February 18th 2018

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 23rd Feb at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering n Fri 23rd will be: Mary Delaney, Sheelagh Delaney, Catherine O’Rourke & Elizabeth Greene. On Fri 2nd March will be: Catherine Walsh, Eileen J Walsh, Eileen N Walsh. On Fri 9th March will be: Callie Doyle, Angela Furlong & Louise Furlong. On Fri 16th will be: Marian Kelly, Catherine L Kelly, Catherine J Kelly & Mary Fortune. On Fri 23rd will be: Eleanor Smyth, Emma Staunton & Bernie Conway. On Fri 30th will be: Breda Whelan, Deirdre Whelan & Bessie Fortune. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 9th Feb were: Mick Bolger, James Handrick, Terry McDonald, Pat Byrne, Matty Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Phil Jackman and John Hanley.
 
ADAMSTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES
Adamstown Athletic Club recently held their AGM. The following people have been elected for the year 2018. The Chairperson is Edel English, Assistant Chairperson – Eamonn Crean, Secretary- Deirdre Crean, Assistant Secretary – Edel Crean, Treasurer – Ann Jackman, P.R.O and Club Registrar – Susan O’Shea, and Child Protection Officer – Edel Crean. Lifetime members – Jimmy O’Shea and Seamus Bradley were also in attendance on the night and thanked for all their hard work and dedication to the Club. The Club are looking forward to another successful and eventful year ahead.
Well done to all our athletes that attended Day 1 of the Leinster Indoor Championships in Athlone last weekend. Well done to Laura O’Gorman competing in the U12 Shot Putt, Jack O’Shea, Watt Crean and Ross English all competing in the U12 High Jump and the U12 60m Sprint, Ciara Mooney competing in the U14 1km Walk and the U14 Shot Putt, Isobel English competing in the U14 Shot Putt and Triona Mooney in the U19 1.5km Walk. Congratulations to Triona Mooney who was 3rd in the U19 1.5km Walk, Ross English who was 4th in the U12 High Jump and qualifies for the All-Ireland and Ciara Mooney 4th in the U14 1km Walk and also qualifies for the All-Ireland. Well done to all our athletes and best wishes to all the athletes that will compete in Day 2, 3 and 4 of the Leinster Indoors over the coming weeks.
 
BOOK & BAKE SALE
The staff and pupils in Adamstown National School wish to express their thanks to all those who supported their ‘Book & Bake Sale’ in the school on Friday 9th. We received hundreds of books and lots of cakes, buns and goodies. It surpassed all our expectations, the amount raised was €670 a huge thanks to all those who came along and purchased books/cakes and to the willing parents who gave so generously. All this money is being spent on a programme of graded readers for the whole school.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 23rd Feb in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €12,100. The big money is still there to be won, buy a ticket and be in with a chance.
 
SPLIT THE POT
The next draw in the Adamstown N.S Parents Association Split the Pot is this Tuesday 20th Feb, envelopes costing €2 are available in Cullen’s Pub, Adamstown Pharmacy, and Bernie’s Pub & Chipper and in the school. Thanks for your continued support.
 
A WORD OF THANKS
The Furlong Family, Castleview would like to offer a word of heartfelt thanks to our wonderful neighbours and friends for all the incredible gestures of help and support in recent times. Your kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity will always be remembered by us. Please know that you are in our prayers.
 
SYMPATHY
Our condolences to Martin & Eleanor Smyth and family in Adamstown on the death of Martin’s Grandmother Mary Smyth (nee Kennedy) who died on 9th February aged 94 years of age. She lived all her life in Slieve, Ahascragh, Co Galway. She was the aunt of famous Irish Millner Phillip Treacy. She leaves behind 9 children, 30 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, was laid to rest on Sunday 11th February. May she rest in peace.
 
PASSION PLAY
The play rehearsals continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm with Michael Stafford in the director’s chair. If you are interested in being involved with either choir or play, please come along, you will be very welcome.
 
