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Remembering our loved one’s called home to God.
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 is being compiled as 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.
Parish Sunday Mass
on Parish Facebook Page
We hope to make one parish Mass available every Sunday. It will be uploaded on the parish face book page around mid day – depending on the quality of the internet. _______________________________________
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
What is prayer?
“Another characteristic of Jesus’ prayer is solitude. Those who pray do not escape from the world, but prefer deserted places. There, in silence, many voices can emerge that we hide in our innermost selves: the most repressed desires, the truths that we insist on suffocating, and so on. And, above all, in silence God speaks.
Every person needs a space for him or herself, somewhere to cultivate their interior life, where actions find meaning again. Without an interior life we become superficial, agitated, and anxious — how anxiety harms us! This is why we must turn to prayer; without an interior life we flee from reality, and we also flee from ourselves, we are men and women always on the run.
Lastly, Jesus’ prayer is the place where we perceive that everything comes from God and returns to him. Sometimes we human beings believe that we are the masters of everything, or on the contrary, we lose all self-esteem, we go from one side to the other. Prayer helps us to find the right dimension in our relationship with God, our Father, and with all creation. And Jesus’ prayer, in the end, means delivering oneself into the hands of the Father, like Jesus in the olive grove, in that anguish: “Father, if it is possible … but may your will be done”. Delivering oneself into the hands of the Father. It is beautiful, when we are agitated, a bit worried, and the Holy Spirit transforms us from within and leads us to this surrendering into the hands of the Father: “Father, let your will be done”.
General Audiance
Library of the Apostolic Palace
Wednesday, 4 November 2020
Looking ahead……
The Season of Advent begins on the
29 November. For the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses a ticketing system will be in place. These tickets will be free and will be available on designated Sundays in Advent (December). In order for fairness tickets must be obtained in person by each person who wishes to attend.
The idea of the tickets is not to restrict numbers but to spread the numbers of people across the different Masses. It is hoped to have 9 Masses to choose from. All of this depends on whether or not the Government moves to level 2 restrictions which allows for public worship, it also depends on other conditions the health authorities might advise.
Hopefully by the end of November we will know more and so we can begin making concrete plans. Because of the large number of Masses and to reduce the length of time in an enclosed area the Christmas Masses will be very much simplified and shorter this year.
Sunday 15 November
Matt and Rose Gilsenan
Andy and Margaret McCormack & Biddy Merriman
John, Michael & Margaret Fox
Donal Murray
Brendan Morgan
Fionnuala McDonnell
Veronique Bochet Gavigan
Bartle Hennessy
Weekday Masses will be celebrated in private
Monday Private intention
Tuesday Parish Mass Cards
Wednesday Private intention
Thursday Private intention
Friday Private intention
Sunday 15 November
Joseph & Louis Gilsenan
The Hynes & L’Estrange families
James and Mary Flanagan and his nephew Leo Fagan
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 the 15 November 2020