FEAST DAY: Today Wednesday the 8th Dec. is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady and is a holy day of obligation.
There will be morning Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran at 9.30 and evening Mass in St. Joseph's Church, Loughduff at 8.00 pm. Traditionally this is the start of the commercial side of Christmas and it is the day when country folk go to town to do their shopping, coinciding with turkey markets as a result of which the housewife had her own money to spend.
All are encouraged to support their local shops and Post Offices in the next few weeks as they are well stocked with Christmas fare. With travel restricted due to the recent severe weather it makes sense to shop local where you will be sure of a warm and friendly reception and a helping hand.
There are limited stocks of the recent Loughduff Church Restoration booklet still available in the local shops. This publication which has a historical theme includes a detailed map of "Old Loughduff" as well many interesting articles and photographs of local interest and would make an ideal Christmas present for anyone who has connections with this parish.Contact Olive at 049.4337499 or Mary 087.9533826.
Draw took place in Glan Bar on Tuesday night 29th November. Numbers Drawn 7, 14, 16, 28. No winner of 1700 euro Jackpot: 100 Anne and Jimmy Coyle, Kilcogy; 25 euro Breege Moyles, Ballytrust; 25 euro Sheila Reilly, Kilsarn (200 Club); 25 euro Cathy Sheils, Glan; 25 euro Liam and Madeline Wilson, Callanagh (200 Club)
Well done to Megan McKeogh, Drumhowra who qualified for the World Championship in stepdancing at the Ulster finals in Letterkenny recently. We wish Megan the best of luck in the competition which takes place at Easter 2011.
Nomination forms for all parish areas should be completed and handed in this coming weekend.
This coming weekend in aid of local St. Vincent De Paul at all parish Masses. Please give generously to help the needy in our community.
Sympathy is extended to the Murtagh families Aughaloora & Urble on the tragic death of son and brother James Murtagh which took place last week. Deceased was a popular and industrious member of the farming community and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.
The Society held its post-Sale of Work meeting in the Parochial hall last week. Once again the annual fundraiser in aid of the foreign missions event was a great success Sincere thanks to all who supported it in any way.