January 5th 2020

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 10th January at 9pm. Thanks for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 10th will be: Breda Kelly, Valerie Kelly, Anne O’Brien & Eileen Moran. On Fri 17th Jan will be: Dympna Rochford, Mary Lawlor, Edel Crean, & Marie Dunphy. On Fri 24th will be: Ann McDonald, Una McDonald & Sinéad O’Gorman. On Fri 31st will be: Ellen Furlong, Bridget Colfer & Margaret Furlong. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 27th Dec were: Pat Byrne, Phil Jackman, John Murphy, Tom Rochford, James Handrick, Mick Bolger, Denis & Maria O’Connor, Sean Cullen & Johnny Nolan.
As we begin a New Year, we sincerely thank all the card players who faithfully come to Adamstown every Friday night, from far and near and in doing help to financially support our Parish. A big thanks also to the ladies who turn up every Friday night and provide teas and refreshments to the card players.
 
DEVELOPMENT MEETING
A meeting of Adamstown Development Committee takes place in the Community Centre on Thursday 16th January at 9pm. All members are requested to please attend.
 
AGM OF ADAMSTOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE
The Annual General Meeting of Adamstown Community Centre will be held in the Centre this Wednesday 7th January at 8.30pm. All members are asked to please attend.
We need representatives of all clubs, organizations and individuals to come along to this meeting and work together to keep the Centre going.
 
MONTHS OF THE YEAR (Mary O’London, Ireland’s Eye)
January – brings the snow and makes our feet and fingers glow.
February – brings the rain that thaws the frozen lakes again.
March – brings breezes loud and shrill that stir the dancing daffodil.
April - brings the primrose sweet and scatters daisies at our feet.
May – brings flocks of pretty lambs, skipping by their fleecy dams.
June – brings tulip, lilies and roses, and fills the children’s hands with posies.
Hot July – brings cooling showers, apricots and gillyflowers.
August – brings the sheaves of corn, then the harvest home is born.
Warm September – brings the fruit, when sportsmen then begin to shoot.
Fresh October – brings the pheasant, then to gather nuts is pleasant.
Dull November – brings the blast, then the leaves are whirling fast.
Chill December – brings the sleet, blazing fires and Christmas treat.
MENTAL FITNESS TALK
On Tuesday January 14th, at 7pm, a Healthy Ireland talk called ‘Feeding Your Mental Fitness’ with nutritional therapist Jemma Kehoe takes place at New Ross Library.
Jemma works on the basis that optimum health is 360 degree ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­picture, of which a healthy diet is a significant part but must also take into account emotional health, genetics and environmental factors. She is passionate about the fact that optimal health is not merely the absence of illness. This presentation focuses on understanding the effect of diet and lifestyle choices on mood and mental energy. Jemma lectures part time for the Institute of Health Sciences in Dublin and consults with businesses and restaurants in achieving nutritional products and meals.
Booking is essential on 051 421877.
 
EAT WELL TALK
A talk called ‘Change One Thing’ with nutritionist Antoinette Long takes place at New Ross Library this Tuesday 7th January at 7pm. A lot of people make numerous New Year’s resolutions and end up overwhelmed and disappointed, feeling worse in themselves than when they did before January 1st. Antoinette will help to simplify the changes people want to make in their lives by focusing on four elements, nutrition, exercise, rest and sleep.
Booking is essential on 051 421877
 
FREE SHREDDING OF CHRISTMAS TREES
Wexford County Council is providing free shredding of Christmas trees at a number of locations from Thursday Jan 2nd to Saturday Jan 11th as follows:
Trees will be accepted for shredding at the council’s four household recycling centres at Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy; Gorey Business Park, Ramstown; Hewittsland, New Ross and the Holmestown Centre, Barntown.
Centre Opening times are: Tuesday to Friday 8.15am to noon and 1.00pm to 4pm. and Saturday 8.15am to noon
and 1pm to 3pm.
Christmas tree shredding also takes place from January 2nd to 11th at Redmond Park, Wexford.
All shredding is free of charge. Ring the council’s Environment Section for more information on 053 919600.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the first Lotto Draw of 2020 were:
2 – 9 – 15 – 24. There was no Jackpot winner. There was four match three winners who got €50 each.
Mick Roche, Tinnecarraig, Maureen Bradley, Glenour, Oliver Murphy, C/O John Judes, John Hanley & Ann Marie Heffernan, C/O Cullens. The next draw is on Friday 17th January for a Jackpot of €8,600.
Wishing all our committee, sellers, buyers a Happy and Peaceful New Year and looking forward to your continued support for the coming year.
 
