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CR News 17.12.2023

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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


Wednesday 20th Dec No evening Mass.   Scoil Padraig Carol Service in St. Michael’s at 8 pm.


Sunday 24th Dec, 11 am, St. Michael’s – Pat & Rose Marron & remembering their sons Noel & Philip, Corbane.  Remembrance Mass for Sadie Larkin.


Sunday 24th Dec, 8 pm, St. John’s – Christmas Eve Vigil Mass.


Monday 25th Dec, 11 am, St. Michaels – Christmas Day Mass.


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


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 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 Meal’s – 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 totalling €1572.00 to Mary Meals. Anyone who wishes to give to this Charity can leave their donation in the Parish Office.


Mountain Dew Christmas Draw will take place on Friday Dec 22nd with live music by Mr. Brightside.  First prize €300 or €500 if you are there on the night, and many more money prizes for second to fifth prize.   Tickets are on sale in the Mountain Dew.


St. Vincent de Paul Collection – Many thanks to those who contributed so generously to the church gate collection in Corduff on Sunday last. Total amount collected was €2,274.41. Your support is very much appreciated and will enable us to help many people in the community. Thanks again.


Ceili Dancing Class Christmas Party – A thoroughly enjoyable Ceili Club Christmas Party was held last Tuesday night in the Community Centre.  The night started off with dancing to uplifting live music supplied by Brian & Sean Walsh and Michael Duffy, followed by food and then more dancing.  Thank you to the musicians and Agnese for the entertainment and food.  Special thanks to Rosaleen for her dedication to the club.  Happy Christmas to all.


Faith & Light group  – Last Sunday a very special event took place in the Mountain Dew when the Faith & Light group held their annual Christmas Party.  The group acknowledged afterward that “we at Carrickmacross Faith and Light take this opportunity to thank Corduff and Raferagh Community Association for all the staff, volunteers, Mairead and Santa.  We thank you so much for making this a special day”.  This event is spearheaded by our own virtual Mrs. Santa Claus, Pauline Reilly who makes this a very special event for the Faith & Light Group.  Well done to everyone, it truly sounds like a wonderful day was had by all.


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.


Social Dancing to Magic Moments in the Community Centre on Saturday 30th December.


Congratulations to Padraic Keenan and Lynsay Culleton, Sreenty on their recent engagement, best wishes to you both.


Bazaar – At Corduff Mass last Sunday, Fr. Shane expressed his sincere thank you to all involved in the preparation for the bazaar – the committee & collectors, those who donated prizes, money or vouchers, those who worked at the event and to all who turned out on the night to support and make the event the huge success that it was. The proceeds of the event was a whopping €13,500, this money will go towards the upkeep & maintenance of St. Michael’s & St. John’s.


Coolfore School Book – Gerard Fealy’s book, ‘Coolfore, West Farney and the National School System 1826-1968’, is available to purchase online at Wordwell Books, or contact Gerard or the Heritage Group.


Nollaig na mBan – Date for your diary ladies, keep Saturday January 6th free for a Karaoke session in the Mountain Dew.  Bring along your friends, sisters, nieces, aunts, mothers, grandmothers etc for a night of singing and craic.


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 received for this work, but the grant is never for the full amount needed, and the community needs to contribute to the shortfall.  Your support will be appreciated.


Safety – January is a month that we all try and get a little bit fitter – walking more, jogging, cycling etc, generally getting outdoors.  The traditional Hi-Viz Vest may not be the most fashionable item, but it can save your life.  Nowadays, there is an array of highly fashionable Hi-Viz gear items e.g. Jackets, Fleeces, Sashes, Arm bands, Gilets, Headbands, Hats, Lights, Ruck Sacks etc.  Bright colours are great, but for maximum visibility the grey reflector stripe is the essential component.  A Hi-Viz gift for Christmas might just be the gift of life for you and your loved ones