Sunday 14th February

CARDS
The weekly “30” Card Game continues in the Community Centre on Friday February 19th @ 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. There is €220 in prize money on offer each night. Catering Friday February 19th will be: Mag Kehoe, Hannah Coady, Biddy Kehoe and Mary Coady – Oldcourt. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.

LOTTO DRAW
There was no Jackpot winner on Monday 1st February. The winning numbers were 1, 4,5,19. Seven matched three numbers: Marie Buckley – Raheenaclonagh, Amy and Kelly Whelan – Ballyclemock, Ellie Mc Donald – Templeshelin,
Tom English – Coonogue, Cara Flood – Oldcourt, Tara Bookle – Cassagh & Jane Delaney – 48 Willow Park, New Ross. Next draw is worth €12,000 with the winning ticket seller receiving €1,000 and will take place on February15th in Brad OG’s.

ADAMSTOWN LADIES FOOTBALL A.G.M.
The A.G.M will be held on Wednesday February 17th @ 8pm. All players, parents of under age and all other club members are asked to attend.

CIRCUIT CLASSES
Circuit classes will take place in Adamstown community centre on Thursdays @ 8.15pm. Please bring exercise mat or towel. €5 per night. All welcome. For further information contact Lizzy @ 087-6136012.

SET DANCING
Set dancing will take place in Poulpeasty Hall every Tuesday night @ 8pm.

ADAMSTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB
Are holding a meeting on Thursday 225th February @ 8:30pm in the community centre. All members please attend.

RAHEEN ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP UPCOMING EVENTS
There will be a dance in Raheen Hall on February 14th from 8.30pm till midnight, entertainment will be provided by Jim Barnwell. Admission €5 including refreshments. An Active Retirement Dinner Dance takes place in the Brandon House Hotel on February 22nd @ 7pm and admission is €25. Active Retirement Break in Killarney leaving Raheen on Monday March 15th – Friday March 19th (4 nights B&B, 3 dinners & daily bus trips). Total cost €260 per person sharing including bus. For further information contact Michael Power on 087-9439604.

VARIETY GROUP THANKS
Adamstown Variety Group would like to thank very sincerely all those who supported their cabaret on Saturday night last. To all who purchased tickets, paid on the door, gave raffle prizes/door prizes, to the ladies who supplied the lovely food, the musicians, singers a big thanks to you all. To Lou and Carol for their help organising and to the staff of Cullen’s Lounge thanks also. The night was a big success and the money raised will go towards the group’s participation in the “Tops of the County” in Taghmon Community Centre when they take the stage for the first show on Wednesday night March 3rd.
Wishing the group every success and again thanks everyone.

SHOW A.G.M
The 63rd Annual General Meeting of Adamstown Show will be held on Thursday 18th February in the community centre @ 8:30pm. All members please attend this important meeting. New members are always most welcome to attend.

I.C.A.
The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday 10th February. The President Mary Lawlor welcomed members and sympathised with anyone who had been bereaved since the last meeting. The secretary Cait Bradley read the minutes of the last meeting and correspondence, including a letter form the National President. The treasurer Dympna Rochford gave a detailed account of finances. A draw took place for tickets for the forthcoming Centenary Celebrations on 6th and 7th May. The lucky winners received tickets for the banquet in Wexford – Kathleen Murphy and Mary J Furlong and the lucky winners for the buffet reception in Bree were – Ann Mc Donald, Christina Mackey, Frances Gallagher, Ann O’Brien and Geraldine Ridgeway.
Guest speaker for the evening was Pauline Dunne from Killown Yogurts who explained to us the benefit of their locally produced products. Pauline made some delicious smoothy’s , salads and snacks using natural yogurts with fruit & vegetables and everyone enjoyed their sample so much it was clear that many were converted to the healthy option. Hostesses for the evening were Dympna and Kay. Next meeting on Wednesday 10th March. New members are always welcome.

USED CLOTHING COLLECTION DRIVE
For homeless orphans in Kenya. Please drop any unwanted clothing off BEFORE 12 noon on Friday 19th February at Adamstown Church grounds.

