August 12th 2018

CARDS
The weekly ’30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 17th August at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering On Fri 17th will be: Ann Foley, Margo O’Reilly, Mary Power & Dympna Bradley. On Fri 24th will be: Brigid Boland, Edel English, Fiona Power. On Fri 31st will be: Mary Delaney, Sheelagh Delaney, Catherine O’Rourke & Elizabeth Greene. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winner on Fri 3rd Aug were:
Pat Doyle, Matt Sullivan, Kathleen Whelan, Ann Lawlor,
John Furlong & Seamus Wickham.
 
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – FUNDRAISING DANCE
FOR SR. HELEN DELANEY – 24TH AUGUST 2018
There will be a Social Dance in Adamstown Hall on Friday 24th August, music by Philip English; all proceeds will go to Sr. Helen. Tickets will go on sale soon costing €10.
 
OLD AND ALONE & NEEDING HELP
An old Italian priest lived alone in New Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual vegetable garden, but it was difficult work and the ground was hard.
A member of his church, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. So the old priest wrote to Vincent and described his predicament:
I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my vegetable garden this year, I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.
I remember you in my prayers. Fr. Louis’
A few days later he received a letter from his parishioner.
Dear Fr. Louis, Whatever you do, don’t dig up that garden.
That’s where the bodies are buried. Thanks for your prayers. Vincent.’
At 4.00am next morning FBI agents and the local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologised to the old priest and left. The same day Fr. Louis received another letter.
Dear Fr. Louis, Go ahead and plant the vegetables now. That’s the best I could do in the circumstances. Vincent’
 
OUR LADY’S ISLAND PILGRIMAGE 2018
Wednesday 15th Aug – Official Opening Ceremony.
Mass 3pm followed by Blessed Sacrament Procession with Banners. Focus on the Family and WMOF with
Fr. Jim Fegan. P.P.
 
SVP CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS
The local St. Vincent de Paul charity Vincent’s shop is seeking volunteers to help in their shop. If you have an hour or two to spare call in to the shop in Quay St. New Ross for more information.
 
THE LEAP – A HUB OF ACTIVITY IN THE OLD DAYS.
At one particular time there were six people with trades living at the Leap. There was a bonesetter; a tailor, two dressmakers, a shoemaker and a printer. The bonesetter’s name was Ann Dillon, the tailor was Pat Foley, and the two dressmakers were Liz Crowe and Mary Mythen. The shoemaker was James Stafford and the printer was Johnnie Evoy.
 
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS STAR JOINS WMOF
LINE-UP – Friday 23rd August.
A former Irish International rugby player has been chosen to speak at the Pastoral Conference at the World Meeting of Families this month. Ronan O’Gara played fly-half for several Irish teams and is now the assistant coach of the Canterbury Crusaders in New Zealand. He will be speaking on the topic of ‘Celebrating family and sport’. Among the other speakers will be: Tyrone GAA manager, Mickey Harte, he will speak on the subject of ‘The vocation of fatherhood’
Also speaking will be Norah Casey (Dragon’s Den), and campaigner Marie Collins, these speakers will focus on issues regarding protecting the children and vulnerable adults and dealing with domestic abuse. 80% of speakers and contributors are lay people offering expertise or life experiences. The remaining 20% are clergy and religious.
 
SLIEVE COILLTE IS BACK OPEN
The gates to Slieve Coillte reopened to the public on Tuesday 7th August. The mountain drive and viewing area was closed to the public in early July due to the risk of a fire occurring during the hot weather. A spokesperson for the John F. Kennedy Arboretum said: “Please remember barbecues are not permitted throughout the Arboretum including Slieve Coillte, and urged people to behave responsibility when visiting and to dispose of litter carefully.
The mountain road is very popular with hikers and runners, attracting thousands of people throughout the year.
 
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CARLOW – WEXFORD CAMPUS OPEN NIGHT
Open Night this Thursday 16th August from 6pm – 8pm.
Courses include: Postgraduate, Business, Digital Media & Entrepreneurship, Humanities, Engineering,
Now accepting Applications for Part-Time Courses.
Also Short Courses: Cert in Irish Historic House Studies, in Irish Architectural History, Advocacy, Light Aircraft Pilot Licence Ground studies.
Free Springboard courses also available including:
Energy & Building, International Financial Services, Tourism, Arts in Digital Media Design, Data Protection, CAD & 3 Modelling, Purchasing Strategy, Quality Management.
Wexford Campus, IT Carlow, Summerhill Road, Wexford.
Phone – 053 9185809; E:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
W: www.itcarlow.ie/wexfordLLL.
 
