St. Matthew’s Church, Drumavaddy.

Mass Times.                            Mass Intentions.

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

Mon 1st Jan (11:00am)

Wed 3rd Jan (9:30am)            

Fri 5th Jan (8:30pm)(1st Fri)          Epiphany Vigil Mass           

Sat 6th Jan (7:30pm)                 Eileen Loughlin.                                 


First Friday:

Fr. Peter will be visiting the sick and housebound at the usual times.

Lighting Candles.

The habit of lighting candles in the church is a long tradition as these lights symbolise Christ burning his life out for us. There is also a long tradition of people paying for these candles. In 2013 a donation was fixed for each candle unfortunately a lot of candles are being burned without been paid for in our churches in the parish here. Traditionally the profit on the candles would have been adequate to recompense the sacristan but alas this is no longer true.


We have a limited supply of readers which means they are on duty quite often. At a recent P.P.C there was a recommendation that for recent anniversaries on Sundays the family could organise the readers for the occasion. If a family member is prepared to read perhaps they could contact the reader rostered.

Collector for January, 2018:

Michael Galligan, Michael Hyland Jnr John McConnell & Mattie McSherry

Altar Society:

 Mary Gaffney & Elsie Gaffney.


 Linda McSherry.

Drumavaddy/Crosskeys 2018 Envelopes;

Can be collected from the front seats in both churches please.

"Learn to Jive: with Mairead Gaffney & Craig Lovett.  Five week course commencing Tue 9th Jan 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 and in the local shops. Please support.

Church Collections:

Crosskeys: Sun  24th Dec:€1,245 Crosskeys;Christmas Eve/Christmas Day €1,900

Drumavaddy: Sat 23rd Dec:€929 Drumavaddy Christmas Eve/Christmas Day €1,290        

Fr. Peter McKiernan: 049 4336102

Email:    Website:


                              St. Matthew’s Church, Crosskeys.

Mass Times.                        Mass Intentions.

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

Tue 2nd Jan (9:30am)                        

Thur 4th Jan (9:30am)                              

Fri 5th Jan  (7.30pm)(1st Fri)     Epiphany Vigil Mass      

                                     Brenda, Peter & Teresa Sorohan

Sun 7th Jan (11.00am)           Elizabeth Smith. 4th Anniversary.  

                  Adoration will commence on Tuesday the 2nd January 2018.

Collectors for January 2018: Tierney Ferguson, Pat O’Reilly & Gerry Brady.

Altar Society for January 2018:  Margaret Tennyson and Carmel Conaty.

 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