PROLOGUE; Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday."
Napoleon Hill

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.

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: Thursday 10am Rico Kelly, 17 Radharc Na Feile . Friday 10am Purgatorial Society Intentions for next weekend: Saturday 6.30pm Bernadette O’Connor, Knocknasna . Peggy Foley, Ballaugh. Sunday 9.15am Garret & Hannah Mai Stack & Michael & John Stack. David Ward, Ballaugh.

12noon Patrick Broderick and his daughter Hannah. Eily Lane, New Street . Paddy & Nancy Fitzgerald, Meenahela. Friday, February1. Feast Day of St Brigid and First Friday.

Saturday, February 2, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day): Candles will be blessed at the 11.00a.m Mass on Saturday morning. This year we are already oversupplied with large long candles, so we are asking parishioners not to give this type of candles to the Church. However, if parishioners wish to make a donation for other sized candles your donations towards the purchase of these candles will be grateful received. Parishioners are welcome to bring candles to be blessed that will be used at home throughout the year.

Sunday, February 3, The Feast of St Blaise: Since the 8th century St Blaise, bishop and martyr, has been venerated as the patron of those who suffer from diseases of the throat. Due to large congregations and time constraints it will not be possible to give individual blessings of throats next Sunday. However there will be a special prayer and blessing given to the congregation after Holy Communion at all Masses next weekend.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR THE CHASTITUTE: Enjoy a 4 course dinner at Leen’s Hotel followed by a rip roaring performance of John B Keane"s The Chastitute at Glórach for just €30. This special offer is available on Thursdays, January 31 and February 7. To book for both – call the Glórach line 087 1383940. Abbeyside Players with John B. Keane’s The Chastitute are on stage on Thursday, January 31, Friday, February 1, Saturday, February 2, Thursday, February 7, Friday, February 8, Saturday, February 9, Sunday, February 10.

CALLING PARENTS: Abbeyfeale Parent & Toddler Group: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita’s Hall. New people always welcome. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.

MARRIAGE OF CONNIVANCE: As soon as The Abbeyside Players finish their run the Abbeyfeale Drama Group take the stage with ‘Marriage of Connivance’ from February 12. COFFEE MORNING: A Coffee morning will be held at the Gate way café the Western Inn Feale’s Bridge Abbeyfeale on Thursday, Valentine’s day February 14 from 11 – 2pm where all the proceeds are going towards the chemotherapy day ward at UHK. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

CONGRATULATIONS: Delighted to hear that Kathleens Foodstore sold a €50,000 scratch card last week and a €500 one yesterday.

“THE LONESOME WEST”: We will take to the stage with ‘The Lonesome West’ on Feb 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, and 17. Suitable for over 12’s. Admission €10. Telephone/ text bookings only 087 2743189. Doors open 7.30pm.

SHEP – THE SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION PROJECT: ‘An Introduction to Personal Development’ in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, begins on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 10.00am to 12.30pm for 8 weeks (to March 20). Please contact Adrienne at West Limerick Resources on 087-2773294/aoconnell for further details and to register your interest.

CONRADH NA GAEILGE FESTIVAL: Tionól (Irish language and Music w/e) Chontae Luimnigh present the first, hopefully of many gatherings of Folklore, Music, Poetry and History of Abbeyfeale through the Irish Language in Fr. Casey’s Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 with daily admission just €5 per day. The official opening takes place on Friday from 7pm followed by a lecture from Séamus Ó Coileáin from Athea and ending with a traditional music concert with the Murphy family, Riona Ní Churtáin, Denis Curtin and the Flannery Sisters. Saturday’s programme includes lectures, a bilingual walking tour of Abbeyfeale and a traditional music session. All are welcome.

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

ST. BRIDGET’S DAY WORKSHOP AT ATHEA LIBRARY: February 1 marks the celebration of St. Brigid’s Day. It has been decided to host an event at our Library on St Brigid’s Day Eve, January 31 at 8pm. The evening will begin with a short presentation on the life of St. Brigid and the history of the St Brigid’s Cross delivered by Jamie Kelly followed by a workshop facilitated by Peg Prendiville where we will all attempt to make a St. Brigid’s Cross. Due to our library being small, the numbers attending will be capped. Booking is essential by sending us a message here or texting Damien Ahern on 0879042477. The will be no charge for the workshop.

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.

IS YOUR NAME HARNETT: Hopefully you have told all the relations about the planned International Reunion next July and they’re all making plans to gather and enjoy the programme that is currently in the planning. 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. We’d like to take this opportunity to offer our Chairman James Harnett our sincere sympathies on the recent death of his aunt Mrs. Mary Hickey.

LECTURE: Dr. Tony Humphreys. on the topic of “Communication is about Getting through to Self”. Friday, February 1 at 7.30pm in the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney. Free admission. Further information Eileen 087 4129655

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

GLÓRACH: Bingo continues on Monday nights at 8.30 pm.

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

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.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Monagae 2nd. Monday of the month. Knockalougha, Duagh on the third Tuesday of every month.

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: Please keep an eye on elderly neighbours, it need only be a telephone call or just dropping in for a few minutes on your way home from work but showing that you care could mean the world to someone. The minute you buy something in the line of electrical goods, machinery, bicycles, quads find the serial no. and record it even if it was only on a sticker on the inside door of a press. Use the marker that you got at the Seniors Christmas lunch. If you see anything that makes you wonder if thieves are casing the area like a car that seems to be travelling around several times ring Abbeyfeale Station on 068 30010. If the Gardai on duty are out on patrol the call will be patched through to NCW who will call the car back to town. There was a glut of calls from oversees in the last week, this is a scam and if you answer or call back you will be charged premium rates so only answer calls from numbers you recognise. 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.

WEEKEND OF PRAYER PRAISE WORSHIP AND HEALING on Saturday February 2 and Sunday February 3 at Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville Co. Cork. Keynote Speaker: Ros Powell (Catholic Christian Evangelist U.K.). Talks: Fr. John Keane CC (Cloyne Diocese); Fr. Tony Emeka MHM (Cameroon), and Msgr. Finbarr O Leary (Ecuador Missions). Admission to the event is free but pre-booking is necessary. To book please contact: Celia 087 2405568 Mary 087 2898518 Nuala 086 1544075 Tom 087 6468658 Pat 087 2505528.

‘AT LAST’: The book is for sale in Ann Lyons’s, The Square. It tells the story of Limerick’s long wait for All Ireland Hurling Glory.

RECOVERY HAVEN KERRY (Cancer Support House, 5 Haigs Terrace, Tralee). A 6 week Support Programme for Men with Prostate Cancer will commence on Wednesday, January 30 from 7-9pm and is being run in conjunction with the Irish Cancer Society. This programme aims to enhance the physical and psychosocial well -being and quality of life for prostate cancer survivors by identifying and responding to survivors needs, developing healthy coping strategies and managing lifestyle changes. Cancer: ‘Thriving and Surviving ‘(CTS) course begins at 10.30 am Monday, February 4. It is a self-management program given over 2 and a half hours once a week for 6 weeks to help support people recovering after cancer treatment.