December 9th 2018

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 14th December at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 14th will be: Maureen Bradley, Linda Duffy & Denise Harler. On Fri 21st will be: Gillian O’Neill, Edel Doyle, Ann Marie O’Shea & Geraldine Thorpe. Proceeds going to Parish funds.
Card winners on Fri 30th Nov were: Phil & Mary Jackman, Pat Byrne, Kathleen Whelan, Pat Doyle, Owen Elmes. Christmas Ham winners were: Marie O’Connor & Paddy Furlong.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 14th in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €14,100. It is still there to be won, do buy a ticket and be in with a chance.
 
ADAMSTOWN NATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS
Split the Pot Draw
The last Split the Pot Draw for 2018 takes place this Wednesday 12th Dec in the school. Envelopes costing €2 are available in Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown Pharmacy, Brad Og’s Pub and Chipper and in the school. Thanks for your support.
School Calendars for 2019
The Parents Association have put tremendous work into producing what is a beautiful 2019 Calendar, all the school children, teachers and staff are included by birthday each month. It is a lovely, colourful, calendar which would make a wonderful Christmas present for family or friends. Costing €10 each, all monies raised will go towards school funds.
A massive ‘thanks’ to the many generous sponsors, for their contributions, as without their help it would not be possible to do this. Calendars are available from the school or the Parents’ Association.
Carol Service in St. Abban’s Church – Wed 19th Dec
The whole school community will put on a Carol Service in St. Abban’s Church on Wed 19th December .
We extend a warm invitation to families, friends and everyone welcome.
 
COFFE BREAK & BINGO
Come join us for Coffee/Tea & Toast. Finish your morning off with a Novel game of Bingo on Tuesday 18th December from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at Adamstown Community Centre. Costing €3.00
 
IARNRÓD ÉIREANN NEW TIMETABLE
From December 9th Iarnród Éireann are introducing a new timetable. Departure times for some key intercity and commuter services have been changed. Customers are advised to check the new timetable on www.irishrail.ie or by phoning 1850 366222.
ADAMSTOWN I.C.A. NEWS
On Sunday December 2nd, Adamstown I.C.A. guild hosted the Senior Citizens Christmas Party in the Horse & Hound. The party was attended by up to 90 guests who thoroughly enjoyed the lovely meal and the entertainment that followed. Many thanks to our generous sponsors the Hall Committee, Lotto Committee and anonymous donations also those who donated spot prizes. The night would not have been complete without music and entertainment, of which there was plenty, thanks to Dermot Hynes and Joe Bradley. The fabulous Cumas Traditional Group went down a treat, as did the talented young dancers from Margo Murphy’s school of dancing, who entertain us year after year. Thank you Callie Doyle for your beautiful singing and Nick Dempsey, who would make a cat laugh. We had a lesson in “family planning” from Charlie Bradley with the help of the missus Helen Furlong and the planning officer Tina Byrne. Last but not least Fr. Nolan for saying Grace before and after the meal and for his lovely rendition of “Kelly The Boy from Killane”.
Next I.C.A. meeting Wednesday December 12th at 8 pm.
 
FOOD AND HYGIENE ITEMS
Wexford People Helping People Group are calling for non-perishable food donations for food hampers which will be distributed to people in need in the area and across County Wexford in the run up to Christmas. The drop off location is O’Riain’s Café, the Irishtown, New Ross (9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Saturday). Donations such as rice, pasta, canned foods, canned soups, cereals, biscuits, crisps, etc., as well as long shelf life items are welcome. Hygiene products (toothpaste/brushes, shampoo, soap, etc.), nappies and wipes are also needed.
 
ADVERTISEMENTS NEEDED FOR THE PHOENIX TIMES
If you or someone you know would like to post an advertisement for a product or service you are providing, please ring Mr. Shane O’Gorman or Brandon Marshall TY at Coláiste Abbain. The Phoenix Times is published by Transition class and edited by Brandon Marshall TY.
Phone for information on 053 9240564 or 053 9240525.
 
CHRISTMAS CAROLS
Coláiste Abbain Parents Association presents ‘An Evening Celebrating a Variety of Traditional & Christmas Carols in St Abban’s Church this Monday 10th December at 7.30pm. School choir with guests and featuring members of New Ross & District Pipe Band. Your support is appreciated.
 
