February 9th 2020

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 14th Feb at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 14th will be: Breda Kelly, Valerie Kelly, Anne O’Brien & Eileen Moran. On Fri 21st will be: Mary Jackman, Eleanor Power & Ann Jackman. On Fri 28th will be: Margo O’Reilly & Dympna Bradley. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 14th Feb in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €9,000. Do keep on buying the tickets and be in with a chance. You are also helping to support our local GAA Club, Soccer Club & Parish Committee. Many thanks
 
ADAMSTOWN GAA POSITION
A position has become available on a back to work scheme at our club grounds. Suitable candidates must be on job seekers allowance for twelve months or more.
For further information contact T.J. on
087 6798376.
 
ADAMSTOWN TIDY TOWNS
Adamstown Tidy Towns have pots of Minature Daffodils on sale for €5.00 each in Cullen’s Gala. 100% of profits go to the Irish Cancer Society. Please support this worthy cause.
 
SYMPATHY
The community of Adamstown was saddened to hear of the death of Philip Kearns (Sailor), Sli an Uisce, Clonroche, formerly Galbally and Adamstown, who died on Thursday 6th February. To his sons Philip, Junior and Tommy, brothers and sisters and extended family and friends, our deepest sympathy.
His funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John the Baptist Church, Galbally on Saturday with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.
 
ADAMSTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB
Well done to Adamstown AC’s only 2 athletes that competed at the Juvenile Leinster Indoors last weekend in Athlone. Ciara Mooney won the Gold Medal in the U-16 1.5k Walk in a time of 8.21mins. Well done to Jack O’Shea who finished 5th in the U-14 60m hurdles Final in time of
10.73 seconds. Training continues on Monday and Wednesday nights at 7.30pm for our older athletes and Sportshall Athletics on Thursday nights.
2nd/3rd/4th class 7pm – 7.30pm. 5th/6th class 7.30pm – 8.15pm and 8.15pm – 9.00pm for our older athletes.
Membership is now due for 2020.
BINGO
Bingo will commence in Cullen’s Lounge on
Wednesday 12th February and every Wednesday thereafter. Book €10.00. Special Page €5.00. Cash Prizes.
All support welcome.
DR. MARTIN QUIRKE
Congratulations to Martin Quirke on your recent achievement (PhD in Architecture). Martin began his education at Sacred Heart School, Newbawn, on moving to Woodview Drive with his family, he completed National School at Scoil Naomh Abbáin. Martin then moved in to 2nd Level Education and attended Coláiste Abbain in Adamstown and completed his Leaving Cert in 1995. He then took on another journey on his educational path and studied Architectural Building Technology – Drafting- Architectural Construction at W.I.T. Waterford, completing in 1997. Soon after Martin went to Lund University in Sweden as a Student Exchange, participant in Architecture for one year in 2001 – 2002. Martin kept going and studied Architecture Honours Degree at TCD, Dublin and also studied from D.I.T. where he completed Honours Architecture - Urbanism – Construction in 2004. He then studied PhD in Architecture at University of Newcastle, Australia completing in 2109. Dr. Martin Quirke – what a great achievement that is. A big congratulations from Adamstown. We wish you the best for the future.
Martin is son of Seán and the late Geraldine.
 
THE VILLAGE KAF
The Village Kaf has opened in Adamstown. Serving a wide selection of great food to eat in or take away. So if it is an all-day breakfast, lunch or just a cup of tea or coffee, the girls will be delighted to look after you.
Wishing Laura best wishes in her new venture.
 
ADAMSTOWN NATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS
ENROLMENT: - School Year Sept 2020
If you have a child due to start in Adamstown National School for the school year September 2020, please call to
the school office to collect an Enrolment Form. Alternatively, phone 053 9240694 to have one posted out to you.
Split the Pot: The next draw in the Split the Pot takes place in the school this Thursday February 13th. Envelopes costing €2 can be purchased from Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown Pharmacy, Brad Og’s Pub & Chipper and in the school.
 
GOOD WISHES TO CARMEL HANLEY
The Board of Management and whole school community of Adamstown National School send good wishes to Carmel Hanley as she leaves the school having spent 18 years as a cleaner there. Wishing Carmel many more years of health and happiness.
 
NEW ROSS PARISH – BETHANY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Bereavement Support is available to all who are grieving or suffering loss of any kind. Telephone No: 087 3846577.
Free and Confidential Service.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 8th – Terry McDonald, The Leap (Month’s Mind)
Sun 9th – Tom Lacey, Woodview Drive (A)
Sat 15th – Paddy O’Connor, Newtown (A)
Sun 16th – Sheila & John Murphy, Kellystown (A)
May they rest in peace.
We remember also in our prayers Cecil Riddall who has passed away, many of us listened to him every Sunday morning on South East Radio.
 
