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Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale

Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale
Feast of St Bridget / Feast of Blessing of Candles / Feast of St Blaise / Lent 2023 / Confirmation / Funding for St Ita’s Hall / Synod 2023 / Mass Times / Thank You.
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Feast of St Brigid Wednesday 1st of February 2023
Wednesday, 1 February, is the Feast of Saint Brigid, Abbess and Secondary Patron of Ireland. Saint Brigid is renowned for her hospitality, helping the poor and care of the sick. Saint Brigid was born in Faughart, Co. Louth in 454. When she was young her father wished to make a very suitable marriage for her, but she insisted on giving her life to God. She received her formation from St Mel in Ardagh, Co Longford. Other women followed her example and Brigid went on to found a double monastery in Kildare with the assistance of Bishop Conleth. The Saint Brigid’s Cross, in legend used by Brigid to explain the Christian faith, remains a popular sign of God’s protection. Many families traditionally make a St Brigid’s Cross for the feast day and pray to St Brigid for God’s blessings as we enter the season of Spring.  Mass for the feast of St Brigid will be celebrated on Wednesday 1st Feb. at 10.00am. During the Mass St Brigid’s Crosses will be blessed.
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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Blessings of Candles).
Thursday 2nd of February Mass at 10.00am. During the Mass candles will be blessed in remembrance of Simeon who recognised Christ as a ‘Light to reveal God to the nations’. Traditionally candles are blessed on this feast day. (Candlemas Day).
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Feast St Blaise Friday 3rd February (Blessing of Throats)
St Blaise was bishop of San Sebastea in Armenia. Tradition states that he was a physician before becoming a bishop. Since the eight century he has been venerated as patron of those who suffer from disease of the throat. Blessing of throats will take place after Mass on Friday 3rd February at 10.00am. St Blaise was martyred in 315.
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Lent 2023
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. This year Ash Wednesday is on the 22nd of February. Mass at 10.00am and at 7.00pm
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Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Brendan Leahy on Friday 10th of March 2023
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Funding for St Ita’s Hall
€300,000 in funding has been approved for the renovation and upgrading of St Ita’s Community Hall, on Convent Street.
We are delighted to announce that following several months of collaboration between a small group of representatives from Abbeyfeale Parish, Abbeyfeale Community Council, West Limerick Resources, and Foróige West Limerick, our application has been approved for the funding needed to undertake major renovation works to revitalise St. Ita’s Hall, as it approaches its 100th birthday. The national application process was highly competitive, with a large number of applications, but our collective community-style approach in preparing the application has led to its success. The Hall has been and continues to be a central location for our Community, for a wide range of activities and service delivery, catering to all ages.
Huge Thank You to all Elected Representatives who supported this Application while making its way through the evaluation process.
Funding was approved by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), under its Community Centres Investment Fund (CCIF) which was announced earlier in the year. The fund is being managed and administered by Pobal on behalf of the Government.
Details on when renovation works are expected to begin will be announced in due course.
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Synod 2023:
Pope Francis formally launched a two-year global consultation process leading to the 2023 Synod. A Synod means “coming together.”
Pope Francis says “it’s time to look others in the eye and listen to what they have to say, to build rapport, to be sensitive to the questions of our sisters and brothers, to let ourselves be enriched by the variety of charisms, vocations and ministries.”

