January 27th 2019

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 1st February at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 1st will be: Bernie Hickey, Evelyn O’Gorman & Ann O’Gorman. On Fri 8th will be: Bridget O’Gorman, Ann Stafford, Agnes Whelan & Kay Whelan. On Fri 15th will be: Mary Jackman, Eleanor Power & Ann Jackman. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 18th Feb were: Matty Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Terry McDonald, Pat Byrne, Phil & Mary Jackman.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes place this Friday 1st February in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of €14,700. Keep on buying the tickets, it could be your lucky day!
 
SPLIT THE POT WINNERS
The lucky winners in the Adamstown N.S. Split the Pot draw on Wednesday 23rd Jan were: School seller – Cian Murphy, 3rd Class. Draw winner Ronan Bolger who got €126, ticket bought in Brad Og’s. Thanks for your continued support.
Next draw on Wednesday 6th February in the school.
Envelopes in Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown Pharmacy, Brad Og’s Pub & Chipper and in the school.
 
CEMETERY COMMITTEE AGM – RESHEDULED
The Cemetery Committee AGM will now take place in the Community Centre this Thursday 31st January at 8pm.
On behalf of the Parish of St. Abban’s I want to thank the Cemetery Committee for their dedication and devotion to the Holy Place where our loved ones rest – Fr. Nolan P.P.
 
COLÁISTE ABBÁIN NEWS
Entrance Assessment Tests:
Sixty-one students sat the entrance exams on Saturday 19th and we are delighted with our 2019/2020 intake of students.
Meitheal Awards:
Congratulations to our Meitheal Leaders who got their awards on Wed 16th January. Shauna Wickham, Leanne Miller, Laura Dunne, Shannon Banville & Sínead Kehoe.
Soccer Success:
Huge congratulations to our U-17 and U-14 soccer teams under the guidance of Mr. Dixon & Mr. Bradley. Both teams have reached the South East Semi-Finals. We wish them continued success.
Visiting Author:
We had the honour of welcoming widely renowned author Andy Mulligan to our school last week. His hugely successful novel Trash has now been adapted into a film, which is a prescribed text on the Junior syllabus.
 
ADAMSTOWN LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL CLUB CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
Church Gate collection this weekend Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th January in aid of Adamstown Ladies Gaelic Football Club. Your support is greatly appreciated.
 
KINDLING FOR SALE
The members of the Shamrock Men’s Shed are selling bags of kindling for only Euro 1.20 per bag. If you would like to buy kindling, the Men’s Shed is in Raheen Family Resource Centre every Monday from 1 pm to 4 pm.
 
THE SACRED HEART
(Messenger February 2014)by Fr Theobald Mwanisawa
When I was twelve years old I was playing near the maize farm with about four other children. When the time came when everyone felt hungry we all entered the farm and uprooted the maize. We prepared a fire and started celebrating the new crops. The owner caught us, however. To my surprise he gave each of us more maize, warning us not to steal in future but to request. From the farmer I had expected punishment, but a kind heart and mercy came instead. It was a big lesson to me and has stayed with me all my life. This year I am fifty-two years old and a priest in the Catholic Church. God is love.
 
ON LINE VIOLENCE – Sr. Redempta Twomey (Far East Magazine)
Language,” a commentator on the radio recently said, “is being weaponised.” When words of hate and rage are being used as weapons, as seen on television, social media and in the press, we have a language that incites violence. On-line words often lead to off-line violence. This spills out into the wider society, onto the streets, into the hearts of the young and the old. The crimes statistics tell the sorry story of increasing brutality in society. Our coarse, often inflammatory, words are more corrosive than acid.
It doesn’t have to be like this. Should we not, as followers of Jesus, seek to be radically counter-cultural and make a habit of using good words, words of peace, words that inspire and uplift. Listen to the advice of St. Paul. “Speak the truth,” he urges (Eph 4:25) No post-truths or alternative truths. And we must speak, not harshly or accusingly, but with charity, with kindness. To our friends, to our enemies, to those who slate us, demean us or despise us, speak the truth, avoiding gossip or any harsh judgements.
 
