July 30th 2017

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 4th August at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 4th Aug will be: Mary Delaney, Sheelagh Delaney, Catherine O’Rourke & Elizabeth Greene. On Fri 11th will be: Catherine Walsh, Eileen N Walsh, Eileen J Walsh & Denise Carthy Walsh.
On Fri 18th will be: Callie Doyle, Angela Furlong & Louise Furlong. On Fri 25th will be: Marian Kelly, Catherine L Kelly, Catherine J Kelly & Mary Fortune. On Fri 1st Sept will be: Eleanor Smyth, Emma Staunton & Bernie Conway. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 21st July were: Richie Murphy, Pat Doyle, Paddy Furlong, Seamus Wickham, Sean Cullen, John Nolan, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, James Handrick, Mick Bolger, Matty Sullivan & Pat Murphy.
 
ICA NEWS
36 ladies left Adamstown on Wednesday 19th on our Annual Trip at 8 o’clock in the morning. Our first stop was Castletown House where we got our breakfast followed by a tour of the house. We left there and went to Newbridge Silverware and Whitewater Shopping Centre for a bit of retail therapy. We were back at 7pm to the Lord Bagneal Inn Leighlinbridge, Carlow for our 4 course evening meal.
A lovely day was had by all.
 
OPEN AIR MASS IN ADAMSTOWN
The open air Mass at St Abban’s Well, Adamstown, will take place this Sunday July 30th at 10.30am. The entry to the well is located at the cross of Glenour. St Abban’s Well is a well-known religious shrine throughout the South East of Ireland and one of the few wells that dates back to Penal times. Steeped in historic and religious values, the well has been known to give divine assistance in the curing and healing of numerous ailments. The open air Mass has become a popular annual event, attracting young and old from all over the country. Fr Robert Nolan will be the celebrant of the Mass and will be accompanied by the folk musical group. Seating and ample parking will be provided on the day. A sincere word of thank to Danny & Mary Doyle and family for their hospitality.
 
LOCH MAHON FISHING LAKES
Superb fly-fishing on two lakes, coarse lake ideal for beginners and kids, all equipment available to hire if required. Enjoy a BBQ or picnic on the large lawn area. Open every day 10am to 9pm. Adamstown, Co Wexford. Phone 087 2765664. www.lochmahon.com
 
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C. SUMMER LEAGUE
Will take place in Camross on Friday August 11th at 7.30pm. 7k Run, Jog or Walk. Registration at 6.45pm. Cost €5.00
Refreshments served.
ADAMSTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES
Huge congratulations to Joe Mooney and Ryan Carthy Walsh as they both won gold medals in the National Senior T & F Championships in Santry last weekend. Joe Mooney went on to win the Senior Men’s 10K Walk in a time of 53.12.69. Ryan Carthy Walsh won the Senior Men’s High Jump with a jump of 2.11m. Adamstown A.C. was the only Wexford athletic club to strike gold at the National Senior event so well done boys and their coaches on such a great achievement. Well done to Marguerite Furlong as she has been selected to represent her country at the Celtic International Games in Santry on August 5th. Marguerite has been selected to compete in the Discus. Well done Marguerite and best of luck at the Games.
 
THE FESTIVAL OF LUNASA – FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN
Ireland – this was the Festival of Lunasa and the first day of autumn, but celebrations were often transferred to the last Sunday of July or the first Sunday of August so that a working day was not lost. The harvest began that day, even if all crops were not ready, and the first produce was used to make a celebratory meal. Records from the 18th and 19th centuries detail many open-air gatherings on hilltops throughout Ireland to celebrate the opening of the cereal or potato harvest, with a high concentration in Ulster. Colcannon was made with first available new potatoes and mutton pie was baked in the Dingle peninsula Co Kerry. The old, wasteful practice of controlled burning of corn to release the grain was banned in 1634 because cattle needed the straw. On the Sunday family walks to hilltops, picnics, dancing and games round a fire were traditional, with many a match being made at popular sites. Trips to lakes and riverbanks were popular; too, where farmers drove their animals into the water, believing their health would be better for it. Horseracing in the water, and swimming races, were held. Another name for this day was Lewy’s Fair.
 
SPIRIT RADIO IS ON ITS WAY TO WEXFORD
Spirit Radio offers an alternative to those who wish to engage with media that is value fed offers encouragement and focused on uplifting. Spirit Radio plays the best of contemporary Christian music, plus a selection of positive mainstream hits. Plans are almost complete for Spirit Radio, which is die to be launched in Wexford on the 1st September 2017.
 
