June 21st 2020

IMPORTANT MEETING
Councillor Pat Barden is holding an important meeting this Wednesday 24th June in Adamstown Community Centre at 8pm. Chairpersons and Secretaries of all clubs, organizations and committees in the Parish are invited to attend. Location and development of a Creche and future use of Adamstown Hall will be top of the agenda for this meeting.
 
COMMUNITY CALL HELPLINE - CHANGES
The Wexford Community Helpline 053 919 6000 has experienced a significant reduction in demand with incoming calls to the Helpline reducing from 252 in week ending 12th April to 52 calls in week ending 7th June. The Wexford Community Call will operate for the foreseeable future. To reflect demand hours of operation are now 9.00am - 5.00pm 7 days per week.
 
CANON MARK O'GORMAN 1884-1919
(Kilmore Parish Journal 1987-1988)
Born at Kellystown, Adamstown in 1837, Canon O'Gorman belonged to a family that had given a number of its members to the service to the church, over a long period. Notable amongst these was the patriotic Fr. Edward O'Flaherty who was curate in New Ross during the '98 rebellion. His uncle Fr. Jeremiah O'Gorman built the present church in Horeswood. He was uncle to Fr. Patrick King P.P. Ballycullane, and Fr. Jeremiah King C.C. Tacumshane.
One of the stained glass windows in St. Abban's Church
erected in 1911 by Watson, Youghal was erected by Canon O'Gorman P.P. Kilmore.
 
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy
Sacrament of the Eucharist.
I love you and I desire to receive you into my soul.
I cannot at this time receive your sacramentally,
Come spiritually into my heart.
I wish to experience your presence and unite myself spiritually to you.
Never permit me to stray far from you. Amen.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (Donagh O'Shea OP)
Fighting like animals:
We sometimes say people are "fighting like animals"
Would to God that we always did so! Animals don't drop bombs, exterminate one another, or send young conscripts to the front, use chemical weapons to destroy whole populations. Look at how dogs fight - a lot of noise and threat, but little action usually. Once a dog submits, exposing his most vulnerable part (his throat), the other is unable to close its jaws, killing him - unless, he has been specially trained by humans to do so. Comparing ourselves with animals, it is we who have reason to be embarrassed.
 
1996 EUCHARISTIC MIRACLE OF BUENOS AIRES
The following scientific study was over-seen by Professor Ricardo Castanon Govez (neuro psycho physiologist, former atheist and now a Catholic convert) and Australian lawyer Ron Tesoriero. On Aug 15th, 1996 in the church of
St. Mary, Av. La Plata 286 Buenos Aires, a consecrated host fell to the floor accidentally by a parishioner. The priest, Fr. Alejandro Pezet, following directives by the Church in these circumstances, put the Host in a vessel full of water which he placed in the tabernacle awaiting that it would dissolve.
On Aug 26th the tabernacle was reopened to empty the vessel with the fallen Host, and it was observed that it was not dissolved and showed several reddish stains that became larger each day. Having informed the Archbishop (now Pope Francis) It was decided to wait a period of time before investigating it any further. The relic of the 1996 host acquired a distinct appearance of flesh. In 2001 it was decided to proceed with an investigation to determine what exactly the host had become. The first to examine a sample of the host was Dr. Edorado Linoli, a professor of anatomy and pathological histology, of chemistry and clinical microscopy. Not only did he discover the presence of white blood cells (which disintegrate within 15 minutes outside the living body), he was also of the opinion that the flesh was heart muscle just like the Miracle of Lanciano (some 1300 years ago) which he had studied. In 2002 the sample was sent to Professor John Walker at the University of Sydney, Australia. He also concluded that the flesh was human muscle and confirmed that intact white blood cells were present (even though the sample was now over 6 years old)
In 2003 a Professor Robert Laurence (American forensic pathologist) indicated that not only was the sample human heart tissue but that it was from an inflamed Heart (a heart that had endured much suffering) The sample was then taken to the top expert in forensic pathology of the heart, Professor Frederick T. Zugibe of Colombia University, New York, who was not made aware beforehand as to the source of the sample. The Professor quoted 'The sample which you brought me is the muscle of the heart, of the myocardium, it is precisely the left ventricle and he confirmed that my patient had suffered a lot. The professor then asked to whom this sample belonged and when we told him that it came from a consecrated Host he exclaimed: 'I do not believe it' He was greatly moved. The Lord in this miracle wanted to show us his myocardium, which is the muscle that gives life to the whole heart, just as the Eucharist does with the Church. Dr. Frederick T. Zugibe went on to say that it was part of this muscle of the heart that gives the heart its beat and the body its life.
Excerpt from Blood of Christ Part 1 - The Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires. (See You tube)
 
