DEATH: Sincere sympathy to Mrs. McEnery on the death of her husband James late of Kilconlea Upr. May he rest in peace.
NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Our official opening is on Sunday November 21 at 4 PM. Limerick all Ireland winning goalkeeper, the great Nickie Quaid, will flick the switch to begin our fundraising event. A host of county champions will be in attendance and of course the main man himself Santa will be there to greet all the children and take their letters back to the North Pole. So an open invitation to all which promises to be a great evening.
Many thanks to everyone for their continued support.
FR. TIM GALVIN: This week Fr Tim returns to his parish in South Sudan. It was a blessing for all of us to have Fr Tim at home among us for the past few weeks. We thank him for sharing his experiences of missionary work with us on Mission Sunday. We wish him a safe journey and we pray continued blessings on his ministry to the people of South Sudan.
We will continue to pray for Fr Tim and for all missionaries.
SEÁN KEANE RETURNS TO THE GLÓRACH: We are delighted to announce that Seán Keane will visit the Glórach on Friday December 3rd at 8pm. A night not to be missed in the newly renovated theatre. Tickets can be booked by ringing the booking line on 087 1383940.
CRAFT FAIR: Craft fair Sunday, November 21 in Duagh Sports Complex from 12.00pm – 4pm. All crafters welcome. To book a table telephone Geraldine on 087 2684540. Get some lovely Christmas goodies there!
HAVE A BREAK: Daughters of Charity – Disability Support Services. Would you like to share your home and your heart with a child with disabilities? Have-a-Break is a Home-Based Respite Service which facilitates children with disabilities going to the home of a Carer for Short Breaks. This could be for a day, a night or even a few hours depending on your availability; Experience of caring in any capacity is not essential but can be beneficial , Training and Support is provided. Payment will also be provided depending on level of involvement. For more information please contact Catherine O’Sullivan, Have-a-Break Coordinator Daughters of Charity Lisnagry, on 087-4132888 or 061-501438 or email
HANDEL’S MESSIAH: Dublin Bach Singers, Sharon Lyons-Soprano, Leanne Fitzgerald—Alto, Conor Prendiville—Tenor, Rory Dunne– Bass, Marlborough Baroque, Thérése Timoney,- Leader and conducted by Blánaid Murphy performing in St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday,December 11 @ 8pm. Tickets €25 each, available from Eventbrite, www.eventbrite.ie , at the Killarney Parish Office or T: 087 6077344.
IRISH SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SURVEY: The National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and Healing Untold Grief Groups (HUGG) have launched the first national study of adults bereaved or affected bysuicide in Ireland. You can find out more and access the survey by visiting www.hugg.ie/suicide-bereavement-survey. You will also find a link
to the survey on the diocesan website.
BISHOPS OF IRELAND GO ON PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The Covid-19 pandemic has been a particularly difficult time for those who have lost loved ones and have often had to cope with their grief without many of the usual spiritual and community supports. To pastorally support everyone who has suffered the pain of bereavement during the pandemic, and in the context of the month of November as the traditional time when we remember our dead, on next Sunday, 14 November at 3.00pm, the Bishops of Ireland will undertake a pilgrimage to the International Eucharistic and Marian Shrine in Knock. The bishops will concelebrate Mass for all those who have died in our country during the pandemic, and for their families. At the Mass the bishops will also offer prayers of thanksgiving for all those who so selflessly sacrificed so much during the pandemic. This Mass will be live-streamed on www.knockshrine.ie and broadcast on the RTÉ News Now digital television channel and online.
GLÓRACHBINGO: The diabolical weather conditions of the last day in October were quickly forgotten as wonderfully calm conditions settled on the GAA grounds on Sunday. A large crowd turned up to our drive-in Bingo and we were delighted to welcome Maureen Hickey back to the fold. Of extreme importance to note, our starting time is changing to 1.30 pm. With darkness descending on the edge of town at an earlier stage in the evening, it is of paramount importance that all are exiting the grounds in daylight and hence the starting time is half an hour earlier than normal. While plans for a November concert have had to be put on hold, we are looking forward to hosting Seán Keane on Friday, December 3rd, tickets can be booked at 0871383940.
QUIT MID WEST: Stop Smoking for 28 days and you’re 5 times more likely to stop for
good. Quit Mid-West is a free service for providing tips, tools and
support to help you stop smoking. For further information contact 065-6865841. A counselling service to support parishioners who wish to stop smoking is now available at
St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale. For an appointment contact 065-6865841.
COLLECTION: If you missed the Trocaire special collection last weekend you can also donate directly by visiting https://www.trocaire.org/
ABHAILE: This is a service to help homeowners find a resolution to home mortgage arrears. It’s 100% State funded, to qualify you must be: In mortgage arrears on your home. Insolvent. At risk of losing your home because of arrears. Contact local Mabs office 0761072000.
