February 24th 2019

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 1st March at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 1st will be: Brigid Boland, Edel English & Fiona Power. On Fri 8th Mar will be: Mary Delaney, Sheelagh Delaney, Catherine O’Rourke & Elizabeth Greene. On Fri 15th will be: Catherine Walsh, Eileen J. Walsh, Eileen N. Walsh. On Fri 22nd March will be Callie Doyle, Angela Furlong & Louise Furlong. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 15th were: Matty Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Terry McDonald, Phil Jackman, Seamus Wickham, Paddy Furlong, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 1st March in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €15,100. Do keep on buying the tickets, it will be won - and it could just be you!
Please note: There is a printing error on the lotto tickets for draw 1st March. Numbers for last draw should read 18 – 22 – 24 - 30
 
SYMPATHY
We extend our deepest sympathy to the following families who suffered bereavements recently:
To Tom, Nick & John Walsh and families on the unexpected death of John Harrington whose funeral Mass took place in Bride Street Church, Wexford on Tuesday last. May he rest in peace.
To Sineád O’Gorman, Michael Byrne and all the family, also to Gerry McGabhainn and family on the sudden death of Mary Batson, (nee Lambert) on February 14th. Her funeral Mass took place in Glasnevin, Dublin on Monday last with burial in Glasnevin Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
To Rosaline & David Power, Raheenduff on the death of Rosaline’s mother, Mrs Pauline Donnelly, Roscommon.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday last in Roscommon. May she rest in peace.
To Ann Marie Heffernan on the death of her uncle John Heffernan in Cork. May he rest in peace.
 
COFFEE & BINGO MORNING
We are holding a Coffee/Tea, Toast and Novel Bingo morning in Adamstown Community Centre on Tuesday 5th March from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm. Why not join us for the chat and have some fun, meet old and new acquaintances. All older members of the community are welcome.
 
THE KILKENNY’S LIVE AT ADAMSTOWN
Adamstown G.A.A is presenting famed Irish folk and ballad group The Kilkenny’s who play live at Adamstown Ballroom on Sat March 9th. Full bar on the night & tickets are € 20 available from all committee members and by contacting 087 1852949. Over 18s only
 
COISTE NA NOG AWARDS NIGHT
A huge number of local children attended the clubs Coiste na nOg awards night at Raheen Hall last Friday evening. Each training group from U6 to U13 were awarded with their training participation certificates by local county players James Breen and Michael Furlong which was a great thrill and the club would like to sincerely thank both men for giving of their time. Our U13s had a very successful year reaching 2 finals and winning the football shield and they were presented with their medals and a team photograph as a memento of their success. Huge thanks to all the parents who took their kids along and we thank you all sincerely for your continued support. Thanks are also due to all the ladies whom had a magnificent array of finger food and confectionary prepared. It was also great to see Games Development Officer James Flynn in attendance on the night showing his commitment and support for our local young players.
 
ADAMSTOWN I.C.A. NEWS
The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday Feb 13th in Adamstown Community Centre. The President Helen Furlong welcomed the members and reminded us that Art classes would be back on track next Wednesday 20th. The Walking group continues to meet at 8 pm each Wednesday at the Community Centre for their walk around the track. The competition for best choc chip cookies ended in a tie between three members Helen Furlong, Sheelagh Delaney and Jill Bridgeman. The names were put into a box and Sheelagh’s name was drawn out. She will represent the guild at the Federation Competition on Monday 25th. The hostesses Eleanor Power and Eileen Thorpe served a lovely tea and everyone got to sample the delicious choc chip cookies submitted for the competition. The next meeting will be Wednesday March 13th and guest speaker Siobhán Freaney will give a talk on breast cancer. Mary Lawlor won the draw and the meeting concluded with a fun game of Bingo where everyone won scratch cards. All the guild members would like to send good wishes to Breda Whelan - Kilmore, the Federation Tour Co-ordinator for a speedy recovery.
 
ADAMSTOWN ACTIVE RETIREMENT
Adamstown Active Retired is having a meal in the Horse & Hound Hotel on Thursday March 7th at 1.30 pm. All welcome.
 
