ST. NESSAN’ S PRIMARY SCHOOL: Parents wishing to have their child enrolled in the Junior Infant classes at St. Nessan’s Primary School, Mungret for the school year 2014/2015 are requested to note that the closing date for receipt of completed applications for that year is Monday next, 3 February, 2014 at 1pm. Applications received after that deadline will not be processed. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the School office at St. Nessan’s or by way of downloading from the School’s website www.stnessans.ie
MUNGRET MASS: As one of the Priests of the Parish is away, there will be no Mass this Friday, January 31, in Mungret. Mass is normally celebrated at 9.30am on Friday mornings in Mungret Church.
M P C C - SCHOOLS QUIZ: The local MPCC Credit Union has organised the preliminary round of the 2014 Credit Union Schools Quiz for this Friday evening January 31 at 8pm in Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA Clubhouse. As in former years, Primary Schools from this region will be involved, when almost one hundred and fifty pupils, comprising thirty six competing teams, representing six different Schools, will compete in two separate age group categories, under eleven and under thirteen. The successful teams from both categories will advance to the next stage of the competition which will be held in early March; winners and runners up from that stage of the competition will qualify for the National Finals which will take place in Dublin on Sunday April 6. This is the 23rd year of the annual Credit Union Schools Quiz, which is organised by the Regional Chapter of the Irish League of Credit Unions; a number of local Schools have acquitted themselves exceptionally well in this national competition in recent years. All of the pupils representing their local Schools are wished the very best of luck.
CHILDRENS MASS: The next Childrens Mass takes place this Sunday February 2 in St. Nessan’s Church, Raheen at 11am. The Children;s Mass is celebrated on a number of Sundays throughout the year at 11am in Raheen Church. Rehearsala are held in the Church on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm until 7.15pm, and all children residing in the Parish, regardless of which School they are attending, are welcome to become involved.
CRECORA CAMOGIE CLUB: This Saturday February 1 is the annual registration day for Crecora Camogie Club. Registrations will be held in Crecora National School from 4pm until 6pm. This is the commencement of another new playing season for the Club, and prospective new members have an opportunity to come along this Saturday and obtain any information they would like with regard to becoming a member. The Club caters for girls aged from six years through to senior ranks; current membership is in excess of one hundred. Membership of the Camogie Club offers opportunities to gain fitness, agility and to make new friends. Current members are reminded that too must register for the coming year!
RAHEEN TOASTMASTERS: Raheen Toastmasters Club will hold it’s next meeting on Tuesday, 4 February, at the local South Court Hotel, Raheen. The Club meets at this venue on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 8pm to 10pm; anyone interested in availing of an opportunity to improve their communications skills, to prepare speeches, make presentations, �think on their feet and generally to enjoy Public Speaking, as well as to make new friends, is welcome to come along to any of these meetings. Further information regarding the Club�s activities can be obtained by visiting the website www.raheentoastmasters.com, or by forwarding an e-mail to email@example.com
BAPTISM MEETING: A Baptism meeting will be held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen on Thursday evening next, 6 February, 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.
PADRE PIO: On Wednesday next, 5 November, 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.
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.
LIMERICK LACE CLASSES: Limerick Lace classes will recommence at the Millennium Centre (beside the Church) in Raheen on Wednesday afternoon next February 5 from 2.30pm until 4.30pm; classes will run for the next ten weeks. Further information can be obtained by contacting 087-6411656. New members are welcome to the classes.
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 Society’s Day Care Centre, Kilmurry Court, Garryowen, Limerick on Wednesday February 5 from 3pm to 4pm. All are welcome to attend. Many residents in this area are involved with the care of a family member or friend, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and reminders regarding the monthly meetings for Carers are included in these Notes. A reminder - a local telephone service is available, at 061-313456, between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
DEMENTIA: An additional service offered by the Limerick Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland (referred to in the preceding Item) is a weekly Social Club event for those suffering from dementia, and their carers, at the Woodfield House Hotel on the Ennis Road. The Social Club event takes place, in a supported environment, on Tuesday mornings from 11am until 1pm. There is no charge for attending, and tea and coffee are provided. Anybody who would like to attend should telephone Mary at 061-313456, or they can come along to the Woodfield House Hotel on a Tuesday morning between 11am and 1pm.
WEEKLY ENVELOPE BOXES: Weekly envelope boxes, containing envelopes for each Sunday of the year 2014, have been now distributed throughout the Parish; any Parishioner who has not been supplied with a box of envelopes, and who would wish to receive one, is welcome to contact the Parish Office, tel. 061-210869.
BRIDGE CLUB: The Social Bridge Club holds its weekly get togethers at the Millennium Centre, in Raheen on Monday mornings, commencing at 10am.
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 door. Adoration 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.
“CELEBRATING LIMERICK CITY OF CULTURE - 2014”: The second in the “Public Lecture Series 2014: Worship, Life and Celebration” which has been organised by Mary Immaculate College, as one element of it’s contribution to Limerick’s City of Culture 2014, takes place on Thursday next, 6 February, when a Lecture entitled “Our Lived Culture: A Battleground Of Imagination” will be delivered by Professor Michael Paul Gallagher, S.J. The College has arranged this series of relevant Lectures which are free to the Public and which commenced this Thursday evening, 30 January. The series of eleven Lectures is being held on consecutive Thursday evenings until Thursday, 10 April, from 5pm until 6pm each evening, at the new Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road. The Public are invited to attend all or any of the Lectures. Any further information regarding the Lecture series can be obtained by contacting the College at 061 - 204507.
PIONEER ASSOCIATION: The monthly meeting of the local Pioneer Centre takes place next Friday evening February 7 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.
FIRST FRIDAY: Friday next week February 7 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.
CONRADH NA GAEILGE - COMMEMORATIVE MASS: Of interest, no doubt, to a number of local people is the fact that Conradh na Gaeilge has issued an invitation to a Commemorative Mass, which will be celebrated as Gaeilge, this Sunday, 2 February, at 10am in St. Michael’s Church, Denmark Street. Tha Mass has been organised to commemorate the memory of former musicians from “An Cistin”, as well as former members of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and Conradh na Gaeilge who have passed on. The Mass will be followed by a reception, with light refreshments, in Halla Ide, 18 Thomas Street.
TABLE QUIZ - MILFORD CARE CENTRE: Local Parishioners have always been supportive of projects organised to assist the excellent work undertaken on an ongoing basis by Milford Care Centre; they will be interested to know therefore that a Table Quiz has been arranged for Thursday evening next April 6 at the Wolfe Tone Bar, O’Connell Avenue, in aid of Milford Care Centre. The Quiz will commence at 8.30pm, tables of four will cost €20 and spot prizes will be there to be won!