August 9th 2020

A BIT OF HISTORY - Entertainment in Adamstown.
We don't know how far back Stage Shows began in Adamstown, but a photograph (from the Margaret O'Keeffe Collection) dating back to 1890 exists, showing a dashing group of men in stage costumes from Adamstown Dramatic Class which include Denny Doyle, Ganour; James Doyle, Breezemount; Michael Hickey, Misterin; Johnny Furlong, Coonogue (who was also a poet) Peter Jourdan, Junior and Fr. Barry Doyle (who incidentally was forbidden by Church Statute at the time to attend stage productions)
Jumping forward to 2002 when Adamstown Variety Group began with 30 members, putting on their first show following
the Parish Walk in June. With their numbers increased to 60,
in January 2005 they staged the first Pantomime in 15 years 'Jack and the Beanstalk' in St. Abban's Hall which was very successful. This was followed in 2006 with 'Robinson Crusoe', 2007 with 'Mother Goose' 2008 with 'Snow White'
all these being produced by Michael Galway. Many other variety shows were produced during these years and competing in the very popular 'Tops' shows was an annual event. In 2011 Adamstown Variety Group with producer Dale Kirwan staged 'Topsy Turvy' in St. Abban's Hall, and then went on to win the Carlow Tops in April 2011.
In more recent years staff & students from Coláiste Abbáin have produced some wonderful Pantomimes and Dramas, also the National School children have staged several Christmas shows. So much entertainment and enjoyment was had by both participants and those who attended the shows in great numbers and are missed by many people today.
In a beautiful Ceremony on 15th May 2009, the Opening and Blessing of Coláiste Abbáin's Garden of Remembrance took place. The spot was selected for its central location, a spot where all pass every day, if you like; it's the heart of the school. It contains a water fountain, a garden seat, willow fencing, pebble stone, plants and flowers.
The garden was blessed by Fr. Nolan and the memory stone unveiled by past pupil Brendan Byrne. The following words are written on the stone. "Those who we love and lose are no longer where they were before, they are now wherever we are" The garden remembers, teachers, Michael Kirwan, Eamon Cullen and Vincent O'Dwyer, and forty-one young past pupils who had died.
We send our congratulations and best wishes to Ned Furlong, Tomgarrow on the occasion of his 80th birthday. And what a way to spend a birthday! Collected by helicopter at 8.30am for a spot of sightseeing with a trip to Jessica Harrington's stables & then of to the west for some relaxation and food. Arriving back at 4.30pm when some family & friends had a trip around the area in the helicopter.
Ned was joined on his day out by his friend Harry and according to them our country looks beautiful.
With great sadness, the world woke up on Monday 3rd August to the news of the passing of a great statesman John Hume. President Michael D. Higgins said that through his astute diplomacy and willingness to listen to the views of others he "transformed and remodelled politics in Ireland and the search for peace". He said he showed a personal bravery and leadership "informed by a steadfast belief in the principle of values and genuine democracy" Describing the Nobel Peace Prize winner as a statesman, the President said "how deeply grateful we all should be that we had such a person as John Hume to create a light of hope in the most difficult times". Pope Francis paid tribute to Mr. Hume, in a message read out at his funeral Mass. Among the many messages of condolences one from the Dalai Lama,
said "It was his leadership and his faith in the power of negotiations that enabled the 1998 Good Friday Agreement to be reached, his steady persistence set an example for all of us to follow. Messages were also sent by former US president Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Bishop McKeown at his funeral Mass said: "Mr. Hume had been almost a daily Mass goer while his health permitted. He also shared a powerful memory of Mr. Hume's devout Faith. "The last memory of him in the church that sticks in my mind would be on Good Friday in 2019. It was John at the kissing of the Cross - shuffling up and kissing the Cross. A man who had trod the stage of the world, who had got all these peace prizes, and yet he was kissing the Cross of Jesus Christ - one who was prepared to give his life for others. In 1998 John Hume and the UUP leader David Trimble were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end violence in Northern Ireland.
May he rest in peace.
Short and Succinct - Irish Catholic
There will be so much to remember from John Hume's life and leadership. But let us especially remember these abiding words of his: "The taking of human life is the greatest injustice of all".
A Tug-O-War event took place in the early 50's in Kilkenny.
Two teams from Adamstown participated. The competition was eventually won by one Adamstown team namely -
James Power, Jim Hayden, Pat Lawlor, Nick Kehoe. On the other team were: Paddy Delaney, Richie Cleary, Bill Bradley, Bob Barron. Training at that time took place in the field where Coláiste Abbain is now located. Both teams trained most days during the week and often at weekends. The morning before an event all participants met in the village. On the way home team tactics were debated after stopping off at a pub or two for a few pints and a bit of craic.
(The above was written down by the late Bill Bradley)
Failure, like the darkness of night, may slow me down.
But the dawn will come, the sun will shine again,
and I will be on my way.
