August 20th 2018

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 25th August at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering 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. On Fri 8th Sept will be: Breda Whelan, Deirdre Whelan & Bessie Fortune. On Fri 15th will be: Rosie Siggins, Marie Murphy & Maura Barden.
Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 11th Aug were: John Murphy, Tom Rochford, Terry McDonald, Pat Byrne, John Hanley, Joe Deacon, Mick Hanlon & Ann Lawlor.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 25th August in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €13,000. Keep on buying the tickets to be in with a chance. All proceeds from Lotto go to Adamstown GAA, Soccer Club & Parish Committee. When this Jackpot is won the next will start at €9,900
 
CHILDCARE FACILITY DEVELOPMENT
We are delighted to announce the enhancements to the existing childcare facilities at the Adamstown Community Centre. A new childcare room is being added to the existing facility to extend much needed childcare sessions. This will be open on Monday August 28th. Adamstown Community Centre Committee.
 
COUNTY WEXFORD AGE AND EQUALITY
Co Wexford Age Equality Network will host a consultation session regarding Co Wexford older people’s council and subsequent representation on Wexford Age friendly alliance. Venue: Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy on Tuesday 22nd August 2017 from 10am to 1pm. Seated lunch follows at 1pm. We hope to see as many older people’s organisations as possible present especially older people who find it hard to have their voice heard. All those who would like to attend please contact 085 8414991.
 
AWARE SUPPORT LINE
Are you finding things difficult or are you concerned about a loved one? Talk to a trained volunteer at 1890 303 302. Console 247 suicide helpline is available every day on Locall 1800 247 247.
 
SENIOR HELPLINE
Ireland’s only confidential listening service for older people provided by older volunteers is open 365 days of the year. Locall 1850 440 444.
 
 
 
EWTN – CHANNEL 680 SKY
For spiritual nourishment, wholesome entertainment and a wealth of information on you Catholic Faith please return to EWTN television programming 24hrs a day, now available on SKY 7 days a week.
 
FORGE VINTAGE CLUB
The Forge Vintage Club will hold an all vehicle road run on Sunday Aug 27th. All vehicles new and old are welcome on the event. Registration in Foulksmills begins at midday and leaving Foulksmills at 1pm. All proceeds of the event will go to the Wexford Hospice Homecare and other local charities. There will be refreshments in the Oak Tree bar on our return. The registration cost is €20 and there will be a free raffle for participants on the day. For further information please contact 085 2720888 or 085 2732575. Your support on the day would be greatly appreciated.
 
SYMPATHY
We extend our deepest on the death of Martin Furlong, Templeshelin, to his son Seamus, daughters Margaret, Joan and Dympna, his grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends. Martin was predeceased by his late wife Mary. Martin’s funeral Mass was celebrated in Raheen Church on Friday last with burial in Adamstown Cemetery.
May he rest in peace.
 
LEAVING CERTIFICATE RESULTS
Congratulations to all our young students who received their Leaving Certificate results during the week. As they go on to their career choices, we wish them every success for the future.
 
FACTS ABOUT HUNGER (Fr Brian Darcy – A Little bit of Healing)
Hunger is the number one health risk in the world. So we should learn the facts:
1. Over 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night.
2. The highest proportion of undernourished people in the
world reside in Africa.
3. Five million children die of hunger or hunger related
diseases every year.
4. When it comes to the chronically hungry, women suffer
more than men. 60% of the chronically hungry people
in the world are women.
5. Every six seconds a child dies of hunger somewhere in
the world.
6. In developing countries it is estimated that over 146
million people are under weight.
7. 60% of deaths worldwide are caused by malnutrition
and other hunger related diseases.
8. Finally the biggest scandal of all is that in a world where
1 billion people go to bed hungry every night, it is also a
fact that 1 billion people in the world suffer from obesity.
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 19th Aug – Michael & Maureen Delaney, Misterin,
Brother Brendan Delaney, Thomas Delaney & Parents Edward & Bridget Delaney (A)
Sun 20th – Thomas (Tiddler) Byrne, Kellystown (A)
Sat 26th – John, Bridie, Nicholas & Sister Eleanor Whelan, Kellystown (A)
Sun 27th – Pat (PP) Power, the Leap (A)
May they rest in peace
 
PATRON MASS ON SUNDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER at 1.30pm in the Cemetery (Weather permitting)otherwise in St. Abban’s Church.
 
