May 19th 2019

The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 24th May at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 24th will be; Ann Marie Mackey, Ann Redmond & Catherine Furlong. On Fri 31st will be: Ellie Walsh & Stella Delaney. On Fri 7th June will be:
Cáit Bradley, Josephine Hendrick & Betty O’Shea.
On Fri 14th June will be: Mary Kirwan, Lorna Komsa & Betty Cullen. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 10th were: John Furlong, Jim Wickham, James Hendrick, Mick Bolger, John Murphy, Tom Rochford, Pat Byrne & Paddy Finn.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 24th May in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €5,400. Do keep on buying the tickets and in doing so you are supporting Adamstown GAA, Soccer Club and Adamstown Parish.
 
ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY
Ellie Walsh and family, Tomgarrow are hosting an Alzheimer’s Tea Day at their home this Saturday 25th May from 2pm – 5pm. Your support is much appreciated for the ever-increasing demand for support for those suffering with dementia. All funds raised go to the Wexford Branch.
 
ADAMSTOWN I.C.A. NOTES
On Bank Holiday Monday May 6th the guild hosted the “Big Hello”, a get together in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. the event was attended by up to fifty people and all had a wonderful time, meeting neighbours and new people who have moved to the area.
Tea, coffee and delicious confectionary was on the menu and lots of chat and spot prizes. Many thanks to Wexford County Council for providing funding for the occasion and to the brilliant “Tidy Town’s Committee” who rowed in to help potting up plants etc., your help was greatly appreciated.
Our monthly meeting was held on Wednesday May 8th in the Community Centre. The summer outing was discussed and the ladies have decided to travel to Carlow this year. Starting at Wheelock’s Garden Centre for tea, coffee, then going to Huntington Castle, then on to Carlow town for some retail therapy. This outing is open to non-members, date of outing, costs etc., will be in the newsletter in the coming weeks.
Eileen Thorpe won the competition “Guess the number of dried peas in the jar”, and the raffle was won by Callie Doyle and Mary Lawlor.
Thanks to Sweeney’s Garden Centre for donation a lovely planted container.
A lovely tea was served by Callie and Rita, well done ladies.
One of our newest members Jill Bridgene is holding an up cycling class on Saturday May 25th in the Community Centre from 10.00am – 4pm. Only a small item, stool or chair, open to non members. Contact Helen on 086 3454036 for further details.
ADAMSTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB
Results from Day 1 and 2 of the Co. Track & Field Championships held on 5th & 12th May. Harry Kent 2nd & Sean Moran 3rd in the U9 Boys Turbo Javelin, Bobby O’shea & Cillian O’Shea, Will Fortune, Harry Kent, Sean Moran 3rd in the U9 boys relay. Áine Crean 3rd in the U11 girls 60m sprint, Jack O’Shea 2nd & Ross English 3rd in the boys U13 hurdles, Stephen Power 2nd in the boys U13 Shot Putt, Watt Crean 3rd in the boys U13 Javelin, Luke Siggins 3rd in the boys U13 High jump. Ross English 3rd in the boys U13 600m. Sadbh Crean 1st & Aoife McCabe 2nd in the U14 girls 1k walk, Watt Crean 2nd & Ross English 3rd in the U14 boys 1k walk, Caragh McDonald 3rd in the U14 girls hurdles, Aoife McCabe 2nd & Caragh McDonald 3rd in the U14 girls long jump, Sadbh Crean, Caragh McDonald, Aoife McCabe & Grainne English 3rd in the u14 girls relay, Caragh McDonald 3rd in the U14 Girls 800m, Ciara Mooney 1st & Clodagh Crean 3rd in the U15 girls Shot Putt, Ciara Mooney 1st in the U15 girls Javelin, Aoife McCabe, Caragh McDonald, Sadbh Crean & Ciara Mooney 3rd in the U15 girls relay, Niamh English in the U15 hurdles, Ciara Mooney 2nd in the U16 girls walk, Aoibhinn Crean 1st in the U18 girls walk. Well done to all our athletes including, Aidan O’Callaghan, Charles Kent, Aoibhinn McDonald, Emily English, Maeve O’Gorman, Kate Whelan, Laura O’Gorman, Brody Whelan who all put in great performances
Due to lack of space the Secondary School results will be carried forward to next week.
 
COFFEE/BINGO MORNING
There will be a Coffee/Bingo morning held in Adamstown Community Centre on Tuesday 28th May.
This is an opportunity for older members of the community to catch up and have fun with their neighbours and friends.
It is run from 10.3oam – 12.30pm approx at a cost of €5.
All older members of the community are welcome.
 
ADAMSTOWN N.S. SPLIT THE POT DRAW
In the Split the Pot draw on Wed 15th May the school winner was Abigail Hurley and the €68 winner was Myia Siggins.
Thanks for your continued support. The next draw is on Wednesday 29th May.
The Parents Association of Adamstown N.S is holding a ‘Clothes Recycling’ collection at the school on Thursday morning 30th May at 9.15am.
 