NATIVE AMERICAN TEN COMMANDMENTS
The Earth is Mother, care for her,
Honour all your relatives.
Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit.
All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect.
Take from the earth what is needed and nothing more.
Do what needs to be done for the good of all.
Give constant thanks to the Great Spirit for each new day.
Speak the truth but only of the good of others.
Follow the rhythm of nature; and rise and retire with the sun.
Enjoy the journey but leave no tracks.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sun 17th Feb – Paddy O’Connor, Newtown (A)
Sun 18th – Ann Byrne, Raheenduff (A)
Sat 24th – Biddy & Mick Kehoe, Hannah & Willie Coady, Nan Fortune, Frank & Margaret Brady (A)
Sun 25th – Gillian Bradley, Ballyvergin & Julian Rothwell (A)
Aidan Hickey, Kellstown (A)
Pray for the following: Alice and Mary Connors, Woodview Drive. Fr. Aidan Redmond, Mrs Agnes Carey, whose anniversaries occurs at this time.
May they rest in peace
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Mon-Fri each week night.
Prayer group meet up every Sunday night from 7pm-8pm and all welcome
The weekly Mass and devotions to St. Anthony will resume in St. Abban’s Oratory on Tuesday Feb 27th.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 17th – Eoghan Greene Sun 18th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 24th – T.J McDonald Sun 25th – Betty O’Shea
Sat 2nd March – Ulick Stafford Sun 3rd – Geraldine Ridgeway
 
SERVERS
Sat 17th – Roisin NicGabhainn, Leah Sinnott
Sun 18th – Clodagh & Watt Crean, Tosia Swierczynska
Sat 24th – Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle, Stephen Power
Sun 25th – Maeve O’Neill, Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Richard Whelan
Sat 3rd March – Joshua Power, Daniel O’Gorman
Sun 4th – Liam Dooley, Cara Whelan, Aimee Mackey O’Donohue
 
FIRST CONFESSION
Children from 2nd class in Adamstown N.S will make their First Confession this Wednesday 21st February at 7.30pm in St Abban’s Oratory. Please pray for the children, their families, teacher and priest.
 
Trocaire Boxes available in the porch of St Abban’s Church, Thank You.
 
PRESENTATION
Adamstown Parish Committee recently made a belated presentation to Fr.Robert Nolan to mark the celebration of his Golden Jubilee in 2017. The presentation on behalf of the Parish consisted of framed photographs taken on the occasion of his Jubilee and also a photograph album and USB containing other photographs of relevance.
Fr. Robert expressed his thanks to the Committee and the people of the Parish for these gifts.
 
RALLY FOR LIFE
Keep them Safe – Save the 8th.
Rally to Save the 8th on 10th March 2018 at 2pm in Parnell Square, Dublin City Centre.
We need you at the most important Rally for Life in Irish History.
www.rallyforlife.net / www.save8th.org
Facebook: @Allirelandrallyforlife
Twitter: @theRallyforLife
For Bus info Ph; 00353 (1) 8730465
 
Every child that isn’t born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord. Pope Francis
 
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION 24th / 25th February
Coláiste Abbain is holding a Church Gate collection after Masses in Adamstown on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th Feb in aid of Coláiste Abbáin School Pilgrimage to Lourdes fund.
Your support will be much appreciated.
 
A PRAYER
For Those Growing Old
Lord, Thou knowest I am growing older.
Keep me from becoming talkative and possessed with the idea that I must express myself on every subject.
Release me from the craving to straighten out everyone’s affairs.
Keep me from the recital of endless detail. Give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains.
They are increasing with the years and my love to speak of them grows sweeter as time goes by.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong. 
Make me thoughtful but not nosey; helpful but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom and experience it does seem a pity not to use it all.
But thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. Amen.
 
TREES – OUR OLDEST NEIGHBOURS
More ancient than technology, more ancient even than philosophy, trees looked down on dinosaurs, they were present at the birth of our race, they are our oldest neighbours. They know something wondrous about God, and they carry the weight of our religious aspiration: the oak of Mamre, the Bodhi tree, the Cross of Christ.
A stricken tree is strangely like a badly used human being….
Or like a wounded God, mocked and pierced and left to die.
(St. Martin’s Magazine)
 
WORDS OF WISDOM
A real friend walks in when everybody else walks out.
 
Anger is a condition where the mouth works quicker than the brain.
 
One thing you cannot recycle is wasted time.