By Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE: “Do all the good you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – from Wesleyan Chapel plaque in Church Street. Tarbert – 1830.

DEATH: We offer our sincere sympathy to the family of the late Mattie Kelly, St. Ita’s Sheltered Houses, Convent St. who has died.  A native of Rylane who went to England in the early 1950’s Mattie retired to live in Abbeyfeale in 2006 and took over the maintenance of the Church yard and the yard of the disused Convent building and for the following 14 years until Mattie’s health deteriorated he kept the place spotless. He was a great community man and is sadly missed.  May he rest in peace.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE GLÓRACH:  After tentative success in our two Autumn concerts, we’re really looking forward to this upcoming gig at the Glórach Theatre.  Acclaimed Buttevant musician Alan Finn of Shandrum Céilí band fame, and who has played for former US President Barack Obama, will be making the journey to Abbeyfeale next month.  He will be joined on the night by a stellar group of musicians that includes Keelan McGrath, Seán Kelliher and singer Annmarie O’Riordan.  The gig takes place at 8 pm on Saturday, February 19th.  Tickets are selling fast and can be bought at Abbey Tiles at an Siopa Milseáin, or by ringing 0871383940.  We will be also selling some tickets at the drive-in Bingo next Sunday.

GLÓRACH BINGO:  PRO Lorcan Curtin reports : “A great turnout once again, although the weather of the previous Sunday’s wasn’t replicated, with a cold, misty rain blowing in from the west.  The tea at the interval for the volunteers was most welcome and invoked memories of the late, great Con Houlihan’s description of tea in the bog.  Look forward to seeing ye at the GAA grounds next Sunday, February 6th, with the usual starting time of 1.30 pm”.

PILGRIMAGES TO MEDJUGORJE May 25th ex Cork to Mostar. June.22nd. Ex Cork to Dubrovnik. September 14th ex Shannon to Mostar. Cost is €775. If you pay a deposit of €100  you will avail of €50 discount and secure your place. Balance of €625  can be paid 6weeks before departure.

Contact Tom Dennehy for further information
on 0876468658..

TREES: The planting of trees donated by the Sikh Community in memory of Michael Max McAuliffe is due to take place on February 19th at Templeglantine.

TALK IN CON COLBERT HALL, ATHEA: The Healthy Athea Club has invited Ciaran Carey, former hurling manager, selector and player and now working as an addiction counsellor to give a talk on, February 25th at Con Colbert Hall.

BEREAVED: Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tues. 8th Feb. at 7:20pm in Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee. Event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. *Subject to Government advise* See or call Info. Line on 01 4045378.

CHURCH NEWS:   Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219.  Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030 email [email protected] Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133. To book a |Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 0668 51915. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 11am Funeral of Mrs. Eily Harnett, Purt.  Thursday 10am Feast of St. Blaise and blessing of candles.  Saturday 6.30pm  Willie Pa O’Connor, Collins Park.  2nd Anniversary.  John Joe Lane, Ballaugh 1st. Anniversary.  Jerry O’Riordan, Dromtrasna Harnett.  Sunday 10am Mary Mann, Church St.

Baptisms Saturday 5pm or Sundays 1pm.  Monthly Mass for the sick of the parish will be celebrated at 10am on the last Friday of the month.  In the event of a funeral the Mass will change to the previous Thursday.  Covid 19 limits on capacity for indoor and outdoor events will no longer apply.  As some people may continue to have concerns, we are asking people who attend Mass to continue to wear masks, to sanitise their hands and to continue to receive Holy Communion on the hand only.

ARE YOU PLANNING TO GET MARRIED:  Accord the Catholic Church Marriage support service is currently offering a four-module interactive Marriage Preparation Programme via video link. This programme is offered to couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church during Covid19 and is facilitated by professionally trained Accord Facilitators. The final part of this preparation for marriage requires the couple to meet in person with the priest or deacon from the parish of the Bride. In order to participate in the programme couples will need access to the cloud platform Zoom preferably on a laptop or PC. All programme materials are sent by post to the address indicated on the booking form prior to the commencement of the programme. The Virtual Marriage Preparation Programme is collaborative between the couples and the Accord facilitating team. All couple discussions are completely private and confidential. In order to maximise the benefits from the programme couples are encouraged to book their marriage preparation programme a minimum of six monthsin advance of their wedding date. As programmes are delivered through Zoom you are welcome to book through any Accord Centre. We very much look forward to welcoming you on an Accord Marriage Preparation Programme. For further information contact ACCORD at 01 5053112 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) or Email : [email protected] Newcastle West Office Tel 069-61000
Accord CLG Online Counselling Accord also offers support to couples or individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their marriage. In addition to in person counselling, Accord are also offering Online Counselling. For further information email on their dedicated Email Address [email protected] local office for ACCORD in West Limerick is located at the Parish Centre, Newcastle West, Tel 069-61000.