PROLOGUE: "Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible."
Francis of Assisi
DEATHS: The death occurred in England on October 27 last of Con Murphy of Baranarig, Knocknagoshel – a brother of Mary Piggott. May he rest in peace. The deaths also occurred of Mrs Collins, Kilconlea Upr and Dan O’Riordan, Dromtrasna Collins. May they rest in peace.
GRAVEYARD: Visiting a Graveyard; May perpetual light shine upon the faces of all who rest here. May the lives they lived unfold further in spirit. May all their past travail find ease in the kindness of clay. May the remembering earth mind every memory they brought. May the rains from the heavens fall gently upon them. May the wildflowers and grasses whisper their wishes into light. May we reverence the village of presence in the stillness of this silent field. John O’Donohue:
NOONANS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS; It is with a heavy heart that the Noonan Family have, after 19 years of stunning exhibitions , been forced to cancel this year’s charity display in the interest of the health and safety of their patrons. The family hope to organise an online fundraiser in the near future.
THE FAMILY ROSARY FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER: Archbishop Eamonn Martin has asked families to pray the rosary together in what is called the Family Rosary Crusade.
WEST LIMERICK COMMUNITY RADIO PLAYING THEIR PART: WL102fm has provided a great service throughout West Limerick since the lockdown began with Mass broadcast every Sunday morning at 10am to all the people who are cocooning . Advertising and fundraising pay their expenses and like everyone else they need money to survive. Please buy a ticket for their weekly draw and help them stay on air – it’s as simple as that – you’ll never miss the water ‘til the well runs dry. Tickets on sale at Ann Lyons’s, The Square for €2 each. Please be generous in your support. They are also need volunteers to help run the station.
PRAYER FOR OUR DEAD: November is the month of remembrance and for Christians it is a special time of prayer for all the faithful departed. It is a difficult time for all those who have lost loved ones. But for people of faith, there is comfort in the knowledge that our loved ones are in God’s safe keeping. The November Lists (Purgatorial Society) for the Dead are in your Box of Weekly Envelopes and also available at the entrance door to the Blessed Sacrament Church. Your loved ones will be remembered and prayed for at Mass on All Souls Day which is on Monday, November 2 and at every Mass during the month of November. Our dead are also prayed for at Mass on each First Friday during the year.
BE WINTER READY: Keep warm, eat well and avoid unnecessary travel. You should eat regular hot meals and drink plenty of fluids, this will keep you warm and will give you energy to keep active. Ensure you have sufficient supplies of food and of any prescription medicine you may need. Keep active indoors. Have sufficient fuel supplies to maintain adequate heating in your home. Ask your relatives and neighbours for help if you need it. Keep their phone numbers on a list beside your phone. In icy weather, wear well-fitted shoes with non-slip soles if you have to go out but try to limit walking outside during the cold weather. Consider wearing a personal alarm so that family or neighbours are alerted if you fall. If you have a fall, even a minor one, make sure you visit your doctor for a check up. Leave a low energy light on at night time, preferably one with a high light output. Use a non-slip shower or bath mat. Make sure wires or cords from lamps, telephones etc. do not trail where you walk. Arrange furniture so that you can easily move around all your rooms. Remove rugs or use non-slip tape or backing so rugs will not slip. Consider installing hand rails on both sides of the stairs.
CHURCH NEWS: The church has closed and Masses are now back on line on www. Church Services tv. Masses at the usual times: 7pm Monday, 10am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Saturday Vigil Mass 6.30pm, Sunday 10am and 12 noon. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is open every day from 11-6pm for private prayer. We are grateful for the financial support received from parishioners through what has been and continues to be a difficult time for everybody. Like every other charity the church has experienced a sharp fall in its income since last March. We want to make parishioners aware that you can now make a donation to the parish, through the parish website. Click on to the parish website at http://www.abbeyfealeparish.ieand you will see a Donate button on the right hand side on the front page of the website. Just follow the instructions and you will be able to make a donation to the parish. Our thanks and appreciation to all who continue to support the mission of the Church in Abbeyfeale Parish. . The celebration of Masses will continue online during this period, except for the 11.00am Saturday morning Mass which will no longer take place. All Mass intentions that are booked to be celebrated over the next three weeks will be offered as planned. Parishioners can link in online through the Church Services TV Network and the 10.00am Sunday morning Mass will continue to be broadcast on West Limerick 102FM. Priests will not be making any house calls in the parish during the current situation, except for a necessary pastoral visit. All contacts with the church should be through the telephone or by email. Fealechurch Tel Church 068/51915 during Mass times.
