July 5th 2020

DEVELOPMENT MEETING
Adamstown Development Association is holding a meeting
this Thursday 9th July in the Community Centre at 8pm.
All members are asked to please attend.
 
FAMILY CHALLENGE/PAUL WHELAN FUNDRAISER
One year ago on the weekend of July 11th & 12th, we celebrated the opening of our new pitch. It was a memorable occasion with so many gathering in a heartening show of community spirit. One year on to mark the occasion and renew that wonderful spirit, we are inviting every family in the community to join us in completing a 'Family Marathon' each family member are challenged to collectively run/walk 42km or 26 miles over the two days.
All funds raised will go towards supporting one of our most talented former hurlers and long time club member Paul Whelan, who is currently battling Alzheimers.
To register your family contact:
T.J. McDonald at 087 6798376 and join the Strava Adamstown Family Marathon Club by July 8th. For further information visit the Adamstown GAA Club Face book page.
 
TROCAIRE LENTEN APPEAL 2020
If you have a Trócaire Box at home, we ask that you please bring it back during the coming week. So far 15 boxes/envelopes have been gratefully received. As with all other charities, Trócaire's income has greatly decreased during the Covid 19 lockdown, but their life saving work still goes on. Thank you.
 
CÚL CAMPS RETURN
After months of inaction GAA clubs around County Wexford are preparing to reopen and welcome members back to training and games. They are also looking forward to hosting the annual Kellogg's Cúl Camps which will take place across Wexford. Adamstown - Monday 3rd August - Friday 7th August. Code WX 18)
 
 
KEEP WEXFORD BEAUTIFUL COMPETITION
Applications are now open to all types of voluntary community groups, such as residents associations, youth groups, environmental groups, heritage preservation groups and special interest groups to participate in our annual Keep Wexford Beautiful Competition.
This competition is not just about maintaining a clean and well presented locality, it is about fostering pride in local communities and recognising and rewarding individuals and groups for their efforts. An application form can now be submitted by logging onto www.wexfordcoco.ie/keepwexfordbeautiful
Closing date is 5pm Tuesday 8th July 2020.
 
ST. ABBAN'S CHURCH - RESUMPTION OF MASSES
We are delighted to welcome the resumption of Masses in St. Abban's Church on Saturday 4th July at 7.30pm &Sunday 5th July at 10.30am.
In accordance with government guidelines, parishioners are asked to maintain social distance of 2- metres upon entering and exiting the Church. While also observing social etiquette with regards to coughing/sneezing.
Parishioners are also required to sanitise their hands upon entering and exiting the church. Hand sanitising units are provided in the Church porch for public use. Due to the 2-metre guideline there is a limit on seating arrangements in the Church. So please use only seats available to you.
Two persons only per bench,
Families may be seated together within the one bench.
A new one-way system will be in operation for receiving Holy Communion;
People sitting in the left hand side of the church will come to Holy Communion first, following the arrows - going down to the back of the church and coming up the middle isle & returning to their seat by the left hand side. Always observing the 2-metre rule while in the queue and when receiving Holy Communion while at the altar, please stand a distance from the priest or Eucharistic Minister and extend your hand. Holy Communion will not be distributed at the back of the church.
People in the right hand side of the church will then follow the same procedure.
If you are displaying any cold or flu, or flu-like symptoms, please do not enter the church building.
 
Help in the work of sanitising the Church will be required after each public gathering, so please consider becoming involved. We particularly ask young people to help with this work. If you are willing to give a hand, please contact any member of the Parish Committee. Thank you.
 
BEREAVEMENT SERVICE
New Ross Bethany Bereavement Support Group is unable to provide its fantastic drop-in service, or hold any face-to-face meetings at present. The group is continuing in the meantime with a telephone service.
If you need support at this time, please call 087 3846577
 
ADAMSTOWN SHOW
The 73rd Adamstown Show was due to be held this Saturday 4th July, but like all outdoor events it had to be postponed until next year. We remember in our prayers this weekend, Terry & Peter and all those who gave so freely of their time to the successful running of our Annual Show.
May they rest in peace.
 
