April 28th 2019

The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 3rd May at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 3rd will be: Frances Gallagher & Mary J. Furlong. On Fri 10th May will be:
Angela Dooley, Elizabeth Doyle & Maria Carty. On Fri 17th May will be: Catherine Moore, Kathleen O’Connor, Nancy Walsh & Tina Whelan. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 20th April were: Betty O’Shea, Kay Whelan, James Hendrick, Mick Bolger, Seamus Joyce, Patsy Byrne, John Hanley Johnny Furlong, John Murphy & Tom Rochford.
 
ADAMSTOWN I.C.A. NEWS
Eleven members of the Guild took part in “I.C.A.’s Got Talent” in Camross Hall last Wednesday night 24th April and had a great craic doing so.
Callie Doyle gave a great rendition of “If I Were a Blackbird”, and Cáit Bradley recited an Irish poem called “An Gairdín”, that she remembered from her school days beautifully.
The Novelty Act, “Classroom Capers”, involved nine members, Helen Furlong, Ann McDonald, Breda Bolger, Eileen Thorpe, Ann Ryan, Mary J. Furlong, Sheelagh Delaney, Geraldine Bradley and Liz Furlong and managed to secure one of the six prizes given out on the night.
Well done to all involved in the show and a big Thank You to the many locals who turned up to support us.
A reminder about our Afternoon Tea Party on Bank Holiday Monday May 6th at 2.30pm.
This is funded by the County Council for their ‘Get to know your neighbour’ initiative.
 
CHALK & CHEESE
Eoin (O’Neill) has recently released his first single ‘Chalk & Cheese’ from his forthcoming Album called “Reverie”.
Eoin is a grandson of Michael and Nancy Lambert and a son of their daughter Kay.
Eoin’s single Chalk & Cheese can be downloaded from all major streaming platforms. His second single from the album will be released in the next few weeks, so keep a look out for that. Follow Eoin on Facebook @justeoin for further details. We wish him every success in his career.
 
ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY
Ellie Walsh and family, Tomgarrow are hosting an Alzheimer’s Tea Day at their home this coming Saturday 4th May from 2pm – 5pm and would love your support. All monies raised go to the Wexford Branch of Alzheimers.
 
ADAMSTOWN ACTIVE RETIRED
Adamstown Active Retired are having a meal in the Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola on Thursday 2nd May at 1.30pm. Everyone welcome to come along.
EASTER IN ST. ABBAN’S
We celebrated Easter in St. Abban’s in lovely sunshine last weekend. The Holy Week ceremonies were well attended and a word of thanks to Fr. Nolan for his dedication and
care for all parishioners over the past weeks. Thanks to the servers, choirs and musicians, readers, Eucharistic ministers, collectors for their input into the ceremonies which adds so much to the Easter celebrations. Thanks to the ladies who erected the lovely Easter Garden and for the donations of flowers and plants.
Thanks to those who prepared the Church so beautifully, Fás workers, Cáit and Joe for their continued work in helping to keep St. Abban’s Church in a fitting manner.
It was great to see Fr. Jim Furlong in attendance on Good Friday and Easter Saturday night, and we wish him continued good health going forward.
 
CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - DIOCESE OF FERNS
Camino de Santiago, The Portuguese Way –
Lisbon to Fatima, 17th – 24th August 2019.
€599.00 per person, (Flights, Accommodation & Insurance)
Director: Fr. Roger O’Neill. Chaplin: Fr. James Cullen.
Booking with O’Leary Travel Ltd. 053 9233178
 
NEW ROSS PARISH BETHONY GROUP
New Ross Parish Bethany Bereavement Support Group.
Contact No: 087-3846577
Drop In Centre – Legion of Mary Hall,
1st Thursday of every month, between 11.00am – 12 noon.
 
ST. PATRICK’S SPECIAL SCHOOL CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
Church Gate collection this weekend Sat 27th & Sun 28th in Adamstown. Serving Special Needs in all of County Wexford. Please support.
 
