Christmas in the churches
St. Nicholas Church: Christmas Eve Vigil Mass on Saturday at 9pm and Christmas Day Masses as usual 8.30am and 12 noon.
Confessions on Christmas Eve from 12 noon to 1pm and from 3pm to 4pm.
St. Patrick’s Church, Faugheen: Christmas Eve Vigil Mass on Saturday at 8pm and on Sunday, Christmas Day at 10am.
St. Mollerans Church: Christmas Eve Vigil Masses on Saturday at 6pm and 8pm and Masses on Sunday, Christmas Day at 9am and 11am.
Windgap Church: Christmas Eve Vigil Mass on Saturday at 6pm.
Camphill secures E35,725 grant
Carrick-on-Suir’s Camphill Community has received a funding boost of nearly €36,000 from the Department of Health to complete roadside works.
Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes said the money will be allocated to the residential community for people with intellectual and physical disabilities in the form of a Lotto grant.
The deputy said the €35,725 was being made available for the completion of the project following talks between himself, Minister for Health James Reilly and the Department of Health.
Christmas bridge results
92 club: 1st Moya Murphy and Martin Kiely, 2nd Vera O’Donnell, Gross Giancarlo Laiso and Mary Fleming, 3rd Phil Brannigan and Pauline Fitzgerald, 4th Eleanor Nolan and Eileen Butler, 5th Maura Lawrence and Breda Nolan, 6th Maureen Finucane and Mariette O’Keeffe, 7th Maureen Nolan and Gemma Houlihan, 8th Leishe Galvin and Tilly O’Donnell, 9th Teesie Blanchfield and Betty Moran.
Tuesday Club: 1st Phyllis Fogarty and Claire Shanahan, 2nd Marie Cooney and Ann Murphy, 3rd Tess O’Shea and Ita Ruddy, 4th Biddy Skelly and Joan O’Sullivan, Joint 5th Honora Murphy/Aileen Brett and Kitty Lalor/Marcella Power, 7th Annette Wyse and Nellie Hearn, 8th Kitty Moloughney and Tilly O’Donnell, 9th Betty Moran and Brid Flanagan.
Thursday Club: 1st Marie Phelan and Irene Purcell, 2nd Elizabeth Malone and Kathleen Coffey, 3rd Mairead Phelan and Rosaline Dowley, 4th Nellie Hearn and Marie O’Connor, 5th Biddy Skelly and Bernie Casey, 6th Gemma Houlihan and Teesie Blanchfield, 7th Maudie Walsh and Maureen Coffey,
8th Vera O’Donnell and Breda Feeney, 9th Ita Power and Kitty Mullins, 10th Brid Coughlan and Maureen Finucane, 11th Betty Moran and Milena Mullins, 12th Bernadette Cleary and Honora Murphy.
Rathgormack Ramblers will have a Christmas walk, weather permitting, from Kilclooney Wood to Croughaun on Wednesday, December 28.
The meeting place will be Kilclooney at 11.30am.
The walk should take under four hours and walkers will gather at Ned Kennedy’s afterwards for a few mince pies and hot toddies.
Members and visitors are welcome.
In the New Year, the Club hopes to embark on a couple of walking trips away.
The first of these will be in April to the Burren and the second in June to the Lake District, one of England’s premier walking areas.
Visit the Club’s website www.rathgormackramblers.blogspot.com for further details.
The Club walks in January are now posted on the site and they are: Counshingaun and
Stookeenmeen (Grade A), Sunday, January 8; Lough Mohra (Grade C), Sunday, January 15 and Coumeag Horseshoe (Grade B) on Sunday, January 22.
Mental health advice from GROW
GROW recognises that Christmas is not the happiest time for everybody.
If you are that person on their own feeling worried or depressed this Christmas, you can do things to help yourself.
In Grow, we say that in spite of how we feel we can still physically move. So, go for a walk or a coffee, get in touch with families or friends and get involved in the real spirit of Christmas, which is about people more than presents.
Always remember if you are feeling low, you can be sure you are not the only one.
Reaching out to someone in friendship this Christmas may be the best gift you could give them.
For further information on GROW, please telephone Maurene at (086) 7706064.
You can also log on to www.grow.ie for details or call the infoline 1890474474.
GROW meetings take place weekly at the Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre.
Eucharistic Congress Bell comes to Carrick
The Eucharistic Congress Bell is a key symbol of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress and is visiting St. Nicholas Parish, Carrick on Suir on Thursday, January 5.
It will come from Ballyneale Church to St. Patrick’s Church, Faugheen at 5pm where a Lirurgy of Reception will take place, following which the Bell will be taken to St. Nicholas Church for the 7.30pm Mass of the Nations.
The Bell will leave for Portlaw after the 8.30am Mass on Friday, January 6.
The Bell will reflect the invitation to faith, to prayer, to reconciliation and to mission which has always been important in the Christian tradition and is no less so today.
The pilgrimage of the Bell throughout Ireland and beyond will be a vehicle to invite people to deepen their communion with Christ and with one another, promote the pastoral aims of the Congress, invite all Christians to join in giving a common witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an increasingly secular society.