September 20th 2020

A group of Wexford soldiers currently serving on peace-keeping duties in Lebanon are undertaking a 5k a day challenge that will see them run, walk, or row 150 km throughout the month of September. They are doing this challenge in the wake of the terrible explosion in the port of Beirut just over a month ago, which killed over 180 people, injured over 600 people and left a further 300,000 residents homeless. One of those involved in the fundraiser is Fr. Pat Mernagh, Davidstown, who is joined by Sergeant Eoin Parker, (Oylegate); Private Kenneth Kavanagh (Wexford Town); (Corporal Nicholas Roche (Wexford Town); Private Conor Fitzhenry (Ballindaggin); Trooper Joseph O'Neill (Enniscorthy) Private Sean Cloherty (Enniscorthy)
The soldiers are encouraging people in Wexford to support their efforts, anyone wishing to donate can do so through the GoFundMe Page, 116 IRISHPOLBATT 5k A DAY SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE.
The Shelmalier Ladies seeking their third in a row County Senior Football Final proved too strong and experienced for the Adamstown Ladies in the Co. Final on Saturday last.
Final score was 4-6 to 09. Congratulations ladies on getting to the Final, and there's lots of talent and young players in the squad who will in the future achieve the cup that eluded them this year.
We expect to have building work going on here from Tuesday 22nd September for a number of days. This will result in some service disruption. We will be contactable as usual by telephone. Please listen carefully to any message that may be on the answering machine. Prescriptions can be ordered the same way as usual - through the Practice website or dropped into the letterbox.
Please contact us at any stage if any queries.
Best wishes,
Dr. Catherine O'Donohoe:
The Fortune and Franklin families would like to thank Fr. Nolan, Fr. Caulfield, Fr. Murphy and Cáit and Joe for all their help. We would also like to thank those who telephoned, sent flowers, cards, messages of condolences, you who were with us in the church yard, along the road on Richard's final journey, and those who looked after his grave.
To all who helped us in any way, your contribution made our loss more bearable. Thank you.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.
Raheen Family Resource Centre provides an affordable, professional, confidential Counselling Service for children, young people and adults. This service is available to anyone who is experiencing any issue which is causing them stress, anxiety or impacting on their mental health and well-being.
For further information or to arrange an appointment in confidence, please ring Jeanette at 051 442888 or 089 2431750.
The National Programme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People.
"There is ample evidence to show that physical activity is associated with significant improvements in functional ability and health status and may frequently prevent certain diseases or diminish their severity." (Ageing and Health Programme, World Health Organisation 1994)
The Benefits of Walking:
A huge amount of scientific evidence now clearly proves that regular walking -

helps increase bone density thus preventing osteoporosis.
improves overall physical and psychological health,
helps to preserve independent living,
reduces the risk of developing coronary heart disease,
helps in the control of stress, obesity and diabetes
Some practical tips:
Wear proper walking shoes
Use socks with padded soles
Be seen - wear bright clothes and reflective armbands.
Wear layers of light, loose clothing that can be removed as you warm up.
Use wind/waterproof gear to protect against the elements.
Enlist the support of family and friends.
If you are suffering from health problems or are worried about any aspect of your health, ask your doctor's advice before you start a walking programme.
Next week we will include a health promoting Walking Session
This fundraising draw will take place on Sunday 27th Sept at 11.00am in the Community Centre. If you have sold tickets for this draw, please have ticket stubs back to the committee by Friday night next 25th Sept. Thank you for your support.
We extend our sympathy to the Comerford family, Oldcourt on the death of Seamus Comerford, Enniscorthy (brother of the late Tommy Comerford) His funeral Mass took place in St. Senan's Parish Church on Tuesday last with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. May he rest in peace.
Sat 19th - Aoife, Peter, Tommy & Joey Kelly, Doononey (A)
Sun 20th - Matt O'Neill, Forrestwood (A)
Sat 26th - People of the Parish
Sun 27th - Bridie Wakeman (nee Power) Newcastle and
Raheenduff (A) & James Power, Raheenduff (A)
May they rest in peace.
Sat 19th - Anthony McGee. Sun 20th - Callie Doyle
Sat 26th - Liam Whelan Sun 27th - Kay Whelan
Sat 3rd Oct - Frances Gallagher
Sun 4th Oct - Sheelagh Delaney
Feast Day this week;
Wed 23rd - St. Pius of Pietrelcina ( Padre Pio)
Padre Pio was born on May 25th 1887 in southern Italy, he was ordained a priest in 1910. He joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. On Sept 20th 1918 the five wounds of our Lord's passion appeared on his body, making him the first stigmatised priest in the history of the Catholic Church. His whole life was marked by long hours of prayer and continual austerity. He developed a Home for the Relief of Suffering, which opened its doors on May 5th 1956 as a 300-bed facility. He also developed an international network of prayer groups for the support of the Home and its ministry continues to live and grow today. Today, with over 1000 beds and services comparable to the most academic research centres of excellence the Casa is thriving in one of the most remote, desolate and poorest areas of Italy, atop Mount Gargano, four hours from Rome. Padre Pio died on September 23rd 1968, his funeral attracted 100,000 people and his body was entombed in the crypt of Our Lady of Grace Church, San Giovanni, Rotondo, Italy.
On 18th December 1997 Pope John Paul 11, declared Padre Pio "Venerable" and on June 16th 2002 over 500,000 Padre Pio devotees gathered in Rome to witness Pope John Paul 11 proclaim Padre Pio, "Saint Pio of Pietrelcina". Many people in our Parish have great devotion to Padre Pio.
There's an Arabian puzzle to explain the nature of love. When an old man realised he did not have much longer to live, he decided to divide his herd of eighteen camels among his three sons. He kept the camel he loved the best for himself and had only seventeen left. As was the custom, he gave one half of the herd to his eldest son, one third to his second son and one ninth to his youngest son. How did he manage this? He added his own camel to the seventeen to make eighteen again. Nine camels went to, his eldest son, six to his second son and two to his youngest son. One camel left - the one the old man loved best, and he took it back for himself. The moral of the story? If you give away that which you love, it will be returned to you.
Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.
We remember in our prayers this week the children from 2nd class in Adamstown National School who will receive their First Holy Communion in St. Abban's Church on Saturday next 26th September. We pray God's blessing on these children and all their families.
'WAKE UP CALL' as 19% of Mass-going Catholics unsure if they'll ever return.
New research which reveals that one in five previously Mass-going Catholics may not return after the pandemic has been described as a "wake-up call".
While just 4% of people surveyed said they had no intention of returning to Mass, a further 19% of people who went to Mass regularly before restrictions indicated that they didn't know if they would ever return to Mass. 36% - more than a third - said they had already returned to attending Mass regularly.
(Chai Brady - The Irish Catholic Sept 17th)
PALLIATIVE CARE WEEK (David Quinn, Irish Catholic)
This week a new bill called the 'Dying with Dignity Bill 2020' was brought before the Dáil. It has been introduced by left-wing TD, Gino Kenny. Don't be fooled by the title. All of us want to die with dignity. This bill is about assisted suicide.
Don't be fooled either by terms like 'assisted dying'. What does this even mean? When my father died in 2015, aged 88, after a long illness, his four children wanted him to die with dignity, in the care of doctors and nurses and with the minimum of discomfort. In other words, he was receiving much assistance in his dying days. He was fed, hydrated and received whatever medication was needed, including morphine towards the very end. But the morphine was intended to kill whatever pain he was in, not him. The irony is that the Kenny Bill was discussed in the Dáil the very week after International Suicide Awareness Day was marked. The purpose of the day is to reduce the incidence of suicide in society, but the Kenny Bill, would authorise, mandate, make normal, a certain type of suicide.
Equally ironic was the fact that this week is Palliative Care Week.
A PRAYER FOR THE WEEK - Back to School
Dear Lord,
Thank you for the gift of children.
Please watch over them as they go back to school this year.
Keep them safe every day.
Help them to remember that you are right there with them in the halls and classrooms.
Help them to soak up good knowledge and to dismiss any negative or worldly messages they may hear.
Help them to treat others with kindness and respect, and to guard their hearts with the armour of your word.
Give them the joy and peace as they put their trust in you.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has begun again in St. Abban's Oratory nightly Monday - Friday with social distancing in place.