Contact the parish office
E mail collinstownforeparish@gmail.com
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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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Parish Draw

As you will remember €500,000 was spent on restoring our two churches in 2018. By September the loan taken out to help in the restoration work will be down to €66,000. The reason it is down to this level so quickly and despite the pandemic is because of parishioners great support of the fundraising initiatives and careful spending.

I kindly ask again for your support this year for the parish draw. This along with the tractor run and a portion of the weekly envelope ensure that there is enough funds in the building account to meet the loan repayments for the year.

Again 1st prize is €10,000, 2nd prize is €1000 and 3rd prize is €500

Books of tickets are ready for volunteers to collect in the sacristy’s after Mass, to deliver them to all homes in the parish.
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers who are helping in this.
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Please note
The will be no 7.30pm Mass on Saturday 28 May due to cemetery devotions in St Feichin’s cemetery.
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Cemetery Sunday
Fore on Saturday 28 May
Blessing of the Graves in the Old Cemetery at 5.15pm
Mass at 6.00pm followed by blessing of the graves in
St Feichin’s Cemetery

Collinstown on Sunday 29 May
Mass at 11.30am followed by blessing of the graves in
St Mary’s Cemetery.

Blessing of the graves in Kilcumney at 3.00pm and Kilpatrick 3.30pm
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Exam Mass
Takes place Sunday 5 June at 11.30am
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Reflection
This portion of John’s Gospel comes near the end of the first of four chapters that make up Jesus’ long farewell discourse at the Last Supper. This section of chapter 14 actually sums up the themes of the opening of the discourse: the Christian’s life is not shaped by Jesus’ absence but by God’s abiding presence; God’s presence overcomes anxiety about God’s absence; and the present holds in it the seeds of a fresh future shaped by love, not fear.
These verses also contain a glimpse of some of the other themes of the farewell discourse: Jesus’ relationship with the Father and the disciples’ relationship to Jesus connect the disciples to the Father as well. Jesus promises to send an Advocate or intercessor who will remind the disciples of everything that Jesus taught them and bring them peace.
Jesus is preparing his disciples in advance for his absence so that they will continue to believe in him and not feel all alone after his return to the Father. After the initial excitement of his Easter appearances, Jesus will remain with his followers in a very different way throughout the centuries.
As our celebration of the Easter season is coming to an end, the liturgy reminds us that Jesus remains with us through the Holy Spirit, who teaches us everything we need to know, reminds us of all that Jesus taught, and brings us peace.

The next Padre Pio Mass takes place on Thursday 2 June. The Anointing with the Oil of the Sick will take place as usual at this Mass.
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A gentle reminder……Care of Our Cemeteries
Please, out of respect for all buried in the cemeteries, do not dump old flower containers etc in the boundaries of the cemeteries or at gates or walls. Bring them and all other rubbish home. It’s a bad reflection on the community to see dumping of disused grave decorations in the cemetery grounds and dishonors our dead.
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Church cleaning
Thanks to Barbara, Pat and Mary B for taking care of cleaning in St Mary’s for the month of May and Tessa and Billy for taking care of cleaning in St Feichin’s for the month of May. Everyone’s time and effort is greatly appreciated.
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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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Reflection

The love that we receive from the Lord is the force that transforms our lives. It opens our hearts and enables us to love. For this reason, Jesus says – here is the second element – “as I have loved you, so must you love one another”. That word “as” is not simply an invitation to imitate Jesus’ love; it tells us that we are able to love only because he has loved us, because he pours into our hearts his own Spirit, the Spirit of holiness, love that heals and transforms.
Pope Francis
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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 €370.33 St Feichin’s €389.96
Envelope
St Mary’s €303.30 St Feichin’s €365.75
Donations through online banking for April €430
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
Friday 10.00am

St Feichin’s church
Monday 7.00pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
St Marys church Thursday 6.30pm

Parish Newsletter for the 22 May 2022

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