READERS: The Minister of the Word at Sunday 24 March 10.30am Mass are Donnacha O’Connell and Michael Sheahan (Narrator).
LOURDES: The Lourdes Office is now open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St., Limerick Tel 061-314111. The fares for this year are as follows: pilgrims €699 and for an Invalid €599. This is inclusive of travel insurance. Invalid forms are available from the Lourdes Office. If anyone wishes to go on pilgrimage give your name in to the presbytery and you can avail of the weekly savings plan.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Confirmation will be celebrated in St James Church Cappagh on the 14th May, 2013. First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 25th May 2013.
TAIZE:Taize is a small community on the east of France, not far from Cluny and Lyon. It’s a place of Pilgrimage all year round for thousands of young people from all over the world. People of all different faiths, cultures and levels of belief flock there. The Limerick Pastoral Centre is organising to bring a group of 40 young people to Taize in July of this year. The group will spend 4 days in Taize and 3 days in Paris and Euro-Disney. You must be over 18 to travel . Anyone interested in finding out more, please contact the Sacristy. Cost and dates are on the poster in the porch.
SCHOOL NEWS: Our school choir competed in the Community Games Primary Schools’ choir competition on last Wednesday evening at the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare. The young choristers, drawn from classes 4th, 5thand 6th have been practising since well before Christmas and all their hard work was rewarded when we were pronounced outright winners and the recipients of the much coveted gold medals. For our performance we sang three songs. We began with a song which tells the story of an Austrian yodeller. Next we sang the much loved Irish song “Bheir Mí Ó”. Our programme was completed with a song from the musical “Aspects of Love” called “Love Changes Everything”. There was great excitement when the winners were announced and the children were presented with their medals.
The musical programme was prepared by Ms. Murray and Mr. Madigan who also conducted. Mrs. Annemarie Burke completed our team and accompanied us on keyboard. We would like to thank Mrs. Moran for handling the administrative details and for helping out on the night. The two judges were wholesome in their praise of our singers and they awarded us a total mark of 91 out of 100.
Well done to all those involved.
The following is a list of those who represented their school:
Molly Mulcaire, Ava Roche, Anna Carey, Natasha Costello, Shauna Murphy, Ciara Madigan, Darragh Buckley,Caitlin Mulcaire, Tara Dolan,
Caoimhe Dolan, Chloe O’ Connell, Amanda Giltenane, Katie Mulcaire, Patrick Gallagher, Sophie Shiels, Tarah Hough, Séan Brosnahan, Lauren Murphy, Eoin Burke, Rachel Mullane, Maeve O’ Connor, Joanne Foley and Mairead Barrett.
CAPPAGH CRECHE: Cappagh Creche are please to announce that they have extended their opening hours from 7am to 6.15pm, Monday to Friday. They are also running Easter camps this year from 25-28 March and 2-5 April. We have both half days and full days available. Booking is essential on 069-63758
COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Cappagh Community Council has been in existence for many years and has as its main purpose the running of the Hall in Cappagh. The Parish built the Hall in the late 1970s. This was done primarily through voluntary work by the locals and donations from the community. The Hall has since that time served the community well, providing a venue for meetings, youth activities, concerts, plays and fundraising events among others. Who doesn’t remember Mamma Mia a few years ago? A huge success.
We want to continue to provide the best we can for the Parish, so that the Hall may continue to be the centre for the community for many years to come.
However, the Community Council is now down to 4 members and we do not even have a secretary any more. This is not a very good position to be in, and we need more members to continue to function properly. New members will mean new ideas and more activities in the Hall.
The Hall needs upgrading as we are sure most of you realise, if you have been in the Hall in recent times. We need to insulate and we need to brighten the place up. Not major works, but something which will need a bit of fundraising.
If you want to get involved in making the Hall a place for the community to continue to meet in, please consider becoming a Community Council member. We hold meetings once a month, or if we have activities planned a little more frequently.
If you want to get involved please phone Marianne (Chairperson) on 086 3007709 or come along to our meeting on 25 March at 7.30 in the Hall.
SOCIAL CLUB: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland hold a Social Club for people with dementia and their carer, in a supported environment, which takes place each Tuesday morning in the Woodfield House Hotel, between 11am and 1pm. There is no charge to attend and tea and coffee are provided. Please phone Mary at 061-313456 if you would like to attend, or just call to Woodfield House Hotel on Tuesdays from 11am.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The next meeting of the Rathkeale & District Historical Society will take place at 8.30pm on Friday 22 March at the Community Arts Centre Rathkeale. The topic for discussion and the speaker is: Gerald of Wales: History and Topography of Ireland in 1185, Noirín Ní Bheaglaoi, UCC.
HANDBALL CLUB: Cappagh Handball Club are holding a 45 drive at Croke Park, Croagh on Friday next 22 March at 9 pm. Your support would be appreciated. Also the clothes collection is extended until Saturday 23 March, you can drop clothes to the handball alley between 5-8pm Monday to Friday. If you want us to collect from you please contact Deirdre on 087-2039361 or Catherine on 087-9524067.
WATER SCHEME: Most scheme members should have their invoices by now. To make collections as easy as possible, please bring your invoiced amount to your nearest representative or to Tony Prendiville. All monies will be receipted. If you did not receive an invoice please contact us. If you wish to receive your invoice by email, please provide your email address to your local representative or to Tony Prendiville or simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This process will save money on paper, printing and postage. Terms and conditions of the Data Protection Act 2003 will be complied with. Please contact any member of the committee or your nearest representative if you have any query or to submit your payment.
IMECOFARM: Family Fun at Imecofarm feeding animals, holding the small animals, fun forest train buggy ride, pony rides, indoor bouncy castle and crazy golf and more. Information at www.imecofarm.com
DEFIBRILLATOR: Just a reminder that the 24-hour emergency number is 087-9476844 and is voluntarily manned 24/7 and should be used in case of a heart attack.