Ballybrown Parish Groups

SERVICE GROUPS

In Ballybrown, Altar Servers comprising both boys and girls serve at the 8.00pm Saturday Vigil Mass and at 10.00am Mass on Sunday. The Altar servers also serve at a number of other special occasions throughout the year.  If anyone would like to become an altar server we would be delighted to hear from you.

Contact: Marian McGregor

Baptism is the first Sacrament we receive.  It is important that parents be aware of the very deep commitment that they are making when they bring a baby to be baptised.  The Parish Baptism Team has been formed to provide advice and assistance to the parents of the children to be baptised, on the celebration of Baptism and on their practical participation in the ceremony on the baptismal day.

Contact: Parish Office

The Bereavement Support Group is a parish-based service which offers confidential and understanding support to those who are grieving. Its members have received training in Bereavement support and have personal experience of grief and loss. Our role is to support and listen rather than counsel. Where necessary we can assist people to access counselling or any other practical help or information that may be of assistance to them. If requested, we offer home visits to the bereaved following a Bereavement or in a neutral setting such as the Resource Centre, if preferred. This is suitable for people at any stage following a loss or bereavement.

Helen O’Neill

Tel: 086 8285717

The maintenance and upkeep of our churches, parochial houses and grounds is an ongoing task and responsibility.   In recent times we have seen essential repairs carried out to Ballybrown church roof and guttering, and refurbishment of the  choir gallery.

Whenever instructions are given by the Finance Committee that particular works need to be undertaken, the buildings maintenance team ensures that the works are carried out successfully.

Contact: Kieran McCarthy

A volunteer team of stewards and marshals assists throughout the year in managing the flow and access of the car parks in and around the church grounds, cemeteries and private homes at Christmas and Easter,  times of bereavement or other large parish events.  There is always a need for new stewards to come along and help out. The success and smooth management of many parish occasions is due to these dedicated volunteers down through the years.

Contact: John Michael Cosgrave

The Children and Young People’s Liturgy Team are a voluntary group who help prepare liturgical activities for the Children’s Liturgy which takes place on special occasions during the year.  The group also help prepare the liturgy for the special Exams Mass for Junior Cert, Leaving Cert and Third Level candidates within the parish who are sitting these examinations.  This Mass is usually held on a Saturday evening during May.  A Book of Intentions is established to the side of the church sanctuary in advance of the liturgy, and is kept open throughout the exams season.

New volunteers would be very welcome.

Contact: Julie-Ann McCormack and Margaret O’Brien

The Cleaning Ministry consists of a rota of volunteers who clean the church and sanctuary weekly, and especially in preparation for Christmas and Easter. Keeping our place of worship clean is an important contribution to the parish and many hands make light work!

Contact:  Noreen Fitzgerald

Each and every Sunday and on special Holy Days, the Collectors organise the collection of the offerings that parishioners generously donate.

Contact: Parish Office

The Planned Giving Envelopes are distributed annually throughout the Parish.  A dedicated team of envelope distributors collect the boxes from the Parish Centre in December and if a parishioner has signed up for Planned Giving, a member of the team will drop in the new set of envelopes to the house.  New volunteers to help with this task would be very welcome as there is quite a large area to cover.

Contact: Parish Office

You are invited to grow in faith and love of our Lord with us, by coming to Eucharistic Adoration at Ballybrown and Patrickswell Churches. Whether you regularly visit an Adoration chapel or have never experienced the quiet and peace of praying before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, all are invited to participate.  Eucharistic Adoration is performed by each person being present before the Eucharist in silent prayer often for a period of about an hour. It is very desirable to have at least one person present in the church when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and the church should never be empty at a time when it is exposed.  Volunteers are needed to ensure that this does not happen.

Contact: Nell Cosgrave

Ministers of the Eucharist are appointed to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at weekend Masses.  Eucharistic Ministers also bring Holy Communion to the sick, elderly or housebound in their homes.

Contact: Jim Penney

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Son of God and Son of Mary.  The children and their families are encouraged to take part in the Mass through the readings, choir, and Offertory procession.  A Family Mass Liturgy is celebrated on the afternoon of Christmas Eve and is prepared by the Family Mass group, Ballybrown Church.

