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Memory is one of the most mysterious and greatest powers of the human spirit. Everything seen, heard and done from early childhood is conserved in this immense womb, ready to reawaken and to dance into the light either by an external stimulus or by our own will.
Without memory we will cease to be ourselves, we will lose our identity. Those who are struck by total amnesia, wander lost on the streets, without knowing their own name or where they live.
A memory, once it has come to mind, has the power to catalyze our whole interior world and route everything toward its object, especially if this is not a thing or a fact, but a living person.
When a mother remembers her child, who was born a few days ago and is left at home, everything inside her flies toward her baby, a movement of tenderness rises from her maternal depths and perhaps brings tears to her eyes.
Not just the individual has memory; human groups — family, tribe, nation — also have a collective memory. The wealth of a people is not so much measured by the reserves of gold it holds in its vaults, but rather by how many memories it holds in its collective consciousness. It is the sharing of many memories that cements the unity of a group. To keep such memories alive, they are linked to a place, to a holiday.
Americans have Memorial Day, the day in which they remember those who fell in all the wars; the Indians have the Gandhi Memorial, a green park in New Delhi that is supposed to remind the nation who he was and what he did. We Italians also have our memorials: The civil holidays recall the most important events in our recent history, and streets, piazzas and airports are dedicated to our most eminent people.
This very rich human background in regard to memory should help us better understand what the Eucharist is for the Christian people. It is a memorial because it recalls the event to which all of humanity now owes its existence as redeemed humanity: the death of the Lord.
But the Eucharist has something that distinguishes it from every other memorial. It is memorial and presence together, even if hidden under the signs of bread and wine. Memorial Day cannot bring those who have fallen back to life; the Gandhi Memorial cannot make Gandhi alive again. In a sense, the Eucharistic memorial, however, according to the faith of Christians, does do this in regard to Christ.
But together with all the beautiful things that we have said about memory, we must mention a danger that is inherent to it. Memory can be easily transformed into sterile and paralyzing nostalgia. This happens when a person becomes the prisoner of his own memories and ends up living in the past.
Indeed, the Eucharistic memorial does not pertain to this type of memory. On the contrary, it projects us forward; after the consecration the people say: “We proclaim your death, O Lord, and confess your resurrection, until you come.”
Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, OFMCap,
Pontifical Household Preacher
There will be no newsletter next weekend. The next newsletter will be published on 2/3 July.
Lough Lene Gaels Hurling and Camogie club are hosting a 24 hour relay Walkaton fundraiser at LLG pitch on Friday 15 July into Saturday 16 July. It will begin at 2.00pm on 15 July and conclude with our family Fun Day on 16July at 3.00pm at LLG pitch.
All sponsorship is greatly appreciated and will go towards the continued development of LLg pitches and facilities.
During the walkaton we will be hosting a memorial hour where together we will light a candle in remembrance of those who are dearly departed. All welcome. Further details to follow
Ladies Night Dinner & Dance
Thursday 23 June in the Collintown Hall at 8.00pm
Fly Fishing Competition
Lough Lene has been selected to host the Youth’s International Fly Fishing Competition this year on the last week of July. The competing countries taking part are Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland. All the teams are in their uniforms, and will be escorted by a piper in full tartan regalia to their selected boat at ‘the cut’.
The competition starts at 10..00am and finishes at 5.00pm
Future Events for your diary
Sunday 30 October Parish Tractor Run
Monday 31 October Pumpkin Walk
Sunday 4 December
Santa in aid of Ballycomoyle GAA Club
Your support for this years Parish Draw would be greatly appreciated. This along with the tractor run and a portion of the weekly envelope collection ensure that there is enough funds in the building account to meet the loan repayments for the 12 months ahead
1st prize is €10,000, 2nd prize is €1000 and 3rd prize is €500
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers who have distributed books of tickets to peoples homes.
A big thanks to those who have already returned their sold tickets.
Daily Mass for the week ahead
No daily Mass this week
Next daily Mass on Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July at 10.00am in St Marys church.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
St Marys church every Thursday 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Take place on Saturday afternoons. Please e mail the parish office to book or call into the sacristy after Mass.
Welcome to Fr Derek Darby who will celebrate Mass next weekend 25/26 June.
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.
Due to the sometimes poor quality internet in Fore, sometimes the webcam in St Feichin’s does not work. The Webcam in St Marys is usually always working,
Thanks to Mary C, Maura C, Margaret O D,
Jimmy and Anne B for taking care of cleaning in St Mary’s for the month of June and Tessa and Billy for taking care of cleaning in St Feichin’s for the month of June, thanks to Imelda for taking care of cleaning in May. Everyone’s time and effort is greatly appreciated.
Bank online details :
IBAN : IE26 BOFI 90185357124274
Thanks to all those who are supporting the parish financially. 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.
Parish income last Sunday.
St Mary’s €311.53 St Feichin’s €249.07
St Mary’s €318 St Feichin’s €278
Donations through online banking for May €625
Thank to everyone who contributes so generously throughout the year especially in these challenging times.
Thank you for your support.
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:www.meathsafeguarding.ie/
All consent forms and Adult Volunteer forms are securely locked in the Parish Office in compliance with GDPR.
Women’s Health and Wellbeing.
Continues on Wednesday evening in the Parish Pastoral Centre from 8.00pm until 9.00pm. Thanks to Grainne for organising and leading this exciting parish initiative. Its great to see it well supported