December 1st 2019

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 6th December at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 6th will be:
Cáit Bradley, Josephine Hendrick & Betty O’Shea. On Fri 13th Dec will be; Mary Kirwan, Lorna Komsa & Betty Cullen.
On Fri 20th will be; Maureen Bradley, Linda Duffy & Denise Harler. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 30th were: Tom Rochford, Ann Lawlor, John Murphy, Seamus Joyce, Matty Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Sean Cullen & Johnny Nolan.
Christmas Ham winners were: Tom Rochford and Patsy Byrne.
The card players extend their deepest sympathy to Pat Byrne on the death of his brother Martin Byrne, Ballybawn, Rathnure on Nov 18th, sympathy also to his wife Marie, children and extended family. May he rest in peace.
 
EVENING OF MUSIC IN ST. ABBAN’S CHURCH
Coláiste Abbáin Parents Association will host an ‘Evening of Music on Friday 6th December in St. Abban’s Church.
The Wexford Male Voice Choir will perform alongside various acts from the school’s music department.
Admission is €10 Adults, €5.00 students & O.A.P’s.
Students U-12 free. Concert will begin at 8pm sharp.
Your support would be very much appreciated.
 
ADAMSTOWN N.S. SPLIT THE POT
The next draw in the Adamstown National School Split the Pot draw takes place this Wednesday 4th December in the school. Envelopes costing €2 can be purchased in Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown Pharmacy, Brad Og’s Pub & Chipper and in the school. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
 
NEW ROSS THOLSEL CLOCK REPAIRED
If you are visiting New Ross, you will notice that the four-faced clock housed in the distinctive clock tower over the Tholsel on Quay Street if now in working order again, having been out of work for the past number of months.
The clock is first mentioned in the Corporation minutes dated 1671. The repairs to this ancient and historical clock were carried out by Ken Sherry from Dublin, who has a great interest in and respect for the clock and who sourced the parts for its repair from the renowned Clock O Matic Company in Belgium. Hopefully the tones of the bells of the “Tholsel Clock” will reverberate around the streets of New Ross for hundreds more years to come.
Note: Our Jubilee Clock and automated bell system installed in St. Abban’s Church in December 2000 was also the work of Ken Sherry. (The Standard Newspaper)
 
Bishop Brendan Comiskey blessed the clock and bell system on Saturday 23rd December 2000. The honour of unveiling was done by Misterin native Brother Brendan Delaney. Mass was celebrated by Bishop Comiskey, Fr. Jim Finn (retired P.P. Glynn) Fr. Bob Staples (retired P.P. Our Lady’s Island) and Fr. Robert Nolan P.P.
CHRISTMAS CABARET
Adamstown Community Centre Christmas Cabaret in Cullen’s Lounge on Saturday 7th December at 9.30pm.
Music, Craic, Spot Prizes and Christmas Prezzies.
All proceeds to the Community Centre Development Project.
Your support would be very much appreciated.
Tickets €5.00.
 
ADAMSTOWN SENIOR CITIZENS
Adamstown Senior Citizens are hosting a meal in the Cafe, beside Brad Og’s Pub this Thursday 5th December at 1.00pm. All welcome to come along.
 
SENIOR CITIZEN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Adamstown Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party takes place on Sunday next 8th December in the Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola at 6pm.
 
PERPETUAL ADORATION CONVENT, WEXFORD
For many years the Sisters provided Altar Breads for St. Abban’s Church and many other churches in the Diocese.
The Sisters have now vacated the Convent and have taken up residence at St. John of God Nursing Home, Newtown Road, Wexford.
We thank them for their kindness over the years and wish them well in their new home.
 
ST. ABBAN’S GAA CLUB - THANKS
To Fr. Nolan and Parish Committee
A word of thanks from St. Abban’s GAA Club for your co-operation and support over the last six years. The club has made great progress in recent times, and this would not be possible without the support of the entire Parish.
Any progress made, we hope will be of benefit to everyone in the community.
From Dessie Doyle, who has stepped down as Chairperson.
 
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
A Development Committee Meeting will be held in Adamstown Community Centre on Wednesday 4th December at 9pm. Can all members please attend.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Friday 29th Nov were: 1 – 9 – 21 – 25. There was no Jackpot winner. One match three winner – Catherine Asple, Garryduff who received €200. The next draw is on Friday 13th December in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €8,200. Keep on buying the ticket and in doing so; help our local GAA & Soccer Clubs & Parish Committee.
 
