Parish Newsletter- 20th March 2022

Week ahead MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday 19th March@7.00pm
Clara
Joan Clyne (Month’s Memory). Kathleen & Jimmy Rickard.
Kathleen & James Feehan. Dan & Margaret Mahon.
Christina Johnson. Jerry Rock
Sunday 20th March@10.00am
Horseleap
Alphonsus & Ellen McDonnell & deceased of the McDonnell family.
Sunday 20th March@11.30am
Clara
Michael Sheridan (Month’s Memory). Aoife & Kaye Doyle.
Frank & Margaret Simpson and deceased of the Simpson Family
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Tuesday 22nd March@7.30pm
Clara
Eamonn McRedmond & deceased of the McRedmond & Keeney Families.
Wednesday 23rd March@7.30pm
Clara
St. Turibius of Mongrovejo
William, Elizabeth & James Kinahan.
Thursday 24th March@10.00am
Horseleap
St. Oscar Romero
No Intention.
Friday 25th March@10.00am
Clara
The Annunciation of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
No Intention.
Saturday 26th March@10.00am
Clara
Maura, James & William Stones & deceased of the Stones & Bracken Families.
Saturday 26th March@7.00pm
Clara
Frank Malone. Bridie Coady. Paddy & Annie Egan.
Patricia Hall & her parents. Charles & Mary Maloney.
Sunday 27th March@10.00am
Horseleap
Larry Galvin.
Sunday 27th March@11.30am
Clara
Bernie Dunne (Month’s Memory). Mary Lowe.

Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist
Jesus says ‘Come to me all you who labour and are burdened and I will give you rest.’
Monday & Friday – 5.00-6.00pm
Tuesday & Wednesday – after 7.30pm Mass to 9.00pm.
All are welcome!


Repentance – Another Chance!
The gardener in the Gospel asked the owner of the vineyard to give the barren fig tree another chance to produce fruit. He promised to dig around it and manure it, to give it one last chance to prove itself. It suggests that we too need to nurture our faith and commit ourselves to being helpful to the lives of others. Are we nurturing our faith and trying to love, so as to bear the kind of fruit God wants from us? Real repentance is a reflection about whatever is unfruitful in our lifestyle. Jesus’ words “Repent or you will perish” remind us of what Socrates said at his trial, after he had opted for death rather than exile: “The un-examined life is not worth living.” The parable of the fruitless fig tree is thought-provoking. It is not about doing wrong but about failure to do what is positively right. The fig tree that bore no fruit is like a Christian who attempts no good work and lives a purely selfish life.


We continue to keep the people of Ukraine in our prayers and we pray for all who have died in this needless war.
Loving God, we pray 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.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us! Our Lady of Kyiv, pray for us!


Towards the Universal Synod of 2023.
The final meeting for the Synod in our Deanery will be held in Kilbeggan Parish Centre, Harbour Road, Kilbeggan, (Eircode N91 PPK1) on Tuesday March 22nd @ 8.00pm and all are welcome to attend. On Tuesday 29th March (8.00pm) there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving. All are welcome. See the Synod page on www.dioceseofmeath.ie for an explainer video about this process. See www.synod.ie for more resources. Please pray the following prayer for the success of this process: 
The Universal Synod Prayer
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; Do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen

There is a YouTube video available that explains the Synod and its purpose. To view it, follow this link: www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=I5lAktuejwo

Our Lenten pilgrimage this year will have the added element of the Synodal Pathway. I echo the invitation of Pope Francis to each member of the Christian community in the Diocese of Meath to join in this moment of listening as we prayerfully discern together what the Spirit of God is saying to the Church in this diocese at this time. It is important that we have this discussion about the local church or what we call parish. This discernment must be relevant to our local parishes and influence our local parishes. This discernment must be practical, not theoretical, and must influence what we do in the years ahead. It will be a discernment guided by the Holy Spirit and rooted in faith. May the ashes that will mark our foreheads on Ash Wednesday mark us out as the People of God on a journey, pilgrims seeking to discern God’s will. And may Mary, Mother of the Church and St. Finian, our teacher of the faith, guide our steps in the way of faith, hope, and love.”
Extract from Bishop Deenihan’s Letter for Lent. You can read the full letter here on our website by following this link: Lenten Letter re:Synod


‘Collinstown 100- Public meeting.’ A meeting will be held in the Scouts Den on Tuesday 22nd March at 8.00pm to discuss the upcoming 100th anniversary of the opening of the Collinstown Estate. All are welcome to attend.

Congratulations & Well Done to all involved in the “Music Marathon” which raised €10,000 for the Ukraine Emergency Appeal.


Collections for 12th/13th March:
Development Fund: €1,255; Plate: €290; Ukraine Appeal: €1,610; Oblate Mission: €190.
Thank You!


Image: The Vine Dresser and the Fig Tree (Le vigneron et le figuier), James Tissot. Brooklyn Museum

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