CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, August 17-18, The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, are as follows; Saturday at 7pm Michael Woulfe, Sunday at 10am Niall Sheehy, Sunday at 12noon Julie Darcy. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 7pm Michael Houlihan, John Collopy, Marie Bucke, Sunday at 10am, Kathleen Enright, Sam Milburn, Joanne Tierney, Sunday at 12noon, Michael McDermott, Eileen O’Shea, Louise Carey. Please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. There will be no weekly Parish Newsletter published until the first weekend in September. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome.
GRAVEYARD MASSES: The annual graveyard masses will be held as follows; Clounanna on Monday August 12 at 7-30pm, Patrickswell on Tuesday August 20 at 7-30pm and Kilkeely on Friday August 23 also at 7-30pm.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon. Exposition in Ballybrown is discontinued until Wednesday September 4.
REDECORATION: The interior of the church of The Blessed Virgin has recently undergone a makeover, with an extensive programme of cleaning and redecorating, to the main body of the church and ancillary rooms, except for the kitchen area and Crying Room which were only recently completed. The end result has been warmly received and appreciated by many, agreeing that the work, and the colour scheme chosen, has given the church a new complexion and fresh appearance.
CREDIT UNION: With the Leaving Cert results on the way, many of those who sat the exams are now beginning to think about what lies ahead in terms of third level education. Starting college is an exciting time in any young person’s life and often marks the beginning of financial independence. However as well as being exciting, it is also a very costly time for students and parents. With this in mind, last year MPCC Credit Union launched its Third Level Education Bursary Award to help ease the financial burden on one deserving winner. The inaugural winner in 2012 was Michelle Nicholas of Gouldavoher, who is currently studying in Mary Immaculate College. Once again, the credit union is now looking for eligible candidates from its members for this year’s Bursary. The Bursary Award is worth € 2,000 per annum up to four years; therefore the winner can potentially receive € 8,000 towards funding their third level education costs. Given the high financial value of the award, MPCC Credit Union, decided that instead of a lottery style draw or academic achievements determining the winner, the recipient of the award will have to show their efforts as to how they actively make a contribution to their local community or have improved the lives of others through their actions. Candidates are also invited to show how they have created a greater awareness of an issue or cause they are involved in. This criteria is in keeping with the community based ethos of the credit union and the strong belief underpinning the movement that people matter most. With a closing date of August 31, applicants are urged to get their applications in plenty of time. Further details can be obtained from any of the credit union offices in Dooradoyle, Mungret and Patrickswell, or on their Facebook page and website www.mpcccreditunion.ie
ONLINE RAIL: Passengers using the Limerick to Galway line via Ennis, which has been operating since 2010, will soon be able to purchase tickets for their journey in advance, with the imminent introduction of an online booking system.
KILDIMO GATHERING: The Kildimo Gathering event takes place this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 16,17 and 18, with a full programme of events commencing on Friday with an Art Exhibition in the library from 4 to 6pm. The Official Opening of the Gathering will take place from 6 to 7pm, with Set Dancing at the crossroads, Old Kildimo, Tea Time Dancing from 7 to 9-30pm, followed by dancing with Tommy McCauley’s music from 9-30pm onwards.
WALLED TOWN DAY: Kilmallock will be celebrating its medieval ancestry, this Saturday August 17, when visitors will be able to enjoy a re-creation of many aspects of life in those times for the town. Abundant in its walled defences, castles and gatehouses, many of which are still evident and intact, it was one of the most strategically important towns in the country. Mock battles will be fought, and actors will also bring the medieval heritage to life. Children’s activities will include a themed parade and a treasure hunt, as well as guided walks, music, arts and crafts, and a tug of war. More details are available at www.friarsgate.ie or http://irishwalledtownnetwork.ie/page/kilallock
SHOW TIME: Good luck to everyone from the locality, who will be exhibiting, competing or participating in any way at Cappamore Show this Saturday, August 17. Summarised as a one day agricultural show with top class displays of cattle, horses, cookery and craft, with live on-field entertainment and children amusements, Cappamore Show, now in its 59th year, is one of the leading rural shows in the country. This is the second year the event has been staged on a Saturday, and the organising committee promise a day of fun for all the family. The following weekend, August 24-25, Limerick Show, Munster’s largest agricultural show, will take place at Limerick Racecourse, Greenmount, Patrickswell. Many local people will be heading there too, and hoping for success in the various competitions, which are not just for cattle and horses. There will be competitions for arts and crafts, home crafts, photography, horticulture, Bonny Babies, and Best Dressed Ladies All information regarding Limerick Show is available at www.limerickshow.com Let’s hope that both shows will be blessed with fine weather.