September 6th 2020

NOTICE FROM ADAMSTOWN PHARMACY
Flu vaccination will be available from the 3rd week in September 2020. Due to greatly increased demand for flu vaccination this year, it is recommended that people book their vaccination appointment early. Please call Gerry, Nicola or Claire on 053 9240460 to book an appointment or visit www.adamstownpharmacy.ie for further details or find us on facebook at Adamstown Pharmacy.
 
ADAMSTOWN LADIES REACH FINAL
Well done to the Adamstown Ladies Senior Football team who defeated Clonee 2-16 to 1-10 on Sunday last in Farmleigh, to reach the Final of the Bodibro Senior Football Championsip for 2020. Adamstown led by a single point at
half time, but Clonee weren't giving up that easy, and they
levelled in the 39th minute. Adamstown gained confidence and fought on scoring 2-5 without reply in the final eleven minutes. This is their first final in 29 years and they will meet Shelmalier in the final. The team was: Ann Marie Dunphy, Grace Cloney, Áine Shannon, Rachel Buckley, Lynn Cowman, Katie White, Sara Jane Flood, Patrice O'Gorman (capt); Aileen Gilroy, (0-8); Rachel Power, Ellen O'Brien
(0-3); Cathy O'Brien (0-1); Chantelle Martin (1-1); Sandra White (0-3); Jasmine Martin, Subs - Aoife Doyle, Claire Stephenson, Leah Furlong (1-0). Best of luck in the Final Ladies.
 
ADAMSTOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE
Adamstown Community Centre in association with Place to Grow Adamstown are having a Raffle on 27th September.
The draw will take place in the Community Centre on 27th at 11.00 am. Books of tickets are currently on sale, tickets cost €5 each or book of 3 for €10.00. 1st Prize - €200.00; 2nd prize €100.00; 3rd prize - €50.00 plus 5 spot prizes. Please support this draw for much needed funds for our Community Centre.
 
CHILD CARE SERVICE
A Place to Grow Childcare Service would like to welcome back all the children starting the new school term in A Place to Grow Adamstown. For all Childcare queries please contact Lisa Henneberry, Childcare Manager at
051 428805.
 
PLAY THERAPY
Play Therapy is available for young children between the ages of 4 and 12 years in Raheen Family Resource Centre. This is delivered on a one to one basis through play; children can express their feelings in a confidential, safe environment. For further information contact Raheen Family Resource Centre on 051 442888.
 
MEALS DELIVERY SERVICE
Raheen Family Resource Centre offers affordable, healthy meals for those living alone, recovering from illness, the older members of the community and for anyone requiring a hot meal. This service takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with 2 course meals available for collection from Raheen Family Resource Centre and delivery in Adamstown, Raheen, Clonroche, Newbawn, Cushinstown areas. Booking is essential.
Please contact Moira for more information or to avail of this service on 051 442888.
 
SYMPATHY
The whole community was deeply saddened by the unexpected death of Richard Fortune, Doononey, Adamstown on Monday 31st. To his parents, Dick and Bessie, son Rich, Bridget ,sisters Mary, Helena, Cait, grandchildren, extended family, neighbours and friends our deepest sympathy. Richard's funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Abban's Church on Thursday 3rd September, with burial afterwards in Galbally Cemetery. May he rest in peace.
 
The unexpected death occurred on Tuesday 1st Sept of Tomas Kelly, Doononey. To his parents, Martin and Joan, brother Adrian children Zoe and Chesney, extended family, neighbours and friends our deepest sympathy. His funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Abban's Church on Friday 4th September followed by burial in St. Abban's Cemetery.
May he rest in peace.
 
GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE, KNOCK SHRINE 2020
The 2020 pilgrimage is on Sunday 13th September at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock taking place virtually at 3pm
at Knock Basilica. This year due to Covid-19 restrictions capacity will be very limited in the Basilica. This Annual Pilgrimage is a special day for grandparents and for all of us to acknowledge the great contribution that grandparents make to Church, family, and to society in teaching and passing on the faith. Many Catholics can testify to the profound influence of a Grandparent and the development and nurturing of their own faith. The seeds your Grandparents plant in childhood may not seem to bloom for some time, but they go deep into the soil. This is the only purpose of the Catholic Grandparents Association, to help and support Grandparents in their great task. Grandparents were never as important as they are today at this critical time to the church, the family and society. We invite Grandparents and their families everywhere to join in praying for, and with each other so that grandparents everywhere can be honoured and thanked.
 
