Adamstown Parish Newsletter Weekend of Sat 24th & Sun 25th February 2024 Volume 24. Number…
Adamstown Parish Newsletter
Weekend of Sat 11th & Sun 12th February 2023
Volume 23. Number 6
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Tuesday 7th February were: 10 – 23 – 25 – 28. There was no Jackpot winner including online players. One match three player – Nancy Walsh, c/o T .J. McDonald who received €200. The next draw takes place on Monday 20th February in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €15,000. Keep on buying the ticket – it will be won and it could be you!
ADAMSTOWN GAA CLUB DINNER DANCE
A wonderful night was enjoyed on Sunday last for our Dinner Dance in the Brandon House. Medal presentations were made to Men’s Footballers, Ladies Footballers, U-20 Footballers, our ladies who represented Wexford in the All Ireland Final and a special lifetime achievement award to Babs Kent for her massive contribution to the ladies football within the club. Sincere thanks to Bobby Goff (Vice Chair Wexford Co. Board), Denis Nolan (Chair Wexford LGFA) and Fr. Nolan for attending. Thank you also to everyone who helped in any way to make the evening memorable and in particular Mairead Whitty & Liz Dillon who put in a huge amount of work. Thank you all so much.
ADAMSTOWN I.C.A. NEWS
The monthly meeting of Adamstown ICA was held in the Community Centre on Wed 8th Feb. The meeting opened with a welcome from our President Anne Stafford, followed by the prayer & singing of My Land. The minutes were read by Sec. Mary Lawlor & our treasurer Breda Bolger said our finances were looking good. Members paid their affiliation fees for the year and it was good to see we still have a fairly strong core membership. The Federation Table Quiz takes place in the Slaney Inn, Oylegate on Thurs 23rd Feb, Breda & Sheelagh expressed an interest in taking part & will attend on the night. The Federation Meeting will be held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy on Mon 27th Feb at 8pm & at least three or four members will attend. The Guild has decided to enter in the National ICA Competition & Helen is sourcing suitable material. Eileen Thorpe is going to look after bowling & will contact interested members re nights suitable to attend Leisure Max. Competition for the best cross-stitch bookmark with an Irish theme was won by Mary J. Furlong who will now represent Adamstown Guild at the Federation Competition; raffle was won by Anne Stafford. A lovely cuppa was served up by Helen Furlong & Mary J. Furlong, much appreciated ladies. A big thank you also to all guild members who made stars from ribbon for ‘The Million Stars to End Violence’ project which will be presented to the Women’s Refuge for International Women’s Day – take a bow ladies. Next meeting Wednesday March 8th in the Community Centre at 8pm. You are always welcome, just come & sit in on a meeting & see if the ICA is for you.
On Friday 3rd March 2023 at 8pm in Adamstown Community Centre there is a Book Launch. This book is about the ‘Rise and Fall of the Dance Halls of Ireland’ and also the hundred years Anniversary of the Civil War in the Adamstown area. It was written by local man Danny Doyle, Glenour. All proceeds are gong to Sister Helen’s Uganda Fund. On stage on the night will be ‘Theresa and the Stars’.
Light refreshments will be served and it’s open to anyone free of charge.
Note: Danny Doyle will be interviewed briefly about his new book on South East Radio this Tuesday 14th February just after 8pm – be sure to tune in!
GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY
In 2021 Pope Francis established a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which we recently celebrated during Catholic Schools Week. Pope Francis reminds us that grandparents and the elderly deserve our respect and praise. Among the greatest people we are likely to meet in our lives could be our own grandparents. Throughout their lives they had to endure war, shortages, scarcity and hours of hard tedious work. Times were tough in many different ways. Grandparents sacrificed everything to take care of their families and gave their children better lives than they themselves had. For their grandchildren they are caregivers, teachers and playmates. They are trusted advisors for their adult children who are now parents themselves. For many families, grandparents provide regular child care. In some cases, they are primary caregivers to their grandchildren. They are a valuable resource because they have so many stories and experiences from their own lives to share. Children understand more of who they are and where they come from, through their connection with their grandparents. Grandparents can get away with a little spoiling, which gives them a special place in a child’s heart, and they tell the best stories!!
SHAMROCK VINTAGE CLUB NOTICE
The Ploughing match that was to be held in December 2022 is being rescheduled for late August 2023.
A Variety Concert will take place in the Rower Hall on Saturday 18th February at 8.30pm. Artists from Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary and Wexford taking part. Admission €10 and proceeds going to Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Door prizes and all support will be greatly appreciated.
Note: Shamrock Vintage Club & Adamstown Cemetery Committee will hold a meeting in Raheen Community Centre on Tuesday 5th March at 9pm to arrange for the Pat Byrne Memorial Road Run taking place on 1st Sunday in April.
