Weekly Newsletter for 11th November, 2018


The Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Michael Howlin, Mass this Saturday.

Eddie & Catherine Cooley, Mass this Sunday at 9am.

May they rest in peace. Amen.




Universal: In the Service of Peace

That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.



Our Gospel this weekend opens with Jesus sitting opposite the temple treasury.   He watched as people put money in the treasury.  In fact, “Many rich people put in large sums.”   Then “a poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.  Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, ‘Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury.  For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.’”   

It is easy to be generous when we have a surplus.  As Christians, though, the challenge for us is to give from our hearts, not from our surplus.   We are called to share generously --- whether it be our money, our time, our possessions, our care and concern, whatever it might be --- we are called to share simply because we are able to do so.   As followers of Jesus we are to share our blessings because we recognise that we have been blessed.   

Our first reading this weekend from the first Book of Kings shares the theme of the Gospel.  We are told that Elijah went to the home of a widow in the town of Zarephath.   He asked her for a cup of water and a bit of bread.  She told him that she had “only a handful of flour in my jar and a little oil in my jug.”   Elijah told her not to worry to “make a little cake and bring it to me……………For the Lord, the God of Israel says, ‘The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’”   As a result of her generosity in sharing what little she had, “She was able to eat for a year and her son as well; the jar of flour did not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry.”    

We continue to read from the Letter to the Hebrews in our second reading this weekend.   It reminds us “so also Christ, offered once to take away the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.”   



Moving on From Mistakes

All of us have made mistakes and been caught up in misunderstandings, a thousand of them.  Happy, then, are those who can help others when they make mistakes, when they experience misunderstands.  They are true friends; they do not give up on anyone. …Pope Francis, Paraguay, July 12, 2015

Life gets so complicated sometimes! So many small misunderstandings and little problems that then become big problems. I know many people who aren’t speaking to friends or family members over incidents that didn’t start as bit issues. 

Other people do thoughtless and unkind things.  But so do we! God doesn’t ask us to do anything he hasn’t already done for us; he wants to give us the strength to put up with our annoying friends and family.  But will we accept his gift of strength?



Lord, we feel sorry for those who only know about giving what they have left over. They do not know the true joy of giving. Lord, please open their eyes so that they may see. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.



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

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



17th November:

Caroline Bennett & Catherine Ennis

24th November:

Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy.



Journey with Jesus is an American Presbyterian website offering a rich variety of inspirational poetry from writers as diverse as Teresa of Avila, G. K. Chesterton, John Donne, Thomas Aquinas, Seamus Heaney, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Mary Oliver, and many, many more. There are general spiritual poems, Celtic poems, and poems specific to the seasons of the Church year. Access this beautiful site and other valuable spiritual resources at: www.NewPilgrimPath.ie



New Ross Singers is presenting Karl Jenkins’, "The Armed Man" with orchestra & soloists in the Parish Church, New Ross, tonight, Sunday, 11th Nov. at 8pm. Tickets: €20. This year and indeed, this day, is the 100th anniversary of World War 1 Armistice.



Contemplative Outreach Ireland welcomes you to join us on our Centering Prayer Retreats and Introductory workshop.

* Saturday 20th October (3rd Saturday of each month)

   Venue:  The Church of the    Annunciation, Clonard Parish, Wexford.

   Time:     10.30am - 1.00pm.

   Contact: Stasia Redmond (087) 225 1022

* 6th - 13th November:  

   8 Day Retreat, Ballyvaloo      Retreat Centre, Blackwater,       Co. Wexford 

* Monday 19th November:  Introductory Workshop into the Method of Centering Prayer

   Venue:  The Church of the    Annunciation, Clonard Parish, Wexford.

   Time:     7.00pm - 9.30pm.

   Presenters: Stasia Redmond & Fr Tom Dalton.

   Contact: Stasia Redmond (087) 225 1022

* 30th November - 2nd December:  Advent Weekend Retreat, Ballyvaloo Retreat Centre, Blackwater, Co. Wexford.

For further Information or booking Centering Prayer Retreats: Phone Eileen or Kathleen: (087) 601 7709 or email: 

contemplativeoutreachirland @gmail.com



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 on (051) 389 509.



This week’s lotto jackpot is €8,900 and the draw will take place on the evening of Tuesday, 13th November. Tickets are €2 each and can be purchased from committee members and in local shops & pubs. €50 yearly lotto tickets are also available from (086) 882 0773.



St. James' G. A. A. is holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 17th November, at 4pm sharp in the club house in Mersheen.

All existing member and incoming members are requested to attend this important meeting. Please come along and be an active member in your club.

Margaret Murphy, An Rúnaí (Club Secretary), St. James’ GAA Club, (087) 222 7211, secretary.stjames.wexford@gaa.ie http://stjamesgaa.com/



A Night at the Dogs

Trip to Kilcohan Park, Waterford, for ‘A Night at the Dogs’ on Friday, 16th November. Cost €30. Deposit €10. Bus leaving Ramsgrange car park at 6.15 pm. Usual pick-ups on way. (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.


Trip to Omniplex Cinema - Date and film TBC - cost €15 - To book, phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

Annual Holiday

Our Annual Holiday has been arranged with South East Tours for Monday, 13th May to Friday, 17th May, staying in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry. Cost per person sharing; €529 - Single supplement; €25 extra per night. Cost includes: Bed & Breakfast, Evening Dinner, Transport to and from Bantry, Day Trips, Entrance fee, Gratuities. Deposit €100. Phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.



Saturday Matinee 17th November at 3pm: Luis and the Aliens



At St. Louis Day Care Centre

We are holding a Christmas Bakery Fair on Saturday, 8th December, 2018, from 9am to 12pm in the Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange. We are also taking orders for Christmas Baking - Mince Pies, Christmas Pudding and Christmas Cakes. Last date for orders is 12th December. – Phone (051) 389 509 or call to the Centre to order.



A Giant Christmas Market & Craft Fair will be held in Ramsgrange Community School on Sunday, 25th November, 2018 from 11am to 4pm – Over 100 local crafts people and exhibitors have already booked, so it promises to be a great occasion for people to visit and buy their Christmas gifts while also supporting local small businesses & crafts people. There will also be a chance to visit our Student Café and Santa’s Grotto! This promises to be a super family fun day.



The Rural Social Scheme is a supplementary programme for low income farmers and fishermen/women. We currently have a number of vacancies to fill. To check if you are eligible, or to register your interest in the scheme, please contact: Margo Hayes or Eileen Furlong. Contact details are on the notice board at the back of the church. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.



Congratulations and well done to Niamh Kennedy, Duncannon, and her team mates, on winning a silver medal in World Cup Tag Rugby Final in Australia recently.



The AGM of Duncannon Village Renewal will take place at 8pm on Tuesday, 20th November in the Star of the Sea Centre, Duncannon. Please make an effort to attend and contribute to the development of the village.