (Castletroy), Southill and Pallaskenry in Limerick, Knock, Navan, and St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast. St John Bosco founded a worldwide movement for young people and two religious congregations. In Ireland, the Salesians and the Salesian Sisters (Daughters of Mary Help of Christians) have 27 centres for educating and working with youth. The visit is part of the preparations for the 200th anniversary in 2015 of Don Bosco’s birth. If you are interested in being updated on details of the visit, please go to www.donboscorelics.ie to enter your email address, by clicking on the free website link Subscribe >> and you will be kept informed of events relating to the visit and other Salesian news. The schedule for Limerick is: Milford (Castletroy), Our Lady Help of Christians church on Wednesday 27th February, Holy Family church, Southill on Thursday 28th, Salesian College, Pallaskenry on Friday 1st March and, after a journey up country, back to Fernbank and the church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Ennis road on Thursday 7th March
DRAW AND PAINT TOGETHER: An opportunity for those interested in using water colour and acrylics to come together to share ideas and do some drawing and painting. The venue is St. Nicholas Parish Centre. Time: 2.00pm. every Tuesday. Further details from 087 6870512 or 061 342402
BRIDGE: Should you have time to spare and would like to play bridge, please come along to the parish centre on Thursdays at 2.00pm.
VOLUNTEERING WITH VIDES Ireland: If any person between 20 and 35 years of age would like to experience life on the Missions for at least 6 weeks next Summer onwards, please contact Sr. Dympna (061 348510) who co-ordinates VIDES Ireland—an NGO developed by the Salesian Sisters to offer young people an opportunity to experience life in a Third World country. Last week, three young Volunteers from Katie from Cork, Aine from Waterford and Rebecca from Galway - left our shores to work in a Salesian Mission in Mazabuka, Zambia. We wish them well.
CROI NUA: This promises to be a lovely, inspirational, uplifting and reflective evening facilitated by Hilary Musgrave and Monica Brown.It is designed for all who are seeking to enrich their faith! Weaving together music, scripture imagery and ritual with selected readings from their Croí Nua Programme of Renewal for Ireland, Monica and Hilary will provide participants with a creative and prayerful space to celebrate their faith and their experience of God in the reality of their daily lives. This will be on Thursday February 21st 2013. 7:30 – 9pm at the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Denmark St, Limerick. Please ring 400133 to book a place.
LECTURES FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH: The Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College are holding a Public Lecture Series to celebrate the Year of Faith. Every Tuesday at 17.00 hrs, (Room 202) an invited guest speaker will deliver a lecture on a topic that relates to Christian Spirituality. The Lecture series is free of charge and everyone is welcome. The next of these will be on 19 February on Faith and the Nation by Dr. Patrick Connolly. On Tuesday 26th: The Cloister of the Soul: architecture and spirituality in late medieval Ireland by Dr. Colmán O Clabaigh OSB.
CLARE CO. COUNCIL: Now that Clare Co. Council has taken over most of Westbury it has taken on responsibility for water services, upkeep of the roads, footpaths, street-lighting, storm-water drainage systems and water and sewer mains. In a recent communication from Cllrs. Pascal Fitzgerald and Cathal Crowe we are reminded that the upkeep of the open spaces, including grass cutting, will remain the responsibility of Westbury residents. Bruachlan is not yet included in this phase of the takeover because there are still some NAMA controlled sites in the estate. Our local councillors are working with the Council officials, NAMA and Grant Thornton to achieve the takeover of Bruachlán.
HEALING RETREAT: This Sunday 17 February Maranatha prayer Ministry invites you to a Healing Retreat in St. Paul’s church, Dooradoyle. Time: 2.30p.m. – 7.30p.m.
PARTEEN / ST. NICHOLAS GAA: Lotto numbers drawn: 2 8 12 18 No winner! Winners of the six lucky dips were Brendan & Tina Grey, Clonard, Westbury, Catriona Hurley, Fairyfield, Parteen, Aisling Murphy, Westbury, Mary Collins, Newtown, Killaloe, Tom Ryan, Kilbane, Co. Clare and Brendan, McDonald, Meelick