FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DAY: Weren’t we so lucky with the weather on Saturday last May 25 when we celebrated with the children of our parish as they received their First Holy Communion. In all twenty four children – girls from St Munchin’s National School, in Ballynanty and boys from St Munchins C.B.S, Shelbourne Road gathered with their families and friends in St Lelia’s Church.
Our parish priest Canon Donal McNamara was the celebrant. He spoke warmly and pleasantly to the First Communicants before distributing the blessed Hosts to them.
The children were so very well behaved and were a credit to their families and especially to their teachers Mrs Elizabeth Healy and Ms Laura Liddy who tutored them in their prayers and hymns.
The choir, who sang beautifully it must be said, was made up of pupils from both the girls school and the boys school. The lovely music on organ and harp was supplied by Ms Louise Frawley and Ms Sinead Toomey.
The Holy Communicants are named as follows:- GIRLS: Abbie Kiely, Allanah Kiely, Amy Curry, Arianna Cribbin, Ashleigh Kelly, Chennika Cribbin, Chloe Fitzgerald, Erika Daly, Hollie Conlan, Katie McNamara, Kelsey Cronin, Lauren Keane, Lydia Purcell.
BOYS: Alex Jordan, Brandon Ryan, Dylan Keyes, Dylan Ryan, Gerard Hogan, James Hogan, Joshua Phillips, Olatokunbo Olatilewa, Rhys Egesa Pamba, Ryan O’Connor Hayes, Stephen Cox.
The children were very respectful and attentive and each had an important input in the Ceremony. Joshua Phillips, Chloe Fitzgerald, Rhys Egesa Pamba and Chennika Cribbin led the procession. Dylan Ryan and Allanah Kiely were the narrators. The Prayers of Sorrow were read by Amy Curry, James Hogan and Kelsey Cronin. Ryan O’Connor Hayes did the first reading and Lauren Keane did the second. The Prayers of the Faithful were delivered by Hollie Conlan, Brandon Ryan, Ashleigh Kelly, Alex Jordan, Erika Daly and one of the parents. Arianna Cribbin and Stephen Cox saw to the preparation of the gifts, while the narrators were Chloe Fitzgerald and Joshua Phillips.
All the children gathered around the altar to pray the Our Father. Dylan Keyes and Abbie Kelly led the prayer before Communion. The prayers after Communion were said by Olatokunbo Olatilewa, Lydia Purcel, Gerard Hogan, Katie McNamara, and the Communion Reflection was read by a parent.
REFLECTION FOR PARENTS:
O praise the Lord, Our children grow
For all the extra things they know.
They walk and run, no longer creep
At last we get a full night’s sleep.
They fly like birds, soar on the wing
They shout aloud, they dance and sing.
O praise the Lord a little more
That two and two at last make four
They write a story, poem or letter
And do them all a little better.
O praise the Lord, my child has grown
My love child, my heart, my own.
Congratulations: to all the First Communicants and their families. We will keep them in our prayers as we ask God’s blessing on all of them.
ADULT BAPTISMS: We were also celebrating in our parish the recent baptisms of two young men who, after a period of instruction, were welcomed into our Church. During our Sunday Mass last week they received their first Holy Communion.
At the end of Mass the congregation gathered at the back of the Church to shake their hands, wish them well and welcome them into our parish community. They certainly received a Cead Mile Failte.
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION: On Sunday June 2 following 4.30 pm Mass in St Michael’s Church the Corpus Christi Procession will take place. It will leave St Michael’s at 5.15 pm passing through Denmark Street, Robert Street, Ellen Street, Patrick Street and up William Street and on to St John’s Cathedral, arriving at 5.45 pm, where we will receive Benediction. This year Bishop Brendan Leahy will carry the Blessed Sacrament.
As we express our thanksgiving for the gift of the Eucharist it would be fitting to invite parents to bring children who received First Holy Communion this year, and if people would like to bring emblems of their parish, it would add to the occasion. We are all encouraged to take part in the procession.
FR. DICK CROWE: The priests and parishioners of St Munchin’s/St Lelia’s send good wishes and prayers to Fr Dick Crowe who, having served our parish for a long number of years, is now enjoying his well-earned retirement. With his quiet, gentle disposition he endeared himself to all and has the respect and love of the community but is especially loved by the residents of St Camillus Hospital where he attended to the Spiritual (and temporal) needs of patients and nursing staff alike. Fr Dick went about his work in his quiet way and I’m sure he brought peace and tranquillity to many a restless soul.
I hope that the attention and love he administered to others comes back to him now, a thousand-fold, in his retirement. God Bless him.
GER MCDONNELL CYCLE: Limerick Youth Service is pleased to announce that they have been chosen as the benefactor for this year’s Ger McDonnell Memorial Cycle on July 27th next. The Cycle, now in its fifth year, is dedicated to the memory of Ger McDonnell the first Irishman to reach the summit of K2, the world’s second highest peak. Ger tragically lost his life on the descent.
Ger McDonnell’s family and friends gathered at the Clarion Hotel on Friday May 24 for the official launch of the Cycle, by the Mayor of Limerick Cllr. Gerry McLoughlin.
Catherine Kelly, Director of LYS thanked the organisers of the Cycle for choosing LYS as this year’s chosen charity.
LOUGH DERG: Anyone thinking of some way to celebrate the Year of Faith, might consider a pilgrimage to Lough Derg.
Three Day Pilgrimages are on offer anytime from Friday May 3l until Tuesday August 13.
For further information or to make a booking contact Maureen in the Lough Derg Office Tel: 071 986l518 (from NI 028 68632391) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org on line: www.loughderg.org
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: A limited number of places are still available on the Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – June 21 to 26. For booking details please contact the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Limerick Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick. Tel: 061-314111.
SYMPATHY: We offer our sincere sympathy to the families of the following parishioners who died recently: HILDA GAMMEL, nee Lawlor, Thomond House. She is survived by her daughters, Marian and Emily, sons Eddie and Gerard, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, brother, sisters, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Removal of Remains took place on Sunday from Crosses Funeral Home to St Munchin’s Church with burial on Monday in Castlemungret Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Munchin’s. ITA CRONIN, nee Browne, of Hennessy Avenue, Kileely. Beloved wife of Mick and mother of John, Tom, Jimmy, Martin, Chris, Breda and the late Pat. She is sadly missed by her husband, family, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren, relatives and friends. Her remains were received into St Munchin’s Church from Thompsons Funeral Home on Sunday evening. Burial took place in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery following requiem Mass in St Munchin’s.