ST. VINCENT de PAUL COLLECTION 2020 Dear Fr. Nolan, I wish to acknowledge with thanks…
Adamstown Parish Newsletter
Weekend of Sat 26th & Sun 27th December 2020
Volume 21 Number 51
CHRISTMAS IN ST. ABBAN’S
It was a very different Christmas in St. Abban’s this year.
It was with deep sadness and regret the decision was made to cancel the Vigil and Christmas Day Masses, due to concern for parishioners as the number of Covid-19 cases
are increasing so rapidly. As from St. Stephen’s Day all Church services are cancelled for the immediate future.
St. Abban’s Church will remain open for private prayer.
A word of thanks to T.J. for facilitating the online Masses over Christmas and at weekends, it is really appreciated.
Thanks also to all those who worked so hard to prepare the Church, crib, altars, Christmas tree, inner and outer porches so beautifully for the season of Christmas.
CÓLAISTE ABBÁIN CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 2020
Prize Sponser Winner
€100 Pauline Kavanagh Aidan Furlong
€100 Brad Og’s Tina Kelly
€100 Voucher Treasury Book Shop Des Watchorn
Delux Hamper All Ireland Foods Niamh Doyle
Fitbit Inspire 2 Advance Cleaners Bridget O’Sullivan
€80 package Leisure Max Joan Whitty
€50 Leo Booth Geraldine Buckley
Hamper Matt Mernagh Eimear Doyle
Hamper Parents’ Assoc Brid O’Connor
Hamper Helen & Ned Furlong Colm Quigley
Hamper Adamstown Pharmacy Paul Delaney
Christmas Cake & Pudding – Cait Bradley Taylor Bradley
Hamper Parents’ Assoc Paula Kehoe
€50 voucher Brian Kirwan Auto Séan Hynes
Hamper Paul Cullen Giacomo Farioli
€50 voucher J Greene’s Clonroche Philip Wickham
Bottle Spirits Alex Moran Tyres Dean McGee
Family Pass Secret Valley Farm Mary Hughes
€25 voucher Glanbia Campile Larry Murphy
Bottle Spirits Senan Lillis Dean O’Connor
First Aid Kit – Ferman H & S Ltd Kathleen Murphy
Make Up Set Nicola Roche Abbi Murray
€20 voucher Green’s Gala Marie Dempsey
Coal & briquettes – Glanbia Clonroche Ronald Jackson
Wine Adamstown Tyres Joan O’Malley
Wine Jones Business Anna Murray
Parents Assoc hamper Avril Doyle
Parents Assoc hamper George Parslow
Boyles Butcher €25 voucher Amy Casey
Box Biscuits anon Ryan O’Neill
A sincere thanks you to everyone for your support.
HAVE YOU NOTICED?
Have you noticed that birds socially distance when perched on telephone & electricity wires, especially crows?
Maybe they knew something before we did!
ADAMSTOWN N.S. PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION CHRISTMAS RAFFLE WINNERS
Sponsor Prize Winner
Stafford’s Butchers 10lb Turkey Richard Jones
TexOil €100 voucher Catherine O’Shea
Cullen’s Gala Espresso Mach Florrie Swords
Cooney/Furlong Power washer Lisa Egan
Lulu Boutique Part 2 scarf Lenessa Stander
Adamstown Pharmacy Hamper John Jordan
IRFU supporter’s rugby ball Mary Malone
J Codd Photography voucher Hannelie Cawthorne
Clonroche Pharmacy hamper Elaine Stafford
Foulksmills stores €50 voucher Sinead Duffy
Pettits S.V. Wexford voucher Margaret Cullen
A & M Hardware Desk Lamp Lorna Komsa
Dunnes Stores €50 gift card Noeleen Burrows
Dunnes Stores €50 gift card Sean O’Brien
IRFU Back pack Bill Holohan
Leisure Max voucher & meal Elaine McDonald
Kavanaghs Giftware Pottery Mary Malone
Adamstown GAA official football John Jordan
AHC Vets – Dog gift bundle Fr. Nolan
Jamie Oliver Pizza serving rack Seamus Colfer
Basket knitted toys Watt Crean
Irishman hand crafted whiskey Lisa Egan
Glass hurricane candle holder Brian O’Shea
Cutting Edge Ballinaboola voucher Ann Redmond
Supermac family meal for 4 Stephen O’Shea
Supermac family meal for 4 Sean Doran
Supermac family meal for 4 John Walsh
Supermac family meal for 4 John O’Shea
Clonroche Agri €25 voucher Rita Breen
A sincere thanks to all the sponsors, all who supported the raffle, school staff in particular Joeleen. The amount raised came to an amazing €2139 which will go towards the upgrade of school playground. Many Thanks everyone.
