Sunday August 15th

CARDS
 
The weekly ‘30’ card game continues in the Community Centre on Friday 20th  August at 9.00 pm.  Catering on the night will be Molly furlong, Ellen Furlong, Margaret Furlong and Bridget Colfer (the Leap/Ross Road).  Proceeds will go to the Parish Funds.

RESULTS OF CARDS AUGUST 6TH
Patsy Byrne
Ned Evoy
Mick Bolger
James Hendrick
Marie O’Connor
Mary Ann Murphy
Tommy Kehoe
Jerry McDonald
Maureen White
Pat Byrne

ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
Winning numbers are – 2, 18, 19, 25.  There was no Jackpot Winners.  The following player matched 3 numbers: Fianna Hughes, c/o of the Bora Inn.  Next draw is worth €9,500.00 and it takes place in the Bora Inn, on Monday 16th August.

CEMETERY NOTICE
Due to both entrance gates into Adamstown Cemetery being left open on a regular basis for sometime, the Cemetery Committee has put up notices requesting all vehicle drivers to please close gates when leaving.  Drivers are also requested not to drive on the grass.  The Committee appeals to all visitors for their full co-operation and show respect for the sacred place where our dearly departed relatives and friends are laid to rest.  Thank you from: Cemetery Committee.
Please Note: Annual Patron on Sunday 5th September at 1.30 pm.

COMMUNITY ALERT MEETING REMINDER
A community alert meeting will take place in the Community Centre on Wednesday night August 25th at 8.30 pm.  All committee members please attend and all new members are welcome to attend

MEITHEAL
The Meitheal training program for Secondary Schools is being held in Carne at present.  The purpose of the program is to help new students acclimatize to their new environment and to integrate with the school community, the program is very successful and is very helpful.  The new pupils are very appreciative of the support they receive from the Meitheal Leaders.  Included on the training program this week were Brid Bradley, Rachel Cooney, Joseph Toomey and Shane O’Leary who all represented Calaiste Abbain.  Enniscorthy Vocational College was presented by Ian Sinnott formerly of Wooddrive.  Be wishes to all those who are beginning secondary school this year.

EWTIN
If you have Sky TV you can get eternal work television network - Daily Mass Rosary, Divine Mercy, Devotions etc on Channel 589.

ADAMSTOWN/RAHEEN PRAYER GROUP
Adamstown/Raheen prayer group will take place in St Abbains Oratory every Sunday from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm concluding with the blessing of the Blessed Sacrament.

MASS ROCK CARRIGBYRNE
Annual Mass will take place on Sunday August 29th at 7.00 pm.

O N E
The organization of National Ex-Service men and a guard of honour from the FAC will attend Mass in St Abbains on Sunday 22nd August at 10.30 am and afterwards there will parade to Glenour where a wreath will be laid at the Civil War Memorial.

MASS AT TOBAR ABBAIN WELL
The mass at St Abbains well will take place on Sunday 29th august at 11.00 am (weather permitting), with the kind permission of the Doyle family, Glenour.  As this is the 175th Anniversary of St Abbains church.  Parishioners might like to inform other members of their family living elsewhere who are very welcome to attend.

KATHLEEN MCCAY R I P
Kathleen McCay formerly of Glenour passed away on Saturday last.  Kathleen left Adamstown aged 24 years old in 1954 when she married Brian McCay from Athlone.  She raised a family of four boys and four girls.  She was a very friendly and popular person and was finalist in “Housewife of the Year” back in the 1970’s.  She had not been in good health for some time before her death she was laid to rest in Coosan Cemetery beside her husband, who had pre-deceased her by 21 years.  We offer our sympathy to her brothers, Danny Doyle, Glenour and Phil Doyle, Barryscross.  Mass for the repose of her soul will be on Friday 20th August at 8.00 pm in Adamstown.  
May she rest in Peace.

IN MEMORIAM
Saturday 14thAugust (8.00 pm) – Annie Kehoe,
the Leap (A)
Sunday 15th August (10.30 am) – Mike, Polly and Nick O’Brien, Adamstown (A)
Saturday 21st august (8.00 pm) – John, Nicholas, Bridie and Eleanor Whelan, Kellystown (A)
Sunday 22nd August (10.00 am) - Bridie Wakeman, Carlow (A)
Monday 16th  August (9.30 am) – Anna May Furlong,
Castleview (A)

MEMORIALS IN ADAMSTOWN CEMETERY
Many Parishes have published books containing the details on headstones in their respective Cemeteries.  A project has begun in Adamstown Cemetery with this in mine.  We look forward to the final results which will be of immense value and interest to those who are in the process of working on family trees.

IT SAYS IN THE PAPERS – AUGUST 5TH 1893
The following were appointed to collect the home rule and evicted tenants fund at the Chapel gates on Sunday 6th August in Adamstown first mass – D Cummins, J Whelan John Murphy and B Murphy and second mass – P Doyle, J Roche and J Barron.  We expect that everyone in the parish will subscribe the small tribute of 1p in the £ on next Sunday (no matter what their politics may have been in the past).  So as to have it to said that they supported their representative in Parliament and the evicted tenants.  This subscription will be held open till our next meeting which will be held on the first Sunday in September and the hour of the meeting will be 4 o’clock.

GOSSIP
The Bible notes, “Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down,” Proverbs 26:20

Perhaps this statement from American humorist Will Rogers succinctly summarizes how to deal with gossip.  “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”
The Great Father page 19 Advocate.
ATTENDANCE AT MASS
Attendance at mass is not just an optional extra but a commitment made to baptism.  Weekends are busy with so many sporting events and holiday activities but our first duty is to keep holy the Sabbath day.  Jews observe that day by going to the synagogue.  Catholics, Church of Ireland and other Christians do so by celebrating the Eucharist on Sundays or by attending the vigil mass on Saturdays.  It is so easy to get in to the bad habit of being slip shop about this duty.  For me as parish priest to see evident joy of so many people who do attend mass here in Adamstown especially to hear the sound of children’s laughter is uplifting and contagious.  I will leave you with this final thought:

Many of your forebears came to mass by pony and trap.  To this present day the rings are still on the wall where the ponies were tethered.  People worked hard and prayed at night, but the climax of their week was worshipping together in this beautiful church, now bathed in summer sunshine and having time to chat and share the news and a spirit of neighbourliness before heading home for Sunday dinner

Spread the good news.

A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
EVRY DAY
I NEED YOU, LORD
 
Every day I need You, Lord,
but this day especially,
I need some extra strength
to face whatever is to be.
This day more than any day
I need to feel You near,
to fortify my courage
And to overcome my fear.
By myself, I cannot meet
The challenge of the hour.
There are times when
Humans help,
but we need a higher power
To assist us bear what must be borne.
and so, dear Lord I pray
Hold onto my trembling hand
and be near me today.