December 17th 2017

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 22nd December at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 22nd will be: Dympna Rochford, Mary Lawlor, Edel Crean & Marie Dunphy. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 8th Dec were: John Furlong, Jim Wickham, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Mick Bolger & Pat Quinn. Christmas Ham winner was Seamus Wickham.
 
SPLIT THE POT
The next draw in the N.S Parents Assoc Split the Pot takes place on Tuesday 19th December. Envelopes costing €2 are available in Adamstown Pharmacy, Cullen’s Pub, Bernie’s Pub & Chipper and in the school.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 22nd December in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €11,300. Do buy a ticket and be in with a chance, a wonderful Christmas present for someone.
 
COLÁISTE ABBÁIN CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR 
The students of Coláiste Abbáin proudly present their 2nd Christmas Craft Fair on Wednesday 20th of December 2017 Joining us this year are the 6th class pupils of Scoil Naomh Abbáin - they will have 2 stalls on display- selling button flowers and wooden decorations. The festivities are taking place from 12- 2pm in the PE Hall of the school. All items have been expertly handcrafted by our students and will make great Christmas gifts/ stocking fillers for your loved ones. Some of the items for sale on the day include: Christmas wreaths, centrepieces, decorations, Christmas treats, birdfeeders, kindling, Christmas cards and many, many, more. Come along and witness the entrepreneurial spirit that is vibrant in our school. Entry is free on the day and refreshments will be served. Come early as all items sold out very quickly last year!
 
FOLK GROUP
There will be a folk group practice on Tuesday 19th December for Christmas in St Abban’s Church at 6pm. New members always welcome.
 
THANKS
Once again we express our gratitude to all associated, and all who contribute and whose support makes it possible to produce our Adamstown Parish Newsletter every week. Also to all our readers. A special word of thanks to Linda in the Raheen office for printing it every week. Happy Christmas to all and a Peaceful New Year.
 
ICA MEETING – DEC 13TH
Large number attended the usual business was dealt with this year instead of our usual Kris Kindle all the members made a donation to the Women’s Refuge Centre Wexford.
There was great feedback on the Senior Citizens Christmas Party, which was held in the Horse, and Hound on Sunday 10th Dec, despite the bad weather conditions there was a large attendance. We would like to thank the following of their generous sponsorship, Shamrock Vintage Club, Adamstown Hall Committee, Bernie Bradley, Adamstown Lotto Committee, and Adamstown Pharmacy. Thanks also to Adamstown Community Alert. To everyone who gave donations on the night and to all those who brought so many spot prizes too numerous to mention. After a beautiful meal served up by the Horse and Hound staff the entertainment got started. Joe Bradley and Dermot Hynes provided the music. The entertainers were: The Margo Murphy School of Dancing, Callie Doyle, Nick Dempsey, Michael Ridgeway, Liz Doyle & Ann Redmond, Dan McLoughlin, The Furlong Brothers, The Cuman Ceili Band from New Ross. A great night was had by all. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas, from all the ICA Ladies.
 
CALENDAR OF NEW ROSS
Calendar of New Ross in aid of the Nuns of Mount Carmel Monastery in New Ross. It was compiled by Sean Crowley. It would make an ideal Christmas gift offering a window into the life in New Ross down through the decades. Available to buy locally.
 
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
The number for the Sacred Heart Conference of St Vincent de Paul is 087 9032375. The conference covers the areas of Raheen, Adamstown, Newbawn and Clonroche. If you are in need of assistance please contact this confidential number.
St. Vincent de Paul collection at last weekend Masses amounted to €585 – thanks for your generosity.
 
