By Marian Harnett

DEATHS: We offer our sincere sympathies to the families of the late John Joe Lane, Ballaugh, Kate Curtin, Dromtrasna and Mary Clancy. New Street who died recently.  We also offer our sympathies to Paddy Flynn, Main Street on the death of his brother Frankie in Perth, Australia, Mary Behan, Clash and Timmy Collins, Ballybehy on the death of their sister Christina Walsh in Achill Island and J.J. Healy Knocknasna on the death of his wife Noreen in Lyreacompane.

PARENTING SUPPORT PROGRAMME: This 6-week programme is for parents of children under 12 & is on-line via Zoom, starting Wednesday, February 24, from 11am to 12.30pm but excluding Wednesday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) and finishing on Wednesday, April 7.  Registration is essential, or for information, contact Mary on 087 9382883 or email [email protected]

ON-LINE LENTEN ADORATION: Adoration Initiative for Lent and commit to that hour, text Fidelma at 086 –2603421 the following information:

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: will be aired on the Radio 99.9fm every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 4pm. The Stations are on the Radio only, so you can listen from your own homes.

URGENT MESSAGE RE: PHONE SCAM: People have been receiving calls from Tel:  +375602605281, Tel: +37127913091, Tel: +37178565072, Tel: +56322553736, Tel: +37052529259, Tel: +255901130460 or any number starting from +371 +375 +381.

These guys only ring once and hang up.   If you call back, they can copy your contact list in 3sec and if you have a bank or credit card details on your phone, they can copy that too…

+375 code is for Belarus . +371 code is for Lativa. +381 Serbia. +563 Valparaiso.+370 Vilnius. +255 Tanzania.  Don’t answer or Call back.  Also, Don’t Press #90 or #09 on your Mobile when asked by any caller.   It’s a new trick which is use to access your SIM card, make calls at your expense and frame you as a criminal.

SELLING ONLINE: Moving Your Business Online: This free course will provide you with all the information required to create a business plan for moving online with your business and is running on Monday, February 22, from 9.30am to 1.00pm.  Delivered by Talent Pool and supported by West Limerick Resources and Limerick Local Enterprise Office, it is open to all new and existing businesses operating in the Limerick area. This training will be carried out through Zoom and pre-booking is essential. In relation to one-to-one, group meetings and the current situation regarding Coronavirus, please see Notice to Public above. For further information and to book your place, please contact Aimee Grigg at West Limerick Resources on 069 66295 or email [email protected]

TAKEOUT AVAILABLE: We all need something to look forward to during these months of pandemic so why not treat yourself to a meal from Leens Hotel.  Available from 1-8pm seven days a week. Conor Mc Carthy’s Kitchen Table has also reopened for Takeaway and the Green Gourmet in Convent St.  is open for takeaway until 3pm Monday to Friday.

FREE ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR JOB SEEKERS:  Training to provide specific knowledge & skills to enable you to work through the Pandemic. Manual Handling, Infection Prevention & Control, Safe Use of PPE.  Starts February 24.  Contact Finn 087 759 1951 to register.

WANTED:   Trainers & Mentors Wanted: Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP) is looking to form a panel of experts to support the delivery of SICAP activities. For Expression of Interest Form please visit or contact SICAP Co-ordinator, Dearbhla Conlon Ahern on [email protected]

JOBS: Follow for daily posts on job vacancies and training opportunities throughout West Limerick.

CHURCH CLOSURE: Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219.  Due to current restrictions around Covid-19 parishioners are not allowed to attend Mass inside the Church Building but you are more than welcome to attend Mass in the Church Car Park in the comfort of your own car and listen to Mass on the Car Park Radio on 107fm.  Due to current restrictions only 6 people are allowed to attend weddings and 10 to attend funerals.  The Blessed Sacrament chapel is open every day from 11-6pm for private prayer.  Reader’s lists and Missal are available from the sacristy.  .St Anthony Novena take place each Monday evening during the 7pm Mass.  Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help each Friday morning at 10am Mass.

PARISH FINANCES: PP Canon Tony Mullins writes:  I would like to acknowledge the ongoing financial support of parishioners. Your donations to the church and the various collections are greatly appreciated. However, the ongoing lockdown continues to impact on parish finances. Last year the offertory collection was down by 35% on the previous year’s collection. The offertory collection is the main source of income for the parish. Despite the lockdown, the continuing maintenance of the church building and the service provided to parishioners remains constant. I encourage parishioners to continue to make contributions towards the running of the church. You can do so by setting up a direct debit with your bank. For further information on this method of donating to the parish, contact the parish office and you will be helped in putting the payment in place. Parishioners can also contribute to the parish through the DONATE system now in place on the parish website. All donations are welcome. Sincere thanks to all of you for your ongoing generosity to the parish and for all the personal support that I receive. God Bless and protect you at this time.”