PROLOGUE:
"Don’t ruin a good day today by thinking about a bad yesterday. Let it go."
Grant Cardone.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: Divine Mercy Sunday Novena begins Good Friday and finishes Sunday week. Mass, Confessions and Healing Ceremony on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8 in Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. Ceremonies begin at 2.30pm.

COUNTY CLEAN UP: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns will be talking part in this year’s TLC County Clean Up on Good Friday, March 30 from 11am to 1pm, meeting in the square at 10.45am. We are looking for volunteers and all help would be greatly appreciated.

HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES: Spy Wednesday, March 28; Mass of Chrism, St. John’s Cathedral, Limerick 7pm. Holy Thursday, Solemn Mass of the Late Supper 8pm. Good Friday, Passion Liturgy 3pm, Stations of the Cross 8pm. Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil 9pm. Easter Sunday Masses; 9.15 and 12 noon. Easter Monday Mass 7pm.

‘’SECOND HONEYMOON ‘Wednesday, March 28 Abbeyside Players take to the stage with Second Honeymoon’ a comedy by Sam Cree. We’ve been in rehearsal since last November, lost cast members along the way and gained more, had three dogs (well to be truthful – three dog owners fighting for the honour of lead canine) and discovered talent where we never knew it was (up street) . John Nelligan is a revelation as the hen pecked husband and as for the maid with her penchant for fellas in uniform and the landlady who feeds her hound better than the guests – well, you’ll just have to book your ticket on 087 1383940 and come along to the Glórach and see the capers for yourself. The show will run for 6 nights at the Glórach, Convent St. beginning on Wednesday, March 28, Thursday, March 29 and the following week on Thursday, April 5, Friday, April 6, Saturday, April 7 and finishing on Sunday, April 8. Admission €10. Family ticket €25 (2 adults and 2 children).

DAFFODIL DAY: Norma O’Connor and Mary Morrissey want to thank all who supported and those who took up the collection last Friday. They raised €4232.

SPRING GARDEN EVENT: An event for garden enthusiasts and plant lovers at Sheehy’s Hardware April 14/15. Bring and buy/swop stands, garden and spring related stands. Further information Betty 087 6525816.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Benny Thade McCarthy’s next Rambling House will be held in Fr Casey’s, Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale on Easter Monday, April 2 at 8.30pm. All singers, musicians, storytellers and dancers are welcome to attend.

RADIO COURSE: A free radio training course starts on April 11 covering basic interview skills, introduction to audio production, radio content development and much more. It will take place at the WL102fm studios and is being run in conjunction with West Limerick Resources. Further information from Dee Collins on 069 62222.

AGM OF ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Community Alert, set up in on January 15, 1998 are celebrating 20 years in existence this year. It is made up of volunteers, all of whom are giving their time voluntarily helping our Community which is at the heart of who we are. We continue to provide this voluntary service so that the elderly in our community feel safe in their own homes. The AGM will be held at Leens Hotel on Wednesday, April 11 at 8pm. New members are very welcome.

DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES: Limerick Pro Life Action now have a “Lifts for Life” scheme which is created to help Pro Life votes who have no means of transport. We need drivers to help take people, in their locality to the Polling Station on Polling Day to vote. If you are willing to help, please contact any of the following: Olive 085-7172970 John 087-1127477 Mike 083-8892137.

GRAND CELEBRITY CONCERT: This year’s Fleadh by the Feale takes place from Thursday, May 3 – Monday, May 7. The grand celebrity concert features the Shandrum Céilí Band with support from the Coláiste Íde agus Iosef Band on Sunday, May 6 with show from 8pm. Tickets & further information Nora 086/2427003 Celine 087/7697672 Vincent 087/2443353 Mary 087/741934.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: There will be no meeting on Sunday, April 8 as Divine Mercy Sunday is being celebrated at Abbeyfeale’s Church of the Assumption from 2.30pm. Otherwise, Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

EASTER CANTATA: Congratulations to the students and staff of Scoil Mháthair Dé on their magnificent singing at their Easter Cantata “Jerusalem Joy”, which took place on Thursday night last in the parish church. It was a wonderful event and a beautiful presentation of the events of Holy Week. We are blessed to have such talented children in our parish. The cantata was recorded and will be broadcast on WL102fm on Good Friday at 3pm.

HORSE AND PONY RACES: The Abbeyfeale Horse and Pony Races are to go ahead this year on July 1 next. We would like to thank the Relihans for the use of their lands. In order to run Races of this calibre we urgently need extra Committee Members and volunteers because as people know, it takes a lot of work to get the course laid out, parking organised etc. The Races may be discontinued if new blood does not come on board to lessen the work load. If interested in helping to keep things going please contact Toddy McMahon, Church St.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Learn to speak with confidence, make presentations at work, and much more at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm.

TRIBUTE SHOW: A Special tribute show to the memory of the late Johnny Barrett will be shown on the big screen in The Charleville Park Hotel, Friday April 13 at 8pm. This is a two hour show with the very best of country and Irish music featuring Johnny playing in dance halls all over Ireland and bringing in the beautiful scenery of different parts of Kerry, Cork Limerick and Clare. The DVD of this show will be launched on the night with proceeds going to erecting a monument which will be unveiled on the 10th anniversary of his death next December in Charleville.

