December 2nd 2018

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 7th December at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 7th will be: Mary Kirwan, Lorna Komsa & Betty Cullen. On Fri 14th will be: Maureen Bradley, Linda Duffy & Denise Harler. 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 23rd were: Phil & Mary Jackman, Paddy Finn, Richie Murphy, Sean Cullen, John Nolan, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville. Christmas Ham winners were: Paddy, Furlong & Paddy Finn.
 
SPLIT THE POT DRAW
The winner of Adamstown N.S. Split the Pot draw on Wed 28th was Edel English who got €84 and the school winner was Ross English. The next draw is on Wednesday 12th Dec in the school.
Envelopes which cost €2 are available in Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown Pharmacy, Bernie’s Pub & Chipper and in the school. Your support is much appreciated.
 
GAA NEWS
Reminder that the AGM of St. Abban’s Adamstown GAA Club takes place in Newbawn Hall this Sunday at 5.30pm.
 
SHAMROCK VINTAGE CLUB
The Club will hold its 7th Annual Vintage Ploughing this Sunday 2nd Dec on the Scully farm, the Maudlins, New Ross. All the usual classes are welcome.
 
COLAISTE ABBAIN NEWS
Craft Fair
Reminding everyone of Colaiste Abbain Craft Fair in the College this Thursday 6th December from 6pm – 9pm. Lots of craft items on offer, do come along have a browse around.
Also Santa’s Grotto will be open from 6pm – 7.30pm entry is €3.
U-16 Basketball team
Well done to our U-16 Girls Basketball team who played in the South East Basketball Semi Finals recently. The girls had a fantastic season and were unlucky to be beaten by Scoil Ruain, Thurles.
Thanks to the teachers for organizing a trip to the Clarie Byrne Live Show on Monday 20th Nov. The students were delighted to be part of the live audience.
 
Adamstown Tidy Towns will be selling Traditional Handmade Christmas Wreaths at the Craft Fair, Holly & Dry Wreaths all €10. Your support will be appreciated.
 
CHRISTMAS PARTY
Adamstown Senior Citizens Christmas Party takes place in the Horse & Hound this Sunday evening at 6pm.
YOUR WELLBEING
Tuesday 4th December at 7pm in New Ross Library
Paul Brown will examine the main symptoms and causes of stress, how to manage the stressors and how to bring about change in your life, to book phone 051 421877
 
SYMPATHY – JOSEPHINE LAMBERT RIP
Our deepest sympathy to Michael & Nancy Lambert and family Adamstown, on the death of Michael’s sister Josephine of Grantstown and formerly Oldcourt.
Also our sympathy to her brother Henry, sisters Rita and Kathleen, brother and sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and extended family. Josephine was predeceased by her brothers John and Malachi. Josephine loved to sing and often entertained her friends and family on various occasions, including on many trips with Adamstown Active Retired with her now deceased father Michael.
Josephine had a big heart and was a very kind, thoughtful person. She loved nothing better than spending time with her family and friends. She moved to live in Grantstown Day Care facility about 2 years ago and absolutely loved the staff and other residents. She was extremely happy there and made some lovely friends, who all turned out to bid their fond farewells over the three days of her funeral.
She was removed to St. Abban’s Oratory on Sunday evening 25th November. Her funeral Mass took place on Tuesday 27th with burial afterwards in Adamstown Cemetery. May her kind soul rest in peace.
 
ADAMSTOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE AGM
Adamstown Community Centre Annual General Meeting will take place on January 16th 2019 at 8pm.
 
BASIC LIFE SUPPORT TRAINING
Basic Life Support Training will be held from 7pm – 10pm on Monday 17th December at Adamstown Community Centre. Topics covered are CPR and AED Training.
For info please contact Shane 087 6418890 or
Nikki 086 3530045. Places are limited, please book early. Clubs, organizations, individuals welcome.
 
COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS – Post Office News
Dec 7th – last day for posting to Canada, Australia, New Zealand.
Dec 10th – last day for posting to U.S.A.
Dec 18th – last day for posting to Northern Ireland & England
Dec 20th – last day for posting your Christmas Cards within the Republic of Ireland.
 
Religious Calendars on sale in the Porch of St. Abban’s Church costing just €2, please put money in one of the candelabra boxes.
 
