PROLOGUE; Your imagination is preview to life’s coming attractions. Albert Einstein.

DEATH; Sincere sympathy to the wife and family of the late Patrick J O’ Connor, Caherhayes whose funeral took place on Friday. May he rest in peace.

SNOOKER EXTRAVAGANSA; Ken Doherty v Steve Davis at the Longcourt Hotel in aid of WL102 and Friends of St Ita’s. Thursday, January 10, standard tickets 20 euros, doors open 7.30pm, show 8pm.

WALK OR RUN IN MEMORY OF DEE. ; St. Stephen’s Day from the Railway Yard at 11am. Refreshments at Railway Bar afterwards. Proceeds to Mid-west Cancer Foundation.

FR. CASEY’S CARDS: Winners with 13 games were; Kathleen McCarthy, Fenton Quirke, Maureen Fitzgerald. Runners up with 12 games were; Tom Murphy, Sean Harnett, Dan Dillane

Door prize was; Maura Scannell. Table prize was; Eileen Finnegan, Christine O’Donoghue, Gerard Murphy. Raffle winners were; Pat Collins, Maura Scannell, Teddy Sullivan, Sean Harnett, Dan Casey.

MASS TIMES: Mass Times in the Pastoral Area Unit; Abbeyfeale – Saturday 6e.30pm and Sunday 9.15am & 12noon. Athea – Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday 10.30am. Mountcollins – Sunday 11am. Templeglantine – Saturday 6pm and Sunday 10.00 am. Tournafulla – Saturday 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS; Friday after 10am Mass, Saturday after 11am Mass and Monday 24 from 10-11am.

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: Saturday 11am Ellen Kehoe. 6.30pm Edward and Kate Reilly and deceased family members. Philly Cusack Cratloe. John Walsh. Mary Enright Caherlane. John Ruane Mayo. Sunday 9.15am Quinn and Codyre families. Geraldine Woulfe Cratloe. John D. Murphy Ballaugh and Grogeen. 12 noon Mick Scanlon, Athea. Jim Lane, New Street 2nd Anniversary. John Riordan Upper Purt .

Advent Prayer “ Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the pure Virgin Mary, at mid-night in a stable in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At the same hour vouch safe O My God, hear my prayer and grant my petition.

CONRADH NA GAEILGE/GAELIC LEAGUE; a branch has been re-established in Abbeyfeale. Members welcome. Further information Éamonn 086 3903244.

PRAYERS IN REILIG IDE NAOFA; Sunday next, December 23 at 1pm. Ribbons and candles available.

POST BOX; There is a second post box in town – at the side of O’Donoghue’s Flower shop on Convent St with a collection Monday to Friday at 4.45pm each day.

DREAMS: The Limerick GAA DVD is for sale in Ann Lyons’s, The Square.

YOUTH CHOIR PRACTICE: The choir will rehearse on Thursday from 4.15-4.45pm in the church and we look forward to their performance on Christmas Day at Mass. Further details from abbeyyouthchoir

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 are 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. Further information Benny Thade McCarthy 087 9918546.

CHARITY CÉILÍ: A céilí will take place in Moyvane Hall on Thursday, December 27 from 3 – 6pm with music by Donie Nolan. It is a fundraiser for the Stack Family, Moyvane. Further information from Marie 087 9542102.

SUNDAY MASS IN DUAGH: Fr. Jack O’Donnell is offering an extra Mass at the weekend in Duagh Church each Sunday at 11.30 a.m. between now and Easter.

CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM; The 5th Annual Connie Harnett Memorial Swim will take place in Ballybunion on New Year’s Day. Donation buckets will be in place and a raffle for numerous spot prizes will be held. Proceeds will be divided between local charities. Enquiries to 0863151447.

WELCOME AND FAREWELL; Sad to report that Annette’s iconic dress shop which has been a mainstay of Main St., has relocated to Adare, but delighted on the other hand to welcome the Green Gourmet restaurant to Convent St.

BORD NA NÓG CALENDAR; The calendar on sale locally features young players from the parish and will make a great keepsake in the years to come. Priced at just `10 euro it will make a great stocking filler.

CHRISTMAS CD’S; There are 16 new titles available at the back of the church and these too would make inexpensive stocking fillers for Christmas.

ABBEYFEALE SPORTS COMPLEX BOOKINGS; The newly refurbished hall is available for bookings Monday – Sunday. Ring the office on 068 31799 Monday to Friday 9 -4pm.

