September 9th 2019

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 14th September at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 14th will be: Callie Doyle, Angela Furlong & Louise Furlong. On Fri 21st will be: Marian Kelly, Catherine L Kelly, Catherine J Kelly & Mary Fortune. On Fri 28th will be: Eleanor Smyth, Emma Staunton & Bernie Conway. On Fri 5th will be: Breda Whelan, Deirdre Whelan & Bessie Fortune.
Proceeds going to Parish funds.
Card winners on Fri 31st were: James Handrick, Mick Bolger, Terry McDonald, Pat Byrne, Tom Rochford, Pat Quinn, Paddy Finn & Richie Murphy.
 
COLAISTE ABBAIN NEWS
Coláiste Abbain reopened and welcomed back all their students, in particular the first year students 53 in total, they sincerely thank the tutors, timetabled teachers and Meitheal Leaders who invested a lot of time enabling these students to make a smooth transition from Primary school. Feedback from parents has been fantastic and students are looking forward to sampling their subject options. As always the canteen is a very big hit with the first years.
YOUTUBE CLIP HARMONY CONCERT
The Inharmony concert is now on Youtube. It is definitely worth a watch as our students are featured throughout.
VOICE KIDS UK
We would like to wish Evan Roche and Ciara Smyth the best of luck as they await their results from the Voice Kids UK auditions
 
NOTICE OF AGM
Notice is hereby given that the annual general meeting of Raheen Community Development Group Company Ltd by Guarantee will be held in Raheen Parish House on Thursday 20th September at 8pm. We are now seeking nominations from the local community, for consideration at our Company AGM to replace retiring directors. If you would like to be considered for election to the board, nomination forms are available at reception. Raheen Community Development Group Company Ltd by Guarantee is the Governing body of all the projects taking place at the centre under the Family Resource Centre Programme. The overall aim is to work in collaboration with the local community and relevant agencies to provide family support through develop community-based responses for families and the community. For further information you can contact any of the current directors or phone 051 428805. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the retiring directors for their contribution to the project during their time with the board and we wish them well in the future.
 
ANNUAL PATRON
Our Annual Patron Mass and Blessing of the Graves took place in St Abban’s last Sunday in lovely sunshine. After a dull start to the day, the skies cleared to give a fine afternoon. There was a very large attendance and what a wonderful display of flowers throughout the entire cemetery. Mass was celebrated in St Abban’s Church by Fr Odhran Furlong, assisted by Fr Moynihan and Fr Jim Furlong. A sincere thanks to the Cemetery Committee for their traffic management and support and help in making the Patron Day so easy for those who came to remember their deceased family and friends. Thanks to the choirs for the lovely hymns, the readers, to our own Eucharistic ministers and two from Raheen who helped out, the servers, to Saunders Sound from whom the sound system was hired and which made such a difference to those who remained at family graves during the celebration of Mass. Finally to Cáit and Joe for their continued help for all occasions in St Abban’s. Fr Nolan was remembered in prayer for a full recovery to health.
A heartfelt thanks from the Cemetery Committee for the generosity of so many people who attended the Patron, in donating €3094 for the continued upkeep of the cemetery. Many thanks.
 
FUNDRAISING DANCE THANKS
What a brilliant night was had in St Abban’s Hall on August 24th for the Parish fundraising dance for Sr Helen Delaney to help with her work with the poorest in Uganda. There was a great atmosphere with everyone in good form. The maple floor was as good as it was the 50’s. It was such a pleasure to see the dancers enjoying themselves. So many people were interested in Danny’s posters and photographs. Well done Danny. Thank to Philip English for a great nights entertainment, a sincere thanks to our sponsors for the 14 door prizes: sponsors included – Molloy’s Supervalu, Adamstown Pharmacy, Cullen’s Gala, Matty Wall, Mary J, Nick & Eileen Walsh, FGF Swarting, Philip English. Lucky prize winners were: Becky Kelly, Emer O’Gorman, Pat O’Leary, Tina Whelan, Cillian Stafford, Margaret O’Leary, Molly Jordan, Martin Kelly, Aine Egan, Niamh Dunne, Mary Jackman, John Whelan, Tony Sinnott & Donnie Doyle. We would like to thank everyone who supported the night, bought tickets, gave donations, worked before during and after, and of course thank you all for the lovely food. The total amount raised came to €3165. Sister Helen will give an account of all who will be helped with the proceeds of our dance night. Every blessing to you all.
 
