July 26th 2020

ADAMSTOWN I.C.A. NEWS
On Wednesday morning last July 22nd, nine ICA members went on a day trip to Johnstown Castle. The morning was dull & raining but this did nothing to dampen our enthusiasm. It was the first time since Covid 19 lockdown that we managed to get together and not even the rain was going to stop us from enjoying ourselves. When we arrived we decided to do the tour of the castle and museum first. The tour guide was a bubbly young lady who made the tour so interesting. Her grandfather had been a worker on the Johnstown Estate for years and you could tell she really loved her work and the history was very important to her. After a very enjoyable hour doing the castle tour, we visited the museum, where there was a great display of machinery, tools of by gone years, modes of transport and lots of historical interest about the famine and other aspects of Irish life, too many to mention. By the time we had finished, the rain had stopped and we decided to have lunch, which was a picnic. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and accommodated us in the roofed area beside the restaurant.
After a lovely picnic, some ladies went to explore the beautiful grounds while others browsed through the gift shop. At 4pm we had a coffee break and played a few games of bingo and just chilled out. Then to finish off the day, it was on to Whitford House for a lovely evening meal. All day we practiced social distancing and wore masks inside and outside the castle and hotel. A big thank you to our President, Helen Furlong for organizing everything and to all who supplied food, tea & coffee and prizes for the bingo.
We had a wonderful relaxing fun day, and the beauty of it all, we kept it local. We have these amazing facilities on our doorstep, so let's support local and support Wexford jobs.
 
A GARDENING TIP -
Control Blackspot attack on roses organically:
(Dermot O'Neill -RTE Guide)
Some varieties of roses are more vulnerable to blackspot attack than others. Blackspot is encouraged by several things, but rain is one of the main factors in spreading it. It is possible, however, to control this problem without using chemicals. The first thing is to keep roses well fed, ensuring they are in robust health. There's also a simple control that won't harm you or the plant and is very easy to make. Get a hand sprayer that hasn't been used for anything else, and make up a mixture of 50% full-fat milk and 50% fresh water. Mix this well and spray the plants out of direct sunlight to prevent scorching. Doing this at least once a week will help prevent the spread of blackspot.
 
CHURCH ALTARS & DECORATION
Thanks to the ladies from Raheenduff for looking after the Church & Altars for the month of July. It is now the turn of parishioners from Brocurra for the month of August.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know the strawberry is a member of the rose family and it is the only fruit that has seeds on the outside?
The health benefits are also huge as this fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals, including C and K, folate, potassium, manganese and magnesium.
Whatever way you enjoy your Wexford Strawberries - you're enjoying a healthy treat.
 
ADAMSTOWN TIDY TOWNS
Spring Cleaning takes place in Adamstown and surrounding areas from July 20th - July 27th. If you took part and have bags of rubbish to bring to collection area, please make sure you do so before Friday 31st July. Collection point at the tree above St. Abban's Church. A sincere thanks to everyone who helped in keeping our community clean and tidy.
 
YOUTH 2000
SUMMER E-FESTIVAL: 14th - 16th AUGUST 2020
Register Free: WWW.YOUTH2000.IE
The Lord is my Strength & my Song - Psalm 118:14
 
REV JOHN CARROLL - BISHOP'S HOUSE 22nd July
Clarification - in response to a newspaper report.
In response to queries received in relation to a newspaper report (occasioned by Bishop's Jubilee and his 75th birthday in June): As is practice - and is standard, universal ecclesiastical requirements - the Bishop of Ferns tendered his resignation to the Holy Father on reaching his 75th birthday in June 2020. The Holy Father has communicated acceptance of his resignation request - and he asked Bishop Brennan to remain in office - until such time as a successor is appointed. Bishop Brennan has accepted the Holy Father's request. The Holy See now conducts its own
process of consultation and discernment via the office of the Apostolic Nuncio.
 
WEARING OF FACE MASKS
As with HSE guidelines about the wearing of face masks, many church attendees in the Diocese of Ferns are now wearing face masks while attending Mass. We invite our Parishioners to follow these guidelines for indoor gatherings of Mass or other religious occasions.
 
