November 24th 2019

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 29th Nov at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 29th will be; Ellie Walsh & Stella Delaney. On Fri 6th Dec will be; Cáit Bradley, Josephine Hendrick & Betty O’Shea. On Fri 13th will be;
Mary Kirwan, Lorna Komsa & Betty Cullen. On Fri 20th will be: Maureen Bradley, Linda Duffy & Denise Harler. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 15th Nov were: Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Sean Cullen, Phil Jackman, Matty Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Richie Murphy & Patsy Byrne.
 
ADAMSTOW LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 29th Nov in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of
8,000 – a very nice Christmas present to win; make sure to buy a ticket and be in with a chance.
 
FELLOWSHIP AWARD FOR PÁDRAIC
Local actor Páuraic Delaney has been presented with the Dan O’ Herlihy Fellowship, from Wexford Film Society, The Picture House. The presentation was made on the opening night of The Picture House 2019/20 season in the Art Centre, Wexford. Former recipients of the Fellowship have included Billy Roche and John Banville for their screening work. Declan Lowney, director, John Paul Kelly and Ann Rackard for their production design.
Páuraic got his big break as Teddy O’ Donovan, alongside Cillian Murphy and Liam Cunningham in Ken Loach’s d’or winning film ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’. Other films that he has starred in are: The Man Who Knew Infinity; alongside Jermy Irons and Blackthorn, a western in which he played a young Sundance Kid starring Sam Shepherd. He also featured in major television productions such as Tudors, Raw and recently completed two seasons of Kingfall for the History Channel U.S. Speaking to The Picture House Chairman, Stephen Eustace after the presentation, Páuraic said he is currently involved in a movie called Seacole, which was shot in Malta, Romania and London. It tells the story of a Jamaican nurse, Mary Seacole, who cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War. Páuraic plays the part of an Irish reporter with The Times, William Russell, who was considered to have been one of the first modern day war correspondents. The first Fellowship recipient Billy Roche was in attendance on the night and Páuraic said he would love to get a role in one of his plays. He thanked The Picture House for honouring him with the Fellowship; it is always very special to get recognition from your own hometown.
Congratulations and well done Páuraic and continued success from all in Adamstown.
 
G.A.A. NEWS
The AGM of St. Abban’s Adamstown GAA Club will take place in Newbawn Hall on Sunday 1st December at 5.30pm.
New members welcome.
 
ADAMSTOWN NATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS
Split the Pot winners 20th Nov were: Jake Cadogan, €58 purchased in Brad Og’s. School winner was Aoibh O’Shea, Junior Infants. Next draw on Wednesday 4th Dec. Thanks for your continued support.
The Cake Sale on Thurs 21st Nov raised €282.00 which will go towards the upgrade to the school playground.
Thanks to all the parents for their donations of cakes for the cake sale and thanks to the members of the Student Council who were a great help on the day.
After the 30th November, the Remembrance Tree wooden discs will be placed into envelopes with the name of the person who ordered them and will be available for collection in the Church or if ordered in the school they will be dropped back to the school.
Children’s Christmas Show is on 11th December and there will be a bumper raffle on the night with some great prizes.
 
EVENING OF MUSIC IN ST. ABBAN’S CHURCH
Coláiste Abbáin Parents Association will host an ‘Evening of Music’ on Friday 6th December in St. Abban’s Church.
The Wexford Male Voice Choir will perform alongside various acts from the school’s music department.
Admission is €10 Adults/€5.00 O.A.P.s and Students. U-12 Free. Concert will begin at 8pm sharp.
Your support would be very much appreciated.
 
MESSENGER MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION
Reminder to all subscribers of the Sacred Heart Messenger Magazine that your subscription is now due. Thanks to all those who have already paid, if you have not already paid, please give your subscription to Cáit Bradley as soon as possible.
 
LOCAL BOXERS WIN
Well done to Adamstown Boxers Jack Egan and Jamie O’Rourke who are both now the 2019 Wexford Box Cup Champions in their weight division. In the finals Jack competed in the Boy 4 60kg competing against English boy Nathan May from Love CPC Rawtenstall, Jack pulled of a superb display winning on a unanimous decision 5: 0.
Jamie competing in the Girl 2 45kg against Kilkenny’s Marble City girl Mary Carthy. She won after a tough three rounds with a unanimous decision 5: 0. Congratulations to both and to head coach Mike Richardson and all the club.
 
USE YOUR VOTE
Everyone is encouraged to use their vote this Friday in the Wexford By- Election. Voting takes place in Adamstown National School from 7.00am – 10.00pm with a big choice of candidates. Come out and vote, it is voice and make it count.
 
