Parish Newsletter: 21st/22nd September 2019

Parish Newsletter – 21st/22nd September 2019 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.                                    

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:

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: Desiree Dore

                                          Sunday 11.00 a.m. Mary Culhane

Readers for next week: Saturday Vigil: Nicola Cunningham

                           Sunday 11.00 am Mass: Saoirse Culhane

Altar Servers This Week: Saturday: Éadaoin McNamara, Alison Hogan, Miriam O Connor, Michaela Regan

                                              Sunday: Lucie Ryan, Katie & Julie Fitzell

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

                                               Sunday: Olivia Palys, Ava Hogan, Aoibhe McCarthy


Message from Fr. Crawford:

During the summer I celebrated my Golden Jubilee as a priest in the Diocese of Limerick.  I spent two days with my class mates in Maynooth in early June.  There we exchanged stories of our experience over the seven years of formation in college and fifty years as priests in various Dioceses of the country.  We were joined by a good number who started with us in September 1962 but left at different times to pursue a different vocation and were not ordained.  We were delighted to hear their interesting stories and meet some of their wives.

Then a week later I jointed my family for a large gathering of extended family – all 56 of us – and we had a great party.  A week later there was a Parish celebration organised by the Glin Pastoral Council.  This was a wonderful celebration for me and many of my family who were invited and attended.  We were amazed at the large congregation and level of detail in the liturgy of the Mass and also the wonderful food and entertainment we shared at Ceol Corbrai until last evening.  On behalf of the Crawford Clan I thank you.  We do appreciate your kindness.

I wish to thank you all for your good wishes, your cards of congratulations, your generous gifts and Prayers.  It was a wonderful Parish event and a Day to Remember and cherish for life.  A Big Thank You to all.

Then in July when I quietly reflected on my age I wrote to Bishop Brendan offering my resignation as Parish Priest of Glin Parish.  All Parish Priests (and Bishops too) are requested to offer their resignation at the age of 75 (Canon Law no. 538).  Then I waited for his reply.  In the meatime I discussed with him my options and plans for the future.  I conveyed my willingness to continue to minister and help out where needed.  I was not ready however to leave the Parish and people of Glin where I have enjoyed your hospitality, friendship and support since I was appointed in August 2005.

In due course Bishop Brendan replied accepting my formal offer to resign but he asked me to continue for the time being and in view of our conversations he proposed that I continue as Co-PP in the Pastoral Unit for the year ahead.

So the position is clarified.  I will continue to work with your and for you in the year ahead until next summer when he will review the team in this Pastoral Unit of Parishes, i.e. Glin, Loughill/Ballyhahill, Shanagolden/Foynes/Roberstown and Coolcappa/Kilcolman.  Míle Buíochas. T. Crawford.

For one night only Lip Sync Group: are holding a fun 5 & 10 k run/walk & kiddies disco on Sunday 29th September at 11.30 a.m. sharp.  Fee: €10 per adult, €5 per child, €15 per family.  Admission to disco €5 and free for kids who complete the run/walk. Disco from 12.30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. Registration at Ballyhahill Parish Hall from 10.30 a.m .  All support greatly appreciated. 

Going Strong Club: will be starting again on Monday 30th September at 2.00 p.m. in Ceol Corbrai Community Hall.  All are welcome to some good music, a laugh or two and a game of bingo.

Enjoying Mindfulness: 8 evenings in Glin, Thursday 26th September to 21st November with Ali Burnard.  Meditation Facilitator & Gestalt Psychotherapist.  Please book to secure your place on 087-6452227.

Yoga for All with Monika: Started in Cloverfield Day care Centre last Monday 16th at 7pm. Classes are suitable for beginners.  Six weeks programme €60 paid in advance.  Booking essential. Contact Monika 0868851913.

Glin Baby & Toddler Group: has now started back.  New faces very welcome.  Its always difficult to walk into a new environment but please know we are a friendly bunch and would be delighted to welcome you and your little one into the group.  €3 per family and refreshments provided for both young and old! Every Friday morning from 10am to noon in Ceol Corbraí Hall.  Hope to see you there!

Congratulations: to all the U14 Shannon Gaels team who on Sunday last Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale won the Division 3 Shield Co. Final against Ballinacurra Gaels. Final Result 3.14 to 3.4   Well done to trainers Pádraig Hogan and Brian Cunningham 

Glin Gym: CH Health & Fitness are delighted to announce that for the month of September every Saturday they will be running a charity class to get you guys ready for Athea Runs Faster in Stripes – Fundraiser in aid of Ronald McDonald House Fun run & 5km with all proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House. A charity close to many hearts in our local area. Venue Athea, Time 10am, Cost per class – donation only. 

Farmers Market:  Please give a visit on Fridays to the market in Glin square. There is a selection of freshly baked cakes, scones and soda bread, home grown vegetables, lettuces to plant out and lovely flowery potatoes as well as bouquets of flowers fresh from the garden. You can also buy flowers to set in the garden or to put in pots. There are also eggs fresh from the farm and recent medical reports have said that eggs are the best food we can eat!  Later in the afternoon there is a vegetable stall and our famous Mickey the fish man has a wonderful variety of fresh fish and his wonderful smoked salmon is the real thing! We all know it is so important to shop local in order to keep our lovely village vibrant and alive and the market adds a bit of colour and variety to the square each Friday.  

Books for sale: at Paddy Hogan’s shop. €2 each or 3 books for €5 and children’s books €1.  All proceeds in aid of Glin Men’s Shed.  Great value. 

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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