COLÁISTE ABBÁIN CRAFT FAIR
Coláiste Abbáin will hold their Craft Fair in the College on Thursday 12th December from 6pm – 9pm.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 30th – Robert & Margaret Furlong, Misterin (A)
& Lizzy, Mick, Kitty & Larry Byrne, Tomgarrow (A)
Also: Josephine, John, Malachy, Michael, Catherine
Lambert, Oldcourt (A)
Sun 1st Dec – Edward, Mary & Luke Whelan and deceased
members of the Whelan family, Oldcourt (A)
Sat 7th – Martin, Anna Mai, Furlong, Castleview (A)
Sun 8th – Gerry Bradley, Ballyvergin (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday each week night in St. Abban’s Oratory.
First Saturday Mass at 9.30am.
Visitation of the sick and housebound Friday & Saturday
Prayer Group will gather on Sun 8th Dec from 7pm – 8pm
 
WEEKLY ENVELOPE COLLECTION FOR NOVEMBER
November 4th - €603.00 Nov 11th - €637.00
Nov 18th - €187.00. Nov 25th - €259.00.
Thanks for your generosity, either weekly, monthly, annually, by Direct Debit, or at any other time, it is much appreciated.
 
CHURCH ALTARS & DECORATION
Thanks to parishioners from Coonogue for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of November. It is now the turn of ladies from Adamstown for the month of December.
FLOWERS FOR THE CHURCH
It is easy to take for granted those who decorate the Church each week and those who contribute to the cost of flowers.
Many thanks to you for your generosity.
‘This is the House of God and the Gate of Heaven’
 
WHAT IS A MEN’S SHED?
A Men’s Shed is a place where all men, regardless of age, background, or ability are respected, valued and belong, and can comfortably use and pass on their practical skills and knowledge. The Men’s Shed offers a place where men can come together and help out in their communities; have a chat and a cuppa; and improve their own well-being by keeping physically, mentally and socially active.
The Men’s Shed movement, which has already proved hugely successful, recognises that each man is a teacher and a learner, each having different levels of skills (professional and practical) to share collectively. Members of Men’s Sheds consist of men who are unemployed, retired or employed and have spare time on their hands and membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 which means there is an impressive intergenerational mixture.
The Shed is not a service organization and the ethos is very much on self-help and learning from each other, with each Shed seeking to enable members to become self-reliant, creative and self-motivated. Activities which are undertaken include conversing with other men, participating in community regeneration projects and learning skills that will overcome their dependency on others. Members are provided with information and training in the areas of Social Enterprise, Leadership Skills, Group Facilitation, Community Development, Health and Safety, and Policy Development.
VINTAGE PLOUGHING AT MAUDLINS, NEW ROSS
Please note the Vintage Ploughing at Scully’s, The Maudlins this Sunday will go ahead as planned.
 
WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Sept 29th – 8th Oct 2020 Spiritual Director: Fr. Eamonn Conway
October 4th – 13th 2020. Spiritual Director – Bishop Denis Brennan.
Visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem, and other sites in the Holy Land associated with the Holy Family.
Cost €1685. Call 01 8788159. Marian Pilgrimages.
 
BOXING DAY
For many years I was intrigued with the fact that in England, St. Stephen’s Day is called Boxing Day. The reason for this is that people brought Christmas gifts or “Boxes” to relatives on December 26th.
You have also received Boxes in July, Weekly Envelope Boxes, for 2018-2019, but virtually the same people return their offerings every Sunday, while others have made no contribution for many years. I would ask you to make each Sunday a ‘Boxing Day’ and bring your offerings, no matter how small, to St. Abban’s Church. Thank you.
 
ST. VINCENT de PAUL CHRISTMAS APPEAL
Letter from Bishop Denis Brennan;
I write to you regarding the annual St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal which takes place in all of our Churches on the weekend of 7th & 8th December 2019.
Much is achieved day in day out in Ireland by St. Vincent de Paul volunteers who – with your generous support – make a difference in the life of many within our parishes and local communities. The phrase ‘You can save somebody from a life of poverty’ is a heartening one and it highlights the real and life changing difference that well thought out daily outreach to those in need makes. This is only made possible by your continued generosity and solid financial support. The complementary message from St. Vincent de Paul this Christmas is a stark one. Rightly it sums up the reality of Christmas for some struggling families at this time of year – ‘The most worrying time of the year’.
In seeking your support for the annual appeal on the weekend of 7th& 8th December, I thank all of those who serve as volunteers; I commend the consistency and thoughtfulness of the Society’s work, and with you, I pray for the success of the efforts of this most worthy organization, working with those in need.
Yours sincerely, Denis, Bishop of Ferns.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Give something, however small, to the one in need.
For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could.
(St. Gregory Nazianzen)
 
SENDING CHRISTMAS WISHES
Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards and Mass Cards available on the book stand outside the Vestry door in the Church.