September 27th 2020

Go for Life: GET WALKING Part 2 -Walking Session
A healthy walking session should last at least 20 minutes. If you haven’t walked for quite a while, or you're very unfit, start by taking shorter (5-10 min) sessions for the first two weeks. Divide the session into three parts as follows:
1. the Warm Up
For a period of 5 mins walk very slowly. Gently loosen out your joints (ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, etc)
This acts as a wake up call for your heart, lungs, muscles and joints and prepares them for the rigours of the next phase of the session.
2. the Workout
After you have warmed up well, gradually increase your walking pace to a point where

your heart is beating a little faster (but not thumping)
you are breathing a little deeper and faster (but not out of breath)
you are perspiring slightly (but not sweating profusely)
These are the signs that the pace is challenging you a little.
This is the pace at which you will gain most benefits. No extra benefits are to be gained from going faster than this.
This section of your walking session should last 5 - 15 mins - depending on your level of fitness.
3 - the Cool Down
Ease up on your walking speed over a period of 5 mins until are walking quite slowly again. Focus on allowing your body to relax mentally and physically - never finish a walk under stress.
At the finish
gently shake and loosen your joints: and
take three all over stretches - like a full body yawn.
(Hold each for 10 secs - breathe normally as you do)
 
ADAMSTOWN ADVANCE TO SEMI FINAL
Well done to Adamstown Intermediate Footballers who defeated Volunteers on a score line of 2-13 to 0-06 to reach the semi-final in the Joyces Expert Intermediate 'A' football Championship. The team was: Alan Bradley, Páraic Wickham, Lorcan French, James Dunleavy, Andrew Boland (capt) Brendan Furlong, Seánie O'Neill (0-1), Barry Power, Michael Furlong (0-5), Peter Finn (1-1), Paudie Barden (1-0),
Shane O'Gorman, Tony French (0-1), Colum Feeney (0-2), Conor Hickey (0-3), Subs: Rúairí O'Brien, Shane White, John Whelan, David Hickey, William Whitney.
Hopefully they will reach the final, following their match with Réalt na Mara in Bellefied on Sat 26th.
 
COVID-19 HELPLINE
Support group ALONE has a national support line and additional measures for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of Covid-19. The support line is open Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 8.00pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
LOTTO AWARDS
The National Lottery has announced details of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards, with a total prize fund of €95,000, and is encouraging sports clubs, community organizations and projects in Co. Wexford to apply. These awards honour the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over Ireland, who, with the help of the National Lottery Good Causes funding, have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities. The awards ceremony will take place on February 20th next year in the Mansion House, Dublin.
Individuals, community projects and organizations who received Good Causes funding between the years 2014 to 2019 (inclusive) are eligible to apply. Applications for the awards are now open and people can enter and check eligibility at www.lottery.ie/goodcausesawards
 
SYMPATHY
The death occurred on Friday 18th September of Jack Roche, Rock Lane, Raheenacloonagh. We extend our deepest sympathy to his sisters May and Josie, brother Pat sister in law Dolly and the extended family. Jack was well known in the Adamstown area, he always had a smile and word for all. His funeral Mass was celebrated in the Church of St John Paul 11, Raheen on Tuesday last with burial in Galbally cemetery. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
 
SEMINARIANS
The diocese is pleased to announce that Eamonn Salmon, Ballygarrett parish has been accepted as a seminarian for Ferns and began his studies for the priesthood at the Beda College in Rome on Sept 25th. We wish Eamonn every blessing and good wish as he begins his formation. We also pray for Darragh Kennedy, New Ross Parish as he continues his studies in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth.
We pray the Lord's continued blessing and support for both Eamonn and Darragh as we continue to encourage and pray for vocations to the priesthood.
 
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
God our Father
We trust in Your loving kindness.
Bless our Diocese of Ferns
with many priestly and religious vocations.
Give the men and women
You call the light to understand Your gift
and the love to follow always
in the footsteps of Your Son. Amen.
 
