December 23rd 2018

The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 28th Dec at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. There will be no catering on Fri 28th. Catering on Fri 4th January will be: Breda Kelly, Valerie Kelly, Christine Mackey, Anne O’Brien & Eileen Moran. On Fri 11th January will be: Dympna Rochford, Mary Lawlor, Edel Crean & Marie Dunphy. Proceeds going to Parish funds. Card winners on Fri 14th December were: Matt O’Neill, John Hanley, James Handrick, Mick Bolger, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Matty Sullivan & Pat Murphy.
Christmas Ham winners were: Mick Finn & Sean Cullen. Thanks to all card players for their continued support to our Parish. The card players extend their deepest sympathy to the Murray family, on the death of Johnny Murray, Robinstown who died on Sunday last. Johnny had been a regular Friday night card player in Adamstown for many years. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Friday 14th December were: 12-16-20-21. There was no Jackpot winner. The following 3 players matched 3 numbers and each got €70 - Maurice Whelan, Kellystown; Caitriona Purdy, Hollyville; Killian Stafford, Tinnecarraig. The next draw is on Friday 4th January in the Community Centre.
On Friday December 7th 14 guild members attended Whitford House for their Christmas party. We all enjoyed a beautiful meal served up promptly, with a complimentary glass of wine. A lively music session followed, thanks to Whitford House for a great night. Our monthly meeting was held on Wednesday December 12th. After our prayer and song the business was quickly dealt with. The guild officers Helen, Ann and Breda looked after the food and served up hot finger food, followed by delicious strawberry cheesecake and banoffee pie. Helen thanked Mary J. for representing us at Federation with her beautiful Christmas table decoration and for all the items she managed to sew from the material samples we were given. Instead of Kris Kindle this year it was decided to make a donation to charity. The Women’s Refuge was the name drawn out of the box. Adamstown I.C.A. guild would like to wish everyone “A happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and 2019”.
The death occurred on Sunday 16th December of Johnny (Jack) Murray, Robinstown. To his wife Anna, sons Padraig and John, brother Bill, sister Catherine and all the extended family, our deepest sympathy. Jack’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John Paul the Second Church, Raheen on Tuesday 18th December, with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May his kind soul rest in peace.
Carol Singing: well done to teachers Ms Power and Ms Quirke for organising Carol singing in Tesco, Wexford recently in aid of Raheen Family Resource Centre. It is great to be able to give back to an organisation that provides so many services to our community. Well done to all students involved, a total of €503 was raised. Students are currently preparing for their Pantomime production “Cinderella” which will be showcased from 23rd to 25th January 2019. The whole school community is very excited about this event following the success of last year’s production.
Our weekly newsletter has been part of our parish for nearly 20 years. It began under the direction of Fr Nolan. Terry McDonald was the co-coordinator and at present Betty O’Shea is. Each week Ellie Walsh has faithfully photocopied it and Cáit Bradley places it on the website where it can be read in many parts of the world. Various members of CE Scheme have printed it. Linda Goldsmith has printed it for the last 3 years and has done an excellent job. Linda will be finishing as CE Scheme secretary at the end of the year. We wish her well for the future. We are greatly indebted to all our correspondents who have supplied items for the newsletter. Christmas greetings to all. I hope you will continue to support, which contributes in no small way to our sense of community.
Going forward into 2019, if any club, organisation or individual wishes to place a note in the newspaper please use the following contact details as inclusion can only be guaranteed via this route. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone/text 087 7681866 after 5pm. Deadline for inclusion is Thursday lunchtime.
Adamstown Lotto Committee takes this opportunity to thank their many supporters for their continued support and to wish everyone the Season’s Greetings. Your continued support for our Lotto every fortnight for many years has greatly benefited the community, the parochial and sporting life in Adamstown. One has to greatly admire and appreciate the time, work and effort by all past and present committee. Thanks also to the many supporters over a wide area who never fail to buy a ticket for two for every draw and to many families who always buy a full book. Remember every cent of the Lotto profits stay in the parish, to make a better quality of life for young and old. Make it your New Year’s resolution to keep supporting your local lotto. Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2019.
Sat Dec 22nd - The people of the parish
Tue Dec 25th – Edward, Kitty and John Buckley (A)
Pray for Mary Furlong, Misterin and the deceased members of the Furlong and Moore families.
Alice, Mary, Jim & Mary Connors, Woodview Dr & the Hill.
Fr. Jackie Power, OSA, formerly New Ross
May they rest in peace.
Monday 24th Dec – Vigil Mass at 7.30pm
Christmas Day – Mass at 10.30am.
A word of appreciation to Josie Booth, John and Catherine Hanly for the gift of the beautiful Christmas tree to St. Abban’s Church.
Sat 29th - Megan Martin, Faye Hynes, Shona Duggan, Katelyn O’Shea
Sun 30th – Róisin Colfer, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty.
Sat 29th - Anthony McGee Sun 30th - Kay Whelan
Sat 5th Jan - Frances Gallagher
Sun 6th Jan - Geraldine Ridgeway.
The Annual Christmas Decoration Competition organized by Wexford Co. Council, takes place in Dec every year, children are asked to make a Christmas decoration using recycled materials. This year our local students in Adamstown N.S. were big winners, out of 294 entries.
1st place for 6th class children in Co. Wexford went to Ross English.
2nd place for 1st class children in Co. Wexford went to Aoibhinn McDonald. Adamstown N.S. also won the overall Group entry for Co. Wexford and received a €100 book token. There was a presentation to winners on Wed evening last in the Environment Section, Co. Hall, Wexford.
Another local winner was Ellie Walsh who came 3rd overall in the Adult section. Well done to all.
The little chapel provided twelve seats – no more,
It had been the boiler room with a concrete floor.
But there was no fuel, no heat, as yet no light
When we all knelt down to pray – that Christmas night.
Give us thy strength in the long hours of despair,
Give us thy fortitude with food scarcely there.
Give us thy patience when threads are running bare,
Give us thy understanding when tempers flare.
Bless those we dearly love who are now far away,
Bless this night, and the dawning of another day.
Thy love and thy glory let us not fail to see,
Dear Lord, on that day, when we shall once more be free.
(Written by Renee Cumberbatch when she and her baby daughter were civilian internees in Shanghai in 1944. Both survived. Renee died in 1995)
The Homeless Street Café is a group of volunteers who offer food, toiletries, clothes and friendship to the homeless every Tuesday night (8-11pm) on Grafton St, Dublin. People from all walks of life selflessly volunteer their time, their skills, their food, friendship and other donations to try and help some of the homeless on the streets of Dublin. This special interaction touches many people’s lives – not just those without a home but also the volunteers who experience what it really means to assist those no less human, just less fortunate. To get involved or to make a contribution, check out their Facebook page, The Homeless Street Café. They are always seeking clothes, toiletries and food. St Martin are delighted to be helping out a little with this amazing group of people and we would encourage others to assist in any way they can
Epilepsy Ireland Association has its Annual Church Gate collection this weekend Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd December. Please give generously.
We extend our good wishes to all from our community who are presently in hospitals, nursing homes, or being looked after at home, as we remember them in our prayers.
And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained glass window’s hue
A Baby in an ox’s stall?
The maker of the stars and sea.
Become a child on earth for me?
And is it true? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings,
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things.
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,
No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single truth compare –
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.
By John Betjeman.
Wishing everyone a Happy and Holy Christmas and a Warm Welcome to visitors home for Christmas.