March 15th 2020

CARDS
Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week.
Card winners on Fri 3rd were: Matt O’Neill, John Hanley,
Sean Cullen, John Nolan, Pat Byrne, Pat Quinn, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, Bridie Dillon & Chris Byrne.
Due to the Covid-19 Virus the Friday night Card game in the Community Centre is cancelled until further notice.
The Wednesday night Bingo in Cullen’s is also cancelled.
 
The Hope and Dream 10 event has been postponed until
Sunday 4th October 2020.
 
BOXING WIN
Well done to Jack Egan, a member of St. Abban’s Boxing club on winning the Leinster Cahmpionship J1 60kg title held in Arklow Boxing club. Jack in coached by Michael Richardson, continued success Jack.
 
GRAVESTONE INSCRIPTIONS
This country is one of the best researched in relation to gravestones inscriptions. Brian Cantwell transcribed and published almost 37,000 names from all parts of the country in his series ‘Memorials of the Dead’ volumes 5-7. These volumes are in major Irish libraries and available on-line on the pay site FindMyPast,
https://search.findmypast.ie/search-world-Records/cantwells-memorials-of-the –dead, other useful
on-line sites include: ww.intermen.net/Ireland; https://historicgraves.com; and www.from-ireland.net/
James G. Ryan: IRISH ROOTS
 
ADAMSTOWN ATHLETICS
Well done to Joe, 4th on the National Senior 20K race walking new PB 1.36.03. Ciara 1st 3K Open Juvenile.
It was great to see Adamstown athletics represented at the Wexford Athletics Awards night.
Unfortunately the National School Sportshall County Final had to be cancelled due to health and safety at this time
 
TOP TIPS:
THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE THROWING AWAY
Buy products with less packaging- buy fruit and veg loose, or items that have the least amount of packaging, if you don’t buy it you don’t have to bin it.
Think outside of the kitchen- pop a small bin in your bathroom or other areas of your home to collect recyclables such as shampoo bottles, lotion containers or detergent bottles. The brown bin rule- if it once grew it can go in the brown bin. Plastic shopping bags- don’t recycle, but they can be reused. Try turning them into bin liners for bathrooms and bedrooms, or keep a couple handy in the car.
Don’t forget- to place your mayonnaise, sauce and jam jars as well as glass bottles in the glass bin.
-Department of Environment Community and Local Government
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM
Sending good wishes to Jim English, Glenour on the occasion of his 80th birthday on Friday 13th March and wishing him many more years of good health.
 
THE COBWEB SPIDER (Elizabeth McArdle. Far East Mag)
High up between the wall and the ceiling of your home, the cobweb spider dwells. Her days are spent suspended on her web watching with her eight eyes for any unsuspecting insects or fellow spider that might wander into her territory.
She binds the poor unfortunate creature in a bundle of silk and dines on it in her own time. The beauty of having cobweb spiders in your home is knowing that they keep everything in balance. Because their diet is primarily insects, they keep pest numbers down, flies are kept in check and your home is actually cleaner, because spiders peacefully live there. Having God’s creation so close is a special privilege and we rejoice in knowing that we share our homes with some unseen but very beneficial creatures. These secret guests take care of us and hopefully, we unknowingly take care of them too.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO RESULTS
The winning numbers in the Adamstown Lotto Draw on Friday 13th were: 12 –16 – 21 – 23. There was no Jackpot winner. The following players matched three numbers:
Josephine Hendrick, Barrack’s Rd, Maureen Bradley, Glenour & Martha Quinn, Rochestown.
The Lotto is suspended until further notice.
 
Our Confirmation Ceremony was also cancelled, and we remember the children and their families in our prayers
 
We also remember in our prayers the front line workers all hospital staff, care workers, surgery staff, ambulance personnel and all who work to find a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus.
Please follow all guidelines from Health Personnel
 
 
St. Abban’s Church, Adamstown
All Masses cancelled until further notice due to the current Coronavirus outbreak.
The Church will remain open for private prayer.
Newsletter available online at
www.saintabbans.com
Please pray the Memorare available in the Newsletter this week for the protection of all.
All are dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass during the health crisis.
 
