CONFIRMATION: Last Saturday, March 2, was a very special day for the sixth class pupils of St Brigid’s National School, and for the parish also, as 47 young boys and girls received the Sacrament of Confirmation in St Brigid’s Church. It was a beautiful sunny day with blue skies all the way, and a beautiful, reverent, and most meaningful ceremony. A happy atmosphere prevailed. Very Rev. Fr Noel Kirwan P.P., St Michael’s Parish, confirmed the children, as our Bishop Elect Fr Brendan Leahy is not yet officially elected/or re-instated?. Their class teachers are Flan Clune and Sarah Ryan who attended the ceremony, with their Principal Fiona Morrissey and other teachers, parents, grand-parents; all of whom had gathered together for this special occasion. There was a very large congregation. The children’s entrance hymn was the Parish Anthem, and they sang beautifully right throughout their Mass and ceremony, accompanied by organist Maura Kitching. Con-celebrating their Mass was our Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr David Gibson, and our Curate Rev. Fr Eamon Purcell. Parishioners listening in on their parish radios were welcomed.
After the opening prayer, came a procession of symbols, including a St Brigid’s Cross, and a boy narrator explained these symbols. The children participated in all aspects of the liturgy, including the readings and prayers of the faithful, throughout the Mass, and did so very well and reverently. Their preparation was, as always, impeccable. Fr Noel Kirwan addressed them. Fr. reminded them that they were called to be fully fledged Christians of the Church. “The Spirit will be with you all the days of your life; Trust in Him” Fr concluded Their special most solemn moments of Confirmation went off perfectly, as one by one, with sponsor, they went forward to be confirmed; soft organ music played in the background. Afterwards, a parent gave a reflection; with these meaningful opening words ...“St Paul says that if we try to live ‘Spirit-filled’ lives, then God’s Spirit will make us loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled.” Their final recessional hymn was the very lively Oh Yeah! Fr Gibson thanked everybody who had helped out in any way in the preparation for this day; very especially their teachers who had put so much hard work into teaching and preparing the children for this Sacrament, and their parents also. Refreshments were served afterwards in the community hall. On behalf of their parish community, we congratulate each and every one of the 47 children; may God bless and watch over each child as they journey through the years ahead of them. On Saturday next, the sixth class boys from St Patrick’s Boy’s Nation School, and the sixth class girls from St Patrick’s Girl’s National school, Dublin Road, will make their Confirmation, in St Patrick’s Church, at 11.00am.
FIRST ORGAN CONCERT: On Sunday evening last, March 2, the first organ concert organized by the Community of Christ the King Sovereign Priests, was held in the Sacred Heart Church in the Crescent, to honour the initial repairs on this historic organ instrument, which is celebrated as one of Limerick’s finest treasures since it was first installed in the church in 1924. Concert was given by Abbe Matthew Walter, a seminarian of the Catholic religious community, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priests. who purchased the former Jesuit Church last August, 2012, Canon Wulfran Lebocq, and other Christ the King members celebrate Mass in the extra-ordinary form of the Latin rite, every Sunday morning at 10.30am in our own local Church here in the parish, namely St Patrick’s Church, so some of us here have had the privilege of getting to know them, and have developed a keen interest in their progress in their beloved building—the Sacred Heart Church. Canon Lebocq welcomed those gathered on Sunday night last; and in spite of the low temperatures, and lack of heating in the church, there was a fairly good attendance. For the Church to be saved—it must be heated, and this means replacing the boiler and pipe system for both Church and Residence, which will cost €73,500. The urgently needed repairs to the roof will cost another €22.300. It is wonderful to have the doors of the Sacred Heart Church Open for worship as a Catholic Church, but help and funds are urgently needed for its restoration.
