By Jer Kennelly

THANKS to the countless people who volunteer to keep a parish running, to Fr. Kevin who has found every avenue available to help people participate in the mass, all who contribute to the notes, without their help, many items of news would be missed. Wishing all our readers, will have a Christmas that will protect both themselves and their neighbours, and still find it fulfilling.

Our thoughts are with all who have suffered in any way during the year, as they have to carry the burthen alone and often unknown to us.

PARISH OFFICE will be closed from 22nd Dec. and re-opening 5th Jan. 2021. There will be Sixteen Masses to choose from this Christmas Week.  Pick one Mass to attend and make it your Christmas Mass.  Your co-operation is deeply appreciated in these very vulnerable times.  Please note that nobody will be turned away from our Churches, but if the Churches are full, we have plan B which is tuning into Masses from Moyvane on 99.9fm and on the tannoy system in Knockanure car park. Those in the car parks will receive Holy Communion if they wish – instructions will be issued at each Mass. MASS Moyvane; Sat 19th at 7.30pm for Con Healy, Moyvane North (1st Anni); Sun 20th  at 11.00am for Connie Shine, The Village (Anni) & deceased of Shine family; Mon 21st at 10.00am   Special Intention – New Home & family blessing at 7.30pm mass  for Pádraig McMahon, Lisaniskea – Birthday Remembrance; Tues 22nd at 7.30pm for Fíachra Harrington, Co. Waterford (Rec Dec); on

Wed 23rd at 7.30pm a Shared Christmas Mass (for living on Christmas list); Thurs 24th at  5.00pm      CHRISTMAS EVE MASS – Special Intention, and  9.00pm a  Special Intention; Fri 25th  at 11.00am       CHRISTMAS DAY MASS – Special Intention; Sat 26th at 7.30pm  ST. STEPHEN’S DAY – Patrick Curtin, Aughrim (Anni), and mass on Sun 27th at 11.00am  for Ned & Maureen Sheehy, Leitrim Middle (Anni). Mass Knockanure; Sun 20th at 9.30am for Willie O’Connor, Kilmeaney, Kilmorna (Anni); on

Tues 22nd  at 9.30am  a Special Intention – New Home & family blessing; Thurs 24th at 7.00pm   CHRISTMAS EVE MASS – Special Intention; Fri 25th at  9.30am – CHRISTMAS DAY MASS – Special Intention, and mass on Sun 27th  at 9.30am  for Hannah & Ned Quinn, Beenanaspig, Kilmorna (Anni).

GAA LOTTO Moyvane; The current Jackpot is €9,000 and the draw on Sunday, December 20 at 8.00pm at Con Brosnan Park.

CHURCH in Moyvane was recently painted outside and lit up for Christmas, the outside crib is also illuminated.

MOYVANE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: Wish everyone a Happy and safe Christmas. We hope that the New Year will bring an end to Covid 19 and lead to a healthier and stress-free environment. We take this opportunity to thank all who helped us in anyway throughout the past year. A special thanks to all who have made generous financial contributions.  Further donations would be gratefully appreciated.

WELL DONE to Margaret Foley who raised €5,090.09 to date for Sliabh Mish Ward in UHK from her walk from Moyvane Church to the Hospital.

COVID-19 victims, it would be nice to tell their stories, rather than leave them as statistics.

Many in the building trade, shops, health care people and farmers, have worked nonstop since the arrival of C19. Others on salaries have taken off significant leave from work. They should show some appreciation by donating to a thank you fund for their working colleagues. Young people are very disadvantaged in their social life, even though, they are in the least danger, we should be more thankful for the sacrifices they are making. Many families were so busy with work and social live till this year, that they do not have a bond with their family, daily rosary bonded our ancestors.

SYMPATHY To Tony & Timmy Horgan, Trien on the death of their sister Kathleen  Mankin, who died in London recently.

DEATH on 16th December 2020 of  Tommy Kelly of Coole West, Athea, predeceased by his parents Jack & Mary and brother Denis. Survived by sons Jonathan, Maurice & Thomas, brothers Pat (England), Jimmy & John, sisters Joan (England), Maureen & Nora, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Basil McAuliffe, Margaret Carmody, Eileen Moriarty, Sheila Kerins, Nora Crane, Mary McKenna, Michael Foley, Kieran Hayes, Liam Foley, Desmond Groarke, Noreen Buckley, Jim Sheehy, Sr. Marguerite Shine, Sr. Maura Carmody, Mary White, Hazel Culhane, Eileen Mansfield, Michael Brosnan, Sr. Carmel Beasley, Jack O’Brien, Michael Dalton, Tom Walsh, Mary Moriarty, Margaret Lynch, John Behan, Dan Shine, Willie O’Connor, Mary Stack, John Joe Kennelly, Nancy Brosnan, Mauren Sheehy, Denny McEnery, Sr. Rita Donegan, Tom Wright, John Michael O’Sullivan, Elizabeth Lynch, Michael Flanagan, Bea Galvin, Michael Moore, Julia McCarthy,

CHURCH ART CALENDAR 2021:  I am delighted that this week with your Newsletter, you will receive a beautiful religious calendar for your home.

GIFT IDEAS:  The Lyreacrompane and District Journal, Number 13, is available. Pat McLoughlin’s new book, all proceeds to St. Ita’s Hospital.   Le Chéile is a new musical treat for Christmas CD in aid of Friends of Saint Ita’s Newcastle West, and the Butterfly Club Rathkeale. Ballydonoghue Journal with over 300 pages is also in the shops. Book called Forgiving Moon by Mike Mac Domhnall, Parish Magazine for Mountcollins contains 200 pages.

BEST WISHES to Linda Kennelly, Keylod, Moyvane and David McNamara, Askeaton who were married recently in Ardfert church. Best Wishes to Sonia Gallagher of County Donegal who married Kieran Kiely of Moyvane on August 8th at St John the Baptist Church, Carrigart, Co. Donegal.

SHORTEST day over us we are looking to a cock’s step in length after Christmas.