April 3rd

CARDS
The weekly “30” Card game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 15th of April at 9.00 pm.  Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week.  Catering on the night will be: Christine Mackey, Breda Kelly, Eileen Moran and Anne O’Brien.  Proceeds will be going to the Parish Funds.

CARD WINNERS 11/03/2011
Ann Byrne, Terry McDonald, Sean Cullen, Johnny Nolan, Lena Whelan, Bridie Dillon, Jim Wickham, Tommy Kehoe, Martin Connors and Mickey Connors.

CARD WINNERS 25/03/2011
Denis O’Connor, Marie O’Connor, Tommy Kehoe, Jim Wickham, Terry McDonald, Mick Kelly, Johnny Nolan, Kay Whelan, Tom Rochford and Matt O’Neill

ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
Winning numbers are – 11, 20, 23 and 27.  There was no Jackpot Winner.  There were two match three numbers winners which were: Rita Bradley, Glenour and Ray Kirwan, Barracks Road, who received €100.00 each.  Next draw is worth €3,700.00.  Winning ticket seller receives €370.00.  The next draw will take place in
Brad Og’s, on Monday 4th April.

SHOW MEETING
A meeting of Adamstown Show Committee will be held this Thursday 7th April in the Community Centre at 9.00 pm.  All members please attend.  Membership for the coming year now due.  New members most welcome.

GAA RESULTS
The Minor Footballer’s of Adamstown had a good win against Glynn-Barntown in Killurin on Sunday last on a score line of 1-9 to 1-5.  Our Junior Hurlers were narrowly beaten by Oulart/Ballagh on a score line of 2-10 to 2-12 later that day.  Also our Intermediates were in action and lost to Buffers-Alley.  On Sunday 3rd April the Minor Hurlers will play Ferns in Adamstown at 11.30 am.

ADAMSTOWN NATIONAL SCHOOL ENROLMENT
If you have a child starting school in Adamstown National School in September 2011, please call to the School or phone 053 9240694 for an enrolment form (Baptismal Certificate required)

CONGRATULATIONS
To Aaron O’Brien who qualified for the All-Ireland 36kg boy 2 in Boxing for Wexford CBS on Saturday 26th March.  He won the Lenister final in his weight.
ADAMSTOWN GAA
Adamstown GAA will hold an indoor hurling nursery for all 6 year and 7 year old boys and girls.  It will run for 5 weeks and will commence this Tuesday 5th April in Adamstown Hall, from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm sharp.  Children need to bring hurls and helmets and there is a charge of 10 Euros to cover hire of Hall, payable on the first night.  If you have any queries you can contact John Wickham on 087 6880564.
Committee members and players will be calling to houses with Model County Development Draw tickets which are €50.00 for three draws, your support would be appreciated.

CHURCH ALTARS AND DECORATIONS
Thanks to the ladies from Misterin for looking after the Church and Altars for the month of March, it is now the turn of parishioners from Oldcourt for the month of April.

LOURDES DRAW
Tickets are now being sold throughout the Parish for our annual Parish Lourdes Draw.   A household may purchase up to 4 tickets if desired.  It is hoped to have funds for three parishioners to travel with the Ferns Pilgrimage from 17th to 21st of May 2011.  Tickets cost €5.00 each.  The draw will take place at 10.30 am Mass on Easter Sunday.  Your support is very much appreciated

THE PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Parish Annual General Meeting took place on Friday 11th of March 2011.  The following Committee members were elected for the coming year:
Chairman:     Ned Furlong
Vice Chairman    Maurice Duggan
Secretary    Kieran Kinsella
Treasurer     Dale Kirwan
Assistant Treasurer    Jim English

The Committee including the above Officers are:
Fr Robert Nolan, Ellie Walsh, Carol Sugrue, Tony Whelan, John Furlong, Liam Whelan and Cait Bradley

CELEBRITY WANNABES
The final of the contest will be on Tuesday night 12th April in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy.  The John Joe Nolan Street Children of Bucharest Charity has got through to the final.  The will be important to vote for the Celebrity Wannaby.  Could you please vote again and tell as many as possible to vote too by dialing and texting the following numbers:
Landline number 1515 415 158 key in 114 or Text Celeb followed by space 114-5700.  Calls cost €1.00.

