POBAL NEASAIN - PILGRIM WALK: The local Pobal Neasain (St. Nessan’s) Pastoral Area team are facilitating a Pilgrim Walk for the Year Of Faith this Sunday September 29.Everybody is very welcome to participate; the total distance involved is 1.8km. Assembly point for this circular walk is the Redemptorist Church car park, South Circular Road, at 2.30pm. The Procession will move to the Dominican Church, via Henry Street and Glentworth Street, then to St. Michael’s Church of Ireland and on to St. Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue and concluding at the Redemptorist Church at approximately 4.40pm. There will be a brief pause for reflection and prayer at each of the venues. All are welcome to come along and become involved.
RAHEEN YOUTH MINISTRY: Raheen Youth Ministry Group is meeting this Friday evening, 27 September, at 8pm in St. Nessan’s Primary School. The main purpose of the meeting is to put in place plans for the year ahead, and to discuss participation in the Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1914, together with any other events in which the Group would wish to become involved.
BLOOD DONATION CLINIC: The next Blood Donation clinic in this locality will be held on Wednesday next week, 2 October, from 5pm to 8pm, at the South Court Hotel, Raheen. Regular donors are requested to please note this date and time, and to continue to support this vital service to others. A total of one hundred and twenty two donors attended the corresponding Clinic in September and, while this number represented a welcome increase on the numbers who attended the August, allowance has to be made for the fact that, owing to Summer holidays, many people would have been away at that time. New donors are always especially welcome. Potential, and existing, donors are reminded that a Donor Information local telephone line can be accessed, at any time, on 1850 731 137.
BAPTISM MEETING: A Baptism meeting will be held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen on Thursday evening next October 3 at 7.30pm; parents whose babies are about to be baptised are obliged to attend this meeting. Baptism meetings, organised by the Parish Baptism team, are held in the Millennium Centre, Raheen on the first Thursday of each month, commencing at 7.30pm. The purpose of these meetings is to assist with preparation for receiving the Sacrament; parents, and godparents if possible, who reside in the parish, and who intend having their child baptised, are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings, where all of the information which they require regarding the Sacrament of Baptism will be made available to them.
“POP UP SHOP”: The”pop up shop”, the proceeds of sales from which will go towards two particularly worthy causes, Fr. Derek Leonard’s Mission in Peru and St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Romania, will open again in Patrickswell this Saturday, 28 September. Fr. Derek is a former Curate at this Parish - Raheen/Mungret/Crecora. Everything “from a needle to an anchor”, we are promised, will again be available to purchase and everything will be “in mint condition”! A shopping spree opportunity, we are told, with “something for everyone”. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available, and a raffle will take place also. The shop will be located at the John Leddin Hardware Store in Patrickswell, and will open its doors at 10am this Saturday.
RAHEEN TOASTMASTERS: Raheen Toastmasters Club will hold it’s next meeting on Tuesday October 1 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” an d 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
“THE LITTLE FLOWER”: Many of our Parishioners have a particular devotion to Saint Therese, the “Little Flower” and they will be interested to know that on Tuesday next, October 1 at St. Joseph’s Church on O’Connell Avenue, the Saint’s Feastday is being solemnly celebrated. Mass for the day will be celebrated at 10.30am and Evening Prayer will take place at 7.30pm, followed by Benediction. A member of the Carmelite Order will be in attendance with a first class relic of the Saint, which can be venerated at both sessions (the Mass and Evening Prayer/Benediction). St. Joseph’s Church has, for many years, been a popular centre of devotion to The Little Flower.
PADRE PIO: On Wednesday next October 2 at 9.30am in St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Mungret the monthly Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated, followed by Prayers and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; everyone is welcome to attend this monthly celebration in honour of St. Padre Pio.
ICA MEETING - RAHEEN: The Limerick City Guild of the Irish Countrywomens Association holds its monthly meetings at the Millennium Centre, Raheen on the first Wednesday of each month, commencing at 8pm.
CHILDRENS MASS: Rehearsals for the Children’s Mass, which is celebrated on a number of Sundays throughout the year at 11am in Raheen Church, have resumed on Thursday evenings, from 6.30pm until 7.15pm, in the Church, and all children residing in the Parish, regardless of which school they are attending, are welcome to become involved.
