July 7th 2019

The weekly ’30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 12th July at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 12th will be: Dympna Rochford, Mary Lawlor, Edel Crean & Marie Dunphy.
On Fri 19th will be; Ann McDonald, Una McDonald & Sinead O’Gorman. On Fri 26th will be: Ellen Furlong, Bridget Colfer & Margaret Furlong. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 28th June were: Sean Cullen, John Nolan, John Furlong, Jim Wickham, Mick Doyle, Andy Reville.
 
ST. ABBAN’S ADAMSTOWN GAA CLUB
The President of the GAA Mr. John Horan will officially open St. Abban’s Adamstown GAA Club’s new pitch at 4.30pm on Saturday July 13th. This is an historical occasion for the club as it is the 1st time in one hundred and thirty two years that the players will play on a pitch owned by the club.
Everyone is welcome to join us in this celebration. Activities will commence on the pitch on Friday evening at 5pm with GAA games for U-10; U-12; U-13 boys and girls. The feature match of the evening will be an U-11 hurling championship match v’s Mougeen Gaels at 7pm.
A ‘Sports Stars in Conversation’ forum will take place in Coláiste Abbáin at 8.30pm. The panel will consist of Michael Furlong (football), John Mullane (hurling), Aileen Gilroy (Ladies Senior Football All Star & Mayo Seniors), Jonathan Moore (Racing) and Kevin Doyle (soccer). This will be an entertaining event and you will get an opportunity to chat to your local sports stars. Admission is free.
GAA games for all age groups will take place on the new pitch on Saturday 13th at 10.00am. The ladies senior football match will take place at 3pm and the men’s match Adamstown v’s the Moonlights starts at 5pm.
A GAA Centra Ambassador will be present also. There will be lots of activities on the pitch in the Community Centre – South East Radio, Centra Activities, Sports Active Events, Marquee (teas, coffee, shop) Barbeque, Fanzone, Face painting, Replicas of the Sam Maguire and the Liam McCarthy Cups will be present for photos. Everyone is welcome and may participate in these activities (you do not need to be a member of the GAA Club). This will be a great free occasion with fun and entertainment for all. We are very grateful to all the people who worked in the club in the past, who currently work in the club, supported and sponsored the club since 1887. This new development would not have happened without all of you.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.
 
ADAMSTOWN PATRON 2019
The Patron and blessing of graves in St. Abban’s Cemetery will take place on Sunday 1st September 2019.
 
NEWBAWN / CARRIGBYRNE FIELD DAY –
Sunday July 14th
Newbawn//Carrigbyrne Field Day takes place in the Community Sportsground on Sunday July 14th.at 1.30pm. In addition to all the usual attractions there will be musical entertainment throughout the afternoon and a rare display of vintage implements that were manufactured in Pierces Foundry, Wexford. Dr. Austin O’Sullivan of the Johnstown Castle area will be present to give a talk and answer questions posed regarding the old vintage implements. Your support is much appreciated. Proceeds go to Newbawn Parish.
PATRONS IN THE NEWBAWN AREA
Faree & Courthoyle Cemeteries – Prayers for the dead and blessing of graves on Saturday afternoon July 20th
On Sunday July 21st – Mass for the dead will take place at midday in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Newbawn, followed by prayers and blessing of graves in the old cemetery (The Clorane) at 1pm & and blessing of graves in the New Cemetery adjacent to the Church at 1.30pm.
 
ALPINE MOUNTAINEERING POPE
Cardinal Achille Ratti was elected Pope Pius X1. Born in 1857 he was in his younger and heartier an energetic Alpinist among the mountains between northern Italy and Switzerland. He was said to have ‘conquered’ something like a hundred previously unclimbed peaks. Such was h is renown and he published a book about his adventures.
Climbs on Alpine Peaks (1923). He belonged to the pioneering ranks of mountain climbers, not quite the first generation, but certainly the second. Such an activity was then a minority sport, the dangers of which were recognised. It was no safe outing for overweight tourists, as today.
Ratti was an experienced athlete. He knew what he was doing. He also knew when to stop. By the time he was elected Pope he had given up h is scrambles in the Alps.
Pope Pius X1 died in 1939 some months before the outbreak of World War 11. Before he died he published an encyclical letter called With Great Sorrow in which he unambiguously condemned the outrages of Hitler’s Third Reich, showing the same courage that he displayed in his distinguished days as an Alpine Mountaineer.
 