ADAMSTOWN TIDY TOWNS
People Power - A big thank you to all who signed our petition for the recent erection of street lights on the footpath to the Fairfield Estate. A special thanks to Cllr John Fleming for all his assistance and also to Paul Kehoe for his part in the process. Donation - A huge thank you to Coláiste Abbain parents’ association for their recent kind donation.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 23rd Feb – Biddy & Mick Kehoe, Hannah & Willie Coady, Nan Fortune, Frank & Margaret Brady, Oldcourt (A)
Sun 24th – Gillian Bradley, Ballyvergin & Julian Rothwell (A)
also Aidan Hickey, Kellystown (A)
Sat 2nd March – Edward Whelan & deceased members of the Whelan family, Brocurra (A)
Sun 3rd March – Greg & Annie Bolger & Nell Bolger,
Misterin (A)
Thursday 28th February – Mass at 9.30am –
Redmond family, Tomgarrow (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
SERVERS
Sat 23rd – Megan Martin, Faye Hynes, Shona Duggan, Katelyn O’Shea
Sun 24th – Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska
Sat 2nd March – Watt & Aine Crean, Luke Cullen, Cara Whelan
Sun 3rd – Róisin Colfer, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty
Sat 9th – Ross English, James Furlong, Conall Doyle, Aoife McCabe
Sun 10th – Gráinne English, Laura & Maeve O’Gorman, Sinéad Duffy, Paddy Connors
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 23rd – Frances Gallagher.
Sun 24th – Sheelagh Delaney
Sat 2nd March – Liam Whelan Sun 3rd – Ann Ryan
Sat 10th - Anthony McGee Sun 11th – Betty O’Shea
 
PRAYER TO BE INCLUDED IN NEWSLETTERS
Diocesan Safeguarding Committee:
Lord, our God, look with favour on our children whom we, as a Church commend to your tender care. Your son gladly welcomed little children. He took them in his arms, blessed them and held them up as an example for us all.
We pray that you, Father, will also send your blessing upon all of us gathered here this day, so that we may play our part in helping our children to grow in Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, may they become Christ’s witnesses in a world which craves their energy, light and generosity.
Allow us to create environments where both children and adults flourish and minister to each other in a spirit of light, love and joy. We also beg your pardon for the times we have failed in this ministry. We remember those who have been hurt and those who are hurting, may your healing be a source of strength and comfort to them and their families.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
THE FIELDby John B. Keane
Transition Year students of Enniscorthy Vocational College presents John B. Keane’s “The Field” in The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, on 12th, 13th & 14th March at 7.30 pm nightly. Tickets available from the College or for more info email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
CEMETERY COMMITTEE
Adamstown Cemetery Committee invites applications to tender for the laying of a new path from the Cemetery entrance in the Churchyard to the Cemetery toilets. All applications to be submitted to the Hon Secretary Liam Whelan in Kellystown, Adamstown, no later than March 15th.
 
VINTAGE ROAD RUN
The Shamrock Vintage Club Annual Road run will take place on Sunday 7th April, with proceeds this year going to Parish Funds.
 
ADAMSTOWN N.S. NEWS
The next Split the Pot Draw takes place this Wednesday 27tth February in the school. Envelopes costing €2 are available in Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown Pharmacy, Brad Og’s Pub & Chipper and in the school.
The Parents Association are holding a ‘Clothes Recycling’ outside the school at 9.30am on Thursday 7th March.
First Confessions for Holy Communion Children will take place this Wednesday night at 7.30pm in St. Abban’s Oratory.
Aldi School stickers: If you shop in any of the Aldi stores, the school is collecting the stickers which are given with €30 of shopping, we need to collect 300 to be included in the draw. We would appreciate any offers of stickers.
 
ANNUAL LOURDES TICKET DRAW
Tickets for our Annual Lourdes draw will be available from this week, as the Pilgrimage is earlier this year, the draw will also take place earlier. We hopefully will have enough funds to send three parishioners on the pilgrimage. Many thanks for your continued support for this appeal.
 
ON NEWS OF A FRIEND’S SUDDEN DEATH
How thin the cloth, how fine the thread
That cloaks the living from the dead;
How narrowly, from breath to breath,
We plait our rendezvous with death.
How swift the tenant flees the gate;
The landlord’s writ, come soon or late,
Foreclosing slum or stately hall,
Hard bailiffs at His beck and call,
How feather-light the feeble spark
That shields us from the greedy dark;
Unjessed our souls life falcons fly!
How weak the lure, how wide the sky!.
(Felix Dennis – The Irish Catholic)
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
A newspaper offered a prize for the best definition of money.
This was the winning answer:
Money is an instrument that can buy you everything but happiness and pay your fare to every place but heaven.
 
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
Two elderly gentlemen chatting over a pint.
Tom – ‘Have you ever realized any of your childhood hopes?
Jim – ‘Yes; when mother used to comb my hair, I often wished I didn’t have any’