Parish Newsletter: 28th/29th September 2019.

Parish Newsletter – 28th/29th September 2019 – 26th 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: http://www.limerickdiocese.org

Eucharistic Ministers for Next Week

Vigil Mass 7.00 p.m.: Michael O Connor, Mary Hogan

Sunday 11.00 a.m.: Sean Flanagan, Alice O Shaughnessy

Readers for this week: Saturday Vigil: Nicola Cunningham

                                          Sunday 11.00 a.m. Saoirse Culhane

Readers for next week: Saturday Vigil: Annie Reidy

                           Sunday 11.00 am Mass: Teresa Culhane

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

                                              Sunday: Olivia Palys, Ava Hogan, Aoibhe McCarthy

Altar Servers Next Week: Saturday: Donnadh Daly, Luke Buckley & Jack Adams

                                               Sunday: Sean Maharg, Síona & Breean Cunningham

GLIN DEFIBRILLATOR NUMBER 068 59590/087 6230032…  ONLY TO BE USED IN AN EMERGENCY

Mission Appeal: Fr. Gerard Doyle, Mill Hill Fathers will address the congregation at Masses this weekend.

Glin Defibrillator Coffee Morning: Takes place after mass on this Sunday, September 29 from 11.30am.  All monies raised will go towards the upkeep of the 10 defibrillators located within our community.  Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you. 

Flu Vaccine Clinic: The HSEstrongly advise that all those at risk should get the flu vaccine.  If you are; aged 65 years or over, pregnant, suffer from diabetes, asthma, heart disease or any long term illness you should get the flu vaccine.  Patients only of Dr. Cassidy, Glin are invited to attend the clinic (no appointment necessary) on Tuesday, October 15 from 9.30am to 12.30pm.  

Glin Baby & Toddler Group: €3 per family and refreshments provided for both young and old! Every Friday morning from 10am to noon in Ceol Corbraí Hall.  There is a WhatsApp group now established for the group.  If you would like to be added to this group please private message the Glin Baby & Toddler Facebook page with your number.

Gerald Griffins Lip-sync: Rehearsals for the much anticipated Gerald Griffins Lip-sync fundraiser took place on Saturday, September 21. There was blood, sweat and tears after the first rehearsal as well as many aches and pains the following day, but all the hard work from the 11 groups that have signed up will ensure that it’ll all be worth it as they promise a night full of craic and laughter.  The ladies and gents are gearing up for a night of mighty craic, song and dance on Saturday, November 9 at The Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine. Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm.  Tickets €20.

Found: Door key was found in Glin Church Carpark last Saturday night.  It was handed into the Sacristy.

Clothing Collection: St. Fergus’ National School is holding a clothing collection on Monday 7th October.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Save the Date: Friday, October 25 at O’Regans Wine Bar, (Foynes Flying Boat Museum) will see a beautiful fashion show titled ‘Fashion & Diamonds’ take place. Tickets are €25 and includes fashion show, a choice of main courses and a glass of house wine. This is a ticket only event which are currently on sale now in O’ Regans Wine Bar, Foynes or Brides Boutique, Glin.  Pre booking is essential so please telephone 069 65416 or 068-34331.

Abha Bhan Parish Park: Santa Claus is coming to Abha Bhán Parish Park, Loughill on Sunday, December 8 at 4.30pm.  Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

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 Corbraí 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 meantime 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.

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

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