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9th October, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Sat 8th & Sun 9th October 2022  

Volume 22.  Number 40



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto

Draw on Monday 3rd October were: 2 – 18 – 22 – 24.

There was no Jackpot winner and one match 3 player –

Dympna Bradley, Coonogue who received €200.

The next draw is on Monday 17th October for a Jackpot of €15,000. Keep on buying the tickets – it could be you!


Our three One Act Plays (2 comedies, 1 comedy/drama) will soon be ready for local performances!  Put these dates in your diary. Friday 14th October Camross Hall. Saturday 15th Fethard on Sea.  Wednesday 25th Oct Rathangan Hall.

Shows start at 8pm, €10 on door.


Many thanks to Father Nolan for celebrating the Thanksgiving Mass on Saturday night; I was delighted to be there with you all. Thank you so much for your continued generosity. The money donated will go to destitute grandmothers, and orphans in Uganda. Thank you, also, to all the people who leave in stamps. We pray for you all every evening.


Wexford Volunteer Centre is hosting a coffee morning in each district for members of Community Centres, Community Halls, Community Development Groups & Non-profit organisations in October/November 2022. This is a network event for members of the above mentioned groups across Co. Wexford.

New Ross District – 18th October in St. Michael’s Theatre, New Ross 10.00am – 12.30pm.

Email for more information


The Brandon House Hotel in New Ross hosts a support meeting for bereaved parents this Tuesday 11th at 7.15pm

Anam Cara holds 14 group support meetings across the country every month. These are attended by parents who have lost a child, regardless of circumstances of death or age of the child at time of death. All bereaved parents from the south east area are welcome. There is no need to register, just arrive on the evening at 7.15pm. For more information on the support services offered by Anam Cara,

please call 085 2888888, email or see


We extend our deepest sympathy to Sheelagh Delaney and family, Brocurra on the death of her sister Philomena Conway, Broadway, Co. Wexford. To her son Damien and the extended family and friends our condolences also.

May she rest in peace.


(Composed by Tina Whelan)

When news filtered through

That M. J. had died,

A light went out and

the village went quiet.

The people were shocked,

numb and sore,

Our legend M.J. was no more,

Who could believe it?

A familiar face around the place,

In the shop, on the street,

In the Community Centre.

With his infectious smile, hearty laugh

and good sense of humour,

He was known to one and all,

Both big and small.

His many talents, shone like stars,

One flick of his brush and

his master touch gave birth

to a new masterpiece every time.

He had many interests, snooker,

pool, and soccer to name but a few.

He was a keen gardener too.

He also loved a game of cards

and put many a joker to the test.

His own personal living space was

his pride and joy.

His garden was a sight to behold

– A work of art boasting all the colours

seen on an artist’s colour palette.

His green fingers had the magic

touch and left many esteemed

gardeners green with envy.

He faced many challenges throughout

his life, but nothing phased him.

He viewed obstacles as roundabouts

and always negotiated a way round.

His determination and get up and go were


               He was unstoppable,


                                                   and unforgettable

“To have known M.J. was our privilege.

We were the lucky ones”

e He


Sat 8th – John, Mosey & Diza McCabe, Ballyvergin (A)

Sun 9th – Nancy O’Brien, Rathkyle (A)

Sat 15th – Denis & Elzabeth Cummins, Raheenduff (A)

Also –        Bud O’Neill, The Boola (A)

Sun 16th – Willie and Hannah Coady, & Margaret Kehoe and Sonny Dunne, Old court (A)

Pray for Philomena Conway, Broadway who died on Wednesday last, sister Sheelagh Delaney, Brocurra.

Pray for Betty McGrath, Ballyhurst, Taghmon & our sympathy to her relatives in the parish.

Pray for Paddy Kent, Sheilbaggan, who died on Friday, our sympathy to his sister Ann Murphy.

Pray for Patrick Fortune, Doononey (A)

May they rest in peace.


Sat 8th – Anthony McGee         Sun 9th – Kathleen O’Connor

Sat 15th – Ellie Walsh               Sun 16th – Neasa Cloney

Sat 22nd – Liam Whelan           Sun 23rd – Callie Doyle

Mass each week day morning at 9.30am.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday

from 10.00am – 3.00pm.