The proceeds from this run is being generously donated to Adamstown Cemetery Committee for the upkeep of the Cemetery.
CHURCH NOTICES – IN MEMORIAM
Sat 11th – Lizzie Byrne & deceased members of the
Byrne family, Tomgarrow
Also Robert & Margaret Furlong, Bullawn & Misterin
Sun 12th People of the Parish
Sat 18th – Paddy O’Connor, Newtown (A)
Sun 19th – People of the Parish (A)
Pray for Mary Agnes Carey, Adamstown (A)
Pray for John & Sheila Murphy, Kellystown (A)
May they rest in peace.
Mass each week day morning at 9.30am.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday from 10.00am – 1.00pm.
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 18th – Eoghan Greene. Sun 19th – Ann Ryan
Sat 25th – Ellie Walsh. Sun 26th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat March 4th – T.J. McDonald Sun 5th – Neasa Cloney
The Prayer Group, which is in it’s 14th year, will meet this Sunday (12th Feb) at 7.00pm in St. Abban’s Church.
All are welcome.
POPE’S INTENTION FOR FEBRUARY
For Parishes – We pray that parishes, placing communion at the centre, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those in need.
BISHOP GER NASH VISITS ADAMSTOWN
We welcome Bishop Ger Nash to our Parish for the celebration of Mass this Saturday night 11th & also on Sunday morning 12th. You are all invited to Coláiste Abbáin following both Masses to meet Bishop Ger & enjoy a cup of tea & refreshments.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Mary & Martin Connors, Fairfields and all the extended family on the death of Mary’s father Jack Connors, St. Anthony’s, Tinnakilly, Rosbercon.
His funeral Mass was celebrated in The Church of the Assumption, Rosbercon on Tuesday last, followed by burial in St. Stephen’s Cemetery. May he rest in peace.
We extend our condolence also to Breda Whelan & Eleanor Power, on the death of their brother-in-law Tom Doyle, 32 Charleton Hill, New Ross, who died on Monday last. Also to his wife Ann, daughters Sharon & Christina and all the family. Tom’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Mary & St. Michael’s Parish Church, New Ross on Wednesday last followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Ross. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Ní threbhadh tú pairc go brách á chasadh timpeall i do intinn
– You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind”
Wishing all young & not so young a
Happy Valentine’s Day!
INDIVIDUALISM – (Sr. Stan Kennedy in Now is the Time
Today more than ever before in human history we have the knowledge, the information and the technology to find solutions to problems and control situations in a way that would have been unthinkable in the past. But, at the same time, we are becoming more and more individualistic in our pursuit of success. We are taught that nothing must interfere with or take precedence over our personal interests, that we deserve the best for ourselves. But in our rush to compete and achieve, we can easily whiz pass the moment and miss the living. As we become more individualistic, so also we become more and more isolated in our own competitiveness. We move like ships in the night, not touching each other. We form support groups with strangers and yet maybe we do not know our next-door neighbours. In the place of neighbourhood we have people who are vulnerable, isolated and very alone.
Now that we have the best-educated people in the history of the world, we do not know what to do with what we know.
Everything is too big, too overwhelming, so we mind our own business, ignoring the homeless, elderly, truly desperate and sick people that are all around us, assuming they are somebody else’s responsibility. (St. Martin’s Magazine)
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – Just a Thought:
My life if a gift from God, given not in years, but a day at a time. Today is the day the Lord has made for me, and he plans it to be the most important day of my life. Yesterday is gone, never to return and tomorrow and all that it holds is still secret. Only today is mine and on this day, I offer my life to God with all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings.
Dear Lord, receive my gift graciously!
IT HAPPENED IN FEBRUARY – 11th February 1929
The Independent State of Vatican City came into existence by the Lateran Treaty or pacts between the Catholic Church’s Holy See and the government of Italy. Signed by the Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini on behalf of King Victor Emmanuel 111, the pacts established Vatican City as a separate entity from the rest of Italy and recognised the Pope as sovereign of this new State, which had an area of 109 acres and a border of two miles. The agreement was ratified four months later in June. Vatican City is the world’s smallest independent nation-state. (Pioneer Magazine)
ADAMSTOWN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOC
Do you have a desire to make a difference in the area where you live?
Do you want to see your community grow to its full potential?
ACDA invite you to attend a Public Meeting for the election of new officers for the ACDA.
Date – Thursday 16th February at 9.00pm
Venue – Adamstown Community Centre.
A SMILE – Catch a Train (Ireland’s Own)
Little Johnny, “Dad, I have done my good deed for the day”
Dad, “Good to hear, what was it?
Little Johnny “Well I saw Mr. Quinn running for the train this morning and it didn’t look like he was going to make it, so I set
the bull dog after him”