June 6th 2020

RECENT DEATHS
Our deepest sympathy to Tommy & Dympna Rochford and all the family, The Leap, on the death of Tommy's mother, Mrs Johanna Rochford, Ballyleigh, New Ross. A private family funeral took place on Saturday 6th June.
May she rest in peace.
Our sympathy also to Ciara Lyng (Adamstown N.S) and all the family on the death of her grandmother, Mrs Peg O'Connor, in her 100th year, Grange Lower, Rathnure.
A private family funeral took place on Thursday 4th June.
May she rest in peace.
 
REMINDER - UNSUNG HEREO'S
Following the programme on RTE 1 on Wednesday night last at 9.35pm, it was really an inspirational message from all those wonderful people caring for loved ones and others in difficult circumstances. Listening to the stories of those
exceptional people, we should be so grateful for our health and well being. Don’t forget Part 2 is on this Wednesday night 10th June on RT1 1 at 9.35pm.
 
LOOKING BACK TRAINED AS FISHERMEN -
The Free Press 15th Nov 1963
In an area where agriculture is so prominent it seems strange that pupils from the Vocational School should develop an interest in deep-sea fishing. But this is just what happened in Adamstown and last year four pupils from the Vocational School were successful in the Board Iascaigh Mhara scheme, under which Vocational school pupils are trained as fishermen in Killybegs, Howth and Galway. The four successful pupils were: Frank Doyle, Breezemount, Jim Murphy, Kellystown; Mike Swan, Galbally & Tom Roche, Shanoule.
 
WITNESSES TO THE RESURRECTION"
If you go through ancient Rome, you will come upon two distinctive sets of tombstones. Some have inscriptions, such as 'Farewell' or 'Nevermore' while others, namely those of the Christian dead in the catacombs, have inscriptions such as 'Until me meet again' or 'Alive in the Lord'. As death had no power over their Lord, so Christians believed that they too who had faith in the Lord, would overcome death and rise to a new life with Christ. In the early Church they were known as 'Witnesses to the Resurrection'.
 
WORDS WORTH ….. Fr. Martin Delaney, Irish Catholic
A lexophile describes those that have a love of words. An annual competition is held in the New York Times to see who can create the best original lexophile. Some of this year's submissions include:

A thief who stole a calendar got 12 months
I got some batteries that were given out free of charge.
A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
A guy who fell on an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.
IRISH TREES - Myths, Legends & Folklore
(Niall Mac Coitir)
Ireland was once so heavily wooded it was said a squirrel could travel from Cork to Kilkenny without touching the ground. So it is no surprise that in ancient Ireland mythology and folklore were part of the people's general knowledge about trees.
The Oak Tree - Dair:
The oak provides strong and excellent timber and a plentiful crop of acorns which provides food for many animals. This, together with its stately bearing and long life, makes it a symbol of strength, fertility, kingship and endurance.
In early Irish law the oak was classified as one of the seven Airig fedo or Nobles of the Wood. Oak timber was used for numerous purposes from constructing buildings and ships to barrels and furniture. In addition, the bark was used for tanning leather and making black dye. The oak was a very important tree to the Celts. In Ireland, several well-known Christian sites are associated with oak groves. Among them are Daire Calgaich or Derry founded by St. Colmcille, and the monastic school at Maigh Daireach (Oak Plain) or Durrow. So great was his regard for his oakwood at Derry that Colmcille declared that he was more fearful of the sound of axes in it than he was of death!. Another site was Cill Dara (the Church of the Oak) or Kildare, founded by St. Brigid. The high oak tree there was considered blessed by her and remained for many years as a source of miracles.
 
QUARANTINE - (Frank McNally - An Irishman's Diary)
By its original definition, a quarantine was for 40 days, a period of no great medical significance but deeply rooted in religion. The biblical Flood was for 40 days (and nights). So was the period Jesus spend fasting in the wilderness. Lent still lasts 40 days, and it is another 40 days from the end of that to Ascension Thursday, which fell - more quietly than usual thanks to the current circumstances - this week.
The word "lazaret" has biblical origins too. As you might guess, it derives from Lazarus, although not the more famous one. This one was Lazarus the Beggar, who was not brought back from the dead (short-term) As recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke (16:19) he was "full of sores" and waited outside a rich man's door hoping for "crumbs" from his table. But unlike the rich man, he had reward in heaven. It was the sores that made him part of maritime history. He became synonymous with the once-dreaded leprosy ("lazar" and "leper" are still synonyms, although neither much needed now, thankfully) Hence such places as the Lazeretto Vecchio in Venice, as island hospital where in the Middle Ages, ships suspected of infection were held and their crews treated. Even Dublin had a lazaretto once too. It was situated close to the modern Pearse Street Garda station, back when that area was where Dublin Bay began and a place where boats landed and disembarked.
 
