Weekly Newsletter for 10th December, 2017


The Second Sunday of Advent


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Eileen & Philip Wallace & their daughter Eileen, & Michael Howlin (Months Mind). Mass this Saturday.

Vincent Foley, Mass this Sunday at 11am.

Mass this Saturday.

Joan Whelan & Tony Loughran, Mass next Saturday.

Elizabeth Kent & Dick and Rose Dwyer, Mass next Sunday at 11am.

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




The Elderly

That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.



The message in today's first and Gospel is: prepare a way for the Lord…….make a straight highway for our God. The highway to be maid straight is our way of life. It is not the Lord who needs a straight path but we. And it's not so much a straight path we need as a straight attitude. People may be living next door to one another, yet, because of a hostile or unforgiving attitude, they may be unable to travel the few yards that separate them from one another. We find the path by acting with integrity, treating people fairly, refraining from any form of oppression, not making life more difficult for anyone, sharing with those in need. This is the way to seek god. The prophet Micah put it even more simply when he said: That you act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your god. How easy things become for the one who walks a straight path- the path of the Lord. But to walk a straight path one needs strength, wisdom and single-mindedness. If there is some crooked attitude or some crooked way of behaving or some crooked relationships that need to be straightened out, let us try to do so. Then we will truly be preparing a way for the Lord to come to us and to come to other through us.



The call to repentance lies at the heart of the Advent season. Like the people of John's time we too long for a better world and a time when suffering will cease. However, such a change will not come by the waving of a divine magic wand. It will come when we prepare ourselves for it, when we open our minds and hearts to the gift that is offered to us at Christmas. It is not a call for sentimentality about the child in the manger, it a radical call to change and that is never easy. That is why Advent is such an appropriate time to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation. There we encounter the all-embracing love of God who never ceases to offer us new life and hope and who empowers us to be his instruments for change in a world torn apart by selfishness and greed. What better way could there be to prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness of our hearts?



United In Love

Jesus prays that we will all become part of a great family in which God is our Father, in which all of us are brothers and sisters. No one is excluded; and this is not about having the same tastes, the same concerns, the same gifts. We are brothers and sisters because God created us out of love and destined us , purely of his own initiative, to be his sons and daughters (cf. Eph 1:5). Pope Francis, homily, Quito, Ecuador, July 7,2015. St Paul talks about our being "adopted sons and daughters" of God. When a family adopts a child, they don't have a child because it just "happened", they have a child because they wanted to share their love with someone; their love is stronger than biology. We are all God's children by adoption. We may be very different in many ways, but we are united by His love. He loved us first, and nothing is stronger than that bond.



Father in Heaven, ever-living source of all that is good, keep me faithful in serving You. Help me to drink of Christ's Truth, and fill my heart with His Love so that I may serve You in faith and love and reach eternal life. In the Sacrament of the Eucharist You give me the joy of sharing Your Life. Keep me in Your presence. Let me never be separated from You and help me to do Your Will. Amen.



10th December

The voice of John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness and gathering great crowds invites us into the Second Sunday of Advent. An "Arts and Faith" video offers an imaginative prayer exercise inspired by Pieter Brueghel the Younger's St. John the Baptist Preaching. To access this, and other inspiring online Advent resources, visit www.NewPilgrimPath.ie



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

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



16th December

Caroline Bennett & Catherine Ennis

23rd December

Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy & Peggy Colfer

As this is the last Church cleaning day before Christmas, we would ask as many of the Altar Society as possible to attend at 10 o'clock on Saturday, 23rd December, to give the Church a good cleaning before we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity.



The Saint Vincent DePaul is holding its annual collection this weekend. Please give as generously as you can afford to help those in need and help to make it a happy Christmas for everyone. There will be buckets at the back of the Church where you can place your contribution.



A number of people have not yet paid for the Messenger Magazine for 2018. If you wish to receive the Messenger please drop your subscription of €21 into Martin Lyons' house in Ballystraw.




The Study Group which is being facilitated by St. Oliver's N. S. Duncannon, is now full.

We thank the board of management for allowing the use of the school.




Spaces are available in the Supervised Study Centre, Wellingtonbridge, on Saturdays between 11am and 2pm.

For further details, please contact: Margaret Moran on (087) 204 0823 or Marie Carthy on (087) 970 9901.

Thank you.



On Thursday, 14th December at 8pm, join with Rowe St. & Bride St. Church Choirs, Bride St. Folk Group and special guests Sinéad Campbell, The Loch Garman Band, Credo, Enniscorthy Choral Society, The Reverend Tenors & more for a special celebration of the Christmas season, with your favourite Christmas music….. Tickets: €15 (Concessions €10) are available from Collins-Grant Gallery, Rowe St. & Bride St. Sacristies & Parish Office.



Monthly Meeting

January, 2018, 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 - New members welcome.

Cinema Wexford.

Trip to Omniplex Cinema, Wexford Wednesday, 13th December to see WONDER. Cost €12, Bus leaves Ramsgrange at 12 noon sharp. Pickups from Ramsgrange to Wexford. To book please call (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

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 four nights Bed and Breakfast and evening meal - Day Trip each day - Transport to and from Arklow and Gratuities. Booking Fee of €100 (Non Refundable) required. Booking open to Non- Members from 1st February 2018 - Enquires to (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4076.



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.



Clongeen Parish Council is holding a concert in Clongeen Church on Wednesday, 27th December, at 8pm with music by "The Dublin City Ramblers". Tickets available at the door or from Fr. Colm Murphy on (051) 565 610 or (087) 264 8780.



Bingo will be held at The Strand Tavern every Friday night at 9pm. All proceeds will go to Duncannon National School.



Charity Christmas Lights Road Run in aid of New Ross Hospice Homecare will take place on Sunday, 17th December, leaving Campile at 5pm and travelling through Dunmain, Ballycullane, Saltmills, Fethard-on-Sea, Ramsgrange, Duncannon and Arthurstown. Food will be served in the Kings Bay Inn, Arthurstown. Enquiries to: (087) 202 8450.



300 Club Draw

As you may be aware, the 300 Club Draw has been a huge success for Duncannon National School and continues to be one of the main revenue streams with regard to providing much needed funding for services and equipment for the School. The new annual 300 Club Draw tickets for 2018 are for sale now and available from the School and members of the Parents Association.

Parents Association

We would also welcome as many Parents as possible at the Parents Association meetings (3-4 meeting per year) to enable us secure new ideas and fund-raising suggestions in the interest of the School and all the children. I'm sure you will agree it requires a communal effort from all. Finally on behalf of the Duncannon National School Parents Association I would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. Paul Byrne.