PROLOGUE: Advent Prayer: Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the pure Virgin Mary, at midnight in a stable in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At the same hour vouchsafe O My God, hear my prayer and grant my petition.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Patrick Lane Ballaugh who died recently. We also offer sincere sympathy to the family of the late Mary Larkin, Athea whose sudden death at a young age sent shockwaves through the area. May they both rest in peace.

ADORATION ON CHRISTMAS DAY: On Christmas Day we celebrate the birth of our Saviour and so we will have one hour of adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from 5-6pm.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: The annual collection for Milford Hospice will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: As part of our participation in the Night at the Oskars fundraiser for St. Ita’s DayCare we have a hamper worth €100 whose contents include a large homemade whiskey soaked Christmas cake and a pudding, whiskey, port, wine, groceries, sweets and biscuits to raffle. Cards are available in shops around town and lines cost just €2. Your support would be appreciated.

LAUNCH OF A NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: The Winners’ Circle Saturday, January at 9pm. Films and roles will be announced on the night. There will be music and finger food. Save the date. Rehearsals will commence on the week beginning Monday, January 13 and continue each week until the week of Feb 3. Filming dates are Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 and Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23.

CONNIE HARNETT SWIM: The 6th annual swim takes place on New Year’s Day in Ballybunion. Donations will be made to the Hope Foundation, Comfort Chemo in KUH and Ward 2D in CUH. To date in excess of €39,000 has been raised for local charities.

GLÓRACH NOTES: Bingo continues on both Monday, December 23 and Monday December 30 starting time at 8.30 pm, most definitely a fifty two week service! As we approach the end of a momentous year for the venue, we would like to say thanks to everyone involved at the venue for ensuring so many events ran smoothly, and also to all who supported throughout the past year. With lots of events already lined up for the new year, we look forward to seeing ye in 2020. Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.

AUDITION FOR THE OSKARS: Over the course of the next four months 7 short extracts of popular mainstream films will be made in Abbeyfeale as a fundraiser for St. Ita’s Daycare and Sheltered Housing. Those who are willing to be get involved in speaking roles can put their names forward by calling to the Day Care centre any day before 2pm and before December 20, reading a short piece which will be videotaped and sent to the events company in Dublin who will chose the films and select the actors to suit. Any others who would like non speaking parts or to participate in crowd scenes should also give in their names to Jane at the Centre. Funds will be raised through sponsorship of the films, fundraising of an agreed sum by the actors and participants who can organise events over the next few months ie pool/dart tournaments, coffee mornings, table quizzes, concerts etc – the possibilities are endless and will provide plenty of opportunities to think outside the box. The sale of tickets to the gala night in the Devon Inn on March 20 next when the films will be judged and awarded Oskars for best film, best actor, actress, best supporting role, best comedy actor/actress etc etc will also provide a revenue stream. This is the chance of a life time to participate in an event which will be a talking point for years to come, to have documentary evidence of the night you walked on the red carpet and be able to produce the DVD to show your grandchildren in years to come. We have had nothing but positive reports from groups all over the country who have already participated about the fun and the self esteem and self confidence to be gained. Training in acting will take place on Tuesday evenings in January from 7-7.30, 7.30 – 8.00, 8.00 -8.30, 8.30 – 9, 9.00 – 9.30 and 9.30 – 10pm and shooting of the films will take place over the following month on the weekends. Further information from Jane on 068 51850.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: A huge thank you to all who supported our annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan last Sunday. Thank you too, to our bakers and jam makers. The a/c remains open at the Credit Union should anyone wish to donate.

MICHEAL ENGLISH COMES TO DUAGH: Every one of the 800 plus people who attended the concert in the church last week will tell you how wonderful it was so if you missed out be sure and mark March 27, 2020 in your diary.

LAUNCH OF FLUID FORMS LIAM FLYNN: At a very well attended launch in the Library last Wednesday night I met the secretary of the Kerry Chapter of the Irish Woodturner Guild and he issued an invitation to local woodturners to come to their monthly meeting in Tralee on the second Tuesday of each month between 7-10pm. Contact Bob Cosgrave 087 2833507 for further information.

DARTS TOURNAMENT: Sunday, December 29 in The Ploughman Bar from 5pm. Spots, Raffle for hamper. Proceeds to Fr. Tim Galvin.

GATE CLOSED: The church gates will be locked each evening at 8pm for the winter months

WRENBOYS NEEDED: Paddy Finucane has put out a call for Wrenboys for the annual trip around the Hill on St. Stephen’s Day.

NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: The landscape is lit up with the lights from Noonan’s house and garden. They have been chosen as one of Energias Christmassy homes – text House 1 to 51155 to vote for Noonan’s Lights.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: Fr. Casey’s, Sunday, January 12 from 3-6pm in aid of Fr. Martin Mc Cormack’s African Project. Music by Donie Walsh and Anthony. Admission €5. Raffle on the day.

COMMUNITY SUBSTANCE MISUSE TEAM: A free and confidential service for under 18’s and their families impacted by substance misuse is provided on the first Wednesday of the month in St. Ita’s Hall from 2.30pm – 5pm. Contact Kristeen Laing 086 4141854.

KERRY LONDON ASSOCIATION AGM: 15th January Sala Room, Crown Hotel, Cricklewood at 7pm.

