October 11th 2020

. NATIONAL FIRE SAFETY WEEK 5th - 12th October
"Smoke Alarms Save Lives"
We are not only encouraging people to have smoke alarms and test them, we are encouraging the wider community to look out for each other - especially those most vulnerable and at risk. We can all be "Safer Together"
There are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself and those you love safe from fire.
Let's STOP fire together -
S is for Smoke Alarms.
Ensure at least one smoke alarm is installed on every floor of your home.
T is for Testing smoke alarms weekly
Test your smoke alarms weekly, or ask someone to check them for you.
O is for Obvious dangers
Never overload sockets. Take care with burning candles. Always store Laptops and electronic devices (especially when charging) on hard surfaces and not positioned on beds or couches.
P is for Plan your escape`
Keep access routes clear and have your keys if necessary at the ready.
In the event of fire dial 112 or 999, ask for the Fire Brigade, give exact details of the location of the fire and if there is anyone in the house, remain calm and listen to the operator and answer any question they ask.
 
THANKS
The Kelly family would like to thank Fr. Nolan, Fr. David Murphy and Fr. McGuire, Cáit and Joe for all their help. We would also like to thank those who telephoned, sent flowers, cards, messages of condolences. All those who were with us in the Churchyard and along the road at Tomas's funeral, and also those who looked after his grave. To all who helped in any way, your contribution made our loss more bearable.
Thank you, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.
 
SYMPATHY
We extend our deepest sympathy to Pauline Kavanagh, Oldcourt and all the family on the death of her mother Mrs. Mary Kate (Maureen) Kavanagh, Gurtins, Cleariestown.
A private family funeral Mass took place on Tuesday last in St. Mannon's Church, Cleariestown with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace
 
90th BIRTHDAY WISHES
We extend our good wishes to Ted Greene, formerly
Oldcourt who recently celebrated his 90th birthday.
Ted was a woodwork teacher in Adamstown in the 1940's
when it took place on the loft across from Cullen's Pub.
 
MESSAGE FROM BISHOP BRENNAN 6/10/2020
Statement on the implementation of stage 3 (Covid restrictions)
The Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Denis Brennan has asked the faithful to approach the newly announced stage 3 restrictions in Ireland with 'a spirit of cooperation and solidarity, mindful of the need for sacrifice in the interests of the common good'
Public Masses in the diocese will be suspended as and from midnight 6th October and will remain suspended for the duration of stage 3.
The Churches of the Diocese will remain open for private prayer.
'I would like to thank the priests of the diocese for the great energy and creativity they showed in reopening the churches. Adherence to best practice was made possible because of an army of very committed and diligent volunteers who set a standard worthy of emulation' he said.
In returning to online celebration only for daily and Sunday Masses, the bishop encourages priests and parish personnel 'to repeat and continue the high standard of broadcasts which were so well developed during the last lockdown'
'Unfortunately we find ourselves in a worrying situation nationally - and responsibility which we endeavour to exercise as citizens and Christians - dictates that we double down now together, follow the basic guidelines and hopefully emerge sooner to a time when we can resume physical attendance at public worship', he concluded.
 
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2020
World Mission Sunday is Pope Francis' annual appeal for spiritual and financial support so the life-giving work of overseas missionaries can continue. Worryingly, it is in jeopardy. The pandemic will mean less offerings for this vital collection. The implications for overseas communities in the months ahead will be devastating. In many of our poorer parishes in Africa, Asia and Latin America, it is missionaries who are on the front line. They already do so much. Walking hand-in-hand with struggling communities, long before and long after the emergency. Covid-19 adds even more challenges for these women and men, many of whom are in war-torn countries; remote areas where political conflicts, violent protests, extreme poverty, malnutrition and diseases are rife. These are crises faced on a daily basis and looking beyond Covid-19, sadly these crisis will remain.
Your support of World Mission Sunday will play an enormous part in easing suffering by providing overseas missionaries with essential aid.
This collection was planned to take place in St. Abban's Church on weekend of 17th/18th October but will not now take place due to Covid restrictions.
You can alternatively make an offering over the phone by calling Fiona on 01 497 2035 or go to
www.wmi.ie/mission
 
