Parish Newsletter for 1 November 2020

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Remembering our loved one’s called home to God.

Monday 2 November
Mass for all the Faithful departed and all those on the new Parish List of the Dead will be remembered in a special way. Mass will take place in St Mary’s church and broadcast on the parish facebook page around 8.00pm.

Monday 9 November
Mass for those who died in the parish over the last year will take place in St Mary’s church and broadcast on the parish facebook page around 8.00pm. Please let family members and those outside the parish know about this.

Monday 16th November
Mass for deceased priests of the Parish – both natives and those who served in Collinstown Fore Parish will take place in St Mary’s church and broadcast on the parish facebook page around 8.00pm.

Parish List of the Dead

A new parish list of the dead will be compiled over the next few weeks in preparation for November when we remember our departed loved ones in a particular way.
Please use the envelope provided in your box of envelopes and compile your list. When complete drop it into the letter box of the Parochial House. All names on the Parish List of the Dead will be remembered at all Masses in November and at the Monthly Mass for the Dead.

Parish Mass Cards available
Those who wish to purchase Parish Mass Cards please contact Fr Patrick by e mail. Mass Bouquets and Masses for the dead. Intentions will as usual be included in 3 Tuesday Masses celebrated by Fr Patrick and the donation of €10 goes towards the payment of the diocesan levy on the parish each year for the Retired Priests Fund.

Dry November ?
There is a tradition in Ireland of giving up Alcohol for the Month of November as a sacrifice to help the Holy Souls in purgatory. If you would like to get involved in this you are invited to say the following prayer beginning on the 2 November or as near to it as possible.

To be prayed at the beginning and end of the day by those taking the pledge for November
For thy great glory and consolation O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I will abstain for the month of November from all intoxicating drinks. I make this sacrifice on behalf of those Holy Souls preparing for heaven.
Our Father……..

The Parish Pioneer group initiated this project in the parish last year and it was very successful. Fr Patrick appreciates the witness and prayerfulness of the pioneer group in our parish as well as the support they give each other in their meetings. We look forward to working with them again once this pandemic passes.

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 Sunday Mass
on Parish Facebook Page

We hope to make one parish Mass available every Sunday during these restrictions just before mid-day.
Thanks to those who helped organise it and make it possible.

Sunday 1 November
Fred & Norah Brody
Eileen Healy
Seamus & Una Reilly

Weekday Masses will be celebrated in private
Monday List of the Dead
Tuesday Parish Mass Cards
Wednesday List of the Dead
Thursday List of the Dead
Friday List of the Dead

Sunday 8 November
Charles and Kate Fitzsimons and son Charles
Paddy Flood
The Fitzpatrick family
John Reilly
Cait Monaghan
Paddy Masterson and deceased members of the Masterson & Kilduff families.
Parish Finance

Bank online details :
IBAN : IE26 BOFI 90185357124274
Thanks to all those who are supporting the Parish financially during these unprecedented times, it is greatly appreciated. Fr Patrick understands that many are not in a position to do so due to loss of work and change in circumstances.
Those who wish to continue their weekly contribution to the Parish can drop their parish envelope through the letter box of the Parochial House. Thanks to those who are storing up the envelopes and hope to bring them to Mass when the Government lifts the restrictions. Thanks to parishioners who are giving their offering on line. It is being carefully recorded in the same way as the physical envelope is.
Parish Administration

Safe Guarding
Parish Safe Guarding Children -Policy available in the Sacristy. Concerns contact the Parish Safeguarding reps- Elaine Leahy, Pauline Kennedy, Anna Marie McKenna.
The Designated Liaison Person is Marie O Sullivan
0833175742 Tusla 0469098560 Gardai National Protective Services Bureau: Tel. 01 6663430
For complaints procedure of any other information visit:
All consent forms and Adult Volunteer forms are securely locked in the Parish Office in compliance with GDPR.

Covid – 19 impacts our parish
Due to current restrictions all gatherings in our parish have been suspended.
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, work, school and exercise.
Any kind of social gatherings however small, either joyful or sad are irresponsible and wreckless.
Do not visit people’s homes and if you are looking in on elderly parishioners if possible speak to them outside and if this is not possible wear a face covering, wash your hands on entering and keep your distance – you may not be ill but you could be carrying the virus.

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 off all parishioners and for the Mass intentions that have been booked.
One of the two weekend Masses will be broadcast on the parish facebook page and will be available to watch just for the day.

No Baptisms except for emergency until we move back to level 2 restrictions

Only 25 mourners can attend funerals for the next 6 weeks.
During the planning of the funeral the Undertaker will ask the family to give a list of names of family members that will be in attendance and only these members will be permitted to enter the church or graveyard. If family members are feeling unwell they will be asked to stay at home.


Neighbours and parishioners should not attend the wake. It has been suggested on social media that friends and neighbours line the route of the funeral cortege – this is not advised in our parish.

These will be the arrangements in our parish for all funerals and not just those who die of the virus. These arrangements are subject to change on the advice of the HSE and Government.
The death of a loved one is a very sensitive time but we ask those concerned to be understanding and patient with the Undertakers and Fr Patrick as they try to carry out the wishes of both the Family and the HSE & Government.

For the remainder of this year only 25 guests can attend a wedding.

Parish Newsletter for 1 November 2020