March 8th 2020

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 13th March at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 13th will be:
Brigid Boland, Edel English, Fiona Power, On Fri 20th will be Mary Delaney, Sheelagh Delaney, Catherine O’Rourke & Elizabeth Greene. On Fri 27th will be: Eileen N. Walsh, Eileen J. Walsh, Catherine Walsh.
Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 28th Feb were: Matty Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Sean Cullen, John Nolan, Denis & Maria O’Connor, Bridie Dillon, Ann Lawlor.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Monday 2nd March were: 2 – 12 – 15 – 27. There was no Jackpot winner. There was two match 3 players who got €100 each – Joe, Triona & Sonia Mooney, Knockreigh, Lynda Walsh, Tomgarrow. The next draw is on Friday 13th March in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €9,400.
Keep on buying the tickets and be in with a chance.
 
ADAMSTOWN ATHLETICS
Well done to Joe, changing event to Country race last Sunday. Congratulations to Ella, Aoibhinn, Kate, Rachel, Marguerite, Ryan, Chris, Sonia, Tara, Mairead, Annalise, Adam, Eadoinn, Zara, Marie and John all collecting County Senior Medals at the Country Awards night on Friday night.
Best of luck to Joe in the National Senior 20Krace walk this weekend and to Ciara taking part in the Juvenile race-walk held in conjunction with National Seniors.
 
ADULT EDUCATION GUIDANCE SERVICES
If you are an adult and wishing to return to learning/education or if you are seeking further qualifications the Adult Education Guidance Service can help you get the information you need to discuss your options. This service is confidential, independent and free of charge. For more info go to www.cowexfordvec.ie or contact 053 9152067
 
GAA LEINSTER SECOND YEAR FOOTBALL FINAL
Congratulations to Coláiste Abbáin in their recent victory where they came from behind to pip Ballymahon V.C in the Top Oil Leinster Schools second year football ‘D1’ championship title in a pulsating encounter in Heywood Co. Laois. Well done to the team: Calvin Kehoe, James Delaney, Josh Kehoe, Jimmy Connors, Evan Sweeny, Shane Roche, Morgan Nash-Colfer, Philip Kearns, Jack Whitty, Donny Mc Donald, Jamie Cadogan, Josh Power, Charlie Murray, Ken Fenlon, Philip Wickham and subs Jack Doyle- Redmond, Ryan Sinnott,, Patrick Wickham, Liam Dooley, Jake Cadogan and James Reville.
 
N25 NOVENA IN CUSHINSTOWN CHURCH
MARCH 11th – MARCH 15th at 7.30pm
 
MEN’S SHED
Congratulations to the members of the Men’s Shed on the blessing and opening of their new facilities in Raheen, on Monday 10th February. The members meet each Monday from 1.00pm – 4.00pm and everyone welcome.
 
BINGO
Bingo in Cullen’s Lounge every Wednesday night starting at 8pm. Teas & Coffee served before bingo. 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 the Adamstown Show Society.
 
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
St. Abban’s Adamstown GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie Clubs are hosting a Fashion Show Extravaganza on Friday 20th March in the Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola.
Tickets €15.00 with fabulous door and spot prizes.
Prosecco Reception at 7pm. Please support your local club.
 
ADAMSTOWN NS EASTER CAMP 2020
Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April 2020.
4 days of Sport, Art, Drama and Fun for All children – Junior Infants to 6th class.

Spot Prizes Daily

Team Based Games

Skill Development

Easter Egg Hunt.

For More information speak to Ms. Walsh or Ms Rea.

Cost €50 per child for 4 days, ‘Family Discount’

40 for second child, €30 for third child.

 

ANNUAL ADAMSTOWN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK

15th – 16th June 2020. Staying at the 4* McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris. Bus, B&B & Evening Meal:

Cost: €105 per person sharing. Single room €130.

Full payment on or before April 12th. Limited Availability.

For booking & further information contact:

Carmel – 086 1010120 or Rita – 087 9329616.

 

FR TOM’S ‘GIFT OF FAITH’ – NEW YORK CITY

September 11, 2001 changed Tom Colucci’s life forever. He was a captain in the New York Fire Department. That day, he saw his men die; dozens of lifeless bodies as the result of murderous madness. Where was God that day?

I saw the worst of humanity that day, but I also saw the best of humanity that day; he said. Tom remembers the hundreds of people – men, women, and even children – who showed up to help in the rescue effort: ‘They are the Body of Christ! God was definitely with us on that day.’

