MASS IN YOUR HOME: The following is a message from our Parish Priest, Fr. Tony O’Riordan SJ. The Church is called more to be a hospital for sinners, rather than a museum of the Saints. Catholics all over the world, are celebrating a special YEAR OF FAITH. This is an opportunity to deepen our Faith and grow in relationship with God and with each other. I would like to invite parishioners to think about hosting the celebration of Mass in your home, sometime over the next few months. This could be an opportunity to gather family or neighbours in an informal way, to celebrate the mystery of God in our lives. In some cases, it might be an opportunity to look at relationships that are strained and look for new ways forward in conflict. It may be an opportunity to acknowledge the death of loved ones, or maybe sickness in the family. It can also be a time, to become more aware of the ways in which we are all blessed by God and to give thanks, for the signs of that blessing in our lives and families.
I hope that it would also be an opportunity, to chat about Faith in our lives and how we as a Parish, can respond to real needs and struggles, we face. In particular, I would love to hear from families and households, who may have let slip the regular practice of Mass, but who like most people in Moyross, have a strong belief in God’s presence and care.
If you would like to host Mass, please contact me and we can work out a date. Normally these “House Masses” will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at around 7pm, starting from the week of the Monday, February 18. I will also try to accommodate alternative times, that might best suit your circumstances. If you would like to chat to me about this, do please contact me, by calling into me or by phoning me on 087 9286 945.
GOSPEL CHOIR LIVE AT RTE MASS: On Sunday morning the Parish of Corpus Christi will celebrate Mass in RTE Studio 4 and Mass will be viewed by over 80,000 people. Music for the Mass, will be provided by the newly formed Gospel Choir, Heart and Soul. This new exciting choir was set up in September 2012 and is a joint initiative between the parishes of Westbury, St Munchins and Parteen/Meelick.
According to Corpus Christi Parish Priest Fr. Tony O’Riordan SJ, ‘this choir appeals in a particular way to younger people, with its upbeat rhythms”. Commenting on the inter-parish nature of the choir he said, ‘The choir is symbolic, of the way parishes will pool resources in the future.’ Over 50 people will travel from Moyross for the Mass, which will be broadcast live at 11am. It will also be possible to view the Mass via the internet, on RTE Real Player.
IRELAND’S GREENEST MAGAZINE: “Changing Ireland” the national magazine for the Community Development Programme, is Irelands most environmentally friendly magazine, according to its editor Allen Meagher. Produced from its office in Sarsfield Gardens and printed in Offaly, it uses vegetable inks throughout, a chemical-free production process and 100% recycled paper which means, it has become the greenest magazine in the country. Yet again, Moyross is leading the way and ‘Changing Ireland’ finds itself ahead of a range of popular commercial magazines, that weigh down the shop-shelves with paper from virgin forests and inks derived from heavy chemicals. “We should be following their lead into a greener world, not showing them the way.
We were surprised to find that even Local Planet, a magazine about the environment, didn’t use recycled paper, though they are going to change with their next issue,” said editor Allen Meagher. The publishers have been congratulated on their work by the Carbon Neutral Company based in London and were urged to work towards becoming fully carbon-neutral. Allen urged local communities, groups and small enterprises to lead from the ground up by seeking green printing: “A couple of community groups we know may shortly go ‘green’ with their local newsletters because recycled paper is now much more affordable – why not Moywrites.” The latest edition of Changing Ireland is now on the web: www.changingireland.ie and the paper version is available in Eason’s or directly by contacting ‘Changing Ireland’. Telephone: 061 458 011.
LIMERICK DIOCESE PRESENTING “THE WITNESS”: Limerick Diocese is presenting The Witness, a powerful and moving musical about the life, death and resurrection of Christ, as told through the eyes of Peter - The Witness. Produced by Fr. Terry Loughran, this “must see show” is for all the family and takes place in the magnificent new Lime Tree Theatre in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. Tickets are just €15 and are currently on sale from the Lime Tree Box Office - telephone 061 774 774. For further information, please telephone Fr. Terry Loughran on 086 8103 482.
BIRDWATCH OUTING: On Sunday, February 17 there will be a Bird Watch Outing on the Shannon River Walk, along the River from St Michaels Rowing Club towards Barringtons Pier. Visit Westfields. We will identify Gulls eg Ring billed gulls, Icelandic Gull and many other species in the area. Meet at St Michaels Rowing Club at 10am. No dogs please. Leader: Clodagh Glasgow. For further information, please telephone 087 7927 972.