WALK: Healthy Athea invites you to join us at Páirc na nGael, Athea for a community walk/run each Tuesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm.
COVID-19 : Despite the opening up of all areas of society below are some points that we all
need to keep in mind as we go about our daily business:
Be conscious of those in the community who have underlying conditions and
continue to be vulnerable. Continue to support our frontline workers by acting responsibly at all times 67 Covid related deaths in Ireland were reported to health authorities last
week. 58 died in October and 9 in September. The increasing numbers of people admitted to our hospitals with COVID-19 is putting the health system under increasing pressure and leading to the postponement of vital services for non COVID patients. Continue to wear a mask while indoors in churches and public buildings Parishioners are strongly advised to refrain from shaking hands with mourners when attending funerals
Ensure social distancing at all times 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. We need to remind ourselves not to become complacent as we try to return to life with fewer restrictions. Thanks to everyone for your continued support and
understanding. Religious services and weddings can proceed without capacity limits as existing measures remain (social distance/no physical handshakes/no full choir/no holy water in fonts/one way entry and exit/to Communion/Communion in hand only etc.) All advised to be responsible as the incidence rate is very high at the moment. Dispensation from Sunday Mass and Holy Days obligation remains while Mass during the week is encouraged in lieu.
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”
ADULT SINGING WORKSHOPS: Siamsa Tíre are offering Adult Singing Workshops with the Irish National Opera on Thursday, November 18 from 7 – 9pm. You don’t need to have any experience of singing, reading music or of opera to take part. Just an enthusiasm to try something new. The Sea Shanties workshop is an ideal workshop for people who enjoy singing in groups. Contact www.siamsatire.com or call 066-7123055 to book. Cost €15.
PADRE PIO: November Devotions Castleisland on Tuesday, November 16 from 7.30pm – “The Holy Souls” It is their time, their space. They may need our prayers. Don’t let the sadness of parting destroy the special memories. Witness – by Fr Mossie Brick.
TRAINING: Pre-Apprenticeship Route programme; To qualify you will need to be at least 16 years of age and have completed a Level 4 Major Award, or hold an equivalent qualification. To learn more, talk to at Pat 061 578 114 or email pat.mcinerney.
TRACTOR SKILLS FOR WOMEN: Check out the tractor and machinery skills course at Salesian Agricultural College, email Hannah
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 Margaret & John O’Connell, Meenkilly and their daughter Maureen Burke. Paddy Flavin. P J Lane, Killarney Road/ Fealview. Saturday 6.30pm Patrick & David O’Connor, Caherhayes. Jack & Mary McKenna, Knockbrack. Donal & Nell & Patrick Fitzgerald. Kathleen O’Connor, Knocknasna. Sunday 10am Kathy Scanlon, Athea . Johnny & Mary Flynn, Banard. 12noon Shelia O’Connell, Kilconlea Lower. Dan Francis & Nell O’Connor, Main Street. Eamon Daly, Main Street /Castleknock. Nora Canty, Fealesbridge. 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. 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. The Annual Mass for all those who died since this time last year will be celebrated on Friday, November 25 at 7.00pm. During Mass a candle will be lit for each person who has died during the past twelve months and a member of their family will be invited to bring the candle to the altar. Mass for those who died in 2020: Last year due to the lockdown it was not possible to have relatives of all those who died in 2020 attend this annual Mass, so the Mass was livestreamed on the internet. We would like to offer an opportunity for all those who were bereaved from November 2019 to November 2020 to attend Mass for their loved ones who died during this period. We will offer Mass for these families and their deceased loved ones on Friday, November 19 at 7.00pm. During the ceremony of light, a relative of the
deceased will be invited to bring a candle to the altar in memory of their loved
ones. The necessary social distancing will be in place for these celebrations.
COMMUNITY ALERT: The following is some advice on protecting your home taken from www.garda.ie; ‘ Whether you are at home or going out, remember to turn on some lights, use timer switches, lock all doors and windows, use an alarm, store keys away from windows and letter boxes and do not keep large amounts of cash and jewellery in the house.’ If someone does call to your door and you are finding it hard to get rid of them then press your monitor which you should never take off and yes, I have been assured that it is waterproof. Please be careful when answering the phone to never disclose bank a/c details to anyone purporting to be calling from your phone provider, bank, credit card company etc. If they want those details over the phone then they are probably not for your good. Housing Aid for Older People Scheme which is used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. There is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact 069 69315. If someone does call to your door or drive into your yard then give the Gardai a ring on 06830010 and alert them that these people are around – this is an integral part of our community helping the Gardai to keep us all safe. 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.
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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