Parish Newsletter

14th/15th April 2018; Third Sunday of Easter
Eucharistic Ministers for Next Week
Vigil Mass 7.00 p.m.: Norma McKeon, Mary O Brien, Grace Fitzgerald
Sunday 11.00 a.m.: John Culhane, Marie McKenna
Readers for this week: Saturday Vigil: Michael Fennell
Sunday 11.00 a.m.: Margaret Hogan
Readers for next week: Saturday Vigil: David Sheahan
Sunday 11am: Jack Connolly, Clodagh Fitzgerald
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, Olivia 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.
County Fleadh: All entries to the County Fleadh need to be given to John Healy 087-1237950; Angela Culhane 086-3673957; Máire McIntyre 087-6413799 by the 20th April. Members fee Adults €4, Child €2. Non members Adult €20, Child €10.
Glin Pro-Life Group: are looking for people to volunteer to canvas for the NO vote in the up-coming referendum. Please give your name and phone number to Eilis McNamara 068-34269 or mobile 087-6336369.
Trócaire Boxes: Please return your Trócaire boxes before Friday 27th April. Thank you.
“Hamilton Villa” ….Parochial House . situated at the West end of Hamilton Terrace . Glin
The Parochial House was built around 1820 and has been the home of the Parish Priest of Glin until Fr. Madigan retired in 2005. He remained living there until 2016. A survey by Punch Consulting Engineers in 2015 concluded that it was too large for one person and would need a substantial investment to bring it up to modern standards. It is a Protected Structure and would need special planning permission for any development. In consultation with Bishop Brendan Leahy and in the light of the Diocesan Synod it is clear that it will not be required as a Parochial house and while it is a valuable asset it is a liability while lying vacant. For the past three years the building has depreciated considerably and a decision has to be made.
The Parish Finance Committee has discussed this matter over a couple of meetings and we have concluded that we have three options
1. Leave it as it is and incur significant annual maintenance costs, i.e. Insurance, Heating & Security etc.
2. Renovate it at a substantial cost to the Parish, bearing in mind that it will not be needed as a Parish House and is surplus to requirements.
3. Prepare to put it on the market for sale.
I have discussed the possible sale with the Bishop and the relevant Diocesan Authority including the Diocesan Finance Committee and in a letter dated Nov. 2017 – they have recommended the sale of the property subject to five conditions. Four of these relate to the proper procedures i.e.
(a) Appointment of Auctioneers,
(b) A Solicitor,
(c) The approval of Trustees and Cathedral Chapter of the Diocese.
(d) The most important condition is that the proceeds of sale will be “ring-fenced” for future use by the Parish and not used for operational expenditure.
On behalf of the members of the Parish Finance Committee.
Yours Sincerely.
Fr. Tom Crawford

World Meeting of Families 2018: Registering for World Meeting of Families? Would you like to volunteer at WMoF2018? Join us to find out more: Tuesday 17th April at 7.30 p.m. in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West.
Free Taster in Glin Library: Thinking of trying mindfulness meditation? Come and find out for yourself at the FREE TALK and TASTER evening on “The Benefits of Mindfulness Practice” in Glin Library on Wednesday 25th April at 8 pm with Ali Burnard, a Mindfulness & Meditation facilitator and Gestalt Psychotherapist. All welcome.
Congratulations: to Miriam O’Connor, daughter of Pat & Margaret O Connor who competed on Sunday, April 8 in Foynes at the Community Games County Finals taking Bronze place in the U11 age group. Well done Miriam.
Enrolment forms: Applications for enrolment for the school year 2018/2019 are now available from both our Primary Schools.
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.
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. Entry costs €3 per family and refreshments are provided for adults and children. Up to date information available on Facebook. Open during TERM TIME ONLY
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

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