Second Sunday of Easter

Contact the parish office
E mail collinstownforeparish@gmail.com
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Eucharist
Mass during these restrictions will be streamed live.
Celebration of the Eucharist for the Week ahead
All Masses will be streamed live from the churches
St Mary’s church webcam – https://churchmedia.tv/camera/st-marys-church-collinstown

St Feichin’s church webcam- https://churchmedia.tv/camera/st-fechins-fore
Or go to churchmedia.tv
scroll down to find county and then find the church

Saturday 10 April 6.00pm
Patrick Halpin
Tom & Mary Kate Owens & deceased family members
John & Tess Gilsenan

Sunday 11 April 11.00am
Marian Potter

Saturday 17April 6.00pm
Matt Fagan & Rescue 116

Sunday 18 April 11.00pm
Billy Smyth

Monday 7.00pm St Feichin’s Church
Tuesday 10.00am St Mary’s church
Wednesday 10.00am St Mary’s church
Thursday 8.30am St Mary’s church (note earlier time)

Saturday 6.00pm St Feichin’s church
Sunday 11.00am St Mary’s church
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Parish Finance
Bank online details :
IBAN : IE26 BOFI 90185357124274
BIC: BOFIIE2D
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. When contributing online please remember to include your envelope number.
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Parish Cemeteries
In the last few weeks the wall and entrance to St Mary’s cemetery was painted and it looks fantastic. Thanks to the Colin McDonagh who took on the job voluntarily and did such a professional job. The walls and entrance never looked as well.
Unfortunately people are dumping their old wreaths and pots into the edges of both cemeteries, some of the rubbish spills onto peoples graves or is left lying close by and this as you can imagine is very distressing for the families concerned. Please bring home all used materials. It really is disrespectful to the dead and unfair on people having to dispose of your rubbish. The parish is committed to keeping the grass cut and weeds sprayed as best we can but keeping the cemetery tidy and free of rubbish should be a community effort.
Well done to everyone who keeps their plot tidy throughout the year and who bring home their used materials.
Thanks to Collinstown Tidy Towns for doing a tidy up in St Mary’s cemetery, it is really appreciated. If everyone played their part they wouldn’t have to do it.
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Parish Webcams
Web cams were installed in St Mary’s church and St Feichin’s church. It means the quality of the broadcasts will be greatly improved. There will still be some teething problems for the next few weeks but hopefully it wont effect us too much. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome as this is most compatitble with the system.
In the early weeks I will make a note each day on the parish facebook page of when and where Mass will be broadcast from along with the direct link. But in time hopefully you can rely on the Parish newsletter for the times and go directly to churchmedia.tv .
On your Laptop / Mobile phone / Tablet. Go to Google Chrome in your browser.
Type inwww.churchmedia.tv.
Once in the site, click in ‘Search for your Church’, and start to type in the name of the Church and the Church will appear. Click on the play button to view live stream.

A Roku Device. This is the most reliable method to watch Mass. This little stick / device plugs into the back of your TV. This is available from Currys PC World priced at £29.99 / €35. https://www.currys.ie/ieen/tv-and-home-entertainment/digital-and-smart-tv/set-top-boxes/roku-express-hd-streaming-media-player-10199751-pdt.html
Available from Argos
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/3269116?clickSR=slp:term:roku:1:8:1

