May 13th 2018

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 18th May at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 18th will be: Ellie Walsh & Stella Delaney. On Fri 25th will be: Cait Bradley, Josephine Hendrick & Betty O’Shea. On Fri 6th June will be: Mary Kirwan, Betty Cullen & Lorna Komsa. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 4th were: Terry McDonald, Pat Byrne, James Handrick, Mick Bolger, Pat Doyle, Pat Finn.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Monday 7th May were: 12 – 22 26 – 27. There was no Jackpot winner. The following 2 players matched three numbers and each got €100. Eileen Curtin, C/O A & M Hardware, John Hanley, Raheen. Winning seller was Queenie McCabe. The next draw is on Friday 18th May in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €13,300
 
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Saturday 7th July - 71st Adamstown Show.
Sunday 2nd September – Annual Adamstown Patron.
 
AUTISM
The Annual Church Gate collection for Autism in Adamstown takes place this weekend. Please give as generously as you can.
 
SOCIAL DANCING IN ADAMSTOWN
Social Dancing in Adamstown Hall next Saturday 19th May, Music by Liam Mannering. Doors open 9.30pm – midnight.
Adm €10, including tea. Please support.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
The children from 2nd Class in Adamstown National School will receive their First Holy Communion this coming Saturday 19th May in St. Abban’s Church at 11.00am.
We ask your prayers for the children and their families on this very special occasion in their lives.
 
ADAMSTOWN I.C.A.
Reminder - our monthly meeting takes place this Wednesday 16th May.
 
AWARE MEETINGS EVERY WEDNESDAY
The Wexford Support and Self Care Group meet in the Shamrock Room in Clonard Community Centre every Wednesday at 8pm. offering people an opportunity to speak out about their mental health issues.
The meeting which in run by Aware is inviting people over the age of 18 years to come along and speak about their concerns relating to depression. For more information on the work of Aware visit www.aware.ie.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
A drop-in bereavement support group is opening in New Ross. The New Ross Parish Bethany Bereavement Group is there for people who have suffered bereavement and need to talk to someone about it.
A spokesperson said: “We are there if anyone just needs someone to listen to them”
The drop-in centre will be located in the Pastoral Centre on Robert Street, for more information contact 087 3848577.
 
COLÁISTE ABBÁIN – PANTOMIME
Coláiste Abbáin, Adamstown presents their Pantomime ‘Snow White and The Babes in the Wood’ in their Sports Hall this Tuesday May 15th & Wednesday May 16th at 7.30pm. Directed by Paul Walsh. Musical Director & Choreographer Fiona Quirke. Assistant Producer – Dean O’Connor. Admission Adults €10. OAP’S & Under 18s €5. Primary school children €2.00. Your support is much appreciated.
 
IRISH IMMIGRANTS AT STAMFORD HILL
Fr. Paul O’Reilly SJ recalls the generosity of the early Irish immigrants in the Jesuit parish of Stamford Hill, England.
Fr. Paul is a Jesuit working in London as a medical doctor.
The church I was ordained in was St. Ignatius, Stamford Hill.
If you look around this church, he says ‘you will see that it is built in many different styles of architecture. It has as least two of everything – but never two the same. It has two towers and, if you look carefully, you’ll see that they are quite different. If you look at each of the pillars, you’ll see that they’re all different. Each one is individual, unique. Even the bricks in the walls aren’t all the same’ this is what is called an Irish penny-church. It’s called that because it was built by very poor Irish immigrants who could only afford to pay for a small bit at a time. So, every time they had enough for one more pillar, or one more wall, it was a different builder who came to do it and he built it a slightly different way, using slightly different materials – probably whatever happened to be cheapest at the time. Over the years, building styles changed, so each pillar, each wall, each brick, each little thing in the church is just slightly different from all the others.
These were people who knew what it was to be a poor suspect minority in a not always friendly country. They were people of faith, however. Every brick in the beautiful church was somebody’s heart-felt gift to God. Probably, there were people who went hungry to build this building; some knew they would never see it completed. Although poor as they were, devoted to the Eucharist, acted locally and thought globally. They wanted their church to be a lasting witness that our God is a God for all peoples. They would celebrate that every penny they scrimped and saved, every meal they did without, had been worthwhile. Today many immigrants from many part of the world all worship here in a faith that unites them all. (Messenger Magazine)
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat May 12th – Patsy O’Connor, Newtown (A)
Sun May 13th – The People of the Parish
Tuesday 15th May: Mass at 7.30pm – Eunan Flood, Oldcourt
Pray for Michael Delaney, Patrick Delaney, Ellen Delaney & Philip Delaney, Brocorrow and
Jim & Mary Connors, The Hill.
May they rest in peace.
 
