By Kathleen Mullane

‘Happy Valentines’ 

Well by the time this newsletter is published you will have either celebrated Valentine’s Day over the past weekend – as some have done or else yesterday Tuesday 14th– being Valentine’s Day. On the other hand you may be waiting until next weekend and also you may not bother if “you’ve passed that stage in your life”. However, Pope Francis is urging everyone of us to celebrate “The Joys of Love” this Valentine’s Day and has a leaflet published with “3 phrases” that make for a successful relationship.

“May I?”- yes, courtesy kindles love.

“Thank you”- always say those words, they cost nothing

and last but not least he advises to say “I’m sorry” – never let the sun go down on your anger!.

Well “Happy Valentine’s to one and all – enjoy!

Well its great to have the Athea Drama’s production this week of “Anyone Could Rob a Bank” as there would have been a very low atmosphere, after the Lip-Sync if there wasn’t something to look forward to. I went to see it on Saturday night and it’s a great laugh – with some wonderful acting. And I seriously think Damien Ahern would be well able for a fight with Conor McGregor! You still have a chance to see the show this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Congrats to Peter O’Connor of Hillside Drive who celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday night last along with his family and friends.

Well done to the pupils of Athea N.S. who took part in the 10-10-10 on Friday last in conjunction with Operation Transformation, with the classes all doing their 10mins workout at 10am on the 10th February.

A reminder that the Sacristan’s Collection for Anne Mulvihill and Carol O’Connor will take place at all masses on 25th/26th/ February with envelopes available at the church doors. Please give as generously as possible as they give tremendous help at the church.

Congrats to Patrick Langan of Glenagragra who will be appearing on this Saturday night’s ‘Winning Streak’ show on RTE1. I’m sure there was great excitement when his name was called out. Best of luck Pat, all Athea will be rooting for you.

Athea Comhaltas, under the leadership of Donal de Barra, will be performing a traditional concert in the near future to raise funds to send 3 youth volunteers from the parish to Lourdes and maybe some invalids on the West Limerick pilgrimage in June. We look forward in anticipation to the same.