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August 29th, 2021

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 28th & Sun 29th August 2021

Volume 22.  Number 33



The next  Adamstown Lotto draw takes place this Friday 3rd September in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €10,000. Please note all books to be returned to Cullen’s Gala by 8pm on the night of the draw. Do buy a ticket , it could be your lucky day!. Thanks for your support,


We extend our sympathy to the Kane family, Moneytucker, Enniscorthy on the death of Fr. Michael Kane, St. Patrick’s Missionaries, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, who died on Thursday 19th August.  Fr. Michael had spent many years in Kenya, and following his return to Kiltegan he regularly published beautiful items about all aspects of nature in the monthly Africa Magazine.

Our sympathy also to his extended family and Missionary family.  A private family funeral took place in Kiltegan on Wednesday last. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

We extend our condolences also to the relatives in our Parish of the late Anne Turner, 14 St. John’s Villas, Enniscorthy who tragically lost her life in a road accident on Wednesday 18th August. Our sympathy also to her mother Lena, brother Paul, neighbours and friends. A private family funeral was celebrated on Saturday 21st August.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

A Prayer for Our Bishop Elect

God, eternal shepherd,

you tend your Church in many ways and rule us with love.

You have chosen your servant,

Ger to be shepherd of your flock in the Diocese of Ferns.

Give him a spirit of courage and right judgement,

a spirit of knowledge and love.

By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care,

may he build your church

as a sign of salvation for the world.

We ask this prayer, through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.


Thanks to the ladies from Coonogue for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of August. It is now the turn of parishioners from Raheenduff for the month of September.


In Maria Colfer’s South Radio Simply Divine Programme on Saturday 4th September, she will be speaking to a man who carried a 12 foot cross through streets and walked 25,000 miles carrying that same cross through more than 180 countries, on all seven continents. But he says, he had the opportunity to introduce thousands of people to the man who hung on the cross. Hear his story at 10.04am on Saturday 4th September on South East Radio.


Bishop Elect Ger Nash will be ordained Bishop of Ferns on Sunday Sept 5th in St. Aidan’s Cathedral.

A Novena of Prayer for the new Bishop commenced on Friday Aug 27th and will continue each day until Sat 4th September. The Novena will be streamed each day on the Parish Facebook Page. You are invited to join in this Novena ‘there is more wrought by Prayer than this world dreams of’

The Ceremony of Ordination will be streamed live from St. Aidan’s Cathedral at 3pm.

Bishop Denis Brennan recently reminded us that St. Senan who gave his name to the Templeshannon in Enniscorthy was also a Clare man and we call on his intercession for the Blessing of Almighty God on Bishop Ger as he begins his ministry in the Diocese of Ferns.

Novena – Day 2:  28th Aug.  Lay Ministers in the Diocese.

Scripture Reading: (Ephesians 4:1-3)

I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together.

Prayer: Eternal God, Shepherd and Guide, bless all who minister in the parishes, towns and villages in the diocese. Strengthen their Christian vocation, which is the universal call to holiness, and inspire their endeavours to build up the kingdom of God. We ask this prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for our Bishop Elect, – printed opposite side

Our Lady, Queen of Heaven, pray for us.

St. Aidan, pray for us.

Day 3. Sun 29th. We pray for priests of the Diocese.

Scripture Reading: (Matthew 5:13-16)

You are like a light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead he puts it on the lamp stand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

Prayer:  Eternal God, Shepherd and Guide, bless priests who minister in our diocese. Keep them faithful to their priestly vocation and resolute in the ministry to which you have called them. When they are discouraged, give them hope and pour out your Spirit upon their efforts to build up the kingdom of God in every place where they minister. We ask this prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Our Bishop Elect.  Prayer opposite side

Our Lady, Queen of Heaven, pray for us.

St. Aidan, pray for us.


We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.

(Deitrich Bonhoeffer)



Sat 28th – John, Bridie, Nicholas, Sr. Eleanor Whelan,

                 Kellystown (A)

Sun 29th – Pat Power, The Leap (A)

Sat 4th Sept – Paddy & Molly Larkin, Adamstown (A)

                      Ann English Glenour (A)

Sun 5th – Peg & Paul Kearns, Raheen (A)

First Friday 3rd Sept –

Mass at 7.30pmThomas Kelly, Doononey (A)

First Sat 4th Mass 9.30am – Anne Kent, Adamstown (A)

                                       Laurence Power, Adamstown (A)

May they rest in peace.

