MASS TIMES IN CHRIST THE KING: Mon – Sat. 10am; Sat Evening -7.30pm; Sundays: 10.30am and 12noon; Church Holidays – 10am.
DEATHS: We sympathise with those who were recently bereaved: John Collins, Dublin, brother of Sr Anne Collins, Salesian Sisters; The extended Flynn family, on the death of Betty Flynn, Sheelin Road and Abbeyfeale.
FIRST FRIDAY: Dec 6 is the First Friday. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 10.30am to 11.45am. Benediction will follow at 11.45am.
EXPOSITION: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Tuesday from 10.30am to 3pm. If you wish to be on the rota, please contact Sheila Treacy at 061-451719.
BAPTISMS: We welcome into the Christian community Alexander Shorten, son of Brian and Saphron, Glendora Avenue. Baptism families attend 12noon Mass, 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.
COLLECTION: The Christmas Church collection for fuel for the poor takes place this coming weekend Sat/ Sun Dec 7/8. . Please be as generous as possible.
CAKE SALE: Mary Queen of Ireland Girls’ School Parents Association will hold a Cake Sale on Sunday December 15. The Cake Sale will take place in the Girls’ School Hall after the 10.30am and noon Masses. If you would like to donate a cake for the sale, it would be much appreciated. They can be dropped into the school hall before Mass on Sunday Dec 15. All monies collected on the day will go toward much needed school funds. We hope to see you all on the day and look forward to your support.
SENIOR CITIZENS ANNUAL PARTY: Join the Senior Citizens Annual Party on Sunday December 15 from 2-6pm in Thomond Park. The cost is €7 and the music will be provided by The Ramblers. There will be a raffle on the day. Tickets are available from Tracey or Norma at 061-326623 or in the Caherdavin Community Centre.
SAFEGUARDING REPRESENTATIVES: The Parish of Christ the King is committed to ensuring that best practice safeguarding standards are being implemented so that we can ensure the safety of our children, young people and the adults that work with them. Over the next few weeks our local safeguarding representatives will be contacting those groups in the parish who work with children to offer support and help. If you are involved in a parish group working with children and need advice about membership forms/Garda vetting or other policy issues, please feel free to contact our local safeguarding representative – Mary O’Donovan (contact number available from Sacristy).
FOLK GROUP: Our Folk Group who sing at the 12noon Mass each Sunday are looking for musicians and singers over 18 years to join. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7.30pm in the Sacristy.
AA: The Caherdavin Branch of AA holds a meeting in the Community Centre, Whitethorn Drive, on Wednesdays at 8.30pm
ADULT PRAYER GROUP: The group meets on Monday nights at 7.30pm in the Don Bosco Centre. They extend a cordial invitation to all to come and join them for the four weeks in preparation for Christmas. They will follow the seven step programme in their reflection on the Advent Sunday Gospels. Through the reflections our Sunday Liturgy should become more meaningful in our daily lives. The first meeting was on Monday November 25 and they take place in the Don Bosco Centre at 7.30pm. They will look forward to your presence over the next few weeks and everyone is welcome.
GALA CONCERT: There will be a Gala Concert in the Lime Tree Theatre to celebrate fifty years of excellence at Árd Scoil Rís. The concert takes place on Thursday December 5. Tickets are available at school reception 061-453828 and Theatre Box Office 061-774774.
ADVENT TALKS: The Dominican Biblical Institute, Upper Cecil Street are hosting a number of Advent talks under the heading of ‘Preparing a Way Together’. Dr Chris Hewer has been a student of Islam and worked in the field of Christian-Muslim relations for twenty years. From 1999-2005 he was the Advisor on Inter-faith Relations to the Anglican Bishop of Birmingham. On Tuesday December 10 he will talk on ‘The Contribution of the Muslim Community in Ireland Today’.
CAHERDAVIN COMMUNITY OFFICE: You are welcome to the office in the Community the Centre, to make use of their facilities. They offer services in typing, photocopying, laminating, faxing, email, file-binding, telephone answering service and much more. They are a Community Office and their rates reflect this fact. There is plenty of car parking available. Their number is 061-325496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org They now have a facility available for everyone in the Community, to send and receive emails, using an open email address.
CAHERDAVIN ACTIVE RETIRED: Meetings continue on Wednesdays at 2.30pm in the Scout Hall.
CONCERT: There will be a fund-raising concert on Monday December 16 in St Munchin’s Church in aid of renovations to St Munchin’s Church. Liam Lawton will be the special guest. Tickets are €20 and are available in the Sacristy and St Munchin’s Parish Office.
