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Offline Maria Auxiliadora

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Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
« Reply #60 on: April 30, 2019, 10:05:46 PM »
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  • [font=.SF UI Text][font=.SFUIText]Father Collins, while independent and with specific beliefs, held his fellow clergy in high esteem and would not want fellow Catholics to be arguing like this.  And certainly not disparaging each other or clergy.  It's such a shame this is where it is at.  I can verify however as a personal friend of Father Collins and directly involved in conversations whereby Bishop Dolan was most certainly requested to offer his Requiem Mass, even to the point that the obituary that was written with Father while alive included a request that donations be made in his in his name to Bishop Daniel Dolan / St. Gertrude the Great Chapel, in part to cover expenses that he and necessary clergy would incur while traveling to New York.  Based on this and the steps that were taken while Father was alive, and the coordination necessary to provide the type of Mass Father requested, it is understandable that Bishop Dolan would feel less than favorable at being dismissed from the entire equation.   I think mos[/font][/font]
    [font=.SF UI Text][font=.SFUIText]t everyone else would as well. This is an unfortunate situation where many things are being thrown around, some might be valid and others definitely not.  In either case, I urge you to pray on things prior to posting information, especially as it relates to detracting from others and reflect instead on the repose of Father Collins soul, which is where our concentration should lie. [/font][/font]

    You should reveal your name if you were so close to Fr. Collins and explain how conversations to which the executor was not privy should be considered to have more legal weight than the express text of the Will.
    The love of God be your motivation, the will of God your guiding principle, the glory of God your goal.
    (St. Clement Mary Hofbauer)

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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #61 on: May 01, 2019, 12:04:12 PM »
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  • This was posted on Fr. Cekada's Facebook page April 30th. I just learned about it:


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    Randa Sharpe Dear Fr. Cekada: This is CDR John Sharpe, USN, the Executor of Fr. Collins's Estate - as you correctly note. (I write from my wife's account with her permission.) Despite my personal distaste for social media, I feel obliged to point out that your post is factually inaccurate and defamatory, as the text of Fr. Collins's Last Will and Testament will confirm. I respectfully request and demand that you remove it from public view and/or circulation immediately. (I also note for your benefit that it is likely actionable in my home state of Maryland under the latter's long-arm jurisdiction statute.) Those of your followers or readers (or whatever they are called) who are interested in the facts may contact me directly via cell phone at 757 332 2074 or email at john.sharpe@charter.net. Additionally, anyone interested in simply attending Fr. Collins's funeral to pray for the repose of his soul and celebrate his tremendous, one-of-a-kind legacy, are encouraged and absolutely welcome to do so (on the evening of May 7 and the morning of May 8 in Glenmont, NY), putting aside the questions of who officiates at the ceremonies and the date they are conducted. (Incidentally, and finally, you may be interested to know that email transcripts and records of text messages, telephone calls, and voicemails will confirm my attempts on this past Saturday (less than 6 hours after Fr.'s entrance into immortality), Sunday, and Monday to contact Bishop Dolan directly - who personally provided me with his direct email address for that purpose - in order to coordinate and collaborate with him - rather than exclude him, his enterprise, or you - with regard to details of the funeral rites. Your defamatory social media post was, as it happens, the only reply I received in response to my otherwise unsuccessful communications attempts.) Yours most sincerely in Our Lord and His Holy Mother. --Feast of St. Catherine of Siena.

    The love of God be your motivation, the will of God your guiding principle, the glory of God your goal.
    (St. Clement Mary Hofbauer)


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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #62 on: May 01, 2019, 12:29:06 PM »
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  • I know John Sharpe personally; he's a good catholic man.  Why did +Dolan not coordinate with him on the funeral?  Certainly +Dolan would've been checking emails in the days after Fr Collins' death, right?  None of this makes sense.  Hopefully a big mixup.

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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #63 on: May 01, 2019, 12:29:46 PM »
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  • Mother of Mercy, this man has stood before the face of Almighty God in judgement for his whole life and is now in his eternity. He was a priest, we believe him to be one of the faithful departed so we must pray for his soul to be released from purgatory - that is what we do. For those who knew him or knew him personally, have Gregorian Masses said for him as soon as possible.

    Try to forget Fr. Cekada and the rest of the stuff as much as possible, rest assured none of it matters at all to Fr. Collins now. What matters to him is that we do what we can for his soul to ease his suffering and get out of purgatory as soon as possible, for most of us, that means pray for his soul - for those of us who help him out, in return, he will never stop helping us get to heaven until we actually get there. That's all the maters now.
    For a small gain they travel far; for eternal life many will scarcely lift a foot from the ground. - Thomas A Kempis

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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #64 on: May 01, 2019, 01:19:20 PM »
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  • Mother of Mercy, this man has stood before the face of Almighty God in judgement for his whole life and is now in his eternity. He was a priest, we believe him to be one of the faithful departed so we must pray for his soul to be released from purgatory - that is what we do. For those who knew him or knew him personally, have Gregorian Masses said for him as soon as possible.

    Try to forget Fr. Cekada and the rest of the stuff as much as possible, rest assured none of it matters at all to Fr. Collins now. What matters to him is that we do what we can for his soul to ease his suffering and get out of purgatory as soon as possible, for most of us, that means pray for his soul - for those of us who help him out, in return, he will never stop helping us get to heaven until we actually get there. That's all the maters now.

    Our priest, Fr. Waters, started the Gregorian Masses for him April 29th.
    The love of God be your motivation, the will of God your guiding principle, the glory of God your goal.
    (St. Clement Mary Hofbauer)


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    Re: Prayers for Father Joseph Collins
    « Reply #65 on: May 02, 2019, 08:24:08 PM »
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  • I will pray for him.  Thank you!

     

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