St. Matthew’s Church, Drumavaddy.

Mass Times.                          Mass Intentions.

Sat 25th Feb (7:30pm)      Maggie Mai & Michael Smith. Anniversary Mass.

                              Aileen, Kathleen, Mary & Owen Skinneder                       

Mon 27th Feb (7:15pm)                        

Wed 1st March (8:30pm) Ash Wednesday

Fri 3rd March (8:30pm)   Maura & Ben McManus & dec McManus & Gaffney families.   

Sat 4th March (7:30pm)   Louis & Peggy Galligan.


First Friday: Fr. Peter will visit the sick and housebound at the usual times.

Ash Wednesday:- day of fast & abstinence, three meals and no meat.

The word Lent.

The word Lent itself means “Lengthening spring days” and it became a spiritual journey of 40 days to help people focus on the upcoming feast of Easter. The 40 days was easily connected with the 40 days Jesus fasted in the desert and of course the 40 years the Jews wandered in the wilderness after they emerged from Egypt. The biggest form of denial was no meat of any kind, not even the lard. This gave rise to the custom of using up all animal fats on the eve of Ash Wednesday and the tradition of pancake making. In Mediterranean countries they call the Tuesday “Mardi Gras” and they celebrated what we now know as a Carnival (farewell to meat). The purpose of fasting in the context of Lent is to help us realize how dependent we are on food, alcohol, gossip and having identified this, we ought to free ourselves from this dependency.

Lourdes : every 2nd year we have a special collection for the support of the invalids passage to Lourdes, so if we could have this next weekend please.

Kilmore Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes: from the 27th May to 1st June for more information please contact Fr. Kevin Fay Lavey on 049-4330018 or 087-8579968

Altar Society. Connie Pickens, Anna McBreen. Maura Quigley & Peggy Cahill.

Collectors for March. Sean Gaffney Denmore, Michael B Hyland, Hubert McManus & Phelim Donohoe.

Reader. Andrew  Galligan.

Cavan Library Services: Series of Spring talks on farm safety. Thur 2nd March at 8:30pm in Drumavaddy Community Centre. Guest Speakers: Peter Gohery Farm Accident Survivor & Arthur Byrne Safety Manager ESB Network. Everybody welcome.

Refreshment served. Enquiries to 049-4378505

Denn Gun Club:

Table quiz in the Tank on Saturday the 25th February at 9.30pm. All welcome.

Denn GFC Blotto: The Blotto Draw took place 20th February.  No Jackpot Winner. The winning numbers were; 1,2,6,21. €25 winners were: Emma & Aoife Brady, Lishenry, Andy NcGivney, Loonogs, Eileen & Benny Brady, Feilim Brady, Banahoe, Declan Maguire. Next draw on Monday 27th February, 2017 in The Tank.  Jackpot €2,900.

Church Collection: Drumavaddy:  17th Feb  500.     Crosskeys:  18th Feb:  €645.

Fr. Peter McKiernan: 049 4336102

     Email: crosskeyskilmorediocese@gmail.comWebsite:


                             St. Matthew’s Church, Crosskeys.

Mass Times.                          Mass Intentions.

Sun 26th  Feb (11:00am)         Kathleen Reilly Farragh. 4th Anniversary Mass.        

Tue 28th Feb (9:30am)

Wed 1st March (7:30pm)      Ash Wednesday.                                                    

Thur 2nd March (9:30am)         

Fri 3rd March (7:30pm)       1st Friday.    

Sun 5th March(11:00am)      Patrick Brady, Banahoe.  5th Anniversary Mass.              


Crosskeys Church Finance Committee;

Meeting change to Monday 6th March in the Sacristy at 8pm all members are asked to please attend

Columban Missionaries: Fr.Oliver McCrossan  will visit the parish on 25/26th February

He will speak at both masses on the work of the Columban missionaries.

Collectors for March:

Michael Smith, Lishenry Lane , Barry Smith, Tullytrain & Oliver Ferguson .

Altar Society: Kathleen Reilly & Catherine Tierney.

Entrance Hymn.                                       

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound                                 T’was grace that taught my heart to fear,

that saved a wretch like me.                                and grace my fears relieved.

I once was lost but now I’m found,                     How precious did that grace appear

was blind, but now I see.                                      the hour I first believed



I watch the sunrise lighting the                        I watch the sunlight shine through the clouds

sky casting its shadows near,                            warming the earth below.       

And on this morning bright though                    and at the mid-day life seems to say

it be. I feel those shadows near me.                 I feel your brightness near me

For  you are always close to me                          For you are always close to me

following all my ways, May I be                         following all my ways, May I be always

always close to you, following all your                close to you, following all your ways, Lord.

ways, Lord.


Communion: Be Not Afraid:

You shall cross the barren desert                       You shall speak your words in foreign

but you shall not die of thirst, you shall             lands, and all will understand. You shall see

wander far in safety, though you do not            the face of God and live.

know the way,


                          Be not afraid, I go before you always

                                      Come follow me, and I will give you rest



As I Knee before you.         Chorus -

As I kneel before you,                 Ave Maria.                          All I have I give you,

As I bow my head in prayer,        Gratia plena,                     Every dream and wish are yours,

Take this day, make it yours                       Dominus tecum.                 Mother of Christ, Mother of mine,

and fill me with your love.           Benedicta tu.                      Present them to my Lord.