CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, March 9-10, The Fourth Sunday in Lent Year C, are as follows; Saturday at 7pm Ellen Foley, Sunday at 10am Niall Sheehy, Sunday at 12noon Julie Darcy. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 7pm Mary Collins, Mary Bennis, Breda Carroll, Sunday at 10am Michael O’Mara, Mary Enright, Michael Punch, Sunday at 12noon Seamus Enright, Patricia Barry, Rory Bennis. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome.
The new rota for Eucharistic Ministers for March and April has now been circulated by email, and hard copies are also available from the sacristy. Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be handed into the sacristy by 9-30am on Friday or contact Fr. Muiris O’Connor on 353711 or 0866075628. Alternatively they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesday from 6 to 8pm.
COLLECTIONS: Many thanks for your generosity at last weekend’s church gate collection, which was in aid of Patrickswell Senior Citizens Social.
TRÓCAIRE: With this year’s Lenten Campaign well underway, Gita, a representative from Trócaire spoke at all masses last weekend, to thank us for supporting their work in under developed countries for the last forty years, and informing us of this year’s focus in India. Gita, who actually works in India, and more specifically with the family of Ambika, the girl whose photograph appears on this year’s boxes, posters and TV advertisements, was able to inform us first hand, how the money has been used in the past, and will be used in the future to continue to help Ambika, her family and village, and many others like them with our continuing support, for which they are all extremely grateful.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, and clinics will be held at the following locations next week to facilitate that ongoing requirement: Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, on Monday March 11 from 5 to 8pm, and at Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher, on Tuesday march 12 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. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or their website.
FRIDAY CLUB: You are invited to the Resource House on Friday for another Lenten Lunch which members will be hosting from 1-30pm onwards. The lunch will consist simply of homemade soup and bread, and a cup of tea or coffee. There is no set charge, but there will be an opportunity to make a voluntary donation. Members would be grateful for your support.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Our monthly meeting went ahead last Thursday, and was followed by a presentation on Aloe Vera products. Our first VEC gardening class for this term went ahead on Friday morning, when members decided to again visit each others’ gardens in the coming weeks, to help out with any jobs that requires doing.
Arrangements were also made for a day trip to Dublin in April, a Tea Dance, and the Alzheimers Tea Day. Members will shortly be notified of the change of date for the AGM, as the original arrangement falls on Holy Thursday.
CREDIT UNION: MPCC Credit Union will be hosting a free consultation service for members to manage their financial affairs, including making a will, this Friday, March 8 in the Credit Union’s Dooradoyle office, and all members are invited to attend.
TABLE QUIZ: The first fundraiser of the year, for the Community Council’s Development Fund, will be a Table Quiz, on Friday March 22 in the Cú Chulainn Lounge, Patrickswell, at 8pm sharp. A table of four will cost €20, and a great night’s entertainment is guaranteed with lots of spot prizes. All funds raised will go towards the fund, which is set up for the provision of a community centre for Patrickswell. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
LOCAL SHOWS AND DRAMAS: It’s show time again at the Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry and this year’s production is the wonderful family show, “The Wiz”. This musical is a modern adaptation on the classic tale “The Wizard of Oz”, and is a wonderfully colourful, energetic show, which follows the original story but with a few new surprises thrown in along the way. This is a fabulous family show and we would like to extend a welcome to you to attend. It will be shown this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 7,8 and 9, and tickets will be priced at €12 Adult, €6 student, with a family ticket at €30 for 2adults and 2children. The cast of Manister Drama Group are also taking to the stage this week, when they stage the farcical comedy, “My Wife’s family”. The play is set in the summer of 1920’s America, and has been described among other things as excruciatingly funny. As laughter is the best medicine, you are invited to Manister Community Centre to see for yourself, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 8, 9 and 10.
DOG NIGHT: If you are looking for something different to start off your St. Patrick’s weekend celebrations, why not go to the dogs? The Family Fundraising Committee of Brothers of Charity Services, Bawnmore, is hosting a benefit night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Saturday March 16, the night before St. Patrick’s Day. Bawnmore as you know, offers a range of services for adults with an intellectual disability, and their families, and like all services, is desperately underfunded. Proceeds from the sale of tickets beforehand, will go directly to the fundraising. Tickets are available locally from Mary Bennis and Neilius Hayes, or from Deirdre on 061- 487085, or Sandra on 061- 487081, or by email at email@example.com
There is a raffle on the ticket for a weekend away at the Armada Hotel. Please subscribe if you can, the adults who depend on the services, would be extremely grateful.