By Marian Harnet

HOME CARERS:  Affordable Live-in Homecare provides live-in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom today on 087 991 6791 or 087 744 0729.  Website is

THIRD AGE CHARITY:  ‘Failte Isteach’is a community project involving predominately older volunteers welcoming migrants through conversational English classes.  The project provides the necessary language skills to new migrants in a student centred, welcoming and inclusive manner while involving older volunteers and recognising their skills, expertise and contribution to the community.  For more information log on to www.

LOUGH DERG:  The season has opened and all details of the Pilgrimage programme can be viewed on the website – included are the One Day Retreats, the Three Day Pilgrimage from 1st June – 15th August and the new Pilgrimage experience along the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path. One day retreats will also take place during the months of August and September. Three Day Pilgrimages will commence in July and continue in July and August.  Saturday, August 13 is the last day for pilgrims to begin the Three-Day Pilgrimage.  For further information log on to or ring 071 9861518.

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. First Holy Communion will take place in the parish next Saturday May 14 at 11am for the children of Dromtransa School and 2pm for the children of Meenkilly and Knocknasna Schools. Feast of Our Lady of Fatima Friday May 13.  Fr Denis and Fr Tony are assisted in the overall running of the five churches in the pastoral area by the Pastoral Area Council.  The Pastoral Area Council is comprised of representative of the five churches in the area along with the priests of the area.  There are 16 Pastoral Areas in the diocese. In the very near future there will be just two priests serving in each pastoral area in the diocese.  Some of the changes taking place in the parish of Abbeyfeale include new arrangements for funerals and baptisms.