Catholic Schools Week: Sunday last marked the beginning of Catholic Schools week. The purpose of the week is to highlight and celebrate the wonderful contribution that Catholic Schools make to our local communities and Irish Society in general. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools in the Community of Faith: Sharing the Good News”. Grandparents day in the school this Thursday at 11.30am.
February comes in with 3 very important feast-days: Feast of St. Brigid; Friday next 1st Feb is the feast of St. Brigid of Kildare, Patroness of the Gael and also the first day of Spring. St Brigid’s Crosses will be blessed at 9.30 am First Friday Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff and in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullah Oran at the 7pm Mass. The crosses are associated with the feast and legend has it she made the cross from rushes she found on the ground beside a dying man in order to convert him. It remains the custom in many houses in Ireland to have a Saint Brigid’s Cross in honour of the saint. According to tradition a new cross is made each Saint Brigid’s Day (February 1), and the old one is burned to keep fire from the house. Some believe that keeping a cross in the ceiling or roof is a good way to preserve the home from fire which was always a major threat in houses with thatch and wooden roofs.
Candlemas Day: 2nd February - In keeping with an age old tradition candles will be blessed at 7pm Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff on Saturday and in Mullah Oran at the 11am Mass on Sunday for use in the home and Church during the coming year.
St. Blaise: Sunday 3rd Feb is the feast of St. Blaise and the traditional Blessing of the Throats will take place at 9.30 am Mass in Mullahoran on Monday. The story goes that when St. Blaise was being persecuted and was in custody a distraught mother, whose only child was dying of a throat disease, threw herself at his feet and implored his intercession. Touched at her grief, he offered up his prayers, and the child was cured. First Friday; Masses Loughduff 9.30 and Mullah Oran 7 pm. The sick & elderly will be visited on Tuesday in the Mullahoran area and on Friday in the Loughduff area. Adoration following 7pm Mass in Mullah Oran.
GFC Lotto: Results of Draw in Micsin’s, Kilcogy 24th/01/13. Numbers drawn 8,10,16,19 Jackpot €12,300, there were no winner. €100 Cian Harrison, Ballinagh, €25 Owen Heslin c/o Abby Brady; €25 B McEvoy; €25 Pat & Carmel, Kilcogy; €25 Robbie Harrison, Ballinagh.
Sympathy: The sympathy of the entire community is extended to Hugh & Peggy Donohoe & Family, Kill, Kilnaleck on the murder of their eldest son and brother Detective Garda Adrian while on duty in Dundalk at the weekend. Sympathy is also extended to his beloved wife Caroline and children Amy & Niall on their great loss. Adrian was well known and respected throughout the county mainly through GAA circles where he played county minor and u21 football commanding the mid-field position where he was a formidable force and had few equals. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.
Mullahoran/Mullinalaghta Gun Club: The Annual Game Night will be held in the Hideaway on this Saturday night 2nd February. Club members will prepare and cook Pheasant, duck, venison, woodcock and many more delicacies. Also, the annual draw which was deferred from November last will be held on the night.
C.A.O: This is a time of decision making for Leaving certificate students who are applying for a place in College next year. Choosing the right course and hoping that the points will be adequate needs careful consideration and we wish all students the best of luck as they plan their future.