Parish Newsletter 5 April 2020

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Community Support

During these tough times we are here for you.
We all live close to someone elderly or vulnerable in our Community so PLEASE pick up the phone and check in on them and reassure them they are not forgotten about.
Over the coming weeks Lough Lene Gaels Club will be offering assistance to those in our community who are either unable to get out to get their shopping/Medicine’s & Fuel or who are uncomfortable to do so.
There are many people in our Community who are not on social media so if you or anyone you know would like to avail of this assistance please pass on the following numbers.

Sharon Burns 0879505472
Orla Gallagher 0876996281
Cathal Murtagh 0872579467
Christo Murtagh 0861706029
Barry O’Donnell 0872559178
Robert Masterson 0877864345
John Molly 0872810046
Stay Safe everyone we are all in this together and we care about your wellbeing.

Holy Week

Due to the current situation parishioners are asked not to attend the Holy Week Celebrations due to the current situation in our country. But there are a variety of things you can do in order to keep the ‘spirit’ of Holy Week.

On the first Palm Sunday people waved palm branches as a way of welcoming Jesus into their city. You are invited to decorate the area over your door way to your home with evergreens as a way of welcoming Jesus into your home.

For the evenings of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday light a candle in your window. Perhaps set up a sacred space in your home with a candle cross, statue or a holy picture the children have drawn. Pray each day together as a family or individually.
On Holy Thursday evening as a family prepare a meal together and sit at table together as a family. Before you eat read the gospel for Holy Thursday evening . It will be on the Parish Facebook page. You might even be adventurous and wash each others feet.

On Good Friday perhaps put the crucifix in a prominent part of your home. As a sacrifice stay off social media for the day. As Catholics we are invited to abstain from meat and alcohol on Good Friday.

Mass of the Lords Supper on Holy Thursday will be broadcast on RTE One TV from the Cathedral in Mullingar from 4.40pm

Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday will be broadcast on RTE One TV from the Cathedral in Mullingar at 3.00pm

The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday Night will be broadcast on RTE Two TV from the Cathedral in Mullingar at 10.00pm

Easter Sunday Mass is broadcast from Paris on RTE One at 10.00am followed by Pope Francis’ Easter Message and Blessing
Sacrament of the Eucharist
Sunday and weekday Masses will be celebrated in private

Saturday 4 April Private Intention
Sunday 5 April Tom & Mary Kate Owens &
deceased family members

Monday Private intention
Tuesday Private intention

Spy Wednesday Private intention
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lords Supper
Good Friday No Mass, service of the Lords Passion
Holy Saturday The Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday Frank & Nancy McKenna &
John Denehan. Marian Potter

Parish Life in this new normal

All gatherings in our parish have been suspended. In an effort to underline the seriousness of staying at home both St Mary’s church and St Feichins church will remain locked until the HSE and Government lift the ‘Lock Down’.
The best way to fight the virus and get back to some kind of normality is to stay at home and to only leave your home for food or work.
Any kind of social gatherings however small are irresponsible and wreckless.
If every single person does not follow HSE guidelines and Government directives scenes that are in Italy at the moment will be visited here in the next few weeks and many of our parishioners will be in the death toll.
Please print out the newsletter for parishioners who do not have access to facebook.

Prayer of Protection

Jesus Christ you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. Come to our aid now, that we may experience your healing love and protection. Amen

Parish Finance

A number of people have asked us to put the Parish account number (IBAN and BIC) on the Newsletter so that you can support the parish.
Bank online details :
IBAN : IE26 BOFI 90185357124274
When contributing online please indicate your name and envelope number so we can credit you at the years end.
Alternatively you can continue to use the parish envelope and drop it in the letter box of the parochial house (Do not leave it in the church) or you can store up the envelopes and bring them to Mass when the Government lifts the ban.
For those who are in a position to make their weekly contributions it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to parishioners who have continued to support the parish financially.
Fr Patrick understands that many will not be in a position to do so due to loss of work and change in circumstances. Hopefully this challenging time will pass soon and the most important reality is to keep safe and look after each other.
Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement

The celebration of Funerals

Further to guidelines issued on this Newsletter over the last 2 weeks the Government have now added that no more than 10 people can attend the Funeral Mass and burial in cemetery. This applies to all funerals.

Prayer life in our Parish

Fr Patrick will celebrate Mass each day in private in the Oratory located in the Parochial House for the intentions of all parishioners and for the Mass intentions that have been booked. Parishioners are encouraged to set some time aside each day for family or individual prayer. A guide for how to assist you in this can be viewed on the parish facebook page.
As a parish you are encouraged to pray the Angelus together at 12.00 noon and 6.00pm. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all unite in doing this as the bells of our churches ring out.

A Coronavirus Prayer

Loving and healing God,
we, the people of Collinstown + Fore Parish turn to you in prayer,
confident that you are with us and with all people in every moment.
We stand before you as people of hope, trusting in your care and protection.
May your faithful love support us and soothe the anxiety of our hearts.
Generous God,
fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old,
that we may look after one another in these challenging days.
Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families.
May those who have died rest in your eternal embrace.
Comfort their family and friends.
Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick
and all who work in our medical facilities.
Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance
that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people.
We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all.
Bless them and keep them safe.
O God of creation and life,
we place ourselves in your protection.
May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow.
St Patrick, pray for us St Brigid pray for us.
St Feichin, pray for us.
St Loman, pray for us. St Finian, pray for us
May all the saints of God, pray for us. Amen.

A Prayer for Healthcare Workers during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19

Loving God,
we place into your care
all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
and strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude
for all they are doing
to heal and help those affected by
the coronavirus.
God of all consolation
may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days
and bless their families.

Third Age Ireland is a national organisation who take care of the elderly. Senior Line is one of their programmes and could be very helpful to you at this time. SeniorLine has been the national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers since 1998. This peer-to-peer helpline for older people receives in excess of 10,000 calls per year. If you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please feel free to ring this FREEPHONE service anytime between 10am and 10pm on anyday of the week on 1800 80 45 91.

Take my hand, O Blessed Mother
hold me firmly lest I fall;
I grow nervous while walking and
humbly on thee call.
Guide me over every crossing,
watch me when I’m on the stairs
let me know that you’re beside me;
listen to my fervent prayers.
Bring me to my destination
safely along the way,
bless my every undertaking
and my duties for the day.
And when evening creeps upon me
I’ll never fear to be alone:
once again, O Blessed Mother,
take my hand and lead me home.

Parish Newsletter 5 April 2020

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