PROLOGUE: "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Groucho Marx

DEATH; We offer our sympathy to the family of Kathleen O’Connor, Mountmahon whose funeral took place on Tuesday. May she rest in peace.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH: Fr Tony Mullins PP 087/2600414. Fr Brendan Duggan 087/0562674. Fr Denis Mullane 087/2621911. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office; Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo Aware (Depression & Anxiety) 1980 303 302 National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247 Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684 Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people effected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560 . Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am William & Julia Madden, Dually Thursday 10am Lay Led Liturgy. Friday 10am Lay Led Liturgy. Saturday 6.30pm Patrick & David O’Connor, Caherhayes. Jack & Mary McKenna, Knockbrack . Sunday 9.15 Michael Farrell .Eileen & Patrick Roche, Killarney Road. Josephine & Michael Reidy, Shanbally. Bridie Creevy, London Months Mind. 12noon Sheila O’Connell, Kilconlea. Michael Reidy, Bog Road Meenkilly. Eileen O’Connor and sister Anne O’Connor Keating late of Main Street & Dublin. Mon 7pm Lizzie Morris, Longford.Wed 10am Fintan Hoare Knockbrack. Thurs 10am Michael , Kathleen and Julia Collins Bridge Street
Fri 10am Michael Scully late of Mountmahon Fri 7pm Fred Tobin, Main St. Memorial Mass. Sat 11am Tadhgean Hartnett, Kilconlea. The Diocesan Clergy Conference takes place this Thursday and Friday. Lay led liturgy will take place those two mornings.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Community Alert’s 3rd annual Christmas lunch takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, November 25 from 1- 6pm. Tickets €15 are fast being bought up, they should be purchased by Thursday, November 22 as the caterer needs numbers in advance. They are available from committee members; 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.

“HANDED DOWN”: The life and times of the late Dan Murphy, Main St. Abbeyfeale at the Heritage Centre, Scartaglen on Saturday, November 17, presented by Donal Murphy and music with the Murphy family.

BOOK ON SALE: The Treaty Triumph celebrating Limerick’s All Ireland Hurling win is on sale at Ann Lyons’ in the Square.

AA OPEN MEETING: An Open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held at the Glorach Theatre on Wednesday, November 14 at 8. 30pm. Speakers from AA and Al-Anon. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: The Fealebridge & Headley’s Bridge Creameries 49th Annual Social will be held at The Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Friday, November 30. Dinner at 8.30 pm. Music by the Neily O’Connor Band. Everyone welcome!

READING GROUP: Spiritual reading group will meet next Wednesday after the 10am Mass.

GLÓRACH EVENTS: Bingo takes place every Monday at the usual time of 8.30 pm. On Friday, November 23 we will be screening the critically acclaimed documentary film, The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid at 8.00 pm. On Saturday, December 15, Seán Keane will be coming back to the Glórach for what should be once again a memorable night of song. To book tickets for the latter events, please call 0871383940.

JUBILEE YEAR NEWSLETTER: It is intended to produce a Christmas Newsletter this year. Articles and reports and good wishes from the different organizations of the parish with photographs for this year’s publication are requested. Please submit to the parish office via email; fealechurch before Monday, November 26.

WINTER CONCERT: West Limerick Community Radio are hosting a variety concert in the Longcourt Hotel on Wednesday, November 28 at 7.30pm featuring Paddy O’Brien, Willie Relihan, Muriel O’Connor, Fran Curry, Dermot Lyons, Bunratty Harpists, Marion Kirby and more. Tickets €15 available from Pat Donovan, the Radio Station or John Harrold.

ABBEYFEALE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: The work has already started on lighting up the town for Christmas with Jim Cahill and team working away diligently every day. Keep up with all that’s happening on:

MICHAEL JOYCE MP: A lecture organised by the Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society will take place on Monday, November 19 in room T.1.17 Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick at 8.00 pm, and will be given by Dr. Tadhg Moloney on Michael Joyce. Michael Joyce, was Member of Parliament for Limerick City from 1900 to 1918, an Alderman representing the Customhouse Ward on Limerick Corporation from 1899 to 1920 and Mayor of the city for two years (1905-1906). Another aspect of this person’s adventurous and colourful life was that prior to this he had been involved in guiding ships up and down the River Shannon as a River Pilot, becoming president of the United Kingdom Pilot’s Association, a position he held for thirteen years. Michael Joyce was very much involved in a number of sporting activities including being a founding member of Garryowen Football Club. To learn more about this man’s extraordinary career, all are welcome to attend this lecture. NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Hannah, Tony and Siobhan are all set to switch on their fundraising display for 2018. Saturday, November 24 is the night and everyone is welcome. Members of the winning All Ireland teams will be in attendance with some hardware that hasn’t been seen around Tempglantine before. Let the Christmas season begin!

