PROLOGUE: Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach. Albert Einstein.
LOCAL AUTHOR LAUNCHES NEW BOOK: A new collection of short stories by Pat McLoughlin has just been released. The title of the book is ‘Just One More Thing’. Multi award winning writer, Donal Ryan, described the stories as “humane, empathetic and blessedly sincere; adding that the collection was a joy to read. The book is available at ‘An Siopa Milslean’ (Mary Flynn’s), Abbeyfeale or online at www.limerickwriterscentre.com. Like Pat’s previous three books all proceeds will be donated to local chariti
GUITAR LESSONS: with Margaret Carroll will return at the Library Athea shortly. Enquiries to 087-9395273.
GLÓRACH NEWS: Our drive-in bingo continues at Abbeyfeale GAA grounds every Sunday at 2pm, and if one ever needed a reminder of the indefatigable nature of our volunteers, it was on display on Sunday last as they battled ferocious rain showers, one of which looked like it might derail the whole event. Very colourful bingo signage greets visitors to the town from all sides, but for those who might have missed the time on the posters, it’s 2 pm at the GAA grounds in Abbeyfeale every Sunday, whatever the weather. While the concert organised by the West Limerick Mental Health Association is sold out for Sunday 10th, we are hopeful that there will be more nights of wonderful music and song at our esteemed venue in the near future.
ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: Appeal to Parents – Your Parish Youth Clubs needs You
Abbeyfeale Youth Club has been up and running for the past 16 years, providing an essential service for hundreds of young people. The success of the club is down to the participation of the many parent volunteers who over the years have given their time to the club. The
youth club is an essential service for our young parishioners, providing an opportunity for them to socialise together in a safe environment. The club leaders are currently planning the reopening of the club, but this can only happen with the support and participation of parent
volunteers. We are now seeking the help of parents of first year, second year and
third year students in secondary school. In fact, the club will only reopen when there are sufficient parent volunteers in place. We are coming out of probably one of the most challenging times for young people in our lifetime. For the well-being of our teenagers it is essential that we get the clubs open, so that they can once again experience normal social interaction. This weekend we are appealing to the relevant parents to help us in this
important work. Do consider volunteering. If you would like further information please contact Noreen on 0872353306 or Fr Tony on 087-2600414. We would ask that grandparents bring the news of this appeal to their children and grandchildren. All Covi-19 requirements will be implemented by the clubs once they are open.
COSTAL ROSARY: Sunday, October 10 at 2.30pm. Join people from around Ireland to pray the Rosary for Life and Faith at our Grottos, Churches at the coasts and other suitable places. Sign up a Rosary location at www.coastalrosaryireland.ie or text your location to 087 2786552.
COVID-19: In Abbeyfeale we can accommodate up to 500 people for Mass. For marriage ceremonies the number of people allowed to attend is 100. In order to maintain safety, we suggest that no more than 6 people sit in any one seat. People living in the same household may sit together. Stewards will continue to direct people to seating and we ask you to follow the guidance of the church stewards, so that we don’t have a situation where people are all gathered together in one section of the church and other areas of the building are
empty. Those attending Mass are still required to wear face masks as we are in an enclosed area and all visitors to the church should continue to sanitize their hands.
Windows will remain open for ventilation purposes. As the autumn approaches and the temperatures drop, parishioners are urged to wrap up well. Some seats will remain
closed off to help maintain some distance between people attending Mass. Any person with COVID-19 symptoms should not attend Mass. You should self-isolate and contact your doctor for advice. Now that we have additional capacity we encourage more parishioners to attend Mass in the church.
HEALTHY PLANET, HEALTHY PEOPLE PETITION: The Season of Creation runs from September 1 (World Day of Prayer for Creation) to October 4 (the feast of St. Francis of Assisi). Amid numerous crises which have shaken our world, the theme this year is “Restoring Our Common Home”. During this season we are asked to join together to celebrate creation and protect our common home through prayer, reflection and action. After the Season of Creation there will be UN meeting on Climate Change in November of world leaders in Scotland (known as COP 26) and another UN Conference of world leaders on Biodiversity is scheduled to take place in China during Spring 2022.
