Feb 9

Ken Croucher 087-682


Ken Croucher 087-682



Your local correspondent

Ken Croucher

Telephone 087 6821430

email: croucherk@hotmail.com

BAPTISMS: Baptisms take place on the third Sunday of each month. Baptism families attend 12noon Mass (during Sept-May), on the second Sunday where the babies are welcomed to the Christian community. Baptism preparation meetings take place on the Wednesday evening before the second Sunday at 8.30pm in the sacristy. The telephone number is 455514.

CONFIRMATION: There were between sixty and seventy boys and girls confirmed by Canon Donal McNamara on Saturday. There was also an adult Spanish lady confirmed and her sponsor was her fiancé. It was a special day for the boys and girls who had prepared very well during the previous months and Canon Donal in his few words, hoped that it would always be a day that they would remember fondly and he gave them some very good words of advice for their futures years as they progress through the school system. The boys and girls have all agreed to contribute a certain sum from the gifts they receive to charity. The local St Vincent de Paul Society will be the beneficiary. Well done girls and boys!

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY: The Limerick Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland hold a Social Club for people with dementia and their carer, in a supported environment, and this takes place each Tuesday morning in the Woodfield House Hotel, between 11am and 1pm. There is no charge to attend and teas and coffee is provided. Please phone Mary at 313456 if you would like to attend, or just call to Woodfield House Hotel on Tuesdays from 11am. The Society is very appreciative of the ongoing support it receives from the public.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK 2013: Monday February 11 is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick. The Sacrament of Anointing for the sick and elderly will be celebrated on Friday February 8 at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue. Sacred Music for the occasion will be led by Musica Sacra Chorale, a resource group for liturgical music in the Diocese, directed by Dr Paddy McCormack. This celebration by candle-light, will consist of readings and prayers and will conclude with a Eucharistic Blessing for the sick with the monstrance and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome!

CAMOGIE CLUB: Na Piarsaigh Camogie club training sessions take place on Friday evenings from 5.30pm to 6.15pm for U/8’s and from 6.15pm to 7pm for U/10’s in St Nessan’s School Hall. During the winter months and then in mid march they will move outside onto Na Piarsaigh club pitch. At the training session you will be showmn the skills needed to play camogie while still having fun! They can provide helmets and hurleys on loan for those who are interested in giving it a trial. They are always looking for new players to become involved in the club. We look forward to seeing you soon in the club and you may visit the club webpage at www.napiarsaigh.limerick.gaa.ie/home

if you want more information.

NEED A HANDYMAN? : If you need someone to do some jobs the office in the Community Centre may be able to help you. You can contact them at 0061-325496.

AA: The Caherdavin Branch of AA holds a meeting in the Community Centre, Whitethorn Drive, on Wednesdays at 8.30pm.

NEW WEBSITE: It is hoped that in the next few weeks we will be setting up a new website for the Parish of Christ the King. Any community group that would like to have information attached to or included in this new website are asked to contact Ann Marie at Christ the King Church tel. 455514 or the office in Caherdavin Community Centre 061-325496.

YEAR OF FAITH LECTURE SERIES: The Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College is pleased to announce a public lecture series to celebrate the Year of Faith on Tuesdays at 5pm. On Tuesday February 12 the talk will be on Erotic Word – The Spirituality of the Song of Songs.

CAHERDAVIN ENTERPRISE GROUP: This group are based in the Community Centre. They provide office services to the residents of Caherdavin and the surrounding area. Some of the things they do include Word Processing, e-mail, Binding and Laminating, Telephone Answering Service and much more. The building is shared with the AA group, Local ICA, Youth Clubs, Naoinra na nOg, Parents and Toddlers group, Library and various community groups and organisations On ant given day or night, you could expect to find Irish Dancing, Keep Fit kids, HipHop Dancing, Keep Fit Adults, Weight Watchers, Guitar Lessons using the facilities. There is plenty of parking available. Please feel free to contact them at any time on Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm or e-mail: christkingce@eircom.net

ENABLE IRELAND: Enable Ireland are appealing for donations of good quality clothing, footwear, bric-a- brac, books for their shop at 4 Upper William Street. A van will be in the Church grounds on Saturday February 9 from 9.30am to 11.30am to accept your donations.

JOB SEEKERS: Do you have a disability or health issue? Do you find it hard to get a job? Do you need some help to get started? Please contact Work Access Ltd. At 061-493095. They provide a supported employment service in Limerick City and also outreach offices in Kilmallock and Newcastlewest. For further information you may contact Michelle Barrett, Work Access Ltd, First Floor, Pillar House, Little Ellen Street, Limerick or www.workaccess.org

PRAYER GROUP: The Adult Prayer Group meetings have resumed. They meet on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in the Don Bosco Centre. All are welcome.

