December 16th 2018

The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 21st Dec at 9pm.
Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering 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 7th were: Betty O’Shea, Patsy Byrne, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Paddy Finn, Richie Murphy, Jim Wickham, Kay Whelan. Christmas Ham winners were: Betty O’Shea & James Hendrick.
The card game will continue on Fri 28th December, there will be no catering on the night.
 
COLAISTE ABBAIN PARENTS ASSOCIATION THANKS
The Parents Association, who organised ‘An Evening Celebrating a Variety of Traditional & Christmas Carols in St. Abban’s Church on Monday night last would like to sincerely thank the following. Fr. Nolan P.P. for the use of St. Abban’s Church, Mr. Senan Lillis, The New Ross Pipe Band, Tomás Whelan, Orla Quirke, Trad Group, New Ross, Fiona Quirke, Rosaline Power, Darragh Doyle and Dermot Hynes for their wonderful music and singing. To the students of Colaiste Abbáin, the lovely choir, musicians, singers, dancers, they were outstanding in their performances. There was a great attendance from a wide area and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the night’s event. Thanks also to the Raffle sponsors for their generosity and to all who bought tickets or attended this very successful Carol Service.
 
ADAMSTOWN NATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS
The children from Adamstown N.S. will have a Carol Service in St. Abban’s Church this Wednesday 19th December at 7pm and all are welcome.
Split the Pot Draw: The last draw for 2018 took place on Wednesday 12th, the school winner was Daniel Payne and Pippa Fortune was the lucky winner of €80. A sincere thanks to all who supported our draw over the past few months and to the Parents Association for their help and support. The next draw will take place in January 2019
 
THANKS
On behalf of the Parish Committee a word of appreciation to Isaac and Mary Wheelock for their very kind gesture of a gift of a Christmas Tree to the Village of Adamstown.
 
ADAMSTOWN PHARMACY CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
Sat 22nd Dec – 10am – 2pm: Sun 23rd Dec CLOSED
Mon 24th Dec – 9am – 2pm. Tue 25th Dec – CLOSED
Wed 26th Dec – CLOSED Thurs 27th – 0am – 6pm
Fri 28th Dec – 9am – 6pm. Sat 29th Dec 10am – 2pm
Sun 30th Dec – CLOSED Mon 31st Dec – 9am – 6pm
Tue 1ST January – CLOSED
Wed 2nd Jan – 9am – 6pm
 
 
CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS (Pioneer Magazine)
Christmas Crackers:
The humble Christmas cracker was invented by Tom Smith, a confectioner in London. Working on the principle of sweets, which were sold in a twist of paper, he realised his new idea by putting proverbs and mottos into the wrappers of the sweets. The ‘crack’ when a cracker is pulled was inspired by the sound of a log when put onto a lit fire. Today, Christmas crackers contain mainly novelty toys, gimmicky bits of plastic and paper hats.
The Manger:
The definition of a manger is a feeding trough or box made out of stone or wood that would be used to hold the food for cattle to eat. The word ‘manger’ is derived from the French, ‘mangeure’ and form the Latin ‘manducare’ , meaning to ‘chew’
Flower of Holy Night: Poinsettia
The Poinsettia originated in Mexico and the story goes that on a Christmas Eve long ago, a poor Mexican boy stood in tears outside a church, reluctant to go inside, as he didn’t have a gift to give to the Baby Jesus. He knelt down and told the Lord his worry, and that he was too poor to afford a gift for the Infant in the manger. When the boy rose to his feet after praying, a beautiful red flower sprung up from where he was kneeling. The plant is named after an American ambassador, J. R. Poinsett, who brought it to the US in 1829, where it flourished before being brought to other countries.
Christmas Robin:
Postmen in Victorian England in their red uniforms were commonly known as ‘robins’. Christmas Cards from Victorian times often depicted a robin with a card or letter in his beak, delivering Christmas mail.
 
FOLK GROUP
There will be a Folk Group Practice in St. Abban’s Church on Monday night December 17th at 8pm. All members please attend.
 
DR. CATHERINE O’DONOHOE – CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
Normal Surgery hours up to Friday 21st Dec inclusive.
This year Caredoc is providing cover from Sat 22nd Dec to the morning of Thursday 27th December inclusive.
While Caredoc is covering for all Christmas Eve, the Practice here will be open from 9am – 10am Christmas Eve morning should there be anything unexpected that anyone needs to contact us about.
Thurs 27th – Fri 28th Dec - Normal Surgery Hours
Monday 31st January (New Year’s Eve) Caredoc is covering from 1pm and all of New Year’s Day.
Wed 2nd January 2018 - Normal Surgery Hours
 
CAREDOC TELEPHONE NO: 1850 334 999
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat Dec 15th – Kit O’Connor, Newtown (A)
Josie Thorpe, Newtown (A)
Pat Byrne, Raheenduff (A)
Sun Dec 16th – Thomas Carey, Adamstown (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
Mass and Anointing of the Sick this Tuesday 18th December at 3pm. There will be no Mass on Tuesday night.
Penitential Rite on Thursday Dec 20th at 7.30pm.
 
