Church Notices: Mass readers Castlemahon Church Saturday night Feb 1 at 7.30pm is May O’Brien
Feohanagh Church Sunday morning Feb 2 at 11am is Con Doody.
Eucharistic Ministers Castlemahon Church Julia Foley.
Feohanagh Church Siobhán Murphy.
Blessing of CandleS: Sunday next February 2 is Candlemas day and blessing of candles will take place at 7.30pm mass in Castlemahon on Saturday night and at mass in Feohanagh on Sunday morning. Please bring candles before mass.
Blessing of throats: The blessing of throats will take place after 7.30pm. Mass in Castlemahon on Saturday night February 1st and in Feohanagh Church on Sunday Feb 2 following 11am Mass.
Seven Steps: The next seven steps meeting will take place in Feohanagh Sacristy on Monday Feb 3 at 7.30pm. All interested in taking part are welcome to attend.
Collection for the homeless: The church gate collection that will be taken up this weekend in Castlemahon and Feohanagh Church will be in aid of the Homeless Organisation run by the associated Charities trust. By supporting this collection you will be providing housing shelters and support for those who are homeless and all support will be much appreciated.
G.A.A Victory Dinner Dance: Following a very successful year in hurling and football Feohanagh Castlemahon G.A.A will hold the clubs victory dance on this Saturday night February 1st in The Devon Inn Hotel with Music by Keep in Touch. Tickets are €25 adults and €15 for u18. Tickets are available from any committee member. Looking forward to the great support in celebrating the great victories of 2013.
I.C.A: after the long Christmas break the Castlemahon I.C.A guild will be back on Monday 3rd February at 8pm in Castlemahon parish hall. Looking forward to seeing everyone again after the Christmas break.
Sincere sympathy: The death took place on Saturday Jan 18 of Pasty Hennessy Killeline Heights and late of Killoughteen. Deepest sympathy is expressed to his wife Nora (nee O’Donoghue) his two sons, sisters in law Chrissie, Joan and Mary, Brother in law Tom and all his extended family. May he Rest in Peace.
Sympathy is extended also to Mike and Bridget Lane, Ardine on the death of Mike’s Father Denis D Lane, Brosna. The funeral took place on Tuesday Jan 21. May he rest in peace.
Rev Dean Fr Michael Kelly RIP: The parishioners of Mahoonagh Parish were saddened to hear of the death at St Catherine’s nursing home on Friday Jan 17 of Dean Michael Kelly retired parish priest of Mahoonagh. he was in his 96th Year and is deeply regretted by his sister in law Ita, Nephews Thomas and John, Cousins relatives and Bishop and priests of the limerick Dioceses. A native of Castletown Fr Kelly entered Maynooth College in June 1944. Following ordination he was appointed on the teaching staff at St Munchin’s college, Henry St, Limerick and also afterwards at Corbally where he was president from 1965-1972. It was during his time at St Munchins in Henry St that due to increasing numbers the decision to build a new college and move to corbally was taken and Fr Kelly plaged an active role in consolidating the completion of the buildings the fund raising and the smooth change over from Henry st. In August 1963 the new college at corbally was blessed and dedicated by Bishop Murphy of Limerick and was officially opened by the Minister for education Dr Hurley. In 1965 Fr Kelly was appointed President of St Munchins and during his time as president the college had significant success in games including the winning of the Munster senior and junior Rugby club. in 1972 he was appointed P.P of Mahoonagh in succession to the late Canon Michael Quinn P.P. When being appointed the Bishop told him he was going to a very good west limerick parish and a historical feature of his appointment was that Mahoonagh was his first and last parish to serve in. Over 30 years as parish priest he never lost that reservoir of learning which flowed over onto his many brilliant sermons at the Sunday morning mass and he kept up the experience of teaching on his many visits to Mahoonagh N.S where he was always welcome and highly respected by both teaches and pupils. On June 10th 1994, a very enjoyable golden jubilee celebration was held by Parishioner’s of Mahoonagh for Dean Michael Kelly and in June 2002 to mark his retirement after 30 years there was again great response from the parish for his retirement presentation in recognition for his long service to the parish. After retiring Dean Kelly lived at the priest’s retirement village in Newcastle West and it was in 2009 that he entered St catherine’s Nursing home. Fr Frank Duhig P.P Newcastle West was by his bedside on the morning that he passed away peacefully. Reposing at his native Ballygran Church on Sunday evening from 4-6pm. The chief celebrant at the 12.30pm requiem mass was Bishop Brendan Leahy and the Con Celebrant was Fr. Joe Shire P.P Ballygran, Fr Pat Kelly, fr John Duggan P.P Mahoonagh, Fr O’Neill, Fr Paddy Bowen p.p Athea. The large attendance at the funeral mass included 40 priests in total many of whom would have been students during Dean Kelly’s years teaching in St Munchins, Bishop Leahy concluded at the graveside by saying the last prayers. It was a moving occassion before leaving with the singing of Salva Regina at the graveside of the oldest priest in the Limerick Diocese who had just been laid to rest. May he rest in Peace.