CHURCH ALTARS & DECORATION
Thanks to the ladies from Ballyvergin/Glenour for looking after the church and altars for the month of September. It is now the turn of parishioners from Oldcourt for the month of October.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 26th - Peter Thorpe Senior, & Peter Thorpe Junior,
Newtown (A)
Sun 27th - Bridie Wakeman (nee Power) Newcastle &
Raheenduff, James Power, Raheenduff (A)
Sat Oct 3rd - John & Kate Power, The Leap (A)
Sun Oct 4th - Mai Furlong, Misterin (A)
First Sat Mass 9.30am - Josephine Phelan, Waterford (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 26th - Liam Whelan. Sun 27th - Kay Whelan
Sat 3rd Oct - Frances Gallagher.
Sun 4th - Sheelagh Delaney.
 
Feast Days this week:
Wednesday - St. Michael, the Archangel.
Thursday 1st Oct - St. Therese. - The Little Flower
Friday 2nd Oct - Guardian Angels
The Feast of Michaelmas: Some customs and traditions associated with this feast day, which was also known as the Feast of Michael and all the Angels, which was widely celebrated up until the twentieth century. It occurs near the equinox and is therefore associated with the shortening of the day and the start of Autumn. It is said that if 'Michaelmas be bright and clear, there will be two winters within the year' another saying is "Summer is Summer until Michaelmas Day" The perennial Aster, which flowers between late August and early October also known as the Michaelmas Daisy, St. Michael is seen as a protector against the dark and it is thought that the flower got it's name because it brings colour to gardens when most other flowers have reached the end of their blooming season.
German composer Bach composed various cantatas (vocal compositions with musical accompaniment) for the celebration of Michaelmas, including
Herr Gott, dich loben wir.
( Lord God, we all praise you) in 1724. (Ireland's Own)
 
POPE'S INTENTION FOR OCTOBER
Prayer intention for evangelisation:
The Laity's Mission in the Church
We pray that by the virtue of Baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Eight children from Adamstown N.S. received their First Holy Communion in St. Abban's Church on Saturday.
We pray God's blessing on Ailish, Aoibhinn, Bobby, Cillian, Dean, Harry, Ruby and Will and all their families on this their special day.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
''Long in the tooth' meaning 'old' was originally used to describe horses. As horses age, their gums recede, giving the impression that their teeth are growing. The longer the teeth look, the older the horse.
 
REFLECTION - God wanted His delightful world to be always beautiful and life-giving
Do you ever wonder at how Mother Nature has so many unbelievable surprises for you day after day? She decorates the world each day in different apparel. Our eyes can feast on multifarious colours and shades. We are gifted with the wonders of change, with the gentleness of the breeze and the strength of the storm. We can stand in awe at the multitudinous grasses and flowers. We can listen to the murmuring of babbling streams and the music of tumbling waterfalls. We can hear the singing of the birds and the scuttling of little animals. It is all free. We only have to look and listen. God handed over the Universe to human beings to till it and care for it. God wanted His delightful world to be always beautiful and life-giving. He never intended His most precious Universe to be destroyed by war, greed, exploitation, destruction or abuse. Human beings were given free will and the responsibility to make this world a better place. Now we live in times of constant anxiety and excitement. We are stressed out by the sheer effort of being alive and trying to do things with speed and efficiency. Where has our free time gone? Can we last long? Often we feel empty and lonely in our ever-rushing world and are tempted to wonder, "Is it worth living at all"? In his book 'Eternal Echoes' John O'Donoghue tells us that., "Ideally a human life should be a constant pilgrimage of discovery." Discovery enlarges our sensibility and Nature opens itself up to us and offers us untold mysteries. Are we capable of accepting her offerings? Can we be silent enough to hear her whispering to us? Mother Nature is constantly renewing herself and she will never disappoint us.
(Taken from Sr. Abbie O'Sullivan - Far East Magazine)
 
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND
One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene, he notices two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprint in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times
in my life, there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when I needed you most
you would leave me.
The Lord replied, "My precious, precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprint,
it was then than I carried you"