By Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE: “There’s no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing.  Alfred Wainwright.

PADRE PIO:  June Devotions Castleisland on Tuesday, June 29 at 7.30pm. Witness will be given by Amanda Devine who is the senior Padre Pio Tour Guide, based in San Giovanni Rotondo. Amanda walks in the footprints of Padre Pio every day.

FLEADHFEST LUIMNIGH 2021:  It was premiered over the June Bank Holiday in three separate episodes, each about 50 minutes long.

On Friday the first episode was broadcast on the special Comhaltas channel on YouTube. Episode one featured a welcome address from the current Mayor of Limerick, Cllr. Michael Collins and material submitted by CCÉ Áth an tSléibhe (Athea), CCÉ Baile Dhá Thuile (Ballyhahill), CCÉ Ballyhoura (Kilfinane) and CCÉ Garraí Eoin (Garryowen).

For those that missed these programmes at the weekend, they will continue to be available on the Comhaltas YouTube channel at

ELDERLY: Bishops have welcomed the introduction by Pope Francis of a new World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly which will be celebrated for the first time this year by the Universal Church on Sunday 25 July.

CAR BOOT SALE:  At the Community Centre NCW next to Aldi and the GAA pitch on Sunday, July 10 from 8.30am – 1pm.  Admission €2.  Stall holders may book by calling 069 69584.  All proceeds to the Community Centre.

RTÉ BROADCAST IN ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL:  This Thursday, June 24 Mass will be broadcast on RTÉ 1 at 10.30am.

GLÓRACH BINGO:  Drive-In Bingo is one of the few outdoor events that can take place without an upper limit on attendance.  People are asked to remain in their vehicles throughout the afternoon, with the clubhouse remaining closed other than for toilet access.  Although, on-line bingo had been a feature during lock-down, all present agreed that you can’t beat the Real McCoy for fun, frivolity and some folding cash for the lucky winners, of which there were aplenty given that a total €3,150 was paid out to those lucky enough to have their numbers called.

So, cancel all other engagements and turn up this Sunday, June 27 at 2pm to the GAA Car Park in Abbeyfeale to be in with a chance of winning some of the minimum prize money of €3,150.  You won’t get a better offer and IT COULD BE YOU!

  1. ITA’S DAY CARE CENTRE: St Ita’s Day Care Centre, Abbeyfeale are now doing Meals on Wheels. If anyone is interested or would like further information please contact Jane/Norma at 068 51850.

CHURCH NEWS: Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219. Priest on Call during the summer months Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030I. No Saturday morning Mass.  Intentions for next weekend 6.30pm Ann Cullinane, Killarney Road 1st Anniversary.  Sunday10am Richard Gleeson, Kilconlea Lower.  Gerard Cotter, New Street 1st. Anniversary.  12noon Denny Murphy, Glenashrone 50th Anniversary.  Brian McAleer.  David Leahy & Rebecca Leahy &Mick Collins and Maurice Griffin.   St Anthony’s Novena each Monday evening during the 7pm Mass. Confirmation and First Communion:   Both Sacraments will be celebrated here in the parish on the week of July 5 – 8. There will be two ceremonies each day and a rehearsal with the children and their parents each evening. As a result, the main church will be closed to all other parishioners from the evening of the July 4 – 9.  Parishioners are encouraged to join in the ceremonies through the Church Services TV Network or through the Church Radio on 107FM. The Church will reopen to all parishioners for 10.00a.m. Mass on Friday, July 9. The dates and times are as follows:  Monday July 5. Meenkilly/Knocknasna. Confirmation 12.00noon. First Communion 2.30p.m.Tuesday 6. Dromtrasna. Confirmation 12.00noon. First Communion 2.30p.m.Wednesday 7. Scoil Mháthar Dé. Confirmation 12.00noon. First Communion 2.30p.m. Thursday 8. St Mary’s Boys. Confirmation 12.00noon. First Communion 2.30p.m.  Should there be a funeral that week it will be held at 10am.

VACCINE ETHICS AND EQUITY: Bishops have encouraged Catholics to support the programme of vaccination, not only for their own good, but for the protection of life and the health of those who are vulnerable. In renewing that message, bishops acknowledged the hard work that has been done in both jurisdictions in Ireland to implement the Covid-19 vaccination programme and offered their appreciation to all who have been involved in the process. It was also noted that many people have expressed their appreciation of the professionalism and courtesy that they have experienced at the vaccination centres.  Recognising the urgent need to address the huge shortfall of vaccine supply to developing countries, bishops welcomed commitments made by the G7 group of nations, during its meeting June 11-13, to make large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines available to developing countries and by the EU to support the expansion of vaccine production in Africa. While the quantity offered is in no way adequate, bishops stated that vaccine equity is a very serious moral test for the global community.

COMMUNITY RADIO:  WL102fm are relying on tickets sales for their weekly draw to keep them on air as this is the only fundraiser that they can hold at the minute.  Tickets are available in Kathleen’s Food Store, Convent St., Mikey’s stall in the Square, Moss the Farmers’ and also in the Siopa Nua.

LOUGH DERG 2021: Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional 3 Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats. Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to“ Do Lough Derg from wherever you are” on  July 3-5. The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be available as the summer goes on. Further information from Lough Derg office (0353) 719861518 or