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Parish Bulletin 19 April 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             19 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.

“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

Mass on Sunday 26th April at 12.15pm will be streamed. The link ishttps://youtu.be/aOm0DI0cyYY                                 

   Lockdown         by Brother Richard, Capuchin Franciscan                                                                                          Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death.

But they say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise you can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet the sky is no longer thick with fumes

but blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi people are singing to each other across the empty squares, keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighbourhood so that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are; to how little control we really have; to what really matters,

to Love.

So we pray and we remember that yes there is fear but there does not have to be hate. Yes there is isolation but there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying but there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness but there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death but there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now. Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic the birds are singing again the sky is clearing, Spring is coming, and we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul and though you may not be able to touch across the empty square, Sing

                                      

                         Excerpt of the words of Pope Francis on Easter Sunday

Today the Church’s proclamation echoes throughout the world: “Jesus Christ is risen!” – “He is truly risen!”.                                                                                                                  Like a new flame this Good News springs up in the night: the night of a world already faced with epochal challenges and now oppressed by a pandemic severely testing our whole human family. In this night, the Church’s voice rings out: “Christ, my hope, has arisen!” .

This is a different “contagion”, a message transmitted from heart to heart – for every human heart awaits this Good News. It is the contagion of hope: “Christ, my hope, is risen!”. This is no magic formula that makes problems vanish. No, the resurrection of Christ is not that. Instead, it is the victory of love over the root of evil, a victory that does not “by-pass” suffering and death, but passes through them, opening a path in the abyss, transforming evil into good: this is the unique hallmark of the power of God.

The Risen Lord is also the Crucified One, not someone else. In his glorious body he bears indelible wounds: wounds that have become windows of hope. Let us turn our gaze to him that he may heal the wounds of an afflicted humanity.

Today my thoughts turn in the first place to the many who have been directly affected by the coronavirus: the sick, those who have died and family members who mourn the loss of their loved ones, to whom, in some cases, they were unable even to bid a final farewell. May the Lord of life welcome the departed into his kingdom and grant comfort and hope to those still suffering, especially the elderly and those who are alone. May he never withdraw his consolation and help from those who are especially vulnerable, such as persons who work in nursing homes, or live in barracks and prisons. For many, this is an Easter of solitude lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties.

This disease has not only deprived us of human closeness, but also of the possibility of receiving in person the consolation that flows from the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and Reconciliation. In many countries, it has not been possible to approach them, but the Lord has not left us alone! United in our prayer, we are convinced that he has laid his hand upon us, firmly reassuring us: Do not be afraid, “I have risen and I am with you still!”.

                                               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

                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                             

Meath Partnership have a team of employment support coaches working remotely to support jobseekers to access the DEASP COVID-19 payments; complete the online forms; advise on related entitlements, support people to navigate mywelfare.ie and write CVs. To refer a person to this support please contact any of the following:

Martina McCabe: (085) 834 2378; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;

Patricia Lynch: (089) 4366800; email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Caoimhe Donnellan: (087) 6693031; email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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