BRIDGE CLUB: The Social Bridge Club has resumed its weekly sessions at the Millennium Centre in Raheen on Monday mornings, from 10am to 1pm. Anyone interested in becoming involved can contact the Parish Office, in the first instance, for further information (tel. 061-210869).
SALESIAN SECONDARY COLLEGE: The Parents Association at The Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry which is attended by many students from this locality, has organised a “Bosco Tea Party” which will take place on Friday fortnight October 11 commencing at 8pm in the School Hall. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the School. a table of eight will cost €100; individual table hosts will invite their guests to attend, with the host and/or guests bringing their own food, drinks, cutlery and glasses. Tables, live music entertainment and a great atmosphere will be provided by the College. The theme of the night will be “The Roaring Twenties”! A great night’s entertainment is promised! Those who would like to assist the School in this way can book a place now by contacting any of the Parents’ Association members - Bernard Gloster: 087-9532020; Catherine Fitzgerald: 086-1087679; Armelle Mangan: 087-2379130; Eileen O’Neill: 087-6843751 or the School Office: 061-393105. By email, one can contact email@example.com
EDITH PIAF: Local devotees of the music of Edith Piaf may like to know that, this Thursday evening, 26 September, the award winning “Piaf The show” is taking place at the Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Park, commencing at 8pm. Booking enquiries should be made to 061 - 293190; online booking is at www.litmt.ie
MILFORD HOSPICE SHOP: Local people have always supported the exceptional work undertaken, on an ongoing basis, by Milford Hospice, whether by attending the annual Milford Hospice Harvest Fair or by supporting the various other fundraising events on behalf of the Hospice. Milford Hospice Shop has now opened at 22, Thomas Street in Limerick; organisers are appealing for the donation to the shop of the following types of item - good quality mens, womens and childrens clothing, shoes, accessories, handbags and jewellery. Household items such as bed linen, ornaments and mirrors would also be gratefully accepted. Further information can be obtained by telephoning 086-8366846 or by calling to the shop at 22, Thomas Street; opening hours at the shop are 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Any assistance towards the work undertaken by Milford Hospice can only be encouraged.
VOLUNTARY SERVICE ABROAD: Some readers may be interested in hearing of opportunities to work abroad voluntarily, in the areas of human rights protection in Developing Countries. Vides Ireland is part of an International Voluntary Organisation which promotes voluntary service and has as its focus the protection of Human Rights, especially those of women, young people and children all over the world. Through Vides Ireland, which is an integral part of the work undertaken by the Salesian Sisters, young people aged 20 years and upwards are provided with an opportunity to go abroad to a Developing Country; the Salesian Sisters and Communities are engaged in this type of work in Africa and India. Anyone who would be considering giving a short or long term commitment to working in the Developing World next Summer is welcome to join others in the first phase of preparation which is taking place this Saturday, 28 September; further information can be obtained by contacting Dympna at 086-3708652.
“CONSOLE”: The Adult Suicide Bereavement Support group, “Console - Living With Suicide”, holds meetings on the first Wednesday of every month, from 7pm to 9pm. The group’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 2 October, at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, Limerick. Family, friends, work colleagues and community members who have been bereaved by the death of a loved one through suicide are welcome to come along to any of these monthly meetings, which are facilitated by Console staff; an appointment is not necessary. Further information can be obtained by contacting tel. 061-306792.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY: Parishioners involved with the care of a family member or friend, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, are reminded that the Limerick Branch of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland is holding its next Carers meeting at the Society’s Day Care Centre, Kilmurry Court, Garryowen, Limerick on Wednesday October 2 from 7 to 8pm. All are welcome to attend. Many residents in this area are involved with the care of a family member or friend, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, and reminders regarding the monthly meetings for Carers are included in these Notes. A reminder - a local telephone service is available, at 061-313456, between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
PIONEER ASSOCIATION: The monthly meeting of the local Pioneer Centre takes place next Friday evening October 4 in the Millennium Centre, Raheen. Anyone who wishes to become a Pioneer, or who is already a Pioneer and wishes to become a member of the Raheen Centre, or who wishes to obtain information regarding the services provided by the Centre, is welcome to come along to the monthly meeting.
FIRST FRIDAY: Friday next week October 4 is the First Friday of the month; daily Mass in the Parish Churches will be at the usual times, with a 7.30pm Evening Mass in Raheen Church also. Holy Communion will, as usual, be brought to the sick and housebound by the Priests of the Parish.