STARS FOR YOUR EYES
Stars For Your Eyes’ continues on Thursday 6th & Thursday 13th December with the final on Sunday 23rd December in Foley’s Pub, Newbawn. For details contact Frank in Foley’s Pub. All proceeds to Newbawn Senior Citizens Party.
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 8th – Lizzie Byrne & deceased members of the Byrne Family
James Colfer, The Leap, Months Mind
Sun 9th – Gerry Bradley, Ballyvergin (A)
Sat 15th – Kit O’Connor, Newtown (A)
Josie Thorpe, Newtown (A)
Pat Byrne, Raheenduff (A)
Pray for Liam Kelly, Ballyvergin (A) and
Sharon Delaney, Ballyclemock who died during the week.
May they rest in peace.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Mon-Fri each week night.
St Anthony’s Mass continues every Tuesday night at 7.30pm in St Abban’s Oratory.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 8th – Anthony McGee Sun 9th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 15th – Frances Gallagher Sun 16th – Callie Doyle.
 
SERVERS
Sat 8th – Watt & Aine Crean, Luke Cullen, Cara Whelan
Sun 9th – Róisin Colfer, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty
Sat 15th – Ross English, James Furlong, Conall Doyle
Sun 16th – Gráinne English, Laura O’Gorman, Sinead Duffy, Stephen Power.
 
Feast Day this week: Wed 12th – Our Lady of Guadalupe
Friday 14th – St. John of the Cross.
 
ST VINCENT de PAUL COLLECTION
Reminding everyone of the Annual St Vincent de Paul collection at Masses this Saturday night and Sunday morning. Your support is sought and appreciated.
 
A THOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS
At this time of year when our thoughts are of the birth of Jesus, families and friends, presents & social gatherings. We should think of others who have been less fortunate than ourselves this year and in the past and give to them the gift of Christmas, through whatever means possible. Remember Christmas is a time of giving to others not just ourselves.
 
THE ANGELUS – (Ireland’s Eye)
In Ireland the Angelus was first broadcast on August 17th 1950. The initial bell ringing came from Dublin’s Pro Cathedral on what then known as Radio Eireann at the request of Archbishop of Dublin Dr. John Charles McQuaid. He specifically requested for the first stroke of the bell to sound at exactly 6 pm. On New Year’s eve 1961, the practice was further extended to a bell tolling and included visuals. The visuals included pictures of the Annunciation and automation was used for the sounds. The tradition of the Angelus is believed to have originated in the 11th century with reciting 3 Hail Marys during the evening bell, indeed the first written documentation stems from Italian Francis monk Sonigardi Arezzo who died in 1282. Franciscan monasteries in Italy document the use in 1263 and in 1295.
A BLESSING OF THE CRIB
A blessing of the crib in the home as the final figures are ready to be put into the crib.
God of every nation and people, from the very beginning of creation you have shown us your love; when our need for a Saviour was great you sent your Son for us. To our lives he brings joy and peace, justice, mercy and love. Lord, bless all who look upon this manger. May it remind us of Jesus’ humble birth and may it remind us to show others the love he has shown us. Amen.
 
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Troubled and Despondent.
O God we thank and praise you for the gift of life.
Your gift to each one of us, given a day at a time.
Let us never be over anxious about the future, but leave it in the hands of God.
Each day arranged by him is His gift, His act of love for each of us.
Lord enlighten and comfort, those who through pain, fear, despair or any evil influence, may be tempted to injure or destroy the precious gift of life entrusted to them.
Fr. Donatus McNamara O.F.M.Cap (Divine Mercy Apostolate, Dublin)
 
NEED TO TALK
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Console – 1800 247 247, text HELP 51444
Childline – 1800 666 666, text TALK 50101
Teen-Line Irl – 1800 833 634
Aware – 1890 303 302
Caredoc – 1850 334 999
Barnardos – 1850 222 300
 
CHILD CONSULTANCY
Child Consultancy … where little ones blossom” will be giving an Information Night in Raheen Family Resource Centre on Wednesday 12th December at 7.30 pm. They specialise in working with children who have sensory, behavioural and learning issues. RSVP as places are limited. Caitriona 087 6379471 or Maura 087 9745738.
 
175th ANNIVERSARY
On Sunday Nov 10th 1844, the Parish Church of St. Abban, Adamstown was dedicated to the worship of God.
In the unavoidable absence of Bishop James Keating, the ceremony was performed by Dean Chapman P.P., New Ross. The preacher was Fr. Theobald Matthew, Capuchin, The Great Apostle of Temperance.
 
FR. JIM FURLONG
A Mass for the intentions of Fr. Jim Furlong will be celebrated on Tuesday Dec 11th at 7.30pm in St. Abbans at 7.30pm (all welcome)
 
Seanfhocail
Nior bhris focal maith fiacail riamh.
A good word costs no more that a bad one.