March 11th 2018

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 16th March at 9pm.
Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 16th will be: Marian Kelly, Catherine L. Kelly, Catherine J. Kelly & Mary Fortune. On Fri 23rd will be:
Eleanor Smyth, Emma Staunton & Bernie Conway. On Fri 30th will be: Breda Whelan, Deirdre Whelan & Bessie Fortune. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
This week’s Lotto Draw has been postponed until Monday night next 12th March in the Community Centre with a Jackpot of €12,000. Do buy a ticket and be in with a chance.
 
COLAISTE ABBAIN NEWS
Congratulations to our 5th year student Megan Butler for signing with Kilkenny United WFC for the 2018 season. Well done Megan & every good wish.
Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund
Our first Church Gate Collection took place in Adamstown on Sat 24th & Sun 25th Feb. Well done to Anthony & Kieva who raised €193 towards our Lourdes Pilgrimage fund. A sincere thanks to all the members of our community who have donated prizes for the Lucky Dip Raffle. Four students sold raffle tickets at the shop on Fri 23rd Feb for this raffle. €475 has already been raised. Well done to everyone involved.
Coláiste Abbáin Golf Classic:
This fundraiser will take place in Enniscorthy Golf Club on 6th April. Teams of 4 - €200. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd and the longest drive to the pin.
Thanks to Mr. Dixon for organising this event.
Tractor Run – 1st April:
All Support would be greatly appreciated for our Tractor Run fundraiser on Easter Sunday 1st April. A huge thanks to the Parents’ Association for all their hard work in association with Shamrock Vintage Club.
A three-course dinner will be provided for each entry on the day. The Road Run will start in Adamstown at 1.00pm. Registration at 11.30am. Proceeds going towards the purchase of furniture for the College Canteen. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Project Maths Presentation:
The Project Maths Presentation for parents is rescheduled for this Thursday 15th March in the College at 8pm.
 
ST. ABBAN’S G.A.A. CLUB
The GAA Club Registration night for Cóiste na nÓg, adult non-playing members and players will take place in Adamstown Community Centre this Thursday night March 15th at 8pm.
 
THE ‘BIG SNOW’ – The Little Book of Co. Wexford
The snow and frost that commenced on the eve of Twelfth Day 1814 was thought to have been the most severe since the ‘Big Frost’ in 1740. The weather had been mild, with little rain. However, on New Year’s Day 1814 the wind veered to the east, with an overcast sky.
On the evening of 5th January the wind rose and snow fell heavily for 18 hours, covering the country to a depth of 3 or 4 ft – and where snow-drifts formed, the depth was from 10 – 20ft. On the 7th the frost became intense, and snow fell heavily at intervals, but it was remarkably dry and crisp, and the sun shone brightly.
This weather continued for 3 weeks, without any thaw.
All outdoor work was suspended and many cattle and sheep perished. The roads were indistinguishable and several cabins were covered over and had to be abandoned. The Slaney was frozen over from Ferrycarrig upwards, and was crossed by men and horses without danger. The whole of the extensive Wexford Harbour only exposed a narrow crooked line of open water in the tideway, and was covered with millions of wild waterfowls, very many of them kinds rarely seen here. The same was the case with the lakes in the county. The lake at Our Lady’s Island attracted even more wildfowls, due to the water being nearly fresh and having no tide or natural outlet into the sea. The lake, 3 miles in length, was all frozen over to a thickness of 14 inches, except a semi-circular space of about quarter of a mile, where the birds were so numerous as to prevent the water from freezing by their perpetual motion, although millions of them died. All the fish in the lake perished also, and when a passage was cut into the sea in the following March, the bones of the perished wild birds and fish were said to have been as plentiful as shells on a cockle bed. There was not the slightest thaw until 1st February. Ague (acute fever) prevailed in much of the country during the following season, but other diseases were comparatively rare.
 