SYMPATHY
Our sympathy to Danny and Mary Doyle and all the Doyle family on the death of Danny’s niece Elizabeth (Liz), Rathgar Dublin and formerly Barmoney. Elizabeth who passed away suddenly was daughter of Marie and the late Pat Doyle.
Her funeral Mass took place in Galbally Church on Wed last with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO DRAW RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Friday 26th were: 8 – 9 – 12 – 16. There was no Jackpot winner. The following 9 players matched 3 numbers: Paul
Curtis, Boola; Martin Furlong, Templeshelin; Carol Lee, The Boola; John O’Brien, Ballyvergin, Pat Lawlor, Knockreigh, Fr. Odhran Furlong, Stephen English, Tinnacarraig; Geraldine Carberry, Tramore; Ann O’Gorman, Kellystown. The next draw is on Friday May 10th.
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 27th – John & Josie Barden, Doononey (A)
Sun 28th - People of the Parish
Sat 4th May – Breda O’Brien, Templeshelin (A)
Sun 5th May – Peg Kelly & deceased members of the Kirwan family (A)
Pray for Patrick Nolan, Quay Street, New Ross (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
Divine Mercy Sunday 28th April will be celebrated at 3pm in the afternoon in St. Abban’s Church.
St. Anthony’s Mass on Tuesday 30th April at 7.30pm.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday each week.
First Friday 3rd May – Mass at 9.30am & 7.30pm
First Saturday 4th May – Mass at 9.30am
Visitation of the sick and housebound on Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th.
 
SYMPATHY
As a Parish Community we send our prayerful condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives in Sri-Lanka on Easter Sunday both Christian and non-Christian.
As a token of our prayerful solidarity Mass on Tuesday evening will be offered for the victims and their families.
The Shrine of St. Anthony in Sri-Lanka is a place beloved by all the people of Sri-Lanka, and is a place of great pilgrimage.
 
SERVERS
Sun 28th – Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska.
Sat 4th May – Ross English, James Furlong, Conall Doyle, Aoife McCabe
Sun 5th May – Róisin Colfer, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 27th – Ulick Stafford. Sun 28th – Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 4h – Frances Gallagher. Sun 5th – Kay Whelan
Sat 11th – Anthony McGee. Sun 12th – Ann Ryan
 
CHURCH ALTARS & DECORATION
Thanks to the ladies from Raheenduff for looking after the Church and Altars for the month of April. It is now the turn of parishioners from Adamstown for the month of May.
 
TROCAIRE COLLECTION
Thanks to those who returned their Trocaire Box over the past week, if you have not yet done so, please bring your box back as soon as possible. Every note or coin, no matter how small, really makes a difference to those who have so little.
 
MARY’S MONTH (St Martin Magazine)
The month of May is set aside by the Church for special devotion to the Mother of God. The Irish name for the month “Bealtaine” is associated with a pre-Christian festival celebrated at this time of year, while the English word “May” is derived from the name of the Roman Goddess who was Mother of all the Gods.
In Ireland there has always been a strong devotion to Our Lady as Mother of God: Ar Mhathair Mhic De.
As Canon Sheehan has written: Somehow the fragrance and beauty of these May evenings hang around us, as incense hangs around a dimly lighted Church and often cling around a soul where faith and holiness have been banished.
There are many hymns associated with our May devotion to Mary. One such recorded and sung by Irish Tenor Frank Patterson concludes with these words:
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
 
ROSARY AT KNOCKREIGH GROTTO
The Rosary will be prayed at Knockreigh Grotto each evening Monday – Friday at 8pm for the month of May starting this Wed night – the Month of Our Lady. Please make an effort and come to join in prayer to our Mother Mary.
 
FROM THE MOUTHS OF THE INNOCENT COMES WISDOM
Fr. Martin Delaney writing in the Irish Catholic said:
For a number of years I worked as a Diocesan Advisor for Primary Schools and visited each of the 90 schools in our diocese. One visit was to a class room of 10 year olds; before I arrived the teacher had invited a local potter to work with the children. My visit would normally involve a conversation with the children around some of the material they had covered in the religion programme. Seeing the freshly made pieces of pottery around the classroom the section on God as the potter seemed a good place to start.
The teacher cautioned me that she had 5 children from the Travelling Community in her class and they did not come to school very often, implicating that I should not expect them to join in the conversation. I began by asking them if they thought the potter was a good image of God. Of course, the first child with his hand up was one of the traveller children.
I looked at the teacher and she at me and I decided to chance asking the child what did he think. He said with great enthusiasm that he thought it was a great idea and proceeded to tell me why. “It’s like this, father: when a potter starts off to make something he has a lump of clay. He might be going to make a cup but then sometimes it comes out wrong and he has to start again and make something new. It’s like that with us. God had made us and sometimes, like the pottery we can shatter and fall to pieces and only God can put us back together again!” Wow! I looked at the teacher again and she was dumbfounded. That visit to that school was a moment of resurrection and it has sustained me through many difficult days since.