Weekly Newsletter for 16th December, 2018


The Third Sunday of Advent


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Philip & Eileen Wallace & their daughter Eileen, also Hugh O’Donohoe, Mass this Saturday

Dick & Rose Dwyer, also remember Richie, Bridie & Michael, Mass this Sunday at 11am.

Willie Parle, Mass next Saturday.

Vincent Foley, also remember Maureen Ridgeway, Mass next Sunday at 11am.

May they rest in peace. Amen.




Evangelization: In the Service of the Transmission of Faith

That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.



This mid-point of Advent alerts us to issues of justice and equality. The prophet John has been asked as a sort of trick by people who exploited others with tax bills,, and soldiers who often used their brute force on others,, how they should repent. His words were tough but quite ordinary – don’t overcharge,, share your surplus with the needy and don’t exploit people. It’s another, but more figurative way, of stating the basic demands of ‘Love one another’. Christmas can bring out the best in us to care for the needy. We are surrounded by charities looking for aid. We know that Jesus hears the cries of the poor, and he joins every carol singing group trying to help. Christmas also asks us to consider our honesty and integrity, for we know that many are poor, at home and abroad, because of the greed of others. Christmas is a reminder and a challenge that all can live with the dignity we have come to regard as human rights – education, safety, shelter, food, water, employment, freedom. The Christ child who was born poor represents all the poor of the world, especially children. As he was born ordinary, he represents that God meets, greets and helps us in the ordinary aspects of life. The one who is to come is the one who will live and love according to these truths of human dignity and equality. In the gospel John the Baptist describes Jesus as ‘standing among you, unknown to you’. In John’s time this was because Jesus had not yet begun his ministry, but in our own day these words have a particular relevance. We live by faith in Jesus the crucified and risen Lord present in our world. In preparing for Christmas we want to renew our awareness of that presence and to help others be aware of it. In Advent we, like John, are called to be witnesses to the light he brings. In small but important ways we can bring light into the lives of those around us. Simple acts of kindness, sharing our time, talents or resources with those in need, is the only way Christ’s light will shine for many people this Christmas. In our time, through the gift of the Spirit, the Word becomes flesh in us.



The greatest danger to peace in society is if unbridled selfishness becomes our way of life. The way preached by John the Baptist was to form a sharing, caring community. “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Instead of sharing clothing or food, many see their neighbours as competitors and try to outdo them in status, lifestyle, travel, conspicuous spending and housing quality. Such self-seeking can give surface satisfaction but not deep and lasting joy. Materialism can easily make us forget our spiritual identity. St Francis of Assisi, the most joyful of saints, rightly said,  “Lord, make us channels of your peace. For it is in giving that we receive.”   Our best joy comes when we’re not thinking about ourselves at all, but trying to give a helping hand in the name of God.



O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord's Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.



or Joyful Sunday

The Third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday.  Gaudete Sunday occurs eight to thirteen days before Christmas, and the nearness of this major feast is reason for great joy. There are multiple Reasons for Joy.  There is joy in looking forward to the annual celebration of Christmas, but there is also joy in remembering the birth of Jesus on the first Christmas.  There is joy in knowing that he was born to save people from their sins (Mt 1:21b).  The joy also extends to anticipation of the Second Coming, either at the end of physical life or the end of the world, the time when believers will be given the crown of righteousness (2 Tm 4:8) and a place in the Father’s house (Jn 14:2) to dwell with God and his angels and saints for all eternity.



Monday, 17th December:

          Horeswood 7pm

          Gusserane 8pm

Tuesday, 18th December:

Duncannon, Ramsgrange parishes:

          Ramsgrange 7.30pm


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

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



22nd December:

Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy

29th December:

Dervella Reburn, Lillian Kennedy



From December 17th to 23rd, The great “O Antiphons” have been part of the Advent Vespers liturgy, calling on Christ with mounting impatience to come and save his people. Praying the “Great O’s” is a wonderful framework for reflection in the week preceding Christmas. New Pilgrim Path provides a sung Antiphon each day, with guidelines for prayerful contemplation, from “O Wisdom” to “O Emmanuel”. newpilgrimpath.ie



This Week’s Content

Check out the latest resources at www.thehookoffaith.com This week features a homily for this Third Sunday of Advent. We feature a challenging video on climate change. We mark the feast of St. John of the Cross. Our voice recording is a talk given at the recent ‘Faith on Fire’ conference and we also include an article on the gift of faith written.



There was no winner of the €9,500 jackpot in last Tuesday’s draw. The winning numbers were: 17, 20, 31 & 32. St. James’ Club had no match 3 winners. The jackpot for the next lotto draw on 8th January 2019 will be €9,800. Tickets are available from committee members and local shops & pubs. €50 yearly lotto tickets are also available from (086) 882 0773.



November 2018

Seventeen members attended the November meeting of Duncannon ICA Guild, held at the St. Louis Day Care Centre on Tuesday 13th. The President, Gretta, had attended the National Federation meeting held at Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 3rd November. This was the Winter Conference where a farewell dinner was held for the outgoing National President, Marie O’Toole. A warm welcome was extended to the new President Josephine Helly.

Deirdre and Gretta attended the officer training day in Oylgate, organised by Wexford People Participation Network. The training dealt with a number of issues including governance, committee skills, the role of secretary and treasurer and how to manage challenging behaviour (not applicable to our meetings, of course!). The principles of a good meeting were outlined and tips given for holding an effective meeting.

It was decided to spend the Age and Opportunity Grant on exercise classes with Maureen Costello. Leisure Max wrote to offer a free night’s bowling to the guild and this offer will be taken up in the New Year. The guild looks forward to hosting the Federation meeting in June when the Hook Peninsula will be looking its best. Marie and Bebe will represent the guild at the November Federation meeting in the Riverbank Hotel. Rosaleen will enter the flower arranging competition and a comprehensive list of phrases has been prepared for the Irish phrases competition.

Some members attended the Knitting and Stitching Show at the RDS and spent the day browsing and buying odds and ends, coming home full of good intentions to get crafting in 2019.

The Christmas dinner in Aldridge Lodge will be arranged for February and local artist Michelle Colfer has been invited to the February meeting to demonstrate Origami - the Japanese art of paper folding.

Marie and Mary C came joint 1st in the Irish Phrases Competition with Gretta and Sarah in 2nd and 3rd places. Mgt. Quinn, Community Alert Development Officer, gave a comprehensive talk on Home Security - how to avoid scams and best practice in avoiding burglary.

A busy night ended with tea served by Deirdre and the raffle was won by Anna and Gretta.



Monthly meeting

The January monthly meeting will be held on Monday, 7th January, 2019 in St. Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, starting at 2.15pm. This will be our Annual General Meeting. Come along for a chat with new and old friends over a cup of tea and a bun. New members always welcome.

Paintings and Crafts Fair

in the Brandon House Hotel, on Sunday, 16th December, from 10am - 5pm 

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.



There will be a Special Christmas Double Bingo Night in Campile Hall on Monday week, 17th December, starting at 8 o'clock, at which Prize Money for nine of the eleven games will be doubled on the night; that’s over €2,100 in total. Also, our in-house Lotto stands at €925. Admission price: double book €10, single book €7 and small book €3.