May 10th 2020

DELIVERY SERVICE
Adamstown GAA Club are now providing a delivery service to your doorstep (prescriptions/groceries/etc) for local people whom are in any of the high risk categories if self isolating from the Covid 19 virus. If you or someone you know needs assistance please do not worry and allow us to help.
For anyone who would like assistance from a local volunteer please contact 087 1852949.
 
PITCH CLOSURE
In accordance with Croke Park Directive the pitches in Adamstown and Newbawn are closed to everyone for recreational purposes e.g. Hurling, football, walking, running etc.
 
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SYMPATHY
Our deepest sympathy to Callie & Seamus Doyle and family,
Knockreigh on the death of Callie's sister, Patty Power, Lakelands, Bridgetown on Thursday 7th May.
A private family funeral took place on Saturday 9th.
May she rest in peace.
 
HOW BLESSED ARE YOU?
If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than
75% of the world.
If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.
If you never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.
If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.
Be grateful for what you have!
 
THE CLOCK OF 2020 (Robert H Smith)
The clock of life is wound but once and no one has the power
To tell just where the hands will stop - at late or early hour.
To lose one's wealth is sad indeed, to lose one's health is more,
To lose one's soul is such a loss - as no one can restore.
The present only is our own - live, love and work with all goodwill.
Depend not on tomorrow for the clock may then be still.
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA _ Wed 13th May.
During World War 1, Pope Benedict XV made repeated but forlorn pleas for peace, and finally in May 1917, made a direct appeal to the Blessed Mother to intercede for peace in the world. Just over a week later, Our Lady began to appear at Fatima, Portugal to three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos, aged 10, and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, ages nine and seven. Fatima was a small village about 70 miles north of Lisbon. Our Lady requested "Say the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and the end of the war. The apparitions continued until October 1917
On May 13th 2017, during the 100th anniversary celebrations at Fatima, Pope Francis canonized Jacinta and Francisco, they are the youngest non-martyr saints declared in the history of the Church. Lúcia died on 13th Feb 2005. and was accorded the title Servant of God, on Feb 13th 2017 by Pope Francis, as the first, major step towards her canonization.
 
A BIT OF HISTORY - ADAMSTOWN
In the summer of 1911, Fr. Nicholas Codd arranged with Mr. Duggan, Wexford to paint and decorate Adamstown Church.
The work commenced in June and finished on October 1st, 1911. The workmen were Nicholas White, decorator Tom Rossitor and painter Willie Power. On October 10th 1911 a collection was taken up to cover the cost of the above work
and amounted to £121 - 0 - 02d. (Pat Delaney)
 
ADAMSTOWN THRESHING SOCIETY
The Adamstown Threshing Society was established on 8th
February 1905. The members were:
P Doyle, Kellystown (Chairman); D Cummins, Raheenduff, (Secretary); Patrick Daniel O'Gorman, Kellystown, John Walsh, Kellystown; John Whelan, Kellystown; James Power, Raheenduff; Moses Furlong, Coonogue; Timothy Furlong, Coonogue; Charles Murphy, Doononey & Richard Fortune, Doononey.
A single cylinder Fowler engine was purchased at a cost of
£403 - 13 - 0, also a Hornsby 4ft 6ins Threshing Mill at a cost of £124 - 6 - 0, both delivered to the Enniscorthy Showgrounds for show on the 9th & 10th August.
The society disbanded in 1939 and the equipment was bought by the late Philip Jackman, who continued threshing until 1965.
 
2 Wall mounted Hand Sanitizers have been installed in the Church Porch for public use.
 
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drop it into Betty O'Shea.
 
 
AN OBITUARY PRINTED IN THE LONDON TIMES
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend -
Common Sense, who had been with us for many years.
No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
Why the early bird gets the worm;
Life isn't always fair;
And maybe it was my fault.
Commons Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge:
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.
Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live, as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in you own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death,
by his parents, Truth and Trust,
by his wife, Discretion,
by his daughter, Responsibility,
and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;
I Want it Now
Someone Else is To Blame
I''m A Victim
Pay me for Doing Nothing
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
 
WORDS OF WISDOM
The only permanent failure is failure to learn from our mistakes.
Good leaders don't order, push, or demand'
they guide, lead, and inspire.
 
 
 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK - To honour the past
When the going gets tough those of us who are older often harken back to the 'good old days'. Of course there never was such a time. There is no doubt that we can at times find comfort in the past, but there is also a danger that if we cling to the past we will half live in the present, half experience the present moment. That is no way to honour the past. To honour the past, we must absorb its lessons and live them in the present. (Sr. Stan Kennedy - Gardening the Soul)
 
FR. RAGHEED GANNI ( Fr. John Murray - Irish Catholic)
"The terrorists might think they can kill our bodies or our spirit by frightening us, but, on Sundays, churches are always full" he said. 'They may try to take our life, but the Eucharist gives it back.' 'There are days when I feel frail and full of fear. But when, holding the Eucharist, I say "Behold the Lamb of God, Behold him who takes away the sin of the world," I feel his strength in me, he said. 'When I hold the host in my hands, it is really he who is holding me and all of us, challenging the terrorists and keeping us united in his boundless love.' At that same Eucharistic congress in 2005 Pope Benedict spoke of another occasion in the year
AD 304 - when soldiers broke into a barn in Abitene (Tunisia) where Christians were celebrating the Eucharist. When ordered to stop the priest spoke those same incredible words, 'without Sunday we cannot live'. Fr. Ganni knew those words and paid the price for making them true.
Fr. Ragheed Ganni is well remembered in Ireland for his work at Lough Derg. Shortly after his return to Iraq he was cruelly murdered after Mass along with his three deacons on Trinity Sunday 3rd June 2007.
 
TWO PATIENTS OR ONE? Today with Seán O'Rourke showby Brendan O'Regan (Irish Catholic)
He announced this rather unexpectedly at the end of his morning show on Tuesday of last week. I remember two striking interviews during the most recent abortion referendum. He was the only one that I heard who was prepared to ask challenging questions of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar while others took the free pass route and got with ''the programme', effectively the pro-choice agenda.
"That interview was robust, as it should be, but some of the answers were very telling. Asked whether he thought a doctor was dealing with one or two patients in a pregnancy situation he answered: 'The patient you're dealing with is the patient in front of you. That's the woman. At a later stage, beyond viability or when the pregnancy is wanted, you treat it in that scenario as two patients" So, the unborn child is only a patient if it's wanted? Later he was asked if it was a baby that was in the womb. He answered: "Absolutely… that often depends on the woman carrying the foetus or baby".
So, it's only a baby if the mother thinks it is?. It was no wonder that Seán O'Rourke followed this up with an exasperated "is there not anything objective here?
 
A SMILE - Right for the Part (Ireland's Own)
Billy Kelly got a part in the school play. It was Shakespeare. On stage, in the play, Billy shouted, "A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse". From the back row Pat shouted, "Will a jackass do? Billy shouted back, "Yes, come on up!"