April 21st 2019

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre on Friday 26th April at 9pm.
Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 26th will be: Breda Bolger, Helen Furlong & Liz Furlong. On Fri 3rd May will be: Frances Gallagher & Mary J. Furlong, On Fri 10th May will be: Angela Dooley, Elizabeth Doyle & Maria Carty. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 9th April were: John Hanley, Ann Lawlor, Patsy Byrne, Seamus Joyce, Nick Doyle & Andy Reville.
Birthday Greetings to Matt on his 90th birthday during the week, and hoping he will be back playing card in the near future.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Monday 15th April were: 9 – 11 – 20 -24. There was no Jackpot winner, the following 2 players matched three numbers and each got €100 – Michael Thorpe, Newtown & James and Anne O’Neill, The Boola. The next draw is on Friday 26th April in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €5,000
The Parochial Committee wish to thank the Lotto Committee for €3,000 as their share of the Lotto Divide with the G.A.A. & Soccer Club.
 
PAT BYRNE ROAD RUN PRESENTATION NIGHT
Following the very successful Pat Byrne Road Run on Sunday 7th April, the presentation night will take place in Cullen’s Lounge this Friday 26th . Mass at 8pm followed by presentation of cheque at 9pm, with tea & biscuits.
All welcome to come along.
 
SYMPATHY
The death occurred on Monday last of Richard (Dickie) Purcell, Raheenduff, our deepest sympathy to his sons, Adrian, Richard, Barry and Colin and daughter Amanda.
His extended family, neighbours and friends. His funeral
service took place in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Newbawn on Thursday last, followed by cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin. May he rest in peace.
 
NEW PATH IN CEMETERY
Thanks to the Cemetery Committee for their continued work in the Cemetery, in particular for the wonderful path that has been laid by a contractor from the church out to the cemetery. The old path had deteriorated badly and was in need of repair. It is a major improvement in that area.
 
U-19 FAI WOMEN SUCCESS
Congratulations to the Wexford U-19 ladies who had a great win over Dublin Metropolitans side on a scoreline of 3 – 1.
On the team was local lady Jasmine Martin and continued success for the future.
SPINA BIFIDA THANKS
A sincere thanks to those who contributed to our Church Gate collection last weekend, the amount received was
€230, thanks for your generosity.
 
ADAMSTOWN I.C.A. NEWS
The AGM of Adamstown I.C.A. guild took place in the Community Centre on Wednesday April 10th.
Deirdre Connery and Gretta O’Connor from Wexford I.C.A. Federation were present and oversaw the election of officers.
Elected were: President – Helen Furlong
Vice President – Mary Lawlor. Secretary – Ann McDonald.
Treasurer – Breda Bolger Competitions – Dympna Rochford.
Sports – Rita Furlong & Eleanor Power.
Timire – Frances Gallagher. P.R.O. – Sheelagh Delaney.
A detailed report on the guild’s activities over the past year was read out by the Secretary Ann McDonald.
Deirdre and Gretta had great praise for the Guild and said they had managed to fit in so much during the year and was a very active and vibrant guild.
The President Helen made a presentation to both ladies and a vote of thanks was proposed by Mary Lawlor.
The hostesses for the night Ann Ryan and Geraldine Bradley, served up a lovely tea. The Raffle was won by Cáit Bradley and Callie Doyle.
At the moment the guild is busy practicing for “I.C.A’s Got Talent”, which will be held in Camross Hall on Wednesday next April 24th at 8pm. All support very welcome.
The Guild will host an ‘Afternooon Tea Party’ on the May Bank Holiday Monday 6th May. This event is in conjunction with Wexford County Council Initiative “Know your Neighbour”. It is to encourage elderly people or those living in isolation to drop in to the Community Centre on the 6th for a cuppa and a chat, more details next week.
The Guild would like to wish James Dobbs “All the Best” in the upcoming production of ‘Sister Act’ in Enniscorthy, we can’t wait.
 
ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY
Ellie Walsh and family, Tomgarrow are hosting an Alzheimer’s Tea Day at their home on Saturday 4th May from 2pm – 5pm and would love your support. All monies raised go to the Wexford Branch of Alzheimers.
 
