CHURCH NOTICES: Listed readers for this weekend, August 24-25, The Twentyfirst 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 Mary Collins, Mary Bennis and Breda Carroll, Sunday at 10am Michael O’Mara, Mary Enright and Michael Punch, and Sunday at12noon, Seamus Enright, Patricia Barry and Rory Bennis. 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 mass will be held in Kilkeely this Friday August 23 at 7-30pm. As parking at this location is restricted, all those attending are requested to park at Ballybrown church, and walk to the graveyard.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon. Exposition in Ballybrown will recommence on Wednesday September 4.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service requires three thousand donations every week, and a donor clinic will be held at the Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, on Wednesday August 28 from 5 to 8pm, to facilitate that requirement. 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 a donor clinic in Raheen the following week. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
CLIONA’S CYCLE: Cliona’s Foundation Cycle, now in its 6th year will take place on Saturday August 31 leaving from the Honeyfitz Theatre, Lough Gur.
With three routes this year including an 8km for family and funsters (fee €25.00), the organisers have appealed to experienced cyclists with a challenging 90km route (fee €30.00) and a less arduous 40km route (€30.00) for leisure cyclists. Following the cycle there will be a BBQ, face painting, music and bouncy castle to keep the entire family entertained. Registration online at www.eventmaster.ie. Sponsorship cards available from Cliona’s Foundation 087-188 7700.
CURRAGHCHASE DANCING: The Kilcornan ‘Platform Dancing Committee’ has chosen next Sunday September 1 for another session outside the gates of Curragh Chase, to be held between 3.00 and 6.00 pm. As usual Pat O’Connell will be calling the dances and this year to the very popular musician Michael Sexton. The opportunity to involve local balladeers and artists will be given and all for free! Where would you get it?
LIMERICK SHOW: All roads from the city and county and beyond, lead to the racecourse at Greenmount this weekend, for the two day Limerick Show, Munster’s largest agricultural show. Many local people will be heading there and hoping for success in the various competitions, which are not just for cattle and horses. There will be the usual 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 days will be blessed with fine weather for the organisers, competitors and patrons alike.
HITCH UP YOUR HORSES: Patrickswell, will be ablaze with colour to welcome the ride and drive in aid of Limerick Cancer Centre, on Saturday August 31. A posse of horses, ponies and their riders, all led by a horse drawn carriage, will arrive at the Cú Chulainn Bar at around 3.30pm. It will then leave at 4.00pm to travel on through Clarina and Mungret and converge at Limerick Greyhound Stadium at 5.30pm. It is open to riders of all ages and experience. The Charity Ride and Drive will go no faster than a gentle trot and a very competent adult rider will be upfront directly behind the carriage on each leg of the both routes. There is no cost to participate, but anyone wishing to take part on either of the routes must fill a Sponsorship Card to a minimum of €50.00. Contact the Facebook page: ‘Limerick Cancer Centre Charity Drive & Ride’, of call Edel on 087 248 7173 to get your sponsorship card. All those taking part will receive a specially commissioned souvenir t-shirt, which they wear on the day. Brendan Grace, comedian and singer is supporting the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation, and will make a surprise visit joining in on the Charity Ride and Drive. Riders can do as much or as little of the route as they wish. Participants can join in or change mounts at the designated stop. The proprietors at each stop have all very generously sponsored the provision of refreshments for all riders, drivers, ponies and horses. All participants, collectors and supporters are invited back to Limerick Greyhound Stadium later that evening at 8.00pm for a great night’s entertainment, when a raffle will be held and six winners will be picked to lead out the greyhounds running in the 8.30pm Mid-Western Cancer Foundation Charity Race.