PERPETUAL ADORATION MASS: This Friday evening, 11 October, a special Celebratory Mass has been arranged to take place in Raheen Church at 7.30pm, to celebrate the practice of Perpetual Adoration in the three Churches located in this Parish - Raheen, Mungret and Crecora. Everyon is more than welcome to come along.
LIMERICK BRIDGE CONGRESS: A reminder to local Bridge players, if a reminder is needed - the Limerick Bridge Congress is taking place this weekend at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ennis Road, limerick. This, the 49th Limerick Congress, commences this Friday (11 October) and concludes on Sunday (13 October). The Congress Committee informs everybody interested that competitions for all grades of Bridge players, ranging from novices to master players, have been arranged; in addition, open pairs sessions will be held each day and evening. All Bridge players are welcome to come along.
SALESIAN SECONDARY COLLEGE: The annual “Bosco Tea Party” at the Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry which is attended by many students from this locality, is taking place this Friday evening, 11 October, commencing at 8pm in the School Hall. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the School. The theme of the night is “The Roaring Twenties” and a great night’s entertainment is promised. Any further information that might be required at this stage can be obtained by contacting the School Office at 061-393105.
RAHEEN TOASTMASTERS: Raheen Toastmasters Club will hold it’s next meeting on Tuesday, 15 October, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
FR. EAMONN FITZGIBBON: Sadly, our Parish - Raheen/Mungret/Crecora - has bade farewell to Fr. Eamonn Fitzgibbon who, following nine years working here as a valued member of the Parish Team, has been appointed to organise a new, and challenging, Diocesan-wide project. Fr. Eamonn was an exceptionally popular priest during his years here, and he gave freely of his time to numerous Parish projects. His enthusiasm, dedication and good humour will be missed here, but at least Fr. Eamonn will continue to reside in this Pastoral Area so no doubt we will come into welcome contact with him from time to time.
MPCC CREDIT UNION: Locals who are members of MPCC Credit Union will be interested to know that, in order to highlight to its members the importance of making a will, the Credit Union has joined forces with a Limerick-based firm of Solicitors to present a “Will Making and Estate Planning” information day on Thursday next, 17 October (International Credit Union Day), from 4pm to 7pm, in MPCC’s Offices, St. Nessan’s Road, Dooradoyle. All members of MPCC are welcome to come along, if they wish, and avail of this free one-to-one consultation service, where practical and impartial advice regarding the making of a will, or the making of amendments to an existing will, will be made available. Further information can be obtained by contacting MPCC’s Offices in Dooradoyle, tel. 061-424555.
MUNGRET VILLAGE RENEWAL SCHEME: An update with regard to progress on the Village Renewal Scheme presently underway at Mungret - paving and kerbing improvement works are continuing, while public lighting improvements, and planting, are imminent and are scheduled to be completed by the second half of November.
PEDESTRIAN CROSSING: Civil works, in connection with the proposed pedestrian crossing at Mungret Primary School, are due to commence, and are scheduled to be completed during the October mid-term School break. The relevant public lighting connections are scheduled to be completed within a few weeks thereafter.
ROAD TRAFFIC ASSESSMENT: It is understood that Limerick County Council intends to apply for the necessary funding to undertake road traffic assessment works in the Raheen Church, St, Nessan’s Road, Dooradoyle Road areas.
TAX RECLAIM SCHEME: This Parish - Raheen/Mungret/Crecora is, again this year, participating in the Tax Reclaim Scheme and letters are presently being distributed to PAYE taxpayers who donated in excess of €250 to the Parish during 2012. The Parish is particularly grateful to all who participated in this Scheme in the past, for the benefit of the Parish, and it will be particularly appreciated if they will do so again in respect of 2012. As well as those who will receive the standard letter from the Parish office, anyone else who would like to be involved with the Scheme is welcome to contact the Parish office at 210869 or 301112, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
“MARANATHA”: The Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites anyone who is interested to a Healing Retreat which is taking place on Sunday week, 20 October, from 2.30pm to 7.30pm at St. Paul’s Church in Dooradoyle. The event will include Mass, the Rosary, Inner Healing Prayers, Eucharistic Adoration and Confession. Music for the occasion will be provided by the Maranatha Gospel Choir. Tea and refreshments will be served in the adjoining Hall afterwards. Everyone is welcome. Further information relating to the Maranatha Prayer Ministry can be obtained by visiting the websitewww.maranathaprayerministry.org or by emailing nightvigillimerick.yahoo.com.
ST. GABRIEL’S SCHOOL AND CENTRE: Advance notice regarding a forthcoming event in support of the nearby St. Gabriel’s School and Centre, bearing in mind the fact that locals in this area have never been found wanting in their support of fundraising projects to assist the ongoing excellent work undertaken by the staff at St. Gabriel’s on behalf of children suffering from various disabilities. A greyhound benefit night has been arranged to take place on Friday, 15 November next, and this represents a further opportunity to assist St. Gabriel’s, and at the same time to spend an enjoyable evening at Limerick’s Greyhound Track. Further information can be obtained by contacting 061-302733.
ST. ANTHONY’S RELICS: Many people have a particular devotion to Saint Anthony, and local devotees will wish to know that, on Monday week, 21 October, relics of the Saint are being brought to St. John’s Cathedral, Limerick for the day. Limerick is one of just six city/town locations in Ireland to which the relics are being brought by the Franciscan Friars, to mark the 750th anniversary of the discovery of the relics of Saint Anthony of Padua, Italy. Two precious relics from St. Anthony’s Basilica in Padua will be in place at the 10am Mass in St. John’s Cathedral on 21 October, and at the 7.30pm Mass there also. The relics will be available for veneration from 11am until 6.30pm, and from and from 8pm until 10pm.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Normally a meeting of Eucharistic Ministers is held at the end of September (and at the end of March) to set up a rota of duty for the following six months. Owing to the fact that the present number of Masses is due to be rearranged, in conjunction with the Pastoral Area, Eucharistic Ministers are requested to adhere to the current duty rota until the end of October, at least.