Weekly Newsletter for 19th November, 2017


The Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Tom Murphy, (New Ross & Duncannon), Mass this Sun. at 9am.

Mary Byrne, Mass on Tuesday morning.

Wednesday morning, Mass for a special intention.

Phil Lawlor, Mass next Saturday.

May they all rest in the peace of Christ. Amen.




Christians in Asia - That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.



As the liturgical year draws to a close, November days remind us of the end of times. The readings these days to remind us of the end of times. Today's Gospel sounds a note of caution… We must be ready. Entry into God's kingdom should not be taken for granted. But we should be up and doing, not burying our treasure in the field. The Christian way is about dedication to duty and work. It might be prudent to bury the talent in order to ensure it is not lost. But Christianity is not about being careful or being complacent or being lazy. It is about using our gifts. It is about showing love. In a real sense Jesus is telling us not to be afraid to take a risk, to use our imagination, to take initiatives, to challenge our world and its attitude and values. The talent we have received above all is the Word of God and every one of us is charged with the responsibility to spread that Word, the Good News. So we have to be up and at it; using our talents for the good of the community. We have to get on with living, living in the light of Christ. While some might think it best to sit around and wait for the Lord's Coming; that is not what Paul advises the Thessalonians. There is not much point in waiting because we do not know when the Coming will happen. Much better therefore to be wide awake and sober and preparing. The Second Coming will mark a new Easter night of eternity… Believers will find the fulfilment of all their baptism means - meeting Christ, they will pass from sleep to wakefulness and from darkness to light. That is worth being ready for.



God, our Father, You redeemed us and made us Your children in Christ. Through Him You have saved us from death and given us Your Divine life of grace. By becoming more like Jesus on earth, may I come to share His glory in Heaven. Give me the peace of Your kingdom, which this world does not give. By Your loving care protect the good You have given me. Open my eyes to the wonders of Your Love that I may serve You with a willing heart.



Why did he hide the money? Maybe he was asked to be dishonest - to use the money for purposes that diddled others. At the time of this parable most money was made dishonestly. Today this could be like trafficking in drugs or sex, treating our migrant workers badly, paying off violence or buying in a way that diminishes others. The servant was an honest man and suffered for it. Did you ever feel you were being compromised by being asked to do something that you knew was wrong? A person pressured into watching internet porn, or engaging in sexual activity, or trying out alcohol? They may feel they will suffer in the future if they don't give in. The godfathers of crime and drugs and violence have a lot to answer for. they are those that make money at the expense of others. This is one way of reading this parable: that people try to get other people to do their dirty work, and they can punish for not doing it. The man in the end got thrown out by the greedy master - but from God he will, 'Well done, come and inherit the kingdom. Today we are encouraged by the man who would not do the dirty work for anyone, would not take part in schemes that damaged others, and is the one who really 'did well.'

Can you imagine when you or someone you know went 'against the tide?' Imagine Jesus saying to you, well done. What might it be for? Lord, may I be faithful to you always



This Week: (1) Martin Kennedy, Diane O'Hara & Peggy Colfer.

Next Week: (2) Dora Kent, Ann French & Peggy Colfer.



25th November

Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy & Peggy Colfer

2nd December

Dervella Reburn, Lillian Kennedy



The Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat will be taking place from 8th to 10th December at Newbridge College, Co Kildare. This is a fantastic annual Catholic youth event which attracts around 600 - 700 people each year from all over Ireland.



The Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith will take place around Ireland on Sunday the 26th November, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

The coastal venues in Co. Wexford include: Courtown Beach, Borough, Kilmore Quay, Curracloe Beach (Raven Reserve (Polish Community), Morriscastle Strand, The Quay Wexford, Ballyconigar Head, Blackwater, and The Viewing Point, The Little Sea, Bannow. This event is being organised to pray for the protection of the 8th amendment and for the protection and renewal of the Faith in Ireland. All are welcome.



The first World Day of the Poor will be observed in the universal Church on Sunday, 19 November 2017 at the request of Pope Francis. The message is "Let us love, not with words but with deeds". Pope Francis invites "the whole Church, and men and women of good will everywhere, to turn their gaze on this day to all those who stretch out their hands and plead for our help and solidarity". Read the full text of the message at www.NewPilgrimPath.ie



We at South West Wexford FRC are supporting people to re-enter the workforce, gain practical work experience locally and work towards recognized qualifications through the opportunity of free Training at QQI Level 3 up to Level 6 and onwards. We are presently recruiting for a Community Café Assistant and Childcare Worker under the above programme. The criteria for participating on the CE Scheme programme is over 21 years old and in receipt of a Social Welfare payment for 12 months or more.

For further information please contact Tilly Carroll, CE Scheme Supervisor on 051 389418 for Application Form. You are also required to be registered with DSP.



There will be a Special Double Bingo Night in Campile Hall on Monday night, 27th November, starting at 8pm. Prize Money for nine of the eleven games will be doubled on the night - over €2,100 in total. Normal admission price of: double book €10, single book €7 and small book €3. All support would be very much appreciated.



Ramsgrange Community School Giant Christmas Market & Indoor Craft Fair will be held on Sunday, 26th November, from 11am till 4pm - over 100 stalls, Santa Claus, & a great variety of crafts.

The School is fully wheelchair and buggy accessible and has lots of parking space.



Leslie Dunne will launch his new Solo Album 'How Great Thou Art' with a special concert in The Church of the Assumption, Bree, at 2.30pm on Sunday, 26th November. Guests include: Theresa & the Stars, Bree Parish Choir, Stephen Murphy, Jimmy Hogan & Lar Kenny, The Moynihan Brothers, Leslie & John, Blue Lace! MC is Tony Kehoe from 'South East Radio'. Admission €10 incl. Tea or Coffee and light refreshments will be served.



This week's winner of Split the Pot is Malcolm Copper, who won €114. Congrats. Malcolm.



St. Louis Day Care Centre

We are now taking orders for Christmas Baking -Order your Mince Pies, Christmas Pudding and Christmas Cakes. Last date for orders is 12th of December - Phone (051) 389 509 or call to the Centre to order.

Christmas Bakery Fair

We are also holding a Christmas Bakery Fair in the Day Care Centre on Saturday, 9th December, 2017 between 9am to 1pm.



Next monthly meeting

Our next monthly meeting will take place on Monday, 4th December, in St. Louis Day Care Centre starting at 2.15pm.

Come along for a chat with new and old friends over a cup of tea and a bun.

Please come along and enjoy our Kris Kringle.

This will be our last meeting of the year. New members welcome.

Cinema Wexford

Trip to Omniplex Cinema, Wexford, on Wednesday (date and film to be confirmed) - Cost €12, Bus leaves Ramsgrange at 12noon sharp - Usual pickups from Ramsgrange to Wexford.

To book please call (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

Fadó Fadó

Evening Storytelling and music on Friday, 24th November, in the Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, starting at 7.30pm. €2 entry. Please come along and join us. We have the Mummers and other entertainment and we'd also would like musicians and story tellers.

There will be food and a raffle.

Contact Kelly (087) 637 2084

May, 2018 Holiday

From Monday 14th May to Friday 18th May, staying in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Cost per person sharing €35; single room supplement €70 for the 4 nights. Cost includes: 4 nights Bed and Breakfast and evening meal, day trip each day, transport to and from Arklow and gratuities.

A booking Fee of €100 (Non Refundable) is required. Booking open to non-members from 1st February, 2018. Enquires to (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4076.

Travel Insurance - Allianz.ie (01) 448 4848.



Some people will only "love you" as much as they can use you. Their loyalty ends where the benefits stop.