Adoration Sat May 12th – Thanks
A word of thanks to all who participated in Adoration for the Protection of human life, which commenced in St. Abban’s Oratory at 7.00am on Saturday morning and concluded at 7.30pm. As it is said “The 8th Amendment can only be retained on our knees”
 
May 12th – Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, who asked us to pray the Rosary – the 15 Mysteries every day for peace in the world.
 
Easter Offerings:
Thanks to all who distributed the envelopes and to all our contributors.
 
SERVERS
Sat 12th – Joshua Power, Daniel O’Gorman, Stephen Power
Sun 13th – Jack Carty, Róisin Colfer, Faye Hynes
Sat 19th – Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle.
Sun 20th – Liam Dooley, Cara Whelan, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue.
READERS
Sat 12th – Liam Whelan. Sun 13th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 19th – Eoghan Greene. Sun 20th – Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 26th – Frances Gallagher. Sun 27th – Kay Whelan.
 
ROSARY CONTINUES MON - FRI AT 8PM AT THE GROTTO IN KNOCKREIGH
 
ENVELOPE COLLECTION FOR APRIL
Sun April 1st - €249 April 8th - €518
April 15th - €149 April 22nd - €442
April 29th - €1308.
Thanks to all who contribute weekly, annually, occasionally and through Bankers Orders, your generosity enables us to provide essential services for this Parish.
 
THE MAY BUSH
The summer was welcomed by setting up a May bush. Flowers, mostly yellow flowers as these were most plentiful at this time – buttercups, celandine, primroses, marigolds, cowslips – were gathered before dusk on May Eve. These were made into posies and hung over the windows and doors or strewn loose on the threshold and floor of the house. They might also be tied to cows’ horns or tails or to agricultural equipment. Children brought flowers to the old and lonely of the community.
Weather lore in May
A wet and windy May fill the barns with corn and hay.
A wet May and dry June make the farmer whistle a tune.
A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
We extend our good wishes to parishioners joining the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this week. Please remember us in your prayers.
 
PUBLIC MEETING & INFORMATION SESSION
New Ross and Parish and Love Both Campaign will hold a public meeting to discuss the upcoming referendum and the need to retain the 8th Amendment in St. Michael’s Pastoral Centre, at the former boys school, in Michael Street, New Ross at 7.30pm Monday 14th May.
Speakers will include: Dr. Anthony Reilly (GP, medical expert and pro-live advocate) solicitor Caroline Simmons (legal consultant to the Pro-Life Campaign) and Vicky Wall (testimony of a life-limiting birth and the importance of the 8th Amendment to mothers and babies) To hear personal and factual information on what is at stake in the upcoming referendum, please come along and learn why it is so important to protect the unborn through the retention of the 8th Amendment. Have your questions answered, misinformation disputed with evidence and your doubts dispelled.
 
POINT TO PONDER – (Bishop Denis Brennan, The Right to Life Of The Unborn)
“This is not a referendum about abortion in limited circumstances. Many people seem to think this is the case, but it is not. If passed, the law will permit abortion on demand in the first three months of pregnancy. That is when about 90% of abortions take place. The vast majority of these will not involve hard cases. Both the mothers and their babies will almost always be perfectly healthy”
 
PRAYER OF POPE FRANCIS FOR THE UNBORN
Pope Francis asks us to recite this prayer daily.
All powerful God, you are present in the whole universe,
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
That we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
Laudato Si (246)
 
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
Sunday June 17th - FAMILY FUN DAY at Innovate Wexford Park to celebrate the World Meeting of Families.
Tuesday 21st August at 7.30pm in St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy, Ceremony to mark the official opening of the World Meeting of Families 2018.
 
Pope Francis is due in Croke Park on Saturday 25th August for a liturgy and then in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 26th August for the closing Mass. Each diocese is encouraged to travel to the RDS in Ballsbridge for a day of inspiring talks, workshops, liturgies and other events. Pilgrims from the Diocese of Ferns are asked to attend on Wednesday 22nd August.