December 15th 2019

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 20th Dec at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies
for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 20th will be:
Maureen Bradley, Linda Duffy & Denise Harler.
Cards will take place on Fri 27th Dec; there will be no catering on that night.
Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 6th were: Paddy Furlong, Seamus Wickham, Matt O’Neill, John Hanley, Seamus Joyce, Patsy Byrne, Richie Murphy, Pat Byrne, Denis & Maria O’Connor.
Christmas Ham winners were: Matty Sullivan & Jim Wickham.
 
THE LEGEND OF THE POINSETTIA –
CROWN OF THE ANDES.
The Christmas flower, the Poinsettia, was named after Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, a keen botanist and the first US Ambassador to Mexico, who introduced it to America in 1825.
The Aztecs had used the red leaves of the poinsettia as a dye for textiles and for cosmetic purposes, while the sap of the plant was used to treat various fevers. In the seventeenth century, some Franciscan friars incorporated the poinsettia into their Christmas decorations. The bright red flowers of the plant were known as the ‘Flores de Noche Buena’ or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’ from then onwards.
In the South American countries of Chile and Peru, it is known as the ‘Crown of the Andes’. The star shaped leaves of the poinsettia are thought to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, that led the shepherds and the Magi to the manger where the baby Jesus lay, while the red coloured leaves symbolise the blood of Christ, shed for us on Good Friday. Indigenous to Mexico, there are about 190 different varieties of the flower and come in shades of orange, pale green, cream, pink and white, but it is the red version we see at Christmas that is the most popular. In the United States, 12th December is National Poinsettia Day, the date on which Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett died in 1851.
(Pioneer Magazine)
 
ADAMSTOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE NEWS
The above Committee would like to say thanks to all who supported their Cabaret on Saturday 7th December in Cullen’s Pub. To those who sold tickets, who sponsored the door prize and raffle prizes thank you. A special word of thanks to Dermot Hynes who supplied the music.
Happy Christmas to all.
 
A SMILE – COLD MEAT!
On the morning of Christmas Eve, a lady rummages through the last of the remaining turkeys in the supermarket freezer.
Do you get any bigger by any chance?” she asks the shop assistant with a sigh. He looks at her for awhile and says, “No madam, they are quite dead
(Ireland’s Own)
STORY TIME
Toddler and Baby Christmas Story time and Rhyme time with Susan takes place on Thursday December 19th at 10.30am in New Ross Library, children and parents are welcome.
 
PANTOMIME – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Coláiste Abbáin presents Beauty and the Beast in the College Sports Hall from 29th– 31st January 2020.
Starting at 7.30pm each night.
Admission: Adults €8.00. O.A.P’s/Students €5.00
Children €2.50.
Do come along and support the students & staff.
 
EPILEPSY ANNUAL GATE COLLECTION
The Annual Gate collection for Epilepsy Ireland will take place on the weekend of Sat December 21st & Sunday 22nd following Masses in Adamstown. Your contributions would be gratefully appreciated.
 
ADAMSTOWN I.C.A. NEWS
Adamstown ICA guild would like to say a huge thank you to all those who made last Sunday’s Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party such a success. To all our generous sponsors, all who donated spot prizes, and the Horse & Hound for providing a wonderful meal as usual.
A special word of thanks to Dermot Hynes & Joe Bradley for the lovely music and song which they unselfishly provide year after year, the party wouldn’t be the same without you.
Not forgetting songs from Callie, Larry, James, Anthony & Charlie, recitations from Ellie, and Margo’s fabulous dancers, may they all continue to entertain us for years to come. Thank you to Jill for the lovely cake, it went down a treat. Last but not least to Fr. Nolan for saying grace to remind us all we are so fortunate to have this lovely meal to share amongst friends in this warm, safe, environment.
Wishing each and everyone a Happy and Peaceful Christmas from Adamstown I.C.A. Guild.
Note: A gentlemen’s watch was found after guests had left the party, if it is yours, please contact Helen on 086 3454036.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Friday 13th December were: 2 – 17 – 19 – 28. There was no Jackpot winner. One match three winner Cáit Bradley who got €200. The next draw is on Friday 3rd January for a Jackpot of €8,400. Wishing all our workers, sellers, those who purchase the tickets and help in any way in running the Adamstown Lotto a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
 
FOLK GROUP NOTICE
The Folk Group will hold a practice in the Church this Wednesday 18th December at 7pm, all members are asked to please attend.
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 14th – Kit O’Connor & Josie Thorpe, Newtown (A)
& Pat Byrne, Raheenduff (A)
Sun 15th – People of the Parish.
Sat 21st – People of the Parish
Sun 22nd – People of the Parish
May they rest in peace.
 
