CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, June 15-16, The Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, are as follows; Saturday at 7pm James McCarthy, Sunday at 10am Ann Higgins, Sunday at 12noon Frances Lynch. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
NOVENA: The annual Solemn Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help begins this Friday, June 14, at Mount St.Alphonsus, with ten sessions each day commencing at 7am, and the last at 10-30pm. This year’s theme is, “Stand firm in the faith”, which will reflect on the outcomes of Vatican II fifty years on. Leaflets are available with details of times, support services and special events during the nine day festival. The novena can also be seen and heard live on the internet, at www.novena.ie
COLLECTION: Adapt Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick will hold a church gate collection next weekend. The organisation offers a wide range of services to women, survivors of domestic abuse and their children. It also offers a one-to-one service in the community, for women experiencing domestic abuse, 24 hour Safe Refuge and 24 hour Freephone Helpline 1 800 200 504. The church gate collection is a vital source of funding to maintain the level of service for women and children and your support would be much appreciated. Volunteers who support the work are giving their time to help with the collection.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, and clinics will be held at the following locations in the coming week to facilitate that requirement; Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, next Monday, June 17, from 5 to 8pm, South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, Tuesday June 18 from 5 to 8pm, St. John’s Pavilion, Mulgrave St. on Wednesday June 19, also from 5 to 8pm, and Knockainey Community Centre, on Thursday June 20 from 6 to 9pm.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. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
TIDY TOWNS: Last Friday was a very busy day for some members who oversaw the arrival of the plants for the summer flower scheme. Due to the cold wet weather earlier in the year, the order was at least two weeks later in arriving, but the first phase was completed when forty hanging baskets were planted and erected, and the stone troughs on the roundabout also planted. We decided on a slightly different plan on the wall itself this year, so instead of a continuous run of flowers, we have spaced them out at intervals. Only time will tell if we have made the right decision. Thanks to all concerned for their assistance on the day. The mowing crews are still attending to the grass areas on a weekly basis and keeping things under control. We have noticed that there are different contractors attending to the grass area opposite Lucey’s, and they appear to be doing a satisfactory job so far. Other areas however are not receiving any attention.
REMEMBER THE DATE: JULY 14. Following the great success of last year’s event, this year’s Patrickswell Family Festival & Donkey Derby is being held on McSweeney’s Farm on Sunday July 14 at1pm. It is planned to be a fun filled afternoon, with the donkey derby, cowpat grid, BBQ, wheel of fortune, face painting, bouncy castle, market stalls, family entertainment, and much, much more. If anyone is interested in hosting a stall, taking part in one of the donkey races, or buying a square for the cowpat grid, contact the Resource Centre on 061-320303 for further details.
SUNFLOWER DAYS: The National Sunflower fund raising campaign in support of the Irish Hospice Foundation, will take place this Friday and Saturday June 14 and 15. All money raised locally will be for Milford Hospice, and sunflowers will be available to purchase in numerous locations throughout the city and county. The Sunflower Appeal is one of the most important fundraising events for The Irish Hospice Foundation with thousands of volunteers taking part over the two days to raise funds for local hospices. Fundraising plays an important ongoing role in the financing of current and developing Palliative Care Services provided by Milford Care Centre throughout Counties Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary. For more information contact Milford on 061- 485860 / 485800, or e-mail: email@example.com
WATER SAFETY: With school holidays fast approaching, and many hoping for a repeat of the recent warm spells, parents are being urged to impress upon their children the importance of being safe when swimming in rivers, and playing near ponds and streams. The golden rules include; never swim in unfamiliar places or alone, do not swim when hot or tired, rest after eating before swimming, only swim during daylight and keep close and parallel to the shore, heed warning signs and never use inflatable toys in open water. More information is available on the Irish Water Safety Association website.