February 11th 2018

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 16th Feb at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 16th will be: Brigid Boland, Edel English & Fiona Power. On Fri 23rd will be:
: Mary Delaney, Sheelagh Delaney, Catherine O’Rourke & Elizabeth Greene. On Fri 2nd March will be: Catherine Walsh, Eileen J. Walsh & Eileen N. Walsh.
Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 2nd Feb were: Willie Kehoe, Pat Quinn, Sean Cullen, Johnny Nolan, Terry McDonald, Pat Byrne, James Handrick & Mick Bolger.
 
ADAMSTOWN SHOW SOCIETY A.G.M. REPORT
There was a good attendance at the Annual General Meeting of Adamstown Show Society held recently. The Chairman, James Stephenson, welcomed everyone and thanked all for their work and support.
Joint Treasurer, Gavin Rothwell gave a comprehensive financial report, which show the Show was in a good financial situation. Last year’s event made a profit of €548. Plans to have all the sections of this year’s show in the ‘Church Meadow’ are at an advanced stage. The news of the once-off grant of €7,000 from the Dept of Agriculture and Food was warmly welcomed. This grant was arranged by the Irish Shows Association.
The following Officers were elected:
Chairman – James Stephenson
Vice-Chair – Walter Kent.
Hon. Secretary – Patrice Byrne.
Assistant Sec – Anne Kent.
The following Show Day Secretaries were re-elected:
Abi Kent (Horses); Brigid O’Gorman (Led Ponies); Doherty Cahill (Working Hunters); Gavin Rothwell – (Sheep)
Mary Mernagh (Hort, Arts, Crafts)
Joint-Treasurers - Tony Whelan and Gavin Rothwell.
P.R.O. – Eunan Flood.
This year’s show was fixed for Saturday 7th July.
A vote of sympathy and a minute’s silence was observed for all deceased members.
Next meeting was fixed for Thursday 1st March at 8.30pm.
New members welcome.
 
ADAMSTOWN I.C.A. NEWS
The monthly meeting of Adamstown I.C.A. will be held in the Community Centre on Wednesday 14th February at 8.00pm.
Hostesses on the night are Mary and Liz. The competition on the night is a Gingerbread Loaf in a 2lb loaf tin.
 
RECENT WEDDING
Congratulations to Thomas Hayden and Catherine Moclair whose marriage was solemnised in St. Abban’s Church on Saturday February 3rd 2018.
Wishing them all the best for the future.
 
 
SPLIT THE POT WINNERS
Maeve O’ Neill (6th Class) was the lucky Split the Pot winner on Tuesday last receiving €75.00. Eabha Cullen was the school seller’s prizewinner.
 
ADAMSTOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Adamstown Community Centre was held in the Centre on Wednesday 7th February.
In attendance were: John Furlong, Dermot Hynes, Shane Dunphy, Aidan Conway, Betty O’Shea, Agnes Whelan, Ann O’Gorman, Helen Furlong, Dessie Doyle, John Wall, Eoghan Greene. Apologies from Fr. Nolan, Mary J. Furlong and Tom Furlong. A special word of thanks to the outgoing Chairman John Furlong for all his good work over the past few years.
John did not go forward for the position of Chairman this year. The following were elected officers:
Chairman – Shane Dunphy.
Secretary – Dermot Hynes.
Treasurer – Eoghan Greene.
Assistant Treasurer – Tom Furlong.
PRO – Betty O’Shea.
Committee:
John Furlong, Aidan Conway, Mary J. Furlong, John Wall.
A member of the GAA and ICA will be represented at each meeting.
The Chairman closed the meeting.
Wishing the committee every success in the coming year,
 
PARISH COMMITTEE EXTEND THEIR THANKS
On behalf of the Parish Committee, a very sincere thanks to the Lotto Committee for their cheque for €3,200 as the parish share of the local lotto profits, other recipients were Adamstown GAA & Soccer Club. Thanks also to the loyal parish ticket sellers and those who buy the tickets each draw.
 
ST. VALENTINE’ S DAY – Wednesday 14th Feb
Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day or the feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on the 14th February. Originating as Western Christian feast day honouring one or more early saints named Valentine.
In Slovenia, Saint Valentine or ‘Zolravko’ was one of the Saints of spring, the saint of good health and the patron of beekeepers and pilgrims. A proverb says “Saint Valentine brings the keys of roots”. Plants and flowers grow on this day. It is also said that the birds propose to each other and marry on this day. Happy Valentines Day!
 
