June 8

BEST WISHES FOR EXAMS: Best wishes, to all our parishioners who are sitting their Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Exams, over the coming weeks.

BEST WISHES FOR EXAMS: Best wishes, to all our parishioners who are sitting their Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Exams, over the coming weeks.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: This alternative form of prayer, takes place each Monday evening in Our Lady Of The Rosary Church, after Adoration at 7 pm. Many thousands of people all over the world have found their spiritual lives enriches by the practice of Christian Meditation. Christian Meditation has been practiced since the foundation of the Church and was reintroduced by the late John Main, who was a Benedictine monk. We say a prayer word, which we call a mantra and this word is repeated, all during the meditation. A difficulty for people are the constant distractions - we do not fight them; we treat them as background noise. Maybe you have attempted Meditation on some previous occasion, but do not be discouraged, as each attempt is regarded as a new beginning. The goal of Meditation is to keep The Lord Jesus, in Reverence in our hearts and to be open to His Presence in silence and stillness. Meditation helps people to be in a state of empathy with God. The weekly meeting, helps people in the daily practice of Meditation in their lives.

MARANATHA PRAYER MINISTRY: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you for a “three day evening”, Healing Retreat led by Rev. Fr. Xavier Raj CSsr (India) from Wednesday, June 5 to Friday, June 7 at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. It will be held from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and will be enriched with Spirit filled teachings, Mass and healing adoration.

WISCONSIN LUTHERAN CHOIR: We are honoured to welcome the Wisconsin Luteran Choir to St. Saviours Dominician Church Glentworth Street on the Thursday 30th May at 7.30. The concert has free admission but donations will be accepted for Milford Hospice. Come along and enjoy the choir and also support Milford Hospice. Everyone is welcome.

HORIZON OF HOPE CONFERENCE: The Irish Catholic is to host a major conference this June to look at the future of the Church in Ireland. Marking the 125th anniversary of the first publication of The Irish Catholic, the conference titled ‘Looking towards a horizon of hope’ will look at some of the major issues facing the Church and will be held in Dublin on June 8. There will be contributions from prominent columnists such as Mary Kenny, David Quinn, Breda O’Brien, John Waters, Nuala O’Loan and Sarah Carey exploring various themes in relation to the faith in contemporary Ireland. Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown will also celebrate a special Mass to mark the anniversary.

Published on May 5, 1888, the first edition of the Irish Catholic was a fiery mix of Catholic and nationalist sentiment. The first editorial insisted “it is time that the sentiments of Irish Catholics should be boldly and faithfully spoken”. One of the aims of the newspaper was declared to “preserve the character of the Christian Irishman, to make secure the Christian home, to build out of these elements a Christian self-governing democracy in the land; these are the political and social aims which we shall devote our most strongest endeavours”.

NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: Our under 14 hurlers were doubly engaged on Wednesday evening with our “A” team travelling to Ahane and our “B” team at home to Shamrock Gaels. The A team had a tough encounter out in Ahane, when they stepped up preparations for the upcoming Feile na nGael. Our full forward Ryan Aherne continued his return to fitness with two excellent goals, which proved the major difference between the sides. A goal in each half by Ryan along with some excellent point taking, was pleasing for the management. We lead 1-02 to 0-03 at the break and pushed on in the second half, to finish up on a final score of 2-09 to 1-05 in our favour.

Team: Barry Dunworth, Mark Daly, Lucas O Sullivan, Sean Long, Liam Barry, Jerome Boylan, Michael O Callaghan, Paul Considine, Colin Shiels, Cameron DiBenedetto, Padraic Heaney, Jamie Mitchell, James Daly, Ryan Aherne, Adam McNamara, John Moloney, Ross McGoey, Keith McInerney.