The organ was blessed from the altar by Monsignor Gilles Wach, the founder and Prior General of the Institute The recital then followed. The concert lasted about an hour, as Abbe Matthew Walter played some lovely classical church music. Mayor Jerry McLoughlin who was present, spoke at the end of the concert, welcoming the Priests of Christ the King to Limerick, and said that the organ had been silenced for so long, and that he would do all in his power to assist in the fundraising for to complete its restoration. The Institute themselves, have given us the following information about the history of the present organ, and in their own words, we quote … “the former Jesuit Church long held a prestigious role for its music program, even since the dedication in 1869. In 1919, the Cecilian Musical Society was founded, and their performances raised funds for the new organ installed by Telford organ builders of Dublin in 1924. This magnificent instrument contains some 31 stops, or sets of pipes, ranging from the softest and most delicate flute stops, to the brilliant trumpet easily heard from outside the Church. Maintained for decades, the organ received less and less attention nearing the Church’s sale in the preceding decade. When the Institute of Christ the King purchased the church, a working pipe organ seemed simply a distant hope, unrealizable in the face of so many expenses. However, the mechanism of the Telford organ was so well constructed that it was able to be made playable again, with minor repairs, thanks to Padraig O’Donovan, a young organ builder from Cork. While the size of the instrument inhibited the entire organ to be fixed in time for last weekend’s concert, yet sufficient portions of it allowed visitors to hear once again, its majestic and sonorous tones echoing through the church. The Institute express the hope that their church, with its marble walls, will soon resound with the unexpected completed resurrection of the pipe organ, to brilliantly accompany the solemn ceremonies and graceful melodies of Gregorian Chant sung daily by the community.” We wish them success in this. May your Lenthen resolution include a wish to help them restore the Sacred Heart Church in Limerick. Their contact Nos. are 061 315812, firstname.lastname@example.org and www.institute-christ-king.ie
SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY: The weekly holy hour, held Thursday evening at 7 pm in St Brigid’s Church, recently celebrated their 7th Anniversary, with the celebration of holy Mass by Fr David Gibson P.P Fr Gibson congratulated them and encouraged them to continue their weekly hour and prayers. It was started in 2006 by a group of dedicated lay people, (some of them young people), and our former Curate Fr Terry O’Connell. They are a fully fledged registered San Giovanni Rotunda St Padre Pio group, who invoke the intercession of St Pio and venerate a relic of the Saint at every holy hour gathering. The holy hour consists of Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament, Chaplet, Rosary, and prayers for the intercession of St Pio, and veneration of a relic of this Saint. Last week, the holy hour was preceded by the celebration of a special Mass in honour of the retirement of Pope Benedict XV1, and an Apostolic blessing was bestowed upon all present.
THE WITNESS: A musical will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, on Friday and Saturday next, March 8th and 9th, at 8pm. Our former Curate Fr Terry Loughran is the producer. Tickets €15 each are available from the ticket office on 061 774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie
SUNDAY MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings at 6.00pm in St Patrick’s Church, Clare St., and at 7.00pm in St Brigid’s Church. Sunday Mass in St Patrick’s Church is at 12.30pm and 11.30am in St Brigid’s Church. All are welcome.
MASS IN THE LATIN RITE: is celebrated every Sunday morning at 10.30am in St Patrick’s Church, by a Priest from the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priests.Confession is available before the Mass, from 10.00am until 10.25am. For more information on the Latin Mass visit www.institute-christ-king.ie
ST PATRICKS GAA: St Patricks under 14 hurlers had a good win over neighbours Claugaun 7-03 to 2-05 in their first outing of the year. Even though Saints won comfortably in the end the first half was very competitive and St Patricks led by a goal at half time. The changes in the second half helped to improve Saints performance when they scored some early goals and went on to win well. Scorers were Calvin Moran 2-1 Billy Power 1-1 Diarmuid Hegarty 1-1 Jack Doyle 2-0 Eoin O’Reagen 1-0 It was good team performance from all the players.
Saints under hurlers were comprehensively beaten in their first outing against Ballybrown 3-13 to 0-04.
Club membership is now due and needs to be paid by March 31.
Training : for underage players takes place on Friday evenings in Grove Island Sports Hall from 6 to 7pm (Session 1) Session 2 is on in the CBS Sports Hall from 7.30 to 8.15 pm. Training is for boys and girls and new players are always welcome.
FUND RAISER: The club is presently running a fundraiser for their All weather field development fund, the main ticket prize is a trip for two to Old Trafford to see Manchester United in action against Swansea on May 12. Tickets are only €3 each or two tickets for € 5.