The Vatican has released a preparatory document with questions for reflection and asked that diocese and parishes throughout the world answer these questions to provide feedback on their local experience.
We are at present looking at these questions throughout the diocese and are meeting to listen to peoples views and opinions. Here in Abbeyfeale the Parish Pastoral Council began this process at a meeting in November. A second meeting will be held in early March to look at the second phase of this process. Findings and views will be forwarded to the diocese and these responses will be part of a diocesan report which will be submitted to the Synod in Rome 2023.
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Mass Times / Live via Church Webcam
Mon: 7 pm (Also 11 am on day of Funeral)
Tue – Fri: 10am (Will move to 11 am on day of Funeral)
Saturday:  6.30pm Sunday Vigil
Sunday: 10 am  and  12.00 noon
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Thank You
Sincere thanks to all who continue to support the parish financially. Your contributions are appreciated very much and will help us to meet ongoing expenses. We would also like to make parishioners aware that they can now contribute to the parish through the DONATE button on this website. Your generosity to the parish is important and we are grateful for your continued support.
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Church of the Assumption
The Church of the Assumption was built during the years 1966 – 1968 under the leadership of Philip Canon Enright, who is buried in the grounds. The Church replaced St Mary’s Church which was located in New Street and where St Mary’s Boys National School now resides. The land was kindly donated by the Broderick family and the Sisters of Mercy Abbeyfeale. It provides valuable parking for those entering the town of Abbeyfeale today.

In the grounds of the Church, there is a statue to the memory of James Joseph Sheehy who died in 1948 in Chicago. Mr. Sheehy was a native of the area and it was erected by Fr. Vincent J. Sheehy in 1985 who was a priest in Miami. The Holy Water font in the grounds is believed to come from the original Cistercian Abbey. A Grotto has also been erected to the right of the Church.
To the left of the Church, there is a small plot where priests who served in the area or came from the area are buried. Three members of the McEnery family are buried here. Thomas, Patrick and Denis were all priests in the Diocese of Duluth in Minnesota. Also, two brothers of the Murphy family, Seán and T. J. were priests in Rockhampton, Australia. Two other priests who preached the Gospels in far-flung places were J. Downey in Canberra, Australia, and Monsignor Daniel P. Collins in Los Angeles. Two local priests are also buried here, Monsignor Dan Gallagher and Canon O’Donoghue.
There is a stained glass window of Mary at the back of the church. In the left Transept, there is a stained glass window depicting Jesus healing the sick. There is also a Crucifix in this Transept. The adjoining plaque states that the crucifix is to Denis Bailey of Rockchapel, who contributed to the Sheltered Housing Scheme.
An interesting feature of this church is the small chapel to Jesus attached to the left transept. To the left of the altar in this Chapel, there is a statue of the Sacred Heart, while to the right is a statue of Mary. Stained glass windows in this Chapel depict the resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles, the Crucifixion, and the bread and wine of Mass. These stained glass windows are donated in memory of Denis and Mary Lyons of Port, Abbeyfeale, Dick and Mary Hartnett of Port, Sr. Theresa, Joe and Eily, Connie, Sr. Immaculata, and Bridie Hartnett of Port, and James and Julia Quirke respectively. The chapel was opened in June 1991 by Bishop Newman.
In the main Church, there is a stained glass window of the Good Samaritan on the left behind the altar, while the stained glass window on the right depicts Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. There is a shrine to Mary Immaculate to the left of the main Altar. In the right Transept of the church there are two shrines, one to St Joseph, and one to Mary. The stained glass window in the right Transept depicts the healing of the lepers.

Blessed Sacrament Church

Blessed Sacrament Church

Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale2016 saw the Silver Jubilee of our Blessed Sacrament chapel which was built under the direction of Canon James Neville RIP. This sacred space is greatly used by so many in our parish.

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Notices


Community notices 7th Dec 2022

PROLOGUE:  It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living”.
F. Scott Fitzgerald.
MESSAGE FROM THE PASTORAL COUNCIL:  The Pastoral Council are grateful to the Glórach Theatre Board for making the Glórach car park available to those attending the Celtic Brothers Concert [...]

Contact details for Clergy in the Pastoral Area.

Canon Tony Mullins P.P. / 087 260 0414
Fr Willie Russell / 087 227 2825
Fr Denis Mullane / 087 262 1911
Fr Dan Lane (Retired) / 087 253 3030
Abbeyfeale Parish Office: Open 11:00 am – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. / 068 31133
Abbeyfeale Church / 068 51915 (During Mass times Only)
Parish Support Worker / 068 31019
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