January 12th 2020

CARDS
The weekly ’30’ Card game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 17th January at 9.pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. The Card game on Fri 10th Jan was postponed as a mark of respect to the McDonald family on
the death of Terry. May his kind soul rest in peace.
Catering on Fri 17th will be: Dympna Rochford, Mary Lawlor, Edel Crean & Marie Dunphy. On Fri 24th will be; Ellen Furlong, Bridget Colfer & Margaret Furlong. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 2nd Jan were: Mick Bolger, Patsy Byrne, Seamus Joyce, Betty O’Shea, Bridie Dillon, Chris Byrne, Ann Lawlor & Noreen Frayne.
 
SR. HELEN DELANEY EXTENDS HER THANKS
Sister Helen spoke at the Masses on December 27th and 28th. Her mission in Uganda has ended. She wanted to thank the people of Adamstown parish, Raheen, Galbally and surrounding areas, and especially Fr. Nolan who first came up with the idea of a fundraising day for Sr. Helen. She expressed her sincere thanks for all the hard work, help and support for the poor people with whom she worked. Because of your generosity she was able to have wells dug, blind and deaf children educated, the sick received help to pay medical bills, Grannies got grain to enable them to cultivate and feed their grandchildren, teenagers were trained in skills. She had money to pay opticians to remove cataracts, people could see again. They thought it was a miracle. She let the poor people know they do matter and asked them to pray for you. A very big thank you and God’s blessing to you all.
We wish Sr. Helen the very best as she starts a new chapter in her life.
 
SEANA GHAEL AWARDS THIS SUNDAY
National G.A.A. President John Horan will be the guest of honour this Sunday afternoon at the Annual Coiste na Sheana Ghael awards presentation in the Ferrycarrig Hotel.
Among the 13 who have passed the grand age of 90 and who will be recognised at the ceremony will be: Matt O’Neill, Adamstown, Johnny Bradley, Adamstown, Bart Curtis, Adamstown and Eileen Flood, Adamstown.
New Ross District recipient Jimmy McDonald will also be honoured, Jimmy has been a Newbawn notes correspondent for the Standard newspaper and a former contributor of hundreds of match reports over the years. Congratulations to all.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 17th January in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €8,600. A very nice New Year gift for a lucky player, do buy a ticket and be in with a chance. 
 
THE PEACE LIGHT OF BETHLEHEM
Today, Sunday December 22nd, the fourth Sunday of Advent in the church we have lit the candles of the Advent Wreath, with a very special light- the Peace Light of Bethlehem.
It has travelled to us all the way from Bethlehem, the town where Jesus was born. The Peace Light of Bethlehem is a program set up in Austria in 1986 by an Austrian public radio and TV (Osterreichischer Rundfunk) which was first a charity event in aid of disabled children and people in need. Thanks to the involvement of Scouts, the Peace Light of Bethlehem is now an Annual International event and has travelled to almost all of Europe as well as the Americas.
Every year before Christmas, the Peace Light of Bethlehem is lit from an Eternal flame in the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem (the birthplace of Jesus) and is transported 9in a form of a lighted candle) to Vienna in Austria. Then, it is shared with Scouts from neighbouring countries and is spread on to other countries in Europe by Scouts. The light came to Ireland in a train from England to Waterford City.
Today we would like to share this light with the parish.
The members of the Swierczynska family who are members of the Polish Scout Unit, Waterford lit the candles and we thank them for this beautiful Gesture of Peace.
 
HEALTHY COOKEY DEMONSTRATIONS
Cookery demonstrations focusing on healthy eating begin in Newbawn Hall this Tuesday 14th January and will run for three weeks. These sessions are free to participants and will place an emphasis on cooking healthy nutritional meals.
The first session begins at 10.30am and runs until 12.30pm
For further information, or to book your place, please ring Angela on 087 979 0539
 
FAMILY SUPPORT
Family life isn’t always easy. Life events after birth, death, separation, abuse, illness, mental health difficulties, disability, job loss and financial concerns add to the stress and strain of everyday life. Family support services can and do help, and having someone to talk to can be of great benefit. The South West Wexford Family Resource Centre family support workers can chat with you over the phone and / or meet with you at home or at the centre.
Call Emma Fitzgerald on 051 389418 for more information.
 