OUR LADY OF FATIMA SPECIAL SCHOOL COLLECTION
There will be a Church Gate collection next weekend Sat 25th & Sun 26th May in aid of Our Lady of Fatima Special School, Carrigeen St. Wexford. Your support is appreciated.
 
TRÓCAIRE COLLECTION 2019
The total amount contributed so far to the Lenten Trócaire Appeal is €1,295.00, thank you for your generosity.
If you still have a Trócaire Box at home, please bring it back.
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 18th – Tommy & Bernie Whitty, Oldcourt (A)
Sun 19th - People of the Parish
Sat 25th – Dickie Purcell, Raheenduff (Month’s Mind)
Sun 26th – Francis Furlong, Misterin (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
SERVERS
Sat 18th – Leah Sinnott, Róisin Nic Gabhainn, Jack O’Shea, Stephen Power.
Sun 19th – Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska
Sat 25th – Watt & Áine Crean, Luke Cullen, Cara Whelan
Sun 26th – R óisin Colfer, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 18th – Eoghan Greene,
Sun 19th – Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 25th – T. J. McDonald Sun 26th – Sheelagh Delaney.
Sat 1st June – Ulick Stafford. Sun 2nd – Callie Doyle
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday each week night.
St. Anthony’s Mass and prayers continue every Tuesday night in St. Abban’s Oratory at 7.30pm.
 
Rosary at the Grotto in Knockreigh each weeknight at 8pm for the month of May – the month of Our Lady.
 
PROCESSION TO KNOCKREIGH GROTTO
We will have a procession to the Grotto at Knockreigh on Monday night 27th May leaving St. Abban’s Church at 7.30p. The Rosary will be prayed at the Grotto.
Car Parking is being kindly facilitated by Adamstown Engineering, Knockreigh.
 
O, Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION IN ST. ABBANS
Eleven children from 2nd class in Adamstown National School received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 18th May in St. Abban’s Church. They had prepared with parents and school for this very special day in their lives.
We thank Fr. Nolan, their teacher Ms. Crosbie, Ms Rea and Jenny and Cathy for their assistance and help over the past months. Thanks to Rosaline for the music and the school children for their hymns. The church was decorated with lovely artwork, which the children had created. We congratulate the children: Darragh, Eabha, Emily, Harry, Jamie, Kayla, Kelly Ann, Pauraic, Rory, Seán, and Tom and we hope they had a lovely day.
We ask God’s blessing on these young children as they travel through life.
 
Fr. Nolan is looking forward to seeing all the children and parents at Mass in St. Abbans on Sunday morning.
 
GLOBAL PLASTIC EMERGENCY (Wendy May JacobsIrish Times Sat May 11th 2019)
Plastic bags are another case in point. Ireland, so often
more progressive than the UK, imposed a levy on plastic bags back in 2002, the UK did not introduce this levy until 2015 and, predictably, usage of plastic bags has dropped by 85%. I am ashamed to say that until the law changed in the UK I regularly accepted plastic bags in supermarkets – in fact my mum would always stock up when she came over to visit. Now, even though only five pence a bag is at stake, I will always bring my own bags when I shop. I cannot explain why I was not evolved enough to commit to this before the levy. Yet is this not a perfect example of good legislation.
 
VOTERS – BE CONSCIOUS
Voters need to realise that the pro-choice parties will spin success in the local elections as an endorsement of all their policies, including on abortion.
It is worth remembering what kind of amendments to the abortion legislation the pro-choice parties rejected.
Here are some of them: a ban on late-term abortions and abortions on the grounds of gender or disability; provision of pain relief in late-term abortions, parental notification when the mother is under 16; protection of infants born alive after failed abortions; and freedom of conscience for medical professionals and ancillary staff.
( Breda O’Brien - Irish Times, Sat, May 11th 2019)
 
A BIT OF HUMOUR
The elderly priest was surprised when he arrived in heaven to discover that a New York cab driver had been awarded a higher place than he. ‘I don’t understand’ he complained to God. ‘I devoted my entire life to the Church’ ‘Our policy here is to reward results’ God explained. ‘Now did your parishioners listen attentively when you preached a homily?
Well’ the priest had to admit, ‘some people did fall asleep from time to time’ Exactly, said God. ‘And when people rode in this man’s taxi, they not only stayed awake, they prayed as if their lives depended on it’
 
THE BUTTERFLY(Pioneer Magazine)
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day, a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole. Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further. The man decided to help; he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shrivelled wings. The man continued to watch, expecting it to fly away. But nothing happened, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around, it was never able to fly. What the man, did not understand: the restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved.
Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us. We will not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly.