Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 21, 2008

Christmas is a time for thinking about others - their kindness, care and love shared over 2008. As we approach the celebration of Christmas this year our thoughts are in a special way with all who have suffered, out of work, experienced sickness, bereaved throughout the past year.
In looking at the erected cribs in our three churches, I am reminded of the First Christmas and the Holy Family. It was a time of uncertainty for them with no room in the inn. They journeyed from Nazareth with no pre-booked hotel room. Mary was heavy with child and it was in Bethlehem that she gave birth, the Son of God became Man. There wasn’t the gloss of tinsel and major presents from the shepherds. The shepherds were there with the gift of themselves and glad to experience what happened on that first Christmas morning. The greatest gift we have is the gift of time, a time given in gentleness, love and concern.
May the infant Jesus bless you and your homes with the warmth of His presence. May you come together in his name and like the whole host of heaven and earth may you give praise and glory to Him who became man for you and me.
I thank you for your support throughout the past year and I wish you and yours every grace and blessing this Christmas and for the year 2009.
Fr. Eamonn

Mooncoin Girls’ School
Will perform Nativity ‘A Brand New Star’ on Monday, December 22 at 7.30 pm in the Parish Church. Donations greatly appreciated toward Presentation Missions & school.

Mooncoin GAA
The ‘Mooncoin Story’ (History photos etc) is now available on the internet for the benefit of Mooncoin people living all over the world. There is also a site map of the parish showing where GAA games were played in the past.

Fathers V’s Sons Match 12.00 noon on Sunday 28th at the GAA grounds, Mooncoin.

Silver Circle - Week 10
€200 - Paudie McCarthy, Ballinlough. €100 - Joe Mylett, Suir Crescent. €50 - Elaine Doyle, Ballymountain. €20 - Joe Bagnall, Matt Williams, Ashgrove; Mary Walsh, Ballincur; Kathleen O’Brien, Comeragh View; Nancy Wall, Filbuckstown; Barry Purcell, Polerone; Saoirse Dwyer, Luffany; Emma Purcell, Polerone; Kitty Cashin, Kilmacow; Tina Rellis, Filbuckstown; Joe Pike, Clara; Catriona McDonald, Trim, Co. Meath; Avril O’Brien, Comeragh View; Esther Purcell, Windgap; Paul Quigley, Ashgrove; Tommy Delahunty, Luffany; Paddy Fripps, New Aglish; Theo Ryan, Carrigeen; Jenny O’Keeffe, Comeragh View; Matt Gannon, Grange.

Thank you
Thanks to all who donated to Bagpack at Centra Mooncoin to raise funds for the new mini bus for the kids in the crèche in Capetown, South Africa. €2,600 was raised in total. Many thanks to Michael & Alice Blanchfied for their generous donation. Also thanks to the 23 bagpackers on the day. New mini bus costing €25,000 can now be purchased in January 2009. Happy Christmas to all from John Crowley.

We commend to your generous prayers, the following who were interred recently. Sr. Ann Murphy, Presentation Convent, Mooncoin; Frankie Dempsey, Ferrybank. May they Rest in Peace.

Margaret & Mary Cahill, Clonmore; Ramie Wall, Clogga; Canon Watt McDonnell, The Mill, Clogga; Kathleen Fewer, Ballygriffin; Billy Quinn, Main St; Rita Croke, Chapel St; Mrs Cantwell, Chapel St.; Nora Jones, Main St; Willie Purcell, Suir Crescent; Tommy Talbot, St. Anne’s Tce; Tom Conway, Main St; Ambrose Walsh, Carrigeen; Mgr. John Kenny, Rev. Wm Kenny, Cussana; Pat Holden, Aglish; Patrick and Mary Bridget Phelan, Portnahully; Anastasia Delahunty, Luffany; Colm Doyle, Ballymountain; Mary Walsh, Ballygorey; Hannah Roche, Ballygirffin; Kit and Neddy Power, Old Luffany; Ellen Roche, Tubrid; Kathleen Quinn, Cashel; Babs Hennebry and the Hennebry family, Cloncunny.

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