Sat 8th - People of the Parish
Sun 9th - People of the Parish.
Sat 15th - Tom (Tiddler) Byrne, Kellystown (A)
Please pray for Jim & Jo Redmond, Misterin (A)
May they rest in peace.
Fri 14th - Vigil Mass at 7.30pm.
Sat 15th - Feast of the Assumption: Mass at 10.30am & 7.30pm
Feast Days this week:
Monday 10th - St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr.
St. Lawrence is seen as the cheerful giver since he was one of the seven deacons of the Roman Church in charge of the material needs of the faithful. Gifted with a sense of humour, he met his death cheerfully on a gridiron. From earliest times seen not only as a patron saint of the poor, but also of cooks.
Saturday August 15th -
Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Assumption of Mary honours the fullness of blessedness that was her destiny, the glorification of her Immaculate soul and virginal body that completely conformed her to the risen Christ. This is a celebration that offers to the Church and to all humanity an exemplar and a consoling message, teaching us the fulfilment of our highest hopes. Their own future glorification is happily in store for all those whom Christ made his own brothers and sisters by taking on their flesh and blood' (Marialis Cultus). Patronal Day of France, India, Paraguay.
REFLECTION - Diocesan Pastoral Council
'Know the truth, And the Truth Shall Make you Free
A lot of us are 'myth-informed' about love and marriage. The myth of a 'perfect marriage' is widespread and dangerous among us. By setting up unrealistic expectations, impossible dreams and magic thinking, it misinforms, misleads and disillusions us, preparing us to walk away the moment our fantasy clashes with reality. Only truth can make us free to find fulfilment in our marriage. Let's explore some myths.
The myth of 'viral love', insists that love is caught, much like a virus. 'Some enchanted evening' when you happen to be in the right place at the right time, it will zap you. You'll 'catch the bug' and enter a lifetime of unending bliss! The trouble is, when we're worn out taking care of kids, two jobs and a second mortgage, the 'virus' subsides. In the whirlwind of dishes, nappies and daily routine, something has to give. So romance vacates centre stage and reality takes over. When it does, we confuse romance for true love and mistakenly think it has moved out and we need to follow it. The truth is, love does not die because romance bows to reality. If two people who once 'fell' in love are willing to 'stand' together in love through the challenges and opportunities of family life, romance can grow again, stronger and more resilient than ever. Love based solely on romance doesn't work when 'for better' meets 'for worse'. Romance based on a decision to love 'till death us do part' is the only love that's dependable, consistent and trustworthy. Romance brings us together, this kind of love keeps us together. (The Word for Today)
I AM A CATHOLIC PRIEST - Saint Maximilian Kolbe
(Fr. John Murray - Messenger Magazine)
''What do you want? Who are you? the commandant of the camp bellowed! Ten men had just been selected for execution, in punishment for another who had escaped alone. 'I am a Catholic priest,' the thin gaunt man standing before him said, 'I am old and I want to take the place of that man there who has a wife and children.' The exchange was roughly made and Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar, was herded into a tiny cell with nine others where they were starved and eventually injected with poison to speed up their deaths. Maximilian's was born in 1894 in Zdunska Wola, in Poland. As a young priest he wanted to do more than his regular duties, he was a communications genius and started a magazine, which, within a short time, had a circulation of over one million copies. In 1927 in Warsaw he founded a centre he called the 'City of the Immaculate' Within a decade he had made it a state-of-the art complex within there were 762 friars operating a printing press, a radio station, a college and even an airfield. Despite his own health - a lifelong suffer of tuberculosis he never ceased his work.
When the Nazis came to power, he was an outspoken critic, and in 1939 they turned his 'city' into a concentration camp.
He was arrested and sent to Auschwitz in February 1941. A prisoner recalls the courage of Fr. Kolbe, we listened spellbound, temporarily forgetting our hunger and degradation, Fr. Kolbe told us "No, no, they will never kill our souls, we prisoners are different from our persecutors. They cannot kill our dignity. The final moments came - so appropriately for Maximilian - on the eve of the feast of the Assumption. In 1982 Pope John Paul 11, who often prayed at the scene of Kolbe's death, presided over his canonisation in Rome. How fitting it was that Francis Gajowniczek, the man whose place Maximilian had taken on that cold day in 1941, was present at the ceremony. The Polish Pope called Kolbe, 'the patron of our difficult century' and cited the words of the gospel in his homily, 'greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friends'
St. Maximilian Kolbe's Feast Day is this Friday 14th August.
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK - For our Farmers
Dear Lord,
Today we pray for our farmers,
who bring forth from your good earth
the food that sustains us all.
Give them the rain and sunshine
they need for the success of
their crops and herds.
Give them the courage and stamina
required to live according to
the whims of the weather.
We thank you for our farmers,
who tend the land you made.
May they know how much
we appreciate the sacrifices
they make on our behalf. Amen.