In preparation for these UN meetings a petition known as the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition which has been endorsed by the Vatican Department for Integral
Human Development and is now available at http://healthyplanetandpeople.org/ for dioceses, parishes, and individuals to sign. It is envisaged that this petition with
signatures will be presented by Pope Francis to the Presidents of these upcoming UN conferences.
WALKING THE BALLYHOURAS: The 25th Ballyhoura Walking Festival takes place from Friday, October 8 – Sunday, October 10 in Kilfinane .Further information available from: Ballyhoura Centre, Kilfinane / 063-91300 / reception
UNICEF: “Get a Vaccine/Give a Vaccine.” It hoped to deliver 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable families, in the poorest countries, including Health workers and the most high-risk people on our planet. UNICEF is inviting us to sponsor a present of the Vaccine to those in the Third World. The vaccine is freely accessible to us, and we don’t even have to pay for it. So many in the poorest countries have no access to it. Already, in appreciation of how lucky we are in comparison to them, the cost of almost 2,000,000 vaccines for people in the Third World has been donated.
What a nice way to put into practice the message of the Gospel ; – Of loving one another as He loved us and expressing that love by showing kindness to those who are in
no position to pay us back. If you would like to be part of this there are a few ways;- You can send your donation by post to Freepost, UNICEF Ireland, 33 Lower Ormond
Quay, Dublin D01 R283. By Phone; (01) 878 3000; By Email; info
HAIL HOLY QUEEN CONFERENCE: Saturday 9th October on Radio Maria Ireland at 2pm. Guest speakers include Bishop John Keenan, Dr. Patrick Kenny, Fr. Gerry McCloskey & Dr. Blythe Kaufman.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Adoration in the main church every Friday, after the 10.00am Mass – 6.00pm. Entrance through the front door of the church. Please note that when there is a Wedding Mass celebrated on a Friday, adoration will be from 4 to 6.00pm. Pope Paul VI: “Eucharistic adoration extends its influence far beyond the individual adorers, touching their homes and families and reaching out to the parish community and beyond”
DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE: Saturday October 16 in Aid of Milford Hospice.
Take that step. Walk or Run. Details on facebook. Registration on line on Sunday October 10 at 12 noon. www.dromtrasnachallenge.com
CHURCH NEWS: Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219. Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030 fealechurch Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133. To book a |Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 0668 51915. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Paddy & Vera O’Connell, Purt.
No Saturday morning Mass. 6.30pm Patrick & Kathleen Saunders and deceased family
members Lower Knocknasna. John Ward, Ballaugh. 1st Anniversary. Neilus Flynn, Belfry Heights.
Rita Lyons Harnett, Knockbrack 25th Anniversary and deceased family members.
Sunday 10am Margaret Culhane , Knockbrack Anniv. Eileen & Timothy O’Donoghue, Ballybehy. Until Saturday, October 16 Funeral Masses held on Saturday mornings will have to be at 10.00am in order to facilitate the Masses for First Communion and Confirmation planned for those Saturdays. Confessions will be heard on Saturday evenings just before the Vigil Mass from 6.00pm to 6.25pm. We return to hearing Confessions in the Confession boxes. Some slight alterations have been made to the boxes to make them safer during the ongoing pandemic. We would ask that parishioners who want to go to Confession follow all safety guidelines by sanitizing their hands when entering the church, wearing a mask and follow the instructions which will be placed on the door of the confession boxes. If anyone would like to celebrate the sacrament outside of the confession box let Fr Tony know and he will make alternative arrangements for you. Next Saturday the children from Meenkilly, Knocknasna and Dromtrasna schools will celebrate First Communion. October month of the Missions and of the Holy Rosary.During the month of October, we reflect and pray for the mission of the Church throughout the world. We pray for all our missionaries, priests,
religious, lay women and men who have dedicated their lives to spreading the ‘Good News’ of the Gospel around the world. The world is in crisis. In many poorer parishes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America it is overseas missionaries who are on the front line and who are
caring for some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. During this
month we pray for missionaries and we also support them through our
generous financial support. More details of how we can support the missions
will be published in the newsletter next weekend. Readers List The new list is being organized at the moment. New readers are always welcome.