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES:
Monday Dec 24th – Vigil Mass at 7.30pm
Christmas Day – Mass at 10.30am.
 
SERVERS
Sun 16th – Gráinne English, Laura O’Gorman, Sinead Duffy, Paddy Connors
Sat 22nd – Leah Sinnott, Róisin Nic Gabhainn, Jack O’Shea, Stephen Power
Sun 23rd – Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 15th – Frances Gallagher Sun 16th Callie Doyle
Sat 22nd – Liam Whelan Sun 23rd – Sheelagh Delaney
 
URGENT TREATMENT OF CHURCH INTERIOR TIMBERS
Following the discovery of ‘woodworm’ in some of the seats in the Church recently, the Parish Committee have had all the seats, kneelers in both the Church, Oratory, also, Vestry, Stations of the Cross, and gallery floor treated by a professional. This very necessary repair work which cost €1800 was able to be done with the generosity of parishioners who faithfully support St. Abban’s Church.
 
COFFEE BREAK & BINGO
Come join us for Coffee/Tea & Toast. Finish your morning off with a Novel game of Bingo this Tuesday 18th December from 10.30am – 12.30pm at Adamstown Community Centre. Costing €3.00
 
BASIC LIFE SUPPORT TRAINING
Basic Life Support Training will be held from 7pm – 10pm
this Monday at Adamstown Community Centre. Topics covered are CPR and AED Training. For info. Please contact Shane on 087 6418890 or Nikki at 086 3530045.
Places are limited, please book early.
Clubs, organizations, individuals welcome.
 
SYMPATHY
Our condolences to Ann & Terry McDonald, and John & Mary Power and families on the death of Peter Byrne, Curraghnaboola, Bree, uncle of Ann & John. His funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday 14th Dec in the Church of the Assumption Bree, with burial in the New Cemetery, Bree.
May he rest in peace.
SHAMROCK VINTAGE PLOUGHING CLUB – RESULTS
The following are the results of the Shamrock Vintage Ploughing at New Ross on Sunday 2nd December.
Single Furrow: - 1st – Dave Levingstone + Jim McGee Cup.
2nd – Oliver Power. 3rd – Nick Walshe
Trailer Class: 1st – Jim Cullen. 2nd – Willie Murphy
3rd – Seanie Murphy.
2 Furrow Mounted T.V.O. –
1st Aidan O’Neill + Byrne Bros Trophy
2nd – Paddy Doyle. 3rd – Eamonn White.
2 Furrow Mounted Diesel: 1st – Tom Jackman
2nd – J.J. Wickham. 3rd – Martin Furlong + Pat Byrne Cup.
The Club would like to thank all its members, sponsors and supporters for their help during 2018 and wish them all a Happy Christmas.
 
LITTLE DONKEY! LITTLE DONKEY” (Elizabeth McArdle)
Donkeys have been used as working animals for at least 5,000 years. Today in many parts of the world they are still very reliable helpers and can carry exceptionally heavy loads. Their surefooted hooves are specially adapted to endure walking for miles over tough, stony deserts of their native lands. You may ask, where are the native lands of the donkey? Today their wild ancestors live in the deserts and semi deserts of the Horn of Africa and are called African Wild Asses. Fossil remains of a wild ass have been found in the USA dating back 3.5 million years. This very old species had a zebra-like body with a donkey-shaped head. Because of the sparse vegetation in their environment, wild asses live somewhat separated from each other except for mothers and their young. They have very loud voices. In fact, their voices are so loud they can be heard from over 3km away. These loud calls help them keep in contact with other asses over the wide spaces of the desert.
All God’s creatures have a place in the choir of life, God will accompany you every note of the way just as He accompanied the Holy Family on their perilous journey to Bethlehem, when Mary was carried on a donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
 
Fr. Jim Furlong
A large crowd joined in prayer for Fr. Jim Furlong on Tuesday night last in St. Abban’s Church. Fr. Jim has been in hospital for some time now; his family appreciated the attendance of so many people.
We wish Fr. Jim every blessing and good wish.
 
LITURGICAL CALENDARS FOR 2019 ON SALE IN THE CHURCH PORCH COSTING €2.
 
As the year comes to an end, if anyone would like to make a contribution to St. Abban’s Church, envelopes are available in the Porch of the Church. Thank you.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (Mahatma Gandhi)
I am neither a man of letters nor of science, but I humbly claim to be a man of prayer. It is prayer that saved my life, without it I would have lost my reason long ago. One can live several days without food, but not without prayer.
This is my sacred teaching.