ROSCOMMON NOTES Market Fresh Roscommon Farmer’s Market continues to grow as more and more local people discover its treasures tucked beside Gleeson’s Town House in the town centre every Friday morning. New stallholders are joining all the time as the market becomes more well-known and more people appreciate the opportunity to buy local food. New products to look out for are take-away sweet and savoury French-style crepes, and delicious organic ice creams and fruit sorbets. These new stalls will be opening alongside the regulars, which include home-made jam (made from local, home-grown fruit), locally grown salad bags, herbs and garden plants, organic free range eggs, a wide range of organic fruit and vegetables, organic beans and pulses, artisan baked breads and home baked cakes, tarts and buns, organic cheeses, fresh fish and organic meat. And of course, there is always the opportunity to buy a cup of fair-trade tea or coffee and a snack and then sit down to soak up the atmosphere. It’s your chance to talk directly to the people who have personally grown or made the food you are buying – and by buying direct from the producer you can be sure it is deliciously fresh. Bags of lettuce leaves, salad rocket and leaf spinach arrive at the market just hours after they’ve been picked by the growers – you wont find fresher than that! So, if you’ve never been to Roscommon Farmer’s Market before but feel it is important to support local enterprises, now is a good time to give it a try, every Friday morning from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Courses Courses for Women in Employment Preparation or Business Development, including confidence building and personal development. One day per week over 8 weeks. Contact Teresa in Roscommon Partnership Company on (090) 66 27424. Recent Deaths Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Nancy McCrann, Riverside Avenue. We offer sincere sympathy to her bereaved family and friends. Confirmation On Saturday next Bishop Christopher Jones will be visiting the Parish to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on 82 young people and 12 adults from our Parish, including 7 of Brazilian Community and 1 of the Polish Community. You are asked to remember them and their families in your prayers during the coming week. Change of Mass Time Please note the morning Mass on Saturday, 5th May will be celebrated at 10 a.m. instead of the usual 10.30 a.m. to facilitate the children being confirmed. Catholic Nurses’ Guild of Ireland National Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Saturday, 5th May, 2007. Programme: 2 p.m. – Assemble in front of Shrine: Stations of the Cross and Procession to the Basilica. 3 p.m. – Concelebrated Mass: Solemn Blessing of the sick: Benediction and Rosary Procession. All are welcome to join this Pilgrimage. Vita House GROW support group is held in Ros Na Suain Day Hospital on Lanesboro Street, Roscommon at 8 p.m. every Wednesday. If you are suffering depression, anxiety or simply need somewhere you can talk in confidence, why not come along where you will be warmly welcomed. Further information contact Info Line 1890 474 474 or Eamon at (085) 1493508 PTAA: Rosary and heroic offering will be said during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (7.30 – 8pm) on Friday evening 4th May. Applications for membership of the Pioneer Association will be taken after Mass in St. Coman’s Club followed by Pioneer Council Meeting. WEEK OF GUIDED PRAYER (Retreat): Roscommon Parish on Sunday 20th May – Friday 25th May. For anybody 18 years upwards. You can make this retreat while continuing your everyday life and work. Application Forms available next week. KNOCK BASILICA: Monday 7th May (Public Holiday): St. Thérèse National Day: 3 pm Solemn Concelebrated Mass with His Excellency, Archbishop Thomas White, D.D, D.C.L., Apostolic Nuncio. Homily: Very Rev. Fr. David Weakliam, O.Carm., P.P. Ceremony of the Blessing of the Roses. Blessing with the relics of St. Thérèse. Further information 087 9373407. THANKS to the pupils of Gaelscoil who raised a sum of €65 for Trócaire. Can you help? Roscommon SPCA are looking for Spot Prizes for a forthcoming fundraising event. Prizes needed by the 5th May. Thank you for your support. Contact No. (087) 0505594 Table Quiz Curves and Muscular Dystrophy Ireland are having a Table Quiz in Larry’s, Goff Street in aid of muscular dystrophy and Ronan Gavigan, Four-Mile-House, raising funds to go towards research on Thursday, 3rd May, at 9pm. Table of 4 – €20. Please support. ROSART ’93 Group Are holding their 14th Annual Exhibition of new paintings and photography in ‘The Fortfield Suite’, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, commencing with the official opening on Friday, 4th May at 8 p.m. The Exhibition will continue on Saturday 5th May and Sunday 6th May from 10 a.m. each day. All welcome. Admission FREE. Clean up of the Countryside As part of the annual ‘Clean Up’ month, Mote Park Conservation members and friends are conducting a clean up of the woodlands’ surrounds and walkways on Monday 7th May. It starts at 3 pm at the Girl Guides Centre. Anyone interested in lending a helping hand, please come along. Your support will be appreciated. Roscommon Gaels Beginners and U-8 Football every Saturday at 10.30 a.m. in Dr. Hyde Park. Attention Children’s Officers within all Sporting Club – Children’s Officer course on Saturday 12th May in Roscommon Town from 10 – 4 p.m. must have Code of Ethics course completed in order to do this course. Cost €20. Limited places available. Ring Rosaleen, Roscommon Sports Partnership at (090) 66 30853. Can you spare an hour? On May 10th-12th to help fight against Ireland’s number one killer HEART DISEASE? If so, contact Frances on (086) 2391330. Meeting Gleeson’s on Thursday 3rd May at 8 pm.