September 17th 2017

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 22nd September at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 22nd Sept will be: Breda Bolger, Helen Furlong & Liz Furlong. On Fri 29th will be: Frances Gallagher & Mary J Furlong. On Fri 6th Oct will be: Angela Dooley, Elizabeth Doyle, and Maria Carty. On Fri 13th Oct will be: Catherine Moore, Kathleen O’Connor, Nancy Walsh & Tina Whelan.
Proceeds going to Parish Funds. Card winners on Fri 9th Sept were: Mick Hanlon, Seamus Wickham, Sean Cullen, Johnny Nolan, Ann Lawlor, Chris Byrne, Mick Bolger and James Handrick
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 22nd September in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €13,000. Do buy a ticket and be in with a chance.
 
ADAMSTOWN A.C NEWS
Adamstown AC held their annual open Cross-Country on Sunday 10th September 2017. The rain held off for a very successful day of running at the first cross-country event of the season. The races kicked off with the tiny tots’ girls and boys races. Well done to some of our younger athletes, Bobby O’Shea, Henry McDonald, Grace White, Edmund Crean and Ailish Mooney. Aine Crean ran a great race to finish in 3rd place in the U9 400m in a field of 25 athletes, which also included Abigail Crean. Bobby McDonald and Riain O’Shea both ran well in the U10 boys 800m. Ross English finished 2nd in the U11 boys 800m with Watt Crean finishing in 5th place. Grainne English was 4th in the U12 girls 1200m with Sadbh Crean finished 10th in the same race. Niamh English was 2nd in the U13 girls 1200m with her club mates Isobel English (6th) and Ciara Mooney also running in the same race. Well done to Donny McDonald in the U13 boys 1200m race and Katie English and Sinead Roche in the U14 girls 1600m. Ben Wall won the U14 boys 1600m race with his brother Robert Wall finishing in 4th place. Well done to Aoibhinn Crean (6th) and Ella English (8th) in the U15 girls 1600m and Kate Jackman (5th) in the U16 girls 2000m race. Well done to Triona Mooney (3rd) and Sonia Mooney in the Junior Ladies 2400m race and Marie Mooney who ran in the Senior Ladies 2400m race. Thanks to all the people who helped out on the day, stewards, parkers, workers in the shop and on the field and Ronnie Bent on the PA system. A special word of thanks to Stuart and Gavin Rothwell for the use of their field. Thank you to all those that sponsored prizes for our races and supplied us with buns/sandwiches for the shop. Adamstown AC would also like to thank Sports Active Wexford for supporting our Cross Country event.
 
IRISH HEART FOUNDATION COLLECTION
The Irish Heart Foundation’s Annual Church Gate Collection will take place on the weekend of Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September. The Irish Heart Foundation is the only National Voluntary Organisation working towards the prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, such as Angina, Heart Attack, Stroke and other circulatory diseases, which is the single greatest cause of death in Ireland. Please give generously. Many thanks for your continued support.
 
PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION THANKS
A sincere thanks to Helen Furlong for her lovely photographic exhibition taken on the night of Fr. Robert Nolan’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in the Parish.
The exhibition has been on display in the Church porch for the past number of weeks and has been greatly admired.
 
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES (Messenger Magazine Sept ’17)
As our country prepares to welcome World Meeting of Families from 22-26th August 2018, we take a look at what family means: Family is all about connection. Family connects us to a home, to ár muintir féin, to the people who are our flesh and blood. It links us to a community, a parish, a county and an ever-expanding network of people and places. Family also connects us to a history, and culture, a language and tradition, to our ‘DNA’, our roots, to our past, present and future. Family connects us to faith and values, to baptism and the community of believers.
 
A PRAYER FOR FAMILIES (Messenger Magazine)
God, Father of all, you have created us in your image,
and made us brothers and sisters of Jesus your son.
In the gift of your spirit at baptism,
Bless our family with the joy of love and with care for each other.
Bless us too with mercy as we try to understand and forgive each other,
Bless families in any difficulty, particularly those who are hungry and homeless.
May our homes be places of welcome and care for the poor. May Mary, mother of your Son and of us all,
bring us to the tenderness of Jesus;
we offer to you this day and always,
the love of our hearts and our homes. Amen
 
BIRTHDAY WISHES
We send congratulations to Jimmy Colfer, The Leap on the occasion of his 90th birthday this weekend.
Many happy returns Jimmy.
 
