April 22nd 2018

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 27th April 2018 at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 27th April will be: Angela Dooley, Elizabeth Doyle & Maria Carty. On Fri 4th May will be: Catherine Moore, Kathleen O’Connor, Nancy Walsh & Tina Whelan. On Fri 11th May will be: Ann Redmond & Ann Marie Mackey. On Fri 18th will be: Ellie Walsh & Stella Delaney. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Friday 13th were: Bridie Dillon, Chris Byrne, Sean Cullen, John Nolan, Seamus Wickham, Kay Whelan, Patsy Byrne & Seamus Joyce.
 
SOCIAL DANCING IN ADAMSTOWN
The April dance will be held in St Abban’s Hall this Saturday 21st April. Music by T Bone Country, doors open at 9.30pm to midnight, admission €10, including tea. Please support,
 
ADAMSTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB
Adamstown Athletic Club will have their Annual Sponsorship run/walk this Sunday 22nd April at Dolly's. All athletes can collect their sponsorship cards at training.
 
COLAISTE ABBAIN NEWS
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Amber Flag for promoting positive mental health. A sincere thanks to everyone in our school community who helped to achieve this award. We look forward to proudly displaying the Amber Flag in May following the official ceremony.
TRACTOR RUN – A sincere thank you to our Parents Assoc. The Shamrock Vintage Club and our students who organised a Tractor Run on Sunday 1st April. A donation of €1000 was made to the school following this fundraiser.
PANTOMIME – The show will now take place on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May as Paul’s drama group have qualified for a final the previous week
OUR OWN VEGGIES – A selection of our own vegetables from the poly tunnel, kale and broccoli were served up for a fantastic lunch on Thursday 12th, staff and students got to taste the fresh produce and the verdict was delicious. Thanks Mr O’Connor, Ms Sutton and Mr O’Gorman. Our students were busy on Monday 9th sowing rocket seeds in preparation for the Cully and Sully grow your own and replicate a recipe initiative.
 
THANK YOU
Coláiste Abbain Parents Assoc. would like to thank the Shamrock Vintage Club for all their support and participation in the last 2 years in raising €4,500 for the school. This is appreciated and also a big thanks to all volunteers and students who helped on the days to make this event happen.
 
BEFRIENDING PROGRAMME
The befriending programme provides companionship to the older people in the community who are socially isolated through a weekly visit. If you would like to volunteer or avail of this service please contact Treve on 051 428805
 
PLANT SALE & COFFEE MORNING
Co Wexford Garden and Flower Club is holding a plant sale and coffee morning in Clonroche Community Centre on Thursday 26th April from 10am to midday, admission is free and there will be refreshments available for €3. Proceeds going to Co Wexford Hospice Homecare and two African children’s charities. Plants produce preserves, cakes, books, nearly new, raffle available. Wexfordflowergarden.ie.
 
ADAMSTOWN ICA GUILD AGM
Adamstown ICA Guild held their AGM on Wednesday 11th April at 8pm in the Community Centre, Adamstown. Guest on the night was Gretta O’Connor from the Wexford Federation Committee who oversaw the election of officers. Our president Helen Furlong agreed to stay on for a third year, correspondence secretary Mary Lawlor & minutes secretary Frances Gallagher were both stepping down as was Treasurer Cait Bradley, and PRO Liz Furlong. They were all thanked by Helen for their commitment and hard work over the years. Newly elected as Secretary was Ann McDonald, Treasurer Breda Bolger, PRO Sheelagh Delaney. Competition Dympna Rochford and sports, Rita Furlong and Eleanor Power. The competition for Tulips in a clear glass vase height 18” was won by Liz Furlong and the draw was won by Frances Gallagher. A lovely tea was served by Helen Furlong and Geraldine Bradley. Helen thanked Gretta O’Connor for attending our AGM and presented her with a lovely bunch of flowers. The ICA ladies are busy at present preparing their entries for ICA’s Got Talent, which will be held in the Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola, Wednesday 25th April at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome. Just turn up at the Community Centre on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 8pm and you will be assured of a welcome.
 
CE SCHEME
ANCCR Area Development currently have vacancies for general operatives in Raheen, Clonroche, Adamstown, Newbawn & Terrerath. Please ring supervisor in the first instance on 087 4144313
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE – RE MARRIAGE
Couples intending to get married must give three months’ notice to both Church and State.
 
