Newsletter Vol. 2 No. 8 27th February 2011
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Lusk Scouts Bingo
Sunday 27th February 7.30pm in Lusk Scout Den. 
All are welcome, under 18's must be accompanied by an adult

Lusk Athletic Club
Well done to the 15 athletes who took part in Round 1 of the Dublin Championships, Indoors competition. The 2nd Round of this competition takes place this weekend, so good luck to all. Our fit4life group continue to meet and train on Tuesday's at 7pm and Thursday's at 7:30pm. All walkers, joggers or runners are welcome to take part.

Lusk ICA
The March meeting of Lusk I.C.A. will take place on Wednesday 2nd at 8.30pm in the scout den. We look forward to seeing all our members and as usual new members are very welcome.

Lusk Active Retirement Association
Monthly meeting on Wed. 2nd Mar 2011 AT 10:30 a.m. in Lusk scout den. A Guest Speaker will give a talk on “The History of  Lusk”. Everybody welcome to attend.

Lay Retreat Association of Saint Ignatious
Overnight Retreat for women and men; Directed by the Jesuit Fathers in; Manresa Retreat House, Clontarf Road from Sat evening 5th March to Sun evening 6th March 2011. Others who have attended in the past have found it to be most up-lifting, prayerful, meditative & restful. Are you tempted? Applications to: Gordan Nolan 01 496 0982

Ards Friary Retreat and Conference Centre, Creeslough, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. A full listing of all retreats for Spring and the coming year are now listed on their website

Loss and Older People Workshop
The workshop will reflect on issues particular to this stage in life, such as loss of significant people, retirement, role loss, loss of health and loss of independence.  However, it will also focus on very positive responses to losses in old age, such as a person’s ability to integrate them within their life’s experience as a whole and to utilise previous or new coping skills. Places available on next workshop on  Thur 3rd Mar 9.30-4.00. Contact Iris Murray, Irish Hospice Foundation, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2. Tel 6793188

Novena of Grace, Gardiner St Church
Mar 4th-12th.  Weekdays (Mon-Fri.):  11.00am, 1.00pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm. Sat: 11.00am, 1.00pm, 6.00pm. Sun.:11.00am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm. Homilists 2011: 11 and 1: Mar 4th-6th: Fr Gerry O'Hanlon SJ, Mar 7th-9th: Fr Peter McVerry SJ, Mar 10th-12th: Fr Piaras Jackson SJ, 5.30.  Evenings: Fr Peter Sexton SJ. New for this year, Lunchtime Grace. The 1.00pm session will cater for people on lunch-break – and will finish by 1.30pm, including all the usual novena prayers, hymns and a brief homily.

Vocations Information Day
The Presentation Brothers are holding an Information Day for men interested in religious life on Sat 5th March 2011 in Glasthule. Day begins at 11am and finishes at 2.30pm. The event is free of charge and is without obligation. Contact Br Ray Dwyer at 2300824, or

Aware Email Support Service: Volunteer Opportunity
Aware, the national depression support organisation is seeking new volunteers for its email depression support service and will host an open evening on Tuesday March 1st, at its offices 72 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2 from 5.30 - 7.00 pm. Anyone who feels they may be interested in getting involved or find out more is welcome to attend. Application forms will be available at the drop-in open evening and volunteers will be given full training. An understanding of depression and its impact is essential. Info: 6617211, 

The International Eucharistic Congress 1932
Defined as gatherings of ecclesiastics and laymen ‘for the purpose of celebrating and glorifying the Holy Eucharist and of seeking the best means to spread its knowledge and love throughout the world’ (Catholic Encyclopaedia, 1910), international Eucharistic congresses, held every 2 years, were major demonstrations of global Catholicism that attracted considerable attention. The Dublin Congress took place over 5 days (22-26 June) in a city decorated and beautified to an exceptional degree. Visiting journalists and commentators, including the well-known Catholic intellectual G.K. Chesterton , were struck by the efforts of Dublin people, most especially the impoverished tenement-dwellers, to embellish their streets and laneways with bunting, festoons, banners, garlands, floral arrangements, grottos, shrines and various other forms of religious decoration. Although the congress holds a distinct place in Irish history, such events, if not quite on such a large scale, had been taking place in various parts of the world since the late nineteenth century,