By Kathleen Mullane

Firstly can I take this opportunity in wishing Domhnall and Lillian, fellow correspondents, along with all readers of the Athea newsletter a very happy, peaceful and safe Christmas. Having just heard on the news about a new strain of the virus far more dangerous and fast moving than the present one, we all have to be extra careful and do what is right, it’s when it comes to one’s own door or parish that it sinks in.

The death took place during  the past week of Tommy Kelly of Coole West, Athea in the care of the staff of Killeline nursing home. Tommy had many friends and was described as a lovable rogue. Requiem Mass on Friday was followed by burial to Holy Cross Cemetery. Sincere sympathy to his family, sisters, brothers, relatives and many friends. May the light of heaven be his.

The CD ‘LE CHEILE’ is on sale at Collins’ Shop for 10 Euro with all proceeds going to THE FRIENDS OF ST ITA’S. It features some great singers including Fr. Tony Mullins, Fr Liam Enright, Fr Tim Curtin and many others. A nice Christmas present.

A nice crowd attended the Athea Credit Union A.G.M. in the church on Sunday afternoon last with Covid restrictions in place. Our Credit Union is gone from strength to strength in recent years and is a great asset to our community and is always there  to lend a hand and if anyone is in difficulty they can always go in and talk to them.

Christmas masses will be by ticket only next weekend  at 4pm 6pm and 8pm on Christmas Eve, and 9am and 11am on Christmas day. Mass will be as usual on St Stephen’s evening at 7.30 pm and on Sunday 27th at 10.30 am.

Thought for this time of year:

Remember how precious LIFE is – cherish every moment and tell the ones you love – THAT YOU DO LOVE THEM.