Parish Newsletter: 29th February/1st March 2020.

Parish Newsletter – 29th February/1st March, 2020. First Sunday of Lent.                           

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.: Marie Shine, Alice Moore

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

Readers for this week: Saturday Vigil: Teresa Culhane

                                          Sunday 11.00 a.m. Annie Reidy

Readers for next week: Saturday Vigil: John Healy

                           Sunday 11.00 am Mass: John Prendergast

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

                                              Sunday: Harry Fitzgerald, Aoife Kennelly, Cara Martin, Eoghan O Connor

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

                                               Sunday: Lucie Ryan, Katie & Julie Fitzell

Eucharistic Adoration: Eucharistic Adoration: Weekly Adoration every Friday from 10AM (after Mass) until 9PM. All are welcome to join  … Pope Benedict XVI: “The act of adoration prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the Mass”.


Milford Hospice Church Gate Collection: will take place on Saturday and Sunday 7th & 8th March 2020.

Glin Rovers Old Trafford Draw Winner: Congratulations to Gearoid Woulfe who won the 2 tickets and €300 spending money in last weekends draw. Enjoy the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford next month Gearoid.

Church Gate Collection: GB Rovers have their Church gate collection taking place this Saturday 29th February and Sunday 1st March.  Thanking you for your continued support.

The Glin Fairy Trail Committee: have decided to close the Fairy Trail for the next few weeks due to a large tree falling during last weekend’s storm.  

Glin Baby & Toddler Group: returns this Friday morning in Ceol Corbrai Hall.  Everyone welcome from 10am, family contribution €3. Refreshments provided.

St. Fergus National School: would like to thank the parishioners who brought bags of clothes to the school for the recent clothing recycling collection.  €399 was raised from this initiative.  We are hoping to have another after the Easter holidays so keep your bags of clothes please.

Ballyguiltenane National School Enrolment 2020:  Enrolment packs are available from the school on request or from the school office between 2pm and 3pm each day.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to contact the school on (068) 34545 to arrange a visit to discuss enrolment at your convenience.

Loughill Development Committee: are holding a Quiz night on Friday, March 6 for the Flowers and up keep of Loughill Village. Also Spot prizes on the night, your support would be greatly appreciated. See you from 9.30pm at the Anglers Rest, table of 4 €40.

Ballyguiltenane National School: The Board of Management would like thank you to all those who contributed to the Church Gate Collection last weekend.  The amount raised came to €771.77.  Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated.

St. Fergus’ National School: Enrolment forms for the new school year 2020/2021 are now available from the school office or Glin Pre-school.  For further information, please contact Geraldine in the school office Tuesday to Friday on 068-34344.

Taekwon-do Classes: continue on Fridays in Ceol Corbrai Hall. Contact Michael on 087 9245637 for details and times.

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. 

Trócaire Lenten Campaign for 2020

This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign is about mothers protecting their families. The Trócaire box tells the story of two mothers: Angela in Honduras who is protecting her family’s land from logging companies, and Madris in Kenya who is trying to provide for her family in the face of climate change. It tells two very different stories but both are linked by mothers trying to provide futures for their children. 


Daily Lenten Prayer 

Today Lord, I choose life,
I choose your love and the challenge to live it and share it,
I choose hope, even in moments of darkness,
I choose faith, accepting you as Lord and God,
I choose to let go of some part of my burdens,
day by day handing them over to you,
I choose to take hold of your strength and power ever more deeply in my life.
May this truly be for me a time of new life, of change, challenge and growth.
May I come to Easter with a heart open to dying with you
and rising to your new life, day by day.


Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has asked that Lent this year be used as a commitment to step up care for our planet.  Bishop Leahy asks people to ‘live lent’ this year by putting caring for the environment at the centre of our thoughts, prayers and actions

Speaking this week ahead of the commencement of Lent on Ash Wednesday, Bishop Leahy – quoting Pope Francis on the fifth anniversary of his encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ on the care of our planet – urged the public to “live Lent” this year with “our common home” as motivation. 

Bishop Leahy’s Pastoral Letter for Lent titled ‘Listening to Nature’s Words of Love’ is available in hard copy in churches or online on the diocesan website and will be read out at masses on Sunday.

“In a Netflix film titled ‘Pope Francis – A Man of his Word’, which I’d recommend as good watching during Lent, Pope Francis doesn’t mince his words when he says ‘if you ask me who is the poorest of the poorest of the poor, I would say Mother Earth.  We have plundered her. We have abused her.’  A decade or more ago, Pope Francis would have been seen as an alarmist but the reality of where we are today is that popular opinion the world over agrees.

“In the past year, Greta Thunberg has captured imaginations and minds. Not just her. Many young people, including across our diocese, have expressed their concern over what is happening our planet. They are really concerned about the world they are inheriting from previous generations. In schools across the Diocese children are enthusiastic about the Green Flag awards. Young adults are searching for new ways to save our planet. There are young leaders on the environment emerging, brave and outspoken. It is important for those of us who are a little order to recognise that young people have the antennae of the future.”

He continued, “At times we might feel the crisis needs a greater response than anything we can do personally. Yet simple steps can make a difference such as avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights.  I would ask that this Lent, people look deeper into their own responsibilities.  ‘Think global, act local’ has never been more apt than it is today.”

Citing the three traditional ways of “living Lent” – Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving – Bishop Leahy said there are numerous options to that we can be lived this year through the lens of care for our common home.

“For instance, our prayer can involve taking time to contemplate God’s beauty in creation.  In terms of fasting, this year we can recognise that this is not just about giving up some food. It is about how we live moderation in general. Life is more than simply accumulating things and pleasures. We are called to live with greater sobriety and simplicity. The example of nature teaches us. Plants use only the amount of water and nutrients they need to grow and flower. Christian love inspires us to live a healthy sobriety that set us free.

“The third area, almsgiving, must be about giving to and helping others. In Ireland we have the wonderful tradition of the Trócaire initiatives which I encourage. Trócaire has done great work in raising consciousness of the environmental issues so I would ask people to not alone donate this Lent but to read up on what it does and how we can help on an ongoing basis.”

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