In the words of poet and author Seamus Heaney:
Human beings suffer,
They torture one another,
They get hurt and get hard.
No poem or play or song
Can fully right a wrong
Inflicted and endured”
 
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat Jan 26th – Ned & Margaret Finn and deceased members of the Finn family, Kellystown (A)
Sun Jan 27th – Ellen, Johnny, Jim & Sonny Kehoe,
Liz & Tom Murphy, Mogue & Mary Keeley,
Rathurtin and The Leap (A)
Sat Feb 2nd – Margaret Comerford, Oldcourt (A)
Sun Feb 3rd – Jack, Patrick & Annie O’Gorman,
Kellystown (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
First Friday Mass: Friday 1st Feb – Feast of St. Brigid.
Mass at 9.45am & 7.30pm.
First Saturday – Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
Mass at 9.30am.
Candlemas Day – Saturday 2nd Feb
Candles for Church & Home use, will be blessed at 9.30am Mass.
Sunday 3rd Feb – Feast of St. Blaise: Throats will be blessed during Mass on Saturday night & Sunday morning.
Visitation of the Sick and Housebound on Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon – Friday evenings.
St. Anthony’s Mass continues every Tuesday night in St. Abban’s Oratory at 7.30pm.
 
SERVERS
Sat 26th – Megan Martin, Faye Hynes, Shóna Duggan, Katelyn O’Shea.
Sun 27th – Gráinne English, Laura & Maeve O’Gorman, Sinéad Duffy, Paddy Connors.
Sat 2nd Feb – Watt & Áine Crean, Luke Cullen, Cara Whelan
Sun 3rd – Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Tosia & Amelia Swierczynska.
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 26th – Anthony McGee. Sun 27th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 2nd Feb – .T.J. McDonald. Sun 3rd – Kay Whelan
Sat 9th – Ulick Stafford. Sun 10th – Geraldine Ridgeway
 
WALK OFF THE MONDAY BLUES
Raheen Family Resource Centre intends running organized walks around the pitch in Adamstown starting this Monday Jan 28th. The walks will start at 9.30am and they will then be followed by a free healthy cooking demonstration with tasters in the Community Centre from 10am – midday.
These walks will take place for four weeks and they are open to all regardless of age or fitness level. Booking is essential. For further information or to book a space contact Joyce or Bridget at 051 442888.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (Chief Seattle)
Whatever befalls the earth
Befalls the children of the earth.
We did not weave the web of life
We are merely strands in it.
Whatever we do to the web
We do to ourselves”
PETS ARE A GIFT FROM GOD (UBC Ireland)
A man wrote to a hotel where he wanted to go for a holiday and asked, ‘Could I bring my dog? He’s very well behaved.’
The hotel owner replied, ‘I’ve been operating this hotel for thirty years and in all that time I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware, or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly, and I’ve never had one run out without paying the bill. Yes, you dog is welcome. And furthermore, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome too’
Many a grieving heart is comforted by a pet whose love and loyalty makes their loss more bearable and helps them to go on. Did you know people with pets live longer, stay healthier, recover faster, and experience less depression? Who will ever forget the dogs on 9/11 as they searched through the carnage of the World Trade Centre, howling in distress because they couldn’t rescue those who perished? And how about the skilled dogs that give sight to the blind and visually impaired?
 
FEAST OF ST. AIDAN – WED 30TH JANUARY 2019
Born on Inis Breachmhaligh, Terpleport Lake, Co. Cavan, around 550. Both his father Setna and his mother Eithne were of noble origin. There was no boat to take the infant to the mainland to be baptised, so he is aid to have been miraculously floated across the lake on a slab of stone where St. Kilian was waiting to baptise him. The parish of Templeport parish (St. Mogue’s Church in Bawnoby in the diocese of Kilmore is called after him and the church’s holy water font is said to be made from part of that stone. Aidan studied to be come a monk under St. Finnian of Clonard. From Clonard he went to study in Wales where he was placed in charge of a church at Llanhaden, in the centre of Pembrokeshire, where a church remains dedicated to him to this day. In 580 he returned to Ireland, going to the coast of Wexford. Here he served in the area around Ferns. In 598 Brandugh, king of Uí Cinsealaigh in Leinster elevated Ferns to the status of a diocese and made Aidan its first bishop giving him nominal supremacy or chief bishop over the other bishops of the region. The written lives of St. Aidan tell of many miracles showing his generosity and kindness. One story telly how some spurious beggars hid their clothes, dressed in rags, and asked Aidan for help; knowing what they had done, Aidan gave away their clothes to some more deserving poor, and sent off the imposters with neither clothes or alms. Other stories tell of feats of austerity, such as fasting on barley bread and water for seven years, as well as reciting 500 Psalms daily. In the years after Catholic Emancipation a new Catholic cathedral in honour of St. Aidan designed by A.W.N. Pugin was built in Enniscorthy, which then became the Catholic Episcopal seat. St. Edan’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Ferns, where tradition says St. Aidan is buried.
 
 
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