CHRISTMAS WEDDING: A pretty wedding took place in St Munchin’s Church on December 26, 2013, when Victoria Griffin and Brian O’Donoghue exchanged their marriage vows. Victoria is daughter of Gerard and the late Alison Griffin, Island View Terrace, Kings Island, and Brian is son of Stevie O’Donoghue, Raheen.
Fr Damien Ryan PP Our Lady of Lourdes Church was the celebrant. Nicola McGuire was the soloist throughout the ceremony.
Victoria’s sister Jennifer Griffin and her daughter Ellen Donnelly attended her as bridesmaids. Her nieces Caoimhe Griffin and Kelly Phelan were the pretty flowergirls. Brian’s friend John Grimes was his bestman.
Holly O’Donoghue read the first lesson and Ellen Donnelly read the second. The prayers of the faithful were delivered by the bride’s brother Patrick Griffin. The bride’s aunt Ann O’Callaghan and her daughter Ellen Donnelly presented the offertory gifts at the altar.
The bride and groom entertained approximately one hundred guests to their wedding reception in the Strand Hotel, Ennis Road where John Grimes and Aidan Mulqueen provided music for dancing. Later in the night the groom together with Patrick, Gerard and Alan Griffin entertained the guests with their music. Eleven year old bridesmaid Ellen Donnelly also added to the night’s entertainment with some lovely singing.
BAPTISMS: We welcome into our Christian Community the following babies who were baptised in our parish during the month of December – Leon Daly; Nicole L Dunworth; and Guylith Moukala Bizi. Congratulations to their parents, Godparents, and families. We pray God’s blessing on the newly baptised and wish them health, happiness and success in the years ahead.
SAINT BLAISE: This coming Monday February 3 we celebrate the Feast of St Blaise. St Blaise is best known as the patron saint of people with sore throats. We will have the blessing of throats at the 9.30 am Mass in St Munchins Church and the 10.15 am Mass in St Lelia’s Church. The blessing is a sign of the people’s faith in God’s protection and of His love for the sick.
CANDLEMAS: Candles for use in the Church or for use in the home for the sick, will be blessed at the 11.30 am Mass in St Munchin and at the 10.30 am Mass in St Lelia’s on Sunday February 2nd.
TABLE QUIZ: A reminder that the Table Quiz in aid of Milford Hospice will take place in the Best Western Pery’s Hotel, Glentworth Street on Thursday February 6 at 8 pm. Again this year proceedings will be in the hands of Mike Finn Quiz Master, Myles Breen MC, and Dave Irwin will provide the musical clues. With these three in charge anything could happen - we can be sure the event will be entertaining, amusing and full of fun with great prizes, surprises, and musical clues. So round up your friends and head for the Glentworth on Thursday February 6th for 8 pm. €10 per person – four people per table and all proceeds will go to Milford. Have a fun night out while supporting Milford Care Centre.
ST MUNCHIN’S COMMUNITY CENTRE: Our ever welcoming Community Centre in Kileely Court is a hive of industry as the staff and volunteers cater so well to the needs of the community. They are forever adding new services to their already busy schedule and have increased their service of providing nutritious dinners from three days per week to five days per week : Dinner and Dessert €4; Dinner and Dessert takeaway €4.50. They offer a Supper Menu for just €2 which includes a sandwich of your choice, together with a piece of fruit and juice. Fantastic value! If you have your meal in the Centre you can order your supper to take home with you.
In addition to the above they serve full Irish Breakfast; toasted Special with salad and chips; Wraps; soup and brown bread; salad bowl. Or just drop in, meet friends for a chat and enjoy Tea/Coffee and a scone. There is always a welcome in St Munchin’s Centre.
SENIOR CITIZENS CLUBS: Following their Christmas recess, the parish Senior Citizens Clubs have now resumed their weekly meetings. Ballynanty Seniors are back in action in St Lelia’s Hall since Monday January 27, and the Thomondgate Senior Group have resumed their activities each Thursday in St Munchin’s Temperance Hall. New members to both clubs will be more than welcome.
RESOURCE CENTRE: If you live in the Northside of Limerick City and you are over fifty-five years, please take note that the Northside Family Resource Centre, in Ballynanty Meals on Wheels service is available to you from Monday to Friday each week. You can receive hot meals cooked by their qualified Chef Barry, and delivered to your home each day between 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm. Home cooked dinner plus dessert costs €3.50. You can request this service by contacting Tracey or Norma on 061-326623.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION : Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues to take place on Tuesdays after the 10.15 am Mass until 5 pm in St Lelia’s Church, and on Wednesdays after the 9.30 am Mass until 5 pm in St Munchin’s Church. We are invited to come along to either Church and spend an hour (or part of) in quiet prayer and contemplation.
INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE: The Dominican Biblical Institute, Upper Cecil Street, Limerick will offer a Course on Inter-Religious Dialogue for six Tuesday evenings before Lent and for three Tuesdays after Easter. It will begin with a short overview of inter-religious dialogue in the Church to date. This will set the context for how we approach Judaism and Islam –to appreciate them as faiths in the One God and in their likeness and differences in relation to Christian faiths.
Dates: January 28, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, April 29, May 6 and 13. Time: 7.30 pm to 9 pm Cost: €5 per session. Course Director: Sr Jo O’Donovan RSM. Her recent book – “Understanding Differently” considers Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism and Christianity’s relationship and dialogue with them.
ST BRIGID’S FEAST DAY: I wish all readers of these notes a very happy St Brigid’s Day as we celebrate her Special Day on Saturday February1st. We are also celebrating the first day of Spring and hopefully look forward now to brighter and sunnier days.