ESB Newtworks 1850 372 999
Irish Water 01 707 2828
Wexford General Hospital 053 915 3000
Wexford County Council 053 919 6000
Wexford Co. Council emergency out of hours: 1890 666 777
New Ross Garda Station 051 426 030
Samaritans 116 123
Senior Line (Older Person’s Helpline) 1800804591
MABS (money advice) 0761072780
Wexford Women’s Refuge 1800220444
It’s Good 2 Talk 053 9126596
Talk to Tom 0818 303 061
Aware (Depression & Anxiety) 1800 804 848
Wexford Co. Council Covid19 helpline 053 919 6000
HSE Covid-19 helpline 1850 241 850
Pray for Josie Galway, Breezemount (A)
Jim Connors, Mooncoin whose funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Abban’s Church on Tuesday last.
Sat 2nd Jan – Mick & Josie Whelan, Tomgarrow (A)
and Phyllis Bernie, Dublin
Sun 3rd Jan – James & Lila Kent Adamstown (A)
May they rest in peace.
Fr. Nolan will continue to offer Anniversary Masses for our deceased family and friends.
Feast Day: Sun 27th – The Holy Family.
HOLDING ON TO CHRISTMAS – ‘Silent Night’
(Fr. Alan Hilliard – Messenger Magazine)
It’s hard to find a silent night on the run up to Christmas. The jingle-jangle of Christmas carols are rather mundane by the time it gets close to Christmas Day. 2018 saw the 200th anniversary of the carol ‘Silent Night’. The little village of Oberndorf near Salzburg where the carol was first performed continues the remembrance by singing it at 5pm on Christmas Eve every year but not beforehand. Keeping the carol until Christmas Eve welcomes and marks the season and turns hearts towards the true mystery of Christmas. Furthermore this simple practice tells a cynical market-driven world to keep away from what is precious and important to us. Around the time ‘Silent Night’ was written people in Europe were recovering from the fall-out of the Napoleonic Wars, which caused great hardships, suffering and displacement across Europe until they ended in 1815. Months of colder than normal weather in 1816 caused massive crop failure and even famine. In the face of all this the peaceful tone of the carol resonated in people’s hearts as they witnessed the fragility of life. ‘Silent Night, Holy Night, All is Calm, All is Bright’ sits in stark contrast to a Europe torn apart by war, and famine. There are lessons to be learned from the story of ‘Silent Night’. Firstly, when the world around us seems to be falling apart we need stories, prayers and songs that can bring us back to the things that are important. When you’ve been through a turbulent time peace and silence are a welcome feast.
(Silent Night Chapel, Oberendorf, built in 1937 to commemorate the song Stille Nacht (Silent Night). This classic among the Christmas carols was presented for the first time in 1818 by the curate Joseph Mohr and the teacher Franz Xaver Gruber)
KEEP WEXFORD BEAUTIFUL AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to Adamstown Tidy Towns Association on winning Joint 2nd prize in the Wexford County Council Annual Environmental Awards in the category of Best New Entry. Our Tidy Towns Association have done brilliant work in our community in recent times and well done to everyone involved.
- A wife who drives from the back seat is no worse than the husband who cooks from the dinner table.
WORDS TO PONDER ON – TAKE TIME
I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day,
I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me, and heavier came each task,
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.
He answered, “You didn’t ask”
I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on, grey and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me. He said,
“But you didn’t seek.”
I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock,
God gently and lovingly chided, “My child, you didn’t knock
I woke up early this morning, and paused before starting the day;
I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.
CHURCH & ALTARS
Thanks to the ladies from Knockreigh for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of December. It is now the turn of parishioners from Tomgarrow for the month of January.
A sincere thanks to all parishioners who have kept our church and altars so beautiful over the past year, even in dark and very sad times as the pandemic took such a toll on our people and our country.
BISHOP DENIS – FROM MOMENTS OF PRAYER AT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS 2020
Prayer for the New Year:
Lord, we ask you to bless our journey of life as we begin a new year. Send us your Spirit to stay united in love and with our faith in you. Help us to face every challenge and trial with your grace and the strength of your presence. Amen.
Prayer for the world:
We pray for all humanity this Christmas. We unite ourselves in love this day with our brothers and sisters from every nation and race. By your birth Lord, you united yourself to every human being. Help us to recognise you in everyone, especially the last and the least. Amen.
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK –
‘The Road I have Travelled’
The road I have travelled has not always been an easy one.
And the path was often full of stones.
But I am still here, and I know the only reason
I am able to make it this far is –
That God was walking with me every step of the way.
A BIT OF HUMOUR – (Ireland’s Own)
Boss: “I want you to take this can of paint, then go to the front of the house and paint my porch”
Half-an-hour later the new workman came back and reported:
“I’ve finished the job, boss – but, by the way it wasn’t a Porsche… it was a Ferrari”.