PROLOGUE: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama.

A CALL OUT FOR SUMMER CLOTHES: – Ukrainian children boys & girls 4 to 10 years. T shirts, shorts, pants, dresses, shoes, runners, sandals etc. Clothes in good condition that your children have grown out of. These can be dropped out to the Ardagh Community Centre anytime between 8. 30am – 4p.m.Monday to Saturday. They are still looking for bikes for adults and children so that they could use the Greenway.

HELP TO STOP SMOKING: “Quit Mid West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service with clinics in your area. Quitting is much more likely to be successful with the right support, but many people still try to quit alone”. This month our Stop Smoking Advisor Stacey gives some top tips for beating cigarette cravings! HSE Quit Mid West – Dealing With Cravings – YouTube To request a call back from a stop smoking advisor phone Quit Mid West on 065 6865841 or email quit.midwest”

PATHWAYS: Kerry College Pathways are happy to announce their Open Event in the Clash Campus, Tralee V92 YE27 on Friday, May 27 from 11am – 2pm for anyone over 18 wishing to return to full-time education. All are welcome. For further information please email pathways.tralee or call Admissions Office in Denny Street, Tralee.

GLÓRACH BINGO; The signs on the approach roads to Abbeyfeale seem to have done the trick with large crowds attending our indoor Bingo at the Glórach, every Monday night starting at 8 pm. Prize money for the ‘house’ in eight of the games has soared from €70 to €80, aligning with the fine crowds that have attended since we moved back to the Glórach, and also courtesy of a generous Chairman.

CENTENARY MASS The Legion of Mary are celebrating their 100th Birthday all this year. The Legion was founded by Frank Duff, a native son, born in Dublin in 1921. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Ray Browne on Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m. in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney. We invite all the public to attend.

ALONE are currently looking for befriending volunteers in your area. Support and Befriending is a supported one-to-one relationship between a volunteer and an older person who has been linked in with ALONE. The ALONE Support and Befriending service provides companionship and practical support to older people who would like extra social contact through a weekly volunteer visit. The Support and Befriending service is designed to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, provide assistance to solve everyday problems and enable older people to feel secure at home. Visit for more details and to sign up.

KERRY PROGRESSIVE PATHWAYS Have you, a family member, a friend or are aware of someone with a Health Difficulty, Illness, Disability or Mental Health Challenge that is a barrier to looking for or gaining Employment or Training. If so, you should come along to the 2022 Employability Service Kerry & Department of Social Protection Progressive Pathways Fair in the Rose Hotel, Tralee on Wednesday, May 18 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. There will be organisations and support services, guest speakers & Industry experts with previous experience with supporting a person with additional needs available on the day to help & answer your questions. For further information contact 0667118758 or Employability Service Kerry – Home | Facebook.

ROSARY IN THE SQUARE: In Abbeyfeale a group of around 30 people under the watchful eye of Fr. Casey recited the Rosary in the Square at 4pm on Saturday, May 14 as part of the Rosary Rally throughout Ireland.

NEW MABS OUTREACH CLINIC: On Friday, March 4th and on every second of Friday of the month thereafter (excluding bank holidays) a MABS Outreach Clinic will be held in St. Ita’s Hall from 9am -12.30pm. The contact number for appointments is 0818 072210 for the North Munster MABS Limerick Office. Those wishing to make an appointment must make the call themselves due to GDPR.

A CHANCE TO WIN TWO GARTH BROOKS CONCERT TICKETS: PRO of the Christmas Lights committee Wioleta Kelly has been in touch: Hi, I’m Wioleta and I’m messaging you on behalf of the Abbeyefeale Christmas Lights Committee. We have a raffle where you are in with a chance to win 2 tickets for the Garth Brooks concert this September. All money from the raffle will go towards buying more lights for our town. Here is a link to our Facebook page limerick

