Coronavirus newsletter

Croom Community Development and the Family Resource Centre is reaching out to give our support.

The Covid-19 virus continues to be the topic of conversation throughout the country and the recent extension to the 5th of May has raised our level of urgency to do more for our community. As such, we are delivering this newsletter to you today to give some information and guidance. We ask that you use this as a reminder to remain diligent in your efforts to follow the HSE protocols to keep us all safe.

We understand this is a time of anxiety and concern for some of our residents, but we hope this serves as a reminder of the role each of us plays in helping to reduce the spread of the disease, and so far Croom has stepped up brilliantly. The experts are working to discover a treatment and potential vaccine for coronavirus. However, we know that will not be developed overnight. The actions you take today are the only thing that can halt the spread of the disease in our community.

1. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. Avoid touching your face if possible between hand washing.

2. Remain in your home unless for the following reasons:

a) reporting to work as an essential employee

b) medical need (but remember if you have COVID-19 symptoms call your GP or the Limerick HSE hotline on 1800 832 005)

c) shopping for food

d) outdoor exercise or walking your pet (observing social distancing guidelines of 2 metres)

3. Minimise your contact with hard surfaces or objects with which others have had previous contact.

4. Wipe down any hard surface before and after you come in contact with it, preferably with hot water and a soap based detergent or at the very least a disinfectant or anti-bacterial that has at least 60% alcohol content.

5. Keep a bottle of hand sanitiser on you and use whenever you have come in contact with an object or surface outside of your home.

6. When outside of the home, remain at least 2 metres apart from any individual not in your immediate household, and to not remain in their company for more than 15 minutes.

7. Avoid coughing or sneezing into the open air. Instead, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow.

Helpful Numbers:

Spar: (061) 397 740

Pharmacy: (061) 397 272

Patrickswell Post Office: (061) 355 101

Gardaí: (061) 397 240

Doctor: (061) 397 206

St. Mary’s Church: (061) 397 231

Family Resource Centre: (086) 8338227

List of Volunteers Collection & Delivery: 1800 832 005

Mental Health Supports / Advice: (061) 446 786 or Aoife on 087 2074637 or Irene at 087 2485742

Farming Supports / Advice: (063) 98039 or (069) 61444

Social Media Announcements: &

Counselling, Addiction: Cúlra – Maria on 087 6034316 and Michael on 086 3737680

Domestic Violence: Adapt – (061) 412 354

Bereavement: 087 9851733

Suicide Prevention: Children – (061) 461 454 & Adults – (061) 461 262

Media Contact: Limerick Leader – (061) 214 503

Call Out Maintenance & Repairs: CC Property – 087 780 8810

Advocacy Service for Vulnerable Persons: (1) 475 6989

Meals on Wheels: 1800 832 005

Funeral Services: (061) 397 237

Text Alert Systems for Seniors: 01 511 7222

Stay safe. Stay well. We will get through this together, stronger than ever before.

From Croom Community Development Association & the Family Resource Centre.

Reflection for the Day

“The Spirit of Truth with guide you” (John 16:13)

We stand before you, Holy Spirit, conscious of our sinfulness, but aware that we gather in your name. Come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts.

Give us light and strength to know your will, to make it our own, and to live it in our lives.

Guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power, for you are God, sharing the glory of Father and Son.

You desire justice for all: enable us to uphold the rights of others; do not allow us to be misled by ignorance or corrupted by fear or favour.

Unite us to yourself in the bond of love and keep us faithful to all that us true.

As we gather in your name may we temper justice with love, so that all our decisions may be pleasing to you, and earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants.


Gifts to be Grateful For

Enjoy the gifts that are given each day,

Like the stars, the moon, our own Milky-Way,

Good friendships, laughter, love and devotion,

Children at play, green parks and the ocean.

Long summer evenings, snowflakes and sunshine,

Leisurely walks, the sunset and the skyline.

These joys are presents that will multiply,

For these are the gifts that money can’t buy!

– Elizabeth Lucas

Dreaming Big: Living the Reality

The Catholic Church has been paying considerable attention to the family in recent years, as evinced the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, in which Pope Francis explored the enduring centrality of the family in the Church.

In Dreaming Big; Living the Reality, Bishop Brendan Leahy provides a timely consideration of ‘the identity and mission of family today’.

To learn more about this book, click here

‘Quantify’ Reflection

Count your garden by the flowers;

Never by the leaves that fall.

Count your days by golden hours;

Don’t remember clouds at all.

Count your nights by stars, not shadows;

Count your life with smiles, not tears.

Count your age by friends, not years!

The ‘Shine A Light’ Campaign

Tonight at 9 p.m., all of Ireland are being called on and encouraged to shine a light – a candle, a torch, etc. – out of their windows to show tribute to all of those suffering from or having passed away from the coronavirus. This is a time of great doubt and anxiety and we must come together to show our support for one another; this is a great way to do it. To bring a light into the darkness we all face.

Easter Message

Easter is a glorious time and is celebrated by all the Christians throughout the world. The word Easter comes from ‘eostre’ which is an old English word for spring. Easter is a time of rebirth when nature comes alive after the harshness of winter. Thankfully we are enjoying a lovely spring but all is not well in the world. This Easter will be like no other we have experienced in living memory. All of humanity have been at the mercy of this deadly virus. Every possible effort is being made to contain and eventually control this virus. We salute all those who are making enormous sacrifices in this regard, i.e. our doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers. We think of all those in our hospitals and nursing homes. All those in our local communities who are striving to make daily life as normal as possible. At Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Christ and we believe that through this all of humanity is uplifted and that all have a future after our limited time in this world. While the cross reflects our sufferings and especially the present crisis this will pass because of our hope, patience, resilience, and solidarity. This is the spirit of the resurrection at work within us.

Easter greetings to all in the Croom and Banogue communities and the wider area. Also to all our exiles throughout the world.

Canon Willie Fitzmaurice