June 28th 2020

CHURCH & ALTAR DECORATION 2020/2021
The rota for the Church and Altar decoration was drawn last Sunday. The following are the towns lands.
July Raheenduff
August Brocurra
September Ballyvergin/Glenour
October Oldcourt
November Coonogue
December Knockreigh
2021
January Tomgarrow
February Doononey/Rathkyle
March Kellystown
April Newtown/The Leap
May Misterin
June Adamstown.
We would like to sincerely thank all those who with love and care look after the Altars in St. Abban's Church so faithfully over the years. Thanks also to the parishioners who contribute towards the cost of this.
 
POST OFFICES AREN'T JUST BUSINESSES BUT PILLARS OF OUR COMMUNITIES
(Jim Power - Sunday Independent 21st June)
Covid 19 is having a devastating impact on the Irish economy. On the downside however, my fear is that the crisis will leave a permanent legacy in the form of lost businesses and irretrievable damage to villages, towns and communities around the country. Some recent statistics suggest that our already pressurised post office network is also under very significant threat. In April, overall business volumes were 23.8% lower than a year earlier, with social welfare volumes down by 41% due to the movement to double payments since the crisis commenced. It is now generally accepted and feared that more than 400 of the 952 post offices in the network at the moment could become commercially unsustainable over the next year. Post offices closures of this magnitude would, in my view, have a detrimental impact on many villages, towns and communities around the country. From a social perspective, post offices help support social interaction in rural towns and they help create and maintain a sense of community. Face-to-face interaction is very important from a social perspective, with older customers in particular often visiting the post office and having social interaction with the staff. Ireland would be a sadder place without the post office network.
So we ask everyone to continue to support our local Post Office.
 
FOR FINANCIAL ADVICE & HELP
If in financial trouble contact mabs.ie
 
DID YOU KNOW - 'THE CUCKOO SPIT'
The parasitic cuckoo has no connection, beyond folklore, with the gooey moisture that clings to the stems of long grasses which, in turn, may be used as probes to poke and reveal a living creature within. This is the larva of a bug called a froghopper (Phisaenus spumarius,), a relative of the aphid and of the family Certcopidae, which got its name because of its frog-like eyes and hind legs which enable it to leap away from disturbances. Its seasonal time is from this month to September, but it may be seen earlier, from April, on a wide range of shrubs and herbaceous plants. The 19th-century English rural poet, John Clare, called these bugs "wood seers, prophets and shepherds' weather glasses" as when the insect's head was upwards he reckoned it was a sign of good weather to come, but if downwards, rain was expected. How did the spit come to be called after a bird? Back in the midst of time, it was believed to be voided by passing birds and, as the cuckoo was not a nest-builder, the bugs were believed to be its offspring. It was not until the 17th century that this folklore was firmly disproved by a Thomas Browne, who concluded that the bug was a young circada. However, the cuckoo name lived on and the insects hop from their foamy protection into the perils of weedy jungles and feeding birds and until rain washes them down to the earth below.
(Joe Kennedy - Country Matters)
 
TRAVELLING DURING LOCKDOWN
'I have been in many places, but I've never been in Kahoots,
Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Kahoots with someone.
I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there
I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there.
I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, family and work.
I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.
I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.]
I've been Flexible, but only when it was important to stand firm.
Sometimes, I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.
One of my favourite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenaline flowing and pumps up the old heart!
At my age, I need all the stimuli I can get.
You can do your bit by remembering to send this to at least one other person. My job is done! Life is too short for negative drama and petty things. So, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly!
 
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK - Do Not Be Afraid (Is 43:1-3)
Do not be afraid,
for I have redeemed you,
I have called by your name:
you are mine.
Should you pass through the sea,
I will be with you,
or through the rivers, and fire,
you will not be scorched,
and the flames will not burn you;
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy one of Israel, your Saviour.
 
The words 'Do not be Afraid' occur 365 times in the Bible - for every day of the year!
 
POPE'S INTENTION FOR JULY
Universal prayer intention: Our Families
We pray that today's families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.
 
ST. ABBAN'S CHURCH - RESUMPTION OF MASSES
We are delighted to welcome the resumption of Masses in St. Abban's Church on Saturday 4th July at 7.30pm &Sunday 5th July at 10.30am.
In accordance with government guidelines, parishioners are asked to maintain social distance of 2- metres upon entering and exiting the Church. While also observing social etiquette with regards to coughing/sneezing.
Parishioners are also required to sanitise their hands upon entering and exiting the church. Hand sanitising units are provided in the Church porch for public use. Due to the 2-metre guideline there is a limit on seating arrangements in the Church. So please use only seats available to you.
Two persons only per bench,
Families may be seated together within the one bench.
A new one-way system will be in operation for receiving Holy Communion;
People sitting in the left hand side of the church will come to Holy Communion first, following the arrows - going down to the back of the church and coming up the middle isle & returning to their seat by the left hand side. Always observing the 2-metre rule while in the queue and when receiving Holy Communion while at the altar, please stand a distance from the priest or Eucharistic Minister and extend your hand. Holy Communion will not be distributed at the back of the church.
People in the right hand side of the church will then follow the same procedure.
If you are displaying any cold or flu, or flu-like symptoms, please do not enter the church building.
 
Help in the work of sanitising the Church will be required after each public gathering, so please consider becoming involved. We particularly ask young people to help with this work. If you are willing to give a hand, please contact any member of the Parish Committee. Thank you.
A BIT OF HISTORY:
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO - IN THE EARLY DAYS
The Adamstown Lotto was set up in January 1995, by the Soccer Club and the Community Centre. The first committee were: Leo Booth, Ger Mackey, Paul Whelan, James O'Neill, Tom Furlong, Gerry O'Gorman, Matt O'Neill, Ellie Walsh & Paddy Rochford. Twenty-five years later some of these are still selling tickets for each draw. The first draw was on 7th February 1995 in Cullen's Lounge for a Jackpot of £500. Total sales amounted to £855.There was no Jackpot winner & 9 match three players who got £12 each. The first Jackpot winner on 4th April 1995 was David Murphy, the Rower who won £900. In the first 12 months sales amounted to £17,300. £8,100 was paid out to Jackpot winners. By Sept 1997 the two clubs had received together a total of £16,814. In October 1997 Coláiste Abbáin came on board as a fundraiser for 4 draws and had sales of £7,180 over the 4 draws. The Parish Committee came on board in 1999 and the GAA later became part of the Lotto Committee. There was one big Jackpot winner in 2005 of €18,000. The Lotto continued right up to the Covid 19 Lockdown and hopefully will restart when able to do so. A debt of gratitude is due to all the sellers, those who attend the draws and check the tickets, look after the books of tickets and monies, those who purchase tickets for making it possible to financially help out our local clubs and parish. Thank you all so much.
 
LADIES FOOTBALL 2000
(New Ross Standard - Wednesday September 27th 2000)
Ladies Football Junior 'B' Championship Final Replay.
The match was played in Cloughbawn between Adamstown and Geraldine O'Hanrahans, and ended with a win for Adamstown by six points. Final score Adamstown 3 - 13; Geraldine O'Hanrahans 4 - 4. Adamstown showed their intent from the start with Brenda Furlong scoring a point in the first minute from a pass by Lizzie Kent. The backbone of this Adamstown team was their half-back line of Eilis Furlong, Catriona McCabe, Michelle Doyle, while Rosie Lawlor and Claire Furlong worked hard in attack. After the game Co. Secretary, Betty Stafford presented the M.A. Sinnott Mini Bus Services, Clongeen sponsored Cup to the winning captain, Claire Furlong. The Co. PRO Nicky White presented the Ardcavan Coaches sponsored Player of the Match Trophy to Lizzie Kent.
Adamstown team; Pauline Doyle, Una Murphy, Ann Kent, Debbie Howlett, Eilis Furlong, Catriona McCabe, Michelle Doyle, Rosie Lawlor, Claire Furlong (Capt) Elaine Power, Eveleen Kehoe, Brenda Furlong. Aine Stafford. Subs - Helena Byrne, Annette Power, Elaine Colfer, Rachel Culleton, Ciara Power, Mary McDonald, Emma Byrne & Dara Barron.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK - (G. Rice)
For when the one Great Scorer comes,
To write against your name,
He marks - not that you won or lost -
But how you played the game.