Parish Newsletter for 24/25 December

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Dear parishioners at home and abroad,

Another difficult Christmas and a difficult year. But Christmas comes and goes whether we are in the mood or not. Whatever our circumstances it offers an opportunity to reconnect with family, friends and loved ones and perhaps to mend broken fences. The opportunity is offered but it’s up to each person to take up that opportunity and so make Christmas a fruitful experience.

At this Christmas our thoughts are with all those who lost a loved one during the year- either here in the parish or family and relatives outside the parish. 12 funerals took place in our parish. We remember them and those who grieve in our prayers at the Christmas Masses. It was particularly difficult for the families this year not getting the traditional outpouring of support due to restrictions.

The summer and autumn was busy with weddings and we congratulate the 9 couples who were married. I hope this your first Christmas as husband and wife will be special. Best wishes to those couples who are planning their weddings for 2022.

Welcome to people who may have moved into the parish and a special welcome to the 26 children who were baptised in the parish during the year.
Our thoughts are with the many people who are unable to come home for Christmas due to the pandemic or other reasons welcome to those who did and are spending these few days with family and friends.

Congratulations to the boys and girls who received their first Holy Communion in September and to the young people who were confirmed by Bishop Tom in August. They were all very different ceremonies again this year but none the less they were still very special days and hope all involved have happy memories of those days. They provided a welcome relief from the gloom of the pandemic.

Heartfelt thanks to our primary school staff for the great work they do in passing on knowledge and faith to our children. Like wise to our two Boards of Management who keep the school running smoothly and assist and support the principals. This year was very demanding with classes online in the first half of the year and the constant cleaning and sanitising since September.. The return to school in September was handled particularly well by our schools with all the staff and boards of management rowing in behind the principals to ensure all was ready and safe for our schools to reopen.- it was great team work.

The financial situation in our parish could have been a disaster but thanks to your continued steady support the finances remain healthy. During the year we raised over €15,000 at the annual parish draw which is solely used for loan repayments. Given the times that we are in this is wonderful and a great credit to the people of the parish. This, along with the weekly parish envelopes, will meet our loan commitment until September. Over the last 8 years over €775,000 has been invested in our parish buildings, (the most recent investment in St Mary’s cemetery). All that remains to be repaid is €90,000 which is a great achievement by such a small community for a €250.000 loan which only began in 2018.

We thank everyone who contributed their time, talents and efforts into celebrating the Birthday of Jesus here in Collinstown + Fore Parish.
Special thanks to all our volunteers involved in various different ways in the life of the Parish. Music ministry had to change due to Covid and thanks to those involved in music in our parish for coming forward and willing to adapt the way they minister and keep the flag flying! It takes a large number of loyal and dedicated volunteers to keep a parish running smoothly. Your time and effort does not go by unnoticed and is very much appreciated by me and so many here in the parish.
Thanks to the vaccines and boosters, and with more knowledge around Covid, hopefully things will improve. It’s important to acknowledge the work of the scientists and all those who are working to help us navigate through the pandemic. It is also important to acknowledge the great work carried out by all the staff in hospitals and those involved in health care in the community with the sick and the vulnerable.

Finally I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy and Blessed Christmas and peaceful New Year.

St Feichin’s church choir
Please visit the Parish Facebook page to listen to some carols sung by the choir during the week. Thanks to the choir for putting it together and all the work put into the preparation and making it available to us.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Thursday evening in St Marys church 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Baptisms take place on Saturday’s
Time slots 2.00pm and 3.00pm. Bookings taken by e mail only
Masses over the Christmas Season

St Stephens Day (Sunday)
10.00am St Feichin’s church
11.30am St Mary’s church
1.00pm St Feichin’s church

Tuesday 27 December
11.00am St Mary’s church

Wednesday 28 December
11.00am St Mary’s church

Thursday 29 December
6.30pm St Mary’s church

Friday 30 December
11.00am St Mary’s church

New Year’s Day (Saturday)
12.00noon St Feichin’s church

Note no vigil Masses Saturday evening 1 January

Sunday 2 January
10.00am St Feichin’s
11.30am St Mary’s

Tuesday 4 January
7.00pm St Feichins church
Wednesday 5 January
10.00am St Mary’s
Thursday 6 January
10.00am St Marys
7.00pm St Feichin’s


Mass will be celebrated for Eunice McDonnell on
St Stephens day in St Feichin’s church at 1.00pm.
Please also pray for Mary O Brien nee Fitzpatrick, formally of Tuitestown, who died in London.


Parish Webcam

St Mary’s church webcam –
St Feichin’s church webcam-
Or go to 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,

Parish Finance
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 €159.45 St Feichin’s €145.85
St Mary’s €1617 St Feichin’s €358
Donations through online banking for November €620
Thank you for your support.

Annual Walk at 11am in Mullaghmeen Forest in aid of St Vincent de Paul St Stephen’s Morning
Refreshments served after walk. All welcome.

Parish Newsletter for 24/25 December

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