Sunday March 21st

CARDS
The weekly “30” Card Game continues in the Community Centre on Friday March 26th @ 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. There is €220 in prize money on offer each night. Catering 26th March will be: Breda Whelan, Deirdre Whelan, Marie Murphy and Bessie Fortune-Rathkyle/Coolnagree. Catering Friday 2nd April will be Kathleen Barden, Maura Barden & Siobhan Hynes. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.

LOTTO DRAW
There was no Jackpot winner at the last Lotto draw. The winning numbers were 7, 12, 19 & 26. Eight matched three numbers – Nancy Dillon, Camross: Eddie Dillon, Newbawn: Jim O’Brien C/O Liam Moore: Anne Mc Inerney C/O Willie Stafford: Danny Gorman, Camross: Patrice Furlong, Misterin: Mai Furlong, Misterin House & Sean Whelan, Kellystown:  Next draw will take place Monday night 29th March in Morrisseys Pub, Cassagh. Next draw is worth €13,000.
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.

EXTRA CEMETERY BINS
The cemetery committee have secured extra rubbish bins for cemetery use from Wexford Co Council. There is no excuse now for anyone to leave any grave rubbish thrown around at any time. If on the very rare occasion you find all bins full, please bring rubbish home. Thank you for your co-operation in keeping our cemetery clean and tidy….all the time.

CEMETERY MEETING
A meeting of Adamstown Cemetery Committee will take place in the community centre this Thursday 25th March @ 9pm. All members please attend.

ST PATRICKS DAY PARADE IN ENNISCORTHY
Members of Adamstown I.C.A, Adamstown Athletic Club, and Margo Murphy School of Dancing marched in the Enniscorthy St Patrick’s Day Parade. Members of the Pike Group travelled over to Savannah, Gorgia for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Margo Murphy School of dancing travelled to London last week to take part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

FOLK GROUP
There will be folk group practice in St Abbans Church on Tuesday March 23rd @ 8pm.

TOPS OF THE COUNTY
On Wednesday last 10th March our local Variety Group put on their show in Taghmon in the tops competition. There was great support from the Adamstown area and all enjoyed the performance of our young and not so young parishioners. Even if they go no further in the competition they can all be proud of their talents and well done on a brilliant show, which entailed many weeks of hard graft and dedication. Congratulations to first-time producers, Lou and Carol on a wonderful show and may it be the first of many shows in our parish.

OLD ROSS HOLISTIC THERAPIES
Treatments available including: Reflexology, Swedish massage, Hot Stone Massage. To make an appointment contact Margaret Power, Heath Park, Old Ross on 051-428344. Registered Reflexologist & Massage Therapist.

LOURDES TICKETS
Our annual parish Lourdes ticket draw will take place after 10:30am Mass on Easter Sunday 4th April. The parish committee are currently visiting every house in the parish with tickets, households may purchase up to four tickets if they choose, tickets cost €5 and it is hoped to send three parishioners to Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage in May. Your support will be very much appreciated.

ST PATRICK’S DAY COLLECTION FOR FERNS MISSION
The total collected in Adamstown on St Patrick’s Day in aid of the Ferns Mission came to €500. Thank you for your generosity.

Ferns on Mission 2009 A/C
INCOME
               Parish/Donations    €69,868

EXPENDITURE
               Support of Priests               €39,599
               Carmelties, Nigeria                6,500
               Sr. Kate Nolan Brazil            2,000
               Gambia Project                      2,000

€50,099
SURPLUS IN YEAR    €19,769
 
CHILDREN OF BUCHAREST
We welcome John Joe Nolan, White Church to the Parish this weekend making his Annual Appeal for the Children of Bucharest.

THUNDER and LIGHTNING
A little girl walked daily to and from school.
Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trip to school.
As the afternoon progressed, the wind whipped up, along with thunder and lightning.
The mother of the little girls felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school, and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm the child.
Following the roar of thunder, lightning, like a flaming sword would cut through the sky.
Full of concern, the mother quickly got in her car and drove along the route to her child’s school.
As she did so, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile.
Another and another were to follow quickly, each with the little girl stopping, looking up and smiling.
Finally, the mother called over to her child and asked, “What are you doing?” The child answered, smiling,
“God just keeps taking pictures of me.”

READERS OF THE LITURGY
Saturday 20th March Vigil Mass @ 7pm – Goretti Rochford
Sunday21st March Mass @ 10:30am – Geraldine Ridgeway
Saturday 27th March Vigil Mass @ 7pm – Liam Whelan
Sunday 28th March Mass @ 10:30am – Des Farrell
NOTE: If any reader is unable to read on the allocated date, please contact another reader to fill in.

ANNIVERSARIES
Sat March 20th Mass for Betty Forrestall, Bagnelstown & Oldcourt (A)
Sun March 21st Mass for Sean Doyle, Ballyvergin (A)
Sat March 27th Mass for Eileen Delaney, Oldcourt (A)
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
LORD MAY ALL YOUR PEOPLE GROW IN LOVE OF YOU AND ONE ANOTHER
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!