Sunday last was the first Sunday of Advent, a time of preparation for the birth of Our Saviour at Christmas. It is also a time of reflection as we recall that our time in this world is passing away and that we are waiting for the final coming of Christ at the end of time. Advent wreaths which are symbolic of this time were blessed before weekend Masses.
Morning Mass in St. Josephâ€™s Church, Loughduff at 9.30 and evening Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran at 7pm. The sick & elderly will be visited on Thursday only in the Mullahoran area and on Friday in the Loughduff area. Please contact Parochial house 043.6683141 if any of the sick or elderly are not at home on those dates.
Feast of Immaculate Conception
Monday next, 8th December is the feast of the Immaculate Conception and is a Church holiday.
Results from Wednesday, 19th November in Parochial hall; 1st Lady â€“ Vera Leahy, 2nd â€“ Pauline Donohoe, 3rd â€“ Malachy Reilly. 1st Gent â€“ John Brady, 2nd Jimmy Smith, 3rd â€“ Val Goldrick, 1st Half â€“ Gerry Leavy, 2nd Half â€“ Ann Byrne, Mystery â€“ Seamus Keoghan, Brian Pratt, Aidan Reilly. Next game this Wednesday, December 3rd at 8.30pm, all welcome.
At long last, the many and varied poems written by the late Felix Halton, Drumgore have been collected and published. The collection entitled Among the Breffni Hills will be launched in the Pikers Lodge this coming Saturday night 6th December by Antoin McGabhan. Proceedings will start at 8pm and there will be full supporting programme of ceoil agus craic to mark the occasion. Definitely a night not to be missed.
St. Vincent De Paul
Annual church gate collection will be taken up this coming weekend 6th/7th December at all parish Masses. Please give generously as many are in need at this time.
In The News
The parish has been in the national media in recent weeks due to the achievements of several of our young men. Paul Sheridan, Loughdavin who now resides in Donegal was recently honoured with a Nicky Rackard All Star award for his contribution to Donegal in the competition. The talented Paul, who was the back-bone of the local St. Josephâ€™s hurling team and the county Senior team before his transfer to Aodh Ruadh in Ballyshannon where heâ€™s now based, won a Nicky Rackard Cup in 2013 with his adopted county and had followed it up with some outstanding performances for the Tir Chonaill men at centre-field this past season. In 2011 he helped Donegal to a Lory Meagher Cup success. Then last week Paul Brady, Drumcorr, World handball champion in a wide ranging interview with the Daily News has put the spotlight firmly on the football tradition in the parish and highlighted all that is good about its people and their support for him in his glorious handball career. Lastly, Mark Reilly, Drumcorr is one of 24 national finalists in this yearâ€™s Best Young Entrepreneur competition with his innovative Complete Receipt Company and we wish him the best of luck in the competition later in the week. Well done to all three who are excellent role models for youth of the parish.
Draw took place on Tuesday, 18th in Sheridanâ€™s, Kilcogy. Numbers 11, 12, 13, 26, no winner of Jackpot â‚¬2,100. â‚¬100 Ciaran Brady, Drumhilla, Arva; â‚¬25 x 4 Shay Smith, Kilnaleck; Matthew Smith, Stradone; Bridget Lynch, Creevy; Margaret McEntee, Arva.
The Mullahoran GFC A.G.M takes place this coming Sunday afternoon 7th December in the John P, Wilson complex.
Is ectended to Mary Reilly, Middletown on the sad and untimely death of her niece Roisin Oâ€™Hare, Cloghan, Co. Offaly. Also to the nieces and nephews of the late Patsy Lenauze, Kilnaleck who passed to his eternal reward recently. Deceased was one of the old timers who had great recall and was a great story teller. May they rest in peace.
Safeguarding Message from Bishop Francis
â€œDuring this season many children will be involved in preparations for Christmas Liturgies. It is a special time for them and for their families. I wish to thank our Safeguarding Representatives in each parish for their work in ensuring the safety of children in all church-related activities. I encourage anyone with concerns regarding the safety of children or anyone who suffered in the past to contact our Designated Persons â€“ Sean Leydon 087.7431649 or Roisin Oâ€™Doherty 087.3327587 or An Garda Siochana or Tulsaâ€.
Medjugorje Irish Centre
Celebrating 10 years, win 7 night apartment accommodation for 4 people staying in 4 star Apart Hotel. To enter text word Pilgrim, with full name, county and your email address to 51777. Winner will be announced every third month during 2015. See details at www.med-irishcentre.com or call 01.4434510.
â€œ A Shadow over Santa â€œ in Kilnaleck Hall 7th December at 3pm. Adm: â‚¬5. Starring Seamus O â€˜Rourke, Fiona Fitzpatrick, Orlaith Fitzpatrick and Leah McDwyer. Written by Margaret Neylon, directed by Deirdre Oâ€™Reilly. For more information please contact Deirdre on 0851555076.
In Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Sunday, 7th December 12pm â€“ 5.00pm. The perfect place for some retail therapy is at our 3rd annual Christmas Craft & Gift Fair, with 65 stands we will have a whole host of handmade crafts, food items, craft supplies and giftware plus a raffle, face painting and live music from In Harmony. For further information www.downland-crafts.com, phone 049 436 4877 or 087 189 6229.