July 28th 2019

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’Card game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 2nd August at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 2nd will be; Bernie Hickey, Evelyn O’Gorman, & Ann O’Gorman. On Fri 9th Aug will be: Bridget O’Gorman, Ann Stafford, Agnes Whelan & Kay Whelan. On Fri 16th will be: Mary Jackman, Eleanor Power & Ann Jackman. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 19th July were: Matty Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Sean Cullen, John Nolan, Pat Doyle, Owen Elmes, Matt O’Neill & John Hanley.
 
ADAMSTOWN I.C.A. NEWS
On Wednesday July 17th twenty-two ladies travelled to Carlow on the Annual I.C.A. outing.
We met in Adamstown at 9am and the first stop was Wheelock’s Garden Centre for breakfast and what a breakfast we had. After eating our fill, the next stop was Huntington Castle where we toured the beautiful gardens and walks at our leisure to walk off the breakfast.
We had a guided tour of the historic castle and our tour guide was a mine of information answering all our questions and telling us so much about the various residents of the castle down to the present day. Then it was on to Carlow for shopping and we had great fun admiring our purchases when we got back to the bus. We finished up with a lovely meal in the Lord Bagnel with a sing song on the way home.
Many thanks to our driver Paddy who was a great sport and we have adopted him as an honorary member, roll on next year.
 
SYMPATHY
Our deepest sympathy to Tom & Angela Furlong and family, Knockreigh on the death of Tom’s brother in law, Patrick (Pat ) Murphy, Clologue, Camolin on Saturday last. To his wife Mary, daughters, son and extended family our sympathy also. Pat’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Brigid’s Church, Clologue on Tuesday last with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.
 
We send our sympathy also the Kidd family, Oldcourt on the death of Thomas (Tommy) Kidd, Coolroe, Clonroche who died on Wed 24th. Tommy is survived by his brother Brendan, nieces and nephews, and predeceased by his brother Joe and sister Winnie. Tommy’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Clements Church, Cloughbawn on Saturday 27th with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
 
TRAINING COURSES AT N. L. N. WEXFORD
Training Courses at the National Learning Network, Wexford, as follows:
Rehabilitation Training, Retail Skills, Tourism, Employer Based Training, Office Administration.
National Training Network, The Faythe, Wexford.
Telephone 053 9147279. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
HOPES AND DREAMS – LEINSTER FINAL
The whole parish extends good wishes to the Wexford Minor and Senior Hurlers as they fact their greatest challenge in Croke Park this Sunday.
Hoping and praying for a successful outcome.
Hurler’s Prayer (Seamus Redmond)
Grant me O’Lord a hurler’s skill,
With strength of arm and speed of limb,
An unerring eye for the flying ball,
And courage to match what’er might befall,
May my aim be steady,
My stroke be true,
My actions manly and my misses few,
And no matter what way the game may go,
May I part in friendship with every foe.
When the final whistle for me is blown,
And I stand at last at God’s judgement throne,
May the great referee when he calls my name,
Say …….. “You hurled like a man, you played the game
 
A CATHOLIC P.M. ? (Mary Kenny – Irish Catholic)
Boris Johnson will be the first British Prime Minister who was baptised a Catholic, which was his mother Charlotte’s faith.
His godmother is Lady Rachel Billlington, daughter of high-minded convert Lord Longford. Boris changed to the Church of England after he got a scholarship to Eton, but I did wonder if the rule of ‘once a Catholic, always a Catholic’ applied. So I asked Fr. Fergus O’Donoghue SJ, who knows about these things, and he informed me that if Boris Johnson was confirmed as an Anglican at Eton, then he is no longer a Catholic. “If we are baptised as Catholics, we’re regarded as remaining so unless we transfer to another denomination. The only Catholic element that seems to have stayed with Boris is his love of Latin: though there’s not a lot of that today, in the Church of Rome.
 
LIGHTHOUSE OPEN LATER
Due to popular demand the world’s oldest lighthouse ‘Hook Lighthouse’ has announced late opening for the summer season. Opening hours are from 9.30am to 7pm. from July 1st to Sept 1st and the visitor centre, including the gift shop and café, will be open to 7pm. daily with a guided tour every half hour from 10.00am to 7pm. For further details, or to book a tour, call 051 397055 or see hookheritage.ie
 
WORDS OF WISDOM (Ireland’s Eye)
The most important five words –
I’m really proud of you
The most important four words –
What is your opinion?
The most important three words –
If you please
The most important two words –
Thank You
The most important word – “We”
The least important word is “ I”
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat July 27th – Jim and Nora McGee, The Leap (A)
Sun July 28th – People of the Parish
Sat Aug 3rd – Bob Barron, The Leap (A)
Sun Aug 4th – People of the Parish
May they rest in peace.
 
