ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FROM CANON DONAL: “Sunday last September 1 was an outstanding community gathering and celebration of my Ruby Jubilee in the Priesthood. It was never my intention to mention the fact that I was forty years ordained, let alone have the community go to such trouble and expense. In hindsight it was a magnificent occasion, uplifting, entertaining and encouraging. It is a wonderful parish to be ministering in and I count myself extremely lucky to have been asked to do so five years ago.
Without mentioning any names, I wish to thank everyone responsible for the celebration. The organisers, the caterers, the choirs, Leon and Linda Ledger for the use of their superb premises, the pastoral council, Fr Pat and Fr Tony and to you, the parishioners at large for being there and for your extreme generosity. I loved the celebration, I enjoyed every moment of it and I will be forever grateful to you for making it so. Be assured of a continued remembrance in my Masses and Prayers. Donal McNamara PP.”
CLUB RE-OPENINGS: It is a sure sign that summer has come to an end when the various clubs in the parish have again resumed their activities. The TEMPERANCE HALL LADIES CLUB resumed their meetings on Thursday September 12 and the members will meet every Thursday afternoon at 3 pm in the Temperance Hall. You are all invited to come along and renew old friendships and perhaps make some new ones.
St Munchin’s SENIOR CITIZENS LADIES CLUB started back on Monday September 9 at 2 pm in St Lelia’s Hall, Ballynanty. If you are interested in joining the Club you can receive further information by contacting Tracey or Ellen on 061-326623, or indeed just come along any Monday at 2 pm. A warm welcome awaits you.
Also back in action after the summer recess are the members of the NORTHSIDE ACTIVE RETIRMENT GROUP who meet in the Unitas Hall, High Road every Monday morning. New members will be made welcome.
Just in the event that neither of the above times or days suit you, there is also a very popular club held on Wednesday afternoons in our Community Centre in Kileely Court. Here you can have a hearty nutritious lunch, play Bingo and enjoy a sing-song with neighbours, friends and community. I think I’m right in saying that you receive all this at a cost of only €10.
There is plenty of light gentle activity in the parish for older parishioners so do make the effort to get out and be part of the community. If you feel anxious or nervous about going out on your own, please do let someone know that you would like to attend one of the clubs. Its surprising how many good people are around to help and make us welcome, and the activity is good for body and soul.
SEPTEMBER DUES: Those who kindly distribute the Dues envelopes throughout the parish are asked to please collect the envelopes for your area from the Sacristy. Your support and assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
CURA SUPPORT SERVICE: Cura provides a range of crisis and unplanned pregnancy support and counselling services as follows: Counselling and support after an abortion. Support for mothers and/or fathers of a new Baby. Schools Awareness Programme.
All services are provided by trained crisis pregnancy and post abortion counsellors and are free, confidential and non-judgemental. Cura national lo call number is 1850 622 626 www.cura.ie Local Cura Centre is located at the Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick – phone 318207.
NORTHSIDE RESOURCE CENTRE: Northside Family Resource Centre (formerly St Munchin’s), Ballynanty Meals on Wheels service is available Monday to Friday. If you are over fifty-five years and live in the Northside of Limerick City you can receive hot meals delivered to your home each day between 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm. You can request this service by contacting Tracey or Jean on 061-326623.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: The weekly Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist takes place every Tuesday in St Lelia’s Church and on Wednesdays in St Munchin’s Church. Because many parishioners were away during the summer months, Adoration took place after Mass until 12 noon. It has now reverted back to the original time and will continue until 5 pm. We are urged to come and spend a little quiet time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
SAMARITANS: On Monday September 9 the Samaritans held an information evening at their centre in Barrington Street. The organisation offers emotional support to callers who feel worried, distressed, can’t cope or who may be suicidal. Volunteers are needed and anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with the organisation is invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information’
MARANATHA PRAYER MINISTRY: invites us for the Healing Retreat through the ministry of Rev Patrick Walsh, CCsR, and Eddie Stones on Sunday September 15 from 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm at St Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. Tea will be served afterwards in the Hall. All are welcome.
DRAMA SCHOOLS: Children these days have a wonderful opportunity to develop and enjoy their acting skills by attending one of the excellent drama schools we have in the city such as Expressive Arts, Spotlight, and CentreStage. Twenty-five years ago Expressive Arts Theatre School was founded by Pearl Kiely and May O’Halloran. Through those years they have coached and nurtured talent in school children of all ages and indeed have produced and launched many pupils into successful careers in singing, television, theatre and radio.
The main object of their classes is to encourage self-confidence through self-expression and to enhance self-esteem through the joy of performing, all in a fun, caring and safe environment. This Stage School is currently enrolling for their new season of drama, singing and dance.
May and Pearl bring with them many years of experience as performers, and with their wealth of knowledge Expressive Arts has proven to be one of the foremost of its kind in the region. As well as producing their own Shows, their pupils, together with pupils from Spotlight and CentreStage take part each year in the local Pantomime productions.
If you would like further information please contact May at 086 8442566 or Pearl at 087 6739500.