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November 14th, 2021

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 13th & Sun 14th November 2021   

Volume 22.  Number 43



The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Mon 8th November were: 4 – 5 – 10 -13. There was no Jackpot winner. The following 5 players matched three numbers and each got €40.00 John Hanley, the Boola, Mna le Cheile C/O Ann McDonald, Edel English, Coonogue, Eddie Furlong, Misterin & Aidan & Bridget Thorpe, Newtown. The next draw is on Monday 22nd November for a Jackpot of €11,000 worth buying a ticket and it could be a lovely Christmas for you.


Adamstown Tidy Towns are currently selling Christmas Cards showcasing St. Abban’s Cross, Adamstown Castle, Knockreigh Grotto, St. Abban’s Church and the Calvary Cross in the New Graveyard. We would especially like to thank local company PM printing for their advice and expertise in obtaining the finished product. Packs of 5 (assorted) cards are currently available in Cullen’s Gala Supermarket at €5.00 each. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Mass for deceased members of St. Abban’s Adamstown GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football & Camogie Club will take place in St. Abban’s Church, Adamstown at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 20th.


Adamstown Community Centre is running a Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday December 11th from 12.00 noon until 5.00pm. Tables are limited. Phone 087 9539291 to book your spot. We will be running a Christmas Raffle on the day with lots of great prizes. Tickets will be on sale soon.

All proceeds will go towards the running of the Community Centre.


Community Games meeting in Adamstown Community Centre this Thursday 18th November at 7.30pm.

We are looking to form a committee to bring back Community Games to Adamstown, Newbawn and Raheen.

If you have any interest getting involved or getting some more information please come along.


Following a recent Vicars meeting, and in light of the uncertainty around Covid-19 it was decided that Confirmation Ceremonies for 2022 be administered by the Parish Priest. We would be grateful if you could contact the diocesan office with the scheduled dates for your parish as faculties will need to be issued.

A BIT OF HISTORY – Rev John Shalloe

(Taken from Raheen Church – Our Sacred Place, Built on Faith.  Published in 2014)

Fr Shalloe was appointed P.P. of Castlebridge in June 1794 and was transferred to the position of P.P. of Adamstown on 13th April 1795. The combined parishes of Adamstown and Newbawn or United parishes covered the following areas:

Adamstown, Doononey, Newbawn, Raheen, Clongeen, Cullenstown, Assagart, Horetown, Little Faree and part of Newcastle. A native of Park, Cushinstown, he lived while ministering in the area in a small cottage in Ballyshannon. He experienced all the horrors of the ’98 period in his own parish area, including the burning of Scullabogue Barn, the ambush in the Ballyshannon Lane, the Battle of Horetown, the burning of homes and his thatched Church in Newbawn. He himself was not a supporter of the United Irishmen. He rebuilt the church in Newbawn in 1806 and further improved it in 1811. He built the present church in Raheen in 1814. He was a man of great charity all his life and was constantly seen with his pockets filled with food for the poor. This practice earned him the name of “Slash Pockets” amongst his clerical friends. In pastoral work he was known for his charitable works, which transcended denominational boundaries. He resigned in 1817. He died on 23rd April 1831 and was buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard, Old Ross. 


Children in Adamstown National School joined in the fun for Science WeekIreland, taking part in webinars for the children and the whole school got to engage with Lego Wed Kits. They designed, created and coded machines made from Lego following online instructions using the school ipads.  

3rd & 4th class learned all about Climate Change thanks to Yvonne English EPA Ireland. 

NATIONAL MEMORIAL MASS – Sunday 14th November

The Bishops of Ireland will undertake a pilgrimage to Knock Shrine this November and celebrate the National Memorial Mass in memory of all who died on the Island during the Covid-19 pandemic. To pastorally support everyone who has suffered the pain of bereavement during the pandemic, and in the context of the month of November as the traditional time when we remember our dead, on this Sunday 14th November at 3.00pm, the bishops will concelebrate Mass for all those who have died in our country during the pandemic, and for their families. At the Mass the bishops will also offer prayers of thanksgiving for all those who so selflessly sacrificed so much during the pandemic.

This Mass will be live-streamed on and broadcast on the RTÉ News Now digital television channel and online. The Bishops invite everyone to join with them on this solemn occasion.

