June 23rd 2019

Adamstown Parish Newsletter
Weekend of Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd July 2019
Volume 20. Number 25. www.saintabbans.com
CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 28th June at 9pm Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 28th will be: Gillian O’Neill, Edel Doyle, Ann Marie O’Shea & Geraldine Thorpe.
On Fri 5th July will be: Breda Kelly, Valerie Kelly, Anne O’Brien & Eileen Moran. On Fri 12th July will be: Dympna Rochford, Mary Lawlor, Edel Crean & Marie Dunphy. On Fri 19th July will be: Ann McDonald, Una McDonald & Sinead O’Gorman. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
The card players were delighted to welcome Matt back last week following his recent illness, continued good health Matt and all the best.
 
THANK YOU
Fr. Jim Furlong would like to thank the Parishioners for their cards and presents for his Golden Jubilee; you have been so generous and kind. I am deeply grateful for your support and prayer. I will pray for you. May God bless your families.
Thank You – Jim.
 
SHOW ENTRIES
The closing date for entries for the 72nd Agricultural, Horticultural, Trade and Vintage Show on Saturday 6th July in Adamstown is this Wednesday 26th June.
Schedules are still available at Cullen’s Gala or the Hon. Sec. Patrice Byrne at 087 6166926. Become an exhibitor and support your local show. Follow Adamstown Show on Facebook.
Note: There will be a meeting to finalise arrangements this Thursday 27th June at 9pm. Please attend.
 
MARTIAL ARTS CAMPS
Raheen Family Resource Centre will be running free Martial Arts summer camps in Adamstown Community Centre on the following dates.
Week 1: Monday July 8th to Wednesday July 10th, 7-10 years. Week 2: Monday July 15th to Thursday July 18th, 11 years upwards.
Participants will learn self-defence, self-awareness, boxercise and lots more. There will also be fun and games which will promote team building and confidence. The campo will be delivered by John Philips, who has a fourth Degree Black Belt. Booking is essential, please contact Joyce or Bridget at 051 442888 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Congratulations to Jimmy and Betty O’Shea who recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. The couple marked the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary with a meal in Whitford House Hotel surrounded by their extensive family. We wish them both many more happy years together.
 
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL CHILDCARE SCHEME?
The National Childcare Scheme is our pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare.
From October it will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.
What will happen to the existing childcare programmes?
For now existing childcare programmes will continue to operate until the launch of the National Childcare Scheme. Applications for the current programmes can be made up until October 2019. No new applications for these programmes will be available after the National Childcare Scheme opens. To make the transition as smooth as possible, families can choose to make the switch to the new Scheme immediately in October or remain on their current programme for one final programme year. The free preschool programme (also known as ECCE - the Early Childhood Care and Education programme) will not be affected.
How to Apply:
Applications for the National Childcare Scheme can be made online at www.ncs.gov.ie/apply using your verified MyGovID. A paper-based application can also be submitted by post. The Scheme is targeted to open to applications in October 2019, with the first payments flowing from November 2019.
 
ADAMSTOWN N.S. FAMILY FUN EVENING
We held our Family Fun evening on Wednesday night last in the school grounds. Firstly, a sincere word of thanks to the Parents’ Association and the many parents who volunteered their time to help us run the various stalls and events.
Also a big thanks for all the donations of bottles, cakes & confectionery for the teas & cake sale. Even though the rain came early on, together we raised €1,700 for our school.
A wonderful team effort and well done all.
Results of events: Trailer of firewood – Daniel Payne.
50 – Tom Furlong. €30 – Susan O’Shea.
Split the Pot winner of €98 was Rachel Morris.
School winner Ellie Doyle. Name the Teddy – Aoibhinn McDonald. Treasure Hunt winner – Laura Rowlands.
 
ROUNDERS FINAL
Well done to Adamstown N.S boys who reached the Co. Final in Rackard League Rounders, they play Glynn in the final in Taghmon on Friday last; unfortunately they were defeated by a stronger team. They received their runner-up medals and well done lads.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 22nd – Tess & Tony Kennedy, Rathsilla & deceased members of the Heffernan family, Ballyshannon (A)
Sun 23rd – People of the Parish
Sat 29th – Robert Barron, (Junior) The Leap and Kildare (A)
Sun 30th – Pat Foley, The Leap (Month’s Mind)
May they rest in peace.
 
