CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, November 23-24, The Feast of Jesus Christ, Universal King, are as follows, Saturday at 6-30pm James McCarthy, Sunday at 11-30am Joanne Tierney. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm Mary Bennis, Rita Madigan and Christy Murphy, Sunday at 11-30am Pat Kirby, Noreen Murray and Michael Punch, please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Would ministers be aware that only one duty may be undertaken at mass. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. Weekday masses in Patrickswell will be at the usual time of 9-30am. Weekend masses in Ballybrown will be at 8pm on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday.
Listed readers for the following three weekends are as follows, Saturday November 30, December 7 and 14 at 6-30pm Rose Kelleher, Sunday December 1, 8 and 15 at 11-30am Sam Milburn.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm.
PARISH OFFICE: Contact details for the Parish Office are as follows, Tel 061-353711, and email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours are from 1-30 pm until 3-30pm on Mondays, and from 9-30am until 11-30am on Thursdays and Fridays.
COLLECTION: The church gate collection in aid of the Redemptorists’ Poor Campaign will take place at masses next weekend and your generosity towards their annual seasonal appeal would be greatly appreciated.
FRIDAY CLUB: Our November lunch last Friday was again well supported and members decided to contribute the donations from the lunch to the appeal for Syria and The Philipines. Many thanks to all for your continued support and generosity.
USED CANDLES WANTED: The Brothers of Charity Services are looking for spare used candles, which will be used for their fundraising stall in the Milk Market on Fridays. If anyone has any such candles, please drop them to Pauline at the Parish Office.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service continues to require three thousand donations every week, and donor clinics will be held at the following locations in the coming week to facilitate that requirement, Scoil Mhuire agus Ide, Newcastlewest, on Monday and Tuesday November 25-26 from 6 to 9pm. You can visit any blood donor clinic as long as ninety days have elapsed since you last gave blood, and you are urged to please give regularly. There will be donor clinics in Caherdavin and Kilmallock the following week. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
TIDY TOWNS: Would members please note that our last meeting for this year will be held next Tuesday, November 26, at 8pm in the Cu Chulainn.
THE STORY OF LOURDES: The book by Canon Michael Liston will be launched by Bishop Brendan Leahy this Monday, November 25, at Mary Immaculate College, in The Forum, which can be accessed via the Courtbrack Gate entrance on Ashbourne Avenue opposite Scott’s Bar. Book signing will take place from 6-45pm onwards until the launch at 7-15pm. Light refreshments will then be served at 7-45pm, and all proceeds will be towards the Limerick Lourdes Invalid Fund.
MILFORD HOSPICE: The annual Light Up A Memory initiative is under way again, with this year’s Lighting Ceremony taking place on Sunday December 15 at 6pm. The tree is situated near the Gate Lodge at the main entrance to the Care Centre. Each light shines in honour of someone special, with sponsorship open from now until Christmas. For each light sponsored, patrons will receive a Memory Card, and enrolment in the Memory Book, which will be on display throughout the year. The tree will remain lit throughout the Festive Season until Sunday January 5, 2014, when a mass for all those remembered will be celebrated at 6pm. Call the Fundraising Department at Milford on 061-485859, Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm if you would like to sponsor a light or lights on the tree at €5 each. You can also register online at www.milfordcarecentre.ie. The ceremony will include carol singing prior to the lighting, and all present will be invited to refreshments after.
YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTION: County Limerick Youth Theatre will be staging its latest production, Punk Guerrillas, for the three nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 6, 7 and 8 in the Honeyfitz Theatre, Lough Gur. More details are available at www.loughgur.com or Roseanne Dunne, Secretary – Treasurer, County Limerick Youth Theatre, Tel 061-385186 or 086-810 6848.
PAST AND PRESENT BOOK LAUNCH: Patrickswell Community Council will launch their book, “Patrickswell Past & Present” in the Cu Chulainn next Saturday November 30. The book will contain many stories, photographs, poems and history of Patrickswell and its surrounding areas. A book like this has never been published in Patrickswell before, it will be enjoyed by people at home and abroad remembering schools, friends, and generations gone by, a time to reminisce.
SELF HELP AFRICA: Good luck to Dave Noble, an employee of MPCC Credit Union, who is taking part in the Tour De Ethiopia this week in aid of Self Help Africa. This trip is to raise awareness and raise funds for the charity. Dave and nine others will cycle over 400 kilometres in very hilly terrain at a high altitude over four days and then run in the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa this Sunday, November 24. Any donations will be gratefully accepted and every cent collected will go directly to Self Help Africa. Details of the tour and the group’s progress can be found on Facebook.