November
Remembering our loved one’s called home to God.

Monday 9 November
Mass for those who died in the parish over the last year will take place in St Mary’s church and broadcast on the parish facebook page around 8.00pm. Please let family members and those outside the parish know about this.

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.
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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
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Dry November ?
There is a tradition in Ireland of giving up Alcohol for the Month of November as a sacrifice to help the Holy Souls in purgatory. If you would like to get involved in this you are invited to say the following prayer beginning on the 2 November or as near to it as possible.

To be prayed at the beginning and end of the day by those taking the pledge for November
For thy great glory and consolation O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I will abstain for the month of November from all intoxicating drinks. I make this sacrifice on behalf of those Holy Souls preparing for heaven.
Our Father……..
The Parish Pioneer group initiated this project in the parish last year and it was very successful. Fr Patrick appreciates the witness and prayerfulness of the pioneer group in our parish as well as the support they give each other in their meetings. We look forward to working with them again once this pandemic passes.
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Reflection
Lastly, I would offer a third thought about the resurrection. I take it from the Spiritual Exercises, where Saint Ignatius suggests that before making any important decision, we should imagine ourselves standing before God at the end of time. That is the final and inevitable moment, one that all of us will have to face. Every life decision, viewed from that perspective, will be well directed, since it is closer to the resurrection, which is the meaning and purpose of life.
As the departure is calculated by the goal, as the planting is judged by the harvest, so life is best judged by starting from its end and purpose.
Saint Ignatius writes: “Let me consider myself as standing in the presence of my judge on the last day, and reflect what decision on the present matter I would then wish to have made; I will choose now the rule of life that I would then wish to have observed” (Spiritual Exercises, 187). It can be a helpful exercise to view reality through the eyes of the Lord and not only through our own; to look to the future, the resurrection, and not only to this passing day; to make choices that have the flavour of eternity, the taste of love.
Do I go forth from myself each day in order to come to the Lord? Do I feel and practise compassion for those in need? Do I make important decisions in the sight of God? Let us allow ourselves to be challenged at least by one of these three thoughts. We will be more attuned to the desire that Jesus expresses in today’s Gospel: that he lose nothing of what the Father has given him (cf. Jn 6:39). Amid so many worldly voices that make us forget the meaning of life, let us grow attuned to the will of Jesus, risen and alive. Thus we will make of our lives this day a dawn of resurrection.
Pope Francis
Eucharist
Sunday 8 November
Charles and Kate Fitzsimons and son Charles
Paddy Flood
The Fitzpatrick family
John Reilly
Cait Monaghan
Paddy Masterson and deceased members of the Masterson & Kilduff families.

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
Matt and Rose Gilsenan
Andy and Margaret McCormack & Biddy Merriman
John Fox
Donal Murray
Brendan Morgan
Fionnuala McDonnell
Veronique Bochet Gavigan
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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 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.
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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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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.

Baptisms
No Baptisms except for emergency until we move back to level 2 restrictions

Funerals
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.

ALL OTHER PEOPLE ARE ASKED NOT TO GATHER OUTSIDE THE CHURCH BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER THE FUNERAL MASS AND NOT TO GATHER IN THE GRAVEYARD.

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.

Weddings
For the remainder of this year only 25 guests can attend a wedding.

Parish Newsletter for the 8 November 2020