June 14th 2020

The death occurred on Sunday 7th June of Peggy McNamara Upper Ballyhack, (née Furlong, Templeshelin)
We send our condolences to all the Furlong and McNamara families on the death of Peggy. A private family funeral took place on Thursday last. May she rest in peace.
Our condolences also to Catriona & Ray Whelan, Fairfields on the death of Catriona's sister Josephine O'Dowd, Ballysimon, Monageer. A private family funeral took place on Wednesday 10th. May she rest in peace.
John Curtis, The Boola. R.I.P.
The whole community was deeply saddened to hear of the death of John on Thursday last. Our deepest sympathy to his wife Pauline, children Conor, Caoimhe, Niamh and Aoibhinn. Parents Mogue and Anne, brothers Pat, Niall, Brendan, sisters Caitriona, Nuala and Áine, extended family, neighbours and many friends. John was laid to rest in Raheen Cemetery on Sunday following a private family funeral. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
In the dying days of the nineteenth century, Pope Leo XIII consecrated the whole world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This took place on the Sunday after the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart; celebrated that year on Friday 9th June 1899.The Pontiff himself described what he had done that day as "the greatest act of my Pontificate"
Feast Day, Friday 19th June: - Prayer:
Lord Jesus, your Sacred Heart is always open in love to each of us, especially when we are suffering. To all who come to you seeking your help, you show your compassion and healing power. You care for us when we are lost, sympathise with us in loneliness and comfort us in mourning,
you are closest to us when we are weakest. You reach out your hand to us when we stumble and have most need of your help. I ask you to listen to my prayer at this time.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.
The first church in the UK reopened for Mass - on the island of Guernsey. The island is allowed to set its own rules outside the UK government, as a Crown Dependency, and took the decision to permit what are thought to be the first public services since the Covid 19 lockdown began, when churches reopened on Monday, 1st June. The three island churches have made greater use of their church wardens to help when Mass is celebrated, ensuring that sanitation and the social distancing rules are adhered to. A maximum of 30 people are allowed at Masses, with signing in for Mass a requirement. Churches are allowed up to 50 people for funerals & weddings (if social distancing can be organized)
No singing is permitted during any service.
(The Catholic Universe)
Saturday 20th/Sun 21st June 2020
Adoremus 2020 & National Eucharistic Congress
(In cooperation with The Irish Bishops' Conference)
Saturday Live Stream -Sat 20th June
14.00 "All my Springs are in You" - Bishop Kevin Doran
14.15 Mission & Calling - John Howard
14.30 Rosary - Archbishop Eamon Martin
14.45 The Eucharistic Proof of God's great love for us
Sr. Virginia Joy from New York
15.20 Children of the Eucharist - Antoinette Moynihan
15.35 Eucharistic Adoration - "Lord, that I may See"
Brendan Cleary
15.50 Adoration - Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal
16.05 Final Prayer - Brendan Cleary.
Sunday- Webcam - 21st June
14.30 Welcome & Rosary - Fr. Richard Gibbons
15.00 Mass and Benediction - Bishop Kevin Doran
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He was born in 1877, being the son of James Codd, MCC and Mrs Codd, Churchlands, Mayglass, one of the leading nationalists in South Wexford. He was educated at St. Peter's College, Maynooth, 1895 & 96, Carlow College, 1896 - 1900, and ordained at Carlow, by Dr. Foley on 9th June 1900. When the Enniscorthy Board of Guardians decided on the appointment of a special chaplain, in 1900, to attend to
the spiritual needs of the Workhouse inmates, Dr. Browne, appointed Fr. Codd who had been just ordained. He was appointed curate in Adamstown on 1st May 1908 where he served for more than nineteen years. While at Adamstown, during the Civil War, he was called to witness the execution of some Free State soldiers and to administer the last rites. This event had a profound effect upon him from which he never fully recovered. He was appointed parish priest of Kilanerin on 2nd Aug 1927. In the summer of 1929 he paid a visit to Rome. Shortly after his return, towards the end of October, he contracted a severe chill. A relapse, about the beginning of December, led to his death at the Parochial House, Kilanerin, on Wed 18th December 1929 aged just 52 years. He had only been only two years in Kilanerin.
St. Anthony of Padua is one of the Catholic Church's most popular saints. He is the patron saint of lost and stolen articles; he was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He was born in Lisbon on Aug 15th 1195 and died on June 13th 1231 in Padua, Italy. He was canonised on 30th May 1232 by Pope Gregory 1X. Mass was celebrated every Tuesday night in St. Abban's Oratory in his honour and was very popular with parishioners.
There's no doubt we're a nation of tea lovers and apparently we've been getting through an extra two cups a day during the pandemic. It's little surprise then, that the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP) found 80% of people say tea provides relief from daily problems and stresses. TAP says tea contains plant substances, including caffeine, polyphenols and amino acid L-theanine, a building block of protein which act on the body and mind. Dr. Tim Bond TAP member adds, "Tea may contribute to immune functions, partly due to a beneficial effect on the gut microflora. It's a comforting drink and can help us feel better during this time of stress and uncertainty
Bond outlines the following:
It may reduce or delay dementia risk.
