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Parish Bulletin 1st March 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

1 March 2015

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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

Priest on Duty: Fr. Brendan      
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Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm

 

Congratulationsto Lisa Gahan & Gerard Gaffney who were married during the week.

 

Please pray for Maureen Byrne (Woodlands) Sheila Ward (Kells) mother of Tony Ward

(The Paddocks) and Jim Redington (Stillorgan) sister of Ita O’Sullivan (Lagore Little) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

 

The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday this week.

 

Two classes from Ratoath Junior National School will make their First Confessions on Thursday evening at 7.30pm

 

Next weekend we welcome the boys and girls who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in April to their final preparation Mass. We welcome them along with their parents.

 

Envelope Collection for the week ending 15th February €1,023.54

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

 

The Benedictine Monks of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, Co. Meath, warmly invite the faithful to attend Sung Vespers and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 4:00 pm on the Sundays of Lent. Tea will follow in the monastery gatehouse. This initiative on the part of the Benedictines of the Diocese of Meath is a unique opportunity to enter more deeply into the grace of Lent.

 

Light the Fire:  St Patrick's Day. The Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal invite you to a candlelight Vigil on the Hill of Slane to pray together on the very spot where St Patrick lit the Easter Fire.  Event begins at 5 pm.  Holy Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Smith at 5.30 pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with music led by the Franciscans of the Renewal.  All are welcome.  This is an outdoor event, so please dress warm and bring a chair if you'll need to sit.  For information or to volunteer, please contact the Franciscan Sisters at 041 9830441

 

AGM of the Ratoath Men’s Shed will be held on 3rd March at 11.00am in the Ratoath Parish Pastoral   Centre. All members and intended members please attend. 

 
 

 

 

0  1 Mar

    Second Sunday of Lent

8 Mar

    Third Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm              

Patrick & Colette Devanney

Julia & Larry Medlar 

7. 7.00pm

Patrick Moore

Brigid & Noel McLoughlin

Brendan McDermott

Patrick Reilly and deceased members of

the family

1  9.00am    

Elizabeth & Jack Ryan

1  9.00am

 

1 11.00am    

Harry Foran & deceased members of the

Family & Leonard & Gerty Maher

1  11.00am

 

1 12.15pm    

Michael Brazil

1  12.15pm

 

 

                                                                                                                                         

Monday       Mass offered for all who sympathised with the family of the late Gerard Ralph

Tuesday      Special Intention                     Wednesday      Special Intention & Jim Redington

Thursday     Mary Geraghty                       Friday              Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead

Saturday      Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home

Excerpt from the Lenten Message of Pope Francis “Where is your brother” – Parishes and Communities

In order to receive what God gives us and make it bear abundant fruit, we need to press beyond the boundaries of the visible Church in two ways.                                                                         In the first place, by uniting ourselves in prayer with the Church in heaven. The prayers of the Church on earth establish a communion of mutual service and goodness which reaches up into the sight of God. Together with the saints who have found their fulfilment in God, we form part of that communion in which indifference is conquered by love.  We share in the merits and joy of the saints, even as they share in our struggles and our longing for peace and reconciliation. Their joy in the victory of the Risen Christ gives us strength as we strive to overcome our indifference and hardness of heart.

In the second place, every Christian community is called to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of the greater society of which it is a part, especially of the poor and those who are far away. The Church is missionary by her very nature, she in not self-enclosed but sent out to every nation and people. Her mission is to bring to all a love which cannot remain silent. The Church follows Jesus Christ along the paths that lead to every man and woman, to the very ends of the earth. In each of our neighbours, then, we must see a brother or a sister for whom Christ died and rose again. What we ourselves have received, we have received for them as well. Dear brothers and sisters, how greatly I desire that all those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!

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“I am convinced that there is a God who created me and who gives me orientation, support and confidence”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her weekly podcast before her second private audience with Pope Francis.

 

                                                        Lent Trocaire 2015                                       Trocaire believes in fairness and the dignity and potential of every person.                            We work to empower people so that they can determine a better future for themselves.     We stand together with women, men and children who face poverty and injustice.         Working through local partnership, we fight the root causes of poverty.                              Our work transforms lives and it is only possible because of your support.                                                                                      Last year Trocaire supported livelihood programmes in 15 countries, benefiting some 650,000 people directly and nearly 1.5 million indirectly.                                                                   This year the Lenten campaign focuses on Ethiopia. Trocaire has worked in this region since the famine of 1984.                                                                                                       “Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well” – but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?”  (James 2:15-16)

 

Ratoath College Uniform:  Fittings for Girls uniforms takes place in Blondells on Monday 9th March –13th March. For boys Monday 23rd March – Friday 27th March. Current students requiring skirts and trousers can order at this time. Phone 01 825 7711

 

Johnny McEvoy performs in the Venue Theatre on Friday 6th March at 8pm. Tickets available from Box Office 01/6895600 or directly from www.venuetheatre.ie

 

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