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 11th Aug – People of the Parish
Sat 18th Aug – Tom (Tiddler) Byrne, Kellystown (A)
Sun 19th Aug – Denis Matthews, Wales. (Month’s Mind)
May they rest in peace.
AUG 15TH – Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven. Holy Day of Obligation.
Vigil Mass Tues Aug 14th at 7.30pm & Wed 15th Aug – Mass at 10.30am.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Fri each week night.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 11th – Ulick Stafford. Sun 12th – Betty O’Shea
Sat 18th – T. J. McDonald. Sun 19th – Sheelagh Delaney
Sat 25th – Liam Whelan.
Sun 26th – Geraldine Ridgeway
 
SERVERS
Sat 11th – Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle
Sun 12th – Niamh & Gráinne English, Laura O’Gorman
Sat 18th – Róisin Nic Gabhainn, Leah Sinnott, Jack O’Shea
Sun 19th – Clodah & Watt Crean, Tosia Swierczynska.
Sat 25th – Megan Martin, Róisin Colfer, Faye Hynes, Stephen Power.
Sun 26th – Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Cara Whelan, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue.
 
FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK
Tue 14th – St. Maximillan Kolbe, priest and martyr.
A Franciscan priest who worked in the apostolate of the press in Poland and Japan, and died in Auschwitz.
Fri 17th – Our Lady of Knock. The story of Knock began on the 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. This miraculous apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. Knock is an internationally recognised Marian Shrine and was visited by St. John Paul11, as part of his 1979 papal pilgrimage to Ireland. The date of the memorial is within the annual novena conducted at the Shrine.
 
WEEKLY COLLECTION FOR 2017-2018
If you have not made a contribution last year and would like to do so, envelopes are available in the Porch of the Church. Thank You. Fr. Robert Nolan.
 
WATER
Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness. (Lao Tzu)
From The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink:
Water, water every where,
Nor any drop to drink.
 
 
POPE FRANCIS IS COMING TO IRELAND!
Pope Francis’ visit is special in more ways than one. It is a symbol of hope for a rapidly changing Church in Ireland.
The Irish Catholic has been at the forefront of Catholic reporting for more than 100 years and on the 23rd August; we will be bringing out a special report on the 5 years of Pope Francis as head of the Roman Catholic Church.
On the 30th August, a commemorative edition that is sure to be a keepsake for decades to come will feature coverage of the 9th World meeting of Families due to take place in Dublin, from 21st – 26th August 2018.
To order copies of these two editions, please call on
01 6874028 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
WEDDING BELLS
Congratulations to Nichola Walsh, Brocurra and Ian White, Newbawn who were married recently in St. Abban’s Church. Fr. Bernard Cushen P.P. Cloughbawn officiated.
We wish them every blessing for the future.
 
SOCIAL DANCING IN ADAMSTOWN.
Social Dancing in Adamstown Hall this Saturday 18th August. Music by Glen Flynn. Your support is very much appreciated.
 
SUM OF MONEY FOUND
A sum of money was found in St. Abban’s Church on Sunday 28th July. Owner of same please contact Fr. Nolan on
053 9240512.
 
ITEMS FOR NEXT WEEK’S NEWSLETTER
Due to holidays in Raheen ANCCR office, no e.mails will be received. The Newsletter will be printed in Adamstown this week. If you have items to be included please drop in to Betty O’Shea by Thursday 16th August please.
We always welcome items of interest from organizations/clubs for inclusion in the Weekly Newsletter.
 
A PRAYER FOR THE WEEK – Slow Me Down Lord.
Amidst the confusion of my day,
give me the calmness of the everlasting hills.
Teach me the art of taking minute vacations…..
of slowing down to look at a flower,
to chat with a friend, to pat a dog,
to read a good book.
Remind me to look upward at the towering oak,
and know that it grew tall and strong,
because it grew slowly and well
Slow me down, Lord.
 
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Friday 10th August were: 16 – 20 - 21 – 24. There was no Jackpot winner and just one match three player – Killian Stafford, Tinnecarrig who received €200. The winning seller was Tom Foley. Next draw on Friday 24th August.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
A kind word never gets a person in trouble.