HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES: HOLY THURSDAY: 7.00pm Mass of the Last Supper followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and finishing with Night Prayer at 9.00pm in St Patrick’s Church, Clare Street.
G00D FRIDAY: 3.00pm Liturgy of the Passion in St Brigid’s Church. 7.00pm - Stations of the Cross in St Patrick’s Church.
HOLY SATURDAY: 8.00pm Easter Vigil Mass in St Brigid’s Church.
EASTER SUNDAY: 11.30am Mass in St Brigid’s Church, and 12.30pm Mass in St Patrick’s Church
Confessions: after each of the ceremonies.
SPRING FORWARD: Please remember to put your clocks and watch forward by one hour early on Easter Sunday morning, or at midnight Easter Saturday, as Summer-time kicks in.
FEAST OF MERCY: Divine Mercy Sunday always takes place, once a year only, on the Sunday immediately after Easter Sunday, which this year falls on Sunday, April 7. The ceremonies take place in many places throughout Ireland, and the world, one of them being St John’s Cathedral here in Limerick. Every year, the devotions start around 2.30pm. in the Cathedral, until around 5.30pm., attracting a large gathering, and includes a Eucharistic healing service; the celebration of holy Mass in the later part of the afternoon, (around 4.45pm); the veneration of a relic of St. Faustina, and the hearing of Confessions throughout the afternoon. It is recommended that people wishing to obtain the spiritual benefits of this Feast Day, begin praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily, for nine days preceding this Feast Day, starting on Good Friday next. A Divine Mercy Novena will begin on Monday next, April 1, at 7.30pm in the Reparation Chapel, off South Circular Road (alongside Laurel Hill School). in preparation for this Feast Day. All are welcome. The Divine Mercy booklet explains more fully how to prepare for Mercy Sunday.
THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC: On behalf of our parish community, a word of thanks to all the members of our two choirs, for all their music and singing throughout the past months, and years. To Evan, Gary, and Adam, who lead the youth choir with their guitars and singing, and to Miriam who plays the keyboard, and to all the young singers in the choir, who sing regularly at the Vigil Mass in St Brigid’s Church. Their lively singing is spiritual and uplifting. To the dedicated senior choir also, under the direction of Jerry Patterson, who sing regularly at the 11.30am Mass in St Brigid’s Church, enhancing the liturgy. “A very happy Easter to all.”
ST PATRICK’S GAA: Competitions : In U-21 hurling, Singland Gaels had a good win over Adare last Tuesday night, and now prepare to play Na Piarsaigh, on Tuesday 26th March, in the Gaelic Grounds. This is a must-win game to continue in the competition.
Our U-14 hurlers bowed out of the Feile competition last Sunday, losing to one point to Ballybricken/Bohermore in Caherelly. The final score-line was 1-05 to 2-01.
The U-16 footballers start their campaign this Monday evening, at home to Galbaly at 6.15
Fundraising: The club are at the moment running a fundraiser for our all weather field development fund, and all club committee and club players are working together with this fundraiser, the main ticket prize are for a great trip for two to Old Trafford to see Manchester United in action against Swansea on May 12th. Tickets are only €3 each or two tickets for €5, please support this fundraiser. We are also running an Easter Egg draw and tickets can be got from Kenneth Dawson..
CLAUGHAUN GAA: Michael “Mick” Mackey (12 July 1912 – 13 September 1982) was a famous Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with the famous Ahane club from 1930 until 1948, and was a member of the Limerick senior inter-county team, from 1930 until 1947. Mackey is widely regarded as one of the greatest hurlers in the history of the game. Almost unanimously regarded as the second-best hurler of all-time (with even many claiming that Mackey was the best, - though Henry Shefflin’s name could now also be thrown into the mix). Many former players, commentators, and fans, believe that the only other player who could be said to have bested him was the unparalleled Christy Ring Mackey’s status, as one of the all-time greats, is self-evident. In a senior inter-county career that lasted for seventeen years, he was the star player on the team during Limerick’s golden age of hurling. Mackey won three All-Ireland titles, five Munster titles, five consecutive National Hurling League titles, and eight Railway Cup titles with Munster. Mackey’s importance to Limerick is impossible to overstate. When he burst on the hurling scene in the 1930’s, he was unquestionably the greatest hurler yet seen. From his usual position at centre-forward, Mackey inspired the entire team and their reputation as great entertainers of hurling, owed a lot to his charismatic style, and his new hurling techniques. He was physically imposing, and his swashbuckling style brought huge crowds to see him play. During his playing days, it was Mackey that developed the solo-run style, though he eschewed the use of the sliotar resting on the hurley, which he did not consider correct hurling; preferring instead to bounce it on the hurley, as he charged at defences. While his exploits on the field are well documented, Mackey has also been the recipient of many awards and honours off the field. In 1980, he was the first recipient of the prestigious All-Time All-Star Award. Mackey was also posthumously honoured in 1984, when he was named, by popular opinion, in the centre-forward position on the Hurling Team of the Century. He was named in the same position on the Hurling Team of the Millennium in 2000.
MICK MACKEY PHOTOS: Thanks to Martin Cahill, whom I work with in SerCom, for bringing in photos of Mick Mackey’s 1936 All Ireland hurling winner’s medal; he won his first in 1934, second in 1936, and third and final medal in 1940. This is a great treasure. Martin is married to Mick Mackey’s grand-daughter Barbara who has possession of the medal.
BAG PACKING: Claughaun are holding their mext Bag Packing event in Dunnes, Childers Road, on Good Friday 29/Mar.....schools/colleges etc should be off...so no excuses now mind!!!! Times are 10am to 10pm - accross 14 tills.Pls check your diary and advise if you can attend for an hour or two!!!!!!Your support is appreciated as always!!!
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