Roku Stick instructions for setup
Plug stick into the back of your TV into the HDMI Port and using the remote control connect to your WIFI
Go to Home Screen and push across to the right Push up until you see ‘Add Channel’ and select Select ‘Search Channel’ and type in Church Media Church Media – Live Streaming will appear
Select and then select ‘Add Channel’
Push ‘Home’ Button and Church Media will appear on your Home screen. Select your chosen Church to join mass.
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Easter Homily of Pope Francis
The women thought they would find a body to anoint; instead they found an empty tomb. They went to mourn the dead; instead they heard a proclamation of life. For this reason, the Gospel tells us, the women “were seized with trembling and amazement” (Mk 16:8); they were filled with trembling, fear and amazement. Amazement. A fear mingled with joy that took their hearts by surprise when they saw the great stone before the tomb rolled away and inside a young man in a white robe. Wonder at hearing the words: “Do not be afraid! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen” (v. 6). And a message: “He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him” (v. 7). May we too accept this message, the message of Easter. Let us go to Galilee, where the Risen Lord has gone ahead of us. Yet what does it mean “to go to Galilee”?
To go to Galilee means, first, to begin anew. For the disciples it meant going back to the place where the Lord first sought them out and called them to follow him. The place of their first encounter and the place of their first love. From that moment on, leaving their nets behind, they followed Jesus, listening to his preaching and witnessing the miracles he performed. Yet, though they were always with him, they did not fully understand him. Frequently they misunderstood his words and in the face of the cross they abandoned him and fled. Even so, the Risen Lord once more appears as the one who goes ahead of them to Galilee. He precedes them. He stands before them and constantly calls them to follow him. He says to them: “Let us start over from where we began. Let us begin anew. I want you to be with me again, in spite of everything”. In this Galilee, we learn to be amazed by the Lord’s infinite love, which opens new trails along the path of our defeats.This is how the Lord is: he creates new paths on the road of our defeats. This is how he is; and he invites us to Galilee to do this.
This is the first Easter message that I would offer you: it is always possible to begin anew, because there is always a new life that God can awaken in us in spite of all our failures. From the rubble of our hearts – and each one of us knows the rubble of our hearts – God can create a work of art; from the ruined remnants of our humanity, God can prepare a new history. He never ceases to go ahead of us: in the cross of suffering, desolation and death, and in the glory of a life that rises again, a history that changes, a hope that is reborn. In these dark months of the pandemic, let us listen to the Risen Lord as he invites us to begin anew and never lose hope.
Going to Galilee also means setting out on new paths. It means walking away from the tomb. The women were looking for Jesus in the tomb; they went to recall what they had experienced with him, which was now gone forever. They went to indulge in their grief. There is a kind of faith that can become the memory of something once beautiful, now simply to be recalled. Many people – including us – experience such a “faith of memories”, as if Jesus were someone from the past, an old friend from their youth who is now far distant, an event that took place long ago, when they attended catechism as a child. A faith made up of habits, things from the past, lovely childhood memories, but no longer a faith that moves me, or challenges me. Going to Galilee, on the other hand, means realizing that faith, if it is to be alive, must get back on the road. It must daily renew the first steps of the journey, the amazement of the first encounter. And it must continue to trust, not thinking it already knows everything, but embracing the humility of those who let themselves be surprised by God’s ways. We are usually afraid of God’s surprises; we are always worried that God will surprise us. And today the Lord invites us to let ourselves be surprised. Let us go to Galilee, then, to discover that God cannot be filed away among our childhood memories, but is alive and filled with surprises. Risen from the dead, Jesus never ceases to amaze us.
This, then, is the second message of Easter: faith is not an album of past memories; Jesus is not outdated. He is alive here and now. He walks beside you each day, in every situation you are experiencing, in every trial you have to endure, in your deepest hopes and dreams. He opens new doors when you least expect it, he urges you not to indulge in nostalgia for the past or cynicism about the present. Even if you feel that all is lost, please, let yourself be open to amazement at the newness Jesus brings: he will surely surprise you.
Going to Galilee also means going to the peripheries. Galilee was an outpost: the people living in that diverse and disparate region were those farthest from the ritual purity of Jerusalem. Yet that is where Jesus began his mission. There he brought his message to those struggling to live from day to day, the excluded, the vulnerable and the poor. There he brought the face and presence of God, who tirelessly seeks out those who are discouraged or lost, who goes to the very peripheries of existence, since in his eyes no one is least, no one is excluded. The Risen Lord is asking his disciples to go there even now: he asks us to go to Galilee, to the real “Galilee” of daily life, the streets we travel every day, the corners of our cities. There the Lord goes ahead of us and makes himself present in the lives of those around us, those who share in our day, our home, our work, our difficulties and hopes. In Galilee we learn that we can find the Risen One in the faces of our brothers and sisters, in the enthusiasm of those who dream and the resignation of those who are discouraged, in the smiles of those who rejoice and the tears of those who suffer, and above all in the poor and those on the fringes. We will be amazed how the greatness of God is revealed in littleness, how his beauty shines forth in the poor and simple.
And this is the third message of Easter: Jesus, the Risen Lord, loves us without limits and is there at every moment of our lives. Having made himself present in the heart of our world, he invites us to overcome barriers, banish prejudices and draw near to those around us every day in order to rediscover the grace of everyday life. Let us recognize him here in our Galilees, in everyday life. With him, life will change. For beyond all defeats, evil and violence, beyond all suffering and death, the Risen One lives and guides history.
Dear sister, dear brother: if on this night you are experiencing an hour of darkness, a day that has not yet dawned, a light dimmed or a dream shattered, go, open your heart with amazement to the message of Easter: “Do not be afraid, he has risen! He awaits you in Galilee”. Your expectations will not remain unfulfilled, your tears will be dried, your fears will be replaced by hope. For the Lord always goes ahead of you, he always walks before you. And, with him, life always begins anew.
Pope Francis
St Peter’s Basilica
Holy Saturday, 3 April 2021

Parish Newsletter for 11 April 2021

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