St. Matthew’s Church, Drumavaddy.

Mass Times.                            Mass Intentions.

Sat 16th Dec (7:30pm)            Brigid & Michael McGovern.      

Mon 18th Dec (7:15pm)                                 

Wed 20th Dec (8:00pm)           Margaret & Michael Smith & dec. Cahill Family.

                                      Confession after mass.              

Sat 23rd Dec (7:30pm)             Eugene Hill & Hill family & Brady family.                



There will be confessions all day until 7pm in the Cathedral on Wednesday.


Pope Francis:

Pope Francis believes that there would be a much better family life if every day we lived according to the words "please" "thank you and "I am

sorry". He hopes that people could make a special attempt on New Years Day to make as a family group some New Year Resolutions. If you wish to do this you can download the resolution sheet from the website


Please bring in your outstanding dues.

Catholics worldwide:

The number of Catholics worldwide is now at 1.28 billion, about 18% of the world's population. Catholics worldwide operate 118,000 hospitals, clinics, homes for the aged orphanages, counselling and rehabilitation centres. In terms of numbers Brazil tops the list with 172 million, Mexico with 110 million, the Philippines: 83 million, USA: 72 million, Italy: 58 million, France: 48 million, Columbia: 45 million, Spain: 43 million, Democratic Republic of Congo: 43 million and Argentina: 40 million. The worldwide average is 3091 Catholics for every priest.



Money now due please.

Community Calendar:

Will be on sale at all Masses this weekend and up to Christmas. Please support.

Denn GFC Blotto: The Blotto Draw took place on 6th Dec. The winning numbers were; 2, 6, 9 & 18. The weekly winners of €25 were;  Michael Keogan Snr., Declan Smith, Kilbride, Darragh Phillips, Gowna. Sean Gaffney, Crimlin & Kay Smith, Carrickatubber. Next draw on  Mon 18th December in The  Carraig Springs.  Jackpot: €5,000.


Misssion Collection:  Crosskeys:   €395                 Drumavaddy:    €165.

Church Collections:  Drumavaddy: 9th Dec: 949  Crosskeys: 8th & 10th Dec: €864.        

Fr. Peter McKiernan: 049 4336102

Email:    Website:


                               St. Matthew’s Church, Crosskeys.

Mass Times.                          Mass Intentions.

Sun 17th Dec (11:00am)         Packie Kane. 2nd Anniversary.

Tue 19th Dec (9:30am)                     

Thur 21st Dec (9:30am)           Laurence & Margaret Hyland.                         

Fri 22nd Dec (7.30pm)            

Sun 24th Dec (11.00am) People of the Parish


Confessions: Tuesday 19th Dec  at 7:30pm in Crosskeys.


The Diocese of Kilmore c.1100-1800: by Fr. Liam Kelly will be on sale after Mass in the Sacristy in Crosskeys and Drumavaddy Churches, cost €35. Ideal Christmas gift for friends across the water.

St. Vincent De Paul: Please support the annual collection. Donations may be left in Vincent's shop Ballyjamesduff. If anyone needs assistance they can ring the free phone number 18006 77777.



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.