Contact: Parish Office

The Parish Finance Committee which comprises a combined group of laity and parish priest was formed by our previous Parish Priest Fr. Muiris O’Connor.  The Committee advises on parish finances, insurance, maintenance and development of parish property.  It acts as a consultative body to the Parish Priest, monitors the income and expenditure of the parish and sanctions any significant expenditure.  Parish Accounts are audited and published annually.  The Finance Committee meets between four and six times per year.  The chairperson of the Committee is Tom Donovan.  At present there are five members on the Committee and Fr Mike.

Committee Members: Fiona Collins, Mary Corby, Tom Donovan, Seamus Enright, Joe Tierney and Fr Michael Cussen, PP VF

Contact: Parish Office

During the pandemic it was necessary to follow a First Eucharist Sacramental Preparation Programme known as My Faith, a Home-Based online programme of preparation, as it was not possible to follow the “Do This in Memory of Me”  programme which had traditionally involved attendance at special monthly Preparation Masses and other regular weekly Masses.  This was not possible for some time, given the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns together with the various restrictions on the numbers who could attend public Masses when they did resume.

Since 2022/2023, Patrickswell and Ballybrown National Schools have returned to following the “Do This in Memory “ programme, attending special preparation Masses each month, with a significant part of the year long programme also taking place through attendance at the regular Saturday evening or Sunday Masses during the school year.

For further information please visit our Sacrament of First Eucharist page.

Contact: Parish Office

The Flower Arranging Group looks after the flower arrangements for the Altars and Sanctuary on a weekly basis all the year round, except for weddings and funerals.  We are happy to welcome new members at any time.

Contact: Maura Byrnes

The Liturgical Art group work alongside the Flower Arranging group decorating the church appropriately during the year.

We hang banners in the church at various times during the year to symbolise the different liturgical dates, such as during Lent and Advent.

We also construct a crib during Advent for Christmas, and a Resurrection Garden at Easter.

Our local Parish Pastoral Council consists of lay people of the parish who work together to build our parish into a vibrant Christian community reflecting the Gospel values of love, justice and peace.  It is seen as a means of encouraging the shared responsibility of all the baptised in the life and mission of the Church.  The Parish Pastoral Council provides a leadership structure which enables the parish priest and the parishioners to work together to build up a dynamic Christian community characterised by faith, worship, evangelisation and service.

Recruitment forms a very important part of our agenda.  We are seeking parishioners to help in all areas of Ministry.  Initially we have sought additional Ministers of the Eucharist and Ministers of the Word where our existing teams would welcome an influx of new members to help spread the load of work.  We also plan to recruit a Funeral Ministry Team.

Chairman: Kieran McCarthy

Ministers of the Word proclaim the Word of God at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.  They take turns on a rota basis which generally involves once a month commitment. New Readers would be very welcome.

Contact: Margaret O’Brien

MUSIC MINISTRY GROUPS

Our mission is to enhance the 10.00 am Mass on Sunday mornings through music and song .  We would be happy to welcome new singers and/or instrumentalists.

Contact: Noreen Cusack / Edmond Power

Ballybrown Church Choir was formed in 1986 and has faithfully accompanied Christmas and Easter Masses and devotions, special celebrations and occasional community events since that time.  Please visit our website to find out more about our choir.

Our mission is to enhance the 8:00pm Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings through music and song .  We would be delighted to welcome new singers and/or instrumentalists and musicians.

Contact: Rosaleen Donovan Tel. 061 353600 / Mob 087 226 7647

OUTREACH GROUPS

The Journal was first published in 2001 on the initiative of Willie Ryan who gathered together a small group of interested individuals to produce the first edition for Christmas 2001.  The Journal is now a well-established and eagerly awaited periodical, appearing each year in time for Christmas perusal and distribution both at home and overseas.  The collation and publication of material is co-ordinated by a hard-working committee of six parishioners who welcome any and all contributions from local clubs, organisations, societies or individuals,  of events which have occurred throughout the year.  Items for inclusion are accepted at any time of the year up until the final deadline around the middle of October.    Old photographs are a particular favourite with readers and historical articles also feature each year in connection with local people and communities from times past.

Committee Members: Tom Donovan, Des Fitzgerald, Mary Kelly, Martin Hayes, Michael McNamara, Carl Musgrave, Willie Ryan

Chairman: Tom Donovan

Tel: 061 353600

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2024 –

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2024

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is continuing and operating this year at full capacity, and reverting back to the traditional June days. It will depart on the Third Thursday of June and will take place over five (5) nights, from Thursday 20th June to Tuesday 25th June 2024.  It will be operating this year through the Diocesan Office and Booking forms and information will be available in March from the Diocesan Office, St. Munchin’s College, Corbally, tel. 061 350000.  See attached brochure for more details.  Extra copies will be available in the churches in March.