The “B”team entertained Shamrock Gaels in Pairc Drumguil, in what became a very one sided affair, especially in the first half. It wasn’t due to a lack of effort or endeavour, but just meeting a side too strong. The second half was much better and two goals from Eoin Sherlock, a third goal from David Ryan and points from John Leahy and Conor Stack, showed our fighting spirit. The final score Shamrock Gaels 6-13 to Na Piarsaigh 3-02. Team: Mark Boylan, Colin Coughlan, Gerard Kennedy, Robert Duffy, Keith Dempsey, Conor Moloney, Conor Hickey, Christopher O Hagan, Ralph Leonard, Eoin Sherlock, John Leahy, David Ryan, Conor Stack, Gearoid Power, Calvin Moynihan. Subs used: Adam O’Rourke, John Taylor

The junior footballers were in action against Ballybrown in City Junior League semi-final on Friday night. It was a good team performance, by Brendan Fitzgerald’s charges on the night.

Jamie Brommell in goals showed well, along with Shane O Connor and Andrew O’Byrne. The games only goal and a decisive one, came from the boot of Evan Condon. Final score: Na Piarsaigh 1-16 to Ballybrown 0-09. The lads now face Monaleen, in the final later this week.

Our Intermediate footballers were in county league action also during the week, where they met a much more determined Gerald Griffins team in Pairc Drumguil. It was a close affair, with chances squandered at both ends. It was our opponents from the coast road, that prevailed on a scoreline of Gerald Griffins 1-13 to Na Piarsaigh 0-09.

Our Camogie Under 14 girls took part in the “C” league final, versus Killeedy in Croagh, during the week. This was a very enjoyable game, with both teams giving their all. It was Kileedy who prevailed in the end, on a scoreline of 4-03 to 1-01.Our goal came from Kate Barrett. Those to show promince, were Rachel Considine, Holly O’Keefe, Leah O’Mahoney, Aoife Henn, Aoife Harrington and Enya Harrington. Team: Holly O’Keefe, Nicola Burke, Leah O’Mahoney, Cara McMahon, Molly Broderick, Lorna Flanagan, Rachel Murray, Aoife Henn, Aoife Harrington, Shona Lynch, Rachel Considine(0-1), Fiona Casey, Enya Harrington, Kate Barrett(1-0), Grace O Connor. Subs: Hayley Dillon, Martha Kurecko, Keeva Palmer, Alva O Brien, Tara Skehan. This was good preparation for the Feile, where we host Castleblaney of Monaghan, on Friday, July 5.

We wish all six of our Limerick senior hurling panellists, very best wishes on Sunday, when Tipperary come to town. This will be a mammoth task, but no doubt with lots of Limerick passion and determination, we will be there at the finish. We would also like to wish all our players and members who are doing exams, the very best of luck. Membership is still being collected by the club registrar, at €50 full and €30 social. The club website is well worth a visit, with team photos, match reports etc. Please log on at http://www.napiarsaigh.limerick.gaa.ie/ The next round of the Limerick Senior hurling championship, takes place in Kilmallock versus Doon, on Sunday, June 16 at 3.30pm.

The jackpot continues to rise, as yet again, Mondays draw had no winner. The numbers from last Mondays draw were 1, 2, 10, 15. The lucky dip winners were Kay O’Reilly, Brendan Duhig, Michael Flynn and Stella Brougham. Alan Finnegan won the sellers prize and Paul Condon scooped the house prize. Tuesdays jackpot will be €13,000.

BON VOYAGE PARTY: There will be a Bon Voyage Party for the cycle to Lourdes team in aid of Cliona’s foundation and the Lourdes invalid fund, on Saturday June 8 at 8pm, in the Clarion Hotel. It will be an evening of music and song, with Jean & Tom Tierney and friends. There is no admission charge and there will be some fantastic prizes on the night.

OPEN AL-ANON MEETING: An Open Al-Anon Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 9 at 2pm in the Pastoral Centre, Denmark Street, Limerick. Al-Anon is a self-help group, who offer support to family and friends of problem drinkers. All are welcome to come along.

