February 16th 2020

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 21st Feb at 9pm.
Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 21st will be: Mary Jackman, Eleanor Power & Ann Jackman. On Fri 28th Feb will be: Margo O’Reilly, Dympna Rochford. On Fri 6th March will be: Geraldine Bradley, Breda Bradley, Kay McCabe & Angela Harrington. On Fri 13th March will be: Brighid Boland, Edel English & Fiona Power. On Fri 20th Mar will be: Mary Delaney, Sheelagh Delaney, Catherine O’Rourke & Elizabeth Greene. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 7th Feb were: Matty Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Phil & Mary Jackman, John Murphy, Tom Rochford, Sean Cullen, John Nolan, James Handrick & Mick Bolger.
 
ADAMSTOWN GAA NOTICE
Adamstown GAA would like to thank all those who supported their Lotto Syndicate initiative in 2019 and 2020.
Although we were not so lucky in our winnings last year, hopefully this year we will land the jackpot?
This initiative has been a very important fundraiser for the club, as all monies raised from it, is going towards the new astro turf pitch that will commence development in late March, with pricing and contracts agreed last week.
This new 2000 sq. metre facility will be a state of the art astro turf pitch that will transform how we train our athletes, both young and old and hopefully improve our community both on and off the pitch. I look forward to your continued support over the coming year.
T. J. McDonald (Chairman Adamstown GAA)
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
St. Abban’s Adamstown GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie Clubs are hosting a Fashion Show Extravaganza on Friday 20th March in the Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola.
Tickets €15.00 with fabulous door and spot prizes.
Prosecco Reception at 7pm. Please support your local club.
 
SURVIVE CANCER TALK
The Marie Keating Foundation’s free six-week Survive and Thrive Programme starts on Feb 27th in the Creacon Wellness Retreat Centre in New Ross and will run each Thursday from 5.30pm. To sign up, visit www.mariekeating.ie/events
 
MAPS & DATA WEXFORD
A fascinating talk called Maps & Data of County Wexford with Wexford County Council’s GIS Team takes place at New Ross Library this Tuesday February 18th at 7pm.
Wexford County Council’s GIS team will provide information on planning, development plans, administration boundaries, i.e. towns lands, local service locations, historical sites, recreational data such as playgrounds and walking trails. If you’re interested in maps, data and Wexford, don’t miss this free event. Booking is essential on 051 421877.
 
EATING THE RIGHT FOOD TALK
Food Intolerance Symptoms and How to Eliminate Them’
is the name of a talk by nutritionist Antoinette Long at New Ross Library on Tuesday 25th February at 7pm.
Booking is essential on 051 421877.
 
CHILDMINDER WANTED
Kind, reliable childminder wanted to mind 3 children, aged 2, 6 & 7 years in their own home. Own transport required.
Adamstown area. Contact: 087 9578746
 
GALBALLY SCOIL EOIN BAISTE
Scoil Eoin Baiste, Galbally has a vacancy for a Caretaker position. This is a part-time position that operates under the Wexford Development Tús Programme. Applications can be make by calling the school on 053 – 9247644.
 
ADAMSTOWN N.S. PARENTS ASSOCIATION
Split the Pot –
The winner on Thurs 13th was Ben Moran who got €50, sold in school. The school seller winner was Eoghan Murphy. 1st class. The next draw is on Thursday 27th February. Thanks for your continued support.
The Parents Association would like to thank all those who donated clothes for their recycling collection last week.
 
COLAISTE ABBÁIN PANTOMIME 29th – 31st Jan 2020
Coláiste Abbáin staff and students this year again put on a wonderful Pantomime – ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Producer & Co-Director Fiona Quirke with Co-Director Paul Walsh, Band Co-Ordinator Rosaline Power, Choreographer Rachel Condon. Sets Annette Byrne. Hair, Makeup & Costumes Orla and Marie Quirke & Anne Doyle. Live music was provided by the school’s own band of 7 musicians.
It was the first time for several of the performers and what a performance they gave. They should be very proud of themselves, as we know the school community are.
Well done everyone on a wonderful night’s entertainment and looking forward to next year’s production.
 
