May 1st

CARDS
The weekly “30” Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 6th 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 6th will be: Molly Furlong, Ellen Furlong, Bridget Colfer and Margaret Furlong.  Catering the following Friday 13th will be: Bernie Hickey, Breda Cummins, Evelyn O’Gorman and Ann O’Gorman.  Card winners for 22/04/2011 were as follows:  Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Mick Kehoe, Jim Wickham, Terry McDonald, Ann Byrne, Matt O’Neill and Tom Rochford.

ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw will take place in Cullen’s Pub, on Monday 2nd  of  May.  Tickets are available here.  Please support.

ADAMSTOWN VARIETY GROUP WINNERS
Congratulations to Adamstown Variety Group who won the Carlow Tops 2011 Final in Tullow on Monday night last.  Their very entertaining show was enjoyed by a large number of people.  Dale Kirwan won the Best Producer, the group also won Best Comedy and Scratchy Doyle’s Tush Push line dancing girls also won an award.  Dale and the group wish to thank the following people for their support and help: the parents, make-up, costume, stage hands, and props and in particular the loyal supporters who make the trip to Tullow the past two weeks and who attended their show in Adamstown.  Well done everyone.

CHURCH AND ALTAR DECORATION
Thanks to the ladies from Oldcourt for looking after the Church and Altars for the month of April, it is now the turn of parishioners from Newtown/The Leap for the month of May.

ALZHEIMERS TEA DAY FUNDRAISER
There will be a Fundraising Tea Day for the Alzheimer Society in Adamstown Community Centre this Thursday 5th of May from 2.00 pm onwards.  Ellie Walsh will have her hand-knitted exhibition entitled ‘all God’s Creatures’ – from Dinosaurs to Humans.  Come along and help support this very worthy cause, with our ageing population, many more families will be facing this very distressing condition with a loved one.

ATHLETIC CLUB
The athletes and parents of Adamstown Athletic Club had the most enjoyable sponsored walk on Sunday 17th of April.  What started off as a casual sponsored walk/run quickly turned into a blistering pace up the hills of Boola to the hedge school, the younger athletes wanted to beat the older athletes and parents did not want to be out shone by their kids.  Everybody was on the look out for Willie Stafford who would be at his usual point – half way giving out the much needed refreshments but there was no time for the chat as the race was on down the hill and back to Dolly and Pat Roche yard.  There were very little chitter chatter and lots of red faces, the kids secretly wanted to do better than last year and parents wanted to get back for a taste of Dolly’s homemade tarts and buns which are irresistible.  A big thanks to Dolly, Pat, May and Jack who made us feel most welcome and their generosity which was second to none.  As it was as unusually hot day, Dolly left no stone unturned, opened up the freezer and ha ice pops for everyone, while some cooled down with a water fight out the back.

COLAISTE ABBAIN PARENTS ASSOCIATION
A Cabaret will take place in Cullen’s Lounge on Saturday 7th  of  May around 9.00 pm in aid of Colaiste Abbain Parents Association, your support would be much appreciated.

SHOW MEETING
A meeting of Adamstown Show Committee will take place this Thursday 5th of May at 9.00 pm.  All members please attend.  Please Note: Membership fees for 2011 are now due, and can be handed in at this meeting.

FOROIGE YOUTH CLUB
Adamstown Foroige Youth Club meets every Thursday night from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm in Adamstown Community Centre.  Foroige is open to young people aged between 12-18 years.  Their motto is: For Fun, For Friends – it has to be Foroige.

TROCAIRE
Thanks to all who brought in Trocaire Boxes during holy Week.  Many homes still have Trocaire Boxes which should be received as soon as possible.  If you have not got a box you may make a donation by placing it in an ordinary envelope marked Trocaire and dropping it in the weekly envelope Box in the Porch of the Church.

STREET CHILDREN OF BUCHAREST
John Joe and Margaret Nolan are very gratified with the response to their recent appeal.  A container will be packed this weekend if you wish to contribute tinned food or items for childcare or cash please get in touch with them at the Forge, Whitechurch, New Ross.