SERVERS
Sat 22nd – Watt & Aine Crean, Luke Cullen, Cara Whelan
Sun 23rd – Gráinne English, Laura & Maeve O’Gorman.
Sat 29th – Ross English, James Furlong, Aoife McCabe
Conall Doyle.
Sun 30th – Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 22nd – Frances Gallagher. Sun 23rd – Betty O’Shea
Sat 29th - Eoghan Greene. Sun 30th – Geraldine Ridgeway.
Sat 6th – T. J. McDonald. Sun 7th – Callie Doyle.
 
This Sunday 23rd – Feast of Corpus Christi, following 10.30am Mass there will be a short procession from the Church through the Cemetery followed by Benediction.
 
FRIDAY 28TH JUNE – FEAST OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS:
Mass at 9.30am on Friday morning.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday night each week.
St. Anthony’s Mass continues every Tuesday night in St. Abban’s Oratory at 7.30pm.
 
PLIGRMAGE TO KNOCK
About 50 pilgrims from Adamstown travelled to Knock on Monday June 17th. We were blessed with pleasant weather. The pilgrims were present for the afternoon ceremonies on Monday with Mass and Anointing of the sick. Accompanying the pilgrimage were Fr. Jim Furlong and Fr. Robert Nolan.
The travellers enjoyed an overnight stay at McWilliams Park Hotel in Claremorris. They returned to the Shrine for Mass at the Apparition Chapel on Tuesday 18th. The group had appetising meal on the way home at The Bridge Hotel in Tullamore. Many thanks to Carmel and Rita who organized the pilgrimage and who contributed to the success of the occasion.
 
ORDINATION
We send our good wishes to Rev. Ricky O’Connor who was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Denis Brennan in the Church of the Assumption, Our Lady’s Island on Sunday last. We extend to him the priestly good wish AD MULTOS ANNOS (‘TO MANY YEARS!), a wish that he may enjoy many years of blessing as he joins in service with the priests in New Ross parish.
 
GETTING YOU PRIORITIES RIGHT!
Years ago, in the royal court, a very important figure was the court jester. Part of his job was to humour the king when he was in bad form. One day the jester rubbed up the king the wrong way. The king was furious and he gave the jester a dunce’s hat to wear every day until he met a person more foolish than himself. Years later the king was close to death and not resigned to his fat. The jester, the king’s friend for many years, asked him: “Whenever you were travelling abroad, didn’t you send your ambassador to arrange the protocol?” The king replied, “Yes, I did.” “Well here you are on the most important journey of your life and you made no arrangements. Take back this cap you gave me, for I have found a man more foolish than myself” “Do not store up treasures for yourself here on Earth … for where your treasure is there will be your heart also”
 
CHURCH ALTARS & DECORATION ROTA FOR 2019/20
The following is the rota for looking after the Church & Altars for the next twelve months, which was drawn up at Mass on Sunday last.
July - Doononey/Rathkyle. August – Newtown/The Leap
September – Tomgarrow. October – Brocurra.
November – Coonogue. December – Adamstown.
January – Ballyvergin/Glenour.
February – Kellystown. . March – Oldcourt.
April – Misterin. May – Knockreigh
June – Raheenduff
A sincere thanks to all parishioners who faithfully look after St. Abban’s Church with such care and dedication, may God Bless you all.
 
A DOG’S DINNER
In years gone by, long before the arrival of Aldis or Lidls, New Ross was a flourishing market town. Drapery shops, Hardware stores, Public houses and Grocery stores were thriving. One morning an elderly butcher caught a fleeting image of a dog departing his premises with a leg of lamb. Fortunately the butcher was able to identify the owner of the dog. When he got an opportunity to do so, he dropped into a neighbouring solicitors office to look for advice. The cost of the leg of lamb was £3.00. At first the solicitor didn’t think that the butcher could do much about the incident. But on learning that the butcher knew the name of the dog’s owner, he suggested that the butcher should demand compensation.
Oh, that’s grand” said the butcher, “actually, it was your dog was the culprit”. The following morning the butcher noticed that one of the letters in the post had the name of the solicitor’s office on the envelope. He confidently opened the letter, hoping to find a cheque for £3, but was disappointed to find a bill for £5 for legal advice.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS.
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Fri 21st were: 6 – 18 – 24 – 30. There was no Jackpot winner, the following 3 players matched 3 numbers and got €70 each. Nick Walsh, Brocurra; Vinny Doheny, Raheenduff; Jim Wickham, Raheen. Next draw Fri 5th July for a Jackpot of €6,000. Thanks for your continued support.