THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, December 11, 2011

A Word in your ear: Third Sunday of Advent
Mary’s Dream
“I had a dream, Joseph, I don’t understand it, not really, but I think it was a birthday celebration for our son. I think that was what it was all about. The people had been preparing for it for about six weeks. They had decorated the house and bought new clothes. They’d gone shopping many times and bought elaborate gifts. It was peculiar though, because the gifts were not for our son. They wrapped them in beautiful paper and tied them with lovely bows and stacked them under a tree. Yes, a tree Joseph, right inside their house. They’d decorated the tree also. The branches were full of flowing balls and sparkling ornaments. There was a figure on top of the tree. It looked like an angel might look. Oh, it was beautiful. Everyone w as laughing and happy. They were all excited about the gifts. They gave them to each other, Joseph, not to our Son! I don’t think they even knew him. They never mentioned his name. Doesn’t it seem odd for people to go to all that trouble to celebrate someone’s birthday if they don’t know Him? I had the strangest feeling that if our Son had gone to this celebration He would have been intruding. Everything was so beautiful Joseph, and everyone was so full of cheer, but it made me want to cry. How sad for Jesus – not to be wanted at His own birthday celebration. I’m glad it was only a dream. How terrible!
Fr. Martin

Scoil Mhuire Lourdes (Boys’ School)
Scoil Mhuire Lourdes (Boys’ School), have applied for Planning Permission for a new pedestrian entrance to make the situation safer for pupils entering and exiting the school grounds at busy times. Plans are available to view in the school office and quotations are invited for the job.
Any parent wishing to enrol their son for September 2012/13 is invited to call in or telephone the office on 895411 and place your son’s name on the new entrants list to secure his place in Junior Infants for the year in question.

Mass Begins
The opening parts of the Mass are called the Introductory Rites. When the priest arrives at the altar he kisses it. This is a sign of respect. He then goes to the special chair which is near the altar. We call this the ‘Presider’s Chair’. The priest leads us in prayer from this chair. We all make the Sign of the Cross together. This is the way we begin almost all our prayers. The priest then says, ‘The Lord be with you’ and we answer by saying, ‘And with your spirit.’ This is a special way of greeting us and reminds us that God is always with us. The priest then introduces the Penitential Act.

Dublin City Marathon
On behalf of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, I want to thank all the people who sponsored me in the recent Dublin City Marathon, €7,500 was raised. I am very grateful to you all.
Tom Roche, Ballincur.

The Mooncoin Christmas Fair Committee would like to thank everyone who sponsored prizes, made donations and supported us.
Raffle Prize Winners:
1st Toshiba Laptop: Willie Walsh, Portnahully.
2nd 32” Flat Screen TV: Sadie Delaney, c/o/ Fr. Martin.
3rd Icon Travel Voucher: Adam Scahill, Clogga.
4th Waterford Crystal: Stephen Croke, Dungooley.
5th Vehicle Service (A&A Auto Services) Bernie O’Hanlon, Dournane.
6th Christmas Cake: Sonia Dunphy Ballincur
In House Raffle Winners
1st Hamper: John Joe Kinsella, Dournane.
2nd DVD: Kate Dobbyn Walsh, Roseleigh.
3rd Drinks Cabinet: Bella Fitzgerald, c/o Hannah O’Shea.
4th Kettle & Toaster: Winnie Tyler, Grange.
5th Candle & Lamp: Kay Dunne, Skelpstown.
6th Glass & Bottle of Wine: Angela Haley, Polerone.
Bottle & Can Winners:
1st Hamper: Eddie Tobin, Ballymountain.
2nd Small Hamper: Carmel Farrell, Portnahully.

Masses during the week
Tues. Eucharistic Service: 9.30am
Wednesday - Friday: 9.30am

We welcome into our Faith Community the following who were baptised recently.
Tadhg Martin Curran
Thomas John Murphy

Conference meeting on Tuesday, December 13 at 8pm

Thank You
The Waterford Intellectual Disability Association wish to thank the people of Mooncoin, Mullinavat and Kilmacow, for their wonderful support for our church gate collection. The amount collected was €1,300.

Day Centre
Day Care Centre for people living with alzheimers or dementia; NEW LOCATION: 39a Hebron Business Park, Kilkenny. Meals provided & plenty of entertainment. Open Monday-Friday 9.30 -16.00 Contact Ruth/Margaret 056 7771230.

READERS: (11.15am)
CLEANERS: Dec 17/24 Bridget McGrath, Pauline Tobin, Elsie McGrath, Ellen Fitzpatrick.

Annie Duggan, Cloncunny.

John Fielding, New Zealand & Rathkieran.
James O’Keeffe, Main St. 1st Anniversary
Nora Walsh, Dublin & Clogga.
Mary Walsh, Filbuckstown.
Neddy Walsh, Ballincur.
Alice Dunne, Manchester.
Matty & Hannah Walsh, Cloncunny.
May they Rest in Peace.