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat Jan 4th – Statia & Syl Barron, Coonogue (A)
And Patrick, Catherine Doyle & Josie Galway,
Breezemount (A)
Sun 5th James & Lila Kent, Adamstown (A)
Sat 11th Michael Whelan, Tomgarrow (A)
and Willie Stafford, Oldcourt (A)
Sun 12th Mary & Nicholas Byrne, Kellystown (A)
Pray for Joe Crosbie, New Ross and Misterin (A)
Patrick, Ellen and Philip Delaney, Brocurra. &
Mrs Bridget Moran, Essex, who died on New Year’s
Day. She was an aunt of Breda Bolger & Delaney family.
May they rest in peace.
 
SERVERS
Sat Jan 4th – Jack O’Shea, Katelyn & Alanna O’Shea, Emily English
Sun Jan 5th – Maeve O’Gorman, Sinéad Duffy, Harry Whelan, Ava Kelly.
Sat Jan 11th – James Furlong, Seán Doyle, Seán Moran, Jamie O’Reilly.
Sun 12th – Amelia Swierczynska, Paddy & Tom Connors, Brody Whelan.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat Jan 11th – Family Mass. .Sun 12th – Sheelagh Delaney
Sat 18th – T. J. McDonald Sun 19th – Callie Doyle
Sat 25th – Eoghan Greene. Sun 26th – Geraldine Ridgeway
 
ANNOUNCEMENT OF EASTER
The season of Christmas ends with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord. As the season draws to an end, the Solemnity of the Epiphany offers an opportunity to proclaim the centrality of Christ’s paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. The Easter Triduum of the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. The proclamation of the date of Easter may be announced on the Solemnity of the Epiphany after the homily or after the Prayer of Communion. The announcement with music is to be found in RM, pp. 1351-2
Know, dear brothers and sisters that, as we have rejoiced at the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, so by leave of God’s mercy we announce to you also the joy of his Resurrection, who is our Saviour.
On the twenty-sixth day of February will fall Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of the fast of the most sacred Lenten season.
On the twelfth day of April you will celebrate with joy Easter Day, the Paschal feast of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On the twenty-fourth day of May will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On the thirty-first day of May, the feast of Pentecost.
On the fourteenth day of June, the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
On the twenty-ninth day of November, the First Sunday of the Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom is honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
 
THIS POEM WAS GIVEN TO US BY A PARISHIONER A FEW WEEKS AGO
Today Dear Lord I’m 90, there’s so much I haven’t done,
I hope Dear Lord you’ll let me live until I’m 91.
By then if I’m not finished with all I want to do,
Would you be so kind and let me live until I’m 92.
There are things I want to know about, and oh so much to see,
Do you think you could manage Lord until I’m 93.
The world is changing very fast and there’s so much more in store.
So I’d surely like to on hand until I’m 94.
And if by then my heart is sound and I am still alive,
I’d like to be around until I’m 95.
There are so many procedures and so much needs a”fix”,
I’d like to be around until I’m 96.
I know Dear Lord, It’s much to ask, and mighty nice in heaven,
But I would like to be around until I’m 97.
Perhaps by then I might be slow and I know it’s getting late,
But it would be nice to be your guest when I am 98.
I will have seen so much by then and had so grand a time, that I’d be willing to call it quits and settle for 99.
 
CHANGING TIMES (Ireland’s Own 2014)
The phases of the moon were an important feature of the calendars of old. There was a full moon, the new moon, the first quarter and the last quarter. The new moon was particularly significant, offering the prospect of some improvements in things when the weather was bad.
If a white haze was seen around the moon and if the haze cleared from the north, then better weather was on the way.
If the haze cleared from the south however, then the opposite could be expected. Any kind of redness in the moon signified gales and storms of all kinds. Inevitably the passing of the old year and the coming of the new was a time for some reflection. In Irish tradition it was the luckiest thing in the world to see a black cat first thing after midnight on New Year’s Eve. Such an encounter betokened good luck of all kinds and was greeted with great delight by those who were part of it. The black cat has, of course, been a symbol of good luck for generations. In this regard it ranked with the horse shoe, the old boot and the sixpence, all of these latter seen as tokens of good fortune in the old days. An old Victorian postcard which wishes Good Luck from Ireland has as its legend: “A cat, a shoe, a sixpence too, To charm Good Fortune’s way to you”.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday each week night.
 
Monday 6th January – Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord:
A Holy Day of Obligation:
Mass at 9.30am & 7.30pm.
 
 
Wishing each and everyone
A Happy and Peaceful
New Year.