St. Mary Magdalene’s Parish, Monaleen

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For those who are not familiar with our parish, Monaleen is located to the east of Limerick city, just off the Dublin Road, in Castletroy. It was originally part of St. Patrick’s Parish on Clare Street, but was set up as an independent parish in 1971. At that time there were about 380 homes in our parish. Now we have approximately 4,500 homes.

Forty nine years have seen immense changes in our parish. We have seen a vast increase in the size of our community, and a massive growth of our school population, with an additional primary school, and a highly successful second-level school, with outstanding achievements of our sporting clubs at both juvenile and senior level.

Our parish website has been online since 2003 and has built up a vast amount of information on all aspects of life in Monaleen, both church and community.

These are a few recent notices gathered from the Parish Newsletter and Monaleen Notes (Limerick Leader) which may be of interest. Please go to Parish Newsletter and Noticeboard for a more extensive list.

Message from Fr. Garrett – Mon 23 March

Good afternoon my dear sister and brother parishioners. We haven’t seen one another now for over a week – and it has seemed a very long week – however, please know that I am celebrating Mass at home each day, offering all of us and our concerns and intentions to the Father with Jesus and imploring the Lord to keep us safe and well.

On Sunday 15th I celebrated Mass in St. John’s Cathedral. There were only three of us present. The Mass was ‘live-streamed’ over the internet. It felt not a little strange as I looked out over the empty church in front of me but I was conscious of the unseen congregation. I was also conscious that what had occasioned the celebration of Mass in a locked church was a very particular, unprecedented set of circumstances. Of course, I refer to the Covid 19 Virus.

I was also conscious of a degree of fearfulness in myself and in our community because of this virus. I must confess that my fear has grown somewhat in view of what we are learning about what is going on in Europe, Italy particularly.

However, and this is especially important, my fear is tempered by the knowledge that our God is on our side and will never abandon us. I made this point at the end of Mass and I quoted from St. Paul.

Having reminded the Romans that Jesus had died on the cross for us and that he rose from the dead and that he now stands at God’s right hand to plead for us, St. Paul stated strikingly and consolingly: “Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us. For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:35-39)

It is truly remarkable and wonderful that our God loves us with such depth and passion. This knowledge gives us great consolation and peace. I’m not talking about ordinary peace or calm but the peace that only the Lord can impart. St. Paul again:

“There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and the peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)

On a note of Christian love in action; a number of truly wonderful people have volunteered to help. So, if you or someone you know is elderly or vulnerable and in need of groceries or medicines, please get in touch.

Finally, and most importantly, if there are any who are gravely ill at home and would like to go to confession and be anointed (also known as the sacrament of sick) please get in touch. My phone number is 086 3233268

May God bless and keep you and let us pray for one another.

Fr Gerard