Tuesday 11th March is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and World Day of Prayer for the Sick – Mass will be celebrated in St. Abban’s Oratory at 3pm with anointing of the sick. On this day in 1858, Our Lady first appeared to the fourteen-year old Bernadette Soubirous. Later Bernadette was to learn that the mysterious lady was the Blessed Virgin and to hear from her lips, ‘I am the Immaculate Conception’.
In 1992 Pope John Paul 11 instituted the World Day of the Sick to be held on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.
 
Service of Light for children making their Confirmation will take place in St. Abban’s Church this Wednesday night.
 
Prayer Group meet this Sunday night from 7pm – 8pm in St. Abban’s Oratory and all welcome.
 
THANK YOU
We are very grateful to all who contributed candles on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple.
These candles will be used in the Church at daily Mass and on other Liturgical occasions during the year.
 
SERVERS
Sat 8th – Áine Crean, Luke & Eabha Cullen, Pauraic Doran.
Sun 9th – Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty, Kelly Ann Mahon.
Sat 15th – Jack O’Shea, Katelyn & Alanna O’Shea, Emily English.
Sun 16th – Maeve O’Gorman, Sínead Duffy, Harry Whelan, Ava Kelly.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sun 9t h – Kathleen O’Connor.
Sat 15th – Anthony McGee. Sun 16th – Kay Whelan
Sat 22nd – Liam Whelan. Sun 23rd – Betty O’Shea.
 
ADAMSTOWN ICA NEWS
The monthly meeting of Adamstown ICA will take place in the Community Centre this Wednesday 12th February at 8pm. The competition is for ‘Hot Lips’ – any medium, kissable lips for Valentines – maximum size length 30cm, width 15cm, height 15cm. This the Federation competition, so Wednesday’s winner will go forward to represent our guild, at the Federation meeting on Monday, February 24th
in the Riverbank Hotel, Wexford. Any donations of toiletries, nightwear for women, boys and girls. Tea bags & coffee for Women’s Refuge greatly appreciated. New members very welcome to come along to our meeting.
THE DAY PRESIDENT TRUMP FINALLY WON ME OVER
(Maria Steen, The View. Irish Catholic 6/2/2020)
All of us here today understand an eternal truth: every child is a precious and sacred gift from God. Together we must protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and the sanctity of every human life. “When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation. When we hold a new-born in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendour that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world” I wish I could take credit for composing this paragraph, but I can’t. These are the words of the Unites States President, Donald Trump. Can you – even for one moment – imagine an Irish politician saying anything like them? In what was the perhaps the greatest pro-life speech in modern times, Donald Trump finally won me over – and I’m pretty sure many Americans too.
 
SAINT VALENTINE (Pioneer Magazine)
St. Valentine was a saint who lived near Rome in Italy around the year 270 AD. At this time, the early Christians were being persecuted because of their faith. Valentine helped the Christians escape persecution and provided them with the sacraments, such as marriage, which was forbidden by the Roman Empire at that time. Valentine was also persecuted and put in jail. While in prison, Valentine was said to have performed a miracle by curing the blindness of a girl called Julia, the daughter of his jailer. Julia and all of her father’s household, family and servants, came to believe in Jesus and were baptised by Valentine. It was his wish that the soldiers be reminded of God’s love for them, so he cut heart-shapes from parchment paper and gave them to the soldiers to keep this in their minds. We celebrate St. Valentine’s feast day on 14th February each year.
 
ANNUAL ADAMSTOWN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
15th – 16th June 2020. Staying at the 4* McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris. Bus, B&B & Evening Meal:
Cost: €105 per person sharing. Single room €130.
Full payment on or before April 12th. Limited Availability.
For booking & further information contact:
Carmel – 086 1010120 or Rita – 087 9329616.
 
Prayers & Reflections for February
What is original sin?
One day an engineer (a good engineer) gave me the most beautiful definition of original sin that I have so far heard – or, shall we say, a very appealing and simple one. From his engineering experience, he knows that for every gadget you need an instruction manual. If I fail to follow the instructions in the manual then I cannot complain if the piece of equipment doesn’t work. This engineer put it to me that original sin, or, to put it more precisely, the first sin of our ancestors, was the refusal to follow the instruction manual. God has given us human nature, we are creatures, and written within our creaturely nature, so to speak, are the correct instructions. If we then use ourselves differently, then we have no right to blame God if things do not work out. Original sin is the refusal to accept our creaturely nature…..
(Cardinal Schonborn of Vienna) Intercom, February