BAPTISMS: We welcome into our Christian community the following babies who were baptised recently in our parish: Mollie Kate O’Riordan; Chloe Cowhey; Fionn Michael Henry Ryan; Jayden Michael Ryan and Leon Christopher Ryan.
We congratulate their parents, Godparents and families and we pray God’s blessings on the newly baptised. May they enjoy health, happiness and success in the years ahead.
TALENT CONTEST: On Thursday last April 18 Thomond Park was the venue for a Community Talent Contest which was greatly enjoyed by senior citizens from parishes around the City. Organised by the Limerick City Community Safety Partnership, the Contest drew performers from a number of Active Senior Citizens’ Clubs.
Our own parish was ably represented by singers Patsy Nealon and Hugie Ryan from St Munchin’s Community Centre in Kileely Court, by Maura Kennedy from the Women’s Club in the Temperance Hall and by Rosaleen Ryan and Noel Dunphy from Ballynanty Community Club.
The audience were treated to a variety of performances from solo singing to choral singing, line dancing and a lady with great rhythm playing the spoons.
The standard of performances was excellent indeed it was so high that the judging panel, which included JP. Dillon from Limerick’s Life 95fm, had a hard task when it came to choosing the winners. While they were adding up the scores, tea and refreshments were served, and I’m pleased to announce that Patsy Nealon from St Munchin’s Centre was among the winners, and the overall winner taking first prise, was Maura Kennedy from St Munchin’s Temperance Hall Club. They did our parish and neighbourhood proud.
When the Active Retirement Groups are out at a function, there is no thought of going home, and on this occasion the afternoon continued with dancing to the lively music of parish man Sean Meehan and friends known as “The Classics
SKIES TO GLOW FOR LIMERICK YOUTH: The skies over the majestic Shannon River will GLOW on Thursday next, April 25th at 9pm, as part of a nationwide event that aims to express solidarity and raise awareness of issues affecting our young people, such as youth unemployment and emigration
GLOW (Go Light Our Way), will see young people release Sky Lanterns at the Mount Kennett Skatepark (beside the Shannon/Condell Bridge) that will contain messages of hope for their futures and showcase the positive contribution that young people have and continue to give to our communities.
‘It promises to be a fantastic sight over the Shannon,’ said Dermot Troy (LYS), who added that many Earth Lanterns will also light up in youth spaces and clubs around the county.
THANK YOU: A very sincere thanks to all who have returned the Easter Dues Envelopes in support of the Priests of the parish. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Adoration of the Blessed Eucharistic takes place each Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm in the new Adoration Chapel (previously the Crying Room) in St Munchin’s Church. We are invited to come and spend some time in prayer and quiet contemplation.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: Bookings are now being accepted for the annual Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes which will take place from June 21 to 26. For booking details please contact the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Limerick Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick Tel. 061-314111. Opening hours: Monday 2 pm to 4.30 pm. Tuesday 10.30 am to 1 pm. Wednesday to Friday 10.30 am to l pm and 2 pm to 4.30 pm. Fully inclusive fare is €699, and the Invalid Section fare is €599. April 30 is the closing date for applications.
LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE: LYS is delighted to announce that we have been chosen as the benefactor for this year’s Ger McDonnell Memorial Cycle on July 27th next.
The Cycle, now in its 5th year is dedicated to the memory of Ger McDonnell, the first Irishman to reach the summit of K2, the world’s second highest peak. Ger tragically lost his life on the descent.
Catherine Kelly, Director, LYS thanked the organisers of the Cycle for choosing LYS as this year’s chosen charity.
Ger McDonnell’s family and friends along with current and past LYS staff and volunteers will gather at the Clarion Hotel, on Friday, May 24th for the official launch of the Cycle which will be followed by LYS Volunteer Appreciation Evening.
CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: This prayer group continues its meetings on Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm in the Convent of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Castleview Gardens, Clancy Strand. All are welcome to attend.
SCRIPTURE GROUP: We are invited to join the Scripture Group who meet every Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm in St Munchin’s Temperance Hall, Thomondgate, where there is a warm welcome to all.
SYMPATHY: We extend our sympathy to the families of the following parishioners whose deaths occurred recently: JULIA CORLESS nee Lowry of Redgate, Meelick and late of Corless Plant Sales, Castletroy. Mother of the late Jim and Baby Michael. Sadly missed by her husband Jimmy, daughters Mary, Theresa and Ruth, son-in-law, grandchildren, sisters, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. Removal took place from Griffin’s Funeral Home to St Munchin’s Church. Burial took place on Wednesday in Kilmurry Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Munchin’s. TOM O’NEILL, Stenson Park, Farranshone, and late of Moran’s Menswear. Regretted by his wife Angela, sons John, Matt and Finbar, his sister Mary, brother Dan, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. His remains were received into St Munchin’s Church on Thursday evening, and he was laid to rest in Mount St Oliver Cemetery following requiem Mass on Friday in St Munchin’s Church.
The teachers and pupils of St Munchin’s Girl’s National School, Ballynanty are especially saddened by the untimely death of CATHERINE LISTON the teacher of third class in their school. Catherine nee McLoughlin from Lisanalty, Rosbrien is survived by her husband Pat, sons Niall and Peter, daughter Kate, brother George, sisters Breda, Marian, Betty, Margaret and Valerie. Catherine’s funeral took place in Castlemungret Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Joseph’s Church