CHURCH NOTICES - ALL SAINTS: This Friday, November 1, is the Feast of All Saints, and is a Holyday of Obligation. Mass will be celebrated at 6-30pm this evening, Thursday October 31, and at 11-30am on Friday.
FIRST FRIDAY: This Friday, November 1 is also 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.
ALL SOULS: This Saturday is the Feast of All Souls, which commemorates all the faithful departed. Mass will be celebrated at 11-30am, and at 6-30pm. There will be a special ceremony at the 6-30 mass, to remember all those from Patrickswell, whose funerals have taken place since this time last year. A candle with the name of each deceased person will be placed in front of the altar, and a family member will be invited to light that candle at the beginning of mass. The candles will remain in place during the month, and will be lit at all weekend masses. At the end of the month, families will be able to take the candle home. Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima will take place before the 6-30pm mass.
WEEKEND MASSES: Listed readers for this weekend, November 2-3, The Thirtyfirst Sunday in Ordinary Time, are as follows, Saturday at 6-30pm Dan Riordan, Sunday at 11-30am Julie Darcy. Eucharistic Ministers, Saturday at 6-30pm, Mary Bennis, Rita Madigan and Christy Murphy, and Sunday at 11-30am, Patrick Kirby, Noreen Murray and Eileen Nally, please arrange a replacement if you are unable to fulfill any duty allocated to you. Would ministers be aware that only one duty may be undertaken at mass, and the readers’ list now operates on a two week cycle. The weekly prayer meeting takes place on Monday at 8pm and all are welcome. Weekday masses in Patrickswell will be at the usual time of 9-30am. Weekend masses in Ballybrown will be at 8pm on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Patrickswell Church on Saturdays from 8am until 12noon, and in Ballybrown on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm.
ANNUAL CEMETERY PRAYERS: The November cemetery prayers will take place in Clounanna after 11-30am mass this Sunday November 3, in Patrickswell after 11-30am mass on Sunday November 10, and in Kilkeedy after 10am mass in Ballybrown on Sunday November 17. There will also be prayers on Sunday November 10 in Castlemungret at 2-30pm, and in the Old Cemetery, Mungret, at 3-30pm.
OFFERINGS: For those not using the envelope system, special envelopes for Purgatorial Offerings are available in both churches. As well as November, masses for the deceased are celebrated on First Fridays and other times during the year.
PARISH OFFICE: Coinciding with the arrival of Fr Michael, the Parish Office is now operating in the Ballybrown- Clarina Community Resource Centre, which is situated between the school and the church. It is being administered by Pauline Twomey, and will facilitate those requiring Church Certificates, Mass Cards, along with the administration of the parish. The office will be open from 1-30 pm until 3-30pm on Mondays, and from 9-30am until 11-30am on Thursdays and Fridays. The booking of masses will continue to be made through the Parish Clerk at the relevant sacristy.
CHURCH NEWSLETTER: Until formal contact details are established, items for inclusion in the weekly newsletter must be dropped into the office during opening hours on Thursdays. Telephone numbers and email address will be advised when available.
CHURCHGATE COLLECTION: There will be a church gate collection this weekend, in aid of the Limerick branch of Headways, the support group for people with an acquired brain injury, for which you are asked to be as generous as possible.
BLOOD DONORS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service continues to require three thousand donations every week, and donor clinics will be held at the following locations in the coming week to facilitate that requirement, Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, on Tuesday November 5 from 5 to 8pm, and South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, on Wednesday November 6 also 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 clinics in Corbally and Dromcollogher the following week. For more information contact the Donor Information Line on 1850 731137, or the Blood Transfusion website.
FRIDAY CLUB: The first of our November Lunches takes place this Friday, November 1 from 2pm onwards, and will consist of homemade soup and bread, and a cup of tea or coffee, with voluntary donations going towards a charity of the club’s choice. A similar venture was very successful during Lent, and we will warmly welcome anyone who cares to participate with us.
GOLF SOCIETY: Our Captain’s Prize was held in Barrow Golf Club, Tralee recently, with our Captain Pat Mann hosting a fine turnout of 46 golfers. The weather was very kind to us matching the fine scenery surrounding Tralee Bay. The results were as follows, 1st Cian Harrington 36points, 2nd Keith Murray 37points, 3rd Jimmy Mc.Carthy 36points, Gross Prize Frankie Nolan 35points, 5th Liam Quinlan 35points, 7th Donal Geoghegan 33points, 8th Tom Dundon 32points, 9th Timmie O’Neill 32points,10th Ian Kelleher 31points. Our “Golfer of the Year” prize, which is presented to the most consistent golfer, was won by Mark Leahy, congraulationss Mark. This outing brought down the curtain on what was a very successful year for the society. A special word of thanks to all our sponsors for the year. Our A.G.M. will be held in early 2014, and we hope to see you all there.
RADIO TRAINING FOR OLDER PEOPLE: West Limerick Radio 102FM, is currently promoting and recruiting participants for an eight week training project involving older people in the community who may be interested in producing and presenting a radio programme. The training will start on Friday November 8. Contact Connie Broderick on 069-66200 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting involved.