December 24th 2017

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 29th Dec at 9pm. No catering on that night. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week.
Catering on Friday 5th January will be: Ann McDonald, Una McDonald & Sinead O’Gorman. On Fri 12th Jan will be: Ellen Furlong, Bridget Colfer & Margaret Furlong.
Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 15th Dec were: John Hanley, John Furlong, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Phil & Mary Jackman. 
Winners of Christmas Hams were: Pat Murphy & John Murphy.
 
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE SOUVENIR DVD
A souvenir DVD of this year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is available and would make a lovely gift for those who took part in the trip. The 49th Annual Pilgrimage was lead by Bishop Denis Brennan. Copies are now available in the following outlets: Myles Doyle, Main St. Gorey, Billy Doyle’s, Wexford & Enniscorthy and in Ferns Parish Office. Phone 087 2646410. The cost of the DVD is €20 and all proceeds going to the Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund.
 
COUNSELLING
This time of year can be very stressful and difficult for many people. A free Counselling Service is available in Raheen Family Resource Centre. For more information please contact Jeanette on 051 428805.
 
ADAMSTOWN NATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS
Split the Pot
The lucky winner in this week’s draw was Dylan Egan, Junior Infants who got €80. The seller’s prize went to Richard Whelan. Thanks for your support over the past number of months. The draw will resume in the New Year.
Christmas Concert
Our Christmas Concert took place on Thursday 14th in Colaiste Abbain P.E. Hall. A sincere thanks to Mr. Nolan and staff of the College for their generosity in letting us use the hall all day Thursday for rehearsals and on Thursday night for the Concert. It is a wonderful venue, so comfortable and fitting for our show. There was a large attendance and the feedback was very positive. Thanks to Ann Marie for the dance moves, and the children and teachers who put in some hard work to produce the show. A big thanks to the Parents Association who organized the raffle and gathered the many prizes on offer. Thanks to all our sponsors for their generosity. A wonderful time was had by all present.
Art Awards
Several of our students won awards in the Wexford County Council Recycling Christmas Decoration competition.
They received their awards at a ceremony in the County Hall this Wednesday. Some of the girls were interviewed by South East Radio and were broadcast on Thursday morning. Well done everyone.
Craft Fair
Sixth class students took part in the Young
Entrepreneur Competition and created
lovely hand crafted Christmas decorations, snowmen, and button flowers. They had tables at Colaiste Abbain Craft Fair on Wednesday last.
They were delighted to sell out all of their craft items.
It gives them an insight into business and thinking up ideas for products to sell.
Santa visits us
On Thursday last Santa took the time to come and visit the children in school, giving each child a Selection box and joining with them in singing Christmas songs. He was very well received by the little ones, - ‘A Very Good Santa’ indeed.
DR. CATHERINE O’DONOHOE –
CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
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
 
ADAMSTOWN PHARMACY CHRISTMAS OPENING HRS 
 
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.
 
THE HOME IN WINTER – BE PREPARED
Have a small supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food.
Keep extra supplies of essential medication in case of difficulty getting to doctor or pharmacy.
Have an adequate supply of fuel for cooking/heating and if possible a suitable alternative should the main supply fail.
Have batteries for torches in event of a power cut.
Have candles & matches. Candles should always be places away from draughts in proper candle holders, never leave a candle burning unattended.
Have a water container to ensure a supply of drinking water.
Keep mobile phones charged up.
Have emergency numbers at hand.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat Dec 23rd – People of the Parish
Sun Dec 24th 10.30am – People of the Parish
Monday Dec 25th 10.30am – Edward, Kitty & John Buckley, Brocurra (A)
Pray for Josie Galway, Breezemount (A) &
Mary Furlong, Misterin (A)
Please pray for Mrs Kitty Quinn, Dublin who died this week.
May they rest in peace.
 
Christmas Mass Times:
Vigil of Christmas – Sunday evening at 7.30pm.
Christmas Day – Mass at 10.30am.
St. Stephen’s Day – Tuesday Mass at 11.00am.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sun 24th 10.30am – Callie Doyle
Sun 24th – 7.30pm – Kay McCabe
Mon 25th 10.30am – Betty O’Shea & Kathleen O’Connor
 
SERVERS
Sat Jan 6th 7.30pm – Caragh McDonald, Megan Martin
Sun Jan 7th – Niamh & Gráinne English, Laura O’Gorman.
 
St. Anthony’s Tuesday night Mass will resume in the New Year.
 
THE BELLS ARE RINGING (Messenger Magazine)
In his book, Thoughts on Solitude, Thomas Merton writes that bells are meant to remind us that God alone is good.
The bells call us to rest in God’s presence. According to Merton the bells do not merely say ‘be good, come to church’ but above all sing out ‘Christ is Risen’
The poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, once became sad when listening to Christmas bells. He then wrote the following verse:
‘For hate is strong
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men’
On listening more attentively his spirits lifted. He concluded his poem ‘Christmas Bells’ as follows:
‘Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
God is not dead nor doth He sleep!
The wrong shall fail,
The right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men!
When we hear the bells this Christmas let us know, in the poet John Donne’s words, that we should not ask ‘for whom the bell tolls’, for ‘it tolls for thee’. It tolls for each one of us. The message of the bells is for everyone. Ring out, great bells- may you never be silenced.
Peace on earth, good will to all people!
 
A BARGAIN
Two men were discussing what they’d bought their families for Christmas. “I’ve just got a bottle of whiskey for my mother-in-law”, said one. “Good,” the other replied.
“That sounds like an excellent swap”
 
 
LIGHT CANDLES THIS CHRISTMAS
Light candles this Christmas:
Candles of joy despite all sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present.
 
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens.
Candles of love to inspire all my living.
Candles that will burn all the year long.
 
HOLLY
Holly has been used as a Christmas decoration since early Christian times especially in the countries of Northern Europe. The early Christians decorated their churches, altars and homes with holly. The pointed leaves represent the crown of thorns, which Jesus wore when he was crucified and the red berries symbolised the drops of his blood.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Friday 22nd Dec were: 10 – 22 – 24 – 29. There was no Jackpot winner and no match three.
Lucky dip winners who received €50 were: Lar Doyle, Camross, Ciáran Kelly, Ballyvergin, Patrick & Lorraine Fortune, Doononey, Adamstown Ladies Soccer.
Winner of seller’s prize was John Murray.
The next draw is on Friday 12th January in the Community Centre. Wishing all our loyal supporters, ticket sellers and all those who give their time to organizing the draws, ticket distribution etc, a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and looking forward to your continued support in 2018.
 
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS: 
Wishing each and every one a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.
Nollaig Shona Duit
Happy Christmas
Wesolych Swiat (Polish)
Craciun fericit (Romanian)
 
Special Christmas wishes to the following who are patients in Nursing Homes at this time.
John O’Brien and Cecelia Heffernan, Cherry Gove Nursing Home. Nancy O’Brien, New Ross Community Hospital.
Michael Sugrue, Mill Park Nursing Home
Remembering also all our parishioners who are being looked after at home – A Peaceful Christmas.
 
BISHOP’S PASTORAL LETTER:
Bishop Denis Brennan in his Christmas Pastoral Letter which deals with the ongoing preparations for The World Meeting of Families in 2018 asks that all families take a copy of his Letter which will be available at the Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve and Mass on Christmas Day, home with them.