Visitation of the sick and housebound on Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th Sept.  If you would like Fr. Nolan to call to your home,  please let him know.


Our Annual Patron is a victim of the Pandemic again this year.  A pre-recorded ceremony will be streamed on the weekend of September 5th. This ceremony will include Mass, Blessing of Graves and Rosary. I would like to thank you for your devotion to your departed brothers and sisters, which is reflected in your care of the graves of your loved ones. On your behalf I would like to acknowledge the work of the Cemetery Committee who maintain a vigilant watch on the Holy Ground. The work of those who monitor the parking on the occasion of funerals is a service that we all appreciate and facilitate those who come to offer their condolences, and for this we are very grateful. We wish also to acknowledge the input of the Fás workers in keeping our Cemetery looking so well cared for over the years.

There will be an opportunity to contribute your donation to the Cemetery Fund over the traditional Patron weekend.

Thank you for your generosity.

May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.


We would propose to initiate Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each Thursday of the week from 10.00am – 3.00pm concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Enclosed with your Newsletter is a commitment form which you might sign, indicating period of time in which you would like to participate. Eucharistic Adoration would draw down from Heaven immense benefits and blessings for the parish and the entire Church.  We would invite you to place your Commitment Form in the Weekly Envelope box in the Church porch.

Adoration will commence on Thursday 9th September 2021.

DID YOU KNOW?  (Shaun Ivory – Ireland’s Own)

Aerogel is the lightest material in the world. Discovered in the 1950’s by American farmer-turned-scientist Samuel Kistler, it has some extraordinary properties: 99.9% air, it becomes almost invisible against a light background, you cannot feel its weight in your hand, yet it can withstand a hammer blow or a blowtorch flame. It is the best insulator known to man. Used in such diverse ways as drilling operations or a net to capture dust travelling at 18,000 kms/hour. Warning: Very expensive, don’t let your child buy this online!



The Pre-School opens this Monday 3rd August at 9.30am.


1st Years Induction;

Monday 30th Aug – 8.52am  – 1.15pm

Tuesday 31st Aug  –  8.52am – 4.00pm.

2nd & 3rd year Students only:

Wednesday 1st September  – 8.52 – 4.00pm.

5th & 6th Year Students:

Thursday 2nd September:  8.52am – 4.00pm

T.Y. 5th &  6th year students

Friday 3rd September:   8.52am – 1.15pm.

All students return Monday 6th Sept  8.52am – 4.00pm

Wishing all students the very best for hopefully a full and

safe school year.


Adamstown Primary School re-opens this Monday 30th August at 9.20am and a welcome to new pupils and all others, we

send our best wishes to the boys and girls who begin their secondary education at this time.


Lord Jesus, we ask Your help as we begin this new school year. Allow us to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before us. Open our eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open our hearts and minds to new friends and new teachers. Give us a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with our studies and courage to accept new opportunities.

Help us to be attentive to one another and let us experience Your presence in our new friends.

Jesus, inspire us to do our best this year!  Amen.

A FOOTBALL STORY  – The Irish Catholic

Fr. Ignatius McQuillan, who secretly played for Fermanagh after his ordination, has died aged 90.  Fr. Iggy – as he was known – was a county footballer at the time of his ordination in 1955. As was customary at the time, he was asked to cease his career, but he continued playing under the name Sam Maguire. When Fermanagh reached the 1959 All Ireland junior final, Fr. Iggy, as Sam Maguire, was named team captain.

The ball was thrown in for the final by Fr. Iggy’s bishop, Dr. Neil Farren who later admitted he recognised his priest but decided to turn a blind eye. One of the north’s foremost educationalists, Fr. McQuillan was one of the driving forces in Catholic education in the Derry diocese. Derry diocesan spokesman Fr. Michael Canny told The Irish Catholic that Fr. Iggy was a “colossal figure” in education and sports. “He was also a gentle and caring priest of uncompromising sincerity who didn’t believe in fuss or title and involved himself in all aspects of parish life” he said. “As an educationalist … he always sought the highest standards and strove for what he believed to be best for the welfare of students and staff”

May he rest in peace.

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