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A BIT OF HISTORY - PIONEERS - 1944- 1976
The Pioneer Movement in Adamstown goes back to 1910, in 1911 nineteen women joined, there is no record of men joining that time. It lapsed in the 1920's and reformed in 1944. The following details are from the P.T.A.A. official book beginning in 1944
A meeting was held on 10th December 1944 to start a Branch of the Pioneer Total Absence Association in Adamstown. The following were elected: Spiritual Director - Fr. Matthew Wallace C.C; President - Bertie Delaney, Glenour; Treasurer - Mary Doyle, Coonogue; Secretary - Anastasia Redmond, Misterin. Council members were:
James Kelly, Doononey; Josie Kehoe, Doononey, Celia Crean, Glenour & Patrick Moore, Tomgarrow.
Celia Heffernan (nee Crean) is the only surviving member of this group. In August 1945 they wrote to local T.D's asking them to vote against the opening of Public houses on Sunday. They held monthly meetings and attended Social Dances all over the Co. Wexford. At a meeting in March 1952 following successful dances, it was agreed to give a donation of £20 to the Hall committee towards the building of St. Abban's Hall. In July 1954 a thanksgiving Mass was held for their safe return from an outing to Bray & Dublin having being involved in an accident on the way there. In 1958 the Branch had a balance in their account of £85-17-3d.
They organized a fantastic Rally in St. Abban's Hall on 20th January 1960 when over 700 people attended. In July 1960 Fr. Breen became the new Spiritual Director, and Fr Redmond replaced him in 1966. In 1971/72 the Branch joined with Raheen & Newbawn and started monthly reunions in St. Abban's Hall and had great support. Entrance fee was 15p including a cup of tea. Had speakers from .A.A, Nicky Rackard, Fr. Breen, Mission House. In April 1972 they
had a big Dinner for Golden Jubilations with an attendance of 200 which was a great success. On 6th May 1975. Adamstown & Newbawn pioneers had a concelebrated Mass with Fr. John French presenting 12 Golden Jubilarian badges & 85 Silver badges. Young & Old members attended outings, socials, question times, and concerts down the years. During those years 572 people were Probationers of the Association in Adamstown and 520 full Pioneers.
Spiritual Directors during these years: Fr. Matthew Wallace, Fr. J. Breen, Fr. Aidan Redmond.
Presidents: Bertie Delaney, Edmund Kehoe.
Secretaries: Anastasia Redmond, Louise Hughes, Patrick Byrne, Nancy Bradley.
Treasurers: Mary Doyle, Celia Crean, Rita Greene, Peggie Quirke,
POPE'S INTENTION FOR JUNE
Evangelisation - That all who suffer may find hope in life, allowing themselves to be consoled and comforted by the love of the Heart of Jesus.
TRÓCAIRE LENTEN APPEAL
Parishioners may return their Trócaire Bex to the Presbytery during the coming week. Thank You.
 
Feast of the Sacred Heart - Friday 19th June, Novena begins Wed 10th June.
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HOW DO COURT REPORTERS KEEP STRAIGHT FACES?
These are from a book called 'Disorder in the Courts' and are things people actually said in court, word for word.
Attorney: What gear were you in at the moment of impact?
Witness: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
Attorney: What is your date of birth? Witness: July 18th.
Attorney: What year? Witness: Every year.
Attorney: The youngest son, the 20-year old, how old is he?
Witness: He's 20, much like your IQ
Attorney: How was your first marriage terminated?
Witness: By death.
Attorney: And by whose death was it terminated?
Witness: Take a guess.
Attorney: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
Witness: All of them, the live ones put up too much of a fight.
 
A BIRD IN THE HAND (Jordan O'Brien OP St. Martins Mag)
In my latter years when life has slowed me down I take an interest in the bird life around me. I know the common birds so that all sea birds are neither white, nor garden birds black. But for years I failed to identify a Siskin a common bird that gives its name to many places. Mount Siskin is a quiet valley I've walked through without seeking out the meaning of its name nor meeting a siskin. Today I stepped out the door and there was a bird on the mat. Had it flown into the window glass, or had it just collapsed from being weather weary? I approached it gently and picket it up. I never thought I would be able to do it but do it I did. I picked it up, spoke to it gently and it fluttered in my hand and flew onto the roof. It was a bird, yes just another bird of some distinction but I could not name it - it had flown. I reached for my book, Common Birds of Ireland. It was still close by and so I could try and identify it. It was a siskin, a female siskin and that made my day. I had only recently focused on identifying it and it had flown into my hand - more or less.
My day was made, a bird on the wing and spring was in the air. Thank you Lord.
 
A CORONA OF THORNS - John F. Deane (Irish Catholic)
On the death of a friend:
Now I sit, cocooned and quarantined, stare
at the fire dying in the stove:
I will let the summer moon rise high above the poplars
and the bats go whizzing by between the house and outhouse
There is disorder everywhere in the world,
disorder in the blood, mourning.
in the deserted streets and down the twisting
mayflower-crowded country lanes.
At sunset names of the dead are called aloud and we see
again their well-loved faces.
Our covenant with cosmos is under strain
forcing the heart into original vulnerability
to seek
beyond the plate-glass walls of commerce
for something blessed and vital we have lost
while creation's fire burns on and the days lighten.