GENEALOGY CONFERENCE 2013: The Genealogy Conference will be held in the University of Limerick on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. The event is open to the public and will feature talks and lectures from a variety of Genealogical and History of the Family experts, from both here in Ireland and abroad. The aim of the conference, is to give delegates the opportunity to gain an insight into Irish genealogy. This conference may be of particular interest to those living outside of Ireland, wishing to begin research into their Irish ancestry. For further information, please telephone 061 518 355, or Email: info@irisharc.org Web: irisharc.org

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY PARISH RADIO SYSTEM: Towards the end of Sunday Masses, the celebrant priest calls the Minister of the Eucharist to the altar. These Ministers distribute Holy Communion to our parishioners, who are not physically able to come to church ceremonies. These parishioners will already have participated in the Sunday Mass, via their radio sets in their homes. Our system is in operation since 2001. In 2006, this equipment was licensed. We are restricted to using the system for the following, on a real time basis, service only available on a non-commercial basis and service will not be available for reception on standard domestic receiver. Our licence is valid for 5 years and we can be found on 27.6 to 27.99 MHz band. This licensing scheme will allow Church and community based organisations throughout the country to cater for parishioners, who are housebound and are unable to attend Church or other community services. A group of experienced parishioners liaise and assist our parish, in installing these radio sets. Interested parishioners may apply for the service by phoning 061 452 517, 061 452 169 or call into the sacristy.

JOHN F KENNEDY SCHOOL NEWS: Congratulations to our sixth class boys, who were confirmed recently by Bishop Breandán Leahy. Well done to their teachers Miss O’Keeffe and Miss Halpin, for the excellent preparation. Congratulations also to our second classes, who made their First Holy Communion in Our Lady of The Rosary Church on Saturday, May 18. Well done to their teachers Miss Noonan and Miss McGill, for all their hard work.

Our school walk took place recently. All classes took part, with the assistance of many of the Mams and Dads. The day was a great success. Thanks to Miss McCarthy and Miss Gavin for preparing a treasure hunt, which made the event even more enjoyable. The Parent Council provided ice cream treats afterwards, which were most welcome.

Chess club, Computer club and Guitar with Jason will continue until the end of May. Thank you to our past pupils volunteers, for their assistance with chess. We will shortly be partaking in the inter school chess league. Tennis lessons continue for all classes, with our neighbours Limerick Lawn Tennis Club.

The school hall and grounds were used recently for a parish celebration. The whole event was a great success, with all parish groups represented. There were many events for children, with the day being enjoyed by many of our pupils. School Tours are currently being organised for all our classes and the boys are encouraged to save their euros for the day. The school will close for the summer holidays on Wednesday, June 26 at 12.00pm.

ST. MICHAEL’S ROWING CLUB NEWS: St. Michaels Rowing Club is hosting ‘A Summer Coffee Morning’ on Friday, June 7 in our Clubhouse on O’Callaghan Strand. Please drop in between 10.30am and 4pm. All are Welcome. Teas/Coffee and home baking will be available. This will be an annual event in our Fundraising Calendar. We need you to support us, by attending this event with a relative or friend. Suggested donations of €10 are welcome, to help towards our Fundraising programme. We rely on the voluntary fundraising work of our parents, members and the general public and your continued support is always appreciated. We look forward to your company. For further information, please telephone Antoinette on 086 8190 811.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY SERVICES: Weekend Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm. Sunday 10am and 11.30am. Weekday Mass Times: 10am Daily. Also 5.45pm daily during November, Advent and Lent. Baptisms: Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 12.15pm. Marriages: Three months notice to Parish and Civil Registrar. Church Office: Telephone 061 325 288, from Sundays 9am to 12.30pm and Weekdays 9am to 9.45am.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY COELIAC COMMUNION: Anybody who has a Coeliac condition is welcome to receive the Chalice at communion time, when the Ministers of the Eucharist receive at our Masses. Please if possible, inform the Celebrant before Mass begins, so as to make him aware.

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