St. Matthew’s Church, Drumavaddy.

Mass Times.                       Mass Intentions.

Sat 10th Dec (7:30pm)                Rita Galligan 2nd Anniversary.

Mon 12th Dec (7:15pm)                                              

Wed 14th Dec (8:00pm)           Michael & Margaret Smith & deceased

                                                Cahill family Corraseer.           

Sat 17th Dec (7:30pm)            Eugene Hill.


St. Lucy:

Lucy lived in what is now know as Sicily at the time when Christians were

considered subversives and so it was risky being a Christian. She was having

bother with a suitor which she didn't want to have anything to do with and

she rejected him and he accused her of being a Christian. So she was

arrested and executed in Syracuse Sicily in 304 A.D. she kept her virginity

and her name means light and her feast day is December 13th.

Insurance renewals:

The Insurance renewals are due now, our expenses are €4,579.77. We need to keep the stairway free for the easy movement of the congregation. There are seats available on the gallery.

Please support St. Vincent de Paul Annual Christmas Collection: Donations can be

left in St. Vincent de Paul shop, BJD. All donations greatly appreciated. Any family in need of assistance please contact the free phone confidential number 1800677777.

Drumavaddy youth club: are holding a  Christmas disco this Sun 11th December at 4:30pm. Special guest Santa will arrive at 5pm Admission €8 per child. a parent or guardian is asked to remain with their child/children for supervision purpose.

Community Calendar:

Will be on sale at all Masses up to Christmas and in all local shops. Please support.

30K Cycle:  in aid of SOSAD will take place on St. Stephens Day from Ballinagh Community Centre, at 12 noon sharp.


Congrats to our U-16 team who won their final last weekend against Laragh and to Amy Kerrigan on being awarded Player of the Match. Medal Presentation Night and night of

music and talent with Virginia Gospel Choir will be held in Drumavaddy Community Centre on Thursday 29th December - Tickets €10 on sale. 

Denn GFC Blotto: The Blotto Draw took place 5th Dec.  No Jackpot Winner. The winning numbers were; 5,6,10,15. €25 winners were: Eilish Smith, Crosskeys, Willie Reilly, Ballinagh, Brian Reilly, Farragh, Ballyjamesduff, Caroline Donohoe, Glencurran, Paddy Ferguson, Crosskeys. Draw on Monday the 12th Dec, in The Carraig Springs,   Crosskeys.  Jackpot €2,400.


Church Collection:  Druumavaddy:  3rd Dec: €665       Crosskeys: 4th Dec:  €665

Fr. Peter McKiernan: 0494336102

     Email: crosskeyskilmorediocese@gmail.comWebsite:



                                     St. Matthew’s Church, Crosskeys.

Mass Times.                               Mass Intentions.

Sun 11th Dec (11:00am) Susan Finnegan 2nd Anniversary.         

Tue 13th Dec (9:30am)            Laurence Hyland & Bridget Hyland.

                                      Larry Hyland & Margaret Hyland.                         

Thur 15th Dec (9:30am)

Fri 16th Dec (7:30pm)             John Tierney & Tierney & Smyth family.        

Sun 18th Dec (11:00am)          Packie Kane 1st Anniversary.


Recent death: Please remember in your prayers Eamon Burns, Billis (brother of Shiela Smith, Carrickatobair) whose funeral took place during the week in Clonaphilip. May he rest in peace.

Christmas Carol Concert at the Cathedral: You are invited to come along to the Cathedral on Wed 14th Dec to the Christmas Carol Concert at 8pm.  Three orchestras and over 400 singers from eight choirs along with soloists will perform on the night; there will also be reflections  from children from  around the world.  This will be a fantastic evening of carols, music, prayer and reflection in preparation for Christmas.  A voluntary subscription in aid of the Cathedral Organ Restoration Fund will be taken up at the door on the way in. All are welcome.

Morning has broken

Morning has broken like the first morning,             Sweet the rain's new fall sunlit

blackbird has spoken like the first bird.                from heaven, like the first dew fall

Praise for the singing! Praise for the                    on the first grass. Praise for the

morning! Praise for them, springing fresh               sweetness of the wet garden ,

from the word.                                                   sprung in completeness where his

                                                        feet pass.

                        Mine is the sunlight, Mine is the morning

                        born of the one light Eden saw play

                        Praise with elation, praise every morning

                        God's re-creation of the new day.           


My God Loves Me.

My God loves  me, His love will never end.              His gentle hand he stretches over

He rests within my heart for my God                    me, Though storm-clouds threaten

loves me.                                                           the day he will set me free.


                        He comes to me in sharing bread and wine

                        He brings me life that will reach past the

                        end of time.

O Come Emmanuel:

O Come, O come, Emmanuel, to free                      O royal branch of Jess's tree,

your captive Israel that mourns in                        Redeem us all from tyranny;

lonely exile here, Until the Son of God                  From pain of hell your people free,

appear. Rejoice, rejoice, O Israel . To                   and over death win victory.

you shall come Emmanuel.