Parish Newsletter: 19th/20th October 2019

Parish Newsletter – 19th/20thOctober 2019 – Mission Sunday: 29th 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: David Sheehan

                                          Sunday 11.00 a.m. Eufrocina Clemente

Readers for next week: Saturday Vigil: Eileen Mulvihill

                           Sunday 11.00 am Mass: Nodlaig Adams

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

                                              Sunday: Lucie Ryan, Katie & Julie Fitzell

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

                                               Sunday: Olivia Palys, Ava Hogan, Aoibhe McCarthy

Altar Servers Get Together: As a thank you to our Altar Servers, Fr. Crawford would like to take them out to Taste for a treat on Tuesday 29th October at 2.30 p.m.  Please confirm that you are available/not available to join Fr. Crawford by telephoning/texting Geraldine on 087-9218588. Thanking you.

Death: The death has occurred in London of Thomas O Connor formally of 9 Church Street, Glin.  Funeral Mass is on Saturday 26th October at 12 o clock.  May he rest in peace.


Eucharistic Adoration: Weekly Eucharistic Adoration every Friday from 10AM (after Mass) until 9PM. All are welcome to join on an ad-hoc basis. If you would like to be commit to the weekly hour, please contact Mary Hogan (087 2414733) or Tommie McNamara (086-0401789).  Please remember to sign the register or (√) tick where your name is when you arrive (the register is available at the bottom of the Church)

Christmas Wreath Making: Takes place at Glin Castle December 8 from 2pm-5pm. Contact for further info.

Glin Community Games: It is with deep regret to inform everyone that Glin Community Games will no longer continue. The AGM was held last week at Conway’s Hotel, unfortunately no new members came forward to volunteer.  This means that the club will no longer be affiliated with Limerick Community Games and therefore none of the local children will be able to enter any community game events.  Dave Fitzgerald outgoing chairman, will hold all relevant paperwork until such time as required. Dave has offered to train any persons wishing to take up the position in the future.  The club would like to sincerely thank Dave for his long serving commitment to Glin Community Games which stems back to the 90’s.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all former members of the club for the time they gave year in and year out which lead to great success and many fond memories for the parish. 

Glin Community Alert: Free Personal Monitoring Alarm for older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their home and administered locally.  The alarm is worn around the neck or wrist and when pressed connects to a 24 hour monitored centre. Two people within the same home can receive an alarm if they both meet the eligibility criteria.  For a further information regarding eligibility or more information please contact Eddie O’Connor 086 1681691, Garda Billy McElligott, Tom Sheehy or any member of Glin Community Alert.

Glin Going Strong Club: Takes place on Monday 21st October due to the bank holiday but will revert back to the last Monday of every month thereafter.  See you on Monday, October 21 at 2pm in Ceol Corbraí Hall.

Glin Tidy Towns:  got a ‘highly commended’ in the Champions Category at the Going for Gold Awards at the Strand Hotel on October 8.   Thanks to everyone who helps to keep Glin litter free. 

Gerald Griffins Lip Sync:  takes place on Saturday, November 9 at The Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine. Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm.  Tickets €20

Mission Prayer:

Heavenly Father, when your only begotten Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, He commissioned His followers to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ and you remind us that through our Baptism we are made sharers in the mission of the Church. Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and zealous in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to the Church, which is still very far from completion, may find new and efficacious expressions that bring life and light to the world. Help us make it possible for all peoples to experience the saving love and mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen


Mission Sunday is a day for us to reflect on the contribution we, as Irish people, have made to this mission in the past and how we live it today. Mission was understood as going abroad, to countries where the Church was not yet strong or to places where people suffered from poverty or conflict. This is indeed still necessary and valid today and we pray people will continue to give their lives to mission in this way.

Mission was also seen as the task primarily of priests and religious, with some few lay missionaries, and their work was very much supported by the generosity of the Irish people. Pope Francis today is encouraging all the baptised to more actively assume their responsibility as ‘missionary disciples’. Many Catholics in Ireland, especially among our youth, see little relevance of the faith in their lives. Hence, a challenge for all of us as Catholics is to take the time to seriously reflect on our faith experience, seek to become more knowledgeable about the Scriptures and some of the teachings of the Church, ask ourselves questions about it and seek to articulate it meaningfully to ourselves and others, and then base our action on our experience of the faith. Mission is essentially faith in action, and to this we as baptised are all called to be committed.

There are many ways in which people live mission today, both in Ireland and overseas. These include being involved in action to prevent trafficking, various kinds of social and community work with the poor and marginalised, reaching out to refugees and migrants and action to care for the earth. Some of those people who are engaged in these activities may not profess a formal Christian faith, but it is evident that their activities are inspired by Gospel values and they are promoting the reign of God.

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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