Sunday 13th September

The weekly “30” Card Game continues in the Community Centre on Friday September 18th @ 9pm. There is €220 in prize money on offer each night. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Friday 18th September will be: Mary Kirwan, Cait Bradley, Josephine Hendrick & Bernie Bradley. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.


There was no punter lucky enough to have the four numbers in the Lotto Draw on Monday 7th. The exclusive numbers were: 5-11-27-30. There was just one match three player. Ann Whitty, Templenacrow who received €200. The next draw for a Jackpot of €12,000 will be on Monday 21st Sept in the Outhouse with the winning ticket seller receiving €1,000.

Adamstown Athletic Club are holding their Annual Cross Country this Sunday 13th September. The first race to commence at 1pm. Best wishes to all participating athletes. All spectators are welcome.

Adamstown Active Retirement Group are hosting a meal in Brad Og’s this Thursday 17th September @ 1:30pm. All welcome to come along.

Mass will be celebrated at the “Mass Rock; at the butt of Carrigbyrne Hill this Sunday evening 13th September @ 6:30pm and everyone welcome.

Congratulations and best wishes to all our Junior Certificate students who received their results this week. Wishing them well in their continued studies.

Despite the unfavorable weather St Abban’s Church was full to capacity for the Annual Patron and Blessing of Graves last Sunday afternoon. The Patron Mass was celebrated by Fr.Robert Nolan P.P, assisted by Fr. Jim Furong C.C Raheen and Fr. Odhran Furlong C.C Rathgarogue. Great credit and thanks is due to all that dressed their family graves and made the cemetery look so lovely. Thanks also to everyone who helped in any way to organise this annual day of remembrance in our Parish for all our deceased relatives and friends.

Sunday next 20th September will see the 8th Annual Festival take place on Dick and Bessie Fortune’s farm in Doonooney. The organising committee finalized their programme for this great Annual Charity event at a meeting in the Community Centre on Thursday night last. It is planned to have something for everyone to see and enjoy. So take a step back in time and see how previous generation carried out their ploughing and harvest threshing. You will also be helping three very worthy causes: Sr. Helen Delaney with her wonderful work in Uganda, the HOPE Centre in Enniscorthy and Raheen Day Care Centre. The day will kick off around 12:30pm with the Vintage Display and Ploughing competitions, when it is hoped to have at least 50 competitors in seven different classes. In mid-afternoon when the ploughing is over, we will have the sight and sound of the “Old Threshing Mill” for the old time Harvest Threshing which will bring back memories of long ago to many. There will be a dog show, lots of fun and various games, Dolly’s homemade brown bread, various stalls, pongo, shop etc. the hard working ladies committee will serve teas, soups and refreshments throughout the afternoon. The ladies would appreciate sandwiches, confectionery and more workers on the day. The organizing committee appeal for your generosity and attendance on Sunday next. The committee wishes to gratefully acknowledge the generous contribution of €1,500 from the Bank of Ireland.  

Fr Jim Furlong and Fr Robert Nolan together will introduce a Prayer meeting for people from Adamstown and Raheen in St. Abbain’s Oratory on Sunday next 20th September from 7pm-8pm. This prayer group will with the help of God continue at the same time every Sunday evening and everyone is welcome to join in.

Perpetual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour will be held in Bride Street/Rowe Street Church, Wexford from September 14th to September 22nd and perhaps you might like to drop in and spend a little time in prayer and reflection.

Visit our website: Gospel Commentary – a brief reflection on each day’s Gospel, Between Ourselves, our question and answer desk:
 Jacob’s Well, a different topic each month:
Wisdom Line, a short passage from a spiritual classic,
Jesus, unfolding the story of Jesus.

Tommy Fleming in Concert in St Aidan’s Church, Ferns on Sunday 15th November 2009 @8pm. Tickets €30 each from the Ferns Parish Office on 053 9266514. Proceeds in aid of Church Roof Fund.

Pneumococcal Disease can lead to Pneumonia, Meningitis & Septicemia vaccination reduces the risk – contact your G.P.

