March 31st 2019

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 5th April at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 5th will be: Eleanor Smyth, Emma Staunton & Bernie Conway. On Fri 12th will be: Breda Whelan, Deirdre Whelan & Bessie Fortune.
On Fri 19th will be: Rosie Siggins, Maria Murphy & Maura Barden. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 23rd March were: Bridie Dillon, Chris Byrne, Seamus Wickham, Paddy Furlong, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Paddy Finn & Richie Murphy.
 
PAT BYRNE MEMORIAL ROAD RUN
There will be a meeting this Tuesday night 2nd April in the Community Centre at 9pm to make final arrangements for the Pat Byrne Road Run. The Run will take place on Sunday 7th April. Registration at 11.30am with starting time 1pm, vehicles travelling a distance of 32km.
Everyone will meet at 3.30pm in the Community Centre for food and raffles.
All vehicles welcome. Total proceeds to Adamstown Parochial Funds.
 
There will be a meeting this Monday night 1st April in the Community Centre at 8pm for any ladies who are willing to give a hand on the day with the catering for those on the Road Run. Your help and support will be much appreciated.
 
ADAMSTOWN TIDY TOWNS – APRIL CLEAN UP
Reminding everyone that the Parish Clean-Up is now under way. Volunteers are needed in all areas, to clean up the roads and lanes of our Parish. Filled bags of rubbish may be left opposite the Pump at the top of the village for the next two weeks, for collection by Wexford Co. Council.
 
ANNUAL LOURDES DRAW
Tickets are currently being sold throughout the Parish for our Annual Lourdes Draw, which takes place on Sun 14th April
Tickets cost €5 each and any household may purchase up to 4 tickets. Draw confined to Adamstown Parish.
Your support is very much appreciated.
 
ADAMSTOWN NS. SPLIT THE POT DRAW
The lucky winner in the Split the Pot draw on Fri 29th March was Emma Staunton who won €80, the school winner was Daniel Payne. Thanks for your continued support.
Next draw is on Wednesday 10th April.
 
ADULT READING GROUP
New Ross Adult Reading Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at New Ross Library to discuss popular and literary fiction in a pleasant and friendly environment.
 
ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES
Want to improve your qualifications, education and keep/increase your social welfare payment while of availing of free childcare? (day and/or after-school if needed)
If so, an Open Day is taking place at New Ross Adult Education Centre, Butlersland, (Eircode Y34 AD63) on Friday, April 5th from 11.00am – 1.00pm, tea and cakes will be served. The Centre has cookery courses and office skills courses starting in September 2019. People attending can have a chat with the friendly teachers and students and see the excellent facilities.
 
ADAMSTOWN ACTIVE RETIREMENT MEAL
Adamstown Active Retired are having a meal in the Horse & Hound Hotel on Thursday 4th April at 1.30 pm. All welcome to come along.
 
MOTHER’S DAY (Helen Steiner Rice)
A mother’s love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain.
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may.
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away.
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking.
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation.
 
Wishing all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day!
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Friday 29th March were: 8 – 14 – 18 – 25. There was no Jackpot winner, the following two players matched three numbers and each got €100. Stephen O’Gorman, Kellystown & James Furlong, Knockreigh.The next draw takes place on Friday 12th April in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €4,800.
 
NEW ROSS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL THANKS
A word of thanks from New Ross Community Hospital to parishioners of Adamstown for donating €222.37 to their recent church gate collection.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 30th – Joe Kidd, Oldcourt (A)
Sun 31st – Kitty Furlong, (Taghmon) nee Bradley,
Adamstown (A)
Johnny Crean, Clonard and formerly Glenour (A)
Sat 6th – Sylvie Furlong, Tomgarrow (A)
Sun 7th – John, Katie & Eileen Delaney, Oldcourt (A)
Tuesday 2nd April 7.30pm: – John & Nellie Finn, Rathsilla & deceased members of the Whelan family, Adamstown (A)
Wed 3rd - 9.30am: Charlie, Laurence & Ellen Bradley, Doononey (A)
Thurs 4th - 9.30am – Maureen Whitty, Clonroche & Newtown (A)
May they rest in peace. 
 
First Friday Mass at 9.45am & 7.30pm.
First Saturday Mass at 9.30am
Visitation of the sick and housebound Friday & Saturday.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday
St. Anthony’s Mass and Prayers continue every Tuesday night in St. Abban’s Oratory at 7.30pm.
 
MASS OF CHRISM
Mass of Chrism on Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 8.00pm
at St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy.
You are asked to be seated by 7.30pm.
Seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All welcome.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 30th – Eoghan Greene. Sun 31st – Kay Whelan
Sat 6th – Frances Gallagher. Sun 7th - Callie Doyle
Sat 13th – Liam Whelan. Sun 14th – Ann Ryan
 
SERVERS
Sun 31st – Gráinne English, Laura & Maeve O’Gorman, Sinéad Duffy, Paddy Connors
Sat 6th – Ross English, James Furlong, Conall Doyle, Aoife McCabe.
Sun 7th – Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska.
 
TRÓCAIRE:
Trócaire Boxes are available in the Church porch, if you have not already received one.
Every donation helps – no matter how small.
Please display your Trócaire box in a prominent position for all the family to contribute. Our donations, however small, will go towards saving people in the world who are in desperate need, i.e. in Uganda, Guatemala and Lebanon. Please give what you can this Lent.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
During this season of Lent let us be tolerant to others.
Their mistakes today may be ours tomorrow.
 
WHY I AM PRO-LIFE!
Psalm: 139:13,15. For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb…..
My frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.
2273: The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation…. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being’s right to life
and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death.
 
A RIGHT TO PRAY
Places of worship have become regular targets of extremist attacks; people at prayer are very vulnerable. The recent tragedy in Christchurch, N.Z. is a typical example.
Twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians were martyred by ISIS in 2015. With them was Mathew Ayariga, a Ghanaian man and a non-Christian. In the moment of persecution, he was transformed by the faith of those around him as, with love, they confessed Christ to their executioners. In his turn, Matthew said simply, “Their God is my God.” May we also recognize the living Christ and have the courage to follow.
 
Praying: The angels too pray, all of them. The whole creation prays, Cattle and wild-beasts pray, and bends their knees, and in coming forth from their stalls and lairs took up to heaven, their mouth not idle, making the spirit move in their own fashion. Moreover the birds taking flight lift themselves up to heaven and instead of hands spread out the cross of their wings, while saying something, which may be supposed to be a prayer. What more then of the obligation of prayer? Even the Lord himself prayed: to Him be honour and power for ever and ever.
 
 
St. Abban’s Church is a Holy Place
Please treat it with appropriate reverence.
The Blessed Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood
is reserved here in Church for Communion of the Sick and for adoration of the faithful.
Enter quietly and pray for yourself and those you love, for all in need in our world, for all who worship and minister in this holy place and forget not the faithful departed.

Don’t forget to put your clock forward this Saturday night as we welcome summer.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Celery has negative calories – it takes more calories to eat and digest a piece of celery than the celery has in it initially.
 
The word ‘news’ came from the first letters of the words, North, East, West, South. This was because information was being gathered from all different directions.