TROCAIRE
A gentle reminder that if you would like to contribute to the Trocaire collection for Lent 2018, you might send in your box/contribution. Thank you.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 21st – Lena Doyle, Ballagh & Pat Doyle, New Ross (A)
Sun 22nd – Owen Doyle, Rathkyle & Peg O’Connor, Newtown Wexford (A)
Sat 28th – John & Josie Barden, Doononey.
Pray for Margaret Kealey, Glenour (A),
Pat, Mary Ellen, Aidan, John & Willie Lawlor, Newtown (A)
May they rest in peace
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Mon-Fri each week night.
St Anthony’s Tuesday night mass and devotions at 7.30pm.
Prayer group meet up every Sunday night from 7pm-8pm and all welcome
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 21st – Frances Gallagher
Sun 22nd – Sheelagh Delaney
Sat 28th – Anthony McGee Sun 29th – Callie Doyle
Sat 5th May – T. J. McDonald. Sun 6th – Betty O’Shea
SERVERS
Sat 21st – Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle
Sun 22nd – Niamh & Grainne English, Laura O’Gorman
Sat 28th – Roisin Nic Gabhainn, Leah Sinnott, Jack O’Shea
Sun 29th – Clodagh & Watt Crean, Tosia Swierczynska
Sat 5th – Caragh McDonald, Megan Martin
Sun 6th – Maeve O’Neill, Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Richard Whelan.
 
CONFIRMATION IN ST. ABBAN’S
On Wednesday last as the sun came out, the children from sixth & fifth class in Adamstown N. S received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Denis Brennan.
Having spent many months in preparation for this day, with the support of families and teachers, the children were very much looking forward to their confirmation. Thanks to Fr. Nolan for his support and guidance to the children over the past months. Thanks to all the other priests who were present on Wednesday. The church was beautifully prepared by Catherine Hanley and family, as was the lovely Easter Garden. Thanks to Cáit for her help. We wish the confirmation class every blessing and good wish.
The following were confirmed: Jake Cadogan, Sarah Carley, Jack Carty, Róisin Colfer, Philip Conway, Clodagh & Watt Crean, Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Liam Dooley, Cíllin Duggan, Gráinne & Niamh English, Ross English, Michael & Noah Harler, Tomás & Faye Hynes, Sarah Komsa, Brian Mooney, Aoife McCabe, Caragh McDonald, Donny McDonald, Róisin Nic Gabhainn, Daniel O’Gorman, Laura O’Gorman, Maeve O’Neill, Legolas O’Riain, Kevin O’Reilly, Joshua Power, Shane Roche, Ben Rochford, Leah Sinnott, Jonathan & Ciara Smith, Antonina Swierczynska, Darragh Thorpe, Cara Mary Whelan, Joe & Richard Whelan.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
The best way to succeed in life, is to act on the advice we give to others.
 
 
PRO-LIFE CAMPAIGN – Adamstown Area
Join the campaign to retain the 8th Amendment in Adamstown and protect the right to life of the unborn child. The Pro-Life Campaign needs volunteers to canvas door-to-door and help change hearts and minds in your area. We have just 30 days to go! This is the most vital moment for the Irish pro-life movement in a generation – perhaps ever – because we know that if we lose the 8th Amendment we will never get it back. Have your voice heard, support Mother and child and save lives. Meeting and canvassing every week. Contact Eoghan on 086 8518789 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
MAXIMILLIAN KOLBE
Sometime in the evening of 28th May 1941 a cattle truck loaded with prisoners arrived at the German concentration camp, Auschwitz. Among the prisoners was a Polish priest, Maximillian Kolbe. A few weeks later, a prisoner escaped and in reprisal to teach the other prisoners a lesson, Lagerfahrer Karl Fritzch, who had responsibility for day-to-day running of the camp, selected 10 men and ordered them into A blok Smereieci (Death Block). Food and drink were denied to Death Block prisoners. One of the men selected by Karl Fritzch was Francis Gajowniczek. Francis begged for mercy because of his family. Such a request was usually disregarded by the camp officials, but on that occasion Maximillian stepped forward and offered his life instead. Francis was marched off and Maximillian was put into the Death Block with the other men. The door was locked and they were left without food or water until they died. Maximillian spent his time in the Death Block comforting other men and helping them in their suffering. Bruno Borgowiec was used by the camp commandant as a secretary and translator. He witnessed the last day of Maximillian and was aware of the reactions among the German guards. Later, Bruno testified that he hear the guards comment; ‘That priest is a truly remarkable man. We have never had anyone like him here before.’ After the war, devotion to Maximillian Kolbe spread. As a result of this, he was beatified in 1971 and canonised in 1982.
 
A PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
An Old Irish Blessing
Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.
 
LOOKING BACK
On 19th April 2001, the EU declared the country free of Foot & Mouth disease. Following many weeks of restrictions, major sporting and cultural events were cancelled, the government banned horse & greyhound racing, Dublin Zoo & Fota Park closed; control measures had an impact on virtually everyone in the state. We all became used to the sight of buckets of disinfectant outside all public buildings.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade went ahead on 20th May in warm summer sunshine.