Parish Newsletter February 10th 2019

Fr Mike Cussen Tel: 061 353711  Mobile 087 1279015

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Monday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Contact Number: 061 353454


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Reflection for World Day of Prayer for the Sick, Monday 11th February

‘The Church’s maternal vocation to the needy and to the sick has found concrete expression throughout the two thousand years of her history in an impressive series of initiatives on behalf of the sick.  This history of dedication must not be forgotten.  It continues to the present day throughout the world.  In countries where adequate public healthcare systems exist, the work of Catholic religious congregations and dioceses and their hospitals is aimed not only at providing quality medical care, but also at putting the human person at the centre of the healing process, while carrying out scientific research with full respect for life and for Christian moral values.  In countries where healthcare systems are inadequate or non-existent, the Church seeks to do what she can to improve health, eliminate infant mortality and combat widespread disease.  The image of the Church as a ‘field hospital’ that welcomes all those wounded by life is a very concrete reality for, in some parts of the world, missionary and diocesan hospitals are the only institutions providing necessary care to the population’.  Pope Francis (Message for 2018)

Grotto in Patrickswell:

Over the years the Grotto in Patrickswell has been very well maintained.  Parishioners are very grateful to those who keep the Grotto so well.

The Grotto is a spiritual landmark.  It provides a place of prayer and reflection.  For those passing by, the Grotto can stimulate some spiritual thoughts.

Up to now, our Community Council have been paying for the lighting at the Grotto.  The feeling is that this burden should be lifted from them as they have many other issues to deal with at Community level.  To discuss how best this can be done, I invite anyone who would wish to be involved to a meeting in Patrickswell Church on Tuesday 19th February at 7.30pm.   All are welcome.


Patrickswell Community Council will hold their AGM this Monday 11th February at 8.00pm in the Community Resource Centre.  It is a public meeting and all are welcome to attend.

Patrickswell Parent Baby and Toddler Group meet every Thursday morning from 9.30am to 11.00am in the Community Resource Centre.  All Parents, Grandparents, Childminders and their babies and preschool toddlers are welcome.

Ballybrown Adult Choir Rehearsals commencing on Tuesday 12th February at 8.00pm in the Church for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.  New members welcome.  For more information contact Rosaleen at 087 2267647

CAREBRIGHT Introductory Carers’ Course – West Limerick  starting Monday 25th February in Newcastlewest.  Call Monica on 087-8310999 or email  Own transport required.

Lecture by Professor Piotr Roszak on “The Camino de Santiago at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College on Tuesday 12th February from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

Annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Abuse takes place on Friday 15th February 2019.  We ask for your prayers for all those who have been hurt by abuse in the Church.  We pray for Pope Francis and for the success of the meeting in Rome at which senior bishops and religious superiors from around the world will be attending.

Community Fundraiser – Coffee morning for Tiny Sebastian after the 10.00am and 11.30am Masses in the Parish on this Sunday 10th February.  Tiny was a nurse, wife to Cyril and mother to Riyana aged 8 and Riyon aged 4.  They moved to the Parish from India 7 years ago.  Tiny died unexpectedly on 15th January last.

Mass Intentions


Sat 9th  Mary McCarthy; Sean, Nora and Betty Ryan.

Wed 13th Sean Cosgrave;  Esther Cusack.

Fri 15th Denis Collins.

Sat 16th James, Eileen and Vincent Byrnes; Maura Mannix.

Sun 17th Ted Griffin; John  Curran and Esther Bergin; Lionel Costello.


Sat 9th Margaret and Thomas Leahy; Esther and William Hayes and their son Martin.                   

Sun 10th Month’s Mind:  Nora Doherty.   Anniversaries:   John and Josephine Walsh; Michael Reidy.



Patrickswell:   9.30am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Saturday   Vigil Mass 6.30pm.

Sunday      11.30am.

Adoration:  Thursdays from 7.00pm to 9.00pm and Saturdays from 8.00 am to 12 Noon.

Baptisms: 2nd and 4th weekends of the month on Saturday at 5.00pm and Sunday at 12.30pm.

Next Baptismal Gathering Tuesday 12th February in Church Meeting Room at 7.30pm.

Ballybrown9.30am on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

No morning Mass on Tuesday.  Mass in Raheen at 10.00 am.

Wednesday: Adoration from 7.00pm to 8.00pm followed by Mass at 8.00pm.

Saturday   Vigil Mass  8.00pm.

Sunday    10.00am

Baptisms: 1st and 3rd weekends of the month on Saturday at 5.00pm and Sunday at 12.30pm.

Next Baptismal Gathering is Monday 18th February at 7.30pm in the Church.

Baptisms to be booked one month in advance with Parish Office.

Please give one month’s notice when booking a Baptism.

Feast Day:  Thursday 14th February Saint Valentine

Offertory Collection Last Weekend: €1,745.00

Thank You For Your Generosity