CHRISTMAS IN CHURCH This year the Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve, Friday 24th December, will be at 8pm and the Christmas Day Masses will be at the usual times of 9am and 10 am.
At the 10am Mass the focus will be on children, with the blessing of them and their toys at the beginning of the celebration; some primary school children will do the readings and Santa Claus will make an appearance at the end of Mass. Whole families are encouraged to attend what has always been a joyous gathering on Christmas Day.
Of course, there will be no vigil Mass on the evening of Christmas Day and therefore the Masses on Sunday 26th will be at 9am and 10am.
SENIOR CITIZENS' PARTY
Calling all locals who have reached or passed their 65th birthday! The Oulart Senior Citizens' Committee wish to announce that the Senior Citizens' Party will be held in the Community Centre on Sunday 16th January, beginning at 1pm.
All senior citizens in the area are invited to attend and as usual two invitations will be issued to each guest so that each guest will have someone to accompany him/her. Official written invitations will be sent out as usual, but if for any reason your invitation does not arrive in time please take this newspaper announcement as your invitation. Christmas dinner will be served and entertainment will follow.
The collection in aid of St. Vincent de Paul Society, held in The Ballagh recently, raised €778.74. The organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed to the collection.
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
The Co. Wexford Community Workshop, Bellefield, Enniscorthy will hold a Church gate collection in Oulart and in The Ballagh on the first weekend of the New Year, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd January. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
G.A.A. CLUB NEWS
The Leinster Club hurling final between our senior hurlers and O'Loughlin Gaels, Kilkenny was postponed for the third time due to the snow. The club has been notified that the final will now take place on the last Sunday of January.
The club's Super Draw has been postponed also and will take place in the New Year.
OLD MOBILE PHONES
Do you have an old mobile phone lying around the house or left aside in a drawer or on a shelf? The local primary school would be very happy to take it off your hands! Scoil Mochua is appealing for used mobile phones to help the school reach its target of one hundred so that they can obtain a laptop computer. Please help if you can.
Joan & Friends have organised a Kids Disco for Charity, in Bob's Bar, The Ballagh on Sunday 19th December, 4pm6pm. Admission is five euro and Santa Clause will be in attendance. Proceeds to "Sick Children to Lapland".
ST. STEPHEN'S DAY FUN
On Christmas Day, Joan & Friends will be busy participating in the "Christmas Day Swim" for charity and on the following day, St. Stephen's Day, they are inviting entries to the "Wheelbarrow Race" on the street in The Ballagh, beginning at 3pm. The entry fee is €5 and everyone is invited to join in the fun. Bring your own wheelbarrow or avail of the barrows provided by the organisers. All who take part will be awarded a medal! "Sick Children to Lapland" will be presented with the proceeds of the race.
Happy Christmas to all who read the local notes and thank you to all who contribute items of news for publication.
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