MUNGRET - LECTURE SERIES: The series of Lectures “Art, History, Community continues this Friday evening, 26 April, at Mungret College, commencing at 8pm, when Dr. Matthew Potter presents “The History of Mungret College”. Admission is free. The next Lecture in the series will take place on Friday, 10 May, also commencing at 8pm, when Mr. Nessan O’Donoghue will address the topic “Mungret: A Community 10,000 Years a-Growing, Part One - From Mesolothic to Monastic”.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Pupils from St. Nessan’s Primary School, Mungret will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at two separate Ceremonies this Saturday, 27 April, in St. Nessan’s Church, Raheen. The first Ceremony takes place at 10.30am and the second one at 12.30pm. A similar Ceremony was held at the Church in Raheen on Saturday last for a separate group of pupils.
EASTER DUES: The Priests of the Parish wish to thank those Parishioners whose Easter dues have already been received; early submission of any outstanding dues will be very much appreciated.
PUBLIC LECTURES - YEAR OF FAITH: The third, and final, Lecture in the series of Public Lectures organised by the local Pobal Neasain Pastoral Area Team will take place at St. Nessan’s Primary School, Mungret on Tuesday evening next, 30 April, from 7.30pm to 9pm. This Lecture series has been arranged to mark the current Year of Faith. On Tuesday evening next, Dr. James Corkery, S.J., who is an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, will address the topic”The Promise of Vatican 11 - Reality or Illusion?”. All three Speakers in the series are numbered among Ireland’s leading Theologians; the general theme of the series, fifty years on from the convening of the Second Vatican Council, relates to the relevance of the Vatican Council to the issues facing today’s Church.
ICA MEETING - RAHEEN: The Limerick City Guild of the Irish Countrywomens Association holds its monthly meetings at the Millennium Centre, Raheen on the first Wednesday of each month, commencing at 8pm. The Guild’s next meeting, therefore, will take place on Wednesday evening next, 1 May. Incorporated into next Wednesday’s meeting is a presentation by a HSE representative who will address the topics of diabetes, obesity and related conditions. This presentation will be given at 9pm, and non - members are welcome to come along; a nominal charge of €5 will apply and refreshments will be made available.
PADRE PIO: On Wednesday next, 1 May, at 9.30am in St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Mungret the monthly Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated, followed by Prayers and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; everyone is welcome to attend this monthly celebration in honour of St. Padre Pio.
BAPTISM MEETING: A Baptism meeting will be held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen on Thursday evening next, 2 May, at 7.30pm; parents whose babies are about to be baptised are obliged to attend this meeting. Baptism meetings, organised by the Parish Baptism team, are held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen on the first Thursday of each month, commencing at 7.30pm. The purpose of these meetings is to assist with preparation for receiving the Sacrament; parents, and godparents if possible, who reside in the parish, and who intend having their child baptised, are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings, where all of the information which they require regarding the Sacrament of Baptism will be made available to them.
“ADORATION”: Adoration of The Blessed Eucharist takes place each Friday in Raheen Church following 10am Mass until 10pm. On certain occasions, when the Church is not available during these hours, Adoration will take place instead in the Millennium Centre, next doorAdoration also takes place in Mungret Church on Wednesdays from 10am until 12noon, as well as in Crecora Church on Thursdays, following 9.15am Mass until 12noon and from 6pm until 10pm.
“CONSOLE”: The Adult Suicide Bereavement Support group, “Console - Living With Suicide”, holds meetings on the first Wednesday of every month, from 7pm to 9pm. The group’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 1 May, at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, Limerick. Family, friends, work colleagues and community members who have been bereaved by the death of a loved one through suicide are welcome to come along to any of these monthly meetings, which are facilitated by Console staff; an appointment is not necessary. Further information can be obtained by contacting tel. 061-306792.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY: Parishioners involved with the care of a family member or friend, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, are reminded that the Limerick Branch of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland is holding its next Carers meeting at the Mid Western Regional Office of the Alzheimer Society, 2nd Floor, Georges Quay House,Georges Quay, Limerick on Wednesday, 1 May, from 7 to 8pm. All are welcome to attend. A reminder - a local telephone service is available, at 061-313456, between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
In addition, the Alzheimer Society holds a Coffee Club morning on the first Tuesday of each month at 11am in their Regional Office at the address referred to above. All family carers of people suffering from alzheimer or dementia are invited to come along. It is hoped to have regular Speakers at these monthly gatherings, as well as tea/coffee, a scone and a chat.
TROCAIRE: A “final call” for the submission of proceeds from this year’s Trocaire Campaign: any, as yet unsubmitted, contributions should be brought along to any of the Masses in the Parish this weekend. Envelopes containing donations can be dropped into the collection baskets at any of the Masses; alternatively, they can be handed into the Parish Office. Any additional information regarding this year’s Trocaire campaign can be obtained by visiting the website www.trocaire.org/lent or by calling 1850 408 408.
LIONS CLUB - CHARITY WALK: Locals may like to support a 10k charity Walk which is taking place this Sunday, 28 April. The Walk has been organised by Limerick Lions Club and proceeds of the event will go towards the “Caring For Carers” organisation. The Walk will commence at 11.30am from No. 1, John Street and will proceed by a riverside route to Barringtons Pier. Sponsorship cards are still available, to anyone who is interested in lending their support, from the Carers Association, or by contacting Noel Sexton on 086 - 3527418.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: This year’s official Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Friday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 26, and will be led by Limerick’s new Bishop, Brendan Leahy. Departure will, as usual, be from Shannon Airport, and return from Lourdes Tarbes Airport. The fully inclusive fare is €699; the Invalid fare is €599. Places in the Invalid section are limited, and the closing date for this section is Tuesday next, 30 April. Any additional information can be obtained by contacting the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office at Limerick Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick, tel. 314111; office opening hours there are Monday, 2pm to 4.30pm; Tuesday, 10.30am to 1pm; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm. Any Parishioner who wishes to be considered for inclusion as a member of the Pilgrimage’s invalid section, in particular, should make application without delay. As regards the Pilgrimage in general, early booking is, as always, very much recommended.
FIRST FRIDAY: Friday next week, 3 May, is the First Friday of the month; daily Mass in the Parish Churches will be at the usual times, with a 7.30pm Evening Mass in Raheen Church also. Holy Communion will, as usual, be brought to the sick and housebound by the Priests of the Parish.
PIONEER ASSOCIATION: The monthly meeting of the local Pioneer Centre takes place next Friday evening, 3 May, in the Millennium Centre, Raheen. Anyone who wishes to become a Pioneer, or who is already a Pioneer and wishes to become a member of the Raheen Centre, or who wishes to obtain information regarding the services provided by the Centre, is welcome to come along to the monthly meeting.
BLOOD DONATION CLINIC: The next Blood Donation clinic in this locality will be held on Thursday week, 9 May, from 5pm to 8pm, at the South Court Hotel, Raheen. Regular donors are requested to please note this date and time, and to continue to support this vital service to others. New donors are always especially welcome. Potential, and existing, donors are reminded that a Donor Information local telephone line can be accessed, at any time, on 1850 731 137.