Bishop Ger Nash is preaching at a Service of Remembrance in St. Iberius Church, Wexford on Sunday, 14th November



Sat 13th – Joe Kelly, Coonogue (A)

Sun 14th – Jimmy Colfer, The Leap (A)

Sat 26th – Deceased members of St. Abban’s 

Adamstown GAA. Ladies Gaelic Football & Camogie Clubs.

Sun 21st – Patrick Cullen, Adamstown (A)

 and          Mary Theresa Delaney, Brocurra (A)

May they rest in peace.


Sat 20th – T.J. McDonald.  

Sun 21st – Sheelagh Delaney.


The Prayer Group will meet this Sunday 14th November at 7.00pm in St. Abban’s Church. Guest speaker will be

Colette O’Doherty. We look forward to seeing you all.


Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November 2021

Thanks so much for your generosity for the above collection taken up last weekend, your donations amounted to €925.00


The following November Masses will take place as follows:

Monday Nov 22nd – Tomgarrow, Misterin, Rathkyle, Adamstown, Coolnagree.

Tuesday Nov 23rd – Oldcourt, Brocurra, Doononey, Woodview Drive.

Wednesday Nov 24th – The Leap, Knockreigh, Coonogue.

Thursday Nov 25th – Kellystown, Chapel, Raheenduff, The Barracks.

Friday Nov 26th – Glenour, Ballyvergin, Rathsilla, Fairfields.

Each evening we will gather in St. Abban’s Church at 7.30pm.

All present will receive a candle, which will be left lighting before the Blessed Sacrament after Mass.


E veryone is invited to spend

X tra time in the

P resence of the Lord

O n Thursdays in

S t. Abban’s Church

I n Adamstown from

T en am to 3pm

I f you can spare just

O ne hour, Come along and

N ourish & Deepen your relationship 

     with the good Lord and experience

     first hand His Loving Mercy.

  ” Many are called but few are chosen”


Build a better world said God

And I asked how?

The world is such a vast place and so complicated now

I am small and useless, what can I do?

God in all His wisdom said. “Just build a better you”

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR – Sun 14th November 2021

Pope Francis chose the theme for the fifth World Day of the Poor as: ‘Poverty is not the fate of the poor’

 Pope Francis refers to his 2021 message of St. Damian of Molokai, who died of Hansen’s disease in 1889 after spending the last sixteen years of his life caring for people with the disease, who were permanently in lockdown and quarantined in Kalaupapa on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai:

‘His testimony is most timely in our own days, marked by the Covid-19 pandemic. God’s grace is at work in all those who, without fanfare spend themselves for the poorest, sharing with them in concrete ways’. Leaving people to sleep rough on the streets causes severe damage to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of homeless people.

There is a need to move beyond the stopgap of hostels for people and to have affordable housing for people and not just temporary night shelters. Getting people out of the cycle of dependency to take charge of their own lives is the hope of all who serve in this voluntary sector.

There is no room for egos and no competition between faith organisations. We succeed when we unite in a shared vision. It is the poor who teach the different churches and faiths how to work, serve and minister in a new way of co-operation. (Messenger Magazine – Fr. John Cullen, who works with the homeless in London) 


Wexford General Hospital would like to inform people about the Bereavement Support Line which is available from 10.00am – 1.00pm Monday to Friday on 1800 80 70 77

This is a national free-phone service that has been set up by the Irish Hospice Foundation, in partnership with the HSE, to provide connection, comfort and support for those grieving in these exceptional times. Any adult who has been impacted by bereavement may contact the support line. For more information visit


Do not hurry as you walk with grief, it does not help the journey.

Walk slowly, pausing often; do not hurry as you walk with grief.

Be not disturbed by memories that come unbidden.

Swiftly forgive; and let Christ speak for you unspoken words.

Unfinished conversation will be resolved in Him. 

Be not disturbed. 

Be gentle with the one who walks with grief.

If it is you, be gentle with yourself.

Swiftly forgive; walk slowly, pausing often.

Take time, be gentle as you walk with grief. 


There will be a Folk Group practice in St. Abban’s Church 

this Wednesday 17th November at 7pm.

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