MEETING: A meeting of Parish Pastoral Councils of this Area Unit will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 8pm in Abbeyfeale Church. Please make a note of this date in your diary as we would like as many as possible of the members to attend this information meeting on the new pastoral Area Unit Plan – a follow on from the Synod process. The Pastoral Area Team members are also invited to this meeting.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: We’ll be having a church door collection at all Masses next weekend. There will be a short talk from Fr. Tim Galvin about his work at the 12 noon Mass on Sunday, November 18. Envelopes will be available which can be returned over the following week. A social get together in the Day Care Centre will follow.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE 2018: Total raised was €26,393.90 which will be divided equally between the two charities. Many thanks to everyone for their overwhelming support and generosity towards this year’s event.

BAKERS REQUIRED: The annual cake sale in aid of Fr. Tim Galvin is on Sunday, December 9 in St. Ita’s Hall from 10-2pm and we’re calling on our usual bakers for their donations to this worthy cause.

COACH TO KNOCK FOR ALL-NIGHT VIGIL. Leaving Deros, Killarney Friday, December 7 at 3pm. Bookings at Deros before December 6. Phone – 064 6631251.

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS: West Limerick Resources will host a free workshop on ‘Social Media for Community Groups’ on Thursday, November 22, at the Long Court House Hotel, Newcastle West, from 7.00pm – 9.30pm. This workshop is aimed at providing participants with knowledge and skills to be able to use social media effectively for their community group. Topics covered include; how to attract followers, engage audiences and developing an online communications policy. Registration is essential by contacting Damien Ahern at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477 or by emailing damien.ahern

GRAVEYARDS: The Graveyard committees wish to thank you for your generous support to the collection last weekend. We will have our usual display for Christmas also. Thanks again.

PARISH RETREAT: Ardfert retreat centre. Evening of Reflection & Prayer for Abbeyfeale ParishTuesday, November 27 from 7.30pm-10.30pm.

RAMBLING HOUSE: A Christmas rambling house will be held at Fr Casey’s club house Abbeyfeale on Thursday, December 20 in aid of the Chemotherapy Day Ward at Kerry General Hospital. Your support would be greatly appreciated and all singers, dancers, storytellers and musicians all welcome to attend. Doors open at 8.30 and show begins at 9pm. Spot prizes and Santa will also make a visit on the night.

MASS TIMES: Mass Times in the Pastoral Area Unit; Abbeyfeale – Saturday 6.30pm and Sunday 9.15am & 12noon. Athea – Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday 10.30am. Mountcollins – Sunday 11am. Templeglantine – Saturday 6pm and Sunday 10.30am. Tournafulla – Saturday 7.30pm.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER: Parishioners are invited to gather in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 3p.m to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. This prayer meeting will take place every Wednesday.

CRAFTY CORNER: Knitting and crochet group have resumed classes on Tuesday nights at St Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale. New members welcome. Just drop in.

CRAFT CO-OP: Abbeyfeale Craft Co-op has resumed in St. Ita’s Hall on Thursdays from 11- 2pm. New Member’s Welcome. Any information required contact Mary 087 2237363.

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

HARNETT INTERNATIONAL REUNION 2019: Committee Meeting Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall at 9pm. Email HarnettReunion2019 for further information or check out Harnett Reunion FB page to keep up to date with all the plans for a fantastic weekend July 11-14, 2019.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Our third annual Christmas Party will take place at Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, November 25 next from 1 – 6pm with lunch being served at 1.30pm sharp. Tickets at €15 are available from all members of the committee on a first come, first served basis. All tickets need to be collected and paid for in advance before Thursday, November 22 as we need to confirm numbers with our caterer. Now that the winter has truly arrived turn on your dims while driving to enable your car to be seen these murky dark days. If you have the wipers on then you should always have the lights on too. Ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650) if you are concerned about anti-social behaviour. Tips on home security from the IFA: Do Not; Pay cash for goods – no receipt, no guarantee. Erect sensor lights. Photograph and mark machinery. Abbeyfeale Community Alert have some pens which can be used for marking property and will loan them out. 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 activity 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.

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.

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.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP: The first Friday of every month in Listowel. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

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