Numbers drawn: 15, 19, 26, 27. 1 x 3 €60 winners: Mary Farrell, Gala. Seller’s prize: Frank Brady. 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.

Christmas 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.

Christmas party

Stags Head annual Christmas Party takes place on Christmas Friday, 19th December. Bookings are now being taken. Contact Jerome 086 1066626.

Letters to Santa

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

Santa, Jesus Helper & 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 11 am 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. Thank you boys and girls for helping Santa.

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).

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Calendars on sale from Mary in Farrell’s Bar. Price is €8. They are also holding their annual church-gate collection at all Masses this coming weekend. Please contribute to a worthy cause. All funds go towards the training of guide dogs.

Longford Social Services

Are holding their annual church-gate collection on the weekend of December 20-21st.

Sewage connections

A reminder that the €200 offer for connections will cease prior to Christmas. For those who have applied and received invoices please forward payments immediately to avail of this special connection fee.

Get fit

Get out, get active and get fit! This will be taking place again in the coming January. If you wish to take part contact any club official. The same format with teams of five will take place.

Jigs and Reels

Well done to Caitriona Reynolds and Frank Reynolds, who recently represented Ballinalee in the Killoe fundraiser. Both did very well and a great night was had by all.