BADMINTON
Badminton will start in Raheen on Tuesday 18th September at 8pm. All are welcome.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 8th – Josie Whelan, Tomgarrow (A)
Sun 9th – Joe Bradley, The Hill (A)
Sat 15th – Aoife Kelly, Doonooney (A)
Sun 16th – People of the parish
Pray for Sean Kent, Woodview Drive
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.
 
Sat 8th - Feast Day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sun 9th – Kay Whelan
Sat 15th – Eoghan Greene Sun 16th – Callie Doyle
Sat 22nd – Frances Gallagher. Sun 23rd – Kathleen O’Connor
 
SERVERS
Sat 8th – Roisin Nic Gabhainn, Leah Sinnott, Jack O’Shea
Sun 9th – Watt Crean, Tosia Swierczynska
 
Fri 14th – Feast of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
The discovery of the True Cross is dated to 14th Sept 320. On 13th Sept 335, the churches on Calvary were dedicated and the cross that St. Helena discovered was venerated there the next day. The annual commemoration of that event has been celebrated since, in praise of the redemption won for us by Christ.
The Cross of St. Abban stands in the old Cemetery in Adamstown. Some say that this Cross is there since the 8/9th century. The site of the Church in Templenacrow also honours the Holy Cross.
COUNSELLING
An affordable counselling service for children, young people and adults is available in Raheen Family Resource Centre. For more info contact Jeanette at 051 428805
 
SOCIAL DANCING
Social Dancing in Adamstown Hall this Saturday 15th September. Music by Stuart Moyles. Your support in much appreciated.
 
DISCOVERING GOD’S LOVE
E.W.T.N. Sky TV 588 Friday 14th September at 9pm.
Men and women testify to the power of God’s healing love and mercy after the tragedy of abortion. (30 mins)
 
FOR THE FARMER (John O’ Donohue – ‘Benedictus’
Before the human mind could warm to itself.
The hands of the farmer had first to work;
Creating clearances in the earth’s thicket;
Cut into the thorn screens of wild briar
Dig out loose rock until a field emerged
Whose clay could be loosened and softened
To take seeds and bring forth crops.
 
His skilled hands can guide calves and lambs to birth,
Out among his animals in rain, cold and snow,
Talking to them in affectionate callings,
Something in him tuned to their rhythm.
 
May the farmer continue to hold true ground,
Keeping the intimate knowledge of the clay alive,
Nourishing us with the fruits of the earth,
Serving as custodian of that precious threshold where
The rhythm of nature with its serene pulse
And sublime patience restores our mind.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Fri 7th Sept were: 9 – 13 – 16 – 27. There was no Jackpot winner, the following five players matched three numbers and each got €50. Anne Marie Heffernan & John Hanley, Ann Boland C/O Cullen’s, Brendan Foley, Brownstown, James Dillon, Newbawn, Mairead Bolger, Ballyshannon.
The winning seller was Liz Dillon. The next draw is on Friday 21st Sept in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €13,500.
 
FUNDRAISER IN TEMPLESHELIN
Vintage Day at Bradley’s Templeshelin on Sunday 16th September 2018 at 1pm. Proceeds going to Wexford Hospice. Your support is very welcome
 
ADAMSTOWN ICA NEWS
Adamstown ICA guild will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday next 12th September at 8pm. It is our first meeting since the summer break and hopefully everyone has recharged the batteries and is raring to go. Competition on the night is ‘Sell it’ a mystery object, covered, will be placed on the table and you have to try and sell it without knowing what you are selling. The lady with the best sales talk will be deemed the winner. Should be a lot of fun. New members very welcome, come along and see what we get up to.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
God gives us joy that we might give;
He gives us love that we might share;
Sometimes He gives us loads to lift
That we may learn to bear.
For life is gladder when we give,
And love is sweeter when we share,
And heavy loads rest lightly too,
When we have learned to bear.