THE CHAPEL FIELD
This story was told to the late Pat Browne, The Barracks by Thomas McDonald, The Barracks in 1934.
“ There is a field near my house called the Chapel Field, it is called that name because there was a chapel built there, and some stones are still to be seen.
About two hundred yards south from the place where the Chapel was, is a graveyard, and the headstones are sunk in the ground, and some of them can be seen.
The graveyard is situated about one hundred yards north from the Blessed Well, which is a moor.
The Chapel was situated about a quarter of a mile from Adamstown Village and was on the lands of Mr. O’Gorman”
(Thomas McDonald lived in a house down the lane at Glenour Cross and was a brother-in-law of Bill Whelan, Adamstown).
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 15th – Paddy O’Connor, Newtown (A)
Sun 16th – Sheila & John Murphy, Kellystown (A)
Ann Byrne, Raheenduff (A)
Sat 22nd – People of the Parish
Sun 23rd – Gillian Bradley & Julian Rothwell, Ballvergin (A)
Aidan Hickey, Kellystown (A)
Pray for Fr. Aidan Redmond P.P. Adamstown (A)
Mary Agnes Carey, Adamstown (A)
Mary & Alice Connors, Woodview Drive (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
SERVERS
Sat 15th – Jack O’Shea, Katelyn & Alanna O’Shea
Emily English.
Sun 16th – Maeve O’Gorman, Sinead Duffy, Harry Whelan,
Ava Kelly.
Sat 22nd – James Furlong, Sean Doyle, Sean Moran,
Jamie O’Reilly.
Sun 23rd – Amelia Swierczynska, Paddy & Tom Connors,
Brody Whelan.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 15th – Anthony McGee. Sun 16th – Kay Whelan
Sat 22nd – Liam Whelan. Sun 23rd – Betty O’Shea
Sat 29th – Eoghan Greene Sun 1st – Callie Doyle
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Fri each week night in St. Abban’s Oratory.
Ash Wednesday 26th February – a day of fast and abstinence.
 
THE SANCTUARY LAMP: (Fr. Martin Delaney)
The red glow of the sanctuary lamp catches the eye of a bored and distracted child during Sunday Mass. She tugs at her father’s arm and says: “Da, when that turns green can we go?”
 
ALL PRO-LIFE TD’s RETAIN THEIR DÁIL SEATS
Prominent pro-life politicians who were very vocal during the abortion referendum have retained their seats while prominent pro-choice candidates lost theirs in an election, which has changed the face of Irish politics.
The 15 TD’s who voted against abortion and retained their seats are Aontú’s Peader Tóibín, Fianna Fáil TD’s Éamon O Cuív, Marc MacSharry, John McGuinness and Mary Butler.
Independents Michael & Danny Healy-Rae, Michael Lowry, Michael Fitzmaurice, Carol Nolan, Mattie McGrath, Michael Collins, Peter Fitzpatrick, Noel Grealish and Minister of State and Independent TD Sean Canney. With those who campaigned on the pro- choice side being largely being snubbed by their voter base, this could point to the abortion debate no longer being a factor in voters’ decision making, with the referendum already passed in 2018. Pro-life politicians seem to have a more loyal following, but without more evidence it would be impossible to gauge how important their stance on abortion was to voters.
(Chai Brady, Irish Catholic February 13th, 2020)
 
PRAYERS AS UK FOCUSES TO BEAT DEADLY VIRUS
(Catholic Universe)
Bishop Denis Lang of Clifton, England has called for prayers for all those affected by the coronavirus, as the UK looks to develop a vaccine to combat the deadly global disease.
Bishop Declan Lang asked for the faithful to remember all of those affected by the rapidly spreading virus in their prayers.
Please remember in your prayers….the people of China, especially the citizens of Wuhan who are living in fear because of the spread of the coronavirus,” he said.
Medical facilities are being stretched to the limit, and there is talk of a shortage of food. Images of empty streets which are normally crowded indicate the seriousness of the situation and the panic felt by all”
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
 
HOUSE OF STORIES
The House of Stories will take place in Scully’s, The Maudlins on Saturday 22nd February at 9pm. All are welcome.
 
CONFIRMATION 2020
The Confirmation Class of Adamstown National School participated in the ‘Prayer Service of Light’ in St. Abban’s Church on Wednesday 12th February. Thanks to parents, children, teachers, for their work and commitment in their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. On Saturday 14th March at 11.00am, Monsignor Joe McGrath will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on these children. We remember the children and their families in our prayers over the coming weeks.
 
A PRAYER ON VISITING MY LOCAL CHURCH
May this building continue to be
a place of mystery,
a place of refuge
a place of warmth,
a place of private prayer and petition,
a place for lighting candles and passing the time of day with saints,
a place for silent companionship with the One in the tabernacle.
A place to be renewed.
A place to celebrate,
a place to be united with God.
(Fr. Martin Delaney)
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Resentment and bitterness over past wrongs are like rocks that drag our spirits down.
Only when we let go of the rocks can we regain the freedom of spirit we once knew.