If interested in taking up this ministry telephone Fr Tony on 087/2600414
Lost property; Two pairs of glasses were left in the seats recently. And a ring with a pink stone. Contact the sacristy. 068/51915
ST JOHN’S THEATRE: All shows starting at 8pm. Friday, October 8 – The Seven Ages Of MAM starring Pauline O’Driscoll; Saturday, October 9 – Lines and Layers | Exhibition, by Paul Bokslag who is a Dutch artist & designer based in Kilkenny; Saturday, October 16- Arán Agus Im. Arán & Im is a theatrical performance in which Manchán Magan bakes sourdough bread and more. Details from- St John’s Theatre <info
CLOVERFIELD DAY CARE CENTRE: Are announcing that the weekly Whist Drives will resume on Tuesday, October 26 at 8.30pm. All are welcome.
RACHEL’S VINEYARD: Rachel’s Vineyard Ireland reaches out to women and men have been wounded by abortion. It provides an opportunity to obtain healing for anyone who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion. Their purpose is to allow the participating women and men an opportunity to explore the ways that abortion has impacted on their lives, to deal with the grief associated with their
losses, to give them reconciliation and peace and thus to reclaim the life-giving and loving aspects of their dignity and faith. If you would like to find out more about Rachel’s Vineyard or about the Healing Weekends, please call Bernadette: 087 859 2877
Email: bergoulding1 for more information see http://www.rachelsvineyard.ie
LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: Please call 061 446786 and we would be happy to chat to you. We are available from Mon – Thurs 11am-4pm. Email info
Protect Your Mental Health
1. CONNECT – Talk, listen, reach out and chat…
2. BE ACTIVE – Walk, cycle, run, garden…
3. TAKE NOTICE – Be mindful and live each day
4. KEEP LEARNING – Grow your mind…
5. GIVE – Volunteer & help someone else…
Call the Samaritans on Free phone: 116 123 Email: jo
AWARE (Depression & Anxiety) Free phone: 1800 80 48 48 Mon – Sunday 10am – 10pm.
COURSES: Listowel Family Resource Centre are offering a range of courses: “Parents Plus for Teenagers” starts on Thursday, October 7 at 10.30am for 7 weeks. Also “Incredible
Years” for parents of children 2 – 12 years is scheduled to start on Monday, at
10am. For further details on both courses contact Bridie Mulvihill on 086 8556 431 or Toni Clare on 087-7523 705. Alternatively contact the Centre on (068) 23584.
COMMUNITY ALERT: Gardai have issued a warning over bogus callers targeting people by offering to carry out odd jobs at their homes. Members of the force from the Laois and Offaly region issued the alert specifically related to fraudsters wearing hi-vis jackets.They questioned when hi-vis jackets became "invisibility cloaks" when it comes to criminal behaviour. They warned homeowners, as well as business owners, about strangers offering to carry out trades or services.They said it "seldom works out well" when these people are hired on the basis of the price seeming competitive.Just because someone is wearing a hi-vis jacket, it doesn’t mean they are legitimate tradespeople or are genuine, gardai added. They said: "When did the Hi Viz Jacket become the invisibility cloak? Only answer the phone if you recognise the number, according to my service provider they are copying numbers that answer and using them to make calls and it will be you footing the bill. Click on no links either. If you are 65, you 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 or if you spend long periods of the day on your own 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. 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 with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation. 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. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: CENSUS 2022: A Census of Population will be held on April 3, 2022. The Central Statistics Office requires persons to fill various roles for the duration of the Census. censusrecruitment.cso.ie] https://censusrecruitment.cso.ie
.HELPLINES: If you are experiencing domestic abuse, jo Aware (Depression & Anxiety 016617211. National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247or text HELP to 51444. 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. .
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