July 15th 2018

The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 20th July at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 20th will be: Ellen Furlong, Bridget Colfer & Margaret Furlong. On Fri 27th will be: Bernie Hickey, Evelyn O’Gorman & Ann O’Gorman.
On Fri 3rd Aug will be: Bridget O’Gorman, Ann Stafford, Kay Whelan & Agnes Whelan. Proceeds going to Parish funds. Card winners on Fri 6th July were: Mick Bolger, James Handrick, Seamus Joyce, Patsy Byrne, Matt O’Neill, John Hanley, Matty Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Sean Cullen, John Nolan, Bridie Dillon and Chris Byrne
Work will begin on the laying of a new cement path along beside the Church, as far as the toilet area, from Monday 16th July. All visitors to the cemetery are asked NOT to use the Church entrance for the moment. The Cemetery Committee apologise for the temporary inconvenience. Annual Patron will take place in St Abban’s Cemetery on Sunday 2nd September.
The Annual Church gate collection for Self-Help (Gorta) Africa was taken up in Adamstown last weekend. The amount donated was €110. A sincere thank you.
The 71st Annual Adamstown Show took place on Saturday 7th July. There was a good crowd, good entries and a great atmosphere. It was hard to know if the fantastic weather we are having lately was a hindrance or a help! Thanks to all the Officers and the Show Committee and all the workers, everything went off as planned. Watch the ‘Standard’ for all the results. Thanks to everyone for your support.
Proposed date for next year’s show is Saturday 6th July.
Our sympathy is extended to Anne Marie O’Shea & family, Glenour Adamstown on the death of Hannah Carr Knocknagross, Bree in her 93rd year. To Hannah’s extended family, relatives, friends our sympathy also. Her funeral took place in the Church Assumption Bree with burial afterwards in Bree Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
Congratulations and well done to Therese Kidd and her newly formed Adamstown GAA ladies rounder’s team as they have reached the All-Ireland final with some recent brilliant wins over serious opposition. On Sunday, July 15th, they will line out against the Heath Club from Laois in the All-Ireland final, which has been fixed for Longford. Support for the ladies would be most welcome.
The guild members attended the annual Commemoration of our founder Anita Lett in Clonmore Cemetery Bree on Sunday 1st July. The event was attended by the National President Marie O’Toole and we later enjoyed a delicious picnic in the ICA garden, which was looking its best.
Last Saturday our ICA guild stall at the Adamstown Show looked amazing and attracted a lot of attention. Thanks to all the ladies who turned up to decorate and man the stall for the day. Our president Helen was interviewed on South East Radio by Alan Maguire, who was very impressed by all our work and I think he would have joined up with the guild if he could.
Our Annual Summer Outing
Ladies, don’t forget Adamstown ICA Guild’s summer outing to Waterford Crystal, Bishops Palace, Copper Coast & Bunmahon this Wednesday 18th July. Evening meal in the Tower Hotel all for €65 (including tips). Still time to book your seat on the bus. This will be a lovely relaxing outing, not too far from home and in good company. Other guilds and non-members welcome. Contact Helen on 086 3454036, Breda 087 6149947 or Cait 087 6964082.
Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Ray Murphy asked that people take care with disposal of bottles and plastic, which may ignite a fire. People should be extra vigilant on fire safety, he said. He reminded people not to leave electric gas or oil heaters and appliances unattended. Close all doors last thing at night and install a smoke alarm and test it regularly, he said. Special care should be taken in relation to discarding cigarette ends and no open fires should be lit near gorse or in wooded area. The fire service also highlighted its top 15 outdoor safety tips:

Never start a fire in open countryside

Don’t discard bottles or glass in woods or grassland

If you see a countryside fire call 112 or 999 at once

Never throw cigarette or matches from car windows

Don’t use candles in tents or caravans

Don’t cook inside your tent

Don’t dry damp clothes over a stove

Never smoke in your sleeping bag, no matter how cold it is

Never leave your bbq unattended

When bbq have a bucket of water handy

Don’t use petrol or paraffin to start a bbq

Don’t bbq near sheds, fences or under trees

Make sure your phone is fully charged in case of emergency

Don’t keep gas cylinders inside of caravans

Don’t use gas heaters inside your tent; the fumes could kill you even if there isn’t a fire.