PILGRIMAGE: The Youth Ministry team of the Limerick Diocese hope to lead a pilgrimage of Young people on the Camino from Jul 8-15 next summer (2014). Young people interested must be over the age of twenty-one at the time of travel. The cost of the pilgrimage has not been finalised but it is hoped that it will not exceed €600. Those who would like to find out more are welcome to attend an information evening in the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre on Friday November 29 at 7.30pm. Those who are interested but cannot attend can find out more by phoning the Pastoral Centre on 061-400133.
ADULT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Console invites family, friends, work colleagues and community members bereaved by Suicide to Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, on the first Wednesday of each month from 7pm – 9pm. This group will be facilitated by two of Console’s staff. There is no appointment necessary – you can arrive on the night. More information is available on 061-306792.
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.
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 the Woodfield House Hotel on Tuesdays from 11am. The Society is very appreciative of the ongoing support it receives from the public.
CURA SERVICES: The work of Cura consists of a variety of excellent services to those in crises. These include Crisis or Unplanned Pregnancy Support and Counselling (this includes Free Pregnancy test as required), Counselling and Support after an abortion, Support for mothers and/or fathers of a new baby and Schools Awareness Programme. All services are provided by trained crisis pregnancy and post abortion counsellors and are free, confidential and non-judgemental. Clients can avail of Cura services by dropping in to their local centre during opening hours (an appointment is not necessary) or they can arrange an appointment outside of office opening hours if required. The local office is at the Social Services Centre, Henry Street, 061-318207.
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.
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.
ACCORD: The Marriage Preparation Courses for 2013 are continuing. The next available course is Nov 15/16. Courses runs from 7-10pm on Friday night and from 9am to 3.30pm on Saturday in St Munchin’s College, Corbally. The cost includes course material, tea/coffee breaks and lunch in the College on Saturday. Further details can be had from Accord at 061-343000 or contact email@example.com After the above course the next available course will be on March 21/22, next year. From Dec 2013-Feb 2014, the courses are booked out.
LIMERICK SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB: Old time dancing, Cabaret 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.
CUPPA AND CHAT: Thursday December 5 will be the last tea/coffee morning until after Christmas. We thank all those who helped out throughout the year. The organisers wish everyone a Happy and Holy Christmas.
IRISH DANCING CLASSES: Classes for boys and girls are run at Caherdavin Irish Dance Studio on Tuesdays at 6pm. These are for all ages and level, with small classes and individual attention and they are also for fun, fitness or ‘feiseanna’ (no jigs). Classes are also held in Meelick and Cratloe. For more information please phone Carmel at 087-6410180 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CAHERDAVIN COMMUNITY GAMES : Caherdavin Community Games urgently needs a volunteer to assist with Secretarial duties during the forthcoming year. Community Games plays a central part in encouraging our children to get involved in the many sporting and recreational activities held in the parish – but they cannot continue without your help. If you feel you can assist them, please contact Con Daly at 086-8115677.
FREE PRESCHOOL/MONTESSORI: Free ECCE Preschool/Montessori morning and afternoon sessions will take place at St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre Clonconnane Road, Ballynanty. To avail of this service please call the Centre at 061-326623 or call in to chat to Laura or Alison.
VOLUNTEER TRANSPORT: The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to Drive’ service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in University Hospital, Limerick. This service is completely free to the patient. A volunteer will pick you up at your door and bring you to the hospital and then after treatment bring you home. If you have trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment, then please talk to the Oncology/Haematology team or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01-2310566. Care to drive has been running since 2008 and is growing at a phenomenal rate. Again, remember the service is entirely free to patients.
TEAM HOPE SHOE BOX APPEAL: Sincere thanks to everyone who donated shoeboxes to the recent appeal. We also thank those who gave financially and gave individual items. A total of seventy six shoeboxes were donated from the parish.
SMOKE ALARMS: Limerick City Council has a number of smoke alarms available for installation free of charge in the houses of older adults and vulnerable people. The conditions of the scheme require that the alarms in houses which are privately owned. The Council will give priority to those living on their own or with a disability. The fire alarms will be fitted by personnel trained in the installation of the alarms by the Fire Service. If you know of anyone in your area who might wish to avail of this offer, please contact the Council as the numbers are limited.
LIMERICK LIONS CLUB: Many thanks from the Lions Club to all who contributed to their Christmas Collection for those in need in the parish. They collected €735.