It helps prevent type 2 diabetes
It is good for oral health
It helps tackle high blood pressure
It lowers the risk of cardiovascular problems
It enhances cognition and memory
It helps reduce depression and anxiety
It keeps bones strong
It's good for eye health.
"So, go on, go on - have another cup of tea
'Sitting on the Edge of the Bed'
Up early every morning, an early bus into town, and Marie
would check in at the hospital at six thirty. Bucket, mop and rubber gloves, she had two floors to clean, including bathrooms and toilets. Not the most pleasant of work. Week in week out. A warm heart, a listening ear, a kind word, a genuine person. The day came when her supervisor called her to the office, I wonder what that's all about, she thought. It was a pleasant encounter. 'You're one of my best. I have to make changes, and I thought you should get first choice.'
Her supervisor was well aware that Marie's work was neither pleasant nor easy, with early starts and places to clean where many would choose not to go. 'I need a new staff member for the canteen. The hours are more sociable, and the work is more pleasant. I think you deserve a break.
Would you like to take it on?' Marie took a few deep breaths and thought it over for a while. 'No, I think I'll stay where I am, but thanks for thinking of me' The supervisor was taken aback. Marie explained. In the course of her day's work, she would meet many women patients. Lonely, away from home, missing their families, anxious about their health, they had a lot on their minds. A kind word or a friendly greeting, and it would all come out. 'I just put down my mop and bucket, sit on the edge of the bed, and listen. I have little enough to say, but I know they feel a little better when we part. If I move to the canteen, the person who replaces me mightn't want to do that.' We don't hear much about people like Marie. Never in the headlines, certainly not considered celebrities. People like her make big institutions human. We meet them all the time. The bus driver, the person at the checkout, the hospital porter. They keep us grounded, reminding us of what is really important.
(Kevin O'Rourke SJ. - Messenger Magazine)
(The Free Press, Nov 15th 1963)
St. Abban's Farmers' Dance Hall
The best example of this vigorous spirit is St. Abban's Hall a place which is well known to people from all parts of the county, as it is to the friendly cheerful people of the area.
Since it's opening in 1955, the fame of St. Abban's Hall has spread throughout Leinster and despite increases in competition is still recognised as one of the finest Dance Halls in the province. The magnificent structure is for the benefit of the Parish and is open to all organizations in the area. Though primarily used as a centre for dancing, it is also used for such very successful undertakings as last year's "Tops of the Parish" Competition. The idea of a 'Village Hall was first mentioned at a meeting of the local Young Farmers' Club in 1942. A Committee was formed to look into the matter and they started by collecting money by means of Silver Circles and such like. Together with the sum of £200, the committee began looking around for someone to get the job underway. The late Nick French agreed to undertake the task and the dance hall was built. Additions such as a Supper Room, Kitchen etc. The total cost, reached the then very considerable amount of £20,000. The success which greeted this venture is best stated by the fact that six years after the Hall was opened in 1955, all outstanding debts had been cleared. Not content with providing a venue for all the local efforts, the committee invested money in a National Loan to cover for all time, two £75 scholarships for pupils of the local schools. These scholarships are valid for five years and it is the earnest hope of the men in charge that they will be able to increase the number of scholarships available. The men in charge are P.A.Delaney, The Barracks; Dan O'Gorman, Kellystown; Sam Rothwell, Adamstown. Questions of policy etc., are decided by the Governing Body, which besides the three Trustees is made up as follows: Paddy Moore, Tomgarrow, John Crean, Glenour, Martin & John O'Brien, Oldcourt; Ned Finn, Kellystown, Jim McGee, Newtown; James Booth, Adamstown and Philip Furlong, The Boola. Secretary to the Hall Committee is Miss Louise Hughes, teacher in the local national school, who like many others on the committee is closely associated with several other organizations in the district. The life blood of any Hall comes from the Working Committee and in this respect St. Abban's Hall is particularly well served. Members of the Working Committee are as follows: Sean Whelan, John Whelan, Kellystown; Pat Delaney, Templeshelin; Noel Galway, Tomgarrow; Mosie Curtis, The Boola, Jim Moore, Tomgarrow; Dick Cleary, the Leap; Joe O'Reilly, Carrigbyrne; Patrick Fortune, Doononey; Michael & Rich Furlong, Coonogue; Danny Doyle, Glenour, Tom Whelan, Kellystown; Seamus Bradley, Templeshelin; Mosie Furlong, Coonogue, Ned Furlong, Misterin. The Hall is named after the Patron Saint of the Parish - St. Abban.
Trocáire Boxes may be returned to the Presbytery during the week.
Fr. Robert Nolan will continue to offer Anniversary Masses each weekend, which were arranged before the lockdown.