The Taghmon Action Group Thrift Shop, Main Street, Taghmon has now re-opened. Visit our new look store which has now re-opened after refurbishment.

One of the most disturbing dimensions to a visit to Auschwitz is the sight of the personal belongings of many of the people who perished here – people once filled with hope, a hope shattered by hatred. Among the personal effects found at the site after liberation are over 80,000 shoes and about 3,800 suitcases. They bear witness not only to the scale of the plunder carried out by the Germans, but also to the suffering and death of their owners. Suitcases with names, birth dates and addresses are often the only proof that a given person was deported to Auschwitz.

This Year of the Priest coincides with the 150th anniversary of the birth of St John Mary Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests. It is a year when priests are called to deepen their commitment to interior renewal “for the sake of a more forceful and incisive witness to the Gospel in today’s world” (Pope Benedict xvi 16th June 2009, Letter to Priests) In his letter to priests, the Holy Father Quotes St. John Vianney who said: “The priest hold the key to the treasures of heaven leave a parish for 20 years without a priest, and they will end by worshipping the beasts there”. The Pope points out the “immense gift” priests are to the “whole community”.

Thirty-eight new seminarians are to study for the priesthood this September. The new candidates range in age from 18 to the mid-40s with the largest number coming from the Dublin diocese and the Down and Conor in the North. They will return to work in their own dioceses upon ordination, which will take seven years. The new priests will also join seven seminarians from Scotland who transferred their studies to Maynooth following the closure of Scotus College.
Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in you heart.

DISCOVER THE VALUE OF INFORMATION Free Phone – 1800 744 487, Monday – Friday 10am -4pm, Local – 1800 777 121, Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm, Wexford Information Centre, Enniscorthy 053 9237388.

We are pleased to announce that Bishop Denis Brennan has approved and encouraged the setting up of a Diocesan Adoration Committee. In order to progress, accelerate and consolidate this great word of Adoration in all parishes it is important to get the prayers, views, ideas, suggestion and help of a wide range of people from various parts of our Diocese. Therefore people from each parish that are interest in Adoration are invited to a meeting on Saturday 19th September in St Aidan’s Monastery in Ferns starting with registration @ 9am – 9:45am followed by Holy Mass and finishing by 12:30pm. Please phone 087 2478519 or 086 6204107 or 051 563306 confirming your intention to attend or to find out more. We look forward to a very positive response from parishioners to this invitation. Note: After Masses next weekend, form will be distributed whereby you might like to commit one hour per week to adoration in St. Abban’s Oratory, Adamstown.

Certificate in Pastoral Ministry at Wexford Campus (Institute of Technology, Carlow) this course is designed to facilitate the human, spiritual and pastoral development of participant at a time when there is growing awareness of the importance of collaborative ministry in the Church. This programme is built around those elements which are considered relevant for effective pastoral ministry in contemporary Ireland. Course times Monday evenings 7pm – 9pm, beginning Monday 5th October 2009, Cost €400.

Our sincere sympathy is extended to Dick and Bessie Fortune and family, Doonooney and the Kelly families on the death of Arthur Kelly, Castlebridge who passed away on Saturday 5th September. He was interred in St. Ibar’s Cemetery, Castlebridge on Monday last. May He Enjoy Eternal Peace.

Sat Sept 12th Mass @ 8pm – Jimmy & Josie Bradley, Barrack’s Rd,
Sun Sept 13th Mass @ 10:30am – Peg & Paul Kearns, Raheen,
Sat Sept 19th Mass @ 8pm – Aoife Kelly, Doononey,
Sun Sept 20th Mass @ 10:30am – Kevin Whelan, Adamstown & Myra Pearse, Liverpool.

Your body is the harp of your soul.
Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.
For those with faith, no explanation is necessary,
For those without no explanation is possible (Thomas Aquinas)
May he support us all the day long, till the shadows lengthen, the evening falls and the busy world is hushed and our work is done.
Then at last, may he grant us a holy rest, a safe lodging and peace at last. Amen