Parish Newsletter: 17th/18th March 2018.

17th/18th March 2018: Patron Saint of Ireland – Holyday of Obligation/ 5th Sunday of Lent
Eucharistic Ministers for Next Week
Vigil Mass 7.00 p.m.: Betty Brown, Betty Ann McSweeney, Mike Fennell
Sunday 11.00 a.m.: Denis Flaherty, Fiona Moore
Readers for this week: Saturday Vigil: Teresa Culhane
Sunday 11.00 a.m.: Annie Reidy
Readers for next week: Saturday Vigil: John Healy
Sunday 11am: John Prendergast
Altar Servers This Week: Saturday: Orla MacNamara, Marissa Hogan, Colm MacNamara
Sunday: Ella O Connor, Anna Daly
Altar Servers Next Week: Saturday: Darragh, Fearghal & Orliath Leahy
Sunday: Zuzia Palys
Glin Red Cross Defibrillator No: 0876230032
Notes in Local Papers: If you would like a note in The Observer or The Limerick Leader please email your notes to by 7pm Sunday night to ensure publication for the coming week.
Dancing with the Stars – Local Connection: Teresa Culhane’s niece is now through to the semi-final which will be shown on RTE 1 on Sunday – vote for Anna & Kai on Sunday night!
Glin GAA Bord na nOg (u6 to u16) will hold this years registration on this Sunday March 18th from 12 to 1pm (after mass) in the clubhouse. First child €20, family €50. All players need to be registered for insurance purposes. All welcome.
NEW LOTTO: Glin Gaa have a new lotto, tickets €2 each or 3 for €5. The launch of the Glin GAA Lotto takes place St. Patricks weekend on Sunday, March 18th at Dunnes Bar. Jackpot starting at €1,000. Will YOU have the luck of the Irish!!
Enrolment forms: Applications for enrolment for the school year 2018/2019 are now available from both our Primary Schools.
GLIN DEFIBRILLATOR: Spring is upon us and it’s the time of year again for CFR (Cardiac First Responder) and Defibrillator Training. The first course of the season will be on Saturday, April 7 in Conway’s function room, Glin. Please contact Marie on 086 8691821 if you would like to be trained and to have your name included. The course will begin at 10.30 and will finish up approximately 3pm, with a break for lunch around midday. The cost of the course is being retained at the low cost of E25. This course is certified by the Irish Red Cross and certification lasts for two years. CFR – the vital link in the chain of survival.
GLIN MENS SHED BONUS BALL LOTTO: Congratulations to Saturday nights Bonus Ball winner Michael Lanigan who won €50. The bonus ball is now running in two locations: Hogans Shop and McNameras Shop. All proceeds support Glin Men’s Shed. The Shed is delighted to announce that we are now open on a Wednesday evening from 7pm in addition to our usual opening days of Monday and Thursday. Many thanks to those who to date have donated unused and surplus screws, good quality timber and woodworking materials. Should any community members still wish to donate items please call 087 9413890.
Glin GAA Pub Quiz: our next pub quiz will be held next Friday night, the 23rd March in Geoghegans, starting at 9.30 p.m. Come along and support your local GAA Club.
CÚL CAMP: Glin/Gerald Griffin’s Cúl Camp will take place in Glin’s GAA pitch this summer from July 30 to August 3. Places can be booked online from early March.
World Meeting of Families 2018: Are you going to World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin this August?? Here’s everything you need to know. REGISTER FOR WMOF2018. Attendance at all World Meeting of Families 2018’s events – August 21-26th 2018 – will require tickets/registration.
Check out for video on how to Register or contact a member of Glin Parish Pastoral Council for further info and check out our FB Page

PILATES WITH MARK: The last block of 6 consecutive Pilates based exercise classes will commence on Wednesday, March 28 at 7.15pm in Cloverfield Day Care Centre. Cost of the classes €45. This is however subject to numbers so please call Mark on 087 779 8437 if you are interested in attending.
Glin Tidy Towns: will be starting litter picking as soon as the weather allows. There are many that enjoy a walk around Glin, whether it be out the main road towards Tarbert, the Pier Road towards Loughill or the back roads around our beautiful village. We would ask those that enjoy walking if every now and then they may take a plastic bag with them and collect any rubbish that they see. Even to pick up 3 pieces really would make a difference. We look forward to volunteers helping with the Team Limerick Clean Up on March, 30 in Glin. As weather warnings ease, temperatures lift and the snow begins to melt please be sure to keep feeding your garden birds – they will have burned through valuable fat reserves this week and need to put that back on!
EASTER PONY CAMP: Streamside Stables Beginner Camp: March 27 and 28 at 10am. Novice Camp: March 29 and 30 at 10am. Booking essential 087 957 6481
GOOD FRIDAY SOUP KITCHEN: The Good Friday Soup Kitchen takes place in Tarbert on Friday, March 30. All proceeds this year will go to Caroline Martin and her children, Tieraclea, Tarbert, following the tragic death of her husband, Pat Martin in a recent accident.
Dog Fouling: Anyone walking the path to Tarbert with their dog/dogs can you PLEASE CLEAN UP after they do their business. The path is a disgrace with dog fouling. Bags available FREE from PEG at the LIBRARY.
Glin Baby & Toddler Group: meets every Thursday in Ceol Corbraí Hall from 10am. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. New members are always welcome. Entry costs €3 per family and refreshments are provided for adults and children. Up to date information available on Facebook using the search feature and typing GlinBabyToddlerGroup or by using Google.
Dates to remember: First Holy Communion: Saturday 5th May at 11am.
Confirmation: Tuesday 22nd May at 10am.
Charity Swim: 21st July
Glin Triathlon: 1st September

This week we saw Christians challenge one another about what it means to be a Catholic, a Christian, a disciple.
When we get passionate we can be intemperate about how we speak to, and about, one another. So I was very struck by this short prayer by Rachel Hackenberg based on the first two verses of this Sundays Gospel:

Come, friend:
the world is hard enough.
Let’s not argue over access to God
or qualifications for loving one another.
We’re walking in the same direction
(and goodness knows I have much to learn),
so if you will keep me honest
then I’ll watch your back,
and we’ll simply take this thing one step at a time —
but let’s not forget we’re in it together.

May our first prayers this week be prayers of healing and inclusion, of forgiveness and of repentance. For God is close to all who love God, even those we disagree with.

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