ACCORD PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES AND COUNSELLING SERVICES: Until at least May 2021 Accord pre-marriage courses will take place live on-line with up to 12 couples; via ZOOM, they will be interactive and delivered by 2 presenters. Accord has also resumed face to face counselling. Contact Accord by Phone or online to book.
WEST LIMERICK RESOURCES SICAP RURAL AND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE would love to hear from you about the training and skills (Safe Pass, Manual Handling, Food Safety, Infection Control for example) you need to improve your work prospects. We have a very short anonymous questionnaire on our Facebook page which you can complete in less than a minute, or if you would like to go through the questionnaire in person, you can contact Finn (087 759 1951) or Eddie (087 653 5156) directly and we can talk you through the questions over the phone. Your feedback will help us to design and plan our winter training schedule, so please take part and help us to help you get back to work.
ALONE: We provide resources and training to new and well established befriending and support services. Training options are available to both the staff of services and their volunteers. It might be worthwhile contacting WLR on 06962222 to see if they would coordinate a group of volunteers and then organise training. Further information : email hello or call ALONE on 01-679 1032.
ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Scammers target victims on online dating websites, but can also use social media or email to make contact. Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social network and dating sites. Always consider the risks. Scammers are present on the most reputable sites. Go slow and ask questions. Research the person’s photo and profile to see if the material has been used elsewhere. Be alert to spelling and grammar mistakes, inconsistencies in their stories and excuses such as their camera not working. Don’t share any compromising material that could be used to blackmail you. If you agree to meet in person, tell family and friends where you are going. Beware of money requests. Never send money or give credit card details, online account details, or copies of personal documents. Avoid sending them upfront payments. Don’t transfer money for someone else: money laundering is a criminal offence. Be wary of phone calls whose numbers you don’t recognise, don’t answer and if they want you badly enough they’ll leave you a message. The same goes for unsolicited emails, never click on links and make sure you have a working anti-virus. Don’t click on links, attachments or images that you receive in unsolicited text messages without first verifying the sender. Don’t be rushed. Take your time and make the appropriate checks before responding. Never respond to a text message that requests your PIN or your online banking password or any other security credentials. If you think you might have responded to a smishing text and provided your bank details, contact your bank immediately. Don’t fall for offers that seem too good to be true – there is no such thing as a free lunch. If you do get a call and they are looking for bank details hang up and ring the bank but not until you hear the dial tone as the scammer could have left your line open. Now that the winter is on its way be sure and check that your security lighting is in working order. Check the panic button is working by pressing it and speaking to the monitoring service – that’s why they are there 24 hours a day and why you are paying a yearly monitoring service fee. Gardai are asking people to let them know when people call selling goods or offering services on 068 30010. When 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. There may be some confusion over the word free – the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring. If you fulfil the criteria for a panic button the installing company will drop the gear to your door and then let you set up the connection yourself with assistance over the phone from their staff. I have been assured that it’s only a matter of connecting a cable and anyone can do it. I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. 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. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly. We recently received a query about the application of VAT to the monitoring charge, your bill shows VAT but it is included in the cost not extra to it. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Marian Harnett.
WEST LIMERICK RESOURCES: The Offices of West Limerick Resources remain closed to the public but all staff are available to contact. Please ring 069 62222 with any queries and you will be directed to the appropriate staff member.
HELPLINES: Hospice Bereavement Line 1800807077 Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm. Jigsaw support line is now up and running on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729). It will provide free mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults who live in the Republic of Ireland.
Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588. Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm. 24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504. 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 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 affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222. ACCORD; are now offering over the phone counselling for couples, Individuals & family members during this time of unprecedented stress & pressure during these weeks of COVID-19. Call: 01 5313331. Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560 . Counselling Appointment 061/314213. ALONE; has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am- 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.