NEW COURSES STARTING IN JANUARY 2020 IN THE OLD TECH: The following new classes are starting up in January 2020: Demonstration cookery, Cookery for Special Diets (Gluten free etc), Childcare QQI Level 5 & 6, Healthcare QQI Level 5, Arts and Crafts, Beginners Horticulture/Vegetable crop production(Gardening-Learn when and how to set seeds, care for plants etc), and Creative writing (Different forms of Creative Writing styles such as short stories, poetry, drama, short sketches and plays)

If you wish to register for any of the above free classes, please call Mary in the office: 06831198 or log onto www.learningandskills.ie.

YOGA CLASS: Wednesday from 7 – 8.30pm Abbeyfeale Rugby Club. Ring Mike on 087 2732591.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: The club meet on the first Friday of each month in Philip Enrights, The Ramble Inn, Church Street from 9pm.

FIRST FRIDAY REFLECTIONS WITH FR. SHOJI: On the First Friday of each month, Fr Shoji will lead an hour of Praise and Worship in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel beginning at 9am.

TRADITIONAL MUSIC CLASSES ATHEA: Tutor Michael Broderick, Top of the Town Friday nights; Beginners 7.15 – 7.45pm, Advanced 7.45 – 8.15pm.

COMMUNITY ALERT: ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: A man who claimed to be a Garda called to an elderly couple last week in Co. Kerry and asked them to give him the money they had in the house for safekeeping. He stole €2,600. No Garda will ever call to your door and ask to see what money you may have in the house. Press your panic button if that happens or if anyone calls to your house who makes you feel uncomfortable. Panic is panic so anytime you feel it – press that button, that’s why you are wearing the button on your wrist and paying a monitoring fee yearly. Do not walk on any road at any time of the day or night without wearing a Hi Viz jacket and preferably carrying a lamp. Be security conscious: Take photos of your valuables and security mark them with your postcode and house number. This can deter thieves and help the police to recover stolen items. Set a timer to switch your lights on and off at varying intervals when you’re out to make it look like someone is at home. Stay well this winter, get the flu jab, invest in a good warm cap and wear it to keep the heat from escaping out through the top of your head, wear layers: Several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer, as the layers trap warm air between them. Try and stay active as this gets the blood coursing and keeps your feet and hands warm. 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 €72. Please note that this fee has increased by €6 and is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one. Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Michael 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.

HARNETT MAGAZINE: Some Harnett Reunion magazines are still available at Ann Lyons Shop and from James Harnett, also the final items of Harnett merchandise are available at Heavenly Gifts.

GLÓRACH: Bingo every Monday night at 8.30pm

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita’s Hall. New people always welcome. Suitable for parents/care givers and children aged birth to 4 years including children attending pre-school. This group is an opportunity to meet other parents and play time with your baby/toddler. This is a free service and priority is given to those in receipt of social welfare payment or living in social housing. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Develop your speaking skills and your self confidence at West Limerick Toastmasters. First and third Wednesday of the month September – June in the Desmond Complex from 8 – 10pm. New members welcome. Contact Charles 087 7972855.

SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA: Sephira School of Music and Drama has opened on Main St . All ages are welcome. Contact Ruth Joyce on 085 2052384 /info or look them up on Facebook.

ABBEYFEALE BOOK CLUB: St. Ita’s Hall, the second Wednesday of each month September – June from 7.30 -9pm. All welcome. Refreshments served.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY is looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in all public hospitals nationwide. Volunteers will need their own car but all expenses are paid. If you have 2 free days a month (Monday – Friday) and an active email address we would love to hear from you. Please call Laura on 01 2310 594, email transport or go to www.cancer.ie for more information.

HELPLINE FOR MEN SUFFERING DOMESTIC ABUSE: A new helpline has been set up and will operate 36 hours a week on 1800816588.

GROW COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT IN IRELAND. Meet on Wednesday’s at 8pm in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel. This programme is open to all and is free of charge. No introductions needed. Just come along. For more information, contact Jerry, 086 0271990.

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 10.00 am. Tournafulla – Saturday 7.30pm.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH: Fr Tony Mullins PP 087/2600414. Fr Brendan Duggan 087/0562674. Fr Denis Mullane 087/2621911. Fr Shoji Vargihese 089/4431922 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 A l-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. Daily Mass 10am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday except in the event of a funeral when Mass will be at 11am. Saturday Morning Mass at 11am. Mass Intentions: Thursday 10am Mossie Cahill and deceased family members. Saturday 11 am Ellen and Myles Kehoe, 6.30pm Edward and Kate Reilly and deceased family members. Philly and Donie Cusack, Cratloe. Mary Enright Caherlane 6th anniversary. John Hayes, Fealesbridge.

Sunday 9.15am Codyre and Quinn Family. Geraldine Woulfe, Cratloe. John Anthony Ruane Cryleview Close and Mayo 3rd anniversary. Eileen and Paddy Cahill and deceased members of the O’Neill family. 12 noon Phyl O’Kelly, Killarney Road and founder member of Abbeyfeale Community Alert. Jim Lane, New St.

Adoration will finish on Friday, December 20 and will resume on Tuesday, January 7.

B-ALERT GROUP: Anyone wishing to join the Knockanure B-Alert group contact Danny on 087/6863726.


ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel, The first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45pm,

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