Newsletter for the 16 January 2022
Contact the parish office
E mail collinstownforeparish@gmail.com
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Prayer in times of tragedy

Lord, we pray for those who have been devastated by recent tragedies. We remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly.
We hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring them consolation and comfort.
Surround them with our prayers for strength.
Bless those who have survived and heal their memories of trauma and devastation. May they have the courage to face the days ahead.
Help us to respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, and in comfort to the best of our abilities.
Keep our hearts focused on the needs of all the community. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission
The Synodal Pathway in the Diocese of Meath

All the baptised in the Diocese of Meath are invited to participate in the synodal process during Lent 2022. Opportunities to engage in the process locally will be announced in February.

‘Synod’ … indicates the path along which the People of God walk together. Equally, it refers to the Lord Jesus, who presents Himself as ‘the way, the truth and the life’ (Jn 14,6), and to the fact that Christians, His followers, were originally called ‘followers of the Way’. (Vademecum 1.2)

All of us are called in virtue of our Baptism to be active participants in the life of the Church. In parishes, small Christian communities, lay movements, religious communities, and other forms of communion, women and men, young people and the elderly, we are all invited to listen to one another in order to hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit, who comes to guide our human efforts, breathing life and vitality into the Church and leading us into deeper communion for our mission in the world. (Vademecum 1.2)

The objective of the current Synod is to listen, as the entire People of God, to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church. We do so by listening together to the Word of God in Scripture and the living Tradition of the Church, and then by listening to one another, and especially to those at the margins, discerning the signs of the times. (Vademecum 1.3)

By convoking this Synod, Pope Francis is inviting all the baptised to participate in this Synodal Process that begins at the diocesan level. Dioceses are called to keep in mind that the main subjects of this synodal experience are all the baptised. Special care should be taken to involve those persons who may risk being excluded: women, the handicapped, refugees, migrants, the elderly, people who live in poverty, Catholics who rarely or never practice their faith, etc. (Vademecum 2.1)

The Synodal Process is first and foremost a spiritual process. It is not a mechanical data-gathering exercise or a series of meetings and debates. Synodal listening is oriented towards discernment. … We listen to each other, to our faith tradition, and to the signs of the times in order to discern what God is saying to all of us. Pope Francis characterizes the two interrelated goals of this process of listening: “to listen to God, so that with him we may hear the cry of his people; to listen to his people until we are in harmony with the will to which God calls us.” (Vademecum 2.2)

To learn more about synodality
see www.synod.ie or www.dioceseofmeath.ie/news/universal-synod/
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Reflection

This Sunday we begin the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. For many Sundays in this lectionary cycle (Cycle C), our readings will be taken from the Gospel of Luke. Occasionally, however, we will read from John’s Gospel. This is true of today’s Gospel reading, which describes the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and his first miracle.

In the Church’s liturgical history, the wedding feast of Cana is closely associated with the baptism of the Lord and the adoration of the infant Jesus by the Wise Men. In this context, the sign Jesus performs at the wedding feast is celebrated as an epiphany or a manifestation of Jesus’ divinity.
Yet awareness of Jesus’ impending passion and death is ever present in John’s Gospel. Even in this report of Jesus’ first sign, the language used anticipates Jesus’ passion. When Jesus says to his mother that his hour has not yet come, he protests against her wishes in language that John will use again when reporting Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. When introducing the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, John writes that Jesus knew that his hour had come. In John’s Gospel, Jesus is very much in command and aware of all that is to happen to him.
Here, as elsewhere in John’s Gospel, Mary is not mentioned by name, but is referred to instead as the mother of Jesus. Mary is influential in Jesus’ first sign. She will also be present at his Crucifixion, a witness to the final manifestation of his divinity.
John’s Gospel describes seven signs that indicate Jesus’ identity to his disciples. John never speaks of these signs as miracles because their importance is not in the deed that Jesus performs but in what these deeds indicate about Jesus’ identity. Here, as when John describes the other signs, the disciples are said to begin to believe, but no mention is made as to whether the other wedding guests are even aware of what has happened.
Marriage and wedding feasts are metaphors used in Scripture to describe God’s salvation and the Kingdom of God. Here at the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, John’s Gospel seeks to establish that Jesus is going to re-interpret and fulfill Yahweh’s promise to Israel. Jesus establishes the New Covenant. A hint about what this New Covenant will be like is made evident in the deed that Jesus performs. Asked to do something to address the awkward situation that the absence of wine at a wedding feast would create, Jesus’ miracle produces vast quantities of wine—six jars holding thirty gallons each are filled to overflowing with choice wine.
This lavish response to a simple human need is a vision for us of the abundance of God’s kingdom. It challenges us to respond generously when confronted with human need today. We respond as best we can, fully confident that God can transform our efforts, bringing the Kingdom of God to fulfillment among us
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Baptisms take place on Saturday’s
Time slots 2.00pm and 3.00pm. Bookings taken by e mail collinstownforeparish@gmail.com. Or call into the sacristy after Mass
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: takes place each year between 18 – 25th January.
The 2022 theme is “We saw His Star in the East.” The story of the Magi visiting the Holy Family in Bethlehem is one very familiar to us. The Magi have sometimes been seen as a symbol of the world’s diversity – different religions and cultures – that comes to pay homage to the Christ-child. The story might therefore represent the unity of all created that God desires. Each year ecumenical partners in a different region are asked to prepare the materials. The Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022 has been prepared by the churches of the Middle East, the history of which was, and still is, characterised by conflict and strife, tainted with blood and darkened by injustice and oppression. The Christians of the Middle East offer these resources conscious that the world shares many of the travails and much of the difficulties that it experiences, and yearns for a light to lead the way to the Saviour who is the light that overcomes darkness. With roots going back over 100 years, the dedicated octave of prayers has been jointly commissioned and prepared since 1966, after the Second Vatican Council, by the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC.
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Collinstown Farmers Market
Next Farmers Market takes place on Sunday 23 January 11.30am – 1.30pm.
Thanks to all who support the market.
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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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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 €117.54 St Feichin’s €245.49
Envelope
St Mary’s €360.60 St Feichin’s €525.90
Donations through online banking for November €3245
Thank to those who have made annual contributions and 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 Parish Mass Cards
Wednesday 10.00am
Thursday 6.30pm

St Feichin’s church
Monday 7.00pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Thursday evening in St Marys church 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Parish Newsletter for the 16 January 2022

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