October 22nd

CARDS
The weekly ‘30’ Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 27th Oct at 9pm. Thanks to the ladies for the teas last week. Catering on Fri 27th will be: Ann Redmond & Ann Marie Mackey. On Fri 3rd Nov will be:
Cait Bradley, Josephine Hendrick, May Larkin & Betty O’Shea. On Fri 10th Nov will be: Mary Kirwan, Betty Cullen & Lorna Komsa. On Fri 17th Nov will be: Maureen Bradley, Linda Duffy & Denise Harler. Proceeds going to Parish Funds.
Card winners on Fri 13th Nov were: Matt O’Neill, John Hanley, Nick Doyle, Andy Reville, John Furlong, Jim Wickham, Phil & Mary Jackman.
 
HURRICANE OPHELIA – Monday 16th October.
Hurricane Ophelia – one of the greatest storms to hit our country since 1961. The emergency services, community volunteers, utility companies, the Government and State agencies deserve praise for their response to the Hurricane, which battered the country on Monday 16th October.
The hurricane caused devastating damage across the country, however the early warnings from Met Eireann and the Government’s National Emergency group saved many people from serious injury or worse. Across Ireland, businesses from the major chains to small shops closed for the day. School across Ireland closed for two days and some school in our county are still closed due to lack of power and water. Hotels and businesses opened their doors to shelter the homeless from the storm. They should be applauded. The greatest praise, however, must go the thousands of selfless men and women who risked their lives to keep the rest of us safe. Members of the Emergency services, volunteers on sea and land, Ambulance and hospital staff, Fire-fighters, Rescue services, Gardai, Local Authority workers, Fas workers, staff from the ESB, Irish Water, communications workers, they all deserve our sincere thanks.
Sadly, there was also loss of life when three people died following accidents with trees falling. To their families, we extend our deepest sympathy and may they rest in peace.
 
A WORD OF THANKS
A sincere word of thanks to the Community Centre committee who organized the fundraising social dance for Sr. Helen in Adamstown Hall on Saturday night last.
Thanks to those who attended the dance, donated food, helped with the teas, bought tickets, gave donations, raffle prizes, or helped in any way to make the night a success. It was lovely to see so many dancers on the floor – a nostalgic night for many who were there in the ‘good old days’
Well done everyone.
 
ADAMSTOWN LOTTO
Due to the bad weather, the Adamstown Lotto draw has been postponed until Friday 27th October.
ADAMSTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES
Our athletes travelled to Ferns on Sunday 15th October for the Uneven Ages County Cross Country. Aine Crean ran a great race in the U0 500m finishing in 6th place. Next up was our U11 Boys team of Ross English, Watt Crean and Jack O’Shea, they finished in 3rd place in the U11 boys 1500 race. Niamh English finished 3rd in the U13 girls 2500m race, she along with her team-mates of Gráinne English, Isobel English, Sadbh Crean and Ciara Mooney finished in 2nd place as a team. Aoibhinn Crean and Katie English both had a great performance in the U15 girls race finishing in 4th and 6th place respectively. The Wall brothers ran a great race in the U15 boys race with Ben finishing in 4th place and Robert finishing in 6th place. Adamstown Athletic Club will host the Leinster Uneven Cross Country Championships in Adamstown on Sunday 12th November. This a big event for the Athletic Club and we would appreciate the help of all club members, parents and or any member of the community who would like to help out at this event.
 
CHRISTMAS COOKERY
Christmas Cookery classes with a difference will take place in Raheen Family Resource Centre starting on Monday 6th November from 10.00am to 1.00pm.
These classes are free of charge and open to all.
To book a place, contact Joyce or Bridget at 051/428805
 
ALL DAY BREAKFAST
St. Abban’s Adamstown GAA Prickly Rose contestant
Miss J & M Oil is holding a Breakfast Day in Adamstown Community Centre this Sunday 22nd October from 10.00am to 3pm. Take the stress out of Sunday and join us for an early breakfast or midday brunch. Meet friends and enjoy a relaxing chat, everyone welcome. Your support for this event would be greatly appreciated.
 
SPLIT THE POT
Due to the bad weather the draw was put off until this Tuesday 24th Oct. Entry is €2 and envelopes can be got in Adamstown Pharmacy, Cullen’s Pub, Bernie’s Pub & Chipper and in the school.
 