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
A Church Gate Collection is being taken up at Masses this weekend in aid of the Community Hospital, New Ross. Please be as generous as you can.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM:
Sat March 10th – Philip, Elizabeth Jackman, &
Hannah Falvey, Raheenduff (A)
Sun March 11th – Betty Forrestal, Bagenalstown (A)
Fri March 16th – 7.30pm Mosey McCabe,
Ballyvergin (A)
Sat March 17th - 10.30am – James, Ellen, Tommy O’Shea, Adamstown, Mary Wilmore & Eileen Hayes (A)
Sat 17th – 7.30pm: Peggy Grafton, Newtown (A)
 
St. Patrick’s Day is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Vigil Mass – Friday March 16th at 7.30pm.
Sat 17 – Feast of St. Patrick Mass at 10.30am.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday each week night.
St. Anthony’s & Devotions continue every Tuesday night at 7.30pm in St. Abban’s Oratory.
Prayer Group meet up every Sunday evening from 7pm – 8pm in St. Abban’s Oratory – all welcome
 
SYMPATHY
Sympathy to Rita Power, the Leap (and family) on the death of her sister in law Mrs. Marie Power, Drealiestown, Ballycullane. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in Gusserane Church on Thursday with burial in the adjoining Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
 
DR. CATHERINE O’DONOHOE – THANKS
Thank you to all who donated to the Christmas collection here in the surgery. A cheque for €100 has been forwarded to South East Simon Community
Thank you all.
 
SERVERS
Sun Mar 11th – Niamh & Gráinne English, Laura O’Gorman.
Sat Mar 17th – Róisin Nic Gabhainn, Leah Sinnott.
Sun Mar 18th – Clodagh & Watt Crean, Tosia Swierczynska.
 
READERS OF THE LIURGY
Sat 10th – Liam Whelan. Sun 11th – Kay Whelan
Sat 17th – Frances Gallagher.
Sun 18th – Kathleen O’Connor.
 
COMPUTERS FOR FARMERS
There is a couple of places left on the Computer course for farmers, which Irish Rural Link is starting in Raheen Family Resource Centre in the coming weeks. The course takes place at night time from 7pm – 9pm. For further information or to book a place contact Joyce or Bridget at 051 428805.
OUR HEARING – DO WE LOOK AFTER IT?
In Ireland, eight per cent of adults have a significant degree of hearing loss. One out of three people at the age of sixty-five have a hearing loss and this quickly increases to one in two over the age of seventy, commonly accompanied by noises (tinnitus) in our ears. On average it takes people seven years from the time they think they might have hearing loss to the time they seek treatment. Just like the way we get our eyes and teeth checked we should also get our hearing checked. Hearing loss develops very gradually so it is important to get tested regularly. The earlier any loss is detected, the sooner you can begin to improve your quality of life.
In the First World War parrots were kept in the Eiffel Tower in Paris because of their remarkable sense of hearing. When parrots heard enemy aircraft, they warned everyone of the approaching danger.
Your ears never stop hearing, even when you sleep.
Your brain just ignores incoming sounds. Hearing is a
passive’ process – you can’t switch your ears off.
Listening involves an ‘active process’ of attention and concentration. That is why when one is tired, stressed or distracted, one’s listening skills may be poor.
(Ann Kelly, well-known audiologist)
 
SOCIAL DANCING IN ADAMSTOWN
Social Dancing in St. Abban’s Hall on St. Patrick’s night (Saturday). Doors open at 9pm. Refreshments served.
Music by Philip English.
 
MOTHER’S DAY
Mother’s Day Prayer:
Loving God,
as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church.
Bless these women,
That they may be strengthened as Christian mothers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honour them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Wishing all Mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.
 
PAPAL TWEETS – POPE FRANCIS
Caring for the sacred gift of life of all human life, from conception to death is the best way of preventing every type of violence.
 
ST PATRICK’S DAY COLLECTION
The basket collection on St. Patrick’s Day will go to help with costs associated with studying for the Priesthood in the Diocese of Ferns.