SERVERS
Sat 14th – Jack O’Shea, Katelyn & Alanna O’Shea
Sun 15th – Maeve O’Gorman, Sinéad Duffy, Harry Whelan
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 14th – Eoghan Greene. Sun 15th – Kay Whelan
Sat 21st – Frances Gallagher.
Sun 22nd – Geraldine Ridegway
Tue 24th – Christmas Eve Vigil Mass – Ulick Stafford
Wed 25th – Christmas Day – Betty O’Shea & Kathleen O’Connor.
 
COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
In our hearts, there’s nostalgia for home and a longing for home especially at Christmas time. And the clever advertisers play songs about home that would have you in tears in seconds so that, blinded by your tears, you’ll buy whatever they’re trying to sell! Where this nostalgia is coming from, we may not fully know. Nor may we know what home we’re longing for. But no matter where we are, we’ll never be at home unless we’re at home with ourselves, with what is deepest within us. In that deepest place, there is a memory of God and a longing for God, acknowledged or not. And one way of really coming home at Christmas is by
admitting our need to be reconciled with God and with one another. What’s the use of being at home for Christmas if you’re with people you resent, blame or have never forgiven for hurts imagined or real.
(Fr. Ignatius CP)
 
MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
We begin our prayers with the very ancient gesture – the Sign of the Cross, a symbol of Christ’s victory over death. The Sign of the Cross is a prayer, a blessing.
Through the tradition of the triple cross – forehead, lips and heart – we are asking the Lord to bless our minds and our hearts that they will be open to hear the Gospel, so we might proclaim through our lips the good news of Jesus to all the world”
 
CHRISTMAS AT ST. ABBAN’S 2019
Vigil Mass Tues 24th at 7.30pm
Christmas morning Mass at 10.30am.
 
Adamstown Prayer Group will meet in St. Abban’s Oratory this Sunday 15th December at 7.00pm.
 
Reconciliation Rite will take place in Taghmon Parish Church on Wednesday 18th December and all welcome.
 
 
NOVEMBER OFFERINGS
Fr. Robert Nolan would like to thank you for your generosity and your prayerful attendance at the November Masses for the Holy Souls. May they rest in peace.
 
IRISH FARMERS ARE IN CRISIS
We produce the very best of food from our farms in this beautiful country, but now it has become impossible to produce this food for below the cost of production.
Between the meat factories, Co-ops and Supermarket chains, who quadruple the base price of our food and pass that on to you as feed your families, this situation has become impossible.
This Christmas if you can, support our Irish farmers by buying local Irish produce. Shopping close to where you live, boosting the local economy in our rural Ireland.
When the story of the Angels is stilled, when the Star in the sky is gone, when the Kings are returned home, and the Shepherds are back with their flocks, the real Christmas begins – time to heal the sick, find the lost, feed the hungry and give peace to all people, for baby Jesus was born in a stable and all of our farms have a stable too”
Joy and peace to you all this Christmas time.
Agricola
 
FIRE SAFETY AT HOME
A fire safety check only takes a few minutes but it could mean the difference between life and death. Make it part of your routine before you go to bed.
EVERY NIGHT

Turn off gas appliances

Put out candles and naked flames

Place a spark guard in front of open fires

Empty all ashtrays

Keep your way out completely clear

Close all doors.

PREVENT FIRES

Don’t –

Smoke when you are in bed, tired or on medication

Leave the room when there are candles burning

Leave young children alone near an open fire or cooker.

Leave matches and lighters where children can get them.

Leave the room when a chip or frying pan is on even for a minute.

Overload electric sockets – one socket, one plug.

Use electric appliances that don’t work

Run electrical appliances from a light socket

Use a heater or the cooker to dry clothes

Use petrol or paraffin to light a solid fuel stove.

Make sure to –

Clean your chimney and service your heating system at least once a year

Use a spark guard with open fires

Keep your gas cylinder outside, on solid ground and away from anything hot

Use a proper holder for candles

Keep a suitable fire extinguisher and fire blanket in the kitchen.