INFORMATION SESSION – Mr. Peadar Maxwell
Raheen Family Resource Centre is delighted to be hosting an Information Session by the well-known Psychologist Peadar Maxwell on the topic ‘Understanding and responding to anxiety in adolescence’
This event takes place in Colaiste Abbáin, Adamstown this Wednesday 25th October from 7pm – 9pm. including Question and Answer session. It is free of charge and is open to all.
 
Wishing Fr. Nolan a speedy recovery to full health as we remember him in our prayers.
 
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 21st Oct – Denis & Elizabeth Cummins, Raheenduff (A)
Sun 22nd – Bernard Doyle, formerly Oldcourt (A)
Sat 28th – Kathleen Rothwell, Groveside, Adamstown (A)
Sun 29 – Patrick, Kathleen Murphy, Kilrane and deceased members of the Murphy family, Coolnagree & Babs Carr (A)
 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon - Fri in St. Abban’s Oratory.
 
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – 22ND OCTOBER:
“Mission Sunday is important in the life of the Church. Mission cannot be left to a group of ‘specialists’. It is a matter for all Christians, dioceses, parishes, Church institutions and associations…to pray for and encourage offerings for the missions” (Pope John Paul 11) Please be as generous as possible in the collection this weekend for the missions.
Basket in Church Porch after Masses. Thank You.
 
Prayer:
We pray for all missionaries and for their families.
We pray for the communities who receive and welcome them into their lives.
We ask God to bless all our missionaries and those who are missionaries to us. Amen.
 
 
SERVERS
Sat 21st – Ross English, Aoife McCabe, Conall Doyle
Sun 22nd – Maeve O’Neill, Dearbhla Kelly Dunne, Richard & Joe Whelan.
Sat 28th – Joshua Power, Daniel O’Gorman
Sun 29th – Liam Dooley, Cara Whelan.
Sat Nov 4th – Caragh McDonald, Megan Martin
Sun Nov 5th – Jack Carty, Róisin Colfer, Faye Hynes
 
READERS OF THE LITURGY
Sat 21st – Frances Gallagher. Sun 22nd – Callie Doyle
Sat 28th – Ulick Stafford. Sun 29th – Kathleen O’Connor
Sat 5th Nov – Liam Whelan Sun 6th – Kay Whelan
 
WINTER
The ancient festival of Winter known as Samhain was kept on the 1st November. In the Christian Calendar it is the feast of All Saints. The Vigil of the Feast is Hallow on 31st October. Halloween is an old English word for Saint Hallows, which has lasted longest, not only in Ireland but also across the Atlantic. Colcannon was the favourite supper for Halloween, followed by a feast of apples, nuts and Barm Brack.
As Halloween approaches, we ask parents to ensure that their children act with care and caution in relation to bonfires, bangers, etc. and be mindful of elderly people or those living alone and also of animals.
 
NOT AN ENEMY IN THE WORLD
The woman pushing on in years boasted to her parish priest that she did not have an enemy in the world. He was very impressed “What a wonderful thing to be able to say after all the years” and then she added, “I buried them all”, I suppose if we all lived long enough we would be able to make the same statement. Forgiveness has three stages:

I will never forgive that person.
I can’t forgive (forgiveness is seen as a good thing but the hurt is too great)]
I want to forgive and let go, with God’s help.
Remember the African proverb:
The person who refuses to forgive breaks the bridge over which he must himself cross”
 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“For the Praise of Tea” – (Author Unknown)
A busy day with things to do!
And people I must see,
And yet somehow I find the time
For one more cup of tea!
And if the day is a dreary one
No bright or cheery news.
A biscuit and a cup of tea,
Will chase away the blues.
Through happy times
And troubled times,
In laughter and in tears,
We put the kettle on once more,
And share the cup that cheers.
 
FIVE FINGER PRAYER
This method of prayer, championed by Pope Francis has been widely adopted in classrooms and parishes across the globe, and has resonated particularly with young people.
 
The Thumb
The closest finger to you reminds you to pray for those who are closest to us, like our family and friends.
2 The Index Finger
The pointing finger reminds you to pray for wisdom and support for those who teach us and show us the way.
3. The Middle Finger
The tallest finger reminds you to pray for guidance for our leaders and those in positions of authority.
4. The Ring Finger
Our weakest finger reminds you to pray for the weakest in society, like those who are sick, poor or having problems.
5. The Little Finger
The smallest finger reminds you to pray for yourself. When you have prayed for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs, but from the proper perspective.