More information on bookings and general enquiries click here.

For many years a parish group from Patrickswell-Ballybrown Parish led by our late sacristan in Ballybrown, Pat Gallagher (r.i.p.), travelled on pilgrimage each September to Medjugorje for a one-week spiritual break in this renowned Marian shrine.

If  anyone would like to reinstate the parish group tour, or join another established group, please contact John O’Brien at mobile 086 858 6304 for tours departing Shannon to Mostar on May 22nd 2024 and August 28th 2024.

Discounts are available for bookings made in December and January.

Members hold a regular monthly meeting in the sacristy of Ballybrown Church.  Our main project each year is to sponsor ill or disabled parishioners to take part in the Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, who might not otherwise be in a position to participate. We are proud of and fully support the Ballybrown Parish Journal which is a crucial source of the necessary funding.  Further details about the Pioneer Association can be found at the Pioneer website

Local Contact: Willie Ryan

Tel: 086 0574554

1st October 2023

Ballybrown Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party

It is with regret that we the Christmas Party Committee due to a number of factors, have decided to disband after 25 years in existence. The party as we know it pre-Covid had become a wonderful annual parish event and the committee are very grateful for the support of our Clergy, our Guests, Ballybrown Choir,  Ballybrown GAA, Entertainers, and Johnny and Helen Quinn and Family. We would like to say a sincere thank you to our local businesses for their generous  contributions and all those who donated spot prizes, hall decorators, our bakers and all our bag packers for fundraising during our reign.  This committee concludes next weekend with our farewell meal with invited guests.

If anyone would like to take on the task or come up with new ideas or format for  the future, please feel free to follow it up, and we wish you well, as we the
committee have enjoyed our experience, made many friends and created many cherished memories.

GO RAIBH MÍLE MAITH AGAIBH GO LÉIR

The Thursday Club is a member of Active Retirement Ireland and has been going strong in Ballybrown since 2002. It meets every Thursday from September to June in Ballybrown/Clarina Community Resource Centre, beginning with an exercise routine at 10.30 am and followed at 11.30 by the club activities.

As well as various activities on site including art classes, card games, gentle exercise and dance, old-time singing and a tasty morning tea, the Club also enjoys many day trips away to beauty spots and other interesting destinations. There is an annual Mass for deceased Club Members every year at Easter.

Contact: Maura Byrnes
Tel:

Clarina Tidy Towns was set up around the end of the 2000s and since then many happy and busy evenings and weekends were spent doing Litter Picks, planting outdoor flower tubs and gardens, painting and touching up community metalwork and other activities to maintain and enhance our beautiful environment.  It was a valuable way of encouraging everyone to take responsibility for their own area, and offered communities the chance to get involved and gain a sense of purpose and achievement as the area improved.  Regrettably in 2023 due to declining membership the difficult decision was made to wind down the group for the time  being.   It is hoped that the baton will be taken up once again by a fresh committee in the not too distant future, this can be done by contacting your local Community Council representative.

Patrickswell Parish Groups

SERVICE GROUPS

The maintenance and upkeep of our churches, parochial houses and grounds is an ongoing task and responsibility.   In recent times we have seen fresh painting work to the meeting room in Patrickswell church, and extensive upgrade work carried out to the church car park area and surrounds.

Whenever instructions are given by the Finance Committee that particular works need to be undertaken, the buildings maintenance team ensures that the works are carried out successfully.

The Cleaning Ministry consists of a rota of volunteers who clean the church and sanctuary weekly, and especially in preparation for Christmas and Easter. Keeping our place of worship clean is an important contribution to the parish and many hands make light work.

Each and every Sunday and on special Holy Days, the Collectors organise the collection of the offerings that parishioners generously donate.

Contact: Parish Office

The Planned Giving Envelopes are distributed annually throughout the Parish.  A dedicated team of envelope distributors collect the boxes from the Parish Centre in December and if a parishioner has signed up for Planned Giving, a member of the team will drop in the new set of envelopes to the house.  New volunteers to help with this task would be very welcome as there is quite a large area to cover.

Contact: Parish Office

You are invited to grow in faith and love of our Lord with us, by coming to Eucharistic Adoration at Ballybrown and Patrickswell Churches. Whether you regularly visit an Adoration chapel or have never experienced the quiet and peace of praying before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, all are invited to participate.  Eucharistic Adoration is performed by each person being present before the Eucharist in silent prayer often for a period of about an hour. It is very desirable to have at least one person present in the church when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and the church should never be empty at a time when it is exposed.  Volunteers are needed to ensure that this does not happen.

