CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, November 9-10, The Thirtysecond Sunday in Ordinary Time, are as follows, Saturday at 6-30pm Dan Riordan, Sunday at 11-30am Julie Darcy. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm Seamus Enright, Michael Houlihan and Maria Bucke, Sunday at 11-30am P J Oâ€™Grady, Michael Oâ€™Mara and Eileen Oâ€™Shea, please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Would ministers be aware that only one duty may be undertaken at mass, and the readersâ€™ list now operates on a two weekly cycle. Listed readers for Saturday November 16 and 23 at 6-30pm James McCarthy and Sunday November 17 and 24 at 11-30am Joanne Tierney. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. Weekday masses in Patrickswell will be at the usual time of 9-30am. Weekend masses in Ballybrown will be at 8pm on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm.
PASTORAL VISITS: Data protection regulations mean that it is no longer possible to check the parish list in hospitals, and if Fr. Mike was visiting hospital he would be unaware of a parishioner who would welcome a visit. If you know of anyone who would like a visit please contact Fr. Mike or Pauline at the Parish Office in Ballybrown.
HEADWAYS COLLECTION: Mary and Sam Milburn wish to express their gratitude for your support at last weekendâ€™s church gate collection last weekend, which was in aid of the Limerick branch of Headways, the care group for people with an acquired brain injury. The total raised was five hundred and eighty five euro, may God bless you all for your generosity.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service continues to require three thousand donations every week, and donor clinics will be held at the following locations in the coming week to facilitate that requirement, Scoil Ide, Corbally, on Monday November 11 from 6 to 9pm, and Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher, on Tuesday November 12, also from 6 to 9pm.You can visit any blood donor clinic as long as ninety days have elapsed since you last gave blood, and you are urged to please give regularly. There will be a donor clinic in Castletroy the following week. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
TIDY TOWNS: Our fundraising table quiz last Friday was a runaway success, and we were astounded at the level of support and goodwill extended towards us. Twenty two tables of contestants sat down for a gruelling eight rounds of general knowledge questions compiled by Ciaran Crowe, and delivered with the utmost professionalism by P.J.Oâ€™Grady. Actually, it wasnâ€™t as serious as that at all, it was a fun filled evening, conducted in a very friendly and hospitable manner, made all the more enjoyable by P.Jâ€™s humourous interjections and friendly banter, and the audience only content on enjoying themselves. Ann Ronan was on hand to mark the answers and collate the scores in her usual proficient manner. There was somewhere in the region of thirty spot prizes generously donated by Patrickswell businesses, supporters and friends, ensuring that the raffle was also generously subscribed. It was a great night for all involved, and we are again grateful to all who made it possible, including Christy and all at the Cu Chulainn for hosting us and very generously sponsoring the first table prize. Thank you all so much. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Christy Murphy who recently celebrated a significant birthday milestone.
PAST AND PRESENT BOOK LAUNCH: Patrickswell Community Council will launch their book, â€œPatrickswell Past & Presentâ€ in the Cu Chulainn on Saturday November 30. The book will contain many stories, photographs, poems and history of Patrickswell and its surrounding areas. A book like this has never been published in Patrickswell before, it will be enjoyed by people at home and abroad remembering schools, friends, and generations gone by, a time to reminisce.
FRIDAY CLUB: Members of the Friday Club hosted the first of their November lunches last Friday at the Resource House. Twenty members and guests sat down to enjoy homemade soup and bread, followed by a friendly chat among friends over a cup of tea or coffee. Everyone will again be made very welcome this Friday, and your support will be appreciated.
SELF HELP AFRICA: Dave Noble, an employee of MPCC Credit Union, will be taking part in the Tour De Ethiopia in mid-November in aid of Self Help Africa. This trip is to raise awareness and raise funds for the charity. Dave and nine others will cycle over 400 kilometres in very hilly terrain at a high altitude over four days and then run in the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa on November 24. Any donations will be gratefully accepted and every cent collected will go directly to Self Help Africa. Details of the Tour De Ethiopia 2013 can be found on Facebook.
KILDIMO CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: The Seven Sisters Pub, Kildimo, is the venue this Sunday, November 10, for the Christmas Craft Fair, which will run from 1-30 pm to 5-30 pm. A diverse range of gift and craft items will be available including scented candles, crochet, jewellery, personalised greeting cards, jams, home baking, vintage cake stands, wooden toys, knitting and nutritional products with free body fat testing. All goods will be very reasonably priced and great value for money, and if you would like to display your craft, there are places still available. Contact Mary on 087 6521806.
SALESIANS COLLEGE: As part of our community events for â€œBliain na Gaeilgeâ€ we are holding a â€œCÃ©ilÃ MÃ³râ€ I Halla na Scoile, Salesian Secondary College, Copsewood, Pallaskenry on Friday November 15 at 8.00 pm. The support of our local and school communities would be greatly appreciated, young and old alike. BÃgÃ linn- ceol, damhsa agus craic. FÃ¡ilte roimh chÃ¡ch. Roinn na Gaeilge.
GREYBRIDGE CLASSIC BENEFIT RUN: Greybridge Classic Club is hosting a tractor, car and motorbike benefit run this Sunday, November 10, in aid of Dermot Clohessy and John Walshe. Dempseyâ€™s Pub is the starting point for all participants, with the bikes moving off at 10-30am, cars at 11-30 and tractors at 12-30. The Ford Escort Club and Munster Off Road Motorcycle Club are also involved in organising the event.