That night God’s angels did not go to the high priests, not to the king, not to the military commanders, not to the professors at the university, not to those who write big books, not to the corporate executives in town, but to the shepherds, people like you and me, and the glory of God shone round them. They got the message, they hurried away, they found the child, as they had been told, they praised and glorified the Lord, while all the rest of the official world was silent, asleep and absent. He started mankind anew with the shepherds in that open field, and from them his glory will shine around you and around me, and finally around all of us, women and men, plants and animals and our common mother: Earth. Amen.
As we celebrate this wonderful feast of the birth of the Christ-child I wish all of you and your families a blessed and truly happy Christmas. Welcome home to all of you who have returned to share this festive season with your families here in the parish. I think too of the many natives of the parish who find themselves away from home this Christmas time. Thank you all for your continued, generous support and help which is expressed in so many different ways throughout the year. I ask you to remember Fr. Peter in your thoughts and prayers. These have been very difficult months for him, but I know that he has been sustained by the prayers and support of so many. On a personal note I want to thank you for the warmth and kindness you have extended to me since my arrival in the parish in early October. May 2012 bring us all to a place of new Joy and Peace and may our faith be strengthened within the wonderful Christian community where we are privileged to belong.
Fr. Martin

The Gloria is a very old prayer of praise and thanksgiving. The first few lines will sound familiar because it was the song sung by the angels when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. We do not pray the Gloria during the seasons of Advent and Lent.
Opening Prayer
After the Gloria the priest will invite us to pray. The prayer begins in silence. This gives us time to talk to God in our hearts. We might want to thank God for something good that has happened or we might want to ask God to take care of something that we are worried about. Then the priest takes all our prayers and offers them to God. The words of the Opening Prayer differ from Sunday to Sunday and reflect the theme of the Mass. We respond by saying ‘Amen’. Amen means that we believe that whatever God does is OK with us.

Mooncoin GAA
The Richard Ryan Memorial Father & Son Charity Match - Saturday, Dec 31 at 12.00 noon. All are welcome at the Mooncoin GAA Complex (Refreshments Provided)
All fundraising will be equally distributed between St Vincent de Paul (Mooncoin), Mooncoin Day Centre and Mooncoin Juvenile GAA Club.

Bootcamp Classes
Bootcamp classes starting Tuesday & Friday from January 3 between 8pm – 9pm in Mooncoin GAA Complex. For more details contact: 086 2470429.

Masses over the New Year
Wedns 28 - Fri 30 December
Mooncoin: 10am
Feast of the Epiphany Jan 6
Kilnaspic: 7.30pm - Jan 5
Carrigeen: 10am
Mooncoin: 11.15am

Cemetery Masses in 2012
New Cemetery: Sat. June 9 at 6.30pm.
Old Cemetery: Fri. June 29 at 8pm.
Carrigeen Fri. June 8 at 8pm.
Kilnaspic Sat. July 14 at 8pm.

The Parish Office is closed for Christmas
and will reopen on Wednesday, January 4, 2012

We welcome into our Faith Community Charlie Andrew Hartwell, who was baptised recently.

CLEANERS: Dec 31?Jam 07 Hannah O’Shea, Michelle forde, Margo O’Brien,
Martina O’Reilly.

MINISTERS: Jan 1 (10am) Bill & Peggy Healy.
READERS: Jan 1 (10am) Mary Fewer, Michael Fewer Ward.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Dec 31 Judy Doherty, Margo Delahunty.

MINISTER: Jan 1 - May Coady.
CLEANERS: Dec 31 - B. Rochford, B. Comerford.
ALTAR SERVERS: Dec 31 - Andrew Long.

We commend to your generous prayers, Pauline Haley, Ballygorey, who died recently.
May she Rest in Peace.

Pat Holden, Aglish. Ramie Wall, Clogga. William Kearns, Barronswood.
Bríd O’Keeffe, Glengrant. Rita Croke, Chapel St. Ellen Walsh, Ballincur.
William Quinn. Catherine & Michael Cullen, Wexford. Edward, Eily & Joseph Murphy, Dournane. Pat Murphy, Dournane 1st Anniversary.
Norrie Coady, Kent, England. Richard & Mary Doherty, Fiddown.
Tom Murphy, Skelpstown. Eily Walsh, Clogga. Foskin & Quinn Family.
Michael & Hanora Foskin. Sr. Christopher Foskin. Michael Butler, Clonmore. Patrick & Mary Bridget Phelan, Portnahully. Ellen Roche, Tubrid.
Eddie, Jack & Lizzie Walsh, Portnascully. John Cashin, Polerone.
Elizabeth Griffin, Comeragh View. Michael Quinn, Clonmore.
Tom Conway, Main St. Willie Purcell, Suir Crescent.
Michael Fripps, Dungooley. Ambrose Walsh, Carrigeen. Mary Walsh, Ballygorey. Colm Doyle, Ballymountain. Hassett & Herbert Families.
Alice Walsh, Clogga. Alice Cantwell. James Grace Portnahully.
May they Rest in Peace.