LOURDES TICKET WINNERS
Congratulations to the four lucky winners in the Lourdes Pilgrimage Draw on Sunday last. Paul Cullen, Adamstown, Peter Kelly, Doononey, Maria Carty, Misterin & Mollie Walsh, The Hill. Due to the generosity of parishioners, we were able to have 4 tickets this year. It will be a wonderful trip for the lucky winners, and we wish them all the best and remember all of us in your prayers in Lourdes.
 
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 20th – People of the Parish
Sun 21st – William, Johanna, Jimmy and Mai Kelly, Doononey (A)
Mon 22nd – Mass at 11.00am: Paud, Bertie and Kit Delaney, Glenour (A)
Sat 27th – John & Josie Barden, Doononey (A)
May they rest in peace.
Easter Monday: Mass at 11.00am.
 
SERVERS
Sat 27th – Watt & Aine Crean, Luke Cullen, Cara Whelan
Sun 28th – Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska.
Sat 4th May – Ross English, James Furlong, Conall Doyle, Aoife McCabe
Sun 5th – Róisin Colfer, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 27th - Ulick Stafford. Sun 28th – Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 4th - Frances Gallagher Sun 5th – Kay Whelan
 
MEN’S SHEDS FOR THE SOUL’ ? (Irish Catholic)
Fr.Vincent Sherlock in Rockville Centre, New York;
The Prayer Group gather once a month, they pray the rosary, reflect a little on their Faith and support each other.
The prayer group was the idea of a New York policeman called Steven McDonald who, as a young policeman, was shot and paralysed. Early in his recovery, he realised that central to that recovery was the need to forgive the young man who shot him. This he did, and he corresponded with him through his time in prison to a point where he asked him that, when he was released, the two of them would work together to promote peace and reconciliation. On release from prison the young man was killed in a motorcycle accident but Steven continued, though paralysed from the neck down, to promote peace and reconciliation. Along with Fr Mychael Judge, the New York Fire Dept Chaplin and listed as the first victim of the attack on the World Trade Centre in Sept 2001, Steven visited Ireland to further peace talks here. He started a prayer meeting for men in his own home and continued it through the years, though the numbers grew to a point where it could no longer be held in his home. Today there are more than 130 men involved and, though Steven died in Jan 2017, the group continues to meet in his name and give glory to God and Our Lady.
 
A Reflection for the week
Is this what we are preparing for?
Rolled away stone, rolled up clothes.
As if everything was over.
And we know – how marvellous –
The new Christ – we are his body-
It is just the beginning.
 
A PRAYER FOR THE EASTER SEASON (Messenger)
Risen Lord, help us to remember,
That you are with us in every time of perplexity to guide and to direct;
That you are with us in every time of sorrow to comfort and console,
That you are with us in every time of temptation to strengthen and to inspire;
That you are with us in every time of loneliness to cheer and befriend;
That you are with us even in death to bring us to the glory of your side,
Make us to be certain that there is nothing in time or in eternity which can separate us from you, so that in your presence we may meet life with gallantry and death without fear.
You turn our darkness into light, in your light we shall see light.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Christ the Lord is risen today!
Alleluia
 
THE WORKS OF MERCY (Pioneer Magazine)
Most of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy – seven of each – could form the basis of an examination of conscience for all of us. Even in our highly organised and structured society, they are still relevant. There is an extraordinary contemporary ring about them. Indeed, they will be relevant until the end of time. Mercifully, all of us, at some time or another, have experienced the generosity and goodness of others. Whether they realise it or not, they were practicing the Works of Mercy. They will not go without their reward. There are times, however, when we have our own contribution to make, however modest!
The Corporal Works of Mercy are:
Feed the hungry; Give drink to the thirsty; Clothe the naked; Shelter the homeless; Visit the sick; Visit the imprisoned; Bury the dead.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are:
Instruct the ignorant: Counsel the doubtful; Admonish sinners; Bear wrong patiently; forgive offences willingly; comfort the afflicted; Pray for the living and the dead.
 
EASTER CUSTOMS
The word Easter has its root in Oestrae, an Anglo-Saxen version of Ostara, a Germanic goddess of light, spring and fertility. Easter is a moveable feast. Its date relates to both solar and lunar events and is calculated as the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox.
The egg, one of the major symbols of the Easter festival, is common to the creation stories of many cultures.
It is easy to see why it is a symbol or resurrection.
The hard shell must be pushed through and broken to reveal the golden sun within, with its promise of new life.
Another old custom was on Easter Saturday people would take three sips of blessed water as preventive against illness for the coming year.
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter