January 19th 2020

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 24th Jan at 9pm.
Catering on Fri 24th will be: Ellen Furlong, Bridget Colfer & Margaret Furlong. On Fri 31st will be: Bernie Hickey, Evelyn O’Gorman & Ann O’Gorman. On Fri 7th Feb will be: Bridget O’Gorman, Ann Stafford, Agnes Whelan & Kay Whelan.
On Fri 14th Feb will be: Breda Kelly, Valerie Kelly, Anne O’Brien & Eileen Moran. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
 
ASTHMA TALK
Anyone can develop asthma, but it is particularly common in Ireland, affecting over 380,000 children and adults.
Lisa Higgins from The Asthma Society of Ireland will be in New Ross Library on Tuesday, January 28th at 7pm. to provide important information that will help all those affected by asthma. This talk will focus on: Asthma Medication, Inhalation Techniques, Asthma Action Plan. The talk is part of our Parenting Today series of talks that run throughout the year. Booking is essential on 051 421877.
 
GERMAN BOMBERS TALK
A history talk called ‘German Bombers on the Blackstairs’ takes place at New Ross Library on Tuesday 21st January at 7pm. Everyone is invited to join Barry Lacey for this fascinating talk. During World War 2, Ireland was recovering from its own independent struggle and bloody Civil War. While it remained neutral during the war, this didn’t make Ireland invincible to the actions of war. Even the remote Blackstairs Mountains experienced the effect of this.
Attendees will learn how the Shannon family of Knockroe were awoken one night when their rural home was bombed by a German bomber and also how less than a year later a German bomber fell victim to the Blackstairs Mountain when it crashed near its summit.
The talk will be of particular interest to any mountain walkers as both are located along regularly used routes.
Booking is on 051 421877
 
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Coláiste Abbáin students will perform Beauty and the Beast as this year’s Pantomime production in the College from Wednesday January 29th to Friday January 31st at 7.30pm each night. The heroine Belle follows her dreams and adventures into a magical new world in which lives the Beast who must learn how to break a spell that is upon him. With a host of new and fun characters including a Scottish gardener, French butler, a mad inventor and of evil villains who are up to no good.
The Panto is produced and directed by Ms. Fiona Quirke and Mr. Paul Walsh, band co-ordinator Ms Rosaline Power and choreography Ms. Rachel Condon.
Tickets are on sale now from the school office, adults €8, students/O.A.P’s €5 and children €2.50.
Do go along and support our local College and students.
 
ADAMSTOWN N.S. PARENTS ASSOC NEWS
Split the Pot winner – Yvonne Hanley who got €50 bought in Brad Og’s. School winner Pauraic Doran. Congratulations to both. The next draw is on Wednesday 29th Jan. Envelopes costing €2 can be purchased in Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown Pharmacy, Brad Og’s Pub & Chipper and in the school.
‘Mental Health & Well-being Talk’
Adamstown N.S. Parents Association has arranged a talk on Tuesday 28th January in the school assembly hall on the following topic: ‘Supporting parents to support their children’s mental health & well-being’
The speaker Rachel Murphy organized by the National Parents Council will be there from 7pm and the talk will
begin at 7.30pm. Teas and Coffees will be served from 7pm.
All parents and guardians welcome to attend. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Clothes Recycling: The next clothes recycling in aid of Adamstown N.S. has been arranged for Thursday 6th February from 9.00am at the Hall opposite the school.
Reusable clothing, paired footwear, handbags, belts, hats and scarves are all accepted. Duvets, pillows, cushions, teddy bears, kid’s toys are NOT accepted.
New School Breakfast Club: - Lisa Henneberry, Childcare Manager of A Place to Grow will be taking registration for the new school breakfast club on Tuesday 21st February from 9am to 10am. The breakfast club will open from Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 9.10am. It will take place in the school assembly hall. Breakfast of Toast and Cereal will be provided each morning and a range of games and activities will be available for the children to engage in daily. The cost of the breakfast club will be €3 each morning. If you have any queries please contact Lisa Henneberry at 051 428805.
 
CAMROSS DRAMA GROUP
Cast and crew of ‘The Year of the Hiker’ have been busy rehearsing, gathering props, costumes, designing sets etc., over the holiday season. The first performance in Camross Hall on Friday 31st Jan will arrive quickly!
More dates for your new 2020 diary:
Sun 2nd Feb – Fethard on Sea
Sat 8th & Sun 9th Feb – Clonroche Hall
Sat 15th & Sun 16th – St. Michael’s Hall, Wexford Town.
 
EPILEPSY IRELAND THANK YOU
A big ‘Thank You’ to the parishioners of Adamstown & Raheen, for their generous contributions to the Annual Gate Collection on Sat 21st & Sun 22nd Dec 2019. A total of €413.93 was collected over the weekend, once again a sincere thank you all.
 
