EASTER MASS TIMES: Holy Week ceremonies of the Easter Triduum commence this Thursday, Holy Thursday, March 28, with Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm, followed by Veneration of the Blessed Sacrament. Good Friday is a day of Fast and Abstinence, and the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion will commence at 3pm. There will be a collection for the support and upkeep of the Religious Shrines in the Holy Land associated with the life of Jesus at this ceremony. Stations of the Cross will commence at 7pm. Confessions will be heard on Holy Saturday from 11-15am until 12noon. Listed readers for this weekend’s masses are as follows; Saturday at 8pm Ellen Foley, Sunday at 10am Niall Sheehy, Sunday at 12noon Julie Darcy. The Easter Vigil will commence on Holy Saturday at 8pm, Eucharistic Ministers Mary Collins, Mary Bennis and Breda Carroll. Masses on Easter Sunday will be at the usual times of 10am, Eucharistic Ministers, Michael O’Mara, Mary Enright and Michael Punch, and 12noon,Eucharistic Ministers, Seamus Enright, Patricia Barry and Rory Bennis. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfil the duties allocated to you for any the Easter ceremonies.
OTHER CHURCH NOTICES: Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be handed into the sacristy by 9-30am each Friday, or contact Fr. Muiris O’Connor on 353711 or 0866075628. Alternatively they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be no Adoration on Holy Saturday, and no Prayer Meeting on Easter Monday. For those who do not use the envelope system, envelopes are available for Easter Dues in the church porch.
TRÓCAIRE: Boxes for the Lenten Campaign should be returned during the next few weeks in order for the money to be forwarded to Trócaire. It would be much appreciated if the small coins could be exchanged into larger denominations beforehand, to facilitate an easier counting procedure. For those who haven’t a box to return, envelopes are available in the church porch if you wish to make a donation.
CLOCKS FORWARD FOR SUMMER: One hour less in bed for everyone at the weekend as this Sunday marks the start of Summertime, and all clocks, watches, timepieces and chronometers will need to be put forward one hour before you retire on Saturday.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, and clinics will be held at the following locations next week to facilitate that ongoing requirement: Pastoral Resource Centre, Kilmallock, on Tuesday and Wednesday April 2-3 from 6 to 9pm, and Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, on Thursday April 4, 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 donor clinics in Castletroy and Rathkeale the following week. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or their website.
ORGAN DONOR AWARENESS: This year’s Organ Donor Awareness Week Campaign runs until next Saturday, April 6. It is organized by the Irish Kidney Association and is supported by the Irish Donor Network. The annual life saving awareness campaign aims to highlight to the general public the plight of people with organ failure and the ongoing need for organ donation for transplantation, encouraging more people to make an informed decision to carry an organ donor card and to donate their organs in the event of their untimely death. The symbol of transplantation is the forget-me-not flower, and emblems will be available for sale at shopping centres and other locations during the week, with all proceeds going to the support programme of the IKA. Organ Donor Cards can also be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association LoCall 1890 543639 or the website www.ika.ie
FRIDAY CLUB: Our final Lenten Lunch took place last Friday, which brought the total proceeds to €500 with which we were very pleased, considering it was our first venture of this kind. Members have decided to split the money between “The Race to save Laura’s Sight”, a local fund raising effort, and to sponsor someone who is running for Milford Hospice in the Limerick May Marathon. Many thanks to all who supported us. There will be no meeting this Friday, see you all again on April 5.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT: The inclement weather finally put paid to our outdoor gardening class last week, when we were forced inside to the classroom. Nonetheless it was a very interesting morning during which we were shown how to grow potatoes in various bags and containers, and also how to sow a variety of seeds successfully. We also learnt the importance of keeping a Gardening Diary, and labelling seeds, plants and cuttings correctly. The use of polystyrene, egg boxes and gravel to provide drainage in window boxes was also discussed, as well as the benefits of successive sowing for various salad and vegetable crops. The next class, weather permitting, will be on April 5, with a demonstration of constructing a raised bed.
CREDIT UNION: The offices of MPCC Credit Union will be open as follows over Easter. Thursday March 28 Patrickswell 2pm to 7pm, Dooradoyle 10am to 7pm and Mungret 10am to1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Good Friday March 29, all offices will be closed. Saturday March 30, Dooradoyle10am to 12 noon. Easter Monday, April 1, all offices will be closed. Normal opening hours resume on Tuesday April 2. The Board of Directors and staff, wish all members a Very Happy Easter.
AUTISM: World Autism Awareness Day is being held next Tuesday April 2. Autism is a developmental disability that remains with a person for his or her whole life. People with autism often find social interaction difficult, have problems with verbal and non-verbal communication, may demonstrate restrictive and repetitive behaviour and have a limited set of interests and activities. Irish Autism Action is a service for families affected by autism, and its mission is to raise the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism. Contact email@example.com for more details.