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat Dec 1st – Martin & Anna Mai Furlong, Castleview (A)
Sun Dec 2nd – James Power, Raheenduff (A)
Saturday 8th December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Holyday of Obligation.
Vigil Mass Friday Dec 7th at 7.30pm
Sat 8th Dec Mass at 10.30am – Edward & Mary Whelan, Oldcourt (A)
Sat Dec 8th - 7.30pm – Lizzy Byrne & deceased members of the Byrne family, Tomgarrow (A)
& – Jimmy Colfer, The Leap (Month’s Mind)
Sun Dec 9th – Gerry Bradley, Ballyvergin (A)
May they rest in peace.
Visitation of the sick and housebound on Friday 7th & Saturday 8th
 
SERVERS
Sun 2nd – Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska.
Sat 8th Dec – Watt & Aine Crean, Luke Cullen, Cara Whelan
Sat 9th – Róisin Colfer, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty
 
READERS OF THE LITUGY
Sat 1st – Liam Whelan. Sun 2nd - Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 8th – Anthony McGee Sun 9th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 15th – Frances Gallagher Sun 16th – Callie Doyle
 
POPE’S INTENTIONS FOR DECEMBER
Evangelisation: In the Service of the Transmission of Faith
That people who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.
 
CHURCH ALTARS
Thanks to the ladies from Doononey/Rathkyle for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of November, it is now the turn of parishioners from Knockreigh for the month of December.
 
ST VINCENT de PAUL COLLECTION ANNUAL APPEAL
The Annual Christmas St. Vincent de Paul Appeal will take place in St. Abban’s Church on the weekend of Sat 8th & Sun 9th December. Your support is sought and appreciated.
St. Vincent de Paul – Neighbours helping Neighbours.
 
St. Vincent de Paul Local Confidential Contact Line:
087 1413153.
 
HOLYLAND PILGRIMAGE 2019
Holy Land Pilgrimage takes place from 19th March 2019 for 8 days. 6 places left. €1549 pps. If you wish to travel call into O’Leary Travel, Enniscorthy, book and pay your deposit. Contact No: 053 9233178
ALL-NIGHT VIGIL AT KNOCK SHRINE
December 7th – 8th 2018
The Vigil Ceremonies will commence with Confessions from 10pm. Reconciliation and Vigil at 12 midnight in the Basilica with Rosary, Stations of the Cross and Holy Hour.
Information on organised coaches travelling to the vigil can be found at www.knockshrine.ie
 
“THEOLOGICAL ETHICS IN A NEOLIBERAL AGE”
Is a new book by Irish Theologian Dr. Kevin Hargaden.
Excerpt from his book: - Mapping out how much Irish doctors are paid to sustain the life and health of young children, he explained that GPs are annually paid €125 for every child they cover in the U-6 medical card scheme, €230 if they are involved in emergency delivery of a baby and €215 for every antenatal visit they have, allowing for 7 visits. His own GP earned that money the hard way. Dr. Hargaden says, noting that his baby son had had to fight for life from six weeks in the womb onwards, with at least 11 medical interventions having been needed. “Now the Irish Government is offering between €150 and €450 to GPs who consult and administer abortion” he said, these typically being one-off engagements proportionately returning vastly more money to medical practices than regular care for a child. (Irish Catholic Nov 22nd)
 
.Many thanks to all who contribute to St Abban’s
Some years ago a .......Parish was facing a financial deficit. The Finance Committee decided to make a house-to-house appeal to their Parishioners. Whereas many responded unhesitatingly to the appeal. Some were hesitant on the grounds that they no longer attended Church regularly. The visitors asked further relevant questions. “Would you intend to have your children christened in the Church? Would you like your daughter to be married there? Would you wish to have your funeral service there? The response was very positive in their reply. The visitor then asked a final question – “In the meantime who do you expect to maintain the Church?
This question was answered with a very generous donation.
To our generous parishioners, a word of thanks for their support which makes the maintenance of our Parish Church possible.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Friday 30th were: 4 – 5 – 29 – 30. There was no Jackpot winner and just one match three player – Edel English, Coonogue who got €200. Next draw is on Friday 14th December for a Jackpot of €14,100. It’s still there to be won before Christmas.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Let your smile change the world,
But don’t let the world change your smile.