Roscommon town notes

Dealing with dependency A talk on ‘Dealing effectively with dependencies’ by Michael Hardiman, psychologist and author takes place in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on Monday 15th October at 8 pm. Dependencies can turn family life into an emotional rollercoaster. This lecture gives information, insights, guidance and help to deal effectively with this problem. Booking for any of these programmes to Vita House on (090) 66 25898.   Bridge lessons Bridge lessons continue on Monday next, Ocrtober 15th, from 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm at Finneran’s, Ballymurray. Enquiries to (087) 2103082. Results: N/S: 1st Mary Raftery, Rena McGarry; 2nd John McGrath, Sean Melia; 3rd Angela Hewitt, Marie Lough. E/W 1st Caroline Tully, Pat Lyons; 2nd Evelyn Bruen, L Shine; 3rd Brid Weir, Chris Jennings.   Garden Club Roscommon Garden Club will hold the first meeting of the Autumn season on Monday, 22nd October at 8 pm in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. The club is thrilled to welcome Ms. Mary Toomey, M. Sc, Ph D, author, lecturer and broadcaster. Borna in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, but living in Dublin now for many years. Mary will give a talk entitled ’40 years of gardening in Ireland. It promises to be a great night. All are welcome.   Pioneer social Roscommon Pioneer social will be held in Gleeson’s Townhouse, The Square, Roscommon on Friday, 19th October for Pioneers and friends. Meal served at 8.30 pm sharp. Admission €20. Further enquiries   (090) 66 27069.   Terry Fox run The annual Terry Fox run/walk (3.5 miles) will take place in Roscommon town on Sunday 14th October at 3 pm.   Everyone is invited to take part in this fundraising event starting from the Farmers’ Market beside Gleeson’s. Sponsorship cards available and donations are welcome on the day. All proceeds go towards cancer research in hospitals and universities across Ireland.   Enquiries to Kathleen Shanagher, phone (090) 66 27138.   Recent deaths Please pray for the happy repose of the souls of Kieran Kelly, Rathbrennan, Padraig McHugh, Abbey Street and Rockfield and Tommy Dowd, Lanesboro Street. We offer sincere sympathy and the assurance of our prayers to their bereaved families and friends.   Sick calls Anybody who is sick or housebound and would like a priest to call on First Fridays, please let clergy at the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon know. Contact any of the clergy or phone the parish office on (090) 66 26298.   Speakers at Mass There will be a speaker at all Masses in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon this weekend, October 13th and 14th to encourage perpetual adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and get new volunteers. The number of adorers has been greatly reduced over the last few years due to illness and death. We are in urgent need of new adorers particularly to cover night hours. There will be an opportunity for those interested in becoming Eucharistic Adorers to ‘register’   next week-end (to commit to one hour each week) or to volunteer as temporary adorers.   Vita house news The cancer support group meets at Vita House on Thurday, 11th October at 8.30 pm. The guest speaker is Anna Maria Carroll from the Old School of Holistic Therapies. All welcome.             A variety of facilitated programmes for separated and bereaved families take place simultaneously in a confidential, safe environment on Tuesday evenings for adults, children and teenagers.   Using books, materials, games and activities around a variety of relevant topics, participants are enabled to cope, heal and rebuild their lives.             A talk entitled ‘The ancestral self’ by Jim Cogley, psychotherapist, takes place on Saturday, 13th October. Understanding who you are in the light of your family tree will be one of the topics covered as Jim launches his latest book. Contact Vita House at (090) 66 25898.   Stipend for Mass increases With over 40 deaths in the Roscommon Parish every year, there is an increasing demand for anniversary Masses and month’s mind Masses. Priority is given to those who lost loved ones in recent years. Therefore, priests at the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon, are appealing to families to have one anniversary Mass for their family members and have their individual family members included in the anniversary list on the Sunday nearest the date. Please avoid booking for several individual family members. Diocesan Stipend for booked Masses has been €20 for several years. The donation for Masses at the Sacred Heart Church has been €10 for many years. Priests at the church are asking parishioners to increase it to €20 per Mass. Bookings are now being taken at Parish Office for next year 2008, please call or phone (090) 66 26298.   Afternoon in Galilee Are you seeking a balance in life, then try a guided autumn walk at Galilee community Tintagh, Boyle, on Sunday next, October 14th from 3 pm o 6 pm. Wear walking shoes and appropriate clothing. Enquiries to (071) 96 64101.   Sports grants Roscommon Sports Partnership is now inviting applications for its 2007 Youth Sport and Physical Activity Grant Scheme. Guidelines and applications may be obtained by contacting Rosaleen at (090) 66 30853 or emailing . Closing date for applications is 5 pm, Friday, 26th October.     Sporting motormouths What questions have you always wanted to ask Pat Spillane, Ger Loughnane, Dermot Earley, John O’Mahony, Nudie Hughes or Jim Glennon?   Well here’s your chance!   Roscommon Mentally Handicapped Association presents ‘Sporting Motormouth’ in the Royal Hotel, Roscommon on Saturday, 10th November at 7.45 p.m. sharp. MC on the night Joe Finnegan. Limited number of tickets at €10 each, available from Monica at 087 4156460. The event is a fundraiser for Kilglass/Scramogue Mentally Handicapped Association.   Invalid fund There will be a fundraising event in aid of Elphin Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Invalid Fund in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on Monday 15th October. (See local press for details).   SPCA Animal lovers, your help is needed!   Roscommon SPCA is holding an annual bag packing fundraiser on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November at SuperValu, Main Street, Roscommon. Volunteer bag packers needed.   Please contact (086) 383 6066 or (090) 66 30866. If you can help, please leave a message with your name and contact number.