FERNS DIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE
The 50th Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 17th - 22nd May 2018. The total cost for the trip and accommodation is €699 per person sharing.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Denis Brennan, accompanied by Fr. Brian Broaders and Fr. Matthew Boggan.
Bookings through O’Leary Travel Agency, Enniscorthy and Wexford.
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM:
Sat Feb 10th – Nicholas and Bridie Wickham, Tomgarrow (A)
Sun Feb 11th – Jack, Patrick & Anne O’Gorman, Kellystown
Lilah Kent, Adamstown (Month’s Mind)
Sat Feb 17th – Paddy O’Connor, Newtown (A)
Sun Feb 18th – Ann Byrne, Raheenduff, (A)
Pray for Alice and Mary Connors, Woodview Drive (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Fri in St. Abban’s Oratory.
Prayer Group meet up every Sunday evening in St. Abban’s from 7pm – 8pm and all welcome.
 
ASH WEDNESDAY – Wednesday February 14th
Is a Day of Fast and Abstinence.
Mass Wed – 9.45am & 7.30pm. Followed by distribution of ashes.
 
TRÓCAIRE
As with every Lent, Trócaire focuses on helping families and local communities. Our focus country this year is Sierra Leone, where we began working in the mid-1990’s. Kumba, who is the face of the Trócaire box this year, along with her family, is recovering from the terrifying mudslide, which devastated her local community last August in Freetown.
Trócaire is committed to helping Kumba, her family and the community in the aftermath of this humanitarian disaster.
Trócaire has been supporting communities like Kumba’s since our foundation in 1973, as a caring and compassionate organization inspired by Gospel values. For forty-five years, Trócaire has been the practical outreach of the Irish Church to those most in need in the poorer countries where we work.
Trócaire Boxes will be distributed after Masses this weekend.
 
LENT 2018
God created mankind to be one family, when any of our brothers and sisters suffer, we are all affected. Pope Francis.
Reflection:
Fear is the deafening sound of war
Love is the hand that quietens it.
Fear is the voice that’s never heard.
Love is breaking the silence.
Fear is the truth that’s locked in the dark.
Love is the courage that frees it.
Fear is the hunger that starves all hope.
Love is the food that feeds it.
As long as pain exists, as long as suffering is here,
Trócaire will stay.
Until Love conquers Fear.
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THANKS;
I am very indebted to all those parishioners who contributed Christmas Offerings and to all who distributed envelopes.
Beannacht Dé oraibh go Léir.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 10th Feb – Frances Gallagher
Sun 11th – Sheelagh Delaney
Sat 17th – Eoghan Greene, Sun 18th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 24th – T. J. McDonald. Sun 25th – Betty O’Shea
 
SERVERS
Sat 10th Feb – Caragh McDonald, Megan Martin, Jack O’Shea
Sun 11th – Niamh & Gráinne English, Laura O’Gorman
Sat 17th – Róisin Nic Gabhainn, Leah Sinnott
Sun 18th – Clodagh & Watt Crean, Tosia Swierczynska
Sat 24th – Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle, Stephen Power
Sun 25th – Maeve O’Neill, Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Richard Whelan.
 
SYMPATHY
Our condolences to David Power, Fairfields and his son Joshua on the death of David’s father Michael Power, Templeshelin, Adamstown. Loving father and grandfather who died on Monday 5th Feb following a short illness.
Our sympathy also to his brothers and sister and brother-in-law Seamus Doyle and Callie, Knockreigh, all the extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.
Michael was held in the highest esteem in Raheen Day Care Centre. His funeral Mass was celebrated in Raheen Church on Friday, with burial afterwards in Adamstown Cemetery.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.
 
SOCIAL DANCING
Social Dancing in Adamstown Hall on Saturday 17th Feb
Music by Michael Collins. Teas & refreshments.
Please support.
 
ANNUAL PARISH LOURDES DRAW
Our Annual Parish Draw for Lourdes Tickets will take place on Easter Sunday 1st April. Tickets will be distributed throughout the Parish shortly.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Lotto draw 9th Feb were:
2 – 6 – 7 – 16. There was no Jackpot winner. The following five players matched 3 numbers: Kate English, Tinnecarraig, Fionnuala Walsh, Clonmines, Betty O’Shea, Adamstown, Aidan McCabe, Templenacrow, Emer O’Gorman, Kellystown. The winning seller was Matt O’Neill.
Next draw on Friday 23rd February in the Community Centre.
 
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
A Church gate collection on the Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February In aid of Colaiste Abbain School Pilgrimage to Lourdes Your support would be much appreciated.