First Friday August 2nd - Mass at 9.30am
First Saturday August 3rd - Mass at 9.30am.
Visitation of the sick and housebound on Friday 2nd
& Saturday 3rd August.
St. Anthony’s Mass continues every Tuesday night at 7.30pm in St. Abban’s Oratory.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday each week night.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 27th – Anthony McGee. Sun 28th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 3rd – Frances Gallagher. Sun 4th – Betty O’Shea
Sat 10th – Eoghan Greene. Sun 11th Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 17th – T. J. McDonald. Sun 18th – Callie Doyle
 
SERVERS
Sat 27th – Watt & Áine Crean, Luke Cullen, Cara Whelan
Sun 28th – Róisin Colfer, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty.
Sat 3rd – Megan Martin, Faye Hynes, Shóna Duggan, Katelyn O’Shea
Sun 4th – Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska
Sat 10th – Leah Sinnott, Jack O’Shea, Stephen Power
Sun 11th – Gráinne English, Laura & Maeve O’Gorman, Sinéad Duffy.
Sat 17th – Ross English, James Furlong, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle.
Sun 18th – Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty.
 
CHURCH ALTARS & DECORATION
Thanks to the ladies from Doononey/Rathkyle for looking after the Church and Altars for the month of July. It is now the turn of parishioners from Newtown/The Leap for the month of August.
 
MASS OFFERINGS
“The practice of giving an offering dates back to the early Church when the faithful brought bread and wine for Mass and other gifts for the support of the priest and for the poor.
Nowadays a Mass offering is a way for the donor to join him/herself to the sacrifice of the Mass; it unites the donor closely with the life and apostolic activity of the Church, the Body of Christ, as the offering becomes a form of material support for the Church’s ministers and pastoral life.”
 
A PRAYER (Helen Steiner Rice)
God, Grant me……
Courage and hope for every day,
Faith to guide me along my way,
Understanding and wisdom, too,
And grace to accept what life gives me to do.
SPORTS TIME IN LIBRARY
A fantastic free event will be held on Tuesday, July 30th from 3.15pm – 5.15pm in the Library Park in New Ross (weather permitting). The event will cater for all children aged six to fourteen years. Development officers from Wexford GAA, Leinster Rugby and Sports Active Wexford will lead fun activities. On the day children will be separated into two different groups, six to 9 and 10 to 14 years.
Wexford GAA and Leinster Rugby will run through some skills and follow up with a mini game.
Sports Active Wexford will have many fun activities at the event such as Yball, Bocce, Skittles, and Go for life games. Please remember to wear comfortable clothing and footwear, e.g. tracksuit and runners, and to bring a rain jacket. Booking is essential, phone 051 421877.
 
THE COURAGE OF TERRY FOX
(Martin Tierney – Reflections on every Sunday of the Year)
Terry Fox lost his leg to cancer when he was a teenager. While in the hospital, going through chemo, he was affected
by the amount of suffering in the cancer ward and decided that, in his words, ‘somewhere the hurting must stop’.
He decided to run across Canada to raise funds for Cancer research in that country. During his ‘Marathon of Hope’ Fox ran twenty-eight to thirty miles per days on one real leg and one artificial leg. Halfway across, outside Thunder Bay in Ontario, the cancer spread to his lungs. A few months later he died. He lifted a nation through his courage and tenacity. To this day every first weekend in September there is a Terry Fox Run. There is also a mountain named after him in the Canadian Rockies and a huge memorial to him outside Thunder Bay.
 
THE PAPAL CROSS IN THE PHOENIX PARK
Today the Papal Cross still stands as a permanent and prominent memorial to the amazing visit of Pope John Paul in 1979. The Cross was the work of Scott Tallon Walker Architects and cost an incredible £50,000. It was constructed in the Inchicore steelworks factory of J & C McGloughlin by John Sisk and Sons and the structure weighs in at 31 tons.
Writing himself about the cross in 2004 Tallon noted that
we decided that we required a cross the height of Nelson’s Pillar, which was 125 feet high, which would be clearly visible to all from the furthest reaches of the vast congregation and which would give a sense of focus to the occasion. The cross arrived at the Park on Sept 7th after travelling a somewhat circuitous route. The journey obviously began in Inchicore but continued via O’Connell Bridge. The sheer size of the structure meant that this longer trek was necessary, as shorter routes would not accommodate the cross. It took two hundred-ton cranes to
lift the cross into position. After several attempts to hoist it in place it was eventually erected just a fortnight before the Pope’s arrival. On the platform’s raised stone slab to the north are inscribed the words Moladh go deo le Dia (Praise be God forever) Poignantly when John Paul died in 2005 workers built a stage for the celebration of a special Mass on the day of his funeral. Today the Cross is a meeting place for many including the lovely Phoenix park deer.
(Saint Martin’s Magazine)