 
DR. CATHERINE O’DONOHOE –
CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
Normal Surgery hours up to Friday 22nd Dec inclusive with usual Caredoc cover Saturday & Sunday.
Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day.
CAREDOC Tel: 1850 334 999
 
Wed 27th – Fri 29th Dec: Normal Surgery Hours
New Year’s Day – CAREDOC
Tues 2nd January 2018 – Normal Surgery Hours
Wishing everyone a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 16th – Kit O’Connor, Newtown (A)
Sun 17th – Joe & Peg Kelly, Coonogue (A),
Thomas Carey, Adamstown (A),
Josie Thorpe, Newtown (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Fri each week.
The Tuesday night St. Anthony’s Mass will not take place for the time being, it will resume in the New Year.
Prayer Group gather every Sunday night from 7-8pm in St Abban’s Oratory.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 16th – Frances Gallagher Sun 17th – Sheelagh Delaney
Sat 23rd – Ulick Stafford Sun 24th – Callie Doyle 10.30am
 
SERVERS
Sat 16th – Joshua Power, Daniel O’Gorman
Sun 17th – Maeve O’Neill, Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Richard & Joe Whelan
Sat 23rd – Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conal Doyle, Stephen Power
Sun 24th – 10.30am- Liam Dooley, Cara Whelan, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue.
 
CHRISTMAS IN ST ABBAN’S
Saturday 23rd Dec – Mass at 7.30pm
Sunday 24th Dec – Mass as usual at 10.30am
Vigil of the Nativity – Sunday 24th Mass at 7.30pm
Christmas Day – Monday 25th – Mass at 10.30am
 
NATIONAL EPILEPSY ASSOC OF IRELAND
The Annual Epilepsy Assoc collection will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th December in Adamstown Church. Please give generously.
 
A BLESSING FOR 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 to others the love he has shown to us. Amen.
 
A PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
My Daily Prayer
God be my resting place and my protection,
In hours of trouble, defeat and dejection,
May I never give way to self-pity and sorrow.
May I always be sure of a better tomorrow.
May I stand undaunted come what may,
Secure in the knowledge I have only to pray.
And ask my creator and Father above,
To keep me serene in his grace and his love.
ADVICE FOR OLDER PEOPLE
Keeping well and Warm – keep warm, eat well and avoid unnecessary travel. You should eat regular hot meals and drink plenty of fluids; this will keep you warm and will give you energy to keep active.
Ensure you have sufficient supplies of food and of any prescription medicine you may need. Keep active indoors
Have sufficient fuel supplies to maintain adequate heating in your home.
Ask relatives and neighbours for help if you need it. Keep their phone numbers on a list beside your phone.
Keeping an eye on older people and infirm – try to call on older relatives and neighbours, and offer to assist them in severe weather.
Ensure they have sufficient supplies of food and medications
Ensure that they have sufficient fuel supplies to maintain adequate heating in their homes
If you have any doubts about the safety of an older or infirm person seek assistance of the Garda Siochana or local Social Services.
 
ADAMSTOWN PHARMACY CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
Sat 23rd – 10am – 2pm.
Sun 24th /Mon 25th/Tue 26th – ALL CLOSED
Wed 27th & Thurs 28th: 9.00am – 6pm.
Friday 29th: 9am – 6pm.
Sat 30th: 10am – 2pm.
Sunday 31st & Monday 1st January – CLOSED
Tuesday 2nd Jan – 9am – 6pm.
Wishing all our customers and friends a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.
 
LITURGICAL CALENDARS FOR 2018
Beautiful Art Calendars are available in the Porch of the Church, costing €2 each, containing dates of Feast Days of Easter, Lent, Christmas and major feast days of the Saints.
 
WEXFORD COUNTY COUNCIL
Environment – Christmas Holiday Arrangements
Public Offices – Close Friday 22nd at 3pm, planning department closes at 4pm
Will reopen on Tuesday 2nd Jan 2018
Mobile Library – The mobile library service may be curtailed on the first week of Jan 2018 to transfer to a new vehicle. For more info check www.wexfordcoco.ie, North Mobile Library 087 4175810 or South 087 4176014
Emergency – out of hours emergency contact number 0890 666 777 will continue to operate throughout the holidays.
 
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM SR. HELEN
Sr. Helen would like to wish all of you every blessing, joy and peace this Christmas. She also wants to thank everyone who supported the fundraiser dance for the poor in Uganda.
She is very grateful and is looking forward to seeing the joy on their faces when she can help them. It will mean so much to so many. She will ask them to pray for you all.
God bless you. Helen.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.