Contact the parish office
E mail collinstownforeparish@gmail.com
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Easter 2022
It was great to see so many attend the Easter ceremonies this year. Unfortunately we were unable to celebrate the Easter Sunday Dawn Mass outdoors but the Mass indoors at 6.00am was very reflective…. and warm!!!
Thanks to all who helped in any way at the ceremonies.
Special thanks to all who sent me Easter cards and expressed their appreciation for the ceremonies.
Patrick
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Divine Mercy Sunday 24 April
in St Mary’s Church

Celebrations begin at 1.30pm

1.30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
A priest will be available for Confessions.

2.00pm Rosary

2.30pm. Chaplet of Divine Mercy

3.00pm. Mass- The penitential rite at the beginning of Mass will be the one used by Pope Francis at the beginning of Mass in the Phoenix Park in 2018.
Please note there will be no 11.30am Mass in Collinstown on Sunday 24th April.
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New Six Week Course
The word yoga comes from union or to unite. The practice of yoga leads to balance between the body and mind through physical postures, breath exercises and meditation. Throughout the course we will explore yoga in a Christian context together as a group.
Suitable for beginners or for anyone who has practiced yoga previously
6 week course
Time 8-9pm Wednesday evenings
Parish Pastoral Centre
Starting 11th of May
Yoga mats provided
Limited spaces
Contact Gráinne for booking or for further information on 087 95 64 920
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The next Padre Pio Mass takes place on Thursday 28 April. The Anointing with the Oil of the Sick will take place as usual at this Mass.
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A prayer for Ukraine

Loving God,
We pray for the people of Ukraine,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.
We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.
We pray for the world
that in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity
to our brothers and sisters in need.
May we walk in your ways
so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine
and for all the world.
Amen.
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Reflection
In today’s Gospel, Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus also commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun. As Jesus was sent by God, so too does Jesus send his disciples. This continuity with Jesus’ own mission is an essential element of the Church. Jesus grants the means to accomplish this mission when he gives his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit binds us together as a community of faith and strengthens us to bear witness to Jesus’ Resurrection.
Jesus’ words to his disciples also highlight the integral connection between the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Forgiveness and reconciliation are gifts to us from Jesus. With the grace of the Holy Spirit, we can share these with others. This is another essential aspect of what it means to be Christ’s Church. The Church continues Jesus’ ministry of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Thomas, the disciple who doubts, represents the reality of the Church that comes after this first community of disciples. All but the first disciples of Jesus must believe without seeing. Like Thomas, we may doubt the news that Jesus, who was crucified and buried, appeared to his disciples. It is part of our human nature to seek hard evidence that the Jesus who appeared to the disciples after his death is, indeed, the same Jesus who was crucified. Thomas is given the opportunity to be our representative who obtains this evidence. He gives witness to us that the Jesus who was raised is the same Jesus who had died. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are among those who are blessed for we have not seen and yet have believed.
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Trocaire
Please return your Trocaire Boxes
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Presentation night
Proceeds raised from the tractor run last October will be presented to the parents associations of both schools and to the parish Finance Team on
Sunday 1 May in the Abbey House Fore.
Trad session begins from 10.00pm
From the Homily of Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil The women saw. The first proclamation of the resurrection was not a statement to be unpacked, but a sign to be contemplated. In a burial ground, near a grave, in a place where everything should be orderly and peaceful, the women “found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they went in, they did not find the body”. Easter begins by upsetting our expectations. It comes with the gift of a hope that surprises and amazes us. Yet it is not easy to welcome that gift. At times – we must admit – this hope does not find a place in our hearts. Like the women in the Gospel, we are overtaken by questions and doubts, and our first reaction before the unexpected sign is one of fear: “They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground”.
All too often we look at life and reality with downcast eyes; we fix our gaze only on this passing day, disenchanted by the future, concerned only with ourselves and our needs, settled into the prison of our apathy, even as we keep complaining that things will never change. In this way, we halt before the tomb of resignation and fatalism; we bury the joy of living. Yet tonight the Lord wants to give us different eyes, alive with hope that fear, pain and death will not have the last word over us. Thanks to Jesus’ paschal mystery, we can make the leap from nothingness to life. “Death will no longer be able to rob our life” (K. Rahner), for that life is now completely and eternally embraced by the boundless love of God. True, death can fill us with dread; it can paralyze us. But the Lord is risen! Let us lift up our gaze, remove the veil of sadness and sorrow from our eyes, and open our hearts to the hope that God brings!
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Church cleaning
Thanks to Ann, Kathleen, Barbara and Mary H for taking care of cleaning in St Mary’s for the month of April and Claire, Sean, Tony, and Miriam for taking care of cleaning in St Feichin’s for the month of April. Everyone’s time and effort is greatly appreciated.
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Dates for your diary

First Holy Communion
Saturday 7 May

Cemetery Sunday
Fore Saturday 28 May
Collinstown Sunday 29 May

Exam Mass takes place Sunday 5 June at 11.30am

Pentecost Celebration takes place on Saturday 4 June in
St Feichin’s church with a special celebration with the young people who were Confirmed and received 1st Holy Communion this year.

Abbey Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart takes place on Friday 24 June
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Baptisms
Take place on Saturday afternoons. Please e mail the parish office to book or call into the sacristy after Mass.
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Parish Webcam
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,
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Dancing
Line dancing in Collinstown dance hall every Tuesday at 7.00pm. Everyone welcome.
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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. 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.
Basket
St Mary’s €252.34 St Feichin’s €601.49
Envelope
St Mary’s €1607 St Feichin’s €590
Donations through online banking for March €585
Thank to everyone who contributes so generously throughout the year especially in these challenging times.
Thank you for your support.
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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:www.meathsafeguarding.ie/
All consent forms and Adult Volunteer forms are securely locked in the Parish Office in compliance with GDPR.
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Daily Mass for the week ahead

St Mary’s church
Tuesday 10.00am
Wednesday 10.00am
Thursday 7.30pm Padre Pio & List of the Dead

St Feichin’s church
Monday 7.00pm

Parish Newsletter for 24 April 2022

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