August 23rd 2020

RECENT DEATHS
We extend our deepest sympathy to Deirdre & Tony Whelan & family on the unexpected death of Deirdre's sister-in-law, Joan Atkinson, Tomahurra, Enniscorthy. A private family Mass and funeral took place on Sunday 16th in St. Joseph's Church, Marshalstown. May she rest in peace.
 
The death occurred on Saturday 15th Aug of Iris Watchorn,
Kilgarvan, Taghmon. (nee Rothwell, Adamstown)
To her brothers Reggie, Philip, sisters Joan, Rosaleen and Olive, sons, extended family and friends our deepest condolences. A private family funeral service took place in St. James Church, Horetown on Monday 17th August with burial in the adjoining churchyard. May she rest in peace.
Sympathy also to Stuart & Gavin Rothwell and family on the death of their aunt Eleanor Tector, The Laurels, Coolbawn, Rathnure on Sunday 16th August. Her funeral service took place in Killegney Parish Church on Tuesday 18th.
Rest in peace.
 
NEW ASTRO TURF PITCH FOR ADAMSTOWN GAA
Adamstown GAA have begun work on their new and exciting €150,000 astro turf development in recent weeks. The pitch will be over 2000 sq metres in size, which is quite substantial. The main contractor for the pitch is Garry Flood, Clonroche with high quality LED lighting being provided by Byrne Lighting contractors from Carlow and Fencing supplied by Clonroche Agribuild.
The new pitch is a great addition to our community and will revolutionise the GAA club in regards to training. This facility is badly needed considering we have nearly 100 registered ladies and men playing football and hurling and nearly 250 children playing underage for the club. The new facility will also be offered for rental to any groups in the area and provide them with an opportunity to play on a top class pitch in all weather conditions.
Adamstown GAA would like to thank all those who have supported them in recent years, when this facility is finished we will have spent nearly €500,000 on our new full size pitch and astro turf pitch, all of which will have been done debt free. This is a great testament to the generosity of people from Adamstown, Raheen, Newbawn and surrounding areas who have been so generous with their time and money in recent years. None of what we have achieved would have been possible without your support and dedication. The future looks bright for Adamstown GAA.
 
BACK TO SCHOOL
We remember in our prayers all our students, from Junior Infants to Leaving Cert and beyond who will be going to
school this week at such a time of stress and uncertainty.
We also pray for our teachers and parents who don't know what challenges the next weeks or months will bring.
We hope that everyone will play their part in helping to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in our community and country.
THE MOONLIGHTS - RAHEENDUFF Part 2
'It is believed that the name 'Moonlights' came about, because the players were too busy during the day to practice and instead they practiced by the light of the moon'
The Moonlight's Team in the 1930's were:
Pat Lawlor (Backroad), Ned Kelly, The Leap, Pat Lawlor, Newtown, Willie Kelly, Jack O'Brien, John Whelan, Kellystown, Dave Power, The Leap, James Power, Ger O'Leary, Raheenduff, James Cummins, Sonny Murphy, Denny Cummins, Mogue Kiely, Johnnie O'Leary, Pat Doyle, Jim Doyle, Breezemount, Willie Power, The Leap, Tom O'Brien, The Leap, Ramie Kelly, Willie Whelan, Kellystown, Richie Whelan, Kellystown, Paddy Larkin, Adamstown, Jim Kiely, Tom Finn, Kellystown, Phil Dunne, John Dunne, Ballybreannan, Mattie Wickham, Kellystown, John Dillon, Jim Martin, Tim Murphy, Knockreigh, Paddy Ryan, Mick Lawlor, Paddy Sutton.
The Officers in January 1957 were: Chairman - Patrick O'Brien, Sec - Richard Cleary, Treasurers - Jack O'Gorman & Padraig O'Gorman. They had a Junior Hurling and Football Team and a Juvenile Hurling Team. Club membership subscription was 1 shilling and they had 16 paid up members. Their expenses were: Affiliation 6/-, Insurance £2-6-0, 2 Hurling balls £1-3-0; Football repairs 7 shillings, Hurleys £2-6-0, Hurling ball 11 shillings; Footballs £3-10-0; Refreshments for dance £1-1-0; Car Hire £14-17-0.
Assets were: Card Drive £14-19-0. Membership 16 shillings; Dance £79-15-0. Lodged in the Post Office £55.00.
They held very successful dances each year.
In 1960 they ran a hugely successful dance with door takings of £341-7-6 which was big money in those years.
The band cost £170.00
At their AGM on 21st Jan 1969, it was decided to change the name of the club to Adamstown.
Patron - Fr. Redmond, Presidents - Philip Jackman, Senior, John Whelan Senior & Samuel Rothwell. Chairman - Mick Murphy, Vice chair - Johnnie Bradley, Sec - Richie Cleary, Assist Sec - Philip Doyle, Treasurers - Richie Cleary & Philip Jackman. Activities of the Club in 1969. The team reached the District Final. Congratulations to three members of the club on their fine performances receiving a Minor Football medal - Oliver Lawlor, Patrick Doyle & Joe Bradley. Congratulations also to David Lawlor who is selected for a trial for Under-21 County Football Team.
A very successful Reunion of the Moonlight's Club was organized by John Whelan on 8th December 2000 in
Cullen's and this was a wonderful night with lots of photographs, memorabilia and catch up with old friends.
 
A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
In Belfast a community came together to create a 'Garden in their Back Alley', transforming a derelict area into a beautiful amenity. This is written on the wall.
'Under the Shelter of Each Other
People Survive'
CHURCH NOTICES
IN MEMORIAM
Sat 22nd - Bridie, John, Nicholas, Sister Eleanor Whelan,
Kellystown (A)
Sun 23rd - Padraig and Susan O'Gorman, Kellystown (A)
Sat 29th - Michael, Maureen, Br. Brendan, Edward,
Bridget, Thomas Delaney, Misterin (A)
Sun 30th - Pat Power, The Leap (A)
May they rest in peace.
 
ATTENDANCE AT MASS WITH THE VIRUS
Many people are still quite nervous about coming to weekend Masses. At present about two-thirds of those who came to Mass prior to the Covid-19, have come back to Mass. For those who are still anxious about coming to weekend Masses because of the numbers attending, you might consider coming instead on any morning Monday - Friday at 9.30am during the week.
 
CONFIRMATION IN ST. ABBAN'S CHURCH
Our congratulations to the 30 children who were Confirmed
in St. Abban's Church on Saturday August 22nd. Our thanks to Fr. James Moynihan P.P., Newbawn who was the Minister of Confirmation. At baptism their parents professed their faith in the Holy Catholic Church and promised to bring up their children in that faith. The present virus reminds us of our frailty and as the Catechism reminds us of four last things, Death, Judgement, Hell and Heaven. Jesus promised the Apostles that he would not leave them orphans, but that he would send them another Paraclete - the Holy Spirit.
May the Holy Spirit give these children the grace to profess their Faith without fear or shame and be supported ably by the good example of their parents.
The Confirmation had been due to take place in March, but due to the virus was postponed until now, a word of thanks to parents and families, Fr. Nolan, teachers, school staff and all those who have helped and supported the children over the past months in a very uncertain climate. Thanks also to the florist for the lovely flowers for this occasion.
We hope all families had a lovely day on Saturday.
A sincere thanks to Joe and Cáit for their work in sanitising the church after all Masses and in particular before and after both Confirmation Ceremonies on Saturday.
 
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK - Our Lady of Knock
Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to your people in a time of distress, and comforted them in sorrow.
You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise:
"Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find"
Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to Heaven,
Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me.
Comfort me when I am sick, lonely or depressed.
Teach me how to take part ever more reverently in the Holy Mass.
Give me a greater love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, Pray for me now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.
 
REFLECTION - Diocesan Pastoral Council
'When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul' (Psalm 94:19)
Before a violin can produce music, stress must be put on the strings but pull them too tightly and they'll snap. The same rule is true for you. Enough stress gets the juices flowing and helps you to do what needs to be done, but beyond that you snap. Ask for help.
During hurricane Katrina eight dolphins were swept out of their aquarium into the sea, but because they stuck together they were rescued. If one had tried to go it alone he'd have perished. If the two girls who drifted at sea for 15 hours, and were rescued near Doolin, had become separated they may not have survived. When you're alone too much you lose perspective. If the enemy can isolate you, he can influence you. God designed his family to stay connected or as St. Paul says 'So that all members care for each other' (Corinthians 12:25) Under stress the surge of negative emotions can be overwhelming, and unless you unburden your soul before God you'll explode at the wrong people. 'Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you' (Psalm 55:22) We all need someone (God) to whom we can vent our pent-up frustrations. Ask for help and get real with God.
 
ADAMSTOWN LADIES ADVANCE TO SEMI-FINALS
Congratulations to the Adamstown Ladies who defeated Clongeen on a score of 5-14 to 4-4 to advance to the Bodibro Ladies Football Senior Championship Semi Final.
Scores came from Mayo native Aileen Gilroy scoring 2-8, with Grace Cloney 1-1, Katie White 0-1; Ellen O'Brien 0-2; Rachel Power 0-1, Sandra White 2-1. They now face Clonee in the semi-final on Sunday August 30th.
The team was: Leanne Delaney, Róisín Dillon, Áine Shannon, Grace Cloney, Lynn Cowman, S.J. Flood, Katie White, Patrice O'Gorman, Aileen Gilroy, Claire Stephenson, Ellen O'Brien, Rachel Power, Cathy O'Brien, Sandra White, Jazz Martin. Subs: Aoife Doyle, Cora Flood, Ann Marie Murphy, Ella English, Méadbh Wickham.
Well done ladies and best of luck in the semi-final.
 
TRÓCAIRE
The total amount received to date is €1075.00 and thanks for your generosity.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Willow bark, which provides the salicylic acid from which aspirin was originally synthesized, has been used as a pain remedy ever since the Greeks discovered its therapeutic power nearly 2,500 years ago.