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Parish Bulletin 29th March 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

               29 March 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

01 8256207

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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 1.00pm and also on Sunday from 9.00am to 11.30am.

We encourage parishioners to continue to visit the church for private prayer.

               

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Message from Fr Gerry and Fr Brendan

We wish to assure our parishioners that we are praying for you at the private Masses that we offer each day.

We know, speaking to parishioners, how worrying and unsettling these past few weeks have been.

We are particularly conscious of how difficult this time is for all our elderly, sick, housebound and for those who have lost their work and livelihood.

Many parishioners have sent us messages of support, called us and offered to help in whatever way they can and we are most grateful to them.

                                                                           

If we can be of any help or pastoral assistance to anyone, please contact us at the parish office                   (01-8256207).

We continue to keep you in our prayers and we ask that you would keep us in your prayers too.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Margaret McTernan, mother of Paschal McTernan and for Carmel Kelty, aunt of Caroline Mc Nally who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

                                                      Prayer during the Coronavirus

Crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen our faith in this time of darkness, fear and gloom. May we know that you are with us. Protect us from coronavirus.

Lay your healing hand over those stricken by the virus.

Keep safe all who work in the care of the sick.

May your light direct those who are searching for an antidote to the virus.

May our society be enriched as neighbours grow on kindness and care for one another. Amen

“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 29thMarch at 12.15pm. All going well, the stream will be available at https://youtu.be/ZI1e9YDb6ew

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.

On Sunday 5th April, (Palm Sunday), Mass will be broadcast from the Parish Church on LMFM at 9.00am

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

If you have received a letter, earlier this month, from the Parish Office in regard to Tax Relief for Donations to the parish (CHY4 Cert) and have not returned the completed form, we would be grateful if you could do so as soon as possible.

                                          

                                      Words of Pope Francis on the Coronavirus

“In these days of trial, as humanity trembles at the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, I would propose that all Christians join their voices together to heaven”

                                                        

“We wish to respond to the pandemic of the virus with the universality of prayer, of compassion and tenderness.”

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Here are the introductory words of Pope Francis as he led the world in the Our Father at noon on Wednesday last, the Feast of the Annunciation.

Dear brothers and sisters, today we have gathered together, all the Christians of the world, to pray together the Our Father, the prayer that Jesus taught us.

As trustful children we turn to the Father.

We do it every day, several times a day; but right now we wish to beg mercy for mankind, so sorely tried by the coronavirus pandemic. And we do this together, Christians of every Church and Community, of every age, language and nation.

We pray for the sick and their families; for health workers and those who help them; for the authorities, law enforcement agencies and volunteers; for the ministers of our communities.

Today many of us celebrate the Incarnation of the Word in the womb of the Virgin Mary, when her humble and total “Behold” reflected the “Behold” of the Son of God.

We too entrust ourselves, with full confidence, to the hands of God, and with one heart and one soul we pray: Our Father....

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Pope Francis is of course deeply concerned about the spread of the pandemic and the terrible suffering it is causing to some 300,000 people and their families, as well as the fear it has provoked in countless millions across the globe, and the great damage it is doing also to the world’s economy.

Last Sunday, he walked “on pilgrimage” on a deserted street in the centre of Rome and prayed before two miraculous images, imploring God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic.

                      

He said: “We wish to respond to the pandemic of the virus with the universality of prayer, of compassion and tenderness.” He encouraged everyone: “Let us remain united. Let us make our closeness felt to those who are alone and to those who are most stricken.”

He told people, let us also express “our closeness to doctors, to health workers, nurses, volunteers” and “to the authorities that have to take hard measures, but ones that are for our good.”

He added, “let us show our closeness to the police, the soldiers who try to keep order always on the streets, so that the things the government orders for our good can be done,” indeed “let us be close to everyone.”

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COVID-19 Support Line for Older People ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff is available. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.

Third Age Ireland is a national organisation who takes care of the elderly.

SeniorLine is one of their programmes and if you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please  ring this freephone service anytime between 10am and 10pm on any day of the week on 1800 80 45 91.

                                                                                                     

Extract from Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

 

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