St. Matthew’s Church, Drumavaddy.

Mass Times.                              Mass Intentions.

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

Mon 19th Dec (7:15pm)                   P.J. Flood & deceased family.                            

Wed 21st Dec (8:00pm)                  Nora Corr & deceased family.                  

Sat 24th Dec (7:30pm)(Christmas Eve) People of the Parish.

Sun 25th Dec (9:30am)                    Christmas Day.   



Confessions: Wednesday 21st December at 8:30pm

Confessions: All day in the Cathedral on Wednesday 21st December.

Fri 23rd December. Fr Peter will visit the sick and housebound on Friday morning.



Puritanism was a reform movement within the Protestant Church in England that sought to purify the Church from Roman Catholic practices and influences. Many of their group decided to emigrate to U.S.A. so that they could practice their beliefs. These members frowned upon the celebration of Christmas because of all the external-Christmas trees, crib scenes, decoration  and gift giving which they felt were born of pagan customs rather than rooted in Scripture. In fact the puritas in Massachusetts colony actually outlawed Christmas. From 1659-1681 anyone caught celebrating Christmas in the colony would be fined 5 schillings.

Community Calendar:

On sale at all Masses  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.

Camogie: Medal Presentation Night:  Holding fundraiser and medal presentation

with special guests Virginia Gospel Choir  and local artists in Drumavaddy Community Centre on Thursday the  29th December,  at 8pm - Tickets €10 on sale. 

St Stephen's Day Charity Match:  will take place on St Stephen's Day at 2pm in St Matthews Park, Crosskeys. Please support

Denn GFC AGM: Will take place on Sat 7th Jan 2017 in Drumavaddy Community Centre at 8.30pm. Nomination Forms are available from the porches of both Crosskeys & Drumavaddy Churches and from Club Secretary Geraldine Lynch - 087 9543214.
Denn GFC Blotto:

The Blotto Draw took place 12th Dec.  No Jackpot Winner. The winning numbers were; 6, 13,18,30. €25 winners were: Brendan Brady, Betty Cobey, Bertie Fay, Stanley Heaslip & Anne Marie McSherry. Draw on Monday the 19th December, in The Den,   Jackpot €2,450.

Church Collection:  Druumavaddy:  8th  Dec: €220  Crosskeys: 8th Dec:  €198

                              Drumavaddy:   10th Dec:  780  Crosskeys  11th Dec: €1,621

Fr. Peter McKiernan: 0494336102

     Email: crosskeyskilmorediocese@gmail.comWebsite:



                                 St. Matthew’s Church, Crosskeys.

Mass Times.                       Mass Intentions.

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

Tue 20th Dec (9:30am)           Ellen, James & Philip McDermott. Anniversary Mass.      

Thur 22nd Dec (9:30am)

Fri 23rd Dec (7:30pm)              Tony & Eileen Brady Kilnacor, Anniversary Mass.

Sat 24th Dec (9:00pm)(Xmas Eve) People of the Parish.   

Sun 25th Dec (11:00am)            Christmas Day


Confessions: Tuesday 20th December at 7:30pm

Tree of remembrance. For those who have children/young adults who will be living

 abroad this Christmas, you can write their name on the gift tag and hang it on the

branch. In this way they can be present to you during the Christmas season and they

will know we are all thinking of them.

Drumavaddy/Crosskeys 2016 Envelopes. We would ask if you could please bring your collections for the dues, building fund and the weekly envelopes up to date for 2016.

Drumavaddy/Crosskeys 2017 Envelopes.

 Can be collected from the front seats in both churches.  Thank to all those who help to get the envelopes sorted.

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.