Sunday 28th February

CARDS
The weekly “30” Card Game continues in the Community Centre on Friday March 5th @ 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. There is €220 in prize money on offer each night. Catering Friday March 5th will be: Callie Doyle, Margaret Cash, Gertti Mooney, Marie Mooney & Angela Furlong all Knockreigh. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.

LOTTO DRAW
There was no Jackpot winner at the last Lotto draw. The winning numbers were 4, 11, 15, and 23. Nine matched three numbers. Next draw will take place Monday night 01/02/2010 in the Cloch Ban, Clonroche.

COMMUNITY ALERT
A community alert meeting will be held on Thursday night March 11th @ 8pm. There is a very important agenda, so all members are asked to attend.

PRIMARY SCHOOL ENROLMENT
If you have a child starting school in Adamstown National School in September 2010, please call to the school for an enrolment form or phone 053/9240694 to have one posted out to you. Baptismal Certificate required.

SCHOOL BOOK FAIR
The Annual Book Fair will be in Adamstown N.S from Friday 5th March until Thursday 11th March. You can give your child no greater gift than the love of reading which will be a lifelong joy.

TOPS – TICKETS
If you are interested in attending the South East Tops in Taghmon starting this Wednesday 3rd March, with our own Variety Group putting on their show, together with Taghmon group. Adamstown will also be on stage on Wednesday 10th with Kilmore group. Tickets for all show are available from Carol Sugrue, costing €10 for adults and €5 for children.
Contact 087/2049955.

GAA MUSEUM, CROKE PARK
Following the recent success of the Senior Citizens protest march across Dublin in 2009, every Monday from now until April 26th will be “Senior Citizens Day”. This means that every Monday senior citizens can spend the day at the GAA Museum and take a guided tour of “Croke Park Stadium” for only €5 (half price). There will also be a discount of 10% in the museum café. If any senior citizen is interested in this amazing offer please contact Nancy Bradley on 9240837 as soon as possible to make arrangements either for travel by bus, or if you would prefer to use your free travel pass.
 Looking forward to hearing form you.

NEW CHAIRMAN FOR ADAMSTOWN SHOW
Some 28 members attended the Annual General Meeting of Adamstown Show committee held in the centre on Thursday 18th February. The outgoing Chairman-Terry Mc Donald presided, and thanked everyone for their interest and attendance. He said the Annual Show had gained a much higher profile in recent years. He thanked the landowners, sponsors, exhibitors, the officers and committee for all their work. He said the terrible weather for the last few summers had made life very difficult for organising any outdoor event. However despite the weather, there was a huge goodwill and commitment in the general area to keep the show going. Having been Chairman for the past 11 years, he was not seeking re-election. The Hon. Secretary- Kay Mc Cabe thanked everyone for their co-operation and their work. Joint Treasurers- Eddie Roche and Patrice Byrne circulated the 2009 balance sheet to everyone present at the meeting. The financial report was welcomed by all and showed that Adamstown Show was in a good financial situation. At the election of officers for the coming year, James Stephenson, Raheen was elected the new Chairman, Vice-Chairman-Terry Mc Donald, Hon-Secretary-Kay Mc Cabe, Joint Treasurers-Eddie Roche and Patrice Byrne, P.R.O Eunan Flood. All members present agreed to serve on the committee.
A minutes silence was observed for members who suffered bereavement in the past year. This year’s show will take place on Saturday 3rd July. Membership of the show remains unchanged at €25 for family membership and €10 for single membership. Best wishes are extended to the show for a successful year.

FBD WEXFORD & DISTRICT SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE
Well done to the Adamstown U12 Division 4 team who won 3-1 at home to Castledockrell at the weekend. Team: Andrew French, Kamil Luskasqwwicq, Vlad Komarstuch, Harry Cosgrave, Sean Barden, Andrew Thorp, Sebastian Iovon, Evan Murphy, Daire Bolger, Padraig Kavanagh, Aaron O’Brien, James O’Shea and Sean Hynes.

