December 29th 2019

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 3rd January at 9pm. Catering on Fri 3rd will be; Gillian O’Neill, Edel Doyle, Anne Marie O’Shea & Geraldine Thorpe. On Fri 10th Jan 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. Proceeds going to Parish Funds. Card winners
on 20th Dec were: Pat Byrne, Ann Lawlor
,Pat Doyle, Richie Murphy, Andy Reville, Pat Quinn, Sean Cullen, Johnny Nolan. Christmas Ham winners were: Jim Wickham, Pat Murphy.
Winners of the Beauty Hampers sponsored by Gerry in Adamstown Pharmacy were : Ladies --- Ann Lawlor Gents ------Seamus Wickham
Many thanks to Gerry for his kind sponsorship of the hampers, it is very much appreciated.
 
CHURCH ALTARS & DECORATION
Thanks to parishioners from Adamstown for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of December. It is now the turn of ladies from Ballyvergin/Glenour for the month of January.
 
PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR
Lord, you who live outside of time and reside in the
imperishable moment,
we ask your blessing upon your gift of time.
Bless our calendars, those ordained lists of days, weeks,
months, of holidays, holy days, fasts and feasts.
May they remind us of birthdays and other gift days,
as they teach us the secret that all life is meant for
celebrations and contemplation.
Bless, Lord this New Year, each of its 365 days and nights,
bless us with happy seasons and a long life.
Grant to us, Lord the New Year’s gift of a year of love.
Amen.
 
NEWSLETTER: 1999- 2019
The first Adamstown Parish Newsletter was published on 18th/19th December 1999. Since then it has appeared every week without fail, a word of thanks to all those who helped in any way to make this possible, and long may it continue.
In the New Year it is planned to publish a booklet comprising of items of interest from the Newsletters over the past 20 years.
 
ADAMSTOWN DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Chairman --------------- Barry Wright
Secretary -------------- Ann Ryan
Assistant Sec ____ Tina Whelan
Treasurers----- John Furlong & David Power
Grants Officer -------- Shane Dunphy
Pro. Nancy Bradley & Betty O'Shea
Committee: Seamus O'Shea, Leo Booth, John O'Shea, Eric Bradley ,Jim English, Anna Marie Nolan, Patricia Quirke, Paul Cullen, Marie Mooney, Shane Walshe.
A special word of thanks to our Councillor Pat Barden who gave his time so generously to get this committee off the ground.
A meeting of the development committee will take place in Adamstown Community Centre on Thursday January 16th @ 9pm All members please attend .
 
ADAMSTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB
Adamstown A.C. held their Annual Awards Night on Saturday December 7th . There were special merit awards on the night for Senior and juvenile athletes that qualified for and competed in an All-Ireland. These athletes were Joe Mooney, Ryan Carthy Walsh, Marguerite Furlong, Eadaoin Stafford, Sonia Mooney, Tara Doyle, Aoibhinn Crean , Ciara Mooney, Clodagh Crean, Kate Jackman, Rachel Power, Jack O' Shea, Chris St. Claire Johnson, Adam Fitzhenry, and Eamonn McEvoy.
There were 2 awards on the night for male and female young athlete of the year and these went to Sadbh Crean and Jack O' Shea the club Person of the year was Ciara Mooney and the athlete of the year went to Joe Mooney. There was a special word of thanks to Deirdre and Eamonn Crean , Dolly and Pat Roche, Eamonn Byrne, Stuart and Gavin Rothwell, Marie Mooney for her dedication to the club, The Community Centre Committee and the athletic club committee members.
Well done to all our athletes both young and old for their dedication to training and on such great performances and participation in County and National events.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place on Friday January 3rd in the Community Centre for a jackpot of €8,400.Do buy a ticket and it could be you,-what wonderful start to the New Year.
 
SYMPATHY
The death occurred during the week of Patricia Cashe, Castle Gardens Enniscorthy and formerly of Monageer. Patricia's funeral Mass took place in Monageer on Saturday December 28th. Our deepest sympathy to her brother Willie and his wife Margaret Knockreigh and the extended members of the Cashe Family May her soul rest in peace.
 