RTE 'HUMBLED' BY FEEDBACK TO BROADCAST OF MASSES (Jason Osborne - Irish Catholic)
The head of religious programming at the national broadcaster has said he has been moved by the many people who have written to thank the station for broadcasting daily Mass while churches were closed due to Covid-19. Speaking to the Irish Catholic, Roger Childs, the Commissioning Editor of Religious Programmes at RTE, said: "I've been amazed by the response"
 
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 25th July: - Jim and Nora McGee, The Leap (A)
Sat 1st Aug - Margaret Kehoe & Sonny Dunne,
Mick & Biddy Kehoe. Oldcourt (A)
Bob Barron, the Leap (A)
Sun 2nd Aug: People of the Parish.
Pray for Susan O'Gorman, Kellystown (A)
Pray for Mary Thorpe, Newtown (Month's Mind)
May they rest in peace.
 
TRÓCAIRE APPEAL 2020
Many thanks to those who have returned their Trócaire Box in recent days, if you still have one at home - please bring it back.
 
PRAYER OF POPE FRANCIS TO OUR BLESSED LADY.
Asking for her intercession to bring an end to the global pandemic.
 
O Mary,
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
 
We entrust ourselves to you,
Health of the Sick,
who, at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus' suffering,
and persevered in your faith.
 
Protectress of the Roman people,
you know our needs,
and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this time of trial.
 
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves
to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection.
 
We fly to your protection,
O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us always,
from every danger,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen.
 
TWO-THIRDS HAVE RETURNED TO PUBLIC MASS - POLL (Irish Catholic)
More than two-thirds of Church goers have confirmed they have returned to public Mass while another third are continuing to wait according to a poll conducted on social media by this paper.
A BIT OF HISTORY - RAHEENDUFF GAA (Part 1)
Title for Raheenduff who defeated Camross in Junior Final - 7th November 1965 (From a local paper)
Hurling history was made at O'Kennedy Park, New Ross on Sunday, when Raheenduff captured the New Ross district junior hurling title for the first time, decisively beating Camross by double scores (4-8) to (2-4)
The victory caused much jubilation in The Leap area, and the fact that they succeeded so well where the better known half of the parish as far as hurling is concerned failed, filled the cup of joy to over flowing. The winners, however had to fight much harder than the final score would suggest to defeat a dogged Camross team, which fought like tigers to the very end. Fast, fit and accurate Raheenduff gave a grand exhibition of hurling in the first half, the features of which were their long striking off the ground and from hand and the accuracy from any angle or distance.
It is only fitting however that victory should have gone to Raheenduff for they were un-doubtedly the better team. They have been in and out of the district championships for a number of years and were never successful until now. The game was a personal triumph for Richard Furlong who was a real live-wire at corner forward, he had 2-6 of his side's total and showed distinct inter-county possibilities. Frank O'Gorman and Tom Whelan were outstanding in a strong defence and John Kehoe, Pat Harris and Phil Doyle were others who did a little better than the remainder of a strong side. Scorers for the winners were: R. Furlong (2-6); J. Kent and M. Furlong (1-0) each and P. Harris (0-2).
The team was: P. Moore, P. Jackman, F.O'Gorman, J. Murphy, P. English, J. Whelan, N. Walsh, T. Whelan, P. Fortune, J. Kehoe, P. Harris, R. Furlong, J. Kent, P. Doyle & M. Furlong. Referee J. Maddock, New Ross.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK - (C.S. Lewis)
"God whispers to us in our pleasures,
speaks to us in our conscience,
but shouts to us in our pains:
it is His megaphone
to rouse a deaf world"
 
SOME USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS
HSE - 1850 24 1850
ALONE - 0818 - 222 024
SENIOR LINE - 1800 80 45 91
SAMARATHANS - 116123
WOMEN'S AID - 1800 341 900
MABS - 076 107 2000
PIETA HOUSE - 1800 247 247
FREE LEGAL AID ADVICE CENTRE- 1890 350 250
WORKER'S RIGHTS CENTRE - 1890 747 881
THRESHOLD - 1890 454 454 (Housing Charity)
 
THE KINGS IN A DECK OF PLAYING CARDS
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great; Hearts - Charlemagne, Diamonds - Julies Cae
 
EWTN - CATHOLIC T.V. PROGRAMMES
Daily Mass, Adoration , Rosary etc.