MESSAGE FROM THE DIOCESAN OFFICE
The first anniversary of the publication of the Pastoral Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland occurred on 19th March 2010.  To mark this anniversary Irish Bishops wish to bring the following three important initiatives to the attention of the faithful: the publication of their pastoral response Towards Healing and Renewal; the new Catholic counselling and support service for survivors of abuse; and, the progress of listening and consultation exercises which have been taking place.
To mark this first anniversary Bishops have published the pastoral response Towards Healing and Renewal.  This outlines different undertakings that the Bishops are making on the journey emphasized by the survivors of abuse.  These steps include: Prayer for the Survivors of abuse, including a commitment on the part of Bishops to dedicate each First Friday to prayer and fasting in reparation for abuse and the failure to address it adequately; a commitment to listening with sensitivity and care to the experiences of those who suffered abuse; spiritual support to survivors of abuse who wish to avail themselves of it, including the opportunity for spiritual direction; ongoing commitment to creating a safer future for children in the Church in accordance with Safeguarding Children; a review of Dioceses, Religious Congregations and Societies by the National Board for Safeguarding Children; and ongoing financial support for the work of safeguarding and care.  Towards Healing and Renewal also includes ways in which parish communities can play their part in assisting the process of healing for survivors of abuse.
In February 2011 Bishops, the Conference of Religious of Ireland and the Irish Missionary Union have launched a new Catholic counselling and support service.  This counselling service, which continues the important work of Faoiseamh, supports survivors of abuse in a professional and caring environment by providing a wide range of services, including Helpline and face to-face Counselling.  Healing Meetings, Group work, Practical Workshops and a Social Worker/Bridging service designed to link survivors of abuse to other services relevant to their needs, such as the health, local authority, educational and social welfare services.
Over the last year, and prompted by Pope Benedict’s Pastoral letter, listening and consultation exercises have been taking place in dioceses.  These are continuing and are an important step on the journey of healing and renewal for the Church in Ireland.

FOLK GROUP
There will be a folk group practice in St Abbans Church on Monday night April 4th at 7.30 pm.  All members please attend.

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 2nd of April Mass at 8.00 pm – Nellie and John Finn, Rathsilla (A)
Sunday 3rd of April Mass at 10.30 am – Michael and Catherine Barron, Coonogue (A)
Monday 4th of April Mass at 10.30 am – Margerat Kiely, Glenour (A)
Saturday 9th of April Mass at 8.00 pm – Charles, Laurence and Ellen Bradley, Doonoooney (A)
Sunday 10th of April Mass at 10.30 am – John Crean, Clonard and Glenour (A)
May they Rest in Peace.

READERS OF THE LITURGY
Saturday 1st of April Vigil Mass at 7.00 pm – Majella Stafford
Sunday 2nd of April (4th Sunday of Lent) Mass at
10.30 pm – Betty O’Shea

SYMPATHY
Nora Kelly, Ballyvergin RIP
Our sympathy is extended to Nuala and Martin Kelly on the death of their mother Nora Kelly, Ballvergin who died in Knockeen Nursing Home on Thursday 24th of March.  She will also be sadly missed by her daughter-in-laws: Breda and Isabell, her grandchildren: Liam, Lisa, Derek, Deirdre, Vincent, Valerie, Ciaran, Martin, Lorraine and Jean and her eleven great grandchildren.  She will also be missed also by her relations, friends and neighbours.  She was predeceased by her Husband Bill and her son Liam.  .  Nora was born in The Causeway in Co Kerry; she came to live in Ballyvergin when she married Bill Kelly in 1950.  Nora loved socialising with relations, friends and neighbours and loved going on outings with Adamstown Active Retirement Group.  She was one of the oldest member.
Her funeral mass took place on Sunday 27th of March at 2.00 pm in St Abbans Church, celebrated by her nephew Fr Martin Casey, Fr Robert Nolan, Fr Noel Hartley and Fr Aidan Martin.  She was intered in Adamstown Cemetery.
May she rest in Peace.

A PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

If you’re going to have an exercise programme, start by exercising kindness.
A word of encouragement during failure is worth more than a whole book of praise after a success.
Fr Brian D’Arcy