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Parish Bulletin 22nd March 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

               22 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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    Opening hours for the Parish Office: 10.00am – 1.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm. All are welcome.

Holy Hour in the Nursing Home chapel on Monday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. Suspended.

Eucharistic Adoration will continue on the high altar on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm and also on Sunday from 9.00am to 12 noon. We encourage parishioners to continue to visit the church for private prayer.

               

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“While Masses are suspended, the voice of prayer should not be silent” (Bishop Deenihan)

We plan to live-stream the celebration of Mass from the Church in Ratoath on Sunday 22nd March at 12.15pm. All going well, the stream will be available at https://youtu.be/wzDk-PFYBAY 

Please share this link with anyone that might wish to participate.

Please note that in order to observe social distancing recommendations, the Church will be closed during this time. Regrettably, it will not be possible to attend Mass in person.

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Please pray the Act of Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the protection from the coronavirus on The Feast of the Annunciation on 25th March

Prayer of Consecration

Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Health of the Sick, at this time of great challenge to our country from the coronavirus, we consecrate to Jesus through your Immaculate Heart:

ourselves, our family, the members of our parish and Diocese, and the people of Ireland.

O Mary, Queen of Ireland, when you appeared at Knock, you gave hope to your people in a time of distress, and brought them comfort in a time of sorrow.


Be with us now as a sign of salvation and hope, as we entrust ourselves to your loving care.

We renew the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation and ask your intercession that we may be always faithful to Christ and to His Church.

Bring under your mantle of protection all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, and those who care for the sick and minister to their needs, as your Son implores us to do for one another.

O Loving Mother, at the foot of the Cross, with steadfast faith,
your Immaculate Heart was pierced by grief at the suffering of your Son.
You know what we need during these difficult days.

Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us -  He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.

O Blessed Mother, Our Life, our Sweetness and Our Hope,

we wish that this Consecration be for the glory of God and that it lead us safely to Jesus your Son.

A Naomh-Mhuire, a Mháthair Dé, guigh orainn na peacaigh, anois agus ar uair ár mbáis. Amen.

BLESSING

May your servants be shielded, O Lord; By the protection of your loving-kindness,

That, doing what is good in this world; They may reach you, their highest good.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

RTE will air Mass every weekday at 10.30am from Letterkenny Cathedral.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff is available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.

Excerpt of Message from Bishop Deenihan

While our Masses are now offered privately, though in many cases accessible through webcams and websites, the call to prayer is important. This is a time to pray and it has been heartening over the past few days to see people coming to our churches by themselves to offer silent prayers.

It is a vital that we offer prayer for and with those in our communities who are worried, suffering or vulnerable.  I think particularly of those in the health care sector who are heroically addressing the current crisis and those who must make difficult decisions.

 

The Feast of Saint Patrick calls us to reflect on what it means to be Christian and what it means to be Irish.  As someone who was isolated and tested, Patrick has something to offer our time. 

I am also conscious that many in our communities in recent days have reached beyond themselves and have reached out imaginatively and courageously to the elderly, the isolated and vulnerable in our communities. 

That is Christianity, that is what Patrick gave us, that is what we are.

The Church exists within society and, at this time, the Church must encourage its members to support the strategy of ‘flattening the curve’.  Our actions over the coming days will have huge implications for the trajectory of this illness and how our hospitals cope.

 

A basic tenet of Christianity is loving our neighbour as our self. 

 

While parish communities have made the sacrifice of suspending public Masses, let us make the additional but critical sacrifice these days in terms of frequent hand washing, social distancing, avoiding crowds and groups and the avoidance of handshaking. 

Our individual sacrifice may save others. We have an obligation to each other and the common good.

These are difficult times.  I offer my own prayers to those who are afflicted, worried, isolated and working to alleviate this crisis.  I pray for the Doctors, nursing staff, health care workers, public officials and those in our communities who are working hard, amongst them our priests and religious, some of whom are aged themselves.

Through the intercession of Saint Patrick, our prayers and our own efforts, may we be spared the worst of this pandemic.

 

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