MASS AT THE ROCK, CARRIGBYRNE HILL
Mass will be celebrated at the Mass Rock, in the Rock Lane, Raheenkennedy at the butt of Carrigbyrne Rock on Sunday evening August 6th at 7pm.
Everyone welcome to come along.
 
 
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 29th – The People of the parish
Fri 4th Aug 7.30pm – Jim Hayden and the deceased members of the Hayden family, Brocurra (A)
Sat 5th Aug – Bob Barron, The Leap (A)
Sun 6th – Polly, Mike & Nick O’Brien, Adamstown
Pray for Patrick & Molly Galway, Misterin (A) and
Susan O’Gorman,Kellystown (A)
May they rest in peace
 
First Friday 4th Aug – Mass at 7,30pm.
First Saturday 5th Aug – Mass at 9.30am.
Visitation of the Sick and housebound on Friday 4th & Saturday 5th.
 
St Anthony’s Tuesday night Mass and Novena Prayers will take a break for August and will resume in Sept.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Mon-Fri each week night.
 
Annual Patron in St. Abban’s on Sunday 3rd September at 1.30pm.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 29th – Ulick Stafford Sun 30th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 5th Aug – T.J. McDonald Sun 6th – Sheelagh Delaney
Sat 12th – Frances Gallagher Sun 13th – Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 19th – Liam Whelan Sun 20th – Kay Whelan
 
SERVERS
Sat 29th – Dara Furlong, Caragh McDonald, Megan Martin
Sun 30thMASS AT ST ABBAN’S WELL - Katie, Niamh, Grainne English, Laura O’Gorman
Sat 5th Aug – Aidan Whelan, Laurence Power
Sun 6th – Karolina Jaglarz, Tosia Swierczynska, Clodagh & Watt Crean
Sat 12th – Joshua Power, Daniel O’Gorman
Sun 13th – Maeve O’Neill, Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Richard & Joe Whelan.
 
CHURCH ALTARS & DECORATION
Thanks to the ladies from Coonogue for looking after the Church and Altars for the month of July, it is now the turn of parishioners from Tomgarrow for the month of August.
 
POPE’S INTENTIONS FOR AUGUST
Artists – That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.
 
SYMPATHY
Our condolences to Kathleen and Tommy O’Connor, Misterin on the sad passing of her grandnephew Dr. Michael Ryan who died recently in San Diego, California after a short illness aged 22 years. May he rest in peace.
 
 
 
 
REMEMBER TO KEEP HOLY THE SABBATH DAY
We remember from our schooldays learning the Ten Commandments, and being encouraged to regard them as a basic rule of life. There is indeed much wisdom about the art of living, as God would have us live, in the Ten Commandments. The Third Commandment, “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day” can be heard in our own times as a challenge from God to a widespread trend to turn Sunday into just another business day. Its is uplifting to dwell on the concept of the Sabbath as it is found in the Bible. The word Sabbath indicates a cessation from work for religious reasons. Its origins are very far back in the emergence of the Law as a guide of life for the people of Israel. It is linked with the sacred rhythm of the week, which the Sabbath closes with a day of rest, worship and rejoicing. There are very practical reasons for the Sabbath, to give workers a break from their Labour. Religious reasons support the values enshrined in the Sabbath. By their work men and women imitate the activity of God the Creator. By abstaining from work on the seventh day they imitate the sacred rest of God. So God has given the Sabbath to Israel as a sign so that the people might know that he has sanctified them. It is uplifting though that God desires humankind to set aside one day in the week for worship, the things of the spirit, rest and recreation. It is a strong assertion that there is more to life than work and that a balance must be sought. (Pioneer Magazine)
 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
A grandfather was talking to his grandson as they looked across a plain. “Child, imagine that there is a battle between two wolves, one is evil, it is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good; it is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith. The child thought for a moment, before asking his grandfather “which wolf won”? Grandfather replied, “The one you feed”.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Friday 28th July were: 12 – 22 – 24 – 25. There was no Jackpot winner and no match three winners.
As there was no match three winners, 4 luck dip players received €50 each. Terry McDonald, The Leap, Mary Kirwan, Barrack’s Rd, M. Kelly C/O Peter Kelly, & Dee McCorish C/O Mary Power. Winner of €100 seller’s prize was Lee White.
The next draw is on Friday 11th August in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €13,000.
 
MY DAILY PRAYER
God be my resting place and my protection,
In hours of trouble, defeat and dejection.
May I never give way to self-pity and sorrow,
May I always be sure of a better tomorrow.
May I stand undaunted come what may,
Secure in the knowledge I have only to pray.
And ask my creator and Father above,
To keep me serene in His grace and His love. Amen.