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Parish Bulletin 12 April 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

12 April 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

 

 

Please pray for: Celina Castila Da Silva (Brazil) grandmother of Fernanda Cooper (Mooretown) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.

 

Envelope Collection for weekend 5th April €962.04. Many thanks for your support and generosity.

 

 

 

Trocaire Boxes should be returned to the church. We thank you for your support this Lenten season to make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives.

 

 

Youth 2000 Ireland will be hosting a youth retreat in St Finian's College, Mullingar, Co Westmeath from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th April. The weekend will consist of workshops, drama, inspirational talks, testimonies, prayer, music and chill out time.  Retreat st arts with registration on Friday at 8.00pm. This is a great opportunity to find out what your faith is all about in a friendly atmosphere. For young people aged 16-35.  For more information see www.youth2000.ie or call 01 675 3690. 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

0 12April

    Second Sunday of Easter

19 April

    Third Sunday of Easter

7. 7.00pm             

Teresa Berry (Month’s Memory)

Nicholas Keogh

7.  7.00pm

Sheila Brady (Months Memory)

Pierce Glynn

1  9.00am    

Mary Ryan

1  9.00am

 

1 11.00am    

Deceased members of the Mannering family

Celina Castilho Da Silva

1  11.00am

Mick, Molly & Elizabeth Mannering

Ashling Skelton

12.15pm

Tommy, Mella & Thomas Everard

Laoise & Con Buckley

Daniel Stears

1  12.15pm

Breda & Gerry Kenny

Tony Donnelly

 

 

 

 

 

Monday: Katie & Kevin Darby             Saturday Morning Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home

                                                                                                                                

 

 

Marriage is a unique relationship different from all others: “The debate at the core of the call for ‘same sex marriage’ is not about equality or about the separation of a religious view of marriage from a civil view of marriage. It is about the very nature of marriage itself and the importance society places on the role of mothers and fathers in bringing up children. With others, the Catholic Church will continue to hold that the differences between a man and woman are not accidental to marriage but fundamental to it and children have a natural right to a mother and a father.... It is therefore deserving of special recognition and promotion by the State.” (extract from The Meaning of Marriage: Pastoral Statement of the Irish Catholic Bishops’)

 

The Irish Cancer Society’s Care to Drive service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments. We are looking for volunteers to pick patients up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, pick them up when they are finished their treatment and bring them home again. Volunteer expenses are paid. For more information or an application form, telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

 

 

In today’s Gospel, the Apostle Thomas personally experiences the mercy of God, which has a concrete face, the face of Jesus, the risen Jesus. Thomas does not believe it, when the other Apostles tell him: “We have seen the Lord”. It isn’t enough for him that Jesus had foretold it, promised it; “On the third day I will rise”. He wants to see, he wants to put his hand in the place of the nails and in Jesus’ side. How does Jesus react? With patience: Jesus does not abandon Thomas in his stubborn unbelief; he allows him a week, he does not close the door, he waits. And Thomas acknowledges his own poverty, his little faith. “My Lord and my God!”: with this simple yet faith-filled invocation, he responds to Jesus’ patience. He lets himself be enveloped by divine mercy; he sees it before his eyes, in the wounds of Christ’s hands and feet and in his open side, and he discovers trust: he is a new man, no longer an unbeliever, but a believer.

 

Let us think too of the two disciples on the way to Emmaus: their sad faces, their barren journey, their despair. But Jesus does not abandon them: he walks beside them, and not only that, patiently he explains the Scriptures which spoke of him, and he stays to share a meal with them. This is God’s way of doing things: he is not impatient like us, who often want everything all at once, even in our dealings with other people. God is patient with us because he loves us, and those who love are able to understand, to hope, to inspire confidence; they do not give up, they do not burn bridges, they are able to forgive.

 

Let us remember this in our lives as Christians: God always waits for us, even when we have left him behind! He is never far from us, and if we return to him, he is ready to embrace us…God’s patience has to call forth in us the courage to return to him, however many mistakes and sins there may be in our life. Jesus tells Thomas to put his hand in the wounds of his hands and his feet, and in his side. We too can enter into the wounds of Jesus, we can actually touch him…Dear brothers and sisters, let us be enveloped by the mercy of God; let us trust in his patience, which always gives us more time. Let us find the courage to return to his house, to dwell in his loving wounds, allowing ourselves be loved by him and to encounter his mercy in the sacraments. We will feel his wonderful tenderness, we will feel his embrace, and we too will become more capable of mercy, patience, forgiveness and love.

 

    Pope Francis, Divine Mercy Sunday 2013

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