Parish Newsletter February 3rd

Fr Mike Cussen Tel: 061 353711 or MOB 087 1279015
PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Mon/Thurs & Fri 9.30am to 3.30pm.
Contact Number: 061 353454.
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Sunday 3rd feastday of St Blaise: The 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 St. 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 in both churches.


Bereavement Talk Raheen with Sr Helen Culhane on Monday 4th February at 8pm 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 TRAINING@CAREBRIGHT.IE.  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 Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies Mary Immaculate College on Tuesday 12th February from 5 – 7pm.  All welcome 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 and her family who moved to the Parish from India 7 years ago died unexpectedly on 15th January.  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 the body back to India and to express our support to them at this 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 10am and 11.30am masses in the Parish on Sunday next 10th February.

Mass Intentions

Ballybrown: Sat 2nd Feb Patrick & Hanna Burke, Nora Foster.

Sun 3rd Mary & Willie Fitzgerald.                Wed 6th Joe Davoren, John Hartigan.

Sat 9th  Mary McCarthy, Sean, Nora & Betty Ryan.        Sun 10th Ros Fitzgerald.

 Patrickswell:  Sat 2nd Feb Bridget Murray, Michael McCarthy,

Joe McNamara &  Margaret Fenton.       Sat 9th Margaret & Thomas Leahy, Ester & William Hayes and their son Martin. Sun 10th Months Mind:  Nora Doherty. Anniversaries:   John & Josephine Walsh, Michael Reidy.



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

Saturday Mass – 6.30pm.  Sunday    11.30am.

Adoration:  Thursdays from 7.00 to 9.00pm & Saturdays 8.00am – 12noon.

Baptisms: 2nd & 4th weekends of the month on Sat at 5.00pm and Sun at 12.30pm.

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

Ballybrown:  9.30am – Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Morning Liturgy 9.30am Thursday.  Mass Raheen at 10am & Crecora at 9.15am.

Saturday Masses – 8.00pm.      Sunday 10.00am

Wednesday 8.00pm. Adoration from 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

Baptisms: 1st & 3rdweekends of the month on Sat at 5.00pm and Sun 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: €1522.90

January Diocesan Needs Collection: €533.70

Thank You.