St Anthony’s Mass and Novena Prayers will take a break for August and will resume in September
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will also take a break for the remainder of August and will resume in September.
 
Annual Parish Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island will take place on Monday 4th September with procession around the Island at 6.30pm followed by Mass at 8pm.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 19th – Liam Whelan Sun 20th – Kay Whelan
Sat 26th – Anthony McGee Sun 27th – Betty O’Shea
Sat 2nd – T.J. McDonald Sun 3rd – Geraldine Ridgeway
 
SERVERS
Sun 20th – Ciara Mooney, Jack Carty, Cillin Duggan, Roisin Colfer, Faye Hynes
Sat 26th – Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle
Sun 27th – Liam Dooley, Cara Whelan
Sat 2nd Sept – Caragh McDonald, Megan Martin
Sun 3rd Sept – Niamh & Grainne English, Laura O’Gorman
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same everlasting Father, who takes care of you today, will take care of you tomorrow, and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations!
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Because Napoleon believed that armies marched on their stomachs, he offered a prize in 1795 for a practical way of preserving food. The prize was won by a French inventor, Nicholas Appert. What he devised was canning. It was the beginning of the canned food industry of today.
 
A SMILE
Judge “How long is it since you were last in court”? Accused, “20 years your honour”. Judge, “That’s very good and where have you been all this time”
Accused, “In prison your honour”.
 
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION – IRISH PILGRIMAGE TRUST – Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August 2017.
Please be as generous as you can.
A PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE
One of the most ancient shrines of Our Lady and one of the oldest pilgrimages in Ireland is Our Lady’s Island in south Wexford. Although there is no record of Our Lady’s pilgrimage until the coming of the Normans a tradition has always existed in the Barony of Forth, that it was a place of pilgrimage from the earliest days of Christianity in south Wexford. For centuries it was closely connected with Lough Derg. From the 12th to the 17th century the same religious order – the Canons Regular of St Augustine – had charge of these two celebrated places of pilgrimage. The Stations at Lough Derg began on the 1st June and ended on the 15th August, whilst the Stations on Our Lady’s Island opens on 15th August and closes on the 8th September. Tradition says that on the close of the Stations at Lough Derg, the pilgrims made their way to Our Lady’s Island. Again, amongst the places in Ireland that were singled out for special indulgences were Lough Derg and Our Lady’s Island, and furthermore, when the Irish pilgrimages were suppressed by Benedict XIV (1740-53) these two centres of devotion were specially exempted. A writer in The Dublin Penny Journal, January 19th 1833, in an article entitled “The Lady’s Island in 1833”, writes “this place being dedicated to the Virgin Mary was then (the Cromwellian period) and until lately, a celebrated place of pilgrimage, and even at this day (1833) persons resort to it from the Counties of Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow, etc. Many old people of the parish remember pilgrims from Co Kilkenny and other distant places coming to Our Lady’s Island on the 15th August before the great famine of 1847 and making the circuit of the Island on their bare knees. One old man told the late Father Thomas O’Byrne P.P that the local priests used to give the “Stations on the Island” as a canonical penance to the “Hard cases”. He even mentioned the names of some of the penitents who incurred this drastic sentence. They had to make the circuit of the Island on the bare knees in the water.
 
A PRAYER FOR THE WEEK (Author unknown)
Nothing ever really dies
That is not born anew
The miracles of nature
All tell us this is true.
The flowers sleeping, peacefully
Beneath the winter’s snow
Awaken from their icy grave
When spring winds start to blow.
And little brooks and singing
Streams, icebound beneath the snow,
Begin to babble merrily
Beneath the suns warm glow.
And all around on every side
New life and joy appear
To tell us nothing every dies
And we should have no fear.
For death is just a detour
Along life’s winding way
That leads God’s chosen children
To a bright and glorious day.