 
 
CHURCH NOTICES
Sat 16th – Aoife Kelly, Doonooney (A)
Sun 17th – Hannah Coady, Oldcourt (A)
Sat 23rd – Peter Thorpe Sr, Peter Thorpe Jr, Newtown (A)
Sun 24th – Kevin & Molly Whelan, Moira Pierce, Adamstown (A)
Pray for Sean Kent, Woodview Drive (A)
May they rest in peace
 
Thursday September 21st, Feast of St Matthew, Apostle, Mass at 9.30am.
 
St Anthony’s Mass and Novena Prayers will continue every Tuesday night in St Abban’s Oratory at 7.30pm.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Monday – Friday. New volunteers very welcome.
Prayer group meet up every Sunday night in St Abban’s Oratory from 7pm-8pm.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 16th – Family Mass Sun 17th – Callie Doyle
Sat 23rd – Frances Gallagher
Sun 24th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 30th – Liam Whelan Sun 1st Oct – Kay Whelan
Sat 7th – Anthony McGee Sun 8th – Sheelagh Delaney
 
SERVERS
Sat 16th – Roisin NicGabhainn, Leah Sinnott
Sun 17th – Maeve O’Neill, Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Richard & Joe Whelan
Sat 23rd – Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle
Sun 24th – Liam Dooley, Cara Whelan
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (Alexander Pope)
Teach me to feel another’s woe
To hide the fault I see
That mercy I do to others show
That mercy show to me
 
JUNIOR CERT RESULTS
Congratulations and good wishes are sent to all students in the parish who received the results of their Junior Certificate Exams on Wednesday 13th September.
 
 
MARRIAGES IN ST. ABBANS CHURCH
Are you thinking of getting married? It is now mandatory for couples preparing for marriage in the next year would participate in a Marriage Preparation Seminar. Local courses can be done through: Family Life Service, St. Bridget’s Centre, Roche’s Road, Wexford. Ph: 053-9123086
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Social Dance tonight in Adamstown Hall. Music by Michael Collins, doors open at 9pm.
 
CRITICISM FOR TAOISEACH WHO SAYS UNBORN AREN’T EQUAL (Chai Brady – The Irish Catholic 14th Sept.
The Pro-Life Campaign (PLC) has criticised Leo Varadkar’s comments in which he said the unborn should not have the same rights as the mother. However the PLC welcomed that he does not agree the unborn should have no rights whatsoever. In an article published in the New York Times
the Taoiseach is quoted as saying: “And there are people who take the view that human rights only begin after you’re born and that a child in the womb with a beating heart, the ability of hear, the ability to feel pain, should have no rights whatsoever, I don’t agree with that”
 
ECOLOGICAL CRISIS IS A CALL TO ACTION
Few of us would object to being described as consumers but former Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, maintains that if we realised what it really says about us we might have second thoughts. “To consume is to eat, to devour, to destroy. That is how we define ourselves in the 21st century – eating, drinking, shopping, selling, buying, banking – ‘consumers’. We fail to see the cruel irony of our self-designation: devourers of our children’s inheritance and consumers of their future”. The ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversation. It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So, what they all need is an ‘ecological conversion’, whereby the effect of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.
(Gorden Linney – The Irish Times 9th Sept)
 
ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION?
Finding life difficult? Feeling isolated? In need of support? GROW is there to help you.
GROW is a community-based mental health organization which holds weekly meetings. Meeting are confidential and no referral is necessary, simply come along. GROW promotes breaking social isolation and promoting social connectedness and is centred around the idea that
‘I alone can do it, but I cannot do it alone’
Groups: Monday at 7.30pm, The Presentation Centre, Nunnery Road, Enniscorthy.
 
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
Local Confidential Contact Line: 087 1413153
 
WORDS OF WISDOM
You were born to be real, not to be perfect.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Crossing one’s fingers is a way of secretly making the sign of the Cross. It was started by early Christians to ask for divine assistance without attracting the attention of pagans.