ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: You probably know this year that there will be no Advent Food Appeal in St. Matthew's Church this year as the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul are assisting those who are in need in our community.
If you missed their recent Church gate, collection, you can include a donation envelope in the Offertory collection, marked SVP.
We are very pleased to see that Jude Flynn has written no less than his 8th issue of 'Fireside Tales', a collection of stories from tape recordings from people all around County Longford. As with his previous book of stories, there are many interesting tales to be read from Ballymahon to Ballinalee and Derryhawn to Dromard. Marcella Mullen talks about her parents who were Sacristans in Abbeyshrule church way back in the 1930s, and Peter McDonnell has some stories from Carrickedmond. From Ballymahon, Christy Rock features as does P.J. Casey from Ardohill and we are reminded of the changing pub scene in Ballymahon down the years by publican Tommy Murray. The book is available locally for €20. Well done again Jude, we wish you every success with 'Fireside Tales'.
DAY CARE CENTRE
Congratulations to Annette Nally, at Supervalu, Ballymahon winner of the big draw held at the Bank of Ireland on Friday afternoon last. All the proceeds from the draw go to Ballymahon Day Care Centre; so many thanks to everyone who bought tickets over the last few weeks. Your support is greatly appreciated.
There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesday 28th December and Friday 31st December (New Year's Eve). It will resume on Tuesday 4th January 2011.
The following services will be held over the Christmas period in the Ardagh group of parishes. All are welcome: Sunday 19th December: Carol Services in Kenagh Church at 11.30 a.m.; Christmas Eve: Holy Communion in Tashinney Church at 7.00 p.m.; Holy Communion in Kenagh Church at 9.00 p.m.; Christmas Day: Holy Communion in Ardagh Church at 10.00 a.m.; Holy Communion in Ballymahon Church at 11.30 a.m.; Sunday after Christmas (December 26th): Service of Bible readings and Carols in Ballymahon Church at 11.30 a.m.; Private Holy Communions for Christmas to the elderly and housebound and those in nursing homes will be administered during the two weeks prior to Christmas day by the rector.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be holding a Blood Donor Clinic in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, today, from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Please go along and give blood to ensure there are no further blood shortages this year and you might also encourage others you know to give blood also.
The annual Advent Carol Service takes place in St. Matthew's Church on Tuesday 21st December at 8.00 p.m. The proceeds of this year's Carol Service will be given to the local SVP to assist the members in their work in the area. To ensure a good seat, please go early, as the church is usually full by 7.40 p.m. To maintain a reflective atmosphere please applaud only after the conclusion of the group's section.
ETHEL O' CONNOR
It was with deep regret that we heard of the death on December 2nd last of Mrs. Pat (Ethel) O' Connor, (nee Grey), Creevaghmore, Ballymahon. A native of Dundalk, Pat nursed for many years in England where she was a midwife, before coming to live in Creevaghmore with her husband Joe, then going on to nurse at Castlecore Nursing Home. She will always be remembered for the way she cared for people and looked after them with such kindness and generosity of spirit. A great neighbour and friend to many, Pat always kept herself busy; she loved gardening, knitting and at one stage trained Draught teams for the Community Games in the area, many of whom acquitted themselves very well, with one team even going on to win Bronze in Mosney. Pat's remains were removed to St. Matthew's Church, Ballymahon and she was laid to rest at Shrule Cemetery. A large cortege attended on both days to pay their final respects to a lovely lady. We offer our deepest sympathy to Pat's husband Joe, sons Michael, Stephen and David, daughters Ann and Nuala, brothers, sisters, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and all her relatives and friends. May God grant rest to her soul.
To Denise Canavan, Creevaghbeg and David Keegan, Forgney, who have returned from Australia and New Zealand where they have been working for the last three years. We hope they enjoyed their time abroad and wish them well for the future.
A Church Gate collection for the Epilepsy Association will take place on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th December. Your support will be appreciated.
In order to prepare St. Matthew's Church for the Annual Carol Service on Tuesday 21st December, the weekday Mass at 10.00 a.m., from Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd will be celebrated in the Ministry Room in the Sisters of Mercy house on Main Street: Thursday: 10 a.m. Mass in Church; Christmas Eve: No 10 a.m. Mass. Mass will be held at 11 p.m.; Christmas Day: 9 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.