W/E 23/12/2018

posted Dec 17, 2018, 6:17 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 17, 2018, 6:17 AM ]
Collection for Missionvale.

Located on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, Missionvale is a township of 25,000 people. Like much of Africa, Missionvale has been ravaged by disease, unemployment and malnutrition with the HIV/Aids virus affecting 70% of its population, including children.

Yet amidst the apparent hopelessness, the amazing Sr. Ethel Normoyle has been bringing hope and comfort to the inhabitants of this shantytown for the past thirty years. All the available space has been used up at this stage with a school, clinic, feeding centre and vegetable gardens having been built by Irish volunteers during the past few years.

The fragile lifeline that the Centre throws to the inhabitants of Missionvale is totally dependent on financial support, and Sr Ethel is finding the cost of providing this lifeline to be extremely difficult at this time. Her Irish volunteers, having seen, at first hand, the positive effect their fundraising has had for the people of Missionvale, are enthusiastic in their support of Sr. Ethel and her project.

To this end, there will be a Church Gate collection in Ruan on Christmas Eve, before mass at 8pm, and in Dysart on Christmas Day before 9.30am Mass, and it is hoped that the community will give its usual very generous support, which will be greatly appreciated.  

Entertained Residents.
A group of pupils from Ruan Primary School who are learning traditional music with Lourda Roseingrave in the school, joined with her students from other areas last week to entertain residents of St. Joseph’s Hospital. They brought Christmas spirit to the residents who were very appreciative of their talents.

40th Celebrations.
The Ruan Intermediate and under 21A Championship winners of 1978 are being honoured at a function to be held in Morty Kelly’s Bar, Ruan on St. Stephen’s night, from 9pm.  All are welcome.

Masses for Christmas.
Masses in the parish for Christmas will be in Ruan on Monday, Christmas Eve at 8.00pm and on Christmas morning  in Dysart at 9.30am. 

Hunting the Wren.
The local camogie club is preparing to go out hunting the Wren on St. Steven’s Day. This is a valuable source of income for the club for various activities during the year and the members are hoping for a good response. 
Any volunteers who wish to go out on the day with the club may contact any of the officers. Meeting points are Ruan School and Toonagh School at 12 noon.