CASTLETROY PARK HOTEL WEDDING FAIR: The Castletroy Park Hotel Wedding Fair, will be held on Sunday, February 17 in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Dublin Rd, Limerick. Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you have started to plan your beautiful wedding day, let us show you why the Castletroy Park Hotel is the perfect venue for you and your guests. Come view our spectacular Ballroom dressed in wedding Finery. A day packed with Wedding Inspiration and Wonderful Prizes, plus a great selection of Wedding Suppliers in attendance. Prizes to be raffled on the day include €100 voucher of video production packages, €100 photography voucher, free studio shoot with 12x10 prints, free studio shoot with 8x6 prints, €100 wedding stationary voucher, free bridal hair & make up trial, leather photo album, cosmetic gift packs for him & her and many other prizes. We would be delighted, if you would join us for this very special event. No appointments necessary.
For further information, please telephone 061 335 566 or Email: email@example.com Web: www.castletroy-park.ie
DORAS LUIMNI WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT GROUP: Doras Luimní Women’s Development Group meet in the Limerick Youth Services, Glentworth Street, Limerick, every Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12pm. The group takes part in various activities that involve information sharing, stress management, cultural and artistic activities, and an outing to an area of interest. For further information, please telephone Ella Noonan on o61 310 328 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.dorasluimni.org
LIMERICK YOUTH CENTRE NEWS: This week we have two contributions from young people who spent part of their social placement with Limerick Youth Service (LYS). We are given an insight into the role of a youth cafe committee and hear about one person’s call for the lowering of the voting age. Vote @ 16. Why not? By Claire O’Donoghue: In February 2012, I attended the National Youth Council of Ireland’s Vote@16 Youth Conference. Originally, I didn’t have an interest in politics. I learned a few things in C.S.P.E and had class debates, but I was never really too interested, or related the two. My experience of politicians, was of them knocking on my door and asking ‘Is your Mammy or Daddy home?’
At the conference, a friend put my name down and we went to the first committee meeting for Vote@16. Once I got into these committee meetings, my mind was completely engaged with everything. I realised, that politics really does affect me in many ways.
The younger we can engage people in democracy, the healthier it will become. Voting has been proven to be habitual. People, once they are registered, see themselves as “voters” and see it as their duty. Although eighteen is the current voting age, it has been proven, that it is not the best age to start voting, as it tends to be ages of transition on their lives i.e. go to college, or start working.
Are 16 year olds mature enough? A human’s brain is fully developed at the age of 14, so there is not a big difference between the mental capacity of a 16 and an 18 year old. There is no better way of learning the political system, than being involved in it. Would 16 year olds actually vote? Politics is everything and everywhere. 16 year olds are affected by politics, just as much as older people. 16 year olds can leave school, work full time and, like all people, pay taxes. Nobody can get away from paying taxes! Young people need a voice, just as much as everybody else and, if they could be heard, it would be used. Young people do care and they do want to vote. Claire O’Donoghue, a fifth year student from Crescent Comprehensive College and member of the Vote @ 16 Committee, was on Social Placement with LYS.
This year LYS celebrates its 40th birthday. Throughout the year, LYS will be holding a series of gatherings, to mark this magic milestone. As part of the celebrations, we would like to hear from former members and volunteers, who would be willing to share their experiences of their time at LYS. Please contact Dermot Troy at: email@example.com, for more details.
Lava Java’s is a Youth Café run by LYS. In order to keep Lava Java’s running properly, there needs to be a system, to help the young people, communicate with the people in charge. As members of the youth committee, it is our responsibly to hear the opinions of those who come to Lava Java’s and consider them when organising activities.
We must find out, if people are happy with the way Lava Java’s is run and make any changes, if necessary. It is our responsibility to organise events and activities, to keep it interesting. In the past, we have organised many concerts, days out, open-mic nights, a sleepover, and much more. These activities, help bring young people together and strengthen the sense of friendship in the Youth Café.
The Youth Committee have been involved in important youth events such as the Vote @ 16 and the Consensus Conference at Farmleigh. We find it essential, to make ourselves aware of important issues with young people. Recently took part in an Internet Safety Information lecture at LYS. All in all, our responsibility is to make sure the young people who come to Lava Java’s are happy and have their voices heard. Lauren Madigan, a member of Lava Java’s Youth Committee and a fifth year student at Villiers School, spent her Social Placement with LYS.