St. Matthew’s Church, Drumavaddy.

Mass Times.                               Mass Intentions.

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

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

Mon 25th Dec (9:30am)(Christmas Day) People of the Parish.

Wed 27th Dec (11:00am)                     Mary Mc Phillips M.M.M.                     

Sat 30th Dec (7:30pm)                   Patsy & Mary Cooke.


                          (Happy and Peaceful Christmas to everyone.)

The Romans.

The Romans worshipped the sun for obvious reasons as their good climate

guaranteed good quality food. In 274 A.D. the Emperor Aurelian instituted the

cult of SOL INVICTUS The unconquered sun. He did this to try to stop the

expansion of the new religion, Christianity. For generations the Romans were

aware of the annual shortening of the days from mid September until 21st of

December, when each day afterwards there was a slight increase in day light.

By December 25th there was an obvious increase in daylight and so they

observed a feast day on December 25th. The Catholic Church used this

celebration to honour the birth of Christ and proclaimed December 25th as the

birthday of Jesus in the year 336 A.D, and so Jesus becomes the light of the

world (John Ch 1:5). 

Drumavaddy/Crosskeys 2018 Envelopes; Can be collected from the front seats in both churches Thank to all those who help to get the envelopes sorted.

The Diocese of Kilmore c.1100-1800: by Fr. Liam Kelly will be on sale in both churches

Drumavaddy/Crosskeys 2017 Envelopes. We would ask if you could please bring your collections for the dues, building fund and the weekly envelopes up to date for 2017.

Messengers Money now due please:

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.

"Learn to Jive: with Mairead Gaffney & Craig Lovett.  Five week course commencing Tuesday 9th January at 8.30pm in The Shantully Inn, Crossdoney.  No partner needed.  Contact 086 1763044 / 086 1928568 for further details".

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 18th Dec. The winning numbers were;

5, 10, 13 & 15. The weekly winners of €25 were; Aoibhinn Lynch, Newtown, Shane Harten, Lisduff, Kilnaleck, Caolain & Fionnan McCabe, Barry Smith, Tullytrain & Jim Sherry. Next draw on Tue 2nd January 2018. in The Den.  Jackpot: €5,050.

Church Collections:  Drumavaddy: 16th Dec: €534 Crosskeys: 8th & 17th Dec: €665.        

Fr. Peter McKiernan: 049 4336102

Email:    Website:


                               St. Matthew’s Church, Crosskeys.

Mass Times.                          Mass Intentions.

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

Sun 24th Dec (9:00pm)  (Christmas Eve)  People of the Parish.     

Mon 25th Dec (11.00am)(Christmas Day) People of the Parish      

Tue 26th Dec (11:00am)                    Mary & Terence Lynch.            

Thur 28th Dec (9:30am)                             

Fri 29th Dec (7.30pm)                       Delaney Family Lacken Clare.         

Sun 31st Dec (11:00am)           People of the Parish. 


Adoration will commence on Tuesday the 2nd January 2018                                     

O Holy Night:

O holy night the stars are brightly shining.           The thrill of hope they weary world rejoices.            
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.             For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.              Fall on your knees O hear the angels' voices.

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.           O night divine, O night when Christ was born

                                                                                    O night divine O night, O night divine.

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.

Silent Night.

Silent night, holy night!                          Silent night, holy night.
All is calm, all is bright.                          Shepherds quake at the sight.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.       Glories stream from heaven afar
Holy infant so tender and mild,              Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Sleep in heavenly peace,                         Christ the Savior is born
Sleep in heavenly peace.                         Christ the Savior is born