December 30th 2018

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 4th January at 9pml Thanks for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 4th will be: Breda Kelly, Valerie Kelly, Christine Mackey, Anne O’Brien & Eileen Moran.
On Fri 11th Jan will be: Dympna Rochford, Mary Lawlor, Edel Crean & Marie Dunphy. Proceeds going to Parish funds.
Card winners on Fri 21st Dec were: Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, John Murphy, Tom Rochford, Ann Lawlor, Kathleen Whelan, Pat Quinn & Pat Doyle. Christmas Ham winners were: John Murphy and tom Rochford.
Winners of the Beauty Hampers sponsored by Gerry in Adamstown Pharmacy were: Gents – Terry McDonald.
Ladies – Matty Sullivan.
Many thanks to Gerry for his very kind sponsorship of the hampers, it is much appreciated.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 4th January in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of
14,300. Do buy a ticket and it could be you, - what a wonderful start to the New Year!
 
CÓLAISTE ABBÁIN CHRISTMAS RAFFLE RESULTS
The following are the lucky winners in the Christmas Raffle.
1st – €100 (Pauline Kavanagh) Aubree Byrne Egan,
2nd €100 (Mick Gray Transport) John Murphy, Adamstown
3rd - €50 (Leo Booth) Peter Buckley, Adamstown
4th - €50 package deal (Leisure Max) Vicky Barron
5th – Big Hamper (Matt Mernagh) Kevin Thorpe, Adamstown
6th – Christmas Hamper (Parents Assoc) Lauren Cadogan
7th – Christmas Hamper (Helen & Ned Furlong) Dick Purcell
8th – Christmas Hamper (Adamstown Pharmacy) Grace O’Brien
9th – Christmas Cake & Pudding (Cáit Bradley) Phil McEvoy
10th – Dinner for 2 (Ferrycarrig Hotel) Erin Walsh
11th – Christmas Hamper (Country Coaches) Rita Nolan
12th - €50 voucher (Brian Kirwan Auto) Lisa Darcy
13th – Christmas Hamper (Country Coaches) David Plummer
14th - €30 voucher (Vine Thai Restaurant) Edyta Jaglarz
15th – Btl Whiskey (Senan Lillis) – David Doyle Murphy
16th – Meal for 2 (Linda O’Connor) Becky Prowse
17th – Wine (Brad Og’s) Ann Thorpe
18th – Gift (Treasury, New Ross) Bridget Bradley
19th - €30 voucher (Glanbia, Clonroche) T.P. Delaney
20th - €35 Tranquility spa (Clayton Whites Wexford) Deacon Donnelly
21st - €20 voucher (Holy Grail Restaurant) Veronica Banville
22nd – Wine (Jones Business Systems) Seamus O’Sullivan
23rd – Wine (Adamstown Tyres) John Bradley
24th – Wine (Senan Lillis) Dolores Malone
25th – Chocolates (Paul Cullen) John Evoy
26th – Wine Hamper (Ms. Byrne) Mr. Larkin
27th – Afternoon Tea (Talbot Hotel) T. J. Furlong
28th – Hamper (Parents Assoc) James Codd
 
CHRISTMAS IN ST. ABBAN’S 2018
Christmas time in St. Abban’s was a huge gathering of people of all ages both at the Vigil Mass on Monday 24th and on Christmas morning Mass. It was wonderful to see so many parishioners and many others home from all parts of the world to spend time with family and friends.
The celebration of Mass was much enhanced by the lovely singing of the Choir and Folk Group and we are blessed to have such talented people in our midst.
Thanks to Fr. Nolan for his dedication and generosity of time and spirit to our community over the entire year, but in particular all throughout the Christmas season. Health wise it has been a difficult year for Fr. Nolan, and we wish him good health in 2019.
Thanks to our choir and folk group, altar servers, readers, Eucharistic Ministers, collectors, Cáit, Joe, Catherine, Josie, John, Lorna, Pawl, the Fás workers, the Parish Committee, the ladies who look after the Church & Altars and the ladies who take care of cleaning and looking after the brass items in the church, and all others who help in any way to keep our church so well over the year.
Thanks also to those parishioners who contribute towards the upkeep of the church throughout the year.
 
