December 8th 2019

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 13th December at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 13th will be:
Mary Kirwan, Lorna Komsa & Betty Cullen. On Fir 20th will be: Maureen Bradley, Linda Duffy & Denise Harler.
Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 29th Nov were: Andy Reville, Pat Quinn, Tom Rochford, John Murphy, Matt O’Neill, John Hanley, James Hendrick & Mick Bolger.
Christmas Ham winners: Mick Bolger & Matty Sullivan.
The card players extend their sympathy to Chris Byrne on the death of her brother in England and formerly Ballyshannon Lane. May he rest in peace.
Wishing Terry a speedy recovery to full health soon from all the card players.
 
COLÁISTE ABBÁIN CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR –
Thursday 12th December 6pm – 9pm.
Excitement is building in the school in the run up to our Annual Christmas Craft Fair. Entry is Free. Lots of wonderful Christmas presents will be on sale from both our own students and outside traders. Teas and Coffees will be served. Santa will also be making an appearance in his Grotto from 6pm – 7.30pm. €5 per child. Face Painting €1.
Free entertainment, art activities and Christmas tattoos available on the night. Come along, support local traders and enjoy the festive and entrepreneurial spirit that is vibrant in our village.
 
I.C.A. NEWS
Just a final reminder to our guests, that the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party takes place this Sunday, Dec 8th in the Horse & Hound at 6pm. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
I.C.A. ladies, remember our monthly meeting takes place on Tuesday December 10th, as school concert is on Wed 11th.
Membership money due on the night & please bring €10 in lieu of Kris Kindle. Like last year it was decided to donate the money instead to the Women’s Refuge. Put on your festive gear ladies, jumpers, hats, jewellery, whatever takes your fancy, we’re going to have a fun night Ho! Ho! Ho!
 
ADAMSTOWN NATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS
Split the Pot winner on Wed 4th Dec 2019 was Daniel Payne (1st class) who got €60 purchased in the school. School winner was Róisin Cullen. Next Split the Pot draw on Wed 18th December, the last one for 2019. Thanks to everyone for their support.
Adamstown National School Children’s Concert is on Wednesday 11th December in Coláiste Abbáin at 7pm.
Admission on the night is €5 for all – excluding Primary school children. There will also be a raffle on the night organized by the Parents Association with some great prizes. All funds raised will go towards funds to upgrade the school playground. Hope to see you all there on the night!
 
ADAMSTOWN TIDY TOWNS
Adamstown Tidy Towns will be selling homemade Christmas Wreaths in Coláiste Abbáin Christmas Craft Fair on December 12th from 6pm – 9pm. Wreaths are now on sale in Cullen’s Gala at a cost of €10. All proceeds will go towards our very own Adamstown Tidy Towns.
 
G.A.A. COMMITTEE MEETING
An Adamstown GAA. Committee Meeting will take place on Thursday 12th December in Adamstown Community Centre at 8.30pm. Can everyone please attend this important meeting of the new Committee.
 
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
A Development Committee meeting will be held in Adamstown Community Centre on Thursday 12th December at 9.00pm. Can all members of the committee please attend this important meeting.
 
SHAMROCK VINTAGE CLUB NEWS
The Shamrock Vintage Club held it’s Annual Ploughing Match in New Ross on Sunday 1st December.
The following are the results.
Pedestrian class: 1st - Dave Levingstone. 2nd – Joe Kehoe.
Single Furrow – 1st - Phil Jackman, 2nd Nick Walshe,
3rd – Oliver Power
Trailer Class: 1st - Jim Cullen, 2nd – Willie Murphy,
3rd – Sean Murphy.
2 Furrow Mounted T.V.O: 1st – Tommy Kielty;
2nd – Seamus Byrne, 3rd – Aidan O’Neill.
2 Furrow Diesel: 1st – J.J. Wickham, 2nd – Liam O’ Reilly,
3rd – John Moore.
Jim McGee Cup – Phil Jackman
Byrne Bros Trophy – Phil Jackman
Pat Byrne Trophy – John Walshe.
Novice: Tom Jackman, Steven O’Gorman
The Club would like to thank the landowners, sponsors and judges and wish all it’s supporters a Happy Christmas.
 
WEXFORD COUNTY COUNCIL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS
Congratulations to John and Anne O’Brien, Caroreigh who received an Award and Hamper from Wexford County Council Environmental Section recently.
Well done John & Anne.
 
SYMPATHY
Our sympathy to Margaret & Pat O’Leary on the death of Margaret’s mother Mrs Mary Kate (Maisie) O’Donohoe, Rathimney, Gusserane who died on 29th November.
 
