PROLOGUE: No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."
Gautama Buddha.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to Patrick Leahy and his children on the death of Rebecca. May she rest in peace.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH: Fr Tony Mullins PP 087/2600414. Fr Brendan Duggan 087/0562674. Parish Office: Parish Church 068/51915 Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000 Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 8pm Young Priests Society. Saturday 6.30pm Nonie & Jack Kelly and daughters Mary B, Teresa and granddaughter Lisa. Terry Morrissey and his grandparents David & Nora Morrissey. Sunday 9.15am Frank Collins, Banard 12noon Hannah Mai Scannell, St Ita’s Terrace. Margaret Lane, Ballaugh. Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar. If you know of someone in hospital please notify Fr. Tony.

ABBEYFEALE FIRE BRIGADE: Recruitment open day next Friday, September 14 from 3 – 8pm. If you think you got what it takes to become a retained member of the fire service why not come along and meet crew members and get some more information on the night.
Closing date for applications is September 27.

MACRA NA FEIRME: Castleisland Macra will be holding a recruitment night in Mc Carthy’s Bar on Friday, September 28 at 8pm. All welcome up to the age of 35, do not need to be a farmer.

KNOCK: Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock Sunday, September 23. Coach leaving the Church Abbeyfeale at 7am sharp. Cost: €20 paid beforehand to ensure a seat. Please contact: Bernard Broderick 068 31565 Sean Broderick 068 31213 Michael Lane 068 32757 087 298084. David Davy 087 0994272.

WEDNESDAY CLUB COFFEE MORNING: Friday, September 21 at the Ploughman Bar.

READING GROUP: St Ita’s Reading Group is starting again after the Summer break on Wednesday September 12 @10.30 in The Adoration Chapel. Do come and take a book for the long Winter evenings.

YOUTH MINISTRY LEADER TRAINING 2018: This year the Limerick Diocesan Youth Ministry Team delivered youth ministry training to 29 people from 13 parishes. This training was one of the key actions arising from the Synod process and the subsequent Pastoral Plan. The feedback from participants and clergy was very positive and we will be running another course beginning in September 2018. Please get in contact with Aoife at 061-350000 or email awalsh if you are interested in taking part in this year’s training.

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIEST SOCIETY: St Joseph’s Young priests Society will hold the Limerick Diocesan Meeting in Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, September 12. Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Church @ 8pm. Meeting afterwards in the Day Centre. All welcome.

TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND: Christmas Pilgrimage Group to the Holy Land 19-27, 2018 (Last Remaining Places) Taking in Bethlehem, Jerusalem (Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Last Supper Room and Calvary), Mount Tabor, Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, River Jordan, Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee. Contact James Treacy 061921470 or 0860572216 payments can be made in instalments before December.

PILGRIMAGE: Rome/San Giovanni Easter 2019 with Papal Ceremonies in Rome for the Easter Period 7 night’s €995 pps. Payments can be made in instalments contact James Treacy on 061921470 or 0860572216.

ICA: Abbeyfeale ICA guild resumed activities on Tuesday night last at the Further Education and Training Centre, Mountmahon from 7.30 – 9.30pm. The guild usually meet first and third Tuesday of the month (except September). Activities include Talks, Demonstrations and Workshops. New members welcome. Tel. Anne Maria 06831145 for details.

LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS: Denis Ryan will speak at the meeting on New Varroa Treatments and Winter Preparation in Mungret GAA Hall on Thursday, September 13.

The meeting will start at 8pm sharp.

IRISH RED CROSS: The West Limerick branch of the Irish Red Cross is recruiting new voluntary members to help with our duties in the West Limerick area. Driver training will be offered to all new members. Drivers need a full clean licence and have to be over 25. First aid training will be offered to new members over 18. There will be an information night in St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, September 12 from 8-9pm. Further information Ciara (086) 3106009.

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO PLASTIC POLLUTION: “See, Judge, Act!” An evening providing inspiration, hope and action to protect our Common Home. Screening of the documentary Plastic in Paradise by Derrynane based Vincent Hyland, followed by a Voice Ireland recycling workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 19 @ 8pm in John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Killarney. Free event. Everyone welcome.

BEREAVEMENT INFORMATION: Milford Care Centre & Anam Cara: The organisation that supports bereaved parents is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00pm in Milford Care Centre, Limerick. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Milford Care Centre & Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc., please RSVP to info before Wednesday,September 19 or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

FAITH FORMATION: Adult Faith Formation classes, offered by the Dominican Sisters in St Saviour’s Dominican Church, Limerick. A comprehensive overview of the Catholic faith will be presented in 10 sessions. Come be a part of this special opportunity to grow in knowledge, faith, and community. The group will meet every Wednesday from 7 -8:30pm from October 3.

PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita’s Hall. New people always welcome. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.

CEILI HOUSE RECORDING: Ceili House will be recorded in the Community Centre, Ardagh on Sunday, September 16. Admission €5.

DANCING CLASSES: The Croghan/Greene Academy of Irish Dance with

Instructor Brendan Croghan T.C.R.G. A.D.C.R.G has commenced classes on Tuesday, September 11 from 2-3pm for (Junior/Senior Infants) and from 3 -4pm (All other age groups) inTeach na Féile Community Centre, New St. Some of the benefits of Irish dancing include:

Increased physical Skills – Developing body control, muscular strength, endurance and energy levels. Motor Skill Development – Increased agility, balance and co-ordination.