DON’T DUMP IT, DONATE IT!
We need unwanted women’s, men’s and children’s clothes, toys, games, books, DVD’S, bric-a-brac or gifts in good condition. Bring them in today to the Thrift Shop, main street Taghmon.

SAMARITANS:   It might help to talk to someone! Phone 18506090.

GET WELL WISHES:   Sending get well wishes to Breda Cahill from all in the Raheen and Adamstown Parishes.

SELF HELP COLLECTION
The Annual Self Help Africa Collection taken up at the Church gate at both Masses last weekend came to €151. Thanks to all who contributed.

TROCAIRE BOXES
The Trocaire boxes have just arrived and people are asked to give generously for such a worthy cause, as donations will help to break the cycle of hunger and poverty in the World’s poorest countries by helping families to grow more food and earn an income that will enable them to improve the quality and dignity of their lives.

THE ASHES
“Ash Wednesday used to be a day in Ireland when Catholics in public and private life demonstrated their faith by wearing ashes on the forehead. Bertie Ahern was always a case in point. So it was striking to see that the only public figure to be seen wearing ashes on our TV screens was not an Irish politician but US Vice President Joe Biden. And what does it tell us when a self-confessed Catholic newsreader on Sky mistook Joe’s Lenten ashes as a bruise”. (Joe Duffy, Irish Sunday Mail).

CONFIRMATION
Fifth and sixth class pupils from Scoil Naomh Abbain, Adamsstown, will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation next Thursday 4th March in St.Abban’s Church @ 11am. A word of thanks to their teacher Ms Marie Reddy for her work with preparing the children.

THE POPE’S INTENTIONS
General: That the world economy may be managed according to the principles of justice and equity, taking account of the real needs of peoples, especially the poorest.
Mission: That the churches in Africa may be signs and instruments of reconciliation and justice in every part of that continent.

SYMPATHY
Sympathy is extended to Fr Tom McGrath P.P Newbawn on the death of his sister Mrs. Breda Fitzgerald, Ramsgrange who died during the week.
Sympathy is extended to Terry Mc Donald and family, The Leap on the death of his aunt Sister Ambrose Murphy, Sister of the Assumption, Balinahinch, Co Down who died on Thursday 18th February in her 99th year.
Sympathy is extended to Mary O’Reilly and family, Tomgarrow, Adamstown on the death of her brother in law Willie (William) Boggan, Rathaspeck. His funeral mass took place on Thursday 25th February in Bride Street Church with burial afterwards in Crosstown Cemetery.
Pray for Richard Hyland who died in England, husband of Annie Furlong formally of Oldcourt, Adamstown
May They Rest In Peace.

READERS OF THE LITURGY
Saturday 27th February Vigil Mass @ 7pm – Frances Gallagher
Sunday 28th February 2nd Sunday of Lent Mass @ 10:30am – Kay Whelan.
Saturday 6th March Vigil Mass @ 7pm – Anthony McGee
Sunday 7th March 3rd Sunday of Lent Mass @ 10:30am – Kathleen O’Connor.
NOTE: If any reader is unable to read on the allocated date, please contact another reader to fill in.

ANNIVERSARIES
Sat February 27th Mass @ 7pm – Aidan Hickey, Kellystown (A)
Sun February 28th Mass @ 10:30am – Richard Whelan, Kellystown (A)
Sun March 6th Mass @ 10:30am – James and Jo Redmond, Misterin.
Pray for Greg and Annie Bolger, Misterin. 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.
Monday March 1st is the Feast of St David, patron saint of Wales, where he was an abbot and bishop in the sixth century.
Among his pupils was St Aidan patron saint of the Dioceses of Ferns. Port-Madhog is dedicated to St Aidan who is also known as Mogue!
 
A PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Live not in yesterday’s, look back and you may sorrow,
Live precisely for today and look forward for tomorrow.
James Joseph Huesgen!

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