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Parish Bulletin 12 April 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             12 April 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. 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)

               

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Mass on Sunday 19th April at 12.15pm will be streamed. The link is https://youtu.be/xP5VeOh_VMA

Many parishioners have sent us messages of support, sent us cards, left a gift at the door, called to us and offered to help and we are most grateful to them. We continue to keep you in our prayers and we ask that you would keep us in your prayers too. Fr Gerry and Fr Brendan.

May the Blessings of the Lord shine upon you

and your loved one this Easter time

                                      

An Easter Blessing

May the Lord bless you this Easter time;

Bless you with hope, uplift you in despair;

Bless you with love, keep you from fear;

Bless you with peace, calm you in trouble;

Bless you with mercy, help you forgive;

Bless you with joy, comfort you in sorrow;

  So your heart may rejoice in Him who is Risen. 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

                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

             From the Homily of Pope Francis from Palm Sunday 5th April

Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled, in the face of so many hopes betrayed, in the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our hearts, Jesus says to each one of us: “Courage, open your heart to my love. You will feel the consolation of God who sustains you”.

Dear brothers and sisters, what can we do in comparison with God, who served us even to the point of being betrayed and abandoned? We can refuse to betray him for whom we were created, and not abandon what really matters in our lives. We were put in this world to love him and our neighbours. Everything else passes away, only this remains.

The tragedy we are experiencing at this time summons us to take seriously the things that are serious, and not to be caught up in those that matter less; to rediscover that life is of no use if not used to serve others. For life is measured by love.

So, in these holy days, in our homes, let us stand before the Crucified One – look upon the Crucified One! – the fullest measure of God’s love for us, and before the God who serves us to the point of giving his life, and, – fixing our gaze on the Crucified One – let us ask for the grace to live in order to serve. May we reach out to those who are suffering and those most in need. May we not be concerned about what we lack, but what good we can do for others.

I would like to say this especially to young people....Dear friends, look at the real heroes who come to light in these days: they are not famous, rich and successful people; rather, they are those who are giving themselves in order to serve others. Feel called yourselves to put your lives on the line. Do not be afraid to devote your life to God and to others; it pays! For life is a gift we receive only when we give ourselves away, and our deepest joy comes from saying yes to love, without ifs and buts.                                                 To truly say yes to love, without ifs and buts. As Jesus did for us.

                                                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.

                             

                                                     

Prayer for those who tend the sick

Almighty God, Father of mercies,

in his earthly your Son Jesus Christ went about doing good,

healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people.

Comfort, heal and sanctify those who suffer in mind, body or spirit.

Grant to all doctors and nurses, and to all who tend the sick, sympathy and patience.

Bless all who labour to prevent suffering, make them instruments of your healing love

and continue through them your loving purpose among us, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

 

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