From Fr McKeever re – Do this in Memory Mass

The parents rep for the Do This In Memory will probably be in touch with you this week about the Enrolment Mass next Sunday but I’d appreciate it if you could include in a text reminder to parents (for benefit of those who weren’t at the meeting last Thursday) that the Mass will be 9.00 this coming Sunday in Keady and as the children will be given their books and candles at this Mass could they all be there to collect them and bring £3 to pay after Mass when books are being collected.

Thanks for your help

Fr John

Patricia Vallely Traditional Music Lessons

Please note that Patricia Vallely teaches Traditional Music Lessons each Friday for Children in P3 and older.  The cost is £2.50 for Tin Whistle and £3.50 for Fiddle, Accordion, Banjo and Mandolin, payable every eight weeks.  Primary 3 children should begin on the Tin Whistle.  Please reply to text message to register your interest.

Do This in Memory Programme

Parish of Keady, Derrynoose and Madden

 4th September 2018.

Dear Parents / Guardians,

As your child enters P4 and prepares to celebrate the sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion, I would like to assure you, on behalf of the parish clergy and pastoral council, of our prayerful good wishes and support for this very special year.

We know how important the celebrations of First Penance and First Holy Communion are for every child. They are moments of great joy and unforgettable experiences of God’s love for each of us. Your child may well be very excited already at the prospect of this year’s celebrations. Yet First Penance and First Holy Communion are not just occasions for children. They are special moments for parents, family and friends as you accompany your child on their journey of faith. They are also a time of great joy for all of us as a parish community. Our children are our future. As we see the children take their place, for the first time, among the full members of the Church who may receive the Lord Jesus in Holy Communion at Mass, we give thanks to God for them and pray that they will always continue to gather for Mass with us.

Experience has shown that the celebrations of First Penance and First Holy Communion are best celebrated and are more meaningful to all involved when family, school and parish all cooperate in the sacramental preparation of the children. In order to better achieve this, we began the “Do This In Memory” programme some years ago and it has proven each year to be a great success, enjoyed by both children and adults alike.

This programme involves the children taking part in a special Sunday Mass once a month from September to June. They will also receive worksheets and prayer resources that families can use in the home. We have enjoyed very good participation in recent years’ programme so it is my sincere hope that this year every First Communicant and his/her family will take part in “Do This In Memory”. We will hold a one-off information meeting for all parents/guardians in the Assembly Hall of St Patrick’s High School, Keady, on Thursday 13th September at 7.30pm. If it is impossible for you to attend this meeting, I would ask you to please send a grandparent or other relative in your place who will be able to fill you in on what will be on offer for the year ahead. It is hoped that the first Mass of the programme will be on Sunday 23rd September in Keady at our usual Mass time of 9.00am. This will also mark the opening of our Parish Mission and I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage you and your families to come along to the Mission celebrations.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Yours faithfully,

Fr John McKeever, Adm

New School Year 2018-19

Dear Parents:

Please note that the school will reopen for all pupils in P2-7 on Monday 3rd September 2018 @ 9.00am

Primary One pupils should attend as per notification at June Induction Meeting.  Please also note that Primary One will go home each day at 12.00 noon until Friday 14th September 2018.  From Monday 17th September 2018 Primary One will go home each day at 2.00pm and 1.00pm on a Friday.

Parents of children in Primary 4 are reminded that they will now finish each Friday at 1.00pm. 

Please also note changes to class teachers for 2018-19

Primary 1:  Mrs M McClelland

Primary 2:  Mrs Y Warner

Primary 3:  Mrs D Quinn

Primary 4:  Miss K O’Neill / Mr Farrell (Friday)

Primary 5:  Mrs S Gollogly

Primary 6:  Mrs E Hamilton

Primary 7:  Mr F Woods

Miss C Brannigan has taken a period of extended leave.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

Yours sincerely

Mr G Farrell (Principal)