THE DIOCESE OF FERNS – Looking Forward

Last week I gathered with our clergy to take time away to hold discussions on how we will minister as priests together in a changing world. The theme of the gathering was “Ministering in a New Time”. Over the course of a couple of days we participated in workshops and held many discussions, all of which focused on how life in the Church is changing. This led to looking ahead to what church life and ministry might be like in the future. At our gathering I shared the following vision with the clergy, which I now share with you all: “That people of the Diocese of Ferns have access to the transformational power of the Gospel, the hope that it brings and the seal on that by sacramental life of the church” This gathering was the first step in a process that will be further developed over the coming months and years and will draw on the resources and gifts of many people throughout our diocese. As was remarked by one of our facilitators “this process is about widening the circle to involve as many people as possible and benefit from the richness of their talents and abilities”

I thank all who participated in this initial process and I look forward to continuing this journey with you all throughout the diocese. Bishop Ger

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – A Prayer for Autumn

Dear Lord of all Gentleness,

Draw near to me in the Autumn of the year:

As leaves begin to fall,

Let me remember the glories of harvest time,

The crops in the fields,

The fruit on the trees,

Teach me to share the harvest of Your love

With those I meet each day.

Let the golden beauty of this season

Remain in my life and in my heart – always. Amen

(Iris Hesselden)


‘The Family that prays together… stays together’

(Frank Burke – Pioneer Magazine)

Patrick Peyton was born on 9th Jan 1909 to parents John and Mary a rural family labouring on 12 acres of farmland in

Carracastle, Attymass, a short distance from Ballina, Co. Mayo, he was the sixth of their children. Three of his sisters were destined for the emigrant ship to America. The Peyton home was one of a happy hard-working, devout family where John led the daily family Rosary. From an early age Patrick was set on becoming a missionary priest but his failed attempts to join the Capuchins and, later the Society of African Missions, left him frustrated. On 13th May 1928, Patrick and his older brother Tom, emigrated to join their sisters in Pennsylvania. Patrick secured a job as a caretaker in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton. A mission given by priests from the Congregation of the Holy Cross eventually led both himself and Tom to begin their seminary studies in Holy Cross College, Notre Dame. In Oct 1938 Patrick was diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis. He was in hospital for months, by May 1939 he required further treatment, but his health continued to decline. His sister Nellie visited him and suggested that he join her in a novena to Our Lady.

By Oct, his medical team suggested to him one of two choices – surgery or prayer. Turning to Our Lady, he now redoubled his prayer of petition and soon the depression and the darkness lifted. By Jan 1940, no trace of tuberculosis was found and he was discharged and he returned to his class at Holy Cross. In gratitude to the Blessed Mother, he dedicated the rest of his life towards promoting family prayer and the Rosary.  Both Tom and Patrick were ordained on 15th June 1941.Although advised to ease up, Fr. Patrick was relentless in promoting family prayer. When America became embroiled in the War after the attack on Pearl Harbour, he begun to focus on a Crusade of Rosaries to restore peace. On the feast of the Presentation, 21st Nov 1942, he wrote to every bishop in America asking that they support him. This was followed on 8th Dec, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, by a letter to all Catholic lay organizations in the US. Two months later, on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11th Feb 1943, all 12,600 Parish Priests received a letter urging them to make America the land of Our Lady and the home of the Family Rosary. He then promoted family prayer by way of local radio stations. The coast-to-coast Rosary was planned for 13th May 1945, which was also Mothers’ Day, and the day set by President Truman as the Day of National Thanksgiving with the victory of the Allied Forces in Europe. The Rosary led by Bishop Francis Spellman was carried by over 300 radio stations across the US and Fr. Patrick was receiving invitations to speak in parishes as he became more widely known. Fr. Peyton brought his campaign to Ireland in 1954, holding rallies in many counties including Our Lady’s Island in Wexford.  Fr. Peyton addressed 260 rallies globally over 40 years.  Fr. Pat, ‘Mayo Man of the Year’ for 1988 died peacefully on 3rd June 1992 and was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Massachusetts. The process for his canonisation was introduced in 1997 and on 18th Dec 2017; he was declared Venerable by Pope Francis.

October is the month of the Holy Rosary, and with so many wars all over the world, maybe we should consider again turning to the Rosary to bring about peace.

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