LOURDES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018 The Lourdes office, is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. Office Hours are: 10.00 – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. All details concerning the Pilgrimage may be had from the office or from Fr. Tony. The fares for this year will be the same as last year, Pilgrims – All Hotels €719 except The Alba €709 and for a Hospital Pilgrim €609, this is inclusive of travel insurance and coach transfer to and from Lourdes Airport.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday April 6 Dave Lawlor. Friday, May 4 P.J. Murrihy. Friday, June 1 Muriel O’ Connor and.Fran Curry. Friday July 6 T.R.Dallas. Admission €10.

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: Now that the weather is improving (!) and the days are getting longer Helga Henn with her home grown vegetables will be in the Square every Friday. Our home baking stall will also return.

PARKING AT MASS IN ABBEYFEALE: Parking in the church area. Please co-operate with parking regulations. Parking is not allowed where there are double yellow lines. Parking while at Mass on this roadway is causing traffic congestion. Members of the Men’s Shed are volunteering in the Church Yard to assist with parking for a few weeks. Please adhere to their advice and make the best possible use of the church car park. From now you are liable to get a ticket if you park incorrectly. Also keep the centre by the main gate free in case of emergency.

FINAL NIGHT OF DUAGH MISSION: The Mission in Duagh/Lyreacompane had to be cancelled on the Thursday on account of Storm Emma so last Friday night the Missionaries returned from Limerick for a night of farewell. It was a beautiful ceremony with Duagh’s wonderful choir in full voice, six priests concelebrating Mass and the children from the N.S. helping with the prayers, all of which were offered for the community. It was a real privilege to be present at a Mass with six priests on the altar when to have a second priest present in these times of shortage of priests is a rarity so well done to the people of Duagh/Lyrecompane for their support of their church and its Mission.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Extract from the website for those who are aware of domestic violence which can happen to men as well as women; “Before you get involved, ask yourself if it’s safe and legal to intervene. If the situation is already violent or looks like its escalating quickly, don’t directly intervene. Call the Gardaí on 999. The only effective bystander intervention is a non-violent one. If you try to “rescue” a victim or fight off an abuser, you’ll not only endanger yourself, but the abuser may take out their anger on the victim later. The victim could end up more isolated and less likely to seek help later on” Someone experiencing abuse may seem:

  • Anxious to please their partner
  • Afraid of their partner, talking about their temper, possessiveness, or jealousy
  • Restricted from seeing family and friends
  • Limited in access to money or a car
  • Depressed, anxious, or suicidal

Follow your instincts. If you’ve noticed these warning signs and expect that someone you know is being abused, don’t wait for them to approach you. Look for a private moment where you can express concern and let them know you’re there to support them. What would you do.ie A new phone scam is doing the rounds – and it’s a bit smarter than some of the others, because it looks like it’s an Irish number at first glance. Though it starts with ‘087’, the calls are actually originating in Bosnia. The latest scam out of Australia features the harvesting of personal data when you return a missed call so we cannot emphasise enough to never ring back a missed call unless you recognise it. Housing Aid for Older People Scheme used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

DANCE CLASSES: Social dance classes with Josephine, Tuesdays, The Railway 8.30pm.

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11 – 12:30pm. New people always welcome. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: You can currently only book tickets for the 3 day Congress (1 day or 5 day), but when booking a congress ticket you can register for the free weekend tickets. Every person attending each event must be registered to gain access to that event. You can book as an individual (over 18), as a family or group, or as a priest. Where a family wishes to register, a single family leader can register all members together. When part of a family/group, all children under 18 are free but each person must be registered in order to receive their ticket. Costs for adults: 5 day ticket €68, 1 day ticket €38. Book at www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Tickets/Congress-Registration

RCCN (HOUSING) LTD: This is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315.

FINE INCREASE: The fine for parking in a disabled bay will increase from €80 to €150 from March 1.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. Priest on Duty for Emergency only (Sunday) Fr. Noonan (087)6796217. Parish Church 068/51915. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. 087 – 2618412. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Holy Thursday; No Morning Mass, Mass of Last Supper 8pm. Good Friday Services 3pm and 8pm. Holy Saturday; Easter Vigil 9pm. Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer.

FREE ASTHMA AND COPD ADVICE LINE: Speak to a specialist nurse over the phone about your or your child’s asthma or COPD. Free phone 1800 44 54 64 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to book an appointment

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm. March 24:

LIVING WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES? 6 week course, 2 ½ hours run by HSE Dieticians. Call 087 673 4035, next course begins early April.

CORK MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: The Cork International Hotel, Friday, April 13–15. Encounter is a Weekend getaway experience for all married couples who want to rediscover the joy of Marriage. 086 8334382-086 6095168 – www.marriageencounter.ie

UP COMING EVENTS: Afternoon Tea Dance with Mike Condon, Fr. Casey’s Abbeyfeale Sunday, April 22. Dancing 3-6 Admission €5. Holy Communion May 24. Tralee Races Point to Point, Ballybeggan Racecourse May 26. To book a stall Sinead 087 6906104.

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