Parish Newsletter February 3rd 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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Sunday 3rd February – Feast Day of Saint Blaise, Patron Saint of Throat Illnesses: Saint Blaise’s protection of those with throat troubles apparently comes from a legend that a boy was brought to him who had a fishbone stuck in his throat.  The boy was about to die when Saint Blaise healed him.

As we bless candles this weekend we pray that the light of Christ may be with us in any darkness in our hearts.

As we know too well, darkness comes into our hearts in various ways….

Worry…Anxiety….Fear….Stress….being bullied or abused in any way….the list goes on.

May the light of Christ be with us.  May the light of Christ bring us Healing and Hope.  May we bring the Christ to each other.  We pray as well through Saint Blaise that we may be protected from all illness of the throat.

For anyone who wishes to have their throat blessed, this will take place after morning Masses on Sunday 3rd February in both churches.


Bereavement Talk Raheen with Sister Helen Culhane on Monday 4th February at 8.00pm in the Millenium Centre Raheen.   Reminder to Bereavement Group and Pastoral Council Members.

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

Open Day on Monday 4th February 2019 from 9.30am – why not drop by for a cuppa and a chat to our offices at No.3 Market Place, Newcastlewest.

Lecture by Professor Piotr Roszak on “The Camino de Santiago why it (still) matters in a post-secular age at the Department. of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College on Tuesday 12th February from 5pm to 7pm.  All are welcome and entry is free.

Art Exhibition: Visible Reminders of Invisible Light, an initiative of the Diocese of Limerick in collaboration with the Hunt Museum and Limerick Museum, weaves together many strands of creativity around the theme of family.  The artworks by 17 contemporary artists celebrate the heritage of Limerick as represented by its sport and its industries, including lace making and flour milling.  The exhibition continues until 24 March. See


Tiny Sebastian who with her family moved to the Parish from India seven years ago died unexpectedly on 15th January last.  Tiny was a nurse, wife to Cyril and mother to Riyana aged 8 and Riyon aged 4.

A fundraiser is being held by the community of Patrickswell-Ballybrown to help the family with funeral costs of repatriating Tiny’s remains back to India and to express our support to them at this sad and traumatic time.  As part of the ongoing Community Fundraiser, envelopes are now available throughout the parish for donations and can be returned to any of the boxes at the back of the churches, Parish Office or Resource Centres and the Patrickswell Post Office.

A Coffee Morning will also take place after the 10.00am and 11.30am Masses in the Parish on Sunday next 10th February.

Mass Intentions


Sat 2nd Feb Patrick and Hanna Burke; Nora Foster.

Sun 3rd Mary and Willie Fitzgerald.               

Wed 6th Joe Davoren; John Hartigan.

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

Sun 10th Ross Fitzgerald.


Sat 2nd Feb Bridget Murray; Michael McCarthy; Joe McNamara; Margaret Fenton.

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:  Thursday from 7.00pm to 9.00pm and on Saturday from 8.00am 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.

Ballybrown:  9.30am – Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

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

Thursday:  Morning Liturgy 9.30am (no Mass)   Mass in Crecora at 9.15am or in Raheen at 10.00am.

Saturday Vigil Mass  8.00pm.

Sunday 10.00am


Baptisms: 1st and 3rdweekends 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.

Offertory Collection Last Weekend: €1,522.90

January Diocesan Needs Collection: €533.70

Thank You.