St. Matthew’s Church, Drumavaddy.

Mass Times.                       Mass Intentions.

Sat 3rd Dec (7:30pm)              Jim Tom Hyland.

Mon 5th Dec (7:15pm)             James & Katie Donohoe & decease family                                                                And Pat Leddy  

Wed 7th Dec (7:30pm)             Vigil Mass for 8th December.

                                                Margaret Cahill M.M.M.                       

Sat 10th Dec (7:30pm)                Rita Galligan 2nd Anniversary.                   

Saint Nicholas Feast Day 6th December.

Say Saint Nicholas fast enough and often enough and you might hear yourself say

Santa Claus. He was born in Turkey in the year 300 and died on the  6th December

345 and so we celebrate his feast day on the 6th December each year. He has

become the patron saint of prisoners, sailors and children.  His association with children is connected with the case of a man who planned to sell his three daughters

into prostitution because he was unable to provide dowries for them. Nicholas heard

about the man’s predicament, he tossed a little bag of gold into the window of the

man’s house on three different nights and this enabled the man to provide dowries

for his three daughters. From this, legend arose the custom of giving gifts secretly

to children. St. Nicholas became very popular especially in England where in the 13th &

14th Century 400 churches were dedicated to him.

Trocaire. Trocaire wish to acknowledge receipt of €219,378 from the diocese.

Tax Forms.  Thanks to all who returned their tax forms, there was a great response.

St.Joseph's Young Priests Society: Meeting after the rosary on Monday evening.

Community Calendar:

Will be on sale at all Masses up to Christmas 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.

Women's Group Christmas night out: Saturday December 10th in Carraig Springs. Meal and music €20. All ladies welcome book with Bernie 086-2644414.

Camogie Club:

U-16 Camogie Final v Laragh Sun 4th Dec at 12 noon in Crosskeys. Please Support. 

Cash for Clobber will continue for the next two weeks - Collection Points Drumavaddy Community Centre and Gym in Crosskeys - Contact 0879420001 - Thanks to all who have donated so far.

Denn GFC Blotto:The Blotto Draw took place 28th Nov.  No Jackpot Winner. The winning numbers were; 11, 21, 22 & 27. €25 winners were: Francis Geraghty, Pullafree, Joe Heaslip, Mary Donohoe, Ryefort, Michael & Ann Marie Smith, Lishenry, Shiela Smith, Carrictatubber. Next draw on Monday 5th December,  in The Crosskeys Inn.

Jackpot €2,350.

Church Collection:

 Crosskeys:     27th Nov: €725,                   Crosskeys Building Fund Nov:       €790

Drumavaddy: 26th Nov:  €537.                    Drumavaddy Building Fund Nov:   €540  

Fr. Peter McKiernan: 0494336102

     Email: crosskeyskilmorediocese@gmail.comWebsite:



                                     St. Matthew’s Church, Crosskeys.

Mass Times.                               Mass Intentions.

Sun 4th Dec (11:00am)             John & Bridget Smith.            

Tue 6th Dec (9:30am)                        

Thur 8th Dec (9:30am)&(7:30pm) Feast of the Immaculate Conception.                

Fri 9th Dec (7:30pm)                Tommy McDermott & McDermott family.

                                       Packy Keogh.

Sun 11th Dec (11:00am)   Susan Finnegan 2nd Anniversary.         


Age & Opportunity Christmas Party: Takes place this Sunday 4th December, in Crosskeys Resource Centre, from 2pm-7pm, €15 per person. Transport available.

 Phone Margaret: 8544582 or Evelyn: 4371326

Recent death: Please remember in your prayers Bridget (Baby) O'Toole (nee Brady) late of: Carrickatobair Post Office, who died in England. May she rest in peace.

Please support St. Vincent de Paul Annual Christmas Collection. Donations can be

left in St. Vincent de Paul shop, BJD. All donations greatly appreciated. Any family in need of assistance please contact the free phone confidential number 1800677777.


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.