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Advent Giving Tree

Advent Giving Tree

In Holy Trinity and Saint James’ Churches from 1st Sunday of Advent to New Year’s Day. Following the wonderful success of the Advent Giving Tree in our two churches last year, the Pastoral Care Group and Altar Societies have mounted the project again this year. Sadly we are all aware of the extent of poverty and hardship that exists in our midst, and often behind an outward appearance of ‘plenty’. The need is great and the response is urgent. Please donate food hampers and fuel as generously as you can. Take your donations to Mass (weekday and/or Sunday) during Advent and place them at the GIVING TREE. Describe what you have donated on the ’green leaves’ (in the box at the tree), and then hang the leaves on the tree. Our Advent Giving Trees, adorned with your food tags, will become our CHRISTMAS TREES, with the addition of lights, reminding us that Jesus Christ our Lord is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD and the reason for the season! “Let there be no poor among you” (Deutoronomy 15:4)

Console National Charity for Suicide

For this region takes place on Sunday next at 4pm in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Swinford, County Mayo. This is a special way to remember our loved ones, family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, who have died by suicide and to celebrate their lives. It is structured as a Healing Service with music, song, poetry and readings. Stars are placed on the JESSIE TREE with the names of our loved ones. It is a candle lit atmosphere where people are invited to bring a picture of their loved one who has died and place it on the Altar while the Service takes place. Everyone recently or long time bereaved is welcome. Everyone is invited to a cuppa and a chat in the Parish Office, beside the Church, after the Service. Footnote: Pooling of transport is suggested. Contact any member of our Parish Support Group, Father Brian, or the parish office, 043 3323110, parishclonbroney@eircom.net

Toy Sunday

Boys and girls this is just a reminder to bring your chosen toy (that’s in perfect condition) to either the Vigil or 11am Mass on the 3rd Sunday of Advent (December 14) for Santa. Just before the final blessing of the Mass Father Brian will invite all the children to carry their toys to the STABLE for Santa’s Elves to collect after everyone has gone home. The elves will take your toys to Santa’s Workshop in Lapland to be filled into his sacks and put on his sleigh in time for Rudolf and the other reindeers to pull Santa’s sleigh across the sky on Christmas Eve with toys for boys and girls in every country in the world. On your way back from the STABLE you will lead Father Brian and everyone in church in singing a special song for Jesus, or maybe Santa. Santa’s (Saint Nicholas) feast-day is on December 6 (next Saturday). SANTA CLAUS is a short form of Saint Nicholas. On that day a figurine of Santa and his wonderful story will be at the ‘stable’ in Holy Trinity and Saint James’ Churches. Nicholas is a fourth-century Bishop of Myra in modern-day Turkey. He is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving. He lived in the fourth century. This famous saint was born to wealthy parents in Asia Minor, which is modern-day Turkey. Thank you boys and girls for helping Santa.

Letters to Santa

Postman Pat has left in his post box for the children to post their letters to Santa.

Stags Head Christmas Party

Takes place on Christmas Friday, 19th December. Bookings are now being taken. Contact Jerome 086 1066626.

Draw

Christmas draw lines will be on sale from this weekend for a Christmas draw in aid of the development of our playground. The playground is still not fully funded and efforts to make up the short fall are on going. The committee is encouraging everyone to in the parish to support the draw. Lines are on sale in all local shops.

Clonfin collection

Clonfin commemoration committee will hold their annual church gate collection at all Masses in Granard this weekend December 6th and 7th. The committee are currently organizing a general clean up of the site in Clonfin as it has recently become very overgrown and will really appreciate all the support it receives. Donations can be given to any committee member.

Chrismas Market

Traditional Christmas Market takes place on Sunday, 7th December from 2-5pm in Granard. Local festive products, switching on of the lights and Santa. A great festive family day for all. Enquiries please contact 087 3947376.

Lotto

Numbers drawn: 8, 14, 17, 29. 3 x €20 winners: Micheál Carrigy P.O.; Davina Murphy, c/o Murph’s Bar; Pauline Brady. Seller’s prize: Stella Rawle. Jackpot €10,000. Draw for month of December takes place in Farrell’s every Monday night. 2015 yearly tickets are on sale now for €100. This gives you entry into the weekly draw and club membership, a nice Christmas present for someone. Contact Micheál Carrigy or Michael O’Sullivan for more details.

Church notices

Collectors for December - 7pm Patrick Kenny and 11am PJ Donnelly and Michael Lane. Counters: Seamus Cahill and John Dowd. Holy Day Mass for Monday, 8th December: 11am Holy Trinity Church and 7.30pm St James’ Clonbroney.

Hillside Club

Will meet today, Wednesday 3rd at 11am in Curraghcahill. Carmel’s team is on duty.

Sympathy

Deepest sympathy to David Burke and family, Aughnashannagh on the recent tragic death of his nephew, Darren McGlynn recently. RIP.

Village Crib

The turning on of the village tree and crib will take place on Monday, 8th December at 8.15pm on the hill. It will be blessed by Fr. Brian and all the children and parents are encouraged to come along to join in in the choir.

Congratulations

To Dessie Reynolds, Aughnashannagh who was named Intermediate player of the championship at the Longford GAA All-Star Sports Awards. Well done Dessie on a fantastic year of football.