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CR News 10.12.2023

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Sunday 10th Dec, 11 am, St. Michael’s – Months Memory Mass for Paddy Keenan, Faraghy.

Anniversary Mass for Patsy & Maura McEnaney, Corduff and also for Kathleen, Phil, Tommy & Michael McEnaney, Greagh.

Patrick & Ellen Keenan, Greaghlane.

Owen Larkin, Umerafree & his parents Margaret & Hugh, siblings Tina, Hugh, Moira & Peadar McGuinness & deceased family members.

Patsy & Josie Marron, Umerafree & deceased members of the Marron & Bishops families.

Patrick & Alice Conlon, Shanco & their daughter Alice Hughes.

Ann Finnegan, Lisnafeddaly & her son Brendan, Amsterdam.

Eugene (Gene) Byrne, his grandson Lee & Sr. Columba Byrne, Sreenty & deceased members of the Byrne family.


Wednesday 13th Dec, 7.30pm, St. John’s – Peter Brennan, Carrickahogue.

Deceased Members of Our Lady of Truth Praesidium of the Legion of Mary.

Adoration from 5.00pm until Mass at 7.30pm


Sunday 17th Dec, 11 am, St. John’s – Peter McCaul, Shercock/Corduff.

Gerry Crossan, Carraghogue.

Brendan McEneany, Ardragh.

Mary Smith & deceased Members of the Smith & Clerkin family, Corcreagh


Webcam & Full Parish Bulletin Link


St Vincent De Paul – Church Gate Collection Sunday 10th December at St. Michael’s.


Ecumenical Carol Service – Tuesday 19th December at 7.00pm in St Joseph’s Church. All are welcome. Singing Christmas Carols and listening to scripture readings are an ideal way for the Christian to prepare for Our Saviour’s Birth.


Christmas Day Church Envelope – It has come to our attention that the Envelope for Christmas Day has been omitted from your box of envelopes. This envelope is used for Parish Purposes, and we would greatly appreciate if you would place your donation in an envelope with your envelope number on the front of the envelope. Your Donations are always appreciated and vital for the upkeep of our Churches.


Mary’s Meals serves nutritious school meals to children living in some of the world’s poorest communities. The promise of a good meal brings hungry children into the classroom, giving them the energy to learn and hope for a better future. We are already feeding 2,429,182 children every school day – and, together, we can reach the next hungry child waiting for Mary’s Meals. It cost just €22 to feed a child for an entire school year. We would like to express our thanks and acknowledge the most recent donations totaling €1572.00 to Mary Meals. Anyone who wishes to give to this Charity can leave their donation in the Parish Office.


Magheross Parish Christmas Schedule 2023 – Penitential Service, Sunday 17th December at 5.00pm in St. Josephs.

Confessions Mon 18th Dec – Fri 22nd Dec in St Josephs, after Mass each morning.

Ecumenical Carol Service in St Joseph’s on Tuesday 19th December at 7.00pm.

Christmas Eve – 8pm – St John’s Raferagh.

Christmas Day – 11am – St Michael’s Corduff.

New Year’s Day – Monday 7.30pm – St Michael’s Corduff.


Corduff Raferagh Community Centre Schedule  Sunday – Faith & Light Christmas Party.  Monday – Introduction to Computers Class at 10 am.  Sean Nós at 6pm, Set dancing at 8 pm.  Line dancing at 7 pm.  Tuesday – Ceili Dancing Club Christmas Party.  Wednesday – Bowls at 8 pm.  Thursday – Corduff Pipers at 8.30-10 pm.  25 Card Drive at 8.30 pm.  Friday – Trad Session in the Mountain Dew.


Ceili Dancing Class Christmas Party takes place this Tuesday night at 8.30 pm.


Trad Session – Takes place on Friday 15th in the Mountain Dew.  This is a fundraising event for Unicef.


Poker Classic – Takes place on Saturday 16th Dec at 8.30 pm in the Mountain Dew.


25 Card Drive – Takes place on Thursday night at 8.30 pm in the Mountain Dew.


Mountain Dew Christmas Draw will take place on Friday Dec 22nd.


Bazaar – The Annual Christmas Bazaar took place last Friday night in the Community Centre.  It was very well attended and the parochial committee were delighted with your support as the proceeds from the night goes towards the upkeep of our two local churches & grounds. Many were lucky and left laden with prizes, others not so lucky, but everyone enjoyed the annual community event.