Our sympathy also to Fr. Noel Hartley on the death of his sister Anastasia Finn, Kilcormac, Boolavogue on 27th November.
May they rest in peace.
 
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 7th – Martin & Anna Mai Furlong, Castleview (A)
Sun 8th – Gerry Bradley, Ballyvergin (A)
Sat 14th – Kit O’Connor & Josie Thorpe, Newtown (A)
Sun 15th – People of the Parish
May they rest in peace.
 
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Monday 9th December – Holy Day of Obligation.
Mass at 10.30am & 7.30pm.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday each
week night.
 
SERVERS
Sat 7th Dec – Aine Crean, Luke Cullen, Eabha Cullen
Sun 8th – Aimee Mackey O’Donohoe, Emma Carty,
Kelly Ann Mahon.
Sat 14th – Jack O’Shea, Katelyn & Alanna O’Shea
Sun 15th – Maeve O’Gorman, Sinéad Duffy, Harry Whelan.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 7th – Liam Whelan. Sun 8th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 14th – Eoghan Greene. Sun 15th – Kay Whelan
 
Feast Day this week – St. Finnian
St. Finnian studied in Idrone (Co. Carlow) and later in Wales. On his return he settled in Clonard, Co. Meath, around 520, where he established a famous school. His pupils, among whom were Canice, Colum Cille, and Brendan, were the initiators of the great monastic expansion in Ireland. He died in 549 and is remembered as the tutor of the saints of Ireland.
 
MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS –
Resist the mania of Black Friday.
Pope Francis has urged people to resist the excesses of consumerism at events such as Black Friday in the run-up to Christmas, calling it a virus that attacks faith and offends the needy. “When you live for things, things are never enough. Greed grows, other people become obstacles in a race,”
he said in the homily of a Mass, decrying that in many places in the world today, “consumerism reigns supreme”.
The Pope also defended the display of nativity scenes in public places, which has become an annual contentious issue at Christmas in countries such as the US and France.
The Pope travelled to the town of Greccio, east of Rome, where St. Francis of Assisi started the tradition by setting up the first nativity scene in 1223. “I wish to encourage the beautiful family tradition of preparing the nativity scene in the days before Christmas, but also the custom of setting it up in the workplace, in schools, hospitals, prisons and town squares” he said in a letter.
(World News – Phillip Pullela, Vatican City)
 
POPE’S INTENTIONS FOR DECEMBER
Universal: That every country, determine to take the necessary measures to make the future of the very young, especially those who suffer, a priority.
 
RAHEEN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Raheen Community Development Group is taking place in Raheen Parish Hall this Wednesday Dec 11th at 8pm. For further info, contact 051 428805.
 
HEART CHECK
The Irish Heart Foundation is bringing a mobile heart check unit to Tesco New Ross on Thursday 12th December from 10.00am – 5.00pm. The nurses will be available to provide heart health information and do free blood pressure and blood checks. High blood pressure, which is a major cause of strokes and heart attacks, is one of the most prevalent risk factors in the population and one, which, once identified, is very manageable by reducing risk. The one-to-one advice offered by the nurses is a vital part of this check.
No appointment is needed, just come to Tesco car park, New Ross.
 
THE ADVENT CANDLE
Liverpool football fans might be interested to know that their famous stadium has a connection with the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable. The ship used, the SS Great Eastern, was captained by Wicklow man Robert Halpin.
The huge vessel had six main masts each of which was named after a day of the week. It is said that the mast known as Thursday, serves today as the flagpole in Anfield Football stadium. It suggests that we can look at something and not realise its full significance. For example, during the season of Advent candles will be displayed in many churches but these are not intended to be merely decorative but rather to highlight the important aspects of Christian faith. Our first Advent candle for 2019 was light last Sunday. It is sometime called the “Prophecy Candle” in honour of the prophets of the Old Testament. Prophecy is not about making wild guesses abut the future, but rather points to a better way of living and a more hopeful future. Come, Lord Jesus.
(taken from Gorden Linney’s article – Irish Times Nov 30th)
 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (Mahatma Gandhi)
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
 
A BLESSING OF THE CRIB
A Blessing of the Crib in the home as the final figures are ready to be put into the crib:
God of every nation and people, from the very beginning of creation you have shown us your love: when our need for a Saviour was great you sent your Son for us. To our lives he brings joy and peace, justice, mercy and love.
Lord, bless all who look upon this manger. May it remind us to Jesus’ humble birth and may it remind us to show to others the love he has shown us. Amen.
 
 
When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place. (Anon)