POPE FRANCIS
What a different world it would be if we all remembered three important words – Please, Thank You and I’m Sorry.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 23rd Nov – For all those who died during the year.
Sun 24th – Mary Kate Sinnott & Michael Lawlor,
Knockreigh (A)
Also - Paddy and Anty Moore, Tomgarrow (A)
Sat 30th – Robert & Margaret Furlong, Misterin (A)
Sun 1st Dec – Edward, Mary, Luke Whelan and deceased
members of the Whelan family Oldcourt (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
WEALTH! (Mary Kenny – Irish Catholic)
For most of recorded history, Britain has been a richer country than Ireland, and this has always made the relationship unequal – even leave aside the imbalance of political and military power. But today, according to the Spectator magazine, drawing on statistics from the World Bank, Ireland is richer than Britain, per head of the population. In 2018, per capita wealth in Ireland was $59,360; in Britain it was $41,330. Back in 1972, Gross National Income per capita was $3,170 in Britain and $2,070 in Ireland. This disparity continued until 1998, but by 2008, Ireland had begun to overtake Britain by more than $2,000 annually. Now the difference has enlarged by over $18,000! Yet in both countries there are people sleeping in the streets in capital cities.
 
SERVERS
Sat 23rd – Jack O’Shea, Katelyn & Alanna O’Shea, Emily English
Sun 24th – Maeve O’Gorman, Sínead Duffy, Harry Whelan
Sat 30th – James Furlong, Seán Doyle, Sean Moran, Jamie O’Reilly
Sun 1st Dec – Amelia Swierczynska, Paddy Connors, Brody Whelan, Pauraic Doran.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 23rd – Frances Gallagher. Sun 24th – Betty O’Shea
Sat 30th – Anthony McGee.
Sun 1st – Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 7th – Liam Whelan. Sun 8th – Kathleen O’Connor
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (Pioneer Book)
Do you think that what little you do is of no value or importance?
Did you know that a steam engine started off as a ‘singing kettle’ on a stove.
A shirt waving on a clothesline was the start of the Balloon leading to the creation of the Graf Zeppelin.
A pendulum started off as a Lantern swinging in a tower.
An apple falling from a tree led to the discovery of ‘Gravity’
Author unknown.
 
WORDS OF WISDOM
I am neither a man of letters nor of science, but I humbly claim to be a man of prayer. It is prayer that saved my life; without it I would have lost my reason long ago. One can live several days without food, but not without prayer.
This is my sacred teaching. (Mahatma Gandhi)
 
ST. ABBAN’S JUBILEE DEDICATION NIGHT
There was a great attendance at the St. Abban’s Church Jubilee Dedication night on Saturday 16th November.
Mass was celebrated by Fr. Nolan P.P. to remember the dedication ceremony on Sunday 10th Nov 1844.
Remembering also, all the priests who ministered in St. Abban’s over the years, and the thousands of people who gathered together so faithfully to celebrate their faith on all occasions with grateful thanks for their lives and families.
A word of thanks to the Choir for the lovely hymns, and
to Philip who printed the beautiful cards for the occasion.
Thanks to the ladies who provided the lovely teas and refreshments in Coláiste Abbáin for over one hundred people who dropped down after Mass. A sincere thanks to all those who donated confectionary for the occasion. It was lovely to see so many people having a chat and a cuppa.
We are indebted to Principal Mr. John Nolan and staff of Coláiste Abbáin for the use of their facilities for Parish occasions like this.
 
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
Our grateful thanks to Master Craftsman Pádraig O’Shea for his exquisite gift of a Paschal Candle Stand to St. Abban’s Church on the occasion of the Jubilee of the Dedication. A very worthy memorial.
Go raibh mile maith agat.
 
Footnote to Jubilee Dedication Nov 1844
Taken from the archives.
With regard to the Adamstown Female School, the Local Inspector reported to the National Board on 22nd Nov 1844, that ‘a dinner was given in the school in honour of Father Mathew on 10th inst. The Manager was informed by the Board that this was an infringement of Rule 1143 of the Board. The Manager promised not to violate this rule in future. A note at the top of the folio noted that ‘the school is built on Chapel ground’.
 
NOVEMBER MASSES
The November Masses took place during the week and many people gathered in prayer in St. Abban’s Ortatory.
And their candles burnt before the Blessed Sacrament during the night. Many thanks for your devout participation.
Eternal rest grant unto them O’ Lord. May they rest in peace.
 
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
BE AT PEACE (St. Francis de Sales)
Do not look forward in fear to the changes and chances of this life; rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise, God to whom you belong, will in His love enable you to profit by them. He has guided you thus far in life, and he will lead you safely through all trials: and when you cannot stand it God will bury you in His arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow: the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and everyday. He will either shield you from suffering, or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations. Amen.