Parish Newsletter

8th/9th April 2017: Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday: Palms will be blessed.

Eucharistic Ministers for Next Week:

Vigil Mass 7.00 p.m.: Marie Shine, Mary Hogan Sunday 11.00 a.m.: John Culhane, Sean Flanagan, Alice O Shaughnessy Holy Thursday: Norma McKeon, Mary O Brien, Ann Manning Good Friday: Marie McKenna, Grace Fitzgerald

Readers for this week: Saturday Vigil: John Healy Sunday 11.00 a.m.: John Prendergast Holy Thursday: Louise MacNamara Good Friday: Eufrocina Clemente, Nodlaig Adams Readers for next week: Saturday Vigil: Ciara Shine, Nicola Cunningham Sunday 11am: Margaret Hogan

Altar Servers This Week: Saturday:  Orla MacNamara, Marissa Hogan Sunday: Ella O Connor, Anna Daly Altar Servers Next Week: Saturday: Breean Cunningham David Sheehan,  Sunday:  Maurice Fitzgerald, Tadhg Daly

Any Altar Servers that are available for the Services on Thursday 13th April at 7.00 p.m. and Friday 14th April at 3.00 p.m., please inform Fr. Crawford.

Glin Red Cross Defibrillator No: 0876230032

Easter Services as follows: 

Monday 10th April:       Mass at 10.00 a.m. Confessions 7.00p.m.

Tuesday 11th April:       Mass at 10.00 a.m.

Wednesday 12th April:  Mass of Chrism in St. John’s, Limerick at 7.00 p.m.  The Holy Oils are used for Baptism, Confirmation and for the sick.

Thursday 13th April:     Evening Mass of The Lord’s Supper at 7.00 p.m. and Holy Hour will follow.

Friday 14th April:          Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00 p.m.

Alternative: Good Friday: Meditation on the Passion of Our Lord: The Knights Walk at 4pm. Stations of the Cross led by Fr. Crawford.

                                        Stations of the Cross at 7.00 p.m.

Saturday 15th April:       Easter Vigil Mass begins at 9.00 p.m. with the Easter Fire.

Sunday 16th April:          Easter Sunday Mass at 11.00 a.m.

Alzheimer’s Tea Day: in Ceol Corbrai Community Hall on the 4th May from 10a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Please support.

Our Catholic Community of Glin. Following on from the recent meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council members at the Diocesan Assembly which was held to examine the implications of the Synod and the resultant Pastoral Plan, it was recommended we engage and listen to our community in order that we can realise our Vision and overall strategy to deliver on a broad range of actions identified. The following were identified:

  1. Young People– we hope to ensure that young people feel connected, involved and active In a multigenerational church where grandparents, parents and children minister to each other.
  2. Liturgy and Life – we must enhance the quality and experience of liturgy at a local level achieving ‘conscious, active and full’ participation. The emphasis is on liturgy that connects with the lives of ordinary people and that can be delivered by ordinary people.
  3. Faith Formation and Education– At a local context, we are exploring new models of leadership for a Church In a changing reality, where the lay faithful are being entrusted with particular tasks in their faith community.
  4. Community and Sense of Belonging– How can this theme renew us?  As children loved by God, we are called to be disciples of God’s infinite love. We must reflect on what Community and Sense of Belonging says to us in our time and in our Diocese.  Local initiatives will be to reach out to local people and also to the marginalised across our city and Diocese.
  5. Pastoral Care of the Family– The family, ideally and potentially, is the school of human enrichment, where everyone is someone, where everyone belongs and has a place, where each is appreciated for the unique individual he or she is.  It is also the school of Christian belief, where faith is caught, if not always explicitly taught.
  6. New Models of Leadership -We are living in a very different world from the one most of us grew up in. The concept of a leadership which depends almost exclusively on the priest cannot continue. We need leadership now in the discovering, recognising and fostering one another’s gifts.  The gifts of priests, religious and laity should be brought into a fruitful and collaborative service of the gospel.  On reflection we have picked two themes to start with at a local level, being, Young People and Liturgy and Life.