MARY HUGHES – RETIREMENT
Wishing Mary Hughes health and happiness on her retirement from the teaching staff of Coláiste Abbáin, Adamstown. Mary was on the teaching staff for 35 years. We wish her the very best as she starts this new chapter in her life.
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 18th – Joe Crosbie, New Ross and Misterin (A)
Sun 19th – Shay O’Brien, Rathkyle (A)
Sat 25th – Ned & Margaret Finn, Kellystown (A)
John & Elizabeth French, Oldcourt &
deceased members of the French family (A)
Sun 26th – Ellen, Johnny, Jim & Sonny Kehoe, Rathurtin,
Liz & Tom Murphy, Mogue & Mary Keeley,
The Leap (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
SERVERS
Sat 18th - Áine Crean, Luke & Eabha Cullen, Pauraic Doran.
Sun 19th – Aimee Mackey O’Donohue, Emma Carty, Kelly Ann Mahon.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 18th – Frances Gallagher Sun 19th – Callie Doyle
Sat 25th – Eoghan Greene Sun 26th Geraldine Ridgeway
Sat 1st Feb – Ulick Stafford Sun 2nd – Ann Ryan.
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday each week night in St. Abban’s Oratory.
 
LETTER FROM BISHOP DENIS BRENNAN –
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
A happy and blessed 2020.
The pastoral Theme chosen for Lourdes 2020 is
I am the Immaculate Conception”, the name Our Lady used at the 16th apparition in response to Bernadette’s request.
Speaking on the feast day of the Immaculate Conception last December, Pope Francis said:
To the Angel who asked her to be ready to become the mother of Jesus, Mary with hands joined together in prayer replies: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done according to your word”
The Pope reminded us that, ‘Mary does not lose herself in reasoning, she does not place obstacles in the Lord’s way, but simply makes room for the action of the Holy Spirit’.
From the beginning she takes on the attitude of service and is attentive to the needs of others. Prayer and Service are at the heart of every pilgrimage to Lourdes. With this attitude of prayer and service, I invite you to come to Lourdes for the Annual Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage. Taking part in the pilgrimage can be part of your ‘yes’ to God, a gesture of love and service to God and our neighbour.
This year’s pilgrimage takes place from 9th to 14th May. Information posters are published in each church and Application Forms for the invalid section are available in your parish.
With every good with, I remain,
Yours sincerely, Denis, Bishop of Ferns.
 
HOLYLAND PILGRIMAGE
Spiritual Director: V. Rev. Denis Kelly P.P.
4 nights Nazareth, 4 nights Bethlehem, Half board Accommodation. Daily religious programme.
1,598.00 PPS, Including Insurance/tax.
Contact O’Leary Travel 053 9233178.
TERRY McDONALD R.I.P.
The community of Adamstown was plunged into sadness on Friday 10th January, when the news of Terry’s death came, after a brief 6-week illness. Terry had lived in Adamstown since he married Ann Power nearly 50 years ago and during that time he had made a massive impact on it. Terry’s working life revolved around agricultural and livestock, where he did some part time farming through the years, growing potatoes, corn and strawberries, a passion he got from his childhood years in Ramsgrange. He bought cattle his entire life; he loved having the ‘craic’ with farmers and prided himself on the service he offered. He was known throughout the South East, which was reflected in the massive crowd that attended his wake and his burial.
Terry was also a great community man; this was reflected in the many organizations he was a member of during his time in Adamstown. He was chairman for the building and repayment of the debt on the Community Centre, involved in the local bingo, calling the numbers for many years. He was a member of the Parish Committee for over 20 years, a member of the Harvest Committee that raised funds for Sr. Helen in Uganda, chairman of the local show for a decade and a member of the cemetery committee until his untimely death. Terry always loved his Friday night Card Game in the Community Centre and he will be sadly missed by all his friends there. He was also the first editor of our Parish Newsletter in December 1999, a copy of which was among the items brought to the altar at his funeral Mass.
Terry was a jovial man, a gentleman, who always had a word for everyone, he loved meeting people and seeing progress being made in Adamstown, a community he loved and was proud to call his own.
Terry was laid to rest on Sunday 12th January in Adamstown Cemetery following the celebration of his funeral Mass in St. Abban’s Church.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.
 
ARE YOU ON THE REGISTER OF ELECTORS?
If you are not on the register – A Supplement to the Register Application Form is available from Wexford County Council at 053 9196000 or online at www.checktheregister.ie
Completed forms must be received on or before Wednesday 22nd January 2020. If you are not on the Register you cannot vote. Remember your vote is important!
General Election – Saturday 8th February 7am – 10pm.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto draw on Friday 17th Jan were: 1 – 3 – 10 –16. There was no Jackpot winner. The following 5 players matched 3 numbers and each got €40. Lou Furlong, Knockreigh, Peggy Carter, Therses McCabe, Templenacroha, Steven O’Gorman, Kellystown & Finbarr Bradley, Barrack’s Rd. Next draw 31st January for a Jackpot of €€8,800.
 
SAMARITANS – PHONE NO; 1850 60 90 90
As the song says “Everyone needs someone sometime”
Don’t just plough on!
Life’s worth talking about.