Let us as people of faith pray each day asking God to bless and protect ourselves and our loved ones.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 14th – Abban, Peggy, Martin Delaney and family,
The Barracks (A)
Sun 15th – Greg, Annie & Nell Bolger, Misterin (A)
Monday 16th 7.30pm–Mosey McCabe, Ballyvergin (A)
Tues 17th – St. Patrick’s Day: James, Ellen, Tommy, Ned O’Shea, Mary Wilmore, Eileen Hayes. Adamstown (A)
Sat 21st – Nicholas & Catherine O’Neill; Michael Booth,
Misterin, Shane O’Neill, Carrigbyrne (A)
Michael, Maura & Jack Hanley, Ballylanders. (A)
May they rest in peace. Amen.
Masses in St. Abban’s Church are cancelled until further notice. Please pray at home.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 21st – Ulick Stafford. Sun 22nd – Kathleen O’Connor
 
THE MEMORARE – PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN
The original prayer was written in Latin and gets it name from the first word of the prayer, memorare meaning ‘remember’ Fr. Claude Bernard (1588-1641) popularised the Memorare prayer after it miraculously cured a deathly illness he was suffering from.
Pope Francis asks us to pray the Memorare.
WE ASK PEOPLE TO PRAY THE MEMORARE EACH DAY DURING THE HEALTH CRISIS IN OUR WORLD.
Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help,
or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you do I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the World Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
But in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
 
Reflection for weekend 14th & 15th March
Changing one thing can make a difference.
The climate belongs to all and meant for all.
At the global level, it is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life (23)
Humanity is called to recognise the need for changes in lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes, which produce or aggravate it. It is true that there are other factors (such as volcanic activity), variations in the earth’s orbit and axis, (the solar cycle), yet a number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and others) released mainly as a result of human activity. (23)Pope Francis :Laudato Si)
If each of us change one thing it could make a difference.
 
ST. PATRICK’S DAY TRADITIONS IN IRELAND
St Patrick’s day, the feast of the patron saint of Ireland, is a day that has long been celebrated. Unlike other old Irish customs, St. Patrick’s Day customs are not fading; they grow in popularity and taking on new appropriation in a global context. Many Irish emigrants proudly celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in their new countries, and in modern times the day is a festive celebration of all things Irish, involving a parade and ‘drowning the shamrock’. This is in marked contrast to the past in Ireland when St. Patrick’s day was marked in a fairly humble way. Back then; fasting Catholics celebrated St. Patrick’s Day as a one-off welcome reprieve from Lent, where they could enjoy some meat, dairy products, treats and alcohol. The wearing of the green; St. Patrick converted Irish pagans to Christianity by using the three leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. For hundreds of years, people in Ireland wore crosses to commemorate St. Patrick on his feast day, with some wearing a large sprig of shamrock on their hat, shoulder or lapel. In more recent times adults wore shamrock while wearing St. Patrick’s crosses became customary for children. Green is the colour now most associated with St. Patrick, derived from the shamrock, from the late nineteenth century onward, the colour green became a way of celebrating one’s Irish identity on the day, and green shamrock and emblems continues today. (Marian McGarry, Irish Roots)
 
ST. PATRICK’S BREASTPLATE
This beautiful prayer for protection is also known as The Deer’s Cry. There is a story told that when Patrick and his followers were ambushed, he spoke this prayer and instantly his party were concealed and all that the attackers saw was a group of deer in the midst. This is an extract from this prayer.
I arise today, through
The strength of Christ's birth with His baptism,
The strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
The strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
The strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.
I arise today, through
The strength of Heaven;
The light of sun,
The radiance of moon,
The splendour of fire,
The speed of lightening,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The firmness of rock.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man that thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me.Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Wishing everyone an enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day