St. Matthew’s Church, Drumavaddy.

Mass Times.                      Mass Intentions..

Sat 15th Sept (7:30pm)       Madge McCabe, 1st Annivers. Mass.   

Mon 17th Sept (7:15pm)

Wed 19th Sept (8:00pm)      Owen McPhillips, Bridie McPhillips, baby

                                                Samantha McPhillips and deceased family .                                                      members of McPhillips family, Ardvarney.

Sat 22nd Sept (7:30pm)       John Joe & Kathleen Kiernan, Annivers. Mass.


I wish to thank all the members of the Pastoral Council, the Eucharistic Ministers, the Readers, the choir members, the offertory collectors, the ladies who clean and decorate the churches, the two ladies who organise the liturgy throughout the year Evelyn Callaghan & Kathleen Reilly and the members of the Board of Management of Crosskeys Central School. The altar servers. I wish to thank all those who supported me by paying their dues.


When Fr. Donal comes, those who have booked weddings over the next few years, could check with him as to whether he is available or not to perform the marriage. I don't come back to do weddings or baptisms as I think it is unfair to the resident priest.


Lecture on Tuesday October 2nd at 7pm in Johnston Library, Cavan

Speaker Professor Salvador Ryan, St. Patrick's College Maynooth Title:

'Remembering the Famine ninety years on in the folklore of the School's Collection (1937-38) All welcome, admission free.

"Learn to Jive with Mairéad Gaffney & Craig Lovett.  Five week course

commencing Tuesday 18th September at 8.30pm in St Joseph's Hall, BJD.  Contact 086 1928568 for further details.  

Age & Opportunity Day: Tour to Donegal, September 20th leaving Crosskeys at 9am, cost €50, phone Margaret 086-0563202 or Evelyn 049-4371326.

Denn G.F.C. Blotto: The Blotto Draw took place on Mon 10th Sept 2018.  The winning numbers were; 14, 17, 19, 21. The weekly winners of €25 were; Ita Tierney, Paula Reilly, Collins Family, Peter Smith, Killatain, Mary Smith, Drumavaddy. Next draw: Mon the 17th Sept in The Tank.  Jackpot: €2,050.

Church Collections: Drumavaddy:8th Sept €815.50 Crosskeys:9th Sept €975

Email:    Website:

Fr. Peter McKiernan: 049 4336102


       St. Matthew’s Church, Crosskeys.

Mass Times.                       Mass Intentions.

Sun 16th Sept(11:00am)       People of the Parish.

Tue 18th Sept(9:30am)

Thur 20th Sept (9:30am)

Fri 21st Sept (7:30pm)        Annie & Patrick Keogh. Annivers. Mass.

Sun 23rd Sept(11:00am)      Bridget O'Brien 2nd Annivers. Mass.     


Backpack Program.

The backpack program: a human and spiritual development programme for teenagers and young adults, developed and offered in the diocese over the past three years. This Autumn semester we are teaching a 'Train the Trainer' course in Cavan Institute over eight-week evenings. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in working with young people to come and learn more about the programme & what it offers in both human & spiritual development, & become confident in running the programme in a parish setting. Registration for this course is through an online booking system. Applicants for all courses will access the night school web/enrolment system through a link on the Cavan Institute website around the second week in September. Duration 8 weeks, 2 hours, one evening/ week (Tuesday evenings)


Introduction: The truth about you and your process of development.

Students will learn how to contemplate themselves positively.

Mental and Physical Well-Being: Making good choices and an introduction to Progressive Muscle Relaxation.

Learning to Drive your Brain: Breaking negative thought patterns.

Anxiety, Grief, and Self-Awareness.

Conscience: and learning about imperfection.

Boundaries: Forging healthy relationships.

Contemplative Prayer: My personal relationship with God.

Wrapping up: Resilience and the undefended life.

Discussion: about practical issues pertaining to running a parish Backpack group.


A Train the Trainer Course for the Backpack Programme will run in Cavan Institute from the second week in October on Tuesday evenings for 2 hours over 8 weeks. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in working in youth ministry to become proficient in running a parish group. For more information, please call 083-4877325 or the email: