April 12th 2020
'NO ATHEISTS IN TRENCHES' (St. Martin Magazine))In World War 1, between 1914 and 1918, over sixteen million people died. Millions were also wounded. Causalities were horrendous. All those who fought in the trenches at that time were very much aware of the danger of being killed. Soldiers who had never prayed before did so in the trenches. They prayed believing that while death might be their lot, it would not be the end. The motto 'there are no atheists in trenches' dates back from that time.At Easter, we are filled with hope when we celebrate the death and Resurrection of Christ from the dead. We believe in Christ's promise that we will rise to a new life with him, that death will not be the end. He will raise us up. This is our hope and it sheds light on our lives, our work, and on all those we meet throughout our lives. We do not place our hopes on anything human. We place them on the word of Christ, the son of God, who died out of love for us.A story often told in sermons of past years is that St. Charles Borromeo had an artist paint a picture of death for him. After a few weeks the artist returned with a painting of an old man with a scythe in his hand. But St. Charles was not happy with the picture and asked the artist to change it and put a key into the old man's hand. As he explained 'death does not cut us down' Rather it opens the door to a new life, a life of everlasting happiness with God, where there will be no more tears, no more sorrow'A happy and blessed Easter to you all. THE VALUE OF TIMEThe bank of time credits you with 86,000 seconds every morning. It carries over no balance from the previous day. There is no overdraft. Every day a new account is opened for you. Every second you didn't use is written off - gone.If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against tomorrow's funds.To realise the value of one year, ask a student who failed his exams.To realise the value of a month, ask the parents of a premature baby.To realise the value of a week, ask the editor of a newspaper.To realise the value of a day ask a daily worker with a large family to feed.To realise the value of an hour, ask two lovers ready t o meet.To realise the value of a minute, ask a person who has missed a flight.To realise the value of a second, ask the person who has survived an accident.To realise the value of a millisecond, ask the winner of a silver Olympic medal.TREASURE EVERY MOMENT. REFLECTION FOR EASTER (Sunday World Magazine)This week we normally hear about the Passion of Christ in the Gospels. This year though it's the Passion of Christ as it takes place in suffering people around us.I am reminded of the wonderful quotation from Martin Luther King: "At the end of the day it is not the words of your enemies you remember; it's the silence of your friends"Rather than think about Jesus dying on a cross, we should think instead of easing the burdens of those who are suffering most. As believers we know that because Christ walks with us we'll overcome evil in all its forms. Clearly we meet the Risen Jesus in those heroes who are willing to risk their lives to care for the sick people. We meet the Risen Jesus in the incredible generosity of so many governments, so many nations, medics, parishes and families. We meet the Risen Christ in the people who hear the cry of the sick and the poor and the oppressed and victims everywhere.In short, we meet Christ in the compassion of our wonderful neighbours. Of course we all have doubts, especially in times of suffering. Thomas Merton once put it beautifully:"A person without doubt is a person without faith". PUBLISHER OFFERS FREE BOOKS TO PARISHESThe publisher of Columba books and The Irish Catholic has offered free books and e-books to parishes, so that parishioners can engage in spiritual reading while Masses around the country are disrupted during Lent."Beautiful books to lift your spirit is our motto and if ever people needed a lift it is now" said publisher Gerry O'Sullivan. "Catholics are dispensed from Mass, but the churches are open and it's a wonderful opportunity to catch up on spiritual reading". Books being offered include titles from renowned authors such as St. Stan; Donal Harrington, Finbar O'Leary and many more.For more information, visit www.columbabooks.com(Aron Hegarty - Irish Catholic) AWARE -Helping you understand Anxiety, Stress, & Depression.Aware has been working to support people with depression and concerned family members for 30 years and the organization has a very clear message that no matter how difficult things may seem, there is always hope.LoCall Support Line - 1890 303 302 Seven days a week,10.00am - 10.00pm.Extensive information on depression, Aware services and self-help tips are available on www.aware.ie BEQUESTI would like to acknowledge a bequest to the Parish of Adamstown of €1,000 for the upkeep and maintenance of Adamstown Church from a very kind benefactor. We are very grateful for his generosity. May his soul rest in peace. EASTER EGGS (Patricia Hope, St. Martin's Magazine)Easter usually occurs towards the beginning of spring, a season when plants bloom and animals give birth. Before its Christian association with Easter, the egg was a symbol of rebirth. Many ancient cultures used the egg to symbolise both rebirth of light and an emergence from the lean winter.Ancient pagans such as the Persians, the Egyptians, theChinese and in Europe, the Gauls, and the Romans all used eggs in their springtime celebrations.For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The hard shell of the egg represents the sealed Tomb of Christ, and cracking the shell represents Christ's resurrection and triumphant victory over death. In the sixteenth and seventeenth century, eggs also became what people would give to the church as a special offering on Good Friday and as gifts to the poor. Cadbury Brothers introduced pure cocoa in 1866, and with it the secret of making moulded chocolate eggs, and by 1893 there were 19 different lines on the Cadbury Brothers Easter list in the UK.The launch in 1905 of Cadbury's Dairy Milk Chocolate made a tremendous contribution to the Easter egg market.Today the Easter egg market is one of the most exciting confectionary markets. The giving of decorated Easter eggs whether made of Chocolate or actual eggs, continues each year to delight young and old alike at Easter time. A LIGHT IN THE DARK"I'm 85 years of age and I've never seen anything like this" says Brother Kevin Crowley, the friar who runs the Capuchin Day Centre for homeless people in Dublin. "Every day reminds me of a Good Friday. The dreariness and the sadness and people so anxious of the unknown. But there will be light again and there will be joy, and prayer is the answer". Meanwhile, rain or shine, lock down or no, Br. Kevin and his team continue their good work at the Day Centre on Bow Rd in Dublin's Smithfield. Usually at lunch time the place would be in full swing: a queue down the street outside, now all is changed. "The Centre is not open as such but we give out takeaways, breakfasts from 9am - 11.00am and dinner from 1pm to 3pm. Our church is also open and people can go there to eat their food.Every day might seem like Good Friday but Br. Kevin also has seen the kindness of strangers who continue to give what they can to the Centre and is a man whose faith in his religion is undimmed. "You may not be able to go to church but you can have your own Easter ceremony at home, pray with your family, pray with your children. When I was a young boy at home in West Cork, I grew up with prayer and the rosary. That is gone. I would appeal to people to bring back prayer, bring back the rosary and go to God again"Whether you believe or not, the pragmatism and goodness of Br. Kevin, offering food for body and soul, is admirable in an upside-down world. It is places like the Capuchin Day Centre and people like this unassuming friar who more thanever offer a light in the dark.(Br. Kevin talking to Donal O'Donoghue - RTE Guide) A BIT OF HISTORY - ADAMSTOWN SHOWThe very first Adamstown Show took place on Thursday July 24th 1947 in the Church Meadow, kindly lent by J. Cullen.Commencing at 12 noon.Judges were: Horses & Jumping: W. Mullins, GoresbridgeJ McEnery, Kilmoganny; T. Shelly, Callan.Horticulture: W O'Toole, Dept of AgriculturePoultry & Dairy Produce: Miss N H. Kelly, WicklowCookery, Jams, Homecrafts: Miss K Breen, Ferns.Hon. Vet. Surgeon - L. Sweetman. Heading the list ofSubscribers and Members is His Excellency, Mr. Seán T. O'Kelly.The Show Committee accepts with gratitude the Grant of £10 made jointly by Dept of Agriculture & Wexford Committee of Agriculture and a Special Grant of £3 by Co. Wex Vocational Education Committee.Catalogue cost One Shilling.There were 73 entries for Horses. 29 for Horticulture; 68 for Poultry & Dairy; 54 for Cookery; 58 for Needlework; & 31 for Jams. 157 entries for Horse Jumping. To finish off the day -Grand Show Dance that night at the "Barracks" with music by David Moynihan's Band with amplificationDancing 10pm - 4am. Admission 4 shillings. (supper extra) AN EASTER MESSAGE FROM FR. NOLAN P.P.Dear friends,A word of sincere thanks for the many gestures of generosity and goodness which I have received during these days of isolation. Each day I continue to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for your well-being, health and salvation. Isolation has strengthened our sense of community and our fellowship in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Easter brings all Christians together everywhere, with the promise of Jesus, Our Risen Lord even in the darkest hour. 'Do not be afraid for I am with you always' Strengthen your unity with one another through daily prayer - where two or three are gathered together in his name, Jesus is there too. On Easter Sunday the Angles Bell in St. Abbans will join with all the Churches of our Diocese and throughout the County to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord and in solidarity with one another to give thanks for the devoted services and care for the sick and to ask for Divine Protection.Happy Easter to you all.We also remember family members away from home this Easter. SYMPATHYWe join you all in prayerful sympathy to the extended families of: Mary McCabe, Eamonn Whelehan and Denis Fortune who passed away during the week. Prayer transcends any restrictions. We pray that the Lord may keep them under the shadow of his wings and as the apple of his eye in their grief and grant those whom they mourn the Peace that the world cannot give. May they rest in peace.