May 31st 2020

ANNIVERSARIES OF ORDINATIONS
The Parish of Adamstown sends congratulations and good wishes to the following: Fr. Odhran Furlong on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his ordination on Thursday last.
Canon James Curtis on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of his ordination
Fr. John French on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his ordination.
Bishop Denis Brennan who celebrates his Golden Jubilee this Sunday 31st May. Bishop Denis will celebrate Mass on South East Radio from Rathnure Church this Sunday morning at 10.00am, the church where he celebrated his First Mass.
 
LOOKING BACK - A FRIEND TO ALL
For four decades, Kate Power operated Adamstown Post Office and during that time was not only a friend, but indeed a confidant for many people locally. On June 14th last year, a date which she recalls with distinctive clarity, she stood down as village post-mistress, drawing to a close a chapter in the village's history. Prior to taking up the position in 1959, Kate underwent two weeks of intensive training in Bunclody, learning such skills as how to operate the temperamental and indeed complex switchboard. During her time she saw many changes including the emergence of the new decimal currency. "One thing I remember is that people had such confidence in their post-mistress"
(New Ross Standard Wednesday August 16th 2000)
Kate is currently being cared for in a Nursing Home and we all send her our good wishes.
 
REPAIRS TO THE BRIDGE ON THE BARRACKS ROAD
Preliminary work began this week to repair the massive damage caused to the bridge when a huge chunk of the wall fell into the river some months ago. Wexford County Council have undertaken this very necessary repair work as it has been in a quite dangerous state over the last few months.
 
UNSUNG HERO'S
Unsung Hero's, which features on RTE 1 next Wednesday June 3rd, & Wed June 10th at 9.30pm after the news. Is all about a choir made up of Carers from County Wexford.
It started last year & culminated in a gala concert in the Opera House, Wexford last summer. It's all about our wonderful carers, who give of their time tirelessly each day
to care for their loved ones and others. RTE Orchestra conductor David Brophy send out an invitation to all Wexford carers who were interested in singing, to come to rehearsals in Castlebridge Community Centre each week. This programme is all about the journey and is well worth watching; you might even see someone you know.
 
CONFIRMATION WISHES ON PENTECOST SUNDAY
On Pentecost Sunday (31st May) we join the Confirmation Class of Scoil Naomh Abbáin and look forward with them to the coming of the Holy Spirit.
 
CHURCH HAS CENTURIES OF EXPERIENCE MINISTERING DURING PANDEMICS.
In Milan during the plague of 1576-1577, St. Charles Borromeo had votive columns and altars built at crossroads so quarantined residents could venerate and participate in the Eucharistic celebrations from their windows. The saint encouraged individuals and families to pray and had church bells signal seven moments throughout the day for common prayer, preferably recited aloud from an open window.
He assigned certain priests to go to particular neighbourhoods. When a resident signalled the desire for the sacrament of reconciliation, the priest would set up his portable leather stool outside the penitent's closed door to hear confession. Different utensils had long been used over history to administer the Eucharist while assuring social distancing, including long pincers or a flat spoon and a fistula or straw-like tube for consecrated wine or administering the viaticum. Vinegar or a candle flame was used to disinfect the utensils and the minister's fingers.
In Florence in 1630, Rapetti Arrigoni said, Archbishop Cosimo de'Bardi mandated priests wear waxed clothing - in the belief it acted as a barrier to infection - use a piece of cloth draped in front of them when offering Communion and affix a curtain of parchment in the confessional between the confessor and the penitent.
(Catholic Universe)
 
THE DEEPER MEANING BEHIND CELTIC'S WIN IN LISBON. (Catholic Universe - Dr. Joseph Bradley)
The main purpose in the club's formation was explained in a circular issued in January 1888. The main object of the club is to supply the East End conferences of the St. Vincent de Paul Society with the funds for the maintenance of the 'dinner tables' of our needy children in the missions of St. Mary, Sacred Heart and St. Michael's. Many cases of sheer poverty are left unaided through lack of means. It is therefore with this object the we set afloat the 'Celtic'
On 25th May 1967 in the Portugese capital of Lisbon, Celtic Football Club defeated Internazionale from Milan 2-1 to become the first club from Britain and from northern Europe to win the European Cup. By 2019 barely 22 clubs had managed to win this most prestigious football trophy. Fifteen thousand supporters, mainly from Scotland, travelled to watch the match. One popular historian records a revealing comment on how so many of the Celtic support attended the celebration of Catholic Mass (a few also visited the Marian Shrine at Fatima en route) For Celtic and its supporters 1967 has become a moment when the underdogs in Scottish society became the most successful underdogs on the field of play. One supporter said the following at the 50th anniversary in 2017 - 'It was the best week of my short life. I made my Confession on the 19th, my Holy Communion on the 20th, my Confirmation on the 24th and Celtic won the European Cup on 25th. I was the centre of the world that week. When Tommy Gemmell scored the equaliser my two big brothers held me up and waived me about. Could life get any better?
REMEMBER THE BLESSINGS
We met, and we married a long time ago, we worked for long hours, when wages were low, no T.V., no wireless, no bath, times were hard, just cold water taps, and a walk up the yard. No holidays abroad, no posh carpets on floors, but we had coal on the fire, and we didn't lock doors.
Our children arrived, no pill in those days and we brought them all up, without any state aid. They were quite safe to go out into the park. Then, old folks too could go out in the dark, no valium, no drugs, no LSD; we cured our ills with a nice cup of tea.
But if you were sick you were treated at once, no fill up a form and come back in six months, no vandals, no muggings, there was nothing to rob and we were quite rich with a couple of bob. People were happier in those far off days, kinder and caring in so many ways. Milkmen and paperboys used to whistle and sing, a night at the pictures was having a fling. We all get our share of struggle and strive and we just have to face it, that's the pattern of life.
But now I'm alone, I look back through the years. I don't thing of the hard times, the trouble, the tears. I remember the blessings, our home and our love, and that we shared them together and I thank God above.
(A senior gentleman reflects on his life)
 