AS THE YEAR COMES TO AN END – A SIMPLE THANKS
As a parish and community, we thank all those who give so willingly of their time and talents for the benefit of others, in a variety of different ways. Each and every organization and group help in their own unique way make the community a better place for all of us. Voluntary groups are the lifeblood of rural communities, often with little appreciation. So as this year ends and a new one begins – we say ‘thank you all so very much’
 
DID YOU KNOW?
When the sun goes down over Minuan Hill, Achill, Co Mayo on Monday 31/12/18 it is the last European sunset of 2018.
 
LATEST NEWS!
Dúirt Bean Liom
Go Nduirt Bean Leí
Go Ndúirt Bean Eile
Gur Inis Bean Dí
Go Bhfaca Sí Bean
Ag Bun Na Sléibhte
Bean Ná Bean
Ach Sí-Bhean í.
 
NEW PUBLICATION – Damian Cullen
“Where the Boro Waters Flow” by Damian Cullen on sale in Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown costing €20.
 
 
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 29th – People of the Parish
Sun 30th – People of the Parish
Sat Jan 5th – Michael Whelan, Tomgarrow (A)
Statia & Syl Barron, Coongoue (A)
Sun Jan 6th – James & Lilah Kent, Adamstown (A)
Pray for Tom Galway, Tomgarrow
May they rest in peace.
January 1st – Feast of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God. Mass at 11.00am
 
First Friday Mass Jan 4th at 7.30pm
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 29th – Anthony McGee. Sun 30th – Kay Whelan
Sat 5th Jan – Frances Gallagher
Sun 6th – Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 12th – Eoghan Greene. Sun 13th – Callie Doyle
Sat 19th – Liam Whelan Sun 20th – Betty O’Shea
 
SERVERS
Sat 29th – Megan Martin, Faye Hynes, Shona Duggan, Katelyn O’Shea
Sun 30th – Róisin Colfer, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty
Sat 5th – Ross English, James Furlong, Conall Doyle, Aoife McCabe
Sun 6th – Gráinne English, Sinead Duffy, Paddy Connors, Laura O’Gorman.
 
CHURCH ALTARS & DECORATION
A sincere thanks to the ladies from Knockreigh for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of December and in particular for funding the beautiful floral arrangements by Michael Byrne in St. Abban’s Church this Christmas
It is now the turn of parishioners from Tomgarrow for the month of January.
 
Messenger Magazine subscription is now due; please forward money to Cáit Bradley as soon as possible.
 
Tuesday 1st January – World Day of Prayer for Peace
Prayer for Peace – Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.
JANUARY 1ST
The hands of time move every day, ticking away the hours and the minutes - indeed; our whole lives are dominated by the clock. Perhaps at no other time do the hands of the clock become so meaningful than at New Year when midnight signifies not just another day passing but the close of the year. It can be an emotional time, for it is then that the concept of time takes on a new meaning – time to remember, to reflect, even to laugh, perhaps shed a tear or two, as we look back, look forward and wonder what the new year has in store for us. These words by author Minnie Louise Haskins seem appropriate.
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year,
Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown’
And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way”.
 
PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR
Lord, you who live outside of time and reside in the imperishable moment,
we ask your blessing upon your gift of time,
Bless our calendars, those ordained lists of days, weeks, months, of holidays, holy days, fasts and feasts.
May they remind us of birthdays and other gift days,
as they teach us the secret that all life is meant for celebrations and contemplation.
Bless, Lord this New Year, each of its 365 days and nights, bless us with happy seasons and a long life.
Grant to us, Lord the New Year’s gift of a year of love. Amen.
 
LOOKING BACK – MUMMING IN ADAMSTOWN
(December 29th 1999 – People Newspaper)
Mumming was a popular part of the entertainment scene in rural districts during the first half of the century, and there was keen rivalry among the sets from every parish.
Among the 14 sets taking part in the County Championships in the Theatre Royal Wexford on St. Patrick’s Day 1941 was this Adamstown group. John Greene (capt) J. Creane, M. Creane, M. Cullen, P Reilly, J. Kelly, Lce Nolan, P. Nolan, C. Bradley, W. Sinnott, Joe Sinnott, Thomas Brennan.
Musicians – Patrick Moran and Doyle brothers.
Adamstown winners of Special Prize for dress.
 
OLD IRISH SAYING
No matter what our calling,
Age will call us all.
 
NEWSLETTER – 1999 – 2018
The first Adamstown Parish Newsletter was published on 18th/19th December 1999. Since then it has appeared every week without fail, a word of thanks to all those who helped in any way to make this possible, and long may it continue.
 
Wishing everyone a Peaceful and Happy New Year.