Increased mental skills – Listening, following directions, increasing attention span, memorizing steps. Weight Management – High burn calorie workout. Term Fee: 5 weeks €40 (second family member €30). Contact Brendan on 086-8109819 for further details.

MASS FOR ARDFERT CO-ORDINATORS: A gathering of parish contact people who organise retreats at Ardfert retreat centre will take place on Wednesday, September 12 from 7.30 – 9.30pm. Mass celebrated by Fr Liam Comer 066/7134276.

FREE WORKSHOPS IN ABBEYFEALE: West Limerick Resources invites you to attend a free workshop in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale. ‘Invasive Species’ identifying and combating Invasive Species in your local area, on Monday, September 24, at 7.30pm. To register Elaine or 069 66296. All welcome.

ADULT SET DANCING: for beginners with Timmy Woulfe every Monday at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane. Everyone welcome.

CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH: As part of Culture Night, on Friday, September 21 we will be screening the documentary film, ‘The Limerick Brigadistas- From the Shannon to the Ebro’. This documentary looks at the role of the six Limerick men who fought for the Republicans against Franco during the Spanish Civil War, and included in their ranks was one Jim Woulfe from Athea who was killed in fighting in 1937. The screening commences at 8 pm, and the event is free to all.

BINGO AT THE GLÓRACH: Bingo every Monday night at the Glórach from 8.30pm.

SOCIAL DANCING: Learn to waltz, jive, slosh etc. with Josephine at The Railway every Tuesday from 8pm.

CHALLENGE: The 5th Annual event will take place on Saturday, October 20, starting at Dromtrasna National School, Abbeyfeale. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to the ‘Miriam Joy Cancer Treatment Fund.

PARISH OFFICE HOSTS MEETINGS: Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday night @ 8pm in the parish Office. Al-anon meet on Tuesday evening @ 8pm. A.A. Meet every Wednesday afternoon @ 3pm, Friday night @ 8pm and Sunday mornings @ 10am. These organisations are a great voluntary support to many people and we are happy to host their meetings in our parish office.

KNOCKANURE RAMBLING HOUSE: Knockalougha, Duagh on the third Tuesday of every month.

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ Moss Harnett’s and following Mass.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

AUTISM CONFERENCE: Cork Autism Conference 2018 – Re-Thinking Autism – A Positive and Integrative Approach, Sunday September 30 at Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas, Cork. Conference provides a unique forum for Parents, Families, Caregivers, Adults with ASD, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Advocates and anyone with an interest in autism and Asperger’s syndrome. All are welcome. More info here: or call 089 239 8900

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: 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.

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

MEDJUGORJE: 7 nights October 10-17. Contact Annemarie Tydings, 0871013804.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650.) Contact any member of the committee should you wish to join our Text Alert Scheme. This was set up to immediately alert the community that an incident has occurred. The hope is that by raising awareness, people would keep a watchful eye out, contact the Gardai if they see something and thus help to deter criminal activily in our area. 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 of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. 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.

LISTOWEL PADRE PIO PRAYER GOURP PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK Sunday, September 16 at 7.30am. Contact Bernadette on 0876019474.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE (0667134276) Fall Adult Religious Education Programme: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Topic: What does God want me to do with my life? This is an 8-session course, Wednesdays – beginning September 19. Parental Grief Retreat: Caroline Ni Dhuinn, Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents USA, Saturday, September 29 from 9 -6.00pm. to register or call 7125129.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY’S: National Conference is being held in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Cork on Saturday, September 22 from 10am –4pm.

PHONE CONNECT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS : The Phone Connect project is a free community based telephone support service offered to older people in the West Limerick Area empowering them to remain independent in their own homes. The weekly service provides a listening ear to the elderly allowing them to share any worries or concerns and to be informed of any local events or services. West Limerick Resources is now seeking volunteers to make these phone-calls from a dedicated space where a mobile phone is available. All volunteers will be Garda Vetted and training will also be made available. If you would be interested in volunteering or require more information, we would be delighted to hear from you so call Damien at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477 or Stefanie on 087 3663842.

BACK2NEW FURNITURE POP UP SHOP NOW OPEN! Re-designed and re-imagined furniture available. Now open every Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am-4.30pm at Market Place (previously Citizens Information), Market Yard, Newcastle West.

RURAL SOCIAL SCHEME RECRUITING POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS: West Limerick Resources is compiling a list of individuals interested in joining the Rural Social Scheme (RSS). Participants on the scheme work 19.5hrs per week and receive a top up payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. To participate on the scheme you must fulfil the following criteria: Be actively farming over 1 hectare of land; Have a valid herd number; Proof of application for the EU Basic Payment Scheme for the current year and be in receipt of Farm Assist, Jobseekers Allowance or other qualifying payments. Spouses, children, brothers and sisters of the herd owner can also join the scheme if they meet relevant criteria. Only one person allowed per herd number. For further details contact Tom or Michelle at West Limerick Resources on 069-61316 or Email: Successful eligible candidates will be placed on a panel from which vacancies will be filled.