Parish Newsletter: 6th/7th April 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:

6th/7th April 2019: 5th Sunday of Lent

May this day and the scripture we hear call us to look at the depth of our faith.  We are called on to look into our hearts to show forgiveness and reconciliation to all we meet.  Christ’s forgiveness is without condemnation.

Eucharistic Ministers for Next Week

Vigil Mass 7.00 p.m.: Norma McKeon, Mary O Brien

Sunday 11.00 a.m.: John Culhane, Marie McKenna

Readers for this week: Saturday Vigil: Nicola Cunningham

                                          Sunday 11.00 a.m. Saoirse Culhane

Readers for next week: Saturday Vigil: Ciara Shine

                                           Sunday 11am: Eufrocina Clemente

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

Sunday: Lucie Ryan, Katie & Julie Fitzell

Altar Servers Next Week: Saturday: Darragh, Orlaith & Fearghal Leahy

                                               Sunday: Olivia Palys, Ava Hogan & Aoibhe McCarthy


Glin Defibrillator Group have recently changed the Glin Defibrillator emergency phone number.  The new number is 068 59590.  Please take down this number and keep it in a visible area in your home/business/office. BOTH NUMBERS ARE CURRENTLY IN SERVICE AND WILL GET THROUGH TO THE GLIN DEFIBRILLATOR CFR TEAM.  PLEASE ONLY USE THESE NUMBERS IN AN EMERGENCY.

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. 

End of Year Music Class Concert: will be held on Wednesday next the 10th April in Ceol Corbrai Community Hall at 6.30 p.m.  All Welcome.  There will be a bucket collection on the way in to help support our young musicians entering the fleadh with extra tuition.  Fleadh entries are been taken at the concert or contact Máire on 087-6413799 before Sunday 21st April.  Go raibh maith agat.

Glin Great Bake Sale:  The pupils of 5th & 6th Class in St. Fergus’ National School are holding a Bake Sale to support the school with the Parking/Set Down area fundraising.  The Cake Sale will be held on Wednesday next the 10th April at 10.00 a.m.  Please come along for a treat and support our pupils with their sale of homemade cakes.  All very welcome

Congratulations: to Katie Fitzell and Julie Fitzell who won Silver at the Gymnastics National Series held in the Blanchardstown Sports Arena on Saturday 30th March.

ICA Meeting: on Friday 12th April at 7.30 p.m.  New members welcome.

Glin Development Association and Cllr John Sheahan:  are delighted to announce that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has allocated 111,000 to help repair and maintain Glin Pier.  Glin Development are currently working on plans to build a floating pontoon at the Pier and this announcement is very welcome news indeed.

Official Park Opening: Come along on Sunday, April 7 to the official opening of Loughill Park at 1pm.  It’s sure to be great day.  

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.

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.

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.

Team Limerick Clean Up – Good Friday – 10 am – Glin library.  Glin will be heading out on Good Friday morning to take part in the annual cleanup sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund. The event has seen over 360 tonnes of litter gathered from the streets by volunteers and event partner Mr. Binman since inception in 2015. Overall participation figures have passed the 60,000-mark and included over 550 volunteer groups from every town in Limerick last year……Are you in?

Bags and gloves and vis vests will be available to collect from Peg at the Library in advance, and outside the Library on Good Friday morning, beginning at 10 am. Please, if you have a litter picker, bring it along or give it to a neighbour if you are not available to help on Good Friday. All rubbish collected can then be brought back to the Library yard for Collection later by Mr Binman.

It is an obligation to us all to be litter aware and to report any sightings of rubbish and fly tipping. We are all volunteers doing the best we can to keep Glin litter free, to take pride in our beautiful town, and to shame the litter louts who think it is acceptable to dump rubbish on our roads and so casually throw litter from their cars and trucks.

CHILDREN must be accompanied by adults for safety and kept to quieter roads/areas.

Hoping for a good turnout from our community on Good Friday….YOUR PATCH, YOUR PRIDE.

Lent: Week 5 – Reflection

Is Jesus here the God of surprises?  Some men had brought a sinful woman to him.  Would he condemn, and approve of death by stoning?  They wondered what he might say about the law.  They had come to punish her.  His actions were different.

No condemnation of the woman and no condemnation of them either, just a very challenging question about the way we condemn people – ‘if you have no sin, cast the first stone.’  No words about law – just a writing in the sand and we don’t know what he wrote. 

A surprising Rabbi, a surprising God.

Whatever way he acted, they did not argue.  Maybe they saw some truth.  They just quietly left.  Maybe they got some message that love, like his for the woman, was more important than such a violent law, to stone someone to death.

A surprise for the woman also.  She was so used to being condemned, with no mention of the partner in adultery.  She realised that because of Jesus now, nobody condemned her.  Because of Jesus she no longer condemned herself.  Because of this love and acceptance, she had strength not to sin again which was the challenge given to her by Jesus ‘go and sin no more.’

Lord by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.  You are the saviour of the world.

Newsletter: Please note that all notices for the newsletter are to be placed in the locked black box in Paddy Hogan’s shop or by 12.00 noon on Thursday with name and contact details. 

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