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Offline AMDGJMJ

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Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2019, 10:47:04 AM »
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  • So the trail for the pancreatic cancer rumor:

    "a friend"->a lady named Ann->her husband Jeff->Bishop Sanborn-> ? ? ?

    I think we need to wait for some confirmation.
    My friend who sent me the message is good friends with Ann and her husband.  I merely left out the last names for privacy sake.  Also, another friend of mine told me, after I got this message, that this had been confirmed with Father McMahon who went up to to be with Father Collins in NY.  That being said, I am sure more information will come eventually for Father Collins regardless of what I have been told.  Just thought I would share what I had heard so people could pray...
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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #16 on: March 27, 2019, 11:11:23 AM »
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  • So the trail for the pancreatic cancer rumor:

    "a friend"->a lady named Ann->her husband Jeff->Bishop Sanborn-> ? ? ?

    I think we need to wait for some confirmation.
    Fourth hand information isn't credible enough?
    We are remembering Father each evening at our family rosary.


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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #17 on: March 27, 2019, 11:35:49 AM »
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  • My friend who sent me the message is good friends with Ann and her husband.

    I understand that, and I am not faulting you for passing along this information.  I just think we have to take it with a grain of salt when it has made so many leaps.  You know of the old "Telephone Game", don't you?  Even if it ends up being correct, sometimes things get a bit distorted when it gets passed around.

    Stage 2 or 3 might somehow become 4.  MIGHT have pancreated cancer could become DOES have pancreatic cancer.  Pancreatitis might become pancreatic cancer.  It takes very little miscommunication to cause distortion of the facts when it's gone through so many hops.

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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #18 on: March 27, 2019, 03:39:16 PM »
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  • I understand that, and I am not faulting you for passing along this information.  I just think we have to take it with a grain of salt when it has made so many leaps.  You know of the old "Telephone Game", don't you?  Even if it ends up being correct, sometimes things get a bit distorted when it gets passed around.

    Stage 2 or 3 might somehow become 4.  MIGHT have pancreated cancer could become DOES have pancreatic cancer.  Pancreatitis might become pancreatic cancer.  It takes very little miscommunication to cause distortion of the facts when it's gone through so many hops.
    Here is an official email from Father Ahern:
    Dear Friends:

    There have been multiple reports and requests for information concerning the illness of Father Joseph Collins, and there is some variety of detail in circulation. The interest is an indication of your charity, and I hope that this update will bring some relief, and encourage you to prayer.
    Over the past year, Father Collins has undergone an uncharacteristic weight loss. Coming into March, he exhibited signs of jaundice, and on March 17 had great difficulty in offering Mass. A physical exam revealed a severely enlarged liver, then a CT scan indicated a blockage in the outlet of the liver. On Tuesday of this week, a full analysis of the CT scan revealed pancreatic cancer, with tumors on the liver and other cancer in the lymphatic system, and perhaps elsewhere.
    With all of this, Father Collins is able to get around, pray his Breviary, and consider offering Mass. His spirits are good, though he has considerable fatigue, and is quite aware of the gravity of his situation. He is encouraged and consoled by the many prayers of the faithful and brother clergy.
    There is a plan to do an outpatient procedure by which a stent will be inserted to open the bile duct, drain the liver, and relieve the jaundice symptoms.
    Treatment options for the cancer are limited, and of limited efficacy.
    Father Collins has received Extreme Unction, and will have ongoing access to the other sacraments as the need arises.
    How much longer in this vale of tears? From several weeks to a few months: a merciful amount of time in which to prepare for the last hour.
    What about Father's physical needs? With the offers of help, and plans being developed, he should be able to stay, and be cared for, at St. Michael's Rectory in Glenmont, NY.
    What can I do? Prayers, particularly an extra Rosary, and whatever else you can manage. Also, some serious spiritual preparation for your own last hour, which is all the more fitting in Lent.
    Can I email Father Collins? Not directly, but I will do my best to funnel messages to him. Please use frdahern@aol.com, and put Father's name in the subject line. You can also ask to be included in updates from me, though I realize that there are several other kindly conduits of information.
    Yours in Christ our Savior,
    - Fr. Daniel Ahern
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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #19 on: March 27, 2019, 05:00:04 PM »
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  • Father is a private man.  I know everyone's intentions are good, but I hope he is aware that all of this has been shared in a general, public setting such as this.  I do not believe that the cancer diagnosis is official yet, but it looks inevitable.

