January 20th 2019

The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 25th January at 9 pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 25th will be Ellen Furlong, Bridget Colfer Margaret Furlong. On Fri 1st Feb will be: Bernie Hickey, Evelyn O’Gorman & Ann O’Gorman
On Fri 8th Feb will be: Bridget O’Gorman, Ann Stafford & Kay Whelan & Agnes Whelan. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 11th Jan were: Terry McDonald, Pat Byrne, Sean Cullen, John Nolan, Nick Doyle & AndyReville.
 
PANTOMIME - CINDERELLA
The students of Coláiste Abbain will take to the stage in the College as they stage Cinderella under the directorship of Paul Walsh and Fiona Quirke. The Panto takes place this Wednesday 23rd January. Thursday 24th and Friday 25th beginning at 7.30 pm each night. Tickets are available each night costing €8 for adults, students and OAP’s €5, children tickets € 2. Come along and support our local students.
 
ANNUAL SEANA GHAEL PRESENTATIONS
Congratulations to the following who were part of the New Ross District group that received awards at the Seana Ghael Presentations in Ferrycarrig Hotel on Sunday last:
Jimmy Furlong (Adamstown), Peter Moore (Raheenduff Moonlighters), Bridget Doyle (Camogie) and Gerald Kelly (Taghmon-Camross).
Well done to all.
 
ADAMSTOWN N.S. SCHOOL ON S.E. RADIO
On this Tuesday 22nd January pupils from Adamstown National School will feature on South East Radio at 8 pm. Martin Colfer visited the school on Wednesday last and students spoke about the school and the various activities, and events the school is involved in. Don’t forget to tune in and listen on Tuesday night.
Split the Pot Draw:
The first Split the Pot Draw for 2019 takes place in the school this Wednesday 23rd. All the pupils in the school are going to see the Pantomime Matinee of ‘Cinderella’ in Coláiste Abbain on Wednesday, and profits from the Split the Pot Draw are going towards this cost.
 
ADAMSTOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Adamstown Community Centre took place on Wednesday 16th January. The outgoing chairperson Shane Dunphy welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked the outgoing officers for their help last year. All of the officers were returned for the coming year except Shane. He will be leaving his position in March; the position of Chairperson has not yet been filled.
Lots of work ongoing over the next few months fitting the outdoor gym equipment. Fr Nolan thanked the Committee for their hard work over the year and said that we are so lucky to have this facility in our Parish.
CEMETERY COMMITTEE AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Adamstown Cemetery Committee will be held in the Community Centre on Thursday 24th January at 8 pm. All members are asked to attend. New members most welcome.
 
LINE DANCING
Line Dancing classes in Cushinstown old school every Monday morning 10.30 am. This dancing is great way to get and stay fit while losing weight. Come along and see for yourself. Also every Tuesday and Thursday night in Parish Hall Rosbercon New Ross beginners 7 pm. For further info on any of these classes, please ring Sarah at 087 9792483.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE NEW YEAR
A bomb in Enniskillen killed Gordon Wilson’s daughter on Remembrance Day 1987. Instead of calling for revenge, he forgave her killers and began a campaign for peace and reconciliation. He said: “I am a very ordinary sort of man. I have few personal ambitions and no political aspirations. I just want to live and let live. Life has been kind to me in the main, and I have tried to live by the Good book. I do not profess to be a good man, but I aim to be. I would like to leave the world a better place than I found it, but I have no exaggerated ideas of my ability to do so. I have hitched my wagon to a star, a star of hope, the star of Bethlehem.”
 
WEXFORD BUS
For Special Student Rates for routes 740, 740A, 340 and 376 visit www.wexfordbus.com.
 
RAHEEN FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE – FUN BINGO
Raheen Family Resource Centre is holding a Fun Bingo event in Adamstown Community Centre this Tuesday 22nd January from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm. Toast, tea or coffee served. All welcome to come along.
 