The Diocese will develop and begin the delivery of a youth ministry training programme for volunteer youth ministry leaders.  We have a Youth Leader in place who is actively recruiting more volunteers and any young parishioners who would like to get involved in this wonderful initiative please contact Ciara Shine who will be delighted to have your input and involvement.

Training will be provided for local volunteers to lead liturgies in the diocese on designated dates when priests are away on in-service training. This training will in turn develop and support lay leadership in liturgies and the celebration of sacraments (e.g. Lay led liturgies of the Word with Holy Communion, homilies, baptisms, funerals, ‘occasion’ liturgies, etc.)

If you are interested in getting involved in the above initiative or would like more information, please contact Fr. Crawford.  The following are the dates for up-coming courses with the intention of running more courses in the near future:

May 6th.   10 – 4pm.       Training in Lay Lead Liturgy.                       Limerick

May 11th.   7 – 9pm.        Training for Ministers of the Word.         Limerick

May 18th.  7 – 9.30pm.  Training for Eucharistic Ministers.             Limerick

Thank you on behalf of Fr. Crawford and the Parish Pastoral Council.

GLIN TIDY TOWNS – TEAM LIMERICK CLEAN UP – Good Friday 14th April is the date for this years Team Limerick Clean-Up. Tidy Towns are hoping for a good turnout on the Good Friday morning at 11am, meeting at Glin Park. Safety as always is our main priority and vis vests will be supplied. Children must be accompanied by two adults at all times. We are hoping for a fine day and a good turnout, and bags and gloves will be supplied.  It is a great opportunity to give the highways and byways a good litter pick. If you have one of the litter pickers, can you please bring it with you as we only have very limited number available. Looking forward to seeing you all on Good Friday morning.

GLIN BABY AND TODDLER GROUP:  will close over the Easter holidays and return Thursday 27th April.  Happy Easter to all our small friends.

Irish Heart Mobile Unit: Glin Development welcome Irish Heart-Mobile Unit to attend Glin on Friday 21st April from 10am – 4pm.   On the day two nurses will be available on the mobile health unit to provide free Blood Pressure Checks and heart health information. The one-to-one advice offered by the nurse is a vital part of this check. Each person receives a personal record card with their results and in the event of any abnormal results is advised to follow up with their GP.  High blood pressure which is a major cause of stroke and heart attack is one of the most prevalent risk factors in the population and one which once identified is manageable, thereby reducing risk.  A blood pressure check is a simple, quick and non-invasive test that could prove life-saving.

Coffee Morning 23rd April….for “Girls Go to Ghana”: Two Ballyguiltenane Girls, Laura Enright and Roisin Horan will be holding a Coffee Morning in Barretts on Sunday April 23rd.  The girls’ would appreciate  support in their efforts to raise €5,000 towards their costs for  their month-long Volunteer trip to Ghana, West Africa where  Roisin and Laura will live with a host family and work in an orphanage, providing care and teaching to orphaned children in a rural community.  The Coffee Morning is just one of a number of fundraisers underway. We will have treats, a cuppa and entertainment, so put the date in your diary, come out and support this worthy cause…we would greatly appreciate everyone’s support.   All Welcome!

A Sending Litany for Palm Sunday:

This is a vision of the way it can be, the way it should be—
Shouts of welcome, a joyful procession, a community celebrating together. The same vision is offered to us today: We can welcome Christ into our lives; We can celebrate his transforming power. How swiftly things changed back then, How swiftly we, too, can be distracted. May we hold fast to his vision of goodness— Peace from the practice of justice, equality from the practice of respect. As this week unfolds, We will let ourselves be overtaken by God’s love We will pour it back out into the world.

Newsletter: Please note the newsletter will not be available for the next two weeks. Thank you.

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