It is very difficult to tell of someone is suicidal or depressed, as people in crisis have unique feelings and react in different ways.  But there are some factors which can indicate suicide risk, such as the person might experience a recent loss eg a loved one or job, she/e have made a previous suicide attempt or also she/he have withdrawn, low-spirited, taking less care of themselves.  If you are concerned about a friend etc encourage them to seek help and talk to someone they trust, a doctor, or Samaritans.  Talking about feelings can make all the difference between choosing to live or die.  If you are helping someone who feels suicidal; please take care of yourself as well. NI: 08457 90 90 90, ROI: 1850 60 90 90 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHILDRENS HANDICAPPED TRUST PILGRIMAGE
For 40 years people from Ireland have travelled to Lourdes on the Easter children’s pilgrimage.  This year 1,100 people will travel, half of them as special guests, and the other half as helpers.  The trip lasts for a week, and it is truly a week of laughter, sharing, caring, and love.  Everyone who travels to Lourdes, helper or guest, gets something out of it.  For some it is simply the feeling of being accepted as no different from anyone else, despite disabilities.  For others, they may experience the famous feeling of ‘peace’ that one gets at the grotto.  I would recommend it to everyone, but be warned – when you go once, you will catch the bug to go again and again and again! 2011 is my 15th year travelling at Easter, and I can not imagine a year without it! (Fr Brian Whelan)

PARISH FIELD DAY
It will take place on Monday 6th  of June – the Bank Holiday weekend, suggestions for the Field day, Novelties are welcome.  If you would like to run a stall or help please come along.

THE LOURDES DRAW
After 10.30 am Mass on Easter Sunday the Annual Draw took place.  The lucky winners were: Lizzie Cloney, Ballagh; Annette Power, Fairfield and Michael Morrissey, Rathsilla. Maurice Duggan on behalf of Adamstown Parochial Committee thanked all those who purchased tickets and made the draw possible.  Also there is a word of thanks to all the members of the Parish Committee who visited the houses.

HOLY PLACES COLLECTION
This collection took place on Good Friday and our gratitude to those who contributed the sum of €146.00

Divine Mercy Sunday 1st of May will take place in St Abbans Oratory from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
Visitation of the sick will take place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of May.

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
Sunday 1st of May Mass at 8.00 pm – Breda Cahill, Raheen, Cloonagh (A)
Friday 6th of May Mass (First Friday) at 8.00 pm - Thomas and Elizabeth Walsh, Brocurra (A)
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, Coonogue (A)
May they Rest in Peace.

GOLDEN DAYS
Congratulations to Michael and Nancy Lambert, Adamstown who celebrated their Golden Jubilee on April 16th.  They were blessed with beautiful weather and surrounded by their children and excited grandchildren for mass in St Abbans Oratory on Saturday at 12 noon.
Family, neighbours and friends gathered in the Stanville Lodge Hotel, Barntown in the evening for a celebratory meal.  Afterwards the happy couple took to the floor to the sound of music and stepped it out in style.  We wish them many more years of happiness.

A THOUGH FOR THE WEEK

Father’s Day Thank God for your family
‘Children are a blessing’
If you’ve forgotten how well off you are to have your family, read this:
I’d finally had it.  The children were loud, irritable and impossible.  I was tired and fed up.  My wife was tired and fed up.  So I decided to run away from it all and have a day just for me; a day in which I did what I wanted.  I was going to live it up and be as greedy as I pleased.  I was not going to tend to anybody but myself.
‘I zoomed out of the house with €25.00.  “There, I did it!” I said to myself as I drove to the A-road and head north.  Well, I went to a shopping centre, had a great time in a bookstore and bought the collected poems of Walt Whitman.  Afterwards, I drove to McDonald’s and ordered two hamburgers, my own large fries and my own large cola.  I ate everything without being interrupted, without wiping anyone’s mouth, nose or bottom.  The I ate the biggest chocolate ice cream I could find.  ‘I was free! I was out of town! So I drove to the cinema and watched a film without buying popcorn, without someone sitting on my lap, without escorting someone to the bathroom.  I was a free man.  I was living it up – and I was miserable. ‘By the time I returned home, everyone was asleep.  As I slipped into bed my wife whispered. “We missed you.” I answered, “Me too.”  I never ran away from home again!’

(PSALM 127:3