Parish Newsletter: 30th/31st March 2019.

Parish Newsletter                                            

Church of the Immaculate Conception,

Glin, Co. Limerick.

Fr. Tom Crawford 068-26897/087-2218078

Fr. Timothy Curtin (Coolcappa/Kilcolman) 086-3697735/069-60126

Canon Anthony O Keeffe (Foynes/Shanagolden/Roberstown) 087-4163401/069-60112

Fr. Austin McNamara (Loughill/Ballyhahill) 087-2615471/069-82103

Diocese of Limerick Website:

30th/31st March 2019: 4th Sunday of Lent

Eucharistic Ministers for Next Week

Vigil Mass 7.00 p.m.: Betty Ann McSweeney, Mike Fennell, Alice Moore

Sunday 11.00 a.m.: Denis Flaherty, Fiona Moore

Readers for this week: Saturday Vigil: Paul Curley

                                          Sunday 11.00 a.m. Jack Connolly, Clodagh Fitzgerald

Readers for next week: Saturday Vigil: Nicola Cunningham

                                           Sunday 11am: Saoirse Culhane

Altar Servers This Week: Saturday: Keela Normile, Ellen & Mary Moore

                                              Sunday: Colm MacNamara, Conor & Harry Fitzgerald

Altar Servers Next Week: Saturday: Éadaoin MacNamara, Miriam O Connor, Michaela Regan, Alison & Marissa Hogan

                                               Sunday: Lucie Ryan, Katie & Julie Fitzell

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.

Annual  Chrism Mass: Bishop Leahy would like to invite you to the annual Chrism Mass that will take place in St. John’s Cathedral on Wednesday of Holy Week (17th April) at 7.30 p.m.  The Chrism Mass is the great annual gathering of the Diocese – lay faithful, religious, priests and Bishop, all gathered in the one Eucharist.  Everyone renews their baptismal promises and the priests renew the promises made at Ordination.  The sacred oils are blessed.  It is always a joyful, moving ceremony of the People of God united with one another around the Bishop. 

Volunteers: On Wednesday 10th April there will be a cleaning of the inside of the Church for Easter, starting at 2.00 p.m.  If you would like to volunteer please come to the Church, even a half hour of your time would be appreciated.  If you could bring a hoover with you that would be very useful, the more hoovers the quicker it will be done.  It is hoped that the Church will be hoovered, the seats dusted, the gallery cleaned & hoovered and the area around the Altar hoovered and cleaned.  The crying rooms cleaned and hoovered.  If any men are free they could push back the seats to make the hoovering easier.

Coffee Morning: Joan and Kathleen Sheehy are holding a Coffee Morning in Barretts Bar, Glin on Sunday 14th April at 11.30 a.m. to raise much needed funds for Deel Animal Action Group.  DAAG is a registered charity made up of volunteers whose aim it is to rescue and re-home stray dogs, cats etc.  They vaccinate, neuter and microchip each animal before re-homing them.  Any money raised at the coffee morning goes to paying their very large vet bills.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.  All are very welcome.

End of an Era: The 29th December, 2018 was a very sad day for the village when we said a fond farewell to Michael O’ Rourke who closed his butchers on the Main Street. Michael ran his business for many many years in the same premises when he took over from his father in law Paddy Stack. Wishing you a very happy retirement Michael. 

Glin baby & toddler group: continues each Friday morning during term time.  €3 per family and refreshments provided.  Come along and bring a few friends, you’ll be surprised by all the toys suitable for all ages! Ceol Corbraí Hall from 10am.

Glin Library: has bags, gloves and yellow jackets for anybody who wishes to get involved in the clean-up of our roads. Just call in.

Well done: Glin Community Games participated in under age art and handwriting competitions this year, which were held in Shanagolden Community Centre in mid-February. The standard was extremely high in all categories and our team did us very proud. Congratulations to Eimear O’Sullivan who placed 4th in the Community Games U10 Handwriting competition. Eimear received her medal last week at an award ceremony in the Woodlands, Adare.

Glin Defibrillator: Thank you to all the participants who completed Defibrillator and CPR Training on Saturday, March 23. Your Certs will be processed in due course.  Check out Glin Defibrillator FB Page for updates.

GAA NEWS: Membership must be paid in-full before March 31st to be an eligible member. Family Membership (2 Adults + 2 Minors) = €80, Adult (over 18) Membership = €40, Minor (under 18) Membership = €20.  

Best of Luck to Glin girls Caolainn Healy and Muirne Wall as they play for Tralee Ladies Rugby Team in the All Ireland final against Cooke of Belfast.  The game takes place in Ashbourne, Co. Meath this Saturday.

Congratulations to the Glin U16 girls basketball team who won silver in the Community Games basketball. They played their hearts out to Broadford, St.Senans and Athea. They displayed great teamwork and spirit on the day. Well done girls. Also congratulations to Jack O Connor who took 3rd place in the U9s 300m in Shanagolden on Sunday last.   

Lent: Week 4 – Reflection

In this Sunday’s reading, Paul says that, for anyone in Christ, ‘there is a new creation’. This echoes with the prayer at Baptism when the newly baptised is clothed with the white shawl; ‘you are a new creation clothed in Christ – see in this white garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity’.

Our baptism shawls have long ago been put away. But what about the truth about each of us that our white garments represent? Our sense of our Christian dignity cannot be put away or forgotten. We need to carry that sense of ourselves each day.

Think of our Baptism as our first experience of God’s gaze of pure, unconditional love. That gaze tells us who we are. That gaze bestows dignity. We can stand tall, confident, as we let that gaze sink into our hearts.

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