May 8th

CARDS
The weekly “30” Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 13th of May at 9.00 pm.  There is €220.00 in prize money on offer each week.  Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week.  Catering on the 13th will be: Bernie Hickey, Breda Cummins, Evelyn O’Gorman and Ann O’Gorman - Kellystown.  Catering the following Friday 20th will be: Cathy O’Gorman, Bridget O’Gorman, Ann Stafford, Kay Whelan and Agnes Whelan - Kellystown.

Card winners on 29th of April were as follows:  Tommy Kehoe, Jim Wickham, Nick Doyle,
Andy Revile, Michael Kavanagh, Pat Ryan, Pat Byrne, Maureen White, Mick O’Hanlon and Mick Kehoe

ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
Winning numbers are – 2, 12, 14 and 28.  There was no Jackpot Winner.  There was five match three numbers winner who were: Fergus Murphy, Ballinavarry; John Kehoe, Chapel; Nicola White, Rathsilla; Ann McDonald, Adamstown and Ciaran Foley, Newbawn.  Next draw is worth €4,600.00.  Winning ticket seller receives €400.00.  The next draw will take place in Morrissey’s, Cassagh, on Monday 16th of May.  Tickets are available here.

GAA NEWS
On Wednesday week last our Minor Hurlers went to Blackwater to play their last game in their group, and came away with a draw.  So they how hve won their three football matches, two hurling matches and a draw in the final.  The Intermediate Hurlers beat St Pats by 11 points in round two of the championship in Patrick’s Park Sunday last.  The Junior Hurlers played
Bannow-Ballymitty in Grantstown Sunday evening last and were beaten by a few points.  Sunday next May 8th the SFC Adamstown play Starlight’s in Wexford Park at 3.30 pm.

ICA
ICA Annual General meeting will be held on Wednesday 11th of May at 8.00 pm.  Membership fees are now due.

ALZHEIMERS TEA DAY THANKS
Ellie Walsh would like to thank all those who supported her very successful ‘Tea Day’ and exhibition on Thursday last in the Community Centre for Alzheimers.  Also a word of thanks to the ladies who helped with the teas, and those who sponsored raffles prizes.  Raffle winners were: Emma Rossiter, Maire Reddy, Maeve O’Neill,
Abi Walsh, Mai Kelly and Alice Curtis.  The association welcomes every euro as they also have felt the brunt of cutbacks in recent times.  Thanks everyone!
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
On Sunday 22nd of May twenty-two Children from Adamstown National School will receive their First Holy Communion in St Abban’s Church.  Over the coming weeks we ask you to remember the children and their parents in your prayers as they prepare for this very important day in their young lives.

WORD OF CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to the local GAA Club who received the New Ross District “Club of the Year Award” at a function in the Horse and Hound last night 5th of May.

HOPE CENTRE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
The Hope Cancer Support Centre seeks volunteers to meet and greet people, offer a cup of tea and a listening ear when needed.  Do you have a few spare hours a fortnight, do you have good interpersonal skills and a kind heart.  Full training provided.  If you would like to join the team ring 053 9238555 for an Expression of Interest form.

DAY TOURS
On Sunday, May 15th, there is a Day tour to Cahir castle, stopping off first at Dove Hill retail centre outside Carrick-on-Suir, then on for a guide tour of Cahir castle and from there the tour will take in the scenic drive of the famous Vee and Mountain Mellery, finishing the day with a four course dinner at Lawlors Hotel.  The overall cost is €50.00.

A day tour planned for Sunday, June 5th travels to County Wicklow and to the Mill at Avoca village where the TV series Ballykissangel was filmed.  Then it is on to the national garden exhibition and garden centre in Kilquade and back to Arklow shopping entre and concludes with dinner at the Amber Springs Hotel.  The total cost here is €50.00.

