Weekly Newsletter for 21st January, 2018


The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Many thanks to: ‘A Parishioner from Balliniry‘, who prefer to remain anonymous, sponsors of our Newsletter for the month of January, 2018.


Give me, O Lord, a love for the ordinary; remind me how ordinary you were, for so much of your life. Amen.



Maria Raggio, Mass this Sat.

Mary Kate Doyle, Mass this Sunday at 11am. 

Beda Dwyer, Months mind Mass next Saturday.

Paddy Carroll, Mass next Sunday at 11am

Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Michael (Muck) Walsh, Ballyhack, who was buried during the week.

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




Evangelization: Religious

Minorities in Asia

That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.



Jesus says as he begins his preaching in Galilee: ‘The Kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe the Good News’. The word ‘repent’ means to look at things (at life) in a new way. It means looking at life as Jesus does, living by gospel values of love, forgiveness, compassion, kindness etc. So the Kingdom of God belongs to all those who accept and try to live by the vision of life that Jesus gave us. Not so much a turning from unchristian behaviour even though it will involve that, as a turning to the person of Jesus and entering into a real personal relationship with him. It means a total commitment of my life to Jesus, throwing in my lot with him without any guarantees or conditions. The second part of the gospel today shows the first responses to the call of Jesus. Four fishermen are called. They may well have known Jesus before this incident. In any case, they respond to his call. They leave their nets (their means of livelihood), their father and follow Jesus.  We note that two of the four were actually fishing at the moment of their call whilst the two others were mending their nets. A reminder to us that God calls us in different situations. But for the four called by Jesus, it involved a complete act of trust and total surrender. They had no idea where they were going or what the future held for them. They trusted Jesus and followed him. If we read the rest of the gospels we know that they weren’t always ideal followers of Jesus. They often misunderstood him, fought for the best places, even betrayed him and ran away. But Jesus did not give up on them and eventually they were able to respond fully by giving their own lives. It was a slow learning process. Are we any different? We decide on a particular vocation hoping to be faithful to what it involves, whether it is marriage, single life, the lay state, priesthood or the religious life. Sometimes our fears, our selfishness get in the way. We even betray Jesus by our actions. But he never gives up on us. He sees our potential for greatness. Sometimes the struggle is harder than at other times but hopefully bit by bit we commit our lives to Jesus; we turn to him more and more. We are in fact, in the process of repentance but it takes time.

“Lord Jesus, help us to repent where necessary and respond to your call generously. Amen”.



Even the best families need support, and it takes a lot of patience to support one another!  But such is life.  Life is not lived in a laboratory, but in reality.  Jesus himself experienced a family upbringing. One of my daughters is an excellent cook. Because she is so good, I sometimes give her suggestions on how to improve small things.  I do that because I know she’ll understand what I tell her and learn from it.  What might seem like criticism comes from my great esteem for her.  Family life brings many challenges - and that’s okay.  It’s not a sign that we’re messing everything up, it’s a sign that we’re engaged with a reality that’s bigger than we are.  Jesus lived in a family himself- he knows that we all have to learn from his Father, and that we will need a lot of patience and a lot of courage. Sometimes we can wish that family life weren’t so messy, but life is much better in reality and messiness is a small price to pay for that difference!



Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks. 

Thank you for all the graces and blessings, you have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage, our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends. 

Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year. This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.



There’s something very ordinary for a fisherman about washing nets. Daily work, done with some drudgery but knowing that it is essential for a good catch of fish which would feed the family at this time Jesus called his first apostles. There is something sacred about the ordinary - about bathing a child, loving a spouse, daily employment, family time and all that goes to make up our days. In the middle of all this, God can surprise us and call us into his service. Our expectation is sometimes different – that we need long times of prayer to find God, or read about him, or do big things for him. Just as the smallest things are done out of human love, God is found in the ordinary. The old Irish spirituality had blessings for everything – for milking a cow, cleaning and dusting a room, visiting the sick and many more. There were prayers for meals, for a safe journey and a happy death. Our Irish spirituality found God as much in mountains and people as in the church, and often more so. Maybe the disciples remember in difficult times the way they were called in their ordinary work, and found their ongoing call to follow the Lord in the ordinary of their lives for the rest of their lives.



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

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



Cleaning duties suspended



Vacancies on C. E. Scheme at South West Wexford FRC are:  

Front Desk Receptionist; Community Café Assistant; Youth Assistant and Childcare Assistants.

For further details, please contact Tilly, CE Scheme Supervisor on (051) 389 418. 

Eligibility criteria – in receipt of a Social Welfare payment and over 21 years old.



The following are the dates and venues for the Visit of the Icon for the World Meeting of Families:

Enniscorthy:  St Aidan’s Cathedral:  Monday evening, 29th January departing after 10am Mass on Wednesday, 31st.

Wexford: Bride St.: Wednesday, 31st January, Noon, departing after 10am Mass on Saturday, 3rd February.

New Ross: St Mary and St Michael’s: Saturday, 3rd February, Noon, departing after 10am Mass on Tuesday, 6th February.

Gorey:  St Michael’s. Tuesday, 6th February, Noon, departing Friday, 9th February, after 10am Mass.



Sunday 21st January.

Changes in technology have made it possible for churches to stream services over the internet, and help parishes and other religious organisations expand their reach across the globe, well beyond what was traditionally possible. This means that people  confined to home, or those living far away from home, can participate online in a service either at their own local church, if that church is one of the growing number of participating churches, or at a wide range of other churches. A “what’s on now” option is a valuable element of the service. To access this useful resource, visit www.NewPilgrimPath.ie



St. Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, Assisted Home Living for the Elderly, provide the following services:

Meals on Wheels (daily delivery), Day Care Service, Home Baking Service (Sweet & Savoury Orders can be catered for), Medical Service and Counselling services, including Bereavement Support, Chiropody and Hairdressing. 

Services by appointment.

For more information, ring the centre (051) 389 509.



Monthly Meeting

Monday, 12th February, 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.

Cinema, Wexford.

Trip to Omniplex Cinema, Wexford, to see The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, on Wednesday, 24th January - Usual pick-ups from Ramsgrange to Wexford.  Cost €12. -, Bus leaves Ramsgrange at 12 noon, sharp. To book please call (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

Annual Dinner

Will be held on Sunday, 18th February, 2018, in the Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford - €20.



Campile Hall Committee proudly presents the pantomime ‘Puss in Boots’ in Campile Hall, at 8pm, from Thursday 25th January, to Saturday, 27th January and also at 7pm on Sunday, 28th January. Tickets: Adults, €12; Children, €6: Ticket Booking Line: (087) 218 3300.



Well done to all the chess players who took part in the Wexford Primary Schools Chess tournament recently. Thirteen players represented Duncannon N. S.: Luke & Thomas Nolan, Maya & Kyle Shannon, Ava & Ryan Lynch, Alex & Aaron Ely, Cora Foley, Cathal O’Connor, Kayla Butler, Roan Byrne and Dan Nolan. They brought home 5 medals and one cup! This was a terrific performance in a field of ninety seven players from all around the county. Warmest congratulations to all.

The winners were: U7 Gold: Thomas Nolan, U8 Bronze: Ava Lynch, U10 Silver: Ryan Lynch, U10 Bronze: Kyle Shannon, U12 Bronze: Aaron Ely, Overall winner: 3rd; Dan Nolan.

Thank you to all the parents and to our chess masters Syd and Glynn.