DEVELOPMENT MEETING
A meeting of Adamstown Development Committee takes place in the Community Centre this Thursday 16th January at 9pm. All members are requested to please attend.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 11th – Michael Whelan, Tomgarrow (A) &
Willie Stafford, Oldcourt (A)
Sun 12th – Mary & Nicholas Byrne, Kellystown (A)
Sat 18th - Joe Crosbie, New Ross and Misterin (A)
Sun 19th - Shay O’Brien, Rathkyle (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
Prayer Group will gather this Sunday night in St. Abban’s Oratory from 7pm – 8pm and all welcome.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Monday – Friday each week night.
 
SERVERS
Sat 11th – James Furlong, Seán Doyle, Seán Moran, Jamie O’Reilly.
Sun 12th – Amelia Swierczynska, Paddy & Tom Connors, Brody Whelan.
Sat 18th – Áine Crean, Luke & Eabha Cullen, Pauraic Doran
Sun 19th – Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty,
Kelly Ann Mahon.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sun 12th – Sheelagh Delaney
Sat 18th -- Frances Gallagher. Sun 19th – Callie Doyle
Sat 25th – Eoghan Greene.
Sun 26th – Geraldine Ridgeway.
Readers of the Liturgy:
Our sincere thanks to all who perform in the ministry of Reader in St. Abban’s Church. St. Paul’s Sunday Missals for 2020 are available in the Sacristy for our readers to collect.
 
SYMPATHY
Our condolences to Jack Greene and family, Clonroche on the death of his wife Kathleen, who died on Tuesday last. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Clement’s Church, Cloughbawn on Thursday with burial in the adjoining cemetery. Our sympathy also to Raymond & Elizabeth Greene, Oldcourt and the extended family.
May she rest in peace.
 
Our deepest sympathy also to Deirdre and Gerry MacGabhann (Adamstown Pharmacy) and family on the death of Deirdre’s father Nicholas Lambert, Glenbrien (brother of the late Ann Byrne) His funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday last in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Glenbrien with burial in Glenbrien Cemetery.
Our sympathy also to his nieces Sinéad and Valerie and nephew Michael and the extended family.
May he rest in peace.
 
ADAMSTOWN ICA NEWS
The first ICA meeting of Adamstown Guild for 2020, will take place in the Community Centre on Wednesday 15th January at 8pm. Just to remind members that membership is overdue for anyone who hasn’t paid yet.
We hope to have someone from Wexford County Council at our meeting to give a talk on recycling. With that in mind, the competition on the night will be for the best item made from any recyclable material, and will be judged by the Co. Council representative. Remember new members always welcome, we love to see new faces. Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful New Year from Adamstown I.C.A.
 
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE
Carry an Organ Donor Card
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400 Heart Transplants
1100 Liver Transplants
155 Pancreas Transplants
250 Lung Transplants
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CALENDAR
A novel Calendar for 2020 has been produced by Knockeen Nursing Home. A feature of life in Knockeen is an art class.
The Calendar consists of art pieces by some of the patients of Knockeen. Included are impressive paintings by our own Liam Roe of Ballyvergin, who is a patient there. Another contributor is Mrs Babs Crean, who is well known in Adamstown. Well done to all the artists and our best wishes to all the patients in Knockeen for 2020.
 
TERRY MCDONALD R.I.P.
It was with deep sadness the news came on Friday morning of the death of Terry in Wexford Hospital. He had been unwell for a number of weeks. To his wife Ann, sons T.J., and Ger, daughters Mary and Deirdre, grandchildren, brothers, extended family, neighbours and friends our deepest sympathy. Terry’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Abban’s Church on Sunday with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
 
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
GOD MADE US A FAMILY
We need one another
We love one another
We forgive one another
We work together
We play together
We worship together
Together we use God’s Word
Together we love all men
Together we serve our God
Together we hope for Heaven. Amen.