Sat 14th - 7.30pm Eamon & Martin Furlong, Greenview (A)

Sun 15th – 10.30am Jay Roche, Ballyshannon (A)

Sat 21st – 7.30pm Michael, Catherine, Malachy & John Lambert, Oldcourt (A)

Sun 22nd – People of the parish

May they rest in peace

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Mon-Fri each week night.

St Anthony’s Mass continues every Tuesday night at 7.30pm in St Abban’s Oratory.

Prayer group will take a break for July & August and return in September.


Sat 14th – T.J.McDonald Sun 15th – Kay Whelan

Sat 21st – Liam Whelan Sun 22nd – Geraldine Ridgeway

Sat 28th – Eoghan Greene Sun 29th – Kathleen O’Connor

Sat 4th Aug – Frances Gallagher Sun 5th – Callie Doyle



Sat 14th – Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle

Sun 15th – Liam Dooley, Cara Whelan, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue

Sat 21st – Roisin Nic Gabhainn, Leah Sinnott, Jack O’Shea

Sun 22nd – Niamh & Grainne English, Laura O’Gorman

Sat 28th – Caragh McDonald, Megan Martin

Sun 29th – Clodagh & Watt Crean, Tosia Swierczynska

Sat 4th Aug – Joshua Power, Daniel O’Gorman, Stephen Power

Sun 5th – Liam Dooley, Cara Whelan, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue


FEAST DAYS – Sunday 15th July – St. Swithin

Monday16th July: Our Lady of Mount Carmel.


A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (Author unknown)

Its up to you!

If you think you’re a winner, you’ll win,

if you dare to step out, you’ll succeed.

Believe in your heart, have a purpose to start,

Aim to help others in need.


Thought of faith must replace every doubt,

Words of courage and you cannot fail.

If you stumble and fall,

rise and stand ten feet tall,

You determine the course that you sail.



Mid-summer dues envelopes have now been distributed if you haven’t received one, please contact Fr Nolan



Diocese of Ferns, Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage ‘The Way’ Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela

7th-18th August 2018. €640

Booking with O’Leary Travel 053 9233178



The Diocese of Ferns has a new website it was official launch on Tuesday 8th May where Bishop Denis Brennan did the honours alongside Irish Times journalist Breda O’Brien. The mission of The Hook of Faith is to ‘digitally proclaim the Gospel in the Diocese of Ferns and beyond’. The Hook of Faith is a new project, which was devised by a group who took part in the Pastoral Theology course in St Peter’s College before going on to form a group called Ferns CAFÉ (Catholic Adult Formation and Education). The group are hoping to provide interesting pieces for people around the diocese, the country and maybe even the world.



If you care about people, it will show.

A sleeping cat will not catch a mouse

Do everything generously and wisely

Smile at people. It costs nothing, but it is priceless.



Our deepest sympathy is extended to Antoinette Matthews, (nee Carey, Adamstown) and South Wales on the unexpected the death of her husband Dennis Matthews on Saturday 7th July. To his son and daughter and extended family our sympathy also. May he rest in peace.



There is a beautiful story about a child playing with a vase his mother had left on the table for a few moments. When the mother turned at the sound of her son crying she saw that his hand was in the vase and was apparently stuck. She tried to help him and pulled and pulled until the child cried out in pain. But the hand was stuck fast. How would they get it out? The father suggested breaking the vase but it was quite valuable and the child’s hand might be cut in the process. Yet he knew that if all else failed there would be no other alternative. Open your hand and stretch your fingers out straight, like I’m doing, and then pull. But, dad, said the boy, “if I do that I’ll lose my penny”. The boy had a coin in his hand all the time and was holding it securely in his tight little fist. And he wasn’t prepared to open his hand and lose the penny. But once he opened his hand it came out of the vase easily. What are you holding onto so tightly as to hinder your walk with Jesus? That vase can be likened to the entrance of the Kingdom of God. It is narrow but quite easy to pass in, but first you must ‘open’ your hand to God and allow earthly things to fall. If we keep our fists closed and hold fast to what we have and keep it to ourselves, we will be unable to take hold of the ‘Hand of God’

We arrived with nothing and we will depart the same way, Jesus told the parable of the rich man who wanted to build bigger barns to store his grain and goods. But God said to him “You fool! this very night your life will be demanded from you. Than who will get what you have prepared yourself? We need to be on guard, or the things we own will begin to own us. It is our own clenched fist that makes us a prisoner. Open your hand to the hand of God.

(St. Martin’s Magazine)