Feb 2

CASTLECONNELL YOUTH TAKE UP BOXING/KEEP-FIT PROGRAMME: Young people, volunteers and staff at Limerick Youth Service�s Castleconnell Youth Project took to boxing classes to get fit after the festive period.

CASTLECONNELL YOUTH TAKE UP BOXING/KEEP-FIT PROGRAMME: Young people, volunteers and staff at Limerick Youth Service�s Castleconnell Youth Project took to boxing classes to get fit after the festive period.

Under the instructions of Marty Hannon of THUMP Boxing, the group were put through their paces at Castleconnell Parish Hall.

�The aim of the THUMP programme is to use boxing as a means of keeping fit,� exhaled an exhausted Martin Duhig, of Castleconnell Youth Project, speaking after one session of the two-day instructors course.

THUMP�s training courses have been designed to offer a mix of boxing and fitness training suitable to people who wish to keep fit.

Martin was delighted with the two-day course and is looking forward to building on the experience. �Ideally, we would like to establish a community gym where we could continue to run keep fit programmes,� added Martin.

If you would like to know more about the programmes available at Castleconnell Youth Project, please contact Limerick Youth Service at lys@limerickyouthservice.com or 061-412444.

WORK ACCESS: �Are you looking for a job? Would you like support? Do you have a disability? Have you ever needed extra support in the workplace? This service is free and confidential. Work Access Ltd. Is an employment service that supports people to gain and maintain employment. The service is available to everyone within the Limerick city and county area. �Work Access will assist you with: CV preparation, interview skills, work experience, engaging with employers, career directions, Social Welfare queries, ongoing support.� For more information contact: Tel. (061) 493095. Email: info@workaccess.org

CASE OF THE AGED SAY THANKS: �Castleconnell, Ahane, Montpelier Care of the Aged would like to thank most sincerely Friends of the Care of the Aged, namely Elennor Kingston, Mary Tierney and Philla Lynch for giving the wonderful sum of �10,230, which was the proceeds of the October Bank Holiday Weekend Sponsored Walk. A special thanks to all who walked and their sponsors. Thanks to the Beavers and Cubs section of St. Patrick’s Ahane Scout Unit who raised the sum of �€141.53. �A special word of Thanks to the Congregation of All Saints Church Castleconnell who have made a donation to the Care of the Aged for the past number of years, it is very much appreciated. �Many Thanks to all clubs, societies, businesses and personal donations to the Organisation, this money will be used for the benefit of our seniors of the Parish. �We ask neighbours and friends to let the committee know of any needs older people may have. One need everyone has is a need for company and for someone to talk to, so say “HELLO” when passing.

BOXING CLASSES: Thump Boxing classes start in Daughters of Charity gym Annacotty on Thursday, February 7, at 8.00pm. All are welcome. For more info contact John on 087-9115411.

CHIROPODY SERVICE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS: Chiropody Service for senior citizens will be available on this Friday, in the Health Centre, Castleconnell, at 4.30pm.

CHURCH NOTICES: As this Friday is the First Friday of the month, Holy Communion will be taken to the sick and the housebound. Also this Friday, February 1 is the Feast of St. Bridget. St. Bridget is the Secondary Patron of Ireland and is often referred to as Mary of the Gael. Her cross is blessed and hung over the entrances of houses as a prayer for protection.

Prayer to St.Bridget: �You were a woman of peace. You brought harmony where there was conflict. You brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast. May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious, may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world. Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made. Bridget you were a voice for the wounded and the weary. Strengthen what is weak within us. Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens. May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit.�

Amen: Saturday, February 2 is the Feast of the Presentation � On Saturday we celebrate the Presentation of the child Jesus in the temple, also called CandlemasDay. People bring candles to Mass to have them blessed for use in their homes on many occasions. Mass in Castleconnell � 10.30am.

This Sunday, February 3 is the Feast of St. Blaise � St. Blaise is the patron Saint of people with sore throats or any other illness. This blessing with specially blessed candles brings us nearer to Jesus who also went about healing the sick with all kinds of illness. Blessing of throats takes place after all Masses.

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