    In any event, since it's all out there now, we all need to pray and pray hard.  I'm asking for a miracle from Our Lord and, if it be His Will, He will provide.
    "For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come abroad."- Luke 8:17


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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #20 on: March 27, 2019, 09:59:12 PM »
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  • I believe the report previous to Fr Ahern’s was correct but it was outdated.  The initial exam showed no cancer but the full analysis including cat scan showed stage 4 (metastatic) pancreatic cancer.  If you have been following the Alex Trebec saga you know there is only a 3% chance of survival beyond 5 years.  Essentially it’s a death sentence and obviously from Fr Ahern’s report that’s how Fr Collins is approaching it.  There is nothing wrong with praying for a full recovery but be prepared to accept God’s Will.

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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #21 on: March 31, 2019, 10:46:12 AM »
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  • As I stated up-thread, the diagnosis is not official/confirmed yet.  Father will be having the biopsy on Thursday.  Please continue to keep him in your prayers.
    "For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come abroad."- Luke 8:17

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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #22 on: April 07, 2019, 06:46:22 AM »
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  • Bumping this up.  Please continue to pray. 
    "For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come abroad."- Luke 8:17


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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #23 on: April 07, 2019, 11:14:22 AM »
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  •  :pray:
    Do make Acts of Consecration to the Twin Hearts, Spiritual Offerings of the Precious Blood of Jesus in Union with the Holy Mass, like in St. Gertrude's Chaplet, along with Spiritual Communions at least every hour. The Saints say Spiritual Communions are a way to quickly advance to Union with God.

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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #24 on: April 14, 2019, 12:23:44 AM »
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  • I met Father Collins once about 10 years ago. He seemed to be a holy and hard-working priest with a dry sense of humor.
    I'll find the holy card he gave me (St. Alphonsus), and say a multitude of prayers

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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #25 on: April 14, 2019, 06:33:59 AM »
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  • I met Father Collins once about 10 years ago. He seemed to be a holy and hard-working priest with a dry sense of humor.
    I'll find the holy card he gave me (St. Alphonsus), and say a multitude of prayers
    You are very perceptive.  This is Father Collins.    :pray:
    "For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come abroad."- Luke 8:17


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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #26 on: April 14, 2019, 09:11:21 AM »
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  • Bumping this up.  Please continue to pray.
    Update:
    http://www.sgg.org
    Fr. Collins’ cancer is progressing towards its inexorable conclusion, but he is supported by many prayers, and blessed to have a good friend and priest to care for him, Fr. McMahon. Fr. Collins will be staying at his rectory at St. Michael’s chapel, rather than returning to Virginia as originally discussed. Amidst all of the sorrow, it is a blessing to have some idea of the “day and the hour” of death, so as to prepare. Thank you for your prayers.

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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #27 on: April 14, 2019, 09:26:12 AM »
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  • Update:
    http://www.sgg.org
    Fr. Collins’ cancer is progressing towards its inexorable conclusion, but he is supported by many prayers, and blessed to have a good friend and priest to care for him, Fr. McMahon. Fr. Collins will be staying at his rectory at St. Michael’s chapel, rather than returning to Virginia as originally discussed. Amidst all of the sorrow, it is a blessing to have some idea of the “day and the hour” of death, so as to prepare. Thank you for your prayers.
    Yes, thank you for posting that.  
    "For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come abroad."- Luke 8:17

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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #28 on: April 14, 2019, 03:44:12 PM »
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  • Father Collins wishes to thank you all for your prayers. I saw him today, he is in good spirits and is resigned to God’s will.

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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #29 on: April 27, 2019, 02:36:40 PM »
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  • Father Collins met his reward right before noon Eastern this morning. https://novusordowatch.org/2019/04/father-joseph-collins-rip/
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