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Parish Bulletin 5 April 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             5 April 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. Suspended.

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

We encourage parishioners to continue to visit the church for private prayer but because of the recent regulations there will be no Eucharistic Adoration or communal prayer in the church.

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




Holy Week Ceremonies from Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

On Sunday 5th April (Palm Sunday) Mass will be broadcast from the Parish Church on LMFM at 9.00am and Mass will be streamed at 12.15pm. The link is

Good Friday 12.00noon 10th April (Stations of the Cross). The link is

Easter Sunday 12.15pm 12th April. The link is

                                   RTE 1 broadcasting ceremonies during Holy Week

Holy Thursday 4.40pm  Mass of the Lord’s Supper from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar

Good Friday 3.00pm Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday from Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar

Holy Saturday 10.00pm Bishop Deenihan celebrates the Easter Vigil from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar

Easter Sunday 10.00am Easter Sunday Mass. A Eurovision Mass, previously planned for Metz Cathedral , takes place instead in the Dominican  Convent of Saint Jacques in Paris.

At 11.00am Pope Francis’ Easter Message and Blessing to the city and the world.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Ray Murphy (Lagore Little) and Cathy Keogh (Wexford) mother of Colette Byrne (Lagore) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

Palms: If you are passing the church over the weekend, you may like to bring a blessed palm cross with you. You may wish to use gloves when collecting them



                                                The Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you as if you are already there and unite myself wholly to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you.

                                                Pope Francis: Words of Hope                                                                                                  “We need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. We have an anchor: by the cross we have been saved. We have a rudder: by his cross we have been redeemed.                                                            We have a hope: by his cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and one can separate us from his redeeming love”


                                       For the afflicted in time of pandemic

Let us pray also for all those who suffer the consequences of the current pandemic, that God the Father may grant health to the sick, strength to those who care for them, comfort to families and salvation to all the victims who have died.

Almighty ever-living God,

only support of our human weakness,

look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children

who suffer because of this pandemic;

relieve the pain of the sick,

give strength to those who care for them,

welcome into your peace those who have died

and, throughout this time of tribulation,

grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love.

Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

                                                      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

                                                        Prayer from St Augustine

Watch, O Lord, with those who wake this night or watch or weep.

Give your angels and saints charge over those who sleep.

Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ,

rest your weary ones, bless your dying ones, soothe your suffering ones,

pity your afflicted ones; shield your joyous one.

And all for your love’s sake. Amen

            Prayer of Pope Francis from his blessing to the world on Friday 27th March

Almighty and merciful God behold our sorrowful condition;

comfort your children and open our hearts to hope

so that we might feel your Fatherly presence in our midst.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen

                                             Prayer for Health Care Workers

Loving God, we place into your care all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.

Give them courage of heart and strength of mind and body. Keep them safe from harm.

May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus. God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.

Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Amen

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People ALONE has launched a national support line and the line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended.

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.


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