A BIT OF HISTORY - LETT'S OF BALLYVERGIN
Letts were extensive landowners and their house was known for their lavish entertainment and Hunt Balls. It is now the property of the McCabe family. The staff of Letts in 1900 were as follows: Lzzie Doyle, Johnny Whitty of Forrest, Simon Cogley of Horetown; Mary Doyle, Glenour; Lar Doyle and Mary Breen, Horetown; Lizzie Kent of Ballyclumock.
The Governess of Letts was Miss Bridget Devereux of Kilkenny. (Nicky Furlong, Wexford Book of the Rare Times)
 
The Curtis Graves - Adamstown Cemetery
It is believed that all the Curtises in the South East of Ireland are descended from this, the longest row of family graves we have ever seen. There are eight separate Curtis plots and memorial stones alongside one another, and in between them a couple of Curtis table type flat memorials. The first Curtis to be buried here is Patrick Curtis, I think was born in the sixteen hundreds with the whiff and memory of Cromwell's campaign. Memorials to the dead were ruthlessly smashed by Cromwell's men. The Curtises here are all descended from the Curtises of Scullabogue and Knockduff and Raheenacloonagh. Jimmy Curtis, present chairman of the Co. Council and World tug-o-war championship impresario would be one of them.
(New Ross Standard - Friday Aug 8th 1986)
 
TROCAIRE LENTEN APPEAL
The Diocese of Ferns is encouraging people to return their
Trócaire Boxes. "The Lenten monies are urgently needed by Trócaire at present to respond to people who are facing the catastrophic effects of COVID 19, in addition to hunger, conflict and poverty.
 
Parishioners may return their Trócaire Box to the Presbytery this coming week. Thank You.
THE OLD WOMAN (Joseph Campbell - 1879-1944)
As a white candle
In a holy place,
So is the beauty
Of an aged face.
 
As the spent radiance
Of the winter sun,
So is a woman
With her travail done.
 
Her brood gone from her,
And her thoughts as still
As the waters
Under a ruined mill.
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with all our loved ones who are currently being looked after in hospitals or nursing homes. "What is sown in tears, is reaped in joy"
 
BRENDAN BOWYER - RIP
It was with a touch of sadness and nostalgia the news was received of the death of Brendan Bowyer in Las Vegas on Thursday 28th May aged 81 years. The older generation will remember with affection Brendan Bowyer and his band appearing in St. Abban's Hall, Adamstown on many occasions during the 1960's., 70's and early 80's.
Danny Doyle speaking with Alan Corcoran, on South East Radio on Fri morning said: "Brendan Bowyer in his opinion was the best of the singers in the Showband era"
Brendan Bowyer and his band made a return trip to Adamstown Ballroom on 29th Aug 2009 for a novel fundraiser for Oylegate Community Centre.
May he rest in peace.
 
POPE JOHN XX111 AND THE CRUCIFIX
Pope John XX111 was one of the most admired popes of all time. This story happened in the last few days of his life. He became ill and it soon became obvious that he had not much time left in this world. The Vatican officials prepared for his death, everything had to be absolutely correct. He had many visitors both church and state, he gave no sign that he noticed any of them. One day when a few of them were standing around his bed, he suddenly became agitated. Nobody could understand what the problem was, and no one knew what to do. One of his staff who was in the habit of looking after him, saw what was wrong. One of the visitors was standing at the end of his bed. There was a cross hanging on the wall behind his back. He did not realize he was standing between the pope and the cross, with the result that the pope, who never seemed to take his eyes off the cross, could no longer see it. His own words in his 'Journal of a Soul' help us understand his agitation at not being able to see the crucifix; 'I feel even more strongly a love for my Lord's cross' 'The life still left for me to live here below must draw its strength at the foot of the Cross of Jesus crucified. The habit of a lifetime of prayer at the foot of the cross, was not to be denied in his dying moments.
(Jack Quinn - St. Martin's Magazine)