CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, May 4-5, The Sixth Sunday of Easter Year C are as follows; Saturday at 7pm Joanne Tierney, Sunday at 10am Joe Tierney, Sunday at 12noon Angela O’Donnell. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 7pm Michael Houlihan, John Collopy, Maria 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. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. This Friday, May 3 is First Friday, when Communion will be distributed to the sick. If you know of anyone who is sick or housebound who would like to receive communion on Friday, please hand in their names to the sacristy. Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima will take place before the 7pm mass on Saturday.
Items for inclusion in the weekly Parish Newsletter should be handed into the sacristy by 9-30am on Friday or contact Fr. Muiris O’Connor on 353711 or 0866075628. Alternatively they can be emailed to email@example.com.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesday from 6 to 8pm.
FR. CON COLLINS RIP: There was a palpable air of sadness, intermingled with one of relief that his earthly suffering was over, when the parish learnt of the passing of Fr.Con Collins at Milford Nursing Home on the night of April 24. The family home was in Croom, but he was a native of Abbeyfeale by birth. Fr. Con, as he was most affectionately known, was born on September 3 1927 and was ordained in Maynooth in June 1952, when he became the Reverend Cornelius Collins. He served in the Diocese of Kildare, and the Limerick Diocesan appointments that followed, were many and varied, taking him to St. John’s Cathedral, Ballingarry, Glin, and Feenagh-Kilmeedy. He “retired” to Patrickswell in 2004, where he assisted with the provision of weekend and daily masses up to only six months ago, when his health deteriorated. He was admitted to Milford Nursing Home, to avail of the devoted care and attention provided there, where he continued to take part in the daily masses, which he enjoyed so much, up to a week before he was called to his eternal reward. His only complaint there was that sometimes he had too many visitors, but that enabled him to keep up to date with all the parish news, which he kept an avid interest in. His removal took place to the Church of the Blessed Virgin, Patrickswell, from Daffy’s Funeral Home, Croom, on Saturday, and his Requiem Mass was celebrated by the newly ordained Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, last Sunday, April 28, at 2pm, in the presence of some fifty or more fellow priests of Fr.Con, who had come to know, love and respect him, during the course of his ministry. Bishop Brendan had visited Fr.Con several times during his stay at Milford. Also in attendance were many from his previous parishes, as well as those from Patrickswell and Ballybrown. The combined voices of the two parish choirs contributed greatly to the spirit of the proceedings, leading all assembled in the hymns which included, Be Still for the Presence of The Lord, Be Still My Soul (Finlandia by Sibelius), Panis Angelicus, Soul of My saviour, and Abide With Me. The entire proceedings were conducted true to the qualities that epitomised Fr.Con, simplicity and sincerity, love and respect. He was as many can testify, a true gentleman and a gentle man, also imbued with a keen sense of humour. Just prior to his admission to Milford, he was asked, “How are you today Father?” to which he replied, “Sure I’m not bad for a young fella thankyou”. Fr Con was laid to rest in Croom. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, and a clinic will be held at the following location next week to facilitate that ongoing requirement: South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, on Thursday May 9 from 5 to 8pm. 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 Session in Castletroy the following week. Please consider pledging a donation of blood to the ongoing Garda Blood 4 Life Cycle.
For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
TEA DANCE: As a mark of respect to Fr.Con Collins, recently desceased, the Tea Dance which was due to take place at the GAA Hall last Sunday, has now been rescheduled for Sunday May 19.
SENIORS’ PARTY: Patrickswell Seniors’ Party will take place on Friday May 10 in the Cứ Chulainn, commencing with mass at 7-30pm, followed by dinner and dancing. The organisers would like to hear from anyone who would be able to assist on the day setting up or serving in the evening. Contributions of desserts towards the meal and spot prizes for the raffle would also be gratefully received.
OVARIAN CANCER: The first World Ovarian Cancer Day takes place next Tuesday May 8. Its aims are to help raise awareness of the disease and to educate women on the importance of recognising the symptoms, as early detection increase survival rates. The dedicated website is World Ovarian Cancer Day.
SUMMER LANGUAGE STUDENTS: Kind, responsible families are wanted to look after Spanish, French and German teenagers during the summer holidays, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FREE RAIL TRAVEL: Under its “Journey’s on Us” promotion, Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail will again support community groups, to apply for free travel, on an agreed return journey, for up to 100 groups of up to 50 people at a time. It is open to sports clubs, voluntary bodies, charities and other such groups. Fill in the application form online by 17:00hrs this Friday May 3, and you could be one of the lucky groups to be offered a journey.