AN UNUSUAL HOLIDAY
Recently two Adamstown sisters spent a holiday together that demanded immense physical fitness. They joined the increasing number of people doing the Camino each year.
Dymphna Rochford and Margo McFarlane walked 30km each day for the week through beautiful scenery and rugged countryside. It was a memorable experience which left them tired but uplifted. Well done to both of them.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat July 6th – Jim & Jo Redmond, Misterin (A)
Sun 7th – Joe Bradley, Glenour (A) &
Bill Bradley, Woodview Drive (A)
Sat 13th – Eamonn, Martin Furlong, Greenview (A)
Sun 14th – Jay Roche, Ballyshannon (A)
Mon 8th July – 9.30am – Bridget Kealy, Glenour (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday each week.
St. Anthony’s Mass continues every Tuesday night at 7.30pm in St. Abban’s Oratory.
 
SERVERS
Sat 6th July – Megan Martin, Faye Hynes, Shóna Duggan, Katelyn O’Shea
Sun 7th – Róisin Colfer, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty.
Sat 13th – Leah Sinnott, Jack O’Shea, Stephen Power
Sun 14th – Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczaynska.
Sat 20th – Ross English, James Furlong, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle
Sun 21st – Gráinne English, Laura & Maeve O’ Gorman.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 6th – T. J. McDonald. Sun 7th – Callie Doyle
Sat 13th – Ulick Stafford. Sun 14th – Ann Ryan
Sat 20th – Liam Whelan. Sun 21st – Kay Whelan.
 
 
WEEKLY ENVELOPES 2019 – 2020
Many of you who contribute weekly to St. Abban’s Envelope Collection may now have received your envelopes for the coming year. I want to thank all those who increased their contribution during the past year. A word of thanks to the good people who distributed the envelopes.
When the envelope collection was first introduced by Fr. Noel Hartley P.P. in 1979 the equivalent of the Pound coin
would be worth €10 today. The many improvements in the Church over the past few years e.g. New Sound System, Lighting, Heating, Painting, Carpets etc., was made possible through your generosity. Presently urgent work is needed on the Church Tower. I want to thank our faithful contributors, weekly, through Bankers Orders or Annual Donations.
To those who do not contribute I would very sincerely ask for your support during the coming year. Your generosity helps me to discharge my stewardship here in this Parish.
Yours sincerely, Robert Nolan P.P.
 
“WEARING MY SHOES”
(Sunday Reflections - Martin Tierney)
H.L. Gee has a lovely story. There was a boy in a country village who, after a great struggle, reached the priesthood. His helper in his days of study has been the village cobbler. The cobbler, like so many of his trade, was a man of wide reading and far thinking, and he had done much for the boy. In due time the boy was allowed to preach. And on that day the cobbler said to him, ‘It was always my desire to be a priest but the circumstances of my life made it impossible. But you are achieving what was closed to me. And I want you to promise me one thing – I want you to let me make and cobble your shoes, for nothing, I want you to wear them in the pulpit when you preach, and then I’ll feel you are preaching the gospel that I always wanted to preach standing in my shoes’. Beyond a doubt the cobble was serving God as the preacher was, and his reward would one day be the same.
 
NEW HOTEL IN FLORIDA – LOCAL LINK
John Power, Raheenduff had the pleasure two weeks ago of attending the opening of the latest Loews Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The hotel of which John is the new General Manager has 700 bedrooms. Among the guests were his mother Eleanor Power and his sisters Elaine and Annette
who had made the journey unknown to him.
 
WEXFORD MARTYRS - Feast Day 5th July
Matthew Lambert (baker) Robert Meyler, Patrick Cavanagh & Edward Cheevers (Sailors). In their efforts to help a Jesuit to escape from Wexford Harbour they were arrested, tried and found guilty of treason. They refused to take the Oath of Supremacy and declare Elizabeth 1 of England to be head of the Church. Matthew Lambert in his reply said: Your Honour, “I am not a learned man. I am unable to debate with you, but I can tell you this, I am a Catholic and I believe whatever our Holy Mother the Catholic Church believes”. They were hanged, drawn and quartered in Wexford.
 
WINNERS ALL
Like every other parish in County Wexford, we were all
over the moon last Sunday to see our Seniors, Minors and the Ladies win Leinster Finals. A long time waiting, but the excitement and immense pride was well worth it.
We wish all teams the very best as they go forward to the All Ireland Semi finals at the end of the month.
A great boost for morale in the County.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
There is only one rule in this house,
It keeps our family stable,
You can talk about whatever you like,
But there’s no phones at the table.
Politics, religion are all fair game,
Philosophy if you’re able.
Chat to the people you’re sitting with,
But no phones at the table!