STUDENT OBTAINED 0% IN EXAM - WHAT DO YOU THINK!
Q 1 - In which battle did Napoleon die?
A. - His last one.
Q 2 - Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
A - At the bottom of the page.
Q 3 - River Ravi flows in which state?
A - Liquid.
Q 4 - What is the main reason for divorce?
A - Marriage.
Q 5 - What is the main reason for failure.
A - Exams
Q 6 - What can you never eat for breakfast?
A - Lunch or dinner.
Q 7 What looks like half an apple?
A - The other half.
Q 8 If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what will it become?
A - Wet.
Q 9 - How can a man go eight days without sleeping?
A - No problem, he sleeps at night.
Q 10 - How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
A - You will never find an elephant that has one hand.
Q 11 - If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?
A - Very large hands.
Q 12 - If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
A - No time at all, the wall is already built.
Q 13 - How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
A - Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack.
The 0% a bit harsh don't you think!
 
FEAST DAY THIS WEEK
Monday 6th July - St. Maria Goretti
St. Maria Goretti is an Italian virgin martyr and one of the youngest saints to be canonized. She was stabbed to death aged 11 years in 1902; on her death bed she forgave her killer. She is considered the patron saint of youth and young people. She was declared a saint on June 24th 1950. 
 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK - 'Partners for Life'
The sweetest wine is pressed from the grapes that have been left on the vine the longest, particularly those that have endured the rigors of the frost.
Honey comes from the creatures that can fatally sting us.
The lighthouse stands on the most exposed and dangerous rocks.
The healing powers of radiation were discovered by a woman who was killed by them.
Destruction and creation are inseparable partners in the project of life.
(Margaret Silf - Compass Points)
 
WORDS OF WISDOM - (Andre Gide)
We should enjoy this summer, flower by flower, as if it were to be the last one we'll see.
 
A BIT OF HISTORY - MUINTIR NA TIRE
(The Free Press - 1963)
The Officers of the Adamstown Branch of Muintir Na Tire in 1962 were as follows: President - Fr. John Breen C.C;
Chairman - Mr. James McGee, Adamstown Vice Chair - - Mr. M O'Brien, Adamstown and Mr Laurence Rowe,
Carrigbyrne; Secretary - Miss Nancy Bradley, Adamstown and Mr. Edward Whelan, P.C., Misterin, Joint Treasurers -
Mrs M. Hayden, Knockreigh, and Mr. James McGee, Carrigbyrne. Like all of the other organizations in the Parish, they took pat in the highly successful 'Tops of the Parish Contest' and also had much to do with the organising of the Munitir na Tire National Drama Festival that took place in St. Abban's Hall in 1962. They were also responsible for renovating the Grotto at Knockreigh, which was erected in 1892 by the late Miss Anne Downes of Knockreigh.
 
HOUSE SPARROWS - (Elizabeth McArdle - Far East Mag)
Studies show that around ten thousand years ago, house sparrows lived alongside the first Stone Age farmers. These farmers cultivated seeds and grains as food crops and since sparrows are mostly seed and grain feeders, they rapidly became attached to humans. They are very sociable birds often nesting in colonies. The untidy, cup-shaped structures which make up their nests are made from whatever materials are to hand, including dried grass, straw, feathers, string and even newspaper. They love to take a dip in the local pond or street puddle. Watching them bathe is a joy to behold as they clearly relish the cool water, chattering joyfully to each other as they splash around, they also enjoy taking a dust bath, and it is thought this actively aids the removal of ticks and parasites from their feathers. They are frequent visitors to the bird feeders and love most kinds of seeds. It is so important to encourage them to visit our gardens as their numbers have declined by around 75% in the last 20 years.
This is catastrophic news for all of us bird lovers and we must do our utmost to reverse this trend. If we do, we will still hear the gregarious sound of super sparrows for many years to come.
 
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK - FOR OUR FAMILIES
(Taken from the Eucharistic Adoration Book by
Fr. Billy Swan C.C.)
Lord, remain in our families,
Enlighten them in their doubts,
Sustain them in their difficulties,
And in their daily labour.
When around them shadows build up,
Which threatens their unity and their natural identity,
You are life itself,
Remain in our homes,
So that they continue to be nests,
Where human life is generously born,
Where life is welcomed, loved and respected,
From conception to natural death.
Amen.