COMPUTER COURSE FOR BEGINNERS: Would you like to learn how to use a computer and gain a qualification at FETAC Level 2 without any pressure? Part-time course for adults who do not have a full Leaving certificate qualification. The course is thirty hours in duration and will take place for 1-2 sessions per week. Times and days still have to be decided. Places are limited so it is advisable to book early. Contact details are available by phone at 061-325496 or call into the office upstairs in the Caherdavin Community Centre.

BREAST CHECK: For women between the ages of fifty and sixty four there is a free Breast Check available. To get a registration form to enable you to get your free mammogram please go online to www.breastcheck.ie or Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

SCHOOL ENROLMENTS: Mary Queen of Ireland, Girls School Tel 454149 and Christ the King Boys National School Tel 453484 are now accepting enrolments for September 2013. Parents are advised to apply as soon as possible to avoid forgetting it later in the year.

CIVIL REGISTRATION SERVICE: ¨The Civil Registration Act 2004 requires all couples planning a marriage ceremony in Ireland to register their intent of marriage with the State at least three calendar months prior to their wedding date. To notify the Registrar of your intention to marry you may book a Marriage Notification appointment at www.crsappointments.ie

For couples where one or both parties are resident abroad, they should contact the office by telephone to book their appointment.

LIMERICK SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB: Old time dancing, Caberet and Exercise to Music is available at Pery’s Hotel, Glentworth Street on Tuesday nights. Music is provided by the resident band and the music suits all age groups. Teas are also served by the committee. Everybody is welcome together with their friends.

ST MUNCHIN’S RESOURCE CENTRE: The centre provides a transport service for older people in the North-side of the city such as Ballynanty, Clareview, Caherdavin, Ennis Road etc. They provide transport to/from medical and healthcare appointments, collecting pensions, attending Mass/library/shopping etc. They also provide a Friendly Call Service which is a weekly friendly phone from their trained staff/volunteers, where you can have a friendly chat, or discuss your concerns in confidence. They also provide a ‘Meals on Wheels’ service for older people, where you can receive a hot meal delivered to your home each day between 1pm and 2pm. This is available Monday – Friday at a cost of €3 per meal per day. For further information you may contact Tracey or Jean at 061-326623.

CAHERDAVIN COMMUNITY LIBRARY: The Caherdavin Branch of the City Library opens at the following times at the Community Centre: Monday 3pm to 7.30pm; Wednesday 5pm to 8pm; Friday 10am to 12noon. Membership is free to adults and children.

ADAPT HOUSE SERVICES: If you ever feel afraid of someone in your own home or someone you are dating, if you ever feel humiliated or put down, unable to ‘be yourself’ in your relationship you may be experiencing domestic abuse. Talking to someone can help you to decide what to do and to keep yourself and your children safe.

A Support Worker from ADAPT Services will meet a woman on a one- to- one basis by appointment, in her own area. All you need to do is ‘phone 061-412354 or the 24Hour Freephone Helpline 1800 200 504. The location is private and the service is confidential. Supports offered are: Emotional Support; safety Planning; advocacy in accessing services; court accompaniment; accommodation. There is no charge for this service.

SENIOR HELP LINE: Third age is a National Confidential Listening Service for older people by older volunteers. It is a local call throughout Ireland and is open every day of the year. The times are Mon-Thur: 10am – 10pm; Fri-Sun 10am-4pm/7-10pm.

The number is 1850 440 444. Do you need someone to listen? Would you like to talk to someone? Would it help to share a worry? Do you feel unsafe at home? Are there days

when you don’t have callers? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’, then ring the number above.

ACCORD: The Marriage Preparation Courses for 2013 have started. The date of the next course is February 22/23. Courses runs from 7-10pm on Friday night and from 9am to 3.30pm on Saturday. These courses will continue each month. Further details can be had from Accord at 061-343000 or contact accordlimerickcity@gmail.com

OSTEOFIT – EXERCISE FOR STRONG BONES: Osteofit classes are ongoing in Caherdavin. This group exercise class is aimed at both men and women over 55. The class aims to maintain bone density, improve strength and flexibility, improve balance and reduce the risk of falling. These exercise classes suit both men and women. Exercises are easy to perform and gentle (no jumping, no sweating). Your first class is FREE and if you decide to come back you pay as you go, €8 per class. There is no advance payment and no commitment. Come along when you can and reap the benefits described above. Osteofit classes are in Na Piarsaigh GAA Hall every Wednesday at noon. NEWCOMERS always welcome. For further information please contact Brenda on 087-2255676.

THEOLOGY: The Dominicans are offering an affordable distance-learning programme in Theology which can be followed either for academic credit or for personal enrichment. People study from home, with occasional study days at weekends and with the support of online academic tutors. Contact the Dominicans at The Priory,Tallaght Village, Dublin 24 or phone 01-4048124. Enquiries@prioryinstitute.com