Sunday March 14th

CARDS
The weekly “30” Card Game continues in the Community Centre on Friday March 12th @ 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. There is €220 in prize money on offer each night. Catering Friday 19th March will be: Marian Kelly, Catherine L Kelly, Catherine J Kelly and Mary Fortune-Doononey. Catering 26th March will be: Breda Whelan, Deirdre Whelan, Marie Murphy and Bessie Fortune-Rathkyle/Coolnagree. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.

LOTTO DRAW
There was no Jackpot winner at the last Lotto draw. The winning numbers were 10, 18, 22 & 26. Two matched three numbers – Ger O’Neill, Glenour and Julia Walsh c/o A & M Taghmon. Next draw will take place Monday night 15th March in Cullen’s Lounge. All proceeds going to Adamstown F.C, GAA and Parish Committee.

ATHLETIC CLUB
The club is holding its Annual Sponsored Run/Walk/Jog on Sunday 28th March @ 11:30am. All are welcome to come along and join in the 2 mile from Templenacrow to the Grotto in the Ballagh and back. Sponsorship cards are now in circulation. Please support your local club.

GAELIC GAMES
The local senior football team had a successful opening outing to the new season when they defeated St James on a final score of 3-10 to 1-7 at Newbawn in the quarter final of the Tommy Murphy cup New Ross District competition. They are now in the semi-final of this competition along with Clongeen, Fethard and Bannow/Ballymitty. The team – Alan Bradley, David Lawlor, M J Cooper, Colm Boland, James Breen (1-0), P J Carroll (0-1), Lorcan French, Thomas Furlong, David Bradley (0-1), Barry Power (0-1), P J Thorpe (0-4), David Mc Evoy (1-1), Ian Stafford (0-1), John Murphy, Shane Bradley (0-1), Subs played – Stephen Power (1-0), Ian Bradley, John Whelan, Michael Furlong & Patrick Delaney. Well done boys. Well done also to Eric Bradley who played a great game with Wexford Footballers who defeated Sligo at Wexford Park on Sunday last.

CHAT n CHA – ADAMSTOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE
All young & old are welcome to come along to this get-together in Adamstown Community Centre every Tuesday for a chat and a cup of tea from 1:30pm – 3:00pm. Contact Monica on 086 1693997.

CONFIRMATION
On Thursday last in beautiful sunshine the pupils from 5th and 6th classes in Adamstown N.S received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Denis Brennan. Their teacher Ms. Maire Reddy had done a huge amount of preparation with the pupils over the past few months and their beautiful art work which was on display in the church was greatly admired by all. The 3rd and 4th classes who made up the choir for the ceremony under the leadership of Vicky Barron did themselves proud and enchanced the ceremony greatly. Well done all. Concelebrants were Fr. Robert Nolan P.P and Fr. Tom McGrath P.P. with Master of Ceremonies Fr. Jim Furlong C.C. The church was beautifully decorated by Mary J. Furlong, thanks to Cait and everyone who helped in any way to make the day so meaningful. Receiving Confirmation on the day were: Niamh Bradley O’Connor, Maggie Connors, Mary Connors, Emma Doyle, Sara Jane Flood, Katie Harrington, Natasha Mackey O’Donoghue, Sandra Mahon, Eimear McCabe, Serena Mc Carthy, Nicole O’Dwyer, Rebecca Redmond, Emily Sugrue, Lorien Walsh, Ethan Delaney, Devin Delaney, J.P. Furlong, Sean Hynes, Vladislav Komarshchuk, Kamil Lukaszewics,
Joe Mooney, Aaron O’Brien, Christopher Redmond, Liam Stafford, Andrew Thorpe, Sebastian Lovan, Nicole O’Dowd (Colaiste Abbain) and Lisa Marie Martin (Newbawn). In the prayers of the Faithful the children remembered and prayed for their fellow pupil Mary Connors and her mother Alice, who both lost their lives tragically in a fire three years ago. Mary would have been making her Confirmation with her class at this time. (May they rest in peace).

ADAMSTOWN PAROCHIAL ACCOUNTS
The Annual statement of accounts for year ending 31/12/2009 are posted in the porch of the church.

WEEKLY ENVELOPE COLLECTION
February 7th - €485.  February 14th - €308.  February 21st - €326.  February 28th - €233.
Our thanks to all our generous and faithful contributors.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
A church – gate collection will be taken up in aid of the County Wexford Community Workshop at weekend Masses on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th March. Your support will be very much appreciated.

FERNS ON MISSION
There will be collection taken up in the porch of the church on St Patricks Day in aid of the Ferns on Mission. Your support will be very much appreciated by Fr Denis Browne who is visiting in Brazil and by Fr Sean Deveraux who is in Gambia. There have been many calls on your generosity already this year, however our diocesan Mission in the Gambia and Brazil is worthy of support, thus enabling the good work to continue. Once again your generosity will be very much appreciated.

TROCAIRE
The Trocaire Box is a visible symbol and expression of the almsgiving dimension of Lent in our tradition. Almsgiving challenges us to see working for justice and peace in our world as central to our faith. In the pastoral letter written on the founding of Trocaire, we are told that the duties to work to help those most in need in our world “is no longer a matter of charity but of simple justice” (Bishops of Ireland on Development, 1973, n.18). In this context, the Trocaire box becomes a real symbol of the work we are all called as Church to do to make our world a more just and peaceful place. Trocaire boxes are available in the porch of the Church.

THE BREASTPLATE OF ST PATRICK
I bind to myself this day,
The Power of God to guide me,
The Might of God to uphold me,
The Wisdom of God to teach me,
The Eye of God to watch over me,
The Ear of God to hear me,
The Word of God to give me speech,
The Hand of God to protect me,
The Way of God to lie before me,
The Shield of God to shelter me,
The Host of God to defend me against the snares of demons, against the temptations of vices, against the lusts of nature, against every man that meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near, whether alone or with many.

MOTHERS DAY
Most mothering festivals in early history were in the springtime to celebrate the rebirth of the land and the beginning of the most fertile time of the year. These festivities honoured the goddess in all women. The modern version of Mother’s Day with families bringing Mother’s Day flowers and gifts to there mother can be traced back to seventeenth century England.
Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent, a special day when all the strict rules about fasting and penance were put aside.                                    Wishing All Mothers a Happy Mother’s Day (Sunday March 14th)

SYMPATHY
Our sympathy is extended to Peter Caulfield a member of the teaching staff of Colaiste Abbain, Adamstown on the death of his father James (Jim) of Kilmacree, Killinick, Co Wexford who died on March 4th. His funeral Mass took place in St Martins Church, Pierestown on Saturday March 6th with burial afterwards in Clongeen cemetery. May He Rest In Peace.

READERS OF THE LITURGY
Saturday 13th March Vigil Mass @ 7pm – Majella Stafford
Sunday 14th March 4th Sunday of Lent Mass @ 10:30am – Alma Gorman
Tuesday 16th March Vigil Mass @ 7pm – Ellie Walsh
Wednesday 17th St Patrick’s Day Mass @ 10:30am – Betty O’Shea
NOTE: If any reader is unable to read on the allocated date, please contact another reader to fill in.

ANNIVERSARIES
Sat March 13th Mass for Edward Whelan, Brocurra (A)
Sun March 14th Mass for the Deceased Nolan Family, Oldcourt (A)
Tues March 16th Mass for Mosey Mc Cabe, Ballyvergin (A)
Wed March 17th Mass for Jim & Ellen O’Shea and son Tommy (A)
Sat March 20th Mass for Betty Forrestall, Bagnelstown & Oldcourt (A)
Sun March 21st Mass for Sean Doyle, Ballyvergin (A)
Pray for Myosh Kavanagh
May They Rest In Peace.
Daily Mass Monday – Friday @ 9:30am
Adoration Monday – Friday from 7pm – 8pm
Prayer group Sunday – 7pm – 8pm in St Abban’s Oratory – All are welcome.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
LOVE IS SHOWN IN YOUR DEEDS, NOT IN YOUR WORDS.
Fr. Jerome Cummings.
Do not run through life so fast, that you forget not only where you have been,
but also where you are going.
Life is not a race but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.
Live not in yesterday’s, look back and you may sorrow,
Live precisely for today and look forward for tomorrow.
James Joseph Huesgen!