By Marian Harnett

DEATHS:  We offer our sympathy to the family of the late Philomena Curtin, nee Ahern on her recent death.  We also offer our sympathies to the family of the late Ned Ahern, New St. whose burial took place on Monday.  We also offer our sympathies to Kevin Hennessy on the death of his brother and to Sean and Tom Healy on the recent death of their brother Eddie.   May they all rest in peace.

WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS:  Congratulations to Clara Daly daughter of Steven and Mairead and Paul Murphy son of Teddy and Teresa who celebrated the sacrament of Marriage here in Abbeyfeale last Friday. We wish them every blessing in their married life together.

CHRISTMAS MASSES IN ABBEYFEALE:  Masses on Christmas Eve will be celebrated at 5.00pm and 8.00pm. and on Christmas Day at 8.00am, 10.00am and 12noon with admission strictly ticket only.   Draw for tickets will take place on Thursday, December 17 and the draw will be live streamed on the church webcam at 7.00pm.

During Christmas, all Masses will be livestreamed on the Church Services webcam. The 10.00a.m Mass on Christmas day will also be broadcast live on West Limerick 102FM. In addition, a parish radio system will be installed to enable those who wish to attend Mass in the car park to tune into the Mass on 106fm while remaining in their cars.  Holy Communion will be distributed at the Grotto. Unfortunately, it is not possible to accommodate all who would wish to attend Mass this Christmas, but we invite you to join us on the church webcam system and on local radio.

PASTORAL SUPPORT TO PARISHIONERS IN NURSING HOMES:  Due to the necessary Covid -19 restrictions it is not possible for Fr Tony to visit parishioners in Nursing Homes this Christmas. Fr Tony is asking family members to let him know which nursing homes their relatives are resident in so that he can write to them for Christmas. All contact details will remain confidential to Fr Tony. You can email the contact details to [email protected] or text 087-2600414.

HOLY COMMUNION CALLS: Fr Tony has resumed Holy Communion Calls to those confined at home, he will telephone first.

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS: The Lyreacrompane and District Journal, Number 13 is available at Annes Shop in the Square and at Twohig’s SuperValu in Abbeyfeale.  Pat McLoughlin’s new book is also available at Ann Lyons’s with Pat donating all proceeds to St. Ita’s Hospital.   Le Chéile is a new musical treat for Christmas CD in aid of Friends of Saint Ita’s Newcastle West, and the Butterfly Club Rathkeale. It is on sale at present costing €10. The CD includes the following artists, Coolcappa choir members, Michael Nash, Ann Phelan, Jean O’Brien, Charlie Reynolds, Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright, Michael Enright, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Enda Walsh, Michael Doyle, Siobhan Doody and the Newcastle West Choir.