Also Joe O’Brien Tours is organising a coach to travel each day to the Dublin in Bloom Festival in the Phoenix Park which begins on Thursday, June 2nd and continues until Monday, June 6th inclusive.  An all-in ticket includes travel, admission and a three course dinner in the Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey on the way home.  Tickets for Thursday and Friday are priced at €50.00 each and a ticket for Saturday, Sunday and Monday are priced at €55.00.  To book or make enquires for any of the above trips please phone Joe O’Brien on 053 9124808.

To be read in Churches of the Diocese on weekend of 7th/8th May, 2011

Dear Father

The theme of pilgrimage has been a central feature of Irish spirituality for many centuries.  Landmarks such as Lough Derg, Glendalough and Our Lady’s Island form not only part of our rich spiritual heritage but they also offer a place of solitude and reflection to the pilgrim on his/her journey to God.  The spirit of pilgrimage, however, is not confined to an Irish context; its universal presence sometimes draws us to more distant place in order to savour the magnificence of God.

From the 17th to the 22nd of May the diocese undertakes its forty-third pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Lourdes in order to sing the praises of her whom all generations call blessed.  Our annual gathering at the Grotto of Massabielle is an internal and external journey providing the diocesan family with a unique opportunity to reflect on the One whose love brightens our pathway towards God.

This year we continue the theme of prayer as we meditate with Bernadette upon the Our Father.  The Lord’s Prayer described as the quintessential prayer of the Church is truly a summary of the whole gospel and expresses our desire to foster a humble and loving heart as we endeavour to become more like Him.  These days of reflection afford us an opportunity to speak heart to heart with the One who makes all things possible.

Finally, I would like to thank all those whose support has made this journey possible.  These days of prayer not only strengthen and unify of diocesan family but they also renew us with a spirit of God’s healing and blessing.  Together let us pray that the gentle and consoling presence of Mary, the Mother of God, may guide our pilgrimage, so that upon our return, we too may say with her, “The Lord has done great things for us”.

With every good wish, I remain.

Yours sincerely

Denis Brennan
Bishop of Ferns

EASTER DUES
Envelopes have been distributed during the last few days.  Thank you for your generosity.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
A Church Gate Collection in aid of St Patrick’s Special Needs School, Enniscorthy will be held after Mass on 7th and 8th of May.  Please give generously.

Rosary will take place during the month of May at the Grotto Knockreigh each evening at 7.30 pm.

Friday 13th of May is The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima so Mass and Rosary will take place at 8.00 pm.

Daily Mass at 9.30 am (unless otherwise stated).
Adoration from every Monday to every Friday at
7.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

ADAMSTOWN/RAHEEN PRAYER GROUP
The Prayer Group meets every Sunday in St Abbans Oratory from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm, all are welcome.

IN MEMORIAM
Saturday 7th of May Mass at 8.00 pm - Breda O’Brien, Templeshelin (A)
Sunday 8th of May Mass at 10.30 am – Peg and Joe Kelly and their deceased Parents, Coonogue (A)
Friday 13th of May Mass at 9.30 am – Kevin O’Reilly, Tomgarrow (Birthday)
Saturday 14th of May Mass at 8.00 pm – Patsy O’Connor, Newtown (A)
Sunday 15th of May Mass at 10.30 am – Jim and Mary Connors, The Hill (A)
May they Rest in Peace.

READERS OF THE LITURGY
Saturday 14th of May Vigil Mass at 8.00 pm – Frances Gallagher
Sunday 15th of May (4th Sunday of Easter) Mass at
10.30 am – Geraldine Ridgeway
Saturday 21st of May Vigil Mass at 8.00 pm –
Liam Whelan
Sunday 22nd of May (5th Sunday of Easter) Mass at 
10.30 am – First Holy Communion
Saturday 28th of May Vigil Mass at 8.00 pm –
Majella Stafford
Sunday 29th of May (6th Sunday of Easter) Mass at
10.30 am – Kay Whelan

THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
All great things are simple and many can be
expressed in a single word
Freedom, Justice, Honour
Duty, Mercy and Hope

Sir Winston Churchill

Love is shown in your deeds
Not in your words
Fr Jerome Cummings