VINTAGE CLUB
Among the items discussed at the recent meeting of the Shamrock Vintage club was the upcoming vintage ploughing match at Kellystown, Adamstown on Sunday February 21st starting at 11:30am. There will be ploughing in the following classes – diesel, TVO, trailer, single furrow, horses, ladies and a class for people aged between 16 and 21. Due to insurance regulations no competitors under 16 will be allowed to enter. This year it has been agreed that the charities to benefit are Rehab, New Ross Community Workshop and Enniscorthy Workshop. It is hoped that a large crowd will turn out to support these worthy charities. The chairman, Mogue Curtis, congratulated all who won prizes at the recent ploughing matches held in Clongeen, Ballycullane and Cushinstown. The club would like to extend its sympathy to Pat and Jack Roche and family on the recent death of their brother Mr Tom Roche, Roundwood. Any members who have not paid yet their membership and anyone interested in joining the club should contact the secretary, Maurice Duggan on 086-7962599.

DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS
On February 13th and 14th at Saturday and Sunday Mass we will have a visiting sister from the Convent of St. Elisabeth the New Martyr in Belarus. She will give a presentation on the history and service of their community aimed at helping the patients of the psychiatric hospital, children without parental support and sufferers from drug and alcohol dependence. A stall will be arranged to sell the products made at the convent – icons, crucifixes and other church items, souvenirs and CDs, proceeds will help the Convents construction and its charitable work. www.obitel-minsk.by

SEMINAR ON LOSS AND RECOVERY
A seminar on loss and recovery will take place on Wednesday February 17th and Wednesday February 24th in Ballyvallo Conference Centre. Director Fr Jim Cogley.

HAITI COLLECTION
The total amount taken up last weekend in aid of the Haiti Disaster was €1,800. Thanks to all who contributed in response to this appeal made by Bishop Denis Brennan. The proceeds will be forwarded to the Bishops House. The response nationally
has come to over €3 million not including Dublin Diocese which is not yet known. Ferns Diocese collected €115 thousand, once again thank you all very much.

CONFIRMATION
Fifth and sixth class pupils from Scoil Naomh Abbain, Adamsstown, who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 4th March in St.Abban’s Church @ 11am, had their Ceremony of Commitment on Friday night last. The children took a full and active part in the ceremony, having prepared their commitments, reading, music, which greatly enhanced the ceremony. A word of thanks to teacher Ms Marie Reddy for her work with the children.

READERS OF THE LITURGY
Saturday 13th February Vigil Mass @ 7pm – Frances Gallagher
Sunday 14th February 6th Sunday of year Mass @ 10:30am – Sheelalgh Delaney
NOTE: If any reader is unable to read on the allocated date, please contact another reader to fill in.

SYMPATHY
Our sympathy is extended to Fr Robert Nolan and his sister Betty on the death of their cousin Mrs. Aggie O’Shea, Templetown, whose funeral Mass and burial took place on Saturday last. May she rest in peace.

ASH WEDNESDAY
Wednesday February 17th is Ash Wednesday – Mass and distribution of Ashes will be @ 9:45am and 7:30pm.
Trocaire Boxes will be distributed to homes in the parish. Daily mass during Lent will be @ 9:30am.

ANNIVERSARIES
Sat February 13th Mass @ 7pm – Elizabeth French, Oldcourt, (months mind)
Sun February 14th Mass @ 10:30am – Alice & Mary Connors, Woodview Drive, (A)
Sat February 20th Mass @ 7pm – Paddy & Anna Nolan (A)
Sun February 21st Mass @ 10:30am – Agnes Carey, Adamstown (A)
Pray for Mrs. Aggie O’Shea, Templetown. May They Rest in Peace.

A PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
MAY THE LORD BLESS AND KEEP YOU
MAY HE SHOW HIS FACE TO YOU AND HAVE MERCY ON YOU
MAY HE TURN TO YOU HIS COUNTENANCE
Blessing of St Francis of Assisi.
We all have the power of choice.
Not about the past but about ourselves.
We can make ourselves into a living sign of God’s love if we choose wisely.

Choose to love – rather than hate. Choose to smile – rather than frown.
Chose to build – rather than destroy. Choose to persevere – rather than quit.
Choose to praise – rather than gossip. Choose to heal – rather than wound.
Choose to give – rather than grasp. Choose to act – rather than delay.
Choose to pray – rather than despair. Choose to forgive – rather than curse.
Sometimes the hardest choice is the simplest – our will to God’s.
 
THOSE WHO BRING SUNSHINE TO THE LIVES OF OTHERS CANNOT KEEP IT FROM THEMSELVES