Movember 2023 – Congratulations to Joseph Culleton, George McKitterick, John Fox, Peter Mullen, John Finlass, Damien Marron and Anthony Goodman who are feeling the effects of their Movember Shave last Friday night in aid of cancer.  With the cold snap they definitely need woolly hats.  Great cause and great nights craic was had by all.


Carrickmacross Comholtas Concert – There was a great turnout last Saturday at our annual branch concert in Corduff Raferagh Community Centre.  Special thanks to the Centre committee who looked after us all so well.  This was a great opportunity for all the music, singing and dancing students to showcase their progress over the last term.  It was great also to have our teachers and some of the senior members of the branch perform.  A presentation was made to our longstanding fiddle teacher Noreen McManus who has decided to cut back on her teaching hours but fortunately not on her playing.  We wish her every success with her future plans.  Following the concert there was a cuppa in the centre and after that a session downstairs in the Mountain Dew bar which drew a great crowd of musicians, singers and dancers.


Santa Claus arrived at Corduff Raferagh Community Centre last Sunday and all the little folk enjoyed their encounter with Santa, having a chat, getting memorable photos, a present and bopping to the disco afterwards.  The adults enjoyed the occasion just as much as the children.  Well done to all involved for the huge effort put in over the past few weeks and on the day, particularly thanks to Santa for bringing so much joy to the children, to Joan, Pauline and the Byrne family for your help, guidance, assistance and Trojan work, it is very much recognised and appreciated.


Busy Weekend – The Santa event on Sunday concluded an extremely busy weekend in the Community Centre with something for all age groups.  Thanks to Pauline and her team of elves who were kept on their toes and went above and beyond to ensure everyone had an enjoyable experience in our Community Centre.


Thank you to Agnese Avotina for the fabulous Christmas decorating of the Community Centre, drop into our Reception area to see the beautiful display created by this gifted lady.


Christmas Tractor Run for Meningitis Research Foundation – On Saturday December 23rd, Jeffrey Eakins is holding a Tractor Run, proceeds of which will go towards Jeffrey’s climb for the Meningitis Research Foundation.  The run will start at Corduff Raferagh Community Centre (A81 A263) with registration from 3 pm and the run starting at 4 pm.  It costs €20 per tractor and there will be a prize for the best decorated tractor on the day.  A raffle and refreshments will be served in the Community centre after the run.  Please support & everyone welcome.


Book Launch – Congratulations to Gerard Fealy, who launched his book last week titled ‘Coolfore, West Farney and the National School System 1826-1968’, which chronicles Coolfore School from its inception until its closure in 1968.  It also incorporates many aspects of the Irish National School System in that time period, as well as touching on the surrounding National Schools including Corcreagh, Corduff, Corvally and Sreenty. This is a perfect Christmas gift.  Last Friday night the Heritage Group hosted an enjoyable book signing event in the Mountain Dew.  The book is available to purchase online at Wordwell Books (link below), or contact Gerard or the Heritage Group.


Condolences – Corduff Raferagh Community Association offers sincere condolences to Minister Heather Humphreys and her extended family on the passing of her mother Emily Stewart on Friday last. May Emily rest in peace.


Corduff Raferagh Community Association held their monthly meeting last Wednesday night. A vote of sympathy was passed to the family, relatives and friends of Emily Stewart, Fr. Patrick Marron and Sr. Ceceilia McCluskey.  Congratulations was extended to Ciaran, Orla, Peadar & Bernie Marron on Ciaran’s outstanding achievement at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2023. There is a fabulous full page feature on Ciaran in this week’s Northern Standard, page 34.   Also on the agenda was the commencement of work on the lift shaft early in the New Year.


Quid Game Fundraiser for Ballybay Pearse Brothers – Patricia McCabe is holding a fundraiser, with a chance to win the New 2024 Activ8 Monaghan Jersey signed the team.  Tickets cost €10.  Contact Patricia on 0879645373.  Tickets will be on sale in the Mountain Dew on Dec 22nd.


5K Run or Walk – Keep Sunday 28th January Free for a local 5K Run or Walk.  This is a Community Centre Fundraiser, with the proceeds going towards the upcoming improvements to the building including the new lift shaft etc.  A substantial grant has been granted for this work, but the grant is never for the full amount needed, and the community needs to contribute towards the shortfall.  Your support will be appreciated.