By Marian Harnett

DEATHS:  We offer our sympathy to the family of Nell Lane, St Ita’s Housing whose
funeral took place on Monday.

Sincere sympathy too to the family of Maurice McElligott, Grove Road on his recent death.

Wedding Bells: Congratulations and best wishes to Julie Moloney, Killarney Road and Patsy Browne, Athea on their recent wedding in Killarney.  We wish them many years of health and happiness.

CLASSES IN THE TECH:  The College of Further Education and Training, Abbeyfeale Campus is now accepting applications for a wide range of part-time courses commencing in September. These include Cookery, Art & Craft, Wood Turning, Upholstery, Furniture Restoration, Childcare, Local History, Genealogy and much more. For further details, and to apply, check out our website or call us on 06831198.

CHANGES IN THE DIOCESE:  Bishop Brendan Leahy has made the following Clerical changes, with effect from September 10.  Fr. Tony Mullins, continuing as Vicar General and Co-Parish Priest in the Pastoral Unit of Abbeyfeale, Athea, Templeglantine, Tournafulla/
Mountcollins, appointed as Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Ministry and Mission
in the Diocese.   Fr. Willie Russell, Co-Parish Priest of the Pastoral Unit made up of the parishes of Rathkeale, Ballingarry/Granagh, Knockaderry/Cloncagh to be Co-Parish Priest of the Unit made up of parishes of Abbeyfeale, Athea, Templeglantine, Tournafulla/Mountcollins. Fr Russell will reside in Abbeyfeale. As the news breaks about the changes in the Diocese we thank God for our priests:  “Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests. Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.  Help our priests to be strong in their faith and vocation.  Set their souls on fire with love for your people. Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need
to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.  Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.  Help them to become instruments of your divine grace, and to bring fresh heart to the parish, the Church, and the world.  We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest, forever and ever”.  Amen.

WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS BUS TO KNOCK:    A bus will leave the Community Centre, Lixnaw and travel via Abbeyfeale to Knock on Sunday, July 24 at 7am.  Anybody interested in going please get in touch with Margaret (066) 71 32515 or Mary (087) 950 1929.

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE Spiritual Director: Fr. Francis Nolan September 21-28.

Return flights from Cork. For details & bookings contact: Maura O’Keeffe Harcksen (Tralee) Tel: 066 7127143 or 087 1517696.

OSKARS:  The Oskars will be taking place in the Devon Inn on Friday, October 21.  This fundraiser for St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing has been rescheduled from October 2020.

COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS: Voluntary service Community First Responders. Provide a quick response to certain types of emergency callouts. The North East Kerry CFR Group covers, Abbeyfeale, Glin, Athea, Duagh, Knockanure, and Listowel, Parts of Moyvane, Ballylongford, and Tarbert. If interested in helping contact 087 6863 726.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: The Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights committee say “In our town, we believe in Christmas.  With this in mind, we started 5 years ago to provide new lighting.  Every year we work very hard with volunteers to fundraise so that we can add to our stock.  We need to raise a lot of money to finish our task “  Log onto I donate and you can enter a raffle for two Garth Brooks tickets for his concert in September with all monies going to the Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights committee

DAY CARE CENTRE:  Now open to visitors every Tuesday.  Contact Jane on 068 51850.

RAMBLING HOUSE:  Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalougha is back on the third Tuesday of each month.

TINTEAN Theatre Ballybunion on July 24.  Three legends of traditional Irish music will perform at Ballybunion Arts Festival. Dermot Byrne is on the button accordion, Steve Cooney is on guitar and Dezi Donnelly will play fiddle.

DANCING Ballybunion every Tuesday night from 7.30pm upstairs in the Community Centre.

DR. MURPHY’S RETIREMENT FUNCTION:Sunday, August 28 has been chosen for Athea and District celebration, of Dr. Kieran and Val Murphy’s contribution to the local community since 1984.

CITIZENS ADVICE:  They are available to deal with queries Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 4.15pm and can be contacted by phone on 0818075780 or by email [email protected]

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.  Confessions every Saturday evening at 6pm. To book a Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 068 51915.  Mass Intentions:  Wednesday 10am Jim White, Killarney Road.  Friday 10am Stephen O’Sullivan , Railway Road Months Mind.
Saturday 6.30pm Joe O’Connor and his daughter Michelle 3rd Anniversary.  Pauline (sport) Murphy , Ballybehy Months Mind.  Eileen Leahy, Bogmount Month Mind.
Sunday 10am Fionnuala O’Donnell, Caherhayes Anniversary.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 10am Mass until 8pm every Friday