The Eucharistic Ministers are an important part of the Lay Ministry, serving the Church by distributing Holy Communion during Mass.

The Parish Finance Committee which comprises a combined group of laity and parish priest was formed by our previous Parish Priest Fr. Muiris O’Connor.  The Committee advises on parish finances, insurance, maintenance and development of parish property.  It acts as a consultative body to the Parish Priest, monitors the income and expenditure of the parish and sanctions any significant expenditure.  Parish Accounts are audited and published annually.  The Finance Committee meets between four and six times per year.  The chairperson of the Committee is Tom Donovan.  At present there are five members on the committee and Fr Mike.

Committee Members: Fiona Collins, Mary Corby, Tom Donovan, Seamus Enright, Joe Tierney and Fr Michael Cussen, PP VF

Contact: Parish Office

During the pandemic it was necessary to follow a First Eucharist Sacramental Preparation Programme known as My Faith, a Home-Based online programme of preparation, as it was not possible to follow the “Do This in Memory of Me”  programme which had traditionally involved attendance at special monthly Preparation Masses and other regular weekly Masses.  This was not possible for some time, given the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns together with the various restrictions on the numbers who could attend public Masses when they did resume.

Since 2022/2023, Patrickswell and Ballybrown National Schools have returned to following the “Do This in Memory “ programme, attending special preparation Masses each month, with a significant part of the year long programme also taking place through attendance at the regular Saturday evening or Sunday Masses during the school year.

For further information please visit our Sacrament of First Eucharist page.

Contact: Parish Office

The Flower Arranging Group looks after the flower arrangements for the Altars and Sanctuary on a weekly basis all the year round, except for weddings and funerals.  We are happy to welcome new members at any time.

Contact person: Claire Ahern

Contact: Richard Bennis

The council was established to assist in the running of the parish, and to give parishioners a voice.

The group meets each week for an hour to pray for the needs of the parish, for those who ask for and need our prayers,  and  for the various needs of the country and the world around us.

The Ministers of the Word are another important part of the Lay Ministry, relaying the Word of God through the reading of the Scriptures.

MUSIC MINISTRY GROUPS

Our Masses are enhanced by music and song at the 6.30pm Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings and 11.30am Mass on Sunday mornings through cantor/s and organ or playing the guitar .  We would be happy to welcome new singers and/or instrumentalists.

The choir adds another dimension to the spiritual and pastoral life of the community, singing at special liturgies such as Christmas and Easter.

OUTREACH GROUPS

Members meet monthly for various activities, and also organise day trips to interesting places. The group has supported Milford Hospice, The Alzheimer’s Association and the Community Development Fund.

Contact: Chris Canty

The Community Council has been in existence since 2000, and its Mission Statement commits to improving the quality of the economic and cultural life of Patrickswell. The council sponsors the monthly newsletter and was also responsible for setting up the Resource Centre, which has become the hub of community activities, and also offers a wide range of citizens’ information and services.

Chairperson: Michael McSweeney

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2024

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is continuing and operating this year at full capacity, and reverting back to the traditional June days. It will depart on the Third Thursday of June and will take place over five (5) nights, from Thursday 20th June to Tuesday 25th June 2024.  It will be operating this year through the Diocesan Office and Booking forms and information will be available in March from the Diocesan Office, St. Munchin’s College, Corbally, tel. 061 350000.  See attached brochure for more details.  Extra copies will be available in the churches in March.

UPDATE FEB 2024:

More information on bookings and general enquiries click here.

Running in Patrickswell based at the back of the National School in Patrickswell.

Contact: 086 1074810

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The Friday Club meets weekly in the Resource Centre from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm and offers an open door for anyone who may wish to drop in for a friendly chat and a cup of tea. The welcome is extended to everyone and is an ideal opportunity for those who are isolated or lonely to keep in touch with the community.

Phil Flanagan

flanaganphilomena@yahoo.ie

The Tidy Towns group was formed in 2000 committing themselves to improving the appearance of the village and its surroundings, with the original ethic of teamwork, commitment, and a pride in where we live still very much to the fore. The group has won many awards in the various County Environmental Competitions and was the winner of the first Limerick in Bloom Award in 2008.

Contact: Sam Milburn

Contact Parish Office for further information  061-353454