IN MEMORIAM
Sat Dec 28th People of the Parish
Sun Dec 29th People of the Parish
Sat Jan 4th Syl & Statia Barron Coonogue (A)
Patrick, Catherine Doyle, & Josie Galway Breezemount (A)
Sun Jan 5th James & Lila Kent Adamstown (A)
Pray for Joe Crosbie New Ross formerly Misterin (A)
Pray for Tom Galway Tomgarrow (A)
May they rest in peace
 
NEW YEARS DAY
To mark the beginning of the New year we will have Mass @12 noon and we invite all our parishioners to join us in asking God's Blessing on us and protection during the coming year.
Tosach maith leath na hoibre.
 
FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
Monday 6th January 2020 Mass @ 10.30am & 7.30pm
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 28th - Anthony McGee Sun 29th Kay Whelan
 
SERVERS
Sat Dec 28th Aine Crean Luke &Eabha Cullen,
Pauric Doran
Sun Dec 29th Aimee Mackey O' Donohue,
Emma Carty, Kelly Ann Mahon
Sat Jan 4th Jack O' Shea, Katelyn & Alanna O'Shea, Emily English
Sun Jan 5th Maeve O' Gorman, Sinead Duffy, Harry Whelan, Ava Kelly.
 
RING OUT THE OLD ,RING IN THE NEW
As we approach the beginning of 2020 A.D.
Our minds travel back to Saturday 23rd Dec,1999
and the Blessing of the automated system of St Abbans Church By Bishop Brendan Comiskey
The following lines found in the tower of Chester Cathedral are appropriate :
When as a child ,I laughed and wept, Time crept
When as a youth, I dreamt and talked, Time walked.
When I became a full -grown man , Time ran
When older still I daily grew, Time flew.
Soon I shall find on travelling on- Time gone
O Christ , wilt Thou have saved me then?
Amen.
 
SILENT NIGHT
Silent Night ,was written in 1818 by an Austrian assistant priest Joseph Mohr. "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" was heard for the first time at Midnight Mass in St Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria . The congregation listened as the voices of Fr Joseph Mohr and the choir director, Franz Xaver Gruber, rang through the church to the accompaniment of Fr Mohr's guitar. Today, Silent Night, Holy Night is sung in more than 180 languages by millions of people.
SAINT BRIGID'S BLESSING FOR THE NEW YEAR
May Brigid bless the house where in we dwell
Bless every fireside, every wall and door
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof
Bless every hand that toils to bring its joy
Bless every foot that walks portals through.
May Brigid bless the house that shelters us.
THANK YOU
A word of thanks to all who gave so much of their time their talent &their treasure to prepare for the celebration of Christmas. The adornment of the church added so much to the celebration of our Liturgy.
The proclamation of the good News was announced to the families who gathered and was welcomed warmly in St Abbans Church where close knit parishioners celebrated their Kinship with one another and memories of past Christmas.
The sound of music, the joyful presence of children with their parents, gave expression to the presence of Jesus, our Emmanuel, who has come to dwell amongst us. The flicker of candles lit by many parishioners after visiting the resting places of their loved ones, was a symbol of a living Faith in the bleak Mid Winter and illuminated our church during the festive season.
May the glad tidings bring us comfort, Hope and healing in the year to come.
ADVICE FOR THE NEW YEAR
"Do not be afraid !Open the doors to Christ. God works in the concrete and personal affairs of each one of us. Don't let the time that the Lord gives you run on as if everything were due to chance. With this expression of my hope I send you all from the depths of my heart, my blessing" Pope John Paul 2.
THE FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS
The feast of the Holy Innocents is not simply a memorial to those who died before their time. While the little children of Bethlehem were unconscious victims of forces beyond their control, they also serve to remind us of the many who dream of a different future. In remembering the Holy Innocents, we commemorate the victims of Herod's rage. But we also celebrate Herod's failure, for the child of hope lives on in every generation. (Fr John Murray)
 
First Friday Mass 3rd January 2020 at 9.30 am
First Saturday 4th January @ 9.30am
 
Wishing everyone a very happy New Year.