Feb 9

City Links: email: metrics.stnicholas@gmail.com

City Links: email: metrics.stnicholas@gmail.com

Phone: 086 3708652

EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Scoil Ide Academic Excellence Awards were presented to: Ava Carroll, Cathal Hynes, Amy Tobin, Sean Begley. Congratulations and keep up the great work.

CONGRATULATIONS: We congratulate our two Violin Players (at 10.30 Mass) Sarah Hall and Alannagh Ryan . Both won a silver medal for solo violin U/11 and U/13 category on Sunday last at Féile Luimní.

ADORATION: 24 hour adoration of the Blessed Sacrament St. Nicholas’ Church. Thursday 7.00pm – Friday 7.00pm. This is an opportunity for everyone to take a little time out to be still, reflect, and commune with the Lord

CELEBRATION FOR ALL OUR YOUNG VOLUNTEERS: To show appreciation for the large amount of young people who are volunteers in our Parish, the Pastoral Council is planning a special celebration this Thursday 7th Feb. Mass will be at 7.00 pm.

All leaders / coordinators involved with the young people in liturgical events are asked to forward the names of members to Dympna on or before January

22nd. If a group has been omitted please let us know. Age: 5 to 17/ 18yrs. If any young person was not included in the Volunteer Celebration last year please let

us know also. Readers.......Altar Servers...Choir members......those who participate in the

Holy Week / Easter and Christmas ceremonies......

As part of a worldwide pilgrimage, a major relic of St John Bosco is coming to Ireland from 23 February to 7 March 2013 visiting twelve locations including Crumlin, Sean McDermott St (Dublin), Celbridge, Ballinakill, Portlaoise, Our Lady of the Rosary church, Ennis Road, Milford (Castletroy), Southill and Pallaskenry in Limerick, Knock, Navan, and St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast. St John Bosco founded a worldwide movement for young people and two religious congregations. In Ireland, the Salesians and the Salesian Sisters (Daughters of Mary Help of Christians) have 27 centres for educating and working with youth. The visit is part of the preparations for the 200th anniversary in 2015 of Don Bosco’s birth. If you are interested in being updated on details of the visit, please go to www.donboscorelics.ie to enter your email address, by clicking on the free website link Subscribe >> and you will be kept informed of events relating to the visit and other Salesian news. The schedule for Limerick is: Milford (Castletroy), Our Lady Help of Christians church on Wednesday 27th February, Holy Family church, Southill on Thursday 28th, Salesian College, Pallaskenry on Friday 1st March and, after a journey up country, back to Fernbank and the church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Ennis road on Thursday 7th March

DRAW AND PAINT TOGETHER: An opportunity for those interested in using water colour and acrylics to come together to share ideas and do some drawing and painting. The venue is St. Nicholas Parish Centre. Time: 2.00pm. every Tuesday.

Further details from 087 6870512 or 061 342402

BRIDGE: Should you have time to spare and would like to play bridge, please come along to the parish centre on Thursdays at 2.00pm.

VOLUNTEERING WITH VIDES Ireland: If any person between 20 and 35 years of age would like to experience life on the Missions for at least 6 weeks next Summer onwards, please contact Sr. Dympna (061 348510) who co-ordinates VIDES Ireland—an NGO developed by the Salesian

Sisters to offer young people an opportunity to experience life in a Third World country. Last Tuesday 5 February three young Volunteers from Mary Immaculate College – Katie, Aine and Rebecca - left our shores to work in a Salesian Mission in Mazabuka, Zambia. We wish them well.

LECTURES FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH: T he Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, is proud to announce a Public Lecture Series to celebrate the Year of Faith. Every Tuesday at 17.00 hrs, (Room 202) an invited guest speaker will deliver a lecture on a topic that relates to Christian Spirituality. The Lecture series is free of charge and everyone is welcome. The next of these will be on Tuesday12 February on Erotic Word: The

Spirituality of the Song of Songs

CLARE CO. COUNCIL: Now that Clare Co. Council has taken over most of Westbury it has taken on responsibility for water services, including all pumping stations, with effect from January 21 with the remaining services such as open spaces and roads being taken in charge on an interim basis pending completion of the statutory taking in charge process. The overall arrangement with the bondholder involves a payment of €715k which will be used to remedy defective infrastructure, particularly waste water treatment infrastructure. The Council confirmed that a portion of unfinished development at Bruachlan and Grianan is not subject to the taking in charge process as it relates to a separate receivership. This is disappointing for the people in these two areas.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK: In St Joseph’s, to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Sick, the Rite of Anointing will be celebrated this Friday next, 8th February at 7.30pm. Those who are sick, as well as those who qualify on age grounds are especially welcome to receive the Sacrament. The ceremony will include a brief period of Adoration, a Eucharistic Blessing with the monstrance concluding with Benediction. Please spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested. All


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