June Mona Newsletter

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Pilgrim Thoughts

The weekend of 20/21st. May ’00 was very special in our Parish, in our Diocese and in our Country; it was Jubilee Pilgrim weekend. The Jubilee Pilgrim Mass in our parish in the Church of Christ the King, Cooleragh, on Saturday evening (May 20) was indeed a faith-filled experience not to be forgotten by any of us.

I must first of all compliment and thank all of you who participated in this Eucharistic Celebration in our parish. The level of involvement by all present was inspiring and inspiring and encouraging. How wonderful to see a full church, young and old, children and adults; many in the peak of physical, others in ailing health – all there because of the deep down yearning to encounter the Divine – the Spiritual.

As we gathered at Rathbridge Cross we linked up with our neighbouring parish of Allen and after reciting a Pilgrim Prayer together the group began with the two mile walk to the Curragh racecourse. I am told our leaders showed such early pace that they had to be told by "the stewards" to slow down! It must have been the sight of the "Winning Post" that brought on such acceleration! Anyway with great heart and good cheer and our Flag-bearers leading the way, we all reached the race curse (yours truly did a Caughoo on it –remember he won the Grand National in 1947 and it is said that he skipped one round in the fog and got away with it – I had no such fog to hide in !!)

The ceremony proper got under way shortly after 3 p.m. The banners of all 56 parishes in our diocese were proudly presented. Ours was as good as the best (to quote a neutral’s comment). Paula’s painting of the ancient Celtic High Cross of Clonmacnoise was a beautiful and rich symbol for the centre piece. Then the Rising Sun at the base of the banner symbolising new beginning in trying to live the Christian message with fidelity and whole-heartedness despite all the problems and pressures around us. And that was indeed the central message of the whole celebration on the Curragh.

As Bishop Ryan put it "today we are facing winds that are contrary to the Gospel, yet we must go forward with confidence in Christ the Light". The Bishop asked us all gathered in the Curragh on that sunny Sunday evening to "let the light of Christ shine in our lives and shine brightly on our parish".

That too is my fervent prayer for all of us as we move along on our pilgrim way into new horizons in this new millennium.

Pat Ramsbottom

The Newtown Donadea senior citizens committee would like to thank all who helped make their Coffee/Tea day such a success on Sunday 7 May. To all who enjoyed the cuppa, we thank you. Your generosity has ensured the club will continue to bring enjoyment to the "young at heart" in our area. Watch this space for up coming events.

Watch this space for upcoming events.

Lucky My Kitty

I had a little kitty
Lucky was her name,
She went to school with me
And I got the blame.

She played around
And heard a sound,
The teachers were afraid,
They needed first aid
(When lucky scratched the Head,)

Christina Gorry

Age 10

Congratulations and the very best of good wishes to Maria and Maurice, The Range, on the birth of little Mark, a baby brother for Ian.


Congratulations to the pupils and teachers of Tiermohan N.S. on winning first prize in the

E.S.B. Envirnoment Awareness Awards scheme. They achieved first place for "Best first time entry in Co. Klidare."

They were judged on their organic garden, bird feeding station, recycling area (papers and cans) and composting fruit waste.

The prize giving for the Leinster area will be held on Thursday 1st June in Kells.

Tiermohan school notice

Dogs are not allowed on the grounds of Tiermohan school at any time due to health and safety regulations.


Rosemary (Labiatae)

Rosmarinus officianalis

Rosemary, usually associated with the summer herb garden, but makes a wonderful scented perennial evergreen hedge, and can be enjoyed winter and summer.

In Victorian times Rosemary was used to border formal flower and rose beds, much like Lavender because, of its insect repellent qualities. It was also used in the sick room to purify and cool the air. During the great plague, it was carried in pouches and sniffed when traveling through infected areas as it also has disinfectant properties. In some Mediterranean villages still, linen is dried over the Rosemary bush to utilize its pungent scent and moth repellent properties.

Rosemary can grow up to 6ft tall, depending on the variety of which there are many; Prostratus, as it implies, is a prostrate form, beautiful in cracks and crevices in the patio, so when trodden on, exudes a glorious scent. The upright form "M/s Jessop’s Upright", looks good as a freestanding shrub, or hedging.

Rosemary retains its best flavor when dried, for culinary use; this makes it easy to use in soups, stews and stuffing, but always sparingly! It is better to crumble leaves, as some can be coarse. Mix with cream and add to fruit puree or mousse, having first pounded with sugar. Place fresh leaves in the oven when baking bread to impart flavor. Rosemary is particularly good with roast meats like lamb and pork. Sprinkle over meat before roasting, and it is said to aid the digestion of fats. It can also be added, fresh, to oils and vinegar for dressings, again sparingly.

A poultice of bread and fresh leaves aids healing; i.e. bruises, aches, pains, sprains and torn ligaments, as it is said to increase blood supply, thus improving circulation. If using refreshing Rosemary oils, use very carefully with carrier oil, never solo on skin, as the best oils are very potent and strong. A few drops added to the bath water is invigorating. Rosemary can be burned in your oil burner, 4-5 drops in water, to deter flies in summertime.



The recent Sale of Work in aid of Chernobyl children in Hortolova orphanage raised 879. This includes a donation of 50 forma generous man and another donation of 50 – this time from a lady.

Many thanks to those who helped in any way at all, including those who helped transport larger items and a young man in Staplestown who carried lots of boxed items into the hall on Saturday evening.

Thanks also to St. Kevin’s committee for allowing us the use of the hall and especially to Alice for ensuring everything was set up in the "coffee room".


Training continues each Wednesday 6.30 – 7.30 p.m. in St. Kevin’s grounds.

New members are always welcome.


St. Kevin’s/Coill dubh lotto now stands at 2000. Buy a ticket and take your chance on being 2000 richer this summer.


The mobile library will visit Staplestown (at the school car park on Thursday 1st June and Thursday 15th June from 11.50 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.


We note with delight that one of the can banks in Staplestown is full and the 2nd is half full. Hopefully the 2nd bank will be full before the summer holidays.

So carry on recycling, everyone, and help to keep your local area free from cans thrown on the roadside.

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