DID YOU KNOW - The Humble meal of Porridge
The word porridge or parritch, is allied to the word pottage,
Indicating the practice of cooking ingredients together in a pot and thickening it with cereals. Porridge actually did not come into use until the seventeenth century. Porridge, or a version of it, was originally the only way to obtain nutrition from grains before we learned to prepare leavened bread.
For many cold countries like Ireland, porridge made with milk or water was the sole source of sustenance throughout the year, before yeast products, flourmills, baking, and in the case of Ireland - potatoes changed people's diets. While porridge and gruel (a thin porridge-like mixture with boiled milk or water) and grain have been staple foods around the world for millennia, they've often served as stark symbols of the differences and relationships between 'haves' and 'have-nots'. Gruel was also used in the British prison system as a prison food for inmates (hence a term 'doing porridge' to describe a sentence in prison). Fast forward to the twenty-first century however and oatmeal in the form of porridge has regained its well-deserved title as a nourishing breakfast. It is packed full of zinc, iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin B 12, vitamin E and tons of great bacteria for the stomach. Oats are a slow release carbohydrate keeping you feeling fuller between meals as they stabilise blood sugar levels - research shows they are useful for lowering cholesterol. No matter how you make it, or when you eat it you can be assured of a meal which will warm you from the inside out, while giving your body a nourishing hug of goodness within.
(Patricia Hope - St. Martin's Magazine)
 
FEAST DAY THIS WEEK - Birth of St. John the Baptist
Wednesday 24th June
We rejoice at the coming of St. John the Baptist, a man of self-denial, integrity of life and purpose, and an uncompromising prophetic voice. John means 'The Lord has shown favour' This feast relates to the summer solstice, when the days begin to grow shorter, recalling John's words, 'He must increase, but I must decrease'
 
WISDOM
"The world in its concern with 'Left and Right' has forgotten that there is an 'Above and a Below"
 
HOW TRUE!
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
 
WE REMEMBER IN OUR PRAYERS -
Detective Garda Colm Horkan who so tragically lost his life in the line of duty in Roscommon this week.
Two women who made their mark on the world.
Dame Vera Lynn, her song We'll Meet Again in 1939 became the song most associated with World War Two & The White Cliffs of Dover will be forever remembered.
Jean Kennedy Smith, who was United States Ambassador to Ireland from 1993 - 1998 and played a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process.
May they rest in peace.
 
ADAMSTOWN HALL - Part 2.
The Ballroom of Romance
The Echo - Country Talk, Wed, 29th March 2006
While William Trevor's fine book was turned into an interesting film called "The Ballroom of Romance; for a few generations who went dancing at St. Abban's Hall, it was a place where couples met and marriages were made on the dance floor. When built it was one of the largest in the county, however, in the late 1960's - 1970's when local farmer Danny Doyle ran the place as Adamstown Ballroom, the biggest performers in the music business found it important to play in Adamstown. In fact, the enterprise was so successful that for six years the Danny Doyle Show was broadcast on Radio Éireann as a sponsored programme
between 10.45 - 11.00pm every Thursday night. "BB here for DD" presenter Brendan Balfe would announce in his distinctive dulcet tones as all the performers coming to Doyle's ballrooms (he ran a number of them at the same time back then) were given airtime. All the big acts who came to Adamstown, famous names like Brendan Bowyer, Joe Dolan, Big Tom, Dana came to Adamstown Ballroom the week immediately after she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1970, Sean Dunphy, Dermot Hegarty, the Indians, Larry Cunningham, Margo, Dickie Rock, Maxi, Dick & Twink, Roly Daniels, Ray Lynam etc. American country and western legend Slim Whitman appeared, so too did Andy Stewart from Scotland and many others of international renown. It was an era when entertainment was firmly focussed on the ballroom scene and Adamstown led the way.
 
ADAMSTOWN HONOURS ITS FINEST CITIZENS
(New Ross Standard Wed Feb 5th 2003)
Over 300 people attended the Horse & Hound over the weekend for a historic function, honouring some of Adamstown's most esteemed citizens. In a unique venture, aimed at acknowledging the sterling and often-unrewarded efforts of local people, Adamstown Parish Committee organized a Community Reunion and Awards Night.
''People of the Year Awards winners were: Nancy Bradley (Community Alert); Brendan O'Shea (Athletics); Jim Dillon (GAA); Babs Kent (Ladies Football); Matt O'Neill (Soccer); Eddie Roche (Show Society); Breda Bolger (I.C.A.); Jim McGee (Community Games); M.J. Booth (Historical Society)
Adamstown AFC also presented awards to players;
Martin Furlong, Ian Stafford, Jack Furlong, Nicky White, Stephen Bradley, Lloyd Colfer & Kevin Doyle.
Speeches were delivered by Michael Galway, Fr. Robert Nolan P.P. and Rev Hamsworth.
 
POPE FRANCIS SAYS …………….
Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years; yet we are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness.