October 18th 2020
MEETING ON A TRAIN
A university student found himself seated in a train by the side of a person who seemed to be a well-to-do peasant. He was praying the Rosary and moving the beads in his fingers. "Sir, do you still believe in such outdated things?" asked the student of the old man.
"Yes, I do. Do you not?" asked the man. The student burst out into a laughter and said, "I do not believe in such silly things. Take my advice. Throw the rosary out through this window, and learn what science has to say about it". "Science? I do not understand this science? Perhaps you can explain it to me", the man said humbly with some tears in his eyes. The student saw that the man was deeply moved. So to avoid further hurting the feelings of the man, he said: "Please give me your address and I will send you some literature to help you on this matter." The man fumbled in the inside pocket of his coat and gave the boy his visiting card. On glancing at the card, the student, lowered his head in shame and became silent. On the card he read: "Louis Pasteur, Director of the Institute of Scientific Research, Paris"
Louis Pasteur was a Chemist, a founder of bacteriology, inventor of bio-therapeutics. Born 1822 and died 1895. Louis Pasteur died with the Rosary in his hand. (St. Martin Magazine)
LOOKING BACK - ATHLETES TAKE GOLD
Schools Report - (The Echo, May 26th 1994)
Coláiste Abbáin athletes blazed a trail of glory in New Ross last Tuesday wining the O'Dwyer cup for the Junior Events and the overall trophy for the Senior and Junior events. Athletes at all levels did the College proud winning a total of 22 gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze medals, a fantastic achievement by any standards. While the Coláiste Abbáin team is traditionally strong on the track from sprints to long-distance. Those students involved in the field events excelled also on the day especially in the discus, shot and high jump. While all the athletes contributed to the overall success of the team, the following all won gold in either individual or relay events: Elizabeth Egan (3), Simon Ring (3), Brendan O'Shea (2), Lisa Conway, Robert Ring, Marguerite Bradley, Sinead Kehoe, Eric Dempsey 1, Mary O'Leary, Breda Banville, David Banville, Thomas. Plummer, Jamie Kennedy, Ester Lawlor, Lisa Doran, Brendan Byrne, James. Sinnott, P.J. Byrne.
We extend our deepest sympathy to David, Kevin, and Steve O'Brien and the extended family, on the death of their mother Nancy O'Brien, late of Rathkyle, Adamstown, Arklow and Oxford, England. Nancy was predeceased by her husband Liam, daughter Margo and son Shay.
A private family funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Abban's Church on Thursday last with burial afterwards in St. Abban's Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
JOHN McCABE RIP
The whole community was deeply saddened on Thursday last to hear of the death of John McCabe, Ballyvergin House. John died following a long illness. He will be sadly missed by his wife Kay (nee English) daughters, Cathriona, Aisling, Fiona, Eimear and Aoife, brothers Mosie, Michael and Ben, sisters Mary, Margaret, Ann, Kathleen, Angela and Ellen, grandchildren, extended family, neighbours and many friends. A private family funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Abban's Church on Saturday followed by burial in St. Abban's Cemetery. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
ADAMSTOWN SHOW COMMITTEE
It is with deep regret and sadness that all of us at Adamstown Show Committee offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to fellow committee member Kay and all the McCabe family on the sad and untimely passing of her beloved husband John.
John was a wonderful person and involved in so many aspects of our Show from stewarding in the Broodmare Ring to an indispensable support to Kay, as she carried out her duties while Show Secretary, with great diligence.
John had a very visible presence on Show Day and was a valued and well respected team member who always ensured the welfare of participants and attendees while ensuring the smooth running of the Broodmare Ring. John was generous with this time, commitment and gave of his many talents to the Adamstown Show, for which he shall be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
(George Washington Carver)
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong.
Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
Support group ALONE has a national support line and additional measures for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties in relation to the outbreak of Covid-19. The support line is open Monday to Friday from 8.00am - 8.00pm, by calling 0818 222 024
EXTENDING GOOD WISHES
Wishing James Dobbs, (Cullen's Gala) every good wish for the future from all in Adamstown as he moves on to pastures new.
ARCHBISHOPS DEMAND ANSWERS AS IRELAND SHUTS CHURCHES AGAIN
(Michael Kelly - The Catholic Universe 16th Oct '20)
Ireland's four Catholic archbishops have requested a meeting with the country's Taoiseach to raise concerns about the fact that it is the only place in Europe where public worship has been suspended in response to a fresh wave of Covid-19. Mass continues to be permitted in Northern Ireland, where the devolved power-sharing government has said it recognises the spiritual and emotional benefits, but some parishes span the border. The archbishops said they respect public health guidelines, but they wished to 'engage constructively with the civil authorities' to ensure that people can continue to gather for Mass and the sacraments. Masses are 'not simply 'gatherings' of people, but profound expressions of who we are as a Church' they said. The letter was signed by the Primate of All-Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, and his fellow archbishops Diarmuíd Martin of Dublin; Michael Neary of Tuam and Kieran O'Reilly of Cashel and Emily. They described the Mass and sacraments as 'essential spiritual nourishment of these challenging times.. communal celebration of Mass and the sacraments - even with restricted numbers - is at the very heart of what it means for us to be a Christian. The National Public Health Emergency Team announced on 5th October that all religious services would move online due an increase in cases of Covid-19.. The bishops said they would press the Government for answers, but 'now that more restrictive measures are being put in place, we encourage people to persevere and not to lose heart'.
FEAST DAY THIS WEEK
Thursday 22nd Oct - Pope John Paul 11.
O God, you are rich in mercy
and who willed that the Saint John Paul the Second
should preside as Pope over your universal Church,
grant, we pray that instructed by his teaching,
we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole Redeemer of mankind.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
MISSION SUNDAY - 18th October
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold our Annual Mission Sunday collection this year.
However, envelopes are available in the Church porch, if you would like to give a donation. Envelopes may be left with Fr. Nolan in the Parochial House. Thank you.
ADAMSTOWN PAROCHIAL COMMITTEE THANKS
Adamstown Parochial Committee wish to express their thanks to Adamstown Lotto Committee for their cheque of €3,000 as their share of the Lotto Divide, together with Adamstown GAA and Adamstown Soccer Club.
WORDS OF WISDOM – Speak Up
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” (Martin Luther King)
REFLECTION - Weekend 17th & 18th October 2020
(Brought to you by the Diocesan Pastoral Council)
'St. Veronika shared a story of a boy who was brought to the sisters in the Solomon Islands. The child was covered in dirt and getting weaker before their eyes. In an attempt to save him the local people had performed healing rituals on him. However, he was not far from death. The sisters knew that all he needed was medicine to reduce his temperature. Just basic healthcare would save his life. A week later under the care of the sisters, the child was in full health. If the sisters had not been there, the child would surely have died' (World Missions Ireland)
When a stone is dropped into a lake, it quickly disappears from sight.
But its impact leaves behind a series of ripples
That broaden and reach across the lake.
In the same way the impact of one's life
lived for Christ,
Will leave behind an influence for good
That will reach the lives of many others.
A PRAYER IN THIS TIME OF THE CORONAVIRUS
(Fr. Brian Grogan SJ)
In 1879 the Apparition at Knock gave
hope and courage to the people of Ireland
in difficult times.
We ask that Our Lady may now protect
your beloved people from the Corona Virus.
May its victims be strengthened by the spiritual support of the Christian community and
restored soon to full health.
We also pray for the medical personnel who
deal with the virus.
This we ask this in confidence through
Christ Our Lord.
WORDS TO LIVE BY - Gandhi
It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important.
You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there will be any fruit.
But that does not mean you stop doing the right thing.
You may never know what results come from your action.
But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
If ever there was a time to do the right thing - it is now, in this critical time of Covid-19, we ask everyone to do what is in their power to protect themselves and others by following the rules and hopefully, we can get through this awful time together.
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