POPE'S INTENTION FOR SEPTEMBER
Universal Prayer intention: Respect for Planet's Resources
We pray that the planet's resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat Sept 5th - Paddy & Molly Larkin, Adamstown (A)
Ann English, Glenour (A)
Sun Sept 6th - Peg & Paul Kearns, Raheen (A)
Sat 12th - Josie & Mick Whelan, Tomgarrow (A)
& Phyllis Bernie, (nee Whelan) Dublin & Tomgarrow
Sun 13th - Joe Bradley, The Hill (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
BLESSED FRÉDERIC OZANAM
Frederick Ozanam was born on 23rd April 1813, in Milan.
His father was an officer in Napoleon's Army. He studied at the Collége de Lyon and was interested in Law and Literature. He and a number of friends founded the charitable Society of St. Vincent de Paul in May 1833. He made the following statement a year later
"The question which is agitating the world today is a social one.
It is a struggle between those who have nothing and those who have too much.
It is a violent clash of opulence and poverty which is shaking the ground under our feet.
Our duty as Christians is to throw ourselves between these two camps in order to accomplish by love what justice alone can not do"
He married in 1841 and they had a daughter. He contracted tuberculosis and his health began to deteriorate. He died on 8th September 1853 aged 40 years. He was beautified on August 22nd 1997 by Pope John Paul 11. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has over 1 million members in 32 countries today. The local Society Conference Adamstown/Clonoche/Newbawn Parishes is known as the Sacred Heart Conference.
His Feast Day occurred on Wednesday 2nd September.
 
WHAT 'KILLS' HIM - Curate's Diary, Sept 2020
The US is much worse hit by Covid 19 than Ireland. At the beginning of August, I read an interview given by Dr. Joseph Varon of Heuston. He was on his 136th day working without a day off. He gets up at around 4.30 to 5.00am, and heads straight to hospital. The first ten hours are devoted to Covid patients. Then he heads to see the other patients. When things go well, he is home by 10.00pm, but there have been
days when it was midnight. The previous week he had
signed more death certificates than at any point in his career, the vast majority Covid related. "People were dying every day", he said. Because he has given media interviews trying to awaken people to the seriousness of the situation, threats have been made against him. "People are calling my office and leaving threats …. Because they don't believe that what we're doing is real", he said. But what really kills him is what he sees on his way home at night. "You have no idea my frustration when I leave the hospital, I'm heading home, and then in one of these outdoor malls I see a hundred cars, a bunch of young guys or young women having a party - no face masks, no nothing. That kills me" he said. "People are not listening". Meanwhile what really saddens me is that we have a Church which is not prepared to call a sin a sin. Jesus warned, "Unless you repent, you will perish".
WE REMEMBER IN OUR PRAYERS THE FOLLOWNG
PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED SINCE OUR LAST PATRON.
Matt O'Neill, Forrestwood
Benny McCabe, Templenacroha
Peter Tawse, Old Ross
Terence (Terry) McDonald, The Leap
Mary McCabe, Rathsilla
Phyllis Bernie, (nee Whelan) Dublin and Tomgarrow
Mary Thorpe, Newtown
John Curtis, The Boola
Bill Murray, Templenacroha
Richard Fortune, Doononey
Tomas Kelly, Doononey.
May they enjoy eternal peace.
 
RALLY FOR LIFE DUBLIN 2019
(Niamh Uí Bhriain - Alive Sept 2019)
Last year one of Ireland's most highly-regarded Obstetricians, Dr. Trevor Hayes, spoke at the Rally for Life in Dublin. It was a powerful speech, where Dr. Hayes spoke about the role of medical professionals in serving both mother and babies. He also had a message for politicians who are trying to force doctors and nurses to perform or facilitate abortions. "The media and Simon Harris are hiding the reality of what we as medical professionals are being pressured to do. Let us be very clear. I will not take a curette to a helpless child in the womb, and nobody can make me do so. There are hundreds if not thousands of doctors and nurses who feel the same" he said.
 
A PRAYER FOR OUR EARTH (Messenger Magazine)
A year to remember and care for our world was announced by Pope Francis in August 2020.
He recommends this prayer for the year.
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those
who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice,
love and peace. Amen.
 
We remember in our prayers at this our Patron time, all those buried in our cemetery, may they rest in peace