CANTATA; Huge congratulations to the students and staff of the girls NS who brought us the real meaning of Christmas last Thursday night. It was recorded for WL102fm and they hope to broadcast it on Christmas night from 7-8pm.

GLÓRACH: The approach of Christmas is often accompanied by the usual dread of trying to think up of an original present for your loved ones. Here at the Glórach Theatre, we are marking the event by offering Gift Vouchers that will entitle the holder to entry to any concert/play/film/other event of their choice in the New Year. With many events ahead of us in January and February, they will have immediate options, and best of all, they are visually, a beautiful voucher. To purchase a Glórach Christmas Voucher, please call 0871383940.

Bingo continues on Monday nights at 8.30 pm, with a break for Christmas Eve, thanks to all our loyal patrons, travel safely and we hope you continue to enjoy the night.

SHOP LOCAL: Vouchers are available this year in Abbeyfeale town to give as Christmas gifts and help encourage the shop local campaign. The Abbeyfeale Gift Voucher can be purchased at Abbeyfeale Credit Union in denominations of €10, €20 and €50. Abbeyfeale Community Council kindly asks that everyone throughout the Abbeyfeale area keep our wonderful Community in mind when thinking of shopping, doing business and/or socialising. It’s a hugely important time of year for business survival and job retention throughout the Abbeyfeale area and every euro spent locally is a vote of support to keep our Community alive. Never forget that if you need a few messages on tick there is no point in approaching a multiple so give everyone a turn and keep our town viable and vibrant.

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

.CHRISTMAS WALK: The annual Christmas Walk along the Great Southern Trail Greenway will take place on Thursday, December 27. Assembly is at the large carpark behind Leen’s Hotel, Abbeyfeale, Co.Limerick between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. The hotel is on the N21 and the public bus services stop a few hundred metres from the hotel. The Bus Éireann services from Tralee via Listowel at 11.00 and from Limerick at 11.35 are recommended. Walkers will be transferred by Coach House Travel courtesy shuttle coach from Leen’s Hotel car park to Tullig Wood/Devon Road from where they will have a choice of either a 5.75 miles [9km] or 4.5 miles [7km] stroll, mostly along the old railway, back to Leen’s Hotel where they can enjoy seasonal mince pies, whipped cream and tea/coffee at their leisure. All walkers must wear visibility vests as the final kilometre is through the streets of Abbeyfeale and involves crossing the busy N21 which must be crossed at the zebra crossing close to the hotel. Cyclists, with visibility gear and lights, are also welcome and we suggest that they also meet at the hotel at 12.30 and cycle outwards along the Greenway for approximately one hour towards Barnagh or beyond and then return in time to enjoy the refreshments. We recommend that cyclists also wear a helmet for their own sake.

HARNETT INTERNATIONAL REUNION 2019: Calling all Harnetts based West Limerick, North Cork and North Kerry. We are well into planning for our big weekend next July and we’d love you to get involved and be there to meet up with people from all over the world who share your DNA. We have a dedicated email address which you can use to get in touch; HarnettReunion2019 You can follow developments on our FB page too.

PARISH UNITS: At the diocesan Synod held in April 2016, it was decided by the

Delegates at the Synod to introduce a model of Team Ministry throughout the diocese. Abbeyfeale will be part of a Unit that includes the parishes of Templeglantine, Athea and Tournafulla/ Mountcollins parishes. From December 1, all priests working in the Unit are Co Parish Priests of all of the parishes in the Unit. Fr Denis Mullane has been appointed as Moderator of the Unit of Parishes. Fr Mullane’s role will be to coordinate the

Pastoral work in the Unit of Parishes. In the New Year a single Pastoral Council will be put in place for the Unit of Parishes. Each individual parish within the Unit will have a co- ordinating committee or local parish council. This new structure will see greater movement of the priests within the Unit of Parishes, especially for the celebration of the Vigil Mass and Sunday Mass.

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.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: This will be a fundraiser for Fr. Martin McCormack’s African Project and takes place on Sunday, January 13 at Fr. Casey’s with dancing to Donie Walsh and Jer Enright.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS SORTED: 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.

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: Unfortunately there was a robbery recently between 4-5pm just outside town. We all need to be aware of strange vehicles and if you have any concerns ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650) if you see something untoward. 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.

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.