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. Confessions every Saturday evening at 6pm.. To book a Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 068 51915. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Margaret Colbert Dempsey, New York and Killarney Rd. 1st. Anniversary. Friday Vila Nova Fernamdes Anniversary. Saturday 11am First Holy Communion. 2pm First Holy Communion. 6.30pm Kathleen Wren and deceased family members. Bridget, Pats, Danjoe and Jeremiah Murphy, Banard. Nora and William Flynn and deceased family members. Breda McAuliffe Banard 1st Anniversary. Des Stanley Leitrim 1st. Anniversary. Sunday 10am Denis Barry, Clash Road. Jack and Nell Gleeson Killarney Road. Fr Denis and Fr Tony are assisted in the overall running of the five churches in the pastoral area by the Pastoral Area Council. The Pastoral Area Council is comprised of representative of the five churches in the area along with the priests of the area. There are 16 Pastoral Areas in the diocese. In the very near future there will be just two priests serving in each pastoral area in the diocese. Some of the changes taking place in the parish of Abbeyfeale include new arrangements for funerals and baptisms. After consultation with the Pastoral Area Council, and the parish councils in each of the five parishes, it was agreed, that due to the number of Sunday Masses celebrated in the fivechurches in the area, it will no longer be possible to have funeral Masses on a Sunday. This has been the case in the diocese of Kerry for some years. We are also asking families who are bereaved, where possible, to continue with the practice of bringing the remains of the deceased to the church on the morning of the funeral Mass, rather than the night before. Over the coming weeks we will see a greater involvement of lay people in the leading of the prayers at funerals, such as the prayers for the deceased in funeral homes, in the family home of the deceased and at the burial ceremony. Adoration will continue in the Blessed Sacrament chapel each Friday from 11am to 8pm. New Arrangements for the celebration of Baptisms: From the first weekend in June the following will be the arrangements for baptisms in Abbeyfeale and Athea churches. Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Baptisms in Athea will be celebrated on the third Saturday of the month during the summertime at 2.30pm and the third Sunday of the month in wintertime at 12noon. Baptisms booked in prior to these new arrangements will be celebrated on the date they are booked for. To book in a baptism in Abbeyfeale call to the sacristy after Mass at 10.30a.m Tuesday – Friday or after any of the weekend Masses. Ring 068/51915 during Mass time. We thank parishioners for their understanding and support in these new arrangements. If you would like to contribute to this year’s TrócaireLenten campaign we ask you to This weekend we are delighted to announce that we will be re establishing the ministry of Altar Serving at our weekend Masses. We are inviting children of fifth class to help in the celebrationof Mass by becoming Altar Servers. Altar serving is a special and unique role for children. This invitation is open to all the children in our parish. Children attending all schools are welcome to volunteer. For further information parents should contact Fr Tony or Anne our sacristan. It is hoped to have a meeting of children and parents on the third week of May. For further information contact the sacristy after Mass or telephone 068-51915 any morning between 10.00am and 10.45pm. We value and encourage the participation of children and young people in the celebration of our parish liturgies, and we ask parents to encourage their child to become an altar server. Children who served Mass prior to the covid-19 pandemic are very welcome to return. Their parents should contact Anne prior to their returning. Congratulations to the children from Meenkilly, Dromtrasna and Knocknasna National Schools who received their First Holy Communion at the weekend. We also congratulate all the 6th year students from Coláiste Ide and Iosef who graduated last weekend. We wish them great success in the Leaving Certificate exams.

FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS FROM GALILEE TO JERUSALEM 2022: Take the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land from August 31 – September 10 with Group Leader Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director,Fr. John Newman ( a Scripture Scholar). For further information ring Micheál de Barra on 086 8337681 or email info

BIODIVERSITY: A week of events that celebrate Kerry’s wildlife will take place from. From Saturday May 14 – Sunday May 22. There will be a talk on local man, the late John Moriarty, by Dr Kevin Power in Killarney House. Further details can be obtained from vita ROI (048) 7126289.

SOCIAL FARMING: Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of Social Support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day-to-day activities on the farm. Interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Eadaoin, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or email her eoconnell

BACK ON TRACK: Debt Solutions: Debt Relief Notice – You may be eligible for a DRN if a. Your unsecured debts are €35,000 or less. b, You do not have a mortgage or own a property or other large asset. c You have €60 or less left after reasonable living expenses each month – the Approved Intermediary will go through this with you. d. You meet the criteria for having very little assets apart from some essential items of value. e. You have not been granted a DRN before. Approved Intermediaries (AIs) can be found on www. alex 01 210790. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, #CoerciveControl reach out and talk to someone you trust. Call or Text our support team on 057 9351886/0860419154. COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: The support line is open every day, 8am-8pm, by calling 081 822 2024. 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. Text 50808 to receive support from a volunteer. Depression & Bipolar Disorder Support supportmail A helpline for 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 jo 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. . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: info

Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email info@childrensgriefcentre.

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