May 28th 2017

CARDS
The weekly ’30 Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 2nd June at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. On Fri 2nd June will be: Dymphna Rochford, Mary Lawlor, Edel Crean & Marie Dunphy. On Fri 9th will be: Ann McDonald, Sinead O’Gorman & Una McDonald. On Fri 16th will be: Ellen Furlong, Bridget Colfer & Margaret Furlong. On Fri 23rd will be: Bernie Hickey, Evelyn O’Gorman & Ann O’Gorman. Proceeds going to Parish Funds. Card winners on Fri 19th May were: Seamus Wickham, Paddy Furlong, Patsy Byrne, Seamus Joyce, Sean Cullen, Johnny Murphy, Tom Rochford, Terry McDonald, and Mick Kavanagh.
 
SPLIT THE POT
The next draw in the National School Parents Association Split the Pot takes place this Tuesday 30th May. Envelopes cost €2 and can be purchased in Adamstown Pharmacy, National School, Bernie’s Pub & Chipper and in Cullen’s Lounge. Your support is much appreciated.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 2nd June in the Community Centre for a jackpot of €13,000. Do buy a ticket and be in with a chance – it has to be won sometime.
 
ICA NEWS
Adamstown ICA held their meeting in the Community Centre on 10th May; there was a good attendance. All business was dealt with; some of the ladies took part in the bowling competition on Thursday night last. All the ladies are busy doing their tasks for the special occasion’s competition in Bree on the 8th June. It was decided to do our annual walk on Sunday 29th October more information later. Our hostesses on the night were Callie & Sheelagh. The raffle was won by Breda and Eileen. New members are always welcome.
 
DOUBLE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Congratulations to John & Breda Whelan nee Leacy Rathquile, who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary recently, also celebrating their anniversary was Breda’s sister Ann who married Tom Doyle. They were joined by their families and friends; a great night was enjoyed by all. Both couples were married in Cushinstown in May 1967. Wishing both couples many more years of health and happiness.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (Nelson Mandela)
As I walked out the door towards the gate that would lead to my freedom. I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.
 
 
PIONEER ASSOCIATION APPEAL
Since 1898 the Jesuits have supported the Pioneer Association and have kept it going throughout much of its 150-year history. However, from January 2018 onwards, the Jesuit involvement will cease and the PTAA will then operate as a Private Lay Association of the Faithful. The PTAA is a registered charity (CHY 2824) and they are now inviting their members and the wider public to support their appeal to sustain the association going forward. If you would like to support the association, please see poster in Church Porch for further details.
 
SENIOR CITIZEN ADVICE
Be careful with cash. Keep it to minimum in the home and secure it along with jewellery and valuables. Therefore, only have as much money in your possession as you require for your immediate needs and advice on money matters is freely available from financial institutions.
 
The Gardai can advise you on how to mark property. This makes it less attractive to steal and also easier for the Gardai to return it to the owner when it is recovered.
 
Treat strange callers to your door with caution. Consider fitting a door viewer with good lighting outside. A door chain enables you to open the door partly and allow you maintain some control over entry. If you think any caller looks suspicious – DON’T LET THEM IN. Genuine callers will not mind proving who they are. Official callers should have identification cards. Always ask to see one. Even if the person is dressed as a Gardai you can still ask for such identification.
 
Keep important and emergency telephone numbers along with written brief details of the most direct route to your home beside the telephone for information for the emergency services who might not be familiar with your location – particularly if it is remote and late at night.
 
There is no need to turn your home into a fortress. However, it is important to have good locks fitted to windows and all external doors. Lock them every time you vacate the home. Tell a neighbour and your local Gardai when you are going away for some time.
 
Be alert to any suspicious activity in your area and report it – no matter how trivial it might seem to you – to the Gardai as soon as possible. This can be done by dialling 999 and asking for the Garda service. You can remain anonymous if you wish but it is very important to specify the exact location for Garda attention.
 
 
 
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 27th May – Bernie Whitty, Oldcourt (A)
Sun 28th – Frances Furlong, Misterin (A)
Thurs 1st June – Patrick Kiely, Glenour (A)
Sat 3rd – Willie Moore, Oldcourt (A)
Sun 4th – Maura Kelly, Tomgarrow (A)
May they rest in peace
 
First Friday Mass: 7.30pm 2nd June
First Saturday Mass: 9.30am 3rd June.
Visitation of the Sick and housebound on Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th June.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Mon-Fri each week night.
 
Prayer group meet up every Sunday night from 7pm-8pm in St. Abban’s Oratory and all welcome.
 
St. Anthony’s Mass continues every Tuesday night at 7.30pm in St. Abban’s Oratory.
 
ROSARY AT KNOCKREIGH GROTTO
As we reach the last three weekdays of May, come along to our beautiful Grotto at Knockreigh as we pray the Rosary
on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week – what a lovely way to end the month of our Lady.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 27th – Frances Gallagher Sun 28th – Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 4th June – T.J McDonald Sun 5th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 11th – Ulick Stafford Sun 12th – Betty O’Shea
Sat 18th – Liam Whelan Sun 19th – Callie Doyle
 
SERVERS
Sat 27th – Isobel & Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle
Sun 28th – Anthony Doyle, Liam Dooley, Kyle & Cara Whelan
Sat 4th June – Dara Furlong, Caragh McDonald, Megan Martin
Sun 5th – Katie, Niamh, Grainne English, Laura O’Gorman
Sat 11th – Aidan Whelan, Laurence Power
Sun 12th – Karolina Jaglarz, Tosia Swierczynska, Clodagh & Watt Crean
 
CHURCH ALTARS & DECORATION
Thanks to the ladies from Adamstown for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of May, it is now the turn of parishioners from Raheenduff for the month of June.
This finishes the year’s rota for 2016/17, in the second half of June the new rota will be allocated at Sunday Mass.
A sincere thanks to all those who faithfully each month look after St. Abban’s Church with such dedication and care.
 
ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY THANKS
Ellie Walsh and family, Tomgarrow wish to thank most sincerely all those who attended or gave donations to the family last weekend for their ‘Tea Day’. The amount raised was €470, all of which will go to the Alzheimer’s services in County Wexford.
 
PRAYER FOR THE CHILD IN THE WOMB
Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life. Reawaken in us respect for every human life. Help us to see in each child the marvellous work of our Creator. Open our hearts to welcome every child as a unique and wonderful gift. Guide the work of doctors, nurses and midwives. May the life of a mother and her baby in the womb be equally cherished and respected. Help those who make our laws to uphold the uniqueness and sacredness of every human life from the first moment of conception to natural death. Give us wisdom and generosity to build a society that cares for all. Together with Mary, your mother, in those womb you took on our human nature, help us to choose life in every decision we take. We ask this in the joyful hope of eternal life with you, and in the communion of the Blessed Trinity. Amen
 
IF (Author Unknown)
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness …
you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation… you are indeed ahead of the 500 million people in the world.
If you attend a Church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death …. You are more blessed than three billion in the world.
If you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep…. you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a jar somewhere, you are among the top 8% of
the world’s wealthy.
If you can read this message….. you are more blessed than the 2,000,000,000 people in the world who cannot read at all.
 
Note: Trays & Plates not collected from last night’s Jubilee refreshments in St. Abban’s Hall contact Ellie Walsh.
 
WISE SAYING
There are things in the world that cannot be brought about.
There are mistakes that cannot be repaired. But there is one thing sure – that loyalty and friendship are the most precious a person can have. (Herbert Hoover)
 
We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.
(St. Teresa of Kolkata)