51st FERNS DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Letter from Bishop Denis Brennan: 11th – 16th May 2019
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Pastoral Theme for Lourdes 2019 calls us to follow the same path that Mary offered to Bernadette, an Easter path; to die to our old self, to discover true Life and Happiness. The path that Bernadette followed and points us to, is a pilgrim path, it’s a way that focuses not on ourselves but on the other. For the past 175 years, rich and poor, young and old, have strained to carry the stretchers of the infirmed, those who are called “our VIP’s, the sick” It is my honour to launch the 51st Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and to invite you to be a part of these wonderful and blessed few days, in that place made holy, by the visit of the Mother of Our Lord.
The Pilgrimage takes place from 11th to 16th May 2019
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 19th John & Elizabeth French and deceased members of the French family - Oldcourt (A)
Sun 20th People of the Parish
Sat 26th Ned & Margaret Finn and deceased members of the Finn family - Kellystown (A)
Sun 27th Ellen, Johnny, Jim & Sonny Kehoe.
Liz & Tom Murphy, Mogue & Mary Keeley - Rathurtin & The Leap (A)
Pray for Noel McCarthy - Tomgarrow (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon - Friday
St. Anthony’s Mass continues every Tuesday night at 7.30 pm in St. Abban’s Oratory.
 
SERVERS
Sat 19th Jan Leah Sinnott, Róisin Nic Gabhainn,
Jack O’Shea, Stephen Power
Sun 20th Róisin Colfer, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty
Sat 26th Megan Martin, Faye Hynes, Shona Duggan, Katelyn O’Shea
Sun 27th Gráinne English, Laura & Maeve O’Gorman,
Sinéad Duffy, Paddy Connors
Sat 2nd Feb Watt & Aine Crean, Luke Cullen, Cara Whelan
Sun 3rd Dearbhla Kelly Dunne,
Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 19th Liam Whelan Sun 20th Betty O’Shea
Sat 26th Anthony McGee
Sun 27th Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 2nd T.J. McDonald Sun 3rd Feb Kay Whelan
 
ABORTION REFERRAL – An Affront to Conscience
Statement by the Irish Bishops, 5th October 2018
We ask the Government, and wider society, to respect the right of all healthcare professionals and pharmacists to exercise conscientious objection not only by refusing to participate actively in abortion but also by declining to refer their patients to others for abortion. Healthcare professionals, pharmacists and ancillary healthcare workers, should not face legal, professional or financial penalties or any form of discrimination for their commitment to respect life. In New Zealand, healthcare professionals ‘opt in’ to the provision of abortion if they so wish. In the case of conscientious objection, however, they are not obliged to refer their patients to others for abortion. We believe that the Government, by following this approach, could demonstrate respect for the freedom of conscience of healthcare professionals. We ask politicians, whatever their position on the termination of pregnancy, to work towards this.
(Intercom December 2018/January 2019)
 
DO IT ANYWAY by Mother Teresa
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centred. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.
The good you do today people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you’ve got, and it may never be enough. Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It never was between you and them anyway.
 
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
18th – 25th January 2019
Theme: Justice and only justice you shall pursue
The week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019 has been prepared by Christians from Indonesia. With a population of 265 million, about 10% of Indonesians are Christian from various traditions. There is a great diversity of ethnicity, language and religion. The Christians of Indonesia found that the words of Deuteronomy, ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue’ spoke powerfully to their situation and needs. As individual Christian communities, we are called together to form a united witness for justice and to be a means of Christ’s healing grace for the brokenness of the world.
Ferns Diocesan Ecumenical Service in St. David’s Church, Oylegate this Sunday 20th Jan at 7.30pm.
 
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE!
One evening six-year old Bobby asked his father for a pet.
“Sorry, son”, his father said, ‘not now. But if you pray real hard for two months, perhaps God will send you a baby brother’ Bobby prayed faithfully for a month, but it seemed futile to pray longer so he gave up. How surprised he was, when a month later, a little baby boy arrived at their home, or so Bobby thought when he saw a squirming bundle beside his mother. His proud father drew back the cover and Bobby saw another baby. Twins! ‘Aren’t you glad you prayed for a baby brother? ‘asked his father. ‘I sure am’, said the boy. ‘But aren’t you glad I stopped praying when I did?
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Friday 18th January were: 4 – 10 – 11 – 12. There was no Jackpot winner, the following three players matched 3 numbers and each got €70. Shay Furlong, Misterin, Sean McDonald, Forestwood, Liam Traynor, Grallagh. The next draw is on Friday 1st February in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €14,700 – keep on buying the tickets.