March 1st 2020

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 6th March at 9.00pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 6th will be: Geraldine Bradley, Breda Bradley, Kay McCabe & Angela Harrington. On Fri 13th will be: Brighid Boland, Edel English, Fiona Power. On Fri 20th will be: Mary Delaney, Sheelagh Delaney, Catherine O’Rourke & Elizabeth Greene.
Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 21st Feb were: James Handrick, Mick Bolger, Tom Rochford, Ann Lawlor, Nick Doyle & Andy Reville.
 
CHARITY BINGO
Bingo in Cullen’s Lounge every Wednesday night starting at 8pm. Teas & Coffee served before bingo. Snowball € 240 in 41 numbers. Everyone welcome. Please note all profits will go towards the benefit of our community through various committees in our village. Profits from this week will go towards our Senior Citizen’s Party. Profits from Wed 4th March will go to Adamstown National School Parents Association.
 
SHAMROCK VINTAGE CLUB
The Shamrock Vintage Club will hold its monthly meeting in the Community Centre in Adamstown on Tuesday 3rd March at 9:00pm. Arrangements for the forthcoming Pat Byrne Memorial Road Run on Sunday 5th April will be made. The proceeds will go towards the Adamstown and Raheen Community Centres and a full turn out from both of those centres would be much appreciated.
 
ADAMSTOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE A.G.M
The above committee held their A.G.M recently. The Chairman Shane Dunphy welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the last A.G.M meeting were read by the Sec Dermot Hynes. The Treasurer Eoghan Green gave a financial statement. The Chairman Shane Dunphy
highlighted some of the achievements of the Centre during his time as chairman. He is not going forward for election this year nor is Dermot Hynes, outgoing Secretary.
The committee for the coming year is as follows;
Chairman – Shane Walsh
Joint Sec – Geraldine O’Shea & Anne Marie Dunphy.
Treasurer - Eoghan Greene
Pro: - Betty O’Shea
Committee: Helen Furlong, Ann O’Gorman, John Furlong,
Margo O’Reilly, Marie Mooney, Graham Bradley.
A special word of thanks was passed with the outgoing Chairman Shane Dunphy and the Sec Dermot Hynes.
A vote of sympathy was passed to Ann McDonald and family, the Leap, Adamstown on the death of her husband Terry. The Chairman then closed the meeting.
 
INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY
A time to celebrate achievements of Irishwomen
International Woman’s Day (IWD) is celebrated throughout the world on the 8th March every year. It is a focal point in the movement for woman’s rights, and in many countries it is an official holiday. Even in countries where it is not a public holiday, it is still widely celebrated.
This global women’s event has been held for well over a century, with the first International Day gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria., Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. To commemorate the 100th Anniversary on 2011, events were held in more than a hundred countries.
In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim 8th March as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and World Peace.
In Ireland, it’s an occasion to renew the call to action for accelerating equality and it is also an opportunity to mark the extraordinary accomplishments of women before and since the foundation of the state. The social, cultural sporting, economic and political achievements of Irishwomen have been truly remarkable and deserve to be celebrated.
(Gerry Breen Ireland’s Own March 6, 2020)
 
ADAMSTOWN NATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS
The winner in the Split the Pot draw on Thurs 27th was Kate Whelan who got €35. Will Fortune school seller €10.00. Next draw Thurs 12th March.
Enrolments for Sept 2020 are now being taken for Scoil Naomh Abbáin/Adamstown N.S. for further information, please phone 053 9240694 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
LOTTO COMMITTEE NOTICE
At the Lotto AGM in November, a discussion took place on the decline in sales. The committee decided to do a 10-year review of sales. In Nov 2009, the lotto averaged €2025 over a 5 draw period. 10 years later the income has fallen to €1058, almost half. The expenses per draw are €525 including printing and license fees, which leaves little profit and its existence is very tenuous. We have lost sellers over the years which has had a significant impact on sales. The lotto covers Raheen, Newbawn and Adamstown and a number of towns lands are not being covered anymore. We urgently require new sellers to come on board to ensure the continued success of the Lotto, an initiative that has run for over 20 years. If you are willing to sell a book of tickets please contact a member of the GAA, Soccer or Parish Committee.
 
SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCH
Senior Citizens are invited to come along to The Cafe, beside Brad Og’s this Thursday for Teas/Soup/Sandwiches, meeting up at 12 noon. All welcome.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 29th – Seamus & Nan Fortune, Clonroche (A)
Sun 1st March – Edward Whelan & deceased members
of the Whelan family, Brocurra (A)
Sat 7th – Nicholas & Bridie Wickham, Tomgarrow (A)
Sun 8th – Seán, Patrick & Kathleen Doyle, Ballyvergin (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
Mass in St. Abban’s Oratory Monday to Friday at 9.30am. Please make an effort this Lent to attend.
On Wednesday & Friday mornings after Mass, we will have the Stations of the Cross instead of the usual Rosary.
Confessions every Saturday night during Lent before Mass at 7pm.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each week night in St. Abban’s Oratory.
Visitation of the sick and housebound Friday 7th &
Saturday 8th March.
 
DECORATION OF CHURCH IN LENT
During Lent only greenery is permitted for decoration of the altars. After Easter we will resume with flowers. Thanks to all
who contribute to the decoration of the Church, and to all who decorate the altars. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
 
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 29th – Eoghan Greene. Sun 1st March – Callie Doyle.
Sat 7th – T. J. McDonald. Sun 8th – Geraldine Ridgeway.
Sat 14th – Anthony McGee. Sun 15th – Kay Whelan.
 
PARISH MEETING THIS MONDAY NIGHT IN THE PAROCHIAL HOUSE AT 7PM.
 
TRÓCAIRE
Please take a Trócaire Box home with you if you have not already done so. This year your donations go to help the indigenous communities in Tolupan in Honduras, as they watch the logging ravage the land. The big corporations destroy forests and rivers to exploit natural resources. Helping also the people in Kenya, who did not cause climate change, but they bear its brunt. We often complain about rain here in Ireland, but imagine endless drought, trying to coax crops from scorched soil.
Please give what you can this Lent, every cent counts.
 
#N25 NOVENA Why do I Pray? What do I pray for?
In Cushinstown Church – March 11th to 15th 2020.
Evening Prayer, Reflection & Music with Speaker.
Time – 7.30pm.
CONFIRMATION SATURDAY MARCH 11TH
The Confirmation class in Scoil Naomh Abbáin will participate in a Retreat in Clonard on Monday 2nd March.
Please keep the children and their families in your prayers.
‘HANDING ON THE FAITH’ is the title of a talk for the parents of members of the Confirmation Class on Tuesday March 3rd in Scoil Naomh Abbain at 7.30pm. The speaker is Ms. Colette Doherty, former Child Protection Officer for the Diocese of Ferns. Light refreshments available afterwards.
 
SMALL SUM OF MONEY FOUND
A small sum of money has been found in the Church area, if you have lost this money, please contact the National School at 053 9240694.
 
POPE FRANCIS HAS APPROVED A MIRACLE, PAVING THE WAY FOR BEATIFICATION OF ITALIAN BOY
Carlo Acutis was born on May 3rd 1991 in London, the family later moved to Italy. He was an Italian Roman Catholic teenager, who was best known for documenting Eucharistic miracles round the world and cataloguing them all onto a website that he himself created months before his death from leukaemia. He died on 12th October 2006 at the age of 15. He was noted for his cheerfulness, kindness, friendship,
and his deep devotion to the Eucharist.. He is buried in Santa Maria Maggiore, Assisi, Italy.

He will be beatified on 1st May 2020..
 
LIFELESS LAWNS WILL OBLITRATE OUR BUMBLEBEES.
Dr. Una FitzPatrick, who runs the bumblebee monitoring scheme for the National Biodiversity Data Centre, warns that our bumblebees are literally starving to death. “We keep tidying up nature so we have lots of grassland and parkland with no dandelions or clover, or other wild flowers, and the bumblebees die of hunger” she stated. Maybe we have been lulled into a false sense of security by Ireland’s official image as a green and fertile land. When the reality is that the plight of the bumblebee is worse here than in Europe overall, according to research recently published in the journal Science. For the bumblebee that comes out of hibernation, this and next month, cannot get the nectar it desperately needs because there simply aren’t enough so-called weeds and flowering plants. But the solution is not mindlessly buying hanging baskets, as most of the bedding plants in garden centres “may as well be plastic for all the good they are to bumblebees”, according to Dr. FitzPatrick. “If we could get people to plant bidens and bacopás, it would really help.
Especially when you realise that if the bumblebee disappears, “maybe we can find other food sources but our birds rely on wild fruit and seeds so they would disappear too”. Leaving us up to our neck in a deadly natural disaster.
(Fiona O’Connell – Lay of the Land. Sunday Independent)
 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Since at the beginning and end of our lives, we are so dependant on others kindness, how can it be that in the middle, we neglect kindness towards others.
 
Lotto Draw Monday night in Cullens