That was the day Tom decided to accept his vocation to become a Priest, and to continue serving and saving people, Body and Soul. Fr. Tom was ordained in May 2016 and currently serves as a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of New York. (Mirror – ACN Ireland)

CHURCH NOTICES

IN MEMORIAM

Sat 7th March – Nicholas & Bridie Wickham, Tomgarrow (A)

Sun 8th – Seán, Patrick & Kathleen Doyle, Ballyvergin (A)

Sat 14th – People of the Parish

Sun 15th – Greg & Annie Bolger also Nell Bolger, Misterin (A)

May they rest in peace.

Pray for Canon Nicholas Power, Moorefield, Rathaspeck,

former PP. Duncannon who died on Wed last. His Concelebrated requiem Mass was celebrated in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Duncannon on Friday with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Monday – Friday each night in St. Abban’s Oratory.

Mass each morning at 9.30am.

 

READERS OF THE LITURGY

Sat 7th – T. J. McDonald. Sun 8th – Geraldine Ridgeway

Sat 14th – Anthony McGee. Sun 15th – Kay Whelan

Sat 21st – Ulick Stafford. Sun 22nd – Kathleen O’Connor

 

CONFIRMATION – SATURDAY 14TH MARCH

Fifth & sixth class children from Adamstown National School will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday next 14th March at 11.00am. Please remember the children and parents in your prayers this coming week.

 

REFLECTION FOR WEEKEND 7th & 8th MARCH 2020

Never weary of doing Good (Ecclesiastes 11.1)

The name Corrie ten Boom was widely recognised in Christian circles but few knew about her nephew Peter who was instrumental in saving Jews from Nazi persecution. When Dutch patriots heard SS troops were sending Jewish orphans to concentration camps they smuggled kids out of orphanages and brought them to the ten Boom house until they could be placed for adoption. At 16 Peter defied the Germans by playing the Dutch National Anthem in Church while the whole congregation stood and sang. He was imprisoned for his defiance. After W.W.2 he travelled the world with the message that forgiveness is the only answer to hatred. On tour in Israel he had a heart attack and needed surgery. Talking to his cardiologist the night before his operation he was asked, ‘Are you by any chance related to the ten Booms of Holland? Peter replies, ‘Yes that’s my family’. Then the doctor responded. I’m one of the babies your family saved! Next day the man, whose life had been saved 40 years earlier, repaid the debt by saving Peter’s ten Boom’s life. What you sow, good or bad, comes back to you. So, ‘let us not become weary in doing good… at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Brought to you by the Diocesan Pastoral Council.

 

POPE’S INTENTION FOR MARCH

Prayer intention for evangelisation: Catholics in China

We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.

 

 

 

CORONA VIRUS GUIDELINES FOR RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Holy Water Fonts:

Because COVID-19 is a new disease and appears to spread easily between people, we advise that holy water fonts should not be used.

Holy Communion:

Everyone administering Holy Communion should wash their hands or use alcohol based hand get before beginning.

Holy Communion should be administered into the hands only and NOT onto the tongue.

Current information suggests that COVID-19 can spread easily between people and could be spread from an infected person even before they develop any symptoms. For this reason we suggest that physical interaction during religious services, including the Sign of Peace, should be suspended.

Further sources of information:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coron

and the HSE website at:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

and the HPSC website at:

https://www.hpsc.ie/a-zrespiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronaviurs/

 

HEALTH CHECK (Saint Martin Magazine, March 2006)

Look after your health. Stop smoking, be moderate in your eating and drinking, take exercise. Calls for a healthier life style are found everywhere in our health conscious world.

Lent reminds us that our spiritual health, our spiritual life, also needs looking after. No one can say that they are spiritually fully healthy because we all sin in one-way or another. All sin is a form of disease, harmful not only to the sinner, but also to the whole Christian community. The Church offers Lenten Season as a time for healing and full renewal for the person and for the Christian community. A call to renewal, Lent invites us to turn away from our sins and our sinful habits and turn back to God.

While we may not think of ourselves as being particularly bad people, there is room for change, room for improvement in all our lives. Every sincere Christian will admit that this reminder is necessary. Good people can sink into a life of selfishness and spiritual carelessness slowly and almost unnoticeably. There are secular, atheistic and unchristian currents in life, which can influence us and lead us away from God and the gospel. Lent calls us to take a step back, look at ourselves in the light of the gospel, spend time in prayer, respond to Christ’s call to repent by confessing or sins, control our appetite for pleasure. Lent approached in this way will bring healing, spiritual growth and renewal of our lives.

Father, through our observance of lent, help us to understand the meaning of Your Son’s death and resurrection, and teach us to reflect it in our lives.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

The sun rises every day,

and every night the stars shine.

If today was a disappointment,

remember that the cycle of life goes on.

Tomorrow will be a new start.