REFLECTION FOR WEEKEND 10th & 11th OCTOBER
''Life is not measured by how much we own' (Luke 12:15
Did you know that the name Rosary means "crown of roses"
Blessed Alan de la Roche re-established this devotion and gave it the name of the Rosary. Every time people say the Rosary devoutly, they place on the heads of Jesus and Mary 153 white roses and sixteen red roses. Each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. These roses will never lose their beauty. (The Secrets of the Rosary - St. Louis de Montfort) October is a special time for the Rosary.
One day a man was talking to an angel. The angel said: What can I do for you? The man said 'Show me the Wall Street Journal one year from today, this way I'll know where to invest my money and become a multimillionaire' So the Angel snapped her fingers and out came a Wall Street Journal date one year in the future. The man flipped through the pages studying the listings and observing which stocks would be high. In the midst of his joy tears began to roll down his cheeks. Why? Because when he looked over at the obituary column there was his name. God is not opposed to you acquiring and achieving things in life but He wants us not to waste time on the wrong things. St Paul put it: 'My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus - the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
Diocesan Pastoral Council.
 
STING IN THE TALE
One of my favourite texts of early Irish law is 'Bechbretha'. an 8th-Century tract on beekeeping. It's a simple set of rules about the rights of landowners and beekeepers themselves.
Bees naturally wander beyond the land of their owner, and the law here states that farmers on adjoining lands, whose flowers feed the bees, are entitled to a little honey each year as payment for the nectar. If a swarm departs the beekeepers' land and settles in a tree on the land of another, the two farmers' divide the honey in half for three years, after which the new beekeeper gains full rights over the bees.
While the word 'justice' makes us think of weighty and controversial issues, these wise old rulings remind us that no matters are too small for fairness to apply.
(Fr. Conor McDonough - Irish Catholic)
 
SPIRITUAL HOLY COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that your are present in the Most Holy Sacrament,
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
Please come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you now as if you were already there and I unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
 
THE MUMMERS OF ADAMSTOWN (Part 2)
Jimmy Bradley (b 1911) was a willing learner when itinerant stepdancer Dick Ryan from Kilkenny began lessons on McCabe's barn, he joined Carrigbyrne Mummers and there were seven Bradleys on the 1927 set. In 1955, the Rosslare Harbour An Tóstal festival drew six senior teams, including Adamstown, who were placed fifth, a placing Jimmy blamed on poor preparation. That set comprised of Michael O'Brien, (Capt), John. Martin (Doctor), Mick Kehoe, J. Doyle, John Doyle, Jim Doyle, Paddy Ryan, Jimmy Bradley, Bill Bradley, Neddie Whelan, Mattie O'Neill, Neddie Hayden. Charlie & Jimmy Bradley later joined the Dungeer mummers, they had a very memorable visit to Wales to perform, Jimmy said he was very proud that Dungeer came out on top, out of 39 groups from all over the world at Llangollen in 1966. He was also proud of his daughters Bridget (Walsh) and Josephine (Hendrick) who were prominent members of the Heather Glen all-ladies set, based in Barntown for many years. There is a story told, confirmed by Michael O'Brien (b 1942) that the local mummers had a collection, and ordered a new set of ash sticks from Mr. Breen, a blacksmith and carpenter in Clonroche village. The night came to mum, and due to a foul-up in communications, there were no sticks to mum with. An enterprising individual when to a coach-house nearby and took the wheels off a Croydon (a two-wheeled, one horse, gig) dismantled same, and carried in twelve lancewood spokes to be used as mumming swords. It would be an understatement to say that these weapons were not ideal for the job, and the twelve performers had pins and needles on the night, and bloody stiff arms for a few days afterwards. One or two of these sticks are still treasured as keepsakes in the area. Michael O'Brien remembers talk of mumming at his home before he started school, but the first real action he saw was a competition in Adamstown old school, around 1952, with some members wearing peaked caps, like the guards. Some of those were his uncle, Tom O'Brien, Pat Nolan (The Bog), and two or three Bradleys, the set practised in Jimmy Bradley's old forge at Templeshelin. Around 1958 Adamstown set got the verdict over Dungeer in Tullow at a contest. About 1982 a very good set came together, made up of six men from Adamstown area and six from Clongeen, Michael O'Brien (Senior & Junior), Mikie O'Neill, Mick Cullen, Neddy Whelan & Matty O'Neill were the Adamstown men. This set travelled widely and was in demand throughout mid-Wexford. They stayed together until 1986. Mick O'Brien later joined Dungeer mummers and said his greatest memory was a trip to America in 1988, and the thrill of marching - and mumming - on Fifth Avenue, New York. In the 'nineties, he joined Drinagh mummers.
(Taken from The Mummers of Wexford by James Parle)
 
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK - St. Francis de Sales
Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow!
The same Everlasting Father
who cares for you today, will take care of you tomorrow.
Either He will shield you from suffering
or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then and put aside all
anxious thoughts and imaginations.